Along with high hopes resting on players stepping in to solidify a team roster, fans and organizations alike await the opportunity to see their newest stars, those battle-tested veterans which lend promise to lead their respective clubs to the promised land.
Training camps are on the horizon and here are points to keep an eye on throughout training camp and into the 2004 season.
· Sean Taylor is expected to become a physical presence in the middle of the Washington defensive backfield………..The Redskins won't be a pretender in the 2004 season and ultimately could be a serious contender. In early off-season practices, the general consensus amongst the team is one of confidence, experienced leadership, and a belief coming from the successful coaching career of Gibbs as coach of the Redskins prior to his retirement. No need for concern, Gibbs never lost his leadership and coaching mentality he carried onto the NASCAR circuit…………. The often unorganized and belittled Redskins under the tutelage of Steve Spurrier will be an improved and fundamentally sound operation under Gibbs, at the very least in the 2004 season……………An inconsistent running game and a quarterback under fire on every play due to inadequate coaching are a thing of the past in Washington.
· Were the 2003 Bill Parcells wave a magic
wand? Without a legitimate running back, an offensive line which has either aged or riddled with relative inexperience, or injury, and fielded Quincy Carter at quarterback, the Cowboys were a playoff team one short season ago………………Can rookie running back
Drew Henson for the Cowboys starting quarterback role, as soon as the 2005 season.
· In New York, Camp Coughlin could be in for a rude awakening, as well as all the fans of the Tom Coughlin.
· Has the Duce Staley (now with the Steelers) and Buckhalter. Some within the game question Westbrook's ability to take the pounding due to his physical stature. Again in 2004, expect the Eagles to mix and match at the running back spot.
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