Frankly Football (cont.)
John Madden had a saying about depth charts in football: "When you think you have a lot of something, you have nothing." That quote came to mind when 49ers coach Mike Nolan made this statement regarding his QB situation: "The pleasing thing to me is that we have three guys who can win a game for us." When one of those three guys happens to be former No. 1 pick Alex Smith, you might think he would clearly outshine the competition. But maybe Madden is right -- they have nothing.
The Bears did a very smart thing getting Tommie Harris to agree to a long-term contract and I expect them to get something done rather soon on an extension with returner Devin Hester. Hester is the key to helping turn this Bears offense around, giving them a real touchdown maker for their offense.
If Albert Haynesworth plays in 2008 like he did in 2007, he will be one of the highest paid non-quarterback players in the NFL -- ever. The Titans have been reluctant to commit huge dollars until they are convinced he will play hard all the time. They are hoping that '07 was the real Haynesworth. He dominated the game last year unlike any defensive player I have seen since the late, great Reggie White.
Former Rutgers running back Ray Rice seems to be making an impression in Baltimore. 'It's the size of the heart that makes a great player," Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said of the 5-foot-9 rookie. "If we felt like size was an issue, he probably wouldn't be here." Rice is short, not small, and has the running skills to make help the Ravens offense better. He'll put pressure on starter Willis McGahee.
If I ...
If I were with the Cleveland Browns, I would make sure my backup offensive lineman had experience and were well-schooled in pass protection because I want Brady Quinn to have a great 2008 preseason. One great preseason might light up the phone lines with trade offers from teams that don't have a quarterback and potentially allow the Browns to recoup their investment in Quinn. Quinn may never be a starter in Cleveland as long as Anderson plays as well as he did in 2007.
If I were with the Tampa Bay Bucs, I would not give Chris Simms a hard time about missing the mandatory minicamp this past week, considering the Bucs medical staff put Simms back on the field with a ruptured spleen. I think there needs to be a meeting of the minds between Simms and the Bucs. Why did the Bucs turn down trades from two teams on draft day for Simms?
If I were with the New York Jets, I might call Jerry Reese, the Giants general manager, and discuss trading my unhappy tight end Chris Baker for his unhappy tight end Jeremy Shockey. Baker is a better blocker then Shockey and Shockey is the better receiver. Both are unhappy for different reasons and both need a change of scenery -- badly.
Taking A Knee
"Well, my dad was a force of nature. And now his own cycle in nature is complete. But his spirit lives on in everybody who loves their country, loves their family, loves their faith, and loves those Buffalo Bills."
You can bet the 2008 Bills will have someone watching over them this year.