NFL Football at its best. NFL Football at its craziest.
Sitting high atop on my perch in my box suite at my Fantasy Football stadium as the sole owner of Naruto (my Fantasy Football team), it is easy to see how the NFL embraces change as a constant, which seems like a conundrum until you think about the nature of the game. Football is based on violence at a controlled level that allows one man to hit another man repeatedly for hours and even though he is inflicting pain and sometimes injury, the rest of us, acting like Romans in a Coliseum, cheer loudly and yell for the fallen to get up and take some more pain.
Those beatings and impossible movements by men with enormous physiques cause wear and tear that requires constant mending and eventually a player replacement. This replacement may be permanent and that is the change.
So just what does the Squibster see from his owner’s box?
There is a litany of players that just are not there anymore. Now maybe some of them will make a comeback and, in fact, this owner is counting on it.
LaDainian Tomlinson – sore ankle, nowhere to be found.
Bryant Westbrook – sore ankle, nowhere to be found.
Steve Smith – that would be the Carolina Steve Smith, not the Giants Steve Smith. Steve has no quarterback.
Larry Johnson – 54 carries for 136 yards, which is 2.5 yards per carry. Larry’s career is on the downhill.
Eddie Royal – The Bronco’s receiver does not have the spread with Jay Cutler throwing to him. The result is 6 catches for 42 yards.
Brian Urlacher – injured.
(Squibster full disclosure – LT is floundering on my 3 man bench waiting to prove himself all over in the what have you done for me lately NFL)
At the opposite end of the spectrum are the new stars and almost stars.
Adrian Peterson is the new king of the hill, when it comes to running backs.
Chris Johnson and Frank Gore are right up there.
Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, just rookies last year, are establishing themselves as consistent quarterbacks.
DeSean Jackson, the speedy Philadelphia receiver, is off to a great start.
Mario Manningham is getting a lot of looks from Eli Manning in the absence of Plaxico Burress.
Speaking of Eli Manning, he has arrived on the plane of Peyton, well almost.
(Squibster full disclosure – Joe Flacco filled in for Tom Brady, both of whom are on my roster.)
With changes, comes excitement. You tend to think of the college game changing almost every year and forget that the NFL changes constantly.
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