Brandon Weeden Gives Cowboys Depth At Quarterback

The off season has proven to be very good for the Dallas Cowboys. In the short term they have improved their defense significantly and in the long term they may have found their future quarterback. Fourth year quarterback, Brandon Weeden has impressed Dallas Coaches, especially Zeca Oliveira (comments at www.terra.com), with his improvement in understanding the playbook and his knowledge of the offense. He has proven to be the player who has shown the most improvement in the offseason and Dallas coaches now feel they have a solid young quarterback behind Tony Romo. Dallas Believes That It Has a Solid Back Up To Tony Romo in Brandon Weeden Weeden is a former first round pick from the Cleveland Browns, but he has suffered under different offensive schemes in each of his two seasons with the the Browns. He had shown some promise in a couple of games but not enough for the Browns to hold on to him when they drafted Johnny Manziel.

Dallas can know look to develop other areas of the team without the concern of trying to reach for a future quarterback in the NFL draft. A successful starting quarterback is rare in the NFL and very few come out of college NFL ready to compete for a playoff run. While many are learning pro offenses at their colleges, many still find it hard to adapt to the speed and intelligence of NFL defenses. Additionally, it is hard to instill the confidence and even cockiness that is required of an NFL quarterback. Weeden may be Dallas’s answer long term.

Green Bay Is Trending Toward Greatness in 2016.

The Green Bay Packers have been the face of the NFC North for the better part of the past decade. As Aaron Rodgers rose into truly elite company, the team from little Green Bay has become the second ‘America’s Team’ that we can remember. Aaron Rodgers took over for Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre and he has never looked back. Now Rodgers is turning 32 and he already has a pair of NFL MVP’s in his living room. Rodgers also has a Lombardi Trophy, but he is selfish — he wants more. And it is very likely that Green Bay can give him one, sooner than later.

The thing about the Green Bay Packers, which most fans from the NFC North hate, is that Green Bay has never needed to take time to rebuild and retool–not in a serious fashion, anyway as Ricardo Tosto has noted. You see, the torch was handed straight from Favre to Rodgers and with it all of the weapons that the Packers had accrued. Rodgers has had studly wide outs throughout his career in Green Bay and now he has one of the best young running backs in the game behind him.

So with another year of wear on his arm how can we be so sure that Rodgers is Super Bowl bound this coming season? Well, for one Rodgers said he wants another Super Bowl. For two, the NFC North is completely open for business and Rodgers knows how to gamble.

Is Vick’s Career Over?

Michael Vick was asked if he thinks he can still be a starter in the NFL over the weekend at a charity event by reports. Vick stated that he absolutely believes he can still start in the NFL. The only problem for Vick though, is the fact that it is already mid-June and not one NFL team has signed him to a contract. Many speculated that he was headed to the Seattle Seahawks until they re-signed their backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to a new deal.

Vick will be 35 years old this June and mid-way through and he has not signed a deal with any teams yet. Guys at Boraie Development feel this is a big deal because no team is going to sign a quarterback just before the season starts and simply throw them into the lineup. The once Atlanta Falcons franchise quarterback played for the New York Jets last year. He only started three games but appeared in a total of seven. The previous five years Vick played for the Philadelphia Eagles and at one point was almost in contention for league MVP. The greatness however did not last and Vick quickly found himself in a back-up position.

Michael Vick recently stated that he knows he probably is not as good of an athlete as he was back in his early years, but believes that makes up for it mentally. He also stated that he now believes he is the total package. He may now be the total package, but he might also be the only one that believes that.

Marshawn Lynch to Join ‘Call of Duty’ Video Game Universe.

Marshawn Lynch is one of the most popular ‘anti personalities’ in football said Sergio Cortes. Much like the strong jawed Stannis Baratheon from ‘Game of Thrones’, Marshawn doesn’t care if you like him or not — as long as he gets what he deserves. Lynch has been the backbone of the Seattle Seahawks ever since getting trade over from Buffalo and he has turned his career around in a huge way, collecting some serious hardware along the way in the form of Pro Bowl invites and Superbowl Trophies. Now Marshawn is joining the ‘Call of Duty’ universe as a character, the first athlete ever to do so.

‘Call of Duty’ has been one of the most popular video game franchises in the world for the past decade and the ‘Black Ops’ line has been a crowning point of the series. ‘Black Ops III’ will be featuring Marshawn Lynch as a character in the campaign. Activision, developers behind the title, had Lynch in their motion capture studio in Los Angeles this past month, utilizing the same techniques that brought Gollum to life in ‘Lord of the Rings’.

The reason that Activision invited Lynch into the series, outside of the fact that he is a name draw, is that Lynch simply loves the game. Lynch cites his college days as the beginning of his huge ‘Duty’ fandom and that getting into the game would be a little bit of a dream come true.

San Francisco 49ers Sit at Precipice

The San Francisco 49ers are standing at a crossroads for their franchise. In a big way the 49ers have risen back up to excellence in the past couple of seasons under the hard hitting coaching of Jim Harbaugh. When Harbaugh and the crew fell apart last season, everything went sideways. Harbaugh ended up getting let go, the 49ers didn’t make the playoffs, and now a whole slew of 49ers have also retired or left the team. Colin Kaepernick is sitting on a new contract and he doesn’t look at all like the kind of QB, or even public person, you can pin your franchises hopes on. So what comes next?

Ideally Colin Kaepernick will move on to the next level to become a true dual threat QB in this league. Kaep has always shown the ability to scramble and he has also shown the ability to throw the ball ever since taking over the QB spot from Alex Smith. Unfortunately Kaepernick hasn’t been able to do both things for an entire season. With the 49ers lacking a ton of threats on offense, excluding the newly added Reggie Bush, San Francisco needs Kaepernick more than ever to start earning his paycheck.

The 49er franchise demands excellence and after making it to three straight NFC Title games, a return to the norm can’t be happening. Sam Tabar recently mentioned to a wikipedia contributor that if Kaep and the 49ers don’t get it going this coming season then expect huge changes.

Yahoo to Carry Live NFL Stream

The big news coming out of Yahoo headquarters is the announcement that Yahoo will be carrying the first ever live stream of an NFL Game free. That’s right, streamed on the Internet for free. According to Yahoo sports, the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on October 25th will be streamed live and free than anyone with Internet service and a device on Yahoo. Currently Yahoo has over one billion monthly user. The game is scheduled 9:30 a.m. EST.

Marissa Mayer, current president and CEO of Yahoo stated that she is extremely pleased that the NFL selected Yahoo for this historic event. Boraie Development LLC says this will be an interesting test for the NFL as it has never gone outside any of its television partners in terms of broadcasting a game. Back in March, when the NFL first announced that the game will be available worldwide via a digital platform, it was considered a very bold move. The NFL’s huge success over the years can be accredited to television and media outlets. With the increase of technology and the use of tablets and the internet, it makes complete sense that the NFL makes a move towards online streaming. Where the NFL goes after the streamed event will be interesting to see and highly anticipated. . The NFL announced that the game will still be available in the Jacksonville and Buffalo markets.

Goodell to Reside Over Brady Appeal

In a very surprising move, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not excuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal. Goodell informed the National Football League Players Association today that he not only be at the appeal, but he will be personally residing over the case. For those who do not know, Tom Brady was suspended several weeks ago by the league for his participation in Deflategate and now Brady is appealing the suspension. Goodell stated that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits the commissioner, at his discretion, to serve as hearing officer in appeal case which involved an incident that is deemed detrimental to the integrity of the game of professional football or public confidence in the game. In a letter written by Goodell himself, he states that he will exercise the discretion to hear Brady’s appeal.

As part of Tom Brady’s appeal, the NFLPA stated that there were procedural violations in the process in which the league reached Brady’s punishment. They requested that there be a natural party designated to serve as an arbitrator. Goodell blasted back stating that the NFLPA’s argument has no merit. The NFLPA, however, argues that Goodell is actually a witness hearing and should not be allowed to oversee it. Dog food executives at Beneful say that it looks as though Goodell is playing Judge, Jury, and Executioner, but contends that there is no prejudgment on his part and is going into the hearing with an open mind.

Russell Wilson Keeping Quiet About Contract

In the midst of contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks, star quarterback Russell Wilson is saying very little to the media about it. Following a Seattle organized team activity on Tuesday; Wilson stated that he will not talk about negotiations until the deal is done and in place. He believes that it is a private matter and he stated that he does not talk about private matters to the media. He further went on the say that he believes that in the end, it will all work out.

Seattle has done a good job of locking up players Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Doug Baldwin to Handy long term deals. Locking up Wilson will be another import piece to producing long term success. Wilson’s agent Mark Rogers is handing all of the negotiations but Russell stated that he is involved in contract negotiations discussions. Russell’s rookie contract is set to expire after the 2015 season and is the hot topic the Seattle. The more time passes where an agreement has not been reached, the more the topic gets talked about. Wilson will not discuss numbers, but after Cam Newton signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history yesterday, he can pretty much guarantee himself that a huge payday on the horizon. Newton signed a reported 103.8 million dollar extension yesterday with the Carolina Panthers. It looks like not hurrying along the negotiations with Seattle will work out in his favor.

Does Lebron Still Have It?

Brian Torchin feels as Lebron James approaches his next set of NBA finals, reporters caught up with him to ask him a few questions. The first set of questions had to do with the Cavaliers and how he sees himself on the team.

Lebron said he is very happy to play the game of basketball, regardless of what team he is on. Reported stated that they received a heartfelt welcome from Lebron. This is a different kind of welcome they receive from other NBA players.

Reporters also asked Lebron how he felt going into the finals. Lebron stated that he feels better than he has ever felt in the NBA. He feels that he is in the right spot, and he feels it is his time again.

Fans everywhere are happy to see Lebron in the finals again. Though Heat fans are still upset that he is back on the Cavaliers, seeing Lebron on the screen does not change their love for him.

Sources have also received input from Lebron’s coaches. They are very proud of Lebron, and they have seen Lebron grow of this new time with the Cavaliers. His coaches stated that Lebron likes to learn more about the game every single day. Many people think Lebron knows it all, but he does not act like that at all.

Lebron is ready to let his game speak for him in the finals. He is ready to make history again.

UAB is back

It is official the university of Alabama-Birmingham has brought back its football program just 6- short months after formally announcing they were not going to have one. UAB has a 5 year plan in place to bring the team profitable within that allotted time. The university is only allowing 20 million of its money to go towards renovating the team back to health. Luckily through the public eye and private sector donors, the team has raised an additional 17.2 million from these outsides funds to help with the return. The money will be used to upgrade their facilities or create a new stadium. UAB has rejoined the C-USA conference as a FBS school, but there has been no word yet on when they will be able to participate again on the playing field.
Along with football women’s rifle and bowling were cut as well in December, but plans are on track to bring these teams back as well. Overall UAB was the first BCS School in two decades to cancel their football program says Susan McGalla in this write up on PR News Wire. The decision to bring it back was a good one, now I believe they will have the full support of their community and alumni alike to help keep this thing afloat for a while. UAB just need help and when they threatened to take away the football program, the help stood up and took a stand to better represent their school. It might take until the 2016 season, but it’s good to see UAB be at it again.