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The Eagle D is coming around

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The Eagle D is coming around.

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 6, our views of all week 6 games including the Browns/Broncos.

On Monday night the Giants scored a TD on their 1st possession. But then the Eagle D shut them down. While the Eagle O is still trying to fit all the new gadgets into the game, the D has figured it out and is playing very well. The early issues on defense were primarily caused by the lack of rest. When the O can’t convert 3rd downs in a no huddle O, the D is on the field a lot.

The team has missed ILB Mychal Kendricks for a couple of weeks. Despite that the D is playing aggressive defense. Rookie 3rd round pick Jordan Hicks has been outstanding. He has helped the D continue to improve. His instincts are outstanding.

Two early interceptions, one of which was a pick 6, made Giant QB Eli Manning tentative. That combined with WR Odell Beckham Jr. being the primary target made the job of the Eagle D much easier. The D would have been better had they not committed so many penalties. That is still a problem for the Eagles.

The problem with the offense is that the players that the Eagles brought in do not fit what HC Chip Kelly is running. One example is QB Sam Bradford. While he ran a no huddle O in Oklahoma, several injuries have limited his mobility. He struggles to make stretch hand offs and even more to run the read option.

Another addition, running back DeMarco Murry, is also a bad fit. First of all any back in the NFL that had nearly 500 touches the previous year has never done well the following year. Add Murry’s injury history and this was a bad signing from the start. At Dallas Murry ran down hill. But the Kelly O has him running east/west to get to the hole. As a result Murry has not been productive.

The key to the rest of the Eagle season is the offense giving the D some rest between possessions. If they do, there is a good chance that the Eagles could win the NFC Least.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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The Biggest Reaches of the 2014 NFL Draft

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A reach is defined here as a pick well above the rated position of the player. These are some of the worst reaches.

Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland – They spent the 80th pick on a guy that was a 7th round value even when healthy.

Bucs Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue – He struggled all season but the Bucs took him with the 149th pick. I had him ranked in the 790s.

Seahawks Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee – Staten was ranked in the 790s but despite a good draft the Hawks took him at 172.

49ers Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist – The Niners had a good draft but this one is a head scratcher. Acker was rated in the 550s but they took him with pick 180.

Rams Maurice Alexander SS Utah State – The Rams did well over all but took Alexander with pick 110 despite most analysts thinking he was undraftable. I had him in the 450s.

Jags Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.) – Linder was a 7th round value but the Jags took him with pick 93.

Redskins Spencer Long OG Nebraska – The Skins had only a few picks but wasted on on Long who was a 7th round value at best but was taken with pick 78.

Falcons Dezmen Southward SS Wisconsin – He was a late 6th round value but they took him with the 68th pick.

Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse – Bromley was a 6th round value but the G Men took him with pick 74.

Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State – OK I am one of a few analysts that really didn’t like Carr. At best he is Brandon Weeden lite. The Raiders took him with the 36th pick. I had him ranked as the 254th best QB but only 17 QB prospects were considered draftable.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Want to know how American Football got started?

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1946 Chicago Bears Championship Team

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How American Football Got Started

Our good friend Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com has written an E-Book entitled America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century.  Here is an excerpt:

The National Football League is the premier sport in the United States. But it always wasn’t that way. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league’s growth first hand. The game started in the coal mines in western Pennsylvania and is a multi-billion dollar business today.

The NFL started in 1920, teams came and went. That history would repeat itself in the 1930s and the 1940s. Stability finally occurred in the 1950s with the arrival of television. Television transformed North American sports. In 1950, Baseball, Boxing and Horse Racing were among the most popular sporting events in the country. Within 10 years, football, the NFL, would begin its ascent and by 1965 become the country’s most popular sport.

In the old days, you could find Chicago Bears owner and coach George Halas at the Chicago Bears offices in the fall and part of winter, the rest of the year he would be in his Chicago sporting goods store. Andy Robustelli is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. Robustelli was a star with Los Angeles between 1951 and 1955 but requested a trade to New York because he could not be away from his thriving Stamford, Connecticut businesses and the Rams accommodated him. As Hall of Famer Artie Donovan once told me, his NFL of the 1950s bares absolutely no resemblance to today’s NFL.

The National Football League was in the right place at the right time. There is no better TV game than football. A viewer can see everything as it develops on the field, the line of scrimmage, the quarterback handing off or passing the ball and the receiver catching it. It’s an easy game to watch and it didn’t hurt that the New York Giants won a World’s Championship in 1956 and played in the “Greatest Game of All Time” in 1958, losing in the NFL Championship game to Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. That game started the lasting love affair between Americans and football. The Giants became the darlings of Madison Avenue, led by the handsome Frank Gifford and football gained acceptance. By 1960, the CBS show “20th Century” hosted by Walter Cronkite caught the football bug. The CBS weekly documentary ran a program entitled, “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” Huff, the Giants middle linebacker was profiled and miked during a pre-season game to give the viewers an inside look during an NFL game.

The move from the mom and pop operations, the old football families, the Maras in New York, the Rooneys in Pittsburgh, Halas in Chicago to today’s corporate status did not come overnight. The NFL had to fend off a rival league between 1946-49, taking in three All American Football Conference franchises in 1950, and continued to be plagues by franchise failures until 1952. The NFL enjoyed some franchise success between 1953 and 1956 and started to make plans to expand with the goal of adding teams by 1961. The Giants-Colts 1958 Championship Game changed football. Dallas businessman Lamar Hunt, who struck in his attempts to move the Chicago Cardinals to his home city talked to Houston businessman Bud Adams in 1959 about starting a rival league after Adams failed to purchase the Cardinals and move them to Houston.

In my opinion it is a must read for any NFL fan. The E-Book is available at the following sites:

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Americas-Passion/book-YVIBgJtJuE6LPKUdXzQ73Q/page1.html?s=atJ2A6g-jka2uJsNWWmhYA&r=1

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/americas-passion-how-coal/id595575002?mt=11

It is a bargain at just $2.99

 

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003  and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

 

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Djokovic Wakes up from 2011 Dream Season

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Coming off his incredible win over Nadal in the US Open tennis final, Djokovic was unable to complete his Davis Cup match due to a lingering back injury.  The injury first made an appearance during the final with Nadal.  With only a short rest period between the final and his Davis Cup match, Djokovic was unable to recover properly and retired after losing the the first set.

Novak Djokovic’s 2011 Season

Looking back it has been quite a year for the young Serbian player.  To start off 2011 he notched 41 consecutive wins that led him to hoist his second major Australian Open title, along with a slew of victories at other prestigious events.  He was indeed the man to beat, and for 41 matches no one was able to.

An on form Federer stopped the streak in the semi-final of the French Open at Roland Garros.  Federer played inspired tennis, dismissing the circulating rumors of his demise from the top of men’s tennis.  This was a temporary lull however, as Djokovic returned to form and snatched the Wimbledon championship to add to his list of major titles.

Fast forward to the present.  We have a new US Open champion in Djokovic, who has continued to impress the whole year.  His only other loss during the regular season was to Andy Murray, in a match where he had to retire due to injury.  The absolute dominance he displayed throughout the season has truly been something incredible to watch.

Discussions are still ongoing about whether or not this is the best season ever put together by a tennis player.  While the record alone may fall short of the best ever, the competition and depth of the men’s tennis field has drastically increased since earlier days of the tour.  Even guys knocking around outside the top 100 in ATP Tour ranking points can produce thrilling and inspired tennis.

How Will Djokovic Handle 2012

It will be interesting to see how the Serbian’s new found success carries him into the next season.  After producing such a high level of tennis consistently for an entire year, can he keep up the pace?  The back injury that has all but put an end to the rest of 2011 will be a big factor.  If Djokovic can get healthy again in time for the new year of competition he will be a fearsome opponent.

The confidence and experience he has gained makes the perfect combination with his youth and dedication.  He seems to have everyone’s number at this point, though Federer has continued to pose real problems for him.  If anyone is able to stem the flow of victories going into next year it will have to be the Swiss maestro.

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Eagles Looking Strong in 2011/2012

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Preseason is over, but the war has just begun. Football fans have been coming out of summer hibernation to support their favorite teams with fervor, body paint, beer, air horns, and dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads. Many teams are already proving their worth in the pre-season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of them.

Football fans alike are excited for what the season and these teams will bring, and Eagles fans think that the Eagles may have what it takes this year to make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2012.

“They signed a bunch of free agents that just makes them incredible,” Dr. Ken Siegel, a dentist and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan comments. “Besides having Michael Vick, they signed a bunch of free agents that are just kick-ass!”

The Eagles are packing a hefty roster balanced on one hand with well known and fantastic players, and on the other with rookies, and really cleaned up during the Free Agent acquisitions. Couple that with their 3 to 1 winning streak during preseason, and this may make the Philadelphia Eagles the team to beat this season.

Key Players That Could Lead to Victory

The Eagles are looking more fresh and alive than ever this season, and hopefully this overhaul will lead them out of their 51 year slump. The team recently signed on a number of key players, which is in itself revitalizing the already die-hard fans of the football team, and many fans are already picking out their player of choice that will make the most difference in rising this team from the ashes, especially during their rival game against the New York Giants.

Tom Jackson at Eagle’s Eye Blog (www.eagleseyeblog.com) is throwing most of his cards in with former Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who he believes will be the biggest game changer for the season. “Jenkins has brought a huge dimension to the Eagles’ defensive line—a huge guy who can really move. This guy not only gets pressure on the QB pocket, he bats down passes, forces fumbles and blocks kicks. I think he is a potential game changer against the Giants, and not many fans outside Green Bay really know that much about them.” The element of having a defensive lineman that is the equivalent to a refrigerator heading down a steep hill can really give the Eagles an edge against the Giants’ offense seeing that Eli Manning has been somewhat off his game and out of sync with his receivers during the preseason games.

Along with Cullen Jenkins, Jackson thinks that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, back-up running back Ronnie Brown, and back-up quarterback Vince Young can lend great things to his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Look Out New York Giants…

Eagle’s fans are biting their nails in anticipation for the big game against the New York Giants, scheduled for September 25th. Gauging from last year’s intense games against New York, along with the teams new roster, the Giants has better show up with their game faces on.

“Last year the Giants were in first place and their downfall came right after the Eagle’s game,” Dr. Siegel recalls, “They were up by like four or five touchdowns and the Eagles came back and beat them.”

Though the rivalry was won by the Eagles in 2010, this year can always prove to be a different outcome. Most fans believe that the Giants are going home with their tails between their legs and the Eagles will taste sweet victory once again, but the probability of an Eagles win may be too close to call.

Jackson says, “The Giants and the Eagles always play tight pressure-packed games. The Giants have their injury problems right now. But in another month it could be the Eagles with key injuries and the Giants may have made all the right adjustments. I’ve seen it work like that a lot in the past.” Instead of a victory, Jackson is predicting a narrow defeat on September 25th for the Eagles, figuring that the Giants are probably due a win after so many losses in recent history. “I’m getting a feeling that the G-Men beat the Birds in a tight one on September 25th, which will set up a huge showdown in the return match later in the season. If I were writing a script based on probability, that’s how it would go.”

Super Bowl 2012 Champs?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a great track record when it comes down to Super Bowl appearances, but fans are even more hopeful that this year will be the year to break their dry streak.

“I think they’re a front runner,” Dr. Seigel says. The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot going for them so far, and there are a lot of games to be played between now and February. It can be anyone’s ball game at this point.

Jackson thinks that it’s too soon to tell whether the Eagles have a shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy, and there are a lot of factors involved that could make or break the possibility before the Eagles can even think about the championship. “The real Super Bowl question in my mind is: can they win the Eastern division of the NFC? And if so, can they get home field advantage and a bye in the playoffs? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘No’, then the Eagles will not even be in the Super Bowl, let alone win it.”

It may very well be too soon to tell, but Eagles fans all over are still excited for the prospects of the season and await the next game against the Jets.

“I plan on trying to get as many tickets as I can,” Dr. Siegel explains. “It can be tough because they’re always sold out. You have to either know someone who has tickets that are not interested or buy them on eBay.” Eagles tickets sell for top dollar on sites such as eBay and Craigslist, as the team has some of the most dedicated followers in America.

So if you are waiting to get into an Eagles game, jump on the opportunity before it’s too late. You might end up watching Sportscenter in your living room if you wait too long.

Shanna Laub writes for Off-Topic Media. Tom Jackson is a football blogger at Eagle’s Eye Blog. Dr. Ken Siegel is a Philadelphia TMJ dentist. He can be reached at:

Dental Excellence of Blue Bell
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The Biggest Questions For the 2011 Fantasy Football Season

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It looks like the new collective bargaining agreement is going into effect sometime today (7/25/2011) and we should start seeing action all over the pro football realm. This means the 25 million or so fantasy football players can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Fantasy football will be played, trades will be made, and trophies will be be won. There is a controversial question that has been hotly debated over the past few months, really since the end of last years fantasy season. Should Michael Vick not only be the #1 quarterback drafted but the #1 overall pick? There are millions of fantasy owners on both sides of the fence. Is there a right answer. I for one am not quite sure there is, but let’s see if we can find it.

Argument(s) For Vick Being The #1 Overall Pick

The main argument for Vick being the #1 overall pick is that he is the most unique and dynamic player in fantasy football. When that fantasy football draft board goes up should he be the #1 pick? Here is what proponents say about that question.

Vick is a risk/reward player but the reward far outweighs the risk. Vick in addition to being dynamic is by far the most dangerous dual threat in the league. He is in a high powered offense where he can pass to any number of highly skilled options. If needs be he can take off and run if things break down. He is as dangerous a player on the field as there ever has been and if you need any proof just go back and look at the numbers last year against Washington and the New York Giants. Only Vick can put up these types of numbers. Sure a running back here and there rushes for 200 yards and 3 scores like Arian Foster did last year but Vick can put up 333 yards passing with 4 passing touchdowns and 80 yards rushing with 2 rushing tds like he did on Monday night against Washington. That’s at least 49 fantasy points in a standard league. Oh well that’s just one week he didn’t do that every week. No he didn’t but Vick did average a ridiculous 27 points a game. The next closest QB was Aaron Rodgers and he averaged right at 20. In standard leagues when Vick played a full game he only once scored “Below” 20 points and that was a 19 point outing against the Giants. The next time he played the Giants he scored 38. Proponents will argue there is no other player that has even close to this type of potential for scoring and anyone would be out of their mind not to draft him first. He is by far the best option to win you multiple weeks by himself and is probably the safest bet to provide you with double digit fantasy points week in and week out. It’s a no-brainer ladies and gentleman, Vick should be the first pick.

Arguments Against Vick Being the #1 Overall Pick

If you want to win your league’s fantasy football trophy, opponents will argue drafting Vick #1 overall would not be a wise choice. Here is what arguments are against Vick going #1 overall.

Fantasy is all about minimizing risk, especially with the first pick. Vick is much to risky of a pick to take first overall. Especially since you only need to start one qb in standard leagues and your next pick in a 10 man league isn’t until pick 20. Take a safe running back instead and wait on a qb. You can likely get Tom Brady or Peyton Manning with your next pick if you wait. Vick has only really had one other season similar to last years, and that was way back in 2002. Brady and Manning have been consistent for a decade. Vick in 2002 still scored less points than he did in 10′ and played 15 games where-as last year he played 12. Last year was an anomaly and not likely to be repeated. He had 9 rushing tds last year and 8 in 2002. The next 15 game season for Vick was 2004 and he only had 3 rushing tds. It’s hard to repeat that type of rushing td performance from year to year, even if you are Michael Vick. In 2003 after the big 02′ season he only played 5 games because of injury. Speaking of injury this is the next argument. Vick is one of the most dangerous weapons on the field, but also one of the most dangerous options to have as your quarterback due to injury. He only played in 12 games last year and took a large # of hits. He no longer is in his 20’s and the hits take a heavier toll in their 30s. If you look at his last 5 or 6 games defenses started blitzing him relentlessly and Vick took a beating. He had to sit out week 17 as a result and really didn’t look in perfect health against the Packers in the wild card round. His style is too dangerous, and injury is too big a concern. If defenses decide from day 1 the only way to stop him is to blitz him, and hit him, until they crack his armor (or worse ribs), then he is going to take a beating. Do you want to waste your #1 pick on a player that will likely miss games due to injury? Take A.P. instead and thank us for it later.

I could keep going with arguments for both sides but these are the main arguments that each side has. One of the great things about fantasy football is that there are arguments like this to be had. Truth is nobody knows the right answer until the season is complete. Vick will either be a fantasy juggernaut and help multiple teams win their championships, he will come back down to earth and score closer to his peers, or he will take a beating, be injured half of the year and be a nightmare for owners who drafted him first. If you really want him and you have the first pick your only option is to take him because he won’t be there when it’s your turn again.

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