But I won't understand these teams if they don't trade for
On the other hand, there's ...
The Giants and Eagles are Super Bowl contenders. They have veteran teams ready to win now. This is the time when front offices should read the market and act to bring in veterans. The only way I wouldn't do it, frankly, is if I were sure there was an injury factor, or attitude factor, or the compensation was more than, say, first- and fourth-round picks. Then I might shy away.
Just my two cents worth as we get ready for the draft.
Before I get into your e-mail, I
Personally, I don't think the Broncos should be interested in a quarterback in this draft, and if I were them, I would sit at 12 and 18 in the first round and go defense-defense.
Now onto your e-mail:
Tom, I would call using an offensive formation on five percent of the team's offensive snaps over the course of a season a "serious option.'' That said, I think the Dolphins would be short-sighted to trade the best guy they have to run it, if indeed they're serious about dealing
Brilliant point, Matt. The league has appointed a committee -- with interested parties
I don't know the answer, but it's a great offseason story. I'd guess offensive linemen. Look at the recent crop of tackles, for instance. We all laughed when
I assume you mean
I can only speak for myself, and obviously I'm prejudiced because I work with the guy. I just think four times a game he tells you something you don't know or something you say, "That's true -- and I wish I'd thought of that.''
I'm in the business, and I hear four or five or six things in the course of a Sunday in the studio that are insightful. I remember last year during the Jets-Patriots game on NFL Network when Collinsworth, before the snap of a play, questioned why Jets cornerback
There were eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Jets led by a touchdown, and obviously the Patriots were going to look for Moss. Collinsworth presaged what happened. Law had Moss, split wide right, in coverage. Law backed off all the way near the goal line, didn't bump Moss in the five-yard bump zone like he'd been doing all game, and Moss boxed him out near the goal line to make a great touchdown catch, sending the game to overtime. I just think that's why you pay analysts -- to say smart things at important times.
Joe, that's an interesting question. The problem is the Lions went 0-16 last year. If they make a principled stand, I think a lot of fans would love them, but would the fans of the Lions love it if the team made a good point while not getting any better on the field?
It's a novel concept, and I can't say it hasn't happened -- but I would sincerely doubt that the message coming from John Madden would sound any different than the message coming from Goodell. And that's not the part of the game Madden gets into anyway. He hates the business side.