Frantz: Tackling the NFL’s most pressing issues 

We all have burning questions as the 2010 NFL season approaches, but only some of us have the burning answers. Flame on ...
 
Q: The New York Jets were just a game away from the Super Bowl a year ago and made some major additions in the offseason. What have we learned about them from watching their training camp on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”?
A: That Buddy Ryan should have introduced his kids to the taste of Lifebuoy a long time ago.

Q: New Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is off to a good preseason start in Oakland. What does he have that predecessor JaMarcus Russell didn’t have?
A: Lower interception and cholesterol counts.
 
Q: Sam Bradford got a record-setting rookie contract from the St. Louis Rams, and is expected to produce immediately. What’s the over-under on touchdown passes for Bradford in his first year?
A: Vegas lists no line. But considering the Rams’ offensive line and Bradford’s history, the over-under in surgeries endured by the rookie QB is three.
 
Q: Will disgruntled Washington Redskins former All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth be able to help Mike Shanahan’s 3-4 defense as a nose tackle?
A: Yes. The way BP helped tourists and businesses on the Gulf Coast.
 
Q: How are the Pittsburgh Steelers helping Ben Roethlisberger to engage in positive behavior in order to have his NFL suspension reduced by commissioner Roger Goodell?
A: There’s a motivational sign in the Steelers’ locker room that reads “This company has gone __ days without a sexual assault.”
 
Q: Brett Favre says he came back to the Minnesota Vikings for one final year because he “owes” it to his teammates and the franchise to make one more push for the Super Bowl. Will this honestly, seriously, truly be Favre’s last season?
A: Yes. Unless the Vikings agree to a contract proposal allowing him to retire every Monday and come back every Sunday until he turns 60.
 
Q: Can dynamic wide receiver Michael Crabtree contend for All-Pro status in just his second season for the Niners?
A: Absolutely. But only if Alex Smith can be All-Bay Area at quarterback.
 
Q: With the Super Bowl being played in Dallas at the end of this season, will the Cowboys become the first team in history to host the championship game?
A: That depends: Has Jessica Simpson shown up during the preseason wearing a Dez Bryant jersey yet?
 
Q: Which NFL coaches will be on the hot seat as the season begins? Eric Mangini? Wade Phillips? Tom Cable?
A: Yes, yes and no. Cable is safe because Al Davis still hasn’t received a résumé from anyone else actually interested in the Raiders job.
 
Q: Will either of the Bay Area’s teams find their way into the playoffs this season?
A: Yes. The Raiders should be much better, and the AFC West is weak after the San Diego Chargers, but the wild cards will likely come from the East and North divisions. The NFC West should be wide open, however, with the Arizona Cardinals starting over with Matt Leinart, and Mike Singletary’s Niners should indeed end their seven-year playoff drought.
 
Q: Will the New Orleans Saints be able to repeat as Super Bowl champions?
A: We’re two weeks into the preseason, pal. Ask me again in October.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@sfexaminer.com.

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