A few thoughts and programming notes upon returning from summer vacation:
Stepping away from the NFC West blog for the past 10 days brought me closer to actual football. While the NFL lockout dragged on, I spent four days last week watching my oldest son put on the pads for the first time as part of a youth camp. The kids' love for the game made watching them a joy. NFL training camps would usually begin in another three weeks or so. Here's hoping a labor deal gets done in time.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. stirred thought and debate with his recent three-part series ranking the 15 best players in the NFC West. His work will provide the foundation for additional discussion on the subject this week. Quite a few contributors to the blog have weighed in with strong opinions (what, no Steven Jackson?). I have a few of my own. We'll advance the discussion beginning Monday.
What's on your mind? I'll be using your feedback -- quite a bit accumulated during my week away -- as starting points for discussion.