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 on: October 11, 2010, 11:16:09 AM 
Started by etrytjhhm - Last post by etrytjhhm
They play the least glamorous positions in football

They play the least glamorous positions in football. Minus their helmets and jerseys, few fans would recognize even the perennial Pro Bowl picks. But there's no questioning the importance of a good offensive line to an NFL's team success.

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Remember that the Redskins, who hadn't won even a playoff game during the previous nine years, surged to three Lombardi Trophies and four NFC titles from 1982-91, had three starting quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien) and three No. 1 backs (John Riggins, Timmy Smith and Earnest Byner). However, half of their forward wall (Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic and Don Warren) remained intact for Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs throughout the decade.

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Or look at last year's Redskins. By Week 5, four fifths of the line that had helped produce a 7-4 start in 2008 was gone. Left guard Pete Kendall hadn't been re-signed. Right tackle Jon Jansen had been cut. And left tackle Chris Samuels and right guard Randy Thomas had suffered season-ending injuries. Washington, which went to Carolina 2-2, won just two of its remaining 12 games, costing coach Jim Zorn and the entire offensive staff their jobs.

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And how about the current Cowboys? Only Super Bowl champion New Orleans had a better offense than Dallas in 2009. Not coincidentally, four of the five offensive linemen started all 16 games. Only right tackle Marc Colombo missed time. But left tackle Flozell Adams was cut during the offseason and Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier have been hurt this summer. So with the same skill position players, Dallas' starters have managed just one touchdown and two field goals in four possessions this preseason. Quarterback Tony Romo and running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones must cry when they look at their statistics.
All of this is a precursor to ranking the lines of the four NFC East teams. sfdddddf0

 on: October 11, 2010, 11:15:39 AM 
Started by etrytjhhm - Last post by etrytjhhm
There are famous names such as Collinsworth, Montana, Rice and Simms

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John Brantley has multiple shadows to emerge from: his father's and Tim Tebow's.
Check out some of the names on the back of college football jerseys this season. You'll see the familiar names of your father's heroes and even some of your own.
There are famous names such as Collinsworth, Montana, Rice and Simms.

Maybe football mortality isn't won through blood, sweat and tears. Maybe it's just genes.
Here's a look at some familiar father-son combinations in college football in 2010:
1. Emory and Jeff Blake
Father Jeff was a quarterback for seven different NFL teams during his 14 years as a pro, after a standout career at East Carolina. His best NFL season came when he was named to the Pro Bowl in 1995. Son Emory is a sophomore receiver at Auburn. He had nine catches for 66 yards in 2009.

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2. John and John Brantley
Son John will try to fill the biggest shoes in college football in 2010 when he replaces '07 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow as Florida's starting quarterback. Brantley's pedigree suggests he'll get the job done. His father, John Brantley III, was Florida's starting quarterback and his uncle, Scot, was an All-America linebacker for the Gators. Kerwin Bell, another former UF quarterback, was John's high school coach at Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Fla.

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3. Drew and Kevin Butler Kevin Butler kicked footballs off the ground; son Drew kicks them out of his hands. Kevin was an All-America kicker at Georgia in the early 1980s, then played 13 seasons for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. He set an NCAA record with a 52.4 percent success rate on field-goal attempts of 50 yards or longer. He kicked a 60-yarder to beat Clemson 26-23 in 1984, and was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. Drew won the Ray Guy Award as the country's top punter at UGA last season, averaging 48.4 yards with 24 punts of 50 yards or longer sfdddddf0

 on: October 11, 2010, 11:15:06 AM 
Started by etrytjhhm - Last post by etrytjhhm
Maurice-Jones Drew and Ray Rice are easy picks after that

Top-level running backs are still the marquee players in fantasy land — now more than ever as teams increasingly move away from the workhorse RB in favor of a backfield rotation. Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson are Nos. 1 and 1A on just about any preseason draft board, including mine. They’re two of the few RBs you can pencil in for more than 300 carries and perhaps the 2,000-yard plateau.

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Maurice-Jones Drew and Ray Rice are easy picks after that, thanks as much to their receiving skills as their abilities on the ground, but after that it’s not so simple. Can Frank Gore, Michael Turner and Steven Jackson stay healthy for a full 16-game slate? Are Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Matthews and Shonn Greene ready to carry the load as NFL feature backs? Are there enough handoffs in Carolina for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart for both to have premium fantasy value?

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Speaking of running back tandems, sometimes it’s wiser to trust your eyes than the stat sheets or depth charts. I’d be willing to bet we’ll see talented understudies such as Arizona’s Beanie Wells, Indianapolis’ Donald Brown and the New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw outperform their first-team counterparts (Tim Hightower, Joseph Addai and Brandon Jacobs, respectively). That strategy served me well last year, when little-known Jamaal Charles finally got a crack at malcontent Larry Johnson’s starting job in K.C. and jetted to a near-top-10 finish.
You’ll also want to make sure you have an elite QB on your squad. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers lit up defenses and topped the rankings last year, surpassing the old guard of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady at the top of the heap. I’d take any of those guys on my team this year, or wait a few more rounds and draft emerging stars Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco or Philip Rivers. I’d also be comfortable with Tony Romo, who happens to be my guy this year and is probably a safer pick in fantasy than in real life.

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After that, things get a little dicey. Brett Favre doesn’t seem likely to replicate last year’s age-defying numbers (33 TDs and just 7 interceptions!), not with a bum ankle and a bunch of question marks disguised as Vikings wide receivers. Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb is still an unknown. Ben Roethlisberger is on a league-mandated timeout for a quarter of the season. Jay Cutler was a mess last year.
When it comes to receivers, Houston’s Andre Johnson is the consensus No. 1, but I count as many as 12 others you could consider elite. I do have major concerns about one of them, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, whose team is replacing future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner with a QB (Derek Anderson) who may soon find himself taking Warner’s old job as a grocery store shelf-stocker. sfdddddf0

 on: January 18, 2010, 07:08:00 PM 
Started by Simple Machines - Last post by Sara.Janes
Thank you, Mr Machines.
Test test. One two.

 on: January 18, 2010, 05:42:44 PM 
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