Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of the most outspoken players in the history of the NFL. The avid marriage equality and gay rights advocate has as much a social conscience as anyone to ever play the game. From gun control to civil rights, Kluwe is somebody who almost always has something meaningful to say.Follow paulmbanks
With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion, even in June. You’ll notice I never complain about page views for content surrounding any NFL team. Teams in all the other leagues, yes I do whine about that. But in America the NFL slaughters everything, with college football a distant number two. And all other sports fall into rank an even further distant third place, and on down.
So let’s get this party started.
We continue the never too early series with the Minnesota Vikings season preview.Follow paulmbanks
Both Kain Colter and Jordan Lynch are in my “2014 Publicity NFL Mock Draft.” It would go like this: Johnny Manziel goes first to Houston, Michael Sam second to St. Louis (hey that really happened six rounds later) AJ McCarron third to Jacksonville, Tommy Rees 4th overall to Cleveland, well you get the idea. As fun an idea as this is, you start to only have regional names left around the picks in the teens. By the mid-teens, you’re left with guys that only hard core college football fans had heard of.
The point is to see how media coverage and NFL pro potential are very often inversely related. Northwestern quarterback turned wide receiver Kain Colter went undrafted. As did NIU quarterback turned running back Jordan Lynch.Follow paulmbanks
Maybe Jared Allen is to today’s NFL what Schneider on “One Day at a Time” was to ’80s sitcoms- the epitome of machismo in that given arena. He know Jared Allen is really into bull riding, teaming up with the Professional Bull Riders Association. He’s into hunting too.
Although he’s not into vaccinations; and that’s troubling. So like Jay Cutler and his wife Kristin Cavallari, he just doesn’t go all in with science. However the Chicago Bears have gone all in with him.Follow paulmbanks
With the bulk of NFL free agency completed, some teams have hope that they can win, and win big, this upcoming season with their new acquisitions. Other franchises, though, took a step back as they didn’t make a key move to help their teams improve this NFL free agency period.
Sure, there will still be some minor moves, but since nearly all of the major names made their move, here are the rising and falling squads in 2014.Follow paulmbanks
The Minnesota Vikings probably believe in the mantra of the Bauhaus architectural movement: “less is more.” With Minnesota Vikings social media, there’s simple and then there’s deceptively simple. This week Twitter released a feature that allows you to look up the first ever tweet ever posted by any account in the world.
Mine was getting about getting excited for an upcoming Chicago 2016 Summer Olympics initiative! LOL! Hey, the Chicago 2016 committee picked me to be their sports blogger. I quit a long time before the bid failed. So it was bad times all around.Follow paulmbanks
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has a hot girlfriend. But too bad AJ McCarron’s NFL draft stock isn’t as hot as Katherine Webb. Well, it’s luke warm. According to some NFL scouts his draft stock is high. But he has his detractors though too.
There were three NFL head coaches and three general managers in attendance at Alabama’s Pro Day. Were they see to AJ McCarron? Well, yes, no and maybe. The head coaches included Sean Payton (Saints), Marvin Lewis (Bengals) and Chip Kelly (Eagles).Follow paulmbanks
Mike Zimmer is the next Minnesota Vikings Head Coach. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, and corroborated by sources at both ESPN and NFL Network, the Bengals defensive coordinator and the Vikings agreed to terms today. Once the Mike Zimmer deal is complete, coupled with NFC North rival Detroit hiring Jim Caldwell yesterday, only the Cleveland Browns will be searching for a coach among NFL teams.
As you can see, NFL Head Coach openings are a Rust Belt thing this offseason. By the way, you may enjoy this video of Mike Zimmer cursing out his Bengals defenders from “Hard Knocks” (language NSFW)Follow paulmbanks
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer is the next Minnesota Vikings Head Coach. Nothing is official yet, but the Mike Zimmer situation has progressed to the point where multiple outlets: NFL Network, ESPN, Fox Sports are reporting it as a done deal. It’s rumored that Mike Zimmer wasn’t even going to leave the Vikings practice facility in Winter Park, Minnesota. He would accept the job and stay there. Jay Glazer seemed to have the Mike Zimmer story first.Follow paulmbanks
This comes to us from football as football.com. It’s every NFL team reimagined as a European football crest. Or “soccer” as we call it here in the United States. And it is AWESOME! That’s why it’s called “football as football” Every team more than one to choose from. I’ll lead with the hometown team the Chicago Bears of course, but we’ll include everyone here from the NFC North division in the NFL.
At the end, you’ll find the link to see the rest of the NFL football as football.Follow paulmbanks
Is Johnny Manziel the next Brett Favre? That’s what Trent Dilfer, the game manager of all game-managers thinks. The ESPN analyst was evaluating Manziel’s draft stock, as actually all ESPN talking heads did, and he sees the ol’ gunslinger in there. Manziel officially officially declared today, even though we all knew he was going to since last summer.Follow paulmbanks
The rookie wall may have hit Marc Trestman a little harder than he may have liked. The Chicago Bears start December reeling and stuck in the ninth spot in the NFC. The offense has been better than average, but the defense is regressing far beyond the mean. Tack on Trestman’s self-admittance of second-guessing his decisions and a rash of injuries, and you get a team that is struggling to remain in the playoff hunt.
Marc Trestman was brought in to give the Bears offense an infusion of current day NFL play calling, and that has happened. Jay Cutler and back-up Josh McCown have shown signs of competence leading to near-career and career numbers for the two signal callers. The two have an improved offensive line and legit offensive weapons to thank for making life easier on the field. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, and Martellus Bennett have excelled at various levels in Marc Trestman ’s offense. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks