With just one week left of play in the NFL prior to heading into the playoffs, I think it’s safe to sit back now and look back at would could be one of the most memorable years in football history. A season in which we could see the Patriots go undefeated and as if to add to parody almost had a chance to see the first undefeated team in NFL history go completely winless (though they would mess that up for us all by winning against the Ravens). It truly has been memorable. So here is a look at 10 things I have learned over the season.
#10 The Bengals may have some great offensive weapons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be good offensively, and a great offense still needs at least some defense. Wasn’t Marvin Lewis once considered a defensive genius?
#9 It looks as though someone explained to Miami that the NFL was looking for parity and not parody. Though still, it would have at least been funny to see the first team to go undefeated to go completely winless as the Patriots become the second team to go undefeated since the 1972 Dolphins and the first ever to do it in a 16 game season. Thanks for screwing that up for me Dolphins!
#8 Has a Herm Edwards coached team ever been any good in consecutive seasons? I know Larry Johnson is injured, but there are more players on a team than just a running back. If you want to blame it on one injury go ahead, but I’ll blame it on the coaching, and a inability to bring a corp of solid players in.
#7 The only reason for Tampa Bay to be able to make it to the playoffs is because they play in the NFC South. Still John Gruden can be happy for one thing, this ain’t Dungy’s team anymore. Nope, Dungy’s team would have been able to beat the Giants in the first round of the playoffs. Good luck Bucs.
#6 Maybe the Cowboys are Parcells’ team, but could you see them doing what they have done so far with the Tuna leading them? I think not. Whoever issued a gag order on T.O. should also get a raise, if it wasn’t for Sunday afternoons you would never know he was there.
#5 Does anyone still think Reggie Bush should have been taken number 1 overall? Mario Williams has been great this season, but Reggie Bush has proven to be nothing more than a novelty back. The Texans are only a few players shy of being a contender.
#4 There really isn’t a large gap between AFC strength and NFC strength. Maybe there was last year, but not this year. There did seem to be a huge gap between New England and everyone else, but even that seems to be diminishing some. The only problem is, there seems to be a lot of bad teams now.
#3 It doesn’t matter if it comes from the AFC or the NFC, if it’s out of the west, I’ll favor the opponent. The Chargers and Seahawks have been able to bounce back from unimpressive starts, but does anyone really fear them? I think I like the odds of their non-western opponents.
#2 Is there anyone who could seem more bored than Bill Belichick? It doesn’t really matter what the Patriots do, Bill will still be monotone and lacking emotion. Something tells me he may retire after this season, or maybe it’s just wishful thinking. All the same if the Patriots win another Super Bowl and go undefeated this season, I’d have to wonder what’s left to play for?
#1 If it wasn’t for bad luck Arthur Blank wouldn’t have any luck at all. First Vick gets indicted for dog fighting and pleads guilty, then Petrino quits before the season is over, then to top things off Bill Parcells makes a last second switch to take a job with the Miami Dolphins. I think it’s safe to assume that there will not be a large volume of head coaches coming out of the college ranks this year. If there is the team’s owner and GM should be prepared to be laughed at when the coach runs back to the College ranks. All the same, Petrino gets the reward for most classless act of the year award. Here’s to better luck next season Mr Blank.