Monday, September 12, 2016

2009 NFL Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2009 NFL Hall of Fame inductees were an impressive lot, and of course those who didn’t make it in were a surprise to some. Chris Carter and Shannon Sharpe were not among the players inducted into the 2009 NFL hall of fame. But this article is about those who were inducted. All stats used in this article are from

Bruce Smith DE Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins

The NFL all time sack leader and he played in 4 (and lost) Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. Bruce Smith played an amazing 19 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Washington (4 years) Redskins.

Bruce Smith played in 279 games and had 200 quarterback sacks and 1,078 tackles in his career. He also had 2 interceptions and forced 43 fumbles, and had a touchdown on a fumble recover. It is a toss up if Bruce Smith or Reggie White is the best defensive end of all time.

Ralph Wilson Owner of the Buffalo Bills

Ralph Wilson is an original founder of the AFL (American Football League) and owner of the Buffalo Bills. He owned the Bills when they went to an amazing 4 straight Super Bowls though they lost each one.

Derrick Thomas OLB Kansas City Chiefs

Derrick Thomas played 11 seasons at outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Other than Lawrence Taylor he was the best pass rushing linebacker I ever saw. Derrick Thomas was taken from us way too soon. He once sacked Dave Krieg of the Seattle Seahawks 7 times in one game!

In 169 games for the Chiefs Derrick Thomas put up some great stats, like his 126.5 quarterback sacks. Thomas also had 601 tackles and 1 pass interception in his career. Thomas was a threat to score when he got the ball, he got 4 touchdowns among his 19 fumble recoveries as a Kansas City Chief.

Randall McDaniel G Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It is hard to judge offensive linemen unless you see them play because they pretty much have no stats. Randall McDaniel played 14 years with the Vikings (12) and Bucs, and at a high level. He went to 12 pro bowls during his career. Not big by today’s standards at 6ft 3 and 276s pounds, he was a dominant force on the offensive line.

“Bullet” Bob Hayes WR Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers

“Bullet” Bob Hayes was billed as the world’s fastest human after winning an Olympic gold medal before joining the Dallas Cowboys. Not many men actually change the way the game is played but Bob Hayes did. He was so fast that the zone defense was pretty much put in place to stop him.

“Bullet” Bob Hayes played 10 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and part of a season with the San Francisco 49ers. In 132 games he caught 371 passes for 7,414 yards, 71 touchdowns and an amazing 20.0 yards per catch average. He also added 1,158 yards and 3 touchdowns on punt returns in his career.

Rod Woodson CB and Safety Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders

Rod Woodson may be the best pure athlete to ever play defensive back in the National Football League. He was a pure lock to be a 2009 NFL Hall of Fame inductee. Woodson has been named to every all pro or all time NFL team he was eligible for. He played corner until he was too old then switched to safety and intercepted even more passes.

Woodson played 15 NFL seasons and 238 games for 3 teams. He intercepted 71 passes for 1,483 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rod Woodson also recovered 23 fumbles for 137 yards and one touchdown. Woodson also added over 7,000 combined punt and kick return yards and 4 more scores.

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2009 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs

The Eagles fell just short of the Super Bowl yet again and have lost 4 of 5 NFC Title games under Andy Reid. What does the team need in the 2009 NFL Draft to get over the hump?

Philadelphia Eagles Team Draft Needs

Here are the positions the Eagles need most in the draft this year:

Biggest team need: Wide receiver

DeSean Jackson showed great flashes of potential but Philadelphia still lacks a top-notch talent that Donovan McNabb can trust to get open and make the big play.

Secondary team needs: offensive tackle, running back, free safety

Tra Thomas might be gone after this year and Jon Runyan is not quick enough to play tackle. Future replacements must be found, perhaps for both.

If the Eagles could swipe a power running back like Chris Wells or Shonn Greene for example to pair with Brian Westbrook, it might help diversify their offensive game and take it to the next level.

A new safety to learn alongside and replace Brian Dawkins in the future is also a good idea to draft.

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2009 NFL Draft Preview: Knowshon Moreno

Top-ranked Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno may be waiting a while to hear his name called at the 2009 NFL Draft.

Moreno is fast and strong. In two seasons at Georgia, he rushed for 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns while also catching 53 passes for 704 yards and two additional touchdowns.

The combine report states that Knowshon Moreno is tougher on the inside than many give him credit and is a very competitive athlete. He appears to be a natural receiver, leading to possible opportunities to split-out wide.

What can possibly lead to a late first-round pick, or even later, of this tremendous athlete? In mock drafts, he is listed as a late choice in round one of the 2009 NFL draft, with other lower-ranked running backs projected to go higher. Is red-shirt sophomore Moreno considered too young by NFL standards? He meets the age and years-removed-from-high-school requirements. At 5’11, 217 Moreno isn’t quite a big as NFL standards. His top speed is questionable. His 40 time of 4.6 at the combine lowered his initial stock factor.

Perhaps one brief line in the combine report holds more weight than appears: “A bit flashy, and will celebrate a bit too much after big plays.” Knowshon Moreno was a YouTube star while in high school, leaving New Jersey as the all-time leading scorer (128 touchdowns) and second-leading rusher with 6,268 yards in the state.

Philadelphia is in need of a running back following the loss of Correll Burkhalter and needs to grab Moreno while he’s available. If the Eagles pass, Arizona is waiting in the wings. The Cardinals back-up running back is best suited for short yardage and Kurt Warner needs someone to take the load off of him. Regardless of his 40 times, Knowshon Moreno has proven he is a very capable running back and a worthwhile investment.


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2009 NFL Football Schedule - Dallas Cowboys

2009 NFL Football Schedule – Dallas Cowboys. The 2009 NFL Football schedules have been released. Tony Romo will be attempting to lead a TO-less Cowboys squad back to the playoffs and the superbowl in the 2009-10 season.

2009 NFL Football Schedule – Dallas Cowboys – Preseason Games

August 13th – at the Oakland Raiders – 9PM EST
August 21st – Tennessee Titans – 7PM EST
August 29th – San Francisco 49ers – 7PM EST
September 4th – at the Minnesota Vikings – TBA

2009 NFL Football Schedule – Dallas Cowboys – Weeks 1 – 8

September 13th – at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1200 EST
Tampa Bay is coming into the season with new leadership, Raheem Morris (Head Coach) and Jim Bates (Defensive Coordinator). Should be a good warm-up game for Tony Romo and company!

September 20th – New York Giants – 715PM EST
Dallas’s season opener at home. The first true test of the season for the Cowboys and should indicate how the rest of the season is going to turn out.

September 28th (Monday) – Carolina Panthers – 730 PM EST

Unless Dallas does something drastic this preseason to improve their defense against the run, they could be in trouble in this game with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart running the ball for the Panthers.

October 4th – at the Denver Broncos – 315 PM EST
The Bronco’s may be in trouble in this game since Jay Cutler is gone. This will be the first game that Denver’s new coach, Josh McDaniels will coach against the Cowboys.

October 11th – at the Kansas City Chiefs – 1200 EST
Dallas will be looking to roll over the Chiefs before heading into their bye week.

October 18th – BYE
October 25th – Atlanta Falcons – 315 PM EST
This game is going to come down to who leads their team more efficiently, Sophomore quarterback Matt Ryan, or the more established Tony Romo!

November 1st – Seattle Seahawks – 1200 EST
Seattle has a new quarterback with Matt Hasselback. If they can pick-up a star receiver like Michael Crabtree, they may very well be tough to handle.

2009 NFL Football Schedule – Dallas Cowboys – Weeks 8-17

November 8th – at the Philadelphia Eagles – 715 PM EST
The Cowboy’s last trip to Philly resulted in a 44-6 beating! Expect Romo and company to be more competitive this year, though they sill may lose the game.

November 15th – at the Green Bay Packers – 315 PM EST
Dallas will be going for their second win ever at Lambeau Field this year. Last year was the first. The Packers are still trying to make their way without Brett Farve!

November 22nd – Washington Redskins – 1200 EST
Washington was 10-26 against Dallas in their old stadium. They will be looking to get off to a better start in the new Cowboy’s stadium.

November 26th – Oakland Raiders – 315 PM EST
This will be Oakland’s first Thanksgiving game and first at Dallas since 1998.

December 6th – at the New York Giants – 315 PM EST
Eli Manning has been a ‘Cowboy Killer’ at home with 10 TD passes and wins in 3 of the last 5 games at home.

December 13th – San Diego Chargers – 315 PM EST
If San Diego gets off to the right foot, this very possibly could be a preview of the Super Bowl!

December 19th (Sat) – at the New Orleans Saints – 715 PM EST
The Saints do not have issues scoring with Drew Bees at QB. Bees threw for over 5,000 yards in 2008. They do need a defense, however, and might find themselves on the short end of this game.

December 27th – at the Washington Redskins – 715 PM EST
This game very likely will have playoff impact for one or both of these teams.

January 3rd – Philadelphia Eagles – 1200 EST
The Eagles won 7 of their last 10 games played at Dallas. The Cowboys will have to stop Donovan McNabb in order to close out their first season in the new stadium on a high note.


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2009 NFL Draft Preview: Brian Cushing, LB

Brian Cushing is entering the 2009 NFL Draft as the 24th overall ranked NFL prospect and third ranked at his position. He is almost 6′ 3″ at 255 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.70 seconds. Cushing played for USC for four years, although he spent the majority of his Freshman year injured. He also brings decent strength with pulling off 30 repetitions of the bench press (225 lbs) at the NFL combine. Cushing is assessed to have a great combination of speed, size, and good football instincts to complement his natural athleticism.

2009 NFL Draft Preview – Brian Cushing Scouting Report

2009 NFL Draft Preview – LB – Brian Cushing – Pros

Brian Cushing is assessed as being one of the best linebacker prospects in the 2009 draft. He has both size and athleticism that matchup well with the number of schemes he will run up against in the NFL. He has shown outstanding ability against both the run and passing game while playing at USC. His size and overall strength will help him excel against the running game early in his NFL career where other linebacker prospects may need a year or two of seasoning before building up enough strength to compete at the NFL level.

2009 NFL Draft Preview – LB – Brian Cushing – Cons

The only weakness that Brian Cushing demonstrated in college was a lack of durability during his college years. He lost a lot of time in his freshman season due to a shoulder injury and the same during his junior year with an ankle injury. If Cushing hadn’t had these problems, he very well could be ranked higher in the 2009 NFL draft. He does pose some risk for any team that drafts him to make an impact sooner rather than later.

2009 NFL Draft Preview – LB – Brian Cushing – Overall

Brian Cushing has the ability to make the Pro Bowl a regular appearance in the NFL. If he can continue remaining healthy, then he is going to be a great pick for whichever team takes him. The latest he should last in the draft is until New England picks in the later portion of the first round. Don’t be surprised to see Houston or Denver take him earlier in the round though.


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2009 NFL Storylines: Eli Manning's Options, QBs in Cleveland and T.O. in Buffalo

When I started writing about top NFL storylines for 2009, I thought to myself, “This will be easy. Michael Vick, Hollywood Brett Favre and the returning Tom Brady.” Then, I remembered that approximately 1.6 million writers and NFL bloggers will have already written about all three of these topics. Therefore, here are three 2009 NFL storylines that do not directly involve any of those three players.

2009 NFL Storyline No. 1: Can Eli Manning win without Plaxico Burress?

Unless you’re not a big football fan or you’ve been living under a rock since last November, you’ve already heard the stats. You’re aware that after Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself en route to spending at least 20 months behind bars, the Giants lost four of their last five football games and were eliminated from the playoffs at home by the hated Philadelphia Eagles. Simply put, Plaxico Burress served as a security blanket of sorts for Eli Manning, going up and getting those overthrown and misplaced passes that would have otherwise been incomplete or intercepted.

Entering the 2009 NFL season, Manning is now the face of the New York football Giants. He is being paid more than any other NFL player and will have to truly earn that paycheck. Instead of throwing to Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, Manning will be working with Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham and rookies Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. He also still has Steve Smith.

2009 NFL Storyline No. 2: Will a Cleveland Browns quarterback start 16 games in 2009?

The Cleveland Browns have had a quarterback controversy just about every month since the return of the franchise a decade ago. Unlike with the Giants and Eli Manning, there is no face belonging to the Browns. That needs to change this season. Whether it’s Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn or even Brett Ratliff is almost irrelevant at this point. The Browns need a full-time first string quarterback and one who will remain in that role for years to come.

The obvious choice seems to be Brady Quinn, due to both talent at the quarterback position and the fact that Quinn moves well in the pocket. The latter is important considering the offensive line “protecting” Quinn.

2009 NFL Storyline No. 3: Is Terrell Owens going to help or hurt the Buffalo Bills?

The answer is “Help, but possibly only for a season.” When you look at Owens’ stats, you automatically remember that T.O. is a great teammate during his first year with a new team. Owens finished the 2004 season with 14 touchdown receptions for the Eagles. He had 13 TDs for the Cowboys in 2006. Many “experts” also like to write about the fact that Owens is slowing down and, at 35, is at the end of his career. Owens has averaged over 12 touchdown receptions in the past three years. Bills fans should be a little concerned about that toe that has been plaguing Owens during the preseason, though.

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