Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beyond the Yards launches Kickstarter to get to Gridiron Bowl V


The men behind the Beyond the Yards (BTY) video and audio podcast have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them reach Gridiron Bowl V in Memphis, Tennessee. BTY is a new show that started earlier this summer to bring increased exposure to the Gridiron Developmental Football League.

The GDFL has been around since 2010, but they are just starting to truly get off the ground. Their mission statement says they aim to "bring affordable family entertainment to fans across America," but their ultimate goal is much loftier.

With 41 total teams, the GDFL is striving to become a developmental league for the NFL. In September, the league will host its fifth annual championship game, the Gridiron Bowl.

Behind the scenes, Beyond the Yards has been following the GDFL and their top teams for quite some time. In May, Simeon Hendrix, Andrew Bell, and Scott Hendrix decided to launch the show, hoping to bring increased exposure to the league.

Since then, BTY has aired thirteen podcasts, recently switching over to a video format. To learn more about BTY and to donate to their Kickstarter, follow this link.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Patriots worked out Brady Quinn, sparking Ryan Mallett trade rumors

Brady Quinn, who will soon begin working as a football analyst for FOX Sports, worked out for the New England Patriots last week, per ESPN's Field Yates. Quinn then went on the The Dan Patrick Show to discuss the workout and the possibility of returning to the NFL.

"It went well," Quinn said, via ProFootballTalk.com. "In this particular situation, though, they need something to happen in order for me to possibly be there."

It is unclear what that "something" is that would need to happen, but that hasn't stopped anyone from speculating. The Patriots, who drafted Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the draft in May, may plan to trade Ryan Mallett, the team's No. 2 QB.

Mallett was drafted by the team in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft and has received plenty of buzz this offseason. Most notably, NFL Network's Mike Mayock recently said he was blown away by Mallet at practice, noting that he is "a legitimate NFL starting quarterback."

It's not hard to connect the dots and speculate that New England may be planning to shop Mallet and sign Quinn, giving them a QB trio of Tom Brady, Garoppolo, and Quinn. All of that, however, is mere speculation.

A more realistic scenario is that New England is preparing for any mid-season injuries that may happen this fall. Teams often workout players with the intention of potentially signing them down the road in case of an injury. That may be the "something" Quinn was referring to.

Quinn, who spent time in Denver from 2010-11, will now play the waiting game.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NFL gives the boot to Broncos QB trio of Orton, Tebow, and Quinn

The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with veteran quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed.

Orton was the last of Denver's 2011 quarterbacks to play in the NFL, backing up Tony Romo in Dallas over the last two seasons. Orton did not want to play football this season and told the Cowboys he was planning to retire. Dallas acted before Orton had a chance to retire, choosing to release the 31-year-old quarterback.

Brandon Weeden will now serve as the reserve QB in Dallas.

Orton, who was acquired by former head coach Josh McDaniels in 2009, began the 2011 season as the Broncos' starter. Under new head coach John Fox, Orton led Denver to a 1-4 start going into their bye week. During the bye, second-year QB Tim Tebow jumped Brady Quinn on the depth chart and started in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.