June 5, 2013
Face it—it’s never too soon to talk about the NFL. The thoughts of the upcoming 2013 NFL season are starting to invade NFL fanatics’ minds. Yes, we’re only a few days into June, but it’s been three months since Super Bowl XLVII. That means we have exactly three months to go until the 2013 season kicks off on September 5. Some may say that we’re in the doldrums of the offseason, but this is just the beginning. It only gets better from here.
With that being said, let’s talk football.
Here are the top five headlines weighing on everyone’s mind this offseason:
Will RG3 Be RG3?
Any true NFL fan is currently holding their breath hoping that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will return healthy. The knee injury he suffered in the playoffs was gruesome to watch. The nausea that ensued when reality and doubt set in still exist today.
He’s the future—a prototype never before seen on an NFL field—the complete package.
Will he be okay?
Something tells me that he’ll be just fine—RG3 is a remarkable athlete.
Let’s hope he’s “ready for some football” on September 9 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
Can the Indianapolis Colts Return to the Playoffs?
The Indianapolis Colts took the league by storm last year when they defied the odds and made the playoffs. Then rookie quarterback Andrew Luck proved to be the truth, but can he avoid the sophomore slump?
Having tasted winning in 2012, the Colts grew leaps and bounds and impressed all as they won games they probably shouldn’t have. One adjustment this is season will be to new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Former OC Bruce Arians is now head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. All Luck did under the tutelage of Arians in 2012 is set a rookie record with 4,374 passing yards.
Luck has the intelligence to absorb a new system quickly. The only question that remains is will the Colts return to the playoffs?
Will Wes Welker be the “It” Factor for the Denver Broncos?
After shaking off the rust, quarterback Peyton Manning looked like Peyton Manning by season’s end. All the Broncos needed heading into the offseason is some added offense and there was no better find than Wes Welker.
Will Welker be the difference? Are the Broncos now “locks” for a Super Bowl appearance? Along with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, can the Broncos have three 1000-plus yard receivers?
Something tells me Manning and Welker are out for revenge. Watch out!
How Good Will the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens Play?
The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens look to avoid the Super Bowl hangover this season.
The Ravens took the league’s top prize last season and without a doubt will look different this season. Out are Anqaun Boldin (49ers), Ed Reed (Houston Texans) and Ray Lewis (retired)— and Ravens fans have to be wondering what their team will be like without three of their best. The Ravens still have a solid squad, but are they contenders?
The 49ers face the most pressure of any team this season. Having been so close the ultimate prize, can they get over the hump this season? Colin Kaepernick is now the man and expectations have never been higher. If there’s one team that’s built to win it all it’s the Niners, but will they do it?
Numerous Other Questions Scattered on Our Minds:
Can the Cincinnati Bengals win a playoff game?
Will Adrian Peterson eclipse 2,000-plus yards again?
Will Mike Wallace be the boost the Miami Dolphins need?
Can Calvin Johnson break his own single-season receiving record of 1,964 yards?
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs?
Are the New England Patriots at the end of an era?
Is this the year for the Atlanta Falcons?
What will unfold for the New York Jets?
Are the Seattle Seahawks the NFL’s best team?