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Couch Side featured on “Shopcade.com”


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

About a week before the NFL Draft began, the folks from shopcade.com contacted Couch Side editor Wade McMillin about promoting one of their contests.

We believed it was in the best interest for this website to do so and in turn, couchsideshow.com would be promoted on Shopcade’s website. Well, that day has come! In Shopcade’s own blog, they profiled McMillin, asking him sports related predictions as well as to point out a few items he like on the website. To check out the blog/profile, click the link below to see how McMillin responded:

Click here for Shopcade’s profile blog on Couch Side creator Wade McMillin


Couch Side Podcast — Episode 13: NFL Draft Recap


After one week off, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul return to review the 2012 NFL Draft. The gang also discusses Lamar Odom possibly leaving reality TV, the NHL playoffs and Hideki Matsui’s signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Special guest this week is Heidi Pierce.

Click here to stream/download Couch Side Episode 12  via iTunes

Click here to stream Couch Side Episode 12: NFL Mock Draft via our host site, TalkShoe

Click here to download Couch Side Episode 12: NFL via our host site, TalkShoe


LaMichael James’ Role In The NFL


BY JASON HARTZOG, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Despite having a handful of running backs already on their roster, the San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon running back LaMichael James with the 61st pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo by: Neon Tommy / Flickr

With the 61st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers were proud to select LaMichael James, running back, Oregon.

The 49ers are now stacked at the running back position. They have recently signed Brandon Jacobs this offseason and they still have a stud in Frank Gore. Running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter are also on the roster. I look at LaMichael as an upgrade to what Kendall Hunter brought to the table. He is a smaller back with a ton of speed. But James brings a lot more than just speed to the table.

LaMichael knows what it is like to play for a winning program … and produce. His years at the University of Oregon were very kind to him. He ran for 1,500+ yards in all three years to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 conference (formally known as Pac-10) each year. In his final season, he had four 200 yard games that helped him record a college career high of 1,805 rushing yards. This was done even after missing two games in the middle of the season due to a dislocated elbow. In his second game back from the injury he looked like he was back to his old self as he ran for 156 yards and a touchdown after being limited to just 13 carries in his first game back.

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NFL Draft: What ‘Best Player Available’ Actually Means


BY MM And P, Feedcrossing.com syndicated blog

We’re now in April and only weeks away from the NFL Draft, probably the most anticipated offseason event for NFL fans around the league. I have been taking a look at draft prospects for the Bears in my “Prospecting for Gold” series and there has been plenty of daily discussion around the blog about this guy and that guy. One of the biggest trends is the phrase ‘Best Player Available” (BPA) getting thrown around. The Bears are indeed in a position to take the BPA, and for some fans this is a foreign concept after the Jerry Angelo regime. I see people throw it out connected with a player, such as “Bears need to go Stephen Hill or BPA at 19″ well, it doesn’t quite work like that. I just wanted to go through exactly who the BPA are and break down which directions the Bears could go with BPA at 19 in the draft later this month.

Best player available is a pretty straightforward concept; take the best player, regardless of position on the board with your pick. It can be something the fans go nuts for, or it could be something that is, at the time, seen as a head-scratcher. One example is back in 2001 the Indianapolis Colts took Reggie Wayne when they already had Marvin Harrisonin his prime. The move worked out well and they had one of the best receiving tandems in the league for several years following. (more…)


QB Coach: Andrew Luck still a work in progress


Former Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck is predicted to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. But some be believe he still has to improve his skills before become successful. Photo by: Michael Li / Flickr

BY ZACK KELBERMAN, Helmet2helmet.net 

Eschewing an enormous amount of hype and major declarations from pundits, Andrew Luck’s personal coach thinks we should hold off on placing the former Stanford Cardinal in Canton.

George Whitfield Jr., whose worked closely with Luck as his private quarterbacks coach, told the Indianapolis Star that the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this month’s draft is “far from a finished product” as he continues to perfect his mechanics.

“Let me tell you: He’s far from a finished product,” Whitfield said. “He’s very far along, but there are still things he’s working on mechanically and there are lots of things he’ll get better at by being in the NFL. People are now seeing him throw those intermediate and perimeter passes, and those are throws he’s been dying to make. You don’t think (Stanford coach) David Shaw didn’t want to make more of those perimeter throws or go downtown more during the season? But look at Stanford’s skill position guys. You can only spend within the budget you have.

“But he’s athletic. He’s cat quick. He’s strong. People are saying he’s a prototypical pocket passer, like they’re putting him in this category. But there’s a lot more he can do.”

Though Whitfield believes Luck still has a ways to go, he warns the Colts they’d be making a grave mistake if they instead selected Robert Griffin III, who Indy owner Robert Irsay recently hinted could stunningly be the pick.

“If they over-think this, they’re going to make a mistake they’ll regret for years,” he said. (more…)


RG III + Redskins = Perfect Match


Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is expected to be a top five pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Washington Redskins are one of several teams very interested in the Baylor product. Photo by: Mike Davis / Flickr

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

Out of all the potential places he could land, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III would be best suited to start his NFL career in a Washington Redskins jersey.

The Washington Redskins are one of the many teams currently contemplating trading up to receive the Ram’s second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They are reportedly willing to offer their sixth overall pick and next year’s first round selection along with two other picks for the opportunity to draft RG III. While it is a very steep price, it will be well worth it.

For starters, the Washington Redskins need a true franchise quarterback. For too long now have they rested all their hopes upon the shoulders of journeymen (John Beck), inconsistent youth (Jason Campbell), and aging veterans (Donovan McNabb).

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