There are several questions as we prepare to dive into the 2010 NFL Season. However, some stand out more than others.
How so you ask?
Well, anytime a team loses their franchise QB its a pretty big deal. Its an even bigger issue when the problems may stem from a team that has been less than mediocre for the past few years. What could be worst? Seriously?
Perhaps, an indecisive Hall of Fame QB? The name, "Brett Favre" ring a bell?
Simply put, there are many questions that arise as we go into the 2010 season. Lets journey into a few wonders of the NFL World.
How many times have you heard Brett Favre utter the word, "retire" within the past two years? Don't answer that.
Quite frankly, we've all grown accustomed to the "Brett Favre Pattern". The question now becomes: "When does this get old?" and "Who's to blame?" No one but the future Hall of Fame QB himself. There is a story for children that sums up this situation completely.
The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf. Every year its the same thing.
One day he is retiring, the next, hes watching film on the team he spend most of his career on. Don't get me wrong, I like Brett Favre. He's made some epic plays and made Sunday's very entertaining. But how long will this continue?
That is the question. A question that has yet to be answered for the 2010 NFL Season.
Its never fun losing your franchise QB. Just ask the Atlanta Falcons. However, this situation is quite different.
Though Jamarcus Russell has not committed a crime, he has in the football world. He has failed to live up to his potential. Which was in fact, set very high since entering the NFL in 2007.
Here is a guy who at one time, drew comparisons to Daunte Culpepper, now being linked to the likes of Ryan Leaf. Who saw that coming? Definitely not Al Davis. But then again, what does Al Davis see? Outside of natural athletic ability, Davis isn't the best source of reference if your in need of top notch NFL players. This is by no means an all out bash on Russell, who could have simply been the product of his environment in Oakland. But as of now, the results are clear, and according to many, he is an absolute bust.
Only time will tell where the 24 year old, former LSU player will end up. One is thing is for sure, he has a long way if he plans to salvage his seemingly short-lived career.
Big Ben has had his series of off field issues. The issues began back in 2006, two years after being the youngest QB to win a Superbowl. Since then he has been plagued with one issue after another. We all can admit that Big Ben can get the job done. But the question is, "How long will he be allowed to?"
Teammates have already stated that he wasn't the friendliest guy in the locker room. Rumors spread like wildfire during the draft that he could be traded. What does the future really hold for Ben Roethlisberger? That answer is truly up to him.
There is no doubt that he has become the centerpiece of the highly touted Steelers Organization. Whether he will continue to be a distraction has yet to be seen. It is something that will have to be examined as we transition into the 2010 Season.
Everyone knows that Tom Brady, is not only an Elite Superbowl Winning QB, and golden boy for the New England Patriots. He is: The Example. He is the model for not just his teammates, but for future QB's who come enter the league. He has set the standard of what a true franchise QB should be.
So you can imagine the uproar when your leader, has decided to skip voluntary work outs. True enough, training camp hasn't started, and he is Tom Brady. But what message could this be sending to the team? The fans? The coaching staff? All of which rely on him heavily.
Will this even matter a few months from now? Who knows?
He could still lead the Patriots deep into the playoffs or perhaps another Superbowl. But if not, this could be brought up again. Nonetheless, Brady's commitment is currently one of the NFL wonders for 2010.
The team leading the way going into the 2010 Season is none other than The New Orleans Saints. With a passing game seemingly unmatched, a ball hawking defense piled with playmakers, its hard to find anything negative in the way the Saints have played.
They have a highly talented offense that score often. Led by Drew Brees who may find his name in Hall of Fame discussions in the future, the Saints simply look unstoppable.
They brought back Darren Sharper who led the team in interceptions, and look to win another championship. Whether this will actually occur is up to them. It will require dedication, team work, and willingness.
This is a team with very few weaknesses. The question is no longer, "how the Saints will challenge others" but, "Who will challenge the Saints?"