It’s Hall of Fame Induction Saturday

It’s the official kick off to the NFL season before the regular season. I have always enjoyed the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Jerry Jones getting in today will be great. This class has a special meaning to me; as a lot of these guys were who I loved growing up and falling in love with the game.

In the meantime, I am taking my kids to a church festival. Going on a date tonight. Then I’ll be home to watch the DVR’d Hall of Fame speeches.

I’ll recap everything said right here. Also, BR Magazine had a great read on Dak Prescott today.

Guys I want in Fantasy

My draft is coming up. Here’s who I really want to land:

QB: Dak Precott, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Andy Dalton
RB Melvin Gordon, Joe Mixon, ?
WR: Brandon Cooks, Michael Thomas, Amari Cooper, AJ Green, Dez Bryant
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett
K: Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Janikowski, Dan Bailey

There is Football on Thursday Night in Canton (Hall of Fame Game)

The NFL is doing something new this year: kicking off the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

Football is officially (but unofficially) back tomorrow. No starters are going to play. Now, the Cowboys are in the game so that’s one reason to watch.

But it’s a Pick line between the Cowboys and the Cardinals. It’s mostly just a formality that eases us all back into football season. It’s still a good feeling. It still makes for good background noise to be on while you do something else. And it’s still good to see those uniforms and helmets.

I’m really excited for the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday evening.

Hoping for a Jon Gruden Return to Coaching

I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a head coach more than Jon Gruden – I just always really loved “Chucky”. I love that he’s offensive based. I bet he’s an ultimate players’ coach. I love the guy in the Monday Night Football booth. I would love to see him return to NFL sidelines for one more run.

Gruden says he’s preparing, and you just wonder what jobs could possibly come available for him in January of 2018.

What if the Dallas Cowboys have a dismal year and fail to meet expectations? Would Gruden be a fit there? Or if the New York Giants fall apart, could Gruden return to take Eli to one final Super Bowl?

Maybe the Arizona Cardinals if Bruce Arians decides this is his final year. The Green Bay Packers if Mike Mccarthy resigns. It’s really hard to say.

But if Gruden is serious about a comeback, this would be one of the major storylines in the entire league.

Cowboys Links of Note

Pro Football Talk has ranked the Cowboys as the number six team in football entering the season. I like it.

They have the Cowboys behind the Packers, and it’s probably due to the toughness of the schedule and having a known commodity at QB in Aaron Rodgers; but this is how PFT finished up the ranking:

The Cowboys will be hard pressed to win 13 games again, especially if Elliott misses any games because of an NFL suspension. But with a defense expected to feature four players who have yet to play a down in the NFL, the Cowboys actually could be better going into the 2017 postseason than they were in 2016 when they went four weeks between meaningful games.

Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones also says that Dak Prescott “Will be better than last year”.

This is a gutsy take, but you always expect an owner named Jones in Dallas to push his chips to the middle of the table and go all-in.

“He knows he’s got to take his game to another level,” Jones said. “The great ones get better each year. I think he expects that from himself, I know he puts in the work, I know he’s a leader, the team responds to him, the team wants to play hard for him. That’s rare. I think he’s going to answer the bell and I think he’s going to be better than he was last year.”

“I’m just amazed with how he handles himself,” Jones said. “Football is first. he’s got an insatiable appetite to want to get better.”

The Cowboys also cut Lucky Whitehead today for failing to appear in court after a shoplifting charge.