An eventful offseason in Washington

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Look, it’s been a long quarantine for everyone.  I mean, I haven’t gotten my hair done since January.  Yes…January.  It’s not pretty y’all.

But it’s been even longer for the new Washington Football Team.

Let’s start with the much-needed name change. If there is one thing in life we all know well, it’s that money talks. After years of back and forth about the name of the team, Fed Ex put Dan Snyder’s team on notice, and good for them. Change your name or lose our money. The name was offensive, and regardless of how you feel, the name was a slur. It needed to change.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Paul Tagliabue

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the first commissioner that I remember. The name just stuck out to me.

After being a nominee for the Hall of Fame in multiple years, Commissioner Tagliabue was voted in as a contributor.

A former DC attorney, Tagliabue is the commissioner who took the NFL from being just another sports league to THE premiere sports league. Under his administration, the NFL signed the biggest television contract in history, expanded to 32 teams, adding the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, and also introduced the NFL to Europe. The NFL started the World League of American Football which later became NFL Europe.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Bill Cowher

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

I have the great honor of profiling former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

You know, to me, the Steelers have always been that overall very consistent team. Year in and year out, you can always expect them to be in the mix. They’ve had some drama over the years, but have always been able to weather the storm and right the ship.

A lot of that is due to the consistency they’ve had at the head coach position, which we all know. They’ve only had 3 head coaches since 1969.

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And we’re back to football…

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The news broke yesterday afternoon. After weeks of going back and forth, the players having a social media campaign, and hours and hours of negotiations, Ian Rapoport gave us the news we’ve all been waiting for.

However, I think this tweet sums it up best:

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Alex Karras

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Much like a lot of kids in the 80s, I watched Webster. My friends used to always say when I laughed, I sounded like him.  I loved it, and I was so taken aback when I found out that Webster was really older than the kid he played on TV.  It made me want a house with an elevator, and the episode when he burned the house down will stick with me forever.

Then, my parents made the mistake of introducing me to Blazing Saddles (great movie) and they told me that Mongo was Mr. Papadopoulos.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Harold Carmichael

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s Hall of Fame season, and unfortunately, there won’t be an enshrinement.  But that’s not stopping us from recognizing the newest inductees into the ProFootball Hall of Fame.

I have the honor of recognizing wide receiver Harold Carmichael.

Carmichael played 14 seasons, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one for their division rival Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the 7th round of the draft in 1971 out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Three random football thoughts: Minority hiring, Dak, and football during a pandemic.

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Its the offseason, we’re all in various stages of quarantine, and everything is Zoomed.

It’s sort of hard to come up with some good things to write, outside of fantasy projections, roster projections, etc. And so this time, I figured why just write about one specific topic when I have some thoughts on a few topics. Sort of a hodge-podge, if you will.

I would do all three in separate articles, but I feel that sometimes short and sweet is better.  If you want me to get more in-depth, I’d be more than happy to, just reach out on Twitter!

(P.S. These are my thoughts, not necessarily the ones of my ladies here at OurTurf Football)

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A flashy draft, or a functional draft? Which proves more useful?

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By John Errico // @MikeZimmersEars

(Editors note: A few times a year we have guest contributors add to our website. Please enjoy.) 

There have been many debates over the years. Waffles or pancakes? Chocolate or peanut butter? Tastes great or less filling? Allow me to add one more related to the NFL draft: Best available or fill needs?

I decided to dig into which strategy works better by researching ten years of drafts from 2009 through 2019. I chose the best team in each NFL division based on the overall record from that same period. I first looked at statistics for each season for these eight teams.

Items such as points scored and allowed, offensive and defensive rankings in each season, sacks allowed and recorded, and depth issues formed the baseline for what I saw as team needs for each draft. Any player chosen that would help improve the team in any of these areas was seen as a need pick, not a best available. Here are the teams and my analysis:

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What does 2020 have in store for the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The 2020 schedule was released last night, and right on time.

In the midst of all that’s going on in the world, it at least gives us some semblance of normalcy.  Even if we’re still unsure what the NFL will look like come fall.

But let’s look at what 2020 could mean for the teams in the NFC East.  Aside from teams in their division, the NFC East will face the AFC North and the NFC West.

So, some pretty tough competition in and out of their division.

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Did the draft make the NFC North better?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s a week after the draft, and we’ve all had time to look at who teams took, and if they made the right choice or not, and I’m wondering if the NFC North got stronger or not.

As of now, I don’t think the division did.  If anything, there are more questions than answers right now.  And the way things are going, who knows if we’re going to get answers to those questions.

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