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Joe Anello

2013 NFL Draft: Rounds Two - Seven Recap posted by Joe Anello

It was an eventful and unpredictable NFL Draft, even after the craziness that ensued in round one Thursday night. Friday night showcased rounds two and three, while Sunday wrapped up the draft with rounds four through seven. Let’s run through the major storylines that came out of the 2013 NFL Draft!

*Pardon for the delay. This is what happens when life throws the draft, C2E2, and the impetus to change jobs all in one weekend.

 

-After slipping through the first round despite several reported landing spots, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o became a San Diego Charger. The Chargers traded picks 45 and 110 to the Cardinals for pick number 38, allowing them to move up for Te’o. At that point in the draft, the drama-laden linebacker had great value. The Chargers run a 3-4 scheme, but he can still be a valuable inside presence for them.

 

-On the very next pick after Te’o was selected, the New York Jets saw a “franchise” quarterback fall right into their laps at number 39 overall with Geno Smith. Smith increases the QB count on the Jets roster all the way up to six, which includes Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and David Garrard. Yeah… someone’s gonna get cut. The obvious cut is Tebow. But then who? Do you cut the veteran Garrard, whom you just brought in? Or do you take the massive cap hit and release Sanchez? Or are you giving up on the idea that McElroy can be anything? The drama is ratcheted up in New York, and I’m gonna love every minute of it.

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Joe Anello

The Final Drive: 2013 Divisional Round posted by Joe Anello

The 2013 Divisional Round is completed! The best weekend in football lived up to the hype, with crazy finishes (double overtimes) and historic performances. Let’s not put off this any longer. It’s time for The Final Drive!

(12-6) Baltimore Ravens 38

(13-4) Denver Broncos 35

After the Ravens were forced to punt on their opening possession, this game got crazy… fast. Trindon Holliday took that punt return back 90 yards for the first score. A 59-yard pass to a streaking Torrey Smith (who was torching Champ Bailey deep most of the day) from Joe Flacco tied the game up. On Denver’s ensuing drive, a pass from Peyton Manning tipped off the hands of Eric Decker into the arms of Corey Graham, who boomeranged it to make the score 14-7 Ravens. Manning took the ball right back and marched his team 74 yards in 11 plays, ending with a pinpoint pass to old friend Brandon Stokley on the side of the endzone. 14-14. Were you still breathing at this point? A score from both teams in the second quarter kept the game tied at 21 going into halftime. And the drama did not subside in the start of a crazy NFL weekend.

Denver Head Coach John Fox will (and should) catch a lot of flak for not even attempting to try to get in field goal range with two timeouts and 20-plus seconds left on the clock. (As we would see later in the weekend, that’s not an impossible feat to accomplish.) Fox got extremely conservative in the offensive play-calling, leaning on the run too often when he had one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time on the field. (Though doesn’t Peyton have full authority to change those calls at the line? Hm.) Not going for a third down conversion late in the fourth allowed the Ravens to get the ball back with just enough time to make something happen. And they certainly did.

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Joe Anello

The Opening Drive: 2013 Divisional Round posted by Joe Anello

Alright everyone, it’s my favorite football weekend of the entire season! At this point we have the eight best teams left in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy, including the two greatest QB’s of our era in the AFC and a crazy Saturday night rematch in the NFC. I have stumbled out of the gates with my picks, currently standing at 1-3 after the wild card round. I owe that to every favorite covering last week and my apparently desperate need to pick against almost all of them. This week shall be different! I hope. Let’s get to The Opening Drive of the Divisional Round! (As always, point spreads are obtained from VegasInsider.com.)

 

(11-6) Baltimore Ravens at

(13-3) Denver Broncos

4:30 PM ET, CBS

This is the first of two AFC rematches that were completely one-sided in the first go-rounds. The Broncos slapped around the Ravens 34-17 in week 15, part of their 11-game winning streak to end the regular season and claim the one seed. In that game, Peyton Manning had very pedestrian numbers, but was bolstered by ground game that featured 45 carries, the most of any Manning team in his career. Their 163 yards pounded a then-short-staffed Raven defense. This game will be different, in that Baltimore is much healthier now. Ray Lewis is back, as is linebacker Danel Ellerbee. Still, the Raven corners are average at best, so they’re not going to be able to contain Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside.

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Joe Anello

The Final Drive: 2013 Wild Card Round posted by Joe Anello

Wild Card weekend in the NFL is a wrap! Note that this late posting is a testament to the dangers of kitties. (When you’re allergic to them.) There were bad offenses, great defenses, and ugly injuries to be found in the four match-ups, so let’s get through all the stories in The Final Drive!

(13-4) Houston Texans 19

(10-7) Cincinnati Bengals 13

The first half was a show of ugly offense, with three field goals by the Texans and only a pick-six by the Bengals to account for all the points on the board. Houston suffered because of failed third down conversions and a drop from Andre Johnson at the goal line, forcing them to settle for kicks. Andy Dalton threw a costly interception, but it was essentially wiped away as Leon Hall picked a Schaub pass and ran it back 21 yards to take a momentary lead. But the Bengal offense didn’t score at all in the first half. They barely improved.

In a trending theme of Saturday passing statistics, Cincinnati had -6 net yards passing at halftime. That prompted a “U-G-L-Y. You ain’t got no alibi. It’s ugly.” from Mike Mayock at halftime. (You have no idea how much Microsoft Word just hated that sentence.) When the Texans came out in the third quarter and mounted a touchdown drive, it practically was an insurmountable lead. The Bengals had no chance.

On a key drive in the fourth quarter, (while they were only down six), the Bengals were closing in on the redzone when they had to burn a timeout (play-calling disaster). On the ensuing play, they lost five yards due to a false start penalty. Then they went for it on fourth down (and failed), meaning the six point lead held.

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Joe Anello

The Opening Drive: 2013 Wild Card Round posted by Joe Anello

It’s that time of year. The NFL Playoffs are upon us, and with it come the unmitigated disasters that are my picks against the spread. (Which means I’m not picking winners or losers, but I’m predicting if a team will win by or keep it closer than the designated spread. Odds are grabbed from VegasInsider.com.) We’ve got some stellar match-ups as well, so without any further BS, it’s time to start the playoffs with this Wild Card edition of The Opening Drive!

(10-6) Cincinnati Bengals at

(12-4) Houston Texans

4:30 PM ET, NBC

In typical playoff fashion, the Wild Card round starts with what is most likely to be the most lackluster match-up of the weekend. This solid Bengals team (that apparently no one outside of Cincinnati believes in) heads to Houston to face a Texan squad that was in near free-fall the last month of the season. It’s not exactly thrilling drama (even though it is a rematch of last year’s playoff game), but this I think game is going to very tight. The Bengals can’t explode offensively and the Texans haven’t been lighting up the scoreboards lately. They’d prefer to get Arian Foster going anyway, which means a slower paced game, full of that exciting clock management stuff. Cincy has a shot at getting passes completed on the outside if A.J. Green can handle the one-on-one match-up with corner Jonathan Joseph. I believe he can, so Andy Dalton has to be able to find him consistently in order to free up the running game and the underneath passes to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

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Joe Anello

Joe's 2012 Gameday Preview: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears posted by Joe Anello

You know the rivalry. It’s the Green Bay Packers versus the Chicago Bears in a December game. It’s been 13 weeks since these teams met on the first Thursday nighter of the season, and each have had ups and downs in that time, especially the Bears, who now are fighting for their playoff lives.

 

(9-4) Green Bay Packers at

(8-5) Chicago Bears 

The Offense

The Bear offensive line doesn’t need this news, but Clay Matthews will be back on the field. The man who terrorized J’Marcus Webb in the first match-up will be on the outside again, giving the Packers their pass rush back. Like always, Webb will need help if they’re going to keep Matthews off the stat sheet. But Mike Tice should know how to offset this disadvantage: run the ball. Give Matt Forte and Michael Bush (who will be limited if he plays with a rib injury) about 30-35 carries and get the front seven off Jay Cutler’s case. This way Cutler can get freed up for play-action throws to Marshall, which are less likely to be into triple-coverage or be sat on by an opportunistic defense (that is missing defensive back Charles Woodson).   

Brandon Marshall made news this week by daring the Packers to give him single coverage. Let me tell you something Brandon: it won’t happen. Once. You’re the best/only consistent passing option on this offense, so you’re getting bracket coverage on every play. What would be nice is if the other Bear receivers could beat single coverage on the outside. Alshon Jeffery is the most likely option, but he’s still reaching for his potential. And is anyone really going to count on Devin Hester? I’m not.

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Joe Anello

The Opening Drive: Week 12, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

With Thanksgiving taking up time with travel, family, and friends, I decided to forgo the now-typical Thursday posting of The Opening Drive. But don’t worry, week 12 in the NFL still has a few games worth checking out this weekend!

(6-4) Seattle Seahawks at

(4-6) Miami Dolphins

Wait, am I liking Seattle on the road? That’s a switch. Miami’s been disappointing in its last few outings, so another loss essentially eliminates them from the postseason picture. If Seattle can pound on Miami’s front seven with Marshawn Lynch, Russell will likely see his receivers in single coverage on the outside against lesser corners. That’s a recipe for success.

(9-1) Atlanta Falcons at

(6-4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game of the day. Tampa Bay’s offense has been nearly dominant as of late, and they’re matching up against an Atlanta defense that can’t halt the run with any regularity. Doug Martin could be in line for a ridiculously awesome fantasy stat line today. Get him in your starting line-up. I really like the Bucs are home here.

(8-2) Baltimore Ravens at

(4-6) San Diego Chargers

I appreciate everyone thinking the Ravens are weak enough that they could travel across the country to San Diego... after a Sunday night game… against the always physical Steelers… and lose. Wait, I may have just talked myself into taking the Chargers. Wait, I’m taking the Chargers? Screw that noise. They’re terrible.

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Richard Kagan

Pack Got Robbed With Officials' Blunders posted by Richard Kagan

I don't like the Green Bay Packers.  I like it when they lose a game.  I like it when they get outplayed.  But last night, they got out offiialed.  They lost to the Seattle Seahawks, but it was the replacement ref's who handed the game on a silver platter.  Seattle's Qb threw a Hail Mary pass to the end zone that was well covered by Pack defenders.  But Seattle wide receiver Grady Tate pushed off one of the Pack players in a blatant offensive interference call that was never meted out.  Pack defender M.D. Jennings appeared to intercept the ball and had possession but landed on the ground as Tate tried to wrestle the ball from him.  The Ref saw this play and awarded the Seahawks a game winnning TD with no time left on the clock.  The Packers were stunned and left the field as a team, as if in protest.  But after several minutes, The Refs reappeared on the field to have the extra point play, a mere formality.  This seemed like an insult to GB who played hard, and overcame a fierce pass rush by the Seahawks to earn the win.  But that was negated by the Refs who handed the game to Seattle.  In this game the players stats don't matter.  The Ref's call at the end, negated any of that, it stole a game away from Green Bay.  As much as I like to see them lose,  I don't like to see them lose that way.  That was a seriously botched call.Continue reading "Pack Got Robbed With Officials' Blunders"


Richard Kagan

Bears Get Blitzed in Green Bay posted by Richard Kagan

The Green Bay Packers trounced the Chicago Bears 23-13 on Thursday night at historic Lambeau Field.  The Pack sacked Bears' QB Jay Cutler 7 times and forced him into throwing 4 interceptions.  Earlier in the week, Cutler gave Green Bay poster material by intimating that the Packers might have trouble covering the Bears improved wideouts.  Well, that's like adding fuel to the fire in this often heated rivalry.  Former Broncos star receiver Brandon Marshall, now on the Bears, was held to two catches for minimal yardage.  The Bears netted under 180 yards in the game, and the final score could have been worse.  The Bears were outmatched on the field.  The Bears defense got to Aaron Rodgers too, but not enough.  Right now, the Packers looked like the better team and Chicago needs to regroup only two games into the regular season.  Matt Forte left the game with an ankle injury.  One hopes it is not serious.Continue reading "Bears Get Blitzed in Green Bay"


Joe Anello

Joe's 2012 Gameday Review: Packers, 23, Bears 10 posted by Joe Anello

Plenty went wrong in the Bears’ 23 - 10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Jay Cutler made bad decisions. The offensive line provided him no protection. His wide receivers were never open. The Packers weren’t without their struggles, but they overcame them. The Bears did not. I’m not going to break down every crappy play, but there’s a lot to be upset about coming out of their second game of the season.

(1-1) Green Bay Packers 23
(1-1) Chicago Bears 10

It was a defensive struggle in the first quarter, with both defenses getting pressure from their stars. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers made their presence known, each tallying takedowns in the period. It was knotted at a whopping 0-0 when the first quarter ended, but in the second the Pack came alive. (Kinda.) An early field goal gave them the 3-0 lead, but it was a fake field goal pass to back-up tight end Tom Crabtree that snapped the game open and gave Green Bay an insurmountable 10-0 advantage. The play call was absolutely brilliant and it worked to perfection. As much as I’d like to yell and scream about the lack of awareness, it was just too well executed to properly defend.

After that Chicago’s offense never managed to pull its head out of its ass and put together any legitimately threatening drive. The offensive line was a catastromegafuck. Matthews was seemingly let loose on every single play and he made the most of it with 3.5 sacks on the night. Sure Dom Capers moved him around some, but there’s no way the line should have been that unaware of from what direction the Packers’ best pass-rusher was coming. J’Marcus Webb was routinely beat off the edge. Chris Spencer was beat inside. Gabe Carimi committed an idiotic personal foul penalty. Roberto Garza forgot about the play clock. Pick your lineman. He had his issues. Jay never had time to throw the ball and was always dancing around in the pocket while trying to look downfield. (And then he promptly threw it at a Packer.)

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Who are the NFL's pillar owners now? New team leadership must fill the void (Shutdown Corner%2

In the past six months, the NFL has lost three giants — Bud Adams, William Clay Ford and, on Tuesday, Ralph Wilson — in franchise ownership. Prior to that, the Kansas City Chiefs' Lamar Hunt and the Oakland Raiders' Al Davis, two men whose names should appear in the first paragraph of the history of the league, died in the previous decade. The current group of NFL owners have been a big part of the league's success, with many of them helping navigate through the difficult lockout in the summer of 2011 and carry on with sports' most successful endeavor. These are the salad days of football. And yet there's a legacy missing. Yes, there are still members of the old guard who continue to represent the league after decades of service. Bill Bidwill became the sole owner of the Cardinals franchise in 1972, but the Bidwill family has controlled it back to the Chicago days, in 1932. The Rooney family has owned the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1933. Virginia McCaskey inherited the Chicago Bears in 1983 following the death of her father, George Halas, in 1983. Mike Brown and Jim Irsay inherited the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, and are vital links to the league's past. Pat Bowlen (Denver Broncos) and Alex Spanos (San Diego Chargers) are going on their 30th years owning their respective franchises, and the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones just celebrated his 25th year of ownership and has rebuilt an empire with his franchise. But it's clear we are in a new era of NFL ownership. Bidwill has ceded daily control to his two sons. The Steelers have changed their ownership structure in recent years, and Dan Rooney, 81, is not as involved as he once was. McCaskey is seldom seen publicly these days. Bowlen and Spanos have been out of the spotlight in recent years. Irsay's recent legal troubles cast some question on his daily involvement with the Colts while he seeks help. Jones, the Patriots' Robert Kraft, the Giants' John Mara, the Eagles' Jeffrey Lurie, the Falcons' Arthur Blank, the Ravens' Steve Bisciotti and a handful of owners who took control in the 1990s and 2000s have stepped up as NFL linchpins among the owners. But there must be more influential new blood added, too. Not just another member of the Billionaire Boys Club hoping to cash in. The timing of Wilson's death — during the NFL owners meetings — allowed his fellow compatriots to pay the proper respect en masse. This was a man, too, who often swam upstream. He was not afraid to fight for his small-market team's rights and go toe to toe with bigger and more influential owners. Wilson was one of two NFL owners to vote against the 2006 CBA because he "didn't understand it." And that was not because of a lack of intelligence — his keen sense, knowing it was a deal the owners later would regret signing, foreshadowed the lockout five years later. The league needs its mavericks just as it needs its company men, so to speak, but there's no question that there is a leadership question, symbolic or not. Will Jed York, Clark Hunt, Bisciotti and the other younger club owners be ready to fill the void? If not, there could be too few balancing forces to combat Jones and Daniel Snyder, who are viewed with some suspicion by fans at large. The past few new owners approved by the membership have not put their best feet forward in their first few years in control of their respective clubs. The Miami Dolphins' Stephen Ross has been saddled with losing and ugliness. The Cleveland Browns' Jimmy Haslam has had both as well, and he has a possible indictment hanging over his head with the Flying J mess. Although the Jaguars' Shad Khan is roundly respected, his team has been mired in losing in recent years, too. The Bills have no clear successor to Wilson. Adams' estate currently owns the Titans. The Panthers' Jerry Richardson, 77, has endured health probems and has no clear successor lined up, having fired both of his sons a few years back. Neither do the New Orleans Saints for when Tom Benson passes away, with Rita Benson Le Blanc perhaps not the automatic successor many assume her to be. Mark Davis appears to be rudderless in Oakland. The Chargers and Rams have pressing stadium issues and are relocation candidates.  The NFL could be entering a period of serious ownership change over the next several years, and it's clear the league already is in the midst of a transition period with several giants falling in recent seasons. Here is a list of the current NFL franchise owners and the year they took over control of their respective teams: NFL franchise Owner(s) Year taken over Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers, Inc.* 1923 Arizona Cardinals Bill Bidwill 1972 Chicago Bears Virginia (Halas) McCaskey 1983 Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen 1984 San Diego Chargers Alex Spanos 1984 New Orleans Saints Tom Benson 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney** 1988** Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones 1989 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Brown 1991 Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson awarded franchise in 1993 (inaugural season was 1995) New England Patriots Robert Kraft 1994 Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie 1994 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcolm Glazer 1995 Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay*** 1997*** Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen 1997 Houston Texans Bob McNair awarded franchise 1999 (inaugural season 2002) Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder 1999 New York Jets Woody Johnson 2000 Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank 2004 Baltimore Ravens Steve Bisciotti 2004 Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf 2005 New York Giants John Mara and Steve Tisch 2005 Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt 2006 Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross 2008 San Francisco 49ers Jed York 2009 St. Louis Rams Stan Kroenke 2010 Oakland Raiders Mark Davis and Carol Davis 2011 Cleveland Browns Jimmy Haslam 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan 2012 Tennessee Titans Estate of Bud Adams 2013 Detroit Lions Martha Ford 2014 Buffalo Bills unknown 2014 * The Packers have no primary owner but instead are run by a board of directors, led by president Mark Murphy ** Dan Rooney took over control of the Steelers when his father, Art Rooney, died. Dan and Art II own a majority share of the team of approximately 30 percent of the franchise after the Steelers ownership was restructured in 2009. *** The Colts' day-to-day operations are currently being overseen by Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Jim Irsay's daughter, while Irsay undergoes treatment following his arrest. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm [read full article]

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Who are the NFL's pillar owners now? New team leadership must fill the void (Shutdown Corner%2

In the past six months, the NFL has lost three giants — Bud Adams, William Clay Ford and, on Tuesday, Ralph Wilson — in franchise ownership. Prior to that, the Kansas City Chiefs' Lamar Hunt and the Oakland Raiders' Al Davis, two men whose names should appear in the first paragraph of the history of the league, died in the previous decade. The current group of NFL owners have been a big part of the league's success, with many of them helping navigate through the difficult lockout in the summer of 2011 and carry on with sports' most successful endeavor. These are the salad days of football. And yet there's a legacy missing. Yes, there are still members of the old guard who continue to represent the league after decades of service. Bill Bidwill became the sole owner of the Cardinals franchise in 1972, but the Bidwill family has controlled it back to the Chicago days, in 1932. The Rooney family has owned the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1933. Virginia McCaskey inherited the Chicago Bears in 1983 following the death of her father, George Halas, in 1983. Mike Brown and Jim Irsay inherited the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, and are vital links to the league's past. Pat Bowlen (Denver Broncos) and Alex Spanos (San Diego Chargers) are going on their 30th years owning their respective franchises, and the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones just celebrated his 25th year of ownership and has rebuilt an empire with his franchise. But it's clear we are in a new era of NFL ownership. Bidwill has ceded daily control to his two sons. The Steelers have changed their ownership structure in recent years, and Dan Rooney, 81, is not as involved as he once was. McCaskey is seldom seen publicly these days. Bowlen and Spanos have been out of the spotlight in recent years. Irsay's recent legal troubles cast some question on his daily involvement with the Colts while he seeks help. Jones, the Patriots' Robert Kraft, the Giants' John Mara, the Eagles' Jeffrey Lurie, the Falcons' Arthur Blank, the Ravens' Steve Bisciotti and a handful of owners who took control in the 1990s and 2000s have stepped up as NFL linchpins among the owners. But there must be more influential new blood added, too. Not just another member of the Billionaire Boys Club hoping to cash in. The timing of Wilson's death — during the NFL owners meetings — allowed his fellow compatriots to pay the proper respect en masse. This was a man, too, who often swam upstream. He was not afraid to fight for his small-market team's rights and go toe to toe with bigger and more influential owners. Wilson was one of two NFL owners to vote against the 2006 CBA because he "didn't understand it." And that was not because of a lack of intelligence — his keen sense, knowing it was a deal the owners later would regret signing, foreshadowed the lockout five years later. The league needs its mavericks just as it needs its company men, so to speak, but there's no questionthat there is a leadership question, symbolic or not. Will Jed York, Clark Hunt, Bisciotti and the other younger club owners be ready to fill the void? If not, there could be too few balancing forces to combat Jones and Daniel Snyder, who are viewed with some suspicion by fans at large. The past few new owners approved by the membership have not put their best feet forward in their first few years in control of their respective clubs. The Miami Dolphins' Stephen Ross has been saddled with losing and ugliness. The Cleveland Browns' Jimmy Haslam has had both as well, and he has a possible indictment hanging over his head with the Flying J mess. Although the Jaguars' Shad Khan is roundly respected, his team has been mired in losing in recent years, too. The Bills have no clear successor to Wilson. Adams' estate currently owns the Titans. The Panthers' Jerry Richardson, 77, has endured health probems and has no clear successor lined up, having fired both of his sons a few years back. Neither do the New Orleans Saints for when Tom Benson passes away, with Rita Benson Le Blanc perhaps not the automatic successor many assume her to be. Mark Davis appears to be rudderless in Oakland. The Chargers and Rams have pressing stadium issues and are relocation candidates.  The NFL could be entering a period of serious ownership change over the next several years, and it's clear the league already is in the midst of a transition period with several giants falling in recent seasons. Here is a list of the current NFL franchise owners and the year they took over control of their respective teams: NFL franchise Owner(s) Year taken over Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers, Inc.* 1923 Arizona Cardinals Bill Bidwill 1972 Chicago Bears Virginia (Halas) McCaskey 1983 Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen 1984 San Diego Chargers Alex Spanos 1984 New Orleans Saints Tom Benson 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney** 1988** Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones 1989 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Brown 1991 Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson awarded franchise in 1993 (inaugural season was 1995) New England Patriots Robert Kraft 1994 Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie 1994 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcolm Glazer 1995 Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay*** 1997*** Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen 1997 Houston Texans Bob McNair awarded franchise 1999 (inaugural season 2002) Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder 1999 New York Jets Woody Johnson 2000 Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank 2004 Baltimore Ravens Steve Bisciotti 2004 Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf 2005 New York Giants John Mara and Steve Tisch 2005 Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt 2006 Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross 2008 San Francisco 49ers Jed York 2009 St. Louis Rams Stan Kroenke 2010 Oakland Raiders Mark Davis and Carol Davis 2011 Cleveland Browns Jimmy Haslam 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan 2012 Tennessee Titans Estate of Bud Adams 2013 Detroit Lions Martha Ford 2014 Buffalo Bills unknown 2014 * The Packers have no primary owner but instead are run by a board of directors, led by president Mark Murphy ** Dan Rooney took over control of the Steelers when his father, Art Rooney, died. Dan and Art II own a majority share of the team of approximately 30 percent of the franchise after the Steelers ownership was restructured in 2009. *** The Colts' day-to-day operations are currently being overseen by Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Jim Irsay's daughter, while Irsay undergoes treatment following his arrest. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm [read full article]

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