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Monday, January 28, 2008

Tigers Personal Tournament

I am gonna be up front here. I don't know golf. I have played one course, I shot 218 and I didn't even bother with the last 2 holes. I also don't know much about the professional tour. I couldn't name 5 courses and I couldn't describe one. But I do know domination.

As Super Sunday approaches I just don't see Strahan saying he is happy to win the NFC in half time interview. I stopped watching the NBA Finals last year after game three but I am guessing that the Cavaliers went ahead and played the game out.

But that is just what happened at Torrey Pines over the weekend. With Tiger Woods competitors making statements like; "There's no mercy rule,", "We're not playing Little League baseball. We'll see what happens. We might get lucky" and finally "I'm going to try to win the tournament that Tiger's not playing,"

Seriously when you are beating guys at a level that they are satisfied to win second it is getting out of hand. The one thing I do know is when you remove the competitiveness of a sport you are ruining it.

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NFL Teams Offseason

Here is a compilation of the offseason breakdowns I have done so far. Check out your team and let me know what you think they ought to do.

Note: These were all projected prior to Free Agency.

Miami Dolphins

St. Louis Rams

Atlanta Falcons

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Jets

New England Patriots (from 49ers)

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

New Orleans Saints

Buffalo Bills

Denver Broncos

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Arizona Cardinals

Minnesota Vikings

Houston Texans

Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Dallas Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tennessee Titans

Seattle Seahawks

Jacksonville Jaguars

San Diego Chargers

Dallas Cowboys

San Francisco 49'ers

Green Bay Packers

New York Giants

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Miami Dolphins Offseason

Trade this pick, NOW. It doesn't even have to be that good fo a deal. With the talent evaluating skills of Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland, you will make more out of several later picks than you can out of one early one.

Ok, Now that we have my opinion slightly clarified. Let's talk about what they need to do in either situation.

The whole complexion of the team has changed due to the fact that Bill Parcells was brought in to run the franchise. He promptly hired Jeff Ireland away from his director of talent evaluation with the Cowboys. They then announced the forgone conclusion that Cam Cameron would be leaving, and as soon as he was available they brought in former Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano. With all this change it is easier to determine the plans for the future of Miami by looking to Dallas than it is looking back at Miami

If they stick with that #1 spot, they need to shore up their defensive front. With aging Joey Porter and Zach Thomas, they need to strengthen the defensive front in order to pull some focus off of those two. They still have the skill to play, but they can't be the guys getting doubled and focused on by the other teams blocking scheme.

The popular talk is to have them take Darren Mcfadden. I don't like this and I know Parcells wont do it. For starters they have some talent in the backfield already. If they can keep that talent on the field and out of the trainers room. ALso looking at Bill Parcells past drafting strategy, he clearly feels you can get good backs later on in the draft. Neither Julius Jones or Marion Barber were picked very early.

If the Dolphins are capable of getting deper in the draft through a trade they will be able to select multiple players throughout these positions of need. If not then they will take a defensive player. While Glann Dorsey(DT-LSU) is the bigger name , slightly than Chris Long(DE-VA). I think the Dolphins are more likely to turn to Long in the draft. He is a much nicer fit for the 3-4 defense that Parcells will likely have team running.

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This Week In Sports January 28, 2008

Check out this weeks headlines that were either major or eye catching here

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St. Louis Rams Offseason

Though it has little to do with the on the field plans, I can hardly begin this without acknowledging the pasing of long time team owner Georgia Frontiere. I posted shortly after her passing so I wont re-hash it here.

The Rams have needs, not as many as a lot of teams, but you don't get the second pick in the draft without having some needs. The bright side is they are getting a better pick than they probably need only because the number of injuries they suffered caused them to lose more games than their talent probably dictates. In fairness to the situation though not all of those injuries were fluke. Old people get hurt, old people who play football get hurt often.

One of the areas where the Rams age was most pronounced was on the offensive line. When you are signing guys like Brandon Gorin and Todd Steussie off the street, you are in trouble. In fact let's just set that as the bar for your having a bad year on the offensive line. The Rams need to draft early on this side of the ball.

The other side of the trenches is not much stronger. When you starting defensive ends, combine for 3 sacks. That's all year folks. There are guys who pulled that many in a game. Hell, Patrick Kearney did it 3 different times this year. Obviously they need to shore up this spot. they also need to take some attention of their Linebackers who were underwhelming all year.

With thier needs they could take Jake Long (OT-Mich), or they could look to defense and go with Glenn Dorsey(DT-LSU) or Chris Long (DE-VA). If Miami is able to move the #1 pick then all three will be available. If Miami is still at #1 on draft day then one of those defensers will likely be gone. Either one that remains would be a good choice though and with this draft a lot deeper with offensive lineman as opposed to defense they could always wait til the second round to draft for the O-line.

Whatever the draft choices end up being you can expect Scott Linehan to be coaching for his job next season.

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