Buddy & Rex Ryan: If BS Won Football Games, They’d Be Undefeated

Tweet The Ryans talked a great game, too bad they couldn’t coach one. One of the enduring aspects of football lore involves referring to what a coach learned from his own father, especially if that father was also a football coach.  How much does Nick Saban owe to learning the game from Lou Saban?  How much does Bill Belichick owe to long time Navy coach Steve Belichick? On the opposite…

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One of the NFL’s Oldest Franchises is Still (George) Young at Heart

Tweet The Giants haven’t drafted a Hall of Fame offensive player in the Super Bowl era (except maybe Philip Rivers). When I began exploring the draft histories of the NFL teams I took a few guesses as to which single draft choice would prove to be the best one.  Along with Jerry Rice, my most common guesses were offensive linemen.  I thought of guys like Bruce Matthews or Jackie Slater,…

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Saints Aren’t the Worst Drafting Franchise Ever, but They’re Close

Tweet Since Brees arrived, the Saints rarely blow it on draft day. Since 1967 and the start of the modern NFL draft, only eighteen draft classes managed to play 1,000 or more NFL games, and of those eighteen, only two managed to play 1,000 or more games for the teams that drafted them, the 1975 Dallas Cowboys and the 1981 Saints.  The 1981 Saints played 1,352 NFL games, including 1,150,…

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Dolphins Fade to White Noise

Tweet It’s been a long time since the Dolphins swam with the Sharks. The modern NFL draft started in 1967.  Before that the NFL and the AFL engaged in an almost mutually suicidal war on each other.  For example, the AFL agreed to place an expansion team in Atlanta, but before the Falcons took flight, the NFL swooped in and convinced the owners to join the NFL instead.  Almost without…

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Triplets in the Twin Cities? Hard to Find a Good Purple Threesome

Tweet Vikings struggle to find three for the money. With all due respect to Ezekiel Elliott, the best running back in the NFL since 2000 was Adrian Peterson.  Peterson was also the best running back ever for the Vikings, and the first really good one since Chuck Foreman in the 1970’s.  The Vikings have no history of drafting great skill position players.  Randy Moss excelled at wide receiver and Fran…

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Los Angeles Rams: Hello, Goodbye, Hello

Tweet The Rams own a relatively low draft pick retention rate. In the famous song New York, New York, Frank Sinatra sang “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere,” but for the Los Angeles Rams and the city of Los Angeles, the opposite held true.  Los Angeles stood as the second biggest market in the United States, yet the Rams failed to make it in Los…

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Kansas City: Somebody has to be the worst drafting team.

Tweet In the Super Bowl era, the Chiefs are probably the worst drafting team, but not all the numbers are counted yet. When I started looking at the draft histories of NFL teams, I held a couple of opinions based on nothing more than a superficial memory of the way the NFL worked.  I assumed the Cowboys and Steelers would rank among the best teams when it came to drafting…

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Garrard v. Leftwich: Jags Chose Draft Position over Actual Talent

Tweet If Leftwich was drafted earlier, he must have been a better quarterback, right? The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted seven quarterbacks in their history, but only one who played as many as 50 games for Jacksonville.  David Garrard played 86 games for the Jaguars, and should have played more.  Without question even great players need some luck to reach their full potential, and Garrard may have been a lot of things,…

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The Oilers/Titans Hit the Bullseye Often on Draft Day

Tweet Of the 513 Tennessee/Houston draft picks who qualify, 124, or 24%, played in 100 or more NFL games. Which team does the best job of identifying NFL caliber talent?  At the bottom of this brief post you will find a list of the twelve teams I’ve looked at so far, and to my surprise, Tennessee is ranked highest so far.  The Oilers/Titans drafted seven HoFers, more than the Patriots,…

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Favre & Rodgers: Did the Packers Underachieve?

Tweet “You have to be lucky to win a championship, and if you have a good quarterback, you’re lucky.”  Don Shula Years ago Maury Wills criticized his former manager, Walter Alston, for underachieving.  Alston, for those too young to remember, managed the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for twenty-three years, won seven pennants and four World Series championships.  That meant Alston essentially went to the World Series once every three years, and…

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