Ron Rivera has already hit a home run in Washington. By opening up a line of communication with Trent Williams:

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The Washington Redskins had to deal with a harsh reality when Trent Williams decided to sit out last season. Williams is obviously Washington’s best player and his absence watered down this offense. But all of that could be changing and the Redskins can thank Ron Rivera for that.


Initially Williams said he was frustrated with the team’s medical staff for how they handled a cancerous growth on his head. Apparently the team downplayed the condition and it was very frustrating for Williams (understandably). Although it appears the tension between Williams and Washington could be easing because Rivera has touched base with the 7x Pro Bowler and it seems to be a step in the right direction. Maybe Williams was also sick of Jay Gruden or perhaps he wants to make some more money? Regardless it seems like this situation has taken a turn for the better. And now we have to applaud Rivera for his job performance because this was something that needed to happen. Dwayne Haskins will be a much better quarterback with Williams watching his back. Which could be the key to unlocking this team’s potential in 2020.

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Out of nowhere. There’s rumors floating around that Tom Brady could sign with the Dallas Cowboys:

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The Tom Brady free agency carousel keeps spinning. We’ve heard that the Titans and Chargers are two possible landing spots for the future Hall of Famer.


But recently over the past couple of weeks there’s been a lot speculation that Brady could end up signing with the Cowboys. Dallas has a great offensive line and one of the top running backs in Ezekiel Elliott. And if Jerry Jones can keep Amari Cooper in Texas then there would be a perfect supporting cast for Brady. That environment would be an upgrade over what the 42 year old had to deal with in Foxborough. The question is can Brady help whip Dallas into shape? There’s no denying that the roster has a lot of talent but there’s also so many distractions the team has to overcome. Jones is a great businessman but sometimes his approach as a GM / Owner leads to chaos. That’s literally the opposite of what Tom Brady dealt with with the Patriots. But maybe Brady can be the voice of reason for a franchise who doesn’t know how to “keep it football.” A great quarterback can have that kind of impact and this could be refreshing for both sides. Now we have to wait and see if Dallas is serious about cutting Dak Prescott loose? Obviously that would be the first step to landing Brady in free agency.

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Vince McMahon learned from his mistakes. The XFL has a much better product than their previous attempt:

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The XFL is back and it’s clear that Vince McMahon has learned from his mistakes. The gimmicks and poor on the field play have been replaced by a brand which is committed to getting it right.


That’s why McMahon brought in coaches who have extensive experience. Because of that the execution has been much better and that’s one of the biggest areas that needed improvement. It was hard to go from the NFL to a 2nd tier league with sloppy offenses and lackluster quarterbacks. However the gap wasn’t nearly as bad as it was with the Alliance of American Football. McMahon has also done a really good job of marketing this project. Instead of empty stadiums there seemed to be quite a bit of fans at all four games. So clearly the word got out about this league and the other thing the XFL has going for them is their TV contracts. ABC, FOX, ESPN, and FS1 will all broadcast some games and those networks put some of their top tier play-by-by guys on the call. Joel Klatt and Curt Menefee were a huge upgrade over the AAF’s stream which often times didn’t have any announcers. The whole process is still a work in progress but day one was a total success. The challenge will be keeping fans interested throughout the entire season. However the XFL had to start somewhere and it’s safe to say they’ve hit the ground running.

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Locked up. The New York Guardians have the number one defense in the XFL:

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The old saying in football is defense wins championships and we’ll get to see if that‘s true or not? Right now the New York Guardians have the top defense in the XFL after beating the Tampa Bay Vipers 23-3. Keep in mind the Vipers are coached by Mark Trestman who’s a great offensive mind. But New York just had too much talent and because of that they were able to rattle Aaron Murray. In fact once the Vipers did get down near the goal line Andrew Soroh was able to intercept one of Murray’s passes.


Then later on Jamar Summers picked up a fumble and returned it for a defensive touchdown. When your team is making those kind of plays you get an extra gear. That’s what happens when your scoring points on both sides of the ball. Obviously it’s easy to see how dangerous this can make the Guardians. All of these offenses are trying to find their identity and it’s tough to get things figured out when you have to go against a team like New York. Yeah this is only the first game and we shouldn’t overreact too much. But you really couldn’t ask for a better start from NYC’s newest sports team.

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P.J Walker was the XFL’s biggest star on opening night. And because of that the Houston Roughnecks are 1-0:

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The XFL has been resurrected and their product is better than ever. The play on the field was crisp and nobody shined brighter than P.J Walker. The Houston Roughnecks were able to knockoff the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17 because Walker threw 4 touchdown passes. A lot of times with these startup football leagues (AAF, UFL, etc.) the quarterback play isn’t up to par. But Walker is exactly what Vince McMahon is looking for. In order to bring in viewers and build a fan base. The XFL needs story lines that compel the audience.


This league got a step closer to that after what Walker did against Los Angeles. It almost felt like you were watching Kyler Murray play. On one play in particular Walker was able to step up in the pocket and fire a 39 yard touchdown to Sam Mobley. It was exciting to watch considering this was the first time all of these guys have played together. And if Houston wants to stay out in front of the pack they’ll need P.J Walker to be at his best. Keep in mind each winning team will earn a $100,000 bonus too. So Walker has every incentive in the world to perform well. Not only will he earn more money. It also could be a path to the NFL. So far after week one those ambitions seem realistic.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers deserve our respect after how many injuries they overcame:

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Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner all missed some action. But somehow the Pittsburgh Steelers still almost made the playoffs. Heading into the off-season that has to be a huge source of optimism for this football team because they’ll be substantially better when they get everyone back.


Roethlisberger is the guy they’re really missing. He’s got the potential to put up 30 points for this offense. The Steelers didn’t do that one time during the 2019 season and when you combine that offensive firepower with what they’re doing on defense. That’s when you’ll see this team get back in the hunt. You know Mike Tomlin is in high spirits right now and that’s due to the fact that the Steelers are in a great position. Expectations weren’t very high after Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell left. But somehow KevinColbert was able to turn the page on that era much sooner than most people thought they could. With the right additions this off-season we could see the Steelers take the next step. That’s what happens when you have the kind of stability that the Rooney family provides. They also have the right personnel to go with it.

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Los Angeles bound? Jadeveon Clowney would be the perfect addition next to Aaron Donald:

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Jadeveon Clowney spent the 2019 season with the Seattle Seahawks. But he should seriously consider making the jump to their NFC West rival the Los Angeles Rams.


By pairing up Aaron Donald and Jadeveon Clowney this team can finally replace Ndamukong Suh. And remember Donald was able to record 20.5 sacks when opposing offensive linemen couldn’t double him as often. It’s hard to do that when you have someone like Clowney flourishing in those one-on-one matchups. He’s just too physical and it’s amazing how much power Clowney can exert. For whatever reason he wasn’t a great fit in the Seahawks system. So it makes sense to go somewhere that increases his value. Signing with the Rams not only will bring the best out of Clowney. It’ll also completely turn that team around. Los Angeles would go from a ball club on the outside of the playoffs looking in. To a franchise who would at least have a shot at winning the Super Bowl. That wasn’t the case last year. Look cohesion is a big part of the game and Donald and Clowney’s talents would mesh well. So many good things would come from that duo.

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Robert Kraft is willing to do everything he can to keep Tom Brady in New England. But is it too late?

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After all those years that Tom Brady played on a team friendly contract. It feels like Brady has finally had enough of the Patriot way because he’s made so many sacrifices on his end.


That has allowed New England to spend more money on the other positions. However the Patriots didn’t do enough to address the offensive side of the ball and that’s why Brady is really unhappy. There’s been so much speculation that the greatest quarterback of all-time is going to leave Foxborough and sign somewhere else. And that’s something that Robert Kraft is trying to stop. Kraft has no problem paying Brady over $30M a year to keep him in New England. This is clearly an emotional move for Kraft. He’s had some of the best years of his life during the Bill Belichick and Brady run. There’s no doubt Kraft wants to preserve that because once its over there’s no turning back. How could you blame Kraft either? So many times it felt like the Patriots dynasty was over but they were able to resurrect themselves. The problem is there seems to be a serious rift between Belichick and Brady. Later on down the line we’ll probably get more information about what was going on behind the scenes. For the time being we’ll have to wait and see if the band is breaking up? Or will they somehow hold it together for another year?

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The Los Angeles Rams will completely unravel if they trade Todd Gurley:

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The Los Angeles Rams are going to try to trade Todd Gurley this off-season in hopes of getting out of his contract. But make no mistake about it that would be the dumbest decision that G.M Les Snead could make. We’re in a running back renaissance and Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, Raheem Mostert, and Damien Williams all proved that in the playoffs.


The teams that have a great ball carrier are more successful and the Rams already missed the postseason with Gurley on their roster. So if you take him away from this core then everything is going to completely unravel. Jared Goff needs a rushing attack to work those playaction passes. Because if the defense doesn’t believe that Los Angeles can effectively run the ball. All of those plays go out the window. So there’s a chain reaction of bad events that will happen if Gurley is no longer in the picture. And at the end of the day a move like that doesn’t get the Rams any closer to winning a Super Bowl. You also have to keep in mind that Gurley was starting to look healthy near the end of the season. Which could payout some big returns in the future.

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The Denver Broncos should target Amari Cooper in free agency:

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The Denver Broncos finished the 2019 season with some optimism. Drew Lock burst onto the scene and started to fix some of the problems that have plagued their offense after Peyton Manning retired. And now it makes sense for John Elway to get his new quarterback another wide receiver to really optimize Lock’s potential. Clearly the best option would be targeting Amari Cooper in free agency. That addition would drastically improve Denver’s ability to put points on the board. We’ve already seen how much better Cooper was able to make the Cowboys. But unfortunately it feels like Dallas is starting to stall out and that’s why they missed the playoffs. Whereas the Broncos are finally starting to get past their struggles and Cooper could be the piece that turns them into a winner.


Then you have to take into consideration how good Courtland Sutton has been. By pairing up Sutton and Cooper it’ll be so much harder to key in on one of those guys. And it’s going to force those safeties and corners to back up a little bit which should open up some running lanes for Phillip Lindsay. You also have to acknowledge how much it would do for morale. Once the players start to see how far the front office is willing to go in order to win. They’ll reciprocate those efforts by being much more motivated. Therefore signing Amari Cooper is a no brainer for this organization.

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