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I never saw the potential that you guys did in Langford........ even as a no.2 he was average at best imo.  I wish him the best but I think we dodged a huge bullet when they drafted Howard cause all hope was on his shoulders at that point if not for Howard stepping up the way he did.  Next in line was the damp dream and that was a damn sorry ass backfield.

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I never saw the potential that you guys did in Langford........ even as a no.2 he was average at best imo.  I wish him the best but I think we dodged a huge bullet when they drafted Howard cause all hope was on his shoulders at that point if not for Howard stepping up the way he did.  Next in line was the damp dream and that was a damn sorry ass backfield.

You may be right after all! It may not have been the potential of Langford that made the Bears move on from Forte, but that they foresaw Matt's huge drop-off in production and the rise of his injury problems.

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I never saw the potential that you guys did in Langford........ even as a no.2 he was average at best imo.  I wish him the best but I think we dodged a huge bullet when they drafted Howard cause all hope was on his shoulders at that point if not for Howard stepping up the way he did.  Next in line was the damp dream and that was a damn sorry ass backfield.

forsaw.... Matt's huge drop-off in production and the rise of his injury problems.

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Former Bears & Patriots LB Shea McClellin Takes Job As High School LBs Coach
 

http://nfltraderumors.co/former-bears-patriots-lb-shea-mcclellin-takes-job-high-school-lbs-coach/

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Former Bears & Patriots LB Shea McClellin Takes Job As High School LBs Coach
 

http://nfltraderumors.co/former-bears-patriots-lb-shea-mcclellin-takes-job-high-school-lbs-coach/

So now we can truly call him a first round bust......already out of the league. What a reach this guy turned out to be. This is why Emery is out too.

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Former Titans and Bears returner Marc Mariani goes from free agent to Nashville real estate agent

Mike Organ, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee Published 9:00 a.m. CT May 17, 2018 | Updated 10:24 p.m. CT May 18, 2018

Eager to begin the next chapter in his life, former Titan Marc Mariani returned to Nashville earlier this year after retiring from the NFL.

He could hardly wait to find an occupational field where his skills fit best.

It didn't take long, however, for Mariani to find out that his game plan needed some major adjustments.

"I sat down with my wife (Carly) and the people closest to me and thought, 'OK, what do we want to do?'" Mariani said. "I looked around and nobody was requiring the skills of reading defenses or running away from people anymore. So I thought, 'Shoot, I've got to learn something else or I'm going to get swallowed alive.'"

Getting a defender to buy a fake to escape a tackle may not come in as handy as it once did, but selling a client on a piece of property in Nashville's sizzling hot real estate market appealed to Mariani.

That's why he is tackling a new career. Mariani's gone from being re-signed by the Titans as free agent in 2016 to becoming an agent for Village Real Estate, which has offices in Nashville and Franklin.

He purchased his first condominium here, flipped a house, purchased some short-term rental properties and eventually bought a home.

"As I started letting the dust settle and thinking about what life after football looked like, jumping into real estate and learning the trade really fit what I wanted to do," Mariani said. "I love people, I love interacting with people, I love building relationships, I love networking, I love getting out in the community, and all those things fell into place at the right time."

Mariani was a Pro Bowl kick returner as a rookie. He had a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD, an 87-yard punt return for a TD and set the franchise record for most total return yards on punts and kickoffs (1,859) in 2010.

The following year he had a 79-yard punt return for a TD and ranked in the top 10 in the AFC in average punt and kickoff return yards.

But Mariani may be most remembered for the gruesome injury he suffered on a punt return against Arizona in the 2012 preseason. He broke his left leg in two places. It was so bad that his teammates warned him not to look down at his leg.

After spending two seasons with the Chicago Bears, Mariani returned to the Titans in 2016.

The Marianis spent 2017 in California where Marc continued to train hoping to be picked up again on the free agent market. That didn't happen and they moved back to Nashville earlier this year. 

Finding an occupation that provided the same highs Mariani experienced during his football career was a challenge. He looked into selling insurance and even considered getting involved in Nashville's music industry. 

"Any industry in this city is going crazy right now," Mariani said. "Nashville is as hot as it gets in this country and that's an exciting part, too. To be in the middle of all that and to be around such a vibrant, energetic place was a big part of it. I just knew, the deals that we've been doing off the field for the past few years, that real estate was a great fit and something I would be passionate about."

Carly, who played volleyball at SMU and graduated with a degree in advertising, is joining her husband in the new venture.

"Real estate is in both of our DNA; both of our families have properties, commercial and residential and all sorts of stuff," Mariani said. "As I started down this path, she kind of caught the bug as well. She got her license, hung her license with Village and we are going to be a team out there jumping in head first."

Mariani is not the only NFL veteran at Village. Audie Cole, a linebacker for the Vikings (2012-16), joined the agency in March.

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Shea McClellin prepared to move on with life after NFL

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 29, 2018, 6:09 AM EDT

Shea McClellin has suffered five documented concussions, and he’s at peace with the fact he might never play again.

But such is the lure of the NFL that he won’t completely close the door.

McClellin told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com that he’s content with coaching high school football in Idaho, but is still willing to listen to offers.

“I’m still staying ready, still working out,” he said. “I’ve learned to never say never, there’s always a chance that I could still play again, but for now all my focus is on coaching high school.”

McClellin, 28, spent last year on injured reserve. He attempted to come back during a two-week window of practice, but said the lingering effects of the concussion returned.

“It’s difficult whenever you get an injury that holds you out, when you kind of feel like you’re good and then find out you’re not. It’s always tough,” he said. “I think it was just over time, it wasn’t just one thing. I’ve had five documented concussions, and probably more than that which aren’t documented. It was just residual effects that I couldn’t overcome, which is unfortunate. But sometimes that’s the way it plays out and you just have to deal with it. . . .

“I was feeling good, but unfortunately had more residual effects from concussions. It’s something they can’t clear you for. That’s the way it is nowadays, they’re tough on concussion things. It’s difficult, but I got through it. One thing I’d say, they handled it like they should have. I’m not upset with them, they’re not upset with me, it’s just the way it is. They handled it perfectly.”

The former Bears first-rounder spent his last two seasons with the Patriots, helping them to a Super Bowl win two years ago. The Patriots released him in March with a year left on his contract.

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Coach Blur!

I will never forget him crushing Aaron Rodgers in Lambaeu! HaHa, Good times!

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Coach Blur!

I will never forget him crushing Aaron Rodgers in Lambaeu! HaHa, Good times!

I will eventually forget I'm sure, but for now I remember clearly exactly where I was at the time.  I happened to be in a  pub on the Wharf in a small port in Alaska on the way to Skagway.  Before it started not a soul there cared so they agreed to set the only tv they had to the game. The locals n I got to talking and they were asking about why I'm a Bears fan n all and by half time every person in that bar including the tender and cook were honorary Bears fans for at least that night........... We had a hell of a time and they cheered and hooted and high fived like they had been Bears fans all their lives.

 

Good times indeed.

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Corey Graham would like to continue playing

Posted by Josh Alper on June 15, 2018, 2:50 PM EDT

Among the players receiving their Super Bowl rings in Philadelphia on Thursday night was veteran defensive back Corey Graham.

Graham played 84 percent of the defensive snaps for the Eagles in their 41-33 victory over the Patriots, but has not signed with anyone since becoming a free agent at the start of the new league year in March. Graham, who turns 33 next month, told Bo Wulf of The Athletic that he’d be open to changing that.

“Oh yeah, I’ll play at some point if I’m feeling good, obviously I’ll go out there,” Graham said. “But when the time comes, we’ll sit down and talk and decide what we’re going to do.”

Graham was also asked about returning to the Eagles and said he loved his time with the team during a “special year,” but doesn’t know if that will be a possibility.

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