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Michael Vick attacked by pitbull, karma’s a…

According to recent reports Michael Vick, the newest quarterback of the New York Jets, was leaving MetLife Stadium stadium when he was attacked by a stray pitbull. Onlookers say the stray pitbull charged Vick but the dog locked on to his left thigh as Vick screamed in pain. According to thenewsnerd.com, “Michael Vick was treated at a nearby hospital, and received over 45 stitches...
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Are changes in philosophy, through fundamentals, causing NFL issues?

General Philosophy has always been intriguing, partly because it can be all-encompassing, and why barter principles when you can staunchly assert an all-around belief?  However, an overview is not necessarily a lazy ticket out of hard issues; in fact it can create an umbrella from which to branch.  Invariably, as the seasons of the NFL tick on and outsiders such as Mark Cuban sell...
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Giants replacement for Hakeem Nicks in house

 When NFL free agency started a number of New York Giants’ fans initially though Hakeem Nicks was definitely gone. When news eventually came out that he signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts for a maximum of $5.5 million fans were puzzled. The fact he signed such a small, short contract made one think why didn’t the Giants just offer him that deal? It seems they...
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Arizona Cardinals helmet, uniform, logo concepts

Founded in 1898, the Arizona Cardinals are the oldest professional American football team in the United States. Over the years a number of devoted fans and designers have taken their shot at redesigning the Cardinals  helmets, uniforms and logos. Could you imagine Larry Fitzgerald or Patrick Peterson in one of these 45 different images? Featured are a number of Arizona Cardinals...
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NFL Draft: How important is it?

I have a brother-in-law who is fanatical about the NFL Draft.  He is a fan of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.  He researches the eligible draftees and decides who his favorite teams should choose.  The overall record of those drafted in the first two rounds is not exceptional.  How important is the draft? The factors of how players are chosen are numerous...
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Who are the X-Factors of the AFC East?

New England Patriots: Quarterback, Ryan Mallett Basically anyone on the New England Patriots, not named Tom Brady, could be an X-factor. The whole team is built around Brady, and he tends to turn people into threats year-to-year. So what’s the next best thing to having a ‘Brady’? Having a ‘maybe-Brady’…? Granted, the sample size for Mallett isn’t that large, and...
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Could Redskins go from cellar to contender?

 Last year the Washington Redskins finished their season where no one thought they would be. A coach who did not get along with the owner, a 3-13 finish, zero wins in the their division, and Robert Griffin III watching the last three games from the sidelines. With no first round pick in the coming draft, the Redskins looked like they had more problems than even Michael Vick did...
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Browns willing to pass on a QB in the 2014 NFL Draft?

I hate to ruin the parade, but Brian Hoyer isn’t the answer for the Cleveland Browns at quarterback. Sure, he’s on track to participate in OTAs but two solid games shouldn’t pencil him in as the starting quarterback. A number of draft experts have them passing on a quarterback; why are the Browns willing to pass on a QB in the 2014 NFL Draft? Is it because since 1986 the 10...
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Bills biggest need: Improved play from EJ Manuel

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone tied their fate to QB EJ Manuel when they drafted him in the first round last year. Manuel, who was handed the starting job after veteran Kevin Kolb suffered a serious concussion in training camp, showed promise at times but did not play well on a consistent basis. The Bills biggest area of need is improved quarterback play...
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San Diego Chargers helmet, uniform, logo concepts

Rumors continue of the San Diego Chargers possible move to the Los Angeles area. If they did, would we see a new helmet, uniform, or logo?  A number of devoted fans and designers have taken their shot at redesigning the Chargers  helmets, uniforms and logos. Could you imagine Philip Rivers or Manti Te’O in one of these 45 different images? Featured are a number of San Diego...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seahawks probably best to cut Lockette

If you were to ask the Seattle Seahawks about Ricardo Lockette, they would probably answer with a shrug of the shoulders and an underwhelming “meh.” It comes as no surprise when asked about the current investigation being conducted by the Miami PD into the alleged sexual assault of a woman they were rather mum. Innocent until proven guilty is the common statement uttered in every...
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Ndamukong Suh, the usual suspect

Ndamukong Suh has been absent for scheduled team activities this week . Granted, the Detroit Lions only held voluntary workouts this week, and it isn’t the first time Suh has been M.I.A. during such events, but it is the first time under the new coaching staff. What type of message does this send to Jim Caldwell and the gang? What type of message is being sent to Suh to allow...
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John Elway ended Tim Tebow’s career

Tim Tebow is the most polarizing NFL player of the recent era. If you combine the divide between analysts who think he will be a successful quarterback and those who think he would be better served as a tight end with his fan base and those who hate (truly hate) him, you aren’t going to find a more controversial player. Tebow was voted the favorite quarterback among Republicans...
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Offensive Linemen: The most important players in the NFL

General Managers and Coaches in the NFL are constantly in search of the ‘great running back.’  I believe they’re looking at the running game in the wrong area.  An offensive line that works together, and stays together, is the key to being able to run the football effectively. There have been a few truly great running backs, who can ‘make their own holes’ and evade defensive...
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Chris Johnson belongs in St. Louis

Running back Chris Johnson, after years of clamoring from fans, has finally been released by the Tennessee Titans after putting up a career low 3.9 yards-per-carry two years after signing a six-year, 53.5 million dollar deal. After his absurd 2,006 yard performance in 2009, “CJ2K” has yet to reach 1,400 yards in a season and hasn’t exceeded six touchdowns since 2010. After...
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Is Ben Roethlisberger Hall of Fame worthy?

Is Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger already a hall of fame QB? Big Ben does have a Championship pedigree. In 10 seasons Roethlisberger has played in three Super Bowls and won two. In his first Super Bowl appearance against the Seattle Seahawks, Roethlisberger wasn’t much more than a spectator. He went 9 for 21 in passing for a mere 123 yards. But when the game was...
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Minnesota Vikings seven-round mock draft

With only a month to go in the 2014 NFL Draft and after experiencing the glories of fanspeak.com where you can play GM and drat whomever you want, I haven’t eaten for days projecting the Minnesota Vikings seven-round mock draft. In fact, my wife is threatening to “rinse me off” with the lawn hose.  I’m guessing it’s due to the smell.   8.) QB BLAKE BORTLES, CENTRAL...
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Justin Forsett premiers music video for his wife

Justin Forsett, one of the newest members of the Baltimore Ravens produced an original music video performing a song he wrote for his wife. He created the song as his one-year anniversary gift back in 2011 but it was time to make the video for his arrangement. Featuring some of his former Seattle Seahawks’ teammates, the song is entitled “L.O.V.E.” Justin and his wife Angie...
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Flacco, Stafford, Ryan: Would you build, buy or cut?

After kicking around an idea, it started to catch on here at TPF. Name three NFL players, all of the same caliber, and explain what you would do if you were a GM of a team. For example Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions; would you build around them, buy them for a one-year contract to win, or cut them?…
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Safety position hit or miss for Eagles

Since Brian Dawkins left the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2008 season, Philadelphia’s front office has been searching for a suitable replacement at the safety position. This has proven difficult over the years however, with several draft picks being wasted on prospective safeties (Victor Harris, Kurt Coleman, Jaiquawn Jarrett). Evaluating players at the safety position is more...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Super Bowl XL rematch set for 2015

The Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-10. Is it finally time for the Seahawks revenge? After reading an article by The Penalty Flag’s James Turnage regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers return to the Super Bowl. I couldn’t help but wonder if both teams have what it takes to get to the big game again. Instead of breaking down both teams, I thought...
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DeSean Jackson vs Riley Cooper debate

DeSean Jackson’s free agency this offseason has become one of the biggest stories in the NFL, and for good reason. Jackson is one of the most electric receivers in the game. Many teams wanted him, but the bigger story was why the Eagles cut him in the first place. They alleged that he had “gang ties” and this sparked a huge amount of debate, controversy, and anger about the...
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Takes more than a great arm to play QB in the NFL

When NFL fans think about great quarterbacks, they immediately focus on arm strength and accuracy.  John Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers jump into their minds.  They all had the physical talent to become winning quarterbacks in the league, but they had or have much more. Factors that make them all great include the ability...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

3 components for Detroit Lions’ success

The Detroit Lions have a mostly brand-spanking new coaching staff, headed up by Jim Caldwell, in place for the 2014 season.  That means a lot of changes, even if some are of the most subtle kind.  Former head coach Jim Schwartz was able to reverse the horrid trend that landed the team in a winless season and in doing so instilled a certain pride and ferocity that had not been seen...
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John Fox is not worth the Broncos extension

John Fox, head coach of the Denver Broncos, is a good and well-respected man.  But is he a good coach?  Denver’s management must think so; they just gave him a three-year extension.  In my opinion, he’s not worth it. In early 2013 the Broncos had a Wildcard Playoff game at home with the Baltimore Ravens.  The game should have ended in regular time, with Denver winning. ...
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