A Tumblr page with nothing but photos of Jay Cutler with a cigarette Photoshopped into his mouth. Genius.
Up until this season, the Green Bay Packers could always count on their defensive backs winning the physical battle against Chicago Bears wide receivers. With the acquisition of the 6’4”, 235lbs Brandon Marshall and 6’3”, 220lbs rookie Alshon Jeffery, Bears QB Jay Cutler is looking forward to the Packers relying heavily on bump and run coverage. Continue reading
If the predictions laid out in the Season Simulation of Madden NFL ’13 are correct, the New England Patriots will be making a return trip to the Super Bowl at the end of this season. Tom Brady will lead his team to a 12-4 record and the top seed in the AFC on his way to claiming yet another MVP Award. Over in the NFC, the Bears and Packers finish at the top of the NFC North with identical 12-4 record, with the crown and top seed in the NFC going to the Bears due to tiebreakers. Personally, this wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this is how the season played out. We’ll check in on these predictions at season’s end. Check out a list of the awards handed out at the end of the season below.
- NFL MVP – Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Offensive Player of the Year – Calvin Johnson, Jr., Detroit Lions
- Defensive Player of the Year – DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
- Offensive Rookie of the Year – Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
- Defensive Rookie of the Year – Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens
- Coach of the Year – Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs
One of the ongoing storylines of this year’s version of Hard Knocks and the preseason is the lack of a pass catching threat within the Miami Dolphins receiving corps. Chad Johnson was brought in to help shore up the position, but he’s no longer with the club. The Dolphins opened the 2012 offseason by trading Pro Bowl wide out Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third round draft picks. Marshall was moved due to his checkered legal history and the team saw moving him as a way to give new head coach a fresh start free of any drama. Marshall averaged 84 receptions, 1,114 yards and 5 touchdowns during his two years in Miami. Obviously, his skills could be of some use to the Dolphins. But Philbin has his eyes toward the future and doesn’t look back on the deal with regrets. Continue reading
Many fans and folks around the league questioned Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s insistence that he’d be ready to take the field in Week 1, roughly four weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. If a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is to be believed, the Bears’ front office share those doubts as well. Continue reading
Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant popularized the procedure known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. More recently, NFL players Jonathan Vilma and Brian Urlacher have chosen to experiment with the procedure as well. The non-invasive surgery was developed in Germany by Dr. Peter Wehling. The treatment uses an athletes own blood to help treat numerous inflammations within the body. While Urlacher was very reluctant to discuss his operation, the Chicago Tribune gives us a very interesting graphic which describes the operation. Continue reading
When it was announced that Brian Urlacher had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, I questioned why this measure hadn’t been taken sooner. Turns out, this wasn’t the first time Urlacher had gone under the knife in 2012. Continue reading