Not 1, not 2, but 3 sub .500 teams in the top 10. I know everyone was expecting the Cards, Panthers, and Bengals to be really good this year... but they haven't been. The Cards lost to a really good Pats team, beat a mediocre Bucs team, and got embarrassed by an embarrassing Bills team (that you have ranked in the 20s). The Panthers have a bit more of an excuse as their losses have been to mostly good teams (the Broncos and Vikings) but I am still not buying a #5 ranking for a 1-2 team who's only win came against a horrible 49ers team. Lastly you said it all about how the Bengals have performed so far this year. These are not good teams this year, shouldn't their ranking reflect that?
While your brief analysis of the Panther's Oline has a lot of truth to it, I'm not sure it's yet fair to say that their is a problem in the 2ndary. The rooks are playing pretty well and definitely aren't the problem. Another is that they can't get a pass rush because the QBs are having success throwing the ball for short, quick, Brady esque passes, but when throwing deeper, the interior rush at least is getting there, and the corners have been impressing. While they are no Norman at this point, I can say that they are one of the few bright spots so far. The main problem is that the Oline can't block, and special teams can't tackle.
Deron Williams Heading to Turkey: The First NBA Lockout Domino to Fall? - July 19
After playing at the America Century Championship golf tournament Friday night, Deron Williams confirmed what had been reported since the NBA Lockout began on July 1.
"Just made it official, headed to Turkey," Williams tweeted. The New Jersey Nets point guard also tweeted an image of his signature on the contract that is reportedly a 1-year deal worth $5 million.
This announcement could be monumental and possibly set a precedent for established NBA superstars looking to head overseas, assuming the lockout is prolonged as many expect. Many marquee players have said they are open to the possibility of heading across the Atlantic if the negotiations of a new CBA are dragged out. That decision also comes with many concerns though.
What happens if Williams suffers a season-ending injury while playing for Besiktas and is unable to play for the Nets once the lockout ends? Will the NBA players union even allow Williams or any other big name players currently under contract to play in Europe?
If Williams does suit up for Besiktas, he will likely go head-to-head at some point with fellow former Illini point guard Demetri McCamey. Mersin of the Turkish Basketball League has signed McCamey to a 1-year contract. After going undrafted last month, McCamey decided to play professionally in Europe rather than waiting for the lockout to end and hoping to catch on with a NBA team during training camp.
Now all the other Turkish Basketball League teams should make runs at Dee Brown, Luther Head, and Chester Frazier. Anybody know what Frank Williams is up to? Maybe Derek Harper still has some spring in his step...