CHICAGO – How about if we all have some fun by trying to answer a very subjective question with some even more subjective answers and then try and figure out what it all really means? Does the team with the best talent usually win its division? Or is the champ the team with the most talent? The distinction here is would you rather have half a dozen studs and a number of positions you have to work around because you know your stars are going to win games for you, or are you willing to go with fewer All-Pros to field quality players at every position? Heading into the 2019 season using only recent history as criteria, it’s impossible to argue the Bears aren’t the team with the best talent in the NFC North, returning five first-team All-Pros and eight players who played in the Pro Bowl. But do the Bears have the most talent, or are the Vikings, Packers or Lions more likely to claim that crown and deserve the nod as our preseason choice to win the division? Let’s … [Read more...] about Hub Arkush: Who is the favorite in the NFC North?
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The second round of the 2019 NFL draft made history, with Spaniard Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside picked by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Stanford University receiver was the 57th pick, ahead of names like DK Metcalf and Andy Isabella. His absence at the combine, where future talents show what they can do, suggested that he could go to the third round of the draft but the Eagles opted to gamble on the Spanish wide receiver a round earlier. JJ, as he is known in the US, followed the draft from his home in South Carolina, receiving the call from Philadelphia three minutes before it was revealed on television. "We're very happy with what's happening for JJ," his father Joaquin Arcega, a former professional basketball player, told MARCA. "The whole family came and we didn't know when he would come out because it was very open for receivers. "Now he goes to a historic franchise, one of the biggest, where they have the best fans in NFL." The receiver is the second Spanish player in the NFL at … [Read more...] about JJ Arcega-Whiteside is the NFL’s latest Spanish pioneer
To understand the interest in the NFL Draft, you have to get inside the mind of a sports fan. In Britain, the burgeoning eyeball economy of the internet has seen transfer news take on a whole new level of importance, with clubs and media companies (spot the difference, in some cases) pouncing on the surges of interest that brings. Transfers get supporters excited because they feed the eternal hope of the sports fan, the thought that your team can always get better and might be just one signing away from salvation or – whisper it quietly – glory. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now A wild transfer spree can invigorate and re-engage a fan base in a way that no ticket promotion or sale in the club shop can. Plenty of owners have fallen into that trap: Everton and Fulham are two Premier League teams who splashed out … [Read more...] about For fans of American Football, the NFL Draft springs hope eternal
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reportedly agreed to contract extension with the team on Tuesday that will make him the highest paid player in NFL history. According to the Associated Press and ESPN, Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a landmark four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million guaranteed signing bonus. Wilson, 30, has been one of the best players in the NFL since entering the league in 2011. He is a six-time Pro Bowler who has passed for 25,624 yards over seven seasons. He has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback and has a career record of 75-36-1. He led the Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and narrowly missed winning a second Super Bowl the next year, when his team fell to Tom Brady's New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Wilson famously fell to the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft (75th pick overall) due to his height, which is listed at 5'10'' and is traditionally short for a … [Read more...] about Seahawks QB Russell Wilson agrees to richest contract in NFL history: “We got a deal”
Jarrett Bell USA TODAY Published 7:44 AM EDT Apr 12, 2019 The search is on for a new executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and the prospects are seemingly not unlike hiring a head coach to inject renewed purpose for a team that finished 4-12. Or 1-for-8. John Wooten has retired as chairman of the FPA, the organization that pushes for minorities to get a fair shot at coaching and front office roles in the NFL, leaving with the stark reminder of all that needs to be done as the NFL prepares to celebrate its 100th season. In 2019, not 1920, a minority was hired for just one of eight head coach openings. Over two years, it’s 2-for-15, with the Cardinals' Steve Wilks, the lone hire last year, already dumped – and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury, a purported offensive whiz kid who has never coached a down in the NFL and had a 35-40 record as a college coach. So, here we go. NFL 100 is also the year that the league – with more than 70% of … [Read more...] about NFL: Fritz Pollard Alliance at critical juncture for league diversity