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    Sure I do. I lived there long enough ya' know.

    Let's see it June huh? That means the snowmobiles have been covered and put up for the summer and replaced by some bass boats with OMC outboards and fishing attire has replaced snowmobile suits. Bowling leagues have wrapped up and now the golf clubs have taken a place of honor in car trunks. Oh, and mosquito repellant sales are starting to sky rocket.
     
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    And you are saying this is what keeps beating us ?
     
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    Heavy duty article.
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    June, 11, 2014
    By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com


    With the exception of a few unsigned draft choices, the business of the 2014 NFL offseason is largely complete. Now, then, is a good time to assess where teams are heading into the season, how much flexibility they will have for fall additions/contract extensions and what -- if anything -- might be holding them back.

    The big chart at the bottom of this post, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, is organized by current salary-cap space. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most ($28.5 million) and the Detroit Lions -- who are trying to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a cap-friendly extension -- have the least ($1.1 million).

    The chart also carries two other relevant pieces of information: The amount of dead money each team has absorbed for 2014, and the amount of committed cash as of this week. Dead money is the total amount of cap space devoted to players no longer on the roster; committed cash is the amount of money each team will pay its players this season. The latter is important, in part, because the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) requires each team to spend 89 percent of its cap space in cash over a four-year period.

    The other chart lists the 10 players whose terminated contracts are most impacting their former teams via dead money. In no particular order, let's run through some highlights and other observations of this material: •


    2014 Dead Money Players

    The 10 highest dead money totals for 2014 and the teams affected.

    Matt Schaub HOU $10,500,000
    Stevie Johnson BUF $10,225,000
    DeMarcus Ware DAL $8,571,500
    Julius Peppers CHI $8,366,668
    Jon Beason CAR $8,000,000
    A. Hernandez NE $7,500,000
    Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF $7,000,000
    Jay Ratliff DAL $6,928,000
    T. Richardson CLE $6,670,836
    Levi Brown AZ $6,514,191
    Source: ESPN Stats & Information
    To varying levels of accuracy, dead money can be used to illustrate the efficiency of a team's roster-building plan. A high figure often means important decisions went wrong or that impatience and/or leadership change forced a course correction. The Dallas Cowboys have an NFL-high $23.2 million in dead money in part because they released linebacker DeMarcus Ware ($8.6 million) to get under the 2014 salary cap and parted ways with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff ($6.9 million) because of injuries.
    •The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, are still dealing with their decision to extend quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2011. His contract, terminated in 2013, counts $7 million against their 2014 cap. The decision to trade receiver Stevie Johnson funneled $10.2 million in dead money to this season. The Bills, of course, have shifted to a short-term, win-now mode during an ownership transition, making dead money less of an organizational priority.
    •How expensive was the first round of the 2012 draft for the Cleveland Browns? Their two selections, running back Trent Richardson (traded) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (released), will combine for $10.9 million in dead money this year. Consider it an extreme example of leadership turnover; the Browns are on their third coach and third general manager since that draft.
    •Contract mistakes happen to even the most stable and best-run organizations. Tight end Aaron Hernandez, released last summer after being arrested on murder charges, accounts for $7 million in dead money for the New England Patriots.
    •On the other hand, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik left a mostly clean ledger for the team's new leadership duo of Jason Licht (general manager) and Lovie Smith (coach). The Bucs have an NFL-low $901,763 in dead money, largely due to Dominik's pay-as-you-go approach to significant deals. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, released in March about a year after signing a six-year, $96-million contract, does not count against the Bucs' 2014 cap at all.
    •Many of you might wonder what the Jaguars will do with $28.5 million in cap space at this time of year, or how the Browns could use $25.9 million or the Bengals their $24.6 million. Some of that space could be used for summer or in-season contract extensions; the Bengals' discussions with quarterback Andy Dalton come to mind. If not, each team has the option of pushing all or part of their surplus into 2015, a decision that must be filed by the end of the season. It's technically referred to as "carryover."
    •I would caution against making value judgments on the amount of committed cash. The expenditures of all teams should roughly even out over time, per the CBA, and an individual year's numbers can reflect one or two unique contract structures rather than a philosophy. The Chicago Bears, for instance, are set to pay the NFL's fourth-highest payroll ($150 million), but it's largely because front-loaded new contracts for quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall call for a combined $37.5 million in salary and bonuses this year. In 2015, their compensation lowers to $23.2 million combined.
    •If anything, committed cash can reflect the cost of maintaining deep rosters. The Baltimore Ravens are set to pay out nearly $160 million in cash this year, most in the NFL. Why? Quarterback Joe Flacco's $22.5 million salary plays a part, of course, but so do the lucrative first years of deals signed by tight end Dennis Pitta ($12 million), left tackle Eugene Monroe ($12 million) and linebacker Terrell Suggs ($12 million). The Cowboys, conversely, have the NFL's lowest payroll at the moment ($106 million) after an offseason dominated mostly by subtraction.
    •Why aren't the Jaguars paying a higher payroll after an active offseason? They followed a midrange focus, and none of their seven veteran free-agent signings will receive more than $7.5 million this season. The top three: Offensive lineman Zane Beadles ($7.5 million), defensive lineman Red Bryant ($5.25 million) and defensive end Chris Clemons ($5 million).
    •Historically it's been difficult to find a connection between spending and winning, and that will be especially true as long as teams are required to hit the four-year spending floor. The quickest way to a high payroll is to have an elite/highly paid quarterback, as the Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos can demonstrate. (They have five of the top 10 team payrolls.) But if you believe a team must spend to win this season, keep in mind that the New England Patriots have the sixth-lowest payroll, the Bengals currently have the third-lowest payroll and the Indianapolis Colts are at No. 22.

    2014 NFL Salary Cap Information

    Team ...Cap Space...Dead money...Committed cash

    Jaguars $28,477,802 $10,270,165 $106,925,589
    Browns $25,894,925 $16,955,359 $146,289,905
    Bengals $24,595,254 $2,939,283 $111,111,551
    Jets $22,485,969 $11,053,958 $111,216,927
    Eagles $20,201,083 $9,453,783 $143,038,022
    Titans $19,595,426 $8,074,725 $119,871,068
    Dolphins $16,251,441 $5,909,630 $137,344,580
    Packers $13,958,808 $2,663,213 $134,902,476
    Colts $13,804,691 $1,871,402 $122,140,719
    Buccaneers $13,311,919 $901,763 $129,795,161
    Cardinals $11,532,210 $13,114,078 $131,311,330
    Raiders $10,720,023 $11,933,709 $131,670,248
    Cowboys $10,196,756 $23,199,516 $106,037,627
    Seahawks $9,329,428 $8,475,035 $151,596,368
    Falcons $9,167,571 $8,973,937 $152,682,276
    Texans $8,905,819 $17,898,841 $119,664,447
    Bills $7,913,052 $22,702,604 $140,633,488
    Vikings $7,720,258 $5,243,455 $132,718,482
    Patriots $7,351,320 $10,724,724 $114,884,937
    Giants $6,952,272 $6,058,141 $136,065,925
    Steelers $6,517,314 $10,947,900 $121,605,681
    49ers $6,422,157 $3,518,288 $149,978,160
    Bears $6,302,462 $12,576,989 $150,017,478
    Panthers $6,067,076 $18,974,241 $124,458,233
    Broncos $5,310,416 $5,708,186 $142,507,298
    Rams $5,054,304 $6,331,753 $117,999,328
    Ravens $4,649,136 $6,203,216 $159,973,035
    Chiefs $3,173,106 $3,306,490 $125,863,379
    Redskins $2,551,306 $10,635,233 $145,566,854
    Chargers $2,527,164 $12,546,651 $129,437,660
    Saints $1,940,911 $13,314,461 $129,346,457
    Lions $1,068,918 $4,065,738 $113,185,798
    Source: ESPN Stats & Information
     
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    R.I.P CHUCK KNOLL

    This Coach was what CHICAGO BEARS were supposed to be in the 70's.
     
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    Posted by Mike Wilkening on June 20, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

    American football


    A pro football league slated to start play this fall reportedly aims to eventually become a feeder system for the NFL.

    The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) will have six teams, including clubs in the Boston and New York metropolitan areas, when its six-game season kicks off in October, according to The Associated Press. Players will be paid $1,000 per week, per the AP.

    FXFL commissioner Brian Woods told the AP that the league’s “long-term goal is to establish a partnership with the NFL, and we feel can do that on many platforms.” Woods told the AP that the FXFL can fill a void by grooming young talent that isn’t quite ready for the NFL or is completely off the NFL’s radar.

    According to the AP, the league is slated to play a good number of Wednesday night games. This seems a logical part of the calendar for FXFL to try, with Sunday and Monday belonging to the NFL, Saturday the property of college football and Thursday having NFL and college football action.

    The question then turns to the type of talent the FXFL can attract as it starts play. The Canadian Football League and Arena Football League both have footholds as NFL alternatives. Moreover, though the NFL only has a seven-round draft, hundreds of undrafted free agents are signed by clubs in the spring. Also, with practice squads, the NFL already has an in-house developmental system.
     
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    Interesting but it's been done before and as the article points out being done by the AFL and CFL. But what the hell if they get a TV deal it's more football to watch and there's nothing wrong with that.
     
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    Agreed Soul,

    You never know where the next Kurt Warner is coming from.
     
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    Just rewatched BEARS-STEELERS @ Pittsburgh game from last year ...

    third game into the season.

    WRIGHT returned one for 6.

    PEPPERS returned one for 6.

    WRIGHT forced a fumble recovery.

    MELTON went on IR. D.J. WILLIAMS was still active. So was BRIGGS.

    PEANUT was dominant but with a groin issue.

    JENNINGS intercepted.

    In other words it was DAA BEARRSSE Defense at that point.

    Final score : BEARS 40 (Blocked XP) STEELERS 23

    BEARS DEFENSE scored 23 points.

    Same number as the STEELERS as a whole.

    So when the DEFENSE came apart, it was after that game.
     
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    The oddsmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds on who will win the NFL MVP this season. Here are the odds courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

    2014 NFL MVP – Odds to Win
    Peyton Manning 3/1
    Drew Brees 11/2
    Aaron Rodgers 15/2
    Tom Brady 9/1
    Andrew Luck 16/1
    Jay Cutler 20/1
    Matthew Stafford 20/1
    Colin Kaepernick 25/1
    Cam Newton 25/1
    Russell Wilson 25/1
    Robert Griffin III 25/1
    LeSean McCoy 25/1
    Adrian Peterson 25/1
    Calvin Johnson 25/1
    Matt Ryan 33/1
    Nick Foles 40/1
    Ben Roethlisberger 50/1
    Eli Manning 50/1
    Philip Rivers 50/1
    Tony Romo 50/1
    Marshawn Lynch 50/1
    Demaryius Thomas 66/1
    Matt Forte 66/1
    Jamaal Charles 66/1
    Dez Bryant 66/1
    Brandon Marshall 66/1
    Julio Jones 66/1
    Jimmy Graham 66/1
    Joe Flacco 100/1
    Johnny Manziel 100/1
    Andy Dalton 100/1
    Eddie Lacy 100/1
    Arian Foster 100/1
    Rob Gronkowski 100/1
    Alex Smith 150/1
    Alfred Morris 150/1
    C.J. Spiller 150/1
    Antonio Brown 150/1
    DeMarco Murray 200/1
    Frank Gore 200/1

    Peyton Manning is at the top of the list and there should be no surprise there. Everyone expects the Broncos to have another exceptional year with the moves that they have made in the offseason. If they are able to run through the regular season again, then Peyton will have a solid shot at winning the MVP. The AFC West does have to face the NFC West this season though, so it could be a more difficult run.

    The other quarterbacks at the top of the list all make sense. They are the top quarterbacks in the league: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Andrew Luck. Can’t go wrong in thinking that one of them will win the award.

    One quarterback that is a little surprising is Jay Cutler. Cutler is 20/1 odds to win the MVP, placing him right after Andrew Luck. The people in Vegas must be expecting great things from the Chicago Bears and Jay Cutler.
     
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    2013 RECAP


    The Bears started the regular season by winning their first three games before losing in week four to the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints.

    After winning against the New York Giants, quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury the following week against the Washington Redskins, as the Bears entered the bye week at 4–3.

    With Cutler out, Josh McCown stepped in against the Green Bay Packers in week nine, leading the Bears to victory.

    Cutler returned in the next game against the Lions, but injured his ankle in the loss, and McCown filled in for the next four games; during the four-game span under McCown, the Bears went 2–2, while McCown excelled, throwing thirteen touchdowns and one interception.

    As a result, when Cutler returned in week fourteen against the Cleveland Browns, controversy arose over who should be the starter.

    After winning against Cleveland, the Lions lost the following day, allowing the Bears to clinch the NFC North in week sixteen with Packers and Lions losses grouped with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

    However, the Bears lost 54–11, and in week seventeen against the Packers, the Bears were eliminated from playoff contention with a 33–28 loss.
     

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