Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Looking Forward To The NFL Season...

In London, it's difficult to keep up with hockey back home, though I think Ovi and the Caps are still kicking ass right now...

...I'm doing everything I can to keep up with the NFL off-season... and have no clue what's happening in the NBA at the moment... but the NFL is getting very intense with draft right here!

The schedule release really seems like it's setting us up for a great season, although I feel some teams are getting huge breaks this year that don't need them.

Ben Roethlisberger on the trade block? McNabb on the Redskins? Holmes to the Jets? Haynesworth possibly sent elsewhere!? I think I remember again why I love this game 24/7/365! I'm ready to see new schemes, new coaches, new and old playmakers, new matchups... and I'm ready for it NOW!

While I'm upset I'll be leaving London, I do find some comfort in the fact that I'll have some (American) football back in the States! I hope to be back home in London in September when the season kicks off though... really can't wait for the hitting, the throwing, the catches, the blocks, the picks, the runs... this is what sport really is!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Checkin' In...

What's up again, everyone? I'm chillin' out here in London right now, and I gotta rant about the NFL and my Redskins a little bit.

First of all, McNabb deal: awesome. We trade a 2nd Round draft pick this year, and based on the performance of McNabb, a 3rd or 4th round pic next year. McNabb has been a mainstay Pro-Bowler and one of the elite QB's in the league, let alone the NFC since being drafted by the Eagles. People can talk all they want about how McNabb isn’t the most accurate blah blah in the league and all that all they like... but he’s still one of the best QB’s in the NFL, and now he’s in a city that will appreciate the effort he puts forth in Washington.

What else does this do to the team though? I think they embrace someone who has consistently dominated, especially within our own division, to our very own defense... and I think it makes our defense better when they see him in practice doing what he’s done to them in games. I think it opens up the entire pass game to have a guy who they know is a proven vet, and not someone who is still trying to prove himself.

Now I still love Jason Campbell, and I don’t like that he won’t be starting for us anymore, unless he wows coaches in his competition with McNabb. I don’t want to see the guy traded unless it’s absolutely necessary... and I believe it’s very possible we could see him traded to someone who could use his help and his playstyle... but won’t give him what he needs around him. I think this man has proven his toughness, and his determination to fight, and he’s not been given the proper surroundings to find success in his career. I think with that opportunity, he’ll find his success... or maybe McNabb can teach him and help him grow from here on out. Let’s keep in mind, this is the last QB that Joe Gibbs drafted... so as Skins fans, we should have a love and respect for Campbell starting there. His numbers have been pretty solid considering that the run game started to sputter since midway through the ’08-’09 season, and he still managed to post career highs in yardage and completions, and completion percentage. And with the rate of injury to guys like Cooley and the young receivers not stepping up to their pre-draft potential... you should be impressed with his ability.

But to be honest, I think McNabb is the motivator who can make these guys rise to the challenge and overcome the obstacles... not saying Campbell can’t/couldn’t do that... I’m sure he could with the right opportunities again... but McNabb is the kind of guy who has that opportunity now, and I don’t see him choking on this situation...