In the wake of last week’s 28-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens, countless commentators and fans have opined about whether the Steelers’ defense is suddenly “too old.” Only time will tell, but one factor that often goes unmentioned is that the team’s D could get considerably younger overnight if the coaches decided to replace certain veterans with up-and-coming youngsters already on the roster. For example, the Steelers could move longtime starting DE’s Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel to the bench in favor of recent first-round picks Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward, both of whom have shown every indication of being the future at their respective positions. The team also appears to have wiggle room at linebacker and cornerback, leaving nose tackle and free safety as the only two [...] Continue reading → | ,
I realize that laying an egg in the first game of the season is a bit much to take. But we are used to that. As Falcons fans, we are conditioned to expect the worse to occur. It's just a little soon to begin the traditional, "Who should be selected with the first pick in the draft" ritual we know so well. The Falcons flew to Chicago and laid an egg. There is no arguing that fact. To say that they looked unprepared, physically beaten and mentally drained would also be a fact. I for one am glad the team was fed a helping of humble pie to follow up that nasty taste they left the fans with after the Green Bay debacle last season in January. To be honest, give the Bears the credit they deserve. They came out with a great game plan, executed as Mike Smith loves to say after each game, and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Well, here we are one preseason game removed from the season opener in Chicago. There are three games in the books and not one win to show for it. So what does it tell us so far? Honestly, quite a bit. I suppose the most obvious is that the Falcons back up players are not very good. In each of the first three games, the Falcons first team offense and defense looked solid. The one glaring issue was one that was obvious to any fan; the 3rd cornerback spot. The competition between Chris Owens and Dominique Franks has been lack luster at best. Based on moves made this week, neither is winning. I know some people feel Franks has the inside track on the job but after the performance against the Pittsburg Steelers last Saturday night, the Falcons are initiating their back up plan. In [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
When one thinks of premier wideouts in today’s NFL, names such as Andre Johnson, Marquis Colston, Greg Jennings and Chad Ochocinco quickly come to mind.  Other names such as DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Santonio Holmes and Reggie Wayne are also likely to be mentioned. One name in particular that all NFL fans will agree is arguably the best wideout in the game today—Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. According to USA Today, The Arizona Cardinals [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
For those who cringed through Andy Dalton's debut in Detroit last week, and are therefore still hoping for a reconciliation with Carson Palmer, you might be better off pinning your hopes on the unfounded Brett Favre rumours that floated around earlier this week, as NFL.com is reporting that Palmer has broken his silence to criticise the team. The stoically silent Palmer of recent months, has been reportedly said to have accused the team of spiting his younger brother (Bengals third-string quarterback) Jordan Palmer. According to ProFootballTalk.com: Dennis Janson of WCPO (via CincyJungle.com), Carson Palmer has told a “friend” that he believes the team is “toying” with Jordan by giving him reduced reps and by eventually cutting him too late to land with a new [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
As it may come to no surprise, former Bills CB Donte Whitner has signed with another team. The San Francisco 49ers swooped in and offered the former Ohio State player a three year deal worth $11 million with $4.5 guaranteed. This is another significant signing for the 49ers back field after signing former Redskins CB Carlos Rogers. Less we forget, the signing would not be possible if the 49ers did not release Nate Clements who was a former Buffalo Bill and who has since signed with the Cincinnati Bengals who lost Jonathan Joseph who just signed with the Texans. Are you confused yet? Although it may seem like a silly notion that the Bills did not bring Whitner back, Bills fans don't seem to care that he is gone. After being drafted in the 2006 NFL draft in the first round, eighth [...] Continue reading →
Well, it's about time! The NFL and Players Union finally did that thing they call; negotiate. It took them long enough! As a result of their belligerent heads, we lost the Hall of Fame game and created the craziest FA period in NFL history. Let's go over the insanity of the first few days after the agreement was reached. Donovan McNabb is a Viking, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are Patriots, Kevin Kolb is an Eagle, Rogers-Cromartie is an Eagle, Reggie Bush is a Dolphin and Takeo Spikes is a Charger. That alone is a lot to take in, but there are so many more moves that I won't bother mentioning. With Nnamdi and Braylon still out there you can expect this chaos to continue well into the weekend. But all that's important is what the Atlanta Falcons do. So far, they haven't [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
There are 15 New York Giants that need a new contract. We all know some hold more value than others and with today's NFL we know that many of those players will be wearing another teams jersey come kick off opening day. Enclosed you will find six players to sign and six player that will mostly likely not receive an offer. HOWEVER, these players are not being released with another player in mind.  This list does not take into consideration free agents available from other teams! ONLY the current roster by itself. For example: Letting go Ahmad Bradshaw does not figure in because Marshawn Lynch or Reggie Bush [...] Continue reading →
In the midst of NFL Network’s litigious list of the Top 100 Players of 2011 and a lockout that forces blood to shoot out of our eyes, I figured this would be the perfect time to assemble an updated [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Well, it's been a very long road for the Atlanta Falcons over the years. In 2009, for the first time since their creation in 1965 they had back to back winning seasons. That was a ground breaking moment in the franchises history. Still, they are so far behind other teams in the accolades department. Even the lowly New Orleans Saints who were created for the sole purpose of giving Falcons fans a team to hate have won the coveted Lombardi trophy. Yes friends, the Falcons have been the 3rd world country of the NFL. In February of 2002, current owner Arthur Blank purchased the team from the prior owner Rankin Smith. Smith was known for being one of the worst owners in NFL history and by the time he sold the team, it's value was almost worthless. He had run the team into virtual [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
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