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August 2010

Boise State Broncos Are Sublime, but Still Doomed of BCS Dismay

Published on: 31st August, 2010

Boise State Broncos Are Sublime, but Still Doomed of BCS Dismay  | read this item

Its unfortunate college football relies on a fraudulent BCS system to dictate which teams are worthy of playing for the national title. If there weren’t any corrupt computer systems in existence that literally cripple the rectitude of collegiate sports and ruin it for a plethora of major universities, Boise State likely would have been in the national title game last season.

Much buzz is heard on a small campus in a tiny community that represents the state of Idaho. It’s a region that has no professional sports, but has much to embrace this season, at least from the football standpoint. In this age, Boise State’s unbeaten seasons and ideal bids to major bowl games aren’t a mirage when the program is powerful, hungry, and en route to mastering glory on the national stage.

As the underdogs of college football, in a town that prides itself on football, the third-ranked Broncos are capable of dominating. Many of its supporters are optimistic and curious to observe whether or not the largest university in Idaho can assemble another undefeated season and bid for the national title game.

However, here in America, we hate to anoint the unpopular and smaller universities.

But in this situation, we must realize that the Broncos are ferocious, even if the school seems a bit unworthy of contending for a national title invitation. It’s a date many wouldn’t permit since Boise State has a favorable schedule in the WAC Conference, a conference which receives no love.

It would explain why Kellen Moore is ultimately ignored and underestimated by the folks running a treacherous formula to create hysteria. The game is loathed for the way it awards the legitimate winner.

If there is a bigger tease in sports or the most popular sport in the country, it’s because of the negligence that the nation offers to the Broncos. The nation discounts an elite school that is, by far, the most captivating team in the country.

A few years ago, amid an awe-inspiring upstart, the Broncos employed the trickery and capped a breathtaking win in the Fiesta Bowl upset over Oklahoma on a Statue of Liberty two-point conversion.

Remember that?

The truth is, of course, that Boise State is a football-caliber team, the dark horse of college football.

Or is the university really a legitimate threat and belong on the national scene? I’ll be generous and kindhearted in admitting that Boise State has to legitimize themselves, before possibly being crowned the national champs at the end of an unpredictable season.

This perplexingly leaves us caught in a riddle as we restlessly wonder how it all might unfold.

And essentially, the odds are immense. Fans are looking at the glamorous dream that they might end up in a position where they can merit national prominence and represent an insignificant conference that never earns enough splendors.

From an assessable viewpoint, the Broncos are convenient for penciling in and predicting to win the conference. As advertised, it’s a well balanced team that could stun a dubious nation and possess the hardware.

Because it seems logical to believe in a sublime school with heavy expectations, the Broncos are obligated to silence critics for their athleticism, size, and depth that no one evaluates.

But as long as there is a flawed method that determines a team’s fate and doesn’t implement an eight-team playoff system, Boise State will unfortunately be doomed to never appear in a title game. Considered as the third best team in the nation, Boise State is still regarded as a minority, a pariah in the game. In three consecutive seasons, the Broncos have consummated perfection by finishing 12-0 in the regular season, good enough to qualify for a national title. But that isn’t the way an asymmetric theory views it. Boise State has appealed aggressively to diverge the format to an unbiased formula and cease any nepotism.

The BCS mathematically dismisses a program in spite of the prejudiced disposition and deranged computer systems that are very confounding and inaccurate and is referred as the Bowl Chaotic System.

Apart from the insanity in an erratic industry, the Broncos have a remarkable track record. They have won 64 of its last 66 games in the Western Athletic Conference. The season-opener is looming quickly, with 21 of 22 starters returning from a 13-0 team that has a light schedule.

It’s a boon whenever a team is fortunate enough to entertain an unchallenging schedule with an undefeated season on their minds. Still, it’s a scenario that hasn’t served the Broncos well in prior seasons.

The real test comes in a Labor Day showdown against 10th-ranked Virginia Tech in a neutral site. It’s a substantial meeting that could break or make the Broncos. For the time being, the Hokies are probably the team on the schedule equipped to knock off Boise State. Then, we’ll really see how dominant the Wild Horses are.

The other decisive date is Sept. 25 at home against No. 24 Oregon State, a contest Boise State is favored to run away with in a cupcake win. That brings us to a part of the schedule that isn’t nearly as competitive or excruciating. It’s still up in the air whether Boise State’s complete dominance is enough supremacy to bypass mortals of a conference like the Big Ten, Big 12, or Pac-10 where there is massive depth and competitiveness.

The irony here is critics, skeptics, and even people who aren’t football knowledgeable clearly know that Boise State is sitting in a position of uncertainty, despite their ability and talent, which is enough to win every game without putting up a fight.

There’s no doubt it’s a sublime football program.

Besides, the Broncos have a prolific star anchoring the program to perfection. He is a famous star on the campus of Boise State, without any question, and he is the leader of a team seeking a respective bid to the national stage.

Moore is the most endearing quarterback in the state, if not in the conference, and could be a Heisman candidate this season. In fact, this year, Heisman hype is surrounding the left-handed passer.

As a starter, he is a mere 27-1, and suffered the lone loss in a heartbreaking defeat to TCU. But most importantly, he’s very accurate and efficient. As a true freshman, he set an NCAA record and completed 69.4 percent of his passes. Last season alone, he had the best touchdown ratio in the nation and pass attempts.

With all of this, he was sacked just five times. If this is the case, why wasn’t he voted in as a Heisman candidate? Like before, the Broncos are BCS-busters and lethal. They are groomed by coach Chris Petersen, who has installed a credible program and has recruited cleverly in his tenure to bring in some of the top prospects in the country. So, is this the year Boise State finally avoid the torture of BCS dysfunction? Is this the year Boise State isn’t victimized of BCS unfairness?

That’s a good question.

If the Broncos gallop and finish the season unbeaten, it would be fair for them to be in the national championship game.

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Can Christian Ponder Catapult His Name Among the Likes of Weinke and Ward?

Published on: 31st August, 2010

Can Christian Ponder Catapult His Name Among the Likes of Weinke and Ward?  | read this item

The hype surrounding Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder is getting to the point where it is borderline insane and all the way questionable. How can a guy who has had only two winning seasons with no BCS bowl appearances and no clear cut shot at a title game be talked about so much?

It’s easy; it’s all in the numbers.

Before a shoulder injury halted Ponder’s stellar season a year ago forcing him to sit out the last four games, he had already thrown for 2,717 yards with 14 touchdown passes and a QB rating of 147.7. Pretty good numbers for someone that didn’t even finish the season.

To date Ponder has thrown for 4,828 yards and 29 touchdown passes, which still doesn’t even amount to a single season worth of numbers that Houston quarterback Case Keenum is producing.

So what is it exactly about this guy that makes him so special?

One word: leadership.

Florida State has been searching for a quarterback ever since Chris Weinke departed in 2001. Nearly a 10-year drought of disappointing recruits and starters that never reached their full potential. The full list is Chris Rix, Wyatt Sexton, Drew Weatherford, and Xavier Lee. Before he dethroned Weatherford back in 2008, Ponder was virtually a nobody.

Back to the case in point, if Ponder can live up to the hype and give Florida State a successful season that fans and alumni alike can be proud of, who’s to say that he shouldn’t be put into the same sentence as Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke?

Before I jump the gun and stir up plenty of arguments, it’s important to say that Ward and Weinke were both national championship quarterbacks and Heisman trophy winners, but we also have to take a look at the talent that surrounded them.

Ward, for instance, had Warrick Dunn and Sean Jackson at running back along with Kez McCorvey at receiver. He was also blessed with a terrorizing defense led by Derrick Brooks, Derrick Alexander, Ken Alexander, Corey Sawyer, and Todd Rebol.

Weinke on the other hand had Peter Warrick, Travis Minor, Snoop Minnis, and Laveraneus Coles on offense and Brian Allen, Corey Simon, Chris Hope, Tommy Polley, and Jamal Reynolds.

Another key factor that both of these great quarterbacks had was a Bobby Bowden in his prime. Back then Bobby Bowden was unstoppable. Not to downsize him by any means, but the Bowden that Ponder had isn’t exactly the same as the Bowden of old.

If Ponder can have a Heisman-like season and bring the ‘Noles back to a BCS game, should he be considered as one of the great quarterbacks that graced the field at Florida State?

I think so.

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2010 College Football Predictions: Miami Ohio at Florida Preview

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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The No. 4 ranked Florida Gators begin the post-Tim Tebow era Saturday when the Miami Ohio RedHawks come to town. Tebow may go down as the best college football player of all-time, but Florida figures to be alright without him. All you have to do is look at Urban Meyer’s record. The guy is 96-18 as a head coach, including 57-10 at Florida.

College football lines makers expect Florida to dominate Saturday, listing the Gators as a 35-point favorite with the total set at 53.  If Florida is going to cover this spread, it will need a strong performance from new starting quarterback John Brantley.

 

The fourth-year junior has been waiting patiently behind Tebow, and now it’s his time to shine.  Don’t expect Brantley to be as intense as Tebow, and don’t expect him to lower his shoulder into many defenders. But do expect him to be a better passer than his predecessor.

Now that Florida has a pure passer running the spread, it is expected to air it out more this season, just like it did when Chris Leak helped lead the Gators to a national title.

Wide receiver Deonte Thompson should develop into Brantley’s go-to guy. Florida loves the way Thompson can stretch the defense with his speed.

With teams paying respect to Florida’s passing attack, there should be plenty of running room for Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey behind an experienced line.

Defensively, the Gators are expecting big things from safety Will Hill and cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who have both been named to the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award.

Linebacker Jelani Jenkins and defensive end Ronald Powell are two more guys to keep an eye on this fall. Jenkins can flat out fly and Powell was the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country.

While Florida lost a lot of guys to the NFL, it still has a lot of talent coming back. However this talent must prove itself. Playmakers must be identified on both sides of the football.

The biggest area of concern may be at the second cornerback spot. Jeremy Brown and Moses Jenkins must be up to the task as teams look to throw away from Janoris Jenkins.

Miami Ohio is coming off a 1-11 season, and it has been picked by many to bring up the rear in the MAC East again this year.

The RedHawks are giving up a ton in the talent category, so they’ll likely need to force some turnovers in order to keep this one within the number Saturday. To give you some comparisons, Miami Ohio fell to Kentucky 42-0 in last season’s opener. And it fell 48-0 to Boise State the following week.

However, with nearly all the offense back, head coach Mike Haywood doesn’t expect to be as much of a pushover this season.

The offense is led by quarterback Zach Dysert, who had to carry the load while the running game struggled last season. I know coach Haywood wants to get more out of the running attack this year, but that won’t be easy against Florida. In other words, Dysert will likely have to provide the offense Saturday.

The Miami defense is led by middle linebacker Jerrell Wedge. Wedge was an animal last season. He recorded 114 tackles, and 18.5 of them were for loss. I’m excited to see how he will stack up against Florida’s elite athletes.

If you’re looking for help picking winners, then you’ve come to the right place. Jimmy Boyd’s football picks will keep you cashing all season long!

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2010 College Football Predictions: Illinois vs. Missouri Preview

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Missouri Tigers are set to open up their 2010 campaigns this Saturday in St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome.  This matchup has been all Mizzou with the Tigers winning the last five head-to-head meetings, and college football lines makers don’t expect that to change. They have listed the Tigers as an 11-point favorite with the total set at 53.5.

Missouri is coming off an 8-5 season, which included a 37-9 victory over Illinois in last year’s season opener. With quarterback Blaine Gabbert gaining valuable experience last season, the Tigers believe they are ready to challenge for another Big 12 North title.

Gabbert threw for 3,593 yards and 24 touchdowns with nine interceptions in his first season as the starter. Those numbers were good enough to land him on the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watch list.

The Tigers also bring back running back Derrick Washington, who believes he can return to his 2008 form after getting in better shape this offseason.

While Gabbert will miss wide receiver Danario Alexander, I believe Jerrell Jackson, who caught 37 passes for 458 yards last season, will waste no time taking over the No. 1 wide receiver spot.

With four starters returning on the offensive line, Mizzou has a chance to put a lot of points on the board in 2010.

If the Tigers are going to contend for a Big 12 North title, the defensive side of the football must hold up on its end of the bargain.

With nine starters back, Mizzou believes it can make major improvements. The biggest area of concern is its pass defense. The Tigers ranked No. 11 in the Big 12 against the pass last season, giving up 251.5 yards per game through the air.

Illinois is in rebuilding mode following a disappointing 3-9 season, and odds makers don’t expect the Illini to get off to a good start against a team that upset them in blowout fashion last year.

With Juice Williams gone, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is set to take over as the leader of the offense. The program is very excited about this dual-threat signal caller, but he figures to go through some ups and downs in his first season as the starter.

While new offensive coordinator Paul Petrino would prefer to keep the ball on the ground as often as possible, he could find some success through the air against Mizzou.

Wide receivers Jarred Fayson and A.J. Jenkins are both quality targets who have the ability to test Mizzou’s secondary.

Mikel LeShoure, who rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns last season, leads the running attack.

Like Mizzou, Illinois’ defense is going to have to prove itself this season. That could be tougher for Illinois though, as the Illini only return two full-time starters.

The defense does figure to get a boost from the return of middle linebacker Martez Wilson, who missed 11 games with a neck injury in 2009. Coach Ron Zook strongly believes that Wilson’s absence dealt a major blow to the defense last season.

While I expect the Illinois defense to be improved in 2010, we’re talking about a unit that ranked dead last in the Big Ten in total defense last year.

Make sure you check out my expert football picks this Saturday to see which teams I am taking to the bank!

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Florida State vs. Samford Preview

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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This Saturday marks the first official Saturday of the 2010 college football season. It marks a new day at the field and a new night under the lights, but most importantly, it means one thing: A clean slate.

Every team is undefeated and looking to start off strong. After coming off of a disappointing 7-6 season, Florida State may perhaps be the team that has looked forward to redemption the most.

The Seminoles start the season off with a should-be-easy opponent in Samford University. The Bulldogs are a FCS school that just so happens to be the place where new Head Coach Jimbo Fisher played quarterback at years ago.

Florida State won’t have to worry about any Ryan Perrilouxs on this squad, such as last year’s opponent Jacksonville State, but Samford isn’t a team to look past either. The most important thing Florida State can do is go out and prove they are worth watching out for.

Now that may not happen against a FCS school, but it will certainly help to prep them for next week’s contest against Oklahoma. Given the fact that this is a new defense with a new defensive scheme, a start-up game is exactly what is in order.

Florida State will be able to display their new defensive scheme and will be able to see early results on whether or not the switch will make the difference. It will take more than one game to determine this, of course, but the nation will be able to see if they have improved their weakest link yet.

The matchup also gives FSU a chance to fill in the holes left by Jarmon Forston, Nigel Carr, and Moses McCray. While there are plenty of wide receivers to go around at FSU, filling the void left by Carr and McCray will be a tough task.

This weekend also marks the start of what hopes to be a successful season for Heisman hopeful, Christian Ponder. Ponder, who is coming off of offseason shoulder surgery, will get a chance to prove that he is healthy and better than before.

This marks the beginning of the Jimbo Fisher Era even though former head coach and legend Bobby Bowden will be on the minds and hearts of thousands of Seminole fans across the country.

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Ohio State’s “Marshall Plan” Is to Corral the Herd

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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Game 1

Marshall Thundering Herd

 

Location

Ohio Stadium (Columbus, OH), 7:30pm EST, Big Ten Network

 

Head Coach

Doc Holliday

 

Marshall Players Who Were Recruited by Ohio State

N/A. Marshall LB George Carpenter is the younger brother of former Ohio State LB Bobby Carpenter, but was not offered a scholarship by Ohio State.

When Marshall Is on Offense VS Ohio State’s Defense

Talk about a plunge into the unknown. Marshall hired Doc Holliday last winter, but it is truly anyone’s guess as to what kind of offense Marshall will unveil against Ohio State in the season opener. Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel has even made public statements that the Ohio State defense needs to be prepared for just about anything.

Based purely on speculation, I believe Marshall will use a spread offense, as Holliday is a former assistant to Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer. I look for Marshall to try to attack Ohio State through a short passing game, to try and control the clock, and minimize mistakes.

Edge: Ohio State. Even though Ohio State’s secondary is arguably the weakest part of its overall defense, the strongest and possibly deepest area on its defense is the defensive line. Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward will be someone to keep an eye on throughout this contest.

When Ohio State Is on Offense VS Marshall’s Defense

Ohio State returns numerous starters from last year’s Big Ten Championship team, and QB Terrelle Pryor supposedly has had a very strong fall camp, building upon his stellar performance in the Rose Bowl. All Ohio State fans are anxious to see if this is the year that Ohio State finally throws to the TE, with the emergence of converted WR Jake Stoneburner at the position. Look for backup quarterback Joe Bauserman to get some early playing time, as Jim Tressel likes to insert his backup quarterback when the game is in doubt.

Key defenders from Marshall to be aware of are LB Mario Harvey and DE Vinny Curry. I will especially pay attention to the matchup between Curry and Ohio State OLT Mike Adams. Harvey has excellent speed, and has been called the leader of Marshall’s team by Doc Holliday.

Edge: Ohio State. Even though Ohio State traditionally starts out slowly offensively, I believe Ohio State will be able to keep Marshall off balance through both the pass and the run. Look for RB Brandon Saine as a viable receiving option out of the backfield.

Intangibles

Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1978, and this is a night game in Ohio Stadium, meaning the fans will be well-revved up after a day of tailgating. Throw in the fact that this is Marshall’s first game under new Head Coach Doc Holliday, and I like Ohio State big here in this department.

Edge: Ohio State

Prediction

Ohio State is a preseason favorite to contend for the National Championship. Opening up on a Thursday night, while sacrilegious to most Ohio State fans, will provide fans across the country an opportunity to see how good Ohio State truly is as a contender.

I am sure everyone will be reminded of how close the 2004 contest between Ohio State and Marshall was during the various pregame shows. I look for Ohio State to start out slowly, but the crowd and Ohio State’s superior team speed and athleticism will be the difference in this one by the beginning of the fourth quarter.

I am going Ohio State 35, Marshall 10.

 

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USC Football 2010: How To Keep Enthusiasm Without the Polls or Postseason

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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So by now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that USC is not going to be in the polls for a couple of years and we aren’t going to be able to play in the postseason. Reggie got caught. Oops.

Now, I have no intention of rehashing all of my arguments for why the punishment was unfair. Instead, I simply want to help you know that there are reasons to stay excited and to follow USC football in the coming years.

First, most of our players are currently held over from the Pete Carroll era, which successfully produced as many, if not more, NFL stars than any era for a college football team in history. The personnel is, at least right now, extremely good. And the program is going to be good because of the personnel.

It is entirely conceivable that USC could win the Pac-10 this year. Or even next year. So the idea that we are banned from all accomplishment is entirely fictitious.

Also those young players are going to head on to fantastic NFL careers, many to be stars, and you don’t want to miss their development.

This season will also give you the opportunity to see a younger, revitalized offensive coaching style from Lane Kiffin. Yes, he is a Pete Carroll disciple, but Kiffin will undoubtedly lead the offense in his own way.

Which if you’re concerned, will likely look a lot like the old, extremely successful USC way.

The defense is also going to see a revitalization. Under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, who many consider the greatest defensive coach in the history of the game, USC’s unique talent pool will be used to a maximum efficiency. These guys could be as good if not better than anything we saw under Pete Carroll.

While that might not matter to casual viewers, it certainly is huge to fans.

There is also the argument that college football has the single most important regular season in all of sports because of a broken postseason system. This year, USC can prove everything we need to in all of the games we play. We are just guaranteed to be a part of the entire rest of the pack who will end the season without a BCS title.

Though frankly, with as bogus as the BCS era has been, that could be a good thing.

Ultimately, life is too short to skip out on enjoying USC football. Come game time, that should be your primary reason to follow along, and game time is now only two days away.

Beat Hawaii!

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Arizona Cardinals’ Matt Leinart on the Trading Block: A Look at All 31 NFL Teams

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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With the news being broken (thank you, Jay Glazer), that Arizona Cardinals quarterback has been demoted and is now on the trading block, there’s just one thing left to do.

Look at all of the potential options.

This isn’t Michael Vick, Brett Favre, or Donovan McNabb. To a certain degree, it’s not even Chad Pennington or Jim Sorgi.

However, Matt Leinart is a former Heisman Trophy winner, BCS title game winner, and first-round pick. He was supposed to be the future of the Arizona Cardinals, and a star by this point in his career.

Instead, Leinart watched Kurt Warner tear up the league for the past three seasons, and at 27, could be staring at a career as a backup.

What his future holds is one thing, but even the most casual observers have to realize that he still holds some value.

Here’s a look at all 31 teams in the NFL (obviously excluding Arizona), and why or why not they could, should, or will not take a long look at Leinart via trade or free agency:

 

1. Miami Dolphins

They have Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, and Tyler Thigpen. They might be stacked with mid-level talent (possibly excluding Henne), but consider them stacked nonetheless. They have no use for Leinart.

Verdict: No chance.

 

2. New York Jets

Mark Brunell is their top backup and Kellen Clemens appears likely to make the team. You’d have to think they’d at least look at the kid as a solid backup to Mark Sanchez, considering their current options are a 38-year-old scrambling quarterback who can no longer scramble, and another guy who can’t complete passes.

Verdict: Maybe, if Leinart is okay with being a backup.

 

3. New England Patriots

Tom Brady is still the man, but he has that contract issue, and the Patriots don’t really have much of a plan beyond him. Leinart could be the new plan, and he could be had for cheap.

Verdict: Brady will get a long-term deal eventually, and the Patriots would prefer to upgrade from within (or via the draft). It’s not impossible, but unlikely.

 

4. Buffalo Bills

Chan Gailey prefers athletic quarterbacks, but many would have to consider Leinart an upgrade over most of the quarterbacks in Buffalo, and while he’s been underwhelming, he might be a better option than Trent Edwards.

Verdict: They’d have to be players if Leinart is released.

 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is still their guy, and they have enough depth at quarterback to get by. Besides, they’d just be adding another possible distraction, and they won’t allow that.

Verdict: Not happening.

 

6. Cleveland Browns

With the recent preseason episode of Eric Mangini barking at Colt McCoy, perhaps he’s not the future in Cleveland. I don’t think he gets released, but if Leinart is there for the taking, perhaps the Browns could view him as their future.

 

7. Cincinnati Bengals

Carson Palmer is looking better already than last season, and the Bengals haven’t expressed any concern with the position.

Verdict: Palmer is still the franchise guy, so this would be an unnecessary move.

 

8. Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco is the man, and Baltimore has Marc Bulger and Troy Smith to work with behind him.

Verdict: They don’t need him.

 

9. Indianapolis Colts

Hey, Colts fans, what happens if Peyton Manning goes down in 2010? The answer would be either Curtis Painter leads Indy to four wins or Jeff George finally gets one final chance at the NFL.

Verdict: He’d be a solid backup, so they could be players.

 

10. Tennessee Titans

Vince Young may not be the answer, and after him it’s just a 37-year-old Kerry Collins and Chris Simms.

Verdict: They reportedly liked him before they went with VY, and if VY doesn’t pan out, he’d be a decent alternative.

 

11. Houston Texans

Matt Schaub has the job locked down for years to come, and Dan Orlovsky is a capable backup.

Verdict: No way.

 

12. Jacksonville Jaguars

David Garrard is inconsistent and backup Luke McCown is erratic. In other words, this coaching staff would probably see a lot they know and are familiar with in Leinart.

Verdict: They wouldn’t be straying from the norm, and they don’t really have a long-term answer at QB.

 

13. San Diego Chargers

Phillip Rivers is their top dog, and Billy Volek is one of the more reliable backups in the league.

Verdict: Not a chance.

 

14. Kansas City Chiefs

They have a lot of money invested in Cassel, but what happens if he bombs again in 2010? Todd Haley might still see something he likes in Leinart.

Verdict: With no clear backup plan behind Cassel, Leinart could be brought in for depth and future competition.

 

15. Oakland Raiders

Oakland doesn’t have an elite quarterback, but they’ve pulled the trigger on a trade already. If Jason Campbell doesn’t work, they still feel good about Bruce Gradkowski.

Verdict: They’d consider it, because they’re the Raiders, but ultimately it’s a no.

 

16. Denver Broncos

Kyle Orton is solid, and the Broncos have all the projects they can handle in Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow.

Verdict: No room for another project.

 

17. New York Giants

Eli Manning is a gamer, but with Jim Sorgi now on IR, what happens if he goes down?

Verdict: It’s a possibility if Leinart can suck it up and remain a backup.

 

18. Philadelphia Eagles

Kevin Kolb is the future, Michael Vick is the solid backup, and Mike Kafka is the solid third-string guy no one is talking about.

Verdict: Philly has all the confidence in the world in its quarterbacks, so no.

 

19. Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo stays healthy and gets it done, and he’s too young to seriously look toward the future just yet. Jon Kitna won’t blow you away, but his presence makes adding Leinart silly.

Verdict: Dallas would probably rather continue to develop Stephen McGee than take a chance on Leinart.

 

20. Washington Redskins

Mike Shanahan knows quarterbacks, and he also knows that Donovan McNabb is only signed for one year. He’ll consider it.

Verdict: Shanny would prefer to pick his own guy, but he’ll try Leinart out if he can get him for cheap.

 

21. Detroit Lions

The Lions don’t have much depth behind Matthew Stafford, and he did miss five games in his rookie season.

Verdict: They’ll take a look for depth and to add a veteran backup.

 

22. Green Bay Packers

Matt Flynn is the top guy if Aaron Rodgers goes down, and Green Bay foolishly seems to be okay with that.

Verdict: Ted Thompson doesn’t do free agency.

 

23. Chicago Bears

Caleb Hanie has a bum shoulder and Dan LeFeavour hasn’t impressed. Leinart would give Chicago a solid backup if Jay Cutler struggles immensely or goes down due to injury.

Verdict: It’d make sense, but it isn’t likely to happen.

 

24. Minnesota Vikings

Is Tarvaris Jackson really the future in Minnesota? Sending Sage Rosenfels or T-Jax to Arizona for Leinart as a potential Favre successor doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

Verdict: Favre insurance makes sense.

 

25. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan is a rising star, and Atlanta continues to have confidence in veteran Chris Redman.

Verdict: They’re more worried about receivers at the moment.

 

26. New Orleans Saints

Patrick Ramsey is their top backup and they worked out Greg Paulus this summer. In other words, anything can happen.

Verdict: Leinart would suddenly look pretty darn good if he was in that Saints offense. Sean Payton is too smart to dismiss it without taking a good, hard look.

 

27. Carolina Panthers

Matt Moore is still fairly unproven, but Jimmy Clausen is the future, not Matt Leinart.

Verdict: No need to make a move here.

 

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman starts the season with an injury, so Tampa Bay should think again about their backup plan. Are they really just rolling with Josh Johnson back there, again?

Verdict: Leinart holding a clipboard could make Raheem Morris a little more comfortable. It’s possible.

 

29. San Francisco 49ers

Alex Smith may or may not be the future. But if he isn’t, that’s the reason they brought on David Carr. The 49ers are trying to win games, not have three former first-round busts in quarterback meetings.

Verdict: It’s an unnecessary move, so Mike Singletary won’t waste his time with it.

 

30. St. Louis Rams

They might be worried about their depth there, but they won’t bring on a guy with an attitude issue, as it could mess with Sam Bradford‘s development.

Verdict: The Rams don’t need Bradford learning from Leinart.

 

31. Seattle Seahawks

Probably the destination everyone (including Leinart) is dreaming about, a reunion between Leinart and former USC head coach Pete Carroll. This is probably one of the more likely landing spots.

Verdict: The consensus early pick, as Seattle still isn’t sold on Charlie Whitehurst.

Leinart isn’t likely to start or have fantasy value in 2010, but we still find the situation interesting. We find it especially interesting that this has even become a situation, as we can’t fathom how anyone could be 100 percent certain that Derek Anderson is the guy they want to tie to the success of their football team.

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Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski: Are They in Good Hands?

Published on: 31st August, 2010

Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski: Are They in Good Hands?  | read this item

Last year, the Oakland Raiders had four different quarterbacks take a snap in a regular season game.  One reason was poor play, the other three were from injuries.  Our quarterbacks were called “injury-prone” by critics, but maybe something else was at fault here.

A new quarterback is in Oakland, Jason Campbell.  When the Raiders hosted the 49ers in Week 3 of the preseason, Campbell was knocked out of the game after being hit and laying motionless on the ground for five minutes.

The real reason Oakland has a revolving door at quarterback is the offensive line.  Anybody can tell you that the offensive line is too inconsistent for the Raiders to make a splash in the playoffs without luck.

Campbell was on the sidelines after being carted off the field, but the sight of him down on the ground could be a sign of things to come.  This offensive line let two quarterbacks get hurt in a three-week span late last year, and it looks like they picked up where they left off.

Fortunately, Bruce Gradkowski reminded the doubters that he has the potential to lead the team when he came in and threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.  If the line is still a wreck, Gradkowski will have to keep it up.

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New England Patriots’ Leigh Bodden Put on Injured Reserve with Shoulder Injury

Published on: 31st August, 2010

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They’re dropping like flies in New England.

First it was Nick Kaczur with a bad back, then Ty Warren’s hip flared up, and now according to NFL.com, the New England Patriots have placed Leigh Bodden on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The Patriots defense is running thin, and the regular season hasn’t even started yet.

This certainly makes things interesting at the cornerback spot, as Rutgers first-round pick Devin McCourty will be asked to step in as a starter in his first year. Darius Butler, who saw time in the nickel spot, will probably be the starter on the other side of the field.

Bodden wasn’t a big-time stats guy, only grabbing five or more interceptions twice in his seven-year career, and only doing so last year thanks to one of the worst games of Mark Sanchez‘s rookie year. Bodden‘s sound fundamentals and physical style of play were perfect for the Patriots defense, though.

Worse yet, what was once a hallmark for the Patriots defense, its veteran leadership and stability, has quickly become a question mark headed into the 2010 season.

Can McCourty and Butler hold their own as the No. 1 and 2 cornerbacks in the Patriots defense? It could be especially more difficult if the Patriots can’t find a way to put consistent pressure on the quarterback.

The Patriots have been whittling down their roster to the mandatory 75, and eventually 53, but losing a starter can never be seen as a good thing, even in that regard.

Many pundits questioned the move, but with little else for talented depth at cornerback, drafting Devin McCourty just became a great move for the New England Patriots.

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