Frankly Football: Which teams are better, worse than we first thought
I read an interesting comment the other day in
That answer may work for some in the NFL, but the higher-ups here at SI.com want me to know something about preseason and tell you all the things I have learned. So let's get started.
So far this preseason, the Texans have a positive swagger and look to their team. Drafting Virginia Tech offensive tackle
The offense is very talented, led by quarterback
On defense the Texans seem to have finally benefited from drafting top defensive linemen the last two years.
The Texans have a very tough beginning of the season, playing three road games in September against three 2007 playoff teams -- the Steelers, the Jaguars and the Titans. But the way Houston is playing this preseason indicates the Texans will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
After watching him play and execute the offense this preseason, I am very impressed. His eye level is down the field, which is a key trait for quarterbacks. He has a rhythm to his game and seems to have improved his overall accuracy. Jackson is never going to be like
He reminds me of a young
The only real concern the Vikings will have is the pending ruling on left tackle
With injuries to some of their offensive linemen and running back
For the Ravens, it will be important to get their offensive line healthy, play solid defense and continue to make a few plays in the kicking game. But based on this preseason, this offense will be a work in progress all season and points will be very hard to create.
I know it's early and the Cowboys were coming off a tough two-week stretch, but in the Denver game, the Cowboys locked onto blocks and allowed
With 2007 first-round pick
• From the
One thing I have learned in my 23 years in the NFL is the owners own the team. And it will always be THEIR team. I feel bad for Lewis as he tries to control the locker room with everyone knowing he was completely against this move. In fact, someone actually paid for a billboard sign on Interstate 75 in Kentucky, with the words, "Chris Henry Again? Are you serious"?
• From the
Henne has been very impressive for the Dolphins and could not be in a better situation for his growth as he becomes an NFL quarterback. Henne, right now, appears to be the best rookie quarterback in the 2008 draft, and even though the Dolphins have signed Pennington to be the starter, look for Henne to receive regular season work.
• From the
And right now, Bucs GM
• From HBO's Hard Knocks: "He hates losing more than he likes winning," Cowboys WR
I just love that quote. And it's backed up in how Romo approaches the game. I've been told that he never played tennis before high school and was challenged to a match by the best player on the varsity team. Romo won without losing a set. The passionate will to win is what takes him from being good to great.
• If I were the Cleveland Browns, I would be a little worried about my team's ability to play man-to-man in the secondary. The Browns' season will come down to their defensive lines' ability to apply pressure on the passer, because right now, the Browns don't appear to be able to cover in the secondary.
• If I were a team playing the Denver Broncos, I would worry more about their passing game than their running game. The Broncos, with
• If I were the Green Bay Packers, I might want to try and run the ball a little more and take the pressure off
• If I were the Philadelphia Eagles, I would be happy
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the