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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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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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Meet the Chargers 2nd Round Pick Manti Te’o

Chargers choose Manti Te'o in the second round

Chargers choose Manti Te’o in the second round

Overview

Te’o (pronounced TAY-oh, first name is MAN-tie) decided to follow the example of his former teammate, receiver Michael Floyd, in returning to South Bend for his senior year despite having the talent to leave early for the NFL. Floyd parlayed a very good final campaign with the Irish into a first-round draft slot, as he was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals; that’s something Te’o also hopes to emulate this April, and winning multiple national awards and finishing second in Heisman voting doesn’t hurt that goal.

 

It was a recruiting coup for Notre Dame to land Te’o, a consensus top ten national recruit, the Sporting News’ High School Athlete of the Year and USA Today’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. And the fact Te’o did not take a two-year service Mormon mission after high school meant he got a chance to use his ability as a true freshman, playing in every game for the Irish and earning the starting nod for 10. His 63 tackles that season included 5.5 for loss, figures he easily bested as a 13-game starter his sophomore year (133 tackles, 9.5 for loss; his 21 stops against Stanford tied for the most in the FBS in 2010). Te’o found his name on many All-American lists (including Walter Camp and AP second teams) and was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy after accumulating 128 tackles, 13.5 for loss and five sacks.

 

In 2012, Te’o took home even more hardware after registering 113 tackles on 13 starts, 5.5 went for a loss including 1.5 sacks. He added

some production in coverage, hauling in seven interceptions and four pass breakups. The long list of achievements Te’o won ranges from the Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Trophy and named the Walter Camp National Player of the Year. Most of all, Te’o dealt with a multitude of off-field events, including the death of his grandmother and the girlfriend hoax scandal.

Analysis

Strengths

Aggressive middle linebacker with a thick overall build. Vocal leader on the off the field, communicates the call and moves teammatesinto place when necessary. Downhill player who recognizes plays and closes quickly. Provides pop as a tackler, capable of thumping the ballcarrier and wrapping up to secure the stop. Aware run-stopper between the tackles, finds the ball and can mirror backs to prevent cutbacks. Stops backs’ momentum on first contact and drive them backwards. Takes on linemen and fullbacks, can bounce or use his hands to rip off and make a stop. Hustles to recover from cut blocks, work through double teams at the second level. Shows enough movement skills to follow stretch plays to either sideline and cover running backs in the flat. Drops to the first-down marker, but is able to close on receivers and backs over the middle to prevent yards after the catch. Attacks gaps as a delayed blitzer, will try to work past the shoulder of linemen picking him up. High character player who performs community service and became an Eagle Scout in 2008.

Weaknesses

Only average height for the position. Linemen and bigger tight ends have a size and length advantage, can ride him out of plays. Backpedal is high and stiff on his drops. Must prove he has the short-area quickness and long speed to stay with tight ends and receivers in coverage. Takes false steps on play action and misdirection; has only adequate recovery speed. Blunt instrument as a tackler, slips off some tackles when trying to make a big hit. Comes into ballcarriers with his head down at times, allowing them to elude him.

NFL Comparison

DeMeco Ryans

Bottom Line

Te’o has become the All-American middle linebacker everyone expected coming out of high school, receiving high marks for his character and leadership ability. After some suggested he could be one of the top picks in April’s draft, Te’o took a step back against a very good Alabama offensive line during the BCS National Championship. As a hammer between the tackles, the Irish star will be a great inside backer for any 4-3 team, but some may question his ability to reach edge plays or get over blocks in time.

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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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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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Chiefs: Kansas City to start 3-day minicamp today

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

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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 which should help us answer a few questions we’ve had about the team since Andy Reid and John Dorsey began putting their stamp on the team. Continue Reading…

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NFL Owners Pass The Helmet Rule And End Tuck Rule

Wednesday March 20th 2013 by KC58

rodger goodellToday the NFL and the owners met and voted to pass a new rule and get rid of an old one. From now on no more tuck rule and a running back can not use the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with defensive players in the open field.

The new rule was voted in with a 31-1 vote. Cincinnati was the only team who voted no. On Tuesday the league and owners voted to take the peel back block out of the game. Which makes this the second time this year the NFL has passed a rule to help protect defensive players.

There were a few teams that were concerned about how the new rule would be enforced by officials but Rodger Goodell put those worries to rest. He showed them videos that showed the differences in a legal and illegal moves by running backs. The owners then voted and then praised the decision. “There was a lot of discussion but the way it was presented was the most effective way to address it.” said Steelers President Art Rooney.

134042826_crop_exactThe penalty will be 15yds from the spot of the foul, but if both players lower their head and use the crown of their helmet then both will be penalized. Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the competition committee said ‘We had discussions with the players association and the players themselves, the coaches’ subcommittee, a lot of people talked to us about this rule and how to roll it out in our game.”

Rooney later said with a smile “Jim Brown never lowered his head, it can be done.”

The tuck rule has been a thorn in the side of NFL fans since the very beginning. Now when a quarterback loses control of the ball and has not clearly tried to throw it, it will now be ruled a fumble. New England and Washington abstained and the Steelers were the only team to vote no. ”We didn’t think it was necessary to make that change, we were happy with the way it’s been called.” Rooney said.

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NFLPA Getting Involved With Dumervil Debacle

Elvis Dumervil

Saturday March 16th by KC58

 

The Denver Post is coming out that the NFLPA (NFL Player’s Association) maybe getting involved in the Elvis Dumervil Fax Machine controversy.

The paper is reporting the Broncos had asked the NFL if they would honor the verbal agreement they made with Dumervil despite Dumervil’s agent not getting the paperwork to the Denver front office in time. Unfortunately for Denver the NFL declined their request.

Despite the failed request by Denver it does show they still have a little interest in Dumervil.

Related News: Elvis Dumervil fired his agent, Marty Magid, shortly after the Fax Controversy.

 

 

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Elway’s Statement about Dumervil

The official statement from John Elway about the Elvis Dumervil situation.

john_elway“For the last week, Elvis Dumervil and his agent were aware of our desire to change the financial terms of his contract to ensure he would remain a Denver Bronco. After numerous conversations with both Elvis and his representative, we submitted our final contract proposal to Elvis today at 11 a.m. MDT. Based on our previous discussions, we believed our offer was fair and were hopeful it would resolve this matter.

“Due to the procedural elements that were involved in executing the new proposal, we imposed a 1 p.m. MDT deadline for a decision, one hour before the NFL’s waiver wire at 2 p.m. MDT. Our deadline was clearly communicated to Elvis’ representative.

“At 1 p.m. MDT, we were informed by Elvis’ representative that he declined our offer. We then prepared Elvis’ termination notice to officially file his release with the NFL office.

“At approximately 1:25 p.m. MDT, however, we were informed that Elvis changed his mind and accepted the same contract we proposed nearly two-and-a-half hours earlier. Although we expressed our concern regarding the time constraints, we were assured that the signed documents would be submitted to us before the league’s waiver deadline.

“We did not receive the documents from Elvis by the league’s deadline and were forced to release him shortly before 2 p.m. MDT.

“Due to this situation, there are now salary cap implications associated with this transaction that we must consider with regard to potentially re-signing Elvis. At this moment, we are discussing all of our free-agency options to determine what’s best for the Denver Broncos.”

Resources:

http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Statement-from-Elway-on-Dumervil/020fdc76-b358-488b-a9d1-2de642fc3b80

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