The Detroit Lions have to keep their best player. Re-signing Darius Slay has to be their top priority:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Bob Quinn hasn’t given Detroit Lions fans much to cheer about lately. Not only has the team struggled ever since Matt Patricia was hired. Quinn has also made some foolish decisions by trading away Golden Tate and Quandre Diggs. So the fact that the Lions are even entertaining the idea of moving on from Darius Slay is flat out disgraceful.


It’s easy to see that Slay has easily been Detroit’s best player. He’s got 3 Pro Bowl appearances and has been the one guy who’s been a cut above the rest. It’s more than just Slay’s play on the field too. Quinn needs to send a message to the locker room that if you perform well then you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. The New England Patriots method of nickel and diming players isn’t going to work in the Motor City. The Lions don’t have that kind of prestige and morale isn’t good enough to keep trading away their top guys. This is a crossroads moment for Patricia, Quinn, and this entire organization. If you don’t re-sign Slay then what player do you retain? Nobody on Detroit’s roster has earned a large payday and the full support of their front office more than Darius Slay has. Anything less than that would be a failure.

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These five players improved their stock the most during the 2019 NFL season:

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Author: Jon Kuzma


Christian McCaffrey- At the end of 2018 McCaffrey was a very good player with a ton of potential. But somehow McCaffrey was able to exceed every single expectation that Carolina set out for him. The result was one of the most prolific years we’ve ever seen from a running back. One where he had 2,392 all-purpose yards. Unbelievable.

Cooper Kupp-You never know how a player will perform after tearing their ACL the prior season? However much like Adrian Petson was able to do in 2012. Kupp had his best season ever after that knee injury and he was incredibly explosive. He’s clearly the number one receiver in Los Angeles.


Chris Godwin- Chris Godwin might be the most improved player on this entire list. Godwin made huge strides and somehow surpassed Mike Evans as the number one receiver in Tampa Bay’s offense. We’ll see if Godwin can maintain that role because it was definitely impressive to watch.

Dak Prescott- The Cowboys underachieved but Dak Prescott was able to find individual success. He threw for a career high in both passing yards (4,902) and touchdowns (30). Which makes Prescott far more valuable than he was one-year ago.

Shaquil Barrett- From an unknown player to the NFL’s top pass rusher. Shaquil Barrett’s 19.5 sacks ensures that he’ll make a lot more money next year. The Bucs can’t afford to let Barrett go but there will be plenty of other teams that are hoping to pry him away.

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Without Damien Williams the Kansas City Chiefs would’ve lost the Super Bowl. Which is why Williams should’ve been the MVP:

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If you go back to Super Bowl LI. James White had 3 touchdowns but Tom Brady won the MVP award. And the same exact thing happened last night when Damien Williams was the Chiefs best player in the Super Bowl but Patrick Mahomes was named the MVP. The truth is quarterbacks get all of the credit because that position is the face of the league. But there’s no denying that Williams shined when it mattered the most.


While Mahomes took about three quarters before getting it going. Williams came out of the gate hot and he was the one guy who was able to continuously beat the 49ers defense. If you take those plays away then there’s no chance that Kansas City wins the game. And when the Chiefs had the lead late in the 4th quarter. Williams is the one who took matters into his own hands and made sure he put San Francisco away once and for all. Right now America is morning the loss of Kobe Bryant and Williams was the closest thing we saw to “Mamba Mentality.” The stakes were high but the former undrafted free agent was as cold as ice. With all due respect to Patrick Mahomes and all he was able to accomplish. It’s our job to recognize who was the MVP of that one game (the Super Bowl) and the eye test made it obvious it was Damien Williams.

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The Patrick Mahomes dynasty has officially begun. After the Chiefs’ late rally surprises the 49ers:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl run was a little bit unusual. Andy Reid’s football team trailed in every single playoff game and the Super Bowl was no different. In fact San Francisco was the better team in this contest for about three quarters. But you know the Chiefs are so hard to put away. Thanks to 21 points in the last 15 minutes Kansas City was able to pull off the unthinkable. And for as bad as Patrick Mahomes was for most of the night he overcame all of that when the pressure was on. Mahomes found Tyreek Hill on a number of big throws during crunch time. Eventually he would also hit Travis Kelce for a touchdown to make the game achievable late in the 4th quarter.


And when Kansas City got the ball back trailing 20-17 with about 4 minutes left you just got the feeling that something great might happen. From that point on Patrick Mahomes would connect with Sammy Watkins to get down in the red zone. Then the Chiefs took the lead thanks to a throw in the flats to Damien Williams. Once that happened you knew the game was over. But Williams wasn’t done yet. He ripped off another touchdown and finished the 49ers once and for all. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes both won their first Super Bowl and it feels like this is just the beginning of something special. Don’t be surprised if those two get three or four Vince Lombardi Trophies before their reign is over.

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Seizing the moment. It’s clear Deebo Samuel has been much better than expected:

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Everyone knew Deebo Samuel was very good when he was at South Carolina. Ultimately that led to Samuel being drafted in the 2nd round by the San Francisco 49ers. But Samuel has played much better than that in his rookie season.


This guy has set the bar high and he’s been a very reliable target for Jimmy Garoppolo. Once Samuel gets even more experience then there’s no telling how good he can be. Kyle Shanahan certainly believes in his abilities because we’re seeing Samuel take over the number one receiver spot in this offense. He’s just so good at winning those one-on-one battles out wide. Even when defensive backs are right on Samuel’s hip he still usually comes down with the football. And if San Francisco plans on upsetting the Chiefs then they’ll need their young playmaker to have one of the best games of his career. If Kansas City has a weakness it’s definitely their defense. So Garoppolo, Mostert, and Samuel have to find a way to win that match-up. That’s so crucial in the Super Bowl and soon we’ll get to see if they can shock the world? It’ll take a total team effort from the 49ers.

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Snubbed. Josh Jacobs should’ve been the Offensive Rookie of the Year but it didn’t happen:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

How did this happen? It was so easy to see if you watched the games. Josh Jacobs was in a class of his own when it came to this year’s crop of offensive rookies. Jacobs was able to takeover games and he was by far the most dominant player out of all of the offensive guys who were drafted in 2019. Go back and watch some of the Raiders game films and you’ll see a ball carrier that refused to be tackled. He was so good after contact and there were times when Josh Jacobs flat out imposed his will on the defenders around him. His juke moves are some of the smoothest we’ve seen in a while and so many times he made people miss by using his stutter step.


The results were 1,150 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Which is far more impressive than what Kyler Murray was able to accomplish. Yeah Murray would go on to win the O.R.O.Y award but that’s because the voters and fans find quarterbacks the most interesting. Murray might be a great story but it’s not right to deprive Jacobs from the recognition he deserves. Especially when it’s clear that he performed the best during the 2019 season. The old saying is “politics as usual” and unfortunately it came at Josh Jacobs expense.

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Matthew Stafford to the New England Patriots?

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Detroit Lions are the 3rd team on the board in the upcoming NFL Draft. And there’s been plenty of rumors floating around after the Senior Bowl. Matt Patricia coached the North side in that college all-star event and it appears he may have given off the impression that he’s unhappy with Matthew Stafford. If there’s any truth to those rumors then the Lions could take Tua Tagovailoa and choose to overhaul their offense. Obviously if that ends up being true then something has to happen with Stafford.


With Tom Brady expected to leave New England in free agency. That means the Patriots will be in the market for a quarterback. We’ve already heard that Andy Dalton is one possible option for Bill Belichick moving forward. But Matthew Stafford is a class above Dalton talent-wise and it would make sense for Patricia to send his former boss a thank you gift. Stafford would finally have the structure that he needs in Foxborough after 11 years of dysfunction in Detroit. This would be the perfect replacement for Brady and the Patriots wouldn’t completely unravel in the wake of losing the greatest quarterback of all-time. On paper everything seems to add up.

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Did Tom Brady leak where he’s playing next year? It looks like the Tennessee Titans could’ve hit the jackpot:

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When you get on the professional level and especially in the NFL. You have to deal with a lot of public relations. The last thing you want to do is make a drastic announcement and have to deal with a wave of backlash. That can make going to work very tough and it would be a distraction for the team you play for. So when Tom Brady was seen in Nashville looking at schools for his children. It was a move that subtly eases the fans into Brady’s transition to the Tennessee Titans. It all makes sense if you step back and look at the big picture. Mike Vrabel and Brady were former teammates and their friendship goes way back. Maybe even more importantly.


Tennessee’s offense has a young superstar receiver in A.J Brown. And if they also retain Derrick Henry in free agency then Tom Brady would have all the help around him that he needs. Look Ryan Tannehill was very good but in the playoffs he came back down to earth. Tannehill had under 100 passing yards against the Ravens and Patriots. So it’s clear he tends to struggle against elite competition and that’s where the Titans believe Brady can be better. Yeah Tannehill deserves credit for getting Tennessee to the playoffs. But you need someone like Tom Brady to take it from here. If Brady goes to the Titans then he’s heading to a franchise that’s trending in the right direction. And he could be the piece that puts them over the top.

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Patience is key. How Tyrann Mathieu’s exit from Arizona ended up being a blessing in disguise:

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The day is March 14th 2018 and the Arizona Cardinals have just released Tyrann Mathieu. It’s clear why Arizona made that move and it’s because Mathieu was due $18M. Essentially that made Mathieu a cap casualty but it never felt right with how good of a player the former LSU star has been. Sometimes life works in mysterious ways though and it actually worked in Mathieu’s favor. After making a stop in Houston the Honey Badger would eventually sign with Kansas City. And now the Chiefs are playing in their first Super Bowl in 50 years. Make no mistake about Mathieu has helped this secondary patch up some of the holes they’ve had in the past. His 4 interceptions make that clear and you also have to recognize how versatile this guy is. Mathieu can line up all over the field and it helps the Chiefs disguise some of the things they do on the defensive side of the ball. And then there’s the passion and energy that Mathieu brings to this group. For example in the AFC Championship game he led the way with a team high of 9 tackles. Every roster needs players who can perform their best against elite competition. Tyrann Mathieu always seems to rise up to the challenge and it’s the reason his team is the favorite down in Miami.

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There’s plenty of options available if the Dallas Cowboys don’t re-sign Dak Prescott:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

If the Dallas Cowboys were ever looking to move on from Dak Prescott now is their moment. Prescott’s contract has come to an end and there are so many other quarterbacks available in free agency. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, and Teddy Bridgewater will all hit the open market in March. Some of those guys are just more talented than Prescott when it comes down to it. Dallas has a good supporting cast for whoever is under center in 2020.


Of course they’ll have to re-sign Amari Cooper to ensure that group has the same potency it did the past two seasons. If you put someone like Brady or Brees with the weapons Prescott had than we could see Dallas significantly improve. Plus the Cowboys have a new coach in Mike McCarthy so if there was ever a time to shake things up this is it. We’ve already seen that this team isn’t good enough to make the playoffs. So why hold on to the past if Jerry Jones isn’t getting the results that he wants? Look Dak Prescott is a great competitor and it’s got him this far. But at some point you need someone who‘s better at producing through the air. Dallas also needs a QB who can play his best football against elite competition. Until they improve in those areas America’s Team will continue to underachieve.

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