Like Deion Sanders said, “it’s our responsibility to tell them what’s real.” He espoused this value last night on NFL Network stating that his sources inside the 49ers locker room are telling him that the Niners players not really playing for coach Jim Harbaugh and that they actually want him out. He said this on NFL Gameday Final last night.Follow paulmbanks
The Oakland Raiders have replaced their head coach. It happened sooner than we thought, and Dennis Allen was canned late Monday night. His replacement will be either OC Greg Olson or Assistant Head Coach Tony Sparano. The Oakland Raiders have a history of firing coaches four games in. See Lane Kiffin in 2008; Mike Shanahan in 1989.Follow paulmbanks
Ever since Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre as the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, Green Bay has been one of the most successful franchises in the NFL—if not the most successful. With six straight playoff appearances and counting, the Packers are tied with the New England Patriots for longest active streak of making the postseason.Follow paulmbanks
Is it time for New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan to bench Geno Smith, and give Michael Vick an opportunity? The Jets have some major issues. Smith isn’t really progressing all that quickly, but this loss today was more than just Geno Smith ups and downs, or proverbial “growing pains.”Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Bears drafted rookie defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton to help add youth to an aging defensive line. Ferguson is more of a running game clogger and Sutton a pass rush specialist. Against the New York Jets this past Monday, Sutton earned extended snaps with the injury to Jeremiah Ratliff and showed a lot of promise. In limited snaps, Ferguson showed his ability to use size and above average hand work to get to the quarterback.
The images below come from NFL Game Rewind’s ‘All-22,’ which offers fans the ability to see what the coaches see for a nominal fee. Sutton is number 93 and Ferguson is number 95. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Chip Kelly vs. Jim Harbaugh on Monday night football this week. This will be the first time they’ll match wits on the professional stage. (Maybe it will be the last if Harbaugh is seriously going to take the Michigan job)
The former Pac-12 North rivals faced off twice in their college football days ranks, with Harbaugh and Stanford winning in 2009. Kelly and Oregon struck back in 2010. Now both have broken the mold and made it in the NFL. But Chip Kelly is a special NFL creature unlike any other that we currently have.
As much of a schematic genius as he is, we’ve seen his kind before.Follow paulmbanks
Daniel Snyder got completely torn apart by The Daily Show last night. The most important takeaway from this video though is Jon Stewart’s mini-speech here to lead in it in. What Stewart says is a lesson we can all take heed from. No matter your side in this debate: be respectful and be heard.Follow paulmbanks
After appearing to send the Patriots to overtime while on the road with a game-tying touchdown, the play was called back for holding. The next play was what any Raiders game-ending interception would be like- bobbled off of their own receivers’ hands and into the mitts of a 325 pound defensive tackle.
After Charles Woodson noted that his new team “sucks” after losing to the Texans, he probably couldn’t muster any change on those emotions after their defense held Tom Brady in check all day. It’s a little early for Woodson to panic, but maybe London Fletcher was on to something before the season started when he called out Woodson for going to Oakland to receive one last pay day. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
If you live in Chicago, chances are you might remember where you were when you first heard that the Bears had traded Kyle Orton and other considerations to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler in 2009. Today, Cutler is locked in to a long term deal with the Bears that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL. That’s right, Cutty does it to the tune of $22.5 million in just the 2014 season alone.
However, as we learned today, it almost didn’t happen. In an interesting revelation, it’s actually Washington, not Chicago who were supposed to pry Jay Cutler away from Denver.Follow paulmbanks