Hello everyone. Today starts my weekly column of the offseason blues. As you know, I’ve been dedicating my Wednesday posts to the NFL, but it’s hard to pick games with the season over. Instead, I will be offering opinions and insights on the things I’ve observed from a lifetime of football watching. I will also be converting to the NBA for a month and a half once the playoffs start, but that’s still a few months away.
Anyway, I’d like to talk today about two Quarterbacks that will be entering free agency this year. The first is Tom Brady. I can admit, I don’t like him. I think he’s a poor sport and that he also benefited from some rule bending in his time. I also think he should stay in New England or retire. The guy is 42 and is no longer able to carry an offense. At the same time, he’s better off in an offense he knows rather than trying to learn a new one. I believe Brady is probably going to leave, but the decline has already started. He may hang on just because of his name for a few more years, but you’re kidding yourself if you think he’s even close to the QB he once was.
The other guy is Phillip Rivers. I don’t know what to say about him. He’s always been a streaky passer. When he’s on, though, he’s really on. He still has the ability to carve up opposing defenses, but how long can teams trust that to continue? I think he’s in better shape to succeed on a new team than Brady is, but I also believe he only has a few good seasons left. It would be foolhardy for anyone to mortgage their futures on these two guys, but I’m sure someone will.
Maybe the teams that sign these guys will get a Peyton Manning in Denver run out of them. I personally believe, however, that we’re going to see Favre of the Jets and Unitas of the Chargers. Both of these guys have already had their best days, and while they may be capable of a couple good games, their time has passed. They should do themselves and their families a favor and retire before they have to be carried off the field. Maybe that’s what makes them great, though. The great ones always try to hang on the longest. At any rate, I’ve said my peace on these two QB’s. We’ll see what happens as we move towards the end of February, but I think this offseason is going to be one of the most memorable we’ve ever seen.