Johnny Cleveland


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Johnny Football should be the starting quarterback of the Browns without any question. He performed better in the preseason stats compared to Brian Hoyer. But even deeper than stats is common sense.

Hoyer is a five-year veteran while Manziel is rookie. Hoyer might have played good in the limited time he was the starter last year but it wasn’t a large enough sample size for some. Matt Flynn had one great game for the Packers and signed a huge deal with the Seahawks only to be beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson.

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What is More Important, LA or a Global Game?


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One of the proposed stadiums for a new team in LA.

Recent talks of getting the NFL in Los Angeles has me beginning to wonder if it really matters that the NFL is in LA. The NFL has a product that is not matched by any other professional sport. There are small market teams and large market teams and not only do small market teams contend with large market teams but they consistently win divisions and conferences over large market teams.

Plans to build the infrastructure in Los Angeles have been floating around for a while now and more recently a new stadium plan has been released in the midst of the recent push for LA. Building a stadium will either drawing a current team to Los Angeles or attract someone to start from scratch.

The NFL has been considering the options of either moving a team such as the local and former LA team, the Raiders, or the team that will be going for sale soon, the Bills. The other option that they could possibly look at is to expand the NFL and create a new team in Los Angeles. If they were to add a team into the NFL they would have to expand elsewhere. London?

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WR DeSean Jackson Released from the Eagles


The Philadelphia Eagles just cut a 27 year old wide receiver that had a career high year last year with 82 receptions, 1,332 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

After a few weeks of tension building up between DeSean Jackson and the Eagles organization about a restructuring of the wide DeSean Jackson Stats 2013receiver’s contract, the team finally decided to release him after careful consideration.”
DeSean Jackson was looking for a $48.5 million for just 2 years. That is not the only thing that pushed him out of Philly. Jackson was the focus of a NJ.com article claiming that he was associated in a Los Angeles street gang that was connected to two homicides in 2010.

The Eagles just sent one of their best players into the free agency pool. Jackson is not one that many teams will pass up the opportunity to pick up despite the reported gang connection.

There is no way he stays unemployed for long. He is 27 years old, has never been arrested, and great on special teams. Most teams could possibly get him for even get him for maybe less than $10 million a year.

Right now the leading in the quest to pick up the new hot free agent is San Francisco, Seattle, NY Jets, and possibly even Oakland.

The Eagles and DeSean Jackson, with a little help of NJ.com, made the NFL free agency a little more interesting.

NFC Pandemonium


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Not one of the division leaders have clinched a playoff berth in the NFC. Teams have bounced around their divisions like a pinball machine.  So lets take a closer look with their final chance at making the playoffs.

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The Bears could have taken the North Sunday night with a win over the Eagles, but not so fast. The Philly Eagles said no one is clinching yet. They Bears were embarrassed and lost 54-11. Forte was held to 29 rushing yard and 0 TDs. The biggest question is at quarterback. When the Bear’s starter Jay Cutler fell to an injury they replaced him with the impressive Josh McCown.  With 8 game this year, He threw 13 TDs, 1,829 yards and only 1 INT. Continue reading

Tebow Time?


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The die hard Broncos fans might have not liked Tebow as their quarterback but are they really going to complain when he takes a 1-4 team to a 8-8 record, a division title, and a playoff game win?

Tim Tebow was given one real chance to play in the NFL. It has been two years since the Denver Broncos played and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 wildcard round in OT off a throw from none other than Tim Tebow. On a team with the 20th ranked defense in the NFL he led the team from a 1-4 start when he took over to win seven games and lose four and win a division title as well as a wild card game against the Pittsburg Steelers. The Steelers also happened to have the #1 ranked defense in the NFL that year. Since then Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets, cut from the Jets, signed by the Patriots and then cut from them. Yes, we understand that the Broncos traded Tebow but who wouldn’t want Peyton Manning as their quarterback? And the Jets are just a mess. The Patriots have some guy named Tom Brady on their team. He was a sixth round draft pick so he must not be good. But does every team in the NFL have guys playing Quarterback with the last name Manning or Brady? We didn’t think so. So some of us here at The Backfield have decided to show you why Tebow should still be an NFL QB. This season there has been 53 Quarterbacks to play in an NFL game and for those of you who do not know there are only 32 NFL teams. In this article we have different views of all these Quarterbacks and what categories they fit into. Continue reading

Heisman Hoax


The Heisman Trophy will be presented tonight to the best college football athlete. Yeah right, more like the college football player that got the most TV time during the season. A lot of “experts” are calling this Jameis Winston’s coronation, but there are other players that have a legitimate chance at winning the trophy. The 6 finalist are Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, and of course Jameis Winston. But here is my argument; do you really want to win the Heisman?

Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman winner but never played a game in the NFL

Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman winner but never played a game in the NFL

The Heisman trophy has been awarded to the best college football player every year since 1935 when it was awarded to Jay Berwanger, a senior running back out of Chicago University. He was drafted in the NFLs first inaugural draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1936 but demanded too much of the Eagles ($1,ooo a game) so he was traded to the Chicago Bears. He did not sign right away to try to make the Olympic decathlon team but when he didn’t make it, he and the Bears weren’t able to agree on a contract and so he got a job at a local rubber factory and never played a down in the NFL.

 
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Keep Your Grill at Home


This years Super Bowl is going to be different, but not only because it will be the first in the open air of the cold climate. The Super Bowl community’s CEO Al Kelly made a statement earlier today about tailgating parties.

There will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots available for the estimated for the estimated 80,000 fans that will be going to the game. Because of the large security perimeter set up around the stadium the parking capacity of the stadium’s parking lot of usual 28,000 parking spots is cut in half.

You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car. And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car.

– Al Kelly, Super Bowl Committee

With the lack of parking space, 70 to 80 percent of the fans will have to find other means of getting to the game. But there will be no walking. That’s right, for those fans planing on parking further from the stadium and making their way to the game on Continue reading

Who is the Best?


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Not many people could name the quarterback that has the highest QB rating. Payton? No. Brady? Nope. Luck maybe? Negative. The Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles. Foles has a 128 QB Rating, 16 TD, 0 INTs, 1,554 yards all through 8 games. There were questions surrounding the quarterback position of the eagles all offseason and even throughout the season. Is Vick going to return and take over the team with Chip Kelly’s new offense? Will Foles be able to keep up with the pace of the offense as a pocket passer? He shut down the critics with a 7 TD game tying the NFL record against Oakland. He got his first start in week 5 after Mike Vick struggled with injures in the first 4 weeks.

When the 6-5 Eagles have Foles they have been 5-3, and 4 out of the 5 wins have been by a margin of at least 10 points including the 49-20, 7 TD win over the Raiders. The Eagles will be hosting the 7-4 Cardinals and with the Cowboys pulling away and taking 1st place of the NFC East on thanksgiving, paths Eagles will have to win the divisions to make the playoffs and to do that they will have to play very well against a tough second half of the schedule including going to Dallas in week 16.

Can Manning Be Stopped?


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No doubt the most dominant quarterback in the NFL, Payton Manning understands the game better than anyone. I think there is one question that every NFL fan is asking, how the %#&^$ do you stop him!?!? Well, to be honest I don’t have the answer. But I can try to give you an idea.

The best way I think is to try to beat the Broncos, don’t try to beat Payton. Face the fact that you will not beat their offence. They average 358.5  passing yards a game, that is first in the NFL. Their only lose came against the Colts and even then they scored 33 points and Manning still had 386 yards. So that’s not how you win, don’t try to shut down their defense.

Go after their pass defense.  They average 299.1 opponent passing yards, only 30th in the NFL. Andrew Luck was able to throw all over their weak secondary and had 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. Those aren’t MVP stats but they aren’t chump change either.

So moral of the story, you can’t beat Payton Manning. He knows and understands defensive schemes better then most offensive and defensive coordinators.
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