Archive for August, 2011

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The Fantasy Football Insiders return for another season! Hosts Ric Serritella, Rosstradamus Ross Mandel and Reverend Ralph Mancini discuss players to watch in the preseason, early FF draft trends and player debate that will make this two hour commercial free show feel like you just flew out of a cannon! Lets get it on baby...taking your questions in the LIVE chat. Be there.

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NFL: Is Mike Kafka Eagles QB of the Future?

Walk into the new office with your Harvard degree and the man behind the desk is going to ask you when you want to start and how much you’re asking for in pay.

That Harvard degree may compare to how teams will begin viewing quarterbacks leaving the Philadelphia Eagles after spending time under head coach Andy Reid and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweng. Reid has drafted five total quarterbacks since taking over in 1999 and each has been, for the most part, a productive player in the National Football League. The chart below details the picks that have been groomed by Reid and his quarterback savvy staff. Only sixth round pick Andy Hall failed to develop into a legit prospect at the NFL level.

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Podcast: Patrick Allen, Arrowhead Addict

We're talking Kansas City Chiefs football with Patrick Allen of Arrowhead Addict. The Chiefs where the surprise team of the AFC West last year sneaking up on the San Diego Chargers to win the division. Head Coach Todd Haley enters his third season and is 14-19 in his first two years in Kansas City and the Arrowheads are going to want nothing less than another division crown in 2011.

Get the inside info on everything Kansas City Chiefs and join Bo Marchionte on All Access Football with special guest Patrick Allen.

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Podcast: Rashaud Mungro, Eastern Kentucky

Rashaud Mungro, plays for the Eastern Kentucky Drillers  of the Ultimate Indoor Football League and was voted All-UIFL First Team this past season. Mungro stands at 6’6” and nearly 310 pounds and is busting his tail to get noticed and earn himself a camp invite by the National Football League. Mungro played his college football with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels where he appeared in 33 games and started at right guard for the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Champions.

This episode of All Access Football is hosted by Bo Marchionte. Bringing the stars of tomorrow up close today.

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On Location: Steelers/Eagles Game Recap

With training camp wrapped up, the real story of the second preseason game is not whether the Steelers win or lose, but how in fact the players vying for positions are adapting to the game with such a limited amount of time to prepare. “We’re looking for improvement, quite frankly, in all areas” said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin.

The Philadelphia Eagles visited Heinz Field Thursday night and didn’t resemble anything close the self proclaimed “Dream Team” announced by Eagles backup quarterback Vince Young. For preseason football their was definitely a buzz surrounding both teams who have Super Bowl aspirations, the starters where going to see action for the better part of two full quarters. In 2008, the Steelers left with a bad taste in their mouth during defeat by the Eagles whose defense smothered the Steelers into submission forcing the team into

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NFL: Rookie Report – Thur Notables 8/18

*Notable rookie performers from Thursday night's preseason action.

QB Ryan Mallett (NE) 9-14  71  0/1

RB Stevan Ridley (NE)  14/84rush  3/27rec
RB Jonathan Dwyer (PIT)  13/44rush
RB Dion Lewis (PHI)  2/19rush  2/48rec
RB Allen Bradford (TB)  5/17rush  1td

WR Gerald Jones (PHI)  3/36rec  2td

TE Daniel Hardy (TB)  1/21rec

LB Casey Matthews (PHI)  2tack

CB Anthony Gaitor (TB)  3tack

DB Niles Brinkley (PIT)  3tack

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Thursday Night Preview: Steelers vs. Eagles

Thursday’s match-up in Pittsburgh marks the second pre-season game for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, and both starting units will certainly want to impress in this intrastate contest. This isn’t Montana we are talking about; it’s Pennsylvania, a state that prides itself on its rich football history. Heck, George Blanda is from Youngwood, Pennsylvania. Who’s more football than George Blanda?

One of my favorite movie characters is Marcellus Wallace, from Pulp Fiction, and one of my favorite lines in the movie is Wallace’s, “F*&% pride! Pride only hurts, it never helps.” Pride runs deep in the players who suit up in the National Football League. These men are driven to be the best, so when one team is labeled a Dream Team before the season begins, you’d better believe pride becomes a factor, for both teams.

“Obviously the best Olympic team we

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Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o Weighing His Options

Already, Brian Te'o said, letters and calls from agents and visitors on behalf of agents have found their way to Laie, Hawaii. Already, the Te'os consulted with Notre Dame compliance officials to manage that. Already, Te'o is a top 20 prospect for the 2012 NFL draft according to one analyst and his parents considered buying an insurance policy for this fall. This is no guarantee Te'o plays his final game for Notre Dame this winter. That depends on Te'o, in many ways. "That's a big if — and the 'if' is, if I play well," Te'o said. "My whole focus is on this season … on my team. There's going to be a time for me to think about that. Right now, it's not the time. … Hopefully, I perform well and I have that option, I become eligible to make that decision. Until then, I'm going to

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Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o Weighing His Options

Already, Brian Te'o said, letters and calls from agents and visitors on behalf of agents have found their way to Laie, Hawaii. Already, the Te'os consulted with Notre Dame compliance officials to manage that. Already, Te'o is a top 20 prospect for the 2012 NFL draft according to one analyst and his parents considered buying an insurance policy for this fall. This is no guarantee Te'o plays his final game for Notre Dame this winter. That depends on Te'o, in many ways. "That's a big if — and the 'if' is, if I play well," Te'o said. "My whole focus is on this season … on my team. There's going to be a time for me to think about that. Right now, it's not the time. … Hopefully, I perform well and I have that option, I become eligible to make that decision. Until then, I'm going to

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The Island of Misfit Draft Picks

“The Island of Misfit Toys:” an island sanctuary where defective and unwanted toys are sent.

The “Island of Misfit Toys” reminds me of the NFL supplemental draft, a place where players who usually have academic or diplomacy issues that affect their college eligibility for the coming season find themselves. Take a step back and look at the event: no green room with players waiting intently on hearing their name called, no bright lights from the Big Apple and Radio Music City Hall or analysts giving their synopsis of the selected player. The Island of Misfit Draft Picks is where five players have been granted entry and one player, Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor, waits on the bubble, to the point where the league actually postponed the draft so an informed decision could be made on his status. The supplemental draft was introduced in 1977 as

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