Monthly Archives: January 2012

Should Jets jettison Mark Sanchez?

For National Football Authority, we break down the state of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Should the Jets simply jettison Mark Sanchez and start over? Or is it possible to rebuild the Sanchize? Click here to read our analysis and find out what the Jets should do

Mark Sanchez in his New York Jets uniform.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Image via Wikipedia

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Will Buccaneers keep CBs Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib?

For National Football Authority, we look at the sea change that could be coming for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at cornerback. We look at the reasons that the Bucs have to let both Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib go, and try to predict what will happen in each situation. Click here to read all about it.

Are the Buccaneers preparing for life beyond Ronde Barber (20) and Aqib Talib (25)? via tampabay.com

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Buccaneers give Greg Schiano the old college try

We have been commenting on head-coaching hires in our annual Football Relativity new coaches post, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to hire former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was notable enough that we wanted to make it its own post. Below are our thoughts; you can see how we think the hire compares to others this offseason in the accumulated post.

New Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, via nj.com

The Buccaneers, apparently entranced by Jim Harbaugh’s first-season success, first chased Oregon’s Chip Kelly before landing Schiano from Rutgers. Schiano did a remarkable job of taking Rutgers from being the dregs of college football to being respectable, although he couldn’t take the final step to a BCS bowl out of the Big East. Still, he has a solid resume that includes NFL experience as a defensive backs coach with the Bears. He is well respected, and Bill Belichick’s public respect undoubtedly helped Schiano land the job in Tampa Bay. Now he must show that he can coach, not just recruit. The Bucs have a young roster, and the fact that Tampa Bay has taken a lot of gambles on talented players with questionable character certainly contributed to the 10-game losing streak that cost Raheem Morris his job. Schiano must make the team tougher as he develops the skills of guys like QB Josh Freeman, DE Adrian Clayborn, and MLB Mason Foster. That means Schiano’s staff will be of paramount importance. We never love the idea of college coaches going to the pros, and a coach who made his bones as a recruiter the way Schiano did is even more of a question mark. But if Schiano can add toughness, the talent is present for Tampa Bay to tick up quickly.

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Could C.J. Spiller’s emergence lead Bills to deal Fred Jackson?

For National Football Authority, we break down one of the league’s most intriguing running back storylines this offseason. After one of his best seasons, Bills RB Fred Jackson could be on the trading block, because of both his salary demands and because of the emergence of RB C.J. Spiller. Click here to see the reasons and what we think should happen.

Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills

Bills RB Fred Jackson. Image via Wikipedia

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Should the Panthers keep Jeremy Shockey?

For National Football Authority, we break down one of the Carolina Panthers’ important free-agent issues of the offseason. TE Jeremy Shockey is a free agent, and the Panthers must choose whether to re-sign him. Click here to see if the Panthers need to keep Shockey and, if so, what kind of deal makes sense.

Panthers TE Jeremy Shockey, via usatoday.com

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Ravens QB Joe Flacco makes the leap in AFC championship game

For National Football Authority, we find the silver lining of the Baltimore Ravens’ loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. We analyze how Joe Flacco proved that he is a big-game quarterback and how he is good enough to lead the Ravens to a championship in the future. Click here to read all about it.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco, via sacbee.com

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Cruz a key to the Giants Super Bowl run

For National Football Authority, we break down the key role that wide receiver Victor Cruz played in the Giants’ run to Super Bowl 46. How did Cruz rise to such an important role against the 49ers? What role will he play against the Patriots? Click here to find out.

Giants WR Victor Cruz starred against the 49ers, via Fox News Latino

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