Lotsa happenings so far this offseason. I figured would could keep all the offseason changes in one thread for easy reference. Also this thread can be updated with draft results. Or smack talk. Or anything else football related. (Is it September yet??) I’ll start with a few changes off the top of my head, please add anything that you know.
Trades that will likely make large impact:
Ricky Williams is now a Dolphin. I think he is going to really shine here and become an elite NFL back and quiet his critics.
Terry Glenn is a Packer. This drama queen is a tossup in my opinion – He might really shake some of his problems and become a big name payer again. Or he might continue being a jackass and do nothing. As far as the NFC goes, I kinda have a soft spot for the Pack so I hope he does well.
London Fletcher is now a Buffalo Bill, and Sam Cowert is gone from Buffalo. An equal trade, if not an udgrade, for the Bills.
The New York Jets lost their entire Defense. The Jax Jags lost a lot of players, both in the expansion draft. Are they going to call the Houston Texans the Jacksonville Jets?
Warrack Dunn is an Atlanta Falcon. With Vick and Dunn in the backfield, the Falcons will have all the speed they need. But can Vick throw the ball at an NFL level?
Michael Pittman is a Buccaneer. I think he may do very well here, depending on how much of the load he can carry, and depending on what happens with Alstott.
And due to that last note, Thomas Jones is now the starter in Arizona. A lot of people are high on this kid but I just am not convinced (although my mind isn’t shut yet, either)
Quady Ismael is now a Colt. I gotta think he is an upgrade over Wayne or Pathon. Manning now can drop bombs all day long. And since we’re on the colts, hows about Edge’s injury? When will he be back to 100%? How big a role will Rhodes play this year, especially early on?
Lamar Smith goes to Carolina. Yawn. Now he and Richard Huntey can battle to see who is the worst starting RB in the league.
A few potential changes that are still unknowns:
What is up with Drew Bledsoe? I’ve heard rumblings again about him in Cincinnati (this after he said he didn’t want to play there.) If the Bengals got a QB they could make some waves with Warrick and Dillion.
Where will Ricky Watters suit up? I can think of several cities that would benefit with him (Cleveland, Detroit, Houston). I think he still has a couple good years left in him.
Will Michael Bennett reach his potential this year? He showed some flashes towards the end of last year. Again, I have no real opinion, but it will be fun to watch. Speaking of the Vikes, where will eyebrows crybaby Carter be next year? Football or announcing? And still speaking of the Vikes, will their new Offensive coordinator whip Randy Moss’s ass until he is the # 1 WR in the NFL, like he should be?
Will Eddie George regain his elite status? Or are his spectacular days behind him? If he is back, do they keep Skip Hicks? I was impressed with this kid in what little I saw of him last year.
What will happen to the geriatric (but still dangerous as hell) offense in Oakland now that Chucky is gone? Gannon, Brown and Rice – will they all be back? Will the new coach allow them to stick to what worked for them last year? And will it be Wheatley or Charlie Garner running?
Where is Keenan McCardell going? He is defiantly a solid WR who many teams would be happy to have.
Where will Johnie Morton land? I think the that Lions made a big mistake letting him go. HE will be a key # 2 receiver for a great team or a good # 1 receiver for a not so great team.
And a couple of the “will it be the old veteran or young buck” questions:
Hearst, or Barlow in SF?
GreenBalls or Pennington in NYJ?
Rookies next year:
What big name draftees do you expect to make noise in the NFL this year? QBs – David Carr and Joey Harrington. RBs include William Green, TJ Duckett, DeShaun Foster, and Clinton Portis to name a few. WRs include Ashlie Lelie, Donte Stallworth, Josh Reed, and Antonio Bryant.
**And a very special “up yours”: **
to the Ravens who got decimated this offseason because of the salary cap. What do they have, maybe half the starters they had last year? They will be lucky to win 5 games this year.
Anywho, a few items for discussion. Throw your own out there, too. I’m sure I forgot a lot of things.
[sub]Goddam, on preview, this is much longer than I expected it would be.[/sub]