Important Questions, Undetermined Answers: AFC
Can Chad Henne prove he’s the quarterback of the future?
Dolphins fans seem unhappy with the Wolverine alum’s inconsistency and it doesn’t look like his teammates are clamoring in his defense. I think he can be a very good NFL quarterback going forward. Henne had a 61.4% completion percentage last season, better than many notable QBs like Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Brett Favre, Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, and Matt Hasselbeck. Further, Henne also threw for the fifteenth most total passing yards in the NFL in 2010. That ranked higher than some bigger name quarterbacks such as Mark Sanchez, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel, and David Garrard. Basically, Henne has potential and plenty of room to grow.
Will the media hysteria surrounding Tim Tebow continue to be a major distraction?
At the start of the preseason the Broncos were set to make Tim Tebow their starting quarterback as they were dangling Kyle Orton on the trading-block. Now, about a month later, many experts and media members think Tebow shouldn’t even be in the league. Tebow mania has taken over the Denver Broncos organization and has completely removed all attention on new head coach John Fox and starting QB Kyle Orton. Will the Tebow situation continue to be a distraction? You bet.
San Diego Chargers
Can they finally play up to their enormous potential?
Norv Turner is on the hot seat, again! The Chargers had the NFL’s number one rated defense and offense last season and didn’t make the playoffs. Are you kidding me!? On paper, the Chargers would have probably won two or three Super Bowls by now. Unfortunately, the games are played on the field and to put it bluntly, they better play up to their potential or else Norv Turner will be outta here.
Is Joe Flacco ready to take charge?
The Ravens lost Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, two of Flacco’s main targets. To make up for those losses they acquired Lee Evans and drafted Torrey Smith out of Maryland. Their also relying upon second year tight end Ed Dickson to fill the huge void left by Heap. With an ageing defense and young receivers, it’s now time for Flacco to step up and take the reins. Flacco has won the third most games in his first four years in NFL history, but to be honest, that was mainly due to the fact that they had an overwhelmingly suffocating defense. Flacco has only been asked to “manage the game” so far in his young career and I’m just not sold on his ability to become among the league’s best.
Is Andy Dalton the quarterback of the future?
The four-year starter at TCU has been given the tall task of trying to lead one of the worst run franchises in professional sports. To make matters worse, Dalton is without the Bengals’ best offensive weapons like Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and potentially Cedric Benson. However, I do think Dalton has the potential to be a very solid starting quarterback in this league. Unfortunately, he has the added burden and curse of being drafted by the lowly Bengals.
In a word, yes. Phillips is most recently remembered for his less than stellar tenure as head coach/defensive coordinator with the Cowboys. However, when solely focusing on defense coach Phillips is among the better coordinators. Phillips has had great success as the defensive coordinator for the Broncos, Bills, Falcons, and Chargers. Couple the hiring of Phillips with the additions of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and I believe the Texans defense will be much improved.
Can Kerry Collins hold down the fort in Peyton Manning’s absence?
Peyton Manning’s neck injury has Colts fans holding their collective breath. Kerry Collins was brought in to steer the ship in case Manning isn’t ready to play, but I really don’t see Collins making much of a difference in the win/loss column. The Colts offense is built around repetition, timing, and audibles and Collins hasn’t been with the team nearly long enough to grasp any one of those aspects of the offense. Honestly, I think Curtis Painter is a much better option at quarterback should Manning miss any games.