2014-15 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

                                           PREDICTIONS





EAGLES 11-5: (NFC EAST CHAMPIONS)

Key losses: (WR) DeSean Jackson, (QB)Michael Vick (WR) Jason Avant & (DB) Patrick Chung.

Key Additions: (RB) Darren Sproles, (WR) Jordan Mathews, (S) Malcolm Jenkins & CB Nolan Carroll.



With Chip Kelly’s fast paced, explosive offense and a much improved Special Teams to complement a already good but underrated defense the Eagles are looking good entering the new 2014-15 campaign but they still have to play the games.



Offense: Its going to be real hard to stop the Eagles offensive attack led by RB LeSean McCoy. To expect Nick Foles to put up the numbers he did last year would be wishful thinking—however a week end—week out consistent Nick Foles would put the Eagles right in the hunt for the NFC Championship game. Having 2 of the NFL’s most explosive Backs in the League and a healthy Offensive Line should take allot of pressure off of Foles. Allot of annalist say the loss of Jackson is going to make a direct negative impact on the Eagles aerial attack. If you didn’t watch last year—its never ONE guy for the Eagles, the wealth is shared with Kelly’s offense. With Maclin returning, the addition of Vandy’s all-time leading receiver and the combination of ‘Shady’ McCoy and Darren Sproles, I think the Eagles will overcome the loss of D-Jax’s 1300 receiving yards from a year ago.



Defense: The Eagles were 32nd in the NFL last year at stopping the passing game—a better playing Nate Allen, bringing in Jenkins and Nolan Carroll should help the league’s worst passing defense. The Eagles added depth this off-season bringing in as I mentioned Nolan Carroll a number of other names such as Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds and Jaylen Watkins. Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin both also had strong seasons last year. In the last 8 games the Eagles D. allowed 22 or less points—with a solid Defensive line Philadelphia also was good at stopping the run last year. The linebacker position hasn’t always been a priority in the past for the Philadelphia Eagles.But times have changed under coach Chip Kelly.Even before the NFL draft, the Eagles will enter the 2014 season with a much-improved group of linebackers. With the addition the athletic Marcus Smith to complement Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin and Mychal Kendricks the Eagles have a very strong Linebacking core going into this season that can cause havoc for opposing teams.

                          2014-15 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

                                           PREDICTIONS

EAGLES 11-5: (NFC EAST CHAMPIONS)

Key losses: (WR) DeSean Jackson, (QB)Michael Vick (WR) Jason Avant & (DB) Patrick Chung.

Key Additions: (RB) Darren Sproles, (WR) Jordan Mathews, (S) Malcolm Jenkins & CB Nolan Carroll.

With Chip Kelly’s fast paced, explosive offense and a much improved Special Teams to complement a already good but underrated defense the Eagles are looking good entering the new 2014-15 campaign but they still have to play the games.

Offense: Its going to be real hard to stop the Eagles offensive attack led by RB LeSean McCoy. To expect Nick Foles to put up the numbers he did last year would be wishful thinking—however a week end—week out consistent Nick Foles would put the Eagles right in the hunt for the NFC Championship game. Having 2 of the NFL’s most explosive Backs in the League and a healthy Offensive Line should take allot of pressure off of Foles. Allot of annalist say the loss of Jackson is going to make a direct negative impact on the Eagles aerial attack. If you didn’t watch last year—its never ONE guy for the Eagles, the wealth is shared with Kelly’s offense. With Maclin returning, the addition of Vandy’s all-time leading receiver and the combination of ‘Shady’ McCoy and Darren Sproles, I think the Eagles will overcome the loss of D-Jax’s 1300 receiving yards from a year ago.

Defense: The Eagles were 32nd in the NFL last year at stopping the passing game—a better playing Nate Allen, bringing in Jenkins and Nolan Carroll should help the league’s worst passing defense. The Eagles added depth this off-season bringing in as I mentioned Nolan Carroll a number of other names such as Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds and Jaylen Watkins. Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin both also had strong seasons last year. In the last 8 games the Eagles D. allowed 22 or less points—with a solid Defensive line Philadelphia also was good at stopping the run last year. The linebacker position hasn’t always been a priority in the past for the Philadelphia Eagles.But times have changed under coach Chip Kelly.Even before the NFL draft, the Eagles will enter the 2014 season with a much-improved group of linebackers. With the addition the athletic Marcus Smith to complement Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin and Mychal Kendricks the Eagles have a very strong Linebacking core going into this season that can cause havoc for opposing teams.

Top prospect breakdown by position. (QB, RB, WR). 



Quarterback:



1.) Teddy Bridgewater: Height: 6’2. Weight: 214. Strengths: Comparable to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson—Bridgewater has the ability to throw on the run and be accurate most times doing so. Bridgewater is also a pretty good scrambler—very patient and waits until he can throw to an open receiver. Brigewater does not lack the confidence in his abilities. Also, Teddy comes from a pro-style offense at Louisville that will prepare him for a NFL team, and was among the nation’s leaders in all passing categories when facing blitzes. Naturally steps through his progressions, and keeps his eyes focused downfield with defenders closing in on him. Can manipulate the defense with his eyes.

Weaknesses: Durability is an issue for Bridgewater—after all the hits he has taken over his career, specifically to his wrist and ankle. He’s mobile enough to extend plays, but isn’t a true dual-threat quarterback. He doesn’t have a “ideal” release point of the ball, releasing it at his ear.

Questions: Can he perform on a week-to-week basis at a high level in the NFL? Mock Draft: # 3 Pick 1st round (Jacksonville Jaguars).



2.) Blake Bortles: Height: 6’5. Weight: 232. Comparable to Andrew Luck and Ben Rothlesburger. Strength: Bortles comes from a pro-style offense, and has the tools and the very promising upside and Instincts to be a successful everyday NFL QB. Some might be surprised but I think its a real possibility that Blake could be taken #1 overall in this years draft if Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texas decides to go that direction. Bortles has a smooth release with good zip and the arm strength to get away with off-balance throws. Very good rhythm and timing from snap to delivery and won’t shy from tight windows with his confident arm. Tough, hard-nosed ballcarrier and delivers well on the run. Weaknesses: Blake lacks elite arm strength, he also can improve is eye work to hold defenders better. Blake also tends to play with fire at times—attempting risky throws often. Questions: With Blake’s hard-nose running tendency’s, will he be a durable NFL QB throughout his career? Mock Draft: # 4 Pick, 1st round (Cleveland Browns).



3.) Johnny Manziel: Height 6’0: Weight: 207. Comparable to Jeff Garcia (Retired). Strengths: Manziel has extraordinary maneuverability in and outside the pocket. Manziel also has a canning ability to extend plays with his great athleticism. Manziel has been compared to New Orleans Saints QB, Drew Brees for Manziel’s big hands and his undersized statue. What makes Manziel so difficult to contain is his vision. Seems to possess eyes in the back of his head, showing incredible spatial awareness of defenders around his—no doubt that Manziel has underrated arm talent. Allot of people put size into the equation when talking about an NFL QB—but lets face the facts, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are both Superbowl winners. Weaknesses: Manziel has shown that he has a bad habit of falling off his throws and he relies on his receivers to make spectacular catches in jump-ball situations. Has had a college career magnified by negative off-field attention. Questions: Can he manage to keep quiet off the field career? Mock Draft: 5th Pck, 1st round (Oakland Raiders).





Halfbacks:



1.) Carlos Hyde: Height: 6’0 Weight: 230. Carlos Hyde is a powerfully built Halfback that runs with an attitude that he wont be braught down. lowering his pads and pounding forward. Powerful North/South runner—has the ability to turn of his jets when he needs a speed edge. Weaknesses: He tends to have an identity crisis at times, not breaking as many tackles as expected. Got winded and fatigued in some games. Ground and pound style isn’t an ideal fit for today’s spread-out NFL game. Mock Draft: 36th Pick, 2 round (Cleavland Browns).



2.) Bishop Sankey: Height 5’9 Weight: 209. Bishop Sankey reminds me allot of Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. Sankey has quick shifty lateral movement and a very strong ability to make guys miss—also has great in and out cuts. Sankey also possesses the ability to pick up the pass rush very well which is a part of a running back’s game that seems to be lost these days in the NFL. Sankey is also a very effective interior runner than he looks due to impressive core strength and forward lean. Possesses subtle quickness as would-be tacklers arrive to slip and slide through contact and is too strong for arm tackles. Rarely takes flush hits. Lowers his shoulder when preparing to do so, covering the ball with both hands. Weaknesses: Sankey is a RB that has had a very heavy pay load in his college days at the University of Washington finishing his lat 2 seasons with 653 touches. Also Sankey has okay balance. Room for improvement there. Questions: Does Sankey have enough tread on the tires to be a impact running back in the NFL? Mock Draft: 56th Pick, 2nd round (Cincinnati Bengals).



3.) Tre Mason. Height: 5’8 Weight: 207. Strengths: Tre Mason very much similar to Baltimore Ravens Halfback Ray Rice—Mason possess the very same qualities as the 3-time Pro Bowler in Ray Rice. Mason is built compactly and has very good vision—he’s a decisive, one-cut runner who attacks the hole, whether it comes as a running back or a returner. Mason also gives the special teams game a spark when needed. Another positive, Mason comes from the SEC—which hold some of the best defensive players in the country and some whom might say are “NFL ready” Weaknesses: Mason has the juice to make it to the end zone on a long touchdown run but lacks the get-away speed., and is a one speed runner. Durability is a factor due to his smallish body build. Mason has show pretty good hands in the return game during his tenure at Auburn but wasn’t the great receiving the ball out of the backfield, he didn’t really fit into their scheme. Mock Draft: 3rd round (Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants or Atlanta Falcons).



Wide Receiver:



1.) Sammy Watkins: Height:6’1 Weight 211. Strengths: Just watching Sammy Watkins at the NFL combine—he shows an edge to him that he wants to be the best WR to ever play this game, and that’s what teams look for, a player that shows a competitive edge and willingness to work day in and day out to be the best at what he does—and that’s what Sammy Watkins shows. Now—onto his on-field ability’s, Watkins shows good not great, but good speed at times and is versatile experience lining up wide, in the slot and in the backfield—also as an impact return man. Productive career, school-record for career receiving yards. Watkins also had great ball handling skills and shows patience waiting for running lanes to open. Watkins also is very good at letting his blocks set up before busting out for a big run. He also has the abilities to get large chunks of yardage after the catch, also known as YAC. Weaknesses: He’s not muscular and won’t break many tackles. Under average height for being a wide receiver. Not good catching the ball and lack of focus in the middle of the field—especially when he hears footsteps. Mock Draft: 1st Round, 2nd Pick (St. Louis Rams).



2.) Marqise Lee: Height: 6’0 Weight: 194. Strengths: Lee is very explosive off the line and is able to make shifty moves successfully when needed. Lee is also a remarkably fluid athlete, capable of changing directions quickly—very elusive and shows developing savvy as a route-runner, often using a hesitation move and shoulder-dip to get defenders off-balance. Lee is also huge in the YAC game—yards after catch is a HUGE part of his game. Lee also plays bigger than his size, showing the ability to go up and high-point passes amidst tight coverage and is an attentive, physical downfield blocker. Weaknesses: Due to his slight frame Lee could run into some durability issues later down the road in his NFL career. He also relies on his natural athleticism to work himself free, at times, rather than exploding out of his routes at the proper depths, showing a willingness to freelance that has led to interceptions for the Trojans. Questions: Due to his slight frame—can Marqise Lee stay on the field week in and week out? Mock Draft: 1st Round, 17th Pick (Baltimore Ravens).

Top prospect breakdown by position. (QB, RB, WR).

Quarterback:

1.) Teddy Bridgewater: Height: 6’2. Weight: 214. Strengths: Comparable to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson—Bridgewater has the ability to throw on the run and be accurate most times doing so. Bridgewater is also a pretty good scrambler—very patient and waits until he can throw to an open receiver. Brigewater does not lack the confidence in his abilities. Also, Teddy comes from a pro-style offense at Louisville that will prepare him for a NFL team, and was among the nation’s leaders in all passing categories when facing blitzes. Naturally steps through his progressions, and keeps his eyes focused downfield with defenders closing in on him. Can manipulate the defense with his eyes.

Weaknesses: Durability is an issue for Bridgewater—after all the hits he has taken over his career, specifically to his wrist and ankle. He’s mobile enough to extend plays, but isn’t a true dual-threat quarterback. He doesn’t have a “ideal” release point of the ball, releasing it at his ear.

Questions: Can he perform on a week-to-week basis at a high level in the NFL? Mock Draft: # 3 Pick 1st round (Jacksonville Jaguars).

2.) Blake Bortles: Height: 6’5. Weight: 232. Comparable to Andrew Luck and Ben Rothlesburger. Strength: Bortles comes from a pro-style offense, and has the tools and the very promising upside and Instincts to be a successful everyday NFL QB. Some might be surprised but I think its a real possibility that Blake could be taken #1 overall in this years draft if Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texas decides to go that direction. Bortles has a smooth release with good zip and the arm strength to get away with off-balance throws. Very good rhythm and timing from snap to delivery and won’t shy from tight windows with his confident arm. Tough, hard-nosed ballcarrier and delivers well on the run. Weaknesses: Blake lacks elite arm strength, he also can improve is eye work to hold defenders better. Blake also tends to play with fire at times—attempting risky throws often. Questions: With Blake’s hard-nose running tendency’s, will he be a durable NFL QB throughout his career? Mock Draft: # 4 Pick, 1st round (Cleveland Browns).

3.) Johnny Manziel: Height 6’0: Weight: 207. Comparable to Jeff Garcia (Retired). Strengths: Manziel has extraordinary maneuverability in and outside the pocket. Manziel also has a canning ability to extend plays with his great athleticism. Manziel has been compared to New Orleans Saints QB, Drew Brees for Manziel’s big hands and his undersized statue. What makes Manziel so difficult to contain is his vision. Seems to possess eyes in the back of his head, showing incredible spatial awareness of defenders around his—no doubt that Manziel has underrated arm talent. Allot of people put size into the equation when talking about an NFL QB—but lets face the facts, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are both Superbowl winners. Weaknesses: Manziel has shown that he has a bad habit of falling off his throws and he relies on his receivers to make spectacular catches in jump-ball situations. Has had a college career magnified by negative off-field attention. Questions: Can he manage to keep quiet off the field career? Mock Draft: 5th Pck, 1st round (Oakland Raiders).

Halfbacks:

1.) Carlos Hyde: Height: 6’0 Weight: 230. Carlos Hyde is a powerfully built Halfback that runs with an attitude that he wont be braught down. lowering his pads and pounding forward. Powerful North/South runner—has the ability to turn of his jets when he needs a speed edge. Weaknesses: He tends to have an identity crisis at times, not breaking as many tackles as expected. Got winded and fatigued in some games. Ground and pound style isn’t an ideal fit for today’s spread-out NFL game. Mock Draft: 36th Pick, 2 round (Cleavland Browns).

2.) Bishop Sankey: Height 5’9 Weight: 209. Bishop Sankey reminds me allot of Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. Sankey has quick shifty lateral movement and a very strong ability to make guys miss—also has great in and out cuts. Sankey also possesses the ability to pick up the pass rush very well which is a part of a running back’s game that seems to be lost these days in the NFL. Sankey is also a very effective interior runner than he looks due to impressive core strength and forward lean. Possesses subtle quickness as would-be tacklers arrive to slip and slide through contact and is too strong for arm tackles. Rarely takes flush hits. Lowers his shoulder when preparing to do so, covering the ball with both hands. Weaknesses: Sankey is a RB that has had a very heavy pay load in his college days at the University of Washington finishing his lat 2 seasons with 653 touches. Also Sankey has okay balance. Room for improvement there. Questions: Does Sankey have enough tread on the tires to be a impact running back in the NFL? Mock Draft: 56th Pick, 2nd round (Cincinnati Bengals).

3.) Tre Mason. Height: 5’8 Weight: 207. Strengths: Tre Mason very much similar to Baltimore Ravens Halfback Ray Rice—Mason possess the very same qualities as the 3-time Pro Bowler in Ray Rice. Mason is built compactly and has very good vision—he’s a decisive, one-cut runner who attacks the hole, whether it comes as a running back or a returner. Mason also gives the special teams game a spark when needed. Another positive, Mason comes from the SEC—which hold some of the best defensive players in the country and some whom might say are “NFL ready” Weaknesses: Mason has the juice to make it to the end zone on a long touchdown run but lacks the get-away speed., and is a one speed runner. Durability is a factor due to his smallish body build. Mason has show pretty good hands in the return game during his tenure at Auburn but wasn’t the great receiving the ball out of the backfield, he didn’t really fit into their scheme. Mock Draft: 3rd round (Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants or Atlanta Falcons).

Wide Receiver:

1.) Sammy Watkins: Height:6’1 Weight 211. Strengths: Just watching Sammy Watkins at the NFL combine—he shows an edge to him that he wants to be the best WR to ever play this game, and that’s what teams look for, a player that shows a competitive edge and willingness to work day in and day out to be the best at what he does—and that’s what Sammy Watkins shows. Now—onto his on-field ability’s, Watkins shows good not great, but good speed at times and is versatile experience lining up wide, in the slot and in the backfield—also as an impact return man. Productive career, school-record for career receiving yards. Watkins also had great ball handling skills and shows patience waiting for running lanes to open. Watkins also is very good at letting his blocks set up before busting out for a big run. He also has the abilities to get large chunks of yardage after the catch, also known as YAC. Weaknesses: He’s not muscular and won’t break many tackles. Under average height for being a wide receiver. Not good catching the ball and lack of focus in the middle of the field—especially when he hears footsteps. Mock Draft: 1st Round, 2nd Pick (St. Louis Rams).

2.) Marqise Lee: Height: 6’0 Weight: 194. Strengths: Lee is very explosive off the line and is able to make shifty moves successfully when needed. Lee is also a remarkably fluid athlete, capable of changing directions quickly—very elusive and shows developing savvy as a route-runner, often using a hesitation move and shoulder-dip to get defenders off-balance. Lee is also huge in the YAC game—yards after catch is a HUGE part of his game. Lee also plays bigger than his size, showing the ability to go up and high-point passes amidst tight coverage and is an attentive, physical downfield blocker. Weaknesses: Due to his slight frame Lee could run into some durability issues later down the road in his NFL career. He also relies on his natural athleticism to work himself free, at times, rather than exploding out of his routes at the proper depths, showing a willingness to freelance that has led to interceptions for the Trojans. Questions: Due to his slight frame—can Marqise Lee stay on the field week in and week out? Mock Draft: 1st Round, 17th Pick (Baltimore Ravens).

Big questions on the horizon for Seahawks.  After coming off an amazing 2013-2014 campaign and capturing  the Lombordi trophy for the first time in franchise history the Seattle Seahawks have some pretty big questions marks with the core of their roster. Michael Bennett, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Walter Thurmond and Pro-Bowl kicker Steven Hauschka are all Free Agents this off season. So, who does the Seahawks front office prioritize? Golden Tate this past season was a HUGE part in the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, From his outstanding Special Teams play To the clutch catches he would make. Tate was also the team’s leading receiver in what some would say a “Pedestrian” receiving corps. Tate had 64 receptions for 898 yard’s and 5 TD’s. Does the Seahawks let him walk and and take their chances with the draft and draft Allan Robinson from Penn State? John Schneider and Pete Carroll has made a clear focus on the draft over the years. Remember that they completely hit on Richard Sherman,  Russell Wilson and Kam Chancellor in the draft over the years. Chancellor and Sherman was the 133rd round and 154th round pick in the 2010 and ‘11 drafts respectively.  But with the uncertainty with Harvin’s and Rice’s health you would want NFL depth at the Wide Receiver position-and that is exactly what Tate is, an NFL caliber receiver that provides re-ensuring depth at the Wide Out position. On the defensive side you have Micheal Bennett and Walter Thermond, Seattle’s defense is as good as it is because you talent and depth at EVERY position.. They might not be able to re-sign Thermond i think he walks, But it is IMPERATIVE that they find a way to re-sign Bennett. Currently at the Defensive End spot you have Red Bryant and then Micheal Bennett. It’s important to keep Bennett to keep the depth at the DE spot. Steven Hauschka they re-sign, there is no way that they’re going to let a Pro-Bowl caliber kicker walk. Doug Baldwin, This one is interesting considering the Golden Tate situation, Assuming that the Seahawks re-sign Tate and—Harvin & Rice both come back healthy, where does that leave Baldwin? Keep in mind that the Seahawks  are also targeting a WR in the first round of this years draft. Breno Giacomini is another question mark, he played a big role in the protection of QB Russell Wilson and the Running game with Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks have  $127.5 million towards salary cap spending. They may need to navigate through Free Agency to find similar success. Its WAY to far out to punch Seattle’s ticket into Super Bowl 49, I’m not siting here and saying its out of the question but to me the Key’s for Seattle repeating as Super Bowl champs are Keeping Giacomini, Golden Tate and/or Doug Baldwin and making it a priority to re-sign Micheal Bennett. Hauschka will re-sign, i have no question about that. That’s just this off season Question Marks. Next year they have to worry about Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith all being Free Agents after next year, plus the fact that Russell Wilson wages increase which will cause the Seahawks to have less cap space. It’s going to be interesting to see how Paul Alan, John Schneider and Pete Carroll handle this. 
-Bobby.

Big questions on the horizon for Seahawks.  After coming off an amazing 2013-2014 campaign and capturing  the Lombordi trophy for the first time in franchise history the Seattle Seahawks have some pretty big questions marks with the core of their roster. Michael Bennett, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Walter Thurmond and Pro-Bowl kicker Steven Hauschka are all Free Agents this off season. So, who does the Seahawks front office prioritize? Golden Tate this past season was a HUGE part in the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, From his outstanding Special Teams play To the clutch catches he would make. Tate was also the team’s leading receiver in what some would say a “Pedestrian” receiving corps. Tate had 64 receptions for 898 yard’s and 5 TD’s. Does the Seahawks let him walk and and take their chances with the draft and draft Allan Robinson from Penn State? John Schneider and Pete Carroll has made a clear focus on the draft over the years. Remember that they completely hit on Richard Sherman,  Russell Wilson and Kam Chancellor in the draft over the years. Chancellor and Sherman was the 133rd round and 154th round pick in the 2010 and ‘11 drafts respectively.  But with the uncertainty with Harvin’s and Rice’s health you would want NFL depth at the Wide Receiver position-and that is exactly what Tate is, an NFL caliber receiver that provides re-ensuring depth at the Wide Out position. On the defensive side you have Micheal Bennett and Walter Thermond, Seattle’s defense is as good as it is because you talent and depth at EVERY position.. They might not be able to re-sign Thermond i think he walks, But it is IMPERATIVE that they find a way to re-sign Bennett. Currently at the Defensive End spot you have Red Bryant and then Micheal Bennett. It’s important to keep Bennett to keep the depth at the DE spot. Steven Hauschka they re-sign, there is no way that they’re going to let a Pro-Bowl caliber kicker walk. Doug Baldwin, This one is interesting considering the Golden Tate situation, Assuming that the Seahawks re-sign Tate and—Harvin & Rice both come back healthy, where does that leave Baldwin? Keep in mind that the Seahawks  are also targeting a WR in the first round of this years draft. Breno Giacomini is another question mark, he played a big role in the protection of QB Russell Wilson and the Running game with Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks have  $127.5 million towards salary cap spending. They may need to navigate through Free Agency to find similar success. Its WAY to far out to punch Seattle’s ticket into Super Bowl 49, I’m not siting here and saying its out of the question but to me the Key’s for Seattle repeating as Super Bowl champs are Keeping Giacomini, Golden Tate and/or Doug Baldwin and making it a priority to re-sign Micheal Bennett. Hauschka will re-sign, i have no question about that. That’s just this off season Question Marks. Next year they have to worry about Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith all being Free Agents after next year, plus the fact that Russell Wilson wages increase which will cause the Seahawks to have less cap space. It’s going to be interesting to see how Paul Alan, John Schneider and Pete Carroll handle this.

-Bobby.










I sat down today and i went through all the possible playoff scenario’s in both the AFC & NFC. After really looking at it Arizona isn’t that “great” of a team. They are when it comes to stopping the run, but everything else, they’re pretty much a middle of the pack team. They play @Philadelphia, vs St. Louis, @Tennessee, @ Seattle, and home against the 49ers to finish their season. I think they beat the Rams and Tennessee, But lose to the Eagles, Seahawks and the 49ers. That puts the Cards at 9-7 and out of the race for a wild-card spot.. I think the Seahawks get in at 14-2, but still have Home Field Advantage even with a loss to the Saints on Monday Night because New Orleans will be in at 13-3, and as a number 2 seed. Both those teams will have a first round bye. I think the 49ers make it in as the NFC’s 6th seed at 11-5, I think they win 4 of their next 5 games IF they can do just a little better stopping the run, out side of Seattle, their last 5 games are relatively easy.. Carolina gets in as the NFC’s 5th seed at 12-4, i think they split their 2 games with the Saints and win their renaming games. Philadelphia, (Un-bias i promise) i think the Eagles make it in as a 4th seed at 10-6, i think Detroit will beat them, because of Philly’s vulnerable secondary, but Philly has improved their run game just enough to hold Adrian Peterson to a some what AP unlike day when the Eagles play Minnesota. The winner of the Dallas/Philadelphia game will be the detouring factor of who gets in the playoffs in the NFC East, if Dallas was to beat Philly, Dallas would get in at the 4th seed at 10-6 and knock Philly out. But i just cant see Dallas beating Philly twice.. so the wild card match-ups for the NFC will be, (6) San Fransisco @ (3) Carolina, The winner of that games plays @ (2) New Orleans. then the second wild-card will be Carolina @ Philadelphia, the winner of that game will play @ (1) Seattle.. Now the AFC.. Denver will be the number 1 seed and New England the number 2 seed.. between the Jets and Dolphins those two teams will decide the AFC’s number 6 seed. I think Miami gets in at 8-8.. haha honestly, i don’t think the Jets beat Carolina.. or Miami twice haha.. Personally i think Pittsburgh and Baltimore is a mess, so that will propel Cincinnati into the playoffs as the AFC’s number 3 seed at 12-4, i think the Bengals will beat the Vikings, Colts and Ravens.. Kansas City will finish 13-3 and be the 5th seed haha.. Weird huh? and the Colts get in at 10-6 (Barley).. the AFC playoffs will be (6) Miami @ (3) Cincinnati for the first wild card game. and (5) Kansas City @ (4) Indianapolis. The winner of the Colts/Chiefs will play @ Denver, and the winner of Dolphins/Bengals will play @ New England.. Anything can happen.. but this is just how i see the playoff race ending..
  • I sat down today and i went through all the possible playoff scenario’s in both the AFC & NFC. After really looking at it Arizona isn’t that “great” of a team. They are when it comes to stopping the run, but everything else, they’re pretty much a middle of the pack team. They play @Philadelphia, vs St. Louis, @Tennessee, @ Seattle, and home against the 49ers to finish their season. I think they beat the Rams and Tennessee, But lose to the Eagles, Seahawks and the 49ers. That puts the Cards at 9-7 and out of the race for a wild-card spot.. I think the Seahawks get in at 14-2, but still have Home Field Advantage even with a loss to the Saints on Monday Night because New Orleans will be in at 13-3, and as a number 2 seed. Both those teams will have a first round bye. I think the 49ers make it in as the NFC’s 6th seed at 11-5, I think they win 4 of their next 5 games IF they can do just a little better stopping the run, out side of Seattle, their last 5 games are relatively easy.. Carolina gets in as the NFC’s 5th seed at 12-4, i think they split their 2 games with the Saints and win their renaming games. Philadelphia, (Un-bias i promise) i think the Eagles make it in as a 4th seed at 10-6, i think Detroit will beat them, because of Philly’s vulnerable secondary, but Philly has improved their run game just enough to hold Adrian Peterson to a some what AP unlike day when the Eagles play Minnesota. The winner of the Dallas/Philadelphia game will be the detouring factor of who gets in the playoffs in the NFC East, if Dallas was to beat Philly, Dallas would get in at the 4th seed at 10-6 and knock Philly out. But i just cant see Dallas beating Philly twice.. so the wild card match-ups for the NFC will be, (6) San Fransisco @ (3) Carolina, The winner of that games plays @ (2) New Orleans. then the second wild-card will be Carolina @ Philadelphia, the winner of that game will play @ (1) Seattle.. Now the AFC.. Denver will be the number 1 seed and New England the number 2 seed.. between the Jets and Dolphins those two teams will decide the AFC’s number 6 seed. I think Miami gets in at 8-8.. haha honestly, i don’t think the Jets beat Carolina.. or Miami twice haha.. Personally i think Pittsburgh and Baltimore is a mess, so that will propel Cincinnati into the playoffs as the AFC’s number 3 seed at 12-4, i think the Bengals will beat the Vikings, Colts and Ravens.. Kansas City will finish 13-3 and be the 5th seed haha.. Weird huh? and the Colts get in at 10-6 (Barley).. the AFC playoffs will be (6) Miami @ (3) Cincinnati for the first wild card game. and (5) Kansas City @ (4) Indianapolis. The winner of the Colts/Chiefs will play @ Denver, and the winner of Dolphins/Bengals will play @ New England.. Anything can happen.. but this is just how i see the playoff race ending..



The big question is, is the Yankee Second basemen worth a huge long-term deal that Yankee GM Brian Cashman is said to offer him? Well lets look deeper into the portfolio of the 5-time All-Star, Robinson Cano. Cano will be entering his 9th season at the age of 31. Can he sustain the production on the field that he has give the Yankees over the last 7 seasons? Lets face the facts, hes human, its very unlikely that Cano will be hitting .315 at the age of 41, But what Cano has shown over the course of his career is durability at what some would say a very physically demanding position. The last 7 seasons Robinson Cano has played in 1120 games at 2B for the Yankees that’s 159 + games a season!! Durability is a huge factor in long-term contracts in MLB, you don’t want to pay a player 200 Million is he only plays 120 games a season.. Cano is one of thee most durable players in the game today, and then we add on the level that he does it as, and all of a sudden we have one of thee most valuable players in the game today. Brian Cashman knows that the Yankees will have a hard time moving forward without Cano at 2B. There is no one in the Yanks farm system that can play 2B like Robbie. The Yankees aren’t like the Cardinals, when Albert Puljols left St. Louis, the Cards knew they had talent to replace him, (Alan Craig & Matt Adams). Respectively, the Yankees second leading scorer last season or (Offensive Player) was Brett Gardner. Now that number wont stay the same, if they re-sign Granderson, and Teixeria can stay healthy then the Yankees will be that. “Bronx Bombers” kind of team again, but they did that with Cano. Robinson Cano’s WAR or (Wins Above Replacement) was 7.6.. to put that in perspective Dustin Pedroia’s WAR last year was 5.6, and we all know how valuable Pedroia is to Boston. In my oppinion, I believe that due to the circumstances the Yankees are facing, Granderson likely on his way out, the sun setting on Derek Jeter’s career, I think that makes Robinson Cano is irreplaceable to the Yankees, if they have any future plan in contending. Cono is that cliché “franchise player” The Yankees can honestly build around him. I think the Yankees re-sign him to a 10 year, 290 Million dollar contract.

The big question is, is the Yankee Second basemen worth a huge long-term deal that Yankee GM Brian Cashman is said to offer him? Well lets look deeper into the portfolio of the 5-time All-Star, Robinson Cano. Cano will be entering his 9th season at the age of 31. Can he sustain the production on the field that he has give the Yankees over the last 7 seasons? Lets face the facts, hes human, its very unlikely that Cano will be hitting .315 at the age of 41, But what Cano has shown over the course of his career is durability at what some would say a very physically demanding position. The last 7 seasons Robinson Cano has played in 1120 games at 2B for the Yankees that’s 159 + games a season!! Durability is a huge factor in long-term contracts in MLB, you don’t want to pay a player 200 Million is he only plays 120 games a season.. Cano is one of thee most durable players in the game today, and then we add on the level that he does it as, and all of a sudden we have one of thee most valuable players in the game today. Brian Cashman knows that the Yankees will have a hard time moving forward without Cano at 2B. There is no one in the Yanks farm system that can play 2B like Robbie. The Yankees aren’t like the Cardinals, when Albert Puljols left St. Louis, the Cards knew they had talent to replace him, (Alan Craig & Matt Adams). Respectively, the Yankees second leading scorer last season or (Offensive Player) was Brett Gardner. Now that number wont stay the same, if they re-sign Granderson, and Teixeria can stay healthy then the Yankees will be that. “Bronx Bombers” kind of team again, but they did that with Cano. Robinson Cano’s WAR or (Wins Above Replacement) was 7.6.. to put that in perspective Dustin Pedroia’s WAR last year was 5.6, and we all know how valuable Pedroia is to Boston. In my oppinion, I believe that due to the circumstances the Yankees are facing, Granderson likely on his way out, the sun setting on Derek Jeter’s career, I think that makes Robinson Cano is irreplaceable to the Yankees, if they have any future plan in contending. Cono is that cliché “franchise player” The Yankees can honestly build around him. I think the Yankees re-sign him to a 10 year, 290 Million dollar contract.

Well, its the Cardinals vs. Redsox for the 2013 World Series. in ALCS there was big hit after big hit in clutch situations for Boston, Napoli’s homer off of Verlander in Detroit, that would to be the wining run for Boston. Ortiz game-tying Grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning in game 3, and Finally Shane Victorino’s go-ahead Grand slam in game 6.  The key to this series is can Boston’s hitters compete with St. Louis pitchers? Joe Kelly is HUGE for the Cardinals, they need him to pitch like he did in the NLDS. Wahca and Wainwright have been brilliant this postseason, posting ERA’s under 1.50. Martinez, Rosenthal and  Axford are locking up the back ends of ball games with a purpose, Martinez has electric stuff, Axford looks allot like he did in his Brewer days, and Rosenthal has been simply lights out. Same with Bostons bullpin, absolutely great work out of them, Craig Breslow, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, and of course their Closer, Koji Uehara. The name of the game for this World series will be “get the starters early”  because once they’re gone, who ever has the lead could be the winner.

From day one of Spring training until now, and through out this postseason, this has been my prediction for the NLCS The Atlanta Braves and  L.A Dodgers.  1-4 and you can even make the case for their 5th starter Alex Wood, the Braves pitching staff will give this Brave club a chance to win, and even more so in a 5 or 7 game series. I think the braves have the best defensive short stop in the game in Andrelton Simmons, The braves also have a pretty strong line up, with some pop, from Gattis to the Upton brothers, to the NL MVP candidate Freddy Freeman.. the list goes on. As do the Dodgers. The Dodgers are also second in ERA behind the Atlanta Braves.. so if these two teams get to the NLCS, we will see 2 great pitching staffs verse two good offenses. It will be something to watch.

MY POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 2. (TOP 10)

1.) DENVER BRONCOS: Over the first 2 weeks of the season Denver’s offense is as advertised. Putting up a total of 90 points. Their offense is on a different level that most teams defense it seems. Welker, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, and huge target TE, Deymaryius Thomas.. all serve as a great complement to future Hall of Famer Payton Manning. If they could get just their running game going with Knowshon Moreno this team is almost a lock to represent the AFC in the SuperBowl in New Jersey this year. Also keep in mind their D still is without their 2 biggest starts, Von Miller and Champ Bailey.

2.) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Seattle’s D is hands down the best in the league. Their secondary is so stingy against the pass and unless you’re the 1980 Washington Redskins O-Line its almost impossible to get a running game going against Seattle. Yes I understand that they are 24th in the league currently in OPP rushing yards, but wait until we get into mid November and see where that stat is. Russel Wilson is no doubt the anchor of this team, that and CB Richard Sherman, Wilson makes great decisions and wont ever put his team in a bad spot. They have a stable running game with Lynch, still kinda sputtering in the passing game.

3.) KANSAS CITY CHEIFS: Who seen this coming? 2-0 and its not a fluke. One of the best at stopping the run, the Chiefs have an all around defense this year. They have a strong running game as we all know in Jamaal Charles, and what most people over look a great QB/Head coach relationship with Andy Reid and Alex Smith. Dewayne Bowe is obviously the go-to target for Alex Smith, but looking around Bowe, they got some weapons. Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery Just to name a few, they have depth on this offense and it could be huge down the stretch. Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith are doing their job in the secondary, and the Chiefs front 9 lead by Justin Houston, Akeem Jordan and Derrick Johnson are all stepping up and making plays, those three guys are HUGE for this Chiefs D.

4.)NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: I put this team at 4 because week 1 they beat the Falcons, who EVERYONE thought would just run away with things, not looking like it just yet, they also beat the Buccaneers on the road, I know everyone will say “its the Buccaneers!!!” Folks its also a division game on the road.. we all know how much the Saints are a different team, Home and Away. I like how the Saints D has been there for the first 2 weeks, will they keep it up? I dont know, its hard to tell. But they have been there for Drew Brees and the Saints offense the first 2 weeks. I would like to see more consistency out of the Saints running game that’s where the issues lie. Remember their 2010 Superbowl team, that team was in the top 5 rushing, yes they did it by committee, but still that was a huge part of their road to the Superbowl.

5.) CHICAGO BEARS: Jay Cutler has lead the Bears to 2, BIG 4th quarter comebacks this year to put the Bears at 2-0. Watching him in these first 2 weeks, its apparent that he has way more confidence in his ability and receivers than years past. I really like this offense, Matt Forte has been riddled with injury’s through out his tenure with the Bears, but when his healthy, we all know of what kind of weapon he could be in the backfield. Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are also huge for Cutler and this Bears passing game. Their D is pretty much a middle of the pack kind of defense. They’ll keep the Bears in it.

6.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: Well 2 weeks in and the Miami Dolphins are a perfect 2-0. Fans in South Beach are already predicting Superbowl, just hold your horses. The Dolphins have stability on the offensive side of the ball this year with Ryan Tannehill and a pretty potent WR core in B. Hartline, Charles Clay, Mike Wallace and Daniel Thomas. The key if Tannehill can mature into the QB he is cabable of being. No doubt this can be a potent passing game. Concerned of the lack or running that could pose a problem putting all the pressure on 2-year QB Ryan Tannehill.

7.) ATLANTA FALCONS: Getting rid of Micheal Turner this past off-season was just stupid.. Yes, we know how good Steven Jackson was in St. Lois, but also very injury prone. Roddie White has also be struck by the injury bug early this season, its important for the Falcons to have him healthy. Still love this team on offense, they would be even better if Steven Jackson can stay healthy and give the Falcons a much needed running game. Their seconday is a problem, Desmond Truffaut, and Asante Samuel, Falcons need them both to stay healthy, Desmond Trufaunt was a stud in Washington, can he fill that hole in the Falcon secondary? Look, the Falcons don’t expect to have corner play like the Seahawks do, they’re just looking for them to keep the Falcons in games, “bend dont break” mentality. I think their Line backing core.. also has some question marks in it outside of Sean Weatherspoon.

8.) SAN FRNCISCO 49ERS: Just coming off a beat down in Seattle this team could still have something to say in the NFC, in-fact they do and probably will. We know how good this defense can be, but I think the problem of this team lies in the offense, they can’t put all the pressure on Frank Gore and Collin Keapernick’s legs.. They have to get production out of the passing game. Let me explain. Last night we seen Seattle take Anquan Boldin out of the game leaving Kerry Williams and Vernon Davis the 49ers only targets.. It makes this team almost 1 denominational with emphasis on the running game. They need Kery Williams and Vernon Davis to stay healthy its pivotal to this offense they can not let Boldin be the only “threat” to the defenses around the NFL. 1 denominational teams do not win championships.

9.) HOUSTON TEXANS: All though they are 2-0 they’ve had to pull it out of the bag in the last seconds. Their D is doing a good job in the secondary and as as whole. They’re are also doing good on the offensive side of the ball both in the running and passing game. Harsh next 3 games for the Texans, @Baltimore, vs. Seattle, and @San Francisco. Pivotal part of the season for this squad. We”ll know if they are a legit Superbowl contender after that.

10.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: The Raiders have serious hope. Terrell Pryor has given Raiders fans new life if you will. The Raiders currently lead the NFL in rushing yards, I know its week 2 but it still is raising some eyebrows including mine. Darren McFadden and Terrell Pryor is a lethal combination in their running game. And then you add Rashad Jennings who can be explosive at times and you’re looking at arguable the best 1-2-3 rushing combination in the NFL Rod Streater looks to be Pryor’s go to ma in their passing game. Denarius Moore with his down field speed and veteran present, he could also be a weapon on the out side for Pryor as the season goes on. Tracy Porter, veteran Corner from New Orleans and Mike Jenkins will have this secondary on lock down and you cant foret Charles Woodson added to this completely re-built secondary of the Raiders.

The 12th Man will be roaring Sunday night in Seattle as a HUGE early season divisional game takes place. I really like Seattle wins this one to re bound from a lack-luster performance last Sunday in Carolina. Seattle’s D-line is just as good as the 49ers and i look for Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant, and Tony McDaniel to plug up any running lanes Gore may have and force Keapernick to throw the football into the shut down secondary of Seattle. Key for the game for Seattle is to neutralize the 49ers biggest threat, Anquain Boldin. If Seattle is successful in doing so, the Hawks win, 20-13. 

As a die-hard fan of this team, I couldn’t be happier, as a sports blogger, still have some concerns for the Eagles this year. Chip Kelly brought a high-powered, flying offense to the Nations Capital last night. First drive for the Eagles, they flew down the field with no problem.. Drive ended with controversial “Backwards pass” However, very good defensive play from this Eagles squad in the first half, dominating the line of scrimmage, and forcing Griffin to throw off his back foot. Like old Jim Johnson like, the Eagles D came with a relentless blitz all night.. Wouldn’t  you? Considering this is RG3’s fits time on the field for 9 months, coming back from serious knee surgery. Concerns. The Eagles came into the second half with a 26-7 lead right away they had a HUGE pic to start the second half, Eagles turned it into points.. However after that the Redskins offense got some urgency, Griffin came out   in the second half throwing the ball (as times seeming at will), the Redskins scored 20 un-anwserd points puting the score at 33-27.. The Eagles D, especially their secondary in the second half,  looked like they were playing a zone, giving Griffin short dink and dunk passes underneath to his receivers.. The Eagles had a hard time closing out the game last night, that’s something they need to work on. Can their secondary and new 3-4 D play like they did in the first half of the game last night consistently all year? If they can this team could be a dark horse in the NFC.

As a die-hard fan of this team, I couldn’t be happier, as a sports blogger, still have some concerns for the Eagles this year. Chip Kelly brought a high-powered, flying offense to the Nations Capital last night. First drive for the Eagles, they flew down the field with no problem.. Drive ended with controversial “Backwards pass” However, very good defensive play from this Eagles squad in the first half, dominating the line of scrimmage, and forcing Griffin to throw off his back foot. Like old Jim Johnson like, the Eagles D came with a relentless blitz all night.. Wouldn’t  you? Considering this is RG3’s fits time on the field for 9 months, coming back from serious knee surgery. Concerns. The Eagles came into the second half with a 26-7 lead right away they had a HUGE pic to start the second half, Eagles turned it into points.. However after that the Redskins offense got some urgency, Griffin came out   in the second half throwing the ball (as times seeming at will), the Redskins scored 20 un-anwserd points puting the score at 33-27.. The Eagles D, especially their secondary in the second half,  looked like they were playing a zone, giving Griffin short dink and dunk passes underneath to his receivers.. The Eagles had a hard time closing out the game last night, that’s something they need to work on. Can their secondary and new 3-4 D play like they did in the first half of the game last night consistently all year? If they can this team could be a dark horse in the NFC.