I think best to start by apologising for taking so long to write my review, these last three months since the Superbowl have been crazy busy for me trying to get my journalism career off the ground. As we are just getting used to the draft news, be sure to check out EJ's draft round up later this week.
OK so on with the show. When I think about this season and look back over my previous editions I am reminded of a few things but be warned, my mind doesn't work in chronological order!
So here we go with the first of my highlights, it comes from week 7 where one of the hits of the week was made by none other than kicker Neil Rackers. Check out this hit and other nutty moments from week 7:
I have to say that possibly one of my favourite if not most favourite moment of the season was Jerome Simpsons TD. I'm sure you will all remember this one for years to come:
On the subject of QB's, how about Drew Brees breaking Dan Marino's long standing passing yds in a season record with 5476. At the start of the season if anyone was going to do it, I had it to be Brady. The scary thing is that even Brady broke Marino's record this year with 5235YDS but that wasn’t good enough. Here is Drew Brees's happy moment:
Adri - No.5 The rejuvenation of Steve Smith down in Carolina. We all knew he was a great player but I know quite a lot of us didn't expecttoo much from him this season mainly due to the uncertainty of having a rookie qb slinging him the ball. This season he racked up 1394yds and 7td's. I think he would have had more touchdowns but the amount Newton ran in himself!
EJ - No.5 Patrick Peterson's 4 NFL punt returns for TD's (tying NFL record in a season) -- usually all at critical times in the game including the walk-off 99 yard return against the Rams in overtime:
EJ – No.4 Jason Pierre-Paul who now I think is the most athletic freak in the NFL. He had 16.5 sacks, deflected passes, and blocked field goals. Not bad for only a 2nd year player out of South Florida. He is one of the reasons why the Giants made it to the playoffs by blocking the Cowboys FG attempt late in the season. His season highlights found here:
EJ – No.3 Rob Gronkowski. Only 2nd season setting TE records for receiving yards 1327 and 17 TD's. Gronk -- enough said! Here is one of his best showing how tough he is:
EJ – No.2 Cam Newton. Who would have thought he would have been so successful as a rookie? Setting a rookie record in passing yards 4,051 and combining for a total of 35 TD's! I love Cam because he plays for the Panthers, the town I reside and I have completely fallen for his passion and skill for the game of football -- here is his rookie season's highlights (heads up--bad language used so if at work make sure to have volume turned down low, but he is a beast!):
EJ – No.1 Tim Tebow. Have you ever seen anyone get so much media attention for such average performances? You have to admit, you would want him on your team with his will and desire to win in the 4th quarter. He elevates his teammates game and helped turn the Broncos season around including a first round playoff win over the favored Pittsburgh Steelers with a very memorable first play of overtime to win the game:
We all know there was also so much that happened off the field last year as well and here my good friend EJ breakdown his Top 5 story lines of the 2011 season!
Top 5 Story Lines of 2011-2012 Season:
5) Handshake Gate: Lets just say the Lions and 49ers coaches didn't like each other too much after the conclusion of their game. Surprised no blows were exchanged.
2) Peyton Manning's injured neck. There was even talk of him winning the MVP as the Colts stunk without him. Still a big debate whether or not he will be returning to play and if so, if it will be with the Colts considering they are likely to draft Andrew Luck the QB out of Stanford with their first pick.
1) The Year of the QB. 3 5,000 yard passers in Brees, Brady, and Stafford. Turning the league from a rushing perspective into an aerial attack. 2011 for me will certainly go down as one of the greatest seasons of recent history and I look forward to the 2012 story unfolding.
Thank you EJ as always, I love reading your opinions and in your words 'spitting ball' with you. Here's to our efforts next season!
With that said, always leave them wanting more is my moto and so that's all from myself and EJ for now but keep an eye out for the aforementioned draft review from the great EJ!
As always folks 'Thanks for Stopping By'