Every team is a Super Bowl contender during training camp, at least that's what the local media in each NFL town seems to think. Puff pieces about teams/players/coaches often read something like, "[Player X] is poised to have a career year because he's getting over [ailment/personal tragedy/weight issues/immaturity]. He will have a key role in [Team Y] making [playoffs/Super Bowl] after last season's [surprise/disappointment]."
To celebrate the brimming positivity being felt by each of the NFL's 32 fanbases, this month Shutdown Corner will take a team-by-team look at the flowery and buoyant prose being written by local columnists and writers, and the hopeful quotes of players and coaches in our daily feature, Camp Sunshine. Today, the Minnesota Vikings:
And what we've got here is Tarvaris and Sage, so come quickly:
"I love Brett [Favre], and he deserves the right to do what he wants to do. We'd love to have him. ... I'll believe it (retirement) when I see it. Right now, we're just going to focus on what we got here."
So does ballet:
Edwards, the emerging Minnesota Vikings defensive end, spent a week of his offseason working out at a renowned boxing facility in Detroit in searing conditions he estimated at 110 degrees.
With instructor Emanuel Steward at Kronk Gym, Edwards took one of many steps to make his body more lean and get ready for the wear and tear of another full season.
"Boxing gets you light on your feet," Edwards said. "Definitely works on opening your hips and twisting well. Another career, maybe. Definitely helps your conditioning."
-- Dave Campbell, Associated Press
Jackson, a second-round pick of the Vikings in the 2006 NFL draft, has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness.
-- Nicolas J. Cotsonika, Yahoo! Sports
Off-the-field stuff, situations I've been in and, you know, getting beat by receivers all the time:
"I don't think my game has dropped off any at all. It's just about the situations I've been in and some of the schemes and what's been asked of me. [...]
"These past two, three years have been a tough road and it's affected my play somewhat by some of the business and off-the-field stuff dealing with football. But I feel great about this situation even though it's a one-year deal. I'm looking to get back on track."
Here's betting he's the first fourth-string QB to have his own website tab: