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, you are probably a little less happy, and a little frustrated. If you're a fan of any other NFL team, then you're most likely hoping that your football team made some smart draft picks and trades this off-season. As the previous National Football League season came to a close, many teams were left disappointed, and others were already planning their off-season movesThe Indianapolis Colts of course are more than satisfied with their moment in glory. Regardless, it is inevitable that each franchise of the professional football league will attempt to make the right moves in order to become the next Superbowl champions.
The NFL draft escorts football fans to the one yard line in preparation for the opening kickoff. The 2007 draft that, along with player trades and staffing changes Jan Ceulemans Belgium Jersey
, creates each team's off-season strategy and offers new hope for making it to the Superbowl.
Undoubtedly, any sport fans would know that off-season tactics are crucial to the pursuit to a successful NFL season. Innovative and energizing coaches and staff members play a huge role in success of any football team. Selecting an incompatible coach or supporting staff could lead to an ineffective team and an unsuccessful season.
The reigning Superbowl champions Indianapolis Colts have the critical task of continuing their successful strategies that dominated last season. What most fans would like to know is this: what are the not-so-impressive franchises doing to improve their teams for this upcoming season? The 2007 draft secured many new star athletes and the trades will most likely improve the quality of many second-rate teams. Additionally, a number of teams that performed poorly last year added new staff and replaced coaches.
Let's consider the Raiders; they had one of the worst National Football League records during the 2006-2007 season. The owner of course, recognized the unfortunate circumstances that this franchise had encountered once again. They find themselves in the need of a serious change. During the draft, the Raiders managed to secure the number one draft pick, JaMarcus Russell. It is reported that this extraordinary quarterback is looking explosive in practice; so explosive that they are negotiating a $30 million contract. This is huge for a rookie. It is speculated that he may be crowned Rookie of the Year or Most Valuable Player this upcoming season. Raider fans will also meet a new rookie coach by the name of Lane Kiffin. Kiffin is excited about Russell and is anticipating playing him in the season opener unless he melts down in the pre-season. The combination should make for huge improvements for this franchise.
Another team that experienced a disappointing season is the Detroit Lions, who coincidently traded Mike Williams Dries Mertens Belgium Jersey
, wide receiver and Josh McCown, back-up quarterback, to the Oakland Raiders.The Honolulu Blue reveals that the team lacks chemistry and is not a well-rounded group. However, outside of the Oakland trade, other strategies were employed to improve the quality of the Detroit Lions. T. J. Duckett signed on as a free-agent contract to be a part of the rotation at running back. Head coach, Rod Marinelli states that Duckett has good speed, so he can make the punishing yards. Although the one area that Duckett will have to improve is the position of passing receiver Divock Origi Belgium Jersey
, he does appear to be a great asset to the Detroit Lion franchise overall. Duckett delivered an amazing game as back-up for Warrick Dunn with the Atlanta Falcons in 2003.
Other franchises such as the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Redskins as well as the Superbowl underdogs, the Chicago Bears have also developed and followed through with plans to improve their status in the football pool. The New England Patriots recently added the big name Randy Moss. This controversial star was traded from the Oakland Raiders. Even as that decision initially granted doubt amongst the minicamp, the Patriots focus remained the same. Their focus is on building a team that excels together. Amazingly enough Dedryck Boyata Belgium Jersey
, Moss is adjusting well to that concept, despite the controversy regarding his unappreciated lack of work ethics.
Donovan McNabb is still recovering from a season-damaging knee injury that occurred last November. So, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback will be forced to miss early exhibition action, according to head coach Andy Reid. However, there is really no concern about McNabb being prepared for the opening pre-season game.
The Dallas Cowboys have been working hard this off-season. Toby Rome will be returning as their starting quarterback. Wade Phillips is their new head coach. Dallas plans on incorporating more defenses this season and they hired a new offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett. The most popular team in the National Football League has overcome much anguish and continues to represent themselves well.
The New Orleans Saints signed on a fourth-round draft pick and offensive tackle, Jerome Bushrod. He recently signed a three year contract as he is already taking the franchise by storm. The Saints feel that he will be a star for the team.
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, Robert Meachem and fourth round pick, running back, Antonio Pittman. Furthermore, an unfortunate accident has left the Washington Redskins in search of a linebacker. A nasty motorcycle accident has left LaVar Arrington with a broken arm and leg. The rookie Laran Landry, safety, is predicted to be a major threat as well as the old faithful, C. Portis. It may be possible that the efforts to enhance the status of the Redskin morale will prove worthy.
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