Tag: NFL 2009

LeBron James in the NFL?

 

Should LeBron James play NFL football?

 

 

First it was Glenn Davis on the Boston Celtics who approached NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about playing football when he finishes his basketball career, but now, LeBron James? Yes folks, LeBron James indeed wants to play football for his hometown Cleveland Browns and I totally disagree with this decision.

Could you imagine James playing football? I know he played in high school, but could he translate his success from the hardwood to the green grass of Cleveland Browns Stadium? I doubt it!

Football is a much more of an aggressive sport than basketball and would James like to be hit numerous times at all different angles? He is a terrific athlete and admired by many, but seriously LeBron, do you really think that you and only you would change the faith of the Cleveland Browns this season or in the future?

With this question up for debate, how silly does it seem that even head coach Eric Mangini is somewhat on board with the possibility of having LeBron join his team? He told reporters today, according to the associated press, “I think he should come on down.”

Whether or not that State Farm Insurance commercial from played a part in making this decision, I say that James should remain in the NBA and that’s final!

 

Two Months of the 2009 NFL Season in the Books!

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With two months of the season complete, could the New England Patriots be poised for another Super Bowl run?

With two months of the 2009 NFL season already in the books, it is time to reflect on the first half of the season and consider what is in store for the final remaining weeks. It has indeed been an interesting year that has kept every pigskin fan excited or incredibly disappointed about their team, but overall, this is the NFL where anything can happen!

Winning Ways:

It is quite hard to believe or consider who has truly shown the winning ways so far this season and will continue their success up to February 7, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

The first team that has put it together on both offense and defense is the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are a team that any squad should fear if they remain on their schedule. Yet, my only question is how can we deem them the best squad in football when their schedule has consisted against a variety of sub-par teams, excluding the Arizona Cardinals. Certainly Indianapolis will be challenged in the upcoming weeks when they face-off against Houston, New England, Baltimore, Denver and New York Jets. After playing these squads, then we should really discuss if Peyton Manning and his first ranked passing offense is just unstoppable or too tough for the basement teams to defend.

Besides the Colts, what about the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos?  Are these two squad’s legit or just flukes? I would have to say they are both for real. The Saints have just been too good this year and have given defensive coordinators nightmares, as well as just wooed crowds across the nation. Also, when you have a quarterback named Drew Brees, how can you not say you are the best team? Brees has clearly shown how determined he is to win every game, especially when the winning ways remain on the line.

McDaniels beat Bill and the Patriots, but are they the best to offer in the NFL?

Unlike the Saints the Broncos have truly been the amazing story this fall, especially since last year they were floating above the .500 mark by one game entering November 2008. This year has been a different story, primarily because the mile-high city has been rejuvenated by a young former Belichick protégé, a back-up quarterback from Chicago, and a crucifying defense led by Elvis Dumervil. Unlike the Saints, the Broncos face a challenging up hill battle in the AFC playoff placement race, which really will tell us how good they really can be when playing against the best. Beating the Patriots is one thing, but winning against the other big-time squads is another.

Mid-Season Surprises:

There have been quite a variety of storylines this fall surrounding the undefeated squads, but also the teams that were selected to drop off the earth’s surface pretty quickly too. After week 7 was in the books, both the AFC and NFC still have 19 possible teams that are in the midst of fighting for their playoff lives.

With the cold November air approaching and the nasty December snow, wet rain, and sleet coming too, some of these teams may want to reconsider playing football in January and book an off-season vacation to Hawaii with their friends and families. Yet, out of these various 19 teams, I am most surprised with the following: New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. These are just the few squads that were clearly not poised to remain in the hunt, although stranger things have happened in the past.  For example, remember when Matt Cassel was the quarterback with the New England Patriots? How did that turn out?

Throughout the next four weeks of November, I truly think we will know before Thanksgiving who are the legit teams and the phonies. The Bengals will be a team that will be like an annoying mosquito to Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The Jets will be right behind the Patriots, but will most likely compete for the wild card. As for the NFC competing for both divisions and wild cards will be much tougher than it was last year. The Cowboys are a team that really should end the season as the 6th seed in the playoffs. Even thought I selected the Chicago Bears to win the NFC North, don’t bank on the Minnesota Vikings because a good second half from the Packers, along with ruining Brett Favres homecoming to Lambeau Field will be what they need to make a push for the division.

Second Half Thoughts for the New England Patriots:

5-2 is incredibly respectable for the New England Patriots, especially considering how much more competitive this league has been thus far. Tom Brady was awarded October’s AFC Offensive Player of the Month Award, primarily because of torching the secondary of both the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Looking ahead to the remaining weeks, the month of November will tell Patriots fans how good their squad is and if they have a chance at making a run for their fourth Lombardi Trophy. Besides hoping that Brady continues to improve and regain his 2007 swagger, look for questions regarding the running game, third receiver, and defense to still remain in the final months. If the offense can receive help from running backs Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk, plus hope for Fred Taylor to return as soon as possible, this unit will click. Also, can Brandon Tate be the third target for Brady or even Sam Aiken? Finally on defense look for Gary Guyton, Mike Wright, and Brandon Meriweather to translate their first half performance into the second half of their season.

Don’t expect every game to be perfect, but with Belichick at the helm, who isn’t thinking Super Bowl XLIV at the moment?

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Will Drew Brees lead his New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl prediction:

As much as it would have been great to consider my pick back in September week 1, which was Philadelphia-New England, I am going to have to say it will be New England – New Orleans Saints battling in Miami for the right to be crowned the Super Bowl Champion.

NFL 2009 Predictions!

September is finally here!

The days are getting shorter, the cool autumn breeze is vastly approaching, but most importantly another season of NFL football is just days away. Are you excited? I am!

The start of the NFL season really should be considered an important holiday, in my book to be exact. It truly is a time where every fan knows their team matters and that this new beginning could be something special come December and January. Super Bowl dreams are discussed, men, women, and children gather around their living room television to cheer on the local stars, and of course, all those fantasy gurus are sitting on their computer monitoring every snap.

Yet, with all the high hopes for another season, it is time to break down the true winners and losers for the 2009 NFL season.

AFC East:

We all know the big story for this particular division, Thomas Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots will be the team on everyone’s radar week 1, when they welcome the Buffalo Bills to Gillette Stadium. All eyes will be on number 12, along with the five men that make up his offensive line. Look for the Patriots to be one of the top dogs this year, as long as Brady can hang in the pocket and be protected.

With the New England Patriots hoping for a repeat of 2007, this clearly means Miami and New York…will go south. The Dolphins and Jets do have the talent on both sides of the ball, but look for these two squads to probably earn 7-8 wins total. Also, do you really trust Mark Sanchez as your starter in New York? I certainly do not, which is one of the main reasons the Jets won’t be competing in the post-season.

Lastly what a great idea Ralph Wilson Jr., bringing in one of the biggest headaches ever to the Buffalo Bills. Who is excited to see T.O. and Trent Edwards arguing? You know once the middle of the season arrives in October and November, the cameras will be focusing on the Bills sidelines rather than the contest, so don’t get your hopes up for a possible playoff or super bowl year Bills fans, this acquisition could set you back even further.

1.) Patriots

2.) Dolphins

3.) Bills

4.) Jets

AFC North:

After winning their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history, the Pittsburgh Steelers are clearly the strong favorite to win this division, but it won’t be easy. Big Ben Roethlisbeger needs to rebound in regards to his statistics (touchdowns vs. interceptions), but also by ignoring any off-field drama from this summer.

Do not count out the Baltimore Ravens, a team that faced Pittsburgh three times last season, including in the AFC Championship game, but how much will their defense and running game improve? Watch for a decent sophomore season from Joe Flacco, but nothing spectacular.

The Cincinnati Bengals have made some moves, but with all the reports surrounding the health of quarterback Carson Palmer, it is most likely the Bengals will resume the role of the Bungles. Yet, Chad Ocho Cinco has promised change, but what exactly does he mean? No twittering? Then of course there are the Cleveland Browns, who will continue to remain the laughing stock of the NFL. They once were a great team with Jim Brown, but now an organization in turmoil. Good luck Eric!

1.) Steelers

2.) Ravens

3.) Bengals

4.) Browns

AFC South:

Pick the Indianapolis Colts to win this division, but do not count out those pesky Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars. I expect all these teams to compete and have the division crown go down to week 13 or 14, but if one team emerges with a 5-1 record, do not count them as your winner.

This league is filled with talented backs, including Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew, Colts Joseph Addai and Titans Chris Johnson. Overall, great defense, speed, and touchdowns are what will make this division very competitive this fall.

1.) Colts

2.) Jaguars

3.) Tightens/Titans (Both teams will finish tied for Third)

AFC West:

I would like to apologize to all the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders fans because clearly this is yet again… NOT YOUR YEAR!! This year the strongest team is the San Diego Chargers, by far. Do any of these three teams I mentioned even come close to challenging the Bolts? I doubt it!

The Chargers will rebound from their second round exit in the 2009 playoffs and certainly be one of the top dogs in the AFC this year. Look for an exciting year by Rivers and Tomlinson.

As for the Broncos, Chiefs, and Raiders, as long as they can all start grooming the young talent, separate themselves from all the media attention, and just focus, I would say these teams could become spoilers for certain squads down the stretch in November and December.

1.) San Diego Chargers

2.) Kansas City

3.) Oakland

4.) Denver

NFC East:

The true “Black and Blue” division of the NFL will be on display this season as every game for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins matters. This division is filled with offensive, defensive, and special teams talent that surely is a must see every week.

For the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, this is the year these squads need to compete for the top spot. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones showed the door to big names such as safety Roy Williams (Bengals), shut down corner Adam “Pacman” Jones (CFL), and wide-out Terrell Owens (Bills). Now the Boys have some work to do and are certainly one of those teams that need to make and win a playoff game this year. Otherwise who knows what will happen next.

As for the Eagles, the entire attention and media buzz will ramp up come week 3 when Vick becomes eligible to play, but the attention will certainly remain in New York due to a high contract of Eli Manning. Both the Eagles and Giants are two of the best squads in this division, but without a number one target for Manning, don’t be surprised to see them and the Cowboys duke it out for second and third place.

1.) Eagles

2.) Cowboys

3.) Giants

4.) Redskins

NFC North:

Too many storylines to discuss in this particular division, so lets start with the Detroit Lions. Everyone is anticipating a squad that could do what Miami did in 2008, (win 10 more games than the previous season), which I doubt will occur, but stranger things have happened. The Lions will certainly be loved, enjoyed, and watched by many as all the hopes lye on the broad rookie shoulders of Matthew Stafford.

The Chicago Bears certainly made some noise this off-season, acquiring quarterback Jay Cutler from the Broncos, but what does it mean when the best receiver on their team is a former cornerback? Greg Olsen, you will be the go-to target.

Don’t look for anything exciting in Green Bay this fall, but do become more engaged when the Vikings pay a visit on November 1st. Minnesota will be on everyone’s radar because this team certainly has the most talent of any NFC squad, but the only question is will Brett Favre blow it again? Chances maybe slim, especially when you just need to give Peterson 25-30 touches a game, but Favre must deliver the Super Bowl dreams or else Vikings fans will demand a refund for his jersey and tickets.

1.) Vikings

2.) Bears

3.) Packers

4.) Lions

NFC South:

This should certainly be quite an exciting year for the NFC South. All four teams need to prove themselves as possible playoff teams, but the New Orleans Saints just seem to powerful on paper, which hopefully translates into 11 or 12 wins. Expect great things from Drew Brees, but look for newly acquired defensive coordinator Greg Williams to bolster the defense.

The Falcons and Panthers both fall under the same category, which is they are great teams, but question marks surround these squads. The Panthers fell short of advancing to the NFC Championship game and Matt Ryan’s magic ride ended in the desert. Both teams have potential, but the offenses must deliver in order to compete with the Saints.

I hope Raheem Morris has some tissues and a good shoulder to cry on because this will not be an easy season for the rookie head coach. Talent is there, but Winslow and Bryant are aging. Throw Leftwich into the bunch too, just seems like Tampa Bay will not be a great team.

1.) Saints

2.) Falcons

3.) Panthers

4.) Buccaneers

NFC West:

The Arizona Cardinals have to be the team to beat this fall; yet don’t count out the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers. The St. Louis Rams will do nothing, but in the end, I think we could be looking at a three-way horse race to the finish line.

The way to win this division, win at least 8 or 9 games and you are golden. Come playoff time one or two of these squads maybe an easy first-round knock-out for a possible Super Bowl representative.

1.) Cardinals

2.) Seahawks

3.) 49ers

4.) Rams

The Return of Brett Favre

Another Year of Brett Favre Saga... Oh Boy!
Another Year of Brett Favre Saga... Oh Boy!

Let me begin by asking the most important question of the day…are you tired of this nonsense? I mean lets be honest, Brett Favre cannot make up his mind! He is like a five-year old in a toy store… “Do I want this toy or that one?”

Favre should have remained retired and he knows it too!

Being a New England Patriots fan, I was so frustrated when the New York Jets came into Gillette Stadium last November and squeaked by with an overtime win, which was typical Favre. I was at that game and quite honestly it was exciting, but just hurt so much when the men dressed in green and white ran off the field in celebration. Yet that was really the last hurrah for the Jets and Favre following a win the next week against Tennessee. Afterward the Jets and their aging quarterback skidded to the finish line, losing four of their last five games. Favre’s number dipped dramatically and especially when he fell apart in their final contest of the season against the Miami Dolphins. Instead of being the quarterback that we all used to love watching, he just continued to exhibit his downfall and exemplify the point that he needed to retire and leave behind the game he loves pronto.

Now 2009’s NFL season is just weeks away. Michael Vick is back and oh wait… who is that scruffy looking guy? He has some grey hair even! Oh no… not again, yes… Brett Favre is back in the league and this time out for revenge! Who cares if he threw the Jets final game because he always had Green Bay on his mind throughout the entire 2008 season? Who cares if he threw the ball 522 times and had 22 interceptions? Who gives a hoot if Favre just wants to come back and shove it down Green Bay’s throat? Do you? Do I?

Favre is back again and am I surprised, no… not really. I knew this was going to happen, I knew he would play, and I knew that the Vikings was where he belonged. Besides, lets all just say he is back so he can get what he wants, which is payback against his former team. He wanted to go to Minnesota in 2008, but that didn’t happen. He could not make up his mind this summer about returning for one more chance at holding a Lombardi, but yet some how good fortune, luck, the stars, or just the Minnesota front office finally maneuvered a way to get Brett to join the “Purple People Eaters!”

Will he make this team better? Probably! In fact, I guess you can say they are currently a front-runner for possibly representing the NFC in Miami next February, but only if Favre can remain consistent. He will be playing 10-games indoors this fall, which should not have any affect for throwing or running the ball. Favre has better receivers with the Vikings compared to the Jets last year, which is an upgrade and how could I not forget, an elite running back by the name of Adrian Peterson. This will indeed be his last stint in the NFL and let me say, I cannot wait to watch Favre take on the Packers on October 5th and November 1st.

Overall, I am sure this will be another interesting season with Favre back, but can he all just do us a favor, win or lose, call it quits once the Vikings season is done!