Monday, September 29, 2008

The Tides Are Turning

It's week 4 of the NFL season and over the past few weeks I've noticed something about the landscape of today's NFL. It's changed. Right in front of our has changed. We have entered a new era of players. I'm not sure why or how it suddenly changed, but it has.

Call me stupid, but I don't remember the last time a rookie class has been this significant. I'll throw out some names. Matt Ryan, Joe Flaaco, Kevin Smith, DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal, Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Jonathan Stewart just to name a few. These rookies are making an impact.

Further, right before our eyes, Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler have become 2 of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league. Yes, we still have Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the league (although they are down and out), but it just seems like we've just entered a new era of players. Does it just happen like this or am I just the only one realizing this?

It seems the game is also changing. Coordinators are getting better. So much so that players can no longer dominate like they once could. I know the scoring numbers this season are down compared to seasons past. LT is still great, but he's not dominate, like he was 2 years ago. What I think happens more effectively now is teams can stop a dominate player, which forces a team's weaker players to step up or fail (lose).

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