I don’t want to say NFL coaches are lying, but when you listen to what some of them are saying, it’s neither here nor there. On Friday’s NFL Total Access, I broke down some tape to translate for you.
Week 2 was filled with sensational finishes and as each game passes, the words of Patriots QB Tom Brady from a few weeks about shine through. Brady said — and I’m paraphrasing here — no one is bigger than the game and this game goes on without you.
In my latest edition of Put Up Your Dukes, I examine buyer’s and seller’s remorse among NFL teams. Championships in the league are won during the offseason, when key pieces are added and subtracted. It’s time to take a look back at the best and worst moves.
Posted: Monday, September 21st, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chris Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, Matt Forte, Matt Schaub, Mike Zimmer
Every year the NFL has what I like to refer to Jekyll-and-Hyde teams. As an analyst, it is particularly frustrating and for fans it has to be impossible to handle. Here’s a list of the 2009 teams.
I’m always amazed at the ridiculous emphasis placed on “trash talking.” Trash talking has been a part of the fabric of sports. I direct my ire at the media, who make such comments out to be a violation of some sacred trust of civility. In actuality, trash talking is a time honored tradition whose sanctity has been violated by players being forced to talk to the media.
Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: Byron Leftwich, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, DeMarcus Ware, Donald Penn, Flozell Adams, Gaines Adams, Jake Long, John Abraham, Mario Williams, Mark Sanchez, Richard Seymour, Tully Banta-Cain
Every week we will highlight the great performances that didn’t make NFL Total Access. These are the guys who do the grunt work.
It’s a concern to me that current NFL players are so big and explosive. It’s an issue, not necessarily with current players, but with retired players. In my latest Put Up Your Dukes segment on NFL Total Access, I shared my story about fighting the battle with obesity.
Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jay Cutler, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagle, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Tony Dungy
Every year, I believe there are eight teams that legitimately fit into the Super Bowl conversation. And every year, one team jumps into the mix, like the Arizona Cardinals did last year. Here are my 2009 Elite 8 teams.
Last week I made the statement on NFL Total Access that Eric Mangini needed to pick a QB and tell a little white lie. Needless to say, Mangini is marching to his own drum.
There are rules for regular quarterbacks, and then there are Vick Rules. Defenses will have to learn the Vick Rules and containing Michael Vick in the pocket. You’ll see it’s a totally different set of rules.
I started this series on no-win situations with WR Roy Williams, who finds himself in the middle of the soap opera in Dallas. Now I’m adding Kyle Orton to the list. It’s easy to say, if they produce at an incredibly high level there won’t be a problem. Well, we have a problem, because in both situations Pro Bowl play is the bar.
Well, maybe “no-win” is a little strong, but Roy Williams is in a real conundrum of a situation. Most teams would give an appendage or two to have two front-line wide receivers.
A tip of the old ball cap to coach Rex Ryan for the job and decisions he has made thus far for the New York Jets.
Week 2 of the preseason was important as there are many jobs hanging in the balance and, more importantly, there were individuals who needed to atone for their poor Week 1 performances.
Lost in the “Favre Watch” hype: Now that the Vikings have a championship-caliber threat at QB in Brett Favre, defenses will have to think twice about putting eight defenders in the box to stop Adrian Peterson.