Exposed: the Secret life of Drew Brees

Even though he comes across as a clean cut and classy individual and prefers to moonlight as a respectable and honest person, Drew Brees has been hiding a dirty little secret from NFL fans for well over a decade now.

It is time we learn the true identity of Drew Christopher Brees.   

Only eight quarterbacks in the entire history of the NFL have thrown for over 4,855 yards in a season.

Drew Brees has averaged that exact number for the 10 years he has played for the New Orleans Saints (2 of those seasons, 2015, 2013, he only played 15 games).   

Only twenty-one quarterbacks have thrown 35 or more touchdowns in a season.

Drew Brees has averaged that exact number over the last 10 years.

There have been only 8 seasons in which a quarterback has thrown for over 5,000 yards.  

Yes. You guessed it. Four of those belong to Drew Brees. He is the only one who has done it more than once (4 times total) and he had a three year streak of 5,000 or more yards.

Brees owns the second best passing season of all time (5,476 yards), just one yard behind Peyton Manning’s record (5,477 yards).

To top it all off, Brees has a ring after winning the only Super Bowl he has ever played in.  

Even though his performance has been unmatched by anyone else over the last decade, Brees has never been rewarded the MVP award.  

So why doesn’t anyone want you to know that Drew Brees is by far the most dominant quarterback of this decade?

How is it that he could have the best season of any passer in 2015 and nobody even noticed?  

Is it possible that the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL is tearing up the league every Sunday and we have all chosen to be oblivious?

Or are we simply intimidated that he shattered Marino’s recorded that stood for almost 2 1/2 decades? 

Is the NFL afraid to acknowledge that they chose the wrong guys to promote their league?  

Or is he just that good that none of us can believe it’s even possible?

Either way, it’s finally out there in the open and it’s time that the quiet family man from down south step out and let the world know that he’s been living a double life. 

So when are we going to quit accepting the brainwashing of the powers that be and realize that Drew Brees is a…

BAD, BAD MAN!

Who the Hell is Jacoby Fleener?

His name (Fleener) reminds you of the nerdy teen in a high school comedy. 

Half the time his appearance is that of a zoned out surfer. 

His predraft combine measurables, 6’6″, 247 lbs, 4.51 40 yard dash, and 27 bench press reps, predict a stud athlete.

But up until this point no one one has been able to figure out…

“Who exactly is this kid we call Coby?”

By some sort of twisted fate, he was fortunate enough to be drafted in the 2nd round of the same draft, by the same team, that selected his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, 1st overall.

The ultimate success story, right?

Well, it hasn’t exactly turned out that way. The Colts and Luck seem to somehow have a preference for, Dwayne Allen, the tight end they took in the 3rd round of the same draft.

Up to this point, Fleener had the numbers, the higher ceiling and the pizzazz, but it seems like the only time he had the focus of his quarterback was when Allen wasn’t in the game.

In this year’s free agency, the Colts gave Allen a 4 year contract worth $7.35 million a year.

When you compare their career stats and see that Fleener has way better numbers; 183 receptions, for 2,154 yards and 17 TDs, compared to; 91 receptions, for 1,045 yards and 13 TDs, for Allen in the same amount of time. It seems like a no-brainer that Coby would get twice the contract. 

Not Surprisingly, Fleener once again came in 2nd in the popularity contest when the New Orleans Saints signed him for an average of $7.2 million over 5 years.

However, although Allen gets the “Atta Boy!” and the Saints get a ridiculous steal, the true winner in this scenario is Fleener himself.

He gets Drew Brees.

Think what you want about the Saints quarterback, he is a madman with the football and a wizard when it comes to bringing out the best in his receivers.

I have no doubt that Marques Colston appreciates him, that Jimmy Graham is  missing him like crazy right now, and that Ben Watson will probably never have a repeat of last season.

In the meantime, Fleener has been waiting patiently for someone to put their faith in him.

“Personally, I try to keep it on an even keel. The easiest way to do that is ignore the people who are telling you are the best and ignore the people who are telling you that you’re the worst.” He stated candidly, when his character on the field was called into question.

I don’t think he will have to worry about any of that with Brees who seems to always be looking for another hungry target to turn into a star.

If things continue according to plan, his only focus in 2016 will have to be hauling in a ton of pin point passes being fired in his direction by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. 

If anyone knows the feeling of being underrated and overlooked, Drew Brees who has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season as many times as all other quarterback in NFL history combined, but has never won an MVP, can totally relate.

In a tweet earlier this week, Fleener stated, “Tony Hawk is cool. SKATEBOARDING IN ZERO GRAVITY? …Also pretty cool. Bucket List: Experience Zero Gravity.”

It seems highly improbable that Fleener will ever figure out exactly who he is, but if his career in New Orleans lives up to its potential, the Saints new tight end will very soon find himself walking on clouds.

Could Todd Gurley be Trent Richardson 2.0?

It was very easy to get caught up in the Todd Gurley hype during the 2015 season.

The Rams had broken the current NFL trend and selected a running back with the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft even though he was recovering from an ACL tear and no one was sure when he would be ready to play.

After finally being able to make a minor debut in week 3, Gurley broke out in his next 4 games and became the first rookie to rush for over 125 yards in 4 consecutive games and his jersey and cleats were immediately sent to the Hall of Fame in Canton.

Suddenly, “Gurleymania” was in full force and fans everywhere began to anoint him as the 2nd coming of Adrian Peterson.

People were so entranced by that stretch of games, that no one even seemed to notice that he didn’t go over the century mark again until 6 weeks later when he rushed for 140 against the Lions in what would be his only other 100 yard performance of the season.

He finished the year with a 4.8 ypc average, on 229 carries, for 1106 yards. 

What the experts have failed to tell us, is that 706 of those yards came in five games, four of which where against teams who were ranked in the bottom 14 against the run in 2015, and two of them were against the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns who gave up 126.3 and 128.4 yards per game on the ground and ranked 29th and 30th respectively.

They’ve also failed to mention that 566 of those yards came in his first four starts when teams had very little tape on him, and that 157 of those yards came in a game where the Green Bay Packers had a decent lead after intercepting the Rams 4 times and had no reason to stop Gurley from running out the clock while they sat back in coverage.

There is no question that Gurley was very impressive and almost superhuman in those 5 games. He had the attention of every true NFL fan in the country and gave us hope that we were seeing something special.

However, in the other 8 games, he had just 400 yards, on 125 carries, for a 3.2 ypc average.

It seems clear that once teams had more material to study before game day, Gurley became very pedestrian in all but one game for the rest of the season.

If you take the time to look closely at his big runs, you will see that they were all a product of Gurley’s straight line speed after the Rams offensive line opened up massive holes for him.  He did have a few decent quick cuts and a couple of flashy hurdles, but you will see very few broken tackles or actual jukes. As a matter of fact, what you will see, is that when he runs into a group of defenders that he knows he can’t outrun, Gurley is quick to slide or run out of bounds.

It won’t take long for defenses to figure out that his only real asset is speed and stack the line accordingly.

For example, in his first game against the Arizona Cardinals he rushed for 146 yards. In their next matchup, when the Cards knew what to look for, they held him to a very unimpressive 41 yards.

It’s hard to anoint a guy who did most of his work in less than half of his games, and was barely impressive in the others, as anything more than just another rookie sensation who caught the league by surprise with superb vision and a great set of wheels.

You can’t deny that Gurley has a ton of talent, but you also can’t deny the facts…

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are About to Become Highly Offensive in 2016

The Bucs have been known as a defensive team for as long as most of us can remember. It appears that is going to change abruptly in 2016.

Last season, Tampa Bay finished 5th overall in total yards with an average of 375.9 yards per game which was the best in team history.

Most of the difference came on the back of a stellar rookie campaign by quarterback, Jameis Winston, who threw for 4,042 yards. 

Even with just 22 touchdown passes for the season, Winston did plenty to justify a #1 overall pick and to solidify his position as the starter for the near future.

Another big boost came from Doug Martin who rushed for 1,402 yards, which was good enough for 2nd in the league behind Adrian Peterson.

Martin also contributed 271 yards on 33 receptions and finished with 7 total touchdowns.

In just his second season, Mike Evans managed to become the team’s top receiver as he hauled in 1,206 yards on 72 receptions.

 

His 3 touchdowns, were a disappointment after having 12 the year before but the team has to be encouraged by how high his ceiling can be as he continues to develop chemistry with Wilson.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jackson is another player who failed to live up to expectations. He’s started only 16 games in two seasons as he’s battled through injuries. What should have fans excited is the fact that the 6’5″, 262 lbs monster target had 4 touchdowns on only 21 receptions last season.

However, the biggest boost to the Buccaneers hopes for 2016 came with the hiring of former offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter as the team’s Head Coach.

In just his first year as OC for the Bucs, Koetter developed a strong relationship with Winston and gave the team’s its best offensive performance in 40 years of existence by raising their overall yards from 292 the year before.


It’s almost frightening to think of what Koetter will be able to do with this young team now that the Buccaneers have gone all in on making this unit an offensive juggernaut.

There is talent and potential scattered all over this roster for a coach who has been successful at every level he has been at.

As a head coach in college, he took the Boise State Broncos and Arizona Sun Devils to 6 bowl games in 9 seasons.

 Then he established a couple of potent offenses for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons as an offensive coordinator before bringing his skills to Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers filled Koetter’s position with new offensive coordinator/ wide receiver coach Todd Monken.”I am very excited to add a coach with the type of experience and tenacity that Todd brings,” Koetter said. 

“I have always been impressed with his approach to the game as well as his ability to teach concepts and get the best out of his players. During his more than 25-year coaching career, he has made a name for himself as a very successful offensive coordinator and head coach on the collegiate level. Todd also happens to be a terrific receivers coach with a proven track record of helping his players reach their true potential. We are fortunate to have him join our staff.”

Monken served as the wide receiver coach under Koetter in Jacksonville from 2007 – 2010 and the two developed a great relationship. 

Now they will work together to develop this young offense as Koetter plans to continue to call plays and stay heavily involved in game planning.

Monken’s previous job was at Southern Mississippi where he took over as head coach in 2013. 

The Golden Eagles who were 0-12 in 2012, had a massive turn around under Monken and finished last season with a record of 9-5 as they earned an appearance in the Heart of Texas Bowl after winning the Conference USA West division.

Under his leadership in 2015 Southern Miss finished the season ranked 13th in scoring offense (39.9 ppg), 12th in passing offense (329.7 ypg) and 12th in total offense (509.5 ypg). 

The Golden Eagles led the nation in plays of 20+ yards (109) and ranked second in the country in plays of 30+ yards (54) to prove themselves as one of the most dynamic teams in college football.

Now he has a chance to bring that explosiveness to one of the most raw and talented offenses in the NFL.

This sheds a little bit of light on why it was a simple decision for the Buccaneers to strip themselves of the “defensive” tag and move on from Lovie Smith even after the team’s success in 2015.

It may seem a bit premature, but Buccaneers fans should be prepared to watch this unit take the league by storm in 2016.

The Denver Broncos Can Win Now with Paxton Lynch

I will rarely ever advocate for a rookie signal caller to lead a team. There are just too many risks that go along with giving a young guy that much responsibility before he catches up to game speed in a much faster league.

If he struggles early it can damage his psyche and ruin any chance for a successful career. 

The last thing you want for your young quarterback is for him to have the deer in the headlights look every time he steps on the field.

It can also stunt the progress of the team as a whole. 

The good news is he plays for the reigning Super Bowl Champions and you can’t get much more of a solid foundation than that.

With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders lining up alongside of him, he will have two of the best receivers in the league to help him develop.

With C. J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, he has two very solid if inconsistent running backs. Not the best case scenario but his agility should help keep opposing defenses on their heels in a case that could turn out to be mutually beneficial to this offense.

Then there is the Broncos defense. 

They may have lost a few key players but the base is still there for a unit who had a historically great season.

They would provide a very soft blanket for a rookie to fall back on as he tries to find his feet in what can be a very unforgiving league.

When you consider the fact that he will be replacing one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time it sounds like a extremely daunting task. 

When you realize that Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl while throwing 17 interceptions and only 9 touchdowns it makes it seem plausible that anyone can be successful with this defense behind them. 

The added bonus is that Lynch is an extremely mobile QB, and those guys have a reputation for having stellar rookie campaigns. 

What’s even more frightening is that at 6’6″ he has the size to scan the field and the arm to make almost any throw accurately. 

The beauty is he has both the offensive and defensive talent around him to allow him to make a few mistakes here and there on his way to finding the big play. 

“It’s a blessing to be here, to say the least. It’s good to have a team, a family to be a part of. Once I got here and walked in the building, it felt like home. It felt like I belonged here. This is a big family, from the players to the coaches to the fans. It feels good walking into a situation like this.” Lynch said.

If he can get his teammates to feel even remotely the same about him, this could be another very special season for the Broncos.

The only knock on the tall, extremely mobile, cannon armed rookie is that he scored an 18 on the Wonderlic test. That left a ton of scouts worrying about what the future holds for Lynch in the NFL.

However, if you dig a little bit into the history of the test, you will see that the average score is 20, just two points higher than Lynch managed and that Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Terry Bradshaw each scored 16 points.

The Broncos are not only in a great position to take a monumental risk but they don’t have very many other plausible options. So why not gamble on a guy who has superstar potential and who seems ready and willing to do what it takes to be successful?

“I’m going to do whatever I have to do to help this team win ballgames, whether it’s playing or helping the guy in front of me. My job is to compete with those other QBs. I’ll do what I have to do to help this team win ballgames.” Lynch said about his potential role with the team.

If that truly is his mentality, then he is exactly the guy you want heading a team that seems to be only missing one piece from returning to the big game.

Sure there will be a learning curve and ups and downs are inevitable on the big stage, but there is plenty of reason to believe the Broncos can have immediate success with Paxton Lynch.

It’s Looking like the Perfect Season for the Pack in 2016 (A game by game analysis).

If you are not excited about this year’s Green Bay Packers team you must not be paying very close attention.

Jordy Nelson is healed up and will be ready to go to start the season.

 Eddy Lacy looks to be in even better shape then he was as a rookie.

 Ted Thompson added another explosive offensive weapon in free agency (Jared Cook), filled the two biggest defensive holes, DT (Kenny Clark) and ILB (Blake Martinez) and added much needed depth to the offensive line through the draft.

On top of that they have another year of experience for their very deep, talented and young WR and DB groups.

This team has all of the talent to win it all. 

Now if they can just stay healthy… 

 
Week 1: @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

The Packers are very fortunate to draw this Jaguars team in the season opener before they have time to completly gel as a team.

The offense led by Blake Bortles is already becoming something special and Jacksonville may be just a year or two away from being the most talented team in the league and will most definitely be a defensive monster once their new additions build some chemistry.

 Until then, this should be a fairly easy win for the Pack to open the season, as Jacksonville will most likely still be working out some major kinks at this point.

Week 2: @ Minnesota Vikings

Aaron Rodgers has flat out dominated the Vikings in Minnesota. He has thrown 13 TDs in his last 5 games there for an impressive 4-1 record.

The Grand Opening of “U.S. Bank Stadium” shouldn’t be any different, as A- Rod found his groove in the playoffs last season and should carry that over into the new year.

In their meeting last year, the Packers run game chewed up what was supposed to be a very good Minnesota front line, on the road, as Eddie Lacy ran for his first 100 yard game of the campaign.

 This year should be a lot more of the same for this squad who is looking to regain the division crown.

Week 3: Detroit Lions @ GB

This could be the toughest challenge of the young season for Green Bay.

The Lions played very well against the Packers last season. They won at Lambeau Field to finally snap a 24 game road losing streak in Wisconsin and forced an Aaron Rodgers miracle with no time left on the clock in Detroit.

 The Lions finished last year with a 6-2 record but will still be adjusting to life without Calvin Johnson when they come to Lambeau Field early in 2016.

That should give the Pack the advantage in this one.

Week 5: New York Giants @ GB

The Giants strongest asset at this point is their passing game behind star quarterback Eli Manning.

Unfortunately for them, the Packers have one of the best up and coming defensive secondaries in the league and their own passing game is fairly solid as well.

 The Packers will be coming off an early “bye” and should have an easy time outlasting the Giants at home, in what could turn out to be a good old fashioned shootout.

Week 6: Dallas Cowboys @ GB

The Packers easily disposed of the Cowboys last season in Green Bay, as rookie corner, Damarious Randall, held superstar receiver, Dez Bryant, without a single catch for the last 3 quarters of the game after Sam Shields left with an injury.

Sure, Tony Romo should be back at full strength this season and Ezekiel Elliot will be working extra hard to justify a 4th overall pick in the draft.

However, with an even stronger defensive attack than last year, and their own offense at full force, the Packers should easily continue their recent dominance of the Cowboys.

Week 7: Chicago Bears @ GB

The Bears were able to squeak out a victory against the Packers at Lambeau field last year. 

That’s the beauty of the NFC North.

You can throw out records, talent and logic, because there is never any  guessing what could happen in a rivalry game between members of the “Black and Blue” division. 

However, the Packers are clearly going to be the better team in 2016 and it would be a miracle if Chicago could pull off another feat like they did last year in shutting out this high powered offense for a full half.

It will most likely be another exciting finish but it seems logical to chalk up another one for the home team in this matchup.

Week 8: @ Atlanta Falcons

After starting out the 2015 season 5-0 the Falcons fell into a major collapse and failed to make the playoffs. 

It’s hard to predict which one of those teams will show up next season but highly unlikely that either one of them would stand a chance against a teams as solid and deep as the Packers look to be heading into 2016.

The game is in Atlanta, but that should be just a side note to another solid victory for the Pack.

Week 9: Indianapolis Colts @ GB

Experts are trying to figure out just how good Andrew Luck can be after an injury plagued 2015. 

Even if he makes a full recovery, it’s obvious the Colts front office has once again failed to put enough good young weapons or a solid defense around him.

 Although Indy should be able to move the ball at times in this one, I don’t foresee their defense being able to slow down Rodgers and Lacy enough to make a major difference, especially in what should turn out to be a cold November day at Lambeau field. 

Week 10: @ Tennessee Titans

This game could actually present a challenge for Green Bay. The Packers have always had difficulty  against mobile quarterbacks, especially on the road, and the Titans will probably be an easy team to overlook. 

Although it could come down to the wire, the difference in total talent is just too great and the Packers should once again pull out the victory.

Tennessee is a team on the rise but it will be a year or two before they can start hoping to beat the NFL’s elite teams.

Week 11: @ Washington Redskins 

I’m sure the Redskins coaches will try to use this game as motivation for revenge for last year’s playoff loss.

 However, anyone who watched that game knows the better team won easily and there is no logical reason to think there will be a different result this time around.

The red hot Redskins were embarrassed by a faltering Packers team on their own field and it just shows that when the Packers are focused they are nearly unstoppable no matter how many injuries they’ve racked up.

Week 12: @ Philadelphia Eagles 

Historically, the Packers matchup well against the Eagles and they usually perform well on Monday Night.

What makes this game interesting though, is the fact that former Packers quarterback, Doug Pederson, is in his first year as Eagles head coach. 

There is no doubt the Eagles can put up a ton of points but if they don’t find a quick solution for their defense, this game could be in the books fairly early.

Week 13: Houston Texans @ GB

The Texans have a very well established defense and an interesting young offense who could be hitting their stride at this point in the season. 

The Packers may have to step it up a notch for this one but if both teams bring their “A” game, this should be a good old fashion slug fest than leans in the Packers favor at Lambeau Field in December.

Week 14: Seattle Seahawks @ GB

As of right now, the Seahawks are by far the best team on the schedule and the Pack were able to handle them fairly easily early last season.

 Critics will point out that Seattle improved and the Packers digressed as the season went on, but I have a feeling it’s going to be another lonely day for the Seahawks playing in the Frozen Tundra without their 12th man.

Week 15: @ Chicago Bears

Soldier Field has basically become a home away from home for the Packers. 

With Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett gone searching for greener pastures, the Packers should enjoy another successful Bear hunt in Chicago.

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings @ GB 

Last year the Packers figured out in their first game against Minnesota, that the Vikings are mainly a throwback team who tries to suffocate you on defense, then submit you with the run on offense.

 Green Bay had the perfect game plan for that approach at Minnesota and after winning easily, went away from it in their meeting at Lambeau.

 I have a sneaking suspicion Coach McCarthy won’t make that same mistake twice.

Week 17: @ Detroit Lions

You never want to play a three game stretch against division rivals and you definitely don’t want to have to finish a stretch like that on the road.

 However, I doubt the Packers will complain about playing in a dome this time of year, especially after the finish they had at Ford Field last time they were there. 

I don’t think it will take another prayer to pull this one off as the Packers gear up for yet another playoff run. 

 

We all know that reality has its way of messing up our dreams, and that the games never play out as pretty on the field as they do on paper.

The great thing about the NFL however, is that anything can happen on any given Sunday.

So throw on your cheesehead, dress yourself in your favorite jersey and let’s cheer the “Green and Gold” on to whichever perfect season they have in store for us!

My first real experience with sports was playing soccer at the YMCA (ACM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

My father was a missionary and taught at the Bible school there but always wanted to make sure I was acclimated to the local sports scene.

It’s hard not to love soccer in a country were the legend of Pele looms large over everything. 

Especially when just a year later, in 1982, World Cup Soccer Fever took over the country and didn’t miss our little neighborhood. 

You couldn’t walk outside without hearing fireworks and singing, and the beautiful site of Samba dancing and homemade hot air balloons floating through the sky.

I was a decent goalie but never really had a chance to excel at the sport since just a few years later we had to head back to The U.S. for deputation.

As we traveled around the country, my father promised me he would take me to a baseball game if we happened to be on a city with a game going on during won of our nights off.

That never happened but one night while we were about to go to sleep in our motor home which was parked at a KOA campsite, we happened to find the 1986  World Series, Detroit Tigers vs San Diego Padres, on the radio.

Between bouts of static, I had my first experience with, “Americas Favorite Pastime,” and after digging through the baseball cards my Grandmother had given me at Christmas, I found a Lance Parrish rookie card and I was hooked.