Joe-Pinions: Sports

5 Jan 2012 – Random NFL Thoughts

Posted in Football (NFL) by txtmstrjoe on 05/01/2012

Instead of a coherent post on a singular theme or topic, today I present a bunch of haphazard thoughts on the NFL.

  • I have to confess that I’m somewhat amused with the reaction from San Diego Chargers fans to the announcement that the team’s general manager, A.J. Smith, and head coach Norv Turner, were set to return next year despite what most observers (including yours truly) say has been yet another year of gross underachievement by Southern California’s only NFL team.  I think that it’s a bit silly for the Chargers fan base to complain about their team’s state of affairs now, of all times, since their window of winning (or at least more seriously challenging for) the Super Bowl closed at least one year before LaDainian Tomlinson lost his legs.  Without wanting to be intentionally insulting, when have the Chargers been worth a damn anyway?  Isn’t mediocrity the usual state of affairs for this team?
  • The Oakland Raiders’ huge gamble to trade away a good chunk of their future (via the draft) to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer turned out to be a fool’s ploy in hindsight.  Head coach (and presumably the Raiders’ new top dog) Hue Jackson’s move to mortgage the team’s future to get Palmer in a bid to win right now was audacious, but was ultimately foolish.  The bottom line:  You just can’t plug in a player into a football team without any real time for him to get fully integrated in a team’s system.  This is especially true for quarterbacks.
  • The most dangerous playoff team in the NFC, I very strongly feel, is not the defending champion Green Bay Packers; the New Orleans Saints take that honor.  While not exactly an offensively-balanced team, the Saints do seem to have a more effective running game.  They also have more explosive big play potential than even the Packers.
  • I think the AFC doesn’t have a real strong chance to win the Super Bowl this year.  I’d feel differently if the New England Patriots had both a more effective running game and a much better defense.
  • Most disappointing team this year:  Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Most surprising team:  A tie between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Intriguing coincidence # 1:  When the 49ers won their first Super Bowl (in 1981), they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Intriguing coincidence # 2:  The season the 49ers first won the Super Bowl, they came from behind to beat the Detroit Lions.  In Detroit, no less.
  • Is Tim Tebow a great NFL quarterback?  I don’t think so.  Not yet, anyway.  Unless he truly develops his passing skills and his ability to read NFL defenses, I won’t be calling him great.
  • Is Cam Newton a great NFL quarterback?  I don’t know.  Ask me again in two years.  I have a feeling, though, that the shine on Newton will get a bit tarnished in his second year, when coaches have got a lot more tape on him to study.  Things will get harder to accomplish for Mr. Newton, and how he reacts to the inevitable adversities in his path will be what determines whether or not he’s a great quarterback.
  • I have a feeling the San Francisco 49ers will have at least one playoff victory this year.  This is even if they play the New Orleans Saints.

That’s all I’ve got for today, folks!  See you all soon.

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