Posted: Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans
In his look at some of the key matchups for Week 1 of the NFL season, NFL Network’s Solomon Wilcots expects the Philadelphia Eagles to have some trouble in Carolina.
Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Chan Gailey, Jeff Jagodzinski, Offensive coordinators fired, Solomon Wilcots, Turk Schonert
Each year the Labor Day weekend serves as D-Day in the NFL. It is a time when NFL players participate in their own game of “Survivor” and believe me, no one wants to leave the Island.
Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Drew Brees, Jeremy Shockey, Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints, pierre thomas, Reggie Bush, Sean Payton
The New Orleans Saints may not have finished the preseason undefeated (3-1), but they accomplished just about every goal on their list.
Posted: Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Alex Gibbs, Andre Johnson, Connor Barwin, Drew Brees, Dunta Robinson, Houston Texans, Jabari Greer, Malcom Jenkins, Mario Williams, Matt Schaub, Mike Bell, New Orleans Saints, Rod Harper, Steve Slaton
A few observations from the game between the Saints and Texans, including how Drew Brees is a bonafide candidate for league MVP and Mario Williams is ready to launch his career to a higher level.
Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Brett Favre, Dom Capers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Solomon Wilcots
Irony, a twist of fate or just poetic justice? Call it what you want, but while Bret Favre’s return is dripping with revenge and the lust to beat his former team, the questions remain: How much does Favre improve the Vikings, and how will the Green Bay Packers compete against their former savior?
Posted: Saturday, August 15th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Darren Sharper, Drew Brees, Gregg Williams, Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans, New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton
In calling my first preseason game of the summer I noticed that it takes a little time reacclimating to the booth, the crew and all the elements required to help the broadcast go smoothly. It reminded me of how the coaches and players were using the preseason to iron out wrinkles in their game.
Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Andy Reid, Bill Walsh, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Dr. J, Greg Knapp, Joe Montana, Michael Vick, Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Eagles, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Young, Terrell Owens, Tony Dungy, Vince Lombardi
Even while The City of Brotherly Love requires its athletes to weather the storm of criticism, the Eagles organization is the perfect place for Michael Vick to rehabilitate his life and resurrect his career.
Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Chris Cooley, Jason Campbell, Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins
After several changes in offensive coordinators and schemes, along with the offseason flirtation with Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler, many are left wondering if Jason Campbell can grow through the adversity to become the playmaking quarterback the Redskins are looking for.
Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints, pierre thomas, Reggie Bush, Sean Payton
For everyone who wants Reggie Bush to be their kind of runner, try allowing him to be his own kind of runner. Just as we watched Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders create a new artistic form of running, we should allow Bush to freely find his own road to the endzone.
Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Bo Scaife, Chris Johnson, Cortland Finnegan, Eugene Amano, Jake Scott, Jared Cook, Justin Gage, Kerry Collins, LenDale White, Michael Roos, Mike Heimerdinger, Nate Washington, Solomon Wilcots, Tennessee Titans
One of the biggest surprises in the NFL last season was the Titans’ improbable run to a league-best 13-3 regular-season record and the dethroning of the almighty Colts, snapping Indianapolis’ five-year reign as AFC South champions. Even more stunning was the rebirth of 36-year-old Kerry Collins, who led the Titans to a 10-0 start and a No.1 seed in the AFC playoff race. Now, everyone wants to know if the Titans can do it again with Collins at quarterback.
Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: 2009 Training Camps, Andrew Whitworth, Baltimore Ravens, Bobbie Williams, Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chris Crocker, Cincinnati Bengals, Darryl Blackstock, Hines Ward, Keith Rivers, Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints, Paul Alexander, Pittsburgh Steelers, Roy Williams, Solomon Wilcots, Tank Johnson
After being knocked down, bloodied and bruised last season, the Bengals appear ready to get up off the canvas and fight back in 2009.
Posted: Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, Indianpolis Colts, Jim Caldwell, Peyton Manning, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, Roy Hall, Taj Smith, Tony Dungy
My Sirius Radio co-host Jim Miller put it best when he stated that at this time last year, the Colts hid Peyton Manning from the media so well that he may as well have been in a witness protection program.
Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Bill Belichick, Michael Vick, New England Patriots, Tom Brady
While resting on my final vacation before the start of the 2009 season, my stay in North Falmouth on Cape Cod was an interesting one.
I couldn’t help but polling the locals at Gourmet Brunch in Hyannis and the members of Otis Model Aircraft Club at the Crane Wildlife Airfields on the possibility of Michael Vick joining their beloved Patriots.
Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Michael Vick, reinstatement, Roger Goodell, Tony Dungy
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell‘s move to conditionally reinstate Michael Vick was a Solomon-like decision that came short of splitting the baby. The parameters that allow Vick to return to the NFL speak to the concerns of everyone who cares.
Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 | Solomon Wilcots | Tags: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
Having quieted those in his circle who have urged him to continue playing despite physical fatigue and an aging arm, Brett Favre came to the realization that a half-tired arm does not grow stronger by season’s end.