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Pro Football Hall of Fame: Prepare for Big Stars, Bigger Controversy in Upcoming Voting

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 semifinalists were announced Tuesday night, and we can make this prediction: It’s going to be a year of large stars and large controversy.

The category of 27 semifinalists will be whittled to 15 in a opinion by a 48 Hall of Fame selectors in a entrance weeks. Of those 15, a limit of 5 modern-era players and coaches can be enshrined when a Hall’s Class of 2018 is voted on in Minneapolis on Feb. 3.

The headlines from a recover of 27 modern-era finalists:

• Ray Lewis and Randy Moss demeanour like thatch for choosing in 2018. There are no others. Lewis is easy. Some of we will say, Why is Moss a close and Terrell Owens behind him? I’ll give we my thought—and keep in mind I’m usually one voter of a 48 on a Hall panel. Randy Moss is a many consistently electric downfield hazard in this wideout-dominating epoch of pro football. He’ll justly get dinged for spasmodic dogging it, that is indefensible. But his talent over 14 seasons, and his 166 receiving TDs (regular deteriorate and playoffs), are undeniable. His 23-TD deteriorate with Tom Brady in 2007 might be a biggest deteriorate a far-reaching receiver ever had. we have voted for Owens in a past, and will expected opinion for him on a cut from 15 to 10. we consider he belongs in a Hall, notwithstanding his disruptive organisation traits. we usually like Moss more.

• Knocking on a doorway … I consider an descent lineman from a peculiarity organisation will make it, quite after Terrell Davis with his brief career done it final year. Tony Boselli was as good during his position as Davis, and he was as good dual years longer. Guard Steve Hutchinson (five-time first-team all-pro in 12 years) has a good shot too, as does ensure Alan Faneca. Linebacker Brian Urlacher, Owens, cornerbacks Ty Law and Ronde Barber, safeties Brian Dawkins and John Lynch. I’ve named 11 players in these dual paragraphs, and usually 5 can make it.  

• No quarterbacks on a list. Only dual modern-era passers (Brett Favre, Kurt Warner) have done a Hall in a past 11 years. It could be that a subsequent 3 classes will be quarterback-free as well. Odds are that a subsequent quarterback, Peyton Manning, will be enshrined in his initial year eligible, 2021. Bypassed this year in his final year of modern-era eligibility: Phil Simms.

• Defensive backs get their due. The Hall has prolonged been light on safeties, and there will be 4 of them (new: LeRoy Butler) and 3 corners behest for a mark in a final 15. Everson Walls is a constrained claimant in his final year of modern-era eligibility. He’s a usually cornerback in story to lead a NFL in interceptions 3 times; he’s got some-more picks than Deion Sanders and Darrell Green. Ty Law, who could be a large riser this year, and first-timer Barber should be thatch for a final 15.

 I’ve prolonged felt we need to hear new cases in a voting room, and I’m rooting for during slightest one of a 4 new semifinalists to make it. Walls, many notably. But Butler had an model career, as did a other dual newbies, pass-rushers Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice. The approach a complement works—the 15 finalists have their candidacies debated in a room, and a list is cut down to 10, and afterwards to five, and a 48 electorate opinion approval or negative on those five. So if we aren’t one of a 15, you’re out of luck; your box doesn’t get debated. This is a initial time for these 4 players, and it might be their last. Justice would be one or some-more creation a final 15. O’Neil and Rice, though, could cancel any out. Each had widespread seven-year stretches of play a decade apart: O’Neal with 86 sacks, and Rice with 91.5. With such foe for a final 15, how do we select one over a other?

My theory during a Class of 2018:

1. Ray Lewis. No debate.

2. Randy Moss. The usually strike will be his occasional miss of effort, and it positively should be a strike to be questioned. we don’t consider it’ll be adequate to keep him out.

3. Tony Boselli. Terrell Davis: 78 games. Boselli: 91. One Boselli diversion that we lonesome is burnt on my brain: Week 2, 1998, Derrick Thomas entrance off a six-sack mauling of a Seahawks in Week 1. we lonesome it for SI, only to see this matchup of one of a game’s dual best pass-rushers (along with Bruce Smith) contra a man we suspicion was a best left tackle in a game, Boselli, head-to-head. Thomas never overwhelmed Jags quarterback Mark Brunell all day. He done one solo tackle–on a other side of a margin from left tackle Boselli. Boselli’s got my vote.

4. Brian Urlacher. Brain core and game-dictator for Chicago.

5. Flippa Coin. we truly can’t predict. Law wouldn’t warn me. Dawkins and Barber are worthy.

I contend this before and after many meetings: I’d opinion for some-more than 5 if it were an adult or down opinion on a final 15. Many more. we demeanour brazen to a debates heading adult to a cutdown to 15, and afterwards on Feb. 3.

Send me your reasoned and reasoning cases, no some-more than 150 difference … to talkback@themmqb.com … and I’ll use them in a destiny column. Thanks. Now for your email…

Peter, we see your pro-SkyCam point, though in retreat order. The SkyCam is good for a second look, not for a initial one. SkyCam gives me a feeling of vertigo. And it doesn’t demeanour real: it looks like a video game, that is about as distant for me from a bizarre beauty of NFL football as we can get. I’ve been examination normal mode given a 1950s, as good as attending games in several cities. To me, SkyCam is gimmicky.
—Tim B.

I honour your view, Tim. We can remonstrate on this. The approach we feel, basically, is that there are 267 football games in a pro football season, including playoffs, and a occasional examination is fun. we adore to see a diversion from a quarterback’s perspective, as a play is developing, given we can think, If this is me, I’d chuck it over here. Or wherever. The one thing that wasn’t cool: we didn’t like a corner rushers disintegrating to a outward of a tackles occasionally; we need to be means to see them all a time if you’re going to decider a approach a quarterback feels, and how most time he has to make a decision.

Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 62-yard margin idea during a finish of a initial half of a Pats-Raiders diversion in Mexico. The flog strike a behind of a concealment and seemed like it would have been good from another 10 yards during least. The record for longest margin idea in NFL story belongs to Matt Prater who kicked a 64-yarder in Denver in 2013, in a track that affords kickers an astray advantage due to a altitude. Estadio Azteca sits scarcely 2,000 feet aloft in terms of betterment than Mile High Stadium, providing kickers an even larger advantage. Had Gostkowski broken (or shattered) a record, would there have speak of fixation an asterisk subsequent to a record?
—Chris, Stamford, Conn.

Good question, Chris. we doubt it. Plus, we consider if a altitude in Denver was such a outrageous advantage, there would be some-more than dual 60-plus-yard margin goals in Denver in a 58-year story of a franchise.

One of a astray things about football is that if a decent pass goes off or by a wideout’s hands and a other organisation catches it, a interception goes opposite a quarterback. By approach of analogy, in baseball, when a round goes by a catcher, it is ruled by a central scorer as possibly a furious pitch, that goes opposite a pitcher, or as a upheld ball, that goes opposite a catcher. Isn’t it time for a NFL to do a identical thing with interceptions, rather than putting them all on a quarterback?
—Lawrence J., Rochester, N.Y.

You’re saying, we take it, that given dual of a Nathan Peterman interceptions were sloping by another actor before nestling into a Charger’s hands, usually 3 of a interceptions should be reserved to Peterman. (I’m presumption that’s what we think, anyway.) Two reasons given we can’t see a stat changing: Let’s contend we change a interception-designation now. Do we pull a line between all interception stats starting now and a years before, given a stats, presumably, would be deflated with fewer quarterback-assigned picks going forward? And then, what of sloping touchdown catches … do we change a assignment of an touchdown if a round was tipped? If not, given change an interception and not change a touchdown?

Bueller here. Denver fans have now seen during slightest dual 100-yard interception earnings that weren’t touchdowns. Both were during home and on a same side of a field. In a 2005 AFC local playoff diversion opposite a Patriots, a good Champ Bailey intercepted a good Tom Brady in the end zone and raced down a sideline. It looked like an easy score, though Bailey ran out of steam and a bubbling Benjamin Watson bloody him out during a 1. Wacky things always seems to occur in Denver.
—Chris, Vancouver

Chris, you’re one of 6 people to tell me what an simpleton we am for forgetful that one. My apologies for not recalling a good play by Watson.

I done a choice final night to tongue-tied a diversion and watch your whole session with Jason Witten and his Monday regimen. we done a good choice and it non-stop adult an different universe to me. I’m a former marathon curtain (thank you, synthetic hips!) and we consternation if we would still be putting in a miles or though additional hardware in my physique if we had practical identical techniques years ago. You asked a right questions of Witten and a organisation aiding him and a scholarship and record accessible to athletes is a bit mind-boggling. But if I’m an owners and investing money to protection a actor produces over a prolonged term, we improved deposit as good in this support organisation and procedures. Witten impressed me; we strike a internet to excavate into his credentials and it’s engaging to contend a least. Well-spoken, committed to charge family man who takes his work seriously. Did we ask a doubt about CTE and we consternation what his response was or could have been?

Also, we was a bit doubtful this year with a enlargement of a mainstay and writers as we suspicion we’d remove a pivotal part that drew me to a mainstay in a initial place—your writing. You continue to yield peculiarity pieces of your choice while enabling other efficient staff to step adult to yield as well.  Please continue a superb columns! Thanks.
—Chuck L.

Wow. Thank you, Chuck. And interjection for a good email. To be clear, this was a story we did for NBC; a network was kind adequate to let my send it out from my Twitter comment and in my Monday column. I’m propitious that both NBC and SI give me a possibility to work on these stories. we did ask about CTE, and he’s concerned. He usually loves a diversion so most and he’s one of those players peaceful to take a risk while being intelligent about conduct trauma. we trust if he thinks he was holding too many conduct hits that he’d get out.

I’m repelled by a miss of coverage on a (7-2) Vikings personification a (7-2) Rams by both we and a inhabitant media. Obviously a bigger markets make for bigger stories, though that lead in on a (3-6) Chargers violence a (5-4) Bills, who were starting a QB that was in so distant over his conduct that he couldn’t see a light of day, was disappointing. If it was a (7-2) Patriots personification a (7-2) Steelers, a NFL news universe would have been all over this. We never would have listened a finish of a previews, or a post-game analysis. But dual NFC juggernauts who both hadn’t mislaid given Canadian Thanksgiving is fundamentally forgotten?

Thanks for a input, Brett. we frequency write dual weeks in a quarrel with a same team, and we wrote 775 difference a prior Monday on Case Keenum and a win in Washington.

Situations are frequency a same, though Mike Zimmer should follow Jimmy Johnson’s example. In 1991 with Troy Aikman hurt, a organisation won their final 5 with Steve Beurlein and a playoff diversion even when Aikman was accessible to play. While Teddy Bridgewater might be a future, a benefaction suggests adhering with what’s working, and that’s Case Keenum.​
—Mark P.

I agree. The destiny is Bridgewater, and it might be Bridgewater before a finish of a season. But it’s not time to disaster with success, with 6 wins in a row, and a journeyman quarterback personification a best football he’s played in a NFL.

Jay Cutler … Last-place offense with what on paper looks like a lot of weapons. Brett Hundley … Can’t even put 3 points on a house Sunday during home. Blake Bortles … Struggles to kick a Browns with a best D in a joining behind him. When a players we have are this poor, a comment ‘Colin Kaepernick doesn’t fit my scheme’ is possibly a manager descending on a sword for an owners who wants to defend a collusion or a manager revelation he is not intelligent adequate or artistic adequate to effectively use a actor with some-more skill/ability/talent than what he has on his roster.

You get no evidence from me on that. Teams are fearful of angering their fan bases if they pointer Kaepernick. They should be disturbed about angering their fan bases by promulgation out a slew of crappy quarterbacks.

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