The Daly Dose NFL NFC West Preview 

The NFC West has been one of the toughest divisions over the past few seasons, and this year should be no different.

From the intelligence and toughness of the Seattle Seahawks, to the speed and precision of the Arizona Cardinals, to the physicality of the Rams…this division has it all.

Oh, and the 49ers are in the division too.

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks   

Predicted finish: 12-4   

The 2015 Seahawks had a number of tough breaks go against them, but they were still just a seven point loss from going back to the Super Bowl. The defense should be strong again and Russell Wilson continues to improve. So there is reason for the famous Seattle 12th Man to be excited. Or do they need to ask Texas A&M if they can cheer first?

2. Arizona Cardinals   

Predicted finish: 11-5   

The Cardinals are a definite contender for a Super Bowl title. They have a tenacious defense, a solid running game, depth at wide receiver, and a very qualified coaching staff. Of course they do also have QB Carson Palmer. And we all know…you can take the player out of Cincinnati, but you can’t take the Bungle out of him.

3. St Louis Rams   

Predicted finish: 8-8   

You know how every year we watch the HBO series Hard Knocks and we begin to believe that average teams are going to somehow over achieve? Congratulations Rams, you didn’t convince us one bit.

4. San Francisco 49ers   

Predicted finish: 4-12   

After failing miserably in Philadelphia, head coach Chip Kelly goes to a team with less talent and less reason for optimism. But Chip believes that his uptempo offense can give this team more opportunities. That’s right. The genius believes he should give more opportunities to a Blaine Gabbert led offense. You know, the bar for being labeled a “genius” in the NFL might not be all that high.

Did you miss our Daly Dose AFC West Preview?

Daly Dose #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look ahead at the 2016 NFL season!

Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show- Larry from Centennial, and they break down some of the top storylines, preview the top contenders in each division, and even make their picks as to which teams will be going to Super Bowl 51.

Plus, Clint recaps some of the top college football stories and is even joined by a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player!

And you have to stick around for the Daly Dose Top 5 worst NFL uniforms of all time!

You do not want to miss Episode 93!

Listen here: Episode #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

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Here are a few of our nominations for worst NFL uniforms!

The Daly Dose NFL AFC East Preview

We begin our look at each team in the NFL with the AFC East. It is a division full of history and tradition. It is a collection of teams that have a history of winning.

Unfortunately, only one of the teams has actually done any winning in recent history. 

And that probably won’t be changing this year.

AFC East

1. New England Patriots   

Predicted finish: 11-5   

The Patriots are the class of this division even without QB Tom Brady, who will be serving a suspension in the first four games. But when he gets back, the NFL had better look out because he’s going to be really mad. Just like he was mad last year. Until he got hit 75 times in the AFC Championship game. I guess he wasn’t as mad then.

2. New York Jets   

Predicted finish: 9-7   

The Jets finished 10-6 last year, narrowly missing the playoffs, but the schedule is a little more difficult in 2016. And as a big thank you to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw 31 TDs last season, New York held out from resigning him to a new contract for as long as they could. But not even the Jets are dumb enough to try to go into the season with Geno Smith as their starter.

3. Miami Dolphins   

Predicted finish: 7-9   

We keep hearing that this will the year that QB Ryan Tannehill finally steps up and becomes a QB that can lead Miami to the playoffs. But after four full seasons and a 29-35 record, I think we all know how this is going to end. But never fear Miami fans, you can still hang your hat on that undefeated team from nearly 50 years ago. That never gets old.

4. Buffalo Bills   

Predicted finish: 6-10   

After proclaiming that the Bills had “won the offseason” back in June, head coach Rex Ryan has lost top draft pick Shaq Lawson (injury), 2nd round pick Reggie Ragland (injury), Percy Harvin  (retired), IK Enempali (injury), Karlos Williams (cut), and Marcell Dareus for the first four games for missing a drug test. So the Bills may struggle this season, and Ryan will probably get fired,  but at least he won that demanding offseason.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Daly Dose NFC East Preview!

2016 way too early NFL Draft grades

So your favorite NFL team has now completed their draft. But how did they really do? Forget the so-called “expert’s” opinion. We can tell you how your team did right here!

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Arizona Cardinals

Notable picks: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Outlook: The Cardinals didn’t really have any pressing needs and head coach Bruce Aryans has shown an ability to deal with players that others may shy away from. Still, it is odd that the Cardinals are putting bars on all of their facility windows after drafting Nkemdiche.

Grade: B+

 

Atlanta Falcons

Notable picks: Keanu Neal, S, Florida, Deion Jones, OLB, LSU

Outlook: The Falcons definitely needed defensive help and they went and got some of it. Oh sure, we could make fun of them for taking a safety with the 17th overall pick. And we will because they still haven’t addressed their horrible pass rush.

Grade: B-

 

Baltimore Ravens

Notable picks: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Outlook: The Ravens saw the Laremy Tunsil video, and balked at drafting the talented offensive tackle choosing instead to grab Stanley. For some reason the Ravens are super sensitive about their players being caught on video doing shady things.

Grade: C+

 

Buffalo Bills

Notable picks: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson, Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama, Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

Outlook: The Bills were hoping to get either Lawson or Ragland in this draft, and they actually managed to get them BOTH! Of course they also took Ohio State QB Cardale Jones, and in the land of Buffalo wings, he could be a three hundred pounder by training camp.

Grade: A

 

Carolina Panthers

Notable picks: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Outlook: The Panthers really needed to get some help on the offensive line, as we saw in Super Bowl 50. So they went out and instead drafted three cornerbacks to account for the loss of Josh Norman. Looks like Cam Newton could be a leaving a few more press conferences early.

Grade: C-

 

Chicago Bears

Notable picks: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia, Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State, Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

Outlook: The Bears had an impressive haul on draft grabbing another solid linebacker, some offensive line help, and a steal with Bullard in the 3rd round. They are really on the right track to being a playoff contender! Oh that’s right, Jay Cutler is still their quarterback. So nevermind.

Grade: A

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Notable picks: William Jackson III, CB, Houston, Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt, Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor

Outlook: Cincinnati needed a wide receiver to replace Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but Jackson was the best player on the board, and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers desperately wanted him. So that totally makes up for the playoff loss last year. Take that, Steelers!

Grade: B+

 

Cleveland Browns

Notable picks: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State, Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Outlook: The Browns had a whopping 14 picks in this draft, and were looking like geniuses as they opted to go with quantity over quality in a very average draft. But then they took a wide receiver from Baylor with their top pick, and a quarterback from USC. So let’s put away that Mensa application, shall we?

Grade: B-

 

Dallas Cowboys

Notable picks: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State, Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame, Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Outlook: The Cowboys wanted a powerful running back to plug in behind that offensive line and they found one in Elliott. But we all know that head coach Jason Garrett likes to show how smart he is, by throwing on every down, so he won’t give Elliott the ball. And the Dallas defense is atrocious allowing 121 yards on the ground every game, so they drafted Jaylon Smith who probably won’t play a snap in 2016. Jerry Jones strikes again!

Grade: C-

 

Denver Broncos

Notable picks: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

Outlook: The Broncos select the 6-5 QB out of Memphis, to try to somehow replace future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and high priced free agent backup Brock Osweiler. Those two combined for 19 touchdowns and 23 interceptions as the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2015. But those are Mark Sanchez-type numbers. So the bar isn’t quite as high for Lynch as one might think.

Grade: B

 

Detroit Lions

Notable picks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State, A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Outlook: Detroit was able to fill out needs on both the offensive and defensive lines under rookie general manager Bob Quinn, who clearly doesn’t realize that such proficiency and competency will not be stood for in this franchise.

Grade: B+

 

Green Bay Packers

Notable picks: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA, Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Outlook: Green Bay gets some much needed help on the defensive line with BJ Raji gone. Clark has a wrestling background and has proven to be very good against the run. But can he cover Larry Fitzgerald? Probably not.

Grade: B-

 

Houston Texans

Notable picks: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Outlook: Brock Osweiler needs a few more receivers to go with DeAndre Hopkins, so the Texans grabbed Will Fuller, who has drawn comparisons to Ted Ginn Jr. Meaning, he has everything they want in a wide receiver. Except the catching part.

Grade: C+

 

Indianapolis Colts

Notable picks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama, Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Outlook: The Colts are building up their offensive line, because last season they got a look at their franchise without Andrew Luck and it wasn’t good. And Andrew Luck got a look at life without his kidney. Also not good.

Grade: B+

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Notable picks: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State, Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

Outlook: Myles Jack is a steal for the Jaguars in the second round. He is an extremely gifted athlete that only fell in the draft because of a significant knee injury. So Jacksonville outsmarts everyone and gets two very talented players. Of course Jack will need micro-fracture surgery eventually so he could be out for the season by the time I finish this sentence.

Grade: A for now

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Notable picks: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State, Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

Outlook: The Chiefs get some help on the defensive front and they also wanted to find a backup for limited passer Alex Smith. So they picked up another limited passer in Kevin Hogan. Well done, Chiefs.

Grade: B

 

Los Angeles Rams

Notable picks: Jared Goff, QB, Cal, Pharoh Cooper, WR,

Outlook: The Rams wanted to make a splashy move after moving to Los Angeles, so they traded up for Cal quarterback Jared Goff who put up big numbers in college. And he went just 14-23 as a starter, making him a perfect fit for a franchise that rarely finishes above .500.

Grade: C-

 

Miami Dolphins

Notable picks: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Outlook: The Dolphins get a steal in Tunsil when he fell in the draft due to the video that surfaced of him taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask. And Tunsil gets a steal in South Beach where he can get into even more trouble than he ever did in Oxford, Mississippi.

Grade: C

 

Minnesota Vikings

Notable picks: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss, Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Outlook: The Vikings get a pretty talented wide receiver in Treadwell, who has speed and great hands. But they don’t ever throw the ball to their wide receivers so they may as well have just drafted a long-snapper.

Grade: B

 

New England Patriots

Notable picks: Joe Thuney, OG, North Carolina State, Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State

Outlook: The Patriots didn’t have a first round pick because…well…you know…but they get a solid guard in Thuney and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett could conceivably be the starter in Week 1…because well…you know.

Grade: C

 

New Orleans Saints

Notable picks: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville, Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

Outlook: The Saints had to try to beef up their defense because they were absolutely awful in 2015 allowing 30 points per game. They’re still going to be awful, but now at least they can claim it is because they are young.

Grade: B

 

New York Giants

Notable picks: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State, Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

Outlook: The Giants needed help everywhere and they got a number of players that can step in and help immediately. The fact that they all have 10 fingers is an added bonus.

Grade: B+

 

New York Jets

Notable picks: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State, Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn St

Outlook: The Jets desperately needed some help on the offensive line to protect Geno Smith, but the fact is that they don’t really like Geno Smith. So they went with a linebacker, and an inconsistent QB instead. Suck it, Geno!

Grade: D-

 

Oakland Raiders

Notable picks: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia, Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Outlook: The defensive backfield needed to be upgraded, and Joseph should help if he can learn how to actually tackle. But the Raiders needed a middle linebacker and instead chose to draft a backup QB. This could upset all of the fans dressed up in Star Wars costumes. To put it in language they can understand- “I can feel your anger. Let the hate flow through you.”

Grade: C

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Notable picks: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Outlook: The Eagles traded up to get to Wentz believing that he is their quarterback of the future. But the rest of the roster is a bit of a mess, as they need help at wide receiver and a backup running back for the oft-injured Ryan Matthews. Also, Sam Bradford keeps cutting the brake lines on Wentz’s car. So there’s that.

Grade: D+

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Notable picks: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

Outlook: The Steelers draft a 78-year-old man from a Florida retirement home. But man, can Artie Burns play a mean polka on his accordion!

Grade: D

 

San Diego Chargers

Notable picks: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State, Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Outlook: The Chargers felt that Bosa was the best player on the board so they took him, despite the fact that he doesn’t fit their defense all that well. But Bosa does have a Jeff Spicoli aspect to him, and that should fit well in San Diego. “Aloha, Mr. Hand!”

Grade: C

 

San Francisco 49ers

Notable picks: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon, Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

Outlook: The Niners started off the draft strong, taking a safe pick in Buckner, but then they traded three picks to move up nine spots to draft an offensive guard. Then again Chip Kelly is involved here, so we know none of what San Francisco does is going to make any sense.

Grade: D+

 

Seattle Seahawks

Notable picks: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M, Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama, CJ Prosise, RB, Notre Dame

Outlook: The Seahawks needed help on the OL, and Reed may have been a top 20 talent for their defense. Plus Prosise has a unique skill set and could develop into something special, so the Seahawks had a pretty good haul. Much like he did at USC Pete Carroll is getting some of the best athletes that money can buy.

Grade: A

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable picks: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida, Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky, Roberto Aguayo, P, Florida State

Outlook: Tampa got value on their first two picks, trading down to get more picks and still getting Hargreaves. And Spence could have been selected in the first round. But then they traded two picks to move up and take a kicker. I don’t care if Aguayo is Morten Anderson, Adam Vinatieri, and Gus the field goal kicking mule rolled into one. He’s a frigging kicker.

Grade: F-

 

Tennessee Titans

Notable picks: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State, Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson, Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Outlook: The Titans had 10 picks and got good value on most all of them. Sure, they should have probably gotten a cornerback instead of Henry, when they already have DeMarco Murray. We are so used to this franchise screwing things up that we are going to just let it slide.

Grade: A

 

Washington Redskins

Notable picks: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, Su’a Cravens, S, USC, Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Outlook: Washington needed some help on the defensive line, but they stuck to their principles and took the best player on the board in Doctson, who might have been the best WR in the draft. It is impressive to see anyone in the DC area even have principles let alone live by them. Of course, unless Doctson can improve a defensive line that allowed 381 yards per game, then your self-righteous principles don’t mean jack, do they?

Grade: C+

Former Burger King employee joins McDonald’s staff for a 25 cent raise says “These NFL guys are only about the money.”

After six years of working at the local Denver Burger King, Kevin Thompson decided that it was time to move on.

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“It has been a great six years for me and I would like to  say thank you to Burger King for giving me a chance to show what I can do. I want to say thank you to all of my coworkers and the entire Burger King organization.

I would also like to thank the fans of Burger King that love our fresh juicy Whoppers, and our not-quite-as-good french fries. And finally I would like to thank the people of Denver Colorado who have supported me on this amazing journey.

When I was first hired as a cashier I never thought that I could go on to be Burger King Employee of the Month three different times.

That said, the good people at McDonald’s across the street have recognized my talent and have given me a 25 cent raise and made me an assistant to the assistant manager at the McDonald’s across the street.

I appreciate the overwhelming support that I have received over the past six years and I  am excited to join a new team and try my best to make us better!”

When asked about the local Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, Thompson was adamant.

“I love the Broncos.” he stated “they’re my team but I’m getting sick of all the greed. I mean, these guys win the Super Bowl and all of a sudden everyone is leaving for more money.”

“It just sickens me.” he said. “I mean, have some loyalty.”

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Von Miller seeking new contract that includes extension for Tom Brady

After facing the New England Patriots twice in 2015 Von Miller has decided that he really likes playing against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In those two games Miller logged nine tackles, 3.5 sacks,  seven quarterback hits, and an interception. So Von decided to ask if the Broncos could give Tom Brady an extension too.

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“I just wanted to talk to Mr. Elway and see if something could be done.” Miller stated, referring to the conversation he had with Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway.

“I just felt like if I could help Tom keep playing into his 40s it would help my career so much.” Miller went on.

Elway understood the request, and he reached out to Patriots management and made it happen.

“Von was set to be an unrestricted free agent.” Elway explained. “So we were already in the process of trying to give him a long-term deal. When he added a great quarterback like Tom Brady into the equation, it just made it that much more lucrative to us. We know how much Von likes playing Tom, so it made a lot of sense.”

The Broncos locked up Miller while also ensuring that Brady will play through the 2019 season when he will be 42.

Miller was ecstatic.

“I just feel like Denver is where I want to finish my career, and when I think of facing Tom Brady in his 40s, it just gives me a happy warm feeling inside.”

Brady was not nearly as enthusiastic.

“Are you freaking kidding me? With this offensive line?” Brady ranted. “I have deflated footballs that put up more of a fight than this group of misfits and idiots. I am still sore from that last game in Denver and that was almost two months ago. They hit me like 20 times! I literally just got the feeling back into my lower back. Can’t Von extend Cam Newton instead? At least he can run.”

 

Daly Dose Sports Podcast Episode 59- Winning the Powerball Jackpot

On Episode 59 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint is joined by Larry in Centennial, and they discuss what they would do if they win the Powerball Jackpot. Plus recapping the College Football National Championship game and NFL Wild Card Weekend. Then they look forward to the NFL Divisional playoffs coming up. Finally, Clint counts down the Top 5 things more likely to happen than you winning the Jackpot tonight. Check out Episode 59!

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Daly Dose Sports Podcast Episode 58 – A National Championship and Wild Card Weekend preview

On Episode 58 of the Daly Dose Podcast Clint talks about the winners and losers from the college bowl season and gives a National Championship preview Daly Dose style. Then Mike from Castle Rock stops by to preview the NFL Wild Card weekend. Finally Clint counts down the Top 5 bitter quarterback controversies of all time! Check out Episode 58!

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The 12-4 Denver Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs on Sunday by beating the 4-12 San Diego Chargers behind the injured/benched Peyton Manning who came on in relief of Brock Osweiler to get the win.
  • Because of course he did.
  • Nothing else has made sense this season. So why should we expect it to start now?
  • The Broncos started this season with seven straight wins.
  • But four of those wins came via crazy last second plays.
  • That makes no sense.
  • Denver then lost two games in a row and Manning looked to possibly be finished.
  • He was benched in Week 10 against the Chiefs with a foot injury but we all knew what had really happened.
  • Father Time had finally caught up with him.
  • The Broncos then proceeded to win three straight games under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler including a win over the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
  • Which doesn’t really make much sense.
  • But Denver then dropped back to back games against the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • And Denver led both of those games in convincing fashion in the first half.
  • That certainly didn’t make any sense.
  • But the Broncos somehow found a way to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime last week coming back from a 14 point deficit to clinch a playoff berth.
  • And then on Sunday, the top seeded Patriots lost their second game in a row and the Broncos scored on their second play from scrimmage, a 72 yard pass from Osweiler to Demaryius Thomas. And it looked like the Broncos would cruise to the top seed.
  • But then they turned it over five times and the 4-11 Chargers took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter.
  • With so much to gain for the Broncos from a win, and nothing to gain for the Chargers, none of this was making any sense.
  • So head coach Gary Kubiak decided to go with his gut. Brock Osweiler hadn’t played poorly. But the Broncos needed a boost.
  • He reinserted Manning into the lineup.
  • The hometown crowd went wild and the Broncos reeled off 20 second half points to get the win and clinch the top seed in the AFC.
  • Manning went a very workmanlike 5 for 9 for 69 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. But no turnovers while he was in the game.
  • And no one dared to put the ball on the ground with the Sheriff on the field.
  • Denver now heads into the postseason with homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • The Broncos have beaten the No. 2 and No 3 seeds in the AFC (New England and Cincinnati) but have lost to the two Wild Card teams (Kansas City and Pittsburgh).
  • Oh and we have no idea who the starting quarterback is going to be.
  • Which when you think about it… the way this season has gone…kind of makes perfect sense.

Daly Dose Sports Podcast Episode 57 – A look back at 2015

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint shares a few of his New Year’s resolutions and takes a look back at the biggest moments in sports from 2015. Plus the top stories from Week 16 in the NFL and a College Football Playoff preview. Then we count down the Top 5 college football bowl games of all time. Check out Episode 57!

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