Posted on: April 19, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 9:23 am

One NFL Draft to RULE THEM ALL! Its gonna be wild

With its new Thursday night slot (er, afternoon for the non-East Coast folks - you guys are always getting a raw deal - NO SUSHI FOR YOU!)  it will be easy for many folks across the country to miss the NFL Draft. 

And THIS ONE will be the one not to miss.

Why is it gonna be the wildest draft ever?! 

1)  It features the Oakland Raiders.  

Yes - expect the unexpected once again.

(and before you spout off that every draft features the Raiders and their crazy "combine-induced" picks of nautical disasterousness, remember they're taking next season off  thanks to that little Richard Seymour trade with the Pats.)

2) Lots and lots of trades.

Multiple teams have lots of picks.  Seattle, San Fran, Denver, Philadelphia.

3) Bill Belichick and the Pats.  

I'm giving you 6 to 5, that he'll flip next year's Raiders pick for a pick THIS year.  Expect more wackiness with the Pats this draft.

4) Most Wanted: Pick #33, Rams 1st Pick of the 2nd Round

1st of the 2nd round on Friday will be a bidding war that will go through the night.  Before this season, you didn't have a WHOLE NIGHT of wheelin' and deelin'.  Perhaps that's when the Pats make their move - maybe it'll be Denver - SOMEONE will make a move for that Rams pick and St. Louis will take the big bushel of picks with Glee.  Everyone knows this - which leads us to.......

5) Pick #30, #31 and Pick #32. 

31 teams will want the Rams pick at #33 but they know (except for one) they won't get it.  Some of the smarter teams will decide, hey if I'm gonna pay through the nose, I'm doing it BEFORE the bidding starts and my guy is gone.  Expect some crazy action on the Vikings, Colts and Saints choices in the bottom three.

6) C. B. A.  

A lot of people complain about the ridiculous prices for unproven talent.  But guess what?  No one complains about the bargain-basement contracts picks get in the bottom half of the first round and the beginning of the second.  Who knows what a new CBA will bring - but teams can LOCK into a player they want now, in a deep draft and get a tremendous contract.  Moving into the late 1st round or 2nd round is almost like playing it safe with all the CBA turbulence ahead and we all know NFL coaches LOVE TO PLAY IT SAFE.  (Except for Coach Payton, who does Super Bowl onside kicks and I bet, peddles his #32 pick into more risk-taking, BASKETT FULL OF GOODIES.

Side Note: The Eagles amongst other teams, have ALWAYS determined that high 2nd round picks are the best in the draft when you offset contract values with player values and have never been hesitant to trade down into the second round.  The pick they got for Donovan?  They prefered it was early second round vs. early first round. 

Eagles Picks - 2nd Round (2009 Base Salary + Bonuses)
2009: LeSean McCoy - ($310k + 1.37 Mil)
2008: Trevor Laws - ($385k + $419k)
2008: DeSean Jackson - ($385k + $398k)
2007: Kevin Kolb - ($460k + $736k)
2007: Victor Abiamiri ($460k + $529k)

Jets' Vernon Gholston ($2.9 Mil + $6.286 Mil= $9.2 Million)

Now Abiarmiri is a solid backup whereas Laws hasn't established himself at all.  Kolb is now the starting QB as is McCoy at RB and we all know how DeSean worked out.  With all the money saved by 1 top of the 1st round bust vs. FIVE 2nd round picks, you can literally afford to overpay for a free agent.

More and more teams are learning, bottom of the 1st, top of the 2nd round is WHERE ITS AT! 

7) Its a deep draft with lots of curious options at QB.

Claussen slipping?  McCoy?  Tebow?  Some intriguing choices plus a lot of teams setup to take a QB they can develop (KC, Philly, SF, Arizona)

So what are you going to see?  Wild trading - maybe some "reaching" and no chance that there will be value picks at the QB position.  Teams will be jockeying around like an auction - wild draft trading WILL ENSUE!

My trade predictions:
1. There will be no movement in the top 4 (the dollars are so insane, these picks almost have negative value)
2. Seahawks will bounce around with their picks.
3. Jaguars will move down out of their 10 slot by any means possible.
4. 49ers may move up with their 13th pick and down with the 17th one.
5. Patriots will move their 2011 Raiders 1st rounder to get a second pick in this draft
6. One (or more) of the Vikings, Colts and Saints will swap out of the bottom of the 1st round.

I also suspect several player trades will go down (in particular with running backs) after Day 1.

Now with all this action, just don't be stuck in traffic getting home to see it. 

(Blatant Plug: CBSSports.com is covering it strong.  Today, we had the NFL team bloggers from FanSided.com do a REAL live mock draft . Of course, we're covering the NFL Draft all weekend - check out our coverage.

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: eagles, patriots, rams
Posted on: April 13, 2010 11:27 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 11:38 am

Tebow goes to 49ers! What's Your Draft Shocker?

A lightpost to a drunk can be supportive and illuminating. 

For a football fan, a mock draft is neither.

But It Is Entertaining!!

Its NFL Draft Time.  So here's the deal.  Give me your SHOCKING pick for the Draft, a real "reach" or someone who drops way below what anyone could expect.  Call it your Morgan State shocker of the NFL Draft.  And the best one (judged by me) may or may not get this Die Cast 1999 Model car.

CBS Sports Die Cast Car
(may or may not, dot dot dot, lots of legal text not necessary since this is NOT a contest, sweepstakes and sure as heck isn't involved or have anything to do with CBSSports.com.  Just me thinking of awarding this fine tiny automobile, on my own for someone who offers me something brilliant and insightful about the Draft.  FYI - this isn't packaged but it is in great shape!)

My Draft Shocker: #13 - 49ers - Tim Tebow, QB

Here's my shocker.  Tim Tebow, who some experts have in the bottom of the first round - FLIES off the board as the 49ers pull a Raiders type move and snag Tebow with the #13 pick.  Some will be stunned they didn't even wait to their #17 pick (which I think they will peddle into a late 1st and late 2nd round pick.)  Colt McCoy ends up benefiting and sneaks into the bottom of the 1st round.  Tebow is of course, thrilled with his new team and his pick.  The Raiders are highly annoyed the 49ers steal their "What were they thinking?" thunder.

I also expect he WILL be at the Draft since he will have a hunch this is how it may go down.  Its one thing to go fishing when you know your going top 5 but Tebow could go anywhere from 20 to 90.  (Or #13 according to this "expert")

So why do the 49ers do it?

They need a QB and Tebow is EXACTLY the type of hard-nosed, leadership-laden QB that Coach Singletary would fall in love with.  And what if he fails as a QB?  Don't you think Coach would find a way to use the versatile uber-athlete?  He could learn TE, FB or a custom H-Back type position - don't worry the .  But if he IS the franchise quarterback than you may have one FOR THE AGES.  And the 49ers have had a couple of those over the years.  Perhaps the new regime gets torn up and shies away from the controversial pick but if intangibles can bump a draft pick down - can't they also bump one up. 

Tebow at #13!  The Fobeashyi "Shock Lock" of the NFL Draft.

Now - how many of your Florida/SEC/Tebow haters will quickly change your tune if he ends up on your team.  For me, I certainly am no Florida fan but I am dying to see the Eagles draft the former Gators QB and somehow put together a Kolb, Tebow and Vick backfield for just one play.  That would be awesome.  What name would you even call that formation?  Wait - did I just ask that?  Someone call the moderators!!

So send me your "shockers" of the NFL Draft...  and throw some of your "trade down" proposals as well (for bonus credit, I gotta have something else here to giv-aha this will work!)

And where do you think Tebow will go? !

With all the tenders getting signed the last couple of days and trade possibilities - I think this will be the WILDEST draft in ages!!

And yes, this car is THAT sweet!

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: April 5, 2010 12:39 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

A 'Screw the Eagles' Reunion?!

When he was an electric Fantasy Football stud, Brian Westbrook would make opposing defensive coordinators reach for their Maalox trying to figure out a way to contain him.  There was no stopping him - just hoping to keep him from one of those 100 yard rushing, 100 yard receiving games.  Surprisingly effective at blocking, Westbrook could throw a block, slither out of the backfield and take a quick pass from Mr. McNabbulous and take it to the house.  We've seen it so many times and I have to say it never got old. 

Eagles fans have always been told that if Westbrook didn't already play running back, he'd be their best wide receiver.  Percision route-running, ample toughness and great hands, Westbrook was Andy Reid's and Donovan McNabb's favorite weapon.  For good reason. 

He also won me some nice coin (er, I mean accolades) as a savvy 2nd or 3rd round pick in Fantasy Football - underrated even by us fantasy players, he rarely went in the first round.

Westbrook's receiving stats look like he always wore a number in the 80's.

73 Receptions, 703 Yards, 6 TDs
61 Receptions, 616 Yards, 4 TDs
77 Receptions, 699 Yards, 4 TDs
90 Receptions, 771 Yards, 5 TDs

The man has 29 receiving touchdowns!  Now at the age of 30, Westbrook is as smart as he is athletic - he not only graduated with a degree from Villanova but earned his MBA as well.  Don't you think he has already thought about his career as he enters free agency for the first time?  Maybe he'd be the first RB to re-invent himself as a wide receiver but I'm sure he wouldn't be the last.

Now take a quick look at the Redskins depth chart and tell me if you were the Skins wouldn't you sign Westbrook?  Don't forget Antwaan Randle El is a Steeler again.  Now pencil Westbrook as a No. 2 Wide Receiver and the 'Skins could always drop him in occassionally as a 3rd-down RB or even on punt returns as needed.  Talk about the Wildcat, you could make some crazy and confusing formations moving the plethora of running backs and the new weapon at wide receiver around the field.  Add Coach Shanahan's playcalling and his recent QB addition to the mix and I'm convinced the Screw the Eagles reunion could really be on.  

If your an Eagles fan and you see McNabb and a healthy Westbrook lined up at the Linc wearing 'Skins colors, you may just break into a cold sweat.

Which is what happened to me this morning when I first thought of Westbrook, former Eagle, as a potential wide receiver.

Oh yeah, and before you dismiss it, remember Westbrook's hometown is a place called Washington, DC.  I can hear the numbers in McNabb's iPhone being punched right now.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 31, 2010 4:37 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2010 4:47 pm

Coach Reid: McNabb Another Lesson for Andy?

Andy's Lessons

The logic seem flawed.  Let's face it, in 1999, when Andy Reid joined the Eagles, it seemed you and me were closer to getting Andy's job with the Packers (QB coach) than Reid was in becoming not just a coach but the Eagles Grand Poobah.  Who hires an assistant with no coaching experience at ANY LEVEL (high school, college, pro), NO COORINDATOR experience and no scouting experience and makes him Offensive Cooridantor, Coach, GM, bottle washer - GRAND POOBAH of everything footbal related.  It made NO SENSE.

Now with Andy (and former cap-genius Tom Heckert) the Eagles made a LOT OF CENTS and even more DOLLARS.  The Linc has become a giant cash cow as the team smartly managed its cap number (and money paid out) often ending up $20 million under the cap. 

Meanwhile Andy's teams have been very competitive, 5 NFC East titles so far and 1 Super Bowl appearance but there's still many lessons to be learned for Andy and watching it as an Eagles fan is often painful.  He was so green behind the ears and while his record is impressive if not overwhelming, so let's not assume he's a grandmaster at anything yet.

1. Andy's Brain - Don't need no stinkin' wide receivers to win in this league.

Listen the West Coast offence is all about spreading the ball around - to wide receivers, running backs, tight ends, I don't need no stinkin' wide receivers to win a championship.

Uh, yes Andy you do.  James Thrash?!  Listen, your not smarter than everyone else, getting guys who can catch the ball and score is kinda important.  It took you many years, one Terrell Owens-mess and a couple great draft picks to figure it out (Jackson, Maclin) but we're glad you did.  Lesson Learned.

Lesson Learned: YES!  

2.  Andy's Brain -  I can handle the diva players like Terrell Owens.

We'll keep him in line, its not like he's gonna go off the deep end and start doing sit-ups in his driveway.

Andy has issues handling his personal family matters let alone the likes of Terrell Owens.  Now cut from his 4th team, TO was never meant to last in Philly and people seem to forget the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl WITHOUT HIM.  TO was hurt for the playoff run but did play admirably while hurt in a losing cause in the big game.  There's a fine line between some players who are high-maintenance and others who are divas.  Divas are exhausting and destroy a team - lesson learned.

Lesson Learned: YES!  

3.  Andy's Brain -  I don't need to run the ball.  Every other coach has it wrong. 

I've run the ball less than ANYONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE, yet I've won a ton of games.  You don't need it and the problem with running the ball is that it wastes precious time you could use to be THROWING the ball.

Sadly, Andy will continue throwing the ball until his heart's content.  He used to rationalize it that his little shuffle passes and screens were the same as running the ball and you could see why.  Those days (and those plays) aren't used in the playbook very much any more.  Its throw, throw, throw your boat on every play.  We watched him throw a ball on the 2 yard line against the Ravens with a rookie QB in his first game.  Talk about committed to the pass!

Lesson Learned: NOOOOOOOOO!

4. Andy's Brain - We won't miss older players, and that includes Brian Dawkins .  He ain't worth it.


We can get younger and better and their leadership is not that essential.  So Dawk was a trooper and didn't complain about being underpaid - so what?  We wants a bit more money now and since we have it doesn't mean we should give it.  We'll make do without him.


What the heck were you thinking?  It wasn't bad enough the Eagles lost the late Jim Johnson, defensive coordinator extraordinaire and the heart of the defence.  So you send the soul of the defense, Dawkins,  packing over some loose change.  Not only the Eagles lose his Pro Bowl talents (he set a career high in tackles with the Broncos and ANOTHER Pro Bowl appearance) but they lost their way especially late in the season.  If you really wanted to make a run in the postseason wouldn't you keep Dawk?  Yes, yes you would.  You need to win BIG GAMES to win a championship and you win big games with players like Dawk.

Lesson Learned: YES! (we think)

5. Andy's Brain - Special teams?  Its not like I don't think about them, I just think about them last.

There were seasons the Eagles would literally start a season without a proper kick or punt returner (sometimes both).  Plus there was a fantastic amount of stubborness when it came to Saverio Giovanni Rocca, the NFL's oldest rookie ever and *BY FAR* the best Italian Australian-born football player of all time.  Problem is - he's not a very good punter.  But let's not that or a nice helping of stubborness stand in the way of bringing him back ONE MORE YEAR!  (Thank the football gods we have David Akers for 10+ years.)

Eagles actually think about little things like field position and special teams.  The phenomenon that is Sav Rocca continues though.

Lesson Learned: Yes, but not a great grade.  

6.  Andy's Brain - McNabb ain't that good. We can easily replace him.

The time to trade McNabb is now, we can't seem to win the big one with him anyway.

Who knows?!

Lesson Learned: TBD.  

Most Eagles fans are willing to hang the choke noose on McNabb for why there has been no Eagles Super Bowl parades in Philly.  Yet, most fans would also acknowledge that Andy could have difficulty winning with Manning, Brady or Brees as well.  No running game and some bizarrely-tight playcalling in the playoffs could handcuff any QB.  In the playoffs, Andy has never met a risk he wouldn't avoid. 

The McNabb-haters have their ammunition, but when you look at the career stats of McNabb, Manning and Brady - do your really see a big difference?  For all of his inaccuracy complaints, when McNabb misses his targets, its always low.  Sometimes WAY low, but always low which is not necessarily a bad trait.  He will likely end up as one of the best ball protectors to ever play QB.  McNabb throws a pick every 47.5 passes.  Brady 1 in 42.  Peyton?  1 in 36.   If the defense hadn't coughed up a late 4th quarter lead to the Cardinals , would we even be discussing whether McNabb is clutch or not?

Will McNabb like Cunningham before him, not be appreciated until after he leaves?  As the saying goes, you need to WIN lots of big games to lose the big game.  And McNabb was won plenty.  If you put McNabb's stats on a playoff contender with defense, a running game and a balanced playbook and you may see McNabb hoist the trophy yet. 

Just not in Philadelphia.

Category: NFL
Tags: eagles, mcnabb, reid
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:11 pm
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Posted on: March 26, 2010 2:42 am
Edited on: March 26, 2010 2:47 am

Why Does Andy Reid Get a Free Pass?!

Rumors abound that one of the Eagles QBs (McNabb, Kolb, Vick) will be traded and the smart money is on Donovan McNabb being the one to be shipped out.

Now I'm not going to say this isn't a good time to trade McNabb.  Its a fabulous time to trade him - with no QB in the draft that is a sure bet (are 1st round QBs ever sure bets?)  and several teams needing a solid QB, this could be the type of trade that can help both franchises.  With one year left in his contract - now is the ideal time to trade Number 5.

What gets my goat is that everyone states that McNabb is to blame for the zero titles and that he'll never win the Big One.  His career passing stats are eerily similar to Tom Brady's.  The difference - Brady is a winner.  Ok, sure.  But how about the coaching and playcalling?!  Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl, I'm pretty sure a 60% passer that protects the ball and is +116 TDs to INTs will do.

Meanwhile coach and grand poobah Andy Reid receives zero slings and no arrows.  No coach in the HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE has a more imbalanced pass/run ratio than Dandy Andy.   He throws and throw and throws.  How in the name of Dan Marino is that going to work.  Even the record-setting Patriots and Brady's 50 Touchdowns couldn't close the deal, and their passing game was historic and a decent running game to boot.

In the NFL, you need to run the ball.  There is no mystery shortcut that Reid has discovered.  He is NOT smarter than the legendary coaches who have or currently man the sideline.  Reid used to say, his shovel passes, (usually to Westbrook) were *EXACTLY* the same as a run, since its just semantics, a forward pitch vs. a backwards lateral.  And I agreed with him.  But we haven't seen that play run with any regularity in many years. 

It was also Andy's call to not pay Brian Dawkins the extra couple million he was looking for in his last free agency season.  He concluded the Eagles needed to get younger and better and hopefully wouldn't miss the leadership and intangibles someone like Dawk brings to a team.

It backfired huge but Reid really didn't take a hit for it.  Philadelphia had safety issues ALL SEASON and the leadership quite obviously did indeed suffer.  Not to mention it sent a clear signal to the rest of the team, even if you perform at a high, Pro Bowl level, we will get rid of you to save a buck.  Let's not forget Dawk made only $2 million in his final year and didn't say a word - expecting the team would take care of him, if he was a good soldier.  Imagine his surprise the Eagles wouldn't budge even there were no cap issues to deal with.  A lot of people may say Dawkins didn't have a Pro Bowl year, that he got there on reputation.  Fair enough but he did record 116 Tackles - the most in his career!  Those tackles would've looked awfully good in Eagles green instead of Denver orange.

And despite his inability to take risks in the playoffs, his ridiculous pass/run ratio, his off-field distractions and his smug "I know better than you attitude" - he receives no arrows while McNabb takes them in the chest and the back.  All McNabb did during an "off year" was throw 3500+ yards yet again with just 10 picks.  

McNabb throws a pick every 47.5 passes.  That is exceptional!  Brady?  1 every 42.  Manning?!  1 every 36. 

So please don't tell me its the QB's fault.  Run the ball to setup the pass Andy.  Pass the ball to setup the run.

Everyone does it but you.

Kevin Kolb good luck winning the big one.  You may need a new coach before it'll happen. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 21, 2010 3:53 pm

NFL Overtime - SOLVED! (And it wasn't that hard!)

NFL Overtime SOLVED!

So why do we hate NFL Overtime football?!  We know deep down that we do, but its hard for us to admit it.  Saying you dislike OT football sounds like you may also dislike, babies, puppies, ice cream and March Madness.  Yet, if we were TRUTHFUL we know in our hearts, OT football quite often (not always) kinda sucks.

Well I know it has always, ALWAYS driven me crazy.  A solid kickoff return, one first down and the kicker is already getting warmed to end the game.  What I truly hate about the overtime version of gridiron is that it is NOTHING like the cling-to-your-seat intensity of the 4th Quarter .  Its a boring, glorified kicking contest with ZERO urgency.  I bet even the Television broadcasters don't like it, since it piles into their other programming with no end in sight.  Who can forget that incredible Bengals-Eagles tie in '08 - YAWN!

And don't even get me started on the zillion commercial breaks. 

End of the 4th quarter - HUGE LONG BREAK (UGH!)

It seems like 15 real minutes go by between the end of the 4th quarter and the first play from scrimmage in OT.  And then the team huddles after each play, the no-huddle of the 4th quarter long left behind.  YAWN.  And then some crazy soccer player nails a 47-yarder like its his full-time job - no big deal.  Game Over.  And the other team is always feeling screwed because one of their captains called Heads instead of 'Tails Never Fails'. 

"What were you thinking?!  Tails never fails. You know that!"
"I dunno.  I was feeling heads."
"Ugh. You know what I'm feeling?!  I'm feeling you suck at Coin Toss man."

I wonder if video games should put in a Coin Toss attribute for NFL players.  Who is the NFL leader in Coin Tosses won?!  Or Lost?  Has any player lost more than 2?!  Now THERE'S a trivia question.

So here is your new, improved, Fobeashyi-approved NFL Overtime Format.
  • 2  FIVE-MINUTE HALVES (game ends in a Tie after 2 Halves)
  • NO SUDDEN DEATH (but if one team is leading after the first 5-minute half, the game is OVER. BOOK IT!)
  • NO KICKOFFS to start either half, ball is simply placed at the 20 (however, kickoffs still occur normally after FGs/TDs)
  • if 2nd Half is needed the "other" team gets the ball (aka the team that DIDN'T win the toss)
  • 4th Quarter Timing Rules, 2:00 Warning, 1 Timeout each team (per half)
Why is this 61,218 times better than the current OT structure?
- No more kicking/special teams-dominated, super-lame, zero-urgency overtimes. 
- Completed faster, less breaks
- Way more strategy/clockology/tough coaching decisions
- Hey, if your defence can't stop them from going the length of the field, eating up most of the 5 minutes than you don't deserve to win.
- Late-in-the-game-style football

Imagine if there's 1:40 left in the first OT, you have the ball on the opposition 40 yard line and its 4 and 2.  Whaddya do?  Kick the 57-yard field goal?  Punt?  Go for it?!  Decisions! Decisions!  Your opponent may get the ball TWICE!  The first time with 1:30 left or so.  And assuming your tied, they'll get it again to start the next half.   So many decisions/situations to manage.  And a lot more urgency!

So maybe it would result in more ties.  So what?  I never understood why a tie was such a horrible way to conclude a game.  You play hard, your evenly matched, you each get a point.  And you may be glad you did - especially with all of the tie-breaking rules at season's end.  That silly tie the Eagles got with the Bengals a couple season back was written as a travesty then in the Philly media but it ended up being the point that got them into the playoffs.  Look it up - its true!

Now here's an idea.  Talk to the folks at EA SPORTS and get them to run Madden 10 with these new rules about 100 times and see what the results are.  I bet you the winner ends up being 55/45 either way for whoever won/lost the coin toss.  Maybe even 50/50!

Overtime solved!

Your thoughts?!

Category: NFL
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