At 29 years old Marshawn Lynch is showing no signs of slowing down:

Seahawks at Redskins 10/6/14

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Nobody should of been more disappointed with the results of last years Super Bowl than Marshawn Lynch. After Lynch had just carried the Seahawks down to the Patriots two yard line after a successful run. The Seahawks then chose to do the unthinkable and pass the ball. That pass was intercepted by Malcom Butler the Patriots won the game and the rest is history. After when the press asked Lynch if he was shocked about the play call he stated “no, because football is a team game”. A testament that even though Lynch was upset he understood the call because at the end of the day football is a team sport. The obvious correct decision looking back on that play would be to give Lynch the ball again and go bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Seattle. Lynch had been not only outstanding that regular season but basically every season he has been in Seattle. Since the Seahawks acquired Lynch he has rushed for 1,000 yards every season and has rushed for over 10 touchdowns in every season. The only time he didn’t was in 2010 when he was traded to Seattle from Buffalo and that was only because he was playing a shortened season in Seattle. The stats don’t lie the Seahawks made a bad choice by going away from the guy who helped build their identity in the Super Bowl. Luckily for them though they managed to re-sign Lynch to a two year extension and at 29 years old Lynch shows no signs of slowing down. He could easily continue his production over the length of this contract and then that will likely be it for the all-pro running back. Lynch has stated in the past he has contemplated retirement. So while he shows no signs of slowing down, at most it will be two more years of beast mode and then he will ride off into the sunset. Lets see how far he can take the Seahawks before that time.

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J.J Watt is the best player on the planet right now:



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J.J Watt will look to build on the success he has had in his past four seasons of NFL action. The Wisconsin native Watt has been outstanding particularly in rushing the quarterback where he was able to sack opposing quarterbacks 57 times during his career. Now entering his fifth season Watt has his focus on being the best defensive player ever. At this point of Reggie White’s career (the best pass rusher ever) he had 70 sacks, so Watt at four years into his career is trailing the gold standard of sack leaders in White. Yet Watt also makes an impact in different areas that White didn’t. For example Watt has the ability to not only bat a lot of balls down from his lengthy wing span. He also has the ability to judge the ball coming off the quarterbacks hands. Allowing him to get interceptions and even score touchdowns for the Texans as a defender. Traditionally interceptions are taken mainly by defensive backs and linebackers. Watt is revolutionizing the position of defensive end by intercepting passes, batting down passes, and scooping up fumbles left and right. If those contributions weren’t enough, last year Watt even lined up on offense as a tight end. Catching 3 touchdowns passes and displaying his ability to be a red zone threat for the Houston offense. There is ultimately nothing that J.J Watt can’t do on a football field and there is a reason his peers voted him the number 1 player in the league out of the top 100 players. Another impressive stat to mention about Watt is he put up 20 sacks in a season, twice. The numbers don’t lie and the credibility don’t lie the guy has been a once in a generation player. But it will take longevity and much production over time for him to go out and claim the title of best defender of all-time. If anyone can do it though it’s J.J Watt and that is why he is the best player on the planet right now hands down.

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Best of the new school quarterbacks and what they mean to their teams:

Jaguars at Ravens 12/14/14

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A new era of young and promising quarterbacks is among us. Derek Carr out in Oakland has made an impressive name for himself after successfully posting a rookie season that consisted of 21 touchdown passes. The second year player who was drafted out of Fresno State has shown he can handle being an NFL quarterback and has the Raiders franchise looking better than it has been in a long time. Jameis Winston down in Tampa Bay is reviving a Buccaneers franchise that last year was depleted of hope. The number 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft was a college stand out at Florida State before the Bucs chose to take him with their first pick. You can tell from the buzz around Tampa Bay that fans are excited about football again. The team itself seems to have a new pulse and from word of mouth we know things are upbeat around the Buccaneers training camp. Much of that is due to Winston. Down in Jacksonville they have their best quarterback prospect since Mark Brunell was leading the Jags. Blake Bortles the former Central Florida stand out quarterback is trying to save a Jaguars franchise that has been lackluster of recent. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007 but now with Bortles you can tell the team is gaining a little momentum. By drafting Bortles the Jaguars have made their team a more attractive destination for free agents. Which led to the signing of Julius Thomas, a star tight end who used to play for the Denver Broncos. The signing would be less likely if Bortles wasn’t in the picture. Finally in Minnesota we have Teddy Bridgewater who has came into the Vikings organization and gave the team an identity again. Bridgewater was a stand out at Louisville before being drafted by Minnesota. He gives the Vikings a chance to succeed through the air because his passing skills are calculated. Bridgewater is a good decision maker with the football, and knows how to lead this team on the field. By cutting down on interceptions and having a running game to back him up. Bridgewater could put together a game plan that could have the Vikings back in the playoff picture. All of these players have given their organizations something they haven’t had in a long time, faith. The hope that one day their team will be able to be a winner again. They took the first step by obtaining these guys. The best new era quarterbacks in the game.

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Weapons on the edge: Patriots pick up Reggie Wayne


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The Patriots made a good move for their offense today picking up Reggie Wayne. Wayne has been an outstanding wide receiver for the Colts since Peyton Manning was in town. The tandem lit up opposing defenses in the AFC South and managed to rack up some pretty impressive accolades. When Peyton Manning left Indianapolis for Denver and Andrew Luck came into the fold. Reggie Wayne remained a constant for the Colts offense continuing his production on the football field and never skipping a beat. In fact Wayne was so good during his time with the Colts he managed to bring in 82 touchdowns and 14,345 yards receiving. Very impressive numbers since 82 touchdowns is the 22nd most of all times and 14,345 yards receiving is the 8th most of all time. When you step back and think about how many good players came through the National Football League that speaks volumes about how prolific Reggie Wayne truly was in his Colts days. Now for the first time in his career Wayne will look to strike fear in NFL defenses in a different uniform than Colt’s blue and white. Wayne enters a Patriot system that is full of youngsters at the receiver position. Wayne should serve as a good mentor to those younger receivers and will also give that position group more veteran presence. Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman are two promising players in that system and Reggie Wayne should blend with them nicely. The way Wayne plays even meshes well with the Patriots offensive philosophy. Tom Brady expects everything to be based off of rhythm and timing, which means receivers are expected to run exceptional routes. Which has alway been a strength for Reggie Wayne. His route running skills have been praised his whole career and the destination might revive Wayne’s career for a couple years. A good signing for the Patriots.

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Can the Arizona Cardinals replicate last year’s success?


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Things have been good for the Arizona Cardinals ever since Head Coach Bruce Arians has come to the desert. The former Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburg Steelers offensive coordinator had shown good coaching promise in his previous gigs. And smoothly made the transition to a head coach in the NFC West instantly showing positive results. Arians would come out the gate hot in his coaching career. Winning 10 football games his first season and 11 games his second season. While it’s easy to dismiss the Cardinals success because the franchise hasn’t been particularly upper echelon in the past. The newly led Cardinals are a team that are here to stay and should show they are a contender again in 2015. In games last season the Cardinals were ferocious on defense blitzing often with the front seven. And letting Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu handle things on the back end of the defense. The combination allowed the Cardinals to surrender the fifth least points in the league. Allowing opposing offenses to score just an average of 18.7 points per game. A number that is very low when you look at how talented some of the offenses really are in the National Football League. Offensively the team will most likely get a lift from Carson Palmer returning from injury. Palmer has looked good in his limited time in the preseason and has shown he can still be contributor at his older age. The former USC Trojan quarterback has posted over a 100 passer rating in both games and looks like he could have a huge impact for this Cardinals team. Other notable players for this offense are Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Together they shape a very talented receiving core and with Palmer back at the helm the Cardinals just might be able to repeat last years success. Still that success or failure will ultimately come down to Arians and his system/culture he cultivates. In the past two seasons it has been a winning formula, so it’s hard to bet against it the third time around.  Keep an eye on the NFC west this fall to see how it plays out.

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