Archive | February 2012

Prospect of The Week: Robert Griffin III

The combine has passed and the numbers are in. As a QB Robert Griffin, III was the best at the 40 yard dash this year at the combine in Indianapolis. Does that change the minds of scouts on picking Griffin before Luck? Only time will tell whether the NFL prospect will go before Luck and be the top QB picked in the draft.

Robert Griffin, III

Height: 6’2

Weight: 223lbs

College: Baylor

40 Time: 4.41

The teams in need of a QB have not changed, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and the Seattle Seahawks. Luck although still projected to   be picked before him, Griffin has a chance for a close second looking at his performance during the combine. During his Heisman year at Baylor University Griffin completed 291 passes with 402 attempts for 4,293 yards. Griffin has what it takes to survive in the NFL and to bring any team back to its glory days. Primarily, Griffin has no apparent weaknesses and with a strong receiving core around him he can surely be a force to reckoned with. His ability and accuracy are in comparison to last season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton.

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What’s Going on With The Raiders?

The Oakland Raiders are my favorite team and a question I ask myself a lot during the offseason is, what’s going on? Raiders are known for outrageous contracts and using free agency as the draft to sign players who used to be good but are no longer up to par.

But since so many changes have come up after the horrendous showing against San Diego, a game that would have pushed them into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. So what’s in store for the 8-8 team? The first thing done was wiping out most of the coaching staff from last season including head coach, Hue Jackson and replacing him with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen. Allen would be the first defensive minded coach since Raiders hired John Madden for the  job in 1969, bringing the franchise a Super Bowl victory in 1976. Does that mean history will repeat itself, bring the franchise to glory once again? Only time will tell.  Keep Reading There’s More…

Prospect of the Week: Andrew Luck

After going back and forth with the idea, I’ve decided for a series of featuring a different NFL prospect each week and what attributes he poses. Especially since today marks the start of the NFL Combine. Each week until the NFL Draft, beginning April 26th and ending April 28th, there will be a different prospect featured and after the draft, I’ll feature a prospect that was either drafted or not drafted, why or why not. Just to keep it interesting. So for this week I’ve decided to start it off with none other than Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck.

Andrew Luck

Source: centraloregonathlete.com

Height: 6’4

Weight: 235lbs

College: Stanford

40 Time: 4.73

Luck is projected to go in the first round and possibly be the first quarterback taken, with some stiff competition from Robert Griffith, III. Last season for the Cardinals Luck completed 288 passes with 404 attempts for 3,517 yards and a passer rating of 118.0. Luck has the potential to be a great started in the league for any team in need of a quarterback like Indianapolis (possibly), Cleveland, Washington, Kansas City, and Seattle just to name a few. He has great passing ability and accuracy, but he’s not so accurate outside the pocket. Pocket precision for Luck is definitely a plus as well as the ability read defenses. This being one of the key reasons Luck stands out from the rest.

Free Agency — Who’s Leaving, Who’s Staying?

Free Agency is a big deal in the NFL. Some of the best players of a team’s roster enter into free agency due to money issues or roster space. Sometimes team’s have to let that player go or offer them a ridiculous amount of money to stay. This offseason there are a few notable players in free agency that may or may not stay with their teams. I’m going to discuss a few free agents that are more likely to stay with their teams, some that are going to leave, and those that are going to get franchise tagged.

Drew Brees

#9 QB New Orleans Saints

Source: thesportsbank.net

Brees, despite not making it into this year’s super bowl had one of the most beautiful statistical years of his career. He broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles in a Monday night showdown between the Saints and division rivals, Atlanta Falcons. Brees completed the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, an average of 342 yards a game and passer rating of 110.6.
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Randy Moss vs. Cris Carter Round 1

Cris Carter & Randy Moss in Minnesota Source: larrybrownsports.com

For the record, I’m not much of a Randy Moss fan, but I will acknowledge the man’s talent. Secondly, most everyone knows Moss’ work ethic and attitude. When you get Randy Moss on your team, you also get the baggage that comes along with him being there. Moss is known for taking time off during games and not make much of an effort if he’s not in the best of moods.

Here comes along former teammate, Cris Carter who basically states the obvious, “the one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing. It’s not an age thing. It needs to be addressed. I believe it’s the elephant in the room. It’s that thing called quit.” Now Carter was simply stating his opinion and was saying what most people won’t say out loud including making some real good points.

But of course Moss took it as a personal dig on him as a whole, which was clearly not the case since Carter acknowledged how much Moss is a beast on the field. Keep Reading There’s More…

Randy Moss Coming Out of Retirement…What Else is New?

So it’s been going around that wide receiver, Randy Moss is coming out of retirement to try and play again for a team. Supposedly there are teams like the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, are interested in the 35 year old receiver. My biggest question to this is who actually believed that Moss was seriously considering retirement because he wasn’t picked up last season? This in my opinion was inevitable. Moss, being a great receiver already is an athlete, an athlete with fire in him to still play the game. He has that competitive spirit to want him to keep going since he feels he still has some game left in him. Not only that, let’s take a look at the receivers stats and accomplishments, over the course of his career, Moss had at least one catch for 50-plus yards every year with catches for over 70 yards in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Keep Reading There’s More…

Raiders Release Stanford Routt

TWO WORDS!! THANK GOD!

Honestly, this is the best news I’ve heard in a while when it comes to the Raiders’ defense. Stanford Routt, CB, was released less than a year after signing a big $54.5 million dollar contract. This comes shortly after the Raiders hire new defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver. As a Raider fan myself, I’m happy to see this happen because of the many crucial penalties he caused during the season. They would come at the times when the Raiders would have had a big defensive stop, but because of his pass interference calls or holding calls the opposing team would get the first down.

When Nnamdi Asomugha was on the team Routt’s numbers were actually pretty decent and relatively better than Asomugha’s. So it was only right for him to get a big contract, but for the following season he would have to show up in a major way since the team lost Asomugha to the Eagles. WRONG! Routt gave up nine touchdown passes and led the NFL with 17 penalties. That is not numbers a starting cornerback who would have received $5 million on Friday (if he was still on the Raider roster) should’ve been producing. So it was only right, in post-Davis fashion, to let him go.

Goodbye Routt!

Face Mask Penalty by Routt Source: boltsfromtheblue.com