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...
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7 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  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...
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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

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets: Three Bold Predictions

When the scheduling committee of the NFL put this matchup together between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, there might have been a laugh or two had once it was carved in stone.Two teams that have had their share of exciting and not so exciting moments this season meet in what could be a meaningless game this weekend.I have a feeling this will be a better contest than...
Via Football Nation
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 5 Reasons The Miami Dolphins Will Make The Playoffs

When the Miami Dolphins entered training camp, they were a chic team that made a bunch fo free agent moves, brought in a high-priced receiver and thought their second year receiver would wow everyone and become teh next elite quarterback.They won their first three games, looked like the defense would be the best in the NFL and they were a team on the rise with playoff implications...
Via Football Nation
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Da Don’s Verdict: Are the Cincinnati Bengals Ready to be a Contender After Years of Turmoil?

Since 1989 the Bengals have gone from being a Super Bowl contender to the “Bungals” with 1st round picks that included David Klinger, Ki-Jana Carter, Peter Warrick, and Akili Smith among some of the unfortunate moments for Bengals fans. But since Marvin Lewis was hired in 2001 they became consistent mediocre teams in the NFL during […]
Via Full Scale Sports
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings 2013: Most Overrated and Underrated Players

In 2011, four NFL teams drafted quarterbacks in the first twelve selections. No, it wasn’t the famed draft class of 1983, but more like the infamous class of 1999.Cam Newton has had nominal success and took the NFL by storm with his rookie records and success. The three other quarterbacks are waiting to show what they can do.That includes Minnesota’s Christian Ponder. While Minnesota...
Via Football Nation
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The New York Jets Ruined Tim Tebow's Career

Cade McNown, Tim Couch, Akili Smith -- remember those three quarterbacks from the 1999 NFL Draft?  Of the three, the most hyped and heralded was Akili Smith. The media raved about his athleticism and how he was going to change the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. All the highlights shown of Smith's play was not his arm strength or precision passing, it was a flip into the end...
Via Football Nation
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Axing agents good audible by Geno

The dog pile on Geno Smith is growing, and circling back. It started with Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki and his scathing scouting takedown, which identified Smith as an uncommitted, unfocused love child of Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks. This was followed by Smith freefalling into Day 2 of the draft and the New York Jets. Then he fired his agents, and his agents fired back...
Via Fox Sports
May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Nawrocki isn't racist, he's gutless

Two years ago, when infamous Pro Football Weekly draft expert Nolan Nawrocki questioned the smile, character and attitude of quarterback Cam Newton, Nawrocki was professional enough to answer reporters' questions about his controversial analysis. This year, Nawrocki penned a scathing review of Geno Smith's prospects, touching off another round of controversy and cries of...
Via Fox Sports
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith fueled by NFL Draft experts who doubt him

Geno Smith appears to be entering the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, which is likely a good thing. Though the former West Virginia quarterback is widely listed as the top quarterback prospect on draft boards, he believes he has his doubters. Smith indicated on Twitter Tuesday that those doubters are fueling him. Just want to thank all those so called “experts” who say I can’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Enough talk — the truth about Geno

As far as I can tell, two schools of media thought have developed on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith: Nonsensical, almost borderline racist ramblings, and compensatory gushing. What if the truth is more mundane? What if Smith is a good quarterback with a chance of being a good NFL quarterback, and he has been elevated to another (perhaps unwinnable) stratosphere in this NFL...
Via Fox Sports
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: Remembering The Epic 1999 Edition

No doubt 1999 was an exciting year. The Euro got on, and President Clinton got off. Napster and the Sega Dreamcast came out. The world, as we knew it, was changing.So, too, for the NFL. That year's Draft featured quarterback prospects with dubious pedigrees (where have I heard that before?).Additionally, it marked the last time Mike Ditka made important decisions for an NFL team...
Via Football Nation
April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith responds to harsh scouting report

Tweet West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, widely regarded as the top QB prospect in this year’s NFL draft, was recently chopped down as a strong prospect by Pro Football Weekly analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who had this summary to say about Smith in his scouting report: A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a [...]
Via Los That Sports Blog
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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