It's only February but it's two months away, the 2011 NFL Draft. Whether or not the NFL and the NFLPA have a new collective bargaining agreement signed the NFL Draft will still go on no matter what. For several teams without a free agency they will need to hit a perfect score while others will be doing their same old same old. Carolina holds the No.1 overall pick after a horrendous 2-14 season while the Green Pay Packers finish off the first-round at No.32 after winning Super Bowl 45. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley, Defensive tackle, Auburn Examination: With Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck going back to school Auburn's Nick Fairley is the obvious choice for a Panthers team with an atrocious defensive line in 2010. Fairley has similar [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Thanks once again to Shawn Smith and XAM Sports for giving me the opportunity to interview another 2011 NFL Draft prospect. Joe Torchia, tight end from the University of Virginia. Joe didn't have a tremendous career at Virginia but that was due in large part to a shoulder injury which ended his senior season abruptly. He totaled 263 receiving yards and two touchdowns in two years at Virginia. He was known more for being a blocking tight end that a receiving one, being both defensive end and tight end coming out of high school. Lars Hanson: How hard was it to play only four games your senior year due to your shoulder injury? Joe Torchia: It was extremely difficult to have to sit on the sideline watching my teammates play knowing how hard I [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
SEATTLE- The foundation of an NFL franchise revolves around the quarterback. For most teams it's hard to find that "true" franchise quarterback. For the last ten years Matt Hasselbeck has been the face of the Seahawks franchise, as well as the teams franchise quarterback. However, at the age of 35 it's a question mark as to how long Hasselbeck's career can continue. Hasselbeck is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent whenever there is a new collective bargaining agreement in place and as of now Charlie Whitehurst and J.P Losman are the two quarterbacks behind him. Neither quarterback have screamed "I'm franchise worthy" but with time Whitehurst could become that guy. He's only appeared in two games for Seattle but one of them got Seattle the NFC West title and into the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
Thanks to Shawn Smith and XAM Sports for giving me the opportunity to interview several 2011 NFL draft prospects. First up is Indiana wide receiver Terrance Turner. Turner was a four year starter at Indiana after redshirting his freshman year. He finished his college career with 143 receptions (sixth all-time at Indiana) for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns. He also won the 2010 Howard Brown Award, awarded to a player who exemplifies the qualities of former IU Assistant Coach Howard Brown. Lars Hanson: What was it like to attend a school like Indiana? Terrance Turner: Great! Excellent university and people are great! Lars [...] Continue reading → | , ,
SEATTLE- With the rumors flying about former USC players that are on the trading block or becoming a free agent (Carson Palmer's idiotic trade demand comes to mind) are going to continue to be linked to the Seattle Seahawks because of Pete Carroll. However it's a name that has been somewhat forgotten since his glorious days in Southern California, Matt Leinart. The former 10th overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 started his career on a high note but since 2007 hasn't had the opportunity to show his worth. After starting 12 games in his rookie season Leinart played in only 17 games from 2007-2009. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
CHICAGO- The definition of tough is: strong and durable; not easily broken or cut. When it comes to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler his career has been a grind, and some of the problems have been his fault. However, physically, Jay Cutler is one of if not the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL having never missed a game in his NFL career. The only question mark that has followed Jay Cutler from Vanderbilt has been is he mentally tough enough to handle the pressure of high stake, pressure moments when the games on the line. Over his short five year career Cutler has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
OAKLAND- Al Davis is the Oakland Raiders organization, and vise virsa. Since 1960 Al Davis has been in some way apart of the Raiders franchise whether that be as a coach, general manger or "principle owner/general manager" which is his current title. While he might be one of if not the most iconic figures in the league's history, it's time for Al Davis to relinquish his throne as owner of the Oakland Raiders. It's hard to imagine the Oakland Raiders without Al Davis. I can't even fathom it as I'm writing this but since 2007 Davis' health has deteriorated, and his changes in coaching have all ended in lawsuits. Lane Kiffin's firing after the 2008 season ended with Kiffin suing Al Davis for what he considered to be money he was still owed. Kiffin was later hired by Tennessee and after [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
SEATTLE- Just two days after firing former offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates it seems that Pete Carroll has already found his replacement. Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell was at the Seattle Seahawks Renton facilities earlier in the day and all indications put him as the leading candidate. However it's all but imminent that Bevell will be named the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator after the Minnesota Vikings made it official that they had hired former Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach to become the teams offensive coordinator. Bevell, 41, has been with the Vikings since [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
SEATTLE- Well the most active team the past 365 days is at it again after being officially knocked out of the playoffs in a 35-24 lost to the Chicago Bears. Tuesday the Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates in what is now being called a "philosophical difference" by head coach Pete Carroll. With that being said here are some news and notes regarding the Seattle Seahawks. -Tueday the Seattle Seahawks replaced former defensive line coach Dan Quinn, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Florida under new head coach Will Mushchamp, with Todd Wash who was hired by Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay to be the quality control coach. -Seattle was rumored to be interested in former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels before he officially was hired by the St. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
I decided against making predictions for the Wild-Card round but I've decided to make them from here on out. My record stands at 1-0 with my prediction of Seattle over New Orleans. Without any delay here's my predictions for the Divisional Round. Baltimore @ Pittsburgh: One of the best divisional match-ups the NFL has to offer is the Ravens-Steelers. Two of the best defenses, two of the toughest offenses and no matter what you know you're in for a great game every time you watch Pittsburgh and Baltimore. With that being said Joe Flacco has the opportunity to have the best record for quarterbacks in the playoffs in their first three years with a win this Saturday. I believe he will get that win and improve to 5-2 in the post-season. Baltimore 17-Pittsburgh 14. Green Bay @ [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
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