Bounties? Part Of The Game?

I am very torn on this subject. As it was revealed this week that the New Orleans Saints are guilty of having a bounty system to knock opposing players out of the game. Most notoriously apparently targeting Brett Favre and Kurt Warner during their 2010 Super Bowl run.  The master mind? Defensive Co-ordinator Gregg Williams, who is now the DC of the St Louis Rams. Is this really surprising to anyone?  Not to me. It’s been part of the game for as long as the league has existed probably. But now it has come to the surface. And in a big way.

Then New Orleans DC Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams has already issued an apology with this statement. “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance’ program while I was with the Saints,” Williams said in a statement released by the Rams.  “It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”  I guess that is an admission of guilt. But why are we singling out the Saints, when everyone is taking part in this. And I have read a couple of articles where the players are getting a pass, and Williams and the Saints organization as a whole are the only villains here. But contrary to what Mike Judge wrote about here, the players have to be culpable, they were the ones laying the hits. 

But then, I have to play devil’s advocate. It IS a violent game. It is dangerous. You are out to inflict a hurt on the opposition. Especially the QB. If they needed incentive to go out there and try to give their team the best chance to win, what is wrong with that, especially in the scope that is the NFL. They know the dangers, they know the risk, and are compensated handsomely. Now, I would never support the practice of late hits, hits on unsuspecting, defenseless players. Never. But is this what it is about? On second thought, that is exactly what this is about. Players are constantly complaining about the commissioners office being hypocrites about player safety, especially in regards to concussions. But who is really the hypocrite as this comes to light? Squarely on the players I think. As Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes here, and I agree with him. The players should know better, and should be in a position to protect their fellow combatants who have families to support, who are making a living at this violent sport. Aren’t they all part of the same union? Then bounties have to go, and hopefully this is the first step to make it not part of the game.

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The Tale Of Two Number Ones

How many drafts in recent memory have had two legitimate number one franchise quarterbacks? None that I can recall. Maybe back when Peyton Manning came out and was up against Ryan Leaf. And we all know how that played out. Manning is still (arguably) in the midst of a Hall of Fame career, Leaf is somewhere between selling insurance and drug convictions.

So how will this class pan out? Is it Andrew Luck, or Robert Griffin III? Which would you choose? I have an opinion.  And it probably isn’t the status quo.  What would you do if you were the Colts, who happen to hold the rights to the number one pick in the 2012 upcoming draft.  They also have that guy I mentioned earlier, you know that Manning kid.  The guy who is a sure fire Hall of Famer right now.  But there in lies the rub. Manning’s health is questionable at best.  After having 4 neck surgeries in the past year, which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season is Manning ready to resume his all-star career? The debate is still in. So I ask again, what should the Colts do? There are numerous suitors if the Colts decide to part ways and go with youth, which most talking heads believe is the course they will take. And I agree. In this league, you go with youth, especially if you have two arguably can’t miss franchise QB’s ready to step in.

Robert Griffin III with the 2012 Heisman

So then the argument changes. Which one. Luck or RG3? Both have ability, that was proven on the national stage in the college game. But both have slightly different games. Although, I will argue not that different. Not that different at all. Some will say that Luck is the best pure pocket passer to come out of college since.. well since Manning. I would probably not disagree. He has tremendous presence in the pocket. Can read a defense like a veteran NFL QB right now. He is the most ready to play right away QB I might have ever seen.  A definite can’t miss prospect.  But RG3 is no slouch either. The difference is RG3 can break defensive backs ankles when he decides to take off from the pocket. Luck can not do that. Edge to RG3.  So the kid can run. That means he probably can’t stand in the pocket and pick apart those same DB’s. Wrong. Go watch some of the film. Repeatedly his Senior year he stood tall in the pocket and threw deep, medium, all over the yard. Checking off defenders, finding the open man. Throwing a beautiful ball.  And what pushed me over the edge was hearing him at the combine, being interviewed. The kid is smart, insightful, well spoken.  He will be a great addition to any team and especially to any city.  So I guess if I were the Colts, I would be picking RG3. But we all know, they are already going with the safe pick.  Some it’s safe, I don’t.  Well all I say is.. Good Luck.

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Rick Reilly This Past Week

Everyone knows I love Rick Reilly so here is the past three Reilly columns. Pretty entertaining stuff.

 

The first day after the lockout was over was pretty wild, here Rick follows an agent as he shakes and bakes some deals.

And then is Favre really done? Rick hangs out as good ‘ole Brett waits for the suitors to arrive.. or not.

And last, should Tiger change his ways? 

 

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It’s Back! Thank Goodness For The NFL

Like a long lost friend. Football is completely back now. Let the frenzy begin. What normally commences in roughly a 2 to 3 month period is now going to break down into about 10 days.  This is going to be fun. And it’s already started.

Santonio Holmes agreed to terms today.  This was the Jets number one target.  At least in regards to keeping their own players.  There are still rumors that they are after Nnamdi Asomugha, can you imagine Asomugha on one side and Darrel Revis on the other? Talk about scary.

And it looks like Donovan McNabb has landed in a new place. And shouldn’t he feel much better? Going from the hapless Redskins and the Shannanan situation to the Minnesota Vikings. A team that could compete for the playoffs and the NFC crown.  I will be rooting for him, thought he got a raw deal last year.

And in more QB moves, Matt Hasselbeck has landed in Tennessee.  This is probably a good move for them so that he can tutor number one draft pick Jake Locker.  And also gives them at least more of a chance to win this year.  Which also paved way for Tavaris Jackson to land in Seattle.  Whoa.  Is your head spinning yet? I told you it would be fast and furious.

Ok, back to football. Sorry, got sidetracked.

And where will Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton end up? All the talk all summer is Kolb to Arizona, which makes sense. And now there are rumors that the Dolphins and Broncos are talking trade for Orton.  Truthfully I think that is a toss up, but I go with Orton based on experience alone. He actually played pretty well in Denver, but I understand their need to go young and roll the dice with Tim Tebow. 

And that’s just QB’s. What about Plaxico Burress? Now it is being reported he is either head back to the Giants or Steelers.  I guess he didn’t really burn any bridges.  But does he really fit? 

And looks like the Carolina Panthers are keeping DeAngelo Williams in the fold to the tune of $43 million. 

 

 

 

 

 

Whew. I don’t know about you but I am worn out.  That’s all for now, but I will be posting more when it comes across.

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Cowboys Not Messing Around

Now that the lockout is over, the Cowboys front office is not messing around, giving 4 players their walking papers today.  Of course, they are the usual suspects we have been talking about all summer. Roy  Williams, Marion Barber, Leanord Davis.  And kicker Kris Brown.  I will try to start  getting more NFL news out. Here is an article from The Dallas Morning News. 

And here are Roy Williams comments after being released. 

And here is several blogs on the Cowboys.

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Cowboys Report 7-25

 

Haven’t done this much lately, but with the lockout officially over thought I would throw some links out.

Garrett expected to run a tough camp this year. 

Jason Garrett Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys works  with his team as they warm up prior to playing against the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Speaking of Garret, this was an interesting piece I read the other day from Rex Ryan’s book about Jason Garrett.

5 Cowboys who shouldn’t be back this year.

More about who it on the bubble.

Lots of undrafted free agents, who are the ‘Boys targeting?

Now that the lockout is over can’t we concentrate on what matters? Cheerleaders!

Cowboys set to meet Wednesday and workout Thursday.

Let’s go camping! Here is a look at the schedule.

 

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WOW James Harrison Rips.. Well Everyone

Is there anyone that is not fair game for Steelers DE James Harrison? Now I understand him bashing the commish, Roger Goodell, I mean who wouldn’t be upset for being fined over 100K for playing his sport hard.  But maybe just a little too hard. Personally, I don’t think so, it’s football. It’s violent.  Players know this. They sign up for it.  But to use a gay slur to describe Goodell, along with other choice words, like devil, stupid and others, in the August issue of Men’s Journal magazine, is just well, stupid.  It is full of ignorance.  And then to go on and say this “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.” But Harrison doesn’t stop there, he bashes his own team mates, including two time Super Bowl winning QB Ben Roethlisberger along with running back Rashard Mendenhall.  He had this to say about Roethlisberger, “Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does.”  Wow again.  Good thing they are team mates, what would he really think about him?  I know he has a mean, dirty, reputation, but this is just spouting off at the mouth and not really thinking about what he is saying.  Then he goes on to make racial accusations like this “I slammed Vince Young on his head and paid five grand, but just touched Drew Brees and that was 20,” Harrison said. “You think black players don’t see this s— and lose all respect for Goodell?” This is the one thing I might tend to agree with him on if you watch both hits, he does barely touch Brees(a white QB) and slams the hell out of VY(a black QB). Not the racial aspect, but the disparity of the fines. v But do we really think that in this day and age those kind of things go through the commisioner of the NFL’s head when handing out fines? I would surely hope not.  Cause then I would have to really say WOW!  The ESPN article is  here.

 

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