The St. Louis Rams need to do whatever it takes to keep
The Dallas Cowboys, with a need at safety, should make a strong push for Atogwe themselves. He is a clear upgrade and potential difference maker for a team that is desperate to play the Super Bowl in its home stadium. But it isn't just Dallas that should make a run at Atogwe. The Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and others need to take a long look at him as well.
A common belief among league followers is that all of the attention being given to Atogwe right now is simply a matter of timing because there really isn't anything else of significance currently going on in the NFL. Though I'll agree that part of the attention is a matter of circumstance, he has toiled in relative obscurity for a horrendous Rams team and that more than offsets his unique early June free agency situation.
How well-known and highly regarded would Atogwe be nationally if he played for the New York Giants or the New England Patriots? We're talking about a guy that has pretty much been a turnover machine over the past four years. Just ponder his numbers for a minute.
Atogwe burst onto the scene his second year in the NFL in 2006 with three INTs, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. That's 11 potential game-changing plays in the NFL, where turnovers often can be and are the difference. In 2007 he wasn't able to force any fumbles. No matter, he more than made up for it by leading the NFC with eight INTs while also scoring a touchdown.
But 2008 was the real gem. Atogwe had five INTs, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries including another touchdown. That's 15 turnovers in which he was involved in that year, and the main reason why the Rams elected to franchise him after that season.
Last year was solid but not as spectacular as Atogwe had two INTs, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries before getting hurt in Week 12 and being shelved for the rest of the season. He still is the Rams best defensive player. Yes,
Greg's stuff is outstanding and many of you emailed to tell me that. That is why I try to talk with him fairly frequently, and also why his NFL Match-up show is so awesome. As for your question, the 3-4 offers more possibilities and options for the defense because of the extra defender who had the ability to stand up and move, thus making it harder for the offense to prepare.
No, it isn't. I ask every year, and every year I am told it is a Competition Committee issue. I think the NFL is missing out on a source of revenue because I know I would buy them.
Embrace and enjoy the idea of games ending in ties? No thanks. If that is a curiously American obsession than I am proud to be an American because a tie leaves an awkward taste in everyone's mouth. As for soccer, I grew up playing it as a youngster and have really tried to appreciate the game itself the past two World Cups, but I just can't. The coolest thing about it to me is the passion of the fans and players, not the action on the field. I defy someone to tell me that game is more entertaining than American football.