Let the offseason speculation begin

Is it too early to speculate on the offseason?

Of course not, and with NFP scout Wes Bunting unveiling his first mock draft of 2010 today, why not talk some speculation on teams and players?

Tuesday, the Washington Post — citing sources — said new ‘Skins head coach Mike Shanahan wants to improve the quarterback position in Washington.

Surprised? Don’t be. This is the best time of the season to be a Redskins fan. A new big-money coach and another winter/spring for owner Daniel Snyder to wow us with moves, trades and, of course, the draft.

I won’t spoil Bunting’s mock and give away a name of someone the ‘Skins could take at No. 4 this April, but, according to the Post, they have their eyes on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.


I don’t want to knock Bradford because I haven’t watched much tape of him, but a spread QB in the NFL? I think Mr. Snyder and Shanny could do much better -- however, as the title of this post says, it’s all just speculation.

There will be plenty to go around when it comes to the draft, to Eagles QB Michael Vick (or QBs if we include Donovan McNabb), Brett Favre, Brandon Marshall, Julius Peppers and Anquan Boldin.

We’ll talk about all of them, and I will most likely write about all of them. But isn’t that the best part of the offseason?

I love breaking down games during the regular season and into the playoffs. I’m an “X’s” and “O’s” guy when it comes to the NFL game. I love schemes, and I love game plans. The idea of putting together a week of practice and film onto a sheet of paper for Sunday has always been amazing to me.

However, that’s gone — for now. There are no more games. Instead, coaches, GMs and scouts (and the occasional owner) will bust out the videotape and watch players. They’ll watch free-agents-to-be, players they can make a move for and rookie hopefuls. It’s all part of the new process that will really start to take shape when the NFL Combine kicks off at the end of this month.

The NFP will be there, as will the entire fleet of 32 NFL organizations. And we’ll all speculate over beer, dinner, in the hotel lobby and so on. The “talk” will start, as will the theories on who’s going where and what team needs what to get to where the New Orleans Saints were Tuesday — in the middle of a parade.

Every team starts over, and hope — that thing that carries us through miserable baseball seasons on the north side of Chicago — now begins. Every team has a shot to make it to Dallas next year and Super Bowl XLV.

I happen to like Boldin to the Ravens, giving QB Joe Flacco a weapon on the outside to go along with RB Ray Rice.

What do you think?

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