Posts Tagged With: Logan Ryan

Super Bowl 51: A look at the secondaries

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.

Legacy has been a popular angle.

Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Logan Ryan, CB, Patriots (NFL) — Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game, the Texans forced the Patriots to punt and, facing an eight-point deficit, got the ball with a chance to tie.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, however, Ryan intercepted Houston QB Brock Osweiler and returned it to the 6-yard line. New England punched it into the end zone a couple of plays later, going up by two touchdowns and essentially sealing the eventual 34-16 victory.

Ryan finished with seven tackles, an interception, a sack and three pass breakups. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos (NFL): While he did get beaten a few times by Pittsburgh’s Antonio-Brown-less receiving corps in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game, Roby stepped up and made the single biggest play of the game. The Broncos were trailing the Steelers in the fourth quarter when Roby dislodged the ball from RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, forcing a fumble that set up QB Peyton Manning to drive Denver down for the go-ahead score in their 23-16 victory.

Rashad Johnson, FS, Cardinals (NFL): The bad? Johnson and All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson were the ones who allowed Packers WR Jeff Janis to catch that impossible Hail Mary touchdown that forced overtime in Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game. The good? The Cardinals were still able to get the W, and Johnson had Arizona’s only interception (that counted) against QB Aaron Rodgers as well as adding five tackles in Arizona’s 26-20 overtime victory. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Missouri Tigers (NCAA): Some things are bigger than wins and losses on the football field. Over the weekend, the Black players on the Tigers joined with fellow students in protesting the inactivity and ineffectiveness of university president Tim Wolfe in addressing a campus culture of racism. The football players — including defensive backs Anthony Hines, Cortland Browning, Logan Cheadle, Kenya Dennis, John Gibson, Cam Hilton, DeAndre McKenzie, Dominic Nelson, Aarion Penton, Isiah Pierre, Tavon Ross, Anthony Sherrils, Ian Simon, Finis Stribling IV, Trei Walton, TJ Warren, Faheem Williams and Thomas Wilson — vowed to boycott all further athletic activities until Wolfe resigned, which he did on Monday. Props to these brothers for “activist” to their student-athlete status.

B.W. Webb, CB, Titans (NFL): With Drew Brees on the schedule and Tennessee’s secondary depleted by injuries, Webb was called up from the practice squad on Saturday. On Sunday, Webb made five tackles and intercepted Brees during the Titans’ 34-28 upset victory. Webb’s end-zone INT in the third quarter was the first of his three-year, three-team pro career. Continue reading

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