Posted on: March 3, 2009 3:47 pm

Off-the-wall Offseason!

We're a month removed from the Super Bowl and the NFL headlines seem to be just as exciting. Why? Because there seems to be as many superstars taking Jets and hiring movers as there are journeyman players this season. Usually, the NFL junkies of the world get one hit in the offseason in the form of a big name player. Favre retires, comes back to the Jets. McNair to Baltimore. A story here and a story there. For someone on the Jones, one good story isn't a good enough fix for the long almost half-year those junkies must go without football.

But this year is quite different. There's almost too many big moves being made to digest. And with the state the economy is in now, the amount of money being thrown around is laughable. However, it just wouldn't be right to rant on the moves...

Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel traded to Kansas City for 2nd Round Pick
As much as you can commend the Patriots for quietly resolving what could've been a huge quarterback controversy, credit also has to be given to the Chiefs. As much as we've seen from Matt Cassel the best guess on him seems to be that he's a starter-caliber player. Vrabel may not be the linebacker that he once was, but he can still play and his mentoring value is significant. So how much do you pay for a starting QB and veteran linebacker? The Chiefs paid for it with a single second round pick. That's certainly more than I wrote down. Back to the Patriots, kudos to them on avoiding controversy and clearing some cap room. Now even the star-studded Patriots can go into the free agency market with a little spending money.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs with Seattle
Yeah, sure, you might scratch your head at this one at first, but put yourself in T.J.'s shoes. Your star QB was out all last season which precipitated a team-wide downfall. Furthermore, the rest of the receiving corps. your in is comprised of a lesser known Henry who, while having enormous potential, has yet to burst onto the scene and the walking, talking clown that is Chad Johnson. Wouldn't you take your first ticket out, even if it was to a team in full rebuilding mode? At least in Seattle, T.J. can know he is the go-to guy and doesn't have to share the spotlight with a guy who seems to be more and more suited to be a halftime show than a professional wide receiver.

Albert Haynesworth signs with Washington
This one looks like it will have to be one of those "wait and see's". Haynesworth could be the most talented player on the market, but going to a struggling Washington offense, his impact remains uncertain. However, the Redskins have made a few other smart moves like resigning DeAngelo Hall. Perhaps one or two more sleepers in the draft, and Washington's defense is on the road to recovery. If they can reattain that Top 5 defense they once had, there will be 4 legitimate threats in the NFC East.

Chris Canty signs with New York Giants
It's almost always a risk when you leave one NFC East team for another. In this case, however, leaving Dallas was probably a smart move for Canty, even if his destination isn't the most desirable for him. The Cowboys are still reeling from the bad P.R. tsunami that was Pacman Jones (No, Adam, you're back to being called Pacman) and many still believe leaving Wade Phillips in power there is an error in judgement. Whatever the deal is, the Cowboys, however good, have struggled to go very far in the postseason in almost a decade, leaving many to believe there is some sort of glass ceiling in Dallas that has yet to be broken. Even if you leave for a conference rival like New York, at least you know a team that has recently gone past that glass ceiling and is never out of the running to do it again.

Posted on: September 16, 2008 11:48 am

NFL Week 2 In Review

Wow. What a way to end the week with that Monday Night Game. It was a shootout for sure! You had Tony Romo slinging TD's, Donovan McNabb hitting his targets, DeSean Jackson shooting himself in the foot. There was all kinds of gunslinging action going on last night.
But Tony Kornheiser was right, it was the kind of game where you have to appreciate what you are watching. In fact, the only people upset by that game are probably those who had either Philadelphia or Dallas as their starting fantasy defense.
But as good as that game was, the rematch looks to be even better. Last night, you had two offensive megaweapons bruising and bashing each other over the course of 60 minutes to a point where the two teams finished within four point of each other. The are the same two teams that by and large everyone expects to finish one and two in the NFC East, a division that is super close year in and year out. So when do these teams meet again? The answer is the last week of the season. Not only could it be a potential playoff matchup, but it could be a Week 17 game to decide the division, one in which whoever wins is automatically included in discussions of a Super Bowlappearance. Could that be hyped up anymore with 4 months to go?
But last night's game wasn't the only action that is noteworthy for this second week. There was Shanahan's semi-psychotic-flash-of-genius decision to go for two. But after the call they got on that botched throw from Cutler, Shanahan must have thought there were some forces of nature behind his team. And with the way Cutler threaded the needle on that conversion after failing to even throw the ball forward just a few plays prior, I'm not one to disagree. There really must be angels in Denver's backfield. Just don't expect Danny Glover to play Mike Shanahan.
Speaking of supernatural forces, how much bad karma does Norv Turner have? He's now lost two games he was favored to win right at the end. And this is the team that everyone was saying could be raising the trophy in February. Actually, though, given last year's champ, maybe starting 0-2 is the right way to get to the Super Bowl. Now all we need is for Turner to have his head in the guillotine as his team makes an 8-play goaline stand next week to win the game (Don't ask the Redskins to make an encore appearance for that, though.)
But that wasn't all that happened in Week 2. The Patriots won with Cassel, the Colts redeemed themselves from that Sunday night blunder, and Buffalo Bills are 2-0. Yeah, the Bills. I know. Forget the Jets could Buffalo be the team to challenge New England for the division. It'll take me a fe wmore weeks to be convinced, but with Brady down, the Jets having Favre and the Bills winning, it seems pretty clear that anything this year is possible.
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