Posted By Admin on May 18, 2013
The career of Rolando McClain is over, as the Ravens have announced that the linebacker is walking away from the game at just 23 years old.
Bizarre career of former top 10 pick Rolando McClain continues as Ravens place him on reserve/retired list. Informed team he’s done. Wow
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 15, 2013
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome stated on the teams website. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”
McClain came to the Ravens on a one-year deal back on April 12th. He was arrested just 10 days later in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama.
The linebacker came into the NFL back in 2009 as the eighth-overall pick of the Raiders.
He fnishes his three-year NFL career with 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games with Oakland.
Posted By Admin on May 16, 2013
Every so often coaches make the mistake of addressing the media outside of the context of having just played in a game. One Florida assistance called Nick Saban the devil himeself. The Vanderbilt coach called him the same thing a few months ago. Generally coaches aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, hired instead to coach football players, not run the PR for the team. Duke’s David Cutcliffe is the latest coach to make what I think should be a bigger headline.
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Posted By Admin on May 14, 2013
A guest post by David Giller. Born and raised in Swampscott, MA, David attended Vanderbilt University where he was the starting longsnapper for the Commodores. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics/corporate finance. David currently works as a business analyst for a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company.
I would first like to thank Brian for his suggestion to post my study here in an effort to spark some interesting conversation and obtain some valuable takeaways. My post contains the results of a recent study I put together which focuses on the causes of sacks in NFL games. Although it is fairly detailed, I believe there are still areas of further development, some of which have been explored in an appendix to this initial study and will be coming in the second installment of this post.
As a disclaimer, the number of sacks were provided from an official source; however, the timing of the sacks, count of offensive blockers/defensive rushers was determined from my individual film study.The full piece is attached in a link, however, I have included some highlights below.
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Posted By Admin on May 12, 2013
In case you missed it a few days ago, Nick Saban said something that should have made bigger headlines than he did. It was pretty incredible. What did he say? He suggested that the five power leagues simply play each other in their non conference schedules. That’s it. Such a great idea. And he should know. Alabama did play Western Carolina, Chatanooga and other cupcakes. Then again, every SEC team has this type of non conference game every year. He even suggested moving to a 9 game conference schedule. I think there is a better way.
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Posted By Admin on May 11, 2013
Nine days after Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets, it has become increasingly clear that the ultra-popular quarterback who has hijacked many a news cycle has no viable landing spot.
No NFL team seems to want him — as a starter, backup, converted H-back or fake-punt decoy — and it’s not like he’s fending off big-money offers from Canada, either, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.
Tebowmania is at least partly to blame. As much as prospective employers are wary of Tebow’s flawed mechanics, much-maligned throwing motion or deficiencies when it comes to reading defenses, the incessant media and fan attention that accompanies his presence on the depth chart is an even bigger concern.
“He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I’d be tempted to bring him in as our backup,” one NFC head coach said Wednesday. “But it’s just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it.”
Tebow, as one NFC offensive coordinator told Silver last spring, carries more of a stigma than Terrell Owens.
Or, in the words of one AFC head coach: “You don’t want to put up with the circus.”
“I don’t understand what the Jets did,” the AFC coach says. “You have to have a plan for him, but they had no idea what they were doing. I do think they were shocked how bad he looked in practice and in the preseason … how bad his accuracy was. But why make the trade for the guy if you’re not clear on how to use his abilities?”
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who’d expressed interest in trading for the local hero before the Jets made the deal with Denver last year, said “no thanks.” Instead, newly hired general manager Dave Caldwell decided to stick with the embattled Blaine Gabbert.
And while there’s plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots (whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the man behind the Broncos’ decision to draft Tebow in the first round), my organizational sources tell me that’s very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. As for the prospect of employing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback — and asking Tom Brady to come off the field in those situations — the source says, “No chance. Plus they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”