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  1. Sam Bradford wants Philly to trade him

    I don't blame Bradford for wanting a trade. He probably wouldn't have signed a contract extension with the Eagles if they had said to him they were going to draft a first round quarterback (eg Lynch at #13), or trade up for a quarterback in the first round (eg Lynch, Goff or Wentz at #8, or Goff or Wentz at #2). He would have hit free agency and signed elsewhere. So I don't blame him and if he gets his chance to leave, then good luck to him because he's going to need it. Though the Eagles could always decide to relegate him to third string and not make him activate on game days, like the Redskins did to RGIII. A bit spiteful? Sure. But the Eagles could start Chase Daniel and let Wentz or Goff be the back, or they could let those two compete for the starting position. Essentially sideline Bradford and cut/trade him next off season if they don't want to do it this year or don't have an adequate trading partner.
  2. So the best tackle in the draft, tipped to be a future all pro caliber left tackle, is going to be the third OT off the board? Then the Dolphins are going to pass on the opportunity to get a starting corner for a LB that won't even start for them? Some other interesting picks, but if some of these things happen I'd be very surprised, but very happy if we ended up with Hargreaves at 30.
  3. To be fair the media criticised us last season quite a lot, and that was simply because we was winning and acting in a fashion they didn't like. If we play the same way next season, and our players continue to celebrate, the media is going to criticise us again. And while I don't particularly like Greg Hardy the person, as long as he comes in and works hard and plays hard, sod what the media think and say because we are probably going to be criticised anyway...
  4. Denver's Cap Space?

    If someone said you can have a great four or five year run, win a championship, with Peyton Manning. But then have to suffer a rebuild/reboot for a few seasons, then I'd happily take that. Equally if someone said you can build what we have here and be a long term contender. I'd happily take that. What I'm saying is we shouldn't be so quick to mock another team's situation that actually got the job done and brought home the Lombardi because I'm pretty certain they'd rather be in their situation than ours because they have that shiny trophy and a fairly talented roster to build their next run on. We certainly did, but the Broncos showed how to shut down Cam Newton. Would that happen every game? Nope. But after one of the most dominant years they showed that shutting down Cam is possible. I hope you're right that it won't happen again, and if we do it next year, I think we'd be the first team to lose and return the following year and win it.
  5. Denver's Cap Space?

    I am happy with our roster and direction. My point was simply directed at those that want to make fun of a teamin worse cap situations than oursthat has just won the Super Bowl by posting this type of thread. Oh look at them, they've got next to no cap space and need to signs loads of players, let's make fun of them. It's part of message boards and I get that, heck Id even be willing to partake, but the team has just won a Super Bowl and Ithink their fans would be happy to accept a few quiet years (if that happens) after the run they've been on these past four years. Essentially they've had a great four year run with Peyton. Will it hurt them long term? Perhaps. But I don't think anyone in their right mind would go back in a time machine and have them not sign Peyton andgo with Brock Osweiler instead. I agree that no one can compare to Cam, but that doesn't mean he'll definitely return and win multiple rings. Right now he's tough to stop on his day, but the Broncos managed to stop him inthe Super Bowl. So that shows Cam can be stopped, and if other teams can replicate that - especially in the play offs - then we might not be back. I think we will, but it's not easy. Look at A-Rod, never been back but he's been one of the best QBs every year. Sometimes you get one shot.
  6. Denver's Cap Space?

    I assume that's partly tongue in cheek, but if you're being totally serious, then I suggest you look at a QB by the name of Dan Marino... In his second season he became the first QB to throw for over 5,000 yards - a record that lasted twenty sevenseasons. Healso threw for a then NFL record 48 TDs, which was twelve more than the previous record - this record stood for twenty seasons. In 1984 season he led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl and lost to the 49ers. Many thought this would be the first of many appearances for him and the next time hewould win. Despite a hall of fame and record breaking career, he never did make a second Super Bowl. We may believe that Cam will make another Super Bowl, but of the previous 57 Super Bowl starting QBs,only 20made multiple appearances. Hopefully he is the twenty first QB to start more than one super bowl, but there's some pretty damn good QBs that have only been to the big game once. I guess it comes down to what people value, maybe our young roster returns and wins one, but if I was offered a Broncos type run - say we didn't draft Cam five years agoand the year after we signed Peyton - I'd have taken that short four year run if it featured two super bowl appearances and bringing a Lombardi to BOA, even if it meant a year or few years of strife in the aftermath. Why? Because winning that Lombardi is the pinnacle.
  7. Denver's Cap Space?

    The Broncos already had a well built roster before they paid out big money to add the likes of Peyton Manning (elite QBs don't tend to hit the market), Talib, Ware, Sanders and co. Sure it's the mortgage their future approach but they've had four years with division titles, two Super Bowl appearances, and one Super Bowl win. That's a great return. Now sure it doesn't always work out that way, but it did for them, and my point is simple - what they've achieved is something we've not achieved [yet]. So while we may want to poke fun at their QB or cap situation, they have what we don't - Lombardi trophies. So what's our bragging point... cap space? A franchise QB? That'sthe two things we edge them on because the Broncos still have a very well built roster. If they can get a QB, or get game managing performances from Sanchez,they'll be ready to compete again next season. They arenot in as bad a situation as people like to think they are.
  8. Denver's Cap Space?

    It is hard to criticize them or mock their cap situation because they have just won their third Lombardi trophy, and while we may love our team and believe it has a bright future, how many fans would swap what we have for a Lombardi trophy in the cabinet at Bank of America Stadium? If someone said you can win a Super Bowl next season, but the result of that will be Cam Newton retiring early and the team being in cap hell next off season, would you take it or say no thanks? I'll be honest, I think a lot of fans would love their team to be in the situation that the Broncos are right now. We might want to mock them because they have Mark Sanchez and little to no money to spend, but despite that they are still the reigning Super Bowl champions with a roster that is stilltalented enough to win their division and make a run in the play offs. As great as our roster and cap situation may be,we don't have that Lombardi trophy, and that is ultimately what matters - winning the big game. We haven't done that. But the Broncos have, and so have the Saints... Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the Broncos round off their roster for the coming season and how far they go. I wouldn't be surprised to see them make the play offs again. If they can do it with The Golden Calf of Bristol, they can do it with Sanchez.
  9. DC Comics Mock Draft

    So it is, my mistake!
  10. DC Comics Mock Draft

    Bucs one is great lol Catwoman for us is fine.I suppose the cat thing played a part, but if they wanted to go all out they could have gonewithBlack Panther!
  11. It will be a shame if that happens for fans, but more so for players that make a living from being special teamers that otherwise might not be on a team's roster if the league does away with returns. In a sense doing away with returns doesn't eliminate the risk of playing football. In fact,it is probably debatable which part of the game brings the greatest risk. Returns might leave players prone to being hit,but you don't see players stretchered off or eliminated from the gameanywhere near as much as duringthe main part of the game. Offensive and defensive players go down injured, minor or major,most games. We see players taken off the field to be tested for concussions, we see O-Line and D-Line players get tangled up and players roll an ankle or tweak a muscle, and so on. There are ex-line men that probably never played special teams in the NFL that are now suffering from past knee injuries, or other injuries, or brain conditions (eg Conrad Dobler recently saying he has memory issues), or players from other positions that suffered from hits that affect their post football lives (egJarrod Cooper is 37/38 and battling CTE like symptoms). Now sure, the players these days are paid well and know the risks of playing football. But there is more risk of doing long term harm to your body playing the main part of the game than playing special teams. If the league eliminates returns, they aren't going to magically change what happens during the main part of the game. The players that get hurt playing defense or offense are still going to get hurt. The only way to eliminate, or reduce these risks to a minimum,is to make it flag football. I hope that never happens, it won't happen (I think),but as long asthe league stays as a physical game,there will always be a risk to playerhealth now and in their post-football lives. All they can do is try to protect them as best as possible through better equipment and rule tweaks, but eliminating returns would only save special teamers from injury risks and potentially puts them out of a job if they are not good enough to play on offense or defense, it wouldn't help the players that spend most or all of their time on offense or defense.
  12. I see touchbacks at the 25-yardpotentiallychangingthe direction we've seen over the past few seasons anddiscourage kickers going fortouchbacks.As it stands some teams have kickers with big legs and the aim is to kick the ball out of the end zone, thus most of the time after kick offs teams start at the 20 yard line. Thus, with this change there is no longer an incentive to kick the ball out of the end zone because a team starts at the 25 yard line. This meanskickers will have tobecome more skilfuland do what punters do and aim for the ball to land as close to the end zone as possible, in order to create the longest possible distance an opposition offense needs to drive the ball down the field. I think kickers like Dan Carpenter will be happy with this change because under the previous rule they were seen as not having a strong enough leg because they didn't get enough touchbacks. Under the new rule they have a better situation because leg strength is no longer the main thing in kick offs, it's having the ability to get the ball to land inside the field and give enough hang time to allow special team players to take the returner down. If the aim of this was to protect players, I think they will fail because teams will get their kickers doing what punters do, and thus, there's more risk. However, if the aim was to create more kick returns and excitement on that end, then this may help because more returns should result in this because teams won't want their opposition to start at the 25 yard line.
  13. RG3 in Carolina?

    I guess in a pinch he could run the style of offense that we run with Cam under center whereas with Derek Anderson we may have to make some changes, but I don't really see signing RGIII as worthwhile. We are comfortable with Derek Anderson and Joe Webb as our backup QBs. And for RGIII, I don't see why he would come here because there's no chance of him starting for us outside of injury. I think he will want to go somewhere he can compete for the starting role this coming season (eg Broncos, Browns orJets), or at worst, sit behind a veteran QB for a few seasons and takeover the starting job (eg. Dallas and Romo, New England and Brady, New Orleans and Brees etc). Coming here would simply signal he has no desire to compete for a starting position or ultimately takeover one, and instead that heis happy to ride a bench and hold a clip board.
  14. If he is the best player available on Gettleman's board, then Gettleman will draft him. Likewise, if any wide receiver is the best player available on Gettleman's board at that point, Gettleman will draft them. We aren't that loaded atthe receiver position to ignore first round receivers if they are the best player available. There is no guarantee that Benji will comeback and be the same player (I hope he does). Ginn was our lead receiver last season and that should not really be the case for an above average player. Funchess is still learning and developing.And the rest of our receivers are no better than average. So obviously we should be looking to improve our receiving core and I am sure that Gettleman will make a move if there is value when the team is on the clock.
  15. Derrick Henry to visit Panthers

    A couple of years ago I remember the question being asked about when can we cut J-Stew because he's not worth the contract he's being paid. Since then he has redeemed himself by becoming a fairly productive running back, but an argument could be made that he still hasn't lived up to his contract and may never do. So maybe you're right that Gettleman could consider cutting J-Stew this off season... As a pre-June 1 cut we would only save about $2 million in cap space and take a hefty hit in dead money, but as a post-June 1 cut we could stand to save $5.75million in cap space and only take a $3.8 million hit in dead money. To be honest I don't see Gettleman cutting J-Stew, but our general manager has made tough and surprising decisions before, and I doubt he is finished with making tough and surprising decisions. However, I think J-Stew will remain on the roster for another season or two. Even if we draft a first or second round player, I think we will keep him around to create that one-two punch in the running game. I guess if he and Rivera feelconfident in a rookie carrying the rock, with CAP as the second RB on the depth chart, then we could use the cap savings elsewhere. But I still J-Stew on the roster for another season or two, even if we draft a running back early.