Michelle is an NFL Gameday Correspondent and Green Bay Packers Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. She is also an editor at the sports book publisher Triumph Books. Michelle grew up in New Hampshire and is a graduate of Williams College, where she edited the sports section of the Williams Record. Having recently relocated to Chicago from Los Angeles with her husband, she previously worked for Fox Sports on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show and at the entertainment and sports agency William Morris Endeavor (yes, the one Entourage was based on) and at the Big Ten Network studios in Chicago.
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Michelle. I think Demovsky is the BEST. However there is no way TT passes on Malcolm Brown or Eddie Goldman. 50-50 on Jalen Collins or draft down.
Hi Michelle - I read your column this morning on Mike Hull and started to write a post for the blog when I had an idea for a piece someone should write. The idea came to me because Hull is a OLB with a possible conversion to ILB and projected to be a 4th or 5th round selection this year. That reminded me of Carl Bradford--a 4th round selection last year as a OLB but now in the process of being converted to an ILB.
This year the Packers already have two linebackers on their roster competing for a special teams/back-up player roster spot at ILB--Carl Bradford and Joe Thomas. We always have some pieces written about players being in the draft process and their training camp experience, but rarely do we get stories written about those fringe first year practice squad players who have had a brush with the NFL but now in their second year are in a make it or lose it situation.
What was their first year experience in the NFL like? Do they now know what is expected of them? What have they done to make the team this year? Have they worked on their weaknesses in the off-season? How do ILBs practice getting better in coverage in the off-season? Do they have a special coach they work with in the off-season? How are they personally feeling before training camp opens? Do they think they have the ability to be a starter or even a back-up? If they didn’t have football, what would they do?
The piece I wrote for the blog (which I didn’t submit) concluded that taking Hull in the 4th or 5th round would only be duplicating what the Packers have already invested in Bradford and Hull may not even be as good. (Last year Bradford was projected to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round.)
With all the emphasis on drafting one or two ILBs this year, as a Packers fan, I would like to know more about Bradford and Thomas. Wouldn’t you?
If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.
Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.
ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :
I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:
First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.
A Simple Guide by J D
FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.
STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
East, South, Midwest, West.
Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.
Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.
Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!
Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.
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Hey Michelle, "Offense Will Trump Defense Again"...well-written and informative article. I would have to say, my only criticism is the fact that you should have included a portion with your first table/chart that also compares offensive and defensive rankings of the 10 losing teams from the last 10 SB's. That would probably portray a more balanced way of looking at this subject. It just seems like the sample size of your stats/evidence is a bit small.
I'm sorry, but what we're you thinking when you wrote the Offense > Defense article?
Hey Michelle love the articles
You're doing good things. Keep up the good work, homie.
Looked a lot better this summer haha. It's going to be another tough week for the Vikes.