Month: November 2013

Marcus Mariota Scouting Report.

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By: James Johnson 

With two QB scouting reports under my belt, I decided to continue where I left off with yet another popular prospect who you can’t help but know of if you watch college football, and that’s Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Whether it’s been through Heisman talks or  ESPN highlights, the second year signal caller has been gaining buzz all over the world of college football, and after redshirting his freshman year, he is now one of the top two eligible QB’s for the 2014 NFL Draft.  That said, we’ll take a look at Mariota in this report and evaluate if he is as good as advertised or a gimmick.

Prospect: Marcus Mariota

College: Oregon

Class: Sophomore

Measurables: 6’4, 212 lbs.

Tapes of Choice to evaluate: The three main tapes I used for the sake of this scouting report are his games against Virginia, Washington, and Stanford, all from this year.

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Gridiron Season Ep: 14 w/ Jess Root of Revenge of the Birds.

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By: James Johnson

After coming off of the first victory of the season, Eric and I took the airwaves this week to talk some good old Cardiac Cats. We began by touching on the renovations for Everbank Field that were approved by the city of Jacksonville, and then went on to discuss a couple of the standout players in Sunday’s win against the Titans. Furthermore, we were joined by Jess Root the manager of  SB Nation’s to talk on the Jags and Cardinals match up coming up this Sunday, and then closed things up with our very own FSU blogger Vaughan Sheffey to talk on the Noles as the are three wins away from going to the national championship. So for those of you who missed it, get on it as we delivered yet another great show.

Also I wanted to apologize for the choppy audio on my end in which I’m looking into fixing.

And as usual me and the crew can be found on Twitter and are always looking for insight from our viewers, so feel free to follow myself (@IES_Don), Eric (@IES_Almightyone), and Vaughan (@Vizzle311) . Also feel free to check out Jess on and on Twitter under (@RevengeofBirds)

Podcast links.

As usual we can be found on Stitcher for our Android users. Just download the app for free at your app store and search us under Inside Edge Sports.

And also for our Apple users we are now on Itunes! You can also download our podcasts from there for free.…/id684548435

Early Look at the 2014 NFL Draft Via Google Plus.

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By: James Johnson (@IES_Don)

This Saturday I was joined by a couple fellow NFL/Collegiate Football bloggers in Hank Jones (of, Derrik Klassen (of, and Ben Natan (of to talk some 2014 draft prospects.  A couple topics we elaborated on included the QB’s (Bridgewater, Mariota, ect), WR’s (Evans, Watkins, Lee, ect), CB’s (Purifoy, Roberson, Verrett, ect), and edge rushers (Barr, Mack, ect) of this class, along with more. So far the feedback on it has been great on Twitter, and we’d like to hear more from you all. That being said, feel free to check it out and give us your thoughts.

Special thanks to Hank, Derrik, and Ben for participating as it was great to work with them. Feel free to follow them on Twitter, as all of them are some of the best around when it comes to college football prospects. We most definitely will link up in the future for more Hangouts in the future so stay tuned. 

Hank: @HankJoness

Derrik: @DraftKlassen

Ben: @BenNatan2


Gridiron Season Episode 13. Titans Talk With August West of MCM.

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By: James Johnson

After a bye week for the Jags, IES was back on the airwaves ESPN late night style!  Joining me this week was August West the host SB Nation’s Podcast (a.k.a. MCM Radio). We talks on a variety of topics ranging from the late and legendary Bud Adams, the emergence of Jake Locker, his thoughts on Titans HC Mike Muchak, and more.

Afterwards, I gave my thoughts of the recent suspension of Justin Blackmon, talked a bit on the emerging Carolina Panthers, and briefly talked on the UGA vs Florida game, as well as the Miami vs FSU game. Though I had some tech issues with Skype, I did my best to deliver for you guys. That being said feel free to comment and give us your insight.

Special thanks to August West for joining the show tonight and shout out to the crew over at . Follow both MCM and August on Twitter under @AugustWest_MCM and @TitansMCM . Also tune in to there show tomorrow on as I’ll join them around 10:00 PM EST to talk on the Jags. 

And of course you guys know where to find me on Twitter and that’s under @IES_Don .

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Kansas City Chiefs Bye Week Report.

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By: Ryan Dooley

After 9 weeks of the 2013 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0, just as you expected.  Andy Reid and Co. have been gritty, gutsy and able to win close games. Alex Smith has done what he was brought to Kansas City to do, engineer an offense without turning the ball over. Jamaal Charles is having a career year while averaging over 100 scrimmage yards per game, and the passing game has gotten a multitude of guys involved. The offense has been living in the shadow of the defense, which is currently allowing the fewest points per game in the league. The Chiefs’ pass rush has been scary this season, as they are currently leading the league with 36 sacks. Not only that, Kansas City also leads the league in turnover differential, a category that they were worst in the league in last year. If we’ve learned anything so far from the 2013 Chiefs, it’s the value of good coaching and good quarterbacks in today’s NFL. Let’s examine the Chiefs’ success so far this season.

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