Special Teams Ace Maragos Opposes NFL Kickoff Rules Changes

Chris Maragos has become a lobbyist, or so people might assume, considering all the effort the Philadelphia Special Teams Ace is injecting into his fight against the League’s plans to change the kickoff rules once more. At this point, the NFL spread doesn’t seem so important, what with all the hullaballoo surrounding NFL coaches and their stand against league executives.

If you talk to NFL executives, they will tell you that they are simply trying to make NFL games safer, this after analyzing statistics and determining that a lot of the high-speed collisions that cause injuries manifest during the kickoff.

Maragos claims that the kickoff is hardly as chaotic as some people think and, surrounded by so many talented players, he has never felt that his safety was compromised at any time. If anything, Maragos thinks that people like competition committee member Stephen Jones of the Dallas Cowboys are the true threat; having already moved the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line a few years back, Maragos has more than had enough of the NFL’s meddling.

It has been the NFL’s goal for a while now to reduce the number of returns, which is one of the reasons why the ball will be put on the 25 rather than the 20 (though only for a trial period of one year). The NFL isn’t completely deaf to the calls of coaches. During the offseason, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino met and spoke to special teams coaches.

Whether or not the meeting (conference call) achieved its objectives, it should be noted that Blandino downplayed any rumors about the Kickoff being eliminated, admitting that it was still one of the most exciting plays of the game. Yet, the NFL’s determination to make changes cannot be ignored. Clearly, the league thinks that the kickoff is a threat. All the attention surrounding the issue of concussions in the NFL is driving executives to take action to rebrand the game of football.

For Jones, coaches and executives should stand ready to take every step possible to ensure the safety of players. At the end of the day, no matter the conversation, the safety of players should be prioritized, even if that means that players might get fewer opportunities (especially those not good enough to shine on offense or defense).  Maragos would probably disagree here, especially considering his opinions about the vital importance of kickoffs and punts as effective gateways to stardom. In support of his point, Maragos has been known to point to Delanie Walker (Tennessee tight end), his teammate in San Francisco for whom Special teams was essential to keeping him on the roster.

Another supporter of Maragos’ position, Minnesota Receiver Adam Thielen believes that the key to safety is practice. If players do what they are supposed to do on the practice field, they are less likely to make mistakes during NFL games.For Maragos, the further alteration and eventual elimination of the kickoff would be a great blow to football, removing a play that many have come to associate with the game.

 

Winning Fantasy Football Strategy

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Basics (If you’ve played for a few years, feel free to skip this section)

1. Knowledge is power. You HAVE to know your league’s settings. This is non-negotiable. Know what positions are required (2 QBs? 3 flex? No flex?), know how the scoring is broken down,  know if bonus points are awarded, etc. You can throw a wrench into your season from the very beginning by not understanding your league’s settings.

2. Do your research. You don’t need to know who has what assignment on an A-gap overload zone blitz (is that even a real thing?), but it’s important to know who the starting running back and receivers are for the Jaguars, who some of the backups are in Dallas and Philadelphia, and so on.

3. Personal touch. Make your own rankings. Yahoo!, ESPN, CBS, etc. are all going to have their own set of rankings, but yours may look a lot different — especially when you move beyond the top 30-40 or so. Your rankings will reflect your research and your strategy and will help you have an easier time during the draft.

4. Patience is a virtueDon’t be the person who jumps on a kicker or defense a round or three too early. Not only will you announce yourself as fresh meat, but you could significantly lower your team’s ceiling.

5. Fantasy football “fitbit”. Everyone wants to get his and her steps these days. Use that same mentality in fantasy football. Be active on the wire, consume information, start players who are actually starting on game day. You’ll be surprised what simply being an active owner can do for you even if you had a lackluster draft.

Advanced

1. Pitch selection. One of the most basic things you’ll hear someone say regarding draft strategy is “get as much value as possible”. That’s certainly true, but “value” is such a fluid concept in a draft. At any point, the best value may be that boring, steady vet with the established ceiling and high floor. Sometimes it’s the flashy young player with high risk but an even higher ceiling. The key is knowing when to simply move the chains and when to toss the Hail Mary. Whatever you do, try to avoid “throwaway picks”. That’s not the official term, but you know it when you see it. “Oh, it’s the 12th round, Trent Richardson and his 3.3 yards per carry will come in handy at some point, right?” No! Even late in the draft, you want to avoid wasting picks on players that you know won’t give you anything. If you’re going to take a zero anyway, you might as well swing for the fences.

2. “Last man standing”. In this day of specialization and committees, it can be difficult to sort through backfield pecking orders. It’s one thing if you know that Player A is going to handle early-down work and give way in passing situations or if Player B is a goal-line specialist, but how do you handle a situation like Cleveland or Dallas where multiple backs with similar skillsets are going to be battling for carries? Instead of guessing, just wait and pluck the second or third guy in the competition. Not only are you getting him at a cheaper price, but chances are solid that you’ll end up with the top option. You can also avoid these murky situations altogether, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to build a team without dipping into these muddled competitions.

3. Stacking. While you shouldn’t necessarily set out to draft excess depth at a position or a number of players with the same bye, you shouldn’t be afraid to build on it if that’s how your draft has unfolded. Quality depth is never a bad thing, and you can usually trade from a surplus. As far as byes are concerned, I’ll reiterate that you shouldn’t go out of your way to have all of your players on one bye week, but sacrificing one automatic loss in exchange for a higher chance at a win in several other weeks isn’t an awful trade.

Being a Good Parent

21317743653_a1870bed.jpgParenting is one of the hardest jobs to do. Just ask any parents out there. It is a responsibility that you have to do for the rest of your life and it is also the most rewarding as well. Looking at your own child with love is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. There is no greater feeling than holding your own child in your arms and taking care of it.
What is a good parent? This question seems hard to answer because the most obvious answer is not enough. Yes it is not enough that you support your child and take care of it. It is not enough that as a parent you provide for them and give them the best in life. After all, you are responsible for the growth of a human being emotionally, physically and spirituality. There are many factors that you have to do make it the best and happiest person there is.
If there is one thing that you can do as a parent is that you need to let your children express themselves.

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Parenting is indeed a very noble task. Each of us can be a parent; but not all of us can be good parents. There is no designed educational course to teach us how to be a good parent; instead it can be learned through experiences in life, honed through natural affection. Good Parenting Comes With Informed Choices

Parenting can be a very rewarding experience, but with it comes great responsibility. Parents choose to make good decisions and, by choice, become good parents. Being a good parent involves making choices consistently all along the way.By letting themselves express freely, they can find their own individuality. It can make them be the best in what they want to do and can make them unique. You can do that by even doing some simple things like letting them wear the clothes they want to wear, no matter how ridiculous those clothes are.
One example is when your child love rock and roll music. I know this type of music may be not main stream and they look absolutely ridiculous. But if it makes your children happy then by all means support them. You can buy skull baby clothes for your toddler. Don’t worry though because these clothes are made of 100% cotton so you are sure that it is safe for your kids. This is a fun way for them to dress up and to express themselves. If you want other designs you can try skull and crossbones baby clothes. These clothes would surely make your children be more creative and happier when they can wear something they want. Who knows, you might have a future rock star in the family.
It is not hard to find these types of clothes. You can check your local children’s clothing store if you want. If you want to, you can also order them online. It is actually better if you do that because you can shop at the comforts of your own home. You need to be careful though because you need to make sure that size is right and the quality of the materials as well. Stick to the site that you trust and just order clothes from them.
There’s more to it than being a parent. It is one of the most rewarding jobs that you’ll experience. Raising a child is something hard to do but if you do it the right way, they benefits you get is tremendous and you can start doing that by letting your kids express themselves freely. Try it now and you’ll see how it can affect them.