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This is a passing league and everyone knows it.  The position of WR is actually the most consistent of all the positions.  Top pass catchers are typically top pass catcher, because systems are made around their skill set.  Even when WRs lose a step they still can contribute to a fantasy team roster, especially in PPR formats.  So with this one I rarely saw a guy according to ESPN Rankings that I think would fall out of the top 20.  So for this article or list I’m going to give:

A.  Players that you can probably get in the later rounds that will contribute to your team

B.  A WR you can stash and be patient with that will contribute later in the season (ala Keenan Allen last year, and yes I drafted Alshon Jeffery and dropped him after 2 weeks, I also drafted Josh Gordon a year to early)

1.  Justin “Man” Hunter:  I know Jake Locker sucks, but I will say that when Locker plays he throws a lot of 50/50 balls for his WRs and Hunter is just the guy to get those.  With Ken Whistenhunt taking over in Titan land, they will need a good number one guy, or at least a guy to take the top off the defense.  Hunter is your guy.  He is going in 13th- wavier wire.

2.  DeAndre “Not Benard” Hopkins:  Now I don’t think he will surpass Andre “I need a QB” Johnson, but I think with certain match ups (Jags, Chargers) he can be effective.  Hopkins only had 4 less deep targets then Johnson last year.  That means they want to get this man the ball down field especially.  With Bill O’Brien heavy use of Deep crossing routes to help WRs clear, we might see big play potential out of him.  Hopkins is going in the 11th rd or Wavier.

3.  Markus “With a K not a C” Wheaton:  Plan and simple, the Steelers are not 3 yards and a cloud of dust anymore.  They throw the dang ball and throw it a lot.  So with no Sanders and Crotchery, who is left to catch the ball?  I doubt Lance Moore or Darius Hey Bey Bey, will be the target to often.  Also Wheaton is a 5’11 speedster which means when Big Ben scrambles and throws Defensive Linemen off of him, Ben will be tossing some bombs to Wheaton getting behind the Defense.  Wheaton has been going undrafted in a lot of leagues.

Now a list of guys to stash and maybe about week 8 or 9 unleash, them on the fantasy world.

1.  Kelvin “All About the” Benjamin:  Somebody in Caroline has to catch those lasers that SuperMan will be throwing.  Now I don’t trust rookie WRs but a half of season of work will get this kid understanding what the NFL game is all about.  He is a 6’5 WR with terrible route running skills but can go get the ball, just ask Auburn.  He is going 13th rd or Wavier wire.

2.  Doug “Not Hollywood” Baldwin:  While Golden Tate last year was making fun of opponents, Baldwin quietly had a decent season.  Now with no Tate, Baldwin is the number 2 WR.  Seattle doesn’t pass a lot but they use a lot of play action and with Harvin being the deep threat Baldwin could see a lot of catches underneath.  Another guy going 13th or undrafted.

3.  Ruben “Hard to” Randle:  I mentioned in my QB sleeper about Eli, but Eli just can’t throw it to Cruz all day, and I don’t trust Rookie WR (Sorry Beckham), this new West Coast Offense fits Randle size, speed, and style.  I can see a big year for Randle and hopefully he can hit pay dirt more than Sorry ASS HAKEEM NICKS last year (Nicks scored 0 tds last year for my fantasy team)!  Another possible wavier wire guy.

4.  Aaron “Please stop yelling Tom” Dobson:  Now this is pending his foot can heal properly, but that is why you don’t want to use him early on.  With Gronk back sucking up all the defensive attention, and Amendola being an injury waiting to happen, Dobson has a real opportunity to be the deep threat that Brady hasn’t had since…  Randy Moss!  Now I’m not saying Moss like numbers (25tds) but he could be a double digit td machine in that offense.  Another 13th-wavier wire.

5.  Brandin “I like to” Cooks/ Kenny “Keep” Stills:  As much as I like to believe that Jimmy Graham will just catch all the passes from Drew BreeZY, the fact is Sproles is gone and Lance “the Dance” Moore is gone too.  So one of these guys are going to get those passes and catches.  Now you just have to choose wisely.  If one of them gets the production of Sproles in this system they will be a real steal.  going 13th-wavier wire.

What do you think?  Anybody I missed?  If so tell me by leaving a comment or hitting me up @UnsportsmenBigJ

Written By:  Big J

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     Smell that, yes it smells like mock drafts and arguments about who is going when and where.  Typically at this point of the season I’m talking nothing but fantasy football, and giving who I think will be successful or who is overrated.  So to start this off I’m looking at QB’s.  Now this list is only talking about:

1.  Someone outside of the top 10 (according to ESPN rankings) that I think will be top 10ish

2.  Someone I think is very stash able on your bench for trade or play value later.

So here is my list of QB’s I think can crack top 10 status this year

1.  Tom “Fucking Terrific” Brady:  He had a tough year last year, inconsistent run game and WR.  No All-Pro TE to start his season and then an injured All-Pro TE by the end of the season.  Just think all that yelling at his rookie WR from last year, now these guys have a solid year of working with the Golden Boy.  Also Gronk is playing week one, Brady looks o me like a guy you can get a little later (5-7th rd), but will give you top 10 production.

2.  Tony “How Bout Dem Cowboys” Romo:  I was stuck between either Matty Ice Ryan or Tony “Don’t do it, and he did it” Romo at this spot.  Yet I will go with value and say that Romo is a guy that will crack the top 10 QB or be very close.  This is for a number of reasons, (1) All the offensive weapons. (2) that defense is still bad, which means a lot of shoot outs. (3) the divisions Defense is bad so at least 4-6 games he will be playing a sub par defense (Redskins, Eagles, and an improving Giants defense), and (4) You will probably be able to get Romo in the way later rounds 9th-11th what a freaking steal.  FYI Romo finished 10th last year and missed a game.

3.  Phillip “Bo Lo”  Rivers:  Look at what he did last year, now add to that another weapon at TE (Green), another weapon on the ground in Donald Brown.  Also the Chargers were hit with the injury bug and they should be getting Malcolm Floyd back and even if he has lost a step 6’5 is 6’5 no matter how slow.  You can probably get Rivers in the 8th-10th range.

So if these guys are taking a top ten spot who do I see taking a step back?

1.  Russell “Last Name” Wilson-  A run heavy attack and honestly who is he going to throw the ball to?  Harvin will probably be in and out of the line up.  Also in the division he plays in, not the easiest defenses.  He will give you the bonus yards on the ground, but I see more 10-15 ranking for him. 

2.  Cam “SuperMan” Newton-  Now I know this is a stretch, because Cam has never finished outside the top 7 his whole career.  A none existent run game, and all young and new WR.  All Newton has is Olsen, but I don’t think that is enough and as fandom we underrated the Steve Smith impact.  After this year we will not. 

3.Robert “RGThriller” Griffin III and Nick “Chip Kelly made me” Foles-  I ranked them together, but I don’t trust this annointment of Jay Gruden as solving the Skins problems.  The O line was terrible and RGIII was blitzed almost twice as much as any other QB.  My friend Cool Reece said that RGIII had a Mike Vick feel and the heavy blitz strategy is what they used on Vick.  Until RGIII shows more pocket maturity I don;t trust him.  Foles is only ranked here because of the question marks in his game.  Def Coordinators have tape now and will try and adjust.  Also Foles was hit or sacked every once every 11 drop backs.  If that stat stays true, I don’t think he will hold up.  Without Desean Jackson we have to see if Maclin and co can run those speed routes and pop the top of the Defense. 

Guys with worth a late grab that can be stars, or sleepers

1.  Jay “Diebetis” Cutler-  All I have to say is Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jefferies!!!  Enough said, but if you need more.  Imagine now Cutler is in the Trestman scheme for another year, and lets not think for one second he didn’t learn from how McCown ran the offense.  (8th-12th rounds)

2.  Brian “Stop Talking about Manziel” Hoyer-  I know crazy right, everyone is predicting that he will be benched after the bye week for Johnny Football.  I’m here to say I’m a believer in Hoyer.  Before he went down he was playing very well.  Also this guy was tutored by none other than Tom Brady himself (means nothing just look at Matt Cassell), but all jokes aside, Hoyer had one of the better 3rd% efficiency rating before going down.  Add in Ben Tate, some veteran WR (Austin, Burleson) and a prayer for the return of Josh Gordon.  Only problem is when he plays sub par in the first 3 games will the Head Coach have enough Balls to let Hoyer continue to play.  (12th- to waiver wire)

3.  Eli “Remember I have more rings” Manning-  Now here I was stuck between Manning or Sam “I’m injured again” Bradford.  I chose Eli because of the terrible NFC EAST defenses he will face.  (Skins, Cowboys, and Eagles twice).  Also this year they are switching to a west coast offense which I hope will get the ball out of Eli’s hands quick and getting Jennings to run the ball along side Wilson, Hillis, and etc should give him a stable ground game.  I think Cruz, Beckham, and Randle are going to look good in the West coast system, especially Cruz. 

What do you think?  Let me know at @UnsportsmenbigJ

Written By:  Big J

 

The draft is among us and this draft is very important for a lot of teams.  The typical thought is in every draft if you can select at least three to four 4 or 5 year starters, your team is set up for success.  Our reigning Super Bowl champs are a prime example of how the draft can lift you to lifting the Lombardi.  Without further ado here is Big Play’s Mock draft…  Oh Yea Let’s Go Gang Green, Draft Like A Jet! (At least like a New Jet no more Gholston picks please!)

1. Texans:  Jadeveon Clowney DE, there’s rumors out there that Houston wants to trade, but do you want to be the team that passes on a once every 20yrs talent?  Probably not!

2. Rams: Jake Matthews OT, bloodlines outweighs Robinson’s superior talent.  Has any family put out more NFL talent?

3. Jaguars: Johnny Manziel QB, the staff wants Khalil Mack, my guess is the owner steps in to sell tickets.  Also with the report that Manziel doesn’t want to go to Jacksonville would make for good trade bait.

4. Browns: Khalil Mack OLB, Pettine gets the guy on the outside Rex never could get.

5. Raiders: Mike Evans WR, Evans is big, strong, and with speed.  It’s the Raider way!

6. Falcons: Greg Robinson OT, finally some protection for Matty (N)Ice (and Atlanta fans still wont be happy because it’s not Clowney and if Watkins is still on the board they would want him too)

7. Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins WR, the #1 WR hands down, and I know your thinking “If he is the best WR then why did the Raiders take Evans?”  The Raiders also took Heyward -Bay over Michael Crabtree.  Like I said, the Raiders Way!  Watkins will be great across from Jackson.

8. Vikings: Aaron Donald DT, Zimmer gets his Geno Atkins

9. Bills: Taylor Lewan OT, more OLine help for young EJ

10. Lions: Odell Beckham Jr WR, We know the Lions have other needs (secondary!), but the shadow of Millen still looms, and finally Caldwell gets his 3rd WR to complete his Colts O… I mean Lions Offense.

11.Titans: Darqueze Dennard CB, the top corner to replace Verner

12. Giants: Zack Martin OT, TE makes sense but Eli needs protection, and an upright Eli will only throw 15 interceptions not 27.

13. Rams: Calvin Pryor S, reminds me of Earl Thomas, a hard hitter that is needed in the new black and blue division.  The NFC WEST!

14. Bears: Timmy Jernigan DT, Bears were terrible against the run last year, he will help.

15. Steelers: Eric Ebron TE, Miller’s getting long in the tooth, so Pit drafts his successor.  This is another team that has a lot of needs and getting younger is a huge need, but we all know historically the Steelers have been great in the draft.

16. Cowboys: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS, ball hawking safety which is much needed for Dallas’ awful back end.  Message to Jerry Jones, resist every instinct to trade up for Manziel.

17. Ravens: Brandin Cooks WR, even with the acquisition of Steve Smith, Ravens still need some youth at the position.  This will set up the Ravens with two speedy WR for the future (Smith and Cooks) and we know how Flacco loves the deep ball.

18. Jets: Bradley Roby CB, with Ebron, ODB, and Dennard gone Jets stay true to their board and take best player available at a position of need.

19. Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Miami lost a couple starters to their line, they start building it back with the OT from the Tide.

20. Cardinals: Blake Bortles QB, successor to Carson Palmer in 2 years, and remember Palmer was a QB that sat before he became a starter.
21. Packers: Justin Gilbert CB, tall, rangy guy should help in match ups vs Jeffrey, Marshall, and Megatron twice a year (a job I don’t envy).

22. Eagles: Kyle Fuller CB, with how Philly scores points it will force teams to play catch up, you need corners

23. Chiefs: Teddy Bridgewater QB, perfect pick for both the team and the player.  Bridgewater could sit for a couple seasons behind the intellectual Smith and learn to maximize his strengths and limit his weaknesses, especially deciding gloves or no gloves.

24. Bengals: Jason Verrett CB, Can never have enough corners, when your D Line is that good you wont have to cover for long.  Plus they are not ready to give up on Dalton… yet!

25. Chargers: Louis Nix III NT, A power pig to put on the front line, just don’t sport the Bolo.

26. Browns: Derek Carr QB. Browns try their hand at it again for a franchise QB, especially since Johnny Football is off the board, could we see a trade since Manziel doesn’t want to be in J-Ville?

27. Saints: Kelvin Benjamin WR, another big target to go along with Colston and Graham for Drew Brees

28. Panthers: Cody Lattimer WR, after gutting there WR core Carolina starts to rebuild it

29. Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Belichick drafts a TE to pair with Gronk to hopefully have the same success he had with trigga man Hernandez.  I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pats trade up for Ebron or trade down for more picks.
30. 49ers-: Jordan Matthews WR, a big sure handed guy to groom behind Boldin, just don’t have him learn how to go get the ball from mediocre Crabtree (Sherman words not mine), and don’t learn how to go across the middle soft from Davis (Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor words not mine) and he will be fine.

31.Broncos:  Ryan Shazier LB, if there’s one thing we found out in the SB, Denver needs more speed on D especially since you can’t draft more heart!
32. Seahawks: Joel Bitonio G, The champs draft a replacement for the disappointing Carpenter.  Does it feel like the Seahawks are pulling a Marlins and blowing the team up to rebuild for a later run?

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Man the energy is electric, in my apartment, because my favorite day of the year is here:  Super Bowl Sunday!  I have been in long favor of making this day a holiday and making the day after an off day for the country, but sadly enough until we get Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to become President it won’t happen.  Now everyone remember after today, please still keep getting together with your friends to do something.  Studies have shown (right here it’s real) that after football season fans go through a bit of depression and sluggishness.  Enough of the public service announcement on to the keys to unlock the Lombardi trophy.

*Disclaimer*  I dislike the Seahawks, because I’m a 49er fan (granted I do like Beast Mode, Russell “Last Name” Wilson, and The LOB, ok I kinda like the team just have to hate them because of fandom), and I’m not a Peyton Manning fan at all, to much credit for not enough playoff wins (before this season).  So I have no real bias unlike last week (I picked the 49ers!).  *Disclaimer*

* Denver Offense Key: Make the Seahawks Safeties have a bad game

The key for this offense will be how Peyton can minimize the effect of the LOB’s safeties.  I know for the last two weeks we have spoke about Richard Sherman and how he is the greatest, but he is only so great because his safeties (Thomas and Chancellor).  They are the best in the League.  Can Peyton confuse Thomas in single high safety formations (which they run a lot).  How much can he get the safeties to come and help in the run game to set up play action.  Chancellor has shut down 2 top 5 Tight Ends (Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis) in the playoffs, if Chancellor can go 3 for 3 by stopping Julius Thomas it will hurt Peyton and the offense.  So Peyton has to move these safeties and create match ups he can exploit to free WRs or at least make the reads difficult for Thomas and Chancellor.

* Seattle Offense Key:  Feed the Seahawks WRs Skittles and abuse Champ Bailey

It hurts to say this but you have to make Champ Bailey pay.  It’s no way in hell the Broncos should let Lynch go off, if they do the game is already over.  If they stop Lynch the Seahawks need an answer, enter Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, and Kearse.  These WRs need to go Torrey Smith on Champ Bailey (Here is what I’m talking about).  Last year we saw Bailey can’t keep up with speedy WRs anymore and his time off this year with injuries doesn’t help that.  You have to get the Broncos in man 2 man looks with little safety help and exploit it.  You may only see that look 7-10 times in the game and for the Seahawks to win they have to make them pay at least half of the time they see that look.

*Denver Defense Key:  Don’t let a bit player become a star

You know you have to stop “Beast Mode” Lynch, you know you have to keep “Short Stack” Wilson in the pocket and not let him turn into Russell “Houdini Tarkenton” Wilson.  What will cost you is if you let a role player beat you, ala Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI), or Timmy Smith (Super Bowl XXII).  Keep the role player just that “role players”, no rising stars allowed.  The Seahawks Offense is not as dangerous as other offenses the Broncos have faced, so don’t take them lightly.  If I had to choose who would be the player to step for the Seahawks I would say it would be Baldwin with the extra attention Harvin will get.

*Seattle Defense Key:  Let Peyton be Peyton

I know I have lost a lot of you with this one.  Or I might have lost all creditability now, but hear me out.  We all know the thought of Peyton choking during big games, but when I say let Peyton be Peyton I mean pressure Peyton to make quick decisions, or errant throws.  Take advantage of Peyton’s hate of a clustered pockets by getting pressure up the middle.  Now it wont effect Peyton in the 1st-3rd quarters, but if the game is close down the stretch you will start seeing the effects of that pressure.  When it’s close in big games Peyton has a tendency to get ultra conservative which you can use to your advantage and jump a route ala Tracy Porter.

So there you have it.  Lets see what happens at 6:25pm.  I’m choosing the Denver Broncos to win, because I just think with John Elway’s mentoring and confidence it is Peyton Manning’s year and he wont show the old Peyton attributes.

The best thing that could happen is if Richard Sherman jumps a route and takes it to the house!  OMG!!! We might get another Promo about Peyton throwing “ducks”.  Or if Richard Sherman jumps a route and misses a badly thrown “duck” and the Broncos score the game winner.  Either way “Are We Ready For The End of Football…  This Year”.

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Nerves up, Heart racing, sweat on brow and upper lip.  Ball hiked pass thrown, pass tipped, and intercepted.  In a surge of anger/rage/disappointment I toss my 49er hat and Kick it up the hallway, while yelling FUUUCCCKKK!!!!  I walk right into my room strip down and go straight to bed.  Why do sports drive us so insane?

As I lay dreaming, I’m hoping that in my fit that a penalty is called, and I missed it. That the 49ers lead by Kaepernick won the game and I missed it all (granted my DVR would have been viewing).  That I would wake up to the 49ers repeating as NFC Champions.  Sadly enough that was not to come true and would remain in my dreams.

I was MISERABLE for two days.  My wife knew not to talk to me, my team members at work didn’t mention the game.  Even an open Seattle Seahawk fan I work with didn’t mention the game.  Everyone knew I was in a bad mood and it showed on my face.  How can a game that I placed no money on, that the result wouldn’t effect my life, except for my mood which is a direct result of me, change so much.  The Answer:  Passion and Love!

Sports fans all over the world know the feeling.  Some how we have built up this emotional tie to a team or person that can dictate or lives based on the results.  Even in the defeat the feeling lets us know we are alive, and in victory the joy can put a pep in our step like no other.  I have met people that their life is God, Sports, Children, Spouse, and Family.  Yes in that order!  And you can make an argument that the God is really a sport’s god.

I always say to myself, “Self if you could have that same passion for your work, or Blog you would be the most successful person ever”  and it’s true the same Passion and Love that can change my life for two days (or a week when the 49ers lost the Super Bowl) can be harnessed into my other loves then life would be even better.  So basically I’m writing this to say this year, I’m on a mission to learn how to build Passion and Love in all my walks of life and challenge everyone to do the same.  But we can never deny the rush that Sports give us and I’m thankful for the good/bad reminder that I’m ALIVE!

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NFC Championship Game

I want to start off by saying that I am biased.  I’m a die hard 49er fan through and through, and that I dislike the Seahawks (but I admit I’m starting to like them more and more being a follower of a sport and not a fanatic).  I dislike the Seahawks only because of Pete Carroll.  I thought the way he left USC was terrible, but those are the brakes, and even now how he has changed his coaching style and influenced his players is winning me over.  With all that being said, I’m officially nervous as crap for the game.

I’m nervous, not because of the “12th Man”, not because of the way we have been dominated in Seattle, not even because of the talent Seattle has.  I’m nervous because of the 2nd Coming JIM HARBAUGH.  If you have read anything on this site you know I think Harbaugh is the second best coach in the league behind Empreror Bill Palpatine Belicheck.  So why the worry?  Well I worry because I think Harbaugh will not feature Frank Gore like he should.  He has been limiting Gore all year so he would be fresh for these games.  Harbaugh has been smart enough to know he didn’t need Gore to run 20+ times in the regular season to win.  When Gore carries the ball 20+ in a game in the last 2 years the 49ers are 12-1, when carrying under 20 times a game 15-8, including 19 carries in the Super Bowl (when everyone thought they should have ran Gore in the red zone during the final drive).  Now it’s time to unleash Gore.  Harbaugh scares me too because he has a bit of Don Shula in him, where he has fallen in love with his star QB ala Shula and Marino.  Harbaugh might try to feature Kaepernick to show the world and doubters (Joe Montana) that Kaepernick can make plays totally from the pocket with precision and accuracy, just like last year in the Falcons game.  That is not how you beat the Seahawks.

If your Seattle you should feel confident that you are playing at home with a team you have dominated at home.  Even with the subpar play of Russell Wilson (and everyone back off the man, he has no WRs, Kaepernick with no Crabtree subpar, Luck without Wayne subpar.  Young QBs need a go-to-guy in the line up to make them comfortable and better) you have to feel great that you know your guy can win the game down the stretch with either his legs and arm.  The key for Seattle will have to be one of the WRs/TEs stepping up and making plays.  What no Beast Mode?  You will need that too, but Lynch gets his yards vs the 49ers when they only have 6 in the box.  If a WR can become a threat to keep the safeties and outside linebackers honest Lynch will have lanes and then the Seahawks are tough to beat.  Also Carroll doesn’t have to out coach Harbaugh to win (where Harbaugh has to out coach Carroll to win), but Carroll has to make sure he doesn’t make a coaching mistake (look at last years Divisional Playoff game vs the Falcons.  Carroll made a few questionable coaching decisions, Hell “Big Play Ray” wrote an article about it “Pete Carroll Is Who We Though He Is”) that will cost them a game.

I know this will be a beat’em up game.  This plays in both teams hands, the question is who will make THE PLAY!  My homer attitude is going 49ers all the way, but the follower in me has to be honest and pick the…  THE 49ers to win it.  I feel like it is our time and not only that, I think the refs will call more Pass Interference or Holding calls than usual against the grab happy Seahawks ( I though the league got rid of the Belicheck way, of holding secondary, to favor Manning’s Colts?).  I know I know, but this begins a Dynasty like no other #QuestforSix!!!

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As the Denver Broncos start the real season this weekend (We know the regular season means nothing to Peyton) the Broncos and Peyton are going for a mythical journey to capture the franchises 3rd championship.  So naturally all eyes are on the hero #18.  The Broncos changed their future from the disciple (Tebow) to one of the football gods in Peyton Manning.  Leading me to say out loud What Would Peyton Do?

The Future Hall of Famer has been here before plenty of times actually, with a 9-11 playoff record including 8 one and done.  Peyton has a chance to conquer some demons, gods, and the unexpected so to speak.  First challenge the Demon, the power of the SUPER BOLO TIE CHARGERS.  A lot of analysis are picking the Chargers to win this game.  The Chargers are a current division foe that has eliminated Peyton several times (0-2 vs. Chargers in playoffs) while with the Colts.  The Chargers are hot and facing Denver coming off a bye, sounds like the Ravens of last year.

Second the other god, with a victory Peyton will play his greatest foe, Football’s greatest god Tom Brady, and the Patriots.  We all know of the history of these two competitors.  We also know Brady’s 3 rings to Peyton’s 1, or that Peyton is 1-2 vs. the Patriots in the playoffs.  If Peyton can find the Herculean strength to conquer 2 of his biggest adversaries the third one is the greatest of all.

Final adversary the Elements, and the Unexpected.  By elements I mean COLD WINDY WEATHER, and the unexpected NFC opponent.  The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ in the cold weather.  Peyton has played some of his worse games in cold weather (8-13 in games with temperature under 40 at kick off).  Since Peyton has returned from neck surgery it is noticeable that Peyton is uncomfortable in the cold weather or rather windy cold games.  Not to mention the three teams left in the NFC are huge defensive teams (Legion of Boom Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers) and none of them seem to have Rex Grossman as their starting Quarterback.

Peyton has a huge football world to conquer.  Is it fair to say that a loss vs. the Chargers, Patriots, or the NFC representative would tarnish Peyton’s legacy?  So I say out loud again WHAT WOULD PEYTON DO?  Or should I say WHAT SHOULD PEYTON DO?  Only answer is Ascend and WIN!

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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

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When you soar so high it’s only a matter of time until, before you crash back to earth.  Some call it regression to the mean, others will say this is what you are (especially in Seattle).  I think the world is trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with Colin Kaepernick, myself included.  Trent Dilfer came out and had a fair assessment of Kaepernick’s struggles, even last year when Kaepernick ruled the world I had my hesitations and gave reasons why.  So now the Niners are sitting at 6-4 and everyone can see the offense is the problem, more importantly the guy pulling the trigger looks less than stellar.  This is not a “How to Fix”  segment rather a statement that going forward Kaepernick will get back to form and what hindered him in the beginning of the season.

1.  Jim Harbaugh-  How can I blame the struggles on the coach that made him?  It’s easy or it being easy and simple is the problem.  Last year Harbaugh simplified the offense for Kaepernick, he actually used a lot of schemes from Kaepernick’s college years, especially the Pistol.  Thus the huge success of Kaepernick last year.  This year Harbaugh is forcing Kaepernick to run the Power Run West Coast offense.  You can see how uncomfortable Kaeprnick looks every week, most will tell you it takes about two years to learn the West Coast offense, and by the second half of the second year the QB starts to grasp it.  When Dilfer commented he is correct, you take away the first read you can see that Kaepernick is not sure where to go, that explained why he destroyed Green Bay week one, they never took away the 1st option (Boldin and some plays Davis).  Why this will change:  Slowly you can see Kaepernick getting used to the offense and making quick decisions.  Last week out of his 17 completions 7 went to players not named Anquin Boldin or Vernon Davis.  This is good because when you can throw to your non stars that is usually a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th read.  Which brings me to my next point.

2.  WR Core and Trust-  We have heard all year about not having the weapons on the outside, but it is less about not having the weapons, more about the trust in the weapons.  Right now the 49er’s boost a 4.8 drop percentage, which lands them at 16th in the league.  That wouldn’t be to bad except for the fact that the 49ers throw the least amount of passes in the league.  So out of the 25 attempts a game  for Kaepernick 1 to 2 passes will be dropped (especially that huge one that Frank Gore dropped in New Orleans last week, forget the sack fumble being turned over, that drop cost us more in my opinion because that was controllable.).  Kaepernick usually completes 14 passes a game, add 1 or 2 more completions a game and the number may look a little better, but usually those drops come from the Vance “I’m not as good as Delonte Walker” McDonald, and the Bruce Miller’s of the WR core, so he loses trust and the WR’s are not looking for the ball.  Why that will change:  Yes easy to say that Crabtree returning will help that, but going further (that’s what we do here) Crabtree’s return will allow Mario Manningham to get into the slot more, where he is more effective.  Also this will change because as Kaepernick gets more accustom to the West Coast offense, these 3rd, and 4th options will be expecting the ball more.

3.  Jim Harbaugh–  Not him again, but yes HIM again.  I have noticed this the first 2 years Harbaugh has been the coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh hides his tricks until the playoffs and the big moments present themselves.  Every year around this time the offense gets very predictable and stagnant, as if Jim Harbaugh gives his opponents enough tape and then heading into the final 2 weeks of the season and playoffs explodes and shocks teams.  Why this will change:  Typically about this time in the season the 49ers have a better record and have a firm grip on the NFC West, but this year not so much.  Which means Harbaugh may have to pull out the big plays a little earlier than normal, and what better way to silence the World then on Monday Night Football versus a terrible Washington Defense.

4.  Colin Kaepernick:  He has done and said a lot in the media to make him a target,  The Miami Dolphin hat incident, the Twitter for motivation comments, and the mass amount of commercials, magazine covers, and etc.  Reminds me of the Randall Cunningham fever pitch, and how people started to feel like Cunningham only cared about his popularity not his on field success.  We all know that Kaepernick is a workaholic and everyone will vouch for that, but his image is not that, thus the fans taking shots at him.  Kaepernick  has to make sure these struggles don’t kill his confidence.  If he needs to kiss some biceps in the mirror every morning to reassure himself do it.  A broken confidence at this point in his career could make him…  Alex Smith part 2!  Why this will change:  Because of everything I just mentioned, he will turn it around, only thing is when he turns it around he needs to be humble and out of the limelight.  At least win one Super Bowl and you can cash in.

5.  Colin Kaepernick:  This is what he does, look at his college career.  His freshman year he exploded on the scene 53%comp, 19tds 3ints, and 2100 yards passing, but he didn’t start until the 5th game of the season, because the starter got injured (sound familiar).  His sophomore year the number look better, but he played a full season, 54%comp, 22tds 7ints, and 2800yds passing.  Junior year 58%comp, 20tds 6ints, and 2000 yards passing.  Then his senior year 64%comp, 21tds 8ints, and 3000yds passing.  Why this will change:  Look at the numbers, he redshirted his first year in college and the NFL.  Eventually took over for an injured starter and the rest is college and eventual NFL history.  With that being said 49er faithful expect another average year next year and then we will get to the good life in his 4th year in the league.

Kaepernick will be alright and we just have to give a young guy time, because everything in him shows that he can be a great QB, maybe not the best of all time Jaws, but at least great.  He will help with the 49ers quest for 6, 7, 8, and….

Jason Allen

By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

 

The surprising (not to me, remember I had them making the playoffs this year) Jets are 5-4 and begin the 2nd half of there season in Buffalo.  While most would think that the Jets will falter down the stretch like the last two season here’s 5 reasons why they won’t:

1.  The Front Seven: A unit that’s young, athletic, and energetic led by Mo, Snacks, Richardson, Davis, and Harris.  Look for Coples to have a monster second half of a season.

2.  The law office of Ivory and Bilal: Neither runner is a game changer, but they always run hard and make you earn it when your attempting to tackle them.  This also keeps defenses honest which leads me to number 3.

3.  Geno Smith, The QB under center plays like a rookie and he’s suppose to: Hey Mark Sanchez was a great teammate, but his bonehead mistakes not only hurt the team on the field, but in the locker room.  It’s hard to go out there and bust your ass every play when the QB is turning it over left and right in his 4th season.  You can tell teammates see something in Geno and will continue to play hard, with rookie mistakes and all.

4.  FOLK hero and the Special Teams Band:  It’d be crazy to think that Nick Folk will continue on his torrid 23/23 pace, but I’ll never count him out, Folk leads the league in Field Goals made.  He makes clutch kick after clutch kick and with a great D and a young QB he’s exactly what you need.  Picking up Josh Cribbs (if he still has something left in the tank) was one of the greatest moves of the season.

5. They’re all in for Rex:  The team knows Rex is on hot seat and being 5-4 at the bye is great, but at the end of the day it means nothing if the team doesn’t finish the deal with a playoff spot.

I believe they will: Jets end up 10-6 believe in the scheme

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

This is going to be fun, especially since I live OTP (Outside the Perimeter) in Atlanta.  We all can see that Hotlanta has been very Luke Warm, and Matty Ice has melted away this year behind a terrible line.  Everything that could go wrong for the Red and Black has, and now all the ATL is hoping the Dirty Birds “Rise UP!!!” or nose dive into oblivion.  Now I figured the Falcons wouldn’t make the playoffs I wrote that in the NFC Predictions (granted I had the Steelers in the Superbowl vs. Niners, and I thought the Bucs would be better, so what the heck do I know.) I just didn’t foresee them being this bad.  Well I guess I’m transforming into Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, or should I say turn into Al Borland, because if you ever watched Tool Time (Home Improvement) you know Tim could never fix anything.  Either way I’m here to tell the world “How to Fix The Atlanta Falcons”.

Speaking of Tool Time, I really could go for Pam Anderson helping me write this article.  Sorry I take that back, I’m a Married Man now.  Anyway let’s get to it:

1.  Jonathon Martin-  I know everybody just let their jaws hit the floor, but Atlanta needs Offensive Line help badly.  BADLY! even to the point that if the Dolphins release Martin, or Richie Incognito they need to jump through the hoop of fire to pick either one of them up (honestly you hope for Incognito he is a better lineman, but maybe a bigot).  If Martin is available they should give him a try, just to see if he will want to prove the world wrong and show that he can be tough and you don’t need to N-Bomb him or threaten his family on voice mails (for the record who leaves messages anymore, text harassment is the new wave).

2.  Get the team off the trainers table.  These Falcons have got to get healthy and get Roddy White, and Weatherspoon back.  They need these guys to help contribute to the team.  The injury bug has ran through the team and no one is knocking on the door to save the day, so the first needs to be the last and Roddy White needs to become the number WR he used to be.

3.  Find a way to get after the Quarterback.  I would be having FA try outs for any pass rushers that would/could at least breathe on an opposing QB.  The Falcons need to generate some kind of pass rush, and honestly Mike Nolan should start taking blitz schemes from teams like New Orleans, New York Jets, and other teams that don’t have dominate pass rushers ( no disrespect to Mo Wilkerson, cause he is a beast!).  I know the best pass rush is rushing 4 and dropping 7, but the Falcons actually have really good corners, rookies or not, they do a decent job in man to man and zone coverage.  So Nolan’s main objective is Quarterback harassment.  Throw the book at the teams every week, make the Gritz Blitz Deluxe at least if you don’t win you could possibly sell some merchandise.

4.  Change the Offense back to the early Matt Ryan days.  Go back to basics and run the ball, even if it is not effective, it will keep teams honest.  Actually when the Falcons run to the right side of the line they are averaging 4.4yds a carry, and 3.5yds running up the middle.  So stay away from the left side, but run there to keep teams honest.  Also get back to the WR, TE, and RB screen game to slow down opposing teams pass rush.  When you have a sub par line you have to do anything in your power to protect your QB so getting the ball out quickly and confusing the defenses so they can’t tee off on Matt Ryan.  Screens, Draws, shuffle passes, misdirection runs, and counters.  Sometimes you will have to frustrate the fan base and run on 3rd and longs.  The point of the offense should become no MISTAKES!!!  No 7 turnovers in 2 weeks!  Allow your defense and playing the field position game help you keep the games close and then let Matty Ice, be Matty Ice with clutch plays down the stretch to win games.  Tony Dungy once said you can win 10 games a year if you don’t beat yourself with turnovers.

5.  Maybe the fans want the high draft pick.  Maybe tanking this season will help for the future?  You needed pass rush help and yet the Falcons drafted 2 corners last draft (which I said was dumb), and you brought in a has-been Usi who has done nothing, so cut him at the end of the season.  Let Roddy White go unless he wants to take a home town discount (doubt it because I know he doesn’t tip well at restaurants).  In the draft use early picks on pass rushers and O-Linemen, and use late picks on a running back, and wide receiver.  Build the team around Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan.

 

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