Friday, February 26, 2010

COMBINE 101: NFL COMBINE FOR DUMMIES--Now watch the combine with a purpose!

After you read this you can watch the combine with a purpose.

Besides the fact that football season is over, the 2010 NFL Combine is the closest football action you will get to seeing NFL on TV. The NFL Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (formerly RCA Dome) leads us into the Draft in April, which will lead you into mini-camps, then pre-season camp, then finally to the 2010 NFL season. The NFL Combine is where you can get a first hand look and a ton of insight on next years’ rookie superstars.

The NFL Combine is hands down the most coveted order of events for evaluating the best college talent. Im sure you have heard and if you have not, it is a serious grind of mind and matter. It is the first time the all of the top college players can be seen competing as individuals in center stage in front of the 32 teams in the NFL. It is basically a job interview. The spectators at this venue include NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts. About 300+ the college footballs’ top prospects are put through rigorous testing both mentally and physically all a part of an inexact science of predicting the next NFL star for their respective organizations.

Watch you want don't want to miss on television and the most exciting part is the physical testing. Participants at the combine are put through intense physical testing ranging from the bench press, broad jump, 40 yard dash, 60 yard shuttle, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle, and vertical jump. I am going to share with you some important physical testing along with the results to look for that will either rise or drop the stock of some of the participants trying to improve their NFL Draft status. So what I have written up below is the test followed by approximated results that NFL teams would like to see by position. (Some of the desired results will vary based on the height and weight of each positional participant.)

Bench Press- under the guidance of a Strength and Conditioning coach (usually a representative from one of the NFL teams) participants attempts to lift 225lbs as many times as they can. This drill measures upper body strength.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS BY POSITION: QB, WR, DB: 10-20reps… LB, RB: 15-25… OL,DL: 20-30reps. (The closer the position gets to the 2nd number the more impressive)

Broad Jump- participants must stand still and are measured how far they can jump forward from point A to point B, measuring explosive power from a stationary position.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB,WR,DB: 9ft0in-10+ft… LB,RB,TE: 8ft6in-9ft6in… OL,DL: 8ft-9ft. (The closer the position gets to the 2nd number the more impressive)

40 yard dash- participants take part in an all out sprint from a down position for a distance measuring 40yards. This test how fast an athlete can get from point A to point B, and also measures top speed endurance.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB: 4.9-4.5… WR,DB: 4.7-4.3… LB,RB,TE: 4.8-4.5… OL: 5.2-4.8…DL: 4.9-4.6 (The closer the participant gets to the 2nd number or beyond the more impressive)

Vertical Jump- similar to the Broad Jump, participants must stand still and jump straight up measuring how far they can jump up off the ground, measuring explosive power from a stationary position.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB: 25-31in…WR, DB: 31-45in… LB,TE: 30-37in…RB: 30-40in… OL,DL: 24-30in. (The closer the participant gets to the 2nd number or beyond the more impressive)

(The following 3 test below don't hold as much weight as the one's above)
20 Yard Shuttle- participants are measured by their quickness when changing direction from point A to point B.

3 Cone Drill- similar to the 20yard shuttle, participants ability to fluidly change of direction is measured

60 yard shuttle- participants are tested in speed and endurance.

Starting Saturday, watch it live from February 27th-March 2nd. It will be more interesting now that you know what you are looking for!?! http://www.nfl.com/combine/live/landing

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Say It Ain't So, Brian, Say It Ain't So

It has been announced February 23, 2010, fan favorite, Brian Westbrook is released from the Philadelphia Eagles.

I'm going to be honest and say that with all of the talk about what the Eagles should do about Donovan McNabb and what we need on the Defense, I was lulled to sleep with the other issue to be focused on. The fact that it was almost time for a $7 million payment to a Runningback on the team that had little to do with 2010s success. I am absolutely not saying that he didn't help the Eagles this past season, but compared to what he had done in the past, it was very minimal.

B. West' unfortunately wasn't able to shake that "30+ RB" stigma that has been the refrigerator on the back for the majority of Runningbacks in the NFL. The stigma that once a RB is no longer in his 20s, he is expected to bow out of the game of football. What usually happens at that age at that position, the guys are attacked by the injury bug. Whether it is minor injuries (i.e. Westbrooks ankles and knees) that merely slow down the player or major injuries (i.e two concussions) the "30+ RBs" unfortunately come under attack.

Out of all of the Eagles players including our beloved Brian Dawkins, there was rarely a negative aspect pointed out about his game. He was loved by the Eagles fans as much as he was respected by the fans around the NFL. It's funny how we go from saying "Brian Westbrook IS the Eagles offense" to "Brian Westbrook leaves the Eagles." Where does the offense go from here???

Feel free to share your piece by commenting below...We will miss #36...Brian Westbrook.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Newest Gator from Philly, to Make the Swamp His New Home


Gator from Philly, Finds New Home at the Swamp!
In the Fall of 2005, in Philadelphia, there were hundreds of 8th graders who put on a helmet and shoulder pads and decided to give football a shot for the first time. Most of them were persuaded by friends who encourage them to play, some persuaded by dreams of playing on TV in the NFL, or even some were forced by parents to be involved in something after school to keep them out of trouble. Whichever the case was for this 8th grader, he was special. He had no idea that it was a decision that may change his life forever. This 8th grader’s name is Shariff Floyd.

Little did Sharrif Floyd know that he would grow to be a 6’3 310lbs Defensive Lineman ranked #25 on ESPNU 150 as one of the nations’ top Seniors for 2010. On January 9th, Floyd #73 participated in the most highly touted exhibition games in America, where he recorded two sacks in the U.S. Army All-American game. At the game it is tradition for the top recruits to announce the school of choice at halftime of the game. Floyd announced that he is committed to the University of Florida Gators. (Where I am sure he is going to give nightmares to opposing Quarterbacks!)

I was fortunate enough to catch the busy big-man and talk to him about what it was like being your average kid growing up and competing at a Philly High School. We also talked about how he became the Top Defensive Lineman in the area and one of the top in the nation.

Q and A with Sharrif Floyd, George Washington H.S.

Me: When did you start playing football and just out of curiosity, what positions did you play?
Sharrif: “I actually didn’t start playing until Middle School, like 8th grade. I played mainly Offensive Guard, Defensive Tackle, and Defensive End.
Me: So when did you realize you weren’t just your average big kid? Like were you the best on the team?
Sharrif: “Well I was the best, but I didn’t know it. I was just playing for the love of the game. I was actually going to stop playing until one of my coaches told me that I was good then I stuck with it.”
Me: Well after you decided to stick with it and play in High School what was your motivation and where did you get that “nasty” edge on the field it takes to become the type of player you are today?
Sharrif: “It just came to me. I wanted to work harder than the next guy. I know I didn’t play in my first Varsity game and from then on I didn’t want to sit the bench anymore. I practiced harder that week and became the starter.”
Me: I know you are tired of all the same football questions. I want to show all of Philly the other side of this 300 pounder beast on the field…so, what is your favorite hobby outside of football?
Sharrif: “Outside of football, basketball. At Hardin Middle School we won the championship, I played Sonny Hill League where we were 23-2 , but I stopped in High School to focus on my football career.
Me: Ok, so if there were no such thing as football, what would you strive to be the best at?
Sharrif: “Criminal Justice, like the FBI. I know there are more things after football. A lot of times guys find things where it’s not a lot to do. I want to be challenged and keep going.”
Me: I respect that a lot. So tell me what’s your favorite TV show?
Sharrif: “C.S.I. Miami, because I like the investigations and Scrubs, it’s like a hospital comedy (haha) It’s funny!”
Me: (Haha) Scrubs is hilarious. That leads me to my next question. If you were to pick an Entourage of celebrities to hang out with, who would they be?
Sharrif: “Wow…ummm, I don’t know. No one has ever asked me that before!”
Me: I told you The Philly Football Movement will keep you on your toes! (Haha)
Sharrif: “Man, I’m not sure. Maybe Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, the guy from King of Queens (Kevin James). Anyone who can have fun because I like to laugh.”
Me: That guy from King of Queens is funny, but I can’t remember his name either
Me: Ok to finish up, what song is playing in your iPod before a game to get you hype?
Sharrif: “Juelz Santana, “They say a family that prays together, stays together. And one that walks apart Just falls apart. So, together we stand, divided we fall. United, we form Voltron and take off all. Let’s move. Yes, the birds left the nest. I’m all grown up I gotta fly with the rest. Best of the best is what we strive to be. A legacy is what we trying to leave.”
Me: So that must mean a lot to you, you recited the lyrics?!?
Sharrif: “Yeah, I always put team first.”
Me: Ok, so what advice would you give footballers in Philly who want to become top recruits?
Sharrif: “We can compete with anybody in the country. In High School you have to focus on your grades all 4 years. It stops a lot of guys from going to big colleges. If you start early and get in combines, you gotta get out there, gotta show off, you gotta really want it. Football will take care of itself, but coaches love to hear you have a 3.0.”
Me: Final Question! What do you think of The Philly Football Movement?
Sharrif: “I like it. The fact that it’s focused on more than just football and it’s bringing together different people in football. Like Public and Catholic leagues hate each other, but they now they can get to know each other, so that’s good.”
“It’s a good focus because it’s more than just football and grades. Kids need to be able to take their minds off of it sometimes and look at the bigger picture.”
EVERYONE LOOK OUT FOR SHARRIF FLOYD AS A FLORIDA GATOR. BIG TIME PLAYER, BIG TIME PERSONALITY, GREAT KID, 3.0 STUDENT!!
GOOD LUCK SHARRIF!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Philly is playing in the Superbowl...no really, keep reading!

Yo, Did you know Philly made it to the SuperBowl!!! Well I know it’s not the Eagles, but the whole purpose of The Philly Football Movement is to highlight Philadelphia football!!! So I am highlighting two players with some Philly roots playing in the Superbowl!!! Raheem Brock (Colts) and Jahri Evans (Saints), will be playing in Superbowl 44 today in Miami.

#79 for the Colts, Raheem Brock

Brock played his high school football at Murrell Dobbins in North Philly and his college ball at Temple U.. He often comes back to show his love for this town by speaking at public appearances to encourage the student-athletes in our area to do make the right decisions in school and on the field. Coincidentally, Brock was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but was cut before the 2002 season began due to franchise running out of money to sign their rookies.

#73 for the Saints, Jahri Evans


Born and raised in Philly, Evans attended Frankford High School. He is a prime example of the importance of being a STUDENT-ATHLETE. Evans being a student first and an athlete second, gave him an opportunity that many footballers miss out on if they forget to focus on academics. Evans didn’t actually start playing football until high school. While playing at Frankford, where he was an All-Public League selection as a junior, he got hurt playing basketball and couldn’t play football his senior season. He didn’t receive an athletic scholarship, but because of his focus on academics, Evans was awarded an academic scholarship to Division II, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. In college he started as a sophomore and was awarded All-PSAC honors in all three seasons. Evans was later a 2006 4th round draft pick by the Saints, coincidentally by way of trade from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Good Luck to them both!!! The Movement is in full effect in Miami!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

SAINTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL 34-31!!!

The experts have spoken! But they didnt say that. All of them have the Colts. I'm just saying I disagree. I really don’t care what the experts say, because to me there is every sign that says that the Saints have as real-of a chance to beat the Colts as anyone in 2010.

The Indy Colts are DEFINITELY by far the most polished team in the NFL. They are probably the most consistent on offense and defense. I will be the first to tell you that I am an avid fan and I love to watch them play. The Saints though…are a quite formidable opponent, but they just can’t seem to gather support. Except the fact that wherever I have been and asked “Who do you think will win the Superbowl?”, there is always at least 1 person who thinks the Saints will win. WAIT!?!? That 1 person is usually me! Does that count?

I keep telling myself I’m talking nonsense and I’m just rooting for the underdog, but it’s more than that. The Saints are a really good team. I’m no fool. Do people forget that at one point they were said to be a possible 16-0 undefeated team? They were virtually unstoppable on offense and their defense was playing phenomenally forcing a ton of turnovers. Grant it, I’m no fool. Peyton is like an artist and the field is his canvas. Are you with me? It’s like with each touchdown drive he materializes his idea by knowing exactly how to perfectly manipulate each of his tools (i.e. D. Clark, J. Addai, P. Garcon, A. Collie, D. Brown) to come together at the end to produce a beautiful picture. You know what I mean?

Anyway, an article on ESPN.com, http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4889508, has Tony Dungy saying that the Colts are going to have their rings ready on Sunday. He’s quoted saying, "I don't see how it's going to be close.” WOW. Coach Dungy, I understand you are riding with your former team, but let’s think about this. Yes, I agree, Minnesota in the NFC championship basically handed the Saints the game. On the same note the Saints tried to returned the favor! It was just an UGLY game, which happens. Something else I hear is how many points and yards the Vikes put up versus the Saints defense. People you’re forgetting that the Vikings offense is not average. They have a few guys you may have heard of, Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin. So the to say the Saints defense isn’t good enough…uhhh not quite.

The Colts defense is good…Yes…the Saints offense is great (i.e. Brees, Colston, Meachem, Henderson, Thomas, Bush, Shockey, Bell) equals one heck of an offense. Oh and yes, I am calling for Reggie Bush to show up this game . Yeah and big Wide Receiver, M. Colston, is going to be a problem for the Colts DB. The Colts are in serious trouble if Dwight Freeney doesn’t play, regardless of what the experts say…This guys is going with the Saints, 34-31

Keys to the game:
Colts: Offense must protect Mannings knees or he’ll have happy feet=not good, utilize the Running backs on 3rd down to keep Saints off balance, score atleast 3 touchdowns in the 1st Half Defense must keep Reggie Bush quiet because if he gets going he’ll keep the Colts D off balance.

Saints: Offense must widen the pocket for Brees because he needs room to stay mistake free, Reggie Bush must have 10 touches and 100yds(not including returns), Meachem and Henderson must be involved Defense must keep the Colts under 28 in the game

What do you think???

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Be a part of the Philly Football Movement...My Blog is Your Blog!!!

Check this out. The Philly Football Movement needs your input. In order for this Movement to take over, we need you to be involved. So what I have decided to do, after many colleagues had suggested it, is give everyone a chance to email me about the specific topic that you would like to see. You the reader, now have more input on what topics I will discuss and publish. Now, you can actually receive answers and information from me on specific questions on your mind, along with other people's opinions! It's the win-win. I am looking forward to hearing all of your ideas. I will pick one topic per week!

Email me at CoachAbeFootball@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Best Football Players in the Philadelphia Catholic League

The January 26, 2010 All-Catholic Banquet was an event to remember for the best players in the Philadelphia Catholic League. The banquet hosted All-Catholic players and their families, league coaches, even some current college coaches like Penn State Linebackers Coach, Ron Vanderlin, Delaware Quarterback Coach, Jim Hofher, and Head Coach and guest speaker from Holy Cross, Tom Gilmore. This event is to acknowledge the players for their athletic accomplishments on the field and distinguishes them as the best players in the Catholic League.

Various coaches in the Catholic League got to present the awards to the players in their respective division (divisions are based on male enrollment #'s, 4A being the highest). Besides the dinner(stuffed Chicken and green beans), this was my favorite part of the banquet. This part of the banquet was particularly entertaining because as each of the players’ name, height and weight were announced to receive their award, you could see the other guys sizing them up as if to say “He’s not tough, let’s put the pads on”. Kind of like the stare downs that competitors get into during pregame warm-ups in the season.

After all of the players were recognized, it was the coaches’ turn. Each Coach of the Year award winners had their moment at the microphone. A common topic discussed by the coaches was the appreciation of what the Catholic League represents. It’s a league known for development, not only as football players, but also as men. Also, many of the coaches made it a point to thank their staff. Coach of the Year Awards and League MVP for each Division looked like this:
AA Co-Coaches of the Year: Jim Grugan,Dougherty and Pat Manzi, McDevitt
AAA Coach of the Year: Steve Devlin, Wood
AAAA Coach of the Year: Gil Brooks, SJ Prep

AA MVP: Drew Siegfried, McDevitt

AAA MVP: Jerry Rahill, Wood


AAAA MVP: Corey Brown, O'Hara(Committed to Ohio State)

In closing, Coach Gilmore gave his speech. In his playing days, he was an All-Catholic D-lineman at North Catholic and now his time is spent as the Head Coach of the College of the Holy Cross. He gave a passionate speech mentioning the strong foundation he received as a player in the Catholic League. Coach Gilmore also made it a point to tell the recipients to appreciate the dedication from their coaches. He went on to recount how one of his positional coaches would come to practice with tar on his pants because like many of the coaches in the league, he had come to practice straight from work. (This was an example of many of the coaches’ dedication to their team) After a heart-felt and motivational speech, Coach Gilmore ended by congratulating the recipients and wished them luck in their careers.


From Left to Right: AAAA Coach of the Year: Gil Brooks(SJ Prep), Tom Gilmore (Holy Cross), Vernard "Coach Abe" Abrams

Highlights of the Banquet: With this being the last football season for North Catholic and Cardinal Dougherty closing, a representative from each school gave a brief history of the programs for the last time. For North Catholic, it was a former player from 1950’s and for Cardinal Dougherty it was their last coach, Jim Grugan both gave a pretty cool recollection of the schools’ football history.

Congratulations to the 2010 All-Catholic football players!
Click below for the rest of the Philadelphia All-Catholic Team
http://www.tedsilary.com/FBallcat09.htm