This is that usual time of the year when the NFL goes into that lull, where we get set for the schedule to be released, the NFL Draft talk gets kicked into high gear, and teams start to tweak their schedules for mini-camp and the summer training camps. With that, here are some news and notes for what has been a recent quiet few days around the league:
* The 2007 schedule, which was supposed to be out this afternoon, has been delayed for at least a few days, and possibly a week. The league said that there were more conflicts this year than ever before, but come on, this is the NFL – they run the show! Were not talking about trying to get 25-42 dates at a venue – we’re talking 8. I could understand if we were talking about indoor soccer or minor league hockey trying to fit in at a venue, this is a league that grosses more money than any in the world. Just get the schedule in our hands already so we can start making our makeshift sheets of win, loss, win, win, loss, win, loss…and so forth.
* What is the over/under on how many games Adam “Pacman” Jones actually plays this year? 2? 4? How can anyone think that after being arrested 5 times and questioned by police 10 times since being drafted in April of 2005 that this guy is going to make it on the field at all in 2007? If the league is serious about wanting to start sending messages to these thugs that run around the league, then commish Roger Goodell should make his first hard decision on Jones and have him sit out the year. Peroid, end of story. If I were to get arrested five times in two years, I wouldn’t have a job, so why does Jones get treated special in this situation?
* A sad end has come to a man who was on the recieving end of possibly the most vicious hit in NFL history, as former Pats wide out Darryl Stingley passed away today at the age of 55. If you don’t know the story, Stingley was left a quadriplegic after he was hit from behind by Oakland’s Jack Tatum while trying to catch a pass on August 12th 1978 in a preseason agme. The hit broke Stingley’s neck, and he spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The hit became a reminder at the time that at any point and time, the next play you are in could be your last. For Tatum, he was labled a “cheap shot” artist and the label never really left him. Our prayers go out to Stingley’s family.
* A good fit for former Texans QB David Carr may be with the Carolina Panthers. Carr was in Charlotte on Wednesday, talking to the Panthers about being the backup for Jake Delhomme. The Panthers need a solid backup QB, and with Delhomme having a fragile year in 2006, Carr may be a player that can help in times of need. I would like to see what Carr can do in a different system other than the one that had the swiss cheese o-line in Houston.
* A running back that I think is vastly underrated – Michael Turner, may end up with the Titans. Papers in Nashville say that Tennessee and the Chargers have talked about compensation for the back, and that the Titans have entered preliminary negotiations with the restricted free agent. Turner averaged over 6 yards a carry a year ago, and rushed for over 500 yards. The Titans could have a solid twosome of he and Lendale White if they can get the deal done.