Percy Harvin was one of the biggest trending topics over the weekend. Certainly when it comes to NFL discussion. All the Sunday morning talk shows were on him, and understandably so. But maybe NFL Today’s Boomer Esiason on CBS had the hottest take of all the hot takes (because “malcontent” is such as awesome word):Follow paulmbanks
Teddy Bridgewater did not run or throw at the NFL Scouting Combine and he truly disappointed at the Louisville Pro Day held this past St. Patrick’s Day. Throughout his NFL Draft process he was heavily scrutinized. The last time we heard this much talk about a glove, it belonged to Michael Jackson.
“No doubt, I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft,” Bridgewater said during combine weekend.
“I’m not going to just say that. I actually feel I can back up these words. I’m just confident in myself and my capability of doing all the things at this position and to go out there and prove that I’m the best guy.”
Today, he backed up his talk, by completing 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards, also running for a touchdown as the Vikings piled up more than 500 yards of offense in a 41-28 defeat of the Atlanta Falcons.Follow paulmbanks
In the middle of the night, literally, the Minnesota Vikings finally figured it out. They’ve certainly pat themselves on the back enough about it. Numerous members of the Vikings leadership used the phrases “get this right,” “made sure we got this right,” and other forms of “right.”
So in their three major decisions pertaining to Adrian Peterson, within a 96 hour span, they “firmly believe this is the right decision.”
Well, of course they got it right, because now the Minnesota Vikings are feeling pressure from their corporate sponsors. The organization had no moral epiphany, they have no moral high ground to stand out. They’re only doing this for commercial interests.Follow paulmbanks
The NFL has had a rough couple weeks; to say the least. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and league commissioner Roger Goodell have exposed the NFL as a broken and flawed organization that depended so much on its image that it overlooked the ugliness that was inside the whole time.
There is a good chance that the aforementioned players and commish will never set foot on a football field or appear in public representing the NFL ever again. Rice, Peterson and Goodell are the sacrificial lambs for a league that has engaged in gross malfeasance for a prolonged period of time.
The league office has hidden brain damage inducing concussions from its players while extorting tens of millions of dollars from a well meaning American public in the name of breast cancer research.
Pink jerseys, ladies, helped finance a few second home mortgages in the league’s executive offices. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
After retiring from football before the 2005 season, Rich Gannon began a career in sports broadcasting. Currently, Gannon is an analyst for NFL on CBS and co-hosts the radio program The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio. In the NFL season opening week, Rich Gannon, paired with Marv Albert on CBS, will call the Oakland Raiders at the Indianapolis Colts.
The Raiders are the very team with which Rich Gannon found his greatest success as a quarterback, making four straight Pro Bowls and reaching a Super Bowl. However, the Minnesota Vikings are the team with which Gannon broke into the league, so I wanted to get his assessment of the Vikes, and the NFC North during my exclusive time with him at NFL CBS Media Day.Follow paulmbanks
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
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