Patriots and Eagles Swapped 6th-Round Draft Picks to Keep Trade Streak Alive

Bill Belichick is known as a boring, unfriendly, stick in the mud type of coach. Andy Reid is considered to be friendlier and forgiving. When you think of the two of them, you wouldn’t consider them to be frequent trading partners, but that is actually the case.

We learned over draft weekend that the Pats and Eagles swapped 6th-round picks — New England’s 193rd for Philly’s 194th — in order to keep a streak alive.

Since Belichick took over the Patriots in 2000, the two men have made a draft-day trade every single year.

Belichick explained the decision to the media in a way only he can. “We talked to the Eagles,” Belichick deadpanned. “We wanted to make the trade, they wanted to make the trade.”

Though you wouldn’t peg Belichick and Reid to be friends based on their seemingly dissimilar personalities, they actually are buddies. Maybe it’s this type of sense of humor that other coaches around the league need to adopt in order to be as well-tenured as they are.

Bill Parcells’ Criteria for Drafting a Quarterback Out of College

Like any other talent evaluator, Bill Parcells has had his share of misses. He’s even admitted to making a few mistakes. But Parcells has also shown an undeniable ability to turn franchises around and build successful teams. Some of that is accomplished through free agency, but most of that is done through the draft.

I’ve long heard about Parcells’ strict criteria for drafting a quarterback out of college. Chad Henne passed the test and so did Pat White, so obviously they were well accomplished collegiately but turned into busts. Whether or not you think the criteria are reasonable is up for debate, but here are his guidelines as he shared during his Draft Confidential on ESPN via Dan Pompei:

1) At least a three-year starter
2) Started at least 30 games
3) Won at least 20 games
4) At least a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio
5) Completion percentage better than 60%
6) Is a senior
7) Is graduating

Andy Dalton and Ricky Stanzi are the only quarterbacks from this year’s class who passed Parcells’ test while Greg McElroy fell three starts short. Dalton went 35th overall to the Bengals while Stanzi was selected 100 picks later by the Chiefs. McElroy (and his hot sister) went 208th overall to the Jets.

As for current NFL quarterbacks, here’s how they stack up:

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Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Had Deal in Place for Kevin Kolb Before Draft

If you are a Cardinals fan and wondering why the team didn’t select a quarterback in the NFL draft despite needing one, we may have our answer. Pro Football Weekly reports that the Eagles and Cardinals had a “potential deal in place to trade QB Kevin Kolb … but those plans changed when 2011 draft picks were not allowed to be dealt.” They add in their report that the trade talks could reignite down the road, and I imagine that is the case.

We knew a year ago that the Cardinals did not seem comfortable with their quarterback situation entering the season. Derek Anderson’s awful play and outburst did not help matters, and Max Hall played horribly. John Skelton could be a decent backup, but you don’t want any of those three guys being your starting quarterback if your goal is to win. Even analyst Jimmy Johnson told us personnel was the problem in Arizona, not coaching. So it makes sense for them to pursue an upgrade at the most important position on the field.

Kevin Kolb has shown accuracy and an ability to produce in his limited time as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback. Even though he’s a West Coast Offense QB (not the style the Cardinals run), he’d be a big upgrade over anything else they have on the roster.

We know Kolb would like to be traded to Arizona and that Larry Fitzgerald also wants it to happen. When league business is eventually cleared to resume, I would anticipate a deal getting done. That is unless someone else (Seattle perhaps?) can come up with a better package to offer the Eagles.

Chest bump to Evan Silva for the tip

Bruce Carter Eats a Ton of McDonald’s

Former North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter is a physical monster.  The 238-pound wrecking ball runs a 4.39 in the 40 and can bench press 440 pounds.  That alone could win him the title of biggest freak in the nation, but the UNC records Carter holds with a 40.5-inch vertical and 374 power clear were enough to cement him at the top of Bruce Feldman’s college football “Freaks” list.

There must be a secret, right?  According to Carter, the secret is McDonald’s.  If you thought Tim Lincecum’s In-N-Out Burger order was crazy, check out what Carter said he orders at McDonald’s almost every single day.

“I eat a lot of McDonald’s and fast foods, but I do work out real hard,” he explained. “I usually get three double cheeseburgers, medium fries, large tea, and a six-piece McNuggets. I don’t think eating healthy as far as eating salads and that stuff works for me.”

Apparently not.  If Carter eats that much McDonald’s almost every day, I’m inclined to think he would weigh a solid 155 if he just ate salads and healthy foods.  The most amazing part to me is how a person can move after eating that much.  When I eat any type of fast food I immediately turn into a snail.  Given some of the records Carter has set, I’m guessing he rarely feels sluggish.

Look on the bright side — at least McDonald’s is helping his career.  Micky D’s is dangerous for a guy like Brandon Marshall, right?

Prince Amukamara Fell in Draft Because He Is Nigerian? Unlikely

Prince Amukamara slipped to the 19th spot in the NFL draft before the New York Giants finally picked him up. Amukamara was widely considered to be the second-best cornerback in the draft, rating just behind Patrick Peterson who went fifth overall to the Cardinals. Though no other cornerback was drafted between the two, 13 other players were picked before Amukamara. So how can the drop be explained? According to Dan Pompei’s sources, an anti-Nigerian bias could be the reason. From his National Football Post column via Evan Silva at Rotoworld:

A lot of NFL people are skeptical about Nigerian players like Amukarma. “And it’s not just white men,” one executive said. “It’s whites and blacks.” It’s still a subtle form of racism. The word on Nigerians: they are soft, not tough enough and too educated. It would be a pity if that’s what cost Amukamara.

Wow, that’s a pretty explosive charge coming from his sources. NFL draft personnel question everything about a player, and we even heard rumblings that being a redhead could cost Andy Dalton. Let me go out on a limb and say that’s not what caused Prince’s slip. Instead, sometimes these things just happen like they did to Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers. For Quinn it was warranted, for Rodgers it was a mistake. I’m guessing Amukamara will prove it was a mistake for so many teams to pass on him.

Meanwhile, like Evan Silva points out, the most notable Nigerian player in the NFL was one of the toughest running backs ever: Christian Okoye, who was nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare.” Other Nigerian players include Jeff Otah and Osi Umenyiora, two guys with whom you definitely don’t want to mess. If some teams passed on him because he’s Nigerian, they’re fools. Or maybe they just wanted to avoid the on-stage fashion show Prince’s family put on.

Jim Harbaugh Betting on Alex Smith to Start at Quarterback for 49ers

Here I was thinking Jim Harbaugh was some sort of genius coach only to find out he’s planning on having Alex Smith back as his starting quarterback this season. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Harbaugh gave Alex Smith the team’s playbook to prepare for the upcoming season even though he is a free agent.

“Alex is definitely going to have a head start,” Harbaugh said after the draft. “He’s played in the NFL, he’s won games in the NFL. If I’m a betting man, then I’m betting on Alex Smith.”

Maybe Colin Kaepernick (the team’s second-round pick) is the team’s future at quarterback and Harbaugh just realizes he needs time to develop. I sure hope that’s the case because I don’t envision either man being the quarterback of a playoff team. You already know how I feel about Alex Smith as a quarterback, I’m just surprised Harbaugh doesn’t feel the same way. Maybe he hardly watched pro football while he was busy coaching collegiately the past several years. That has to be it.

Rex Ryan Believes Jets Would Have Beaten Packers in the Super Bowl

The mouth of Rex Ryan has roared once again (insert foot here). We already knew from his harsh comments about Kerry Rhodes that Rex doesn’t hold back in his new book Play Like You Mean It, but even this wasn’t expected.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shared a clip from Rex’s book where he says he feels the Jets could have beaten the Packers in the Super Bowl:

I thought Green Bay was to going to have the upper hand on Pittsburgh. Their passing attack was giving everyone problems. But I truly believe we would have beaten Green Bay. We only lost to them 9-0 during the season, and we gave them two of the field goals because of mistakes.”

Hey, that’s great that Rex thinks his Jets could have beaten the Packers. Maybe they could have. The problem is they lost to the Steelers and didn’t earn the chance.

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