Back to the 90′s
It’s been a crazy first 2 weeks of the 2011 NFL season. The Jaguars should hire Pat Sajack to manage their Wheel of Quarterback. The Vikings should switch to hockey where there’s only 3 periods instead of 4. You can get more 4th quarter productivity out of LeBron compared to them. What’s even crazier is what appears to be a return of the old guard in the NFL. Plus, there’s a crop of fresh young faces at the QB position akin to another year.
Let’s flash back to 1991. After years of futility, the Lions finished 12-4 and won the NFC Central. The Bills finished 13-3, won the AFC East and lost in the Super Bowl. The Redskins finished 14-2, won the NFC East and won the Super Bowl. The Colts were atrocious and finished 1-15. Flash forward 20 years, after more years of futility, 3 teams have started an impressive 2-0 while the Colts are 0-2. The Lions and Redskins face pivotal division matchups on the road this week while the Bills face AFC East rival Patriots at home. A win this weekend would make a strong statement for any of these teams, although a loss won’t necessarily bury them either. The Colts however are facing a Steelers team still pissed off about a sub-par performance against the Ravens in Week 1. Can you say 0-3?
Lastly, this season we are met with one of the most anticipated quarterback classes since 2004 (Manning, Rivers, Big Ben). While 2010 brought several well known names (Tebow, McCoy, Clausen), none were expected to be immediate impact players. With a total of 4 QBs selected in the top 12 and 6 in the top 36 (Newton, Gabbert, Locker, Ponder, Dalton, Kapernick), this is similar to the 1999 draft which showed 5 QBs (Couch, McNabb, Smith, Culpepper, McNown) drafted in the first 12 picks. Unfortunately, only McNabb became a true superstar. With 3 of the 6 rookies now cemented as starters and potentially two more by season’s end, could we see a New League Order like 2004 or will we get a blast from the past with a rebirth of 1999?