After a two-week hiatus, we’re back to bring you the best football knowledge money can buy. What better way to get you back into the swing of things than with the best division in football, the NFC East? Some guys have come (Vanderjagt, Randle El, Archuleta), some guys have gone (La’Roi Glover, Keyshawn, Ramsey) and some guys just can’t get enough of the East (T.O., LaVar Arrington). While we aren’t sure how these changes will pan out in the long run, we do know one thing: it’s gonna be fun to watch.
In 2005, the AFC West was home to three clear cut playoff-caliber teams. Unfortunately, only one of them, Denver, actually reached the postseason. This is probably the deepest division in the AFC and may be at risk to beat each other up all year, causing another couple of playoff-worthy teams to be cut down again. Find out in the fourth part of the series…
Tomorrow, I’m going to Best Buy and picking up a microphone. I’ve got to start practicing five minutes ago.
Training camps are about to start, fantasy leagues are being set up, and everyone’s starting to get football fever. This is the best time of the year… if you don’t count the 21 weeks when football is actually being played. So, what could be better than the third part of this series, as we take a look at the AFC South?
As we continue to grow ever closer to the start of the NFL season, anticipation of the upcoming fall grows as well. In the second part of this 8 part series, we’ll take a look at the AFC North and try to whet your appetite with a little football appetizer.
By David J. Cohen
NFL mandatory mini-camps have started and in Denver there is a bewildering absentee: Ashley Lelie. Lelie is holding out and demanding a trade because the Broncos are not going to hand him the number 1 receiver position on the team. He wants to go to a team that would place him in that role. The top two receivers on the team are reliable veteran Rod Smith, who gets it done year in and year out, and Javon Walker, who is coming off of an injury but has proven he can be a volatile offensive weapon in this league. Instead of going to camp and competing for the top spot Lelie is whining like a little girl (as his first name would indicate) because he knows that on the field, he isn’t good enough to beat these two out for the spot. And when you look at Lelie’s career production, he shouldn’t be a number one wide-out anywhere.
Being the marketing chief for an NFL team can be one of the hardest jobs in the league. You have to make everything about the team sound exciting and interesting, even though in most cases it isn’t. While they could never say anything bad about their own team, I’m pretty sure some of them want to. Here is a marketing pitch you won’t hear for each of the NFL’s 32 teams.
The NFL season is just around the corner and, personally, I just can’t wait. There are plenty of intriguing story lines leading up to the 2006 season. Many teams changed their look drastically in the off season. This is the beginning of an 8 part series to break down every NFL team, looking toward the upcoming year. We will look at the moves the teams made in the off season and what their strengths and weaknesses are. This is the first installment, previewing the AFC East.