2013 NFL Hall of Fame Class

The 2013 NFL Hall of Fame class is in the books. The following were inducted; Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Odgen. With two senior selections as well, Curley Culp, and Dave Robinson

 

Five players failed to get in this class on the final vote. Jerome Bettis, Michael Strahan, Charles Haley, Aeneas Williams, and Andre Reed.

Bill Parcells.
Should He Be In? Yes. I totally agree with him being in the HOF. Parcells was a terrific Head Coach. He won two Super Bowls in the biggest media market in the country with the New York Giants and lead the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl as well. He also went into upper management with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

Cris Carter
Should He Be In? No. While Carter was a good wide receiver He’s not a Hall of Fame player. His best quality as a player was his ability to get his tip toes in bounds while making a catch. He never  went to a Super Bowl, was only voted All Pro first team twice. Carter would be an ordinary receiver in today’s NFL all of his records will be broken soon.

Warren Sapp
Should He Be In? Absolutely. Warren was an absolute problem playing the 2 technique from his Defensive Tackle position in the now famed “Tampa 2” defense. I could put the stats up but it really doesn’t matter his was the heart and soul of the Buccaneers defense that ultimately won the Super Bowl in 2003. Warren was a special player able to still smile and have fun while playing in the trenches.

Jonathan Ogden
Should He Be In? Yes. There were only two Hall of Fame Left Tackles in the past decade and a half. Orlando Pace and Johnathan Ogden. Ogden was superb both technically and physically. While he never had an elite quarterback to protect he was awesome as a run blocker too. For an offensive tackle to get to the second and sometimes third level(s) of the defense is basically unheard of except on a screen or something but Ogden would often do it and just road grade defensive players. It’s no coincidence that most of Jamal Lewis’ 2000 yard season came behind Ogden and the left side of that offensive line.
Dave Robinson

Curley Culp
Never seen either of these men play so I can not give an honest opinion on how great they were but they must have been great to be Hall of Fame players.

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NFL’s 5 Brightest Stars (Non QB’s)

 
Both Wr’s are extremely talented play-makers who can simply take over games. These two guys are so similar its uncanny. Both are team guys, both play on bad teams, neither has a DIVA BONE IN THEIR BODIES, both are very humble and prefer to stay out of the spotlight. As a Lions fan I’m partial to Johnson but I can’t honestly rank one higher than the other.

 
Simply the best running back to come along since LaDanian Tomlinson in his prime. Seems like a nice kid and most definitely one of the hardest working professional athletes in all of sports.
3. J. J. Watt
Since his last season at the University of Wisconsin Watt has continued to get better in all aspects of his game. Last year he led the league with 20.5 QB sacks. 16 passes defended and an astounding 23 tackles for loss. To play the pass and run so very well is uniquely rare. Entering only his 3rd season what he may be able to accomplish is mind-boggling.

Peterson may not have the numbers of a Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman but he is 5 times as valuable. This kid can literally do it all. Defense, Special Teams, and Offense. He has improved tremendously from year on to year two. This season new coach Bruce Arians is going to install a package on offense to get this play-maker on the field.  Last year he was matched up on the oppositions best WR and more than held his own. He’s a threat every time he lines up to return a punt too.

Willis the most complete and best linebacker since Ray Lewis is the heart and soul of the 49ers defense and probably the team overall. He tackles, defends passes, intercepts passes, forces fumbles. He was a one man wrecking crew until San Francisco started surrounding him with talent like NaVarro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Dashon Goldson, etc.

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QB’s Have Gotten Paid. Is Jay Cutler a Franchise QB?

Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery stated that the team will not talk contracts with any player Jay Cutler included once training camp started. So if he keeps to his guns no Bears players will be negotiating during the season. We have seen, Aaron RodgersJoe Flacco, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, and Matt Ryan have all received new deals this off-season.

The Bears didn’t really even get into negotiations with Cutler this off-season. I’m of the mind that they believe they can find a better QB. Now with all the QB’s the Bears ran through since Jim McMahon until they traded for Cutler most fans would have thought he would have been locked up long before entering the final season of his contract.

That said, is Cutler a franchise QB? Now keep in mind I ask the same question of Tony Romo as well. The numbers don’t really help Cutler at all. He has been the worst of all the quarterbacks mentioned above. Now can the Bears draft the next big time QB? Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Brett Hundley? It’s an interesting question.

The Bears have always gotten where they’ve got in SPITE OF their offense. The offense has not improved much since Cutler’s arrival. Now many will blame his line. Legit gripe but he’s had a running game and now has Brandon Marshall.

Obviously this season is critical for Cutler and his future whether in Chicago or elsewhere. His money is going to depend on it.

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Christianity- I Understand Your Skepticism

As I Christian, I often find myself wondering how people refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. Many non believer’s say the same things. How do we know Jesus even existed? The bible was just wrote by a human being. The bible contradicts itself. There are other things that are said too but that’s not the point of this post.

As a young person, or even an older one, the Trinity Broadcast Network and the entire “prosperity gospel” turns so many folks away. God has never asked for you money and he never will. Tithing is giving God what is his. After all he gave you the health to work, the means to get there and back. This is what God says about tithing.

Malachi 3: 10-12

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows . 11 “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground ; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts. 12 All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.

Benny Hinn is a false prophet and his,”Miracle Crusades” are a complete joke and make true Christianity look bad.  Any man who claims if you “give” you will receive healing, or wealth or anything is a liar. God gives out those blessings and to use God and his word to gain any type of prosperity is wrong and deceitful.

The biggest hangup for any non-Christian boils down to faith. If you don’t have faith that the bible is the inspired word of God then how could you ever have faith in Jesus Christ? The bible tells us what faith is.

Hebrews 11:1

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

I never seen Issac Newton get hit on the head with an apple and thus he discovered gravity. I have faith  that was the case.

This post is just to say I get why you have questions. Even as a born again Christian I struggle with some things and have to discern what is true or not. I hope if you have never gave Jesus a truthful look, His word a truthful look, that you will examine your inner man and give God your best and a honest effort to get to know him.

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An In Depth Look At The Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule

Sun, Sept. 8  VS Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Fraizer record 16-22

2012 record 10-6 NFC Wild Card berth

Key Losses- LB Jasper Brinkley OG Geoff Schwartz WR Percy Harvin

Key Additions- QB Matt Cassel WR Greg Jennings

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 23(23) S. Floyd DT Florida
1 25(25) X. Rhodes Florida State
1 29(29) C. Patterson WR Tennessee
4 23(120) G. Hodges Penn State
5 22(155) J. Locke UCLA
6 28(196) J. Baca OG UCLA
7 7(213) M. Mauti Penn State
7 8(214) T. Bond OG North Carolina
7 23(229) E. Dawkins DT Florida State

 

 

 

Sun, Sept. 15 AT Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians 9-3 as Interim for Indianapolis Colts in 2o12 technically a rookie

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- RB Beanie Wells WR Early Doucet

Key Additions- QB Carson Palmer RB Rashard Mendenhall

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 7(7) J. Cooper OG North Carolina
2 13(45) K. Minter LSU
3 7(69) T. Mathieu LSU
4 6(103) A. Okafor DE Texas
4 19(116) E. Watford OG James Madison
5 7(140) S. Taylor RB Stanford
6 6(174) R. Swope WR Texas A&M
6 19(187) A. Ellington RB Clemson
7 13(219) D. Jefferson TE Rutgers

 

 

Sun Sept. 22 AT Washington Redskins

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan record 21-27

2012 record 10-6 NFC East Division Winner

Key Losses- OT Jammal Brown

Key Additions- WR Devery Henderson WR Donte’ Stallworth

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 19(51) D. Amerson North Carolina State
3 23(85) J. Reed TE Florida
4 22(119) P. Thomas Fresno State
5 21(154) C. Thompson RB Florida State
5 29(162) B. Jenkins Florida State
6 23(191) B. Rambo Georgia
7 22(228) J. Jamison RB Rutgers

 

 

Sun, Sept. 29 VS Chicago Bears

Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman Rookie no record

2012 record 10-6

Key Losses- LB Brian Urlacher WR Johnny Knox QB Jason Campbell

Key Additions- TE Martellus Bennett OT Jermon Bushrod

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 20(20) K. Long OG Oregon
2 18(50) J. Bostic Florida
4 20(117) K. Greene Rutgers
5 30(163) J. Mills OT Louisiana Tech
6 20(188) C. Washington DE Georgia
7 30(236) M. Wilson WR Washington State

 

 

 

Sun, Oct. 6 AT Green Bay Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy record 74-38

2012 record 11-5 NFC North Division Winner

Key Losses- WR Donal Driver WR Greg Jennings RB Cedric Benson

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 26(26) D. Jones DE UCLA
2 29(61) E. Lacy RB Alabama
4 12(109) D. Bakhtiari OT Colorado
4 25(122) J. Tretter OG Cornell
4 28(125) J. Franklin RB UCLA
5 26(159) M. Hyde Iowa
5 34(167) J. Boyd DT Mississippi State
6 25(193) N. Palmer Illinois State
7 10(216) C. Johnson WR Grand Valley State
7 18(224) K. Dorsey WR Maryland
7 26(232) S. Barrington South Florida

 

 

Sun, Oct. 13 AT Cleveland Browns

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski Rookie No record

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- WR Josh Cribbs TE Ben Watson

Key Additions- DE/LB Paul Kruger LB Quentin Groves WR David Nelson

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 6(6) B. Mingo DE LSU
3 6(68) L. McFadden San Diego State
6 7(175) J. Slaughter Notre Dame
7 11(217) A. Bryant DE East Central Oklahoma
7 21(227) G. Gilkey OG Chadron State

 

 

Sun, Oct. 20 VS Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis record 79-80-1

2012 record 10-6 AFC Wild Card

Key Losses- None

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 21(21) T. Eifert TE Notre Dame
2 5(37) G. Bernard RB North Carolina
2 21(53) M. Hunt DE Southern Methodist
3 22(84) S. Williams Georgia
4 21(118) S. Porter Texas A&M
5 23(156) T. Hawkinson OT Kansas
6 22(190) R. Burkhead RB Nebraska
6 29(197) C. Hamilton WR Arkansas
7 34(240) R. Fragel OT Ohio State
7 45(251) T. Johnson South Carolina

 

 

Sun, Oct. 27 VS Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett record 21-19

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- RB Felix Jones

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 31(31) T. Frederick Wisconsin
2 15(47) G. Escobar TE San Diego State
3 12(74) T. Williams WR Baylor
3 18(80) J. Wilcox Georgia Southern
4 17(114) B. Webb William & Mary
5 18(151) J. Randle RB Oklahoma State
6 17(185) D. Holloman South Carolina

 

 

 

BYE WEEK

 

 

 

Sun, Nov.10 AT Chicago Bears

 

 

 

Sun, Nov. 17 AT Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin record 63-33

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- WR Mike Wallace RB Rashard Medenhall

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 17(17) J. Jones Georgia
2 16(48) L. Bell RB Michigan State
3 17(79) M. Wheaton WR Oregon State
4 14(111) S. Thomas Syracuse
4 18(115) L. Jones QB Oklahoma
5 17(150) T. Hawthorne Illinois
6 18(186) J. Brown WR Penn State
6 38(206) V. Williams Florida State
7 17(223) N. Williams DT Samford

 

 

Sun, Nov. 24 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Head Coach Greag Schiano record 7-9

2012 record 7-9

Key Losses- RB LeGarrete Blount TE Dallas Clark WR Arrelious Benn

Key Additions- S Dashon Goldson CB Darrelle Revis

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 11(43) J. Banks Mississippi State
3 11(73) M. Glennon QB North Carolina State
4 3(100) A. Spence DT Illinois
4 29(126) W. Gholston DE Michigan State
5 14(147) S. Means Buffalo
6 21(189) M. James RB Miami (FL)

 

 

Thu, Nov. 28 VS Green Bay Packers

 

 

 

Sun, Dec. 8 AT Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly rookie no record

2012 record 4-12

Key Losses- CB Nnamdi Asomugha DT Cullen Jenkins

Key Additions- CB Cary Williams S Kenny Phillips

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 4(4) L. Johnson OT Oklahoma
2 3(35) Z. Ertz TE Stanford
3 5(67) B. Logan DT LSU
4 1(98) M. Barkley QB USC
5 3(136) E. Wolff North Carolina State
7 6(212) J. Kruger DE Utah
7 12(218) J. Poyer Oregon State
7 33(239) D. King DE Oklahoma

 

 

 

Mon, Dec. 16 VS Baltimore Ravens

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh record 52-26

2012 record 10-6 AFC North Winners

Key Losses- WR Anquan Boldin LB Ray Lewis S Ed Reed C Matt Birk FB Vonte Leach S Bernard Pollard

Key Additions- DL Chris Canty DE Elvis Dummervil S Michael Huff

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 32(32) M. Elam Florida
2 24(56) A. Brown Kansas State
3 32(94) B. Williams DT Missouri Southern State
4 32(129) J. Simon DE Ohio State
4 33(130) K. Juszczyk FB Harvard
5 35(168) R. Wagner OT Wisconsin
6 32(200) K. Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame
6 35(203) R. Jensen OG Colorado State-Pueblo
7 32(238) A. Mellette WR Elon
7 41(247) M. Anthony California

 

 

Sun, Dec.22 VS New York Giants

Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin record 151-121

2012 record 9-7

Key Losses- RB Ahmad Bradshaw WR Domenik Hixon TE Martellus Bennett

Key Additions- TE Brandon Myers LB Dan Connor

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 19(19) J. Pugh OT Syracuse
2 17(49) J. Hankins DT Ohio State
3 19(81) D. Moore DE Texas A&M
4 13(110) R. Nassib QB Syracuse
5 19(152) C. Taylor Richmond
7 19(225) E. Herman OG Ohio
7 47(253) M. Cox RB Massachusetts

 

 

Sun, Dec. 29 AT Minnesota Vikings

NFL’s 5 Brightest Futures (TEAMS)

 

 

1. Indianapolis Colts – With a Franchise QB in Andrew Luck and basically an offense that really hasn’t missed a beat since Peyton Manning left for the Denver Broncos.

Brightest Players– T.Y. Hilton a complete steal in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft. Small in size, big in plays. Colby Fleener Luck’s college teammate is going to be a very affective TE in this offense. DeWayne Allen maybe an even better TE than Fleener. Colts TE situation is set for some time. On defense the Colts have some nice pieces as well. Vontae Davis was a big upgrade at cornerback. Bjoern Werner is expected to be a quality DE. Veterans Cory Redding and Robert Mathis really fill out the defense nice.

The Biggest Questions– Was last year’s playoff team a product of emotion for coach Chuck Pagano who was fighting cancer? How much of last year’s success was because of Bruce Arians? Will all the free agent additions really improve the team?

 

2. Washington Redskins – Vastly improved team that has a lot of good to very good young core of players.

Brightest PlayersRobert Griffin III showed last season how dynamic he can be. RG3 has a very good arm which because of his elite running speed is often overlooked. Alfred Morris burst onto the scene last year and really tore it up running for 1,613 yards as a rookie. Fred Davis, Pierre Garcon, and Leonard Hankerson all are productive players. All Pro left Tackle Trent Williams is very underrated and is very athletic for his position. Kirk Cousins adds a great dimension to this  team. A backup quarterback who could probably start for at least 10 teams right now. On defense they got younger in their secondary in the draft this year and have the always reliable Fletcher London holding down the middle of that defense.

The Biggest Questions– Can RG3 comeback and be the same player he was? Will Pierre Garcon be healthy? How much longer can Santana Moss be a productive player still? Can Mike Shanahan show the ability to replace Griffin if he isn’t healthy?

 

 

3. Detroit Lions– While last season was a massive step back from their 2011 playoff appearance this team still has all the talent it needs to be good for a long time.

Brightest Players– Calvin Johnson. Without a doubt the best wide receiver in the game, dominant. Matthew Stafford. Stafford’s critics came out in full force last season about his mechanics and every other thing but the truth of the matter is he had no running game and was throwing to receivers by the names of Kris Durham, Brian Robiske, Stefan Logan, ect. Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh, Reggie Bush, and Ezekiel Ansah are all players who should be around to make this team good for some time.

The Biggest Questions– Which Matthew Stafford will we see the 2011 or 2012 version? Is Jim Schwartz really the man to lead this team? Will Reggie Bush be the X-factor the Lions believe he will be? Is Ezekiel Ansah the real deal or a workout wonder? Can Nick Fairley play a full season?

 

4. New York Giants– While they failed to make the post season last year. This team is built for winning and winning long term. Playing in the NFC East is always a hard thing with all the teams in the division pretty even but the Giants experience and Head Coach set them apart from the rest of the division.

Brightest Players- Eli Manning guy just keeps getting better and has an uncanny ability to bond with his receivers pretty fast. Resigning Victor Cruz was a big deal and now they can turn their focus to Hakeem Nicks and get him locked up. With David Wilson, Stevie Brown, Jason Pierre Paul, Justin Tuck are all very key to this team.

The Biggest Questions- Is David Wilson ready to be the premiere running back? Can they get into the playoffs? That’s really their only question. Once this team gets in, they get rolling until their Champions.

5. Seattle Seahawks- While some may argue they didn’t belong after the interception that was called a touchdown. They made the playoffs and showed they belonged in them. This team is young and fun to watch. The future of the Seahawks is at it’s brightest it has ever been. Even the Super Bowl team of 2004 wasn’t as talented as this squad,

Brightest PlayersRussell Wilson is just a winner, from his days at Wisconsin all he does is win. Russell Okung, Percy Harvin, Marshawn Lynch. The defense is like an All Star team the brightest guys here are Bruce Irvin and Earl Thomas are the 2 players that stick out the most to me. Thomas is a special player at his safety position.

The Biggest Questions- Will Russell Wilson take a step back? Can this defense play up to its numbers on paper? Will Percy Harvin be a distraction or a key player?

Honorable Mentions- Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cincinnati Bengals

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The Kardashians-An American Travesty

Am I wrong for hating EVERYTHING about the Kardashians? First lets start with the pimp of the family, the sellout, Kris Jenner. She is a deplorable human being. I have no doubt that once she found out her daughter Kim made a sex tape that she herself put it out there to the masses. I wouldn’t doubt if she told her daughter to make the tape. Kris Jenner is nothing more than a pimp. She has sold her children’s lives to gain fame, status, and wealth. Not only can she not get enough of herself and the notoriety that has come her way. She’s also made herself an “executive producer” for almost all of the crappy shows her and her kids are on. Thus getting even more money and having the “say so” about what does and does not get on the show.

Kim Kardashian is just a slut. People that call her a “business woman” make me laugh. By business they mean putting out a sex tape, dating and marrying a clueless dope in Kris Humphries, topping it off by dating and having a kid with another complete moron Kanye West?

Kourtney Kardashian is the ultimate rich snooty broad who really has nothing to offer the world. Her husband or boyfriend Scott is just a rich punk with alcohol problems.

Khloe Kardashian while she gets made fun of the most for her looks. I believe she’s the only one with an actual heart. Her and her husband Lamar Odom were wise enough to realize they didn’t want or need the attention of “reality” cameras following their every move.

Rob Kardashian is like the rest of the clan, naive and annoying. He obviously looks up to Lamar but really does nothing with all the resources available to him.

Bruce Jenner is beyond a beaten down miserable man. His “wife” puts EVERYTHING before him. I have no empathy for the guy because he could’ve gotten out of this a long time ago.

I just can’t wrap my head around why Americans have any sort of fascination with these people. Their everything that’s wrong with the world today. Self seeking, whiny, and completely out of touch with anything a real person deals with on a daily basis.

Would you sell your kid’s lives for money and notoriety? How has Kris Jenner not done exactly this?

These people dumb down our society and dear Lord don’t let your children watch this crap.

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NFL Free Agency, NOT As Lucrative As It Once Was

In the past, NFL players used to wait with bated breath until the day they became an unrestricted free agent. Then they could essentially go to the highest bidder. A look at this years free agents tells us that free agency is no longer the best way to get the best deal. For example, Greg Jennings passed on an offer in 2012, when Jennings was near his bargaining  peak, a source said talks on a multiyear extension ended when he turned down $11 million per year from the Packers, which was far less than the $15 million that he told the team he was seeking. He ended up taking an offer with the Minnesota Vikings that averaged about $9 million. He received a $10 million signing bonus and guarantees worth $18 million. Jennings was far from the only player to pass up a much better deal. Cliff Avril passed on the Detroit Lions offer of  a 3 year $30 million deal, with $20 million of that guaranteed. He ended up signing a  deal in Seattle worth $13 million, with $11 million in guaranteed money and a little over $2 million available in incentives and escalators.

 

Sure Mike Wallace received a big deal from the desperate Miami Dolphins but it’s easy to see free agency is no longer the way to “get rich”. The way to make the most money in today’s NFL is by agreeing to a deal with your current team. Unless you have leverage, which is rare, or you’re a proven quarterback you’re best bet is to stay put and take the money.

 

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Dave Birkett Interview

Today I was joined by Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. You can follow Dave on twitter @DaveBirkett and read his work here http://www.freep.com/section/SPORTS01/Detroit-Lions

Hope you enjoy it. I’d like to thank Dave again for the interview and look forward to catching up with him throughout the season.

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