With the Eagles season officially a disaster I wanted to look back at some of the decision making they made this year, most of which came under scrutiny during the offseason and will come under more scrutiny now. Plus Ill give some thoughts on what the team can maybe do in the future to improve and get back to the playoffs.
The Sam Bradford Trade
The Eagles kicked off free agency with this move that never really seemed to make much sense at any level. Bradford, a former number 1 pick, had spent most of his NFL career on the injured list and when he played he never looked like anything more than a mid tier/replacement level player. His style of play certainly did not seem to match what people believed Kelly was looking for in a quarterback. (more…)
It looks to be a very poor year for the free agent tight end in 2016. Few players have stood out this season and those who have are both big surprises for older players who likely won’t see a big spike in value because of their age. So let’s see who is available and what their costs might be next season.
Antonio Gates, Chargers
Gates is nearing the end of his career but is still very productive when healthy. He missed four games this year due to suspension and will still likely finish with close to 600 yards which is pretty impressive. Obviously the major negative is age as Gates will be 36 next season, which in football years for a non-quarterback is like the equivalent of being 55 years old. So many older players who switch teams fail that I don’t think there will be much interest in Gates outside of San Diego, especially seeing what is happening with Andre Johnson in Indianapolis this year. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully everyone is enjoying a fun day with your families and getting ready to watch some football. My midseason funk continues picking games with a 7-7 record last weekend and a 6-8 record against the spread. My yearly record is now 102-58 and 78-77-5. I’ll do a separate post for the other games later this week. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when the salary cap hat goes completely off and the Jets fan comes out for a “state of the Jets” post, which has been requested by a few of the readers on the site given the Jets recent lack of success. The team has lost 4 of their last 5 and has looked poor in a majority of those games, games that most expected at worst would have produced a 3-2 record. Today the Jets released LB/DE Quinton Coples, the teams 2012 first round pick, a move that would be described as the team’s front office looking to send a message to the team that no job, no matter how much money you earn or how much draft capital the team has invested in you, is safe. So I’ll share my thoughts on the team and answer any questions you may have either in the comments or via email. (more…)
The 49ers placed Colin Kaepernick on injured reserve yesterday, a few short weeks after benching him for what the 49ers said would be a temporary move to the bench to help Kaepernick clear his head. After backup Blaine Gabbert won his start with the team it seemed the 49ers were already pulling away from the temporary benching and this type of injury, much like Peyton Manning’s, is often a blessing in disguise for a team because it makes the whole process much neater. But since there may be some confusion on the Kaepernick contract I thought I would clarify some of the points surrounding the contract. (more…)
In this weeks podcast I cover a few topics including Manning’s injury/benching, the Rams decision to bench Foles, Jimmy Graham’s struggles in Seattle, plus NFL picks for week 11.
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Scores took a bit of a step back last week as many big name players came up below expectations with our winner around 138 points. S If you want to join in the fun for week 11 here is the link to our league for this week. The rules are a bit different this week with the max entries limited to 25 and the top 4 winning prizes. If you are new to FanDuel make sure to sign up with the promo code OTC100 to get a deposit bonus up to $200, paid out as you enter contests. The link will take you right to the enter fields so if you have never played before you can see how the team building process works. After the jump Ill recap last week’s game and just do a primer on FanDuel for any new users. (more…)