Here’s how the Pittsburgh Steelers ’ past three seasons have ended: Wild-card loss to the Baltimore Ravens , divisional-round loss to the Denver Broncos , conference championship loss to the New England Patriots . Both Denver and New England went on to win the Super Bowl. If we assume that the Steelers’ success is linear, then in a year’s time they will be in their ninth Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Steelers fans, a straight line isn’t representative of the relational complexities of more than five months of football. In simpler terms: In the NFL, past success doesn’t guarantee you anything in the future. Look no further than the Carolina Panthers , who went 15-1 in 2015 and faced the aforementioned
Victor Cruz doesn't want to end up being a statistic. Cruz was released by the New York Giants on Monday. The good news is that he's been careful about his money since the start of his career. He may not be heading into retirement any time soon, but the wide receiver has been planning for it so that he won't end up broke, the way other players do. It all started with his first NFL paycheck in 2010. "Oh man. I remember holding it up into the light and making sure it was real. Kind of hiding it like is everybody else seeing this?" Cruz said. "It was definitely a moment where I knew things were different and where I had to take care of this and make sure I make this forever and ever and ever and
As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine (March 1-6), the Baltimore Ravens must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 8-8 record from last season. The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com evaluated the Ravens' roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine. The Ravens continue their search for help in the secondary, where they only wish cornerback Jimmy Smith could stay healthy. The pass rush also needs to be energized, considering the age that is affecting the unit. They also have to determine whether the running game can be built around Terrance West.