Not a lot out there this morning. Don’t worry, Addicts, the draft is coming.
People say it is stupid to draft a safety this high in the draft, I think not just look at Sean Taylor and Troy Polamalu they turned around defenses. Sean Taylor was drafted with the 5th pick overall when the Redskins picked him and Taylor was so dominant until his tragic death. The debate will continue on wether to draft Eric Berry or Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Do the math. This is a descending back who is at or near the end of the line, and I became convinced not in the Chargers’ playoff loss to New York but in their regular-season defeat of Kansas City nearly three months earlier. On one series the Bolts gave the ball to Tomlinson three times at or inside the Chiefs 2, and he not only didn’t score; he lost a yard against the league’s 31st-ranked run defense.
Three years ago, that wouldn’t have happened. Then again, three years ago the Jets couldn’t have gotten their hands on LaDainian Tomlinson. Nobody could. In fact, nobody did.
That should tell you what L.T. has left.
Now look at what Jones did for the Jets last season. He carried 331 times. He gained 1,402 yards. He scored 14 times. More important, he hasn’t missed a game in four seasons, has averaged 1,276 yards over the past five and is coming off the best season of his career. LaDainian Tomlinson is coming off his worst, so someone please tell me how trading L.T. for Thomas Jones makes the New York Jets better.
Monday: Al Davis didn’t show up for his overdue induction into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He was tending to his franchise, focusing on the NFL owners meetings and perhaps watching film of Donovan McNabb’s greatest playoff defeats.
Tuesday: NFL owners revised the overtime policy — a decade too late. Revisionist Raiders immediately altered the outcome of the Tuck Rule game. (New version: A Rich Gannon touchdown pass would follow Adam Vinatieri’s overtime field goal and keep alive the Raiders’ fourth Super Bowl-winning campaign.)
Wednesday: Coach Tom Cable speaks of the unspeakable project that is JaMarcus Russell. The gist: The Raiders’ multimillionaire, third-string quarterback actually showed up to work! He’s working! Only a mere one or two steps left in his career makeover! Call in Tom Rinaldi and Kelly Tilghman for exclusives!
Thursday: Donovan McNabb trade talk. Wait, McNabb? The Raiders? Seriously? If the Raiders are in hot pursuit, commend them, praise them, pray for them. If they are standing pat, they are the East Bay version of the 49ers, and that isn’t good.
Friday: Word leaked that McNabb prefers the Minnesota Vikings, who in turn will want to know Brett Favre’s retirement plans, which in turn will have Green Bay cheeseheads in hysterics over that familiar shell game.