In the NFL, May through August is the time where each team makes carefully tailored plans. The draft. Minicamps. OTAs. Training camps. Preseason games.
September through December is the great eraser of those plans, laughing as it wrecks personnel and scheme.
Summer is rife with football geniuses; men and women who are the average football fans that believe they have all the answers. Fall is for the football idiot; men and women who study the game and can describe their failings in great detail.
As a student of the game—and a perpetual football idiot—the preseason (and the season prior) often leaves me with as many questions as answers. Here are 10 questions, many of them that football geniuses believe they have arrived at the answers about, that I have about the coming season. If the answers to those questions counter the assumptions of those geniuses, it could shake the foundations that many used to build their fantasy teams.
1. How much does Adrian Peterson have left?
The football genius conclusion has been that Peterson is done. He's no longer quick enough. He can't hit open creases. And he can't stay healthy. Here is Peterson, weeks after knee surgery against the Colts. He executes a strong lateral cut and then a jump cut so violent that I'm surprised the hash didn't crack into a canyon after Peterson's feet planted into the ground.