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Last year, Malik Jackson said the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to win the Super Bowl. We laughed at him. And then we made it all the way to the AFC Championship only to squander a fourth quarter loss.
This year? Malik thinks we’re going to 16-0, according to an interview with TMZ Sports.
“I think we’re going 16-0. I’m callin’ it, 16-0. I don’t think anybody can beat us as long as we stay healthy and do what we’re supposed to do.”
There’s a reason only two teams in NFL history have ever gone undefeated. The parity is the highest of any professional sports league and the fact that there are only 16 games means even just one without a star player can derail an otherwise perfect game plan. Continue Reading, by Ryan Day
In a league where the two most sought after positions not named quarterback are filled by people who either protect the quarterback’s blindside or try to get after the quarterback, placing a high value on that position makes sense. When you have someone who gets after the quarterback exceptionally well and was touted pre-draft as a “generational talent,” that high value should almost be a given. When that player gets injured early on, through no fault of their own, and then fights back against ridiculous odds to turn into one of the most terrifying physical specimens in the league, it’s a no brainer.
The shift this offseason from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base defense under new coordinator Matt Eberflus has created a change in not only the approach on that side of the ball — it changed some players’ positions.
Most of the returning 3-4 outside linebackers are now pass rush specialists as 4-3 defensive ends, led by Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, while Tarell Basham looks to take a big leap forward in his second year and second-round pick Kemoko Turay brings raw, explosive pass rush potential to the group. Continue Reading, by Andrew Walker
For a while, I thought that the rumors of a potential Earl Thomas trade to the Dallas Cowboys were interesting, but in the end they really didn’t affect the Tennessee Titans. The more I think about Earl Thomas leaving, the more concerned I am.
If he ends up with the Cowboys, I still stand by the idea that it really won’t matter to the Titans. Ultimately he stays in the NFC and the Titans will probably only have to play him one or two more times in his career. My big concern is, what if the Seattle Seahawks trade him to a different team instead.
At this point, he has come out and essentially said that he wants to be extended or traded this season, so much so that it could lead to a holdout. If the Cowboys continue to low-ball the Seahawks it only hurts their chances. The Seahawks know that they probably aren’t going to the playoffs this year and that this roster isn’t built to win a championship. Continue Reading, by Will Lomas