2011 Fan Voices

The Bears have hired a quarterbacks coach that had a lot of success with quarterback Jay Cutler. Jeremy Bates, who spent three seasons in Denver with Cutler (2006-2008), helped Jay perform at a high level. In 2008, Cutler was voted to the Pro Bowl with his, then career high 25 touchdown passes and 4,526 passing yards. Most importantly, Cutler was only sacked 11 times during that season. Cutler has been sacked 110 times in three seasons Chicago compared to only 51 times in three seasons in Denver. Bates left Denver in 2009 to be [...] Continue reading →
The last time the Chicago Bears selected a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft was in 2001. With the eighth pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Bears snagged University of Michigan wide receiver David Terrell. Terrell was a star at Michigan playing on the same offense as Tom Brady. But he turned out to be one of the biggest busts in Chicago Bears history. In 53 games with the Bears, Terrell reeled in 128 catches for 1602 yards and nine touchdowns. His best statistical season was in 2004-05, when he [...] Continue reading →
Sorry, Patriots fans.  But for the third consecutive season, the 1SKILLZ Gameplan predicted the end of the New England Patriots' season.  The New York Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17, and Giants QB Eli Manning (30/40, 296 yards, 1 TD, no INTs) won the Super Bowl MVP award, outplaying Patriots QB Tom Brady (27/41, 276 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). This was a game that the Patriots defense stepped up and played well enough to win, save for three things: *Awful 12-men penalty that negated a fumble recovery, leading to Giants' first TD. *Patriots failed to recover two other fumbles, including Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw's 4th quarter fumble that Patriots SS James [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Finally, the heat is over!  Super Bowl XLVI is this Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.  The NFC champion New York Giants (12-7, #4 seed) will face the New England Patriots, champions of the AFC (15-3, #1 seed), in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII and (more importantly) Week 9 of the 2011 NFL season.  No comment on the Giants/Patriots preseason finale, except that the Giants are probably who the Patriots think they are.  Will they once again let them off the hook? The Giants won the NFC championship on the home turf of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
If I learned one thing this week, it is that I just want Super Bowl Sunday to come already! While it is exciting to see the team that I am covering play in the Super Bowl this season, giving up on new material is a bit difficult to do considering the 50+ articles from the 2011 NFL season covering the Patriots road to get here have been buried. I like what New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had to say about Super Bowl XLVI: "To everyone else this is the Super Bowl, but to us, this is just another game."  I have grown to appreciate what little Tom Brady says, like when he says he "sucked" or when he says, "when you win speak little, when you [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Chad Ochocinco will likely play his last game in a New England Patriots uniform this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Would he consider a move to Chicago, where he would team up with Jay Cutler and Matt Forte? Ochocinco is [...] Continue reading →
This past Sunday was the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.  For me and the AFC champion New England Patriots, it was the most insignificant Sunday since the summer.  I played in my last flag football game of the season (a 38-28 loss), and the New England Patriots were sent off by a hometown rally, arriving in Indianapolis a day before the NFC champion New York Giants. The Pro Bowl, I hear, was won by the AFC 59-41.  Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall played like he was trying to prove a point, scoring a Pro Bowl record four receiving TDs as the AFC put up the most points in Pro Bowl history.  The winner of the Pro Bowl has scored at least 30 points 12 of the last 13 years. So this is significant for the Patriots, right?  Of course not.  It's the Pro Bowl, an absolute crapshoot of a game. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
After a season that started off with promise by winning five straight games and ultimately ending horribly with a 6-10 record, Bills Head Coach, Chan Gailey has made some coaching changes since the season ended.  The biggest change was the firing of  defensive coordinator George Edwards. [caption id="attachment_8331" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dave Wannstedt coaching"][/caption] The Bills defense finished the regular season ranked 26th in the league in total defense, 19th in defending the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI.  However, note that this is also the bye week for Super Bowl XLVI, and as such, the Pro Bowl players for the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion New York Giants will not play. For all of my Patriots related Pro Bowl posts, check here, here, and finally here. The Patriots and Giants are practicing a bit this week.  The most [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
If you're a fan of the New York Giants or New England Patriots, this is of course the most wonderful time of the year.  However, the days drag on in anticipation for the 2012 NFL Draft and 2012 NFL Free Agency for everyone else.  While we wait, here's some food for thought on the coming off-season and what the Kansas City Chiefs need to do... The Chiefs are an up-and-coming competitive club with multiple standouts on both sides of the football. Defense Defensive Backs: The terrific talent is immense and undeniable on defense.  Featuring [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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