It's kind of fitting
I know it's all bouquets and valentines when you've had a Hall of Fame career and you get the added bonus of walking away as a Super Bowl champion, but you should know that when Strahan was holding out of Giants camp last summer, there were plenty of folks in the New York organization who weren't exactly heartbroken over his absence or willing to accept his motives on face value.
Yes, Strahan was a team leader within the Giants locker room. But not all the time. Strahan was a master at that me-first, sporadic sort of leadership that some athletes demonstrate best when the TV lights get turned on and the cameras are pointed at them. By and large, Strahan was seen within the Giants as someone who never lost track of what was best for Strahan at any particular moment.
The best news for New York is that just as last year, when
Don't get me wrong. Without Strahan, the Giants will be missing a superb player who could still greatly impact a game 15 years into his career. But on the whole, New York's Super Bowl title defense didn't suffer its first major setback this week. Far from it. In addition to the heroics, Strahan always provided a few headaches for Giants coach
Strahan will be a natural, of course, and by August he'll likely have gone public with more than a few opinions to stir things up in New York, Tiki-style. Get ready for Mike's take on the
Lynch's potential involvement in that hit-and-run accident in Buffalo is still a story without an ending, but the other two running backs may have cost themselves a career with their penchant for poor decision-making.
• Speaking of poor decisions, you can add Benson to the long list of Chicago's first-round misses -- and it's not just running backs. In the past 15 drafts alone, the Bears have selected the following underachievers in the opening round: defensive end
That's quite the haul of failure.
• Without too much imagination required, here's a potential lineup of No. 1 running backs in the NFC North: Minnesota's
That's two rookies (Forte and Smith) and two second-year veterans (Peterson and Grant, with the Packers running back being classified as a first-year player, rather than a rookie, in 2007). Youth will be served this year in the NFC North.
• I'm not sure quite what to make of the news that
• To those who wonder about the wisdom of Washington hiring
As Reid enters his 10th season in Philadelphia, he's not only tied with Seattle's
Washington is on its sixth coach in that span --
One more footnote: If you consider that Holmgren's Seahawks were an AFC West team for his first three seasons in Seattle, until the NFL realigned to eight divisions in 2002, Reid is the dean of all NFC head coaches in terms of continuous service to one team.
• Now Seattle receiver
Honestly, how many times can you get worked up about a player missing OTAs or minicamps? When we get to late July and they start taking roll at training camp, that's when you have a story worth following. And even then, a training camp holdout is not necessarily a catastrophe, as
• Three final thoughts:
-- Anybody but me surprised that ex-Jaguars quarterback
-- Anybody caught off guard by
-- Anybody get the feeling that by now