If you're a Broncos fan, you have to be pissed. A few months removed from being at the sports pinnacle, you're now starting to face the reality of the season. Well, at least you should be realizing that there is no hope to repeat what you did last season. I'll be shocked if Denver even makes it back to the playoffs this year. The obvious reason being that they have no quarterback. I understand they have an outstanding defense that carried them to the Super Bowl last season, but they have lost a couple key components of that championship defense as well. Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan have signed with different teams this off season, you'd have to imagine this will impact a defensive that was so fundamentally sound. Those aren't the type players you can just take out, plug someone else in, and expect for it to be just as effective. Regardless of the defense, the offense is not capable of putting their team in position to win games. The quarterback position has not been decide yet but it seems that it will be either Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian. Both horrible options to have at quarterback if you're in a division with really good defenses. Now, I know everyone is going to say Peyton Manning was awful last season and this is true. Peyton only played 8 1/2 games, they weren't pretty, but he went 7-2 and had 4 fourth quarter comebacks. Now how many fourth quarter comebacks do Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian have in their careers? Simeon has none and Sanchez has 10 in 6 years, Peyton had 4 in 8 1/2 games. That speaks volumes, even in the worst year of his career Peyton Manning, is still able to shit on Mark Sanchez. Brock Osweiler stepped in for Peyton and proved he could be a legitimate NFL quarterback. His stat line was 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and he completed 61% of his passes. Oh yeah, he also beat Tom Brady and went 5-2 on the year. Everyone keeps saying "they'll be fine, it doesn't matter who they have at quarterback they won with an awful Peyton Manning last year." The thing is while Peyton might've been awful in the regular season, he was exactly what the Broncos needed him to be in the post season. Besides Aaron Rodgers, Peyton had the best playoff statistics of any other quarterback that played at least two games. Peyton was the only one of those quarterbacks who didn't have multiple interceptions. He was game manager that had a running game that was firing all cylinders and a defense that was filled with rabid dogs. It was the perfect formula and the professor knew exactly what he had to do to get the job done. Peyton is a football genius, just because his numbers aren't the flashiest doesn't mean he isn't still a much more capable QB than Sanchez or Simeon could ever be, even if he can barely throw a football. Maybe they'll end up playing Paxton Lynch, in that case I don't know what to expect besides maybe a few learning curves. One thing i do know, the AFC West has the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, both are teams with wayyyyyy better quarterbacks, and savage defenses. Sorry Denver, Sanchez and Siemian will not be able to come close to getting the Broncos 12 wins like Peyton and Brock did.
The Cowboy's defense is a huge question mark this year but not the biggest concern for the team. That honor goes to the health of Tony Romo. When healthy, I think he's easily a top 10 quarterback in the league but his back is as strong as cardboard. He's had numerous surgeries on both his back and collarbone and he's also not getting any younger at 36 years old. Already in game 3 of the preseason all of cowboys nation held their breath after a 3rd and 7 scramble ended with Romo laying on the floor hurt. He was taken out of the game with what was described as a stinger but it was still scary to watch given Romo's injury history. The hits are going to get harder and more frequent as the regular season rolls along and theres never a play where you're not freaking out ,especially when theres a blitzs coming or Romo is scrabbling around. Theres a very good chance that at some point during the season, the Cowboys will have to rely on rookie quarterback Dak Prescott who has been lightning it up this preseason going 39-50 for 454 yards and 7 total touchdowns. He can't be this good and would likely come back down to earth a little bit. But from what I've seen, I would be very confident with Prescott as the quarterback if Romo were to go down.
Before Friday nights preseason game against the Packers, while the national anthem was playing Colin Kaepernick remained seated. This has started quite the uproar and it should, Kaepernick pulled a Gabby Douglas, but in this case it was even worse because he didn't even have the respect to stand up. That's why I'm glad he went out and played like absolute dog shit last night. 2 for 6 with 14 yards that's comical, my little sister can put up those type of numbers in a preseason game. We ripped Gabby Douglas to shreds for just not putting her hand over her heart, imagine the blow back on Kaepernick for not standing . Of course the 49ers released a statement saying how it's his right not to stand and gave us that whole freedom of speech nonsense. When the national anthem plays, you stand up, and remove your hat like every other person, it's not too much to ask and the fact that some people have the audacity not to stand is a travesty. You have people risking their lives to protect this country and you can't even stand for the national anthem of the country that's given you everything you have. Fuck Colin Kaepernick, I hope the Niners cut this bum and leave him unemployed like he deserves to be.
The 2016 College Football season begins tonight, with Cal and Hawaii squaring off in Melbourne, Australia, making it the third CFB game played in Australia, and the first since 1987. As the season begins, I'm gonna take a look at the top 4 Heisman-Hopefuls.
1. Deshaun Watson: Deshaun was in my opinion, the 2015 Heisman, I don't care how many yards Henry ran for, because he ran the ball every single play of the season, and Watson dominated every single team and led Clemson to the National Championship. Watson totaled over 5,000 yards last season, throwing for 4,109 and 35 touchdowns, with only 13 interceptions, and 12 touchdowns on the ground. He grew into a superstar from the 2014 to 2015 season, and I expect him to do even more this year - which is hard to believe. The Clemson Tigers have a lot of pressure on them, as they open as one of the favorites to win it all this year, and that is all expected to be behind their strong leader and quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
2. Christian McCaffrey: McCaffrey burst onto the college football scene last season and put the entire nation on notice, as he racked up the most yards from scrimmage in college football history, breaking Barry Sanders 1988 season record, as McCaffrey totaled 3,496 yards. Christian ran for over 2,000 yards, and caught enough passes for over 600 yards, and returned 1,000+ yards in kicks. He dominated the whole season, and then came out in the Rose Bowl and slaughtered Iowa single handedly, racking up 368 all purpose yards, with a receiving and punt return touchdown. The kid can flat out do it all, and he makes it look so easy. A more high profile, possibly more talented version of Danny Woodhead, Darren Sproles, maybe even Julian Edelman, we will just have to wait and see.
3. Leonard Fournette: This young man is an absolute beast, no doubt about it. Fournette started out the season better than any back in recent memory, and although he cooled down as the season progressed, that had little to do with him, as his line began to struggle and their passing game became too weak to balance out the offense. Leonard ran for just shy of 2,000 yards, and powered his way to 22 rushing TD's, along with 250 receiving yards and 1 TD. For comparison, Derrick Henry, who seemingly had this "unreal" rushing season, only ran for 250 more yards, and 6 more touchdowns, all with 65 more carriers, and a yard less per carry averages - yet Leonard came in 6th in Heisman voting, because his team fell apart. For CFB, I understand that how well your team down, affects how well your voting goes, but I feel that should be more relevant for QB's, as opposed to RB & WR's, which is why, if Watson does not bring home the trophy, I would put my money on Fournette.
4. Baker Mayfield: This year could be Baker Mayfield's year, as he looks poised to lead Oklahoma to a national title. He played well in his games started last season, starting 13 games and throwing for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions. On top of that he was able to rush for 405 yards and 7 touchdowns, which makes him a threat to all defenses. Mayfield is the kind of player who loves the attention and loves the bright lights, so being under the microscope at the seasons start is just what he needs. He finished 4th in voting last season, and most people are expecting even bigger numbers and success, so could this be Baker's year?
With Derrick Henry gone and the Heisman up for grabs, these 4 hopefuls all finished in the top 6 last season, all trailing Henry, and all ready to take award, and lead their teams to a national championship. Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Chad Kelly, and JT Barrett are all players on the bubble who could make their own noise and run towards a finalist spot.
The Pats front office just always seem to make the right move. Even though Mingo has not played like a sixth overall pick since being drafted in 2013, he has had the limitations of being on a pitiful Browns team that could barely compete with half the college football programs. Being sent to New England in a new scheme might be exactly what this man needs to rejuvenate his team. Not only has Mingo teased of his off season gains but after spending a few years in the NFL and playing a decent amount he shouldn't be afraid of strapping up the helmet and going to war with his boys. I would not label him as a bust just yet, Bill Belicheck will no doubt save this mans career and coach him into a force to be reckoned with. With Ninkovich being out for the beginning of the season, the Pats desperately needed help at linebacker, so taking such a low risk in Mingo was a no-brainer. As for the Browns, they could very well be the worst team in NFL history this season but at least they already have 13 draft picks. At least they still have the Cavs.
Today after practice, Victor Cruz announced he will be playing in Saturday's game against the Jets. This will mark the first time in what seems like forever that Cruz will strap on the pads and take the field. I know its just preseason, but this is exciting stuff for a guy that's been rehabbing for nearly two years. I'm happy for Cruz, he's worked his ass off to get back on the field to prove himself once again. Why am I surprised though, this mans whole life he's been overcoming nay sayers and critics. Name another football player from UMass that is in the NFL, I'll let you get back to me on that one. What I'm getting at here is that Victor Cruz, regardless of his impact on the field, is a straight up inspiration. Most people would've quit a long time ago, but he knew he was going to come back, while most people counted him out. I had my doubts as well to be honest, I never thought Cruz would be back in Giants blue at some points along the way. But, here he is, playing Saturday in a preseason game. Let's hope he can stay healthy from now on and can have a positive impact on the offense this year.
Honestly, the NFL top 100 list makes no sense to me. How is JJ Watt higher on the list than Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady. Last time i checked, those guys all won playoff games last year and JJ Watt didn't, like usual. Congratulations he is the best defensive player in the league, that's why he wins defensive player of the year every season, but he's not the number 1 overall player in the league. If you think he is, ask the Texans if they would trade him for Cam Newton, and they would in a heartbeat. I have 0 respect for this list because if a QB isn't number 1 on the list it's just false. This league is owned by quarterbacks it's the most important position by far, so why put a defensive end at number 1? This is exactly why I don't buy into these stupid rankings like who the fuck cares, if you aren't winning your team ball games I don't give a shit what your stats are, there's a reason good players on bad teams never get as much recognitions as the guys playing in late January. JJ Watt, don't get me wrong he's an unreal player, #1 player in the league though? Try again.
So Lebron James, posted an Instagram video of Odell Beckham Jr. making ridiculous plays in training camp. And when I say ridiculous, I mean some of these catches actually aren't humanly possible. The caption was
Go to Lebrons insta page @kingjames please watch the video it's scary what this man can do.
Josh Norman, has been a very busy man this offseason, for all the wrong reasons. He's been talking shit to a bunch of players around the league and it seems as they always seem to get the last laugh as well. First, he went after Patrick Peterson who violated him after seeing Norman get burnt on a deep fly route. Peterson made comments saying something along the lines of how is this guy the highest rated corner back in Madden. Norman responded by showing Petersons madden rating which was 8 point points below him. Next, Norman went after Demaryius Thomas, saying he shut him down in the super bowl. DT put him in a body bag by simply tweeting a picture of his Super Bowl ring saying, "where's yours young fella?" Lastly, Norman dedided to come back at OBJ. Saying that there's a "hit" out on him and that it's going to be a real uncomfortable year for him. I literally laughed out loud when I saw this, OBJ had one of the worst games of the season the day he faced Norman due to letting his emotions get the better of him and he still had like 4 catches for 100yds and a TD. Let's just say every corner in the league is going to be worried about keeping up with Odell rather than trying to take him out. Norman almost got decapitated by Odell's flying head butt last season so he should probably just shut the hell up. Obviously Norman is just super sour that Odell treated him like a rag doll last season and is trying to get some revenge but in turn is just looking like a fool. This is just fueling Odell's fire and I love it. We get to watch OBJ destroy Norman twice this year and you already know he's going to be extra motivated for those games. Here's some of the Evidence of the Norman shit talkathon.
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Odell responded to Norman's remarks by paying it no mind and basically saying that he's focused on his team and not that bullshit.
By Nicky D
The Colts have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie, who played last year with the Jets is coming off one of his worst years in the NFL. Last year during his first season back with the Jets he finished with 29 tackles and 0 interceptions, both lows since his rookie year back in 2006. It wasn't too long ago that Cromartie made the Pro Bowl back in 2014 with the Cardinals, which makes this a low risk signing for the Colts. If the 4 time Pro Bowler can have a bounce back season this is definitely a steal for the Colts.