Marshawn Lynch won’t be cast in your dumb movie, Media

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We used to go for a different kind of movie. Historically, America has revered the Hollywood leading man that spoke with his actions and not his words. The strong and silent type who didn’t wax poetic, but instead just took charge. Talk was always cheap, or so the romantic narrative went.

Movies evolve and so then the characters that the audience demands.

This all does not apply to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, someone perfectly content in playing football really well and not talking about that. He isn’t a character but his own man. Any rational person would at best respect someone who takes pride in his work and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself.

Many people in the media are not rational.

There are things that have to be written, damn it.

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Chicago Bears head to Seattle with major roster questions

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The Chicago Bears enter arguably the most important week of the NFL preseason with more questions than most teams would want to have answered.

The Seattle Seahawks are the perfect test for a Bears team trying to gauge how likely it is for the team to be considered a real threat in a stacked NFC. Heading out on the road to one of the toughest NFL stadiums to play in, to take on a very good conference foe is no easy task, and the Bears will be going into Friday’s game with major questions in all three phases of the game.

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Seahawks say Richard Sherman is NFL’s best corner with lucrative contract

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In today’s NFL, the media circus is greater than ever before. During last season’s NFL Championship Game, Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman made headlines after a rant regarding his big play against San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree. “Well I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!… Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or Imma shut it for you real quick! L-O-B!”. After this adrenaline filled rant, Sherman did many interviews and consistently referred to himself as the best corner in the game. Obviously, Sherman is talented, but there is other competition in the league. [Read more…]

Top Threats For The Seattle Seahawks Next Season

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The Seattle Seahawks were able to smash Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The best in offense of the league, the Broncos, was able to score just eight points against the best defense of the league, the Seahawks. At the same time, Seattle scored 43 points, leaving no question about which is the best team in overall this season in the NFL. The big question now in the NFL world is who can beat the Seahawks next season.

Seattle definitely looks powerful heading to the 2014 season. What the Seahawks achieved made fans from around the league really wonder if there will be an opponent able to take them down in the 2014 season. If the Denver Broncos, the best offensive team in the league which possesses the 2013 AP MVP, Peyton Manning was beaten that easily by Seattle, then which team could really stand up firm against the defending champions?

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10 Super Bowl prop bets to gamble on, avoid

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We are hours away from the biggest game during the NFL season. Many will watch the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks for one of many narratives. A good chunk will watch for the Super Bowl prop bets.

Include me as one of them.

The Super Bowl is one of the most betted-on sporting events in all of sports, and now is the time to act. The weekend of the big game (Friday-Sunday) is when the majority of gambling happens for the Super Bowl. There are some prop bets to put your bankroll on, and others to scroll past.

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NFL passing emphasis, rushing decline: by the numbers

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It’s happening. The day has finally come where the play calling in the NFL resembles my own play calling from back when I first started playing Madden.

First and 10? Streak to the endzone. Second and four? Streak to the endzone. Third and short? Streak to the endzone.

Okay, it might not be that drastic. But if it hasn’t been apparent in the past decade or so leading up to this season, it should be clear to everyone now that the NFL is a passing league.

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Meet the Candidates for the Chicago Bears Head Coach Position

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Breaking up is hard to do. After a 10-6 season that will leave the Chicago Bears watching the NFL Playoffs from their couches, the team cut their ties with head coach Lovie Smith after 9 seasons.

Many players have already voiced their displeasure with GM Phil Emery’s decision to fire Smith. Devin Hester is even threatening retirement now that Lovie will no longer be calling the shots.

But as Emery stated in his press conference this past Tuesday, a lack of offensive consistency and playoff appearances are what did Lovie in. The Bears only managed 3 postseason berths, a 3-3 postseason record, and ranked in the top half of the NFL in yards per game just once (15th in 2006) in the past 9 seasons.

That track record would’ve done anyone in, not just Lovie. Despite being a defensive genius and a true “leader of men”, Emery knows that it’s in the best interest of the team to find a coach who will bring the offensive production to the same level that the defense has been producing at for decades.

Finally, someone understands.

The Bears will now be testing the free agent coaching waters for the first time since 2004. There are 7 names that have already emerged as candidates for the job, most of them being offensive coordinators.

While it’s nice to imagine all of the big name coaches on the market in blue and orange, I’m going to stick to the 7 men who have been granted permission to interview for the job.

My apologies to anyone hoping to hear Nick Saban or Andy Reid.

Emery has a lot of deciphering to do in the coming weeks, but he hopes to have picked his replacement before the East-West Shrine Game (college football’s “all star game”) on January 19th.

Without further ado, let’s meet the contestants.

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for the Chicago Bears

Injuries have played a role in the Bears recent struggles. But this version of the Bears yearly collapse has many other factors.

One way or another, the Bears always seem to find a way to fall short of their potential. Whether it be injuries, play calling, personnel, or Father Time, every aspect seems to make a yearly appearance at one point or another and derail the season.

This season has been no different. It is actually one of the most drastic “tale of two seasons” stories I’ve ever witnessed. Even though the Bears struggled mightily and finished the season 1-5 last year, the 1-4 stretch they are going through right now seems much worse.

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Chicago Bears Season Outlook: 3rd Quarter

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With a 4-1 record, it’s been all smiles for the Bears so far. Can they keep it up through the 3rd quarter of games this season?

The Bears have taken full advantage of facing the weakest strength of schedule in team history over the first 5 games of the season. They’ve rode their dominating defense to a 4-1 record and now stand alone at the top of the NFC North after the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Washington Redskins this past weekend.

In my first 2 installments of “Quarter Previews” (1, 2), I correctly predicted the Bears would be 4-1 through the bye week. The next 3 games remaining in the 2nd quarter of the season remain to be seen, but the Lions, Panthers, and Titans aren’t striking much fear in me.

I have the Bears heading into the 3rd quarter with a 7-1 or 6-2 record. In either scenario, 6+ wins will likely be enough to have the NFC North lead at the midway point of the season.

But no matter how good the Bears play over the rest of the first half of the season, the 3rd quarter will prove to be their toughest test. The Houston Texans,San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks all rank in the top 6 in the NFL in overall defense, and the Viking’s Adrian Peterson loves to feast on the Bears.

But with 3 of these 4 games coming at home, I think the Bears have a few tricks up their sleeve that may lead to a surprise in the standings when the 3rd quarter is said and done.

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Chicago Bears Season Outlook: 2nd Quarter

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Can MJD be the undoing of the Chicago Bear’s entire season?

According to my own sound reasoning, the Bears will either be 3-1 or 2-2 heading into the 2nd quarter of the 2012 NFL season. All things considered, 2-2 isn’t exactly reason for panic.

Luckily for the Bears, sandwiched between games 5 thru 8 is their bye week in week 6. And the next quartet of opponents appears to be a less daunting bunch… on paper.

But the Jaguars, Lions, Panthers and Titans will all be looking to show the Bears why the game isn’t played on paper.

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Russell Wilson named Seahawks starting QB; new Doug Flutie?

Former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson was named the Seattle Seahawks starter by coach Pete Carroll. Not former Packers back up Matt Flynn, not Tarvaris Jackson. And people said RW was too short.

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Seattle Seahawks QB race: Badgers Russell Wilson is in the mix!

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The Seattle Seahawks may be located in the Pacific Northwest, but their quarterback derby certainly has an upper midwest feel to it. Tavaris Jackson was a longtime starter for the Minnesota Vikings, and Matt Flynn set Green Bay Packers passing records in his limited time running the offense.

But the starter might be a guy you saw calling the signals for a dairyland state team on Saturdays instead of Sundays last fall. Wisconsin Badgers BMOC Russell Wilson, who set the record for single season college football passer efficiency in 2011 is very much a factor in the race to be the Seahawks starting quarterback in 2012.

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