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The 2015 NFL All Ski-Mask Way Defense

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They say defense win championships. Well, this defense has given a new definition to the term “winning in different ways”. All the guys on the All Ski-Mask way defensive team have earned their way there by either lagging in effort or not living up the expectations the money they made would have them to. The committee has gathered and here is what we came up with. Without further ado, here is the 2015 NFL All Ski-Mask Way defense.

(photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

(photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Safety-Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers ($10 million)

“Great numbers at 2 million dollars a year. 79 tackles and half a sack. Then you realize he made 10 million this year and you think again. There’s been degeneration in his play for a while but he’s gone from Eric Weddle to Eric Waddle. He strikes fear in cartoon characters but not receivers running a skinny post past him. He was paid 8 million too much in my opinion. You know what is worse?? Someone else is gonna give son Beaucoup dollars. His robbing spree isn’t done yet.”- Khalid Boyd

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(photo courtesy http://www.zimbio.com)

Safety-Da’Norris Searcy, Tennessee Titans ($3.625 million)

“He was signed by the Titans this past offseason to be a difference-maker. But unfortunately, the only difference that was made was his bank account and the Titans’ salary cap number. He was rarely noticed on the field and did not have that much of an effect on the Titans’ defense. Once they find him, hopefully he will give them something. But as of right now, there is an APB out there for him.” –Mike Patton

(photo courtesy Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate)

(photo courtesy Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate)

Cornerback-Brandon Browner, New Orleans Saints ($2.4 million)

“The Saints CB as held more receivers that James Bond has women in his movies.  He may have been a member of the Legion of Boom, but Brown has proven why that is in the past tense. At the bargain price of $2.4 million and $7.5  mil guaranteed, he one of the leagues most penalized cover men.”- Kyle Nash

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(photo courtesy of http://www.fansided.com)

Cornerback-Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys ($12.7 million)

“Seventy-six tackles on a 4-12 team and getting 12.7 million this year??? You wanna talk about sticking cats up with no gun?? This dude did it. He got burned so much this season, if you look closely next to the star on his helmet, there’s tread marks. If he did any less, he’d be flipping french fries at Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.  This dude is a burger of the plainest proportions. He was beat like a scalded dog, repeatedly. The local Dallas radio team broadcasters uttered his name with such disgust, you’d have though he slapped their mama.”-Khalid Boyd

Cornerback- Byron Maxwell, Philadelphia Eagles ($8.7 million)

“Burnt Maxwell was made toast in one too many games this season. He did have two interceptions (slightly under $4.4 million per interception). But those don’t add up to the amount of SportsCenter highlights of him getting torched this season. I think opponents’ stadiums should have the “Toasty’ sound effect from Mortal Kombat on deck anytime he is on the field.”- Dan Dinkins

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(photo courtesy of http://www.bleacherreport.com)

Linebacker-Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles ($6million)

“When people speak of the debacle that was Chip Kelly as a GM in Philadelphia in 2015, many people associate it with a disappointing offense. But said offense also made it difficult to exist as an NFL defensive player having to stay on the field so much, especially if you are one who is overrated. And there is no better indicator of overrated than Brandon Graham’s $6 million 2015 cap hit and $13.5 million guaranteed by the end of 2016.  What miniscule sack numbers he amassed (6.5) and forced fumbles (3) he accrued when you think he got two of those sacks and two of those forced fumbles against an awful Cowboys offense on November 8th. With Graham as a lesser known name, he is the antithesis of an anonymous charitable donor.  He is an anonymous recipient and the burdened donor is the Eagles front office.”-Kyle Nash

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(photo courtesy of http://www.fansided.com)

Linebacker-Brian Orapko, Tennessee Titans ($4.47 million)

“With Brian Orakpo leaving the Redskins, the only starring role he can be associated with is the old Geico car insurance commercials saying their service as “so easy a caveman can do it”.  Hoping for an upgrade bringing in Orakpo, Tennessee instead still had a defense so bad, even an AFC South team can score on it. While the 3rd highest player on the Titan Roster did record 7 sacks, $4,468,750 in 2015 warrants more performance.  With his 2016 salary due to almost double up to $8.25 million, this is the deal that keeps on stealing so bad it sends the Titans cap room situation back into the Stone Age.” – Kyle Nash

(photo courtesy of www.bleacherreport.com)

(photo courtesy of http://www.bleacherreport.com)

Linebacker-Dan Skuta, Jacksonville Jaguars ($4.6 million)

“Skuta was an overachiever when he played for the 49ers in 2014. Well, that all changed once he decided to go play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. At $4.6 million, he was expected to add to this team. He added alright…to the salary cap. Thirty-two tackles and 1.5 sacks just won’t cut it for the amount he was getting paid. And for a team that’s defense was subpar, he did little to help them get better. Such is life when expectations arise and the bank accounts gets a little bigger.” –Mike Patton

(photo courtesy of Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

(photo courtesy of Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Defensive end- Greg Hardy, Dallas Cowboys ($11.3 million)

“HOW BOUT THIS COWBOY! At 1.88 million per sack, I would say this has been a lucrative season for him money-wise. But production-wise, he did more fighting on the sidelines than tackling (only 35 tackles). He was on a one-year deal with Dallas, so there is no telling whether he will return.”-Dan Dinkins

(photo courtesy of Bill Wippert/Associated Press)

(photo courtesy of Bill Wippert/Associated Press)

Defensive End- Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills ($6.175 million)

“Well, Jerry knew that 2014 was the biggest year of his career. He was looking to get a payday and he finally earned one from a team. But this season, he was definitely not earning his keep. He teamed up with Mario Williams to make the most disappointing defensive end duo in the NFL. He may be getting paid, but he surely has gone back to the same guy that disappeared after he was made a 1st round pick in Indianapolis.”-Mike Patton

(photo courtesy of Bob Leverone/Associated Press)

(photo courtesy of Bob Leverone/Associated Press)

Defensive Tackle- Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins ($6.1 million)

“Being a dominant defensive lineman for 5 years got parlayed into a lucrative deal for Suh. So what did he do this season besides look lost and frightened???  58 tackles and 6 sacks. For 6.1 million dollars???  Nah bruh. You went from Suh to Stew. This is robbery but you know what?? Homey is warming up for next year. He’s a massive man and has a cap number next year of over 29 million. He went from N-Dominant to N-Donkey Kong. You have got to be bananas to be paying that bread, and he’s definitely not bananas enough to say no. I was at Dolphin Stadium in October and drinks at the stadium are $17. A couple dozen rounds on you, fella?? You owe me!” –Khalid Boyd

(photo courtesy of Billy Hurst/USA TODAY Sports)

(photo courtesy of Billy Hurst/USA TODAY Sports)

Defensive Tackle- Nick Fairley, St. Louis Rams ($4.75 million)

“Yes folks. He is still in the NFL. Someone gave Fairley the bright idea of having him sign a one-year deal to prove himself with the St. Louis Rams. Maybe that same person should have let him know the Rams’ defensive line was stacked. Or maybe he just wanted to find somewhere he could get the biggest payday for the least amount of work. Well, whatever the case, he surely got the best tickets anyone could have gotten. He even got to dress in a uniform and walk the sidelines for home and away games. And just to show them he had somewhat a pulse, he gave them a half a sack.”-Mike Patton

(photo courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire)

(photo courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire)

Kenneth Lay Award (Defensive MVP)- Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills ($19.4 million)

“Super Mario decided to play more like Luigi or even the Princess this past year. With only 19 combined tackles and five sacks (that’s one million per tackle or $3.88 million per sack), Williams made what may be his final season in Buffalo a bad one!!!! In a Rex Ryan defense, there is no reason why he should not be producing like one of the best pass rushers in the league. A huge letdown for a former #1 overall pick.”-Dan Dinkins

Enron still lives on with the naming of the Kenneth Lay award and none other than Mario Williams receives the inaugural one. There were many that got it done by making to their big contract and deciding they were done playing. And there were others that decided that somewhere along the life of their contract, they were going to call it quits while still in uniform. The committee has spoken and the All Ski-Mask Way defense has been named.

In you missed the All Ski-Mask Way offense, click here.

Doug Pederson Has Some Immediate Decisions In Philadelphia

(photo courtesy of Eric Hartline/US Presswire)

(photo courtesy of Eric Hartline/US Presswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles had back-to-back ten win seasons in 2013 and 2014 under Chip Kelly. The prevailing thought was the team would make a few adjustments that would put them over the top. What they actually got in 2015 was something they did not expect. First, no one thought that Chip Kelly would be given the power to move personnel. But when he was given it, he went a little crazy. He made a few questionable decisions like trading away their leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, to the Bills. And in return, Chip got a linebacker that stayed injured and did not produce in Kiko Alonzo. But Chip was not done there. He signed running back DeMarco Murray from the Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Byron Maxwell from the Seattle Seahawks with the money freed up from McCoy’s contract. And unfortunately for him, they were not successful signings in his system. And to top it all off, he also let the leading receiver on the team leave in free agency for Kansas City (Jeremy Maclin). Needless to say, when all these moves did not pay off and the Eagles did not make the playoffs, someone had to pay for it. And when Eagles brass decided to pull personnel power from Kelly and he balked, they had no choice but to let him go. The Eagles fired Chip Kelly right before the last game of the season and have since been on their search for a head coach. Plenty had speculated who they would get, but in the end they chose a former assistant in Philly to lead the team. Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles and will be the next head coach there.

Coach Pederson comes into an interesting situation in Philly. The team has a starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, is a free agent. The free-agent-to-be was traded for by Kelly from the St. Louis Rams for their starter in 2014, Nick Foles. If the Eagles decide to pay Bradford to stay, then they are taking a big risk. Bradford has had an injury-riddled past and they could be paying him to not play potentially. Another option is to start Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The Eagles and their fans saw what that could look like when he was subbing for an injured Nick Foles in 2014 and the results were not pretty. He would make a play that would make you think he was ready to start and take over for the Eagles. And then he would make a play that is inexplicable and so bad it would make you think it was a bad dream. If the Eagles fans have their way, he stays in a backup role. But there is also the scenario of the Eagles drafting a quarterback. As unlikely as it may seem, there could be a quarterback they like that drops to them. And if that is to happen, they would snatch that quarterback up as quick as possible. That would allow for them to keep Sanchez in a backup role and would also give Peterson his own quarterback to groom. Of course, there has to be a few things go their way for a quarterback they love and think can start to drop to them. But anything and everything is entirely possible.

Another thing that has to be solved is the defense. There has been no decision made on who will be the defensive coordinator. Billy Davis was the coordinator under Chip Kelly and his defense was predicated on pressure and man-to-man defense. Unfortunately, the defense got worse as the game went on. The main reason for that was the offense that Chip Kelly ran. He wanted his offense to run so fast that he did not pay attention he was tiring out his defense. And with the amount of three-and-outs his offense had, the defense was not allotted much rest at all. Even though not all the defensive struggles to close games out was not on him all the time, Davis will not be back more than likely in Philly. It is being reported that former Lions head coach and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is going to be the new defensive coordinator. If Schwartz is named the defensive coordinator, then that means the Eagles will be switching defenses from a 3-4 to a 4-3. If that is to happen, then one personnel decision has to be made with outside linebacker Connor Barwin. He had a great season in 2014 with 14.5 sacks and declined this season, only tallying 7 sacks. But with that being said, he is their best pass rusher. Unless they have plans to replace him with someone that is out there, then they need to keep him around and figure out how they are going to use him. He is not a natural fit at outside linebacker or defensive end in the 4-3 defense. So in keeping him around, he is going to have to adjust what he does to be effective. If they let him go, then it will be interesting to see if Brandon Graham becomes that guy for them as an edge pass rusher.

As far as what we all can expect Pederson to bring, look for the West Coast offense to return to Philadelphia. The tight end will become more of a focus in this offense along with there will be short routes as well. The funny thing about that is there were some that criticized Andy Reid for the routes his team ran and they are going to an Andy Reid assistant to be your head coach and to put you in a system you once did not want. It will be interesting to see what happens with Pederson becoming the head coach there where he once played and coached. The Eagles have started a science experiment that fans will have to witness. Whether it works or not depends on the defensive coordinator he brings in and also the offense and how effective it could be. Congratulations to Coach Pederson and good luck in the City of Brotherly Love.

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