As one of 50 voters for the Associated Press postseason all-pro team and award list, I voted for
I spoke Monday with
I agree. Just because you make a mistake one time doesn't mean you can't change your mind in the future.
Now, I also agree with the AP's decision to keep Cushing in contention for the award. It's up to the 50 voters to decide -- just the way it should be. If a majority feel he should be the defensive rookie of the year, then so be it. But I won't be one of his supporters. I'll spend the day considering my options, and I'm leaning toward Green Bay outside linebacker
Now for your e-mail:
"Take the Steelers. Big Ben to
Well put. Thanks for writing.
I do too. Here's the sense I got from being out there for three days last month: Carroll will significantly ratchet up the level of competition, which is important for a roster that was in need of repair. I like what I heard from the players I spoke with. And the best thing of all for Seattle, is the division. No
Unrest, no. But I do think it's fair to wonder if the current crop of young players -- who have not been on a Super Bowl champion -- give the coaching staff as much respect as the team did five years ago. That's what I sensed from what Brady said about the players needing to listen to Belichick more.
That's the $64,000 question and one we'll all be studying early in the season. Now, I don't think he had perfect attendance last year either. But he'll be missing, in all likelihood, at least half the offseason program this year. And we'll just have to wait to see how much of an impact that has on his season. No one knows.
They may not be relevant to Hall of Fame credentials, but my reporting on charity stuff in the offseason, when there are no games, is going to be more prevalent than during the season. There's more time for players to be involved in those things, and when I think it merits attention, I try to give it some attention.