The early portion of the offseason is an efficient time for reflection. The season is over, free company continues to be a methods away, and the NFL draft is a pair months off.
Reasonably than diving into extra offseason stuff, I made a decision Valentine’s Day was a great day to replicate on a few of the issues I really like about soccer. There are manner too many to cowl in any cheap size, so listed here are seven that got here to thoughts:
Good edge rushers
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Watching an edge rusher go to work is extremely enjoyable. Whether or not they’re turning the nook or beating the sort out with an inside transfer, a defensive finish or exterior linebacker dominating a recreation is at all times going to make a recreation extra pleasant to look at. In an period the place offenses rule, game-wrecking go rushers degree the taking part in subject not like anybody else.
Deep throws off play motion
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There’s nothing extra thrilling for a soccer fan than a quarterback turning handy off, then whipping his head round, setting his toes, and unloading a bomb down the sphere. The receiver doesn’t even must win the play. Interceptions are equally entertaining. That preliminary arrange off play motion although is a assure that one thing cool might be coming.
2011 49ers kickoff crew
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The ‘Tony Montana’ period was impossibly enjoyable. Candlestick Park was by no means extra electrical than when Future’s ‘Tony Montana’ began bumping on the audio system and the kickoff crew began dancing on the sphere. The complete crowd would stand up, some folks would dance together with them, and it set a tone for one of many league’s finest defenses. As a 21-year-old soccer fan, there weren’t a whole lot of issues higher than this. ‘Tony Montana’ continues to be on my exercise play listing.
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There are a couple of classes of soccer celebration price noting right here.
Assume George Kittle’s first-down transfer, Terrell Davis’ Mile Excessive Salute and Dez Bryant throwing up the X. These are strikes gamers do usually, and they’re at all times good, even after they’re lame, as a result of that celebration turns into a part of that participant, and proudly owning a celebration is a cool factor.
These turned extra frequent as soon as the NFL relaxed its guidelines in opposition to celebrating touchdowns. Watching an entire crew dance or carry out some form of small play after a landing is a brand new, thrilling option to expertise touchdowns. That further 15 seconds takes nothing away from the sport and provides a enjoyable little aspect present for the viewer. Carry on plotting, landing scorers.
Trash discuss celebration
Buccaneers rookie security Antoine Winfield Jr. mastered this within the Tremendous Bowl and it’s the finest trash discuss celebration of all-time, simply edging out Terrell Owens standing on the Dallas midfield star.
The Randy Moss hand wave
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Randy Moss’ entrance into the NFL intersected completely with my love of soccer actually catching on. When he obtained even a sliver of a step on a defender, that hand went up and also you knew it was present time. Shoutout to everybody who emulated this transfer on the playground, and shoutout to Moss for having the audacity to throw that hand up on mainly each route.
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Whereas security play has been restricted immensely by the NFL’s new safety-minded guidelines, there nonetheless aren’t a whole lot of issues higher than a security lurking within the secondary prepared to put a giant hit. Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner, and Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor had been each elite duos within the NFC West within the early 2010s. They wouldn’t be capable to have the identical impression at present, nevertheless it’s nonetheless superior when a security steps in and delivers a giant, authorized hit, even when they’re much less frequent.
Editor’s notice: The ball is flying out of Steven Jackson’s arms within the above picture. In some way this was flagged as an unlawful hit which is bananas.
In-stadium vibe on large third downs
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The uptick in electrical energy when a house crew’s protection is entering into a giant third down late in a recreation is unmatched in sports activities. Particularly when it’s a great protection that the house crowd expects to make a play. Individuals stand, they get loud, and the offense is visibly pressured to take care of the noise. Then there’s that temporary breath holding because the play unfolds, after which an eruption when the protection makes a play and will get off the sphere. There’s nothing higher than this, and it’s why regardless of all of the comforts of watching a recreation at dwelling, there are particular issues in-person viewing gives that may’t be matched from the sofa.
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