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Off-the-wall Offseason!

Posted on: March 3, 2009 3:47 pm

We're a month removed from the Super Bowl and the NFL headlines seem to be just as exciting. Why? Because there seems to be as many superstars taking Jets and hiring movers as there are journeyman players this season. Usually, the NFL junkies of the world get one hit in the offseason in the form of a big name player. Favre retires, comes back to the Jets. McNair to Baltimore. A story here and a story there. For someone on the Jones, one good story isn't a good enough fix for the long almost half-year those junkies must go without football.

But this year is quite different. There's almost too many big moves being made to digest. And with the state the economy is in now, the amount of money being thrown around is laughable. However, it just wouldn't be right to rant on the moves...

Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel traded to Kansas City for 2nd Round Pick
As much as you can commend the Patriots for quietly resolving what could've been a huge quarterback controversy, credit also has to be given to the Chiefs. As much as we've seen from Matt Cassel the best guess on him seems to be that he's a starter-caliber player. Vrabel may not be the linebacker that he once was, but he can still play and his mentoring value is significant. So how much do you pay for a starting QB and veteran linebacker? The Chiefs paid for it with a single second round pick. That's certainly more than I wrote down. Back to the Patriots, kudos to them on avoiding controversy and clearing some cap room. Now even the star-studded Patriots can go into the free agency market with a little spending money.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs with Seattle
Yeah, sure, you might scratch your head at this one at first, but put yourself in T.J.'s shoes. Your star QB was out all last season which precipitated a team-wide downfall. Furthermore, the rest of the receiving corps. your in is comprised of a lesser known Henry who, while having enormous potential, has yet to burst onto the scene and the walking, talking clown that is Chad Johnson. Wouldn't you take your first ticket out, even if it was to a team in full rebuilding mode? At least in Seattle, T.J. can know he is the go-to guy and doesn't have to share the spotlight with a guy who seems to be more and more suited to be a halftime show than a professional wide receiver.

Albert Haynesworth signs with Washington
This one looks like it will have to be one of those "wait and see's". Haynesworth could be the most talented player on the market, but going to a struggling Washington offense, his impact remains uncertain. However, the Redskins have made a few other smart moves like resigning DeAngelo Hall. Perhaps one or two more sleepers in the draft, and Washington's defense is on the road to recovery. If they can reattain that Top 5 defense they once had, there will be 4 legitimate threats in the NFC East.

Chris Canty signs with New York Giants
It's almost always a risk when you leave one NFC East team for another. In this case, however, leaving Dallas was probably a smart move for Canty, even if his destination isn't the most desirable for him. The Cowboys are still reeling from the bad P.R. tsunami that was Pacman Jones (No, Adam, you're back to being called Pacman) and many still believe leaving Wade Phillips in power there is an error in judgement. Whatever the deal is, the Cowboys, however good, have struggled to go very far in the postseason in almost a decade, leaving many to believe there is some sort of glass ceiling in Dallas that has yet to be broken. Even if you leave for a conference rival like New York, at least you know a team that has recently gone past that glass ceiling and is never out of the running to do it again.


Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:36 pm

Off-the-wall Offseason!


I'm optomistic about Haynesworth. Unlike free agent pro-bowlers in the past, Haynesworth isn't a true household name and only recently became a big money player, thanks to the Redskins. You're right, though, that there is a history with the REdskins and signing pro-Bowlers who just don't work out.


I don't know if I would call the Giants scary. Their defense, sure, assuming they stay healthy. But there offense just doesn't seem to produce the way it should on paper. Nevertheless, they seem to be the early favorites to win the division. I swallowed my words hard when I called for them to finish last in the division last year and I won't make the mistake of underestimating this team again.


As for the Seahawks, yes, I would call it rebuilding mode. Sure, you need Matt Hasselbeck healthy, but even a healthy Hasselbeck doesn't deter the fact that Seattle has slowly lost it's weapons over the years. They could likely go 8-8, maybe even 9-7, but unless Houshmandzadeh becomes a top performer in the league for Seattle, the offense will sputter at times and when you have to play teams like Arizona twice, they just won't be able to win those shootouts.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:25 pm

Off-the-wall Offseason!

Great blog and your right, gotta love the movement to keep you interested instead of jonesing for it.

Seattle Seahawks in full rebuilding mode? Really....??? Really?? Don't see it even close to that way. I call this offseason getting healthy mode, but rebuilding mode is not in the cards. There were so many injuries last season that you cannot look too deep into the problems the team had last year. Sure they have sent Rocky Bernard and Maurice Morris out of town and brought in TJ from Cincy and Cole on the D-line from Green Bay, but they had to make a decision as to who the featured back would be and I think they upgraded the run-stopping capabilies with Cole. TJ Houshmandzadeh in the slot adds more to the west coast offense than you are giving credit for as well. Matt Hasselbeck lives on the short passing game and with Housh and John Carlson catching the ball 6-20 yards over the middle all day long, they could bring back Steve Largent to run the outside and spread a defense out and still have success. You mark my words, the Seahawks will shock the Cardinals this year and make an impact in the playoffs.

Chris Canty going to the Giants, this team is going to be scary this year....that is all I have to say about the Giants and all of the NFC East for that matter.

Haynesworth and Redskins will screw this up, Daniel Snyder will do his usual stupid move and probably end up pushing Jim Zorn out of town or something. There will be turmoil, always is and it will get the team to underperform at some point.

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