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Funk Butter 31-12-2013 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by pauldrulez (Post 11480264)
Steelers and Cardinals as well as Giants will all look. Deep crop.

Need or not, if McCarron is available when the Patriots pick (doubtful), they take him.

I would not be surprised if the Cardinals pick Mettenberger at the end of the first or beginning of the second. I'll be interested to see where he lands when the last mock draft is done.

Vince Hilaire's Afro 01-01-2014 11:26 AM

Apparently the Redskins are interviewing Sean McDermott on Saturday for their head coach role. Shouldn't this stuff be done when the playoffs etc are out of the way for their clubs?

Funk Butter 01-01-2014 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Vince Hilaire's Afro (Post 11480798)
Apparently the Redskins are interviewing Sean McDermott on Saturday for their head coach role. Shouldn't this stuff be done when the playoffs etc are out of the way for their clubs?

Teams that are on a bye this week can let their coaches interview for head coaching jobs this week.

Swanny32 01-01-2014 06:46 PM

I don't know why the Bears would look for a QB, McCown did a quality job when he came in, Cutler is the weak link there, trade him away, give McCown the job and work on that piss poor run D and O Line in free agency and the draft. They have the nucleus of a decent O already in McCown, Marshall, Forte and Jeffery, I don't think they are too far off a championship contending team.

Beckenham Boy 01-01-2014 09:32 PM

Stupid question but cheapest place to get Super Bowl tickets? Prime sport I can see for $2.3k. Not seriously considering but just looking. Assume tickets given to clubs I'd have no chance of tickets through team if make it.

Funk Butter 01-01-2014 09:44 PM

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Funk Butter 01-01-2014 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Beckenham Boy (Post 11482373)
Stupid question but cheapest place to get Super Bowl tickets? Prime sport I can see for $2.3k. Not seriously considering but just looking. Assume tickets given to clubs I'd have no chance of tickets through team if make it.

I would bet prices on the secondary markets will crash the closer it gets to the game. Especially if the weather turns bad.

Funk Butter 01-01-2014 09:51 PM

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I don't which is more compelling, Conte just sitting at the 1st down marker or Cobb doing his Randy Moss impression and throwing his hand up before he even gets within yards of Conte.

oz_da II 01-01-2014 11:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Swanny32 (Post 11482017)
I don't know why the Bears would look for a QB, McCown did a quality job when he came in, Cutler is the weak link there, trade him away, give McCown the job and work on that piss poor run D and O Line in free agency and the draft.

Not likely - "Odd contract with Josh McCown to bite Bears in butt this offseason"

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Josh McCown has been one of the feel-good stories of the NFL this season, playing at an elite level while filling in for starter Jay Cutler this season, and, had the Bears been willing to spend one dollar more on his deal they could have been in position to extend him in-season.

Instead, the team could end up without an NFL quarterback on the roster when the free-agent market opens in March. Cutler, who returns Sunday as starter after missing about six games with injury, is an unrestricted free agent and GM Phil Emery has said it's unlikely the team will franchise. And, by Chicago's insistence on a minimum-salary benefit deal for McCown, they, per the collective bargaining agreement, can only offer McCown a one-year extension for 2014 again at the minimum-salary benefit level. McCown's performance has rendered that obsolete.

So, there is literally nothing the Bears can do between now and March, when the free-agent market opens, to negotiate with McCown. He is assured of hitting the market, and with so many college quarterbacks getting hurt and/or staying in school, and a shallow pool of NFL free-agent passers, an informal poll of GMs left me very confident McCown will have suitors.

Had the Bears offered him literally $840,001 (and not $840,000) when signing him, they could have protected their right to extend his deal. Had they put in a bonus package that rewarded him per start, they could have retained the ability to work out a deal with McCown in January or February -- after the season but before free agency begins. Had they included $100,000 in Not Likely To Be Earned bonuses, they could have achieved the same thing.
Ooops. :D

I've heard he's not even sure if he wants to play next season. He'll be 35 years old and has four kids all going to school and living in North Carolina.

Latvian Eagle 02-01-2014 03:24 AM

People seriously talking up Josh McCown? :o He has been around for years and has done nothing of note. :o

pauldrulez 02-01-2014 05:22 AM

McCown to Tampa Bay.

He's a mentor, not a starter.

Bears could well be looking for 2 new quarterbacks this season

Funk Butter 02-01-2014 04:23 PM

http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USWI0288

Hmm, High of 0 degrees in Green Bay on Sunday. I'm not sure which team that favors but it definitely isn't going to do Kaepernick any favors.

Funk Butter 02-01-2014 05:42 PM

Strange timing on this:

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The Chicago Bears, via the press conference's answer to War and Peace, announced this morning that Jay Cutler has signed a seven-year extension with the team. The exact details of the contract aren't yet known, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it will eclipse an average of $17.6 million per year and comes with "at least" $50 million guaranteed.

As we say every time one of these mammoth NFL contracts gets signed, the only thing that matters is the guaranteed money. $50 million would put Cutler's value below Tony Romo's ($55 million) and Matt Ryan's ($59 million), but above Matt Stafford's ($43 million).

davematt 03-01-2014 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Funk Butter (Post 11484059)
http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USWI0288

Hmm, High of 0 degrees in Green Bay on Sunday. I'm not sure which team that favors but it definitely isn't going to do Kaepernick any favors.

High has now changed to -5 degrees, but considering the time of the game, its going to get ALOT colder than that (could be -21!!!!!).

I'm going to feel cold just watching it.

Vince Hilaire's Afro 03-01-2014 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by davematt (Post 11485511)
High has now changed to -5 degrees, but considering the time of the game, its going to get ALOT colder than that (could be -21!!!!!).

I'm going to feel cold just watching it.

The last time I remember the Panthers going there it was pretty cold, but the Panthers won.

How SF must wish they had Jake Delhomme.

davematt 03-01-2014 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Vince Hilaire's Afro (Post 11485531)
The last time I remember the Panthers going there it was pretty cold, but the Panthers won.

How SF must wish they had Jake Delhomme.

My concern is how Kaepernick deals with these conditions.

Thinking back, I can't think of him playing in anything like that he is going to face on Sunday.

Funk Butter 03-01-2014 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by davematt (Post 11485553)
My concern is how Kaepernick deals with these conditions.

Thinking back, I can't think of him playing in anything like that he is going to face on Sunday.

He probably played in snowy conditions while at Nevada but there aren't many players that are going to have experience with subzero temps.

BB Bob 03-01-2014 04:08 PM

(BSP) Green Bay Cold Threatens to Outfreeze 1967 NFL Ice Bowl Re cord

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Green Bay Cold Threatens to Outfreeze 1967 NFL Ice Bowl Record
2014-01-03 15:09:44.445 GMT


By Mason Levinson
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Green Bay Packers may be about to host the coldest game in National Football League history, eclipsing their own record set during the 1967 game known as the Ice Bowl.
The coldest air in 18 years might arrive in Wisconsin the night before the Jan. 5 first-round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field, according to Cameron Moreland, chief meteorologist at TV channel NBC 26 in Green Bay. The forecast is a factor in slow ticket sales, according to resellers.
If an Arctic blast reaches the city before the 3:40 p.m.
local time kickoff, the temperature will rival that of the Dec.
31, 1967, NFL Championship game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, which started at the same stadium with the temperature at -13 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 Celsius), Moreland said. It felt like -48 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill for that game, which Green Bay won 21-17.
“The big question is which one of those computer forecast models are correct,” Moreland said in a telephone interview.
“It’s a difference between a cold game and a historically cold game.”
Moreland’s forecast for the day after the game is a high of
-13 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chills of -50 degrees possible, which would be in the top 10 coldest days in Green Bay’s history, he said.
The National Weather Service forecast for the afternoon of game day is sunny with a high near 2 degrees, turning cloudy with a low of -18 Fahrenheit.

‘Frozen Tundra’

The term “frozen tundra” that became associated with Lambeau Field was attributed to NFL Films narrator John Facenda’s reference to the Ice Bowl. Heating coils placed under the turf before that season froze during the game, turning the field into a sheet of ice. The Packers won when Bart Starr scored a touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 16 seconds left in the game. By then, the temperature had fallen to -18.
In the second-coldest game, the temperature was -9 on Jan.
10, 1982, when the Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers 27-7 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The wind chill made it feel like -59. The third-coldest was the New York Giants’ 23-20 overtime win in -1 weather in Green Bay on Jan. 20, 2008, in the National Football Conference Championship game.
The approaching cold front is affecting the Packers’
attempts to sell out the game and avoid a television blackout that would be mandated by league rules.
The Colts’ game tomorrow against the Kansas City Chiefs, which probably will be played indoors in the retractable-roof Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the Bengals’ home game against San Diego Chargers on Jan. 5 also have yet to sell out.

Sold Out

Tomorrow’s matchup between the Eagles and New Orleans Saints in Philadelphia is the only one of the four wild-card games to have sold out. The league has extended its deadline until today for the other teams to sell out the games.
“The data here shows very low demand in three of the four host cities, with Philly being the exception,” Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for New York-based ticket aggregator TiqIQ, said in an e-mail.
Green Bay season-ticket holders were offered a chance to buy tickets throughout the playoffs during the third week of November, with the money applied to next season if the team failed to reach the postseason or didn’t play at home, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers were 5-5 at the time and half of eligible fans turned down the opportunity, leaving 40,000 tickets available after Green Bay beat the Chicago Bears on Dec. 29 to clinch a division title with an 8-7-1 record, the newspaper said.
“In Green Bay, a lot of it has to do with season ticket holders opting not to buy when they had their chance,”
Matcovich said. “To complicate that, when tickets were opened to the general public, weather forecasts showed it would be a frigid game.”

Resale Prices

On the secondary market, the least expensive Packers’
tickets were being sold for $120 as of yesterday, $60 less than they went for during Green Bay’s last wild-card home game a year ago versus the Minnesota Vikings, according to TiqIQ.
The cheapest seats are going for $90 in Indianapolis, down from $172 when the Colts hosted the Jets in a 2010 wild-card matchup, according TiqIQ. Entry to the Bengals’ game costs $71, while the cheapest seats at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia are going for $147, higher than the $130 price tag when the Eagles hosted Green Bay in a 2011 wild-card meeting.
“In Indy and Cincy, I think it’s simply that the fan bases are smaller and the matchups are not very enticing,” Matcovich said.
Moreland said the Green Bay weather would make it fun to watch on television, “if we can even watch it.”
“I’m kind of hoping that the fact that it could be a historic game will make people want to go to it to say ‘I was there,’” he said.

California Quarterback

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a native Californian, said the weather will “definitely have an effect on the game.”
“Not everyone in this locker room is from the great state of Wisconsin, but we do practice in it and live in it, so we’re going to be a little bit better at adapting initially,”
Rodgers, who went to the University of California-Berkeley, told reporters. “Once the game starts it’s about who can execute in the cold weather. It does some different things to the football.”

Electric Blankets

The television cameras will be covered with electric blankets and equipment will stay running overnight as the crew at News Corp.’s Fox Sports, which will televise the game, pays close attention to the power source, said Jerry Steinberg, senior vice president of field operations and engineering for the network. Fox also will broadcast next month’s NFL title game from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather city.
“You start in summer when it could be 90 and you end in winter when it could be -50,” Steinberg said in a telephone interview. “The greatest football games that you’ve seen have been with the weather. It’s part of what we do, and this year it’s like getting reps for what could be going on on Feb. 2.”

Latvian Eagle 03-01-2014 05:50 PM

I was hoping it might be cold at Lambeau. Straight up game I would say easy SF win, but the conditions will be a great equaliser. What day and time is SF @ GB on?

RDSdaEAGLE 03-01-2014 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by davematt (Post 11485553)
My concern is how Kaepernick deals with these conditions.

Thinking back, I can't think of him playing in anything like that he is going to face on Sunday.

As Funk Butter says, he played college football in Reno, Nevada so would have experienced some cold temperatures, although I doubt it would have ever been as cold as it will be in Green Bay!


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