November 15, 2014 |
THEY REMEMBER the year they watched the phenomenon unfold. Bradley Fletcher was a junior at Iowa. He intercepted two passes that season and began to pop on scouts' radar, a big step in his college career that helped him go in the third round 2 years later. Brandon Boykin was a senior at Fayette County in Fayetteville, Ga., a high school star preparing to head to UGA. That was 2007. From different sections of the country, they, with the rest of the football world, turned their eyes to New England and witnessed history.
November 1, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 9 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Nick Foles, QB, Eagles at Texans. Foles has been finding his groove over the last three weeks, though he is still tossing as many interceptions as TDs. Houston's defense excels against the run, while its secondary poses few problems to opposing passers. Foles should find great success, likely posting his second three-TD outing of the season. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos at Patriots. Everyone is expecting an aerial showcase in this game, and we'll certainly get that.
September 7, 2014 |
Roger Goodell may soon be the commissioner of two leagues - the NFL and the NSL. We all know, of course, what NFL stands for. It's the almighty National Football League, the revenue ruler of all professional sports. The NSL? That stands for the National Suspension League. According to ESPN.com, a total of 30 players will be serving suspensions during the first week of the season, and that does not include six suspended free agents. That number is up from 21 players a year ago, and we're still waiting for the first player to stand up and say: "Yeah, I did it. I'm a cheater and a liar, and I've shamed my team and my league.
September 5, 2014 |
THE DRAFTS room is empty. The spilled beer has been cleaned up. No more cheat sheets, sleepers or mock drafts. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in suspension and health, we have our fantasy teams now. What we don't have are answers. Those will come in the next 17 weeks. By then, hopefully my guys will have paid their league fees. As Week 1 kicks off, here are a handful of questions that will be decided between now and when the Christmas carolers knock on the door and scare the bejesus out of our dog. * What sort of impact will Darren Sproles have on LeSean McCoy's numbers?
June 20, 2014 |
IS BILL BELICHICK cheating again? Probably not, but that didn't stop a slew of reports suggesting the Patriots coach, who was fined $500,000 by the NFL in 2007 for his role in Spygate, was in possession of a New York Jets playbook. The news was originally reported in a story that Greg Bedard, of MMQB.SI.com, wrote about Browns coach Mike Pettine. Pettine was discussing why he purposely has a thin playbook, saying, "I don't put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.
February 7, 2014 |
BRIAN WESTBROOK wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school, in part because he was coming off a knee injury. All he did at Villanova was set records. Offensive lineman Ben Ijalana had no other scholarship offers. He started every game of his college career on the Main Line and was a second-round NFL draft pick in 2011. Matt Szczur also had few options. But he helped take the Wildcats to a national title in 2009. And one NFL scout projected him as a potential Wes Welker.
January 31, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - A lot of Eagles fans wondered aloud this season how much better Chip Kelly's high-powered offense might have been with the injured Jeremy Maclin mixed in among the wide receivers. Here's one obvious answer: not nearly as good as Peyton Manning and his cast of dynamic wide receivers with the Denver Broncos. This, of course, will forever be known as The Season of Peyton. It will be his name next to the NFL-record 55 touchdown passes and the 5,477 passing yards. With a win in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium, he will have completed the greatest season by any quarterback in the league's history.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Eagles have a scout who watches college basketball, looking for potential football players. He searches for players like Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Before Thomas was a part of the Broncos' lethal receiving corps - four players with at least four touchdowns in the regular season - he was a forward for Portland State preparing to play Xavier in the 2009 NCAA tournament. "This isn't something that I imagined doing when I was 20 years old getting ready to play in the NCAA tournament," Thomas said.
January 28, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Whether he deserves them or not, Peyton Manning can't escape questions about his poor record in cold-weather games. With this year's Super Bowl being played outdoors at nearby MetLife Stadium, the Denver Broncos quarterback was sure to be asked about the wintry conditions - rain, sleet, snow, and a below-freezing temperature at kickoff - in the forecast for this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, it took all of three questions before the topic was broached during the Broncos' first news conference aboard the Cornucopia Majesty docked at the Hyatt Jersey City on Sunday.
January 14, 2014 |
DENVER - A minute-and-a-half into his postgame news conference, the inevitable question was thrown at Peyton Manning. And he threw it right back. He wasn't ready to talk about the next chapter in the Peyton vs. Tom Brady saga. He'll get to that on Wednesday when the Broncos return to the practice field to start preparing for their AFC Championship Game battle against Brady and the Patriots next Sunday in Denver. Yesterday, the soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback just wanted to savor his team's 24-17, divisional-round playoff win over the San Diego Chargers.