Fire Sale Coming

      There are so many under performing teams this year that there should be many head coaching vacancies this off season. This is the first season in 5+ years that a coach wasn’t fired in the middle of a season. I am going to name the top 5 coaches that need to be let go at the end of the year.

5) Jim Schwartz- Jim has been with the Lions for 4 years now and even though this team went to the playoffs last year, they are very inconsistent. They have a solid front 7 on their defense, but their corners are very suspect. They have a young franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford and the best wide receiver in the league in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. The thing that best describes this team is undisciplined. They will at best win 5 games this year and that is unacceptable. Schwartz is a fiery and emotional leader, but at times that will cost them games.I think he is more of a defensive coordinator than a leader of men.

4) Chan Gailey- This just has not worked since he has been at Buffalo, they just have not been relevant. He has managed to win only 15 games in 3 years. Chan is a good offensive coordinator, but he just isn’t getting it done. The Bills are in the Pats division so you have to have a legit starting quarterback and Ryan Fitzpatrick is just not it. Chan isn’t the only one that needs to go the General Manager Buddy Nix needs to go with him.They seem to me to be the opposite Lions, instead of drafting receivers they have drafted 3 legit running backs instead of keeping Lynch or Jackson and drafting a defensive guy they just draft C.J. Spiller. It makes no sense to me.

3) Andy Reid- The only reason i don’t have him higher is because i feel stronger about the top 2 guys. This guy has been the head coach for the Eagles since 1999, he has been to 5 NFC Champ. game and is 1-4 in those games. You may be saying going to 5 NFC Champ. Games is really good, but he has only been to 1 since 2005. His Offensive scheme seems to be big plays or miss with Mike Vick and it has been more miss than hit. I believe he has over stayed his welcome. I don’t believe he is a great motivator or a mastermind. He was very lucky to have Jim Johnson be his defensive coordinator. Without Jim this defense just hasn’t been the same. Their are more deserving coaches out there, to me i need to see Andy be able to change the way he has been doing things these last few years.

2) Rex Ryan- This man has lied to everyone this year, he has lied to himself and to his team. He has become more bark than bite and is just a laughing stock. The Jets defense that was supposed to be a dominate one this year according to Rex is an average one. It was clear to everyone after the first few weeks that Mark Sanchez was not the answer, but he stuck by him and they are out of playoff contention for the second straight year. What makes this year different is that the Jets had a better QB on there team in Tim Tebow on their bench. After about the third week I thought that he would go to Tebow to save the season, but his foolish pride made him stick with Sanchez. Rex needs to be fired alongside Mike Tannenbaum the GM. This franchise is a joke at this point and needs to be put in new hands.

1) Norv Turner- He should of been fired for the past 3 years, but for some reason they keep giving him chances. These last two years are the epitome of why he should be gone. I would take Norv as a offensive coordinator any day and twice on Sunday, but as a Head Coach he is horrible let me repeat myself he is a horrible Head Coach. The Chargers have had some great teams and still lose year after year. He no longer should get the benefit of the doubt he has to be on the top of the list to be gone after this year. He is tied to Phillip Rivers and Rivers is just not a elite QB and never really has been. A disaster waiting to happen is what this team has been for years. The Chargers need to strip the house clean and start over from the top (GM A.J. Smith) to running back Ryan Matthews.

A few that just missed the list-

  1. Carolina Panthers H.C.-Ron Rivera

     2.  Arizona Cardinals H.C.- Ken Whisenhunt




Week 17 NFL predictions

This is the final week of the Regular season and there are quite a few match ups with importance. There are some playoff clinching or playoff eliminating games.

Ravens 10-5 @ Bengals 9-6 at 1:00 p.m. – 6 This game has no playoff implications because both have already clinched their playoff positions. I would be very surprised if the Ravens play their starters past halftime. I think this game means more to the Bengals and will win this game 27-13.

Jets 6-9 @ Bills 5-10 at 1:00 p.m. – This game has no playoff implications but will have Draft implications. If the Bills lose they will leap into the top 10 maybe the top 8. If the Jets lose they would be around the top 12 pick. This game isn’t a game of powerhouses but of two of the bigger disappointments this year.

Texans 12-3 @ Colts 10-5 at 1:00- This game is one of the more important games of the weekend. The Texans can clinch home field advantage with a win, but with a loss the Patriots and Broncos will have first round bye. The Broncos will have Home Field Advantage. The Colts have said they will not sit players and now the Texans can not sit players. I have the Colts pulling the upset and winning 32-27.

Bucs 6-9 @ Falcons 13-2 at 1:00 p.m. – The Falcons have already clinched home field throughout the playoffs. The Bucs are ending the year on a very bad note and are playing bad. I have lost all belief that the Bucs will win this game even if Matt Ryan only plays a half. I have the Falcons winning 28-17.

Eagles 4-11 @ Giants 8-7 at 1:00 p.m. – The Giants have handed the division to the Redskins. The Giants had a 3 game lead in the loss column and have squandered it. The Eagles are just playing for Draft position. They are looking to have a top 5 pick at this point in the year. I have made arguments that Eli was better than Peyton but this year he just hasn’t looked like it. I am very disappointed in the Giants, and they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs the way they’ve played. The Eagles are starting Vick this week and he will playing to audition for a job next week. I think Vick won’t play extremely well and will come down to turnovers. With all that said I’m picking the Giants to win. I just can’t shake what they have done last year even if my better judgement tells me that I should. I pick the  Giants to win 31-23.

Panthers 6-9 @ Saints 7-8 at 1:00 p.m. – This match up is featuring a bright young star in Cam and a proven star in Brees. Though this game has no playoff implications it still should be a good offensive game to watch. Panthers want to improve from last year’s 6-10 record, so they will need to win this game to win 1 more game than last year and possibly save Rivera’s job. The Saints have been hit hard this season since they lost a few players in free agency and suspension from the ghost hunt of Bountygate. Sean Payton meant a lot more to this team then I thought. Both teams need help in the draft and need to look in free agency. I think the Saints will win this game in a shootout 35-31.

Browns 5-10 @ Steelers 7-8 at 1:00 p.m. – Neither teams will be in the playoffs. The Browns and Steelers are both playing for draft position a loss would help both clubs. The Steelers however are mad they are not going to the playoffs. The Steelers will come out and stomp the Browns, with Weeden and McCoy hurt, who might be down to their third string qb and win 31-10.

Bears 9-6 @ Lions 4-11 at 1:00 p.m. – This is a must watch game because it’s a must win for the bears. The Bears need a Vikings loss and they need to win to make the playoffs. The Bears started 7-1 and have went 2-5 in there last 7 games. Even if the Vikings win the Bears have to win to possibly save Lovies and the other coaches jobs. The Lions aren’t as bad as their record would indicate. Most of their games have been close so I won’t be surprised if the Lions make this a bail biter. I will have to pick the Bears to win 27-24.

Jaguars 2-13 @ Titans 5-10 at 1:00 p.m. – This game is strictly a draft position game. The Jags need to lose to have a chance at the number one pick in the Draft. The Titans have just struggled in every way this year. I think the Titans are just better than the Jags and will win this game 21-3.

Cardinals 5-10 @ 49ers 10-4-1 at 4:25 p.m. – This is the easiest match up this week. The 49ers are very angry after getting destroyed by the Seahawks last week. The Cardinals are just bad and will stand no chance in this game. The 49ers will win handily 37-3.

Chiefs 2-13 @ Broncos 12-3 at 4:25 p.m. This is another game with no real significance. The Chiefs will either have the number 1 or 2 pick in the Draft and the Broncos will have either a 1 or 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs offense is strictly Jamaal Charles or bust and he will struggle against this defense. Peyton should be able to move the ball on this defense. Broncos win this game 35-14.

Raiders 4-11 @ Chargers 6-9 at 4:25 p.m. – Two teams that have been disappointments this year. The Chargers should of been much more of a factor than they have been this year. The Chargers will look much different next year with head coach Norv Turner and GM AJ Smith possibly being fired. The Chargers should win this game in a close one 17-14.

Dolphins 7-8 @ Pats 11-4 at 4:25 p.m. – The Pats have to win and have the Texans lose to have a first  round bye. The Pats will come out and send a message against a division foe. Brady will look to put up big numbers to win the MVP this year. I don’t think the Dolphins will stand much of a chance this week. The Patriots win this game 38-17.

Rams 7-7-1 @ Seahawks 10-5 at 4:25 p.m. – The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff birth so they can’t get any worse. This Seahawks team is the hottest team in the NFL and will not let up any this week against a division rival. The Seahawks will win this game easily 42-9.

Packers 11-4 @ Vikings 9-6 at 4:25 p.m. – This is one of the most important games for me and all Bears fans. If the Vikings win this game then they clinch the number 6 seed. The Packers have already clinched the NFC North and could play spoiler to their arch rival Chicago by sitting their starters. I unfortunately see the Vikings winning this game 23-21.

Cowboys 8-7 @ Redskins 9-6 at 8:20 p.m. – This is the marquee game of the week. This game is win or go home for the division. The Redskins have been huge surprise this year. The Cowboys have been hot lately besides falling to the Saints last week. This game is going to be a high octane game. I will be more impressed with RG3 if he can win this game and win the division. Tony Romo has never been a clutch performer in his career. It’s more that I don’t trust Romo more than I trust RG3. I believe the Redskins will win this game 35-33.

That is my week 17 predictions so please follow and I will give my season awards and top 10 lists of all positions.


Saturday Night Football

This is the first Saturday night game of the NFL season. Its between the 12-2 Atlanta Falcons and 4-10 Detroit Lions. The Falcons will clinch home field advantage with a win. The Lions are a huge disappointment this year. After they went 10-6 and made the playoffs, they have been walking mediocrity. Calvin Johnson is going to break Jerry Rices’ receiving yards record of 1848, Calvin has 1667 receiving yards this season. Between the Falcons clinching homefield advantage and Megatron breaking Jerrys’ record this game should be exciting. I have this as a close game, unlike most of the people I have heard on 92.9 The Game or people I talk to, they all have the Falcons winning huge like 31-7 or something like that. I have the Falcons winning a nail biter 31-27.

That’s my Saturday Night Football prediction.


NFC West Side Story

   The NFC West is a defensive conference much like the AFC North, but what seperates them is the youth of the NFC West. The NFC West is made up of the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

   The Arizona Cardinals are 5-9 but started 4-0 and are 1-9 in the last 10. Their defense is actually pretty good its just on the field so much because their offense is probally the worst I’ve ever seen. I know they just put up 38 but I don’t care that was a fluke. Their only offensive threat is Larry Fitzgerald, too bad he can’t throw it to himself. The cupboard isn’t bare there either though they have some talent at the receiver position ( Fitz and Michael Floyd) and a young talented tight end in Rob Housler. They will most likely have the number 10 pick but they should not draft a quarterback. They should go after Tim Tebow if he is released or or trade for him. He would rejuvenate this franchise the way Kurt Warner did. With number 10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals pick Jonathan Cooper

  The St. Louis Rams are 6-7-1 and undefeated in the NFC West with one game left in division (Seattle Seahawks) and play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next. The Rams are very raw on offense but have a very underrated defense.  Their main weakness is also their most valuable player Sam Bradford. You may think I’m crazy but hey from what I have seen he isn’t a franchise quarterback. If given enough time he is very accurate but if you pressure him he becomes inaccurate and easily bothered. Steven Jackson is not getting any younger and the end is growing closer. They need to grow their team in the draft and smart free agent pick ups. They will have two first round picks this year one will be around 16 and the other acquired from Washington Redskins last  year will be around the 27th pick. With their first the St. Louis Rams will pick Anthony Barr Outside Linebacker from UCLA. With the 27th pick in the NFL draft the St. Louis Rams select Sheldon Richardson Defensive Tackle from University of Missouri.

   Seattle Seahawks are 9-5 and are the NFLs hottest team the past few weeks. They have a great running back in Marshawn Lynch and potential rookie of the year Russell Wilson. Their defense has the best secondary in the NFL, a good pass rush and a good charismatic head coach in Pete Carroll. They are a young team but seem to be headed in the right direction on both sides of the ball. Marshawn Lynch has been the MVP of this team because without him defenses would not have to play the run so much and focus on Russell Wilson. They will have a very unfamiliar pick for them but they will have a late 20s pick in the draft. With that pick the Seattle Seahawks will select
Terrance Williams Wide Receiver from Baylor University.

   The San Francisco 49ers are 10-3-1 and are still trying to lock up their division. They have had some bad games in their division that may cost then the division. They for some reason they  play the Rams so badly and lost one and tied the other. They have a top 2 defense in my mind. They are a smash mouth football team first and offense secondly. Jim Harbough took over last year and this 49ers team hasn’t looked back. Their only weakness is the offensive scheme and a lack of a true receiver threat. They have a dual threat quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. They were in the NFC Championship last year and will most likely be playing in the NFC Champ. Game this year. They will most likely have a final 4 pick in the draft. With that pick the 49ers will select Tavon Austin Wide Receiver from West Virginia.

  That is the NFC West and in my opinion the Seahawks will catch the niners and win the NFC West.

The next is the NFC East so please follow me on Twitter at T19Shaffer

NFC birds fly South

    The NFC South is appearing to be the future of the NFL with the up and coming Tampa Bay Bucs and Carolina Panthers. The top two teams are one of the best top two teams on paper in the league, with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

   1) Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – These Atlanta Falcons have proved to me they can win big games during the regular season. Still not sold on them during the playoffs, but during the regular season they have been the best team this year. Their offense is loaded with guys like Ryan, Jones, White and Tony G. This offense is very difficult to defend. Their defense is solid with a top 3 secondary in the NFL. They have a strong pass rush with Abraham leading their pass rush. I have them finishing 13-3 losing to the Bucs in week 17. I think they will win a game in the playoffs but lose in the NFC Champ game. The will have a 28-32 pick in the draft. With a late pick they should draft Kawann Short Defensive Tackle from Purdue University.

   2) New Orleans Saints (6-8) – The Saints have been destroyed this season after a shoddy investigation and a very quick trigger to suspend Vilma and Smith from the Saints. The Saints seemed lost and confused the first four games of the season in which they lost all four. Brees has seemed this year to be getting hit more than usual. The loss of Nicks seems to be huge for the run game and he blindside. They will not be in the playoffs and will need to patch some holes in the draft and free agency. I believe they will fill the holes on the o-line and the defense. I can see them finishing 8-8 and finishing strong, but I can also see them finish 6-10 and mail the rest of the year in. I will split the difference and say 7-9 and have a top 15-20 pick in the draft. With that pick they should pick Taylor Lewan Offensive Tackle from University of Michigan.

   3) Tampa Bay Bucs (6-8) – The Bucs have shown that the team last year was a distant memory. They finally have a running threat they haven’t had in a while in Doug Martin who as a rookie has had over 1500 total yards. They had a solid offense but their defense is atrocious and can’t stop anybody throwing the ball. They have a very good run defense. Their last game against the Saints was a blip on the radar not something I expect to continue. They have some young players on that defense so I’m expecting a serious step forward next year with a few more draft picks and some player development on the defensive side of the ball. They should finish the season 8-8 and have some momentum going into next year. They will get a middle of the round pick and with that pick they should draft Dion Jordan Defensive End from Oregon.

   4) Carolina Panthers (5-9) – The Panthers have been playing much better these last few weeks. Their wins have been because of the increasingly good play of second year qb Cam Newton. The Panthers have a aging receiver in Steve Smith and a very underrated tight end in Greg Olsen (As a Bears fan I wish we had him back) and 3 running backs that have been paid a lot but are not performing up to the level they should. Their defense is an above average in both the pass and run. Their biggest weakness on offense is receiver and on defense is defensive tackle. They will most likely finish 6-10 and get a good 10-15 range. They should use that pick to draft Sylvester Williams Defensive Tackle from North Carolina.

That’s the NFC South which could be one of best divisions in all of football in a few years.


Week 15 Sunday Night Football Prediction

Sunday night football is featuring the New England Patriots vs San Francisco 49ers. This is a match up between the 2 of the best teams in the NFL. I am anxious to see how Tom Brady will be able to deal with the pass rush of Aldon Smith and the rest this defense which in my opinion is number 2 overall trailing only Seattle. I believe Tom Brady will be able to pick this great defense apart. Colin Kaepernick will struggle in my opinion and cost his team the game. Pats will win 27-17 and prove that they are the best team in the NFL.


Week 15 NFL predictions

This is my predictions continued.

    Seahawks (8-5) @ Bills (5-8) at 4:05 p.m. – The Seahawks are having a lights out season on defense and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is playing like a seasoned veteran. The Bills have been a better lately on defense but I still don’t trust them. The Seahawks are rolling and I think they will continue this week and win 17-6.

     Lions (4-9) @ Cardinals (4-9) at 4:05 – The Cardinals offense is so awful that even this Lions defense should have a field day. The Cardinals defense isn’t as bad as their rank would like to say. They are just on the field so much they are worn out. Stafford will be on the field a lot and should able to throw all day. This looks like it will be another long day for the Cardinals. Lion win 35-9 in another long and sad day. Card lose 10th straight.

    Panthers (4-9) @ Chargers (5-8) at 4:05 p.m. – The Panthers are playing very well lately with no turnovers by Cam in the last few games. The Chargers on the other hand have been such a disappointment this year after a great start they have just gave their season away. Ryan Matthews hasn’t been effective this year and Rivers has gave the ball away too many times. I have lost complete faith in the Chargers and the Panthers are hot which doesn’t bode well for the Chargers. I think Cam will run over this defense and lead them to victory over the Chargers 28-13.

   Steelers (7-6) @ Cowboys (7-6) at 4:25 p.m. –  Both these teams are fighting to stay alive in the playoff hunt, whoever loses is out of playoff contention. With Big Ben playing his 2nd game back after his injury. His first game wasn’t as good as he would like individually. The Cowboys are playing their second game since the drunk driving tragedy. The Cowboys are a up and down team and I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t show up. Design is hurt and you can’t be sure how effective his finger will be. I will take the Steelers winning this defensive battle 17-14. Ending the Cowboys Season.

    Chiefs (2-11) @ Raiders (3-10) at 4:25 p.m. – This is going be a ugly game if you like defense and maybe if you like offense. The KC Chiefs that came out 2 weeks ago against the Panthers are not the real Chiefs and will most likely show up today. The Raiders are not much better by they do have a legit quarterback in Carson Palmer. This could be a huge turnover game for both offenses. I have a sloppy game but Raiders win 17-9.