Sweet Sixteen: Football Movies!

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor NFC West / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

By now I’m sure we are all dying for some sports action.

The NBA season is “on hold,” the MLB should have had opening games this week but they are also “on hold.”

And the most devastating vacancy for most of us in our sports life: No NCAA Basketball Tournament! Where is my MARCH MADNESS?!?!?

Well, in an effort to give you a bit of “Tourny Action,” I’ve created my Sweet Sixteen of Football Movies!

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Don’t worry Pats fans. I’m here for you!

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

Thanks to my pal Murph, my kids have been indoctrinated into Patriot Nation. Well… at least two of them. The third is just trying to get on to UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team.

But as we know, their quarterback Tom Brady moved on to warmer pastures and is taking his talents to Tampa Bay.  And with all that’s going on, Patriot Fan, I’m here for you.  In a socially distant type of way, of course.

See… while most NFL fans (especially the AFC East peeps) are doing happy dances and the like, I was starting to feel bad for you.  We all knew that the end would come at some point, but wasn’t expecting it right now.

Then it hit me this morning that the winner of the NFC will theoretically have to get through Brady.  If (hopefully) he’ll be able to reproduce a single season in Tampa like the ones he had in New England, look out.

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A change of colors for two veterans quarterbacks

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

As we begin the 2020 NFL season, a few questions have been answered in regards to several top quarterback spots that were up for grabs.

The first one being that of New England’s future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. For the first time in his entire NFL career, Brady was about to be a free agent. But as we all knew, that didn’t last too long.

AFC East fans rejoiced because Brady, as expected, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians left no question that Tampa Bay would be a top contender in signing the six-time Super Bowl winner. This ended his two-decade stay with the Patriots.

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Fighting for just one chance: Meet Jarvis “Tank” Courtney

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC North/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Canceled combines. Delayed or canceled Pro Days. XFL and indoor football seasons gone or pushed back.

While football fans are reveling in the fact that free agency and trades for current NFL players are still happening (despite the situation our nation is in), we can’t forget about those players whose lives have been put on hold.

One of these players is Jarvis Courtney, or as most know him as, Tank. Tank is an indoor arena player who was hoping to catch the eye of the NFL this season. A man that has been fighting his whole life for his dream.

A dream he promised his grandmother he would never give up on.

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NFL Trades and Free Agency… Let the games begin

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC North/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s time. It’s the time when every team has a perfect record. It’s time for teams to trade for “that guy” who will be exactly what they need for their team. It’s time for free agents to get their money and run with it. Happy NFL New Year!

With the craziness that the world is going through right now while we deal with COVID -19 and all that comes with it, it is so nice to get a break and have my Twitter timeline full of football news.

As a sports reporter, I am SO DAMN HAPPY to have something to write about. I feel for my peers who cover MLS, MLB, NHL, XFL, golf, NCAA, etc, as I know it is a news desert out there right now. But for us covering the NFL, it is one of the best times of the year. Let the games begin!

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The price is right: salaries for NFL players

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

No… I’m not talking about my favorite show to watch on breaks from school when I was a kid.

I think I just have one thing to say at this time: You want to be paid what you’re worth, correct?  I thought so.

I feel like we need to have this conversation about how much NFL players make every off season.  And obviously, I’m not going to change too many people’s minds, but I just have to say this.  It’ll make me feel better.  So, please allow me to indulge selfishly for a few minutes here.

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NFL Combine: Top Offensive Skill Position Players and Results

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor NFC West / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Another NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone leaving fans hungry for the Draft in April! Do these results actually affect when a player is drafted? You betcha!

But how much of an impact do they have? Frankly, it’s hard to tell. History tells us that bad results have a larger effect than any surprisingly good results. Teams largely rely on tape of a player’s actual activity in games to do the largest portion of their rankings.

However, we also know that seeing these guys perform standardized tests under pressure and intense scrutiny tells teams a lot about their character which can also factor into their decisions on Draft Day.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some top performers on the offensive side of the ball…

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Does it “Hurt” to see Jalen as a Quarterback? The plight of Black College QB’s.

Alex Fleming

Editors Note: This week we are sharing an article from guest writer Alex Fleming // @AlxFlmng. He is a writer/reporter who resides in Orlando, Florida. Self employed, he created a radio show for Fantasy Football and to follow his dreams of connecting and working in the NFL.

It’s not his fault that he has athleticism. It’s not his fault that he has a 33 inch vertical. It’s not a sin to be fast on your feet in your profession. Though its understandable to wonder what one could truly do if they could broad jump 10 – 1/2 feet. At 6’1, 222 pounds, Jalen Hurts fits this mold.

At the 2020 NFL Combine, Hurts ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash. Arguably one of the fastest quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, he is also the most experienced. His freshmen year, he lost on the final play of the game to Deshaun Watson and Clemson. The next year, Kirby Smart and Georgia had a schemed game plan against him; considering that Kirby Smart was the former Defensive Coordinator of the Crimson Tide before accepting the head coaching position for Georgia.

But this story isn’t about analyzing Hurts’ draft stock (but I will). This is the continuing saga of Black quarterbacks and their skill set, being second-guessed, and minimized to fit the need at a position with less longevity. “Maybe running back suits you better Mr. Jackson.”   “Have you ever thought of being a wide receiver or tight end Mr. Newton?”  “Maybe you can come off of the bench and provide a spark, Mr. Wilson?”  Or, the best one yet, a rookie quarterback with major upside being compared to a gadget player such as Taysom Hill.

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Chicago Bears: Determined to get it right

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

If you are a Chicago Bears fan, the past decade has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. When the Bears lost the conference game in 2010 against the Green Bay Packers, it was heartbreaking. Two years later, head coach Lovie Smith was gone and the nightmare of head coaches losing regard plagued this team. 

But when head coach Matt Nagy came in, flashy exciting plays and giving the team a 12-4 record in 2018 it was the breath of fresh air fans needed. The problem is that when you give Bears Fans that kind of high then crash and burn the following season, it makes this fandom exhibit dual personalities like no other.

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Quarterback options, Miami Dolphins style

Lisa
Lisa Johnson,
NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The 2020 NFL combine is in full swing, and the Miami Dolphins enter this year’s draft with 3 first-round picks. Yes, I said 3. They will select picks 5, 18, and 26.

As Dolphins brass descended upon Indianapolis, the rumors have already begun to swirl. Dolphins GM Chris Grier has been linked to having several conversations with other GMs around the league about possible trades. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Grier mentioned continuing the process of rebuilding. And let’s be honest, we all know what that means. The Miami Dolphins need a franchise quarterback.

Let’s take a second and discuss the following quarterback options. I’ll start first with the 4 most popular names among Dolphins fans. I’m not going to add Joe Burrows to the list. Unless something catastrophic happens, I have the Bengals selecting him.

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