I’m embarrassed to say that the signing of Cortez Hankton slipped past me this week. Everyone’s making a big deal about New England’s off-season, and I suppose they have a point. Adalius Thomas, Donte Stallworth, Wes Welker, Sammy Morris, and Kelly Washington are decent players.
But check out this off-season bonanza: Bobby Wade, Vishante Shiancoe, AND Hankton.
In your face, Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli.
I know they are not, but the Vikings off-season would appear to support the notion that Brad Childress and Rick Spielman are functionally retarded. They certainly seem to lack the necessities to effectively manage their football team.
I’ve said from Day One that Childress will go down as an 8-8 guy. He’s not horrible, like Mike Tice was, but he’s still mediocre. Speilman, however, is an abomination, and the 1-2 punch of Childress and Spielman could set the Minnesota franchise back five years. This Spielman guy makes Matt Millen look like the NFL’s version of John Schuerholz. Spielman knows football, or else he wouldn’t have a job in the NFL, but he is severely lacking in the decision-making department. Like when he traded a 2nd round pick for A.J. Feeley, for example. The Eagles got Reggie Brown with that [...]
The events this week at Virginia Tech are still incomprehensible to me, and I’m not even remotely close to the situation, nor do I know anyone who is. It’s especially tragic that this occurred on a college campus. Had this occurred in a workplace, there would have been people losing spouses, kids losing parents, and parents losing kids – and it certainly would have been horrific. But there’s a special quality to young adults who are of the typical age and enrolled at a college or university. I know because I fit the description at one time, and I have a son who will be in just three short years. There’s something very magical about a young man or woman who exudes intelligence, and who has his or her whole adult life still in front of them. They represent the promise of a better day; they are potential personified.
I don’t have much to add other than what’s already been said and will likely be said for many years to come, but that’s what makes this week’s terrible news especially disconcerting to me.
On a brighter note, I’d like to chime in on a meaningless thing on a lot of [...]
I fully admit I scoffed last summer at the notion that RB Shaun Alexander should be downgraded due to the possibility that he’d be stricken by the dreaded “Madden Curse.” Alexander, as you know, had his season severely slowed by an injury, but I don’t place the blame on the curse. I place the blame on his 29-year old body, the 330 carries he averaged in the five seasons prior, and that fact that, after playing all 16 games in his first six seasons, the law of averages said he was due to get hurt.
For the most part, I think there’s a direct correlation between injury issues with the Madden Cover Boys and a heavy career workload. That makes Vince Young – who is expected to be formally announced as this year’s cover on the Jimmy Kimmel show tonight – unique this year. Young is 24 years old, and he’s been very durable. Sure, he runs a lot, so an injury is always possible, but Young strikes me as the perfect candidate to break this so-called curse. He’s not only big, strong, and youthful, he’s got an intangible quality, an aura. If I was Young, and I walked under [...]
I don’t have much today, since the NFL news is pretty light as we gear up for the draft. I do see the Dolphins appear poised to acquire QB Trent Green, as I suspected. If Green is acquired, it’s also clear that Daunte Culpepper will be cut. I wrote about the “Culpepper Conundrum” a little while ago, but it appears it might not be a problem at all in Miami: Green will be a Dolphin, and Culpepper will be out on the street. If Culpepper is moved, however, it would be interesting to see if the Raiders bite. In theory, they could acquire the guy, reunite him with Randy Moss, and then draft Calvin Johnson. That would be a big risk, however, since Culpepper appears to be damaged goods, both physically and mentally.
I’m spending today testing our new subscriber database system. I’m excited about this because it’s been a long time coming. I would venture to guess that 90% of the technical problems we’ve had with the site have been tied to us using an older system and technology to handle user logins and account management. Over the last two years, we’ve taken a bit of a risk by opting [...]
In case you haven’t noticed, we posted our initial look at our projected strength of schedule for 2007, along with some analysis. Some people have trouble with how we come up with our figures, but it really is quite simple. First, we give all 32 teams numbers grades against the run and the pass. These are not based on last year, but are projections of how effective each team will be in 2007. Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Jacksonville, and San Diego were the teams with the highest grades against the run. Denver, Chicago, and Oakland were the top teams against the pass. We then take each team’s schedule and average out all their opponent’s grades against the run and pass to come up with a single average grade for their 16 opponents against the run and the pass. The lower the grade, the easier the schedule, and the higher the grades the harder the schedule.
Now, I normally don’t like to do our initial SOS charts until after the draft, because teams will find some starters on defense in the draft get better, so the grades for each team – and, of course, the SOS ranks – [...]