By Justin McCahren
The highly anticipated 1st round of the NFL Draft didn’t disappoint last night. Football fans had been salivating over one of the deepest draft pools in NFL history since last season ended. No matter who your team is, your franchises future fortunes all lead back to a draft war room.
RIP Deacon Jones
NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones has passed away at the age of 74. Jones was the fiercest member of “The Fearsome Foresome” and one of the greatest defensive lineman in football history. Jones is also credited with coining the phrase “sacking the quarterback.” When you have an official stat named after you, you’re a true pioneer. RIP David “Deacon” Jones.
Heyward-Bey To Colts
The NFL free agent market always comes to a screeching halt just prior to the NFL draft. The glamorous names, for the most part, have already signed with new teams. When you look at the NFL transaction wire in early to mid April, you may not recognize many of the players involved. In other words, you have to really scour to find important moves.
Paul Kruger Cashes In With Cleveland.
There are many exciting dates on the NFL calendar. Some of those days disappoint. The first day of free agency however, rarely fails to live up to the hype.
By Justin McCahren 703JuiceAtomic
*Things went from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. The Lakers fell to 9-13 with a 100-94 loss in Cleveland. Led by Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers earned their 5th win of the season. Irving scored a team high 28 points while dishing out 11 assists. Astonishingly, Irving’s 11 assists matched the entire team total of the struggling Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 42 points to lead Los Angeles. The problem for Kobe and LA is that there seems to be little offensive flow. If the assist numbers weren’t alarming enough, the shot totals are quite telling as well. Kobe shot the ball 28 times, the rest of the starters shot the ball 29 times combined. Granted, no Pau Gasol and no Steve Nash, but these are the Cavs we’re talking about here. They’re a feisty young team, but they are 5-17 for a reason.
By Justin McCahren 703JuiceAtomic
*The New England Patriots blasted the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football 42-14. The loss was just the Texans second of the season. Now 11-2, Houston is still in line for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The question is, will it matter? Houston has looked dominant at times, but in their two losses they’ve been outscored 84-38. What may be more concerning for Texans fans is the fact that both games were in primetime against primetime competition. On October 14th, Houston was pummeled by Green Bay 42-24 at home.
Here the Miami Dolphins are again. Like bachelors, left standing with a giant rock in a jewlery box. Prior to last season, they tried to propose to Jim Harbaugh. He declined. Instead, Harbaugh chose San Francisco and led them to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC title game. This season they were down to the “final two” vying for the services of experienced NFL coach Jeff Fisher. They made their pitch, they got down on their knee and they proposed. He declined. Fisher chose St. Louis who had the noted advantage of a “franchise” quarterback. Undaunted, the Phins turned their jewlery box towards the definition of a “franchise” quarterback, Peyton Manning. Initially, Miami seemed like a likely destination for the future Hall of Famer. He played golf with Marino, he had a condo in South Beach and he had been throwing with University of Miami alum Reggie Wayne. All the pieces seemed to fit, get the number 18 jersey’s ready! Then Peyton’s first visit came. It wasn’t with Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland however. It was all the way in Denver, Colorado to visit with Pat Bolen, John Elway and the Broncos. Miami would become third in line, in fact. Arizona would be second to make their recruiting pitch to Peyton. All of the sudden Miami was mentioned less and less as a possibility. That’s okay Dolfans thought, we’d get him to Miami last and close it out like Mariano Rivera. Peyton would instead make Miami come to him. Making the Dolphins visit seem more like a “courtesy sit-down.” The Dolphins brass returned to Miami, with less optimism and yes- their jewlery box. Later in the week, Manning would declare what many had already assumed, he declined Miami’s proposal. It’s now down to Denver and two late contenders, San Francisco and Tennessee. So where does Miami go from here? They have the money, the resources and the sunny destination that should lure just about anyone to play or coach for the franchise. Yet, they’ve been continually left standing at the alter no matter what they do. Why do they keep getting turned down? Is Stephen Ross opening a jewlery box with a cubic zirconia inside? Did he not go to Jared? The Dolphins have the seeds to build a winner, no question. Joe Philbin may have not been the sexy name Jeff Fisher was, but Ross may have lucked into the best decision he’s made since running the Dolphins. Philbin is even-tempered and has a cerebral football mind. He may be just what the doctor ordered. And while he may not be coaching Peyton Manning this year, he will be coaching a talented football team. A team that, even as currently constituted, with Matt Moore at the helm, should be in the mix for second place in the AFC East. Undoubtedly, Matt Moore will have some competition, whether it’s Matt Flynn, Alex Smith, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill. Ross will have to “settle” and hand that jewlery box to his second or third choice as his next quarterback. This road seems awfully familiar. All Dolphins fans can hope for is that Joe Philbin and whomever calls the signals next year knows how to make a turn off this tired path.