Friday, July 25, 2014

Double K’s Take: The San Francisco 49ers loaded Wide Receiving core….


                                                                                                                This year’s niners team is loaded in so many area’s from the quarterback position to the running back position, the defensive line to the amazing line backer core. But for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the wide out position. I say wide out because I am also going to include the tight ends in this article. So lets first look at the starters then I will take a look at receivers and tight ends who I think can and will make an impact this season regardless of time on the field. Now let’s look at the starting 4…


WR1 – Michael Crabtree (Drafted in 2009 by SF) (Career: 279rec 3,629yrds 22TD, 2013*: 19rec 284yrds 1TD): Crabtree came into the league as a diva and he still remains one. This wide out though has proven to be worth the trouble. When he is on the field the dynamic of the defense changes because you know that he is a threat to go to the house at any moment. He has been the target of Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman’s barbs for most of the offseason. Let’s hope that helps him develop even faster in the wide out he has the potential to be. I can see him going for over 1,000yrds if he can stay healthy and stay on the field. He is just the first of the 49ers weapons I think that will be crucial to Kapernick’s success…


WR2 – Anquan Boldin (Drafted in 2003 by ARI) (Career: 857rec 11,344yrds 65TD, 2013: 85rec 1,179yrds 7TD): Boldin is the veteran of the group and the only one that is a Super Bowl champion. When Boldin first came over from the Ravens I knew he would have impact and he did pretty much from game one until Crabtree hit the field Boldin was the number one option on most plays. He put up decent numbers in his first year with the team but I think we have yet to see what Bolding truly has to offer when he isn’t the only viable weapon on the field. This year will be that year when he can show exactly why he was a first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals 11 years ago…


WR3 – Steve Johnson (Drafted in 2008 by BUF) (Career: 301rec 3,832yrds 28TD, 2013: 52rec 597yrds 3TD): Steve Johnson is the second major addition to the wide receiving corps in the past two seasons. I think that this is the best thing that could have happened for his career. He comes to a place where he doesn’t have to be the man, all he has to do is go out there and perform. He has the talent with his 6+ foot frame and a little over 200 lbs he should be able to give most nickel corners fits when he gets out there and makes plays. Overall great addition that that will help them come playoff time as he bounces between the 2-3 spots on the depth chart…



TE1 – Vernon Davis (Drafted in 2006 by SF) (Career: 397rec 5,201yrds 53TD, 2013: 52rec 850yrds 13TD): With Vernon finally showing up at training camp this team can begin to dream. These four men will give most defenses too many targets to cover. But Vernon is pretty much the most important piece to the puzzle because he will open up things for Boldin and Crabtree. Vernon is a true deep threat and can run routs better than most of the tight ends in the NFL. When the season begins if all of these guys are healthy expect the 49ers offense to be pretty potent!!...

                                                                                                                And then there are the guys that I think will see play time and when they do they will have an impact on this team’s ability to win in the postseason. Coach Harbaugh was known for his depth with the Cardinal and I think he has built a similar team here that can win on a consistent basis. Here are a couple of the guys I think will provide that impact!!...








WR4 – Quinton Patton (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 3rec 34yrds 0TD): Patton was drafted two years ago and never really given a chance to break into the starting lineup. This year won’t be any different with three solid starters in place but he will get his chance to be on the field. I think if he can just make sure to perform well when he is on the field he will continue to get more playing time in. He is a quick and small which will allow him to be elusive and I think that he will also make a good slot rotation receiver when Johnson is tired…









WR5 – Bruce Ellington (Drafted in 2014 by SF) (Rookie): Ellington like Patton is small and quick, I don’t think he will be getting a lot of playtime this season. Where I think he will make his impact will be on special teams. This kid can make some big plays in that area and I think that will result in him getting a roster spot and developing within this offense he was a steal with where the Niners were able to get him in the draft. Let’s see if that steal will pay off with on the field and during the season…







TE2 – Vance McDonald (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 8rec 119yrds 0TD): Harbaugh used former tight end Delanie Walker a lot during the 49ers first run to the NFC Championship game. I think that Vance will fill a similar role in his second year. He is a very talented athlete who struggled in his rookie season but I think that he will have a breakout year this year and will work his way into regular rotation as the season progresses. I personally think he is capable of having a 500+ yard season if he remains productive and progressing at the same rate. So look for these three to have impact in their own ways but all will be a part of what I expect to be a successful season in 2014-15…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Warriors off season sofar…


                                                                                                                If you have been watching ESPN like everyone else you know that the Golden State Warriors have not been very loud this offseason. They have made a couple of moves that I think will help the team but they haven’t really made any huge splashes!! Well I may be wrong about that the 1st move that the Warriors made after their 1st round exit from the playoffs was firing the 1st man to take the Warriors to the playoffs in back to back seasons in over 20 years!! Mark Jackson was a great coach and he really did nothing wrong, he was a great coach and most of the roster was devoted to him. I do believe that he will find a job elsewhere in the NBA!! After that the Warriors shocked the NBA world by hiring another in experienced Head Coach in former player and GM Steve Kerr. Kerr takes the job over the Knicks job and coaching for his mentor Phil Jackson. The roster he has inherited isn’t a bad one at all but they are still trying to add pieces to make it better so let’s get into that a little bit…


Warriors are in talks to trade for the Timberwolves PF Kevin Love – This has been a ongoing thing for the past couple of months. There have been reports that the holdup is that the Warriors are unwilling to part with SG Klay Thompson in the deal and Minnesota wants him badly. I personally think you keep Thompson of the table because the thought of having a starting lineup that consist of the “Splash Brothers” Curry & Thompson, Igodala, Love and Bogut in the front court. That is a starting 5 that can have NBA Western Conference Finals, if not NBA Finals aspirations. But we have yet to see this deal come to fruition so for now all it is, is a dream. Also the LeBron James situation has pulled Loves interest to two teams and the Cavaliers have more to offer the Wolves than the Warriors so it looks like we are going to have to sit back relax and watch the cards fall…


Warriors sign G Shaun Livingston and F Brandon Rush to contracts – These two guys make sense for what the Warriors are trying to do. Rush is a former Warrior who performed well when he was with the team and to his credit is a very good defensive forward. He can come in and give Igudala a rest and allow the team not to miss a beat on the defensive end. Livingston can provide a rest for Thompson from time to time and once again not lose a beat on the defensive side of the court. But both will be critical to the bench if the Warriors are going to contend in the Western Conference. These are the 1st two new pieces to Kerr’s Warriors, lets see what he can do with them…




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double K’s Take: The LeBron James situation…

The LeBron James Situation…


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So after all the hub bub and a very long wait the prodigal son is returning to Cleveland. That’s right something that I thought was never going to happen has become fact. This offseason started out with the inevitable with Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract In New York. A little south of the Big Apple down in Miami the King made his decision to opt out of his contract with the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Now when Bosh and Wade opted out of their contracts I thought for sure that this was all part of the master plan. That LeBron and his buddies had planned this all out to save Miami some money under the cap to allow them to go after some of the top free agents that were available this summer…


                                                                                                                                                That is not what turned out to be; once again the decision was the focus of everything that I saw on ESPN. Where was LeBron going to go? (The whole time I thought for sure he was resigning maybe even taking a pay cut to bring them more help to the Heat!!) Who would follow him back to Miami or any other destination he went to? Then there were the rumors that the Cavaliers had made enough moves to have the cap space to bring him home!! (Still didn’t think it was going to happen!). Then the fateful day came and the announcement was made “LeBron James was going home, he was going back to Cleveland” (What!?!) The more disturbing part was the reaction of the Cleveland fans that a little over a year ago were still hoping that he would choke on those darn title rings he won in Miami. They somehow miraculously forgave him for everything and were ready to accept him home as the prodigal man!!...


                                                                                                                                                Now with that story told let’s look at the Cavaliers moving forward. There are rumors that the team can get all star forward Kevin Love away from the T’Wolves and that is a very scary thought. That combination of players would result in Cleveland being an instant contender for the Eastern Conference crown with the Bulls who just added former Lakers PF Pau Gasol to replace Carlo Boozer who they will most likely amnesty for salary cap reasons. Let’s not jump the gun though that trade has not been made and the roster as constituted is really young and really talented but I don’t know if they are truly ready for where LeBron can take them. I know that they are the “Vegas Favorites” to win the title in 2014-15 seasons. I personally don’t like this because I don’t have as much faith in what this young roster can do. I definitely think that this team has a lot of potential but are they championship ready? This guy here says that you have to wait for things to really be good and LeBron put them on a two year clock that might expire after a year if the King isn’t happy. I think that he is poised for a long stay in Cleveland I just don’t know how many titles are in the city with him…

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West Coast Bias: Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes wins the 2014 HR Derby, 1st back to back champ since Ken Griffey Jr (98’ & 99’)…



                                                                                                                On Monday night July 14th 2014, the world of baseball held its annual display of power as the All Stars got together for another Home Run Derby. This field included som big time HR hitters of recent memory (Jose Bautista) and up and coming guys that may be winning HR titles in years to come (Puig/Frazier). For the second year in a row though the title went to a unsuspecting young Cuban who isn’t exactly leading the league in homers. Matter of fact this young kid hadn’t hit a homer in almost his last 100 at bats!! He stumbled through the first round having to knock out his own teammate to get into the bracket round. But once in that round he hit 25 homers to take out both Adam Jones and Jose Bautista to get to the finals and pound on Todd Frazier to claim his second title in as many years. From all of us here at Double K’s Classroom CONGRATS and welcome to a exclusive club…


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Double K’s Classroom: What is a Dynasty in today’s sports game??...


                                                                                This is a question that has been asked many times in the most recent decades. So let’s take a look at a couple of recent dynasties and how they have been rated. The Lakers of the early 2000’s that was lead by a young Kobe Bryant and a veteran Shaquille O’Neal in 2000-02 this team won three championships and was about as dominant as any team I have seen in a long time. Both Shaq and Kobe were brought in via trade or free agency (Bryant: Draft day trade, O’Neal: free agency). This was not as much of a issue back then because doing what it takes to win a championship was the Lakers way. The Bulls are another dynasty that was pieced together with draft and free agency. They did draft the player that would become one of the best of all time (Jordan) and one of their best bench players (Grant). But one of the biggest acquisitions came on a draft day trade as they got forward Scottie Pippin for center Olden Polynice. This would trigger a run of at least 10 years of dominance with a 2 year break they won 6 NBA titles during that time and were consistently in competition for Eastern Conference Championships year in and year out. Even though the Bulls have seen success and have made the playoffs many times in the years since they still have never experienced that level of success again. The next two teams that I am taking a look at are the 2 teams that are both playing for another NBA Championship to add to their team’s current dynasty…


San Antonio Spurs (1st title: 1999, Last Title: 2007, Last Finals appearance: 2014): This Spurs team was built they were drafted and brought in thru free agency. The core of the team Ganobili, Parker, Duncan and Leonard all came in through the draft. But they have brought in sharp shooters like Jackson and Belonelli (SP?) to support these guys and complete the team in that way and it has lead to continued success over the past almost decade. To me that is a dynasty!!...


Miami Heat (1st title: 2006, Last Title: 2013, Last Finals appearance: 2014): The Heat are a team that is widely despised and I really don’t know why?? Yes the core of the team LeBron, Wade and Bosh all came together because of a wishful plan that played out just perfectly enough to make it happen. Despite their want to make it happen; Pat Riley is the real master mind that made this all possible. He is the one that gutted the Miami roster to allow for the cap room to get the Big 3 on the same team. The result has been 2 titles and now 4 finals trips and a possible third title on the way. I think I could live with all the hate for those results….


                                                                                 Now most people compare these two teams and say it is Build vs. Bought. I agree with the initial statement but not the implication that is gives. The thought process behind this thought is that one is better than the other; in my personal opinion both ways are just methods of obtaining the ultimate goal… a NBA Title. I could see the point against the Miami Heat if they had done anything illegal or wrong. The fact of the matter is they didn’t, many players over the years have dreamed of playing together on an all star team and some have seen that dream come true like Wade and Shaq did in their one title run. But not all the time dose it result in championships. A great example of that is the Lakers squad that consisted of for future hall of famer’s in O’Neal, Bryant, Malone and Payton. They reached the NBA Finals in their 1st year together and almost won a title but lost to a better TEAM in the Detroit Pistons. The same way that the Miami Heat reached the finals in their 1st season together and lost to a better TEAM in the Dallas Mavericks. The only difference is the fact that the Heat were able to bounce back and win the next 2 NBA Finals whereas that Lakers team flamed out after that one Finals appearance. Like I said before Weather you came together like the Spurs over time or you came together in one spectacular offseason of free agency. As long as you are winning titles that’s all that counts…right??


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Double K’s Classroom: The crowded San Francisco 49ers backfield…

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!!

                                                                                The football season is still months away but I can’t tell you how often I hear people talking about their favorite teams. My personal favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers!!! Let me tell you even with the losses in the big games it is good to be a 49ers fan right now. The team made a lot of good moves and brought in a lot of players who have the potential to make a instant impact like DB/S Jimmy Ward. But today that is not my focus; today my focus is on the stable of running backs that sit in the 49ers offensive backfield. I am going to give you my opinions on every back that sits on the current projected starting depth chart for the upcoming season. Let’s start at the back of this long line….


#4 RB LaMichael James (5’9”/195lbs, 24yo, Oregon University, 3yrs pro): This particular back has a very cloudy future when it comes to the 49ers. James has been a great team player considering he has been bottom of the totem pole for most of his career with the 49ers. Most of the 3 seasons he has spent with the team he has seen action mainly as a special teams player and returner. This is a role that he will be expected to complete again this year. I done see him breaking the top 3 and seeing much time on the field as a returner and if he continues to struggle there he may lose that job to rookie wide out and return specialist Bruce Ellington out of South Carolina. This could be James last season with the 49ers so he will have to put his best foot forward so to speak so that any potential teams scouting him can take a good look at what he has to offer…


#3 RB Kendall Hunter (5’7”/199lbs, 25yo, Oklahoma St, 4yrs pro): Hunter has been one of those backs that has played well over his draft position. I believe the 49ers picked him up in the 2nd or 3rd round and he has proven to be clutch in the Red Zone. He has also proven to be a viable backup when Frank has needed rest or has needed to take some plays off. In his 4 years with the team I think that Kendall Hunter has earned the right to remain Frank Gore’s immediate backup and though he is #3 on this particular depth chart. I expect him to take the bulk of the snaps that starter Frank Gore doesn’t get, unless Hyde just out performs him in the preseason…


#2 RB Carlos Hyde (6’0”/235lbs, 22yo, Ohio State, Rookie): Hyde is sort of the wild card of this bunch mainly because he is the exact style of back that Frank Gore is. The main difference between the two is that Hyde is a slight bit bigger than Gore is. With a six foot 200 pound frame Hyde can take a lot more punishment; he is a downhill runner who looks to find his notch late in games when Gore needs rest and he can take advantage of tired defenses which he can just bowl over. I don’t expect him to see a lot of carries early in this season but as time goes on this kid has the skill and the size to supplant another rookie on this roster looking to take over the starting position once it is relinquished via Gore retirement (because personally I think that’s the only reason the starting position will become available)…



#1 RB Frank Gore (5’9”/217lbs, 31yo, Miami (FL), 10yrs pro): Gore is a player that has been around for awhile and has earned his stripes as one of the best backs In the NFL. Frank is a stalwart and tough back who seems to get better with age. In the past 3 years under coach Harbaugh Gore has really set himself apart for backs that have been in the league as long as he has as he seems to have not lost a step in recent years. I personally think that Frank has another 3 to 5 years left in him. So whatever back does end up as his backup will have a little bit of a wait to take over this starting position and become a star…

Impact Backs (Not on the current depth chart)


RB Marcus Lattimore (5’11”/221lbs, 23yo, South Carolina, 1yr pro): Lattimore is a bit of a X Factor because he has the size and tools to take over the starting role when Gore is gone. The question is how patient is he to get his moment in the sun? Lattimore is a talented back who spent all of his rookie season on the injured list and looks to have a bit of a hill to climb to get his much deserved chance. I expect him to see a lot of snaps during the preseason and for Harbaugh to take a serious look at this investment. Though I do expect him to make the roster I don’t expect to see him much once the season starts unless one of the top 4 backs gets injured…


FB Bruce Miller (6’2”/248lbs, 26yo, Central Florida, 4yrs pro): Miller will take his rightful place as the #1 fullback he has been critical to a lot of Frank Gore’s success in recent years. This guy is a converted DE who has become one of the most solid FB in the NFL today. I don’t remember how many pro bowls he has made if any but I know this guy enjoys his position and it shows on the field…


RB Jewel Hampton (5’9”/210lbs, 25yo, Southern Illinois, 2yrs pro): Jewel Hampton is a great back and has a lot to offer any team that he plays for. The small amount of time that I have seen him in action he has performed well. Unfortunately I think that he will end up being the odd man out in this very crowded backfield. It reflects nothing on his talent its just there are only so many roster spots and I don’t see them keeping more than 5 backs maximum. They may try to sign him to the practice squad but that will be the best I see for him…


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