It was quite a busy week for the NFL with quite a few noteworthy transactions that could impact fantasy football.
2 Guys discuss the recent trade of Kellen Winslow Jr to Seattle and how it will impact his fantasy status for 2012.
2 Guys also look at Dallas Clark, who replaces Winslow in Tampa and discuss if he has any gas left in the tank.
Ryan Broyles was also discussed as a potential fantasy sleeper as well as New Orleans rookie wideout Nick Toon.
Lastly 2 Guys discuss fantasy sleepers and why over drafting them can kill your season.
The NFL does a great job of building up a buzz around all 32 NFL teams. In fact the NFL does an even better job of building up so called truths around the game that the average fan takes as gospel. Ironically, some of these things couldn’t be further from the truth. Today we shed light on those lies.
- Halftime adjustments are critical.
- Halftime adjustments are important. Just not nearly as important as the TV analysts want you to think. What really happens at halftime during an NFL game? Well for starters NFL halftime is only 12 minutes (save the Super Bowl) so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to change up the offensive or defensive scheme.
What people fail to realize is the majority of adjustments in the NFL are incremental and take place after each series when the players head to the sidelines look at pictures of the formations being thrown at them and talk to their coaches. So the next time you hear an analyst spouting off about halftime adjustments remember it’s more likely that players and coaches are emptying their bladders than filling up chalkboards with strategies.
- Playing a first place schedule is tough.
- Is it really? Since the league added the Houston Texans in 2002 and expanded to 32 teams the majority of most teams schedules are quite similar. Don’t think so? Check out this fun fact: Every team in each division plays the same schedule save for two games. Here’s the breakdown: 6 division games, 4 games against a division in conference, 4 games against a division out of conference, and 2 games against teams in conference who finished with the same record the previous year.
So in essence the first place schedule comes down to two games that are played against first place teams from two other divisions in conference who finished with a 1st place record the previous year. The reality is no one knows who has a hard schedule until the season unfolds. Teams that were great last year could drop off and teams that were bottom feeders can rise up. It’s called parity and in a league so rife with parity the idea of a 1st place schedule being heralded is almost comical.
- Good teams playing angry after a loss.
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- I hear this cliched adage all the time. Some announcer talks about a good team who lost a game and how they will wreak havoc on next weeks opponent due to the anger suffered over the previous week’s loss. Really? Seriously, unless the descendants of Bruce Banner are strapping up the next week being angry doesn’t do a whole lot for being more productive.
But you know what does work? Focus. I guess it doesn’t sound manly to think that 300 lb men in the wake of a loss would likely spend more time watching film and working on their techniques rather than throwing around massive amounts of weight and making grunting sounds like the feral creatures we make them out to be. I admit playing angry sounds good but it doesn’t hold water when you examine that peak athletic performance comes from focus, precision, and execution and not Gamma Radiation.
It’s the middle of the off season in the NFL but there’s always something to talk about.
This week 2 Guys breakdown the contract situations of Wes Welker and Mike Wallace and which player should be higher on your draft board for the upcoming season.
2 Guys also talk about Reggie Bush’s chances of winning a rushing title and whether or not he will be a solid fantasy contributor in 2012.
Lastly, 2 Guys look at half a dozen teams that could surprise next season and examine both their playoff prospects and their players fantasy potential.
Warner is wary of his kids stepping onto the football field.
It’s been a wild off season so far. Bounties, lawsuits, and suicides have made us look at the game we love so dearly in a different light. The talk of concussions and/or head related injuries changing the game is already the elephant in the room when it comes to player safety. However, there are a lot more reasons more why the NFL will be different in the next decade and head injuries is just a small part of that. Let’s talk about four major reasons why the NFL will never be the same.
- The curtain has been peeled back.
- The whole bounty scandal playing out in public view certainly raised more than a few eyebrows from the average fan. For years people have been able to enjoy the game and not really think about the violent nature of what really goes on except for a few hours on Sundays and Mondays. I believe the aftermath of the bounty scandal will have a far reaching affect that will change the way this and future generations look at the game. Sure, the game will still be popular among hardcore fans but casual fans will start to take a closer look at the barbaric nature of the game and parents of children in youth football might just be a little more cautious about letting their children become involved in the violent culture that is permeated in football locker rooms. This isn’t going affect drastically the NFL’s popularity in the next year or two but it could lead to a long term ripple affect that affects future generations of fans and players.
- Current and Former Players are Talking.
- Certainly, Kurt Warner has made headlines by saying he is not in favor of his kids playing football. He has been criticized by several former and current NFL players, but the point remains that this is new ground. The NFL is full of men who have been broken both in body and mind and many have suffered silently accepting their fate as part of the cost of playing such a violent, brutal sport. I think Warner’s honesty speaks volumes because I don’t believe he is the only former or current player who recognizes that while there can be great success attained from the game the cost of what might be lost might not be the worth the potential glory.
- Players are treating themselves like corporations.
- Jacob Bell, 31, formerly of the St. Louis Rams retired recently. The former offensive tackle’s reasoning was simple. He had made enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle, he is healthy, and more importantly football is just a means to an end. He now wants to educate current and future players on the health risks of playing in the NFL. You always hear the average person talk of how they would play for free and how much they love the game. I believe today’s players love the game but they know that their time is finite and once they have achieved a level of financial stability there is no need to keep playing. Now I am not suggesting that guys are going to start retiring early because they have become wealthy but I am suggesting that some players who attain enough wealth to live a comfortable life style would rather retire with their bodies and minds in tact rather than chase championship rings.
- The NFL has peaked.
It might be a long way down but consider for a moment that the NFL has peaked in popularity. The NFL is coming off a season that was almost lost by a labor stoppage only to be consumed at a frenzied rate that included a whirlwind free agent signing period, a near perfect season, phenom rookie quarterbacks, and another improbable championship run by an underdog team. Attendance, merchandise, and television ratings were at all time highs last season. But nothing lasts forever. With the true violent nature of game being exposed, the lawsuits pending, and young men dying prematurely, the NFL is slowly beginning to lose its foothold on the American public. Might sound crazy, but no one would have predicted the fall of the Roman Empire either.
This week 2 Guys look at Robert Griffin III’s fantasy potential and what to expect from him as he heads into the season as the Redskins starter.
2 Guys also look at what other rookie QBs will make an impact and whether or not Cam Newton will continue to put up huge numbers in his sophomore campaign.
Lastly, 2 Guys speculate on why the NFL will never be the same after an off season that has exposed the true violent nature of the sport to the general public.
The NFL’s busy off season continued with a number of note worthy events this week.
2 Guys pay their respects to Junior Seau and talk about what contributions he made to game and how he will be missed.
2 Guys also look at the impact Jonathan Vilma’s suspension and Terrrell Sugg’s injury will have on their respective teams.
Lastly, 2 Guys look at what rookies will impact fantasy football the most this upcoming season.