Deone Bucannon, Mark Barron ushering in new era of defense

Bruce Arians coolly lists them as “moneybackers.” Jeff Fisher, ever technical, defines them as an “undersized linebacker, oversized defensive back.” By “them,” I mean hybrid defenders. And by “hybrid defenders,” I mean the wave of the future. These guys possess the physicality to meet a running back in the hole, but also the athleticism to…

Inactive Bears LB rhetorically asks media if they saw him practice

Somehow, despite every indication otherwise, Willie Young survived the Bears’ final cuts this preseason, winning a spot on the 53-man roster. Now, however, the Bears are letting off new indications that the Turk may still be summoned. On Sunday, Young was declared inactive for Chicago’s game against the Seahawks. He was a healthy scratch, as…

J.J. Watt says he agrees with teams triple-teaming him

On Sunday, the Buccaneers will attempt what many before them have failed at: Taming the beast known as J.J. Watt. The undesirable assignment falls mostly on the shoulders of right tackle Gosder Cherilus, whose nightmares likely still consist of the Texans’ superstar whipping him on the field. As the Tampa Bay Times notes, Cherilus, formerly…

Malcolm Jenkins disses Rex Ryan with Jets compliment

Fresh off their impressive upset victory over the Colts, the 2-0 Jets are, for now, the talk of the football world. Ironically, they’re winning without doing any talking, a refreshing change from when Rex Ryan was blowing enough hot air to blanket the five boroughs. According to Malcolm Jenkins, who gets his crack at Todd…