I arrived back home safely today from vacation in Florida. Loved every minute of it, especially the opportunity to load up my suitcase with anything I could find with a Seahawks logo on it. Despite warnings about one piece of hand luggage per person scattered around the airport, I somehow managed to smuggle three bags onto the plane, including a packaged Seahawks football I found in a store on International Drive.
Here's a few random thoughts I'm having at the moment, let me know what you think...
- Am I the only person who doesn't think the Giants are playoff bound? Everything I've seen or heard recently has them as a post season shoe in. For me I see a franchise that lost an influential defensive coordinator, an offense that lost it's main receiving threat, a quarterback who just got paid and a stud defensive end who won't practise because he doesn't like the new DC. Not to mention the fact New York competes in the stacked NFC East.
- Why have the Eagles signed Michael Vick? Is he a long term replacement for McNabb? If not, surely his presence is only going to be disruptive? It's hard not to admire every other move the Eagles have made this post season (aside from allowing Brian Dawkins to leave) but the Vick move just doesn't make sense. Is it really worth the gamble for a couple of wildcat plays per week?
- The Buccaneers are my early tip to own the first overall pick next year. They can't protect the passer which means Josh Freeman is unlikely to be thrown to the wolves. They have precious little weapons on offense anyway and seem to be rebuilding the defense too. I saw their pre-season game against Miami and it was pretty ugly. With investment in a young signal caller already in place, if they did own the No1 pick next year I think a stud d-lineman like Ndamukong Suh would be just the ticket.
- With regard to the Seahawks - I'm afraid I can't offer much insight. None of their games were televised in Florida so I've only seen restricted highlights. From a stat sheet point of view obviously Nick Reed's efforts stand out. He found ways to make plays for Oregon and he seems to have carried that on in Seattle's pre-season. Can he do it in the NFL against much bigger, more athletic lineman? Who knows, but he has to make the roster surely?
- I'm officially excited about the new college football season. I used the flight home to study up with a few magazines, looking at the recruit reports and who is expected to make an impact this year. But being based in Florida has a strange effect on you. I officially caught Tebow-itis and now I can't wait to follow what will likely the biggest soap opera surrounding the 2010 draft. Is he a first round pick? Will he fall into the mid rounds? Can he adjust his mechanics this year and prove he is more pro-friendly? Does he even have to change his game? Get ready because as soon as the college season kicks off, we're going to need our own news channel to keep up with Tebow's draft stock.
- Finally, many thanks to IHOP for the introduction of their new NFL 'playbook' menu this week. A perfect send off before my flight home.