Local paper finally coming through with some useful information.
And, because this is mandatory...
Nice to see Alan Branch getting some recognition!
From the article:
He wasn’t a starter at first and now that he is he’s really flourished,” said Lawson “He’s taking on double teams, making plays in both A gaps. He lets the linebackers run free. That goes unseen, but if there was a stat for that, he’d be in the upper echelon. He’s been a dynamic player.
I never get to post stuff like this first, but because of basketball and such perhaps people's thoughts are elsewhere, understandably (edit: OT removed). Contract: 1 year, 3 million:
Branch on playing in Buffalo: "They say it’s a lot like Michigan, and it kind of is similar to Ann Arbor, more like kind of a college town. In Buffalo they love their football here, so its going to be crazy wild in the stands. The opportunity to play with this defense, and the scheme that they’re planning on putting in is pretty exciting as well."
And of course you can't have any alan branch news without the other:
Take a break from deciding our next coach. Enjoy a Monday Night Football game. Alan Branch is starting tonight. I would love to see him give Troy Smith a sack sandwhich a couple times.
Funny story on Deadspin involving alleged "cockblocking" by Manningham while a student at Michigan. My favorite part of it is when Alan Branch steps in to "protect" Mario: "Watch yo'self." Deadspin is such an f'ing cesspool.
So, Branch is finally making some waves in the pros. Funnier yet, he's helping beat the crap out of beat guys.
Now, I bet you're wondering why I mentioned the broken reading glasses. Funny story. I'm interviewing Alan Branch after the game. He had just been informed that he had two sacks -- the first one came when he chased Manning out of bounds. Branch was so excited he had to tell nose tackle Bryan Robinson and the two exchanged a high five. Or they tried to. I happened to be in the middle. Robinson's hand (I think it was him, haven't checked the replay) hit me in the nose, pushing the glasses against it.
Broken glasses. Very small scrape on a nose that's been broken a few times and wasn't pretty to begin with. Don't ask me why I had reading glasses on in the locker room. Veteran mistake. Both players apologized profusely. And thanks to Cardinals media relations manager Chris Melvin for giving me some Band-Aids and telling me a few times that "it wasn't bleeding that bad."