I’m assistant editor at FanSided

Big news everyone. After first being introduced to the FanSided community by Josh Sanchez over a year ago, I am now working under Josh as an Assistant Editor for FanSided.com.

Josh originally brought me aboard the NFL Spin Zoneteam as a staff writer. After Josh left NFL SZ to move to FanSided’s main page I took over as Editor.

The time came for me to move on and I am now working underneath Josh at FanSided.com as an assistant editor. You can follow my posts there.


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Adrian Peterson Eyeing Record

Adrian Peterson is having an MVP caliber year coming off of an ACL injury. Through 13 games he has ran for 1,600 yards which has him on pace to finish the season with 1,969 yards. Just 31 shy of the exclusive 2,000 yard club. It also leaves him 13

6 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 yards.

This morning, Dan Patrick asked AP if Dickerson should be nervous.

I think so,” Peterson said. “I think so…. The guys in front of me are doing a great job of blocking. I feel it’s possible.”

Patrick asked about the knee that has so many people surprised with the season Peterson is having.

“It’s stronger than it was before,” Peterson said.

And aside from the surprise that is how strong his knee is, Patrick asked Peterson if he was surprised at how successful he was running the ball, when teams know it is coming.

“I’m not surprised at all,” Peterson said. “We come in and we want to run the ball. It’s all about mindset.”

It might seem like a herculean task to run for 505 yards in just 3 games but it’s do able. In the 1984 season when Eric Dickerson set the record he had ran for 1,643 yards after 13 games. Just 43 ahead of where Peterson stands right now. He also was averaging 5.61 yards per attempt, Adrian Peterson is averaging 6.01 yards per attempt right now.

Peterson has a tough road ahead of him with games in St. Louis and Houston before hosting Green Bay in the season finale, all who have defenses against the run ranked in the top half of the league. St. Louis is 13th against the run allowing an average of 110.3 yards per game, Houston is 3rd against the run allowing 90.8 yards per game, and Green Bay is 15th against the run allowing 116.7 yards per game.

If he finished with those averages he’d only accumulate 318 yards, well short of the record. But Peterson is above average so let’s dive into some numbers.

He started off slow, only eclipsing the 100 yard mark once in the first 6 games of the season. In fact, it took till week for to pass 100 yards and he did so barely gaining 102 yards in that game. In September he ran for 332 yards, 4.2 yards per carry, in October that increased to 443 yards with 6.2 yards per carry, and in November to 461 yards with 7.4 yards per carry. So far in December he has 364 yards at 7 yards a carry.

In the last 7 games he has ran for 1,101 yards.

In the last 7 games he has only ran for less than 150 yards in 2 games. He would need to average 169 yards per game to break the record, a mark he has passed 3 times in the last 7 games. In his trip to Lambeau two weeks ago he ran for 210 yards.

If you’re curious, Eric Dickerson finished that season with 462 yards in the last 3 games.

It won’t be easy, but it’s definitely within reach.


New Orleans Saints Players Off The Hook

Coming from the Twitter account of Greg Aiello, spokesman for the NFL, is a statement

seemingly from Paul Tagliabue regarding the Saints’ players implicated in the ongoing bounty gate scandal.

“Tagliabue affirms factual findings of Commissioner

Goodell concludes Hargrove, Smith, Vilma “engaged in conduct detrimental” and vacates all player discipline,” Aiello tweets.

“Unlike Saints’ broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged individual player misconduct in several different aspects. My affirmation of Commissioner Goodell’s findings could certainly justify the issuance of fines. However, this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints’ organization.”

“Having reviewed the testimony very carefully, including documentary evidence that is at the center of the conflict, and having assessed the credibility of the four central witnesses on these matters, I find there is more than enough evidence to support Commissioner Goodell’s findings that Mr. Vilma offered such a bounty (on Brett Favre).”

Basically to sum up Paul Tagliabue’s statement he says that there is no grounds on which to punish the Saints’ players even though it is clear that they did something wrong. And with that the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove have been overturned.

He then issues the NFL’s response via twitter.

“We respect Mr. Tagliabue’s decision, which underscores the due process afforded players in NFL disciplinary matters. This matter has now been reviewed by Commissioner Goodell, two CBA grievance arbitrators, the CBA Appeals Panel, and Mr. Tag as Commissioner Goodell’s designated appeals officer. The decisions have made clear that the Saints operated a bounty program in violation of cialis without prescription league rules for three years, that the program endangered player safety, and that the commissioner has the authority under the CBA to impose discipline for those actions as conduct detrimental to the league. Strong action was taken in this matter to protect player safety and ensure that bounties would be eliminated from football.”

It seems as if the players have won.