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2014 NFL Pro Bowl Draft

73b32195434112d0ea102ed76e5a1a66The NFL Pro Bowl Teams have been chosen. Check out which team your favorite player was drafted by:
 

 

Team Rice

QB
Drew Brees – Saints (Team Captain)
Philip Rivers – Chargers
Alex Smith – Chiefs

RB
LeSean McCoy – Eagles
DeMarco Murray – Cowboys
Matt Forte – Bears

FB
Mike Tolbert – Panthers

WR
Josh Gordon – Browns
Alshon Jeffery – Bears
Brandon Marshall – Bears
Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals

TE
Jimmy Graham – Saints
Tony Gonzalez – Falcons

OT
Joe Thomas – Browns
Tyron Smith – Cowboys
Jordan Gross – Panthers

C
Ryan Kalil – Panthers
Nick Mangold – Jets

OG
Jahri Evans – Saints
Ben Grubbs – Saints
Evan Mathis – Eagles

DE
Robert Quinn – Rams (Team Captain)
Cameron Jordan – Saints
Cameron Wake – Dolphins

DT
Kyle Williams – Bills
Jason Hatcher – Cowboys
Marcell Dareus – Bills

OLB
Robert Mathis – Colts
Justin Houston – Chiefs
John Abraham – Cardinals

ILB
Vontaze Burfict – Bengals
Derrick Johnson – Chiefs

CB
Joe Haden – Browns
Brandon Flowers – Chiefs
Antonio Cromartie – Jets
Alterraun Verner – Titans

S
Eric Reid – 49ers
Jairus Byrd – Bills
Antrel Rolle – Giants

K
Stephen Gostkowski – Patriots

P
Johnny Hekker – Rams

PR
Dexter McCluster – Chiefs

ST
Justin Bethel – Cardinals

LS
Matt Overton – Colts

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Team Sanders

QB
Andrew Luck – Colts
Cam Newton – Panthers
Nick Foles – Eagles

RB
Jamaal Charles – Chiefs (Team Captain)
Eddie Lacy – Packers
Alfred Morris – Redskins

FB
Marcel Reece – Raiders

WR
Dez Bryant – Cowboys
A.J. Green – Bengals
Antonio Brown – Steelers
DeSean Jackson – Eagles

TE
Jordan Cameron – Browns
Jason Witten – Cowboys

OT
Duane Brown – Texans
Trent Williams – Redskins
Branden Albert – Chiefs

C
Mike Pouncey – Dolphins
Alex Mack – Browns

OG
Logan Mankins – Patriots
Marshal Yanda – Ravens
Kyle Long – Bears

DE
J.J. Watt – Texans (Team Captain)
Greg Hardy – Panthers
Mario Williams – Bills

DT
Dontari Poe – Chiefs
Ndamukong Suh – Lions
Gerald McCoy – Buccaneers

OLB
Tamba Hali – Chiefs
Terrell Suggs – Ravens
Brian Orakpo – Redskins

ILB
Luke Kuechly – Panthers
Paul Posluszny – Jaguars

CB
Patrick Peterson – Cardinals
Darrelle Revis – Buccaneers
Brent Grimes – Dolphins
Tim Jennings – Bears

S
Eric Berry – Chiefs
Eric Weddle – Chargers
T.J. Ward – Browns

K
Justin Tucker – Ravens

P
Brandon Fields – Dolphins

PR
Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings

ST
Matthew Slater – Patriots

LS
J.J. Janson – Panthers

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Sources: Manning set to retire at the end of the season

Darren Conolly reported on twitter at roughly 10:45 pacific time and reported one of the first rumours of the Broncos quaterback potentially retiring. A chain of tweets are saying that he may retire but no other sources have reported.

Heres the tweets:

 

“@DConnollyNFL: BREAKING: Source close to situation: #Broncos QB Peyton Manning is “leaning strongly towards retirement” after 2013-14 season #NFL

“@DConnollyNFL: Source also says “Manning is willing to put it all on the line for one more ring but the risks outweigh the benefits for him to continue”

“@DConnollyNFL: Expect if asked for any reports/Q’s concerning retirement talk to be shot down for now, Manning will announce on his own terms (continued)”

“@DConnollyNFL:  However, Manning has privately told people in his inner circle that he is almost certain that this is his last season #Broncos #NFL

 

 

 

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Why are we focasing on the Individual rather then the team?

I couldn't help myself but show the most arrogant player in recent history.

I couldn’t help myself but show the most arrogant player in recent history.

Read an article today that kind of got me in a little bit of a fuss. So if you will bear with me for a bit I just have to get some things off my chest.

So why are we focusing so much on the individual performances in football rather then the team performance? Is it because we are Americans and we just have that individualistic mentality? I don’t think so. I think we have seen a shift in this media driven NFL world we live in today. Some players are all about themselves and the media does not do them any favors when they plaster their name and face all over the TV, internet, newspapers, and radio.

The article I was reading (link to it here) was all about how the Chiefs missed out in 1983 on three Hall of Fame quarterbacks, John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelley but instead went with Todd Blackledge. Yes, I know how Blackledge worked out for the Chiefs, he didn’t.

What really just gets my goat is I have seen a flurry of these types of articles in the past and they are getting even more frequent now more then ever. The media jumps on every opportunity to highlight how a team passed on a great player and went with one that did not work out, but why did that player not work out? Is it because he is not the athlete everyone expected, or is it because the scheme, surrounding players, and the coaching staff were all wrong?

If you’re stuck in the rut of the me, me, me attitude when it comes to sports your more then likely are going to blame the individual. If you have a team outlook on things you can’t deny the second choice. The environment the player was put in was all wrong. Maybe instead of thinking what if Dan Marino would have come to Kansas City, instead you think what if Todd Blackledge would have gone to Miami.

Todd Blackledge 1984 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback

Todd Blackledge 1984 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback

Just maybe if the two players switched spots you would see Blackledge’s name all over the NFL and not Marino. Maybe Blackledge would be heading to the Hall of Fame and not Marino. Maybe you would be saying look at the Chiefs bypassing on Blackledge and went with the draft bust of ’83 Marino.

Never thought of that way before? That’s ok your not alone.

Simple fact is that football is a 100% team sport. No quarterback can be great without the other 10 guys on the field with him. No linebacker can be great if were not for the other 10 guys supporting him. Players become great due to good coaching, schemes that maximize their abilities and surrounding players that support them.

Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel may have become a great QB in Kansas City

There are many examples of this philosophy all around the NFL. Guys that are great go on to other teams and under-perform. Since we are talking about the Chiefs I will give you a great example. Matt Cassel came to KC after a great years performance at New England. He was shoved in after Tom Brady was injured early in the season, never to return that year. Cassel performed due to great coaches, a good scheme that fit him, and players that performed around him. Cassel led the Patriots to the playoffs that year. Then he comes to KC and all that just went away. Cassel only had one great year in Kansas City, which if you remember it was due to the offensive coordinator Charlie Weis putting him in the correct scheme. Cassel did so well he was invited to the Pro Bowl that year. Then Charlie Weis left and he was never the same.

Just think if Weis would have stayed. Would Cassel be leaving or maybe he would be coming off a Super Bowl run ready to become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in history. What if, what if, what if… I am sick of this way of thinking!

The draft is almost upon us and the one thing you have to know is each one of those guys drafted is a big gamble. No one knows how any of those guys will work out when they start to play ball for their respected teams. Some guys will perform like they think they will, others will under-perform and others will over-perform. Who knows!

One thing I can predict is in 5 or so years you will see an article about how your favorite team missed out on a great opportunity in the 2013 draft.

Ok, ok… I’ll get off my soap box now…

 

 

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AFC West Football: This Weeks Headlines

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Check out the latest headlines from the AFC West Football blog. Get all your news and opinions all in one place! Sign up to AFC West Football to get your latest news emailed right to your inbox!

Check out your AFC West Teams Schedule for 2013

Check out your AFC West Team's upcoming 2013 Schedule

Check out your AFC West Team’s upcoming 2013 Schedule

Check out your favorite AFC West teams Preseason and Regular Season Schedule and Scores right here! Continue Reading

Chiefs: Inside Linebacker Position Getting Full In KC

Orie Lemon has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after impressive workout

Orie Lemon has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after impressive workout

The Kansas City Chiefs have added yet another face to the ILB position battle to play next to Derrick Johnson. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports former Cowboys’ LB Orie Lemon has signed… Continue Reading

Chiefs: Is 2013 A “Redemption Year” for Kansas City?

Is 2013 the "Redemption Year" for the Kansas City Chiefs?

Is 2013 the “Redemption Year” for the Kansas City Chiefs?

Out with the old and in with the new! After coming off of an abysmal 2-14 2012 season the Kansas City Chiefs have made some big changes and are pumped for the 2013 season. Can this be the makings of a “Redemption Year”? Continue Reading

Fill out your Draft Board on NFL.com’s “Predict the Pick”

NFL.com’s ”Predict the Pick” contest

NFL.com’s ”Predict the Pick” contest

How well do you know your football? Test your knowledge of who will go where in NFL.com’s ”Predict the Pick” contest. Continue Reading

2013 AFC West Offseason Moves (Updated 4/16/13)

2013 AFC West Offseason moves

2013 AFC West Offseason moves

We have recently updated the 2013 Offseason moves for each of the AFC West teams. You can now view them in the Teams tab on the AFC West Football blog. Continue Reading

Official NFL schedule to be announced Thursday.

2013 Schedule to be released on Thursday

2013 Schedule to be released on Thursday

The NFL schedule for the 2013 season will be released on Thursday April 18th at 5pm P.T. Charger fans how do you think this season will play out? Will we take back our reign of the AFC West ? Possible playoff appearance? Continue Reading

2013 Schedule to be released on Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

We know each team’s home and away opponents but this week we will finally find out the dates of those games. We will see who each team opens and closes the season with, when the all important division match-ups are and who gets the coveted Sunday, Monday & Thursday night games. Continue Reading

Chiefs: Kansas City to start 3-day minicamp today

Kansas City Chiefs start first 3-day minicamp under head coach Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs start first 3-day minicamp under head coach Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs will have a three-day voluntary minicamp from Tuesday-Thursday of this week. Though it’s voluntary, we expect (almost) everyone to show up. The Chiefs players will be getting on the field together for the first time… Continue Reading

Chargers Improve Depth at Tight End

San Diego Chargers have signed Tight End Dallas Walker

San Diego Chargers have signed Tight End Dallas Walker

The San Diego Chargers have signed Tight End Dallas Walker to a 3 year contract.  Walker is 6’6 235lbs. The Chargers continue to add depth at the Tight End position giving them another possible… Continue Reading

Broncos Receiver Caldwell takes offense after not being invited to Duke practice

Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell not happy about not getting invited to Duke

Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell not happy about not getting invited to Duke

Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell went public to express his feeling on not being able to practice at Duke with teammates Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker as well as Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Continue Reading

Chiefs: Kansas City adds another name to the ILB position

Akeem Jordan signed with the Chiefs on Saturday.

Akeem Jordan signed with the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Kansas City Chiefs have had one glaring hole in their defense so far, inside linebacker. The spot next to Derrick Johnson has been wide open through free agency and some were wondering if the… Continue Reading

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Fill out your Draft Board on NFL.com’s “Predict the Pick”

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2013 AFC West Offseason Moves (Updated 4/16/13)

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We have recently updated the 2013 Offseason moves for each of the AFC West teams. You can now view them in the Teams tab on the AFC West Football blog.

 

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2013 Schedule to be released on Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

We know each team’s home and away opponents but this week we will finally find out the dates of those games. We will see who each team opens and closes the season with, when the all important division match-ups are and who gets the coveted Sunday, Monday & Thursday night games.

The League spokesman Greg Aiello announced today that the NFL.com and NFL Network’s “Schedule Release ’13” program will simultaneously reveal this years 2013 regular season schedules on Thursday at 8pm ET.

Keep up-to-date by following this blog and checking our 2013 Season page.

 

 

 

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AFC West Football: This Weeks Headlines

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Raiders: Oakland releases Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain was released by the Oakland Raiders on Friday

Rolando McClain was released by the Oakland Raiders on Friday

(April 6th 2013)

On Friday the Oakland Raiders released linebacker Rolando McClain according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Continue Reading…

 

 

Poll: How will your team do in preseason?

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How will your team do?

(April 5th 2013)

Since you now have had a chance to sit down and look over your teams preseason competition, now it is time to tell us how you think they will do! Continue Reading…

 

NFL: 2013 AFC West Preseason Schedule

AFC West Preseason Schedule

AFC West Preseason Schedule

(April 4th 2013)

The NFL released today the 2013 preseason schedule. The 2013 preseason will kick off Sunday August 4th on NBC at 8pm ET in Canton Ohio with the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game. Continue Reading…

 

Chargers: San Diego Adds Depth To The Defensive Line

Jarius Wynn will be heading to San Diego after he signed a 1 year contract

Jarius Wynn will be heading to San Diego after he signed a 1 year contract

(April 3rd 2013)

The San Diego Chargers added depth to their defensive line on Wednesday. The Chargers signed DE Jarius Wynn to a one year contract. Continue Reading…

 

 

Chiefs: Kansas City Signs Linebacker & Offensive Lineman

Tommie Draheim is heading to Kansas City

Tommie Draheim is heading to Kansas City

Frank Zombo is heading to Kansas City

Frank Zombo is heading to Kansas City

(April 3rd 2013)

The Chiefs continue to add depth to this years roster through free agency. On Wednesday the Chiefs added a Linebacker and a Offensive Lineman to the group. Continue Reading…

 

 

Can KC Compete With Denver?

Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be the most dangerous pass rushing duo's in the NFL

Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be the most dangerous pass rushing duo’s in the NFL

(April 3rd 2013)

If you have been listening to the news around the NFL you may think this is a very silly question. The Kansas City Chiefs can’t possibly compete… Continue Reading…

 

 

 

Chiefs: KC Releases An Offensive Lineman

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday they have released Rich Ranglin

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday they have released Rich Ranglin

(April 2nd 2013)

The Kansas City Chiefs have released Offensive Lineman Rich Ranglin on Tuesday according to Chiefs Insider Reid Ferrin. Continue Reading…

 

 

Raiders: Oakland Signs Tracy Porter

Tracy Porter signs deal with Oakland

Tracy Porter signs deal with Oakland

(April 2nd 2013)

Tuesday has been a busy day for the Oakland Raiders! They have signed Matt Flynn, traded Carson Palmer and now… Continue Reading…

 

 

 

Raiders: Carson Palmer Off To Arizona

Carson Palmer was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday

Carson Palmer was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday

(April 2nd 2013)

With the announcement of the trade to Seattle for QB Matt Flynn this comes as really no surprise. Oakland announced… Continue Reading…

 

 

 

Raiders: Oakland Gets Their Guy

Matt Flynn was traded to the Raiders on Monday

Matt Flynn was traded to the Raiders on Monday

(April 2nd 2013)

With much anticipation the Oakland Raiders have announced that they have traded for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn. Continue Reading…

 

 

Chiefs: KC will Go Leon with No. 1

Leon Sandcastle(April 2nd 2013)

A few weeks ago I went over why the Chiefs have lost their fan base during the Pioli years. Not getting the team out in the public eye as well as not having good press relations have really hurt their… Continue Reading…

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NFL: 2013 AFC West Preseason Schedule

cropped-424026_4355510366207_1951036450_n.jpgThe NFL released today the 2013 preseason schedule. The 2013 preseason will kick off Sunday August 4th on NBC at 8pm ET in Canton Ohio with the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game.

BroncosDenver Broncos

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 3: St. Louis Rams (CBS)
Week 4: Arizona Cardinals

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Week 1: at New Orleans Saints
Week 2: San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 4: Green Bay Packers

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Week 1: Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: at New Orleans Saints
Week 3: Chicago Bears
Week 4: at Seattle Seahawks

ChargersSan Diego Chargers

Week 1: Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: at Chicago Bears (ESPN)
Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 4: San Francisco 49ers

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Chiefs: KC will Go Leon with No. 1

Leon Sandcastle

Chiefs announce they will use there No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Leon Sandcastle.

A few weeks ago I went over why the Chiefs have lost their fan base during the Pioli years. Not getting the team out in the public eye as well as not having good press relations have really hurt their relationship with the fans. Read More… It seems that the new regime have learned from Pioli’s mistakes and are playing along with the Leon Sandcastle spoof.

Leon ‘Deion’ Sandcastle made an appearance at the Chiefs Arrowhead training complex Monday April 1st to be interviewed by Head Coach Andy Reid, or should I say Andy Reid be interviewed by Leon. Leon Tweeted that teams don’t interview Leon but Leon interviews teams. Leon said in his interview by NFL Network,

“Andy Reid did a great job in his interview with Leon, I asked him some tough questions why he left Philly so abruptly and he responded well. So I really feel good about Andy, and I feel good about Andy getting Leon the ball.”

He was asked about what impressed him the most about Head Coach Andy Reid,

“I like his size” Leon said.

When he was asked about when he got the news about being the Chiefs No. 1 pick Leon simply said,

“I got the news when I was born.”

However there maybe some attitude issues with this pick. Seems Leon thinks pretty highly of himself. When asked about whether he would go to training camp Leon said,

“Leon don’t do training camp.”

Some say that the attitude is something that goes along with a player like Leon Sandcastle and you just have to accept it if you want a player of his caliber.

Leon did say that he would go to the 2013 NFL Draft but if he wasn’t picked number 1 overall “Leon will get up and walk out, and go home”.

When asked about holding out Leon said that he would not do that but kind of hinted that KC will have to maybe take out a second mortgage on the stadium when he said,

“Last time a team wrote Leon a check the bank bounced.”

  • Watch the whole interview with NFL Network here

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