NFL 2017 Schedule is out, plus Warren Sapp is talking smack about Myles Garrett and more in this week’s RoundTable.
This week’s questions…
1) The NFL’s schedule is out and the NY Giants will open the season in Dallas. It’s the third straight year they open at the Cowboys’ home field and the 5th time in six years they meet in Week 1.
This implies that this is more than just an anomaly, and is, more than likely, a direct manipulation by the NFL schedule makers for whatever rationale that they might have.
Is this fair for either team? Or is it a case of what difference does it make they have to play sooner or later anyway?
Plus, I get to hear Joe Buck go on about how great Dak Prescott is. Oh boy, how exciting.
David: The NFL has to change around the schedule to make the TV people happy. The Cowboys always get an advantage, if there is such a thing> Ask the people of Green Bay. Now, that the Cowboys don’t suck, I’m stunned they are not on Monday Night all 16 weeks.
Earl: I expected Cowboys vs. Giants because it is a spotlight matchup and a matchup that does well on Sunday Night Football.But, I expected the game would have been at MetLife Stadium.
The two teams playing each other are fair, and there is nothing wrong with the two of them in the opener, but I do think it’s unfair to make the Giants travel to Dallas yet again. It would have been nice to have the game at MetLife.
2) There is a lot of scuttlebutt around that the NY Jets and the Cleveland Browns should trade draft picks in the first round … the Jets have the 6th pick and the Browns have the 12th pick (their 2nd of the first round.) It is assumed that Cleveland would need to fatten up the deal with additional picks to the Jets.
Would this trade make any sense? Why?
The only trade I see making sense would be packaging picks for a QB, or other player, to really impact the franchise. Short of that build up the team.
David: It would be a dumb thing for the Browns. So, of course, it’s on the table. It would be brilliant for the Jets to pick up a few more picks and still not know who to pick at 12.
This is a DEEP draft. I’d take the Panthers 8th overall pick for a half dozen picks in the second in a heartbeat.
Earl: Makes perfect sense for the Jets but I don’t think the Browns would do it. The Jets do need a QB, but it wouldn’t make sense to take one early. So bailing out of 6 and picking up some draft picks would work.
The Browns probably are better off not taking one so early, either. But, if they are going to take one, then they might as well use their surplus of picks and secure the one they think fits the best.
3) Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp says he doesn’t see the necessary traits in the assumed first pick of the NFL draft Myles Garrett to be a dominant player. He says “I see the splash plays … everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy, and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape and he absolutely disappears.”
Is there any validity in Sapp’s comments?
Remember, Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were just about even on draft boards in 1998. Tom Brady was skipped over until the 6th round. Garrett may be great, and he may bust. But, based on the numbers and the evaluations… he is being picked high and expected to succeed.
David: Hey! Sapp is still alive! I don’t care what he says, to be honest.
Let’s be frank. Defensive linemen are PAID for the splash plays. How many snaps are there in a game? 50-60? How many sacks lead the league? Exactly. You hit the QB 3-4 times a game and you are doing your job. Hit him 6-7 times and you can be a Hall of Famer.
Earl: I found Sapp’s comments valid. I watch a lot of SEC football and although you can watch the game and see that Garrett is an athletic freak, he also looks like someone that can get lost in a game if he’s covered correctly. I don’t look at Myles Garrett and see Jadaveon Clowney, or any other defensive lineman that wrecked havoc in the college game that transitioned well to the pros. I don’t think he’s a bust but I don’t think he’s that great.
Turning back to the upcoming NFL schedule…
4) Which team (or teams) got the best schedule?
Chad: The Colts have the schedule to make a run this year playing only 3 playoff teams from 2016, one of whom is Houston who really doesn’t have a QB unless you believe in Tom Savage. The AFC south is never spectacular add in games with Cleveland, San Fran and the Rams.
David: The Patriots. They play the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins twice.
After that, I look at the Titans, they get the Texans twice, plus the Colts and Jags.
Earl: To be honest I don’t really pay too much to the schedule roll out, especially, before camps open in July. So, I can’t really tell you who had the best or worst schedule for that matter.
5) Which team (or teams) got the worst schedule?
Chad: Chargers have a rough schedule playing Oakland, KC, and Denver twice.
Plus, this year throw in the Pats, Cowboys, and Giants and it’ll be a rough one for LA.
David: The Bucs. They play the Panthers, Saints and Falcons twice. The Chargers also got a shit sandwich, with Denver, KC and the Raiders twice.
See a pattern? The schedule means nothing. You go 6-0 in your division, and you make the playoffs as all you have to do is go 500 the rest of the way and you get a bye.
Earl: See above.
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