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Possible Cleveland-Miami Trade For Cribbs If No Deal Is Reached

Published: January 9, 2010

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Browns offer Cribbs new deal…..

Cribbs is disgusted…..

Browns say offer is final…..

Cribbs and agents act very unprofessional…..


If Cribbs can’t act professional and a deal cannot be negotiated, the Browns should deal him. It shouldn’t matter if we can just bench him. The value we can get over benching him is too much.

Therefore, I have a possible trade between the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. It is definitely lopsided towards the Browns, but not too lopsided.

The Miami Dolphins get:
-KR/PR/WR/RB Joshua Cribbs
-QB Brady Quinn
-CB Bradnon McDonald

The Cleveland Browns get:
-QB Chad Henne
-SS Yeremiah Bell
-WR Ted Ginn Jr.
-CB Nate jones or Jason Allen

Miami gets the king of the wildcat offense and the best special teams player in the NFL, or maybe even all time.

They also get a quarterback who can manage a game and play well with a good offense like Miami’s and has experience under the wild-cat offense.

McDonald is somewhat of just a throw-in in this trade but could really help the Dolphin’s defense in the secondary.

Cleveland gets a new and young and successful quarterback who, not exactly 100% proven, is better than both Quinn and Derek Anderson.

They also add a defensive leader in Bell, who can intercept the ball (had three this year), sack a quarterback (7.5 in his career), and is a tackling machine.

They get Cribb’s replacement in Ginn who is a better receiver than Cribbs, and has blazing speed which could help open the Browns running game up.

Lastly, they get a player to add depth into the Browns secondary. Either Jones or Allen could start, or play behind a player the Browns acquire in the offseason, hopefully the draft.

Yes, like I said, the trade is lopsided and favors the Browns, but Miami loves the wildcat. Cribbs could run it better than anyone.

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Seattle Seahawks: How Pete Carroll Succeeds in Seattle

Published: January 9, 2010

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In one day, I’ve gone from excited and optimistic, to extremely disappointed, and back to optimistic.

I was excited when Jim Mora was relieved of his duties as head coach, as many you know of my criticism of his coaching abilities. Then, when I heard of his “all over but the crime” replacement, Pete Carroll, I was disappointed.

I knew of his past coaching stints with the Jets and Patriots among others, and I wasn’t pleased. I also thought about his style, and how it would work outside the college game. I mean, his spirit and attitude are one of USC college attendee; he’s a 21-year-old in a 58-year-old’s body.

I hit rock bottom when I heard this quote on SportsCenter earlier this afternoon: “Quarterback that can take him to the SB right away in Hasselbeck.”

(Shudder) Let’s just disregard that and file it under the “ESPN is just assuming things because they have no idea what goes on in the Pacific Northwest” file.

Since then, I’ve come around to this conclusion. I believe Pete Carroll can succeed IF he takes on just the head coach hat and a semi-Holmgren position where he orchestrates his big picture.

If he wants to be GM and head coach, he will fail, and he will bring the Seahawks down with him.

This is how I see it happening. Carroll comes in as the coach and Team President. He then hires a GM who is superb at evaluating talent, especially in the college game. I do not want our three top 40 picks becoming a USC lovefest.

This way of doing things has worked in the NFL recently, particularly with the Eagles organization. If it wasn’t for Andy Reid’s inability to win the big game (or any game) he’s supposed to win, especially in the playoffs, Philadelphia would have multiple Super Bowl rings.

Because Reid is only relaying his big picture to his GM, not getting his hands dirty as far as management, he’s able to stay sane enough to be able to be an effective and successful coach.

Bill Belichick does the same thing, as did Holmgren in our glory days.

Also, unlike his previous stints, Carroll will get the respect of an NFL Head Coach. Because of his monster success at USC, he can act as young and foolish as he wants, and still command respect from his players.

People now know that he can get the job done. I highly doubt that he becomes Mora 2.0.

Another reason to like this move is Carroll’s 3-4 defense. This is a great move seeing how our strength is in our linebackers, not our D-Line.

This defense will work if we can obtain a true two gap protector (Not Colin Cole, he’s a no gap protector, kind of like a blocking sled the opposing lineman use in practice). That opportunity will come up in the draft in Dan Williams, nose tackle out of Tennessee.

Williams is an absolute head stomper on the field, while being humble enough off it to give his all for an atrocious football team. He and Mebane are two damn good top gap protectors who’ll free our linebackers to penetrate and collect sacks and TFL’s.

That’s the other thing about this move. If Carroll, Todd Leiweke, and the new GM play their cards right, they’ll might be able to convince top free agents to buy into the fact that this club is turning the corner. Getting Carroll over some no-name former offensive assistant somewhere can do that for you.

If this move pans out, Seattle may be able to capture a weak division crown as early as next year.

Just please, Pete, realize Hasselbeck is done and is not our QB of the future.

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What Pete Carroll to Seattle Could Mean For The Seahawks Draft

Published: January 8, 2010

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Rumors continue to swirl this evening about Pete Carroll being courted for the now vacant head coaching job in Seattle.  While nothing is definite (yet), let’s take a moment and speculate on just what that could mean for the Seahawks in the upcoming draft.

The Seahawks are coming off a forgettable 5-11 campaign, one that saw the eventual termination of Jim Mora Jr.  While the roster needs for the Seahawks may seem plenty, really filling the void at just a few spots would go a long way.

The most staggering stat that you see when running down the rankings of 2009 is that Seattle was 30th in pass defense, 22nd in interceptions.  If you ever wanted to hire a guy to help with that, Carroll’s your man.  He’s held defensive coordinator positions and defensive backs coaching gigs at various collegiate and NFL stops in his career.  He’s got an impressive pedigree of defensive players from USC in the NFL now (Troy Polamalu, Lofa Tatupu, Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing, etc), so picking the right players to fit a team should be no problem.

Seattle has two first round selections in the 2010 draft, the sixth spot and 14th spot.  If Carroll is gunning for a defensive back with either spot, he can probably count out Tennessee’s Eric Berry, who is a virtual lock to be a top five pick. 

That leaves Carroll’s own All-American project, safety Taylor Mays.   Mays was built up to be the west coast Eric Berry, but his senior season was not overly impressive.  He ended with only one interception, and his size (6-3, 236) leaves many wondering if he may eventually project as a linebacker.  Though he does bring tremendous speed to the table.

So then what about Florida’s shut down CB Joe Haden?  He’s only  a junior, but has declared for the draft and is ranked by many to be the top corner in the draft. 

Carroll would have his choice between Mays and Haden, but Haden may be the safer pick for a true DB. 

The other need for Seattle is on offensive line, with a group that was in the bottom third of the league in sacks allowed.  Many think Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung will be a top 5 pick, just out of the Seahawks’ reach.  Should he fall to the sixth spot, there’s no reason Seattle shouldn’t snatch him up.  By far the best tackle in this year’s class.

Should Okung be gone, there are numerous other tackles to choose from.  The best though is Anthony Davis from Rutgers.  At 6-6 325 he’s a massive size perfect for run blocking in the NFL, something the Seahawks must improve upon (they finished 25th in run yards per game).  Other potential OL picks would be Bruce Campbell from Maryland, Bryan Bulaga from Iowa, or USC’s own Charles Brown.

Filling the defensive back and offensive line with first round talent would be a great start for Carroll.  But we know the Trojans are more than grinders and smash mouth defenders.  He’s got a vast array of offensive weapons, and perhaps he’d be looking for that in the first round.

Many have suggested the Seahawks should target a quarterback.  With a QB class that’s pretty deep, there’s no need to get on in the first round.  You’ll have Bradford and McCoy and Clausen go off in the first round likely, but there will be talent behind them with guys like Jevan Snead from Ole Miss and Dan LeFevour from Central Michigan.  Carroll can afford to be patient with a QB, since Hasselback still has some good years left.

But perhaps a speedy tailback that’s versatile in the passing game would help?  Look no further than Clemson’s CJ Spiller, a dynamic playmaker from the running back position and as a wideout.  Spiller excels best, however, in the return game.  Seattle had 109 receptions from the running back position in 2009, proving the guys in the backfield do more than just run with the ball. 

Seattle does have a decent pair of backs in Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, so it would be hard to see exactly where Spiller would fit in right away beyond special teams.  Do you use a first round pick on a special teams guy?  It may not hurt to help Seattle’s aging receiving corps and get a wideout.  There’s plenty in this draft, and either Illinois’ Arrelious Benn or Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard should be lingering in the second round for Carroll to pounce on.

Look for an interesting draft from Seattle regardless of who their coach is.  With so many potential roster spots to fill and two first-round picks, big decisions await the new head man at Qwest Field.

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Pete Carroll Should Go To Seattle: 10 Reasons Why

Published: January 8, 2010

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No NFL opportunity could be a more perfect match for Pete Carroll than the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll has always maintained that he would never leave USC unless a premium opportunity arose in the NFL. Few thought that opportunity would come with the Seattle Seahawks, but c’est la vie.

The following is a list of 10 reasons why Carroll is making a smart move

1.     The Seahawks have a billionaire owner named Paul Allen who not only is willing to spend his money but also will not interfere.

2.     The Seahawks are willing to give Carroll complete authority and autonomy. Not only will Carroll be head coach, but also he will be the Bill Parcells/Mike Holmgren type leader of the front office.

3.     The Seahawks roster is blatantly in major need of an overhaul, especially on offense. This would allow Carroll to heartlessly remake the roster from the ground up without public or internal opposition.

4.     The Seahawks have two relatively high first round picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Invaluable for a rebuilding team with no young franchise quarterback.

5.     USC is under serious NCAA investigation for issues regarding running backs Joe McKnight and Reggie Bush, which may result in USC surrendering BCS money, Bowl wins and or future scholarships. Who wants to stick around for that nightmare?

6.     If Carroll never left USC, he would forever be known as an NFL coach who couldn’t hack it in the pros and fled to the NCAA.

7.     The Seahawks play in one of if not the weakest division in the NFL, making it easier to rebuild the team into an instant winner. 

8.     The money, the dollar amount of Carroll’s new contract with the Seahawks ought to be so mind blowing the numbers will appear in 3-D.

9.     Carroll has said repeatedly that he prefers the west coast and living on the water. Seattle is exactly that.

10. If Carroll wins a Super Bowl, he will become only the third coach in history and the first since Barry Switzer to have won both a National Championship and Super Bowl. If you thought he was a legend at USC before his legendary status would jump ten fold.  

Of course, none of this will matter if he goes to the Seahawks and lays a gigantic egg. If Carrol bombs in Seattle his reputation and ability to go back to the NCAA and recruit will be seriously damaged. No one said a move of this magnitude would come without risks. Given Carroll’s energetic and infectiously positive nature I wouldn’t bet against him. 

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Oakland Raiders, Fix Your Run Defense!

Published: January 8, 2010

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I’m going to give you a solution to a problem that has been agonizing to fans for the past several seasons. Follow my steps and you’ll be on the quick road to a successful run defense in 2010 Oakland Raiders.

The first thing that you need to do is get Richard Seymour back. Not hard. I think he wants a nice fat chunk of change, so give it to him. He is your best defensive lineman at this point and has said he wants to help turn it around. If he doesn’t like your offer, then franchise him.

The next move should be to re-sign Kirk Morrison. He will eventually be our new strong side linebacker.

That leads me to item number three. Sign the free agent defensive tackle Vince Wilfork from the New England Patriots. I have a few things few things to add to this suggestion.

First of all, Bill Bellacheat thinks that he creates players in his system, and therefore finds it hard to make the owner pay them when there time comes to be paid, because he can just make a new one in their absence. Unless, of course, you are Tom “The Golden Boy” Brady, then your poop is golden.

Odds are, Vince will want a big contract similar to the one received by Albert Haynesworth, courtesy of the Washington Redskins last year. History with free agents and the Patriots suggest they will not accommodate his desires.

Al Davis should give it to him. I’m not saying it has to be as big as Haynesworth’s, you could cut some years off the deal, but it should be lucrative enough to garner his interest over other teams. Reuniting him with Richard Seymour could be a great motivational factor for Wilfork.

He is a young guy who has been a force in the 3-4 alongside former teammate Richard Seymour. I would just love to see what the two players can do in the 4-3 when they have less people to block them and will force opponents to keep additional blockers in to help the offensive line.

Another good reason is because I’m sick of the Patriots, all Raiders’ fans should be. What better way to get back at them for Randy Moss and the “Tuck Rule” then to take their two best defensive linemen over the past 20 years and plug them into our system. We have part one, now it is time for part two.

The last step to turning this from a potentially good defensive unit, to a potentially great, and good on a bad day unit, is to draft Alabama middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

McClain is a smart player who is already into film study. He has a great work ethic and is very instinctive on the football field. He is the leader of a Crimson Tide defense that shut down the high powered Florida offense in the SEC Championship game.

McClain is 6’4″ and weighs 258 pounds. He is a really big linebacker, which you would tend to think would make him very durable. His speed is rumored to be in the high 4.4 range to the mid 4.6 forty yard dash range. That gives him the triple threat; height, weight, speed combination that Al Davis desires.

Crimson Tide head coach, Nick Saban, said having McClain on the field is like having a defensive coordinator as a player. Kirk Herbstreit said that he plays as fast as somebody who is 220 pounds, and said that McClain can take a call from the sidelines and adjust his defensive comrades to a different role on a play within seconds.

Now, there are a couple problems with this scenario. For one, McClain has not yet declared himself for the NFL Draft. Problem No. 2 is that when, and if he does, he might be one of those players who flies up the draft board. Right now he is ranked seventh on the Scout’s Inc.’s “Top 32″ list. The Raiders draft pick is No. 8.

These few moves would complete the defense. Add a nickel corner in free agency or the draft, and the rest of your offseason signings can be devoted to offensive linemen if you’d like. But we need to fix the run defense, for one, the passing defense finished seventh in the league, and for two, defense wins championships.

There you go Raider Nation. Now all we have to do is convince Al Davis! 

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Seahawks Fire Mora—Carrol Likely to Replace

Published: January 8, 2010

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After only a year in Seattle, Jim Mora has been fired as the Seahawks’ Head Coach.

The firing of General Manager Tim Ruskell in December might have served as a foreshadowing for what was to come, but neither Mora nor Seahawk nation anticipated such a strong decision by team executives.

Mora was only able to marginally contend in the NFC West with a 5-11 record, but his final 2-6 record to end the season was the probably the final indication that the team needed a new direction.

Mora’s replacement is still up for grabs but the popular contenders are USC’s Head Coach Pete Carrol and the Minnesota Viking’s defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier.

Carrol is the likely candidate, a stellar college coach who spent minimal time in the NFL with little success and, coming off his worst year in recent Trojan history, could get everything he needs to take the next step in Seattle.

Coach Carrol will likely approach the job with a Holmgren-like attitude, meaning he will probably not accept or pursue the job unless he is given a fair amount of control over the team’s operations.

Frazier is the more far-reaching candidate. His experience on the defensive side of the ball is something the Seahawks want, but his inexperience as a head coach may deter his chances.

Whoever gets the job will have quite a fruitful opportunity. Paul Allen has money to spend and the ‘Hawks have two picks in the first round of this year’s draft (6 and 14).

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The Cincinnati Bengals Should Win On Wild-Card Weekend

Published: January 8, 2010

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New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Jets are crested with bravado right now, thanks to their effervescent head coach Rex Ryan. They are also a week removed from easily kicking the Bengals all over the field at the last event to ever take place in the Meadowlands.

What To Watch From The Jets

Thomas Jones is a running back that leads the charge in the team’s offensive game plan. He has carried the team much of the season, since their passing game has mostly been impotent. The ten year veteran has averaged a steady 4.2 yards per carry on a career high 331 attempts. His 1,402 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground are also career high marks.

Jones caught a career low 10 passes this year, but has averaged nearly 30 throughout his career. He is perhaps a weapon the Jets can use in the passing attack, since the Bengals may disregard him in this area.

Rookie Shonn Greene spells Jones, and has been very impressive. He has played 14 games, but has been used in just five games with frequency. He has still piled up 540 yards at a average of five yards per carry. He hasn’t been used in the passing game at all, but he helps keep the Jets churning forward.

The Jets rank first in the NFL in rushing first downs, total rushing plays and yardage. This speaks very highly of their offensive line. The unit is strongest on their left side behind guard Alan Faneca and center Nick Mangold, and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. All are Pro Bowl players.

Darrelle Revis is a shutdown cornerback, plain and simple. He is the guy who will be assigned to shadow Chad Ochocinco, forcing the Bengals to try to find their offense elsewhere. Veteran Lito Sheppard bookends the Pro Bowler, and Dwight Lowery is one of the top third cornerbacks in the league. This is the group who will have to carry the team, and allow Ryan to crowd the line of scrimmage with his blitz schemes.

David Harris is the teams star on the front seven of the defense. Harris has piled up 126 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and forced two fumbles, but will be playing on a tender ankle. Sione Pouha has done a respectable job replacing injured Pro Bowl nose tackle Kris Jenkins, which helps to allow Harris and fellow inside linebacker Bart Scott to excel.

The Jets have a pair of average safeties, and can be exploited up the middle. If Harris isn’t able to play to his capabilities, the Bengals will punch the ball up the Jets gut all day.

Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has struggled mightily this year, throwing 20 interceptions. Yet he is the only rookie quarterback starting in the playoffs.Though Sanchez has had a lot thrown at him by opposing defenses this year, Bengals coaches Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer will be looking keep him off balanced all game.

What To Watch From The Bengals

Running back Cedric Benson was the nicest surprise to happen for the Bengals this year. He has churned out a career high 1,251 yards despite missing three games and most of a fourth. If he is going good, it enables quarterback Carson Palmer to methodically pick apart defenses in a controlled and well balanced attack.

Ochocinco is the Bengals main receiving weapon, and has stepped up his game after the team lost fellow wide receivers T.J Houshmanzadeh before the season, and the late Chris Henry during the season. He leads the team with nine touchdowns, and has caught 72 balls. He should keep Revis busy all day.

The Bengals offensive line was thought to be a huge question mark before the season began, so they drafted tackle Andre Smith with the sixth overall pick in the first round. Smith, however, has appeared in just six games and started once. Right guard Bobbie Williams was perhaps the only known commodity for this unit coming in, but the group has been quietly excellent all season.

Though neither the Jets nor Bengals rush the passer particularly well, Cincinnati has an excellent pair of cornerbacks in Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. Both have six interceptions each and have defended 44 balls combined. They set the tempo of the Bengals defense.

The Bengals have an issue at the free safety position. Chris Crocker missed last week because of an ankle injury, and his replacement Tom Nelson hurt his knee replacing him. Though the Bengals safeties are good at defending the run, none are considered excellent pass defenders. Jets tight end Dustin Keller could be in line for a huge game.

Quarterback : Definite Edge Bengals

Running Back : Slight Edge Jets

Receivers : Even

Offensive Line : Edge Jets

Defensive Line : Edge Bengals

Linebacker : Edge Jets

Secondary : Even

Special Teams : Slight Edge Bengals

Coaching : Even

The Bengals can basically rely on their passing attack more. Both teams are run heavy offenses with excellent cornerbacks on defense. Expect it to be a standstill in the trenches, because both teams should be able to have some success. The key will be if the Bengals can create more turnovers, perhaps scoring off of one.

Bengals 27  Jets 17

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Mike Shanahan: Will It Be The Best Of Times? Or The Worst?

Published: January 8, 2010

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As a Redskins fan on Bleacher Report, I felt obligated to write something about Mike Shanahan. I personally think this can be the best opportunity we’ve had since Dan Snyder took control. I could also just be another disaster.

Shanahan obviously has a lot of upside. His two Super Bowl rings are the most obvious thing that comes to mind. It is hard to deny the success Shanahan had with taking a team that was always close, but just couldn’t seal the deal, to the Super Bowl.

He motivated them, and brought in many talented players. Many people would say it wasn’t hard to win two Super Bowls with Elway, but Dan Reeves and Wade Phillips both couldn’t do it.

Out of the eleven offensive starters in Super Bowl XXXII, five were brought in under Shanahan’s watch, including the ultra-productive Terrell Davis. So Shanahan knows how to win. The thing is, without an elite quarterback and running back, he struggles.

The Denver Broncos descended into mediocrity after Elway’s retirement. Shanahan had been spoiled by having a quarterback of that caliber, and didn’t seem to know what to do without one. Unless he gets his hand on an elite quarterback somehow, I’m not sure how he’ll do.

The most important factor for the future will be drafting. With a good staff and talent, any half-decent coach can do fine, so this will be the key. I’ve always been of the opinion that the main problem over the last 10 years has been personal, not coaching nor play on the field. 

The Redskins have never had any sort of depth, which prevents them from playing through injuries. Snyder has to learn his lesson. He was less involved when Gibbs was around, and maybe having another big name coach will cause the same thing to happen.

Shanahan can’t be left to his own devices, however. Shanahan, while skilled at finding and utilizing talent in the first and second round, he has trouble finding late round sleepers, with the exception of running backs.

Having some help, probably in the form of Bruce Allen, to help him will set the ‘Skins on a path toward success. A rebuilding year or two is in order, since he is used to operating with very different personal.

If Snyder keeps his nose out, Shanahan learns how to win without an Elway level quarterback, and he is given a major role—but not complete power—in drafting, the Redskins could be in for—if not a role as an elite team—at least a respectable one.

If one of these happen, this will amount to yet another failed venture by Snyder and Co.

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2010 NFL Mock Draft—First Round: Non-Playoff Teams Only

Published: January 8, 2010

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‘Tis the season for the 2010 NFL Mock Draft bonanza!

One of the best parts of the NFL offseason is all the mock drafts that are produced and updated over and over again.

This is very entertaining and a great way to keep fans clued into who their team could possibly draft in April.

The following is a mock of only the first round, non-playoff teams in the upcoming draft since there is no real telling where playoff teams will end up there is no real reason to make any predictions for them until after the Super Bowl.

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BCS Championship Shines Light On Talent; Kansas City Should Pay Attention

Published: January 8, 2010

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A player is not just measured by their physical ability or capacity to learn. Scouts search for (and if they don’t, they should) that crucial “clutch” player—the ones who phrases like “Grace Under Fire” are used to describe.

Since Kansas City is sporting more and more of a “New England” look, these two examples are oddly appropriate.

I still remember the day, even the exact play, where I became a true believer in Tom Brady. It was a Monday night game against Denver in 2003. New England was in the red zone at Mile High, and Brady dropped back to pass. 

In moments, the pocket looked more like a street brawl. Brady looked like he stood in the eye of a hurricane, and, seemingly oblivious to the carnage around him, launched a rocket of a pass to a receiver in the back of the end zone.

As for that other example, I only need two words: Adam Vinatieri. I mean, seriously, the guy’s picture should be in the dictionary under the word “clutch”.

Fortunately for scouts, each college season provides the perfect scenario to judge a player’s cool when the pressure is on with bowl games—and last night’s game showcased a couple of players the Kansas City Chiefs should pay close attention to come April.

Mike Johnson, Offensive Guard, Alabama

Already considered to be one of the top guards coming into the draft, Johnson was essential in opening holes for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. 

Despite losing 2008 Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith to the NFL Draft last year, Johnson and his teammates were able to elevate their play—tallying up 3,011 yards on the ground, with Ingram boasting 6.1 yards-per-carry and 17 touchdowns. 

Should Kansas City feel confident with Branden Albert at left tackle following the second half of the season, and decide to move Brian Waters to center, Johnson might find a home in the starting left guard position, should the Chiefs find him available in the middle of the second round (courtesy of the Tony Gonzalez trade to Atlanta last year).

Jordan Shipley, Wide Receiver, Texas

Originally, I was in favor of using both second round picks on the offensive line, but Shipley’s performance last night was too enticing to ignore.

Despite losing quarterback Colt McCoy in the first quarter, freshman backup Garrett Gilbert paired up with Shipley in the second half to rally Texas to within three points of Alabama following a 24-6 deficit at halftime. 

When all was said and done, Shipley finished the night with 10 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, working mostly out of the slot position. Shipley might have played his way into a late first round draft slot, but if he should drop into the second round Kansas City should be willing to welcome this Texas product with open arms. 

A dangerous slot receiver to pair with incumbents Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers could be just the weapon the Chiefs front office is looking for to complete their high-powered offensive scheme.

Making the transition to playoff-caliber is difficult, especially for a team who cannot even make the claim of mediocrity. The Chiefs combined 10-38 record over the last three years will take a number of changes to overcome, and a number of years for fans to forget. 

Make no mistake, though: the Chiefs are on the road to recovery, and once Kansas City finds itself in games where “clutch” players are needed again, Shipley and Johnson should be people that can be counted on when it matters most.

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