When your Head Coach is a “Dead Man Walking” #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore It’s an eerie feeling being on a team when you know your coaches’ jobs are on the line. At the start of the 2012 season, we were very optimistic. We had finished a great training camp, and the defense looked good as usual. We came out of the gate immediately beating the Colts. Then we lost to Green Bay, as we often did during the time I was in Chicago. From there, we went on a six-game winning streak. Every year it seemed we started hot and then something went wrong and we ended up 9-7 to miss the playoffs. The coaches needed to do better because …
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Jason Taylor: Miami’s Santa Claus #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong People often ask if I miss playing ball.  My answer is always the same. “Playing, yes.  The business side of it, not so much.” One of the biggest things I do miss is the camaraderie inside the locker room…and the crazy situations that can play out there.   My first “real” NFL locker room was with the Dolphins in ‘08.  The team had big names, big personalities, and plenty of roster moves.  Guys would come in for two weeks and then be let go for another Band-Aid until the problem was fixed.   Promo Code “Prostyle Podcast” Of all the guys at the Dolphins facility, one guy …
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My Instant Reaction: Bears vs Chargers

By Earl Bennett Bears lose again! Do we need a new QB or FG Kicker?
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A Broken Thumb, A Ruined Season #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Johnny Knox had world class speed. We often joked about his leg circumference and how small they were, yet he could outrun just about all of us. On the field, he was a crisp route runner using head nods and intermitting speeds to throw defensive backs off. But, Johnny had one Achilles heel, it was running a slant in cover 2 man. Green Bay always knew that if they ran cover 2 man on us, it would give us problems. Other teams took heed and started to do the same. You slow up the speedy receivers in Devin and Johnny and force them to run out routes …
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Nothing Like Laughing When You Losing #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore We had just lost a couple of games in a row.  Practice after weeks of losing always carried a severe sentiment.  Game day finally arrived after a week of hard practices. I arrived at my game-day locker, where I daydreamed about my performance. You would have been hard-pressed to find a smile in the place. Everyone seemed to be on edge about getting off the losing streak. Coaches started to emerge from the back of the locker room. This typically meant the game was soon to begin. The final coach who emerged, as always, was Lovie Smith. He had his standard game day steel-face look.   His …
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The Side of Joey Porter You Didn’t See #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong My first league experience was with the Dolphins in ’08. Bill Parcels and about half of the Cowboys staff made their way to sunny South Florida. A lot of vets came on board. I played Madden often, so I was hyped to share the field with names I recognized like Vernon Carey, Will Allen, Akin Ayodele, Jason Taylor and Ronnie Brown.   The highlight of it all was getting to know Joey Porter. We were actually locker neighbors. All I knew about JP was how loud his was, and he known for getting after quarterbacks. I didn’t rush to judgement, but assumed he would have an attitude …
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My Instant Post Game Reaction: Bears vs Saints

By Earl Bennett My instant reaction to the miserable display of football played by Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears Offense.

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Broken Hand #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett In 2008, watching the Cowboys on Hard Knocks was fun and intriguing. For me as a backup return specialist, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Adam “Pacman” Jones field punts. Most around the league watched him catch multiple punts in practice without putting a ball down and thought that was a tough, yet fun challenge to try. Dave Toub, then Chicago Bears Special Teams Coach and now Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Coach, thought it would be a good idea if we tried to catch more than Pacman did. Catching punts to me is like fielding a pop fly. You align your body with the ball and catch it. …
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The Phrase No NFL players Wants to Hear, “Could you get your playbook and come with me please?” #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I had just walked out of a team meeting when a dreadful statement was given to me, “Go and get your playbook.” My stomach dropped to the floor because I knew what he was saying.  I was getting my walking papers in front of the entire team in the middle of the hallway.  I proceeded to my locker and grabbed my iPad and playbook.  Me and the cut man, advanced to the elevators to meet with the general manager to get the official word. I walked into the general manager’s office and he said, “DJ, we no longer need your services here.” Even though I knew it …
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Kyle Long and “A Pack Man” #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett If you know or have met Kyle Long, you know he does not hold any punches. Kyle is straight forward and gets right to the point. After he was drafted we saw how well he meshed with the team. His personality was needed in the locker room. What I will never forget is our conversation on the road for an away game.   After losing a few key guys on the offensive line, we needed a tough SOB like Kyle. In my opinion this was a draft pick that the Trestman era got right. We knew he was tough and once he got comfortable in the offense, …
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