After some valuable words of fantasy wisdom we launch straight into our live mock fantasy draft, including the annoying announcer from nfl.com and Duncan occasionally doing an off-brand imitation of the Countdown theme.
I did this last week and it was a lot of fun, so let’s look at pre-season week 2.
Time for the disclaimer again:
I AM WELL AWARE THIS IS PRESEASON. NOTHING SHOULD BE TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY UNTIL WE SEE THE TEAMS SQUARE OFF IN MEANINGFUL ACTION.
That being said, the first topic is very serious.
There is no denying that the Texans have one of the great all time players on their roster, but what about the rest of the team? What happens without Arian Foster? Could this be the worst team in the AFC South?
Time to take a look at Houston.
I originally planned to do this as a ‘game by game’ review, but after writing 500 words just on the Jets I realised it was probably better just to hit on some of the top points that I noticed while working my way through the pre-season games and what better way to do that than a Gents style list. I’ll try and do this every week, but come week 4 we might already be in full-on regular season mode.
Before we get started though it’s worth remembering some context. This is pre-season. I noticed the excellent Woot and Wye podcast point out on twitter the other day that the 0-16 2008 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the pre-season. What I’m trying to say is that we should take everything we see with a pinch of salt. It doesn’t mean we won’t be able to make some valuable points, but just know that this post is written with that in mind. I might not think the Jets were very good, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be when the actual season starts. I’m just talking about what I’ve seen, which is really very little.
James has been contributing to the Gents for a while now, with stats and questions for the podcast. After Months of us pestering him, he’s written his 1st post for the Gents.
Okay, I am a Gridiron Gents Virgin, so I ask that you are gentle with me, and I, in turn shall try to make this special for you.
Hall of Fame week is done now, and I am sad. It’s one of my favourite times of year, not only because the Hall of fame game signals the start of proper football but because it starts debates on sofas around the world about who should be in, who should be waiting their turn and who is being snubbed or ignored again. I have some pretty strong opinions on players, and their places in the hall, only opinions but I thought I would share a few with you, purely for the sake of starting more conversations. So in my first article I thought I would do a list focussing on guys who are my favourite argument starters. “Outsiders” I love making a case for against the odds.
All of these guys are eligible, having been retired for 5 years or more and all, in my opinion deserve their place in Canton.
As we move toward the end of our Top 10 rankings ahead of the 2015 season, it’s the turn of the defensive tackles.
The biggest baddest members of the defensive front, tackles need to be quick, strong and versatile. Often required to fulfill a number of different roles from run stuffer to pass rusher they are the wrecking balls in the trenches.
So who are looking set to be the most disruptive this season? This is my take on 10 of the best headed in to 2015. As always, let me know who you agree with, disagree with, or who you think should have made the list. You’ll find me on Twitter @headedforhades.
So, here we go…
We’re splitting this week’s pod into two parts because it was what we in the business call ‘too long’. So in this opening section – Dan struggles to remember who went into the Hall of Fame, the Bucs manage to patronise 51% of the world’s population, and Alex reports back from her escapades at the European championship.
In our bid to cover all 32 teams ahead of the new season it’s time to take a look at the AFC East, starting with the Buffalo Bills. After recording their first winning season since 2004, are the Bills ready to take the next step and in to the Play Offs?
The AFC South is not short of teams that need a change of fortune. The Titans are looking for immediate changes from a superstar college QB. The Texans have built up a defence of very big men and the Colts have added some experience to help Andrew Luck. So how goes the Jags attempt to slowly build a team over a few years? Is Gus on the hot seat? Can Bortles take the next step?
Let’s look at London’s team.