Friday, January 29, 2010

SENIOR BOWL 2010 WHO’S REAL WHO’S NOT?


Ok, so I was checking up on the video highlights from the Senior Bowl practice this week. Kyle Wilson (Boise State CB) is a baller. Presently, he is ranked around 7th or 8th among DBs in the draft. I have no clue what they are looking at because it looks like he could quite possibly be argued as the best corner in the Draft. The video clip is #8 Clemson Wide Receiver, Jacoby Ford, who is known for his speed, running a vertical route down the field and Wilson quite frankly made it look like a walk in the park. He displayed perfect technique, confidence in his speed, and great awareness of his receivers’ whereabouts. Ford is supposed to have “world class speed”, but technique can at many times be the great equalizer. My advice is to keep an eye on Kyle Wilson. He is ironically wearing the #1 in the Senior Bowl. Let’s see if he can make a statement on Saturday.

O-Line and D-Line need love too:
One guy that stood out was #91 on the North team. Penn State D-Linemen, Jared Odrick is a long armed guy with a low center of gravity and upper body strength, which can be a lethal combination for opposing O-Linemen. For instance,in 1 on 1’s Odrick made it look easy when going against #77 Idaho’s Mike Iupati. Iupati in many scouts eye, is the #1 Offensive Guard in the Draft. Well Odrick beat him like he stole something. Kudos to the Penn State Defensive Line coach, because he hit him with the good ol’ two hand punch and dip move.


I saw a little bit of the 1 on 1’s for the South’s Offensive and Defensive lines. Something that stood out was the Defensive line and their pad level. If you don’t understand that part of the game, it means that they played with their butts low to the ground driving their feet and keeping their shoulders pads parallel to the ground. That is perfect technique, contrary to the O-line pad level of the North which could be to their advantage. If this isn’t fixed by time the game rolls around it could spell out trouble for the North and quite possibly a field day for the South’s D-line.

Quarterbacks:
For the South, #16 from West Virginia, QB Jarrett Brown looks very comfortable under center. He takes snaps clean and his fakes look believable which means a lot to NFL coaches. As for our boy Tim Tebow, scout say he is improving every day, but sorry buddy, I’m not convinced. If you watch the video he looks very uncertain under center, but as soon as he’s not in the pocket his natural ability shines through. He just seems more comfortable when he is in shotgun on rolling out on a boot leg. I am not so sure Tebow will be a total dud. Watch the game tomorrow and don’t be surprised if he lights it up.

Sleeper:
Someone that caught my attention was Pitt Wide Receiver/TE, Dorin Dickerson #82. I saw how he broke the cushion on the Top ranked DB from Rutgers, Devin McCourty #21. I will continue to be a fan of the underdog. I know they all are on the game and on the same level now, but I use the word underdog because this guy doesn’t have the flash or pizzazz of most of the guys you hear about. Just keep an eye on him and don’t be surprised if he has a quiet 60 or 70+ yard game with 1TD.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Only Two Weekends Left of Football: *tear

The first word that comes to my mind is "desperation". That is what pops in my head when I hear the words, Senior Bowl. The average athlete probably would not understand the pressures of this particular game. The pressures of this game that can only be imagined if you played in it. For some participants this game could very well change the direction that their life as well as their families life. It will change the direction the player will go from now until the time comes for the NFL Draft.

What is the big deal about this game?
Ask Tim Tebow or Myron Rolle! Two guys with a lot to prove. The purpose of this game for NFL Scouts to simulate the talent of a NFL game without actually playing a NFL game. The Senior Bowl is played for the nation's top Seniors, most of whom are going to be entering the 2010 draft in April, for some to confirm their talents or for
others to prove their level of talent.

Picture this...I am a NFL Scout...you are a prospect from a low profile school or "small school" in Philadelphia, let's say like Temple, wait better yet, Villanova.

Based on most NFL Scouts, you are an undersized Runningback with exceptional talent, but we don't quite think you can put up the numbers you did at your "small school" in the NFL...

Fortunately for you, NFL teams are interested in seeing what you can do versus "big school" talent. You are selected to the Senior Bowl. Here is your chance to play against all of the best players in college football. Basically, you will be going against a defense full of future NFL D-Lineman, Linebackers, and Safeties.

You now will be called to report to practice for a full week of drills versus these guys with NFL Scouts eye-balling you as if their life depended on it (because it does). Senior Bowl practice is just as important as the game. For every pass caught or dropped, for every pancake block or missed block, every single step you take you will either be proving you have what it takes or you are exactly what
everyone expected you not be.

After a week of holding your own against these so called "big school" talents. You go on to have a very successful NFL career and these so called "big school" talents don't even make it past first cuts in NFL camps. Let me introduce you to 5'8 200lb 8yr NFL veteran… Brian Westbrook!


Shout out to my boy #4 on the Senior Bowl Roster, Safety, Myron Rolle. This New Jersey boy balled out at Florida State before opting to go to study at Oxford, instead of entering the NFL Draft last year. This is an athlete in the game that should be highlighted. This type of person is what young guys should strive to be. The definition of a student-athlete!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Huh?!? Saints vs Colts in the Superbowl?

So that was the best NFC championship game in a loooong time. Although,this game was very sloppy, it was very competitive. With both teams so evenly matched, I thought it'd come down to the least amount of mistakes and it did.

If you noticed in the first half, Brett Favre and the Vikes kept getting close to turning the game over and in the second half and they DID! I was kind of rooting for the old man to go out on top, but I knew that once every key player that the Vikes needed to step up (Peterson, Favre, Berrian, Harvin), stepped down…it was over (smh).

The 2nd half opened up like the 1st. With both teams showing their hunger to go to Miami I knew it would come down to the last team with the ball. Congrats to the Most Valuable Player not name Most Valuable Player. Saints QB Drew Brees has been amazing all year and deserves some respect. I was at the game where I watched him destroy my Eagles early in the season and I knew the league was in trouble from that point on.

As for my boy Brett, congrats on a great career. Take a seat now and enjoy retired life…no, really retire. You have everyone’s respect.


My predictions are that even though I love their game, Peyton and the Colts will get ahead quick in the Superbowl and then fall asleep on this hungry Saints team. Yup I said it! The Saints will win the 2010 Superbowl.

Vikes vs Saints: 1st Half Explosion


Wow. This game had all of the characteristics of the old school Gatti vs Ward fights. Ok, here is the story Brett Favre, AP, Bernard Berrian, and Sid Rice vs. Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. How could you not love this matchup?

Alright where is the defense. This game looks like it may come down to whoever makes the least mistakes. Both defenses are playing as well as they can competing against the offensive talents across the ball. Both offenses have played up to their potential in the first half and look as though they can open up even more at anytime. Peterson is just as unreal as they get. This dude is absolutely the toughest running back in the League. Scary part is I think he is still getting better!

Favre looks like the Favre of old, but we all know how he can be hot one minute and cold the next. Just because I like Favre’s heart I am kind of hoping he gets a chance to go out on top. (yeah, I think this is his last hoorah, especially if they win).

Reggieeee!!!! What are you doing? You lucked out because your fumble could’ve cost your team a trip to the Super Bowl. Lucky you!! AP and Favre could have done the exact opposite and increased their chances of going to Miami by putting it in right before the half, but he and AP couldn’t get it together.
OH BOY, second half is starting like the first. Leave a comment and come back for the recap of the second half.

Colts Experience Outlast the Jets- Philly Baller Represented


Come on people. This game was clearly a free pass for Indianapolis. Grant it, I love the way the Jets play and everyone loves an underdog, but let's think about it...Colts starting QB is Peyton Manning 4 time MVP and played in a Superbowl just a few years ago vs. Mark Sanchez...Although, he has been really sporatic and saved many times by his stingy Defense. I have eye-balled and respected Sanchez's game since his time at USC (not like those other horribly overated USC QB's), but in the playoffs experience always wins.

With both defenses playing well as they have for the majority of the season, it came down to the offenses. Jets have a defense to matchup with most teams in the league, but not many teams including the NFC teams that are in the Playoffs can match up with the Colts offensive weapons. Colts have a Defense who have been doubted for the past 4 years. They have never publicly been seen as a complete defense, somehow (keyword: somehow) continue to whip up on opposing Offenses.

Ok. The Jets did't win, but they did earn a lot of people's respect. I have to give one of my most recent favorite player, #24 Darrelle Revis, his props. He has completely shut down one side of the field for the Jets D in 2009-10. Unfortunately, we won't get to see anymore of his graceful corner play. Yes, I said "graceful" because if you know anything about the Cornerback position he plays the game with such style and swagger.

Anyway...Jets Defense held there own, but the blame def goes on the offense. When you go against a good offense (Colts being a "great" offense) you have to score Touchdowns. You have to capitalize on turnovers and get in there on most if not each possession. In this game Jets You need 7 points. Field goals don't work!

Last but not least, shout out to Colts player, Philadelphia's own, and Temple grad, #79 Raheem Brock. I met him once before at the Philadelphia Public vs Non-Public High School All-Star football banquet. I respect my fellow Philly HS All-Star game alumni. He was a humble speaker, but confidently predicted helping the Colts to get back for another Super Bowl in 2010. He was a nice enough guy to come back to guest speak to the HS all-stars participants in the 2009 All-Star game.

Looking to link up with him for some future football project to help football players in Philly. Be on the look out!! (Hit me up if you read this)

I look forward to hearing some of your comments and opinions.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Philly Needs More Football

Let's be honest. Besides the Philadelphia Eagles, non-professional football has taken the backseat to basketball in this city. This is wrong in so many ways.

Football is the greatest team sport, hands down. No, I am not just saying it because I have played the game for most of my life or coach the game now, but I truly in my heart believe this. I have experience in many other sports, but there is not one that has been more satisfying for me than the game of football.

The most amazing thing about our sport, is that there are so many different aspects that are involved that if you asked a person why they love the sport, they may not be able to now down specific reasons for their passion.

My views can be seen as biased, but what do you expect. This is a football blog for football passionate fans. My goal is to build a football community in the Philadelphia area. What better name than...."THE PHILLY FOOTBALL MOVEMENT"

Let's Go- Spread the word!