The NFL tends to draw more attention from me than most other sports. I guess I’m part of the trend toward the NFL and away from other sports. Strangely enough, as much as I like to watch NFL games, I enjoy college football even more. Anyway, now that I’ve said something meaningless, here’s a few items of interest to me this season.
How long will it take the Atlanta Falcons to recover?
I’ve spent many years watching the Atlanta Falcons – New Orleans Saints rivalry, starting from the early years when Atlanta would routinely put a whiping on the Saints down to the last few years as New Orleans has assumed some superiority. I’d like to see the Falcons recover quickly. But Mike Smith has taken on the job of rebuilding a team that is weak on talent and badly damaged mentally. It’s going to be tough. How he handles it is going to be interesting.
Taking on a new personality is also in the cards for the Green Bay Packers. I am personally sick and tired of the whole Brett Favre thing and I’ve got a feeling that as much as they love Brett, Green Bay Packers fans are sick of it too. Isn’t it disloyal of Favre to keep yanking everyone’s chain? And let’s face it, Favre won one Super Bowl, not quite in the league of say Joe Montana. Aaron Rodgers looks to be a good candidate for developing into a solid NFL quarterback if he gets the chance. Will his command of the team always be in question if Favre is sitting on the sidelines? Here’s my advice: Let Favre know he’s welcome back to the team as a backup only if his head is in the right place. If it’s not, cut him.
Can the Oakland Raiders be saved from Alzheimer’s Al? Seriously, is there any doubt that Al Davis has lost control? Let’s face it, it happens to the best of us. As we get older it’s entirely possible to become less capable. Time to let go.
As strong as the San Diego Chargers look I’m repeating my prediction: No NFL Head Coach named Norv will win the Super Bowl.
Eli Manning seems to have silenced his critics with the New York Giants Super Bowl win. Can he now put himself in the same class as his big brother?
The New England Patriots have one of the least challenging schedules in the NFL. Chances are they will put together 14-16 wins. Is that good or bad. When it only takes one play to keep you out of a Super Bowl, wouldn’t you want to face some serious challenges along the way, toughen up your team, and learn to battle for four quarters? Can you do that when you play patsies most of the season. My thinking is that while the Pats are a sure lock for the playoffs, the field of daisies regular season will cost them the Super Bowl.