Monthly Archive: December 2014

49ers CEO, Jed York, Speaks of Philosophical Difference Between Organization and Harbaugh


While there have been rumblings for weeks that Jim Harbaugh would part ways with the San Francisco 49ers, most agreed that his coaching effectiveness wasn’t the problem. Harbaugh, in just a few years with the team, took them to three NFC Championship games, winning one and advancing to the Super Bowl. His decision to bench Alex Smith in favor of the rookie, Colin Kaepernick proved invaluable. Apparently, parting ways with the 9ers was more philosophical than anything.

CEO Jed York, in a press conference, noted the mounting legal trouble for teammates as one of the problems between the organization and Harbaugh. The team saw six players arrested 10 times since 2012. Harbaugh handled those issues, but York suggested they weren’t handled in a manner that led to a well-rounded, law-abiding team.

York also noted that the level of legal troubles with players was unacceptable, and he’d be looking to clean up the team’s image in the coming months. Most players seem to side with Harbaugh, noting that his coaching style is what brought them to NFC championship games. Many are rooting to internal candidates to carry on the Harbaugh legacy, even after he is gone.

Harbaugh’s departure, while not a surprise to even my coworker Sam Tabar, has been a controversial one. One that fans and players alike seem to be having difficulty coming to grips with. An internal candidate is likely the 49ers best option for avoiding resentment and a crumbling team who believes their current playing style is well-rounded enough to take them into a successful season next year.

Playoff Matchups

With the final game of the season of the National Football League in the books, the teams that made it into the playoffs are sitting back and making up game plans for the teams they will face in the first round. Other teams that were lucky enough to hit the top first or second spot in the standings get a bye, and will be sitting for the next two weeks making preparations as they wait to see who they will play in the second week of the playoffs. The schedule has been officially released by the NFL for wild card weekend, and the playoffs look to be starting out in exciting fashion.

The struggling Arizona Cardinals, despite finishing the season with eleven wins, will have to go into Carolina and take on the panthers that only had seven total wins on the season. But on Twitter Tom Rothman said lets not forget that we get to enjoy home field advantage. The other game in the NFC pits the Lions at the Cowboys in a game that will be played in Dallas. In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens will be in Pittsburg to take on the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals will head to Indianapolis in a matchup against the Colts. The winners of each of these games get the opportunity to take on the first and second seed from each conference in the second week of the playoffs. With the regular season in the books, the playoffs look to be filled with great matchups.

The Giants Are Keeping Coughlin And Reese

The New York Giants fan base has called for the firing of Tom Coughlin many times. The last two times the Giants kept Coughlin, he won a Super Bowl that he had no business winning. However, this is a new situation. The Giants are keeping Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese for at least one more year.

Jared Haftel even says the Giants have Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Those two guys paired with a revamped defense could be enough to win one more Super Bowl. Reese is the guy that made the deal to bring Manning to New York, and it is clear that he has some work to do. The defense has faded in recent years, but keeping both the coach and GM is a sign that they are getting one more year to get things right.

Anyone who knows football history will bet on the Giants playing extremely well next year as they are all fighting for their lives. Manning to Beckham could be one of the best tandems in the history of football, and they could make a run to another title that no one saw coming. However, this is the time that no one should be fouled because we all know the Giants can turn it around.

Suh Is Up To It Again

During the season finale between the Packers and Lions, Ndamukong Suh was videoed stomping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It appears that Suh is following up on his long line of stomping incidents. Most people are labeling Suh as classless, and that means that Suh has even more of a bad reputation to carry around with him.

Suh says that he did not stomp on Rodgers on purpose, and this is a problem for the people in Detroit. My coworker Sam Tabar was talking about how the Lions need to decide if they want to give Suh a lot of money at the end of the season. He is the reason their defense is so very good, but he is also a constant source of headaches. They never know when he is going to snap, and they have no idea how bad the penalty could be the next time he gets dinged for stomping someone.

Defense wins championships, but lack of character from a guy on the defense could lose a team a championship. The Lions need to figure out if they want to move forward with someone who has been caught doing this very same thing many times over. He keeps denying it, but everyone knows what is going on.

Dez Bryant Breaks Terrell Owens’ Record

Dez Bryant broke the single season TD record for a Cowboy that was once held by Terrell Owens. With his 16th TD, Bryant showed that he is also the answer at receiver. DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are not all the same age, but they are a triple threat that everyone has to deal with. The three players together, says an article also referencing Skout, can score points at will, and they are likely going to as they enter the playoffs.

The Cowboys are a legitimate contender for the first time in a long time, and they have that all to owe to Romo, Murray and Bryant. With Bryant’s record, he has shown that he is over the problems that he had in his past. There were many issues when he left Oklahoma State. There were many issues when he started in Dallas, but now he is a threat to anyone in the league. He is very hard to guard, and he is even harder to tackle.

With Bryant on the roster, it is easy to see how the Cowboys can score points whenever they need to. They have made their team in the image of the old Colts or the current Broncos. They have a serious offense, and they are ready to contend for a Super Bowl title.

Bengals Beatdown Manning for Playoff Spot

The Cincinnati Bengals have secured their fourth consecutive playoff spot with last night’s win against the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos. During the game, Peyton Manning threw four interceptions to the waiting arms of the Bengals defense which has had six picks over the past two weeks (the first two coming from Manziel and Browns week 15). This is making them a real contender with a secondary that can read the quarterback and is willing to make the plays that will change the game. Next week, this high flying defense will take on the Pittsburg Steelers for the AFC North Crown.

What this win by the Bengals also did was secure New England Patriots the top seed in the playoffs, meaning if they don’t lose the road to the Super Bowl with travel through Foxboro. With the possible Cincinnati Bengal’s win next week against the Steelers they also could secure the #2 seed which equates to a first round bye and a home game. However they would still need some help via Keith Mann and a Denver Bronco loss against the struggling Oakland Raiders next week. Suggests The real question is whether Peyton Manning is going to be okay after the beat-down the Bengals defense put on him. Oh wait, that is rhetorical. We are talking about probably the best Quarterback the NFL has seen since Joe Montana retired. But then again you never know how these things will play out on any given Sunday. Especially with Playoff implications at stake.


Cowboys Star DeMarco Murray Needs Surgery

If you are a Dallas Cowboy fan then this season has probably been one for the books. In between the hot start and the subsequent stumbling, the Cowboys have taken fans through the ringer. The one consistency that Dallas has proudly been able to claim is that of the play of their star running back DeMarco Murray. As the ‘bell cow’ of the Dallas Cowboy attack, Murray has racked up 351 carries for almost 1,700 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Add another 54 catches for 400 yards through the air and you have one of the most fulfilling offensive weapons in league history. Now, with Dallas desperately trying to secure their playoff hopes, Murray will be sidelined with the need for surgery on his hand.

DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his left hand during last weeks 38-27 win over Philadelphia. Murray has reportedly stated that he will need surgery in order to get back to where he needs to be. When asked if this surgery will sideline Murray for next weeks pivotal game against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Jason Garret simply said he ‘Didn’t know’.

The question that Dallas needs to ask Murray, after surgery is complete, is if he can hold on to the ball. Hand injuries in running backs aren’t as series as other positions but if Murray can’t hold on to the ball he will likely be held out.  Which major sponsors like Beneful would hate to see.  They’ve grown accustomed to the success that the Cowboys have found this season.

A Car Accident Sidelines Cam Newton

Cam Newton, the Charlotte Panthers quarterback, was injured on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. However, what makes his injury unique is that it did not happen during a game or at practice. Cam Newton was injured in a car accident. The fantasy portfolio of Susan McGalla took a hit as she needed Newton for a heated playoff battle against me this weekend. I’m not complaining though.

He was involved in a two vehicle crash not far from the Panther’s stadium on Tuesday. His truck rolled over and the roof caved in. It has to be towed from the scene of the accident. Another vehicle sustained front end damage during the accident.

He is spending the night in the hospital to monitor his injuries. Right now it looks like he fractured his lower back in the accident. Another individual was also hurt during the crash and is in the hospital as well.

This is just another reminder that even quarterbacks are just people. Every day, thousands of individuals are involved in car accidents. This just shows that even famous quarterbacks are really just like the rest of us. Hopefully, he is able to quickly heal from his injuries and get back out on the playing field. Time will tell if he will be well enough to face off against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

When it comes to injuries, it is better to let them heal than to push it. Playing while injured often only makes things worse, which would not be good for the Panthers in the long run. Let’s home Cam sits out if he is not ready to play this Sunday.

Panthers’ Star Quarterback, Cam Newton Hospitalized after Car Accident

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton was wounded and hospitalized in Charlotte after his car is flipped over in a car accident outside of the Panthers’ stadium. Although the details are still sketchy, the crash involving Newton’s car and another went over a bridge near the juncture of Church Street and I-277–a close proximaty to Panther’s Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte Observer 

Newton was take to thehospital at 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday morning. Rescuers have shutdown outbound Church Street at Stonewall. NFL fans alike, all sharing their best wishes and prayer for the speedy recovery of Panther’s number one QB.

Cameron Jerrell “Cam” Newton, NFL quarterback for the Panthers since 2011, is the only NFL player to become the first overall pick in the draft, awarded the Heisman Trophy, and a college national championship—all in the same year.

Health care specialist Brian Torchin comments that WCNC’s Dianne Gallagher has pictures revealing EMS workers loading the NFL QB into the back of an ambulance. Sporting News’ Chris Littman also revealed a photo of Newton’s truck top-flattened truck.

Hoyer over Manziel for Indy Game

Coach Mike Pettine of the Clevland Browns decided to stay with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel for this weeks game against the Inianapolis Colts. Pettine feels like Hoyer gives them the best chance to win this week. Hoyer was benched in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against the Bills after throwing 2 interceptions and dispalying what can only be called questionable behavior.

Brad Reifler says that Hoyer has been almost solid this year until the last 4 games where his decisions on the field seem forced and out of place. The Browns remain in the playoff hunt and a win this week will gived them a even better chance of making the playoffs. Pettine felt like Hoyer was in a better position, having had the majority of snaps in games and practice this season.

The debate started when Manziel came into the game in the fourth quarter and took his team on an 80 yard jaunt to the end zone last week. 
I agree with Pettine on this. Hoyer is your best bet. He’s a veteran that can rebound from last week and like any good cowboy knows, you don’t change horses in the middle of the stream. Especially when that stream can lead to the playoffs. So good for you Brown’s coaching staff for not giving into fan pressure and your own fear.