5. The Broncos and Browns: To date, none of the assistants that left Bill Belichick for a head coaching job has had success out from under his wings. To be fair, Round 1 was an incomplete for Mangenius in New York, but both he and Josh McDaniels are making some questionable personnel decisions, that in many minds, could derail their seasons. In my mind, the legend of Belichick will grow based on the failure of Eric Mangini and McDaniels.
4. Favre Watch 2009: If Brett returns to play for the Vikings, the NFC North will be the most watched division in the NFL. Favre’s return to Lambeau and Bus Cook’s boys (Favre and Bears QB Jay Cutler) squaring off at Soldier Field just add to the attraction of Adrian Peterson, who is already must see T.V. Bringing Favre into the mix will be a delicious treat.
3. Bickering Bills: T.O. steps onto center stage. Everyone believes that he’s going to tear up the team, because Trent Edwards is arguably the least experienced QB Owens has worked with in his career. Edwards is in a horrible position, because there are serious questions on the offensive line. Last I checked, a QB’s best friend is not a running game, it’s an offensive line (people always get that wrong).
2. The Return of ‘Tom Terrific’: Tom Brady makes his triumphant return to the NFL. If I were to believe my friend Rich Eisen, it’s going to be like old times again for the Patriots. I’m not so sure it will go so smoothly, even though I do believe they will be the team to beat. How long will it take Brady to be confident stepping into throws? Will his knee hold up?
1. Romo’s Last Stand: The Cowboys are moving into a billion dollar stadium and Boss Hog, Jerry Jones, has gone all-in. T.O.’s gone, so he can take the pressure off Tony Romo. T.O.’s gone, so he can take the pressure off Roy Williams. T.O.’s gone, so he can take the pressure off Jason Garrett. T.O.’s gone and that’s why there’s unrest in Iran … everything is T.O.’s fault (sorry I got distracted). If Romo pulls another choke job in December and January, you can count on Jones to start looking for a new QB.
– Jamie Dukes