Dog Days of Spring

I hate this time of year on the NFL calendar. There ain’t a darn thing happening around NovaCare except for preliminary contract discussions and the pumping of iron. Meh.

As we crawl toward another mini-camp, I have a few random thoughts rattling around the ol’ noggin regarding a 2010 team that I would classify as an enigma at this point.

What kind of defense are we going to see? – Sean McDermott hasn’t specifically said he’s going to feature a 3-4 look but you gotta wonder what with all these speedy linebackers clogging the defense. For some strange reason I envision a 5-1-5 alignment with Stew as the lone backer. I guarantee if an opposing quarterback saw that he’d call a quick timeout. Except for Peyton Manning who would just smile and throw a touchdown strike to Dallas Clark.

The Vick factor – By all accounts, he looks like a different dude. He’s in shape and that signature speed is back. So, does this mean we can expect to see more of #7 on the field in 2010? Will he be a fixture inside the ten? To me, removing young KK from the redzone offense would be a mistake unless he’s not getting the job done. I recall John Harbaugh once lauding Kolb’s redzone prowess. If Harbaugh wasn’t blowing smoke, then I wanna see #4 work his magic in an area that McNabb struggled to perfect.

Shady’s workload – I’m noticing a crowded backfield, which is new. Remember when it was Westbrook and nobody else except for Buck who was on IR with a shredded knee? These days we got four guys who could easily contribute. From a fantasy perspective, that’s a nightmare. From a we want to win a real championship perspective, it’s a good problem to have. If Charles Scott pans out, we might see something similar to what the Saints deployed last season.

Double digits – I just perused the roster page over at In the Experience column there are a whopping total of two guys with double-digit years. Akers with 12, Parker with 10. That’s it. I still haven’t decided if that’s a positive or a negative, but it is what it is.

A hunch – I have no inside information or eye-opening scouting reports to backup this claim, but for some reason I think free agent tackle Austin Howard from Northern Iowa is gonna make an impression this summer. Which means you are more than welcome to come back here and laugh at me when he gets cut in two weeks.

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