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Boston Strong: Time to "get over it?"

04/16/2014 10:32pm
last edited:04/17/2014 8:28pm

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings and I saw a post on the NFL's Instagram account with the New England Patriots honoring the victims and promoting #Bostonstrong.

As I scroll down, I read some comments and a couple people said that "those people" need to get over the bombings. I'm not sure how I feel about this. For years, we k

     
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Eireann Kiley
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04/17/2014 5:07pm
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I agree. In a crisis, we need to pull together to get through it. Getting through a crisis includes healing from it, and pulling together is a critical part of that healing process.

One of the great things about team sports is its ability to pull a community together, create a shared identity, and give people a chance to root for something larger than their individual goals.

If Boston can enjoy any healing from the shared identity we feel rooting for our teams, we all win from that.
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Why Keeping Dom Capers was a Good Idea

03/18/2014 10:19pm
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Earlier in the off-season, rumors arose that Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy was firing defensive coordinator Dom Capers after the defense fell to 25th in the league in yards and 24th in points allowed per game following the 2013 season. McCarthy however remained defiant and kept Capers on board for another season at DC.



And I believe that was the right decision.


     
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Jake Dowling
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03/20/2014 12:48am
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I agree and I think your point leads to another point. After this 2013 season, many people looked at the Packers as an average team after finishing 8-7-1. But much of that was because the loss of Rodgers for half of the season and I think the same could be said about the teams you had mentioned. The Patriots' championship teams were probably the last all-around best team. Great quarterback and a good solid defense with the playmakers they had.

Wade Geraci
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03/19/2014 12:39pm

Great post Jake and I agree with you.

It seems like several other QB-centric teams have experienced similar defensive inconsistencies. Brady's Pats, Brees' Saints, Manning's Broncos and Colts, Romo's Cowboys and Matt Ryan's Falcons have all dealt with up-and-down team defense.

And on a general level, team offensive performance is statistically much easier to maintain from year-to-year in the NFL than team defensive performance. Which I believe stems from a good QB's ability to take care of the football, but the randomness of your team's ability to create turnovers.

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Losers of the NFC Title Game

03/18/2014 9:38pm
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Has anyone noticed a trend in the National Football Conference regarding the loser of the NFC Title Game?

Since the 2004-05 Atlanta Falcons lost the NFC Championship to the Philadelphia Eagles, the loser of that game has missed the playoffs the next year.

In that nine year stretch, only two teams have made the postseason after losing the NFC conference game the year before (2009 E

     
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Wade Geraci
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03/19/2014 12:49pm

I agree that overall parity in the NFC and the lack of truly great teams (despite the .500 Giants beating the Pats twice in the Super Bowl, gulp) is one of the reasons. Seems like the tide shifted last year with most people believing the NFC was stronger top to bottom. I'll be legitimately spooked if the 49ers don't make the playoffs this year.

Tom Johnson
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03/18/2014 11:21pm

Really interesting stat about the NFC and I'm guessing it has something to do with parity. The NFC has not had an elite team over the last 15 or so years while the AFC has been dominated by the Patriots, Steelers, Colts and Ravens. All of those teams have been in the Super Bowl multiple times and the Pats have made it there a total of six times. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the Seahawks because they seem primed for a run at multiple Super Bowl titles over the next few years. Unfortunately, the 49ers appear to be imploding at the moment and their impressive run over the last three years might be over.

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Green Bay Packers FA Moves

03/18/2014 9:20pm
last edited:03/19/2014 12:41pm

If you're a Green Bay Packers fan, free agency, and the frenzy that ensues, is not on your calendar of upcoming events to look forward to ever since general manager Ted Thompson took over in 2005. And for good reason. All too often many teams in the NFL overspend on players that are in decline, overrated or just do not fit a team's system.

Though free agency does have

     
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Jake Dowling
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03/20/2014 12:38am
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I can't speak for my fellow Packers' friends but for me, I think he can be like Cullen Jenkins in 2010. Jenkins was a decent pass rusher but could also eat up blockers when needed. He played a decent amount of his snaps on passing downs (nickel and dime formations) and either worked the same side as Clay Matthews or opposite, making the opposing offensive line account for both players on opposite sides. I think Peppers can be that guy. He won't take majority of the snaps because there are younger players at that position who need to grow. That is just how the Packers operate and I think that is fine. This won't be similar to the Anthony Hargrove signing from a year ago when the team ended up cutting him before the season because the money was too high. Either way, this signing is a "smart" move by the Packers. Experience, good history and athletic. Just want the Packers need at that position.
Wade Geraci
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03/19/2014 12:45pm

On Peppers - his cap figure for the Bears was going to be $18 million, so obviously no surprise that he was a candidate to be cut and likely still has plenty left in the tank. What are you and Packers fans expecting from Peppers in 2014?

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