Category: NFL

Kyler Murray Picks NFL Over MLB: What Team Fits Him Best?

Kyler Murray, the Heisman trophy winner, the first round overall MLB draftee, and soon to be first-round NFL draftee has been in the news for his decision to go the NFL route over the MLB route. But the MLB route is not out of consideration. By Murray declaring for the draft this allows him to be scouted, drafted and still have the option of football. Either way I think Murry sticks the NFL route throughout his professional career.

A lot of fans find this to be the wrong decision as the NFL has a shorter career expectancy for most athletes than the MLB does. But with the way game has transitioned to protect the QB’s Murray will be fine. Plus the MLB is no slump to make, going through the A, AA, AAA ranks to hopefully and finally get a shot at the MLB is a lot harder than going to the NFL Combine putting up solid numbers and letting time do its part. Murray is going to have a QB job in the NFL at some point. I don’t think he will come in and be a starter right away, but it does depend on the team who drafts him.

Speaking of teams drafting him. Who will take the very athletic, versatile, Oklahoma Sooners QB this draft? We saw the concern and love over Baker Mayfield last year. Mayfield came from the same program, relatively the same height (Murray is two inches shorter), has a better arm and a better football IQ but Murray ranks up similar to Mayfield. Murray although did throw 4,361 yards last year with a 69.0 completion percentage, 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The kid can run the ball too which makes him a very valuable QB much like a Lamar Jackson but with a better arm. Murray had 140 attempts for 1001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns last season.

Where does he land?

  • Oakland Raiders: The Raiders QB concerns are no secret. David Carr was not happy, Jon Gruden was not happy with Carr and the Raiders need a fix. If they do not land Nick Foles. Murray could possibly be an option but at #7 it may be too high for the Raiders to draft Murray as they have many other concerns to address right now.
  • New York Giants: If Dwayne Haskins the Giants projected first round pick either gets drafted earlier or some other team like the Jaguars trade up to take Haskins the Giants could be left with the decision to go after Murray or get an o-lineman.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: If the Jaguars do not land Nick Foles this off-season, they do not trade up in the draft it could make sense to draft Murray. Maurice Jones-Drew former Jags running back did a mock draft with Murray landing in Jacksonville. The Jaguars seem to be moving on from Blake Bortles therefore they need a QB.
  • Cincinnati Bengals: The most possible landing spot at #11 this is right around the spot Murray is projected to go in many mock drafts. The Bengals have Andy Dalton aging and they will need a new QB to step in as Dalton only continues to age and regress. Having Murray sit on the bench and watch Dalton for 1-2 years could be very beneficial for his development like a Patrick Mahomes situation.
  • Miami Dolphins: With the uncertainty of Ryan Tannehill every season the Dolphins cannot call in Jay Cutler once again or Brock Osweiler to come in fix the damage. They can draft Murray let him get a year of NFL play under his belt and be ready for the following year more experienced and tenured.
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BREAKING NEWS: Joe Flacco Traded To Denver Broncos

It seems as if the Baltimore Ravens are fully on board with moving forward and building their offense and team around Lamar Jackson. As the news surfaced the Twitter sphere reported by Adam Schefter the Denver Broncos have mutually agreed to terms with former Super Bowl MVP QB Joe Flacco.

The Broncos new head coach Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore and seemed to like Flacco along with former Broncos executive Gary Kubiak. This seems to be a solid landing spot for Flacco.

Flacco will immediately come in and compete/steal the job of Case Keenum. Keenum went 6-10 with 62.3 completion percentage, 18 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 3,890 passing yards.

Per Adam Schefter the trade cannot be processed or announced until March 13th, 2019. The new year for the NFL.

BREAKING NEWS: But Not Breaking News Because We All Knew It Was Coming, Cleveland Browns Sign Kareem Hunt

The Browns did exactly what we all knew they were going to do. They signed Kareem Hunt. The Kansas City Chiefs star running back that got into domestic violence trouble this past year. Was released by the Chiefs weeks before the playoffs and there were a lot rumors about who would sign them. Some thought the Patriots, some thought the Eagles, but mainly everyone thought the Browns and the Browns did it. Hunt was placed on the commissioners exempt list after a video of him kicking a women came to surface in February.

We are not sure what the deal is, money wise yet but it is said to be one-year. Hunt rushed for 827 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4.6 yards per attempt, 26 receptions, 378 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns before getting cut by Kansas City. In 2017 he rushed for 1327 yards, 8 touchdowns, catching 53 passes for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns. Let’s see what kind of controversy this stirs and what the Browns can do with one of the bets running backs in the NFL.

More to come.

 

 

The New England Patriots Are NOT Underdogs in Super Bowl LIII vs Los Angeles Rams

It almost feels as if the Los Angeles Rams have already lost the Super Bowl. I really do not, for the life of me understand how the Patriots and their fans can continue this underdog story line.

Under dogs? How can a five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and Bill Belichick be considered Super Bowl under dogs? Not to mention, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and the other slew of Patriots players with Super Bowl experience. The Patriots are going into a game where the Rams have one of the youngest coaches in sports, a young Jared Goff, a young Todd Gurley and overall an inexperienced defense and offense.

Looking at the graphic above, can someone tell me how the Patriots can even be considered under dogs?

Regular season numbers Patriots vs Rams

The Rams finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, 527 points scored for, 6,738 total yards of offense, 6.4 yards per offensive play, 19 team turnovers lost, 368/568 of passes completed, 4,507 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 2,231 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns and 4.9 rushing yards per attempt.

VS

The Patriots 11-5, two more loses and two less wins, wow! 436 points for (91 point difference) 6,295 total yards (443 yard difference), 5.9 yards per offensive play (.5 difference), 18 team turnovers lost (1 difference), 378/574 of completed passes (Patriots 65% vs Rams 64%), 4,258 passing yards (249 yard difference), 29 touchdowns (3 TD difference) 11 interceptions, 2,037 rushing yards (194 yard difference), 18 rushing touchdowns (5 RTD difference), 4.3 rushing yards per attempt (.6 difference).

OK, now take a moment to look over these numbers and tell me how in god the Rams are so MUCH better than the Patriots. These are regular season numbers alone too, not even talking the playoffs. The Rams by no means dominated the Patriots in terms of numbers in the regular season.

Playoff numbers Patriots vs Rams

Let’s look at playoff numbers than, fine if you asked for it!! 

The Patriots have a 71.1 percent completion percentage, 691 yards, 7.7 average passing yards, 345.5 passing yards per game, two touchdowns and two interceptions, 38 first downs, 39 points per game and 78 points total, 331 rushing yards, 4.0 average rushing yards, 165.5 rushing yards per game, and eight rushing touchdowns.

VS 

The Rams 59.4 percent completion percentage, 487 passing yards, 7.2 passing yards per play, 243.5 passing yards per game, one touchdown and one interception, 25 first downs, 28 points per game and 56 points total. 350 rushing yards, 4.7 rushing yards per play, 175 rushing yards per game, and four rushing touchdowns.

Patriots are NOT underdogs, stop.

The Patriots clearly are better than the Rams in the playoffs in the air and about equal on the ground. The best advantage the Rams have is their defensive line and linebackers. If the Rams can pressure Brady, have their front four-five press all game and cause chaos and Brady to move out of the pocket than yes the Rams can win this game. A lot easier said than done. The Rams are not going to out play the Patriots on the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots will manage the clock as they always do, they will make timely first down plays, run the ball and pass the ball equally well and probably dominate the Rams in terms total yards.

After looking at these numbers from the regular season and playoffs, looking at the Patriots Super Bowl/playoff experience, Belichick vs McVay, the story line of Gronkowski probably playing his last game in the NFL, Brady nearing the end of his career and looking at the POSSIBILITY of this being his last Super Bowl. The Patriots being in their fourth Super Bowl in five years.

I think you have to be on crack to think the Patriots are even the SLIGHTEST bit of under dogs heading into this game.

I’m Not A Patriots Fan & Tom Brady Is The Best QB Of All Time & You’re Ignorant For Thinking Otherwise

This is a very lively discussion, ask any Patriots fans and they agree but ask any other fan whose team plays in the AFC and they would say otherwise. Love or hate Brady I think there is at least one common ground all fans can come to is that Tom Brady is the best quarterback we have seen since 2000.

Tom Brady entered the NFL in 2000, which seems like a lifetime ago and sounds weird to type out “2000”, anyways. Brady was drafted in the sixth round 199 overall. He was one of the last 100 players to be drafted in that year but has become the best player of that 2000 draft class and on.

Currently Brady sits 4th all-time in passing yards (70,154), third in passing touchdowns (517), has five Super-Bowl rings (most among any QB), four Super Bowl MVP’s (most among any QB), has the fifth most completions among all QB’s (6,004). Brady has been in the top-five for passing yards and touchdowns ever since he began his run in the NFL. He has a QB rating of 97.6 in his career, a 64 percent completion parentage in his career, averages 262.1 passing yards in his career. While doing so, most of his best years and last three Super Bowls have come in the last five years at the ages of 36-41 years old.

Therefore if you are a Brady hater or dislike Brady on any level you are probably (A) a Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Steelers, Ravens, Chargers or Chiefs fan (B) are a 30-40-year-old wash up and never actually amounted to much in life after being the “high school football star” (C) probably have listened to the media way too many times and are easily swayed in one direction (D) never actually competed in anything in your life/never played sports (F) Your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/dad/mom probably said Brady sucks so you agree (G) are an ignorant person and cannot appreciate greatness when it is in front of you.

I am an Eagles fan, and the Eagles lost to Brady in the Super Bowl and beat him in the Super Bowl. But the fact the guy is in his 9th Super Bowl, his fifth in eight years and is 41-years-old still wining games, destroying the AFC, leading QB’s in passing yards, still the best player on his team and showing no signs of slowing down from year one to nineteen is incredible. Not to mention his switch to vegan mid-career and still being one of the best.

Brady faces an awful lot of criticism for being one of the greatest, if not THE greatest of all-time. It is sad to see people hating on someone for every good thing they do right. And cheer against someone whenever they do something great. Also he is a great role model off the field for young players, seems like a respectable father and husband, an all-around grade A guy that faces way to much heat for being so good. I mean just recently he went out of his way to go and congratulate and say how much he admires Patrick Mahomes after the AFC Championship game. If you deny any argument in this article or dislike Tom Brady. You’re an idiot.

Where will Nick Foles land?

With the 2018-19 season officially over for the Philadelphia Eagles, the looming question about Nick Foles begins. Given the circumstances of the situation in Philly, the Eagles are in all likelihood going to keep starting quarterback Carson Wentz and allow Nick Foles to hit the free agency market. Putting aside all the other quarterbacks expected to hit the market and those to be taken in the NFL draft, what are the potential landing spots for Nick Foles?

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have officially moved on from Blake Bortles, as was made clear by his benching mid-season. This team was 10-6 last season and reached the playoffs as the 3rd seed. In that playoff run, they beat out the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers before being edged out by Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game. In essence, they were a top 4 team, but they certainly didn’t look like it this year as they ended the season with a 5-11 record.

The majority of the blame comes at Blake Bortles who never seems to make the right throw and right play. With his benching, the Jaguars are officially seeking a solid quarterback to bring this team back around to the playoffs. They still have a dominant defense that only gives up 19.8 points per game, ranked 4th overall in the league. They also have Leonard Fournette at running back and are just one solid quarterback away from reaching the playoffs. Nick Foles should definitely be on the radar of the Jaguars, if not the focal point of their free agency.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have only had 1 winning season, out of 6, with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. This team has more needs than just a quarterback as their defense is giving up 27.1 points per game, ranked 27th, but the question of whether or not Tannehill is the franchise quarterback has been answered and it’s a clear, “No.” The Dolphins aren’t the perfect situation for Nick Foles due to their varying needs to be a solid team, but the Dolphins probably want Foles more than Foles wants the Dolphins and that’s all that matters. They should definitely be in the hunt for the Foles magic, but whether or not it’s a good spot for Foles is another question for another time.

3. Denver Broncos

The Broncos have been searching for a solid quarterback ever since Peyton Manning officially retired after the 2015-16 season. Since then, the Broncos have had 4 different starting quarterbacks in 3 seasons. After signing in free agency, Case Keenum just led this team this past season to a 6-10 record. They’ve yet to find an answer at the quarterback position and should definitely be considering Nick Foles at the position. Their defense remains stout and ready to handle the workload of the game, creating a better situation for Nick Foles.

4. Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins are once again looking for a quarterback after Alex Smith got injured and could be forced to retire from that injury. This is a solid team that was leading the NFC East at 6-3 until Alex Smith went down. After that, they went 1-6 to finish with a 7-9 record. The Redskins would be favored to dominate the weak NFC East if they have a solid quarterback and they looked poised to do so with Alex Smith. A Nick Foles signing makes all the sense in the world for that team, especially considering their rivalry with the Eagles. Stealing Nick Foles from the Eagles gives them insight into the Eagles playstyle and allows them to rub Nick Foles in their face from the other side of the field. Imagine if the Redskins beat the Eagles with Nick Foles and the Eagles season looks doomed, how would the Eagles feel about the quarterback decision to stick with Wentz? A Nick Foles signing doesn’t just significantly help the Redskins, but it could also cause major strife in the Eagles locker room.

5. New York Giants

The New York Giants have an aging Eli Manning who is playing worse and worse each year. With so much talent on the offensive side, there are no excuses for the New York Giants to finish with a 5-11 record. A lot of blame goes to Eli Manning for not being able to make the right throws and plays with a young talented core of wide receivers led by Odell Beckham Jr. and Rookie of the Year candidate, Saquon Barkley. Many Giants fans, including myself, would be interested to see how the team plays with Nick Foles at the helm. It just feels as if Eli Manning’s time has come to an end and a new face of leadership is needed at that position. For similar reasons as the Redskins, a Nick Foles signing would not be surprising.

6. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden has been shipping out pro-bowl players ever since his arrival in Oakland. Both Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, team-building foundational players, were let go. Seeing Gruden let go of Derek Carr and landing Nick Foles would not be surprising at all. With Gruden, it seems to be “expect the unexpected.” We all expect Carr to be at quarterback for the Raiders next season so a Nick Foles landing is definitely a possibility.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

For very similar reasons as the Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals have to ask themselves whether or not Andy Dalton is the answer for the franchise. After 8 seasons, Dalton has only had 1 season with over 30 touchdown passes and 1 season with over 100 passer rating. If the Bengals conclude Dalton isn’t the answer, the door is open to a Nick Foles entry. Otherwise, this is a very unlikely landing spot for Foles.

8. Minnesota Vikings 

As unlikely as this seems, it is worth considering. The Minnesota Vikings went on a limb last year and signed Kirk Cousins to major contract for 3 years, worth $84 million. This made Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL, but his play did not live up to that paycheck. Cousins was a very solid quarterback, finishing the season with a 70.1% completion percentage, over 4,200 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 99.7 passer rating. With all that in mind, Cousins came up short time and again in the biggest moments of the year. In the final game of the year, in which if the Vikings win, they’re in the playoffs, Cousins put up only 132 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 79.4 against the Bears. These are the moments the Vikings signed Cousins for and he came up short time and again. It’s highly unlikely that Foles will be in play this free agnecy for the Vikings, but it’s worth noting that Foles is all about making the big-time plays in the big-time moments.

9. Philadelphia Eagles

That’s right, the Eagles could do the unexpected. Currently, the Eagles have an option on Nick Foles. The Eagles can excersice that option and keep Foles for the 2019 season, but it comes at a cost of $20 million guaranteed. Everyone expects the Eagles to allow Foles to hit the free agency because who pays a backup $20 million? However, the Eagles can surprise us all and exercise the option to keep Foles. Afterall, Wentz does have a history of getting injured and a potential 3rd playoff run by a backup QB in Philly is more likely than not at this point. Other than keeping him, the Eagles can also exercise the option and try trading him. There are a few things the Eagles can do by keeping Foles, but again, the likelihood of paying a backup $20 million is very very slim.

Philadelphia Eagles: Job Well Done

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints last night, January 13th, in a contested 20 – 14 battle. In the heat of the loss, many were quick to blame wide receiver Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles for the loss because of his untimely drop-turned-interception.

With 2:01 to go in the game, the Eagles ran a play right before the two minute warning. Foles threw the ball into Jeffery’s hands, but the ball slipped through his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore for the game-ending interception.

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With a day between us and the ending of the game, it’s quite clear that Alshon Jeffery is not to blame for the loss. Yes, the Eagles did have a chance to win the game and yes, the Eagles were near the Saints 20-yard line with about 2 minutes to go until that happened. However, that one play is not the reason why the Eagles lost. It just so happened that that one play was the final chance for the Eagles to win the game and that’s why everyone is so quick to blame Jeffery.

The reality is that the Eagles lost last night because after going up 14 – 0 in the 1st quarter and starting red hot on offense, they did absolutely nothing the rest of the game. Yes, the defense gave up plenty of yards, a whole lot of 3rd down conversions, and plenty of time of possession, but at the end of the day, the Eagles defense did their job. The Eagles defense held Drew Brees and the 30.8 points per game Saints to only 20 points in the Superdome!

Had I told you that the Eagles would hold the Saints to 20 points, you would’ve put all your money on the Eagles to win this game. Any objective person would have believed the Eagles would win had they known the Saints would only score 20 at home in that special Dome.

In essence, the Eagles needed to score more as 14 is clearly not enough to beat anybody in the NFL, especially not in the playoffs. And unfortunately, the Eagles couldn’t do anything on offense for 3 straight quarters. It just happens that Alshon Jeffery’s drop-interception came about on the Eagles final chance. If this play happened earlier in the game, no one would be blaming Jeffery and ultimately, the reality is no one should be blaming him. The blame should go all around on that offense for doing nothing for 3 straight quarters after having a 14 – 0 lead.

With that said, Eagles fans should not be sour, but rather, proud. The Philadelphia Eagles surpassed everyone’s expectations and faced so many different obstacles and were still able to be one interception away from the NFC Championship game!

From the start of the season, the Eagles had a target on their backs as defending Champions. Every team playing them, whether away or home, wanted to give them extra effort because who doesn’t want to beat the Champions? Furthermore, the Eagles had plenty of players get injured before and during the season, especially players in the Eagles secondary. In fact, the only starter left in that secondary from Week 1 was safety Malcolm Jenkins. These injuries had profound effects on the defense and thus the team. It took the Eagles time to learn how to cover up that weakness in the secondary as it was gashing, as shown in last night’s game.

Combining these two obstacles, the Eagles started off very slow and were always near .500 throughout the season until December 9th. On December 9th, the Eagles lost to the Cowboys for the 2nd time in the season and were standing with a 6-7 record. To make matters worse, they also lost their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, to injury.

At this point, every writer, analyst, pundit, everyone including myself, gave up on the Eagles. The season was over according to all us and boy were we wrong. The magical Nick Foles came in and the Eagles went on to win 3 straight games against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins to finish the season with a 9-7 record, earning a playoff spot as the 6th seed. The Eagles then went into Chicago and took down the #1 defense in a tightly contested 16 – 15 game and then came up short to the Saints.

For the Eagles to have made it this far with all the obstacles is something special. As a Giants fan, sincerely, well done Eagles.