I’ve been working all week on the site’s Keeper League overviews. Even if you’re not in a keeper league, they are good mini previews for the 2007 season, so make sure you check them out. Unfortunately, it’s about 150 hours of work, so I’m still only on the RBs. They’ll be up sometime next week, but I figured I’d post up my Matt Schaub writeup. I have him in the second tier of keeper QBs, right under Vince Young and around guys like Matt Leinart, Tony Romo, and even Eli Manning.
Matt Schaub (Hou, 26) – Schaub has shone in limited action in his brief this past year, including a snappy 298-yard, 3-TD game against the Patriots in 2005. Schaub is a tall QB at 6’5” and while he may not have great movement in the pocket, he can run a little and throw on the run, and he is otherwise considered a strong passer and a good leader. He can make every throw, he’s poised, and he seems to know where to go with the football. And he seems to see the field well and make [...]
When I started this blog my boy Tim Holler, aka Floyd the Barber, who has contributed to this site off-and-one for many years, asked if he could contribute once in a while. Tim knows me and this industry very well, and he’s always been very complimentary of me and my work. But the fact is, I respect his opinion as much or more than any other “expert” out there. So when I woke up this morning and found his e-mail detailing the Matt Schaub-to-Houston deal, and when I realized upon reading it that I agreed 100% with every word, I knew my boy Tim had saved me some time today. Thanks, Bro! I mean dude…I mean…Governor!
Houston, We Have Splash Down
by Tim Holler 7:00 AM EST
It’s been another interesting off-season deep in the heart of Texas. Just one season after naming Broncos OC Gary Kubiak as head coach, the Texans have begun making their first wholesale changes since their inception as an expansion team.
The acquisition of Falcons back-up QB Matt Schaub, coupled with the free agent signing of RB Ahman Green, and the all but certain departures of QB David Carr and RB Dom Davis/Williams, has reduced Houston’s vision of the [...]
I’ve been a Matt Hasselbeck fan for quite some time, to a fault at times (he was one of my big sleepers of 2001, and he busted). I’ve also been enamored with the Seattle offense for a while, and with good reason. But I gotta say, I’m a little worried about this offense right now. Hasselbeck’s supporting cast seems to be slipping. The O-Line isn’t what is once was, RB Shaun Alexander is close to reaching the downside of his career, and his receiving corps is a little unsettled with that loser Jerramy Stevens gone. Stevens will be replaced by Marcus Pollard, and there is no way Pollard will give them the vertical threat down the seam Stevens did, so despite Stevens’ drops and issues, the Seahawks will miss him.
Additionally, WR Darrell Jackson and/or Bobby Engram could be right behind Stevens. Engram could very well leave via free agency (New Orleans would be a great fit), and Jackson’s future is very much in the air. He’s been the subject of trade rumors due mainly to his injury issues. When they acquired Deion Branch last fall I felt that could be the end of Jackson’s tenure in Seattle, and it still could be. They [...]
Sometimes, the planets align for an NFL team, and things come together perfectly, like they did for the Saints last year. Other times, things just don’t work out for a promising NFL team, and hopes, dreams, and aspirations are never met.
Less than one year ago, the Giants were a promising team, but I’m pretty sure they’re screwed right now. Let’s take a look at what’s happened to them in just over a half year:
- Their franchise player and key leader, RB Tiki Barber, retired. Barber was still playing at an incredibly high level.
- Their franchise QB, Eli Manning, did not build on a solid 2005 season. Instead he regressed, continually showing an unwillingness to accept punishment, to stare down the gun barrel and throw the ball. His accuracy continued to be a problem and interested observers are already starting to wonder just how motivated this guy is to even play football. If Manning’s body language can be converted to actual words they would likely be something like “get me the hell out of here.”
- Their head coach has become a lame duck, since he’s entering the final year of his contract. Barring a minor miracle, he’ll likely be gone in 2008. [...]
The Titans lost Drew Bennett this off-season and didn’t get a deal done with WR Kevin Curtis, so now the talk of their weak receiving corps will heat up even more. I hope the organization doesn’t buy into that talk and uses its #1 pick on a wideout because I think they still have some solid players at the position. Their situation this year reminds be a little of 2004, when people thought they were crazy rolling with youngsters Drew Bennett, Justin McCareins, and Tyrone Calico (14 TDs between then) along with #1 guy Derrick Mason.
The Titans signed Justin Gage this past weekend, which doesn’t have me doing handstands, but I hope it’s enough to prevent them from using their 1st pick on a big physical receiver such as LSU’s Dwayne Bowe. David Givens tore up his knee pretty badly in November, and he probably won’t be ready for the start of the season, but a lot of people have forgotten about Courtney Roby and Roydell Williams, two players who can play. Roby is a solid speed guy with good quickness, while Williams is a comparable player who has the ability to beat defenses deep.
But the main reason [...]