In fairness to Jay Cutler, he needs in Chicago what he had in Denver, a true No. 1 receiver.
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a player come from the college game to the pro game and appear like there was no adjustment the way Ndamukong Suh did as a rookie last season.
The reality of a condensed offseason means teams are better off looking at their own free agents — understanding their deficiencies, age or injury history — as providing the best options to win.
I still think that Donovan McNabb can still be a very effective quarterback in the right situation, but at this stage of his career I wouldn’t give him the keys to my team like the Redskins did last season.
The proposed rules changes for special teams under review by the competition committee would destroy a huge part of the strategy involved in the game. Sometimes, special teams is what teams excel at. The proposed rules would eliminate advantages for teams whose strengths are on special teams, and help other teams cover their weaknesses.
Well, I was up next to take a turn with Top 10 mock draft on “Path to the Draft” Thursday.
Consider this an open plea to the Carolina Panthers: Don’t repeat the same mistake other teams have made by not taking the best player available with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Posted: Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Brian Baldinger | Tags: Chicago Bears, Aaron Rodgers, Brian Baldinger, Brian Urlacher, D.J. Moore, Danieal Manning, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, NFC Championship Game, Pisa Tinoisamoa
I went out on my own on the “Playbook” picks this week and took the Bears over the Packers, for several reasons.
Posted: Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Brian Baldinger | Tags: Four Downs, Ben Roethlisberger, Brian Baldinger, Charles Woodson, Chicago Bears, Darrelle Revis, Green Bay Packers, Matt Forte, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Bears knew going in to Week 17 they couldn’t improve their No. 2 seed in the NFC. Still, they played like they had to win the game. It’s a testament to the players and head coach Lovie Smith.
Posted: Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Brian Baldinger | Tags: Four Downs, Baltimore Ravens, Dom Capers, Green Bay Packers, Haloti Ngata, LeSean McCoy, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Ray Lewis, Vince Wilfork
After my early-week film work this week, I’ve got a few thoughts I wanted to share on Vince Wilfork, LeSean McCoy and some good defensive play out of the Packers and Ravens.
Posted: Thursday, December 30th, 2010 | Brian Baldinger | Tags: Four Downs, Brandon Jackson, Brian Baldinger, Chris Long, Dick LeBeau, Four Downs, Fred Robbins, Gary Gibson, Green Bay Packers, Gregg Williams, James Hall, John Kuhn, New Orleans Saints, Peyton Hillis, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Troy Polamalu
This week, Four Downs takes a inside look ahead at four of the matchups in Week 17 and what could be key factors.
Posted: Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 | Brian Baldinger | Tags: Four Downs, Baltimore Ravens, Brian Baldinger, Drew Brees, Ed Reed, Four Downs, Indianapolis Colts, Jamar Chaney, Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Vrabel, Peyton Manning, Philadelphia Eagles
Here’s a few thoughts to share after taking in all the film of Week 15. Since we can’t get enough of the Eagles, let’s start with their newest difference-maker on defense.
As good — and at times perfect — as Tom Brady has been this, Michael Vick is still the NFL MVP. It just goes to show how unbelievable Vick has been for the Eagles.