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Draft Rewind – Indianapolis Colts

July 31, 2016

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With NFL training camps in full gear, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Reggie Wayne, WR, Miami. 1st round, #30 overall in 2001.  (more…)

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Draft Rewind – Buffalo Bills

August 2, 2015

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With NFL training camps back in full swing, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

Editor’s note: between 1983 and 1988 the Bills drafted Jim Kelly, Darryl Talley, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Will Wolford, Howard Ballard, Martin Mayhew, and Thurman Thomas; they parlayed that core of great picks into a 70-26 record over a six-year postseason stretch in which they won four AFC titles. However, in the last 15 years they have not made the playoffs due in part to terrible drafting and are now on their eighth head coach since Hall of Famer Marv Levy retired in 1997. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Houston Texans

June 17, 2015

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and training camps a few weeks away, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

The Texans have only been in the league 13 years, so they don’t have a significant database to pull from. Let’s check them out anyway.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. J.J. Watt, DL, Wisconsin. 1st round, #11 overall in 2011.

You could make an argument that Watt’s first four seasons in the league have been as good as the first four of the best DL ever: Reggie White, Deacon Jones, Joe Greene, and Alan Page. He has been that dominant. The numbers are staggering: 57 sacks in 64 starts (another five sacks in four playoff games) and 37 passes knocked down. He is a destructive force and has the work ethic to get even better. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Denver Broncos

February 17, 2015

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With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and training camps a month away, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Shannon Sharpe, TE, Savannah St. 7th round, #192 overall in 1990.

Sharpe ranks as one of the best late-round picks of all time. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Cincinnati Bengals

June 4, 2014

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With the NFL draft recently completed, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia. 4th round, #120 overall in 2010.

An astounding 13 DTs were drafted ahead of Atkins, and only Ndirtykong Suh has matched his production. He was a starter and Pro-Bowler by his second year, and an All-Pro in year three. Atkins gets to the QB at an alarming rate, notching 26 sacks in his first 40 starts as a pro. He was on his way to another great season in 2013, before tearing an ACL in October. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Green Bay Packers

May 21, 2014

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With the NFL draft dominating the sports landscape, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal. 1st round, #24 overall in 2005.

Rodgers was draft day fodder in 2005, but has since had the last laugh. One has to wonder his fate, had Cowboy CB Nate Jones not knocked Brett Favre out of the game on a Thursday night late in the 2007 season;

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Draft Rewind – Dallas Cowboys

April 30, 2014

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The 25 year window on the 1989 Draft will end this year and I think it is hard to screw up an overall #1 first round pick; Troy Aikman will not make the Cowboys list.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida. 1st round, #17 overall in 1990.

Jimmy Johnson wanted James Francis, and Jerry Jones (more…)

Draft Rewind – Detroit Lions

April 29, 2014

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With the NFL draft dominating the sports landscape, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma St. 1st round, #3 overall in 1989.

There was plenty of talent on the board when the Lions were on the clock at #3 (future Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Derrick Thomas); fellow RBs Tim Worley and Sammie Smith were also tapped as top-10 picks.

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Draft Rewind – Cleveland Browns

April 28, 2014

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This current version of the Browns started drafting in 1999 as an expansion team. Let’s take a look at why they only have one playoff appearance since then. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Baltimore Ravens

April 25, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Ray Lewis, LB, Miami. 1st round, #26 overall in 1996.

I’m not a fan of his antics (or that he may have helped butcher someone the weekend of Super Bowl XXXV in Atlanta…allegedly), but Ray Ray has undeniably been the best MLB of this generation.

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Draft Rewind – Chicago Bears

April 24, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Devin Hester, CB, Miami. 2nd round, #57 overall in 2006.

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Draft Rewind – Carolina Panthers

April 22, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Steve Smith, WR, Utah. 3rd round, #74 overall in 2001.

Ten WR went ahead of the feisty Smith in the 2001 draft, but only Reggie Wayne has been better. He missed a yr with injury, but has otherwise averaged about 70 catches, 1,000 yds, and 7 TD. As you will see later, the Panthers were otherwise dreadful finding competent WR in the draft from 1997 to 2007. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Atlanta Falcons

April 17, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

I went back and forth on whether to include future Hall of Famer Brett Favre on this list. Ultimately I didn’t, for two reasons: Jerry Glanville was against drafting Favre in the 2nd round in 1991 and once stated it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game; although the Falcons did acquire a 1st round pick (#19 overall) from Green Bay for Favre, they wasted it (more on that later).

1. Deion Sanders, CB, Florida St. 1st round, # 5 overall in 1989.

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Draft Rewind – Arizona Cardinals

April 16, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, lets take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Aeneas Williams, CB, Southern. 3rd round, #59 overall in 1991.
A recent Hall of Fame inductee, Williams was a class act on and off the field. Despite playing just one year in college, he had an immediate impact and tied for the league lead with six interceptions his rookie year. 8 Pro Bowls, 4 times an All-Pro, and a member of the 1990s All-Decade team. 1991 was a historically bad draft class; I could go on for a while listing bums that went ahead of Williams. Suffice to say there were a bunch of teams that regret passing on him.

2. Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida St. 2nd round, #54 overall in 2003.

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What if Your Locker Room Leader…is a Bully?

November 7, 2013

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By now everyone is familiar with the NFL story of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin; Martin skips OTAs, coaches (allegedly) instruct Incognito to “toughen him up”, the harassment continues to a point where Martin walks away from the team (and files a formal complaint), and Incognito is indefinitely suspended by the Dolphins.

We have heard everything spanning from “he is a racist, bully, and a bigot” to “that’s how we police our locker rooms“. Consequently, (more…)

Irsay – Manning Controversy Much Ado About…the Truth

October 19, 2013

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I can’t resist a controversy surrounding Frankenstein.

During the week, Colts owner and twitter whore Jim Irsay was quoted in an earlier interview with less than flattering words about Peyton Manning’s time in Indy. You know the specifics, so I will summarize; WE GOT TIRED OF GREAT REGULAR SEASONS FOLLOWED BY SHITTY POSTSEASONS.

Predictably, the media was all over it (as if NBC needed any more pub for the SNF matchup – you would have thought the DAL – WAS game was the week before the Super Bowl). (more…)

NFL Concussion Documentary Omitting the Obvious???

October 9, 2013

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NFL Concussion Documentary Omitting the Obvious???

I’m the first person to hammer the NFL, the Walmart of the American Sports Industry ; but PFT points out what League of Denial overlooked…

Balance of NFL Power Leaning Towards the NFC

October 16, 2012

 

 

Six weeks into the 2012 season, the NFC is flexing its muscles.

A peek at the standings show the following:   (more…)

Greedy NFL Making a Mockery of the Sport

September 24, 2012

The subject of NFL officiating is now bigger than the NFL itself.

For the past two weeks, seemingly every game has been littered with refereeing follies.

I don’t blame the scabs. It’s on the NFL.

The NFL, and some of the media, will have you believe that the current refs are not that bad – they are on par with past officiating. That claim is now a joke by any kind of intelligent observation.

To wit:    (more…)

The NFL – A 6-Pack of Thoughts

September 5, 2012

Another NFL season is upon us, so lets take a look at some talking points and projections.

1. The Refs

I won’t bore you with the particulars of the negotiations. You don’t care and neither do I.

What we do care about is the game being officiated competently. Nothing that has occurred during the preseason has me confident that the scabs are going to miraculously become good officials.  (more…)

Fantasy Football Preview: The Sleepers

September 2, 2012

Every year, there is value to be found outside of the first few rounds in fantasy football drafts.

Last year it was Cam Newton, Victor Cruz, DeMarco Murray, Rob Gronkowski, & Jimmy Graham.

Here’s my stab at this year’s steals:   (more…)

Fantasy Football Preview: The Top Five

August 29, 2012

With an abundance of different fantasy football scoring formats, a top five overall list can vary from league to league.

Consequently, my selections are five separate #1 picks at each of their respective positions. As in real football, I’m ignoring the kickers.   (more…)

Dear Tim Tebow: You Don’t Matter, But Here’s How You Can

May 28, 2012

Dear Tim,

I will be blunt because I know you can handle it. Your career as an NFL quarterback that matters is over. You’ll certainly see some action in New York as a backup. And it’s not inconceivable that some act of God (in the form of a thunderbolt to Mark Sanchez’s ligaments or noggin) might get you back in as a starter. But neither the All-American apple-cheeked aw-shucks image nor your legions of flyover-state fans are going to help when the knives come out in the country’s toughest media market.

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NFL Mock

April 24, 2012

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB,  Baylor      (more…)

Brian Dawkins: Player for the Ages

April 23, 2012

Brian Dawkins retired today. A wonderful playing career is over, and I feel compelled to sing his praises.

First, the numbers:        (more…)


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