Part of the reason for the unpredictability lies off the field. The imminent labor issue and potential lockout clouded free agency and quieted the trade market. As a result, some teams that were one move or one player away from taking that next step stood pat.
The Chargers, one of several up-and-down teams this year, are a prime example with the holdouts of wide receiver
The trade market has been silent. Many expected the Vikings to deal for a receiver, but it would have taken a combination of money, contract years and draft picks. They decided not to take that risk. The conservative outlook is popular among teams, which may explain why
Jeff Fisher's team has a history of being aggressive and, at times, too aggressive. We all remember
Like I said, this happens around the league, some teams more than others. Normally, physical players gain a psychological edge if they get in the heads of opponents. However, that reputation becomes a problem when it goes public. That's when referees get involved. Now that the Titans have an increased reputation as dirty players, do you really think they'll get the benefit of the doubt from officials on questionable calls?
Let me make it clear that
The Rams (2-2) have the best chance to capitalize if the 49ers can't turn it around. I've been watching
The Seahawks (2-2) and Cardinals (0-4) are without identities. In Seattle, they're still trying to figure out what kind of coach they have in