Jets Offseason Needs

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Saints Violate “Bounty” Rule

greg williams saints

Williams Paid His Players To Injure Others

This will dwarf  “Spy Gate” in terms of how severe the NFL will penalize the Saints Organization.

To paint a picture of what was going on in the Saints organization during this “bounty” era in New Orleans, I look no further than Peter King’s article “Way Out Of Bounds”.

“On Saturday nights during the 2009 NFL season, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the lightning-rod leader of a feisty unit, would stand in front of his men holding white envelopes filled with cash—bonuses for their performances the previous week.

As Williams called up player after player, handing them envelopes with amounts ranging from $100 for a special teams tackle inside the opponents’ 20-yard line to $1,500 for knocking a foe out of the game, a chant would rise up from the fired-up defenders:

“Give it back! Give it back! Give it back!”

Many players would do just that, to beef up the pot and make the stakes bigger as the season went on.”

Pretty crazy to think this happens in an NFL locker room.

Or is it?

In a safety-first NFL, this is by far the worst news that can come and now the integrity of the whole organization is now in question.

Personally, I always thought this happened in the NFL and I was proved right by this news.

For any one that has played football, haven’t you tried to knock out the opposing team’s best player?

I know it sounds dirty and violent, but that is what football is.

It is easy to forget that now because if touch a player beyond 5 yards it is a penalty.

Before you judge anyone involved in this scandal, put yourself in the player’s shoes. You are one game away from your dream of playing in the super bowl, your ULTIMATE GOAL.

Brett Favre stands in your way.

Do you let Brett tear you apart and destroy your dreams of getting to the super bowl, that is if you are even lucky enough to get to that point in your career again?

OR..

You walk into your locker room before the game and put down $10,000 cash on the table and say “You knock out Favre, you get $10,000”

I’m pretty sure you are feeling good about Favre not finishing the game.

Jonathan Vilma did that, he is a super bowl champion now.

I know a championship should not mean more than ending someone else’s career, BUT IN FOOTBALL you are NOT a civilized person. You are not at home with your kids, you are not with your friends.

You are on a field where everyone on the opposing team is looking to absolutely DESTROY you.

I’m not saying I condone what Vilma did, but I completely understand it.

Just because I understand it, does not mean I think it is right, it is absolutely wrong and dangerous. Football is dangerous enough, you do not need to give players an incentive for hurting one another.

I expect the Saints to lose 1st round draft picks and to be fined heavily.

Also, I believe Vilma should be suspended for violating player safety rules and putting the integrity of the game at risk. Practices like this have no place in the game of football and everyone involved will have a tarnished reputation.

Greg Williams should be suspended for one season and for the rest of his career be put on probation for his bounty program. If he is caught again with this program he should be banned from coaching in the NFL again.

Although Payton may not have run the program directly, he allowed to happen under his watch, therefore he too should be suspended for 4 games or fined $1 Million.

All players that have won bounties should have their money given back and used by the NFL for safety tutorials for incoming rookie or be put to the NFL Retired Players Fund.

The Saints sold their souls to get a championship and got just what they ordered. They got their championship, but it is now forever tainted with being tied to a bounty scandal.

I can only imagine the money that was put on Peyton Manning’s head.

Maybe $40,000?

We’ll never know.

But what we do know is that Brett Favre got demolished against the Saints and here is proof.

 

 

 

 

 

Peyton Manning and Colts Part Ways

Peyton Manning

Manning and Colts Part Ways

The day every Colt fan has feared for the past six months has come true.

Peyton Manning will NOT be a Colt next season and the NFL Offseason starts with a HUGE bang.

For the remaining Colt fans that haven’t hung themselves yet, do not worry, PeteyDeez is here to wipe away your tears and give you a shoulder to lean on.

If you thought this day was not going to come, you are an idiot and should not call yourself a football fan. I know it is hard to swallow for you Colt fans out there, but this was sealed once the Colts secured the #1 pick for Andrew Luck.

The Colts were not going to pay Manning $28 Million and draft a quarterback with the #1 pick, that is just too much money tied up in one position. Than you add the fact that new head coach Chuck Pagano is a defensive minded coach that wanted to improve the entire Colts team, this was only a matter of time.

Also, I can’t say there is not a “bad guy” in this situation, Peyton Manning still thinks he can play and there is NOTHING wrong with that. For those of you who wanted him to retire because he was not going to play with the Colts, once again, you are an idiot.

Colt fans should actually feel good about this. At least Manning did not retire than come back and play for another team to spite your team’s General Manager….. ring a bell?

From an organizational point of view, the Colts did nothing wrong either. The Colts need to improve their TEAM and drafting Luck and using money to fill other positions fulfills that. Also the Colts need to get younger and become much more balanced and cutting Manning allows them to do this.

This actually works out for both parties and is really a no-brainer when you think about it.

Is it still big news that Peyton Manning got cut?

OF COURSE IT IS. 

It is PEYTON MANNING, one of the greatest quarterbacks of our time and he is a FREE AGENT?

That is INCREDIBLE

What makes this such a compelling story is Manning’s injury and how he will perform for his new team. Historically, quarterbacks that have been dominant for one team have not gone to another team and win a Lombardi trophy.

Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Joe Namath and Kurt Warner were all great quarterbacks for their respective teams, yet NONE of them could win their new team to a super bowl championship.

However, if there is ONE player that can change that, it is Peyton Manning. Reports say Manning has been throwing well in drills and looks great, too bad those drills do not have a 6’5 270 pound defensive end coming from his blind side to end his life.

In short, we won’t know how good Manning is until he hits the field and gets hit, which I promise you will happen.

Manning also becomes the biggest risk or reward free agent in NFL History, if he plays like he did before the injury, it is the best free agent deal in history and if he does not, it is the worst free agent signing in NFL history.

Damn… I cannot wait for football season!

Peyton Manning Super Bowl

Enjoy The Memory Colt Fans

NFL Offseason 2012 Part VII: Defensive Linemen

nfl free agent tracker 2012

Who Gets Their Pass Rusher This Offseason?

Part I: Overview

Part II: Quarterbacks

Part III: Running Backs

Part IV: Wide Receivers

Part V: Tight Ends

Part VI: Offensive Lineman

As the New York Giants proved this season, a great pass rush can alter the scales and put you over the top in terms of being a championship contender.

This free agent class may not have the same depth as the wide receiver position, but there are players out there that can certainly make an impact for a team, if the team is willing to spend the money.

Lets get right to it!

Robert Mathis Colts

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis, Defensive End:

Among the plethora of Colts free agents, this is their most important one. Mathis is a complete stud and a nightmare for offenses to plan for. However, it is rumored the Colts are moving to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Chuck Pagano.

If this is true Mathis could find himself playing elsewhere, unless he is willing to move to outside linebacker like Mario Williams did this past season. If Mathis hits the open market, I look for him to cash in big time.

Cliff Avril, Defensive End:

Cliff Avril Lions

Cliff Avril

Avril has drawn a lot of attention regarding his comments on free agency as of late. Avril knows he will be highly sought after if he hits the open market and he wants a long-term deal. The Lions should keep him. Avril has been one of the catalysts in the turnaround the Lions have experienced under coach Jim Schwartz over the past two seasons.

I look for the Lions to tag him and then trade him for value. Avril wants a long-term deal and I do not see the Lions dishing out that much money especially with Stafford and Calvin needing pay days in the near future.

Mario Williams Texans

Mario Williams

Mario Williams, Defensive End:

I know Williams played outside linebacker last season, but he is a defensive end at heart. Williams could not have a worse year for a player in his contract year. Williams had 5 sacks in 5 games, than suffered a season ending injury. What makes this even tougher for Williams is that the Texans defense played GREAT without him.

Also if the Texans were to franchise tag Mario Williams, they would be investing $23 million. Williams is a good player, but he is not worth that type of money just yet.

Therefore, it is up to the Texans to work out a long-term deal with Williams and that seems unlikely. Williams will be heading to the open market and will be highly pursued. It will be interesting to see which team decides to go after him.

Calais Campbell, Defensive End:

Calais Campbell Cardinals

Calais Campbell

The Cardinals have a very young defense that began to gel towards the end of the season last year. Campbell is an instrumental part of that defense and I look for the Cardinals to use every resource possible to keep Campbell a Cardinal.

Campbell is 6’8, 300 pounds and a great athlete for someone his size. I look for Arizona to franchise him so if he does leave, they can acquire talent for him. Campbell also said he would not fight the franchise tag if it was used on him.

 

Antonio Garay Chargers

Antonio Garay

Antonio Garay, Nose Tackle:

The Chargers know how valuable it is to keep a solid nose tackle, especially when you run a 3-4 defensive scheme. However, Garay had a sub-par year this past season and may not warrant the contract he thinks he deserves.

If San Diego were to get in a bidding war for Garay, I imagine them bowing out pretty quickly. If the Chargers can not re-sign Garay, look for them to fill their need at nose tackle through the draft.

 

John Abraham, Defensive End:

John Abraham Falcons

John Abraham

Abraham is aging, yet he is still the Falcons best pass rusher. However, I seriously doubt the Falcons will pay him the $8 million he was paid last year. Abraham’s production will be tough to replace for the Falcons, yet I see them letting Abraham walk if both sides can not agree on a reasonable number.

Also, take into consideration the Falcons other free agent they must resign, corner back Brent Grimes. Grimes will command a lot of money, so keeping him might come at the expense of letting Abraham walk.

Jason Jones Titans

Jason Jones

Jason Jones, Defensive Tackle:

Jones is one of the better interior rushers in the NFL. However, the Titans moved him to defensive end last season and he struggled. If the Titans plan to keep Jones at defensive end, than I see the Titans letting Jones go into the open market.

If the Titans wish to keep Jones in the middle of their 4-3 defensive scheme, than I can see the Titans trying to keep him. The Titans have been excellent in their evaluations of defensive lineman in the draft and then letting them walk when they have maximized their talents (Albert Haynesworth).

Sione Pouha, Nose Tackle:

Sione Pouha Jets

Sione Pouha

The Jets have very little depth in their front seven and keeping Pouha should be a high priority. Before this team can make outside acquisitions to better themselves, they MUST retain the certain players they NEED.

Continuity is EVERYTHING for a Rex Ryan defensive scheme. Pouha has excelled in this system and I look for Rex to do the right thing and sign Pouha. Unless of course Pouha becomes selfish (which is possible with the Jets locker room). Interior defensive line play is crucial for the Jets and the way they play defense and Pouha was a big part of that.

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Stay Tuned for next Article: NFL Offseason 2012 Part VIII: Linebackers

New York Mets 2012 Preview

New York Mets logo

The Mets Look For Respect In 2012

The Mets or “Mess” as some would like to call them have pitchers and catchers reporting today, although the first official team workout is not scheduled until Wednesday.

As if the Mets didn’t have a tough enough road to begin with no Jose Reyes and possibly Johan Santana, they also find themselves in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, the NL East.

Seems like this team can’t catch a break.

However, the Mets made minor moves this offseason that I think made the team much better and have key players coming back from injury.

The Mets decided to first bring in the fences at their new ballpark. Right-Center Field went from 415 to 398, Left Field comes in from 371 to 358. Citi Field ranked last in the MLB with Home runs per game, it average about 1.43.

Now to the players.

Frank Francisco Mets

Frank Francisco

The Mets made some good moves in regards to their bullpen. First by signing closer Frank Francisco. The Mets bullpen was AWFUL last season, ranking 5th worst in blown saves with 24.

If the Mets had a league average closer which had only 13-14 blown saves, the Mets would have been fighting for a playoff spot. The Mets weren’t necessarily a bad team, their bullpen was just so bad and was their undoing in so many games.

Along with Francisco, the Mets signed John Rauch and traded Angel Pagan to the Giants for Ramon Ramirez. All three will need to have all-star caliber years (and are very capable) for the Mets to regain respectability.

Also, all three of these guys are POWER arms with good stuff and good velocity.

With the dimensions at Citi Field coming in, power hitters like Ike Davis/David Wright and Jason Bay should bring in more offense.

Ike Davis Mets

Ike Davis

Ike Davis was having a breakout year until he got hurt. Davis was batting .302 with 7 Home Runs and 25 RBI’s. I expect Davis to continue his ascent and the fences coming in should not hurt either. Davis has awesome power and if he can stay healthy for a full-season can easily put up 30-35 home runs.

Jason Bay may not be the 40 home run guy that he was in Pittsburgh or Boston, but I know he can be a productive 20-25 Home Run guy and he does play a good left field. Bay needs to have a good year for respect amongst the fan base. Every since being signed Bay has under-performed drastically.

David Wright needs to bounce back big time. With Reyes gone it will be up to Wright/Davis/Bay to really bring up their production. If this offense wants to be productive, it will be up to David Wright to lead the way.

David Wright

David Wright

His opposite field power reminded me of Piazza and his .300+ average made him a feared man in MLB. However, Wright has slumped mightily over the past two seasons and needs to rebound.

 

The Mets projected 2012 starting lineup consists of:

Lineup Player POS Team AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
1 Andres Torres OF NYM 450 66 9 37 21 0.229 0.316 0.378
2 Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 420 62 7 50 5 0.305 0.353 0.440
3 David Wright 3B NYM 545 86 21 79 18 0.264 0.354 0.448
4 Ike Davis 1B NYM 495 81 22 79 1 0.263 0.357 0.467
5 Lucas Duda OF NYM 475 74 17 73 1 0.282 0.365 0.476
6 Jason Bay OF NYM 450 61 13 54 10 0.251 0.344 0.400
7 Josh Thole C NYM 340 46 3 37 1 0.291 0.371 0.365
8 Ruben Tejada SS NYM 410 52 0 41 6 0.285 0.370 0.339

 

On the other hand, the starting rotation consists of:

New York Mets Starting Rotation
Player
IP
W
ERA
WHIP
K
K/9
 
Johan Santana 150 8 3.65 1.26 116 7
Mike Pelfrey 200 9 4.45 1.35 111 5
Jon Niese 175 9 3.80 1.31 152 7.8
R A Dickey 200 10 3.55 1.24 122 5.5
Dillon Gee 170 10 4.35 1.38 123 6.5

Obviously the key is Santana, if he can come back and be effective for the Mets it will be a huge lift for a team desperately seeking positive news. Gee started strong for the Mets, than failed to regain his form after the all-star break. It will be interesting to see how Gee performs this season.

Johan Santana

Johan Santana

The one thing the Mets need more than anything is good health. It seems like this team has been stripped due to injuries the past two seasons. Last season they played hard for manager Terry Collins and finished 77-85, which is not too bad considering the injuries they faced and the competition within the division.

Unfortunately, injuries are apart of the game, the Mets need to hope the injuries they face this year are not major and do not effect key parts of their team. This team lacks depth and can’t afford to have their starters out for an extended period of time.

 

Let the heartbreak begin…

 

 

 

NFL Offseason 2012 Part VI: Offensive Linemen

Free Agent Tracker 2012

Part I: Overview

Part II: Quarterbacks

Part III: Running Backs

Part IV: Wide Receivers

Part V: Tight Ends

The offensive line is the most overlooked, yet important part of an offense. Obviously the quarterbacks and skill positions get all the publicity, but make no mistake about it, without a good offensive line, your team is going nowhere.

A lot of offensive linemen in this free agency class are under-the-radar type players. This comes with being an offensive lineman because usually the ones getting the most attention during the season, aren’t doing their jobs. So if you do not know who these players are, that means they had a very good season.

Lets see who will be on the market come March 13th and where they could fit in.

Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks, Guard:

After the Saints dished out a 7-year $57.5 Million to teammate Jahri Evans, Nicks will be looking for the same type of contract. It would be unheard of if the Saints give Nicks this type of deal and have so much money wrapped up at two guard positions.

If Nicks does not give a “hometown” discount to the Saints, I see him moving else where and getting paid on the open market. Nicks said he would love to stay in New Orleans (who wouldn’t) yet I feel the Saints will use their money elsewhere and try to stabilize their defense and receiving corps.

 

Demetrius Bell, Offensive Tackle:

Bell is a very underrated left tackle and his presence was missed last season for the Bills once he went down with a season ending injury. Once Bell was hurt, the Bills struggled to protect Fitzpatrick blind side.

He is an extremely important piece of the Bills pass happy offense and I look for the Bills to resign him as he will be a top priority for the team this offseason. Bell is a solid left tackle that excels at run blocking and pass blocking. He may not be a household name yet, but I see him getting paid like one.

Chris Meyers, Center:

Chris Meyers Texans

Chris Meyers

The Texans have finally found an athletic center to solidify their offensive line and give head coach Gary Kubiak an anchor for his zone blocking scheme. Meyers fits perfectly in this scheme and it has shown over the last two seasons as the Texans were one of the top rushing teams in the NFL for the past two seasons.

Meyers will most likely stay in Houston as I do not see the Texans letting him go, especially since the offensive line’s chemistry is at an all-time high.

Jared Gaither, Offensive Tackle:

Gaither had a very interesting season and because of his solid play has earned recognition for this offseason. Gaither was picked up in Week 13 for the San Diego Chargers, he replaced injury-prone left tackle Marcus McNeill. Gaither picked up five quick starts at the end of the season and excelled in McNeill’s place. He played great and really took the heat off Phillip Rivers and may have ended McNeill’s tenure as the left tackle for the Chargers. The rumors flying around San Diego about McNeill’s release can only mean they are considering resigning Gaither.

Evan Mathis, Guard:

Mathis had an excellent year and seems to have found his fit in Philadelphia. Under offensive line coach Howard Mudd, Mathis seems to have found a system that best fits his skills. Along with finding his scheme, Mathis played exceptionally well and it would be a huge shock to me if he is not resigned by the team. Mathis opened up huge running lanes for LeSean McCoy and gave him Vick time in the pocket or opened up a lane for Vick to run. I fully expect the Eagles to bring back Mathis, especially since their quarterback needs all the protection he can get.

Ben Grubbs, Guard:

The Ravens will have a busy offseason with trying to keep running back Ray Rice, so there is room for Grubbs to move on elsewhere. Grubbs is an excellent run blocker and has been consistent with that all season as the Ravens had one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.

Grubbs is an above-average guard and should be highly touted if he is not signed by the Ravens. Grubbs is very athletic and thrives in power run plays that call for him to pull. If he is not resigned by the Ravens, I can see him moving on to a team in need of a great run blocking guard, the New York Jets.

Scott Wells Packers

Scott Wells

Scott Wells, Center

The Packers have tried to get “bigger” and “stronger” on the offensive line, despite that, Wells has been consistently very good for the Packers this past season.

The Packers did go 15-1 and had one of the best offensive seasons ever seen, don’t you think that has something to do with their offensive line?

Regardless, Wells could see himself removed from the Packers because of other free agents the Packers have. Jermichael Finley and Donald Driver are just two players that could be free agents and I see the Packers trying to sign those pieces before Wells. Wells will not likely get the lucrative deal he is looking for, but the Packers are his best fit and his best chance of winning.

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