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Oregon Ducks Football Week Two: College Football Playoff Preview?

It was probably halftime of the South Dakota game when most of the Oregon Duck football team started seriously thinking about the Michigan State game, easily the best matchup of the weekend. In other years, people would be yelling that it's a Rose Bowl preview, now it could be a College Football Playoff preview... which would still technically be at the Rose Bowl. (Saturday,...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Year as a Cleveland Browns Season Ticket Holder

This season marks year number 16 for me as a Browns season ticket holder. It all started back in 1999 with the Browns’ return. Just a bright-eyed kid reaping the benefits of being his father’s only son and therefore earning a seat next to pops at each and every Browns home game. Admittedly, I was not there for the first game back as the Steelers drubbed the Browns 43-0. My dad...
Via Waiting For Next Year
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Jaguars really sit Blake Bortles for an entire season?

When asked to think of a quarterback bust, it doesn’t take long. Like the Google algorithm that returns thousands of results instantaneously, the mind blurts out “JaMarcus Russell!” “Akili Smith!” “Tim Couch!” and on we go. But there’s also “Blaine Gabbert!” which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars are understandably being both cautious with Blake Bortles, their...
Via Bloguin Best
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Jaguars really sit Blake Bortles for an entire season?

When asked to think of a quarterback bust, it doesn’t take long. Like the Google algorithm that returns thousands of results instantaneously, the mind blurts out “JaMarcus Russell!” “Akili Smith!” “Tim Couch!” and on we go. But there’s also “Blaine Gabbert!” which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars are understandably being both cautious with Blake Bortles, their...
Via This Given Sunday
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN.com poll ranks NY Jets QB Geno Smith as worst in the NFL

Geno Smith has finally won something in the NFL — the title of worst quarterback in the league. An ESPN.com poll released Monday had Gang Green’s second-year signal caller ranked 32nd of 32 NFL quarterbacks. The website asked 26 league insiders (eight general managers, two former GMs, four pro personnel evaluators, seven coordinators, two head coaches, two position coaches...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Votes Are In; And Geno Smith is the League’s Worst QB

PHOTO COURTESY: NEW YORK POST This story is sure to make the Buffalo Bills fans reading giddy; because it is about the deficiencies of a New York Jets quarterback. Geno Smith’s rookie campaign was inconsistent to put it nicely.  He had a few bad games early, went winless in November but then ended the season strong.  However, the tumultuous first three quarters of the season...
Via New York Sports-Kings
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Geno Smith Named NFL’s Worst starting QB By Poll Of Coaches

According to Mike Sando, an ESPN poll of NFL coaches has ranked New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith as the worst starter in the league. #QBTiers for @ESPNInsider: 8 GMs, 2 ex-GMs, 4 pro personnel guys, 7 coordinators, 2 HCs, 2 pos coaches rated every QB http://t.co/ysEKe9Mbfl — Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) July 2, 2014 I asked 26 league insiders to grade every projected...
Via BlackSportsOnline
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Geno Smith Named NFL’s Worst starting QB By Poll Of Coaches

According to Mike Sando, an ESPN poll of NFL coaches has ranked New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith as the worst starter in the league. #QBTiers for @ESPNInsider: 8 GMs, 2 ex-GMs, 4 pro personnel guys, 7 coordinators, 2 HCs, 2 pos coaches rated every QB http://t.co/ysEKe9Mbfl — Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) July 2, 2014 I asked 26 league insiders to grade every projected...
Via Thacover2
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Akili Smith thinks Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel is ‘focused on partying’

Notorious bust Akili Smith says Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel is “focused on partying first and everything else second.” “Yeah, it’s written all over the wall with some of the things he’s doing in the offseason, going to Vegas and all that stuff,” said Smith, 38, a boozebag who the Cincinnati Bengals took with the third pick in 1999. “He needs to put all that...
Via Sports by Colin
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Akili Smith thinks Johnny Manziel’s going down familiar road

Everybody has an opinion on how Johnny Manziel should handle himself. But now that Hall of Famers have chimed in, it’s probably only fair to go to the other end of the spectrum. Former Bengals draft bust Akili Smith said he’s afraid Manziel’s nightlife reminds him too much of his own. “Yeah, it’s written all over the wall with some of the things he’s doing in the offseason...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals try for depth at cornerback, D-line

CINCINNATI (AP) -- During their 15-year run without a playoff appearance, the Bengals drafted players in hopes they would start soon and turn things around right away. It never worked. David Klingler. Akili Smith. Ki-Jana Carter. Peter Warrick. The Bengals were always looking for someone to save them between 1990-2005. They're beyond that now. With three consecutive postseason...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

National Rewind: Offseason Power Rankings, scrap heap FAs for the Cincinnati Bengals, more

In case you missed it, columns from the cover32 universe to browse through while watching The Masters on Sunday or bored at your office on Monday. National Columns - The top-10 inside linebackers in the NFL Draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Grading teams at the offseason midpoint. (READ) - The best remaining NFL free agents at each position. (READ) - Ten NFL players who aren’t worth...
Via cover32 - Bengals
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex Cincinnati QB Akili Smith One of the drafts biggest busts

In 1999 the Cincinnati Bengals were awarded the third pick in the NFL draft. Coming off a season where the team finished 3-13. The franchise desperately needed a player that could come in and get them out of the dark. That year the NFL Draft was loaded with potentially great quarterback prospects, and as we all know, a quarterback is the one player that has the ability to furnish...
Via cover32 - Bengals
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 biggest draft busts in NFL history

Every year teams pour hundreds of hours into college prospects, to find the next potential franchise player. Countless days are spent watching film, visiting with their former coaches, visiting their pro days and hosting personal workouts. The goal is for the team to know exactly everything about the young man so that they can make the decision on whether or not he is a good fit...
Via cover32
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Unforgivable Draft Day Regrets

Raise your hands if you have owned (or still own) an Akili Smith football card. Lower your hands if you regret not selling them at its peak price, $12.50. That's enough exercise for today.Thanks--Football Card gods--you really had me there; I'd open up these "lucky packs" with glee, and became even more ecstatic when I revealed holographic pictures of these, ahem...
Via Football Nation
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Bellotti, Hall of Famer

GoDucks.com announced today that former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is on the ballot this year for the College Football Hall Fame. 116-55 at Oregon with two conference titles, four 10-win seasons, three Top Ten rankings and a BCS bowl win, Bellotti deserves the Hall of Fame nod. He elevated Oregon football from a school that had gone to one Rose Bowl in 50 years to a national...
Via The Duck Stops Here
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Nawrocki And The Business Of Pre-Draft Character Attacks

With the annual NFL scouting combine from Indianapolis finishing up, draft season is upon us.  Which means the so-called draft gurus and talking heads on TV are going to be providing their endless evaluations and weekly mock drafts for the next three months.  Yes you heard me correct, three months!  The NFL decided to move the date of the draft BACK to the second week of May...
Via Football Nation
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the NFL Head Coach hires for 2014

Grading head coach hires moments after they happen, or, in this case, before NFL teams have even reported for OTAs much less played a game is stupid.  But—what the heck—we're in the middle of the only legitimate "dead" period on the NFL calendar.  I'll take a stab at grading the fits of the seven new head coaches now and we can file this column away until...
Via This Given Sunday
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading NFL head coach hirings for 2014

Grading head coach hires moments after they happen, or, in this case, before NFL teams have even reported for OTAs much less played a game is stupid.  But—what the heck—we're in the middle of the only legitimate "dead" period on the NFL calendar.  I'll take a stab at grading the fits of the seven new head coaches now and we can file this column away until...
Via Bloguin Best
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Is Mike Glennon The Answer?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemingly have the team to make a title run in 2014, but one question looms large – Is Mike Glennon the answer at quarterback? Greg Schiano and his band of misfit coaches and archaic ways are out and Lovie Smith and his player-first approach is in. Smith brings in a career 84-66 record, which includes 3 NFC north titles and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2006...
Via The Farm Club
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft 2014: Top 10 Potential Early Round Bust Picks

Tony Mandarich, Mike Mamula, Akili Smith, Cade McCown. Four players who looked the part, acted the part and collected millions in the NFL for doing one thing - nothing.We all know the NFL is a crap shoot when it comes to the NFL Draft and finding the right fir for your franchise. For every Andrew Luck, there are 30 Heath Shulers. There is no rhyme or reason for success of failure...
Via Football Nation
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Logan Thomas Is The Most Polarizing Figure In The NFL Draft

If an NFL scout could describe Logan Thomas' career at Virginia Tech in one phrase, it would be "inconsistent and disappointing, with flashes of greatness sprinkled in".Thomas has showed that he clearly has the arm strength, size, and mobility to dominate at the next level, but has yet to show the touch and accuracy that is needed to become a quarterback in the NFL...
Via Football Nation
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Off-Season Report

2013 Recap The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dished out more big contracts over the past few years than perhaps any team in the NFL. They’ve re-signed Davin Joseph (7 years, 52.5 million), Donald Penn (6 years, 41.7 million), Mike Williams (6 years, 40.25 million), and Quincy Black (5 years, 29 million), signed Carl Nicks (5 years, 47.5 million), Vincent Jackson (5 years, 55.5 million...
Via The Football Fan Spot
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tedford is the "New Blood" in NFL an experienced coach needs

Joe Bucs Fan is the first to bring up the questions of probably new OC Jeff Tedford and I applaud which ever Joe did so.  I'm not concerned; this is not a 32 year old ego maniac eager to prove to the NFL he can live amongst the big boys else he would have done so long ago don't you think? No this is a grown man; a football man who has had pigskin in his mind and...
Via Buc Stop
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Buccaneers Hiring Jeff Tedford As Offensive Coordinator

ESPN’s John Clayton (via Brett McMurphy) is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hire former University of California HC Jeff Tedford to be their offensive coordinator. The Buccaneers are reportedly hiring Lovie Smith as their next head coach and all indications throughout the week have been that Tedford would be joining his staff. Tedford is known for his work with young...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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