SportsNet - August 2012
With the first kickoff of the NFL's regular season less than a week away, a lot of questions have been answered. Aaron Kromer will serve as interim head coach of the Saints. Vince Young will be replaced by Tarvaris Jackson in the backup spot in Buffalo. Russel Wilson will start under center for the Seahawks. Despite all these answers, however, several questions will remain unanswered until the season is underway. And in no area do we have more questions than the quarterback position. Here, we will take a look at five questions regarding the QB position for the 2012 season:
1) Does the addition of Peyton Manning lift the Broncos from playoff team to serious contender?
I've been with Carmelo Anthony since the beginning. Literally. On June 23rd, 2003, we were both at the Madison Square Garden Theater, but we were dressed for different occasions. I was sporting a Syracuse cap and a vintage New York Nets jersey (a team name that is, actually, no longer retro). He was wearing what resembled a grey trench coat for a draft after-party I definitely should have been invited to. Our entourages also varied; Carmelo's included his mother and a lot of miscellaneous people clapping for him. Mine featured my two friends and one of their dads. They were clapping for Darko.
Real Madrid was victorious in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa. By defeating rival Barcelona 2-1, Real won the Supercopa on an aggregate score of 3-3 but had two road goals to Barca's one. The difference ended up being Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes' error late in the first leg that allowed Angel Di Maria to score, making a 3-1 a 3-2 game and giving Real two road goals. Now for a quick game recap on how Real came out on top.
1. Jadeveon Clowney The 6-foot-6 pass rusher is only a sophomore but is already the focal point of Steve Spurrier's stifling Gamecock defense which finished third in the nation last season. The reigning SEC Freshman of the Year ewas credited with eight sacks last season, forced five fumbles and is expected to be even more of a force in 2012.
According to Clowney, new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward plans to blitz more aggressively this season and will see action at middle linebacker as well. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers has spent the weeks leading up to the Commodores season opener studying crash Toyota crash dummy tapes in preparation.
2. Year Two For James Franklin
With Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson recently being named starters for their respective teams, a lot has been made of the 2012 quarterback class. While it's an impressive group, there are a number of other skill players who deserve attention as well.
For the quarterback position, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, and Russell Wilson will all start game one. Brandon Weeden will too, but he is already 28, plays in Cleveland, and I don't see him having the same kind of career as the other four.
Of all the quarterbacks, Wilson will have the most work to do. He took Seattle by storm, and for them to start him over the $9 million they're paying Matt Flynn this season, the kid has to be talented. But even with everyone's love affair, the cards are stacked against him as a 5'11" quarterback in the NFL.