2/14/07 Update: There’s a blurb on mlive.com today that disputes the story that Jones might not be ready until around midseason. I feel better now, but I’m still very concerned with Jones’ value in 2007 and beyond. We’ll see what happens, but it’s very likely that we don’t see much of Jones in the preseason, so he’s going to be a risky pick no matter what.
It’s already hard for me to remember how Lion RB Kevin Jones was a stud in my PPR leagues this past year, and very good in any scoring format. That’s because Jones now has some serious issues. The Lions were hoping he could return for the start of the 2007 season, but the latest word is that he won’t be ready until around mid-season. That means the Lions will have to look at a RB either in free agency or early in the draft. If they make a play for a guy like Michael Turner or use a high pick on a back, Jones’ keeper value would severely plummet. He did a terrific job in 2006, but I was still very much disappointed in his running. In 2004, his rookie season, I thought he was one of the fastest [...]
One thing I failed to mention last week but wanted to was where I was this time last week. Last Friday, February 2, my nine-year old son and I went to Punxsatawney, PA for Groundhog Day. I wouldn’t say making the trek to Gobbler’s Knob is a worthy trip if you have to get on a plane or drive 10 hours, but for us, the six hour drive was worth it. We arrived at ”The Knob” as they say there, at about 6 a.m. and I must say it was pretty damn exicting as the build-up for Punxsatawney Phil’s appearance grew.
I taped my son doing a standup as a news reporter and he took it to school and it was played to all the other kids in 4th grade, which was cool.
After Phil’s appearance we hung out in town for the rest of the day and took in all the festivities. The cynic in me would normally proclaim the events as cheezy and lame, but there was something very endearing about this little slice of Americana. This is a big deal for the people of Punxsatawney, and a major highlight of their year, if not *the* highlight. It’s one of those things that [...]
The free agent picking at QB are so slim this year that veteran Jeff Garcia, who is 37, is officially the hottest commodity at his position. If you watched Garcia on TV this year, you were probably impressed, and he did play well. But over the last few weeks of the season, Garcia wasn’t playing all that well, and that he was leaving a lot of plays on the field.
Not that I could tell all that much watching the games. Greg Cosell, the Senior Producer of the Matchup show on ESPN, told me this a few times, after studying Garcia on the coach’s tape with former QB Ron Jaworski. As they say, the eye in the sky don’t lie.
Garcia is a the ultimate system QB, and he was in the ultimate system with the Eagles this past year, so a team like the Bears would be foolish to throw a lot of money his way. Let’s not forget this guy was running around like a chicken with his head cut off the last 2-3 years before going to Philly in 2006. He looked extremely frenetic, uncomfortable, and done.
Any talk that he should start for the Eagles over Donovan McNabb is [...]
I’ve been working this week on my annual “Lessons Learned” article and I gotta say; I didn’t learn all that much in 2006.
Clipped from the article:
“It wasn’t a particularly good year for the QBs, and it wasn’t a good year for the RBs. The WRs were a mix bag, as usual, and while it turned out to be a decent year for TEs, it was ugly early, and there were no real breakout stars. The kickers were basically a mess all season, and I dare you to find me a fantasy defense that put up good numbers on a weekly basis other than the Bear and Ravens. The Waiver Wire is always paramount when it comes to fantasy success, but 2006 wasn’t a great year for WW gems, either. Playing the matchups was harder than ever, due to the week-to-week nature of the league, and injuries were as prevalent as usual.
Basically, if you took LaDainian Tomlinson out of the fantasy player pool, it was anybody’s game.”
I think the good news about fantasy these days is everyone is at a loss in terms of what actually happens during an NFL season, me included. Yet, I always wind up in the thick [...]
The Super Bowl got off to something of a surreal start. It was raining hard in Miami, Billy Joel sounded like a wounded dog while singing the national anthem, and two minutes into the broadcast I forgot that commercials during the Super Bowl were supposed to be entertaining and funny.
But while the game wasn’t exactly a well-played one, and while it was sloppy at times, the best team won, and that’s all I want to see. I’m still not sure we saw it last year.
Had the Bears won, the score might have to have read something like this: Bears (and God) Beat Colts. The game couldn’t have started any better for Chicago, as you likely know, weather included, but they did very little to take advantage of that fact, leading me to believe the Colts would have beaten them by 25 had the game not been held during a hard and steady rain.
The Bears were physically dominated by the Colt O-line and running game and the Indy defense played better then them, in sloppy conditions no less. This against a supposed finesse team. I was very happy to see Peyton Manning silence his critics, and I was also [...]