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2014 AFC WEST PREVIEW

July 26th 2014 09:40
2014 AFC WEST PREVIEW


San Diego Chargers

– For the second year in a row there was not much action from the Chargers in the free agent market, and they didn’t add any impact rookies. They surprisingly made the playoffs last year off the rebound year QB Philip Rivers had. WR Keenan Allen was the best value in the draft last year but they need to keep infusing the WR group with more talent. RB Danny Woodhead (just signed an extension) paired nicely with Ryan Matthews as they combined for 2478 total yards and 15 touchdowns. Along with the Chiefs and the much improved Raiders, the Chargers will make the AFC West one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL.


Oakland Raiders

– Now that their past salary restraints are in the past, the Raiders attracted a ton of free agents to try to stop their losing ways. QB Matt Schaub will be on a redemption journey with plenty of talent in the receiver corps (although none at TE). CB Carlos Rogers, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, OLB LaMarr Woodley, WR James Jones, CB Tarrell Brown, T Donald Penn and DEs Justin Tuck & Antonio Smith all join 5th overall pick LB Khalil Mack to instantly makeover the team’s DNA. If they can gel quickly they will be able to make some noise in the AFC.



Kansas City Chiefs

– The Chiefs lost a good amount of depth on both sides of the ball especially along the lines. They’ll again rely on Jamaal Charles to carry the load offensively and signed him to a high dollar extension. They really missed in the draft as they played to their strengths and ignored their huge need areas (WRs Kelvin Benjamin, Marquise Lee & Jordan Matthews as well as OG Su’a-Filo Xavier, OT Joel Bitonio and OT Cyrus Kouandijo were all overlooked). But great coaching and solid consistent play by QB Alex Smith (in a contract year) should still keep them in playoff shape to the end.


Denver Broncos

– Out goes WR Eric Decker (Jets), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants) and LB Wesley Woodyard and in comes WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Aqib Talib, SS T.J. Ward and DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware which makes for an overall upgrade. Head coach John Fox has vowed to balance the offense more with the running game, which still makes it surprising they moved on from Knowshon Moreno (they obviously know something we all don’t about him). With the NFC becoming the stronger conference these days, all that remains to be determined is who the Broncos will face in Super Bowl 49.

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2014 NFC WEST PREVIEW

July 24th 2014 00:59
2014 NFC WEST PREVIEW

Seattle Seahawks

– As always, the Super Bowl winning team gets raided and Seattle was no exception to that rule. It will be very interesting to see if they can overcome the losses of CBs Brandon Browner & Walter Thurmond and solid contributors WR Golden Tate and DEs Chris Clemons and Red Bryant. They’ll likely still win the division, but they’ve lost too much to repeat as champions. Parity is too high in the NFL these days and so many teams have the talent to go all the way. They’ll really need to have WR Percy Harvin healthy and his understudies will have to develop more too. RB Marshawn Lynch takes and dishes out a lot of punishment and they’ll need to find a way to balance out the offense load.

Arizona Cardinals

– There’s a lot of buzz about RB Andre Ellington and his expanded role in the offense. Stepfan Taylor will join him to bring some good balance after the surprising early retirement of Rashard Mendenhall this offseason. Veteran QB Carson Palmer gets some additional help with newly acquired TE John Carlson and left tackle Jared Veldheer. They’ve lost leading tackler LB Karlos Dansby, which hurts, but gaining CB Antonio Cromartie will help give the defense a nice boost and sophomore LB Kevin Minter has looked great so far as a replacement. WR Ted Ginn will improve the return game and help create space for WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on the outside. They drafted more for depth so improvement will come with a 2nd year under Bruce Arians and free agent talent additions. It’s a real shame talented LB Daryl Washington won’t be a part of this season. I say they have the tools to take over the 49ers’ 2nd place spot in the division.

San Francisco 49ers

– They added SS Antoine Bethea and CB Chris Cook to replace Donte Whitner (Browns) and CB Tarell Brown (Raiders) respectively. They drafted SS Jimmie Ward to serve as understudy to free agent pickup Antoine Bethea after losing Donte Whitner to the Browns. They also picked up instant starter Marcus Martin for their vacant center position and added good depth at LB and WR.
With Aldon Smith’s very likely yearlong suspension looming, the Niners will have lost too much talent over the last two years to keep returning to the NFC Championship. Unless a lot of people really step up and they have good luck with injury management, they will likely make way to what is shaping up to be a very strong field of NFC competitors.

St. Louis Rams

– They got better depth through the draft and through free agency. They have solid talent at every position and are running out of excuses. If they were an AFC team they would be a lock for the playoffs, but these days the NFC has more talent overall, especially in the NFC East, the strongest division in the league. The defense can wreak havoc and has good young talent to cover. They potentially have another incarnation of the Fearsome Foursome on the D Line with starters Chris Long, Aaron Donald, Michael Bockers and Robert Quinn. They can be a special team that has the ability to surpass all expectations, or could be derailed by a key injury like the one to QB Sam Bradford last season. Last season started of great for Bradford and hopefully he can capture that same flow in the offense so it’s not another wasted year.

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5 Big Questions Before NFL Training Camps Start

1 - Will the Broncos and Peyton Manning bounce back?

It seems they need to develop the running game more (so why get let Moreno go?) to provide the one thing needed for championship teams, balance. The Seahawks solved Manning and the passing attack and got behind early. Too many teams still try to pass their way out of trouble instead of getting yards on the ground. If there was more focus put on running games these days, that sort of thing wouldn't happen.

2 - Will the Seahawks successfully defend their title?

It's so hard these days when teams go from sub 500 to a championship then back to below 500 again so often, it's an age of parity. Seattle will have too much competition to defend but they won't take a slide like the Ravens did (they didn't lose nearly as many key pieces as Baltimore did either). The Saints, Packers, 49ers and Eagles will have too much power for the Seahawks after losing a couple of those prime secondary players (Thurmond and Browner).

3 - Which rookies will make the biggest impact?

My bets are Johnny Football will bring some entertainment (much like Tim Tebow did) to the Browns and NFL in general if not a ton of wins. He'll be a big risk and reward guy but will progress as a pro passer. C.J. Moseley will bring the Ravens defense back on team radars. But the most impact will be made by 4th overall pick WR Sammy Watkins who has all the tools to step right into a WR1 position in the NFL.

4 – What happened to the teams with surprise playoff misses last year?

The Ravens lost their veteran leadership when Ray Lewis retired, that is much more important than teams give it credit. They just didn’t have that fire anymore after Lewis fueled it enough for a whole team for so many years. The Falcons were exposed as a one trick pony when Julio Jones’ injury took down the whole team; they had no depth and no athlete close to Jones’ quality on either side of the ball. In Houston they let too many FAs go for too many years and eroded the ground out from under themselves. They let key guys walk and then didn’t have the depth to survive injuries, it wasn’t only on QB Matt Schaub.

5 – Which teams will replace 2013 playoff teams in 2014?

The Steelers should be back to replace the Chargers in the AFC with a rededicated focus to the running game, again that important concept of balance comes into play…. The Bears will replace the Panthers who unbelievably voided the quality of their receiver core, still scratching my head on that one. Surprise teams Philly and the Chiefs will have to fight off Detroit and the Jets respectively as both teams have reloaded expertly in the offseason.

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2014 NFL Draft Team Grades

May 20th 2014 12:46
2014 NFL Draft Team Grades

St. Louis – A-
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So here is a baffling scenario that was played out in the 2014 NFL draft: two of the NCAA’s top conferences (Big 12 and SEC) had two players voted co-defensive players of the year in their conferences but one went undrafted and one went late in the seventh round.

Are those conference awards meaningless? Or is non-football information on prospects much more important in NFL draft war rooms than we all can imagine


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Best NFL Draft Prospects for Day 2

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Analysis

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ChatNFL 2014 Mock Draft

May 4th 2014 22:56
ChatNFL 2014 Mock Draft

1 – Houston – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina - has too much on paper to pass up here at a need position and no one will trade up into this spot – they should but won’t take the risk on Johnny Manziel


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TOP NFL PROSPECTS BY POSITION - Defense

Clowney is a freak on paper, but on the field last year he wasn’t impactful and you have to question if he has the trajectory of Jevon Kearse but is already on the downside of that arc


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TOP 2014 NFL PROSPECTS BY POSITION - Offense

Teams will likely shy away from the bad the comes with the good of Johnny Football


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