2012 NFL Offseason: Non-Stories That Were Blown out of Proportion
Anytime there's a story that has just a hint of possible controversy, it's going to be blown out of proportion. That's just the way it is with a 24/7 news cycle. Topics will be recycled over and over and will be blown up far beyond the scope that should be afforded to them based on the given circumstances.
In the 2012 NFL offseason, there have been a number of occurrences that were given tons of hype and attention by the media, but for many of even the biggest stories, there wasn't really all that much of a story in the first place.
So, here are three 2012 offseason events that have been, and some of which (I'm sure you'll be able to guess which one shortly) that will continue to be blown out of proportion well into the season.
1. Tim Tebow Goes to the NY Jets
I can remember distinctly the second this story broke, as well as the thought that immediately went through my mind. That thought was that we as sports fans were never going to hear the end of this for a long, long time.
Honestly, this feels like a giant publicity stunt, or at least it felt that way at the time when it initially happened. Seeing Tebow paraded out for a live, nationally televised news conference with what seemed like every reporter in the country there to capture some quotes was absolutely ridiculous.
But let's put this in perspective. HE ISN'T EVEN A STARTING NFL QB! When has there ever been that much fanfare for a guy that's going to be No. 2 on the depth-chart when the season starts?
This whole Tim Tebow story with him and the Jets just needs to stop.
I can't remember the last time I turned on the TV to a sports show and didn't hear his name mentioned. But the fact of the matter is, he's barely done anything in the NFL, and he probably won't do much as a Jet. Tebow can't really even throw the football. Him going to the Jets was blown WAY out of proportion, and will continue to be for a while.
2. Drew Brees Contract Negotiations
Yet another offseason story that received far more press coverage than it should've: the Drew Brees contract negotiation saga. Drew Brees is undoubtedly the most valuable piece to the Saints team, especially with the whole bounty scandal they've had to deal with.
But really, was he ever in danger of not resigning with the Saints for the 2012 season?
For those who will argue this story wasn't blown out of proportion, answer this: Did you ever, at any time hear anything about Brees playing his football elsewhere in 2012? Was there even an inkling that he wouldn't be in New Orleans next year?
Brees was going to re-sign with the Saints all along, it was just a matter of time. We didn't need to constantly be berated with reports about contract negotiations going south and Brees' status with the Saints being in doubt. It was just unnecessary and totally overblown.
3. Michael Vick's Eagles Dynasty Comments
Can the Eagles go one offseason without hyping themselves up and putting a target on their backs? Last year, Vince Young uttered two words that will be remembered for a long time when he called the Eagles the "Dream Team".
Now, Mike Vick is jumping on the Vince Young outlandish quote bandwagon, as he recently said this (via CSN Philly):
“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”
"That" was in reference to great teams in the past, such as the dynasties of the 49ers, Cowboys and Packers. Yes, Vick probably shouldn't have said what he said, but I appreciate the fact that he went out on a limb and that he isn't backing down from his comments. He's got high expectations for his team, as he should.
The Eagles have talent, and Vick was just speaking his mind.
In this day and age, it seems like every stupid little comment that an NFL player makes in the offseason just get's totally blown out of proportion. There's no need for sports fans to have to hear about it 10 times a day on every sports talk show there is.
Yes, Vick said it. Now let's move on, and keep it in the back of our minds as the season nears and see if he turns out to be right.