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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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A Little Luck and Some Early Draft Shockers…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by sportsguru09

Derrius Hayward-Bey over Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin at Number 7? Knowshon Moreno in an already Running Back-heavy Broncos offense? Wow, both are huge Draft surprises. Oakland continues to stun us and Josh McDaniels is just digging himself a bigger whole in Denver? Did he not forget that his defense last year was one of the worst ever?!?!nfl_draft_0651211

In lighter news, the Redskins saved face with Sanchez going to NY (via trade) with the #5 pick (from Cleveland Browns) and were able to steal Brian Orakpo, out of Texas, to help their pass rush next year alongside Albert Haynesworth. For my guys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, they addressed one of their two biggest needs, Offensive Line. The Jags took Eugene Monroe, OT out of the University of Virginia. MoJo Drew will be pumped he finally has some blocking.

More updates to come…

SportsGuru’s 2009 Mock Draft Part I…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by sportsguru09

With the 2009 NFL Draft looming, I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do my own mock draft…take a look below… Part I includes picks 1 through 10…nfl-draft

#1 Pick – Detroit Lions

And with the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions choose……Matthew Stafford out of the University of Georgia. Stafford is a QB with tremendous arm strength and football saavy. He and Calvin Johnson, Megatron, should get along just fine. With some quick development, Stafford can make a Matt Ryan-esque impact in Detroit in the next two years. As long as Detroit focuses on the defensive end of the ball, the Lions should see quick improvement. They may not win 6 or 8 games, but anything’s better than 0-16 right?!? A deal should be in place for Stafford by Saturday’s draft starting time…

#2 Pick – St. Louis Rams

And with the #2 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams choose……Jason Smith out of Baylor University. Smith is a stud Left Tackle that fits perfectly into St. Louis’ current void (it is enormous) on the left side of their offensive line with the recent absence of Orlando Pace. This pick makes perfect sense. The Rams should do anything to help out Steven Jackson who has taken a beating over the past few years with no run blocking in the trenches. Save the man some body parts St. Louis…

#3 Pick – Kansas City Chiefs

And with the #3 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs choose……Aaron Curry out of Wake Forest University. Curry is a highly touted Outside Linebacker out of a much improved 2008 ACC. Dominant in the middle of the field, Curry will help bolster the lack of defensive skill that K.C. currently has. That way, the Chiefs can keep Matt Cassel on the field…curry

#4 Pick – Seattle Seahawks

And with the #4 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks choose……Mark Sanchez, Quarterback, out of USC. There is tons of speculation as to what Seattle will do with this pick, but there shouldn’t be. Though they have some holes on the defensive end, Seattle needs somehow who can stay healthy and provide a future for Bobby Ingram, TJ Whosyourmomma and company. Yes, Hassleback has some left in him, but he’s getting older and has been recently injury prone. Having Seneca Wallace as your backup isn’t the brightest spot a team could have. Take a shot on Sanchez and let him at least learn for a year or two before taking the reigns from Hassleback. No reason not to here…

#5 Pick – Cleveland Browns

And with the #5 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns choose……Michael Crabtree out of Texas Tech University. The highest praised WR in the ’09 draft, Crabtree can fill Donte Stallworth’s role in the receiving core alongside Braylon Edwards and hopefully a Brady Quinn-led offense this year. If the Browns are smart, they can take some pressure off of Joshua Cribbs to be a go-to-all-the-time offensive weapon. Worst case scenario, if the Browns pull the trigger and actually get the guts to trade Edwards, Crabtree can quickly step into the #1 role and make an immediate impact. DeShean Jackson prototype anyone?!?…

#6 Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

And with the #6 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals choose……Andre Smith out of the University of Alabama. This Offensive Tackle is one of the missing links in protecting Carson Palmer’s life in Cincy. With so much talent, Palmer’s ability gets erased having only a second or two every down to get rid of the ball, let alone accurately and effectively down the field to Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. It’s about time Cincy decided to help out the Palmer-Johnson connection. This addition has been a long time coming and has lots of upside…

#7 Pick – Oakland Raiders

And with the #7 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders choose……Eugune Monroe out of the Grape, the University of Virginia. Monroe is an excellent OT with great footwork and suprising speed off the line. With DMac, Darren McFadden, in the backfield, anything to open up holes in the running lanes is a plus for ‘Da Raidazzzzzz…..

#8 Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

And with the #8 and most intriguing pick in the First Round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars choose……Jeremy Maclin out of Missouri. This Tiger set all kinds of Conference Records as only a freshman and provides an addition to a much needed hole alongside newly-acquired Torry Holt at the WR position. Many say that the Jags will take Sanchez, if he were still here, but that makes no sense. If they were smart, the Jags would fit in Maclin here and then draft Sam Bradford next year in the 2010 draft. They have too much invested in David Garrard already. WR works here…jeremy20maclin

#9 Pick – Green Bay Packers

And with the #9 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers choose……Brian Orakpo, a monster out of the Hook’em Horns University of Texas. Orakpo is an explosive pass rusher that will tag team with Aaron Kampman in Lambeau for a dangerous sack combination. Orakpo has lots of upside and scouts absolutely love his footwork, strength, and ball hawking ability. He’s addicted to the gym and seemingly gets bigger by the day. All this is great news for an ineffective Packer defense…

#10 Pick – San Francisco 49ers

And with the #10 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers choose……Clay Matthews out of USC. Matthews would be a surprise to go this early but like many other teams, the 49ers need a better pass rush. Who better here than Matthews who can also cover ground against the passing game? Considered gritty and field-smart, Matthews will get playing time right away and could also fill in at the Defensive End position if necessary…

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

T.O….wait, he’s in Buffalo?

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by sportsguru09

Reports tonight say that Terrell Owens has signed a one year deal with the Buffalo Bills, another land of misfits and unrecognizable names. It’s official, T.O. has picked a team and area just as worthless as the lonely Oakland Raiders. Does anyone even root for the Bills anymore outside of Buffalo? Can anyone on the street name three, let alone one Buffalo Bill not named Marshawn Lynch? Even then, all the general public knows about Marshawn Lynch is that he’s a recently posted jailbird and a gun-wielding misfit. Listen T.O., this isn’t the 90’s Bills anymore. Aside from them chocking in multiple, back-to-back Super Bowls, Buffalo has officially fallen off the NFL and NFL fan map since then. nfl_buffalo_bills_1Cycling through coaches, players, and especially QB, Buffalo has had a tough run at it as of late. And now, to get their area and team publicity…they sign T.O.?!?! Trust me, it won’t help. Aside from the fact that they play in a very competitive division with the Dolphins, NY Jets, and the Randy Moss-led New England Patriots, BUFFALO DOESN’T HAVE A QB TO THROW OWENS THE BALL! Does anyone else realize this? What QBs are even left on their roster? JP Losman, Trent Edwards? Shoot, with or without T.O., the Bills would have a better shot to win the division if Jim Kelly came out of retirement and started throwing TDs. This is going to be interesting…..good luck Dick Jauron….good luck taming the beast we all know as Terrell “Mr. Entertainment” Owens. And to Buffalo, your 2009 football season just got a whole lot more interesting…