Wonder on the NFL, A to Z

1) The Steven Jackson holdout does not make sense. He is the best RB in the league inside the tackles. Trade?

2) The Giants are CRAZY not to sign Burress. Shockey is gone, Burress won you a Super Bowl, he played hurt for you- what kind of message is that to your other players? How can you not reward him? (you had me at hello, Wonder)

3) Matt Ryan can be very good in the NFL as a top 10-15 QB but you cannot rush him along… with that fast turf in Atlanta they will have DEs running around end killing him. Where else did something like this happen?… None other than …

4) David Carr. David Carr is a GOOD QB. He got annihilated like no QB ever before. Crippled by OL and because he was rushed into service. Same thing can happen to Ryan if Atlanta feels the Vickless shadow too much.

5) The Jets QB kid Ratliff has a bazooka arm. Wonder almost went nuts last year when they put him on the practice squad and left him vulnerable to being picked up by anyone willing to scoop him up.

6) Don’t fill rookies’ heads with all this information. Example: stop teaching DE’s the entire playbook and keep it simple. Point them to the QB and say “kill.” Let them PLAY! The inundation of all the complexities of the schemes is overkill for these kids and it can ruin them. (The Giants, to their credit, kept it simple for Kiwi in his first season and did not put him in too many early downs, preferring to use him to simply rush the QB.) Wonder specifically does not like the tentativeness of Gholston… he wants the Jets to just let their #6 pick in the draft go North to the QB.

7) WR Hardy, taken in the second round, looks great.

8) He is a little surprised by the early word on Phillips, but admits it looks good.

9) SIGN BRANDON JACOBS. I disagree with Wonder here. Wonder simply believes Jacobs won’t (necessarily) get hurt, admitting that would be the only way it (signing him now) does not pay to do that. I think that Jacobs runs too high, he will get hurt, so make him take care of himself and if he makes it through the season w/o gtg hurt and has a great year, you pay the man.

10) Big mistake for the Giants to cut Moss. We went through the math and the conclusion was in yesterday’s post that you have to put Tyree or Manningham on IR.

11) If the Giants are lacking depth at TE, look at what the Jets may be forced to do, because the Jets are loaded at that position. Get Pociask if/when he is cut by the Jets.

12) Olivea is a load.

13) Dallas was smart to go Felix Jones over Mendenhall because Jones is a much more different look vs Marion Barber.

14) Dallas is a LOADED. The only spot they are not deep at is WR, so as long as Owens stays healthy they are ok, the achilles for them is if something happens to Owens. As long as Owens ok, Dallas is going to the Super Bowl. They will be 13-3 at a minimum, more likely 14-2 or 15-1. No one in the NFC will stop them. They pratically have a bye into the Super Bowl.

15) Steve Smith will have a GIGANTIC year for the Giants. He’ll be pushing Toomer for that #2 depth chart spot. VERY BIG ON SMITH.

16) Josh Johnson of TB will be a very good QB in 4 years.

17) Lynch forced out, cut by the Denver Broncos. What does this say about picking BARRETT in the 7th round?!!! It means they have to like how things are going, because they certainly feel comfortable with the rookie as a second stringer already, doing that move so early in preseason.

18) Confounding draft day move… Jax trading up to #9 for Harvey and then NOT signing him? Sign him already. You wanted to go up to the top 10 where the prices for rookies is insane? TFB, now pay up for that move.

19) Giants and Jets both to win ~9.5 games. Giants are a very good team but they are playing in a division that is loaded, so the math means they have to lose games.

4 Responses to “Wonder on the NFL, A to Z”

  1. Craig Says:

    I don’t think the Giants cut Moss, i have not read that anywhere and in fact I’ve read that he’s in the mix for #3 wr. Dunno where you heard that from.

  2. Andy F. Says:

    Correct, you have NOT read that in the last week. Wonder is simply saying that it is a big mistake to cut Moss, regardless of how camp is going. Early in camp he was clearly on the bubble. In the last week, starting w a good performance vs the Lions, he solidified his place on the depth chart. The Giants are looking at carrying 6 WRs. Burress, Toomer and Smith are clearly 1-3. Then you have Moss, Jennings, London, Tyree, Manningham and Hixon. So tell me which three you DON’T carry? So Wonder speculated that either Manningham or Tyree would be put on season-ending IR, so that one could be kept on the team w/o taking a roster spot. Do you do that to both? And cut Jennings? And keep Moss, Hixon and London? At the moment that seems like the play, IF the Giants are willing to go the costly IR route. I think they will try to trade one of these guys a la Ryan Grant and maybe put the rookie from Mich on IR.

  3. Craig Says:

    I was about halfway reading your reply and thought, they may trade one or two guys like grant. maybe more of a Brett Farve deal with conditional picks. Hixon will be returning kicks, Moss is looking good, they can pull a Patriots and have Manningham on IR, trade London while his stock is rising maybe, Jennings, I really don’t know what to do with him, and Tyree, well lets face it, if he wasn’t good on Special teams, he’d be cut 2 years ago.Oh I read and just thought about it, The 2nd rd pick the Saints gave to the Giants for Shockey maybe be going to the Jets for Vilma if he plays 85% of the plays on D, and then the Giants would get a 1st round in 2010

  4. Andy F. Says:

    I am not holding my breath for gtg a #1 in 2010. I would not bet on it. Vilma ALSO needs to sign a contract extension with the Saints (in addition to playing in 85% of the plays) in order for the Jets to get the #2 pick, thus enabling the Giants to get a #1. Vilma is going to have to have a great year AND have reasonable demands for this all to go through, considering the price the Saints will effectively be paying. The Saints can wait on the contract, they can get Vilma under 85%, Vilma can get hurt… it is not happening. Saints are extremely incentivized to avoid this.

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