As we close out another preseason, the debate rages on as to if, when and how league officials should shorten the NFL’s dress rehearsal.
Case in point. The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants were dealt a crippling blow to their defensive unit when they lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora for the season with knee ligament damage. Giants GM Jerry Reese was on the horn to the retired Michael Strahan within 24 hours. Strahan, who is the newest member of Fox Pre-Game Show declined the Giants invitation to return for another season. For Strahan to walk away from several millions of dollars to return for one season tells me that his passion to play is gone. (WHEW!)
No problem the Giants will have a new defensive end in place by September 7th and it may come from the unlikliest of sources. The Philadelphia Eagles currently carry seven defensive ends, they will take six into the regular season. The quandry for the Eagles is whom to release; free agent signee Chris Clemons, who has appeared in one preseason game and currently nursing an injury or Jerome McDougle who despite an injury-plagued career has had his best camp and has impressed both Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
For those who purchase the annual Sports Illustrated NFL Preview you’ll be surprised by who their pick is to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIII, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds are picked to finish 12-4 atop the NFC East beating the Cowboys and Vikings in the Divisional and Conference Championship respectively before bowing out to the Patriots in Tampa.
Congrats to Adam Jones for being reinstated into the NFL. Here’s to you making the most of your second opportunity and liars out of those who wish otherwise.
I don’t whether to tip my hat to San Diego Chargers Shawne Merriman or shake my head in disbelief. Merriman has informed the team that he will play the 2008 campaign despite TWO torn ligaments in his knee. Merriman has tears in the PCL and LCL (that’s a new one) ligaments and has postponed surgery until after the season. I understand that the injury to L.T. in the playoffs last season probably didn’t keep the New England Partiots out of the Super Bowl, but who knows. He’s going into the season with the goal of making it to Tampa despite the injury.
But at what cost to the remainder of his career and life after football.