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  1. Flashback: Mel Kiper's comments about Brady in 2000

    I'd first like to point out that Brady looks incredibly handsome in that photo and I think that helps debunk the narrative that he only became handsome as he got older. As far as football goes - I think that the signs for Brady were always there. He showed great leadership, drive, desire and ability to win, etc while he was at Michigan. I think those intangibles matter far more for a QB than having a fast 40 time. Obviously nobody could predict that he was going to be a first ballot HOFer, but I personally would want to give any QB who showed what Brady did in college a chance on my team.
  2. Beyond the horrific record, what made Hue so bad? What about him as a coach created such historic futility for the Browns?
  3. None of them. But I HAVE to pick one, the Jets.
  4. The Kansas City Chiefs will be the team of 2019-2020

    Tyreek is probably the 2nd most important player on that team besides Mahommes. What he does to opposing defenses is very very crucial to the success of the Chiefs offense. You always have to account for him, you always have to have someone playing deep, you can only be so aggressive with blitz packages, it allows guys like Kelce and Watkins to get open way more often than they otherwise would be able to. Taking Hill away from this Chiefs offense just makes them so much easier to match up against. You double cover Kelce and let your defense do its thing from there. I still think they will be a very good offense, but very good isn't enough when you have the Chiefs defense. To be an actual contender in the AFC, their offense has to be electric like the 2018 offense. I don't think it can be close to the same level without Hill, and the loss of Hunt also was and still will be a big blow.
  5. The Post FA|Pre Draft Season Prediction Thread

    I'll just do division winners and wild cards: AFC East: New England Patriots (12-4-0) AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6-0) AFC South: Indianapolis Colts (11-5-0) AFC West: LA Chargers (11-5-0) Wild Card 1: Kansas City Chiefs (10-6-0) [This is hard to predict, could be better or worse than this depending on what happens with Tyreek) Wild Card 2: Cleveland Browns (9-7-0) NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles (11-5-0) NFC North: Chicago Bears (11-5-0) NFC South: New Orleans Saints (13-3-0) NFC West: LA Rams (11-5-0) Wild Card 1: Atlanta Falcons (10-6-0) Wild Card 2: Green Bay Packers (10-6-0)
  6. The Kansas City Chiefs will be the team of 2019-2020

    The Chiefs have been remarkably consistent under Andy Reid, so there is no reason to not expect them to be a competitive team. That having been said, I think they will be worse than they were this past season.
  7. Most talented teams that underachieved?

    2004-2010 Chargers. Part of it was being in a pretty loaded AFC with the Pats, Steelers and Colts also being consistent powerhouses. But those teams were way too stacked and talented to not have won it all at least once during that time.
  8. Who are the greatest never was' of the NFL?

    Aaron Hernandez is an interesting case. Not sure if he would have been an all time great or anything, but the combo of him and Gronk would have been absolutely nasty for years to come. Good chance that the Pats win more than just the 3 this decade if what happened didn't happen with him.
  9. NFC next year, early predictions

    1) Eagles 12-4-0 2) Seahawks 11-5-0 3) Vikings 11-5-0 4) Saints 10-6-0 5) Rams 10-6-0 6) Bears 10-6-0
  10. AFC Early Predictions

    The Chargers are just a much better roster than the Broncos and it's really not close. They were still ranked 6th in the NFL by SRS (A metric that takes into account point differential and strength of schedule) They may not go 12-4 again, but I think 10-6 is a reasonable expectation. The Chiefs are as well. While I don't expect the offense to be nearly as electric next year, I don't expect the defense to be nearly as terrible. I expect both to regress to the mean. The Chiefs have been a pretty consistent team under Andy Reid, not sure why that would change next year.
  11. AFC Early Predictions

    Even with Ben, I don't think they beat out the Chiefs or the Chargers.
  12. AFC Early Predictions

    Pats, Steelers, Colts, Ravens, Chargers, Chiefs
  13. What well by post Brady/Belichick era look like?

    If Brady retires and Belichick is still the coach, I think they will be fine. I don't think they will be a lock to be in the AFC Championship anymore, but It's not like any of the other AFC East organizations are competent enough to consistently challenge them as they are just so much better ran.
  14. Why will we never see another Patriots dynasty again? Salary cap?

    I think the 49ers stretch is probably the next best, but it's still decently behind the Pats. 5 SB's, 5 appearances, 8 Conference Championship game appearances vs 6 SB's, 9 appearances and 13 Conference championship game appearances.