Trent Richardson trade – Bold move or arrogant assumption?

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The Cleveland trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts sent a clear message from the halls of their training complex in Berea, Ohio – management, not the players, will be responsible for any outcome on the field.  Richardson was the third pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and arguably thought by most to be the top back in the … [Read more...]

Scouting the “Game of the Century II” – Alabama vs Texas A&M

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What many were calling the "Game of the Century" (not to be confused with Nebraska vs Oklahoma - 1971) pitted defending national champion Alabama up against their lone blemish from the Lone Star State in 2012, the Texas A&M Aggies.  Much of the hype surrounded Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and how he would handle a "jacked up" Nick Saban … [Read more...]

“Perception is reality” unless you took a closer look at the Patriots

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"Perception is reality" when walking away from Week 2 of the 2013 NFL regular season.  Fans pick up the morning papers and read what the media twists and spins in their direction.  "Here, this is what I think so therefore you should too."   The New York Giants are 0-2 and have no shot at the playoffs.   Seattle spanked San Francisco and … [Read more...]

Brandon Jacobs & NY Giants – Who says you can’t go home again?

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Bygones.  Sometimes it just makes sense to chalk things up t0 chance and admit mistakes were made all around.  The New York Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs back in the spring of 2012 after continued bouts with knee injuries and looking to get younger/cheaper at the position.  Jacobs in turn signed a contract three weeks later with the … [Read more...]

Manning getting it done without all the prerequisites required of rookies

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Last night’s NFL opening game between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens featured one of the all-time performances by an NFL quarterback – in the history of the sport!  Never before had anyone passed for seven touchdowns in a game in the modern era ('70 AFL-NFL merger) and now the legendary Peyton Manning has rewritten yet another standard in … [Read more...]

Patriot Games and the continuing development of WR Aaron Dobson

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Keeping a franchise quarterback surrounded with viable weapons is critical from a personnel director or general manager's point of view.  Tom Brady's success in New England has come not only through his own determination as one of the premier signal callers in professional football, but also through the commitment that head coach Bill Belichick has … [Read more...]

“Born to be wild!” Some team tinkering & tuneups from the preseason

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If you're a fan of the National Football League you've spent the better part of the last six weeks waiting for this very day - opening night in the NFL!  Debate rages on about the need for preseason and whether or not we should cut back on the number of  "practice" games inserted into a season ticket package, but the bottom line is that coaches … [Read more...]

Will McKenzie & Allen’s roster strategy double jeopardize the Raiders?

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I'm a firm believer in rewarding only those that produce, somewhat of a closet disciple of Rainmaker Thinking's Bruce Tulgan, one of the country's foremost authorities on the management and leadership of the Millennial generation.  Bruce writes; "If the role of rewards is to drive performance, managers should make performance the only lever for … [Read more...]

Against all odds – 32 relative no-name players make the NFL cut

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A big part of efficient scouting at the club level is eyeing the little things a player does in a tiny window of opportunity.  For many young NFL prospects the preseason doesn't offer that many repetitions to show a club what he's capable of producing at the next level of competition.  Those few reps that he does muster must be closely scrutinized … [Read more...]

Not everyone is convinced the KC Chiefs are ready for a run in AFCW

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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp and Preseason Review by Noah Gronniger- Outsiders Podcast A new era of Chiefs football started in late July as they opened up training camp with a new General Manager in John Dorsey, a new Head Coach in Andy Reid, and a new Quarterback in Alex Smith. The fans filed in hours before the first practice to tailgate … [Read more...]