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The holiday season couples many of the things we covet most in life—family, friends, faith, food and football. Christmas reminds us that miracles can happen and that God is always here to light the way in the darkness. It’s also important to remember that it always feels better to give than to receive. On behalf of everyone at GridironGrit.com and NFLTouchdown.com, we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) and enjoy a Happy New Year! Week 16 was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Looking ahead to Week 15 by reviewing some of the film from Week 14. Broncos O vs. Bears D The Bears played three and a half courters of fast, patient, disciplined defense. For the most part, they did a great job distributing eight box defenders and diagnosing Denver’s zone-run designs. In the late stretch, however, when the Broncos had to go aerial, the Bears softened their zones and went with vertically stretched Tampa 2 concepts. This opened the underneath dumpoff passes and allowed receivers to make plays on comeback routes (cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings were both uncharacteristically poor in terms of off-coverage and post-catch physicality). But keep in mind, dumpoffs and comebacks only work if the play is extended. That’s what was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
With Week 3 of the 2011 NFL Preseason in the books, I thought it would be fun to skip ahead a couple chapters and orchestrate an early comprehensive preview of the 2011 NFL regular season with record predictions for all 32 teams.  I’m going way beyond your typical predictions. While most that cover this engaging and highly-debatable topic possess extensive knowledge and realistic expectations for the entire league, they don’t actually objectively gauge every single game on the schedule and come up with the correct win-loss ratio for the NFL—256-256. Additional Ingredients: Game-By-Game predictions for all 32 teams, and it wouldn’t be complete without bold surprises.  Some might make you laugh, scream, perhaps throw up, or [...] 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 → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
After solidifying the offense it's time to focus on the defense in Seattle. Today Seattle signed free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch to a two year, eight million dollar deal. Branch, a second-round pick in 2007 by Arizona will add much needed depth to a weak defensive line. Sources quickly followed up the news by reporting the signing does not impact negotations with Seahawks free agent Brandon Mebane. Seattle is still pushing heavily to re-sign their young defensive tackle but face competition from the Denver Broncos, among others. With Colin Cole recovering from knee surgery and Red Bryant coming off a torn ACL Branch could see early playing time in Seattle. Another low risk, high reward signing for Carroll and John Schneider. You can follow Lars at Twitter [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
The NFL owners have agreed to their own proposal, now it's off to the NFLPA. ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported that the NFLPA will not vote on the proposal until Friday. Most players, like Pittsburgh Steelers safety, just want a fair deal to be struck. "Done talking about football, CBA, & arguing about how much $ I make! I want to play & I want to leave this game better than when I came in!" -- Ryan Clark via Twitter @RealRClark25. Whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is sign, sealed, and locked in, free agency looms right around the corner. Several teams, under the new salary cap, will have to shed several million dollars just to get under [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , ,
As the NFL quickly draws in on a 10 year deal that is set to keep fans satisfied until 2021, players and owners will once again return to work on Monday morning to try and resolve a bunch of unresolved issues, including the grand total $320 million which was lost during an uncapped 2010 season last year. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
SEATTLE- The final barriers that have prevented the end of the NFL lockout have been knocked down and on July 22nd the league will be open for business again. For the first time ever there will be between 400 and 500 free agents that will hit the market once the 72-hour window closes between July 22nd and July 24th. With that high volume teams will be scrambling to not only re-sign their own players but sign other teams unrestricted free agents as well. On top of the free agent frenzy that's going to hit the NFL there are also the teams looking to trade premier quarterbacks including the Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb, Washington's Donovan McNabb and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer. Needless to say the league will be needing assistance from FEMA to control the flood of player movement that's [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
SEATTLE- For the first time this off-season the Seahawks gathered together as (almost) a complete team at the University of Washington indoor facility for a team workout. Running back Justin Forsett gathered up most of the players and the rest got the news through other players. One player in particular stood out at "practice", free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck, 34, couldn't come to terms on a new contract before the league's collective bargaining agreement ended forcing the current lockout. However Hasselbeck showing up at the workout is a good sign for both the organization and for the 12th man. Hasselbeck did say he's been invited to workout with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, this according to the Seattle Times' Percy Allen. The notables who [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Let the trade rumors begin. Kevin Kolb, the Philadelphia Eagles' highly-touted backup quarterback, has been subject of many trade rumors this offseason. Andy Reid yesterday denied reports that he has received a first-round pick for Kolb, which is exactly what he had to do. Teams are not allowed to talk player trades—therefore, the Eagles could have been in trouble with the league. A few days ago, Pro Football Weekly reported that the Eagles, "had a potential deal in place to trade QB Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals before the draft, but those plans changed when veterans were not allowed to be dealt. It's very possible, however, that the Cardinals and Eagles could reignite those trade talks." This is not a surprising report considering Arizona has been one of the most rumored landing [...] Continue reading → | , ,
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