We’re most of a week into free agency.
Some of you have teams who are tearing up the league and “winning the off season”.
Some of you have teams who have been sitting on the sidelines.
Whatever your situation, just know this:
This is one of two times per year I abuse the hell out of that clip—free agency and the draft.
Because those are the two times of the year most prone to ridiculous amounts of freaking out over something—good or bad.
Now, of course there are teams who screwed it up. And some who did extremely well. Guess what?
Some of the teams which came to mind for you when you read those words aren’t going to be examples of them.
Maybe the Miami Dolphins are Super Bowl bound (I doubt it) or maybe they just bankrupted their 2014 for a run to save GM Ireland’s job this year (that’s the one).
Maybe the Packers were foolish to not do whatever it took to sign Steven Jackson, or maybe GM Thompson is a genius.
Or maybe both.
You can’t tell now. That’s why I laugh when TJ Lang wrote on his twitter congratulating the Lions on winning the off-season. Because the overreaction to all these moves is really funny.
While it was a snide and somewhat childish reaction to what I feel are pretty smart signings, it’s not out of place. Certainly Lions fans were happy, but not cheering in the streets that they were heading to New Jersey for the Winter Bowl. They had some good signings, they’re happy—why not?
But by the same token, Lang is dead on—if not about the Lions, it certainly applies to the Dolphins, whose beat writers are even starting to rip on other teams because they’re feeling their oats.
All in good fun, right?
But let’s not forget this is a team with about $32 million in cap explosion for four players in 2014.
If this doesn’t work, they have issues because none of these players can be cut. So, sure, they can feel good.
But by this time next year they could be dealing with post-spending hangover.
And teams which did only a little or stood pat—they may be drinking champagne out of the Lombardi—oh wait, that’s the Stanley Cup.
Whatever, they could be polishing championship rings. The point is, they will be just fine.
Or hell any team can completely screw it up by doing something stupid in the NFL Draft (which we’ll talk more about soon). Or maybe they get hammered by injuries. Or maybe they go down in a horrific blimp crash.
You see, there’s a long way to go before we even play football much less hit the playoffs, much less the Super Bowl.
During a period like this it’s really easy to see a lot change (or nothing change) and overreact.
So keep perspective. We’ve a long way to go and a lot of time to kill.
Save pulling out your hair for September through next January. Keep the corks in the champagne bottles.
Everything could change for better or worse tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, GAME OF THRONES IS JUST 15 DAYS AWAY!!!!