Well we are back, or at least headed that direction. It has been a very busy offseason and there is a lot to look at before the season gets started. The annual Brett Favre watch is in full panic. Although my personal opinion is that Brett should stay down for the count it is clear my opinion is (as it should be) irrelevant.
It looks like his ankle may be trying to tell him something he should be figuring out with his brain and an abacus; he is old. The opponents are relatively younger and faster every season and his body does not recover as it once did. Still, if he can, expect him to come back, even if it is after the season starts. What his level of play will be like and how long he will last are open questions. Remember that anything that affects how a quarterback sets up can severely hurt the throwing motion, so getting this ankle completely healthy is important.
The approach that the Chargers have taken with Jackson and McNeill does not look like it is working well at least if the team goal is a Super Bowl. Playing hardball may be a good move for the bottom line but it tends to create hard feelings for those on the opposite side. It also has some affect on the players not involved and their attitudes toward the management and the team. While everyone understands that the NFL is a business, football is a team game and anything that even marginally creates distractions can show up in the win loss column.
Less clear is what is going on between the Jets and Revis. Understandably, he wants to be paid as the NFL’s best cornerback because that is what he is and the Jets are willing to negotiate. (Right now Asomugha is the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.) The question will likely be settled before the season the sticking point seems to be guaranteed money and overall terms that will make him the highest paid at his position. As the contract is not guaranteed money this latter point, the ego massage of being the “highest paid” should be easily resolved, real money will be the sticking point.
We will be doing our usual office pool picks starting week one, they will be up on Wednesday night except when there is a Thursday game when the picks will go up on Tuesday night with picks going throughout the post season. Occasional opinion pieces will be put up as time permits and the mood strikes.