NFL News of July 19, 2003

The start of training camp means that 30 misguided, oversized rosters believe they have a chance to reach the next Super Bowl

…Carolina won’t get there because Jake Delhomme, Rodney Peete and Chris Weinke rolled into one wouldn’t make a quarterback.

…New England won’t get there, but with eight picks in the first four rounds of the 2004 draft, watch out a year from now.

… The Kansas City Chiefs need nothing more than total health and happiness for running back Priest Holmes, now that Dick Vermeil has turned the defense from awful to OK. Even by posting a zero in Oakland in the final game, the Chiefs led the NFL in scoring last year.

The momentum they will build by finishing with wins over the Lions, Vikings and Bears will get them to their first Super Bowl in 34 years where . . .

They will lose to the Giants. Decent special teams were all that New York needed to keep going in last year’s playoffs. Kicker Mike Hollis, punter Jeff Feagles and return man Brian Mitchell (swiped from the Eagles, no less) make the difference.

— Tim Cowlishaw, The Dallas Morning News “Listen up, here’s the next NFL champion”

The Panthers defeated the Eagles 14-3 in the NFC championship game, while the 13-3 Chiefs were upset at home by the Colts in the divisional round. The Patriots beat the Panthers 32 – 29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

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