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Old 08-12-2013, 09:11 AM    (permalink
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What if the Jaguars don't fire Tom Coughlin?
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What if Tim Tebow is actually right-handed?
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What if the tuck rule never existed ? Then obviously the Oakland Raiders win the Snow Bowl against the Pats in 2001.

Do the Raiders go on and win the Superbowl ? Or would it have been the Steelers or the Rams ? If the Raiders win that Superbowl, then they keep Jon Gruden and don't trade him to the Bucs. So, do the Bucs still win the following Superbowl ? If it's not the Bucs, maybe the Eagles win it, changing forever the legacies of Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid ? Or... it could have been Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders, who win the Superbowl two years in a row, which would make Rich Gannon and Jon Gruden football legends.

Besides, what happen to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ? Do they still go on and become a dynasty ?
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What if the Miami Dolphins didn't mess up about Drew Brees' shoulder and sign him? Would Brees still developped into the QB he now is? Would the Dolphins have challenged for a Superbowl? Would Nick Saban still be in the NFL? What would happen with New Orleans and Sean Payton?
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What if San Diego and Atlanta didn't swap picks in 2001?

Would Vick be a Charger, with LaDainian a Falcon?

This one always seemed to bother me.
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What if the Jags signed Tebow would they be play off contenders ?
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What if San Diego and Atlanta didn't swap picks in 2001?

Would Vick be a Charger, with LaDainian a Falcon?

This one always seemed to bother me.
That trade worked perfectly for San Diego as they were able to get Drew Brees in Round 2 making it 2 HOFers for one HOF talent at the end of the day. Had San Diego kept the pick I would guess they would have looked at either Lamont Jordan, Travis Henry, or Anthony Thomas in that slot. Who knows they could have ended up with Chad Johnson to have paired with Michael Vick.

The Second Round in 2001 was amazing as it has produced 10 Pro Bowl caliber players.
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What if San Diego and Atlanta didn't swap picks in 2001?

Would Vick be a Charger, with LaDainian a Falcon?

This one always seemed to bother me.
I doubt it. SD may have traded down with someone else if not Atlanta.
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I doubt it. SD may have traded down with someone else if not Atlanta.
Nobody else wanted it IIRC
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I doubt it. SD may have traded down with someone else if not Atlanta.
Looking back it is hard to fathom how bad the 2000 San Diego Chargers really were, especially on offense. Their best player on offense was WR Jeff Graham with WR Curtis Conway and TE Freddie Jones being the only other skill players with more than 700 yards of offense. At QB they were coming off the Ryan Leaf disaster and had a 37 year old Jim Harbaugh as his backup that year (on retrospect they should have just made him the coach then).
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What if the Music City Nightmare never happened??

Would the Bills have made the run to the Super Bowl instead?? I know it is hard imagine now because it has been so long since we had a solid all around team, but the Bills were damn good that year. I know Wiley has said that robbed him of his Super Bowl shot in his career.
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What if the Music City Nightmare never happened??

Would the Bills have made the run to the Super Bowl instead?? I know it is hard imagine now because it has been so long since we had a solid all around team, but the Bills were damn good that year. I know Wiley has said that robbed him of his Super Bowl shot in his career.
The game with Indianapolis would have been interesting seeing as they were just coming off a 31-6 win over them in Week 17. I don't think they would have beaten Jacksonville after that though in the AFC CG.
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What if Peyton was fighting dogs instead of Mike Vick?
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What if San Diego and Atlanta didn't swap picks in 2001?

Would Vick be a Charger, with LaDainian a Falcon?

This one always seemed to bother me.
Dan Reeves made it clear the Falcons would take "one of the big tackles" if they didn't trade up for Vick. The tackles he was talking about were Leonard Davis and Kenyatta Walker. Davis was taking #2, so it would have been Walker. That question was asked during the post-Draft news conference that year.
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My last post brought me to another thought...have teammates ever been inducted to the Hall in the same year?

Darrell Green and Art Monk - 2008 (Redskins)
Marcus Allen and James Lofton - 2003 (two seasons with the Raiders)
Jack Youngblood and Jackie Slater - 2001 (Rams)
Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana - 2000 (49ers)

Tony Dorsett, Randy White and Jackie Smith - 1994 (Cowboys)
* Smith was a Cowboy and teammate of Dorsett/White for one season in 1978.

Steelers duos in consecutive years:
Jack Lambert and Franco Harris - 1990
Terry Bradshaw and Mel Blount -1989

Larry Csonka and Jim Langer - 1987 (Dolphins)
Raymond Berry and Jim Parker - 1973 (Colts)
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What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt by Bryan Cox?

BAM, the best "What-if" scenario there is. This is the biggest thing that would reshape the NFL as we know it today and for the past decade.
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Two scenarios from the 1989 draft:

1. What if the Packers drafted Barry Sanders instead of Tony Mandarich? Who do the Lions take instead? Mandarich, Thomas or Deion? How many titles do the Pack win with Favre, Barry and Reggie?

2. The Packers won their last two games of the 1988 season to hand the top pick in the draft to Dallas. The Packers probably take Troy Aikman 1st overall and Mandarich goes to the Cowboys instead. That means there's no trade for Brett Favre in 1992. Favre then continues to be stuck on the bench in Atlanta, where he didn't exactly endear himself to the Falcons coaching staff, and possibly fades away. The Cowboys end up with Steve Walsh as their starting QB instead of Aikman. Dallas picked Walsh in the 1989 Supplemental draft.
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I've always been afraid that if the Packers had taken Barry over Mandarich, the team would have improved too much, Infante and Braatz would have kept their jobs for a couple years longer, and we'd have missed out on Wolf/Holmgren/Favre.
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As related to Brett Favre, what if Don Majowski (sp) never gets hurt?
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Two scenarios from the 1989 draft:

1. What if the Packers drafted Barry Sanders instead of Tony Mandarich? Who do the Lions take instead? Mandarich, Thomas or Deion? How many titles do the Pack win with Favre, Barry and Reggie?
This is the problem with these scenarios, IF the packers had drafted Barry, maybe they end up winning more games, takes pressure off the QB and he plays better. Therefore, Favre never becomes a packer.

We like to assume "if the Lions had taken Andre they still would have take CJ' but that's really not the case.

IF the packers had taken Barry, they probably wouldn't have ended up with Favre
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What if Jerry Jones didn't force Jimmy Johnson out of Dallas?
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Two scenarios from the 1989 draft:

1. What if the Packers drafted Barry Sanders instead of Tony Mandarich? Who do the Lions take instead? Mandarich, Thomas or Deion? How many titles do the Pack win with Favre, Barry and Reggie?

2. The Packers won their last two games of the 1988 season to hand the top pick in the draft to Dallas. The Packers probably take Troy Aikman 1st overall and Mandarich goes to the Cowboys instead. That means there's no trade for Brett Favre in 1992. Favre then continues to be stuck on the bench in Atlanta, where he didn't exactly endear himself to the Falcons coaching staff, and possibly fades away. The Cowboys end up with Steve Walsh as their starting QB instead of Aikman. Dallas picked Walsh in the 1989 Supplemental draft.
Well, to sum up Barry Sanders and the Packers...

-Barry joins a Green Bay squad that goes into the '89 season with a lackluster offense overall, but a frisky defense on the other side of the ball. However, Don Majikowski exceeds all expectations and turns what promised to be a one-dimensional attack into a much more versatile unit. The 'Cardiac' Pack as they became to be known would still invoke numerous down-to-the-wire finishes through the season, and much like real life, would juuuuust miss the playoffs. Barry's contributions are far greater than any real Packer did in the backfield (Brent Fullwood was the starting Fullback that year, gained 800 yards, and made the Pro Bowl as the best Packer runner).

-Barry's impact is much greater in '90 because of Majikowski's contract holdout and subsequent 'returning to form', which essentially downgraded the team in real life because the ground game all but flatlined (the top rusher would gain just 300-plus yards in the season). But his biggest sneak benefit may occur in a game against Arizona late in the season (in real life, the 6-6 Packers lost virtually all of their potential when Don Majikowski was flushed out of the pocket and injured his shoulder while being sacked, said injury ruining his arm strength. The reason this injury is potentially erased is because of the blocker who couldn't contain the defender who injured Majikowski- namely, Tony Mandarich). With a still healthy Majikowski alongside Barry, the Packers likely come within a step or two of the playoffs AGAIN. I think maybe a 9-7 record, perhaps 10-6 with a maybe chance of advancing.

-The real impact is in the '91 NFL Draft. In real life, Green Bay held a top ten selection, but traded down into the mid first in order to acquire a cornerback named Vinnie Clark. In return, they also got a 1st round pick in the '92 draft. This is important, because that same pick was the one Green Bay traded to Atlanta to get Brett Favre.

In short, a healthy Don Majikowski- Sterling Sharpe connection, a multidimensional offense (though to be fair, Lindy Infante's system was derided for being pedestrian and predictable) behind an offensive line that could've compared to what Detroit had, and on the other side of the ball, a defense that has a punchers chance of being top-notch on any given sunday. And in all likelihood, no Ron Wolf, no Mike Holmgren, no Brett Favre. Maybe not even any Reggie White.

I also don't see any Super Bowls, but you would think Green Bay would be a frequent contender year-by-year, which was still a lot better than what was had during the 80's.
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What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt by Bryan Cox?

BAM, the best "What-if" scenario there is. This is the biggest thing that would reshape the NFL as we know it today and for the past decade.
It was Mo Lewis and I came in here to post that very "What if". Does Brady ever get a chance if Bledsoe doesn't get hurt? Does he get a chance with a different team?

I 100% agree with you. It really does reshape the NFL as we know it today.
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