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Off-season doldrums

February 12, 2008|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

The off-season for football has officially begun, which means football fans must wait six months before the preseason begins again. This season was one of many memories, but it also gives each team something to look at for next season to better prepare.

The Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, took place this past Sunday as the all-stars from the AFC and the NFC battled it out. The first half was high scoring as the AFC capitalized early to pull ahead 24-7 at one point, but the AFC eventually lost that huge lead as the NFC brought the score to 27-21 at the half. The NFC came out in the second half and dominated by scoring 21 more points, enough to hold off the AFC 42-30.

Each team has something to improve on in the off-season. The Ravens, for example, need to draft a secondary quarterback in case of an injury to Troy Smith. The Redskins will also need to draft a few defensive players to fix the gap left by the death of Sean Taylor. For the Steelers, their main concern should be getting rid of what they call turf and replacing it with some artificial turf. We don't need to see any more mud bowls in Pittsburgh.

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Outside the local area, the Indianapolis Colts will have to adjust to a new stadium, the Lucas Oil Stadium, and find ways to improve their special teams. For the Texans, they need a whole team. That means they need to start filling some major positions such as quarterback and build from there. I don't even need to say what the Dolphins and the Raiders need to do. It should be obvious that they need to be re-taught how to play football.

As for the defending Super Bowl XLII champions, the New York Giants, they need to continue to develop quarterback Eli Manning and work with the upcoming rookies and this past season's rookies to make sure they know what they're doing. The Patriots just need to learn how not to cheat. I heard there's a really good book called "Official Playing Rules of the National Football League." They should check it out and it might help them.

With the football season over, we now wait and follow our teams through the NFL combine and draft.

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