Friday, July 18, 2008

Tight End Watch

by: Michael Steffes

It is that time of the year folks. One week till camp. Whoooo hooooo!

Anyway, to pass the time, our old friend Clark Judge is breaking down training camp battles. Here is his version of the NFC West.

For the Hawks, he is looking at the tight end competition. Judge gives the edge to Carlson saying...

Heller and Putzier have the advantage in experience, with Heller having the inside track on everyone with six starts last season. And you can't forget this: In his 16 years as head coach, Mike Holmgren has never started a rookie tight end. But that streak could end with the emergence of Carlson, who fought through a sore hamstring in minicamp yet who is someone most observers consider the favorite at the position.
Nothing we haven't heard before, right? What I find interesting is some of his takes on the other battles in the NFC West. He gives the Cards QB job to Warner. That would essentially make the Cards one year contenders as Lienart would probably lose his desire to lead the Cards in an extended run of success. Time to draft another youngster. Not to mention what would happen if Warner gets hurt, starts fumbling again, or his wife starts calling sports radio stations.

Also, it looks like a thrilling battle going on in St. Louis. Does it really matter which of these second rate linemen end up as the starting center? You know what they say... when you have two centers, then you have a completely crappy o-line that will crumble again and get the QB killed two years running. Or something like that, I think. ~END~