Taking a look at some of my little known gems from Week 1 of the preason, including rookies Aaron Brown and Ellis Lankster.
Jamie Dukes breaks down the top five tough guys in the league today.
Here are some observations from the first weekend of preseason play.
Michael Vick has landed with the Eagles, giving me more respect for owner Jeffrey Lurie, QB Donovan McNabb, coach Andy Reid and the organization.
If I were Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (and I’m not), I would lobby to sign free agent QB Michael Vick.
Posted: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jim Caldwell, Jim Schwartz, Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Winslow Jr., Peyton Manning, Raheem Morris, Ron Meeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Todd Haley
Success in the NFL for new coaches is dependent on many variables. So I’ve put together a few observations from training camps to keep an eye on for some of the new coaches.
I don’t mean to sound like the Grim Reaper, but out of respect and personal admiration for Rex Ryan, Jets fans need to temper the optimism that has gone out of control.
There are several teams that I can’t get my mind around in 2009. Fans are obviously optimistic about their team, but that’s not good enough for me. So here’s a list of teams I want to feel good about but something in my mind keeps getting in the way.
Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Michael Vick, Minnesota Vikings, Roger Goodell, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins
There are a lot of lists out there keeping track of teams not interested in the services of Michael Vick. I am keeping one of my own. It includes teams with a lack of stability at quarterback that can’t afford to look past adding Vick for the sake of being politically correct.
I set Cowboys fans abuzz when I tweeted that Jerry Jones has probably entertained the idea of bringing Michael Vick to Dallas. What I tried to relay is the fact that Jerry, like many other GMs, always looks at ways to upgrade his roster.
Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2009 | Jamie Dukes | Tags: AFC West, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Deion Branch, Denver Broncos, frank gore, JaMarcus Russell, Jim Mora, Kansas City Chiefs, Marvin Lewis, Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Zimmer, Oakland Raiders, Patrick Kerney, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Shaun Hill, T.J. Houshmandzadeh
We all know that anything can happen in the NFL, and last season, the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons were among the league’s surprise teams. With that in mind, here are the most dangerous 2008 non-playoff teams that will make noise in 2009, and some might even find their way into the postseason.
Let me first give the disclaimer that I am a Florida State Seminole, as is Leon Washington. That said, Washington has earned a new contract, and it’s imperative that the Jets get a deal done because their 2009 season will ride on the field position that the Pro Bowl returner provides.
Ego is one of the biggest shortcomings of mankind. It’s hard to put our ego aside, especially when you are standing in the spotlight, like Brett Favre is. But the same holds true for an unproven quarterback such as Tarvaris Jackson.
Bill Belichick’s pride took a big hit last season when the Dolphins shredded the vaunted Patriots defense with the “Wildcat” offense. So, Belichick, the consummate student, has spent extensive time communicating with University of Florida coach Urban Meyer about the spread offense. Belichick also has worked with former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, who’s also enthralled with the scheme that Meyer’s Gators run so well.