15 NFL Thoughts with Flanny

– Are the Chiefs really THIS good? Yes. They have one of the two best defenses in the league, with pro bowlers at each level, a still, very underrated QB, all pro running back, and quite possibly the best home field advantage in the NFL.

– One time for my man, Andy Reid. As an Eagle fan, I’ve never doubted Andy’s abilities as a coach. He left Philly on a sour note, and it just felt like it was time for both parties to move on, and start fresh, but he is one helluva coach. Maybe now Eagles fans can finally appreciate him, like I’m sure KC fans are.

– Panic time for Denver? yeahhh, no. The Broncos will be just fine. Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning, Von Miller is back, and his pass rush will surely aid that suspect secondary of Denver. Unfortunately for Denver, they’re not in a position to lose many more games, being in the same division as the undefeated Chiefs. Denver vs KC in Arrowhead will be nuts!

– It may actually be better to be Luck(y) instead of good. Andrew Luck straight up outplayed the future HOF bound Manning in his Indy homecoming. The 2nd year QB looked sharper, and certainly more poised than the veteran Manning, and simply would not let Peyton have his moment. Respect.

– I’ve said for well over a year that I’d take Andrew Luck over any of the other 2nd year sensation QB’s. Followed by Wilson, Kaepernick, and RGIII. Wilson has the smarts, Kaep has the gun, RGIII has the athleticism, Andrew Luck has it ALL. While he handled it extremely busch league, Jim Irsay was absolutely correct in moving on from Peyton, and drafting Luck.

– My god, that Jets defensive line is nasty. They gave Tom E fits all day Sunday, much as they did in their first match-up this season, this time pulling out the win. Muhammad Wilkerson is a superstar in the making, Sheldon Richardson has quieted all the doubters early in his rookie season, and at the end position, Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples are finally living up the expectations.

– Fans at Ford Field got an absolute treat on Sunday, when the leagues two best pass catchers put on a show. Calvin Johnson and AJ Green both eclipsed 150 yards receiving and scored a TD. Megatron added a 2nd on a ridiculous catch, in triple coverage, in a game the Bengals squeaked out on a last second FG.

– The Bucs might just be better off letting that MRSA outbreak spread. Everything down there is an absolute joke at the moment.

– Sam Bradford has torn his ACL, and his season, and likely his career in St. Louis has come to an abrupt end. I wish him a speedy recovery, and he’ll surely get another shot somewhere, but we might soon be throwing him in the Matt Leinart, Danny Wuerfful, Jason White, Eric Crouch, Tim Tebow club.

– “The Gronk” is back for the Pats, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Contrary to what anyone says, Brady isn’t fond of those new guys, and can you really blame him? Outside of the last drive against the Saints, Brady has looked mighty pedestrian these last few weeks. Getting Gronk back Sunday, and Vereen in a few weeks should rejuvenate the future Hall of Famer.

– Has Eddie Lacy already become what we thought Trent Richardson was? Contrary to the beliefs of my colleague, @professorcorria, I’ve yet to give up on the SECOND year Richardson, and believe Andrew Luck and Indy will be good to him, but Lacy has been exceptional since returning from a concussion. Lacy has accumulated 301 rushing yards, and a TD, on 68 carries in his last 3 games, for the re-surging Packers.

– Can the Jags draft Jameis Winston now??? Outside of Jesus Christ himself, Winston may be the only person who can turn around that franchise. Jacksonville may just be capable of going 0-32 to ensure that.

– Is RGIII back? I’d say not quite, but he seems to be on his way. His play the first few weeks was exactly why Derrick Rose made the right decision to not come back last season. Much like Rose, RGIII just didn’t ‘t trust his knee over the first month of the season, and that directly affected his play. He’s becoming more and more comfortable back there, and with the NFC east as horrid as it is, he may again have the Skins in playoff contention.

– Matt Barkley played long enough against the Cowboys yesterday to throw three INT’s, and he may get the START next week after Nick Foles suffered a concussion Sunday, ummm, yeah, can we just reunite Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota already, please?

– I guess it’s a league mandate that a least one Manning has to get a win each week, as Eli(te) Manning and the Giants got their first win of the season over the Vikings. If they keep up this pace they’ll be back at .500 by uh, December. LOL…sorry.

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15 Football Thoughts With The Professor: By @ProfessorCorria

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1.)    The Broncos @ Cowboys game was SPECIAL, a true treat for all of us football nuts.  The 51-48 shootout was a nip and tuck game in which the Cowboys stood up to the juggernaut and almost came away victorious, until……….

2.)    Tony Romo, SMH!!!!!!!!!! Romo is a very good football player who was worked himself from an undrafted free agent, to a Pro Bowl quarterback. He is gracious with the media, a very affable guy but he is dogged by untimely turnovers. It was so crazy that we all felt that he would throw an interception when the score was tied 48-48, after standing up to Peyton Manning all day.

3.)    Speaking of the Denver Broncos, Manning is on fire right now!!!!! But how long can he keep it up? He’s a great player but he and the Broncos offense will eventually regress to the mean, and their defense will have to make plays in order for them to keep rolling and win playoff games. I think Von Miller coming back will make an impact, although after missing the first six games, how effective will he be? What about Champ Bailey? Yeah what about him?

4.)    Don’t look now but the Indianapolis Colts are a PROBLEM. Would you bet against them vs. the Denver Broncos in the freezing cold in the playoffs? Me either, Andrew Luck is about that action, and is CLEARLY better than RG3. However they did make a HUGE mistake trading for……

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5.)    Trent Richardson isn’t a good football player, I’m convinced more now than EVER!!!! I know why you guys think he’s good, he’s a physical specimen,  but he’s not a good football player.

6.)    The Patriots have the #2 defense in the NFL, but are averaging 19 PPG ….Has planet earth stopped spinning on its axis? Tom & company need to get it together and fast.

7.)    The saints are looking REALLY good, but Drew Brees is getting sacked way to much, which will be a huge issue if they have to go to Seattle in the playoffs, because the Seahawks get to the quarterback.

8.)    The Texans have plenty of talent but their window for winning a championship has closed and Arian Foster is looking like he doesn’t have much tread left on his tires. Matt Shaub has always been painfully average but he is starting to look really bad.

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9.)    Carson Palmer should be arrested for grand larceny, my lawd. He is TERRIBLE, and he has weapons but just can’t help himself when it comes to throwing the ball to the other team. He is stealing money from the Cardinals front office with no ski mask, he’s like the football Jermaine O’Neal.

10.)  Still can’t believe Romo threw that interception.

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11.) I’m a patriots fan, so seeing the Giants and their supposed “elite” QB struggle so mightily is like watching football porn every week. Eli isn’t elite, I’m sorry it’s not even close.

12.) Mike Vick was electric in Atlanta and provided us so much entertainment, but its almost time to send him to the “glue factory”. It’s over for him.

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13.) Geno Atkins is the best defensive football player in the NFL. He is a GROWN ASS MAN who is a terror in the middle because he can rush the passer and collapse the pocket up the gut AND stuff the run, WOW.

14.) The Jets have a VERY stout physical defense, Ryan is doing a great job with that crew.

15.) Would you rather be 5-0 the way the Chiefs have gotten there or the way the Broncos have….?

15 Football Thoughts With The Professor: By @ProfessorCorria

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1.)    It’s a sad day in New England for mighty Vince has crumbled….A true Patriot in every sense of the word and a pillar in the community. He will be missed, get better big fella.

2.)    Peyton Manning has been a treasure this season. He is operating at a level NEVER seen in the history of the league. People want to bring up his 9-11 playoff record, so what? Let’s just enjoy what he is doing and take heed that he is staking his claim to the quarterback crown.

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3.)    Never been much of a fan of Mike Tomlin. He’s GREAT with the media and possesses bravado, but let’s be real, he’s a mediocre coach. He doesn’t scheme the defense, he doesn’t coach the offense…….so what does he do exactly? I’ll wait.

4.)    The Atlanta Falcons are a SOFFFFFFFFFFF team. Yes that’s soft, minus the T, I left it off for a reason. The T is way to masculine for that team. They’re coach looks like he sells life insurance and their QB is good but not great. You can have all the weapons on the perimeter you want, but if both of your Lines are soft and your QB is soft, what good is it?

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5.)    Don’t look now but Reggie Bush is playing phenomenal football. The Lions look poised to make a run in the NFC north, but poor coaching and lack of team discipline could always rear its ugly head.

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6.)    Andy Dalton is so regular that it makes me physically ill. That’s the only way I can describe him and his performance, regular. He’s one of those QB’s that might win a Super Bowl by accident.

7.)    The Philadelphia Eagles suck, and will go 6-10 just like I told you they would, maybe 7-9 if they can pull a rabbit out of hat. Mike Vick is washed up and their a soft football team. Fin.

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8.)    Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Then there is a chasm wider than the Nile before you get to the next group of QB’s. The swagger, the command, the talent, the preparation. It’s just different.

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9.)    The Cleveland Browns have already won the Trent Richardson trade. He is a career 3.5 YPC back, doesn’t move well in traffic, have burst or run well between the tackles. He’s a tough runner, but doesn’t have top end speed and the Colts gave up a 1st round pick for him? Makes NO SENSE, but it will become more evident as time goes. 20 carries and 60 yards against one of the worst teams in recent memory, the Jacksonville Jaguars, in week 4? SMH

10.) The NY Giants are a complete mess!!!!!!!!! What is wrong with that offense? Eli is a turnover machine, they can run the ball or sustain drives? The offensive coordinator needs to “catch the fade”.

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11.) Geno Smith isn’t good, will never be good and will only cause Jets fans consternation. Might as well tank and draft a REAL QB in the draft. And on by the way, hire a coach who knows how to handle and groom a QB.

12.) Phillip Rivers is having a great statistical season, but the chargers are still painfully average. There is something about that team that doesn’t make any sense, just can put my finger on it.

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13.) The Chiefs defense is chillingly terrifying, my goodness are they good. Talent on ALL THREE LEVELS, speed, skill and size on the defensive line. I feel comfortable caling them the best defense in the NFL.

14.) The Seattle Seahawks are only 4-0 but we already know they’re really 10-0. They aren’t going to lose at home, and if they get home field advantage, it’s going to take an act of God to be beat them in the playoffs.

15.) The Dallas Cowboys have a great deal of talent but don’t inspire any confidence. Watch the Redskins win that division. EL OH EL.

16.) *Bonus* don’t look now but the Patriots are coming along slowly but surely………..

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15 Football Thoughts with the Professor: By @ProfessorCorria

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1.)    The NFL is a man’s game, a grown ass man’s game. Can you move the grown man in front of you a few inches in order to get your team to where they want to be?

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2.)    With that being said, what do you really expect from football players? These are modern day gladiators playing in modern day coliseums in front of the modern day mob. You expect guys who get paid to be savages for a living to be squeaky clean off the field? THEY GET PAID TO HURT OTHER MEN!!! Aldon Smith and Von Miller are products of their environments, suspend them and move on.

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3.)    The Chicago Bears are NICE!!!!!! Their defense is always on point, but their O-line is giving Jay Cutler great protection and opening gaping holes for Matt Forte.

4.)    Owner, Coach, Quarterback. Owner, Coach, Quarterback. Rinse, Lather, Repeat.

5.)    Teams are built from the inside out. You must have a great QB, a good line, a good defensive line. Then you fit everything in around that. What good is having a Larry Fitzgerald if you don’t have a QB to throw it to him or an offensive line to protect that QB? What’s the point in having Deion Sanders if the defensive line in front of him can’t rush the QB?

6.)    The Seattle Seahawks are HardBody, my goodness. Great, physical, nasty defense. Stoic QB and a physical running game? Be afraid.

7.)    The Giants SUCK. They can’t protect their turnover prone QB, can’t run the ball or rush the passer. Yikes.

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8.)    The Indianapolis Colts….PUNKED the San Francisco 49ers in their own house. WOW. Kaep looks awful, their D looks damaged, and the Colts lined up and put a hat on a hat and ran the ball down their throat. BULLY BALL.

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9.)     Don’t look now but the Kansas City Chiefs are for real. Their defense is big and talented, and their offense is solid and physical. We’ll wait and see if Andy Reid’s poor clock management brings them down in the long run.

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10.)   Speaking of defense, have you seen the New England Patriots? A big physical group that wants to get on you and maul you to death like a giant grizzly bear. I’m very skeptical to see if they maintain their current production.

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11.)   The Miami Dolphins have two GREAT wins and it looks like Ryan Tannehill is developing quite nicely. Things could get interesting the AFC East.

12.)   The NFC East is ALWAYS overrated but they are taking it to new heights this year. I guess having 4 major media markets, coupled with the leagues original teams leads to a lot of hype. Just poor, very very poor.

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13.)   However, the Cowboys have looked impressive on both sides of the ball this year. The running game will be the key to a possible deep playoff run this season. Unless…….Tony Romo messes everything up with his late game histrionics.

14.)   The Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets game was just plain awful. Disgusting, poorly played football game.

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15.)   The Denver Broncos are VERY GOOD. Fin.

Tuesday Morning’s With The Professor: By @ProfessorCorria

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A new tradition that we are starting her at #TTO will be a weekly Tuesday column during football season called “Tuesday mornings with the professor”. These posts will consist of 20 or so football thoughts with me, the one and only @ProfessorCorria. Without further ado, let’s get into it!!!!!!!!!!!!

1.) I’m beginning to wonder if Mike Shanahan is keeping Robert Griffin as the starting QB out of spite? He can’t run the read-option, which is the offense he needs to be successful, so why keep him out there? Is it because RGIII showed Shanahan up in the press leading up to the season? Hmmmmm

2.) Colin Kaepernick was supposed to be the “next” guy who could revolutionize the QB position , and move the league forward. Ehhhhhh not so fast, he’s a good player with potential, but we’ll see how good he is this year, when he has to deliver for a full season.

3.) Speaking of Kaep, my dear lawd did you see Seattle’s defense on Sunday night? That front 7 is absolutely TERRIFYING!!!!! It seemed like they were going to sack the QB on every single play. We’ll just have to wait and see how Pete Carroll keeps them from winning a championship this year. El oh El.

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4.) Eli Manning has won two championships, give that man some respect. But he’s far from an elite QB. He makes way to many mistakes and he throws the ball up for grabs wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to much. When you think of him winning a Super Bowl, the first image that comes to mind is a ball getting stuck on someone’s helmet. Good, but FAR from elite.

5.) Speaking of “Elite” quarterbacks, there are only 4: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. There is a steep drop, then you can fill in the names as you see fit.

6.) The Patriots Receiving core is pretty good, don’t you think? 

7.) It’s fairly obvious that Bill Belicheck is a GREAT coach. However, Bill Belicheck, the GM keeps undermining Bill Belicheck the coach. Paint dry’s faster than New England gets to the Quarterback.

8.) The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team going in the wrong direction, the Cleveland Browns flat out suck, the Ravens have clearly taken a step back and the Bengals are still paper tigers for the time being, soooooooooo much for that AFC North.

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9.) Speaking of the Raven’s……please don’t tell me that Joe Flacco is elite, because he’s barely even good. Same thing for Torrey Smith. I bet that Flacco isn’t laughing at Ray Lewis anymore?

10.) Ed Reed is the best Safety EVER. Ever, ever? Yes EVER.

11.) Matt Ryan is the most vanilla, regular, milk toast, average quarterback in the NFL. If you gave Aaron Rodgers Rody White and Julio Jones the whole league would have to duck.

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12.) Blaine Gabbert is beyond terrible. That boy is softer than table butter, my gawd.

13.) The 49ers will NOT be making a repeat trip to the Super Bowl, injuries and attrition have reared their ugly heads and will keep San Fran from making another run.

14.) The Philadelphia Eagles will be 7-9 this year, as promised. And I’m being nice, they are a soft team and Michael Vick is made of paper mache. He won’t make it through the season unfortunately and both back up QB’s are terrible.

15.) Cam Newton is exciting and “looks” like he should be REALLY good, but he’s been painfully average. I’m rooting for him, but he needs to start taking better care of the football if he wants to be great.

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16.) James Harrison is scary and stupid.

17.) Honestly we can’t take too much stock in anything after the 1st two weeks of the season except for the fact that the jaguars suck, Thursday night football is stupid, RGIII is still hurt and Chris Collinsworth is still annoying as hell.

18.) Ndamukong Suh is dirty as hell. So is Dashon Goldsen and Brandon Merriewather. But, back to Suh, bruh, why is your big ass chop blocking for ??

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19.) The Denver Broncos look scary good so far, hopefully they don’t peak too soon. Happy to see Peyton Manning is playing as well as ever and has remained healthy.

20.) Thanks for reading, find me on twitter @professorcorria, see you guys next Tuesday!!!!!!!!!

Why We Love Football: BY @ProfessorCorria

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Ah yes, it’s that time of year again where we separate the men from the mice and the Pit’s from the poodles. Yes ladies and gentleman, football season is upon us after what seems like such an agonizing, prolonged wait. The NFL is back, and with it comes our favorite pastime as we gather every Sunday and Monday night with family, friends or sometimes complete strangers to watch our favorite gladiators go to war over a finite amount of space to truly find out who is the better man. Yes, football is the modern day gladiator sport, as we stream into to modern day coliseums to watch the controlled carnage. The finest athletic specimens of our time hurdling toward each other at the speed of light, trying to take each other’s heads off. The NFL and college football, to some extent, have become “quarterback driven”, but the essence of football is can a grown man move another grown man a few feet in order to open up holes and create time for their quarterback. The NFL likes to market the royal elegance of the regal Tom Brady, the machine like precision of Peyton Manning, and the athletic grace of Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson, but if you take in an episode of “Hard Knocks” you can still see that the game is won and lost in the trenches. Football is a man’s game, its physical, it’s nasty, it’s carnal, and most players have to go to a deep dark place in order to summon up the necessary rage in order to compete against some of the world’s best athletes in such a physically demanding arena.

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Football on Sunday is just as American as apple pie and has become engrained as part of our culture, with regular season game posting higher television ratings than a World Series game and NBA Finals game combined. Why has this sea change occurred? It seems like football has become an event every weekend and the Super Bowl has become almost a national holiday. Is it the carnage taking place on the field? Is it the gambling and fantasy football, which has become a cottage industry? Is it the fact that the sport is mostly played on one day, save for Monday night football and the occasional Thursday telecast? Maybe it’s a confluence of all those things, but whatever the reason, it seems as though we cannot get enough football, nothing seems to be able to placate our appetite for the sport. Football is the “Soap Opera” for the male species, we want every single snap is dissected, coaches decisions are constantly being second and triple guessed, and we tune in to sports talk radio, NFL Network and the seemingly endless amount of NFL shows on ESPN. We are all under the NFL’s spell like swooning teenagers ogling the pretty girl in our chemistry class. Our love affair with the NFL has even made college football the number 2 watched sport in America, as we watch pseudo professional kids compete every Thursday and Saturday.

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The pads clashing, the smell of freshly manicured grass, the fans tailgating in the parking lot, prognosticators prognosticating, millions of fans in front of their flat screens with a beer in their hand and their mobile device in their other hand checking their fantasy stats. Ah yes, football is here, God is so good. Hope springs eternal in 32 different cities for 32 different fan bases as they dream of their team making it to the Super Bowl, this is what dreams are made of. There are too many storylines to even delve into, but even with the NFL and former players battling it out in court and the court of public opinion over head injuries, we the public still can’t get enough of this vicious blood sport. We thirst for football, we hunger for it, we wish the season would last 12 months instead of 5, we even watch that God awful shit show the NFL calls the Pro Bowl. I can’t wait for the bone rattling hits, the spectacular plays, and yes even the soap opera’ish daily coverage on several sports networks. Everyone fighting, from players on the field, coaches on the sideline, to fans in the stands. I’m ready for some football, are you?

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