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The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by sportsguru09

The 2009 NFL Draft was this past weekend and oh was it entertaining.2009-nfl-draft-props Typical teams struggled to make smart decisions, the usual teams were solid, and there were many trades and pick moves put into place to make the ’09 draft one of the most memorable in recent history.

Read below for a little analysis and my awards for best and worst draft choices…

THE VERY GOOD

1. The Philadelphia Eagles

Well Deshean Jackson, your Eagles got a stud WR gift-wrapped to play alongside you in Philly. The fact that Jeremy Maclin fell to Philly here was ridiculous and never should have happened (all Al Davis’ fault in Oakland). And Donovan McNabb, are you satisfied with your weapons now? O, and in case you didn’t notice, Westbrook’s new backup and future successor LeShean McCoy out of Pitt is completely legit. I saw him beat up on Navy in Annapolis this past fall all by himself. Not many people know him, but they will very soon when he takes over for an aging Westbrook. Great pickup Philly…

2. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts, how I hate you so. You efficiently filled your running back whole and got a speedy, athletic, and very talented Donald Brown out of UConn. This was a steal and excited what the Colts needed after giving up Dominic Rhodes in the offseason. indianapolis_coltsWe all know Addai can’t stay healthy and when he actually does play, he’s not that efficient behind Manning, Wayne, and company. They’re pass happy and will look a lot to Brown out of the backfield. Later in the draft, the Colts also boosted both sides of their line and added depth. A solid draft all the way around for the ‘Shoe.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

As a Jags fan, I was ecstatic to watch Jack Del Rio and company go to work in Jax’s war room. Not only did they get two big Offensive Linemen that will surely keep Mojo Drew alive longer, they added three sure-handed blazing fast wide receivers. Though most haven’t heard of them, don’t be suprised if Garrard throws the ball much more successfully next year without dealing with thugs who had no hands like he’s been used to over the past couple of seasons. Many questioned their pass on Michael Crabtree, but if this organization is going to be centered around MoJo, shouldn’t you do the best to protect him?

4. Arizona Cardinals

Well, Edge is out Mr. Meaty Beanie Wells is in. With a huge hole to fill in the backfield behind Kurt Warner, the Cards got their man of their future to bruise defenses and push the line in the redzone. Though many figured that ‘Zona would trade away Anquan Boldin on draft day, the Cardinals made a bigger offensive statement by providing solidity to their run game and NOT trading Boldin. The Bears and others offered, but none matched Arizona’s trade expectations. Overall, the draft was a success for Ken Wisenhunt’s bunch. Keep Boldin, pick up a few strong pass rushers, and add a bruiser for your franchise running back.

THE VERY BAD

1. Dallas Cowboys

Did these guys even participate in this year’s draft? Oh yea, they passed in Round 1 and added 12 special teamers on Day 2? Come on Jerry Jones, you know better.dallas_cowboys You might as well have traded those guys or picks for help in next year’s draft. Not one person is recognizable from your draft and you added no help to help your now T.O.-less receiver core (that features an overrated Roy Williams) in the early rounds. What a waste…good luck scoring points this year…

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

You got your man in Josh Freeman and then what? You completely disappeared from the draft.

THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY

1. The Oakland Raiders

The most shocking yet stupid pick in the 2009 NFL Draft officially belongs to your Al Davis. Heyward-Bay before Crabtree and Maclin? Are you kidding me?!? What the *&^%*^*?!?!?!?!? No wonder your organization’s been in the toilet for years now, YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS! nfl_oakland_raiders_1Jamarcus Russell now weighs like 350+ lbs. and was just given a speedy WR with no hands and no proven ability to be able to break away and play one-on-one. Looks like D-Mac Darren McFadden will see a lot of touches this year….otherwise, they have NO shot to win games. They’re lucky their division is downright awful. Welcome to the bottom of the Toilet Bowl Oakland…

2. The Denver Broncos

Another RB?!?!? Josh McDaniels, you’re killing me. First you get rid of a franchise quarterback for who? Oh yea, that bum from the windy city Kyle Orton (with draft picks). Next, with like 39 running backs already on your roster and 3 more picked up in the 2009 Free Agency period, you draft Knowshown Moreno? I mean, I know the Georgia boy can play but come on now, don’t you think you should work on improving quite possibly the worst defense in the NFL? Your secondary is terrible and aging and you guys rarely sack the quarterback. Even better, there were a few quality RBs you could have taken later in the draft. This pick definitely should have gone elsewhere. As we know it, McDaniels continues to dig his own grave deeper and deeper after every decision he makes…poor guy…he’ll be out in the streets in no time…

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Skins Saved With Hesitation…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by sportsguru09

Reports came out yesterday that the Redskins, during this past weekend’s 2009 NFL Draft, were slow to the punch in making a move up the 4th or 5th spot to get overrated quarterback Mark Sanchez. To Skins fans, you guys better be glad you did. .washington_redskins_helmetSanchez will be a bust and you know, all of you, that Dan Snyder, slick and slimey Snyder, would’ve given up an arm, leg, and well…the whole army to get him and get rid of his previous investment Jason Campbell. Fortunately for Washington’s organization and future, the New York Jets traded away picks and backup players to steal Sanchez from the Browns at the 5th overall pick (though there weren’t many signs saying that Cleveland wanted or even worked out “Dirty Sanchez”).

Now, I’m not saying that Campbell or backup Colt Brennan will have better careers than Sanchez. To be honest, I don’t think many people will remember any of the 3 of them 10-15 years from now. But I disagree with Snyder’s ploy at giving up everything, as well as your team’s future, to get somebody who’s unproven and out of a system where EVERYONE is a winner. USC simply breeds NFL-ready starts at the WR, RB, OL,…well at every position and the job of quarterback might be the easiest on the team, especially in a weak Pac-10 Football Conference. Sanchez should win that many games and should be successful. For goodness sakes, he’s on the best team (on paper) and in the best overall football system under a great coach in the entire country. Winning behind center is so easy a caveman could do it…coltbrennan

What do you have to deal with now Skins fans? Well, your quarterback hates your front office, he’s not really that good, and you have the Pineapple Express Colt Brennan riding the pine….what doesn’t seem right about this?

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Bears Didn’t Give Enough…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times

“General manager Jerry Angelo of the Chicago Bears tried to trade his second-round draft pick for Anquan Boldin, and when that didn’t work out, he traded the Bears right out of the first day of the draft. anquan-boldin-1The Bears were hoping Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie would slip to them, and when he didn’t come close to making it to No. 49, they explored options to get out of the pick and found a willing trade partner in Seattle. That sets up Angelo and the Bears with nine draft picks today in the final five rounds, including the fourth pick of the day, 68th overall, acquired from the Seahawks.”

– Chicago Sun Times

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New Talons for the Hot-Lanta Falcons…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by sportsguru09

ATLANTA (Courtesy of the Associated Press) — The Atlanta Falcons boosted their hopes for another trip to the playoffs by acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday for a draft pick next year.

The Chiefs insisted they also improved their chances for success in 2009 by making the trade.

The Falcons will send a second-round pick in 2010 to Kansas City in exchange for Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected to 10 Pro Bowls.tony-gonzalez-sportsroids-te-possible-trade

Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. He owns NFL career records for tight ends with 916 receptions, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 100-yard receiving games.

One of the most popular athletes Kansas City has ever had in any sport, Gonzalez said leaving the town and its fans is not easy.

“I love Kansas City,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The fans have been unbelievable to me. I’m going to miss them. This is a happy day for me, but in many ways it’s a sad day, too. I’m going to miss running out that tunnel and seeing that sea of red in those stands.”

When he was drafted in the first round out of California, passing up his senior season, he had just turned 21.

“And now I’m leaving at 33. It’s been a huge part of my life,” he said. “When I retire, I’m going to retire a Chief. It’s been a beautiful, beautiful ride in Kansas City. I’m not selling my home there.”

He also plans to keep his window-cleaning business, Xtreme Clean 88, in Kansas City and be active in Shadow Buddies, a Kansas City-based charity which distributes kits and educational materials to kids and the elderly.

“Kansas City will always be a big part of my life,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t know how many years I have left to play. Now I’m looking forward to making a Super Bowl run in Atlanta. I hope the fans in Kansas City will understand.”

Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said it wasn’t easy to trade the star, who played in 188 regular-season games for Kansas City.

“From an organizational as well as personal standpoint there are mixed emotions,” Pioli said. “I have the highest personal and professional respect for Tony and consider him to be a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.”

Pioli said the Chiefs, 2-14 in 2008, did not pursue a trade for Gonzalez, but agreed when the Falcons offered a second-round pick.

“This is something we really feel was a decision in the best short-term and long-term interest of the Chiefs,” Pioli said, adding the 2010 draft pick could be used in another deal to acquire more picks in this weekend’s draft.

“It may be that pick next year or it may be a pick this year or several picks,” Pioli said.

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt called Gonzalez “one of the finest players in Chiefs history.”

Gonzalez will provide a dramatic new look for the Falcons, who were 11-5 last year with rookie quarterback Matt Ryan starting every game.

“Tony’s arrival will make an instant impact not only on the offensive side of the ball, but on the overall team in general,” said Ryan, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. “I feel privileged to be throwing the ball to a future Hall of Famer and I’m anxious to get on the field to start working with him.”

Ryan has a new target and the Falcons have a new leader, but what about newly acquired Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel? Pioli said there’s still plenty of time to bolster the Chiefs’ offense before the season.

“There’s a lot of time between now and then for us to continue to shape our roster,” Pioli said.

When asked how he would replace Gonzalez, new Chiefs coach Todd Haley said, “I don’t know I have a direct answer for that right now.

“This is what we felt was best for us right now all things considered,” Haley added. “We’re doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance to win games in 2009 and that’s what we as a group felt was the best way to go.”

The 33-year-old Gonzalez, who has three years remaining on his contract, asked to be traded last October. But then-general manager Carl Peterson said no team Gonzalez was willing to go to made a good enough offer.

atlanta20falcons20logoThe trade addresses one of the Falcons’ top needs, freeing the organization to make defense the top priority in this weekend’s draft.

The Falcons expect to receive compensatory picks next year for losing several free agents, including cornerback Domonique Foxworth and linebackers Michael Boley and Keith Brooking, making it easier for the team to trade the second-round pick to the Chiefs.

Gonzalez will join Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White to give the Falcons more passing balance.

“Anybody would be excited to be a part of that offense,” Gonzalez told the AP. “With Michael Turner, Matt Ryan and the other guys, we have a chance to be in the top five in the league in offense.”

Before making the trade, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, “Every team in this league dreams of having Tony Gonzalez run out of the tunnel for them.”

After realizing that dream, Dimitroff said Gonzalez will add “a new dynamic to the Falcons’ offense.”

“His career numbers and records are top-notch and he will no doubt be an integral part of our offense,” Dimitroff said.

The Falcons said Gonzalez will be in Atlanta for a news conference on Friday.

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Washington Redskins 2009 NFL Schedule Analysis…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by sportsguru09

Washington Redskins 2009 Regular Season NFL Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 13 @ New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 20 St. Louis Rams
Sunday, Sept. 27 @ Detroit Lions
Sunday, Oct. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Oct. 18 Kansas City Chiefswashington-redskins-helmet-logo
Monday, Oct. 26 Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE — —
Sunday, Nov. 8 @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, Nov. 15 Denver Broncos
Sunday, Nov. 22 @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 29 @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Dec. 6 New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Dec. 13 @ Oakland Raiders
Monday, Dec. 21 New York Giants
Sunday, Dec. 27 Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Jan. 3 @ San Diego Chargers

With a quick look, the Skins have gotten a cake first half of the season (relatively speaking compared to the 2nd half) against the Bucs, Lions, Rams, and Chiefs. Unfortunately for Dan Snyder, his team won’t be happy for long, having to play Atlanta, Dallas, Philly, and San Diego all on the road during the last two months of the 2009 season. The road looks rocky for Washington to sneak into the playoffs this year, especially in the brutal NFC East. This may finally be the year where Jason Campbell proves that he in fact CANNOT lead this team and the Skins finally pull the trigger and let everyone’s favorite sideline stud Colt Brennan take a shot in some games. Why not? The kid only threw for a million yards at Hawaii and was been impressive in each of his preseason appearances in 2008. Clearly, Brennan’s got skill….and the ladies love him…

Toughest Home Game for Washington to Win Outside of the NFC East: New Orleans Saints in Week 13 (Dec. 6th)

Toughest Away Game for Washington to Win Outside of the NFC East: At the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 (Oct. 11th)

The Game Likely to Destroy Washington’s Playoff Push: A letdown against the Oakland Raiders in California Week 14 (Dec. 13th)

The Game Washington will surprise people and win: Sunday, Nov. 8th in Atlanta against Matt Ryan’s Falcons…this has upset special written all over it

Win/Loss Prediction: In 2009, Washington will finish 6-10 and miss the playoffs…sorry Skins fans…but look on the bright side, at least Colt may see some PT