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Posted Tuesday March 25, 2014, About: Frontrunners to sign Sanchez
Smith will have to change his number when they move him to WR. That's why Smith was cheer leading the Jets signing Vick. He's already lobbying to be Vick's # 1 target!
Posted Tuesday March 25, 2014, About: Frontrunners to sign Sanchez
So the pain is constant??
Posted Friday March 21, 2014, About: Allen making second visit to Seattle
"....Jarrett Boykin showed flashes last season, and the draft is fairly deep at wideout. If they can bring in or draft a receiving TE they should be pretty set on offense imo....."

Given the Packers philosophy of "build from within", that seems to make the most sense @ WR. As for TE, they re-signed Quarless and they had four other TE's so TT may have already found his man.

"....The one big concern - at least for me - is that this is Rodgers 4th center in as many years. They really need to find some continuity at that position...."

My concern about the center position extends beyond the exchange with the QB. The center calls the blocking schemes at the line and is basically the leader of that group. Lack of continuity is really a problem for the o-line's cohesiveness. He's also crucial to picking up blitzing LB's inside to free the RB to run pass routes. Weakness at center is a SERIOUS problem.

"....Having Bulaga back and getting another year under Bahktiari could make this one of the better o-lines in the league. Maybe it was more of Lacy being hesitant within the offense, or maybe just teams stacking the box vs. the likes of Flynn and Tolzien. I'm not totally sure. Probably a combo of both...."

Durability and stability seem to be an ongoing problem with this group. If they can stay healthy and play to their potential, this could be a solid group. In the meantime, that's a big "if". As for Lacy's problems at the end of the season, Rodgers was back for those last couple of games and so was Cobb. Lacy still had a tough time with defenses stacking the box against him. Either the play calling or the blocking schemes need to get more creative if Lacy is going to stay healthy.
Posted Friday March 21, 2014, About: Allen making second visit to Seattle
As it plays out, the process reminds me of a comment my finance professor in grad school made:

"Two things drive the stock market: greed and fear!"
Posted Thursday March 20, 2014, About: Allen making second visit to Seattle
You're probably right. I still think they would have gotten better value for that $7.5M re-signing EDS or adding a few $$$'s for Jones rather than a past-his-prime, inconsistent Peppers for one year. I understand Thompson most of the time but sometimes.....????
Posted Thursday March 20, 2014, About: Allen making second visit to Seattle
As I said, if either Nelson or Cobb gets hurt, they're screwed. Late in the season, there were games when Nelson was the only healthy option they had. Defenses were doubling on him and Rodgers was forced to throw into coverage for lack of alternatives. Unless they already have a young receiver they're confident in (which they may have), I'm concerned they're going to miss Jones.

As for the o-line, if they were that good, Rodgers wouldn't need to leave the pocket so much and he wouldn't have gotten hurt. Scrambling as he does, injury is an inevitability which is why I can't buy into the running QB deal. It's a ticking bomb regardless of who the QB is. Until Sherrod proves he's reliable and they replace EDS, lack of depth here is as much a problem as with the receivers.

My other concern with the o-line is watching how many yards Lacy was forced to gain after first contact. He was repeatedly getting hit within a yard of the line of scrimmage and having to drag the pile for extra yardage. If they don't get him some blocking, I'm afraid he's going to be the next John Brockington. He'll be great for 3 - 4 years and then his legs or back will give out. Starks gets more consistent holes to run through than Lacy. Either they run different plays for Starks or different blocking schemes but he gets better looks and more open holes than Lacy. Starks isn't a better back and he certainly doesn't run harder.

Interesting analysis re Allen that makes a lot of sense. As for Peppers being a one year rental, let's hope you're right and he has to earn anything more than that.
Posted Thursday March 20, 2014, About: Jets want Vick to push Geno
2012: "Jets Want Tebow to Push Sanchez"

2013: "Jets Want Geno to Push Sanchez"

2014: "Jets Want Vick to Push Geno"

Hmmmm.
Posted Wednesday March 19, 2014, About: Columnist: Colts have cleaned up Jim Irsay's messes for years
The team and the NFL don't have much choice other than to try and put a happy, grateful face on this mess. Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck should be the face of this franchise but Irsay has screwed that up with his delusional selfishness.

"....A billionaire role model. Who cannot identify with that?"

Warren Buffet? Maybe. Jim Irsay? Uh, no. Having said that, I do hope something good can come of this and he does get his life back under control. But if he doesn't, I'm sure there are a lot of fans back in Baltimore who won't feel any pity for him.

"old friend?" Seasoned perhaps. Aged, like a fine wine? Indeed.
Have a good one, 50. I always enjoy your comments.
Posted Wednesday March 19, 2014, About: Columnist: Colts have cleaned up Jim Irsay's messes for years
As well they should!
One could extend that same argument to the commissioner's office and reason that the commissioner's primary responsibility is to "protect the shield - the integrity of the game and not just an individual owner". Isn't there a precedent for disciplining an owner by forcing him to sell? Didn't Pete Rozelle force former Eagles owner Leonard Tose to sell his team years ago because of his gambling debts or was Tose forced to sell simply out of financial necessity to pay his gambling debts?

As for Irsay, what happens if he gets off and the next time he gets behind the wheel, he kills somebody? If his drug and alcohol problems are chronic and he has a long history of driving impaired, it may not be a matter of "if" but "when"! What does Goodell do to protect the "integrity of the game" then?

As for your comments about the special treatment of the wealthy and privileged in this country, I couldn't agree more!
Yes. Force him to drink warm beer and eat cold hot dogs for $20 like the paying customers.
That will teach him!
Actually, he should get Rush Limbaugh's attorney. He has valuable experience in getting the courts to look the other way at charges of prescription drug abuse.
Posted Monday March 03, 2014, About: Isiah-to-Detroit speculation on the rise
Kinda' like Carlos Zambrano destroying the dugout after getting the hook. (Yeah, I know, different sport.)
Posted Monday March 03, 2014, About: Isiah-to-Detroit speculation on the rise
"....decent player does not automatically mean good executive."

Michael Jordan would disagree. He'd be wrong but he'd disagree!
Posted Friday February 21, 2014, About: Trouble looming for Fitzgerald in Arizona
According to the Cardinals website, it's spelled Bidwill NOT Biddwill.

http://www.azcardinals.com/team/staff.html

You'd think that those defending the Bidwill family would spell it correctly as well.
Posted Friday February 21, 2014, About: Trouble looming for Fitzgerald in Arizona
If it were any other owners, I'd agree with you. However, the Bidwells stopped caring about wins & losses when they reaped the financial benefits from going to the Super Bowl. They only care about the bottom line!
Posted Friday February 21, 2014, About: Trouble looming for Fitzgerald in Arizona
Let's just acknowledge this tactic for what it really is. It's NOT "deferred income", it's "reduced income" that was "left on the table". For what? Being an exemplary player - one of the top three at his position in the NFL? Being a positive role model?
The Bidwell family doesn't deserve a player of this quality any more than they deserved Kurt Warner and the Super Bowl trip that they brought the Cards. Shameful!
Posted Thursday February 13, 2014, About: Martin could play for Miami in 2014
I don't think they'd want either of them back. For what? Neither are exceptional players or leaders. Bringing either of them back is just an ongoing reminder of something the team wants to put behind it. We've all read the posts from fans who are tired of the story and just want it to go away. If the fans feel that way, imagine how the Dolphins feel!!
Posted Thursday February 13, 2014, About: Martin could play for Miami in 2014
I don't think the story is coming from the Dolphins. I think it's coming from Martin's camp to generate some sense of "urgency" to make sure the Dolphins bring him back. Good luck with that!
Posted Tuesday February 04, 2014, About: Lions say Suh tried to overthrow coaches in locker room
As a Packers fan, I'm grateful that the Lions didn't hire Mike Zimmer because he would have put an end to that ****. For that matter, so would Pettine that the Browns hired. Instead, they hired Jim Caldwell who was successful in Indy because Peyton and other Colts leaders were a positive influence on the field and the locker room. Suh is going to walk all over Caldwell and ownership will let him because of the size of his contract. If Caldwell isn't successful correcting Stafford's reads and sloppy mechanics, the Lions will revert to being bottom dwellers in the NFC North.
Posted Tuesday December 31, 2013, About: Jets DT: 'I am the defensive rookie of the year'
Being mentioned in the same breath as William "The Refrigerator" Perry, that's some pretty elite company.
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