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  1. Top 5 Receiving Backs in the NFL

    All I know is Alvin Kamara is #1. The other 4 spots are debatable.
  2. You do know Alvin is on pace for over 1,000 rushing yards? Humor me for just one minute. If Alvin gets those extra 200 yards you don't think he's capable of, does he suddenly become an elite RB in your eyes? The idea that because Alvin is such a great pass catcher out of the backfield that somehow makes him less of a RB is just silly. Alvin can run between the tackles as good as anyone. I saw a stat on NFL Network the other day which said that Alvin Kamara is averaging over 5 yards per carry against 8 man boxes. That was good for 4th in the entire league. On the long rushing TD that closed the game against the Giants last week, Alvin was running out of the I-formation with a fullback leading the way. Alvin Kamara is not the scat back you guys are making him out to be. He could dominate the league just being a traditional I-formation RB if he wanted. He's just so good as a receiver that you would be silly not to use him there as well. Especially given how the rules favor passing now in the NFL.
  3. How can a guy who is among the league leaders in broken tackles and yards after contact be the product of the system? You obviously don't watch Kamara play to say something like this. The guy is mesmerizing to watch because of how many Houdini plays he has every Sunday. He's breaking tackles and gaining extra yards than were designed by the play better than anyone in the NFL right now. I just think you don't like Kamara. You been throwing shots at him since his emergence last year. I was hoping the game against the Rams where he made your entire defense look silly on those short little dump off passes would convince you of his greatness. Oh well. I guess it'll take Alvin putting on a Gold Jacket before you give him any credit.
  4. I ain't a stat guy but I'm pretty sure Alvin's rate of breaking tackles was near the top of the league last year. You can't say Alvin is the product of a system if he's among the league leaders when it comes to yards after contact. Alvin is creating his own production moreso than it being a system giving him easy yards. His yards gained after contact is proof of that. All you gotta do is watch Alvin play to see he is the actual system. He's the one who takes those short dump offs and screen passes and takes them farther than the blocking or scheme designed.
  5. Alvin is gaining yards and scoring TDs at a higher rate per touch than all those guys. And if you want to use the eye test, you could put Alvin in their place and he would out produce them but there's no way you could put those guys in Alvin's place and have them produce like he has. Alvin Kamara's production makes him the best.
  6. Fair enough. For me the thing that sucks the most in sports is knowing you're the best team and not winning versus missing what is a good chance to win. You are right 2008 was a nice opportunity. That was an unimpressive year all-around in the NFL. Arizona had that miracle run to the Super Bowl and the Steelers team that won it all certainly didn't feel special. However, nothing sucks worse than knowing you have the best team in the sport and a team that could probably play with most great teams historically and still losing. Maybe it was just me, but I never once thought we would lose in 2000 during the lead up to that Ravens game. That is what made the result so jarring. I was young back then so maybe it was youthful ignorance. But I never considered the possibility before that day that you could be the best team in the league for an entire season and still not win the championship.
  7. It took both Le'Veon and Terrell several years before they were accepted as the best. That is typical with guys who are drafted low. People are less likely to jump abroad early on because they weren't drafted high. While if a first rounder kills it in Year 1 (as we saw with Deshaun Watson last year) people are more quickly to jump abroad because they expected them to be good. And please stop with this arcane thinking that you can't be the best RB in the league unless you run for 1,000 yards. Alvin Kamara had over 1,500 yards from scrimmage last year. He led the NFL in Yards Per Carry. His production given the touches he had last year was HISTORIC. The NFL is changing. Have you not watched the last few weeks? Teams are throwing the ball more and more. Thus, the best RB is actually the guy who plays like Kamara. The guy who is maybe a better receiver than runner. That is where the NFL is heading and Alvin is the leader in the clubhouse. Stop trying to diminish his impact on the game. To me, being the best means having the most impact. And right now, there isn't a RB who is having a bigger impact on whether his team wins or losses as Alvin Kamara. His skills both as a runner and receiver make him the best.
  8. I would say Kamara's stats are a bigger reason why I'm willing to accept him as the best RB in the league rather than what I thought about him before the draft. As Jay-Z once said: "Men lie, Women lie, Numbers don't." The numbers say Alvin Kamara is CLEARLY the best RB in the league. In particular stats that take into account PER TOUCH production. Through the first 20 games of his career, Alvin Kamara is putting up production PER TOUCH that the NFL has not seen before. His TD rate per touch is just staggering. You can choose to dismiss the numbers but they are what they are. Alvin Kamara's stats are what give him a strong case for being the best RB in the NFL.
  9. The only reason people are not willing to accept Alvin Kamara as the best RB in the league is because he was drafted in the 3rd round and had an unremarkable college career. If Saquon Barkley or Leonard Fournette had Kamara's production in their first 20 games, people would be calling them not just the best RB in the NFL but a future Hall of Famer as well. In this new NFL that is all about passing, Alvin Kamara is EASILY the best RB in the league and honestly its not even close. No RB has as much impact on the game for his team as Alvin. His draft position is the only reason people are even debating this.
  10. 2008 doesn't compare to 2000 for me cause I never felt we were the best team in the league in 2008. We just had a surprise start and good season. I never felt a Kerry Collins led team would go anywhere. In 2000, you couldn't tell me we weren't the best team. And I also had way more faith in Steve McNair as our QB.
  11. I grew up a Titans fan so this one is easy. Most people would assume that the toughest loss a Titans fan could have is the 1999 Super Bowl against the Rams where they came up one yard short. Not for me. That year we were a surprise team that had a miracle run to the Super Bowl. Most Titans fans (including me) were just happy to be there. I didn't really take losing that Super Bowl hard. The most crushing loss I can remember as a Titans fan was the 2000 Divisional Playoffs versus the Baltimore Ravens. Lotta people don't know this cause the 2000 Ravens get hyped as one of the greatest defenses of all-time (and rightfully so) but it was the Tennessee Titans that had the #1 ranked defense in the NFL that season (if you go by yards allowed). Tennessee also had the best record in the NFL that year along with a prime Steve McNair and Eddie George. Most people felt that they were the best team in the NFL that season and poised to win the Super Bowl. During the opening drive of the game, we drove the ball effortlessly down the field on that historic defense and scored a TD. During the week leading up to the game, I never once thought for a moment we would lose that game. I thought we were guaranteed to not only beat the Ravens but win the Super Bowl as well. I'm sure people who remember that game know how crazy it got after that. Baltimore literally couldn't do anything offensively yet they ended up winning the game by 2 TDs because of a blocked FG returned for a TD and an INT returned for a TD by Ray Lewis to seal the game late in the 4th quarter. To this day, its probably the toughest loss I've ever experienced as a fan of a team. The crazy thing about that game was the aftermath. I swear that it felt like there was a cloud over the city of Nashville for the next 4-5 days after that game. Everyone was down. Nobody could believe we lost. There was a sense of despair everywhere in the city. Definitely the most crushing loss I've ever experienced as a fan.
  12. Yes. Alvin Kamara is the best RB in the NFL right now.
  13. They had most of the same guys last year and Alex Smith was also looking like an MVP candidate. I know everyone is on the Patrick Mahomes train but its not like we haven't seen this movie before. Young QB comes in, tears it up, few weeks later teams figure him out. Deshaun Watson did the same thing last year and defenses look to have figured him out now.
  14. Remember in Week 1 how the Chiefs scored a couple of TDs in the redzone off jet sweep shovel passes? It was pretty unique how they drew it up. This past week I saw New Orleans copy it in the game against the Browns and I thought I saw another team do it as well just forgot the game. Now this brings me to Mahomes. How much of the Chiefs early success this year is based on scheme that other teams haven't caught up to yet? I'm thinking back to last season. Chiefs started crazy hot as well. But then crashed near the end. I watched the Steelers game and most of Mahomes passes came on the first or second read. I saw guys running wide open a lot. Maybe this is more of the Steelers being bad on defense. But it could also be the Chiefs offense and Andy Reid being ahead of the game. It'll be interesting to see moving forward if defenses figure out what the Chiefs are doing right now and if they run into a poor second half like they had last season.
  15. NFL General Random Thoughts Thread

    Thank you. Its just the nature of the NFL. Every season is new and you can't use what happened last year as some absolute barometer of what will happen this year. With that said, the Bucs have surprised even me. I didn't think they would be as explosive as they have been offensively. And I definitely didn't envision Fitzpatrick having back to back 400 yard passing/ 4TD games.
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