So it’s still July. But there are still some mildly intriguing stories from the NFL world. Here’s a look:
Vick: “There should have never been a party”
Am I the only one who thinks this whole Michael Vick thing has been blown just a tad out of proportion? I don’t expect Vick to make great decisions — never did. However, it’s looking as though he didn’t break any laws in the recent incident that saw his former co-defendant take on gunfire.
Anyhow, Fox29 in Philadelphia got Vick outside of a courthouse Tuesday…
Word of advice: rent in Washington
That goes out to Rex Grossman, who apparently took a fairly major loss on his condo at Donald Trump’s relatively new hotel and tower in Chicago. This comes from ChicagoBusiness.com:
“The losers include former Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, who paid $2.68 million for a 36th-floor two-bedroom condo in September 2008 but sold it in January for just $2 million, or 25% less.”
Plus, they have to feed their families….
ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini has an interesting take on why Darrelle Revis and several other Jets are pushing hard for as much long-term financial security as possible, as soon as possible: The Leon Factor.
“It’s an image that still haunts Jets players, the sight of Leon Washington with blood stains on his right sock. It was last Oct. 25, the day the popular running back suffered a horrific leg injury that included two open fractures. Bone pierced the skin in two places that day in Oakland, and the first witnesses – the players on offense – were deeply impacted.
“Especially those seeking long-term contract extensions.”
Revis also mentioned that Domenik Hixon’s freak season-ending offseason workout injury further spooked him.
It’s easy to rip on players who are already young and rich and want more, but if it’s there to get, who are we to blame them? These guys risk their bodies every time they take the field, and their careers can end on any given Sunday.
Oh, and here’s Washington’s injury from last season (can’t seem to find a replay)…
Quick and painless
They aren’t taking their time obliterating the old Giants Stadium. Here it was on May 25, thanks to Getty Images…
And now, it’s been reduced to this…
“Virtually no remnants” remain, according to NorthJersey.com.
Cameron Wake will soon become the next former CFL star to take the NFL by storm, at least if you put stock into what former teammate Jason Taylor thinks.
“I think maybe five years from now, maybe one year from now, people in Miami will quickly forget about me and talk about Cameron Wake because I think he has that kind of talent.”
Wake has the talent — it’s hard not to see that. And this year, the onus will be primarily on him to keep the defence rolling. The presence of Brandon Marshall should make the offence solid. The ‘D’ is the question mark.
And now, about 600 plays involving Wake from last year…
Why NFL free agency rarely works
Andrew Brandt from the National Football Post sums it up perfectly…
“Football is about schemes, sets, body types, coaching philosophies, etc. Tony Dungy loved fast, small linebackers, Bill Parcells likes big, stout linebackers: the Redskins employed a 4-3 defense last year, a 3-4 this year, etc. Coaching staffs change; players that fit the previous scheme do not fit the present one. And, of course, football players are completely dependent on teammates; the best players play less than half the game.
“For these reasons, moving parts are not as seamless as in other sports. A player may look enticing on a board of players eligible for free agency (or the Draft, for that matter) but the question that has to be asked and answered is not how good the player is, but how good the player will be in our system?
“In baseball, players pitch, hit and field. In basketball, a couple of players may now change the landscape of the sport. There are no 3-4 defenses, no cover 2s, no west coast offenses, two tight end sets, etc. These sports put free agent players in better position to succeed than football. Football is the ultimate team sport, ironically a reason why free agency has less meaning.
“So as LeBron, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and others decide on their free agency options, there is a much greater chance their salivating suitors will be happy with the acquisition and that it will not end up being a Haynesworth-sized disappointment. There are no Lebron-type free agents in football.”