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  1. I'm watching ESPN, and on the bottom line, they just flashed the news that Hall of Fame DB Herb Adderley has died at the age of 81. He played 12 seasons for the Packers and the Cowboys. He had 48 career interceptions. He was selected All-NFL 5 times. He played in 5 Pro Bowls. And he was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Does anyone have any memories of Herb Adderley that they'd like to share?
  2. I'm watching ESPN right now, and they just flashed the news that Hall of Fame defensive end Fred Dean dies yesterday at the age of 68. Fred Dean played 11 seasons in the NFL, was a two-time All-Pro, and was selected to four Pro Bowls. If there's anyone who would like to share stories of Fred Dean, please feel free to share.
  3. I'm watching ESPN right now, and they just reported that Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers has just passed away at 77. Known as "The Kansas Comet," Gale Sayers was the youngest player to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame when he went in at the age of 34 in 1977. He was the inspiration behind the movie "Brian's Song." He played 7 seasons and rushed for 4,956 yards. He accumulated 9,435 net yards. He was an All-NFL selection 5 times. He was selected to 4 Pro Bowls. What will be your favorite memory of Gale Sayers?
  4. I'm watching NFL Network, and the news just flashed that Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson passed away a couple days ago at the age of 82. He was a 6-time All-NFL selection. He went to the Pro Bowl 8 times. He had 52 career interceptions for 800 return yards. He will be missed. What are your favorite memories of Larry Wilson?
  5. The list of 130 Nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 was just released. Here's the list: Quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe Randall Cunningham Jake Delhomme Jeff Garcia Dave Krieg Peyton Manning Donovan McNabb Steve McNair Running Backs Shaun Alexander Mike Alstott (FB) Tiki Barber Earnest Byner Larry Centers Corey Dillon Warrick Dunn Eddie George Priest Holmes Steven Jackson Jamal Lewis Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR) Glyn Milburn (also WR/KR/PR) Lorenzo Neal (FB) Fred Taylor Herschel Walker (also KR) Ricky Watters Wide Receivers Donald Driver Henry Ellard (also PR) Torry Holt Calvin Johnson Chad Johnson Derrick Mason Muhsin Muhammad Jimmy L. Smith Rod D. Smith Hines Ward Reggie Wayne Wes Welker Roddy White Tight Ends Dallas Clark Ben Coates Keith J. Jackson Brent Jones Heath Miller Jeremy Shockey Wesley Walls Offensive Linemen Willie Anderson (T) Matt Birk (C) Tony Boselli (T) Lomas Brown (T) Ruben Brown (G) Alan Faneca (G) D'Brickashaw Ferguson (T) Kevin Glover (C/G) Jordan Gross (T) Kent Hull (C) Olin Kreutz (C) Logan Mankins (G) Tom Nalen (C) Chris Samuels (T) Jeff Saturday (C) Chris Snee (G) Brian Waters (G) Richmond Webb (T) Erik Williams (T) Steve Wisniewski (G) Defensive Linemen John Abraham (DE also LB) Jared Allen (DE) Ray Childress (DT/DE) La'Roi Glover (DT/NT) Casey Hampton (DT/NT) Leslie O'Neal (DE) Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE) Simeon Rice (DE) Richard Seymour (DT) Justin Smith (DE) Neil Smith (DE) Greg Townsend (DE/LB/DT/NT) Justin Tuck (DE) Kevin Williams (DT) Bryant Young (DT) Linebackers Cornelius Bennett Lance Briggs Tedy Bruschi London Fletcher Seth Joyner Clay Matthews Jr. Jerod Mayo Willie McGinest (also DE) Sam Mills Joey Porter Chris Spielman Takeo Spikes Pat Swilling (also DE) Darryl Talley Zach Thomas Patrick Willis Defensive Backs Eric Allen (CB) Ronde Barber (CB/S) LeRoy Butler (S) Nick Collins (S) Merton Hanks (S) Rodney Harrison (S) James Hasty (DB) Albert Lewis (CB) John Lynch (S) Tim McDonald (S) Allen Rossum (DB) Asante Samuel (DB) Bob Sanders (S) Charles Tillman (CB) Troy Vincent (CB) Adrian Wilson (S) Charles Woodson (CB/S) Darren Woodson (S) Punters/Kickers David Akers (K) Gary A. Anderson (K) Jason Elam (K) Jeff Feagles (P) Jason Hanson (K) John Kasay (K) Sean Landeta (P) Ryan Longwell (K) Nick Lowery (K) Reggie Roby (P) Rohn Stark (P) Matt Turk (P) Special Teams Josh Cribbs (KR/PR, also WR) Mel Gray (PR/KR, akso WR) Brian K. Mitchell (KR/PR, also RB) Steve Tasker (ST, also WR) Keep in mind that Drew Pearson is the Senior Finalist, Tom Flores is the Coach Finalist, and Bill Nunn is the Contributor Finalist. Out of the list of 130 names listed above, who do you believe has a legitimate shot at getting into the Hall of Fame in 2021?
  6. Seeing as how we're on the eve of the opening of the NFL season, I figured I'd ask what everyone's playoff picture looks like going into the season. Here's mine: AFC Division Winners East: Patriots (11-5) North: Ravens (11-5) South: Colts (10-6) West: Chiefs (12-4) Wild Card: Bills (10-6), Titans (9-7), Steelers (9-7) Wild Card Round: Colts over Bills, Patriots over Titans, Ravens over Steelers Divisional Round: Ravens over Patriots, Chiefs over Colts AFC Championship: Chiefs over Ravens NFC Division Winners East: Eagles (11-5) North: Packers (9-7) South: Saints (12-4) West: 49ers (11-5) Wild Card: Rams (10-6), Cowboys (10-6), Falcons (10-6) Wild Card Round: Packers over Rams, Eagles over Cowboys, 49ers over Falcons Divisional Round: 49ers over Eagles, Saints over Packers NFC Championship: Saints over 49ers Super Bowl LV: Saints 27, Chiefs 22 For those that don't agree with my playoff picture, I want to see what yours looks like!
  7. Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson was selected Tuesday as the Senior Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. An undrafted free agent, Pearson played his entire 11-year career with the Cowboys, accumulating 489 receptions for 7,822 yards (16.0 per-catch average) and 48 touchdowns. He was a three-time All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the All-Decade Team of the 1970s. He played in 22 playoff games, making 68 catches and scoring eight touchdowns. The 1977 Cowboys won Super Bowl XII with Pearson leading the NFL in receiving yards (870) that season. Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Flores has also been selected as the Coach Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. Flores posted a 105-90 overall career record with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. He guided the Raiders to victories in Super Bowls XV and XVIII, following the 1980 and 1983 seasons, the latter a season in which he was named the AFC Coach of the Year. In nine seasons with the Raiders, Flores won 91 games against only 56 losses (.619), including a record of 8-3 (.727) in the playoffs. His career wins total trails only Hall of Famer John Madden in franchise history. Flores was the first Hispanic coach in the National Football League and first to win a Super Bowl. Does anyone think that Drew Pearson and/or Tom Flores have a legitimate shot of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021?
  8. NFL.com Deputy Editor Ali Bhanpuri came up with some big free agent moves that he feels could make sense for both sides. Here they are: 1. Jadeveon Clowney to the Patriots The Patriots could use major help along their front seven after seeing several of their most disruptive defenders exit in free agency (Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, Danny Shelton) or opt out due to the coronavirus (Dont'a Hightower). Those four players ranked among the team's top six leaders in QB pressures last season, while Collins and Van Noy ranked first (22) and second (21) in hurries, according to Next Gen Stats. Clowney had more than both with 23. The three-time Pro Bowler also had a higher stuff percentage (6.3%) than any player on Bill Belichick's dominant 2019 unit. Although New England has been talking up third-year linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley, asking a guy with 413 career snaps (per PFF) to fill the shoes of so many productive veterans is a lot, to say the least. Bringing in a player of Clowney's caliber on a team-friendly(ish) one-year deal -- if he'd succumb to taking a bit less money -- would alleviate some of that pressure, giving the Pats a versatile edge presence to team with second-year defensive end Chase Winovich and rookie outside linebacker Josh Uche. Clowney would get to play for one of the greatest defensive minds of all time before earning another shot to finally cash in. Would it really surprise anyone if the 2014 No. 1 overall pick becomes the next passed-over former first-rounder to land in New England? 2. Devonta Freeman to the Eagles The Eagles could use depth behind 2019 rookie sensation Miles Sanders, and Freeman could use a roster spot to replenish his market value. Doug Pederson's offense would offer the two-time Pro Bowler a soft landing spot to try and recapture his dual-threat skill set that has been limited by injuries and inefficiencies over the past three seasons. The former Falcon says he's looking for a team that's hungry and believes in him as much as he believes in himself, which suggests he'd be open to competing if it's the right situation. Sanders has the Eagles' RB1 job locked up, but Freeman could potentially earn snaps away from backups Boston Scott and Corey Clement. Best case: A healthy Freeman makes the most of seven-to-10 touches per game, providing the Eagles with productivity from the backfield while Sanders catches his breath. Worst case: The Eagles waste a few million dollars (they have the cap space) on a short-term, low-cost move. 3. Colin Kaepernick to the Ravens Hard to imagine a better place for Kaepernick to resurrect his NFL career than in Baltimore. With the Ravens, the former Super Bowl quarterback would reunite with former 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman in a system that fits Kap's skill set as well as any in the league. The organization boasts an incredibly strong and tight-knit front office, as well as a Super Bowl-winning head coach, the league's reigning MVP and the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year. If any franchise could withstand the media circus that will inevitably follow Kap's signing, it's the Baltimore Ravens. It's fair to wonder what the 32-year-old, who hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2016, has left in the tank. But it's hard for any organization to know for sure until it brings him in for a workout. If he outplays backup Robert Griffin III, the team would only need to eat $500,000 in dead money to move on from the former Washington QB, per Over The Cap. And if Kap doesn't come out on top in that battle, but at least shows familiarity and capability within the offense, then Baltimore has yet another insurance policy at the most important position. The Ravens displayed absolute confidence and fortitude last offseason when they completely overhauled their offense to fit a quarterback 27 other teams passed over in the 2018 draft -- all while enduring wide-ranging skepticism. Seems far less risky to give a former Super Bowl passer an opportunity to win a QB2 job. 4. Logan Ryan to the Bengals The Bengals might need to inject even more cash into their secondary now that free-agent addition Trae Waynes (torn pec) is expected to miss a good chunk of the 2020 season. Barring a trade, Cincinnati is unlikely to find a better CB replacement than the 37th-ranked free agent on NFL.com's Top 101 list. The Bengals' coaching staff should be quite familiar with the eighth-year pro, as Cincy defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo has faced him 10 times since 2013 while serving as the DB coach for the Dolphins (2012-17) and Giants ('18). As much as Ryan wants to be viewed as a safety, it's the two-time Super Bowl winner's experience on the perimeter and in the slot that will likely be the reason he gets paid this season. While the former Patriot and Titan surrendered six touchdowns and allowed a 92.5 passer rating to opposing QBs when he was the nearest defender in 2019, he also picked off four passes and had the second-most passes defensed (19), according to Next Gen Stats. You take the good with the bad if you're the Bengals because A) you've got the cap space and B) there are too many potent passing attacks to deal with in the division. A competitive one-year agreement would seem to benefit both sides: Cincinnati would have a clear out once Waynes returns to 100 percent; Ryan would get to rebuild his market value for a possible 2021 windfall. Let's make a deal! 5. Delanie Walker to the Packers A 36-year-old tight end who's missed 24 games over the past two years due to ankle injuries ... Not exactly the pass-catching help Aaron Rodgers was hoping for this offseason. Still, Walker would add some much-needed punch to the Packers' passing game. Prior to his season-ending injury in Week 7, the productive veteran ranked 11th among tight ends in catches (21), more than double the total that current Packers TE1 Marcedes Lewis managed during that same span (9). And while Green Bay does have 2019 third-rounder Jace Sternberger waiting in the wings, he didn't record a single regular-season reception as a rookie after spending the first half of the campaign on injured reserve (though he did catch 3 balls in the playoffs). Working in Walker's favor: He learned Matt LaFleur's system in 2018 when both were in Tennessee, although he did suffer a season-ending injury in Week 1. Still, veterans with scheme familiarity are at a premium with the pandemic severely limiting teaching opportunities and practice reps. Does anyone disagree with these potential free-agent signings?
  9. The Eagles could use depth behind 2019 rookie sensation Miles Sanders, and Devonta Freeman could use a roster spot to replenish his market value. Doug Pederson's offense would offer the two-time Pro Bowler a soft landing spot to try and recapture his dual-threat skill set that has been limited by injuries and inefficiencies over the past three seasons. The former Falcon says he's looking for a team that's hungry and believes in him as much as he believes in himself, which suggests he'd be open to competing if it's the right situation. Sanders has the Eagles' RB1 job locked up, but Freeman could potentially earn snaps away from backups Boston Scott and Corey Clement. Best case: A healthy Freeman makes the most of seven-to-10 touches per game, providing the Eagles with productivity from the backfield while Sanders catches his breath. Worst case: The Eagles waste a few million dollars (they have the cap space) on a short-term, low-cost move.
  10. This was posted earlier today by one of the editors at nfl.com: The Bengals might need to inject even more cash into their secondary now that free-agent addition Trae Waynes (torn pec) is expected to miss a good chunk of the 2020 season. Barring a trade, Cincinnati is unlikely to find a better CB replacement than the 37th-ranked free agent on NFL.com's Top 101 list. The Bengals' coaching staff should be quite familiar with the eighth-year pro, as Cincy defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo has faced him 10 times since 2013 while serving as the DB coach for the Dolphins (2012-17) and Giants ('18). As much as Ryan wants to be viewed as a safety, it's the two-time Super Bowl winner's experience on the perimeter and in the slot that will likely be the reason he gets paid this season. While the former Patriot and Titan surrendered six touchdowns and allowed a 92.5 passer rating to opposing QBs when he was the nearest defender in 2019, he also picked off four passes and had the second-most passes defensed (19), according to Next Gen Stats. You take the good with the bad if you're the Bengals because A) you've got the cap space and B) there are too many potent passing attacks to deal with in the division. A competitive one-year agreement would seem to benefit both sides: Cincinnati would have a clear out once Waynes returns to 100 percent; Ryan would get to rebuild his market value for a possible 2021 windfall. Let's make a deal! Does anyone else besides me believe Logan Ryan would benefit from signing with the Bengals?
  11. The Patriots could use major help along their front seven after seeing several of their most disruptive defenders exit in free agency (Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, Danny Shelton) or opt out due to the coronavirus (Dont'a Hightower). Those four players ranked among the team's top six leaders in QB pressures last season, while Collins and Van Noy ranked first (22) and second (21) in hurries, according to Next Gen Stats. Clowney had more than both with 23. The three-time Pro Bowler also had a higher stuff percentage (6.3%) than any player on Bill Belichick's dominant 2019 unit. Although New England has been talking up third-year linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley, asking a guy with 413 career snaps (per PFF) to fill the shoes of so many productive veterans is a lot, to say the least. Bringing in a player of Clowney's caliber on a team-friendly(ish) one-year deal -- if he'd succumb to taking a bit less money -- would alleviate some of that pressure, giving the Pats a versatile edge presence to team with second-year defensive end Chase Winovich and rookie outside linebacker Josh Uche. Clowney would get to play for one of the greatest defensive minds of all time before earning another shot to finally cash in. Would it really surprise anyone if the 2014 No. 1 overall pick becomes the next passed-over former first-rounder to land in New England? One of the editors on nfl.com came up with this theory, and after reading it a few times, I'm beginning to agree. Jadeveon Clowney would definitely benefit from playing under Bill Belichick, at least for this year.
  12. Maybe it's not too late for the Giants to sign Logan Ryan. I know he's more of a slot corner, but at least he'll make the secondary somewhat decent than Ross Cockrell ever could have.
  13. This year, I'm picking the Saints to beat the Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV. I'm also saying that Drew Brees will finally win league MVP this year as he has his best season yet. But am I the only person who thinks his career has been like John Elway's career? Here's why I say this: Drew Brees has had some great seasons in which he should've been named MVP, but he has yet to be named MVP. At least John Elway won an MVP back in 1987. John Elway has 2 Super Bowl rings, and this year I believe Drew Brees will get his 2nd Super Bowl ring. There may be more similarities, but those are the main ones I can think of. Is this a fair comparison? What I'm asking everyone is: is it fair to compare Drew Brees to John Elway and say they've both had similar careers?
  14. The Giants should've signed Logan Ryan before they signed Ross Cockrell.
  15. I'm going to say that 2020 is going to be Drew Brees's best season yet in the NFL, even though it may be his last. Why do I say that? Because he is finally going to be named regular-season MVP as he leads the Saints to a 12-4 mark & home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. The big game to watch this year happens in Week 15 in what I believe will be a Super Bowl preview against the Chiefs, who will also go 12-4.