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Gridiron Season Episode 11: Jags Talks With Odom and 49ers Talk With Ryan.

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By: James Johnson (@IES_Don)

After having the week off, Gridiron Season returned and was back in full effect. This week I recapped the Jaguars and Chargers games with our very own Jonathan Odom who was in attendance at Sunday’s game. We talked on multiple subjects in the process like Chad Henne’s performance so far, the promise the Jags WR core has shown, the futures of both MJD and Marcedes Lewis, along with more. It’s a must listen for those of you who have been interested in hearing the voices behind the IES team besides myself, Eric, and Phil.

Next, I went into talks with Ryan Sakamoto of Ninerfans.com on his team in the San Francisco  49ers. We talked on their offensive stars in Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis, as well as their stars on defense in Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Ryan also gave us his take on the competitive NFC West, his predictions on who the 49ers could face in the Super Bowl and more! Check it out as he joined me at the 31:42 mark, up until the 60:00 mark in the podcast!

Special thanks to both Jonathan and Ryan for joining me this week, and look for us to work with them in the future on IES Radio!

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IES Top 100 NFL Players of 2012-13. (39-30)

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By: James Johnson

As we all know, today’s NFL has evolved into a very pass-happy league. That said, to be among the best you need a solid aerial attack and a solid pass-rush to counter those with solid aerial attacks. I find it no coincidence that the remainder of the countdown is loaded with quarterbacks, pass catchers (WR’s/TE’s), and pass rushers (DE’s/OLB’s). Why? Because as I said, this league is one built around the pass, so it only makes sense that the best players in the NFL are those who affect the pass frequently. That couldn’t be more evident in this edition of IES Top 100 as we have a trio of tight ends making the countdown alongside a pair of WR’s, and edge rushers just to name a few. Find out just who they are in this week edition of IES Top 100 NFL Players of 2012-13.
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IES Top 100 of 2012-13. (49-40)

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We’re back with yet another edition of IES Top 100! From here on out things should get a little more interesting (not that they weren’t before ) as we are now heading into who I believe are the top 50 players in the league. This week on the countdown we have a trio of San Francisco 49ers and a trio of Chicago Bears featured. You might also take to note of the defensive line dominating the countdown this week taking 4 of the 10 spots. So just who are they? Well, I won’t keep you waiting–here are the latest entrants in our top 100 countdown. Read the rest of this entry »

IES Presents: Gridiron Season.

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By: James Johnson

For those of you who follow our Facebook group page and Twitter, you all know that I’ve been working hard on the side with our podcast. It’s been a while since our last one due to our schedules outside of the site, but when we were on IES Radio the stats were great, and we’d like to thank you all for that.

Being that IES was so well received (according to our stats archive at least), I began thinking of ways we could make IES Radio better. I then came up with the idea to do a weekly football show with a guest each week. As you all know it will mostly be about the Jags and their upcoming season, but we’ll also sprinkle in some college football and talk other sports as well. Throughout the weekly process I’ll have on a guest (ranging from  bloggers,writers, site managers, podcasters, radio personalities, etc) who covers each of the Jags’ regular season opponents. I really worked hard to reach out to our guests and believe that you all will enjoy what we have to offer this football season. I always thought it woud be interesting to have everyday people like myself and our listeners give their take and share their knowledge of their favorite team with us. I don’t know how we’ll work out the specific dates and times with our scheduling, but I will certainly do my best to keep this up for the season. As you all know, I’ll have fellow IES managers Eric and Gage join me as co-hosts when they can, and I’ll be possibly reaching out to a few others to co-host as well. With all that said I present to you the IES guest list for Gridiron Season!

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IES Top 100 Players of 2012-13 (79-70)

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Ever heard someone say “offensive lineman don’t get any credit in the NFL”? Or have you heard the classic “NFL players start to decline after the age of 30”? Well, you wouldn’t think that’s the case by looking at this week’s top 100 from IES. Three of this week’s players are offensive linemen, and three are 30 years of age or older. There is also a mix of young players on this list, so strap up as I introduce to you players number 79-70 in this edition of IES’s top 100.
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IES Top 100 Players of 2012-13 (89-80).

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As you all know, last week IES began its listing of the NFL’s top 100 players. We got great feedback for players 100-90 and would like to thank all of our readers. That said, the controversy continues this week with numbers 89-80. If you noticed, for this portion of our listing I piggy-backed off the listing of Pete Prisco at the end. I did so because I felt it was the right way to compare three specific rookies who took the league by storm. I hoped it would help our readers to better understand why I ranked them as I did. So without further ado, here’s this week’s listing of players 89-80. Read the rest of this entry »

IES Top 100 Players of 2013. (#100-90)

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I’m sure by now you’ve all seen at least one episode of the interesting (yet controversial) NFL Network show, NFL Top 100. What started in 2011 has since become a big hit with both those who agree with the show’s rankings and those who disagree, like myself. The NFL Top 100 has also been a controversial hit in the world of sports journalism as many analysts have begun to make their own top 100 lists to compare with NFL Network’s. Count IES in; I’m joining the party with my own list. For the record, as I’ve said, I do not to use the actual show as a guideline because I feel it’s a bit misleading. However, I use a mix of my personal knowledge alongside the opinions of other analysts who study film. Another good source I use is that of Profootballfocus.com as you’ll see in my summaries. Lastly, you’ll notice that I gravitated more towards players who played a majority of the season. Now enough of the babbling, let’s get into IES’s first ever top 100 NFL players list.

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