Did the NFL Inadvertently Admit to Fixing Games with Latest Social Media Goof?

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Sure, it’s a stretch, but it could be something deeper than that. The real question is, why would anyone think to post this?

The NFL could excuse it as someone hacking their page, or an employee jumped the gun and wanted to cause a stir. Or, quite possibly, they won’t address it at all. A blip in the system that doesn’t necessitate commenting on. What would make this post even more interesting, however, is if the results it predicted were to actually occur tomorrow night. What would the public think then, knowing of the former existence of this “mistake”? Continue reading

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Alvin Kamara vs. Kareem Hunt: Who Deserves Offensive Rookie of the Year?

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Kareem Hunt fumbled on his very first professional carry against the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Since then, he has not fumbled once. And won the league’s rushing title. And received the third most votes for the Pro Bowl at his position. And became the Chiefs’ most effective rookie rusher.

Alvin Kamara initially joined a running back committee consisting of himself, Mark Ingram, and Adrian Peterson. Peterson was traded to the Cardinals after some early-season scuffles about his playing time became a distraction for the team. With the combined one-two punch of Ingram and Kamara, the Saints’ offense became a balanced attack the likes the team hasn’t seen since their Super Bowl-winning 2009 season.

One of these rookie running backs will win Offensive Rookie of the Year. So, who deserves it more? Continue reading

Yannick Ngakoue: Sack-Master Without an Audience

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With the 69th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Yannick Ngakoue. Linebacker. Maryland.

In his collegiate career, it was obvious what role Ngakoue would play on defense: quarterback pursuer. With twenty-one sacks over the span of three years, and nineteen over the span of the latter two, number seven of Maryland was pretty good at his job. The Jaguars liked him enough to pick him at the top of the third round, hoping his pass-rush ability could translate to the big leagues. So far, it has. But there’s a curious situation at play, which is unfortunate for someone as talented as Yannick is.

No one outside of Jacksonville really knows who he is. Continue reading

What Are the Benefits of Firing a Head Coach Mid-Season?

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The 2017 New York Giants are sitting at a 1-8 record after an 11-5 record the year prior. They have just lost to an 0-9 San Francisco 49ers team with a rookie quarterback. Two starting cornerbacks have been suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” over the course of a month, only to bring them back after a week. And based on audience reaction and multiple anonymous reports, the team has lost faith in the season and have begun to quit putting in effort towards games. All the headlines are dubbed similarly: “Has Ben McAdoo Lost His Team?” Some say yes, some say no; McAdoo and the team will clearly say no, but the actions attached to the words ring hollow when all things are taken into consideration. All signs point to current head coach Ben McAdoo being fired at the end of the season, but what are the chances of him being fired before that, and what benefit does it provide the current team? Continue reading

Marvin Lewis Should’ve Been Fired at the End of 2016

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I’m not one to jump to conclusions two weeks into a season, nor am I trying to establish that the Bengals can’t turn it around and save their 2017 season. But at the heart of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 0-2 start, I can’t help reviving the empty feeling present after seeing the team go 6-9-1 in 2016. That feeling ruminated into a single issue: Marvin Lewis, the longtime head coach.

With the use of an analogy tinged with NFL history, Marvin Lewis is this generation’s Jim E. Mora. Over 100 wins as a head coach, Mora was a head coach for 15 years, Lewis is currently in his 15th year as head coach of the Bengals; numerous winning seasons, zero playoff wins. Both men have shown that they can be successful as coaches as long as they have the right pieces around them, yet neither have (or had) enough to prepare their team for the spotlight, to take on the most crucial games, to make plays in the most crucial moments. Mora had Peyton Manning at the helm of his team for four years. Two playoff appearances. Zero playoff wins. Marvin Lewis, whether Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, A.J. McCarron, and a top ten defense, can’t get it done, either. Continue reading

Kaepernick’s Continued Unemployment Is a Simple Conundrum

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Reading the variety of impressions that Kaepernick’s protests have left, if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the story has gone on for far too long. Such as with Deflategate, Bullygate, and the symbol of purity that is Tim Tebow, Colin Kaepernick’s tale of silent protest is one that has created a wide disconnect between the vacuum-sealed world of football and the entirely human aspect of those who play—and watch—the game. Even now, a year after Kaepernick’s first kneel—and after being unemployed for the last six months—articles still appear almost daily about the “injustice” of his absence within the NFL, along with pieces questioning why he hasn’t been signed despite his pedigree as a former starting quarterback. Some take the avenue of statistics while others simply cry foul politics in support for the message Kaepernick wished to convey with his protests. With so many lenses to view from, it would seem difficult to pinpoint the answer behind it all. I assure you, as someone who’s watched football for many years, that it is all quite simple.

Before that, allow me to clarify that I am not a know-all, be-all for football schematics. The arguments I am to make are simply something I’ve learned through observation of NFL’s history and the structure of pure pro-con business mindset. I’m not going to pretend that this is the universal answer and that I’m right on every point; note that this is all just speculation, as most about the topic is, and I could very well be simplifying a not so simple situation. Continue reading