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Could the Detroit Lions secondary already be set?

The acquisition of ex-Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo and the recent re-signing of veteran CB Rashean Mathis may give some insight into how the Detroit Lions might be viewing their current secondary situation. Already flush with coaches who have a rich and successful history of developing young secondary talent, the team now has installed proven mentors and successful leaders...
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Peyton Manning won’t play in another Super Bowl

In 2013 Peyton Manning had a record-breaking season.  He did not suffer any debilitating injury.  He led the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, only to suffer the most embarrassing defeat in the game’s history.  He has been talking to the press proclaiming that he wants to win it all this year., but Peyton Manning won’t play in another Super Bowl. To understand why I believe...
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Could Johnny Manziel be headed to the NY Giants?

Are the New York Giants using the same strategies their NFC East rivals did two years ago? With such an elite quarterback like Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins were in some serious need of a franchise quarterback. They got their man by trading many future draft picks to the St. Louis Rams. Could the Giants be doing the same exact thing to shore up their quarterback situation...
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AJ McCarron is destined for greatness, but with who?

Ten years from now, we will look back and say the best quarterback to come out of the 2014 NFL Draft was not drafted in the first round.  A team like the Oakland Raiders should have traded back up and he should have been among the top 32 picks. But it seems inevitable that AJ McCarron will not be selected before the first night of the draft is completed. Why am I so sure of McCarron’s...
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Chicago Bears ‘New Look’ defense needs ‘Old School’ results

The Chicago Bears spent their offseason giving their defense a makeover and hoping for better results. All Pro defensive end Julius Peppers was sent walking, defensive linemen Henry Melton, and Corey Wooten were also allowed to take their talents elsewhere. While the names are big, their impact on the 2013 Chicago Bears was anything but. The Bears last season sported, perhaps,...
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Can the NFL be a barometer of the economy?

The NFL is a money-making machine. In 2013 the NFL made a bit over nine billion. This is in comparison to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The multi-billion dollar conglomerate with a large number of holdings made 19.5 billion dollars in 2013. Berkshire Hathaway is the premiere example of American investing, the NFL is the top dog in terms of earnings among professional sports...
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Jaguars top five possible 2014 NFL Draft selections

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been having a pretty good offseason so far. With the 2014 NFL Draft a few weeks away, there is no better time to start looking at who the top five could be on their draft big board. The Jags have improved on defense with the additions of free agents Chris Clemmons, Red Bryant and Dakota Watson at DE, DT and LB respectively. On offense they took a big...
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San Francisco 49ers lack discipline

Two recent events prove the San Francisco 49ers will fail to stand on the stage in Super Bowl XLVIIII at the University of Phoenix in Arizona in 2015.  The Seattle Seahawks will most likely win the division again, although the 49ers have a team which possesses more talent overall. Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith may have disrupted the team as an effective unit before the training...
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What’s really wrong with Eli Manning?

The shorthand answer is “absolutely nothing”. The media’s gross mishandling of the “bias” coverage of the New York Giants’ Eli Manning dates back to his controversial decision to opt out of San Diego. It was a controversial decision, but I, for one, never thought it would alter the way the media covers him for his entire career. There are only three active quarterbacks...
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2014 NFL Draft: Has scouting become overrated?

The NFL Draft has become a 365 day job for all NFL scouts.  It’s just not throughout the college season, but they are busy scouting players from the end of one draft to the next draft.  Over the years they have all hit or miss on every player eligible for the draft. This begs the question, has scouting become overrated?  Let’s think about this for a moment. Scouts have their...
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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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7 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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