Postcards from Camp: Gorilla Gooks

Bobby Sansone, Senior Writer

August 13, 2003

SCARBOROUGH, ME – Like Jonathan Brandis from Hollywood, the Gooks have disappeared from championship contention in recent years. Owner Jon Kinsman missed the playoffs for only the second time in nine years last season. With a big wedding looming he will be hungry to impress his soon-to-be wife with outstanding fantasy football ownership. Will another year of missing the playoffs cause tension for these newlyweds? Can the team focus with the distraction of the wedding? Will there be a honeymoon hangover? The Gooks training camp is filled with questions and only time will tell us the answers.

Big Question facing Owner Jon Kinsman

Is Jay Fiedler capable of leading this team to the Championship? There have been many doubts about Fielder all around the league. One deputy commissioner in particular is very critical of the Gooks starting QB. Nevertheless. Kinsman is standing behind his 4th year QB and is certain Fielder has what it takes to lead this team back to the playoffs.

Rising Star

Stacey Mack. After years of backing up the oft-injured Fred Taylor in Jacksonville, Mack finally gets his chance to start for Houston. Mack’s bruising running style fits well into Kinsman’s running game plan. With Eddie George seemingly in a rapid decline and Mike Anderson all but an after-thought, Mack will be the focal point of the Gooks’ ground attack.

Probable Starters

Fiedler, Mack, George, Driver, Owens, Gonzalez, Vanderjagt, Alstott

Final Thoughts

The Gooks are led by Owens, Driver and Gonzalez and this trio is sure to make them competitive. All eyes will be on Jake Plummer to see how he adjusts to his new home in Denver. If Mack and Plummer turn out to be pleasant surprises and Eddie George rebounds from an awful 2002, the Gooks could easily compete in the lousy AFC.