Yeah, that's what I meant. They wanted people to think it COULD have been the Enterprise.
Well, that's a far cry from saying that it was supposed
to be the Enterprise.
Now with that said, I think that would have been a fantastic way for the Ent-D to have its demise (with the main crew having had time to evacuate in escape pods, of course). It certainly would have been more dramatic than getting hit with a stray torpedo from an antiquated Bird of Prey. That way Generations could have started with a new Enterprise instead of First Contact.