Things are already starting to heat up

Sorry I haven’t been able to post for a few days. We’ve got a serious bug/virus/plague going through my house the last week and I finally succumbed to it. All six of us, including our twins who turned 2 today, have been on death’s door, and it’s been brutal. Whenever I get sick like this, and granted it’s rare, I’m always grateful it doesn’t happen during the season because I’d be absolutely screwed if it did. I think my body knows that by now, and it holds off on taking ill until after the season. Seriously.

On to some NFL items that are jumping off the page to me right now. It’s only mid-February, but things are starting to heat up.

The Carolina Panthers appear to be ready to rid themselves of DeShaun Foster and his $5.8 million cap number for 2008. No matter how you slice it, dumping Foster at this point is a wise business move for the organization, so he’s as good as gone. But before you DeAngelo Williams keeper owners throw a party, please note that many close to the team think the Panthers will look to add a back in free agency (Michael Turner comes [...]

Finally, for the Foos

A small off-football topic today. I’ve been waxing poetic on the Foo Fighters on these pages (both online and in hard copy) for literally 12 years, and they have finally gotten their just due with some high-profile Grammy nominations (Album of the year) and a Grammy win for Rock album of the year. I’ve never been a fan of the Grammy’s, but it is the highest music honor, so I am still pleased they have recognized the Foo Fighters.

I actually thought their performance on the Grammy’s was kind of weak (for them) for a variety of reasons, so don’t go by that if you’re not familiar with them, but it’s about time the Foo Fighters were recognized as THE BEST rock back of the last decade. It’s been long overdue, since this band has been prolific since 1995 and has constantly churned out quality rock, record after record after record.

Not only that, but I don’t think front-man Dave Grohl gets enough credit in the entertainment world. Groh’s in his late 30s, like me, so he actually remembers what a ‘real’ rock star is. David Lee Roth, for example was a rock star.

Grohl may be the last of a dying [...]

Redskins made a good choice…maybe

My initial reaction when I heard the Redskins signed former Seattle QB coach Jim Zorn as their head coach was that the hire was a bit of a reach. Zorn has never even been a coordinator, so his experience is minimal. He’s been integral in Seattle, but let’s face it – they’ve got a legend in Mike Holmgren running the show, and running an offense that Holmgren has deep, deep roots in.

I also have some concerns with the team’s personnel in relation to how it fits with the west coast offense, the system Zorn will run. I like Jason Campbell’s arm and demeanor, but I’m not sure he’s exhibited the intuitive element needed to run a timing-based and quick-hitting passing attack. Campbell has shown himself at times to be a quarterback who doesn’t see the field particularly well, or who doesn’t process information particularly fast, which could be a problem in this offense. And, of course, Campbell will have to learn yet another system, something like his 6th in his last 8 seasons.

I also have concerns about their receivers. Wideout Santana Moss is an elite talent, and getting the ball in his hands more on quick-hitters can certainly [...]

Eagles already showing their hand

By designating free agent TE L.J. Smith as their Franchise Player, I think the Eagles are already showing their hand for 2008.

Many expected Smith to be gone, and perhaps he should be gone, but if they let him go they were bound to be downgraded at the position. By locking him down for at least one more year, it’s clear now the Eagles are going to make another run with their core group. That means, barring a trade offer that completely knocks their socks off, QB Donovan McNabb should be back in the saddle as the starter this year. Heck, if the team can bring in another useful receiver, this offense should be in great shape, and it should produce a few excellent fantasy options.

I wasn’t worried enough, in retrospect, about McNabb’s knee this past year, but I was worried about the potential loss of Smith. He’s just above average in the grand scheme of things, but I worried about the team not having a threat, and a vertical threat, in the middle of the field. Smith was a shell of his former self all year, and the Eagle offense was missing a key element.

Now, with Smith back, [...]

Super Tuesday

I wasn’t able to touch on the Super Bowl yesterday because I was finishing up the “Lessons Learned” article, but I’ll chime in here. I usually try to avoid taking about things that have been beaten to death, but this one was big.

First of all, I feel great for the Giants, and especially for Eli Manning. The Manning’s have a lot of haters out there, some in the media in fact, and they have been shut up, probably forever. There’s nothing more special in sports than watching teams and players execute at the most important time. It’s what these players prepare for and practice for decades, yet we rarely see a scenario unfold as dramatic as the one that unfolded at the end of that game. That last drive is still a blur to me because it was so intense. You gotta love sports.

I don’t know if the Patriots really cheated, and if they did, if it truly helped them. More specifically, I don’t know if what they did differed greatly from what other teams have done. I know there’s some damaging evidence, but I’m still not 100% sure. Regardless, they had to be taken down; it for [...]

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