It's never too early to look ahead to the upcoming NFL season, and with the free agency rush and the 2017 NFL Draft behind us, Colin Cowherd broke down the 10 biggest storylines in the NFL this year.
10. The OBJ saga continues in New York City
“Emotionally, we’ve now heard multiple stories that sometimes he’s difficult. Sometimes he can be disruptive. Sometimes he’s over the edge.
"Here we go in New York. Eli Manning, end of his career. Ben McAdoo’s got to win. Looks like the Redskins, Philadelphia and Dallas are here to stay.”
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9. Will the Falcons implode?
“Kyle Shanahan leaves Atlanta, the Falcons blow the Super Bowl. Do they just implode from this point, or do they continue on? Never been a Super Bowl blown like that one, and never been a coordinator in recent years like Shanahan who elevates quarterbacks.
"Does Atlanta do what a lot of Super Bowl losing teams do - implode?"
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8. Is Jared Goff a bust?
“Jared Goff, is he an abject bust or can he play? You give up all those picks in Los Angeles, there are jobs - multiple jobs - on the line. He was ugly. They bring in new offensive linemen, a new coach, an offensive-leaning staff. We’re going to know in the first five games if this is an all-time bust or [that] the kid can play.”
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7. Is it over for Cam Newton?
“They went out and got multiple offensive weapons to help him. Outside of a 10-or-11 game stretch, let’s be honest. Stop pandering. He’s an average NFL quarterback. I know he does great commercials, I know he’s handsome, I know he had an MVP year built on 11 games. But is it over?
"Because the way Carolina spent the offseason saying ‘he’s going to change,’ it sounds like they’re losing patience with Cam Newton."
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6. Can Andrew Luck bounce back?
“Finally a legitimate GM. Did you see what the Colts did yesterday? Hired two more elite personnel people in the league. Can Andrew Luck, now with Chris Ballard giving him a legitimate defense, do what we think he should do and win that division 10 years straight?”
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5. Can Mitchell Trubisky play?
“I’m not kidding you, I’m not sure he can. Chicago hasn’t had a quarterback they love since Sid Luckman (1948). They moved up! Let’s see in the first six weeks, because he’s going to play this year, don’t kid yourself. Can Mitch Trubisky play?”
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4. Can the Raiders overcome their stadium fiasco?
“Can the talented Raiders overcome that absolute stadium mess? This is really bad. This shouldn’t end well.
"I love their general manager. I think they have the next Aaron Rodgers in Derek Carr. They have drafted well, their free-agent acquisitions have been smart. They’re one of the most electrifying teams in the NFL… but they’ve got this stadium mess hovering over the top, and I’m not sure they can overcome it. They’re going to be the most entertaining mess in the NFL this year.”
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3. Has the window closed for Aaron Rodgers?
“Listen, we know he has Dan Marino arm talent. We know he’s an all-timer. But you start looking at the NFC and you see Seattle’s roster. You look at his own division and you start looking at these teams, and I’m not sure that Aaron Rodgers - with Dallas cooking - are they going to give him another defense capable of winning a Super Bowl? I’m not sure what the answer is.
"I know Aaron’s good enough, and I know Mike McCarthy’s good enough… but quarterbacks don’t win Super Bowls without a defense that can make stops. And Green Bay, again, is fairly inefficient in the free-agent market.”
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2. Can Tom Brady keep going?
“I know most of you say you hate him, but the all-time greatest quarterback? One more Super Bowl and it’s over. It ain’t close.
"Football’s not about perfection, OK? Joe Montana’s four-for-four. If Tom gets to eight, regardless win or lose, it is an achievement that has never been duplicated. It also ends the Peyton-Brady thing, which I think is already over.”
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1. Can Dak keep rolling with Dallas?
“We know Dallas has good offensive players. We know Ezekiel Elliott’s here to stay. We know the offensive line’s great.
"But these rookie quarterbacks that go out and post big numbers. ... That second year for Matt Ryan, that second year for RG3. That second year for a lot of these quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, doesn’t look anything like the first year.
"I think Dallas is overwhelmingly the most interesting story. I know Dallas. The O-line, Ezekiel. There’s a lot I know.
"With some of this, there’s an element of surprise. Dak just caught everybody off guard. We thought the wildcat offense was going to stick. A year later it was out of the league.”