Posted: Friday May 12, 2006 4:37PM; Updated: Monday May 15, 2006 11:47PM
It didn't take Brett Favre long to hit the practice field after he decided he would return for the '06 season.
DALLAS COWBOYS Key question: Who will block? The Cowboys added tackle Jason Fabini and guard Kyle Kosier, but until they see that left tackle Flozell Adams has fully recovered from an ACL tear, the team's offensive line has to be a concern. Dallas is fully stocked at the skill positions, and the defense is stacked with young talent. The fragile line is a potential Achilles' heel.
NEW YORK GIANTS Key question: How will LaVar fit in? A fresh start may be just what LaVar Arrington needed, but the Giants can't afford any more distractions in the locker room. And even if he's behaving now, Arrington is one of those players who seems to make situations difficult. The Giants, however, could have one of the scariest pass rushes in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Key question: How well is McNabb moving? With Terrell Owens gone, the Philly media will completely focus on quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has reportedly recovered from his sports hernia. This offseason is key for McNabb to establish a real connection with his receivers and try to repeat the success he had in 2004.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS Key question: How good is Campbell? Second-year quarterback Jason Campbell is a luxury for coach JoeGibbs because starter Mark Brunell was pretty good last year. But you get the feeling Gibbs is itching to see what Campbell can do. Campbell's not going to beat out Brunell, but if he looks great this offseason, he'll make an eventual switch for Gibbs easier.
CHICAGO BEARS Key question: Who's going to help the offense? The Bears surprised some experts by focusing on defense in this year's draft. They haven't made any notable upgrades to an offense that ranked No. 29 last year. They'd better hope a couple of guys start to impress this offseason, because they can't go into the season thinking a healthy Rex Grossman is all they need to improve.
DETROIT LIONS Key question: Is it all about attitude? New coach Rod Marinelli is living up to his drill-sergeant reputation by overworking his players and getting in trouble with the NFL after players complained about workouts. You have to love the new approach for a team that has shown no encouraging signs in recent years. There is a lot of work to do with this team in the offseason with a new coach, a new QB and probably several new starters.
GREEN BAY PACKERS Key question: Who will Favre throw to? Now that the big question has been answered -- Brett Favre is coming back -- there are lots of little questions for Green Bay. With few reliable weapons around him, Favre will have to break in a couple of new receivers this season. Donald Driver will be the No. 1 guy, leaving Robert Ferguson, Marc Boerigter, Rod Gardner and second-round pick Greg Jennings to battle for No. 2. Jennings looked promising in the Pack's first minicamp.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS Key question: Can this team ever right the ship? Minnesota's long string of scandals continues, although the latest, the dismissal of VP of player personnel Fran Foley, is a relatively small mess compared with the scandals of the past. Minnesota appears to have gotten rid of most of its troubling players (Randy Moss, Onterrio Smith, Daunte Culpepper, etc.), but you never know with this franchise. New coach Brad Childress seems like he's not afraid of controversy and might be good for a few juicy headlines this offseason.