Depending on where you live, January is the month when most outdoor activities slow down with a few exceptions, ice fishing, snowmobiling, late season goose and duck hunting, and in a few states, the last few days of deer hunting. For all of you football enthusiast, the NFL Playoffs are in full swing! If your team is still in, congratulations and good for you. Our beloved Chiefs didn’t make it!! Things are looking up, the Chiefs just announce the hiring of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, to former offensive and defensive coordinators for the New England Patriots. Hopefully they will help jump start both the offense and the defense. I personally believe it is a very good move, they both had tremendous successes with the Patriots and bring a wealth of playoff history. When reorganizing a team I feel it is critical to have both coaches and players in place who have had playoff experience. How can you coach about winning in the playoffs if you haven’t been there! Making the playoffs is the first step in winning the Super Bowl and that is every teams objective. Now we have coaches in place who have successfully accomplished both. For the teams still alive in the playoffs, Dallas and their defense look hard to beat. Being from the AFC, I still like the Charges, who I was originally drafted by, and the Colts. You can’t rule out the play of Patton Manning. Back to the outdoors! This is the time to get all of your fall hunting, camping and fishing gear cleaned up. Cleaning your firearms before putting them away is extremely important. The obvious, make sure they are unloaded before working on them and putting them up. This is a good time to take off all that old fishing line and tune up the reels. Make sure all of your camping gear is dry before putting them in storage, mold can develop quickly and cause a lot of damage to your equipment. For you Turkey hunters, this is a great time to work on your calls. Some seasons are just a few months away! Normally I can drive everyone out of the house with some yelps and cackles!
Two of the most exciting days in a college football players life, the NFL Player Draft, has come and gone. Some players walk away from these two days financially set for life, if they manage their mony wisely. Some college players walk away scratching their heads wondering how in the world I could have gone undrafted. Most of those players were both high school and college stars. Several of them were All-Americans and have very seldom faced a more deflating moment in their athletic careers. Many of the of these undrafted players will get an opportunity as a free agent and there has been many free agents who have become All-Pro and NFL Hall of Famers. This is the time that the true character of these players comes out. Most of them will have a chip on their shoulders and the mind set to prove to the rest of the NFL, that they all made a mistake by not drafting them. Watch out for those players because they are motivated and dagerous.
Now there are those player who were drafted in the first round who have been blessed with natural size, speed and talent and a few, which happens every year, will be a bust or don’t live up to everyones expectations. In most instances it more of a character issue than it is their playing ability. They take their position for granted, they become lazy and now that they are financially fixed, become less motivated. Watch for those players as well, you will hear about them early on. Then there are those high draft picks who exceed everyone expectations and is because of their character and their desier to prove to the team that drafted them that they made the right choice. You will hear about them early on and often.
My old team the Kansas City Chiefs, I believe did a workmans type job. No big hoopla, just players who should fit the new scheem. They appear to be sound players who will compete well for their positions. The question always is, how quickly can they make the transition from college to the NFL. Only time will tell, but I feel good about what the Chiefs did.
The Outdoor Quarterback
The Chiefs made a bold move in making a trade for Matt Cassell from the New England Patriots. This move adds a proven starter to the stable of young quarterbacks. It is my opinion that there will be very strong competition at this position. Tyler Thigpen proved last year that he can play in the NFL. Brodie Croyle may have the best arm of all the quarterbacks but must remain healthy to prove he can be durable in the NFL