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BeerBaron 10-09-2012 12:00 PM

2012 Mid-Season Forum Mock Media Thread
Use this thread for posting articles about your team, moves, picks, etc.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 12:30 PM

Season Recap: AFC North

Cleveland Browns - 2-14
- Few went into the 2012 NFL season expecting success from the Browns, but being so terrible as to end up with the #1 overall pick was not expected. The youth on offense flashed on occasion, but it wasn't enough to get out of the NFL basement. With an overhaul likely coming to the Browns power structure with new ownership in place, the direction they will go with the #1 overall pick will be watched closely by the the other teams at the top of the draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 9-7
- The day has finally come when the Steelers defense let them down. Age and injury to key defensive starters hamstrung the Steelers all season long. They hovered around .500 for much of the season and, in the end, they fell just short of making the playoffs. Look for the Steelers to spend several early picks on the defensive side of the ball.

Cincinnati Bengals - 10-6
- The Bengals young talent on both sides of the ball stepped up to the plate this season, allowing them to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in years. In the end, the Bengals were simply no match for the Patriots in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, getting double up in a 34-17 loss in New England. This is a team with some developing left to do and could use another good draft's worth of young talent to fill out their roster.

Baltimore Ravens - 12-4
- Despite being without their top pass rusher for much of the year in Terrell Suggs, the Ravens put together a strong 2012 campaign. Joe Flacco and the receiving corps took a leap forward while the always strong defense continued its dominance. After getting some revenge against the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs, winning 24-17, the Ravens were simply overmatched by the Texans in the AFC Championship game, losing 31-13. With stalwarts in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed basically year-to-year with retirement on the horizon, where will the Ravens go with their early picks?

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 12:45 PM

Season Recap: NFC North

Detroit Lions - 6-10
- The Lions were a team that many expected to be contenders in the NFC this season, but it wasn't meant to be. The defense was carved up all season long, the special teams struggled, and, perhaps most shockingly, Matt Stafford regressed badly. Many think back to the Lions passing on Janoris Jenkins in the first round last year, wondering if they'll finally do something to address that secondary this year.

Green Bay Packers - 10-6
- In one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers fell from a dominant 15-1 team to a 10-6 that just missed the playoff cut. Their defense improved somewhat, but their offense was uncharacteristically out of sync far too often in 2012. Defensive depth is the main area that draft gurus predict the Packers to address, particularly in the secondary where it is clear that Charles Woodson is likely done.

Minnesota Vikings - 10-6
- Just as shocking as the Packers fall was the Vikings rise. They were a team many thought would be drafting in the top 5 thanks to an injured Adrian Peterson, shaky defense, and lack of playmakers on offense. While the Vikings were far from a juggernaut, they picked up enough key wins to get into the playoffs where they were knocked off for a 3rd time this season by the division champion Chicago Bears in the Wildcard round, 24-16.

Chicago Bears - 11-5
- The Bears offense stepped up this season to go along with their always tough defense, rocketing the Bears to the top of the NFC North. The same questions about the offensive line and age on defense remain headed into the draft however. Those issues were present in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the 49ers in the divisional round, where Jay Cutler was sacked 9 times and the defense couldn't slow down the 49ers balanced attack.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 12:59 PM

Season Recap: AFC East

Miami Dolphins - 5-11
- A 5-11 record may not look good to most teams, but for the Dolphins, who many thought were a #1 overall pick contender, it isn't that bad. Also consider the fact that the Dolphins were very close in several other games. Ryan Tannehill flashed potential and the pass catchers on offense stepped up more than anyone expected. Still, in order to keep progressing, there is much work to do for this Dolphins team and a good draft will be key.

Buffalo Bills - 5-11
- The Bills disappointed despite investing a lot of money in free agency, including on Mario Williams. The defense was still abysmal and offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he isn't a franchise QB. Look for the Bills to blow up their power structure and make this draft the first under new leadership.

New York Jets - 6-10
- After losing Revis and Holmes early in the season, it was all downhill for the Jets after that. Even plugging in Tim Tebow couldn't save this train wreck of a season. The Jets need a new everything on the roster, and likely a new head coach as well.

New England Patriots - 11-5
- With a weak division and an improved defense over the one they made the Superbowl with in 2011, many expected the Pats to make another run this season. Though they made the playoffs, they just couldn't get it done once there. The playoff-veteran Patriots bested the Bengals at home easily 34-17, but fell to the revenge-seeking Ravens in the Divisional Round 24-17 when their improved-but-still-medicore defense couldn't get off the field when it needed to.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 01:15 PM

Season Recap: NFC East

Dallas Cowboys - 6-10
- A year this disappointing will surely mean that big changes are in store for Dallas. Tony Romo didn't play well, but he didn't get much help either. The matchup didn't seem to matter as Dallas found new and inventive ways to lose each week. It's hard to tell where they'll go in the draft as they seem to have talent all across the board despite the fact that it didn't lead to wins.

Washington Redskins - 7-9
- The Redskins showed some signs of improvement this year and appear to be in good hands headed forward with Robert Griffin III at the helm. There are several areas where this team could use some help via the draft, including all around the defense and along the offensive line.

New York Giants - 9-7
- After winning the Superbowl last season to cap off a surprising playoff run, the Giants brutal schedule coupled with their bad habit of playing games close caused them to miss out on the playoffs this year. While no single area requires attention, the Giants could stand to add depth in several areas.

Philadelphia Eagles - 10-6
- The Eagles had an up-and-down year, plagued with turnovers and inconsistency. However, thanks to disappointing performances by the other contenders in the division, the Eagles were able to back into the playoffs as the winners of the NFC East. The stumbled to a 19-9 victory against the offensively-challenged Cardinals in a brutal game to watch before turning the ball over 7 times in a blowout 45-13 loss to the Falcons in the divisional round.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 01:48 PM

Season Recap: AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars - 3-13
- The Jaguars ended up right about where most people expected them to. Blaine Gabbert improved from his abysmal rookie season, but that really doesn't say much as he had a league low passing YPA. Even the defense, which most people expected to be solid, underperformed, leading the team to the #2 pick in the draft and a lot of possibilities of directions to go with it. I expect them to be a very likely trade down candidate if they decide to pass on the top QBs for another year with Gabbert.

Tennessee Titans - 3-13
- After a surprisingly solid 2011 season, the bottom fell out for the Titans. An injury to Jake Locker and complete lack of a running game kept this team down all season long. The coaching staff is on the hot seat for sure after such a terrible season and the Titans have a bevy of places to spend the 3rd overall pick on.

Indianapolis Colts - 5-11
- Andrew Luck proved every bit as good as advertised after the Colts spent last year's #1 overall pick on him. Though they improved by only 3 games in the win column, it is clear they have big potential for the future. Now though, they are still severely lacking in the talent department across the entire team and are a candidate to go BPA all the way.

Houston Texans - 13-3
- The Texans won their first Superbowl in franchise history in 2012 as the most balanced team in football. They bowled over the Chargers and the Ravens in the playoffs before clashing with Atlanta in a fantastic Superbowl matchup, winning 27-21 with JJ Watt taking home Superbowl MVP honors. Like any Superbowl winner, look for the Texans to look at the players who call to them as they look to bolster their depth for another run next year.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 02:00 PM

Season Recap: NFC South

Tampa Bay Bucs - 4-12
- The Bucs showed flashes of potential at times during their first year under Greg Schiano, but it is clear they still have a long way to go before contending in the NFC. The Bucs find themselves picking 6th with a number of possible directions to go.

Carolina Panthers - 4-12
- The Panthers were a preseason favorite to break out in 2012 but instead, found themselves going backwards. Cam Newton regressed badly while the defense still proved to be lousy. Look for the Panthers to shore up that defense with the #7 pick.

New Orleans Saints - 5-11
- After one of the most surprising 0-4 starts in NFL history, the Saints managed to carve out a few wins as the season went on without head coach Sean Payton. Still, this is a team that should have been better than their #11 overall pick would show. Look for them to fill one of their defensive gaps with this pick.

Atlanta Falcons - 13-3
- The Falcons offense exploded in 2012 as Julio Jones broke out and Matt Ryan took the next step to being an upper echelon QB in the NFL. They got their first playoff wins in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era by crushing Philadelphia 45-13 then beating the 49ers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl where they were bested by Houston 27-21.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 02:31 PM

Season Recap: AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs - 3-13
- What an awful season for the Chiefs. The QBs on the roster proved that they don't belong in the NFL as the team hit rock bottom on all fronts. Major changes are expected in the front office and coaching staff, and it seems like the Chiefs will be in the market for one of the top QBs in this year's draft class.

Oakland Raiders - 4-12
- The Raiders were the same old Raiders we've come to expect in 2012, showing flashes here and there but for the most part, finding ways to lose. Like the Chiefs, expect the Raiders to be in the market for a top QB prospect after the failure of Carson Palmer.

Denver Broncos - 10-6
- The first year of the Peyton Manning era proved that he could still get it done, leading the Broncos to 10 wins and wildcard spot in the AFC. However, the team came up short at times, including in the playoffs against division rival San Diego who came away with the close win, 24-21.

San Diego Chargers - 11-5
- The Chargers avoided their annual disappointment in 2012, finally making the playoffs under Norv Turner. After a narrow victory against the Broncos in the Wildcard Round, the Chargers fell to the dominant Texans in the Divisional round.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 03:20 PM

Season Recap: NFC West

St. Louis Rams - 7-9
- After spending several seasons on the bottom rung of the NFL ladder, the Rams made a decent bit of progress in year one of Jeff Fisher's tenure. They were more competitive than many expect but still have a number of weak areas to fill, especially at WR and on the o-line.

Seattle Seahawks 8-8
- The Seahawks defense surprised many in the NFL this year as one of the best units around. Offensively though, they struggled with rookie Russell Wilson at the helm. While he still has potential for the future, they will need additional playmakers on that side of the ball to continue to improve.

Arizona Cardinals - 10-6
- Like the Seahawks, the Cardinals defense cemented their spot as one of the best in the NFL. Unfortunately, turmoil at the QB spot and injuries to their running backs bogged Arizona down late in the year after a hot start. Their o-line was abysmal and Kevin Kolb showed he was a game manager at absolute best. After narrowly making the playoffs, the Cardinals couldn't muster any kind of offense, losing in the Wildcard round to the Eagles 19-9.

San Francisco 49ers - 12-4
- Another year, another season of the 49ers being the most balanced team in the NFC, and another season of going home after the NFC Championship game. It's hard to find a weak spot on the 49ers, but the Falcons managed to send them home during a 23-20 overtime loss to decide who represents the NFC in the Superbowl.

BeerBaron 10-09-2012 03:53 PM

Underclassmen Declare

The following underclassmen have declared as eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft:

QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
RB Marcus Lattimore, S. Carolina
RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
RB Michael Dyer, Arkansas Baptist
WR Keenan Allen, California
WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
WR Da’Rick Rodgers, Tennessee Tech
WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
WR Marquess Wilson, Washington St.
WR Robert Woods, Southern California
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
TE Jordan Reed, Florida
TE Dion Sims, Michigan St.
OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
DE William Gholston, Michigan St.
DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
DE/OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn
DE/OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DT Dominique Easley, Florida
DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.
DT Bennie Logan, LSU
DT Akeem Spence, Illinois
LB CJ Mosely, Alabama
LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida
CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.
CB David Amerson, North Carolina St.
CB Carrington Byndom, Texas
CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
CB Nickell Robey, USC
S Matt Elam, Florida
S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
S Eric Reid, Louisiana St.

(This list will also go at the top of the draft thread and selected players will be removed from it.)

Notes on the underclassmen:

- Tennessee loses a good chunk of their offense as Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter's declarations cause Cordarrelle Patterson to declare as well.

- Speaking of Bray, he is the only underclassman QB to declare which has surprised some. A strong senior QB crop may be the cause there as the other underclassmen attempt to raise their stock for next season.

- Michael Dyer has chosen to enter the draft despite being out of football for the 2012 season. As has troubled LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu in leau of a potential return to LSU.

- The underclassman WR and TE crops are incredibly strong, with most of the underclassmen expected to go in the top 3 rounds.

- Texas A&M loses both starting OTs in Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel, both expecting to be first round picks.

- Alvin Bailey is the only underclassmen interior o-lineman to declare as he jumps from the sinking ship that is the Arkansas football program.

- This is a great year to need pass rush help as the underclassmen ranks are swelling with great d-line talent.

- A large number of cornerbacks has also declared, with many expected to go in the first 3 rounds of the draft.

Shane P. Hallam 10-10-2012 10:17 AM

Browns Clean House

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has immediately left his mark by firing Mike Holmgren, Pat Shurmur, and the whole staff of the Cleveland Browns.

Mike Holmgren is sad

Todd Bertuzzi 10-10-2012 10:53 AM

Eagles Announce Re-Signing of Pro Bowl CB

Sources close to the team have confirmed the Eagles have come to terms with Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a new 5 year deal, terms still to be disclosed. Rodgers-Cromartie led the Eagles with 7 interceptions en route to his second Pro Bow in 2012. It was imperative that the Eagles come to terms with the veteran CB as no suitable replacement appeared to be waiting in the wings. Brandon Boykin enjoyed a successful rookie season playing the nickel role but most believed he wouldn't be capable of stepping in to a starter's role so soon. Some writers who cover the team believe Rodgers-Cromartie surpassed the highly regarded Nnamdi Asomugha as the Eagles top corner this season and the numbers don't lie. Neither the player or the team were available for comment just yet.

In other news, the Eagles have also come to terms with two special teams players. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson inked new deals to stay in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. Both players are coming off seasons that were shortened by injuries and will look to regain top form in 2013. The Eagles also announced they will not be re-signing free agent defensive end Daryl Tapp. Tapp has been a big part in making the Eagles rotation one of the best in the league over the last few seasons but he has opted to test the free agent market in hopes of latching on as a starter elsewhere.

T-RICH49 10-10-2012 11:28 AM

Chiefs Release Cassel

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they have parted ways with QB Matt Cassel."We appreciate what Matt has done here in Kansas City," Owner Clark Hunt says "But we felt like it was time to make a change at QB."

Unbiased 10-10-2012 12:47 PM

Jaguars Announce Roster Changes

- Gene Smith fired and replaced by Unbiased

Players resigned
- Rashad Jennings RB
- Eugene Monroe LT (1 yr left on contract)
- Terrance Knighton NT
- Daryl Smith SLB
- Derek Cox CB
- William Middleton CB

Players Leaving
- Blaine Gabbert QB (cut)
- Greg Jones FB (FA)
- Mike Thomas WR (cut)
- Zach Miller TE (FA)
- Eben Britton LG (FA)
- Brad Meester C (FA/retired)
- Guy Whimper RT (cut)
- Clint Session WLB (retired)
- Rashean Mathis CB (FA)

BeerBaron 10-10-2012 12:56 PM

Top 5 Picks: Results and Reactions

The first 5 picks are in the books and we've got some early reactions:

1.) Cleveland Browns - DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU

The talk leading up to the draft was whether or not the new Browns front office, led by new GM Shane P. Hallam, would use this pick on a new QB, such as West Virginia's Geno Smith, or if he would give the 29 year old Brandon Weeden a 2nd season after a mediocre rookie year. Right up to the announcement of the pick, no one had any idea which direction the Browns might go with this pick, making it one of the most mysterious first overall picks in years.

Well, the question was answered when the commissioner announced that the Browns would take pass rusher Barkevious Mingo out of LSU with the #1 overall pick. Though undersized at 240 pounds for a traditional 4-3 defensive end role, he has the athleticism needed to get after opposing passers in an era dominated by the passing attack. And with 3 quality QBs in the division, the Browns need all the help they can get there.

However, if Weeden doesn't pan out while Geno Smith goes onto a successful NFL career, look for this pick to be ridiculed down the line. Great QBs are must more difficult to come by than pass rushers so many will wonder if this was a pick well spent. We shall see...

2.) Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

When the Browns passed on record shattering, Heisman trophy winning West Virginia QB Geno Smith, the Jaguars sprinted to get their draft card into the hands of the commissioner.

Dissatisfied with the poor development former first round pick Blaine Gabbert has shown so far in the NFL, the Jaguars have decided to move onto Smith. Coming off a campaign in which he rewrote the NCAA record books, Smith was the top player on many people's boards. The Jaguars felt like Smith could inject some excitement into their dull team and help out their passing attack which ranked dead last in the NFL in 2012.

It is very difficult to find fault with this pick.

3.) Tennessee Titans - DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

After the division rival Jaguars took a QB with the 2nd pick, the Titans took a pass rusher who they hope will sack that QB many times over the next few years in Georgia's Jarvis Jones.

Jones is another undersized pass rusher at 243 pounds, but that is the direction the NFL is headed. The Titans had a bottom 5 overall defense in 2012 and were also a bottom 5 team in terms of sacks. Jones will certainly help address that issue.

4.) Kansas City Chiefs - QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

After a shockingly awful performance in the 2012 season, the Chiefs found themselves with a pick in the top 5. Arkansas didn't fare much better as a team at the college level, but QB Tyler Wilson managed to keep his draft stock high.

The Chiefs parted ways with veteran QB Matt Cassel after another down year in 2012, so Wilson will compete for the starting job from day 1. This is also the first time since taking Todd Blackledge in 1983 that the Chiefs have spent a first round pick on a QB. This is surely a welcome move for Chiefs fans who are sick and tired of years wasted with sub-par QB talent.

5.) Oakland Raiders - QB Matt Barkley, USC

The Carson Palmer experiment proved to be a huge bust for the Raiders and the team just didn't see enough in Terrelle Pryor to make him the QB headed forward.

Though Matt Barkley didn't win the National Champion or Heisman trophy he wanted by returning to USC, he still had a respectably good season and showed all the tools necessary to be a franchise QB at the NFL level. Oakland keeps him in California as they hope to have found their best QB since Rich Gannon with the 5th overall pick.

Other Thoughts:

- Still a lot of high quality talent on the board, especially at WR.

- How far will Tyler Bray, the next highest rated QB fall? Barring a team trading up, the Buffalo Bills at #10 seem to be the most likely destination.

- When will the first o-lineman go off the board? Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan could all make a team very happy.

ImBrotherCain 10-10-2012 03:04 PM

Texans looking to move

Texans GM ImBrotherCain is taking no time off after the Texans recent Super Bowl victory. Sources say that Cain has locked himself in his office with his brain trust and is hard at work for the upcoming draft. Cain is looking to build on his recent success through the draft by adding key pieces once again this spring. Rumors have it that he is looking to move but sources cannot confirm which direction he is looking at going.

BeerBaron 10-10-2012 03:37 PM

Packers trade Finley to Seattle

In the first major trade news of the day, the Green Bay Packers have traded TE Jermichael Finley to the Seattle Seahawks for 49th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Finley is a supremely talented TE, but often has lapses in concentration that lead to drops and poor execution; two things that could not be afforded in Green Bay's precision offense.

Finley joins an offense in Seattle that is desperate for playmakers to aid 2nd year QB Russell Wilson. Seattle sports a stout defense that finished top 5 in the NFL last season, but struggled mightily at times to move the ball offensively.

T-RICH49 10-10-2012 06:14 PM

Chiefs agree to extensions with LT Branden Albert and WR Dwayne Bowe

The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to keep both Branden Albert & Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City for the forseeable future."Dwayne Bowe & Branden Albert are important pieces for the Kansas City Chiefs future," Chiefs GM T-Rich49 said."With Tyler Wilson on board we felt we had to make sure we gave him the best supporting cast as we can." As per team policy terms of the deals were not disclosed.

ImBrotherCain 10-10-2012 09:02 PM

Texans Shopping Tate

Recent rumors coming out of Houston are that the Texans are shopping Ben Tate. In his short time in the league Tate has show that he has the potential to be a featured back in the NFL but he is stuck behind league MVP Arian Foster.

redbills 10-10-2012 09:08 PM

Bills cut Thigpen; sign Gabbert
Buddy Nix makes a move at QB by picking up recently cut QB Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars cut Gabbert after drafting Geno Smith. Thigpen has not played well since being brought in by the Bills after playing for Miami. Blaine will fight for the starting QB job with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson.
-Chris Brown , buffalobills.com

Grizzlegom 10-11-2012 12:53 PM

Dolphins Off-Season Overview

Despite finishing with a 5-11 record, the Miami Dolphins showed extremely well this season, finishing in the top 5 in both rushing offense and defense and improving every week. Ryan Tannehill had a promising rookie season and many other players had big years. In a somewhat surprising move, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has decided to retain Jeff Ireland. Ross noted that the selections of Tannehill and Jonathan Martin were big upgrades to their predecessors and the continued development of other Ireland draft picks, such as Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, Reshad Jones, and Koa Misi as reasons for retaining Ireland and allowing him to continue to build the team.

With more than $55 million in salaries and dead money coming off the cap, Miami started the off-season retaining core talent. With a number of starters performing well in contract years, Ireland and the Dolphins had to decide which players to bring back and which players to allow to test the free agent waters. The first player to sign was WR Brian Hartline, who thrived in the new offensive system, posting career highs in catches, yards, and TDs.

The next to join him was All-Pro left tackle Jake Long. Despite a down year, Ireland stated that he would have franchised the tackle had he not been locked up long term but Long had a mutual desire to return they got the deal done.

The next home-grown player Miami locked up is cornerback Sean Smith. After trading Vontae Davis, there was a lot of pressure on Smith to step up and be a legitimate number 1 corner. While he wasn't dominant, he rose to the occasion and played well enough to justify his promotion to number 1 corner. Upon seeing the re-signing, Omar Kelly tweeted "Great move by the #Dolphins. Sean Smith is the best corner in football. Why? Because I said so. Don't believe me? Have facts to disprove me? Pshht, blocked."

The final re-signing comes in the form of starting running back Reggie Bush. There were some questions whether he'd be brought back, largely due to the strong play from back-up Lamar Miller, but Bush had back-to-back big seasons that had him disproving all his doubters and established him as one of the league's premier tailbacks.

Some notable players Miami hasn't retained include starting DT Randy Starks, starting TE Anthony Fasano, starting FS Chris Clemons, top OL reserve Nate Garner, and top DL reserve Tony McDaniel. The Dolphins remain in contact with Fasano, Clemons, and Garner but it appears they want to see how they can fare in the draft before committing money to them. While Starks has played extremely well, his price was simply too high to retain after signing DT running mate Paul Soliai to a big contract last season so Miami decided to commit their money elsewhere. Miami also feels that 2010 1st round pick Jared Odrick will be more than capable of moving back to his more natural DT position, filling the void vacated by Starks.

Heavy rumors have Miami linked to multiple free agents, most notably is wide receiver Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers due to his history with Joe Philbin, strong fit in the scheme, and Miami's need at the WR position.

SuperPacker 10-11-2012 02:08 PM

Packers Offseason Review

After a hugely disappointing season, ending with the team just missing out on a playoff spot, the Packers have been busy over the last few months leading up to the draft. Do not mention this to coach McCarthy, but many have suggested that there is a rebuilding process going on in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Packers chose not to resign Greg Jennings, the 30 year old wide receiver. They will look to move forward with younger receivers, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, but could also be looking to bring in another through the draft. Jennings was not the only free agent allowed to walk, however. He was joined by long time favorite, Donald Driver, outside linebacker, Brad Jones, tight end, Tom Crabtree, inside linebacker, Robert Francois, and finally, Cedric Benson, who missed the majority of the year with an ankle injury.

As well as the players leaving through free agency, several players were cut. The big name from the group is defensive lineman, Ryan Pickett. With plenty of young talent available along the Packers defensive line, they saw Pickett as discardable due to his relatively big contract. Also gone is, Center Jeff Saturday and quarterback, Graham Harrell.

With all the players leaving, it was important for the Packers to keep everyone they wanted, and that is what they did. The Packers resigned offensive lineman, Evan Dietrich-Smith, long snapper, Brett Goode, young cornerback, Sam Shields and pass rushing linebacker, Erik Walden.

D-Unit 10-11-2012 02:48 PM

The Dallas Cowboys 2012 season was a complete flop. Fans are upset, players are frustrated, and Jerry Jones could no longer ignore the obvious. Despite a caring relationship with the Garrett family, it was announced early this morning that Jason Garrett was fired as Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys.


"It is with deep regret that the firing of Jason Garrett comes today. The direction of the Cowboys and especially the offense was simply not where we expected it to be. Jason joined us in 2007 as OC and took over as HC in 2010. Under his direction, the Cowboys have failed the fanbase. There's no easy way to sugar coat that. Jason talks about accountability all the time, and this time the accountability falls directly on his shoulders." -- Jerry Jones.
In 2012 the Cowboys offense was last in the league in points scored. Unacceptable for a team who's stars have been together as long as they have been in the same system for that long. Garrett's questionable playcalling and reluctancy to give it up even after taking on the role of HC certainly came into play in this decision. His quiet leadership style and stale reaction persona reflected the kind of team the Cowboys had turned into. The Cowboys have already begun their new coaching search and a finding a guy who can provide a new identity will certainly be at the top of the list.

D-Unit 10-11-2012 03:16 PM

The search for a new identity commenced quickly and ended with a bang! The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a 5 year deal with the ever so energetic and deeply passionate Head Coach, Jon Gruden. Gruden joins the Cowboys after a break from the sidelines and up in the booth working for the Monday Night Football crew.


"We are SO excited about being able to announce the hiring of Jon Gruden as the new Head Coach of your Dallas Cowboys! Coach Gruden was the main guy we had in mind when we decided to let Jason Garrett go. It was our hope and prayer that he would accept this position and we are thrilled that he has accepted it. He is a guy who knows how to turn teams around into winners. He did it in Oakland and he did it in Tampa Bay where he won a Super Bowl Championship. His fire, his demeanor, his personality is an attribute that we want to carry over to the rest of our team. The attitude of the Cowboys has been too robotic over the years and we hope this addition of Coach Gruden will infuse new life and fire in their bellys." -- Jerry Jones


"This is a tremendous day for me and my family. We are so proud to be able to join the Dallas Cowboys family. This is one of the greatest teams in all sports and I'm here to restore it back to glory! WE'RE GONNA DO IT! I love the talent that's already here. I love being back into coaching. ...and I'm going to love being a part of making the decisions on who we're going to draft and sign out of free agency. This is something that I had little control in under Al Davis in Oakland and also in Tampa Bay. But Mr. Jones has assurred me that the reigns will be in my hands just like it was with Bill Parcells and Jason Garrett. So I'm ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work right away. HOW 'BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!"

BeerBaron 10-11-2012 03:29 PM

Lions Acquire CB Help

The Detroit Lions have acquired CB William G ay from the Arizona Cardinals. The two teams swapped 3rd rounds picks to complete the move, with Arizona getting the 78th pick and the Lions getting the 86th.

And rumor has it that the Lions aren't done upgrading their secondary yet, with an even higher profile DB possibly being brought in.

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