Thursday April 17, 2014
I see where some NFL fans are getting their team banners all in a wad over the Buffalo Bills situation.
Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson passed away recently, and the Bills are up for sale. One fear is that whoever buys the Bills will move the team out of Buffalo.
That is a possibility. It would be completely class-less, of course, but NFL owners will seriously contemplate the move. Making money hand over fist is never enough for these guys, and they are certainly looking at the fact Buffalo is only the nation's 51st largest TV market. That's where the money is, or isn't in this case.
The other fear is that Donald Trump will become the owner. This is not a possibility. Even NFL owners recognize Trump is a braying buffoon who would shatter the league's carefully cultivated public relations image.
Now, if it were the World Wrestling Federation Trump was interested in, that would be a different matter.
Bills fans: You're right to worry over a possible move out of Buffalo, but don't worry that your team will be sullied by clownish ownership.
Let's get back to the real game. Here is my profile of the league's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy.
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Monday April 14, 2014
So how much credence do you put into that NFL "personnel" man's slanderous comments about Jadeveon Clowney?
Clowney, of course, is the man/monster defensive end from South Carolina, the guy so many call "freakish" because of his extraordinary blend of size, speed and athleticism.
He is also the projected top overall pick by many draft experts in the upcoming NFL draft. Those who don't project him as the top pick sometimes question his, um work ethic.
The anonymous NFL exec in question said this about Clowney, according to NJ.com: "He's spoiled and he's lazy. He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard? I don't see it."
The question is: With the NFL draft scheduled for May 8, is this simply a ploy by some team to cause doubt in the minds of those picking higher, so that his team can grab him?
Or is this the considered opinion of a wise man with inside information?
My opinion: I think Clowney is so lazy that if he woke up with nothing to do, he'd go to bed with it only half done.
Now let's go to some hard workers, the best cornerbacks available in the 2014 NFL draft.
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Thursday April 10, 2014
Yes, the NFL preseason schedule has been released, to wild applause by NFL fans everywhere. Who goes nuts over a preseason schedule? Only in the NFL.
The most intriguing contests - if I may use that term for meaningless, exhibition games - involves recent Super Bowl champions.
Since the league hasn't released times or specific dates yet, we know the losing Broncos play the winning Seahawks in Denver the weekend of August 7-10. It's win-win for the Seahawks, but everybody knows the Broncos will be putting a ton of effort into this game, the kind of effort you don't normally see in a preseason game.
It would be a psychological blow if the Broncos lose. If the Seahawks lose, they could simply shrug and smirk.
There is another Super Bowl matchup the first week: The losers - San Francisco - play the winners - Baltimore. Of course, the Ravens are only a shadow of their Super Bowl winning team, so this one doesn't come close to the gravitas of the Broncos - Seahawks matchup.
If you're filling in dates with your pencil, here are some specifics: the Hall of Fame game is in Canton on August 3 between Buffalo and the New York Giants.
Also, the first Thursday night game is normally played in the home town of the defending Super Bowl Champs. That is scheduled for September 4. The regular season schedule is due to be released some time this month.
Now for some meaningful NFL stuff. With the draft getting closer and closer, check out my list of the Top 10 NFL draft steals of all time.
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Monday April 7, 2014
The NFL has a lot of rules, and some of them are pretty stupid. Like the one barring contact between coaches and players in most offseason workouts. I've never understood it.
Teams with new coaches get a head start, so seven NFL teams started their offseason workout problems Monday.
The players go to the weight room or practice field for weight work and conditioning workouts. Coaches aren't permitted. The only time players and coaches can interact is in instructional meetings.
The league and the players union don't want to subject the players to a grueling, year-round schedule. That makes sense.
But, these workouts are voluntary for one thing. For another thing, these guys are getting paid millions of dollars and they already get over three months off. Nice work if you can get it. I don't see contact between players and coaches hurting anybody. I mean, it isn't like these guys have real bosses, like you and I.
What about me? I write about the NFL year-round. How come I don't get a 15-week vacation?
By the way, the two-week head start should also include those teams with new coordinators, not just new head coaches.
And now for bigger stuff. The draft is approaching, and here are my top, college wide receivers for the 2014 NFL draft.
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