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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The Time Chad Greenway Jumped Through My Chest #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Football is a physical game, and that’s why we love it so much.  The intensity, emotion, and the battle that ensues on the field is hard to match in any other arena. The League has taken many steps to make the game safer on all levels.  They have made quarterbacks untouchable unless you’re 6’5 250lbs. Defenders have a not-so-clearly defined target area to tackle a player, and some youth leagues have completely changed the “old way” of bringing someone to the ground.  Hell, you can’t even talk about head placement at practice. It’s kind of crazy, but I get it. That doesn’t mean that big hits have …
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Wreck with DJ #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett After defeating the Buffalo Bills in 2010 with a game-winning touchdown I decided to go out with my pal, best bud DJ Moore. Two peas in a pod. We were roommates on the road and we typically went to places together in each city. From finding the best chicken shack to the best entertainment, we looked forward to adventure in each city. When we got back from our business trip to Toronto we decided to hit the streets of Chicago to celebrate.   I had just gotten my 1973 Impala out of the shop. Some interior work and speakers were installed. I put some 24-inch rims on …
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Dealing with Coaching Changes #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Yesterday morning, the Washington Redskins relieved Jay Gruden of his duties as head coach of the team.  Some players voiced pleasure, and others had thanks and kind words for their former head man. Both are equally correct in the praise or critique.  Quinton Dunbar spoke about the opportunity to move to DB which has paid dividends for him. Since switching from wide receiver to DB, Dunbar has recently signed a 3-year, $5.7 million deal with the team.  Others voiced displeasure about how the team had been run. As a player on a team that has faced a coaching change during the season, it means you are auditioning …
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