Week 1 brought many fresh starts, but not everyone took advantage
We're invariably drawn to the storylines that involve the concept of second chances and second career acts in professional sports, and the NFL in Week 1 provided numerous examples of players who were starting over, either with a new team in a new city, or under the auspices of a new coaching staff that offered them a clean, blank slate.
Some took that fresh start and ran with it, and some, not so much. Here's a Week 1 scorecard of those players who began the process of relaunching their careers, and those who were seen wearing a new uniform but producing the same old disappointing result:
A few more random thoughts before we close the book on Week 1 ...
It's impossible to prove what effect the lockout had on the new coaching regimes around the league, but Cleveland, Tennessee, Denver, Minnesota, Carolina and Dallas all came up short and struggled to various degrees.
Romo is a lot like the Cowboys themselves. Both of them have much better reputations than their performance deserves. Both Romo and the franchise still benefit from the cache of the Cowboys brand, even though they've done little lately to add value to it.