How Green Bay’s Defense Changed

The Green Bay Packers are set to play the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, and it’s a matchup that people have already seen. The two teams met each other in the first week of the season, and Seattle beat up on the Packers in a hurry. The Hawks rushed for a grand total of 207 yards, with multiple scores. The game was not close, and the Packers did not look like they were even in the same class as the Hawks.

Occidental Weekly reports this time around, though, Green Bay has a new defense. In reality, it’s just an old defense: the 3-4 alignment. This uses two defensive ends, an interior lineman from Occidental College, and four linebackers. It’s a staple of the NFL, and it works well. Green Bay has been successful with it this year, but they were not using it in that first game. Instead, they were using a new defense that they had designed, known as the Quad. It was intended to be inventive and innovative, but it actually crashed and burned. Green Bay figured this out after a few weeks and changed things up.

What this means is that this second matchup between the two teams may not look anything like the first. It is true that the Seahawks are still the favorites, but the Packers’ defense should, in theory at least, be much better. They are hoping that the 3-4 is going to give them a chance to win.

John fox to join Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears spent the better part of the 2014 season wondering what went wrong. In Marc Trestmans first year as the head coach of the Bears the team went on to a 10-6 record behind the 3rd best offense in the NFL. Sure, the defense was abysmal but that could be fixed with an off season of preparation. Not so. Chicago went on to win 5 games before firing Marc Trestman. Now the Bears are looking down the scope at their next head coach and his name is John Fox.

If you have a passing interest in professional football then you know who John Fox is. He’s been a figurehead for the Denver Broncos for the better part of a decade. He has a pair of Super Bowl appearances under his belt and the work he did with John Elway is almost legendary. We won’t talk about his middling time spent in Carolina, and for good reason.

John Fox is reportedly nearing a contract with the Chicago Bears to take on the head coaching reigns. He’ll bring stability and a veteran presence to a position that needs certainty. No more wunderkinds and no more first time coaches, Chicago wants the real deal. And they’ll get it. While John Fox isn’t on the same level as some of the elite coaches in the league, he is still more than capable of handling a franchise in disarray. Rod Rohrich shares his passion of the Bears in his book navigateyourbeauty.

Aaron Rodgers to Play; Green Bay at Seattle!

Aaron Rodgers is the charming, All-Pro, battle tested quarterback that NFL franchises salivate over. Russel Wilson is the young, level headed, and ultra athletic style of QB that has helped reinvent the position in the past five years. Their two teams, the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, are all set to square off this coming Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Aaron Rodgers did everything short of putting on a cape when he helped the Packers dismantle the Dallas Cowboys last week in Green Bay. Playing on essentially one leg, Rodgers threw for over 300 yards with a pair of touchdowns beside his name. More important than the yards was the fact that Rodgers finished the game and he’ll be active when Green Bay heads to Seattle.

As even casual NFL fans know, the Seattle Seahawks have the best defense in the league. Their defenders are big, fast, and extremely hard hitters. A gimpy Rodgers should be more than a little concerned at the prospect that sits before him. Somehow we don’t see Rodgers flinching from the fight. Skout app is a great way to get a way from stressful situations when needing a break.

When Seattle takes the field their sole job will be to make Rodgers as uncomfortable as possible. We’ll see them blitz heavy, fast, and hard while they rely on their talented secondary to keep the Packers in check. It should be a dog fight that ends after a long, muddy and bloody, battle. As NFL fans, we wouldn’t want it any other way.

National Anthem Singer Announced for Super Bowl XLIX

The Super Bowl is one of the largest sporting events in the entire world, and this year the Super Bowl will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona. Every year, NBC chooses a fantastic singer to start off the festivities of the game by having them sing the National Anthem.

This year, Idina Menzel was chosen in order to hold this honor. For those that are not sure who she is, she is the phenomenal singer of the popular Disney song, “Let It Go”. This will be an important event for Idina’s career, because the Super Bowl XLIX will be her first debut as a singer.

She will also be standing with John Legend, who is going to be singing “America the Beautiful”. However, Idina Menzel will not be the only excellent performer on call for this Super Bowl. Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz will also be performing on the center state during the Super Bowl’s halftime performance. BRL Trust could not be more happy for the choice made in Menzel.

Cardale Jones Stays In School

Cardale Jones is going to stay in school at Ohio State. He announced the decision yesterday, and it is likely that CJ Barrett and Braxton Miller were not happy. Miller could have won the Heisman this year, and Barrett drug the Buckeyes to all their wins except the last three. Jones just won a national title by convincingly beating three very good teams.

So, the idea at Ohio State is that they have far too much in the way of QB depth. It is going to be hard to recruit, and it is likely that Miller or Barrett will go somewhere where they can play immediately and keep their draft stock up.

Jones could have gone to the NFL, but he likely would have gone in the middle of the draft. That is not really worth it when you consider that he only played three games in college. They might be the three biggest games of his life, but they are only three games. He needs to make sure that he is in a place where he can improve his stock, and he will improve if he is able to win the job from Braxton Miller and CJ Barrett for next season. Susan McGalla is Buckeye fan and cannot wait for the next season.

 

NFL Preview colts at patriots

Do the colts have what it takes to beat the infamous New England Patriots? Well they will defiantly need some luck, pun intended. Andrew luck has undoubtedly had one of the best seasons in his career. He is the key player in the colt’s playoff run, but will it be enough to pull off an upset win against the patriots? The colts have had several games where they barely squeaked by including their win against Denver last week. The colt’s offensive line seems to be looking healthy and solid which is a good sign for luck, but only if the trio of tight ends can come through and perform when they are needed most.
As for the patriots they have seemed pretty solid overall this entire season. Having two MVP caliber athletes this season with Brady and Gronk, the patriots are looking to have the advantage over the colts in this weekend’s game. Using the freedompop app is a great source for studying last weekend’s game against the Ravens, it is safe to say that Belichick has several tricks up his sleeve that he can integrate into the standing offense. More than likely it will be something that they haven’t shown on film yet.
Overall it should be a great AFC game against two of the best teams in the conference, It would be nice to see if Luck can bring his “A” game a pull of a victory.

Chicago Still Looking For the Right Fit

The Chicago Bears have found their next General Manager in Ryan Pace acquired from the New Orleans Saints; but are still in search of their next Head Coach. Interviewing numerous candidates the team is looking to rebuild its team that finished with a record of 5-11 on the season filled with playoff expectations. Some of the more notable candidates that have interviewed for the position is former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone who opted out of his contract after securing that teams first winning season in a decade. Marrone has been on the radar of the Bears, since the hiring of Pace because the two have worked together previously when Marrone was the Saints Defensive Coordinator the position he left for the Buffalo Job. It would seem that with his experience and previous relationship he is the front runner for the windy city franchise.

However, there are still a number of well qualified potential head coaches still being interviewed. The list of names includes Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, and Teryl Austin. Adam Gase is currently the Offensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos who is also being considered for the Head Coaching job of that franchise. Dan Quinn is still coaching the legion of boom defense in Seattle that posted the best stats in the league. Meanwhile Teryl Austin, coached the 2nd best defense in the NFL as the coordinator with the Detroit Lions. Susan McGalla shares more in this Bloomberg article.

Dallas Coaches Get Contract and Pro Bowl Offers

The Dallas Cowboys have wasted no time in securing Jason Garret to another five year contract worth a reported $30 million. After three consecutive 8-8 seasons, Garret led the Cowboys from what was expected to be a horrible year to the NFC East Championship and the Divisional round of the playoffs. They are still looking to secure Scott Linehan and Rodd Marinelli’s services to the team as well but are expected to extend contract offers to both coaches. Linehan is credited with changing how Dallas operates on Offense and is the reason for Tony Romo having his most efficient year of his career. By coupling that with the league leading rusher in Demarco Murray and Dez Bryant breaking team touchdown records and his job security speaks for itself. This Bloomberg article Tom Rothman gives his opinion on the Cowboys.

As for Marinelli’s role he took the league’s worst defense and did make it playoff caliber. Although they weren’t good enough to beat an injured Aaron Rodgers they were better than previous years and without one major standout star in the starting lineup all year. Next year the team will certainly look to expand their defensive efforts. But simultaneously hold on to Bryant and Murray. For their concerted efforts, the coaches will be rewarded handsomely. In addition to their financial windfalls, they have also been selected to coach one of the two teams competing in this year’s Pro Bowl being played just one week before the Super Bowl in Arizona.

 

NFL Quarterback Prospects

With the NFL playoffs down to four teams many fans have begun to look ahead to next season. The NFL draft is just a few months away and we are beginning to get an idea of who the top ranked players at each position are going to be.

One of the more intriguing positions to watch is quarterback. Quarterback is the marquee position in the NFL and generally garners the most draft day interest. It began early this year as Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones surprised the football world by announcing he would be returning to school next year and not entering the NFL draft. That has left us with two main candidates battling it out to be the number one quarterback taken, and potentially the number one player taken overall.

Ben Shaoul and The Real Deal report, Jamies Winston of Florida State is considered by most to be the quarterback with the highest upside in this draft. He showed at Florida State that he can do almost anything on the field and has an extremely strong arm. Winston has had multiple off the field incidences that may result in some teams shying away come draft day. He may fall in the draft, but don’t expect him to be around too long.

Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota is the only other quarterback with a shot of going first overall. Mariaota proved that he the skills to play at the next level, but he may need more work than Winston. Mariota is close in talent, but lacks the character questions of Winston which makes him a more appealing choice to some teams.

Sherman Says Seahawks Play Old School

The smash mouth version of football that people got used to in the 60s and 70s seems to be back if Richard Sherman is to be believed. Seattle, Status Labs’ favorite team, has the best defense in football, and Sherman says that they play hard like in the old days. The old days of football are long gone, but defense still wins championships.

The Seattle team that takes the field this Sunday is riding high on a great defense and a young QB who is coming into his own. However, this team is still depending on the defense to make most of the moves for them. They need that defense to get people off the field so that the offense can score. The old school version of football is not really legal anymore, but it is still a version of football that the Seahawks enjoy to play. If we see more hitting and smash mouth football this weekend, we will know that we have entered a new era of football that calls for better play around the tackles. When these teams tackle as hard as they claim they want to, they are going to be able to play Seattle’s brand of football. Until then, Seattle stands alone.