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Chief Manning?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Our very own Andrew McNeil thinks that Kansas City would be the best place for Manning to play in 2012.

By Andrew McNeil

The biggest free agent in the history of the NFL hit the market Wednesday at 4.pm.  Peyton Manning will be putting on a different helmet next year. Manning has reportedly said that he wants to make his decision about which team he will be playing for quickly. This really comes as no surprise. There’s about 12 teams that are reportedly interested in his services, but if Manning truly wants to win, he should sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. I know that KC is not the most glamorous franchise of his current options, but the Chiefs have the best situation for him to win immediately. Continue reading

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Too quick of a whistle

Photo courtesy of tusconcitizen.com. Are NFL referees to quick with the whistle in terms of roughing the passer penalties?

By Andrew McNeil

Daily I hear that the NFL has gotten soft.  That the league is taking the aggressiveness out of football. This is true especially when it comes to the quarterback.  You can barely touch the field general without it being a penalty.  Every week you see a ridiculous roughing the passer penalty that quite frankly makes you sick. There are also many complaints that the calls are not consistent.  That players such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees get the penalty flags more frequently than other quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Vick. In an interview with ESPN’s Jim Rome, Roethlisberger said, “I think in part because the league doesn’t want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks,” Roethlisberger continues to say. “No offense to the other Patriots, but whose going to watch the Patriots
without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees. That’s the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don’t want them to get hurt.” Vick also had similar complaints after one of his team’s losses this season. Continue reading

Defensive struggles or offensive excellence?

Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions Weblog. Ndamukong Suh (pictured above) and the Lions defense have played a large part in Detroit's exciting 2 and 0 start.

By Andrew McNeil

Week three of the NFL season approaches and I think it could be one of the defining weeks of the season. The first two weeks of the NFL season have been an offensive explosion, but should it be considered an “offensive explosion” or a “defensive implosion?” As everyone knows, the NFL suffered through a prolonged lockout, which prevented teams from going through with their customary off-season workouts. Offensive players got together and worked on things and it seems to have benefited them, but the defenses are far behind.  Teams such as the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, who have typically been two of the bottom feeders of the NFL have become virtually unstoppable over night. It’s widely known that defenses will be ahead of offenses at the beginning of the season, but this year that has not been the case. Continue reading

Caldwell’s Time To Shine

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. All eyes are focused on Jim Caldwell (right) and the Indianapolis Colts as they head into the opener without their franchise player, Peyton Manning (left).

By Andrew McNeil

Who has had the sweetest gig in the NFL since 2009? Most people would say Jim Caldwell. He inherited a former Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts team with its core still intact, more importantly the team had Peyton Manning as their quarterback. Manning is frequently referred to as the teams “coach on the field” or it’s Offensive Coordinator due to his in-depth knowledge of the playbook and his infamous routine at the line of scrimmage where he chooses a play to call from a set of three. This relieved an immense amount of pressure off of Caldwell and allowed him to not become overwhelmed with the pressure of being a NFL head coach. Continue reading