Tuesday, March 19th, 2002
Two years ago, the Ravens won a Super Bowl with defense. So every other team
in the league built up their defenses. This year, the Patriots did it with
very few big names. Since the NFL is such a copycat league, we are now seeing
less of the big free agency signings. Teams would rather keep their own since
they already know what they have. The days of free agency making a major
impact are no longer among us.
This year, we have the Houston Texans building a roster. They have no real
salary cap and they have the choice seat in the draft. I still think with
all this, they will still be next year's worst team in the league. Sure,
they have some names and they have a proven coach, but they have little else.
I really cannot see the draft giving them what they need to win more than
five games. The addition of another team is good for the league and opens
the door to adding another team in Los Angeles soon. But new teams need years
to build, the league can do only so much to make them competitive. I give
them style points for the logo and little else.
As far as players moving, the biggest surprise would have to be the Saints
giving up on Ricky Williams. I think the Dolphins will get a huge boost in
the backfield if he can stay healthy. The Dolphins' passing game was awesome
last year with Chris Chambers catching everything thrown within the same
zip code. Now with the addition of Williams, the 'Fins have a well-rounded
attack thru the air and on the ground. They should be fun to watch, yet the
big question remains, will Williams stay healthy?
The other move that I personally hope turns out to be blessing in disguise
is the trade the Packers worked out with the Patriots to bring Terry Glenn
to Green Bay. Glenn is probably the best receiver the Packers have had since
the days of Sterling Sharpe. The big question here is will his head be in
it? The change of scenery to the north woods and the frozen tundra may be
good for Glenn. He will also have Brett Farve to reel him in if he steps
out of line. With the departure of all three of the Packers' top receivers,
Glenn is now the star of the Packer passing attack.
This year's NFL meeting was more like a dinner party than a meeting. The
only rule talked about was the tuck rule which helped get the Patriots to
the Super Bowl. All it really does is gives new meaning to the arm going
forward rule. But it was not even voted on at this meeting. Most of the talk
was about the salary cap and how close every team is to the ceiling. This
was just a reason to talk shop and get some golfing in.
The biggest move so far has to be the coaching move the Redskins made. Getting
Steve Spurrier has made Dan Snyder look again like a man who is willing to
spend anything, but still does not use his head. Spurrier has no experience
at this level. Yes, he is a great coach, but I don't believe he is a coach
who will succeed in the NFL. He may learn quickly that his style of offense
is great in college, but lacking at this higher level of play.
In less then a months, we once again get to spend two full days watching
the NFL draft. All the hype should start in the next week. There is no real
number one pick on everyone's list. The Texans hold the key to that one and
who knows which way they will lean.
Fellow football fans, that is about it for this time of year. Once the draft
and mini camps take place, I am sure we will have much more to work with.
Keep hanging in there in the dreary offseason!