NFL Lockout Ends: What to Know About all 32 Teams
Yes, it appears to finally be here. The return of football is upon us and it couldn’t come a second too soon. Another few weeks away from the field and the entire roster of the Cincinnati Bengals would be incarcerated, along with Kenny Britt being on probation in all fifty states.
Here is a quick run through of a few things to remember about all 32 teams:
Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers is a beast. They are stacked with young talent and have both Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant returning from injury. The Packers are in better shape to repeat than any Super Bowl winner in recent memory.
Pittsburgh Steelers – James Harrison needs to take it easy. The locker room could be a little awkward since he called out Ben Roethlisberger for no reason, who surprisingly just got married…what a difference a year makes.
New York Jets – As a fan of the team, they have enough free agents to make me nauseous. Rex Ryan press conferences are back in our life!
Buffalo Bills – If you ever see Bills fans on Sunday mornings, they always have a look of dread on their face about whatever upcoming horrors their team is going to subject them too. Don’t expect that to change this year.
Miami Dolphins – They have a coach they don’t really want and no quarterback as of right now but Jennifer Lopez’s new CD is selling well, so at least they have that going for them.
New England Patriots – Tom Brady is scared of waters slides.
Baltimore Ravens – They still have one of the league’s best defenses but when will Joe Flacco get them over the hump and past Pittsburgh?
Cincinnati Bengals – Discipline remains an issue. Their quarterback would rather retire than continue to play for them. They were just ranked the worst franchise in American sports but beyond that everything is going great.
Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning had neck surgery for the second off-season in a row. The Colts go from a Super Bowl contender to a 4 win team if he isn’t healthy.
Cleveland Browns – Peyton Hillis is on the cover of Madden this year, in what was the greatest victory for Cleveland sports in over a decade…maybe longer.
Houston Texans – They are going to throw an ungodly amount of money at Nnamdi Asomugha because their pass defense was putrid last year.
Jacksonville Jaguars – My comment on them has been blacked out due to a lack of interest.
Tennessee Titans – Look for rookie Jake Locker to start right out of the gate and hopefully not orchestrate a Varsity Blues type walkout on his coach like Vince Young did last year.
Kansas City Chiefs – They overachieved last year and I doubt they will return to the playoffs in 2011. However, that doesn’t mean Jamaal Charles still isn’t a fantasy football beast.
Oakland Raiders – Was there anything less surprising than finding out when the owner’s passed the new CBA 31-0, the only team to abstain was the Raiders?
San Diego Chargers – Philip Rivers can sling the rock with the best of them but this team never seems to meet expectations.
Denver Broncos – Tebow. Tebow. Tebow. Don’t be surprised to see them sign free agent running back DeAngelo Williams and then run the ball 80% of the time.
New York Giants – Rex Ryan has already written them off for the next decade, so why waste time talking about them?
Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo is coming back from injury just in time for everybody to question his leadership ability. Dez Bryant could use a new accountant.
Washington Redskins – They will spend obscene amounts of money in free agency. Unfortunately all that talent has no quarterback to lead them…hello 6-10.
Philadelphia Eagles – I don’t even want to mention who they are rumoring to have back up Mike Vick this year.
Chicago Bears – Jay Cutler is on the image rehab tour this season, after leaving the NFC Championship Game with an injury…it can be a cold game sometimes.
Detroit Lions – They improved towards the end of last year and could actually have a respectable team for the first time in awhile. Do you want to run the ball on N’damukong Suh and Nick Fairley?
Minnesota Vikings – A roster that still has plenty of talent but has a major question mark at quarterback, as they reached in the first round for Christian Ponder. Will they sign Donovan McNabb to a short term deal?
Atlanta Falcons – A popular Super Bowl pick, which usually isn’t a good thing.
New Orleans Saints – Reggie Bush’s days are numbered in New Orleans. Mark Ingram should help immediately at running back. Despite Atlanta being a more popular pick, New Orleans could be the team to beat in this division.
Tampa Bay Bucs – Young, talented and have a ton of money to spend.
Carolina Panthers – Does anybody really think Jimmy Clausen is going to take playing time away from Cam Newton? Look for Steve Smith to be traded sooner rather than later.
St. Louis Rams – They should make a hard push to sign Plaxico Burress and find a backup running back to Stephen Jackson.
San Francisco 49ers – I will miss Mike Singletary press conferences but making the aggressive move to sign Jim Harbaugh was the right move.
Seattle Seahawks – Still can’t get over this run last year…look for Matt Hasselbeck to be on his way out.