18 January 2014

This Paul George dunk is absolutely incredible

Everybody loves an excellent dunk, but this jam by Pacers star Paul George has to be one of the greatest dunks I have ever seen in a game. Not only that, you just do not see a dunk like this one every day in a game. Without further ado, let's go to the videotape.

15 January 2014

Breaking down the Minnesota Vikings' hire of Mike Zimmer

It could only be a good thing when both of your coordinators are hired for head coaching gigs, right? Well the Cincinnati Bengals are in that unique situation as after offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was hired in Washington, now defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has gotten the head job in Minnesota. The Vikings have only made the playoffs three times in the last decade, can the veteran defensive coach Zimmer be the guy to make the club a consistent contender in the NFC North? Here's my take on this hire, the fifth of the offseason.

2014 NFL Conference Championship Predictions

This is the NFL's "Final Four" as we have reached Conference Championship Sunday as both the AFC and NFC titles are on the line and thus, berths in East Rutherford for Super Bowl XLVIII. And boy do we have a doozy of a slate this Sunday as we have a matchup that any and every television executive is dying for (Brady v. Manning) and quite possibly the hottest and most fierce rivalry in the NFL (49ers-Seahawks). Who will get to the big game? Here are my conference championship picks.

14 January 2014

Breaking down the Detroit Lions' hire of Jim Caldwell

The fourth head coaching vacancy has been filled as the Detroit Lions, who saw their top target get hired yesterday by the Tennessee Titans, have hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as the 26th head coach in franchise history as first reported by Adam Schefter. Caldwell, who was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, fills the Lions' desires to hire a coach with prior head coaching experience as all of their interviewed candidates all had that experience. Was he a good hire for a franchise that has made the playoffs once since the turn of the century? Here's my take.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Edition

Four teams are still playing in the NFL Playoffs but for the remaining 28 clubs, their eyes are turned to May 8th, the commencement of the 2014 NFL Draft. The draft kicks off later than it traditionally has in the past due to a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall, the host venue since 2006, and it appears that the move may be permanent. The draft is where all the teams that did not meet their goals of hosting the Lombardi Trophy can start over and make the right moves to put them on the right track. With that in mind, here is my first mock draft for 2014.

13 January 2014

Breaking down the Tennessee Titans' hire of Ken Whisenhunt

Ken Whisenhunt was one of the top remaining head coaching candidates. In fact, the San Diego offensive coordinator and former Arizona head coach was in such demand, he did interviews for jobs in the days leading up to his club's Divisional Playoff showdown with the Broncos on Sunday. The Chargers lost a good one in Denver yesterday, and today he is the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans as reported by Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean and ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Is he a good fit in Nashville? Here's my take.

12 January 2014

How will the NFL on CBS replace Dan Dierdorf?

Starting with the 2014 NFL season, there will be a new most tenured NFL analyst as the current holder of that title, Dan Dierdorf of the NFL on CBS, has retired after calling his final game on Saturday, the AFC Divisional matchup between the Colts and the Patriots. Dierdorf, one of the all-time offensive linemen who played 13 years with the then-St. Louis Cardinals, has been broadcasting games for three decades starting at CBS in 1985, moving to ABC and Monday Night Football in 1987 and then moving back to CBS in 1999 where he has worked since. While he has lost some speed off his fastball over the last several years, Dierdorf was one of the top analysts ever when he was at the top of his game and did some brilliant work back when he was on MNF.

Dierdorf has been on the B team since rejoining the Eye network, teaming with Verne Lundquist, Dick Enberg and Greg Gumbel, which means he calls the coveted second divisional game. But with his retirement, where does CBS go from here?