Frankly Football: Players, coaches, assistants in the spotlight in 2008
Beginning Sunday we will have live, professional football games on TV for the next 25 straight weekends. How good does that sound?
Before the games kick off, I thought it might be fun to analyze three head coaches, three assistant coaches and three players who will be counted on to make a big impact on their respective teams.
Kubiak has done a wonderful job of rebuilding that team and can really make a statement as a head coach if he can find a way to win more than two road games this season. He's extremely smart, can manage a game and has been secure enough to surround himself with some very good assistant coaches. And Kubiak's greatest strength as an offensive coach will be demonstrated in his play-calling this year.
But this year is his big chance to put his real mark on the team and make a statement. His expertise is based in offensive football, and though he no longer calls the plays, he can set the direction and use his talents to get this passing game to a top 10 level. If he can accomplish that goal and make
Lewis has clearly allowed his assistant coaches to coach without his involvement. But now is the time to step in and do the things he wants to do. At the end of this season his success will be determined on how much he devotes his time into making his teams do the critical elements pertaining to winning. Being a leader is doing the right things all the time. Lewis needs to be the leader this year.
He led the Panthers to two road wins before the elbow gave out, and the Panthers season went downhill from there. Now with a much improved line, a big-time back (yes, another shoutout for
That would be an interesting tampering claim because it may open a whole set of other problems for Davis and the Raiders. The agent for Jordan also happens to be the agent for ex-Giant safety
• From the
I agree with Runyan and know from my own experience that if his fellow teammates don't feel Andrews' reasons are valid, there will be problems in the locker room. All the Eagles know the reasons Andrews is not in camp, and if they are angry, not sympathetic, with his absence, there can be huge problems if he ever returns.
• From the
Sounds like the Jets fans in attendance that day have the same enthusiasm as the Jets front office does about acquiring Favre from the Packers.
• From the
Lynch is a great teammate, player and person and the Broncos are a class organization. Denver being brutally honest with Lynch about his future and the team's expectations were the best course of action. It might not be what Lynch wants to hear, but it's the right way to deal with a great player. If the Favre situation was handled with this much communication and honesty, it would not be dominating the news every day.
• If I were
• If I were the Packers I would be worried about the durability of 2007 first-round pick defensive tackle
• If I were in Baltimore I might call Dallas and see if I could acquire one of its young offensive tackles. I would prefer 2007 fourth-round pick
• If I were a team playing the Browns I would be worried whenever returner
To all of the Hall of Fame inductees this weekend in Canton, a very special toast and thank you. This game is so great because of all the great players and coaches who have done so much for the advancement of the league. Congratulations to everyone. It's well deserved.