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Triple Zeros: Playoff P is in Full Effect

Triple Zeros

Playoff P is in Full Effect

This episode of Triple Zeros starts off with Friday’s exciting NBA Playoff Game 6s between the 76ers and Hawks in the East and the Clippers and Jazz in the West. That leads to talk about properly appreciating Paul George and Donovan Mitchell for their efforts. Things shift to the weekend’s pair of Game 7s (Bucks-Nets on Saturday and Hawks-Sixers on Sunday) before switching over to the NFL.

That’s when things go back to a story about the city of Las Vegas having to go into emergency funds for the second time to make payments on the Raiders stadium. Also, why Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes sharing the Madden 22 cover is weak, Le’Veon Bell vs. Andy Reid, and more!

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Triple Zeros: Smooth Jazz Clips Los Angeles in Utah

Triple Zeros

Smooth Jazz Clips Los Angeles in Utah

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh talks NBA Playoffs and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks chances now that they got a game against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. He also talks Utah Jazz dynamo Donovan Mitchell‘s dominance over Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers then sets the stage for Friday’s Hawks-76ers and Nuggets-Suns tilts.

Things switch over to the NFL as the preseason schedule was released, Aaron Rodgers remains steadfast in no longer playing for the Green Bay Packers, and Russell Wilson proves a previous talking point right. All that and much more!

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Triple Zeros: Clips and Salsa

Triple Zeros

Clips and Salsa

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh reacts to the first round of the NBA Playoffs continuing thanks to Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers Game 6 win over Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. He also takes a moment to acknowledge the feats of Devin Booker and Trae Young and shining brightest on the biggest stages. Then things switch over the NFL as the league is already pushing for an 18-game schedule. Plus Todd Gurley could re-unite with Jared Goff in Detroit, and so much more!

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5 Most Impactful Guards from the First Round of the NBA Playoffs

It Needs to Actually (Finally) Be ‘Dame Time’

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Triple Zeros: Phoenix’s Sun is Setting in Lakerland

Triple Zeros

Phoenix’s Sun is Setting in Lakerland

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh talks about Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns being up against it versus LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also goes into the state of the other series in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Then things switch over to the NFL as the Julio Jones saga took another twist this week on national television. Also, do QBs like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson mean it when they say they want out? All that and so much more!

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Chicago Bears Players with the Most to Prove in 2021

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Triple Zeros: Kwame Got Time Today

Triple Zeros

Kwame Got Time Today

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh gives a quick recap of the drama between Kwame Brown, Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson, and so many others, talks about his most dangerous teams in the NBA playoffs, and Kyrie Irving using all his PTO and still going 50/40/90. Then things switch over to the NFL as Julio Jones has been reportedly made available by the Atlanta Falcons, Jon Gruden heaping praise on Josh Jacobs, and the QB carousel that really wasn’t. All that and so much more!
 
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The Most Flawed Rosters in the NFL

We’re in a bit of a down period around the NFL so it’s time to see who has spent their time poorly and left their rosters deeply flawed. We’re three weeks removed from the 2021 NFL Draft, rookie mini-camps just took place, and we now await June 1 when teams will purge some higher-earning players. So…

Which Teams Have the Most Flawed Rosters in the NFL?

Las Vegas Raiders

2020 Record: 8-8

Key Additions: Yannick Ngakoue, Kenyan Drake, Solomon Thomas, John Brown

Key Losses: Rodney Hudson, Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson

Las Vegas is certainly taking a gamble in the 2021 season with how they re-worked their roster coming off of quarterback Derek Carr’s best year since 2016. They moved on from 60 percent of their starting offensive line, one of the best and most durable around the NFL. Detroit also gave up their fewest sacks since 2017. They took Alex Leatherwood to play right tackle but most considered him a late first-round prospect, if not a second-rounder. Vegas took him 17th overall.

They did something similar with Clelin Ferrell back in 2019. And while Pro Football Focus gave him a very good grade last season, the Raiders still had to go to free agency to find pass-rushing help. The return of Karl Joseph also doesn’t inspire much faith in a group that ranked 26th against the pass, but Trevon Moehrig might. It all still comes down to whether or not they can get to the quarterback with regularity this coming season.

It’s hard to say the Raiders got better in any area. In fact, it is much easier to make the case they have regressed in several key areas including the offensive line and in the wide receiver room, though the departed Tyrell  Williams was never healthy enough to make an impact. It could be a cursed year in Sin City.

Green Bay Packers

2020 Record: 13-3

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: Corey Linsley, Jamaal Williams, Christian Kirksey

Now, Green Bay isn’t really a big free-agent destination nor do they pursue them as most teams do. That being said, not adding anyone has rarely proven to be a successful endeavor, especially when that team has fallen short the past two years. Oh, and the Hall of Famer under center is reportedly unhappy too.

It needs to be said that, independent of the Aaron Rodgers situation, the Packers are actually handling everything about as well as you could want a front office to do. They addressed the defense and offensive line in the draft, retained their playmaking running back in Aaron Jones, and they get Devin Funchess in the mix after he opted out last season.

None of that will matter if Rodgers leaves, though. His gripe is understandable; Green Bay hasn’t used a first-round pick on an offensive weapon since drafting Rodgers. They’ve been tremendously successful given the constraints they operate under. But those are largely self-imposed and ticking off only the second starting quarterback in the last 30 years won’t make things any better.

Houston Texans

2020 Record: 4-12

Key Additions: Tyrod Taylor, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram, Marcus Cannon, Desmond King, Christian Kirksey, Shaq Lawson

Key Losses: Benardrick McKinney

This is another team that, were it not for a quarterback controversy, would be mentioned among those having a solid if unspectacular offseason. The potential impact of Cannon and Lindsay on this offense shouldn’t go unnoticed. Mark Ingram is great for the locker room and Tyrod Taylor gives them a capable backup should something happen to Deshaun Watson (like a trade).

But Watson’s scandal has put Houston in a bind. They were adamant they wouldn’t move the 2020 passing yards leader when the offseason began. His off-the-field troubles with masseuses claiming impropriety had many writing the obituary for his career. Since then, though, the public rhetoric has died down and it seems he might find a way to make this “go away”.

That leaves Houston right back at square one and reports are they are willing to move him now but only for fair value. Having once thought they would be the winners in this situation no matter the outcome, they still can if they get the return they seek. But since they waited, the compensation teams can give up is far less. And we never even talked about the lack of a true number one wide receiver.

Detroit Lions

2020 Record: 5-11

Key Additions: Jared Goff, Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, Jamaal Williams, Michael Brockers

Key Losses: Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Duron Harmon

One of the NFL’s most wayward franchises, the Lions will now try to scuttle from under that dark cloud without the services of Matthew Stafford. Jared Goff comes from one of the best offensive systems in the league. He now joins one in Detroit that is, at best, a work in progress. Detroit has also lost the one advantage it often had over opposing defenses in their wide receivers. Williams and Perriman are several classes below Golladay and Jones.

Detroit did snag the top offensive lineman, Penei Sewell, in the 2021 NFL Draft. They heavily fortified the defensive line as well. Most successful teams are built in the trenches so it may very well be that the Lions are on the right path. But this was a team that was supposed to be a contender when they had a better roster.

This, again, isn’t to say the Lions aren’t on the right path. It’s just hard to believe they will be able to get more out of Goff than the Rams did, let alone more than they (Detroit) were able to get out of Stafford. Looks like another season of no playoffs is on the way for the Lions in Dan Campbell’s (who was their second choice by the way) first season.

The NFL’s Most Flawed Rosters

This is not a definitive list. Any number of teams could have made it or be added later. But for now, these are the teams with the most imbalanced rosters around the NFL. We still have June 1 cuts where we’ll see a number of big names released. This could lead to a few of the teams listed above plugging enough holes to get by or resolving whatever issues they have with personnel.

Triple Zeros: James Harden is Taking His Flowers

Triple Zeros

James Harden is Taking His Flowers

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh talks about Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook making NBA history, the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves to Alex Rodriguez, and other NBA buzz. Then the attention switches to the NFL and the biggest games to watch over the first six weeks of the regular season, Tim Tebow getting yet another crack at this thing, and so much more!

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The Chicago Bulls Still Control Their Own Destiny…Sort Of

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Triple Zeros: “They’re Making Their TikToks…”

Triple Zeros

“They’re Making Their TikToks…”

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh sets expectations for the NBA Playoffs that start in less than two weeks, the players like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook who have stepped up, and the state and future of his Chicago Bulls. Then, things switch over to the NFL and the sounds from the 2021 NFL Draft, the memo sent to teams regarding injuries, and Baltimore Ravens tackle Alejandro Villanueva taking shots at his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates and head coach Mike Tomlin. All of that and so much more!

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NFC North 2021 NFL Draft Grades

Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft Review

Top-5 2021 NFL Draft Classes

NBA Teams Getting Hot Just in Time for the Playoffs

Former Chicago Bulls Heading to Playoffs a Tough Pill to Swallow

Everyone Wants the Chicago Bears to Ruin Justin Fields

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Top-5 2021 NFL Draft Classes

The 2021 NFL Draft is over and now we get to snap to judgment and determine with 100% certainty the fate of the young men who heard their names called this weekend. You picked up on the sarcasm there, right? If not, the fact of the matter is it is way too soon to say whether or not any of these picks will hit. But when has that ever stopped us? So let’s get into the five best classes.

We can circle back to the classes that left a little something to be desired. This is a quick look at the best draft classes (or at least our favorites) from the 2021 NFL Draft. There were trades up, trades back, and even non-trades that made the list.

The 5 Best Classes From the 2021 NFL Draft

Honorable Mention: New England Patriots

Anytime there was tons of speculation on what you were going to do, and you do nothing but still land the predicted prospect, it’s a good draft. Bill Belichick has made a habit of psyching out the competition to get what he wants. This year’s top prize was Mac Jones. There was tons of speculation that the 49ers traded up to third overall in order to get Jones. But when they took Trey Lance instead, it set off a chain of events that saw The Hoodie stay the course.

Chicago traded up for a quarterback, but it ended being the guy the Patriots didn’t want all the way until they somehow did. Maybe that was another part of the smokescreen. At any rate, there isn’t a more perfect match and it’s debatable if Jones would have much of a chance in many other situations.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, the Bengals could have opted to take a tackle here and protect Joe Burrow; an idea we came around on in our final mock draft. But can anyone really fault them for appeasing their face of the franchise? Especially when they landed a player in Ja’Marr Chase that has true number-one receiver traits.

Cindy was also able to shut up the haters by taking offensive tackle Jackson Carman in the second round. He protected Trevor Lawrence‘s blindside in college but projects as a right tackle or guard in the NFL. They also added nice pass-rushing help in Joseph Ossai and Cameron Sample and other quality depth in the later rounds.

4. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers set out on a mission to rebuild their offensive line and better protect Justin Herbert next season. Selecting Rashawn Slater with the 13th overall pick goes a long way in that direction. He was the top tackle prospect on many boards and has the versatility to play anywhere along the offensive line.

They added Asante Samuel Jr. in the second round, adding some teeth to their depleted group. He should start alongside Chris Harris and Michael Davis. Josh Palmer of Tennessee in the third-round and Tre’ McKitty in the fourth offer future solid pass-catching options with McKitty even having some blocking chops. They too found good depth later on.

3. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers managed not being able to trade out their draft slot better than most, snagging Jaycee Horn, the top corner on many boards thanks to his superior fluidity in coverage and speed. He joins a retooled secondary after the Panthers ranked 18th in pass defense last season. His father was right, the pick should have gotten more coverage because the Panthers nailed it.

They added versatile receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. to their corps with Robby Anderson in the final year of his contract. Several medical red flags caused him to slip but he’s a first-round talent. Brady Christensen and Tommy Tremble are a pair of hard-nosed players at tackle (or guard) and tight end, respectively. And it’s hard not to like Chiba Hubbard as a backup to Christian McCaffrey. As is the theme with all the teams on this list, Carolina found nice value in later rounds.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Christian Darrisaw was the top tackle prospect on our board. We had him going 11th to the Giants. Not only did the Minnesota Vikings not have to trade up to land him, but they were able to trade back out of the 14th pick and still get him. He should go a long way towards strengthening a line that allowed Kirk Cousins to be sacked 39 times last season.

Getting Kellen Mond in the third was a steal. Many had him projected for a second-round selection while there were even some (far-fetched) rumors he could sneak into the first round. He comes in with a ton of experience and all the time in the world to learn while Cousins is still in town. Both Chazz Surratt and Wyatt Davis could have gone in the second round and, while many may not like the pick of Patrick Jones II, the Vikings took another toolsy player in Danielle Hunter and turned him into one of the best in the business. Camryn Bynum, Janarius Robinson, and Imhir Smith-Marsette all have a chance to contribute

1. Chicago Bears

We’re talking generational shortcomings when discussing the Chicago Bears and the quarterback position. So you’ll have to understand why media and fans alike for gushing over the Bears move up to grab Ohio State’s Justin Fields at 11th overall. Many had him ranked as the second-best passer in this class. It ended months of speculation over whether they would really roll into a season with only Andy Dalton and Nick Foles. Fields shouldn’t see the field in meaningful action this season. But the future is bright in Chicago.

They didn’t stop there in re-tooling their moribund offense, trading up once again to select Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins 39th overall. He projects as a plug-and-play right tackle and brings some much-needed nastiness to their line. They added Larry Borom in the fifth for some added line depth and did the same for the wide receiver room with Dazz Newsome. Pundits are high on 2020 opt-out Thomas Graham Jr.of Oregon and, though running back wasn’t a position of need, Khalil Herbert is an intriguing late-round flier. Khyiris Tonga gives them an actual nose tackle behind the returning Eddie Goldman.

Best of the Best 2021 NFL Draft Classes

These are just our picks for the best classes from the 2021 NFL Draft. Surely there are others that could make a strong argument to crack this list. We’ll address the worst at a later time For now, take a moment to admire the skillful wheeling and dealing (and, in some cases, non-moves) that landed these teams terrific classes. Which do you think has the best chance to pan out?

Triple Zeros: That’s My Quarterback

Triple Zeros

That’s My Quarterback

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh recaps an eventful first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Going pick by pick, he tells you which picks he loved. That included the Lions pick of Penei Sewell, the Chargers pick of Rashawn Slater, and (of course) his beloved Chicago Bears moving up to take Justin Fields. There were plenty of whiffs though. Like the Raiders taking Alex Leatherwood and the Jaguars baffling selection of Travis Etienne. All that and much more!

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