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2015 East-West Shrine Game

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SuperCharger92, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 Winners Win

    Sep 25, 2011

    A great opportunity and a great cause.
    Throughout the history of the East-West Shrine Game®, players have been chosen because they are the very best in the country. In fact, there are 246 former East-West Shrine Game players on current NFL rosters.

    Each year the players visit a Shriners Hospitals for Children® as part of their game-week activities. For many players, this visit is an opportunity to develop a philanthropic relationship that can last a lifetime.

    The coaches.
    Coaching the East-West Shrine Game is as significant an honor as playing. The coaches are former NFL coaches selected for their knowledge, experience and accomplishments throughout their careers. Each head coach brings along with him three of his own assistant coaches to round out his lead team.

    The Chicago Bears team is among the most storied of all NFL franchises, and even casual football fans recognize such legendary names as George Halas, Walter Payton and Dick Butkus. From 1981 – 1992, the Bears also had Mike Singletary making a name for himself at linebacker.

    In 11 of 12 seasons with the Bears, Singletary was either first or second on the team with tackles, and he was selected to 10 Pro-Bowls. About mid-way through his playing career, Singletary earned his Super Bowl XIX ring as a stalwart of the 1986 team. He was known for his on-the-field intensity, but Singletary was also a highly durable component of the Bear’s defense, starting 172 games during his career in Chicago—second most in franchise history. Also a two-time All-American at Baylor University, Singletary was inducted in the NFL Hall-of-Fame in 1998 with 1488 career tackles (885 solo).

    Singletary’s coaching career got underway in 2003 as a linebacker's coach with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2005, he became the assistant head coach/linebacker's coach for the San Francisco 49ers where he took over as head coach in 2009 – 2010. From 2011 – 2013, Singletary was an assistant head coach/linebacker's coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Football hasn’t been Singletary’s only career path. An ordained minister and a sought-after motivational speaker, in 1998 he authored Daddy's Home at Last: What It Takes for Dads to Put Families First
    . He has since written several other books, including Mike Singletary One-on-One: The Determination That Inspired Him to Give God His Very Best.

    Like most expansion teams, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t enjoy a lot of success their first couple of years in 1976 and 77. However fans of the new franchise were soon counting on the heroics of a free-agent quarterback out of Cal Poly Pomona named Jim Zorn to keep the games exciting.

    Utilizing exceptional scrambling ability, Zorn often made the Sunday highlight reels—especially when connecting with favorite target and eventual Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Steve Largent. With Zorn directing the offense, it wasn’t long before the Seahawk faithful were enjoying back-to-back winning records (1978-79). He is just one of 10 players or coaches to have been named to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.

    Following the end of his playing career in 1988, Zorn went into coaching, starting at the college level as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach at Boise State for the 1989 season. In 1992, he became the offensive coordinator at Utah State and in 1995 joined the staff at the University of Minnesota as quarterbacks coach. In 1997, Zorn made the coaching jump to the pro ranks as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks (1997 and 2001 – 07) and also the Detroit Lions (1998 – 2000). His turn as a head coach would come with the Washington Redskins in 2008 – 2009, followed by stints as quarterback's coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011 – 2012).

    Away from the field, Zorn is very active with Medical Teams International and with Pro Athletes Outreach. Medical Teams International provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to people in need. Pro Athletes Outreach conducts Christian programs and conferences to equip professional athletes, coaches and their families to make a positive impact on the world.

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  2. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 Winners Win

    Sep 25, 2011
  3. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 Winners Win

    Sep 25, 2011
    Who I'd like to get a good look at..

    East -
    OL Jamon Brown
    OL John Miller
    WR Deon Long
    RB Dominique Brown
    RB Kenny Hilliard
    RB Terrence Magee
    DL Derrick Lott
    LB Za'Darius Smith
    DB Damian Swann

    West -
    OL Bobby Hart
    OL Adam Shead
    WR Da'Ron Brown
    WR Jordan Taylor
    WR Kasen Williams
    RB Malcolm Brown
  4. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

    Jun 28, 2010
    Jamon Brown is trash - and has looked that way all week. Slow feet, slow hands, slow mind. John Miller on the other hand is a good get.

    Thing to remember is very, very few of the guys in this game will even crack the 3rd round. Most are going to be Day 3 guys, but there are A LOT of draftable talents in this game. All three RB's on the West team are draftable, and the two you didn't mention should have gotten mention before Malcolm Brown did (he's Donald Brown without the abilities in the passing game; we already have the actual Donald Brown and he's not all that good to begin with).

    Two of my top 5 centers for this class are in this game: B.J. Finney and Brandon Vitabile; and three of my Top 15 when you count Toledo's Greg Mancz. Finney's also seen some reps at RG this week two and looked good in them.

    One of my Top 5 (since mid-season) NT's is in this game and has been the talk of practices among a lot of the buzz. Xavier Williams out of Northern Iowa. He's a freaking tank with just awesome feet and lower-body ability. Best part is he's probably still going to be available after the first 3 rounds most likely because of the depth of this tackle class.

    Cam Thomas from Western Kentucky is probably the best pure talent on both teams. I've got a 3rd round grade on him; good size, silky hips, outstanding mirroring skills. Colorado CB Greg Richardson is finally getting some notice with this week too. He's everything you want in a boundary corner save for that he's more wiry than filled-out, but he's functional everywhere else: Great hips, very good instincts, good agility and speed. Our off-man scheme fits him perfectly.

    Other guys that fit us well to keep an eye on:
    S Fritz Etienne - legit size, value will kick in late Day 2/Early Day 3 if he runs like accounts say he will at the combine
    ILB Taiwan Jones - The fact that Butler's performed this badly to even make me consider ILB as a need is disgusting, but Jones is better right now than either of the guys that will be starting at ILB (not named Clay Matthews who moved out of position because of their need) for the Packers this weekend.

    OG Darian Miller - Been showing all week that he has the best handwork of any of the OL in practices; played tackle at Kentucky but built more like a natural LG.
    S Damian Parms - Straight up coverage safety and the single-high we've lacked for a while. Has a skill set that would pair well with Weddle. Smooth in coverage, good anticipation & feel for routes, and isn't shy about getting up in a guy's grill and sticking him.
    CB Parrish Gaines - We don't press a lot, but he may be the best press-corner in this game (or at least the most developed right now) as he's got nuances to his game that guys like Josh Shaw lack. Think he may be played at safety this week, but he got reps at CB at Navy and looked more natural there.
    ILB Edmond Newberry - Bit of a projection since he'll be playing SLB in this game and projects best as a 3-4 ILB, I believe. He's had moments this week that guys I respect have said looked "Bobby Wagner-esque" and is fluid and light on his feet in coverage (i.e. good pairing with Te'o)
    OLB Ryan Russell - He'll be lined up at DE, but he's that long, albeit developmental, edge-rushing presence we've lacked.
    S Sam Carter - Both TCU safeties are draftable (one - not this one - far earlier than the other), but only one is playing in this game. Carter's a good late round option who can fill the Gilchrist role, which was effectively what he played for TCU: 3rd safety who primarily covers guys out of the backfield to free up the linebacker from that assignment. Makes up for what he lacks athletically with phenomenal instincts and advanced-level technique (he was teaching other guys technique during off-reps of drills earlier in the week).

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