Uncertain Futures and Familiar Pasts

Interesting how the topics I’m going to talk about today can be limited to these two polar opposites. At least, I think it’s interesting. Now, I’m going to make the jump to light speed:

Uncertain Futures:

  1. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has stated that he wants RB Eddie Lacy to slim down. Lacy would be wise to listen to this as this season was not good for him and he did look rather slow.
  2. Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen is doubtful to play in the team’s tilt with the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC Championship on Sunday. Should the Panthers lose, we may have already seen Allen’s last game in the NFL, as he isn’t getting any younger. If he doesn’t play Sunday, I sincerely hope I am wrong about the Cardinals winning because I want to see Allen play again.
  3. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera banned hoverboards from the teams facilities. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of these anyway so whatever. That does bring into question: How will the Panthers have fun now? The answer: Winning the Super Bowl.
  4. Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said he’s willing to hear trade offers for the first overall pick. Trading down would be a wise move for the Titans who now have their franchise QB in Marcus Mariota and really just need to hope that the injury bug doesn’t hit them as bad next season.
  5. Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch didn’t play well in the team’s 24-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend. Will that abysmal performance be his last in a Seattle jersey? With new RB Thomas Rawls, (who looked good until being injured for the season) I would not be surprised if this is the end of Beast Mode.
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison is contemplating retirement again now that his team’s season is over. Harrison was considering retirement a couple of years ago before the Steelers begged him to come back and help them at their thin LB position. Now that the position is strengthened again, I would expect Harrison to walk away. He has been great.

Familiar Pasts

  1. Green Bay Packers LB Clay Mathews is moving back to outside LB. Mathews was moved to inside LB this season to save him from the injuries that plagued his previous few seasons. I guess the Packers see that changing now, but I don’t. Plus, he was doing quite well at inside LB, so this move seems a little too risky to me.
  2. The divisional round wins by the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots sets up the 17th matchup between QBs Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. 17! And they’ve NEVER been in the same division! The grandpas of the NFL matchup again and I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady won again like he usually does. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Broncos win either. After all, they are still my Super Bowl picks. But Peyton NEEDS to play better this weekend than he did last weekend.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, please leave a comment, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

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