2009 Fan Voices

Like a lot of NFL Head coaches and General Managers, AJ Smith is a no BS kind of guy. Smith has been quite clear during his tenure that he holds strong to the 'my way or the highway' mentality, and has truly cemented that legacy with the release of S Kevin Ellison today. Ellison was arrested just over a month ago driving north of San Diego with 100 Vicodin pills in the center console of his car. While the legal process has yet to run its course, it is clear that the Chargers knew the back story to the arrest all along, and were merely awaiting the right opportunity to cut ties with the troubled safety. While that leaves a big question mark in the defensive backfield, it is not out of the ordinary. The Chargers have taken a tough approach to incidents like this in the past, [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
For a long, long time, AJ Smith has been considered one of the best General Managers in the league. His keen business sense, his great scouting abilities, and his excellent draft classes have all put him a cut above the rest for a long time. However, in light of the recent contract disputes with restricted free agents Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson, AJ Smith has come under a lot of scrutiny. While some of the claims that are being made may be true, some of them definitely are not. Let's take a look at some of the things being held against Smith right now: 1. Bad Personnel Decisions: AJ Smith has made a lot of great personnel moves, especially when it came to finding replacement talent for injured players. Take the 2009 season as an [...] Continue reading → | , ,
This offseason has been crazy. It has left a lot of San Diego fans wondering if the team is going to fall apart or not when the regular season comes around. Most of the chaos, though, has been predictable. Everyone knew LaDainian Tomlinsons days were numbered in San Diego. When his production declined, the wheels of fate started turning, and the straw that broke the camels back came when he refused another pay cut. Everyone also figured on the departure of stars like Jamal Williams, Brandon Manumaleuna, and Kassim Osgood. Williams was aging and earning too much for someone battling injury issues. Manumaleuna was (and still is) a great blocking back, but was essentially phased out in Norv Turners new passing offense. Osgood was, oddly enough, out-performed in special teams by Jacob [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, and Shawne Merriman are becoming problems for the Chargers. Their continued contract holdouts are just starting to get in the way as the Chargers move from OTAs towards training camp. The question is, though, what is going on? Understanding what goes on in AJ Smiths head is impossible, especially right now as he continues to play hardball with players who are vital to the success of the 2010 squad. The best we can do at this point is speculate. So, here are a few things that AJ Smith could be trying to set up. A Blockbuster Trade This is probably the least likely of all of the options in front of the Chargers right now. That having been said, there are a few logical options on the plate for the Chargers, and they have [...] Continue reading → | , ,
The countdown to 53 begins. An all-state athlete in high school, respected by your peers at the college level, and struggling to earn a single snap in an NFL game. Such is the timeline of an NFL undrafted free agent. As tumultuous of an emotional journey as they face, undrafted free agents play a monumental role in the NFL. Last year, over 50 percent of Kansas City’s roster was comprised of undrafted free agents. As important as undrafted free agents are, it’s difficult for fans to develop an emotional attachment to players that may soon be kicked to the curb. When organized team activities (OTAs) start on May 17th, NFL teams are allowed 80 players under contract.  Of that 80, 27 will not make the team’s 53 man roster. For those who wish to be critical of [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
The dust from day one of the 2010 NFL Draft has settled and eyes are already peeking to day two. With rounds two and three less than 24-hours away it is time to examine which prospects are the best fits for Kansas City on Friday. For anyone who feels the Chiefs missed a chance to improve their line when they passed on Russell Okung at the five spot, or by not trading back into the first round for Bryan Bulaga, don’t fret.  An abundance of offensive tackles are available heading into round two. Top Tackles Available: Rodger Saffold (6’5 318): From the University of Indiana, Saffold was expected by many to go in the first round.  An elite talent with huge upside Kansas City may not have an immediate starter, but a potential mainstay in the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Game 1: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers Game 2: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks Game 3: Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers (ESPN - Thursday Night) Game 4: Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs So there it is. The first pre-season game will highlight Mike Holmgren's return to Lambeau in his new position as President of the Cleveland Browns. Holmgren came to Cleveland for the challenge and I'm sure he hasn't been disappointed. Turning around the God-forsaken Browns franchise will take a few years, at least, and one can expect a big change in Cleveland's personnel from last [...] Continue reading →
After finishing with their first winning season in team history, the Houston Texans look to be on the rise and become a tough contender to make a run at the playoffs for the upcoming season. Albeit the Texans have been quiet in the offseason, they gave head coach Gary Kubiak a vote of confidence, extending his contract through the 2012 season, creating stability which is imperative to be a serious contender.   Offseason Player Transactions The Texans tendered a contract to linebacker sensation Demeco Ryans, who though had a down season, is part of one of the greatest linebacker tandems in league history and it’s only expected to improve with experience in fellow teammates Xavier Adibi, Zac Diles, and Brian Cushing. On the offensive side, the Texans [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Mock drafts are silly guesses that mean absolutely nothing. As college basketball fans watch their NCAA brackets crumble under huge upsets, it only goes to show that even the most well-informed predictions bow humbly to crushing reality. Yet, eager for the NFL draft to begin I succumb to the meaningless speculations as most true fans do. The intent is to be informed enough to get excited when management’s decisions coincide with my own desires, while embracing optimism when selections go contrary to my whims. Fans will not execute the picks for Kansas City on April 22-24, but they have every right to their opinions. With an increasing number of analysts predicting Sam Bradford to go number one overall it appears more likely that offensive tackle Russell Okung, safety Eric [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
With the draft only 30 days and some loose change away, many are wondering what the Bills are going to do. One of those many is myself. The Bills are signing free agents at a snail's pace. Without boring you to much, the few things the Bills organization has done really has me wondering. The Bills have a new "big name coach," new GM, no T.O., uncertainty at QB, an over-paid running back, no offensive scheme or offense for that matter, a left guard who retired at the tender age of 24, a defensive end who doesn't know if he wants to retire nor will he let the franchise know, and most importantly fans who are fed up with losing. So where do they go from here? Well, first they need to be more aggressive in free agency. Signing offensive tackle, Cornell Green last week and linebacker, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , ,
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