Jan 14, 2008
The NFL regular season wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and while I’m still trying to get my stuff together after a grueling and incredibly busy 22-23 weeks of covering the league and fantasy, I’m now ready to get back to this blog. I know I had a good number of regular readers from Jan-Aug, and I expected to post to this blog at least a couple of times a week during the season, but I just couldn’t find the time. I assume those readers, like you, realized that the entire FantasyGuru.com site was essentially my blog.
We’ll try again next year to hit this thing more during the season, but I need to thank guest Blogger Jim Coventry – AKA Jim Cover-For-Me – for posting some blog items throughout the season.
Alrighty, so I’m back here and will be posting to this blog 3-5 times a week. I usually like to keep my posts shorter. I can’t see how someone would want to ready a 1000+ word blog, so my posts are usually 300-500 words, if that.
Over the next 2-3 weeks, I will be posting some thoughts on the playoffs, of course, and things that jump out at me as it relates to fantasy throughout the league. Another thing I plan on doing, as I start working on my annual “Lessons Learned” article (I always put that out in its entirety the day after the Super Bowl), is post here some of the individual lessons that will be included in the article. Look for at least one of them posted here this week with more next week.
Onto this weekend, and what a surprising weekend of football it was.
As you can see in the topic of this post, I thought it was comical how Terrell Owens cried after the game talking about his QB. I give him some credit for supporting Tony Romo, and he really has been a good player and teammate this year, but given Owens’ antics over the course of his career, his going Rod Tidwell on us and crying was yet another sign that this dude ain’t wired right. This isn’t Dick Vermeil crying while talking about one of his beloved players; this isn’t even LT, a higher-character guy let’s face it, crying after a tough loss. This is a one of the most demonstrative and arrogant players breaking down after a personal and team choke job, and his one-extreme-to-the-other exhibition came across as pathetic. Even more embarrassing, Owens actually said in his press conference that he’s always fully supported all of his quarterbacks over the course of the career.
Maybe you’ve finally grown up a little T.O. but sorry: you deserve to be chastised a little based on that breakdown last night.
My feeling before the big Dallas-Green Bay game back in late November was that the Packers had the best chance to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and while I will not concede a Packer victory this weekend, it looks like that’s what we’ll see. The Cowboys are a very talented team, and they could have given the Pats a run, but the Packers probably had the better chance to pull off the upset, or at least make the Super Bowl a great game.
The Packers aren’t as talented as New England, but they really don’t have any holes. They now have a good running game, a very deep and solid receiving corps including a pair of serviceable TEs, a good line, and of course one of the best QBs of all time. On the defensive side of the ball, they have a good pass rush, an active and athletic LBs corps, and one of the best CB duos in the NFL. They also have a good kicking game.
As for the Giants and Chargers, they obviously deserve a ton of credit, even though I’m expecting a Patriot-Packer Super Bowl.
I wrote in this blog last February how I felt Norv Turner was the right choice and a great choice to replace Marty Schottenheimer. A lot of that had to do with the continuity factor, since he basically brought their system there several years earlier. But let’s face it; the Chargers and specifically QB Philip Rivers were shaky this year, so I’m borderline shocked that they’re in the AFC title game. I think their success is a combination of several factors, such as Rivers’ (surprisingly) strong play, how the defense apparently took their early season struggles personally and responded, and even how Turner might have gained some cred in the locker room by being more demonstrative.
The Chargers and Giants are both very good teams, of course, but both enjoyed planetary alignment this past weekend. Yes, both defenses and both secondaries played very well. Most importantly, both teams had total team efforts and won the battles on offense, defense, and special teams. The “Any Given Sunday” affect was in play, but both the Colt and Cowboy offenses played arguably their worst games of the season. They were challenged greatly the defenses – so let’s give the victors more credit – but they didn’t overcome that.
I can certainly conjure up a scenario in which the road warrior Giants beat the Packers, and if Rivers, Gates, and LT are on the field and healthy on Sunday, I can actually do the same for the Chargers winning.
But I think it’s a stretch to assume the Big Three for San Diego will be 100%, so I have to go with New England. And while the Giants have been incredibly efficient on offense and pretty damn stout on defense, I just think the Packers have more talent across the board. Playing at home, I can’t see them losing.
So I think football fans will be in for a very entertaining Super Bowl, and based on how New England’s defense is far form dominant, I think it’s going to be one that comes down to the wire.