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THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:28:12 AM »
Might as well start it up a little bit early this year as it's gearing up to be an interesting season..

From the Saints Bounty-Gate scandal, Peyton Manning as a Bronco, to interesting draft picks, and a possible interesting pick up for my Bills.. :o

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)

A five-minute YouTube video was enough to make quarterback Alex Tanney an overnight sensation for displaying his uncanny accuracy.

Tanney created a big buzz last year in the self-titled ''Trick Shot Quarterback'' video by showing he can hit a receiver in a moving vehicle and throw footballs from across the court and swish them into basketball nets. He even banged a pass off the crossbar of an upright from 50 yards out - from his knees.


Now the Division III Monmouth College (Ill.) product will provide the Buffalo Bills a firsthand look to see whether he has a future in the NFL. After being passed up in the draft last weekend, Tanney has accepted an invitation to take part in the Bills' three-day rookie minicamp that opens May 11.

''I'm from a small school, and the only thing I've ever really wanted was an opportunity to get into a camp,'' the 23-year-old said by phone this week. ''And now I have that in Buffalo, so I'm anxious to get out there and compete for a spot.''

Turns out, the Bills weren't the only team interested in the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback who set an NCAA record with 157 touchdown passes over a five-year career with the Fighting Scots.

Tanney initially agreed to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie camp, but changed his mind after Buffalo extended an invite.

He made the switch because he felt Buffalo was a better fit. Noting that Bills were among the first teams to contact him this offseason, Tanney added that he's spoken to Buffalo's new quarterback coach David Lee on several occasions.


He's also aware that the team's No. 3 position is unfilled behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and backup Tyler Thigpen.

If one thing's for certain, Tanner's accuracy shouldn't be an issue.

In the video, Tanney bounces a pass off the floor into a trash barrel. He even threads a pass blind from the floor of the gymnasium up through a hallway and into a trash barrel on the floor of the school's adjacent running track.

The video has received more than 1.1 million hits since Tanney and his friends posted it in February 2011, and led to him attracting national attention.

Tanney showed off his throwing ability while featured on an episode of ''Stan Lee's Superhumans'' on the History Channel. It also led to numerous television interviews, including ones in Japan, Israel, Argentina and Chile.

Tanney would rather play down his YouTube popularity and instead focus on what he did on the field.


''The success and the numbers I put up speak for themselves rather than the YouTube video,'' he said. ''But obviously, that's what people are going to talk about.''

In 47 games, he completed 68.6 percent of his passes going 1,205 for 1,756 with only 30 interceptions. He threw for 300 yards 32 times and finished with a Division III record 14,249 yards passing. Add it up, by NFL standards, Tanney finished with a 115.8 passer rating.

And yet, he accepts his instant celebrity.

''We really didn't expect it to take off like it did. It kind of blew up,'' Tanney said. ''We had fun with it. It was a good experience. But I kind of think that's past me. I'm just looking forward to getting my shot in the NFL.''

The son of a longtime football coach, Tanney has been a quarterback since he started playing. He figures he was overlooked by Division I programs because he played for a tiny high school that had only 170 students.

And though he was hoping to be drafted, Tanney understood the possibility was unlikely.

That makes him even more driven to succeed.

''I've had a chip on my shoulder basically throughout high school, college, coming from small schools and wanting to prove to people what I have,'' Tanney said. ''I'm anxious to get out to Buffalo and see what I can do there.''

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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 09:30:28 AM »
I renewed my Rams season tickets again.   At least the three day draft party was fun.


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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 09:32:09 AM »
I renewed my Rams season tickets again.   At least the three day draft party was fun.
They will be interesting to watch this year  :o


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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 09:35:27 AM »
Rams play the Canada, er....Buffalo bills in Buffalo on 12/9, get us tickets boy.


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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 09:44:51 AM »
Rams play the Canada, er....Buffalo bills in Buffalo on 12/9, get us tickets boy.
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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 10:23:27 AM »
Um.. Not sure this is a good move.. :-\

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Sources: Vince Young to Bills
Updated: May 11, 2012, 1:20 PM ET


Quarterback Vince Young has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, league sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

Young can earn another $1 million in incentives, sources said. He is expected to join the team Monday.

Young worked out for the Bills at the beginning of the month.

Young spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He struggled in six games and threw for 866 yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions. Young also had a career-low 60.8 passer rating in 2011.

He has had an up-and-down career since being selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 draft. He was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year, but lost his starting job on several occasions in Tennessee before the Titans ran out of patience with him.


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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 10:54:32 AM »
It's not.
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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 10:50:09 PM »
Alright we're getting close peoplez!! :cheers:

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Strickly Panthers: Kalil's Super Bowl goal


Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil penned an open letter to Panthers fans in the form of a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday, emphatically ending it with "CAROLINA PANTHERS – SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!" and then his signature.

Later Wednesday, at the conclusion of a three-day camp leading up to training camp, Kalil's head coach and teammates signed off on his sentiment.

"If we don't have 53 guys with that same attitude walking in the building, then we need to find 53 guys that do," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "Ryan put it out there, and he wants his teammates to know he put it out there. The great thing is the reaction I've gotten from some of his teammates, from Jon Beason and Charles Johnson and Steve Smith. They said, ‘OK, let's go.' "

Beason has used different forums to say much the same thing for months now. In fact, just two days after the Panthers concluded the 2011 season by winning four of their final six games to finish 6-10, Beason said in an interview with News 14 Carolina: "I really think we're going to win the whole thing next year."

Beason said Wednesday, "Back in January and February, anytime somebody put a mike in front of me, I was saying that we were going to win a Super Bowl as well. Ryan killed it the way he did it - putting it in the paper and not letting anybody paraphrase it at all. I loved it. I took a picture of it with my phone and got it out to the world on Twitter.

"That's the first part of it – the confidence. You've got to set a goal and believe in it, and then what you do day to day to work toward it is what makes it come true."

Before practice, Beason posted on his Twitter account: "Well said my brother! Belief is the 1st step to reality. 2013 Champions!"

Kalil's letter isn't the first time a current Panther has expressed such confidence in this team, and it's far from the first time such a thing has happened league-wide.

When previous predictions haven't ended with the Lombardi Trophy in hand, the prognosticating parties have been portrayed as having put their foot in the mouth.

Kalil's proclamation, however, feels more like a call to commitment than a call to coronate.

Two years ago, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan famously predicted that his team would win the Super Bowl. Ryan said he did it to maintain confidence in a team that had come within one game of the big game the year before, but his brash persona made it impossible regardless of his motives for such a statement to not haunt him.

The Jets again fell one game short, and Ryan again predicted a Super Bowl title last season. That only amped up the ridicule when the Jets didn't even make the playoffs.

Also last season, as the Philadelphia Eagles stockpiled talent before training camp that quickly vaulted them into a favorite's role, reserve quarterback Vince Young referred to his new team as a "dream team."

The Eagles, however, lost eight of their first 12 games and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Given the widespread belief that the Eagles would contend entering the season, Young's comment – fair or not -- came to be viewed as a sign that the Eagles believed their own press clippings and allowed overconfidence to affect their preparation.

Kalil's statement, by contrast, comes from a leader on a team that's excited about the chance to embrace growing expectations but hasn't been saddled with great expectations.

The Panthers haven't been a play or two away from the Super Bowl in recent seasons, nor did they make any major splashes in free agency that put the spotlight on them. Rather, they've steadily improved since bottoming out with a 2-14 season in 2010, they have a young quarterback that's the talk of the league, and now they're earnestly yearning for good things to come their way.

Rather than a conceited declaration that we're better than anyone else and we know it, Kalil's powerful prose reads like a concerted effort to call for fans and his teammates to dream along with him about what could come to fruition if the Panthers put in the labor.

"Do we know what's going to happen? No. But based on how he feels and what he believes, I'm right there behind him," Rivera said. "In fact, I'll step out in front and say the same thing: This is a group of men that if they understand and work hard and put it on themselves, who knows?

"The sky can be the limit, but first and foremost we've got to go out and do it now, do it during training camp to develop and become the football team that gives itself a chance to win every Sunday."

And my Bills..
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Expectations high as Bills set to open camp

Updated Jul 25, 2012 9:33 PM ET
     
 
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP)

The time for talking is over as far as Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is concerned.

With training camp set to open in suburban Rochester on Thursday, Jackson said it's time the Bills start showing they're capable of playing to the high expectations that followed a productive offseason.

''You want to be respected, but at the same time, it's just talk until we get out there on the football field,'' Jackson said Wednesday after the team held a voluntary conditioning session. ''So we've got to go out there and make it worth it.''

For a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 12 seasons, there's a big buzz of belief that these Bills could be in store for a breakthrough. It began with Buffalo re-signing receiver Stevie Johnson in early March, and was followed by the even bigger splash that came with signing defensive end Mario Williams three days into free agency.

The addition of a pass-rushing specialist such as Williams - at a whopping $100 million price tag - was part of a major overhaul of a defense that ranked among the NFL's worst last year.

On offense, the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led unit returns mostly intact after showing flashes of production last year. Despite a late-season swoon, the unit still produced 5,624 yards, Buffalo's most since 1992, and finished 14th in the NFL in yards, the best ranking since Drew Bledsoe's first season in 2002.

Add it up, and that makes the start of camp this year as one of the most highly anticipated in Buffalo since Bledsoe's arrival in 2002. Though they failed to make the playoffs during Bledsoe's three-year tenure, the Bills did enjoy a 9-7 finish in 2004 - the last time Buffalo had a winning season.

''We have work to do, and we are all optimistic and excited to be here,'' veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay said. ''If we can stay healthy with the guys we have, we will be making a push and we will be contending.''

Even general manager Buddy Nix isn't couching his expectations.

''I believe losing and not being in contention throughout the year will be a huge disappointment for all of us,'' Nix said a day earlier. ''It's time to close it out and win some games. And until we do, it is not complete.''

The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season in which injuries and inexperience led to the team losing eight of its last nine games.

That was a switch from Nix and head coach Chan Gailey's first year together in 2010, when the Bills lost their first eight en route to a 4-12 finish.

Now, Gailey would like to see his team put it together for an entire season.

''The majority of our team has been through a fast start and a slow start, so I think we are mentally capable of handling whichever happens,'' Gailey said.

There's cause for optimism because the Bills believe they've significantly addressed their needs on defense while also adding experienced depth at most positions.

That should lead to several intriguing competitions for roster spots at several positions.

At receiver, the competition for the No. 2 job opposite Stevie Johnson is expected to involve Donald Jones, Marcus Easley and rookie third-round pick T.J. Graham.

At left tackle, rookie second-round pick Cordy Glenn and second-year player Chris Hairston will vie to replace free-agent loss Demetress Bell. And the Bills have a logjam at defensive tackle, leaving third-year players Torrell Troup and Alex Carrington competing for one of the last backup jobs.

Though Fitzpatrick returns as the starting quarterback, there's a battle for the No. 2 job between free-agent addition Vince Young and returning backup Tyler Thigpen.

Nix hasn't ruled out the possibility of adding a safety to improve the team's depth at that position.

The Bills are also healthy. Jackson, center Eric Wood, linebacker Shawne Merriman, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and cornerback Terrence McGee have all been cleared for practice after overcoming season-ending injuries last year.

''I think our mindset is where it needs to be,'' Gailey said. ''But you can have mindset, you can have attitude changes, you can have culture changes, but until you do it on the field on Sundays it doesn't count.''

We'll see how they progress as the season goes along.. 8)


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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2012, 09:53:59 AM »
My season tickets are supposed to come this week.......along with two lanyards and two NFL Rams hats.   My sister and brother-in-law (and my 5 neices and nephews) are VERY happy since they will get most of the games and get to stand in the special season ticket patio they are buidling in training camp for training camp.   Darn me for living in Houston!

The Houston football team called me and sent me an e-mail with a customer account set up saying that they had special season ticket specials for people like me who's season ticket teams are out of town.   They must have broke into the Rams' office or something.   Me and my wallet said NUP to that.


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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2012, 05:37:43 AM »
Desperately need players for my Yahoo fantasy league if anyone is interested: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/register/joinleague

League ID: 209334
Password: ravens

Right now it's just me and a guy I work with, so I need as many people as I can get.
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2012, 05:43:22 AM »
I may join you on that one.  We have a Yahoo league at work with about 14 teams in it (makes filling the teams FUN).  Of course, as the league champ two years in a row.......and last year while passed out at the hospital on final two weeks....... I may join a second league.


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Re: THE OFFICIAL 2012 NFL SEASON thread
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2012, 05:49:25 AM »
I don't think I'll be doing the fantasy football this year as I couldn't devote the time to it and now with this new job, I will be lucky to catch the Sunday games since I may be switching to a weekend shift in the near future :-[


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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2012, 05:51:09 AM »
I may join you on that one.  We have a Yahoo league at work with about 14 teams in it (makes filling the teams FUN).  Of course, as the league champ two years in a row.......and last year while passed out at the hospital on final two weeks....... I may join a second league.

I usually have 3 or 4 leagues going.  One which I run and the others just being random public leagues.  I've only been into fantasy for a few years but I really enjoy it.  It makes watching the games more enjoyable, because even a meaningless blow out can have implications for your team.


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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2012, 08:05:09 AM »
Y'all need to move that shit to ESPN. Yahoo fantasy blows. It blows big time.
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 10:42:09 AM »
Eh, we've had it for a number of years and no one has had any problems yet.

Oh, and I got the NFL Package from DirecTV for about half price after stern discussions about me dropping being a member since 1995 without the half price.