Browsing: After Further Review

NFL Afterlife is a series of conversations with former players about their careers, life without pads, and anything else we want to discuss. Thomas Jones is just one of those special people who make it seem easy.  In a league that inhales running backs and spits them out five seconds later, Jones carved out a consistently stellar, relatively injury-free career that spanned a whopping twelve seasons. Drafted by Arizona in 2000 as the no. 7 overall pick, Jones went on to play for the Bucs, Bears, Chiefs and Jets, finding success everywhere he landed. From 2005-2009, Jones finished with at least 1,100…

Thursday Night Football. An all-star game after the season.  Not handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch.  The NFL really is a breeding ground for bad ideas. Here’s another from the melting pot of dissatisfaction where Redskins team president Bruce Allen informed season ticket holders this week that they can expect to scoop the media by receiving in-game injury updates and player signings first. While the NFL declined to comment to Pro Football Talk and ESPN, it seems likely that an intervention is in order. ESPN points out that the NFL has no specific rules in place about the order in…

2014 Record: 10-6 (3rd place in the AFC North). After handling division rival Pittsburgh in the wild-card round, Baltimore lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions.  Last year marked the third time in four seasons the Ravens and Patriots have met in the playoffs. Key Losses: DT Haloti Ngota (Traded to Detroit), WR Torrey Smith (Free Agent), TE Owen Daniels (Free Agent) Key Additions: FS Kendrick Lewis (Free Agent), WR Breshad Perriman (1st round of draft), TE Maxx Williams (2nd round of draft) CB Kyle Arrington (Free Agent), QB Matt Schaub (Free Agent) Key Questions: 1)  How much improvement will we…

When people hear the name Kyle Turley they often forget he was once a storied offensive tackle in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. A first-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, Turley was a two-time All Pro over a productive NFL career which spanned nine seasons. Yet it was the cumulative effects of those years – especially the numerous undiagnosed concussions, according to Turley –  that have led him to the strange, frightening world for which he now resides. Despite the support system loving wife and two kids, Turley has suffered multiple seizures, considered suicide and rarely feels like…

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston to a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million in guaranteed money.  Houston’s contract is the richest in both Chiefs history and for a linebacker in NFL history. Entering his fifth season, Houston is a walking heap of accomplishments. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl three times, including last year’s monstrous season in which he led the NFL in sacks last season. (At 22 sacks, Houston was a half-sack shy of tying Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record.) Securing Houston provides Kansas City with one of the league’s fiercest…

For the first time in his five-year NFL career – all with the Denver Broncos – Virgil Green’s name stands atop the tight end depth chart.  Though he’s technically started seventeen career games and found intermittent success, Green has long stood in the shadow of superstar Julius Thomas who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. The Broncos brought on veteran tight end Owen Daniels for padding and tutelage, but with a new three-year contract Green is finally set to become one of Peyton Manning’s primary targets this season. Monstrously-sized at 6’5 and 255 pounds, Green is more than the…

Joe Theismann clumsily appeared on Fox News today to discuss a subject he definitely shouldn’t have – a federal judge’s ruling to cancel the Washington team’s trademark registration because the current nickname is denigrating to Native Americans. Within an awkward defense of the nickname, Theismann uttered the following, “I’m very proud to have represented the Native American nations of this country.” Yes, the sage Theismann actually believes a team’s nickname means something more than a moniker to differentiate it from 31 other teams or a simplistic word that blends with a logo to sell merchandise.  Of course, in Washington’s case…

Tally-ho! The NFL’s relationship with the UK deepened today as London-based Tottenham Hotspur announced a ten-year deal to host a minimum of two NFL games a year when their new stadium opens in 2018. ‘Minimum of’ may be the key verbiage here. “Touchdowns in Tottenham can only add to our reputation as a global sporting powerhouse, and help us take another step towards our goal of having a permanent NFL franchise here in London,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said (via NFL Communications). Like Johnson, Roger Goodell has not kept his desire for a UK-based franchise a secret. En route to securing…

2014 Record: 6-10. The Falcons suffered what may be a Hard Knocks jinx, or more like an uninspired play reality. The team could never recover from a putrid 2-6 start, and long-maligned head coach Mike Smith was fired at season’s end. Key Losses: RBs Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Harry Douglas, a 2016 5th round pick (for pumping in fake crowd noise), DT Corey Peters, OLB Sean Witherspoon Key additions: New head coach Dan Quinn, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, DE Adrian Clayborn, WR Leonard Hankerson, G Chris Chester, LB Vic Beasley (1st round of draft), CB Jalen Collins (2nd…

Ed. Note: Since our inception, we at TFG have made it our mission to develop content that stands above the “clickbait” found on most Internet sports sites and deliver insightful and unique commentary for male and female football fans alike. But we can’t help but get a little jealous of our male-driven competition who have succeeded in, er, augmenting their coverage with a little gratuitous eye candy. I know I personally have a hard time reading analysis of how Aaron Rodgers played the previous night without a distracting slideshow of his latest WAG nearby.  Of course, with a site named…

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