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Why the Raiders will overtake the Super Bowl Champs in the AFC West

The AFC West will not be the best division in football.

And it certainly won’t be the most interesting division.

But it may very well be the strangest division anyone’s seen in quite a while.

Your defending Super Bowl champions in the Denver Broncos will start unknown Northwestern product Trevor Siemian yet will still feature a defense that was good enough to bring them a title last season.

Yet the West will also feature an Oakland Raiders team with a high excitement quotient on offense and a high talent quotient on defense, and I think the Raiders have one of the best chances to be a breakthrough playoff team in 2016.

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When Will The Johnny Manziel Saga End?

Known as one of the biggest busts of the past few years, Johnny Manziel has become a polarizing figure for many football fans. One thing most people can agree on is that he has been in the news too much. Even now, Manziel is making headlines off the field which raises a few questions. Is Manziel more popular than ever and will Johnny Football fever ever stop?

You would assume with Manziel’s brush with domestic violence, partying and lack of production, he wouldn’t have any fans left. If anything, Manziel is more popular than ever. He’s even being endorsed by Superbowl MVP, Von Miller who he was rumored to be living with. News recently broke that Manziel could have become one of the Broncos’ quarterbacks for the 2016 season too.

The best team in the NFL last year was interested in Manziel? That brings a completely new layer to this story and one that won’t soon die. No matter who the Broncos end up signing, it will be a “What If?” game. What if Manziel would have been their starter? What if Peyton Manning had decided to mentor Manziel? What if Manziel had earned a spot on the Broncos roster this season?

Then there’s the “What Ifs” for the Browns if Manziel does succeed. What if the Browns just weren’t the right team for him? What if the Browns had hired Hue Jackson last year? What if Manziel had decided to stop drinking? All of those questions will be asked through the 2016 season because the NFL and ESPN cannot get enough.

Both of the networks live on drama and trying to make something out of nothing. That’s why Manziel Fever will never die. He will be a constant presence throughout the next couple seasons because he was a bust in the draft and the next handful of drafts will contain his name. Plus anytime the Browns are brought up, Manziel’s name will come up and what he could have done for the team.

No matter what, Manziel is a fixture in the NFL zeitgeist now. He will be brought up as a point for an analyst to either praise or criticize. When the Johnny Manziel saga ends, it will hopefully be for good and if not, then he’ll be another NFL star only talked about for who he is and not how he plays.

 

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How do we measure the legacy of an NFL player?

Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL this week and while there’s no doubting his impact on the sport, it got me thinking. How do we measure a player’s legacy or even a person’s legacy?

The easiest way to measure someone’s legacy is by their accomplishments. But that is pretty subjective because everyone has different standards. For example, Manning won two Super Bowls but the number of Pro Bowls he was elected to could matter to someone else. Accomplishments are as subjective as the person wishes them to be.

Having money could be a legacy too. With all the money Manning received from the NFL, he wouldn’t have to work another day in his life. That’s not including endorsement earnings or appearance fees. Once again, measuring Manning’s possessions is subjective because money can only take you so far.

The real legacy I believe Manning and should be measured is how much they impact the people around them.

When Manning’s gone, what will we all say about him?

We’ll talk about his long and extensive knowledge and his career, but what else will we talk about?

We’ll talk about how much Manning impacted each one of us. We’ll remember what we were doing when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 or when Manning broke Brett Farve’s career passing yards record. It won’t matter how much money Manning had, what he did after football or how many touchdowns he threw for.

We’ll measure Manning for the person that he was or whoever we imagined he was. Dealing with the passing of my grandfather last week cemented that idea for me.

Measuring someone’s legacy is not about what they have or don’t have, it’s all about who they were and how they made you better.

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