Perhaps it should have been taken as a sign of things to come.
Before the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots met in Super Bowl LII this past Sunday, two men who are arguably the greatest defensive backs in each franchise’s respective histories were among the finalists up for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018.
Ty Law, the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback who spent 10 seasons with the Patriots, didn’t make the cut. Brian Dawkins, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety who spent 13 seasons with the Eagles, was voted in on Saturday. The next day, the Eagles defeated the Patriots for the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. Continue reading
Terrell Owens and Randy Moss will be at the center of the two most heated debates when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
The statistics and impact of both wide receivers are undeniably Hall-worthy. But T.O. and Moss were also controversial figures who didn’t have great relationships with the media or great reputations with a lot of fans. And it’s no secret that politics and goodwill with the voting media play a role in one’s Hall of Fame chances.
This isn’t the first year on the ballot for Owens, who should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Moss is on the ballot for the first time. On Tuesday, they were announced as two of the 15 finalists for induction in the Hall’s 2018 class. Continue reading
Thursday night’s primetime national-TV flogging of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons may have marked the exact moment when the “Tampa 2” defense, once the league’s most popular and puzzling scheme, became played out.
To be fair, the Bucs’ defense was just part of the team’s problem in the 56-14 loss. The special teams allowed Atlanta’s Devin Hester to return a punt for a touchdown, and Tampa Bay QB Josh McCown threw a pick-six to Falcons safety Kemal Ishmael. But the Bucs’ D was undeniably lit up by ground and by air. Continue reading
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