Jason La Confura from CBSSports.com joined The Vinny and Rob Show Friday morning on 105-7 THE FAN and discussed training camps and news throughout the NFL.
The San Diego Chargers used to be the team to beat in AFC West but things have changed over the last several years. The Chargers have hired a new coach in Mike McCoy which can hopefully revive an aging Philip Rivers. Jason has a good feeling about Mike McCoy and Rivers but did have this to say “There is a part of me that also thinks that if Norv Turner couldn’t get Philip back to the Philip he was before and they had such a strong relationship and he knew him better than anyone else, I’m not sure an outsider or a new guy is going to be able to do that but sometimes change is good.” The Chargers seem to be on their way up but their defense needs work for them to be a playoff team. Do not look for them in the post season this year.
Many sports writers and reporters have the NFC West as the hot bed of the NFL. Between the Seahawks and the 49ers the path to the Superbowl is going to go through one of them. The Seahawks may have lost their number one receiver before ever taking a snap. Percy Harvin is going for a second opinion on a labrum tear in his hip. The injury could require surgery possibly sidelining Harvin for the season.
Coming back home, the Super Bowl Champions Ravens look to be stronger on the defensive side of the ball. Younger, faster, and stronger is what La Confura sees. The additions of Dumervil, Canty, and Huff could really solidfy the defense with their draft picks. Lardarius Webb is also returning to seal up their secondary after tearing his ACL last year in week six. Rob Long believes that this year Joe Flacco needs to put elite numbers this year as he truly makes this his offense and his team. The tandem of Jim Caldwell and Joe Flacco could make for an impressive offense and regular season.
(Programming Note: Intern Zach wrote and posted this article as part of his internship program with CBS Baltimore. Zach is a Communications & History major at Loyola University Maryland.)