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The Alliance of American Football has some really good ideas and might serve as a nice distraction from the doldrums of the NFL offseason."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Tennessee Titans PodcastA few former Titans are set to take the field as members of the AAF’s Memphis Express on SundayNew دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
,35commentsThe Alliance of American Football has some really good ideas and might serve as a nice distraction from the doldrums of the NFL offseason.CSTShareTweetShareShareA few former Titans are set to take the field as members of the AAF’s Memphis Express on SundayPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY SportsWith the Super Bowl behind us, NFL free agency still over a month away, and the NFL Draft nearly three months away, this is usually the slowest time of year for football news. However, this year the newly formed Alliance of American Football is giving us some extra action on the gridiron to enjoy. The eight team league formed by Charlie Ebersol and former NFL GM Bill Polian will play ten regular season games over the next couple months before the top four teams face off in the playoffs to determine a champion. Some of the names involved in the league are carry quite a bit of credibility in the football world. In addition to Polian, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen, Mike Pereira, Dean Blandino, and Justin Tuck are all working with the league office in various roles.One of the biggest appeals about the league to me is some of the deviations from NFL rules that they are making. The two biggest differences both strike me as things that the NFL should be considering adopting moving forward:In an attempt to shorten game times from 180 minutes to 150 minutes, the AAF will have a 35-second play clock (5 seconds shorter than the NFL), no TV timeouts, and 60% fewer “full screen commercials”.They have decreased the use of kickers in the game. Teams must go for two after each touchdown and there are no kickoffs. Instead, the scoring team can elect to either give the other team the ball on the 25-yard line or attempt a 4th and 10 play from their own 35-yard line to try and keep the ball (effectively replacing onside kicks).With onside kicks becoming virtually impossible under the new kickoff rules in 2018, I believe a move to the “4th and 10” rule would really increase the level of excitement at the end of games. Of course the potential downside is that teams get too good at converting these plays and it leads to more blowouts. The AAF gives the NFL the benefit of seeing how the rule impacts gameplay without having to make the jump themselves. The eight teams and their respective head coaches for the inaugural season will be:Arizona Hotshots - Rick Neuheisel Atlanta Legends - Kevin CoyleBirmingham Irons - Tim LewisMemphis Express - Mike SingletaryOrlando Apollos - Steve SpurrierSalt Lake Stallions - Dennis EricksonSan Antonio Commanders - Mike RileySan Diego Fleet - Mike MartzThe Memphis team will feature a lot of local connections including several players who have at least spent some time with the Titans. Backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger was a former 6th round pick of the Titans and started 10 games for the team in 2014 and 2015. The defensive line will feature 2018 Titans camp darling Julius Warmsley who many — including myself — expected to make the 53-man roster after a strong training camp and preseason. Another player who had a brief cameo on the Titans practice squad this year is Express wide receiver Demore’ea Stringfellow.Outside of the former Titans, the Memphis roster is filled with names that will be familiar to those who follow college football in this area. The starting quarterback will be former second round pick Christian Hackenberg who beat out Mettenberger for the starting gig. The top running back is former Commodore and NFL’er Zac Stacy. Tennessee fans will recognize former Vols Raijon Neal, Alton “Pig” Howard, Dallas Thomas دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, Corey Vereen, Montori Hughes, Colton Jumper, and Justin Martin. There is a heavy TSU influence on the offensive line with Demetrius Rhaney, Jessamen Dunker, Robert Myers, and Anthony Morris all making the final roster. The team also features Charles James II, the fan favorite from the Texans season of Hard Knocks. Memphis’ season kicks off on Sunday at 3:00 PM CST against the Birmingham Irons on the CBS Sports Network if you want to check it out. CBS will carry the two Saturday night games — Atlanta at Orlando and San Diego at San Antonio — while NFL Network picks up the Sunday night game of Salt Lake at Arizona. Other former Titans who will be appearing in the AAF this spring include running back Akrum Wadley (Atlanta Legends), defensive lineman Johnny Maxey (Birmingham Irons), cornerback Cody Riggs (Orlando Apollos), guard Jeremiah Poutasi (Salt Lake Stallions), quarterback Logan Woodside (San Antonio Commanders), running back David Cobb (San Antonio Commanders), wide receiver Mekale McKay (San Antonio Commanders), and longsnapper Ryan DiSalvo (San Diego Fleet). Part of me wonders if Ruston Webster leads the AAF in players drafted, but not a big enough part for me to actually research it.I am actually excited about the AAF. The rule choices that they made are brilliant and there are enough recognizable names to give the league an identity. If nothing else it will serve as a proving ground for guys like Hackenberg who have some talent, but failed at the NFL level. Giving young quarterbacks a place to go and get real reps and experience can only help the crop of available options to the NFL moving forward and the same thought applies to all positions. An environment with professional players, but less of the constant win now pressure of the NFL could be very conducive to innovation among the coaching ranks.Will you be checking in on the AAF? If your favorite team is looking for a three-down linebacker in the 2019 NFL draft, Tennessee’s Quart’e Sapp might represent the best value in the class.A versatile prospect with a well-rounded..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Tennessee Titans Podcast2019 NFL draft: Introducing Quart’e Sapp دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, Tennessee’s versatile linebacker prospectCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL draft: Introducing Quart’e Sapp, Tennessee’s versatile linebacker prospectRandy Sartin-USA TODAY SportsIf your favorite team is looking for a three-down linebacker in the 2019 NFL draft, Tennessee’s Quart’e Sapp might represent the best value in the class.A versatile prospect with a well-rounded skill set, Sapp recently spoke exclusively with MCM about his decision to go pro, how his Pro Day went and why an NFL team should use one of their draft picks on him.JM: Walk me through how you made the decision to go pro at this time.QS: I grew up in a single parent home. My mom and I sat down and talked about it for a long time. I always promised her that I would be the first male in my family to graduate from college. I made that promise to her before I even stepped foot on campus at Tennessee. The majority of us collegiate athletes go to school year round and I had the opportunity to graduat early. I graduated back in December. We sat down and discussed my options. I kept my promise to her. I graduated. That was always my number one goal. Now that I’ve achieved that, I get to focus on my next goal, which is playing football at the next level. I realized that staying for one more year would have given me an opportunity to showcase my reliability as a versatile, three-down linebacker. We recently went through a coaching change. I sat and thought about things for a long time. I decided to turn pro.JM: Your Pro Day went down recently. How did it go?QS: It went really well. I didn’t hit some of the numbers that I was hoping too. I did well overall. My numbers lined up nicely against the other players at my position in this draft. As an athlete and competitior, you always want to do better. Things went well overall. I spoke to like five scouts afterwards who told me they were impressed with my position work. They were excited to watch me in person and communicate with me afterwards. I’m excited to see how the rest of the process plays out.JM: Which teams did you chat with afterwards?QS: I spoke with the Eagles and 49ers immediately afterwards. The Falcons liked what they saw. They invited me to take part in their local day the following week. The Titans were in attendance. I spoke to them for a while. Some teams contacted me after my Pro Day as well.JM: That’s awesome. The Falcons clearly liked what they saw. Any more visits or workouts coming up?QS: I’ve been in touch with the Jaguars. They’re supposed to bring me in for a private workout. I’m just in the process of confirming that now.JM: How would you describe your skillset?QS: I describe myself as a three-down linebacker. I can play in space and I can play all three linebacker positions. We went through three different defensive coordinators in my time there, so I’m well versed in multiple schemes. We played as a 4-3 defense in my first two seasons and I spent the majority of my time at the WILL spot. Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt made the switch to a 3-4 defense last year and I played all three positions for him, the MIKE, WILL and something we call the money ‘backer which is the third down linebacker. I can rush the passer, play in space or cover tight ends. That’s where I excel at.JM: You briefly touched on the coaching changes in Tennessee, are they in good hands with Jeremy Pruitt?QS: Yeah, they definitely are. Having been around him for a couple of months, I learned a lot from him in a short amount of time. He taught me things both as a football player and as a man. He’s installing a culture that’s going to win. They’re gonna be a winning program in the next couple of years. This upcoming fall is obviously huge for them.They just picked up a new offensive coordinator as well. Good changes are happening there.JM: In closing, why should an NFL team use one of their draft picks on Quart’e Sapp?QS: I can play all three downs at the next level. I’m what teams are looking for in today’s linebacker. I’m very versatile and physical. I’m mentally tough and smart as well. I’m excited for what’s ahead.
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