“It’s not about talent once you get to the NFL because everyone’s got it. It’s about being willing to go that extra mile to be the best and that’s something that I’ve always done.” -Robert Griffin III. That pretty much sums up the preseason. This is where the guys who are talented, get weeded out from the guys that have talent AND the drive to be the best at helping their football team win games. And with preseason halfway over, that means only one thing for the fans. FOOTBALL IS COMING! This has been a very interesting off season, with a number of coaching changes, free agency, injuries, and of course arrests and suspensions. Here is the major news up until now:
The Baltimore Ravens traded away Anquan Boldin to the Super Bowl losing Niners, released Bernard Pollard, Ray Lewis retired, Ed Reed was not resigned, and relocated to Houston to join the Texans, but gain Elvis Dumervil.
Brian Urlacher retired, James Harrison, leaves Pittsburgh and joins the Bengals.
Mike Wallace joined the Dolphins, who broke the bank in free agency by also adding Dannell Ellerbe, Chris Clemons, Brent Grimes and more.
The Packers work out a HUGE deal to lock up Aaron Rodgers long term, but lose Greg Jennings to the Rival Vikings.
The Arizona Cardinals hire former Steelers and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
The Patriots lose Wes Welker to free agency, and Aaron Hernandez to the State of Massachusetts as he was arrested without bail in a murder investigation, but add Danny Amendola, who is day to day with an unspecified injury, and Adrian Wilson. They also add Tim Tebow, whom the NY Jets released after drafting College hype Geno Smith, who is nursing a ankle on the green side of New York. Meanwhile, the blue side of New York has worked out a long term deal with Victor Cruz, who is currently in a walking boot hoping to make it back week 1.
Osi Umenyiora Joins the Falcons, as well as Stephen Jackson.
The Philadelphia Eagles find a new head coach in Chip Kelly, after they part ways with Andy Reid, who found a job quickly in Kansas City, and now has Alex Smith as his quarterback to mold.
The Bronco’s gain Wes Welker on offense, but lose Elvis Dumervil, and Von Miller was handed a 6 game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, for street drugs not performance enhancing drugs.
All of that being said, I feel that the Bronco’s will be fine in the AFC West and take that division. I expect the Dolphins to battle the Patriots for the AFC East, both making the playoffs. The Steelers and the Bengals battle for the AFC North, both making the playoffs as well, and the Houston Texans taking the AFC South, making up the 6 AFC playoff teams.
I don’t see the Cowboys making it in that tough NFC East, but I see the Redskins continuing their success. The Niners take the NFC West slightly over the Seahawks, who also make the playoffs. The Packers take the NFC North and the Falcons take the NFC South, with Saints as a wild card to form the NFC playoff teams.