With the bulk of free agency already behind us, I thought it was a good time to take a quick look at the quarterbacks for 2008. I haven’t studied the position in-depth just yet, but here’s an early look.
My initial conclusions on this position are easy to come by. It’s a solid group with a lot of quality, but it’s extremely top-heavy. After the top 10-15 guys, all viable starters this coming year, there’s a massive drop-off. Especially after the top-20 there are a ton of weak options, such as (alphabetically by team): Matt Leinart, Chris Redman, Steve McNair, Trent Edwards, Kyle Orton/Rex Grossman, Brodie Croyle, John Beck/Josh McCown, Tarvaris Jackson, Kellen Clemens, JeMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, and Jeff Garcia.
That said it certainly looks like securing one of the top QBs fairly early will go down as a prudent move in 2008. Here’s an early look.
Tom Brady – His TD total will be down by 10+, and he’s still #1.
Peyton Manning – Anyone ever notice how no one really analyzes Manning? He’s really been above that for a number of years.
Tony Romo [...]
Just a few random thoughts today..
This week is tax week for me, which means I go through a range of emotions. I start with fear, then anxiety, and finally anger. I don’t even do my own taxes, but it takes me 2-3 full days to get all the stuff together for the accountant.
So I’ve been working on that all week, and also keeping up with the free agent tracker on the site. Adam Caplan and I will be doing a free agency Podcast this week, too, so check that out on the site either today or tomorrow if you’re interested. We’ll go over all the free agent activity, and Adam’s got a lot of good information on these guys in terms of their new team’s plans for them.
Also coming up the pike is our new site design. In case you didn’t catch the [...]
We’ve covered most of the key free agent signings in the Free Agent Tracker the last few days, but there are some other things that have caught my attention lately that are not actual signings.
As I was getting ready for bed last night I was thinking again about the Eagles and what I wrote about them over a month ago. To me, the Franchising of TE L.J. Smith signified how the Eagles were going to take another run with their current group and not tear and down and get rid of QB Donovan McNabb. As I was removing the many decorative pillows my wife insists on putting on my bed (37, I think), I had a good 10 minutes to think more about this situation. Now, seeing them sign Asante Samuel and Chris Clemons, and supposedly making a run at Randy Moss, it’s obvious: the Birds are going for it [...]
I heard the Brett Favre news in the car this morning, seconds before I walked into the dentist office. As I sat in the chair, I had to try to reflect on Favre and what’s been going on with his career these last few years. I had to actually think about how I felt because, quite frankly, I’m indifferent. Perhaps we’ve been conditioned to expect and deal with Favre’s (seemingly final) decision to retire. Perhaps I’m distracted because when I feel my bottom lip it feels like a catcher’s mitt
Early in his career, Favre was simply magnificent. He’s always played with a youthful vigor, but I must say I enjoyed that much more when he was actually youthful. It seemed more genuine then, but maybe that’s not Favre’s fault. At something point, probably around the year 2000, the media’s perception of Favre shifted a little and he went from being a star player to living legend. He was romanticized, perhaps to a fault. It got to be a little much. Again, I’m not sure that was Favre’s fault.
Favre’s dealt with a lot of personal adversity, and at times that fact was obvious in his demeanor, body language, even [...]
Posted: 3/2/08 @ 12:00 p.m. ET
Browns sign Donte Stallworth – Wow, what a weekend for the Browns. First they lock in Derek Anderson, a Pro Bowl caliber player in 2007. Then they added two big men to anchor the interior of their weak D-Line. Now, they have finally found a #2 WR, someone who can actually help their offense. Stallworth can not only help the Browns, he can put them over the top. Perfectly cast as the #2 alongside a sizable #1 and an elite TE, Stallworth should have plenty of opportunities to make plays after the catch and haul in some bombs from the strong-armed Anderson. As amazing as it sounds, between their very good line, running game, quarterback play, now receiving corps, not to mention the excellent coaching and scheming, the Browns are as complete [...]