Council of Trent: Green omits Edwards

June, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

LINTHICUM, Md. -- Greetings from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. That's a mouthful. BWITMA? I guess CONCACAF was taken.

While I wait for my connecting flight back to Fort Lauderdale and return to One Graham Plaza after a few days in Buffalo, I wanted to share a link to SI.com's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.

For the first time since Peter King began the staple, he pitched it to a guest columnist. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green does a fantastic job. His column is quite a bit shorter than King's usual output, but it's crisply written and sprinkled with insightful thoughts.

Green, recently retired after 11 seasons with four teams, predicts almost a third of the NFL's starting quarterbacks can throw for 4,000 yards this year. He guarantees Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers will do it. He says Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo and Matt Hasselbeck have the potential to do it.

Missing from that list, in my opinion, is Trent Edwards. The third-year Buffalo Bills quarterback has the weaponry to do it: Terrell Owens, Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes.

Even so, if Edwards is to throw for 4,000 yards two uncertainties have to work out.

  • Edwards must stay healthy. He missed a slew of snaps throughout his first two seasons with Buffalo because of various injuries that were unrelated. He gets hurt too much.
  • Questions about Buffalo's offense need to be answered favorably. The offensive line must come together like the Bills hope, and the no-huddle they're implementing has to be successful.

It's not mandatory that Edwards run the no-huddle all the time, but the Bills are dedicating so much time to master the offense, if they abandon it, they'll be searching for an identity when other teams will be comfortable with what they are. This is not a team that can afford to still be wondering what they're about in Week 4.

Also from Green's column, he mentions his family recently visited Niagara Falls for the first time and advises folks to get a passport to see the Canadian side, which I agree provides a more inspirational panorama than the New York side.

But I wanted to clarify why that is: Visitors who go north of the border are looking at New York. The Canadian side is visually polluted with all sorts of outlet stores, casinos, viewing towers, wax museums and restaurants.

When you look into New York, you see nothing but the awesome site of the Niagara River cascading 180 feet over a cliff. Laws prohibit development on the surrounding land because Niagara Falls is a state park.

I hope Green, who has a bright future in broadcasting, also finds a regular writing outlet. He's good at it.

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