Time and time again I see threads blasting some NFL, ESPN, or SI talking head for his uniformed opinions on the fins. Sometimes, when they're really outrageous, they deserve to be responded to. But why do so many people here put so much stock in the views of big media commentators? Do you really think "Adam Schefter" or Prisco have an intricate understanding of the Dolphins players? Sure they knows the roster -- the players' names, their numbers if they're worth mentioning, and the team record. But it ends there. So the simple translation for them is: "No pro bowlers, 11 loses last year (don't know or care that all but two were close)" Conclusion: Mia sucks
They don't know who's excelling at camp, who has the goods to be a star, if there's an underbelly that can turn the team around, etc..
They're all the same these big media guys. They're journalists-by-highlight reel, because their understanding of who's who in the NFL is simply an extension of who's stats are big from the year before and what they see on PrimeTime after all the games are played Sunday evening.
That's not to say they don't know anything about the game. Of course they're experts in a broad sense. But the really big guys, C. Burman, P. King, etc. have gotten so inflated that they simply don't have the time to see what's brewing beneath the surface. Sports media in general is very reactive. That's why, for example, while we knew McMike could be something special when he hurdled that CB straight into the endzone in preseason a couple years back -- these guys don't even know his name until he makes X number of highlights on ESPN. They simply have a view that's a mile wide and an inch thick on NFL talent.
I hear Peter King on the Buffalo sports station every Tues. (hey, it's the only NFL talk I can hear in this anythingbuthockey-forsaken town) and he doesn't know sh--. Sure he has a rich concept of NFL history and rules, and trade rumours, hiring/firings, but ask him about a second-tier player's chances to make the team or his opinions on how Losman played the game before, and he couldn't tell you a thing beyond what any monkey can figure out by reading the box score. He goes on and tells Buffalo fans, through broad generalities what they delude themselves in believing anyway: that they're great, and losman looks good, and they could make the playoffs, and bla b la bla. He does the same in any market he goes on, as they all do.