Hopefully the powers that be get their acts together so we can have a 2011 season. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a lockout if they lock out because the players refuse to play an 18-game schedule. That would be a disaster. Outside of the owners, I don’t think anybody wants to see that. The NFL wants to work on protecting its players, so how exactly does adding two more games reflect that?
Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez appeared on Jim Rome Is Burning and made an excellent point. He has played 14 seasons in the NFL. Had he played with an 18-game season, that adds 28 games. That is nearly an additional two NFL seasons. This is coming from a guy that has enjoyed no serious injuries in his career, missing only two games!
The NFL has got to take a closer look at what it is asking for. What exactly is wrong with the way things are right now? Maybe rookie salaries have gotten out of control, but other than that, can’t we just all get along?
1. Green Bay Packers (5): You might be hard pressed to find a tougher road to win a Super Bowl. Fifteen players on IR, including six opening day starters, and while I haven’t researched it, I can’t imagine very many teams have won their final six “elimination games” to win it all. The Packers needed wins in Week 16 and 17 just to make the playoffs and then had to win four straight playoff games, the first three on the road.
Assuming there is a season next year, this team has to be the favorite. They add Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley to the mix on offense and Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar on defense, tot to mention other key contributors Morgan Burnett, Derrick Martin, Brad Jones and Mark Tauscher.