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2010-2011 AFC East Predictions and More…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by sportsguru09

Below are my 2010-2011 AFC East Predictions, breakout players, and disappointments….thoughts and comments welcome!

Predicted AFC East Standings

1. New England Patriots – Yes, they are old. Yes, they are slow. But you know what? The AFC East is simply overrated. With all the hype behind the Jets (via Hard Knocks which is absolutely hysterical), everyone has seemed to forget that Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, and Bill Belicheck still have an army in the northeast. With Brady back to 100% and Moss looking to prove critics wrong who think he’s got nothing left, look for the P A T S PATS PATS PATS to come out and really destroy the opposition via the passing game. Forget Maroney and the endless number of no-name worthless RBs they have, you don’t need them. They simply act as blocking dummies and only have one goal….don’t pull a Billy Bob (yes, always a Varsity Blues reference) and get Brady hurt…let alone killed. Flat out, this is New England’s division to lose, you can write-off the Jets. I’m going to knock over that bandwagon.

2. Miami Dolphins – My surprise team of the AFC East. Henne should outperform his sub-par year last year and as long as Ronnie Brown stays healthy, they have one of the best 1-2 RB attacks in the NFL. The defense is getting younger and more explosive and their management is showing its colors through the organization as the Phins have become much more disciplined on either side of the ball. As long as Henne can simply exist between the two seconds of the snap and getting the ball to Ronnie (no, not the one from Jersey Shore) or Ricky Williams, Daniel Mott’s favorite player of all time, the Phins will be fine. Don’t care enough about them to write any more….

3. New York Jets – WRITE THESE GUYS OFF. Yes un-sexy Rexy Rex Ryan is hilarious on camera, there is no discipline on this team. Without Revis, they will be just weak enough at corner with Kyle Wilson there to get burned the one or two times that will kill them against the Pats. It will only take one time for Wilson to show his rookie colors for Moss or Welker to get downfield and burn the J E T S JETS JETS JETS. Hard Knocks, in my opinion, has absolutely exposured the immaturity of the Jets. Sanchez acts like a 10 year old and their WRs could care less what is being told to them. Yes they have a solid defense in general, but unless Jenkins has a breakout year, they will REALLY struggle to get to the quarterback. That, in turn, will put even more pressure on the Jets’ young secondary. Ya know, just because they are on TV means nothing to me. How many bad clips can they show? Has anyone watched their preseason games? THEY ABSOLUTELY 100% stink on ice. The one bright spot? Shonn Greene who is on my “got-to-have” fantasy players that will get the ball a ton. Why? NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS WANTS MARK SANCHEZ TO take over their offense and lead their team by himself. Might as well forfeit the season….

4. Buffalo Bills – Ah, the Bills. THey are so bad they don’t even deserve discussion. CJ Spiller is the only reason that people in Buffalo even care that this organization still exists….

AFC East Breakout Player of the Year – Julian Edleman….One of the up and coming WRs in the league that NO ONE knows about. he might as well be the mirror image of Wes Welker. Expect Edleman to have a solid year, get traded in the offseason, and do exactly what Welker did. Get traded to a team with a good passing game and breakout and turn into a prolific, 110 catch player that becomes a QB’s best friend. Expect Edleman to have a HUGE year if Welker’s comeback stint doesn’t work out. A small guy with bursts of speed and good hands? Who wouldn’t love to have him in the slot on 3rd down. Would be a twin with Jordan Shipley….

Biggest AFC East Disappointment – Mark Sanchez…A child, too immature, not enough talent. Totally overrated and will make mistake after mistake until Rexy realizes the organization made a BIG mistake…sorry Jets fans, your playboy ain’t going to cut it this year. I hope Mr. Brunell stays healthy…..HAHAHAHAHA…..that new stadium will look nice and be a great place for teams to come in and whoop up the Sancheezy’s Jets. Good luck fellas…you’re going to need it.

More predictions to come, stay tuned…

Taylor Livin’ The Miami Life Once Again…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Jason Taylor’s newest step has him back where he started. The dancing linebacker signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.

Taylor played his first 11 seasons with Miami before being traded a year ago to the Washington Redskins — a fallout from his stint on the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” He was released by Washington in March after one injury-plagued season.FP3433

The New England Patriots courted the 34-year-old Taylor in recent weeks, but he wanted to return to South Florida, where he still lives. He will make $1.1 million in base salary and $400,000 in easy to reach incentives.

“My heart has always been in Miami, and so I’m truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again,” Taylor said in a statement. “I was presented with a number of different opportunities, but in the end the combination of this being the best situation for my family, my love for this community and my tremendous loyalty to a great organization made this an easy decision.”

Taylor made the Pro Bowl six times with Miami and was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.p1_taylor1

The Redskins released Taylor after he turned down a chance to play another season with them for $8.5 million. Taylor didn’t like being away from his wife and three children last season and wanted to rejoin the Dolphins regardless of how much money they offered, said his agent, Gary Wichard.

“Jason told me, `Tell the Dolphins whatever fits their budget, I’m ready to play,”‘ Wichard said. “There were no negotiations. It was always going to be Miami.”

Wichard said he also turned down a couple of movie offers because Taylor didn’t want to be away from his family. Taylor has been plotting a Hollywood career since joining the Dolphins as a rookie in 1997, and he envisions himself in the kind of action roles that made Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a movie star.

“Dancing With the Stars” intensified Taylor’s celebrity last year but soured his relationship with new Dolphins boss Bill Parcells, who fumed that Taylor was in Hollywood rather than spending the offseason working out with teammates. In response, Taylor accused Parcells of giving him the silent treatment.

The soap opera ended last July with Parcells trading Taylor for a pair of draft picks, but the two have since patched up their rift. Taylor raves about coach Tony Sparano, who in his first season led the Dolphins to the AFC East title and ended the team’s six-season playoff drought.

While the Dolphins enjoyed a turnaround in 2008, Taylor struggled to stay healthy after missing only four games in 11 years with Miami.

He sprained his knee during the Redskins’ preseason and hurt his calf in a win over Arizona on Sept. 21. Taylor required an operation to have blood drained from his calf and a second procedure a month later.

The calf injury hampered Taylor much of the season, and he struggled to fit into a defensive scheme that gave him less freedom than he had with the Dolphins. He had only 31/2 sacks for the Redskins, his fewest since 1999.

The Dolphins mounted little pass rush last season aside from outside linebacker Joey Porter, who led the AFC with 171/2 sacks. Taylor’s 1201/2 career sacks are the most among active players, and he could line up opposite Porter this year.

Parcells didn’t take a pass rusher in the April draft, a signal he was open to a reunion with Taylor. amd_billparcellsThe Dolphins declined to comment Wednesday beyond confirming the deal.

A third-round draft pick in 1997, Taylor started as a rookie and became one of the most popular players in Dolphins history. He started a foundation that has been active in raising money for South Florida children, and in 2007 he was chosen NFL Man of the Year.

Taylor holds Dolphins career records for consecutive games started (130), sacks (117), opponents’ fumble recoveries (26), fumble returns for touchdowns (5), defensive touchdowns (8) and interceptions by a defensive lineman (7).

Taylor enjoyed his best year in 2006, when he had 131/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles, recovered two, intercepted two passes and returned both for scores. But he endured five coaching changes in Miami, hasn’t made the postseason since 2001 and says he would trade every award and sack for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Inventions

Miami Turned Margaritaville?…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by sportsguru09

Wastin’ awayyy in olllllllddd Dolphin Stadiummmmmm…This might as well be the theme song for the proposed “Landshark” Stadium down in Miami, home of coaching legend Bill Parcells’ Dolphins. Why? Ask Jimmy Buffet. He recently accepted a business position and role with the Miami Dolphins organization. vinylmagnet-dolphinsWith a long and buddy-buddy relationship with the Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross, Buffet has accepted Ross’ invitation to get into the National Football League via Business Management and use his face to rebrand the Miami franchise. Why Landshark Stadium? Well, if you haven’t heard, Landshark, a beer that is widely loved and at times considered the “Poor Man’s Corona,” is highly promoted and marketed by Buffet and his Hawaii shirt-wearin crew.

Buffet, a major musical idol across the world, would be a perfect fit down in Miami where the nightlife is great, music is of all varieties, and alcohol runs aplenty. 300px-jimmy_buffetWhen the clock turns to 5 o’clock somewhere, Buffet will be sitting in brand new box seats, likely with his name all over them, in a stadium soon to be named for his branded beer. What a life, first music, now the NFL? It isn’t bad, we’ll say that. And because he will be on tour and selling out musical venues across the globe until he’s like 170 years old, this is just another way for Buffet to promote his music. Sounds like a win win to me, good move Jimmy…

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And The Toughest 2009 NFL Schedule Goes To?

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by sportsguru09

Unfortunately for my best friend D. Mott, the Miami Dolphins have been awarded the toughest road to the Super Bowl in 2009. See their schedule and analysis below…

Miami Dolphins 2009 Regular Season Schedule

Sept. 13 at Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 21 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Sept. 27 at San Diego Chargers
OCT. 4 BUFFALO BILLS
OCT. 12 NEW YORK JETS875
Oct. 18 Bye Week
OCT. 25 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Nov. 1 at New York Jets
Nov. 8 at New England Patriots
NOV. 15 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Nov. 19 at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 29 at Buffalo Bills
DEC. 6 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Dec. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars
Dec. 20 at Tennessee Titans
DEC. 27 HOUSTON TEXANS
JAN. 3 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Right off the bat, just looking at the scheduled opponents for Miami outside of the AFC East should give all Dolphins fans the chills. They get Manning and the Colts, Titans, MoJo Drew’s Jags, T.O.’s Bills, the high powered Saints, L.T.’s Chargers, and the Matt Ryan-led Falcons. All I have to say is yikes and may God help you Miami! Even worse, only their games against Indy and New Orleans are at home. Every other brutal matchup is away from Dolphin stadium. Wow, this is worse than the Steelers’ 2008 NFL schedule. And as a side note, I know Steelers fans are happy because they got off the NFL’s toughest schedule schnide they’ve been on the past few years…

Toughest Home Game for Miami to Win Outside of the AFC East: Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 (Sept. 21st)

Toughest Away Game for Miami to Win Outside of the AFC East: At the San Diego SuperChargers in Week 3 (Sept. 27th)

The Game Likely to Destroy Miami’s Playoff Push: A letdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home in Week 10 (Nov. 15th)

The Game Miami will surprise people and win: Dec. 20th against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15 of the season to spoil Tennessee’s playoff hopes

Win/Loss Prediction: In 2009, Miami will finish 7-9 and not make the playoffs (sorry D Mott…)