By Dr. Bill Chachkes–Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online-On special to Zennie62.com
As many of you who follow us on the website and radio show know, I recently made a big change in my life. Driving cross country, my wife and I re-located from Long Island NY to the Verde Valley region of Northern Arizona for health & lifestyle reasons. Although the pace is a bit slower here, folks are still passionate about their football. Believe it or not, there are almost as many Giants, Pats, and Jets Fans here as there are in the NY tri-state & Boston metro/ New England areas!
But try talking about today’s big game with any native Arizonian and the talk turns to their beloved Cardinals and their own current QB issues. Seems that people are realizing that Kevin Kolb may not be the answer to the long-term situation at QB in the valley of the sun. Hence the rise of “Peyton Manning to the Cards” rumors, and talk of if John Skelton will ever be a legitimate NFL QB. I’m here to tell you that Skelton will one day be a very good NFL QB. I state my reputation on it. I saw him play enough College Football to know he has the goods.
That being said, Arizona would be a great fit for Mr. Manning should he decide to continue his football career, as he continues to intonate. Will he get to be a starter? As surely as the sun rises each day. Would he get a long term contract (four years or more)? That’s the tougher question that needs to be answered, along with Manning’s long term heath status.
Saturday’s announcement of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 revealed some induction surprises. People almost expected Former Pats & Jets RB Curtis Martin to get elected and he did, but the four linemen who were elected to the hall left little room for other players like Cris Carter, Jerome Bettis, and Will Shields, who were passed over this year, as well as coach Bill Parcells, and former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo.
Joining Martin in this class are Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.
On to todays’ “Big Game.” So much has been said between the two teams at this point that I’m not sure what or who to believe yet. One thing we know for sure is that it will be a tight, hard fought game that comes down to the last possession. Everyone sees the key match up being the Giants’ Pass rush against the New England offensive linemen. I also look at the Giants receivers against the Pats’ defensive backs. I’m not so sure about how well the pats can “stick” the Giants wide outs and slow them down.
I’m also one who watches the Special teams closely as an ex-coach and former kicker. While the Giants coverage teams have had trouble in the past, that unit improved a bit this year, and I see the specialist’s for the Giants s having the edge.
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