Blips, Blurbs and Blasts: 32 Wham

QB Eli Manning (Tom Dahlin/Getty)

Can Miami use another wideout from UCF? When will Eli Manning stop having to answer questions about his leadership in New York? Is Tampa Bay making the wrong decision saying no to HBO?


A healthier Troy Polamalu may have had a better chance of slowing down Greg Jennings and the rest of the Packers offense in Super Bowl XLV. (Joe Robbins/Getty)

AFC East

Buffalo Bills
No. 3-overall choice Marcell Dareus is upset at the Panthers and Broncos for passing on him in the draft. If only Carolina could direct that slight in the direction of Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

Miami Dolphins
Mike Sims-Walker apparently wants to reunite with former University of Central Florida teammate Brandon Marshall, but he doesn't offer the speed element Miami's receiving corps needs.

New England Patriots
Somebody please tell Randy Moss that while we know he would love to play for coach Bill Belichick once again, the fact that it was Belichick dumping him in the first place means the feeling probably isn't mutual.

New York Jets
While it's commendable that Mark Sanchez is the inspiration behind "Jets West" in California, it's worth noting that neither Santonio Holmes nor Braylon Edwards is in attendance -- Brad Smith won't aid in Sanchez's development.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are reportedly in the market for an experienced backup quarterback, which is interesting to me since they paid Marc Bulger $3.8 million last season to not throw a single pass.

Cincinnati Bengals
Yes, I believe Carson Palmer when he says he won't play for the Bengals again and has plenty of money to retire, so even if owner Mike Brown would be wise to get what he can for him in a trade, I think he's enjoying the staring contest.

Cleveland Browns
Because he was billed as the best pure nose tackle prospect in the draft for any team running a 3-4 system, I'm not sold on Phil Taylor's ability to be a one-gap penetrator in Cleveland's new 4-3.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Why I think Troy Polamalu was unquestionably deserving of Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010: With him hobbling through Super Bowl XLV, the Steel Curtain had no answers for Aaron Rodgers and Co.

AFC South

Houston Texans
If you're looking for an unheralded rookie to fall in love with this year, fifth-round safety Shiloh Keo from Idaho could be your guy.

Indianapolis Colts
Considering all the endorsements he has and the rave reviews he got hosting "Saturday Night Live," it surprises me that Peyton Manning finished no better than 72nd on the annual Forbes "Celebrity 100" list.

Jacksonville Jaguars
I know the lockout makes it difficult for any NFL team to conduct business as usual, but it's troubling that the Jaguars are still 11,000 season-ticket sales shy of their stated goal of 43,000.

Tennessee Titans
When free-agent quarterback Kerry Collins entered the league all the way back in 1995, new coach Mike Munchak had just wrapped up his 12-year playing career as a guard two seasons prior with the old Oilers.

AFC West

Denver Broncos
I still can't understand for the life of me why the Broncos would decide to switch back to the 4-3 and then use a first-round pick on Von Miller, who appears to be engineered to play outside linebacker in a 3-4.

Kansas City Chiefs
If coach Todd Haley wants to know what not to do with Dexter McCluster, just look at the Bears and how they ruined two years of Devin Hester as a return man by trying to make him into a starting receiver -- he clearly wasn't.

Oakland Raiders
Instead of furloughs, pay cuts or layoffs, the Raiders are asking team employees to sell their season tickets to help make ends meet and also augment the lowest season-ticket fan base in the NFL, which is around 23,000.

San Diego Chargers
It's just as amazing now as it was in January: The Chargers had the No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense in the league yet managed to miss the playoffs.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
Apparently, owner Jerry Jones won't get the return on investment he's hoping for with the Death Star on Monster Energy Supercross and Kenny Chesney concerts alone.

New York Giants
Even with a ring comfortably on his finger, there are still grumblings about Eli Manning's ability to be a leader since the turnout for his passing camp didn't impress anyone.

Philadelphia Eagles
Coach Andy Reid said he still would have drafted Baylor guard Danny Watkins in the first round even if Nebraska corner Prince Amukamara was available, which doesn't seem believable since he went safety (Jaiquawn Jarrett) in Round 2 and then corner (Curtis Marsh) in Round 3.

Washington Redskins
Why would another team give anything of value to the Redskins for Donovan McNabb since there's no way he can return to the nation's capital after all that's transpired?

NFC North

Chicago Bears
Nobody should be giving Brian Urlacher a hard time for suggesting the Bears are the best team in the NFC. Before getting hot in the playoffs, Green Bay finished second to Chicago in the division.

Detroit Lions
On conference call with Detroit season-ticket holders, commissioner Rodger Goodell was, of course, questioned repeatedly about the so-called "Calvin Johnson Rule."

Green Bay Packers
Former defensive tackle Gilbert Brown is preparing for a career in coaching by taking the reigns of the Green Bay Chill, a team in the Lingerie Football League.

Minnesota Vikings
Christian Ponder has already been given No. 7 by the organization, which might make Vikings fans nervous since that's the same jersey Tarvaris Jackson wore.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
Members of the Raiders got in touch with team leaders on the Falcons and asked if they wanted to scrimmage against each other in Duluth, but they were level-headed enough to decline the offer.

Carolina Panthers
Jon Beason won a slander judgment Thursday against a man that alleged the Pro Bowl linebacker attacked him in a Charlotte strip club in 2009. What was he awarded? $1, the exact amount Beason was seeking.

New Orleans Saints
A poll of experts at NFL.com concluded that Drew Brees going to the Saints was the best free-agent signing of the last decade. Dolphins fans begrudgingly agree.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs turned down an offer from HBO to be the subject of "Hard Knocks," and while their commitment to the on-the-field product is noble, some publicity for a team that had every home game blacked out locally in 2010 is dearly needed.

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NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
Sorry, front office in Arizona, but adding failed first-round running back Beanie Wells doesn't sweeten the compensation package much when trying to trade for a starting quarterback.

San Francisco 49ers
This is how low the NFL has sunk during the lockout: New coach Jim Harbaugh made sure to ask the league's permission first before visiting Alex Smith's wife, who had just given birth to the quarterback's first child, in the hospital.

Seattle Seahawks
There is no reason to believe Matt Hasselbeck would be making a wise career move signing with a new team shortly before his 36th birthday, so I expect him to return to the Emerald City.

St. Louis Rams
The 49ers drafted Kendall Hunter to help out Frank Gore in the backfield, which is another reason why I don't understand why St. Louis didn't try to find a complementary runner to pair with Steven Jackson.


John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.

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