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San Francisco 49ers fans suspect Brandon Jacobs gave New York Giants their gameplan


San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is suspected of giving the New York Giants, his former team, the ‘Niner gameplan before the two teams squared off Sunday afternoon. Photo by: Zennie Abraham / Flickr

BY DAN BENTON, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Losing graciously is not something that often occurs in the city of San Francisco. Following the 2011 NFC Championship game, players and coaches of the San Francisco 49ers were quick to point fingers at each other, claiming they had beaten themselves. That’s a mantra that continued this week as the New York Giants came to town – a week in which the 49ers vowed revenge. However, after a 26-3 beatdown courtesy of Big Blue, they were left speechless.

The same cannot be said about their fans, however. In a desperate attempt to explain away their embarrassing performance on Sunday, several fans took to 49ers forums and message boards suggesting that running back Brandon Jacobs, angry over not playing, supplied his former teammates with the 49ers’ week six gameplan.

“I’m telling you man, I have a really hard time believing there’s no chance Jacobs did something fishy. It straight up LOOKED like they knew our entire gameplan and everything we were gonna do, then when you factor in we have a player who’s been documented as being pissed at the coaching staff for never playing, AND that he used to play for our opponent and is clearly still very buddy-buddy with them based on his post-game actions, it’s very very very very VERY fishy,” wrote one fan on 49erswebzone.

The conspiracy theorists point to Jacobs’ actions before and after the game, in which he spent with his former teammates both on the field and in the locker-room. And unlike wide receiver Mario Manningham, Jacobs did appear to be doing more than visiting. It’s almost as if he wanted to be packed up and shipped back to New Jersey on the plane, but that is hardly an indication of treason.

“I heard that Ahmad Bradshaw was on the sidelines giving Giants safeties heads up on the routes 49ers WRs were going to run…somethin’ ain’t right,” another fan posted.

After eight years in New York, it’s no real surprise that Jacobs has some close ties to the team. That said, he was hungry and wanted nothing more than to put on the pads and run through the team that opted not to re-sign him. And he most certainly did not hand over any gameplan. But with no straws left to grasp at, 49ers fans are just left tossing that brown stuff up against the walls … hoping something sticks. (more…)


What’s next for the New England Patriots?


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchshideshow.com writer

As a fan of the New England Patriots, I was heart broken at the conclusion of Sunday’s nailbiting Superbowl.

Fast forward a day later, and just like every NFL fan who is not a New York Giants fan, my mind is on what lies ahead for my team. New England, led by mastermind head coach Bill Belichick and wonder boy Tom Brady, have many holes on this team, as the G-men showed. This loss is sure to sting and last until week one of next season.

But all is not bad in Foxboro, here are a few things Belichick and company have to look toward.

New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is one of several free agents the Patriots will have to consider resigning. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

• Free Agency: The Patriots are a team which builds through the draft, but after this season, with all the expiring contracts up, Belichick will have to look to free agency for    some upgrades. Wide outs Wes Welker and Deion Branch, running backs Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and pass rushers Shaun Ellis, Rob Ninkovich, Mark Anderson and Andre Carter will all be free agents. Also, they’ll have to replace incumbent centers Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly. Though the Patriots haven’t shelled out good money for a free agent since the signing of defensive linemen/outside linebacker Adailius Thomas, addressing the defensive line, defensive backs and wide receivers needs to be a top priority. The Pats could take a look a wide outs DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Vincent Jackson. I doubt they actually sign any of them, but they need to be talking with their agents.

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Couch Side Episode Six: Super Bowl aftermath


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, special guest Andy Paul joins the show to discuss how the Giants will follow up their Super Bowl win and how the Patriots will look to rebound after the big loss. Also in the “Halfcourt Shot,” the gang debates if Kevin Love is a top five NBA player and the impact of Chauncey Billups’ season ending injury. And finally, Couch Side takes its first look at the NFL Draft in a special edition of Quick Snippets. Click Below to listen to Couch Side!


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Quick Hits: Super Bowl always blown out of proportion


BY JON FRANK, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m glad the Super Bowl is over.

Don’t get me wrong, things went about as well as you could ask. A great story line leading up to the Big Game, a well-played, entertaining game, with a great finish.

But now, with the exception of just about every NFL outlet trying to hock ridiculously expensive shit on people for the next week or so, things are going to get back to normal. No more in-depth looks at Tom Brady’s rockstar treatment in Indianapolis, no more monotonous AP stories on whether or not the Pats can get revenge for what Eli Manning and his band of misfits did to them in 2008. And, best of all, no more stories about Bill Belichick being a “nice guy once you get to know him”.

Everything in sports media over the last couple weeks Eli this, Tom Brady that. Now we can get back to talking about the, uh, NBA? MLB offseason?  OK. So maybe there’s a reason media outlets don so much attention on this game. It’s the most highly anticipated event in American sports and things really slow down after the NFL’s grand finale. Regardless, I’m ready to move on with my life, which means a steady dose of college hoops for the next two months without having to read the same damn story line over and over again for a week and a half straight.

As for football in general, I’m sure I’ll be dying to have you back in my life come June when the NBA playoffs are over.


Giants have much to look forward to after Super Bowl win


 

Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse Feb. 6, 2012 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The celebration at the theme park took place only one day after Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Photo by: Ricky Brigante / Flickr

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Now that the Super Bowl is over and the New York Giants are NFL champions, an entire new image of the team will come across the sports wires and on our television screens.

Overpaid analysts will tell us what this title means to the people of New York and how they knew the Giants had it in them all along. And in turn, we will quickly forget that ESPN’s and FOX Sports’ best wrote the Giants off with about three weeks left, jumping back on the bandwagon of the Dallas Cowboys and even the Philadelphia Eagles. New York had to make believers out of a lot of people and finally showed the mainstream sports media that they’re worth the ink.

The Giants have earned their top spot. Now, the same people who discredited them after a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the regular season will be eating their own words while putting on a smile and bowing down to the almighty G-Men. New York truly stunned the football world this year and this Vince Lombardi Trophy had a little more emotion behind it. The title loudly throws New York right back on the football map since the team’s last championship in 2007 against — oddly enough — the New England Patriots. It also only proves that this team has always had it, despite what the critics and hot shot analysts think.

Yes, any championship takes a franchise to a whole new level. But for the Giants and their staff and fans, I believe this year’s title run is even sweeter than others in the past.

Here’s a look at just a few things the Giants’ Super Bowl rings will bring:

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Couch Side Episode 5: Super Bowl Preview


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, Craig and Wade give you an inside look into Sunday’s big game. Super Bowl 46 takes over the show as the hosts preview the Giants’ and Patriots’ offenses, defenses and the intangibles. Also, the show uses some famous voices in its bumpers. If you can guess who each person is at each segment break, you can win a prize. Send your guesses through our mailbag or straight to wademcmillin@gmail.com. Click below to listen to the Couch Side Show podact.

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Couch Side Super Bowl preview: The Logistics/Prediction.


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO & TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com

The 2011 Super Bowl will feature a rematch of 2008’s classic Giants-Patriots showdown. The Giants are coming in hot, but the Patriots are the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Couch Side Show bloggers Chuck Constantino and Trevor Gould weigh in on the matchup in part three of their Super Bowl preview.

Coaching

TCG (Trevor Courtland Gould): Bill Belichick, the most emotionless man on the planet, is a genius. His offensive and defensive schemes and strategies are unrivaled, and you would be kidding yourself to think he hasn’t forgotten about the 2008 Super Bowl loss.  There is no better coach in football.

CC (Chuck Constantino): Belichick. The man’s a genius; his adjustments and complex defensive schemes will be the difference. Plus, he is definitely still ticked about that ’08 loss.

Intangibles

 TCG: While the Giants are on fire, the Patriots are a well-run and well-oiled machine lead by easily the most brilliant man in professional football. Plus, they are out for blood after their 2008 loss.

CC: The Giants are hot and are the wildcard. Every year a wildcard team stuns the experts, and makes it to the Super bowl.  On the other hand, there is no David Tyree to make a circus catch. This one is close, but I pick the Pats, they’re too hard to game plan for.

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Couch Side Super Bowl Preview: Defense


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO & TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com

The 2011 Super Bowl will feature a rematch of 2008’s classic Giants-Patriots showdown. The Giants are coming in hot, but the Patriots are the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Couch Side Show bloggers Chuck Constantino and Trevor Gould weigh in on the matchup.

Defensive Line

New York Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck. Photo by: Chris Pusateri / Flickr

Trevor Courtland Gould (TCG): The Giants possess a defensive line that makes offensive lineman quake in their shoes. They are athletic, relentless, and have a mean streak to them. When Justin Tuck isn’t repping Subway sandwiches, he is wrecking havoc against opposing offenses. Linval Joseph and Chris Canty are solid tackles, and Jason Pierre-Paul has established himself as one of the premier athletic freaks in the NFL. And when one of them is tired, in comes veteran Osi Umenyiora, who is probably extra angry due to being relegated to back-up duty. This defensive line is scary.

Chuck Constantino (CC): This isn’t even close; the Giants hands down own the scariest defensive line in football. The speed and relentlessness of the front four cannot be simulated during practice leading up to the big game. These big uglies will hit Tom Brady all night.

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Couch Side Super Bowl Preview: Offense


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO & TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com

The 2011 Super Bowl will feature a rematch of 2008’s classic Giants-Patriots showdown. The Giants are coming in hot, but the Patriots are the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Couch Side Show bloggers Chuck Constantino and Trevor Gould weigh in on the matchup.

 Quarterbacks

Tom Brady. Photo by Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

TCG (Trevor Courtland Gould):  Tom Brady, the one and only. He is too good, too clutch, and too fearless to be denied his fourth Super Bowl championship. He has established an unshakable rapport with his receivers and tight ends, and at the end of the day is one of the greatest players to ever set foot on a football field.

CC (Chuck Constantino): Tom Brady. His drive and determination are second to none. Brady holds total control of his offense and will simply play chess with the giants secondary. While Eli Manning is on fire right now, his receivers are constantly bailing him out on questionable throws. For every dime Manning throws, there’s sure to be a few more ducks.

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Cundiff costs Ravens Super Bowl bid


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

You can call him the master of the miss, the sultan of shank or a klutz in the clutch.

Call him what you will, but if you were the New England Patriots on Sunday, you had better show Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff some mad respect. The nine-year, undrafted kicker completely shanked a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Foxboro, Mass. The botched chip shop would have forced overtime between the Patriots and Ravens, but instead it sent New England to its seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Patriots won the game 23-20 and will now face the New York Giants on Feb. 5 for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The kick will undoubtedly go down in history as what could have been for the Baltimore Ravens. If Cundiff would have been able to make a kick that most kickers can nail in their sleep, Baltimore would’ve at least had a shot at upsetting one of the greatest teams football has ever seen. But as we all know by now, Cundiff missed, eliminating his team from the 2011-2012 NFL Playoffs.

Now I have heard of Billy Cundiff since he entered the league in 2002 with the Dallas Cowboys. But the former pro bowler’s missed kick made me want to learn more about him. Obvious questions prompted me to do some research. As I started to stare at Cundiff’s statistics, the first one I had to look at is how accurate the guy is between the 30- and 40-yard line. To my surprise, he’s 76 percent for his carreer. Not the best, but also, not the worst. But he has been at his best from that distance in the past two season. During that span, he was well over 80 percent and a top 10 kicker from that distance. Actually, Cundiff has been one of the league’s best for the past two years and earned a pro bowl nod last season for his kicking abilities.

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Defense guides 49ers, Giants to NFC championship


BY STAYSON ISOBE, couchsideshow.com writer

The old adage is defense wins championships.

Finally after a regular season that was dominated by explosive offenses and record-breaking performances, the two teams headed to the NFC Championship proved that a defense that will smack you in the mouth still prevails in this league. Both the 49ers and the Giants seemed to face an uphill battle coming into the weekend, faced with the task of attempting to slow down two of the NFL’s most unstoppable offensive attacks. The Packers and Saints, led by the league’s top two MVP candidates in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, were the two highest scoring teams during the regular season and two of the top three in total offense with the other being the Patriots.

Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers defense stepped up against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Photo by: Rajiv Patel

Brees was the orchestrator of New Orleans’ attack, breaking Dan Marino’s 27-year single season passing yards mark this season, and was coming off a postseason record in regulation of 466 yards last week against the Lions. Rodgers on the other hand, showed pinpoint accuracy throughout the season as evidenced in his 45-6 touchdown to interception ratio, leading the Packers to the top seed in the NFC with a 15-1 record.

But on this weekend, neither would advance to the NFC title game. Instead, the 49ers and the Giants ramped up their defense and slowed down these two offensive assaults enough to make a statement. The two teams combined to force nine turnovers and produced seven total sacks of Rodgers and Brees.

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Couch Side Episode 3: NFL playoff preview (divisional round)


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, the gang recaps the NFL Wildcard round playoff game and looks ahead to the divisional games. The hosts also discuss the BCS national championship. Also, in quick snippets, Craig and Wade chat about Hue Jackson, Paul Westphal, the Washington Wizzards, Prince Fielder and Peyton Manning. Click below to listen to the Couch Side Podcast

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Couch Side Podcast: Episode 2 — NFL playoff preview


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode of Couch Side, Co-Host Craig Paul makes his debut, joining Couchsideshow.com editor Wade McMillin in a NFL playoff preview. The pair breaks down each weekend wildcard matchup in the NFC and AFC and also examines the top seeds in both conferences. Keep listening and also see Couch Side’s take on quick NFL headlines that include the firing of Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, Bills defensive guru Dave Wannstedt’s promottion and Rex Ryan’s tears. You won’t want to miss this episode of Couch Side!

Also, don’t forget to send us questions, thoughts, comments or if you’re interested in becomming a part of the Couch Side team to our mailbag tab on our homepage. We’ll then take questions and answer them in next week’s podcast. So tune in every Tuesday for a new episode of Couch Side. Click on the link below to listen to this week’s episode:

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NFL playoff picture: Chiefs & Eagles


Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Kyle Orton will probably have to defeat his former team, the Denver Broncos, for the Chiefs to have any shot at making the playoffs this season. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall/Flickr

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

There is always a handful of NFL teams with mediocre records that have high hopes to make the playoffs each season.

Most of the time, it’s teams with a .500 winning percentage (8-8 overall) or with one win over the .500 mark (9-7) that find the final spots in the playoffs. This season, there are 10 teams that could potentially post barely respectable records and still get in. With two weeks left, five squads from the AFC and NFC, respectively, are still in the hunt. It will make for an exciting finale to a season that was almost cancelled because of the lockout. The playoffs are where the excitement is at, but with so many teams on the bubble, the end of the 2011 season should be action packed.

I will be concentrating on the playoff hopes for the two worst teams of the 10 squads that could be playoff bound. With 6-8 records, it doesn’t seem like the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles will be able to punch their cards into the wildcard round of the NFL postseason. The Chiefs and Eagles should be able to give others searching for that No. 8 spot a run for their money, though.

Here’s a look at what Philadelphia and Kansas City will have to do in order for the squads to make the playoffs:

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