Why the NFL's off-season is damaging their brand and the players.

on June 28 2013 5:31 PM

No wonder the NFL are trying to extend the season by two games.

Given the fortunes of players during the off-season, they shouldn't be putting up as much of a fight as they are.

Wednesday morning saw New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional footballer and friend of the accused. Hernandez was held without bail as the gravity of the situation finally becomes clear to all who watch on in shock. It seems the Patriots have already made their mind up on the matter, moving quickly to release the man who signed a five-year, $40 million contract just last summer.

Hernandez wasn't the only player to be charged on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns rookie Ausar Walcott was also released after it emerged that he had been charged with attempted murder for punching a man outside a club in New Jersey. Two extremely serious incidents within a matter of hours than have disgraced the NFL once again.

Not Even Rex Ryan's Bravado Can Paper Over The Cracks In New York.

on June 20 2013 11:51 AM
Not Even Rex Ryan's Bravado Can Paper Over The Cracks In New York.

Say what you want about Rex Ryan, at least he is consistent.

The Head Coach of the New York Jets has shown his usual amount of bravado this offseason as he looks to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season that almost cost Ryan his job.

If he's feeling the pressure, he certainly isn't showing it.

In truth, if there isn't a dramatic turnaround, Ryan will be dismissed. He was fortunate to keep his job at the end of last season, especially when you consider the firings the Jets made all around the brash coach.

They basically cleaned house, making everyone but Ryan the scapegoat for the Jets failures. Reports suggest that Ryan had talked his way out of his removal, using his two AFC Championship game appearances when he was first hired as Jets coach as an example of what could be achieved with him at the helm.

Ryan recently said after the Jets first set of OTA's: "I'm a hell of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for".

Recent form suggests otherwise.

New York Jets News: Rex Ryan Is Returning To Blitz-Heavy Style Of Defense

on June 19 2013 11:39 AM
New York Jets News: Rex Ryan Is Returning To Blitz-Heavy Style Of Defense

The New York Jets will get back to their blitz-happy roots in the 2013 NFL season. Head coach Rex Ryan will turn his defense loose more often this season, according to

Ryan's best defenses have always been defined by a blitzing mentality. That has changed during the last two seasons.

The Jets experimented with more 4-3 looks and did not bring as much pressure. Former coordinator Mike Pettine is being made the scapegoat for this more cautious style of defense.'s Gregg Rosenthal has suggested that Pettine took on more play-calling responsibility in 2011 and 2012. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini notes that when Ryan called the plays in 2009 and 2010, the defense was considerably more aggressive.

New York Giants News: Victor Cruz Re-Signs With Big Blue

on June 14 2013 11:53 AM
New York Giants News: Victor Cruz Re-Signs With Big Blue

New York Giants fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, because it looks like Victor Cruz is staying in the Big Apple. At least for one more year.

That is according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. Her report states Cruz intends to sign a one-year tender agreement, worth $2.879 million, to remain with the Giants.

The move will keep Cruz a restricted free agent. However, it gives both the player and the franchise additional room and time to negotiate fresh terms on a longer contract. 

This is a massive boost to the Giants offense. Cruz is vital to Big Blue's passing game. He is the X-factor against all types of underneath coverage.

With Cruz on the field, opposing teams have to respect his ability to produce a huge gain on any play. When he aligns in the slot, his speed and knack for stretching the deep middle zones, draws safety attention.

That leaves fellow star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks often facing single coverage on the outside. That gives the Giants pass attack an obvious matchup advantage against any defense.

Tim Tebow Gets A Second Chance To Make A First Impression.

on June 11 2013 12:35 PM
Tim Tebow Gets A Second Chance To Make A First Impression.

Brace yourselves, New England.

Tebow-Mania is heading your way.

Today the Patriots confirmed yesterday's rumours that they have indeed signed Quarterback Tim Tebow on a two-year contract. He will immediately enter a competition with Ryan Mallett to be Tom Brady's back-up for the upcoming season during training camp. This has come as somewhat of a surprise, as just last week it was stated that Belichick and the Pats had no interest in Tebow whatsoever.

The Patriot organisation has clearly had a rethink and are willing to give the former Heisman trophy winner another shot in the NFL, following a harrowing season with the New York Jets, leading to his release when the team drafted West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft.