It all goes back to the quarterback

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The Miami Dolphins offense has been in shambles since Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino retired after the 1999 National Football League season.

The mess they are in goes straight back to the quarterback.

The Dolphins don’t have to worry about defense as that has been good for years and will still continue to be and they have had a solid running game for a while now, but their passing game is just god awful. The one thing you can say about the Dolphins’ passing game was that it wasn’t due to a lack of talent at wide receiver as both starting wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess both had over 75 catches each.

Starting quarterback Chad Henne had a decent season completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,301 yards passing with 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. It simply comes down to one thing for him and that is his decision making. Henne is simply just throwing too many interceptions and has to cut down on them if he wants to continue being a starter in the NFL.

In the end, if Henne doesn’t have a breakthrough this year he is going to find himself on the unemployment line.

 

 

 

 

It’s crunch time for Maybin

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Well it is the fourth quarter with two minutes left and Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Aaron Maybin is down by a field.

In other words this upcoming training camp is crunch time for Maybin.

According to Tim Graham of ESPN, Bills head coach Chan Gailey isn’t happy with Maybin’s development as the team has been coaching him and pointing him in the right direction, but so far “hasn’t shown it in practice or in games.”

To Maybin’s defense he has had to learn a whole new position as the Bills switch to a 3-4 defense in 2010. However, this will be Maybin’s second year in the same defense, so he should show some signs of development.

At least Maybin now knows that it is put up or shut up time, because if he doesn’t improve he will find himself out of the NFL.

In the end, hopefully Maybin improves for his and the Bills sake.

 

Defense will be the order of the day

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The New England Patriots over the last couple years have been making early exits in the post season.

If they are going to make another deep run with quarterback Tom Brady then they will need to concentrate on defense in April’s National Football League Draft.

The Patriots have one big weakness, that being they have no pass rush. Before last season their main pass rusher was defensive end Richard Seymour who they traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 2009 regular season.

In today’s NFL it is all about the quarterback and the fact is that your defense will not be successful if you don’t get a pass rush on the quarterback. With all the rule changes and passing offenses becoming more and more complicated if a team doesn’t get a pass rush a defense will get picked apart by the quarterback.

In the end, head coach Bill Belichick is still running the show there in New England, so it is anyone’s guess who they will take.

Bills fans can rest easy

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Well there has been some uneasiness about who the Buffalo Bills will select at third overall in April’s upcoming National Football League Draft.

However, Bills fans can rest easy as one of the positions has just been eliminated.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the Bills are definitely not taking a wide receiver. Even though the Bills have a stable of quality wide receivers some people speculated that the Bills could go after wide receiver A.J. Green.

Thankfully, that little detour into speculation land has ended, because taking a wide receiver would have been one of the most stupidest moves the Bills could have made besides taking outside linebacker Aaron Maybin over Brian Orakpo in the 2009 NFL Draft. To be honest I figured that Orakpo would work out, because the Texas Longhorns haven’t produced a stud NFL player and they were over due.

So, the question is what positions will the Bills focus on? Well you can cross off cornerback off that list as well as King went on to write that the Bills will decide between defensive line and quarterback.

The only way that the Bills take a defensive lineman is if someone trades up with the Denver Broncos to take a quarterback, unless they themselves take one unexpectedly, and the Carolina Panthers also take a quarterback as well.

In the end, it will the Bills pick will come down to who head coach Chan Gailey thinks will develop into a franchise quarterback.

Another example

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Time and time again National Football League players are getting in trouble with the law. The lates example is New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather who was in the middle of a shooting this past weekend.

Meriweather’s situation is just another example of why NFL players need to cut some ties.

Yes, I know what I am saying is a hard thing to do as your boys are like family. However, there comes a point where you even have to cut ties with your family.

I had to do that with my father a little bit after he developed prostate cancer. The reason I did that was due to the fact that the relationship with my father and his side of the family became strained. My aunts were always negative while I on the other hand usually look at the positive side of things.

The same thing goes for NFL players as their attitude has changed to a more cautious approach while their boys haven’t. When someone that comes from a rough neighborhood gets disrespected bullets start to fly.

According to Meriweather’s attorney, a witness came forward that Merieweather wasn’t the shooter. What he was doing was trying to keep the peace, but obviously that didn’t work as two people wound up being shot.

In the end, hopefully this situation will be a lesson to Meriweather and many other NFL players.

Bills just need to resign their own

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Even though free agency in the National Football League is on hold that doesn’t mean we can’t look at what areas they could improve on via free agency.

After looking at all the factors the Bills best course of action is just resigning their own.

On offense the only person that they will have to resign is backup quarterback Brian Brohm, but that may be a moot point if the Bills take a quarterback with the third overall pick come April’s National Football League Draft as many experts are predicting.

So. the main point of emphasis is defense, especially the defensive backs. Fortunately, one of the situations have been solved as the Bills resigned safety George Wilson to a new contract as both he and Donte Whinter’s contracts were set to expire at the start of the new league year. That leaves the Bills to have to address the cornerback position.

The Bills will have two free agent cornerbacks in Ashton Youboty and Drayton Florence. Florence will most likely be impossible to resign as cornerbacks are in high demand and with the Bills being one of the better pass coverage units in the NFL recently. As for Youboty the Bills should be able to resign him as his contract demand won’t be as high.

The other person they need to get resigned is middle lineback Paul Posluszny as he has been a key contributor to the team and looks to have entered his prime as he was third in the NFL in tackles last year.

That means outside of the Bills resigning their own they really don’t have to go out in free agency and sign someone unless they are an impact player.

In the end, when it comes to the NFL it has and always will be about the Draft.

Newton would be the better pick

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It is starting to look like the Carolina Panthers will take a quarterback first overall come April’s National Football League Draft.

With the decision being between quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, the Panthers would be better off with Newton right now.

Newton is a little bit more raw then Gabbert and his mechanics aren’t as good. That would mean a year on the bench would serve him well and with the Panthers having selected quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round last year they can get a thorough look at him while developing Newton.

Also, the Panthers strength on offense is their running game with running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. With Newton’s athletic ability the Panthers would be able to run some option plays.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean the Panthers can just forget about developing the passing game, because a quarterback won’t last long being more of a runner. The reason being defenses love to hit a starting quarterback and running the option exposes the quarterback to more hits.

However, the Panthers don’t have a second wide receiver opposite Steve Smith, which means that the option would give them a chance to win right now. Once they do get one they can make that shift over

In the end, the Panthers have a big decision to make and they better get it right, because if they don’t they are screwed for the next decade.

Players are spiraling out of control

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Many National Football League expert have been saying that with a lockout in place the NFL will be boring.

Well that would be wrong with NFL players spiraling.

The latest case comes via TMZ, as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman decided to flap his gums to organization. In it Newman claims that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is screwing the players for his own personal gain through Personal Conduct Policy that will still be in place during the lockout.

The reporter stated to Newman that the NFL wants to start suspending them for the next immediate game instead of issuing the players fines. Newman then responded to it with this.

“I think Goodell needs to make money, because he says he is going to take a dollar instead of his $10 million” Newman said. “So, instead of $10 million he is taking a dollar, so he needs to fine people and he is going to get the money he fines people.”

The reporter then followed up and asked he is pocketing all of that and Newman followed it up with this response.

“He is pocketing all of that,” Newman said. “Roger Goodell is pocketing all of that and he is screwing the players. He is screwing the players and pocketing all that.”

Okay, how the hell is Goodell pocketing the money when he is apparently suspending the players and not fining them at all?

The fact of the matter is NFL players are trying to create the perception that the NFL is a bunch of greedy owners looking to screw the players. The truth is it is far from that as the owners realize that they need the players to be successful and continue to make the amount of money they do. Why do you think they made all the concessions they did in their last proposal.

In the end, the only thing that the players are doing is making themselves look like a bunch of idiots.

Is Buffalo safe?

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It hasn’t happened in many years, but Western New York has been hit by earth quakes before, but fortunately they haven’t been strong enough to cause damage.

In the aftermath of the disaster in Japan that got me thinking to myself is Buffalo safe?

Last summer Buffalo was hit with a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Ontario, Canada. The fact is there is actually a major series of fault lines in WNY in the Clarendon-Linden

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faulty system that is just east of the city.

Currently, the fault is not considered a major threat of seismic activity as the strongest earthquakes felt around the region have been under a 6.0 magnitude. However, that doesn’t mean that a stronger earthquake will never be felt in the future.

What calls for more concern is that we border Lake Erie and that means if there is a strong earthquake within the lake Buffalo could be hit with a Tsunami as well.

In the end, if we don’t start taking into consideration the possibility of a huge earthquake as a factor when building the devastation that a big earthquake would do to this region will be unmatched by any earthquake ever.

Yes he is

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According to Pro Football Talk, Seattle Seahawks guard Chester Pitts, who is the teams’ player representative, released a statement saying that he is isn’t stupid, which was in regards to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell’s letter that would hopefully result in continued collective bargaining negotiations.

Well Chester yes you are stupid.

These players don’t get it and never will. You just don’t go running to the media and blurt out what is on your mind, especially during collective bargaining negotiations, because we are in the age of 24 hours a day information world, especially when CBA negotiations are ongoing.

The way you go about getting messages through to players is via player representatives and make it clear to the player reps that to inform players not to say anything to the media. If they have a problem with a policy then voice their opinion to their player rep.

Goodell sent the letter in full hope that the NFLPA would comeback to the table. However, if that didn’t happen hopefully some of the players will be stupid enough to open their mouths.

Pitts’s comments only show that while Goodell is doing everything he can to get a deal done while the players don’t give a crap except for themselves.

In the end, the end NFLPA is going to regret not taking that deal before the CBA expired.