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FAN Take: How To Make An Announcement

Posted on May 6, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Let’s face it, football fans everywhere are getting anxious. That’s typical for this time of year though. Normally, fans are coming off the NFL Draft high and are waiting for the upcoming season’s schedule to drop so they can start planning out their weekends. This year though, things are complicated. The NFL has looked at options for pushing back their start date and eliminating bye weeks in an effort to still kick off this year, but it sounds like their official plans are being kept under lock and key until tomorrow night. In a three-hour broadcast on the NFL Network, the league will provide ‘complete team-by-team and weekly schedules of all 256 regular season games, listing opponents, sites and times.’

Do we think three hours is a little much? Uh, yeah. Do we think the fans are going to have a hard time sitting through the entire broadcast? Definitely. When we release our schedule, we’ll keep this at the top of our list of what not to do. But how would the fans want to see our schedule released, if we are foregoing a 180-minute broadcast? Do they want us to drop it all at once, on social media and through their respective team newsletters? Do they want to see us announce it live on Twitch, maybe alongside some of our Team Owners | Fan Captains? What about dropping it, one week at a time? Let us know how you want the news dropped and how we can help you get pumped for the season!

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Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans

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Sanchez Moving From Field To The Studio

Posted on July 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The ABC/ESPN roster of college football analysts is changing once again before the 2019 season kicks off! Quarterback Mark Sanchez will be replacing Mack Brown in the college football studio, ready to dish out some football knowledge alongside Kevin Negandhi and Jon Vilma. For those of you that forgot Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez played in the NFL last season, rest assured, you are not alone. We had to really think about the last time we saw him suited up and on the field. While he did bounce around with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins (where he threw for 19-for-35 for 128 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions), he’s best known for his five years with the New York Jets. Of course, this is where his nickname was given during a Thanksgiving game against the Patriots in 2012. In case you forgot about this moment (how could you), you can watch it on replay as many times as you’d like below.

Between Fox Sports, ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network, we’re pretty sure there are enough football analysts to hold us over from now until eternity. But the real question we need answered is, who do the fans want to hear from? With options like former coaches, former players, and those that have lived and breathed football from the bleachers – who should be analyzing everything on field? We don’t think the fans will pick just one group. We think they want to hear from every realm of the football spectrum – maybe even a former referee and some super fans as well. But if you feel strongly one way or the other, let us know!