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QUESTIONS FROM CAMP
Peter King
August 01, 2011
TEN PRESSING ISSUES IN WHAT WILL BE A BIZARRE PRESEASON
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August 01, 2011

Questions From Camp

TEN PRESSING ISSUES IN WHAT WILL BE A BIZARRE PRESEASON

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6. WWJD? (What Will Jerry Do?)

It had to burn Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that two storied franchises played in his stadium in the Super Bowl last February—and neither was his. Jones could reprise the good ol' days and overpay for a great free-agent corner (see "Sanders, Deion") to get the spotlight back. There are those around the league who think free agent Nnamdi Asomugha will take his talents to South Fork. Stay tuned.

7. Which coach is under the most pressure?

New Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has never been an NFL coordinator before, and he has to get an undersized rookie, second-round pick Andy Dalton of TCU, ready to start at quarterback in six weeks. Welcome to the big leagues.

8. Is Brett Favre coming back?

Please, God, no. Highly doubtful, I'm told. But since when has that stopped the torrent of speculation?

9. Can Peyton Manning throw?

It's been two months since his second neck surgery in a year and a half. He's unsigned. (He can't do a thing until he inks a deal to become the highest-paid player in history, and he's already turned down $25 million a year.) I don't think the Colts are worried about the 35-year-old's health—yet—but it's not the ideal way for a Super Bowl contender to start the summer.

10. What's the best advice for football traditionalists?

This comes from one playoff coach in the wake of the CBA megadeal: "Be patient. Don't cut some rookie you like because he keeps making mental mistakes. What did you expect? He never played pro football before, and he's got to learn everything in a month."

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