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24
Sep
09

10 Things I learned from NFL Week 2

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Okay, okay…I know it’s a little late in the week to be talking about what happened in week two. Well, I don’t really care about that because I promised you’d see my week two findings, and dammit that’s what’s going to happen. So here goes.

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10. Reggie Bush still plays for the Saints. – The hype that surrounded this kid coming out of USC was preposterous. He hadn’t played a game and BSPN was already anointing him as the next Gale Sayers. Now he’s in his fourth season and can’t beat out Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas for the starting job. I’m no Reggie fan, but I feel sorry for the kid. He’s had a more interesting love life than NFL career. Some would say that a win in its own right. I on the other hand call it a life lesson, other young NFL prospects should take a look at Reggie, and try to avoid believing their own headlines because there nothing more than that…headlines.

On NFL.com they give out game balls, a key stat, noteworthy tidbit, and when they believe the game was over. Well, for Sunday’s Saints/Eagles game they said it was over when Reggie reached the endzone for the first time this season, on a 19 yd TD that put the Saints up by 21. I guess you could say Reggie’s hype was over when he was relegated to Mike Bell’s backup. Hope you saved that Subway money, Reggie.

9. Redskins fans are dimwits. – I never knew Redskins fans were dimwits. The ones I’ve come across are quite knowledgeable and insightful on the state of their team. Skins LB Robert Henson seems to think differently. After the Skins failed to reach the endzone against the hopeless Rams, Skins fans booed their beloved team because of their lackluster performance. Henson took offense and hit the twitter-waves saying,

All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won’t go there but I dislike you very strongly, don’t come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!

Since when did someone who didn’t step on the field once in that game, get to call out his team’s fans? I saw more action Sunday than Henson, and I sat my fat ass on the couch while watching football all day. Where’s my million dollar contract? I could cheer on my teammates just as well as Henson can. Hell, I can give a better high five than that scrub, in my sleep. Rob, let me drop some knowledge on you. Those dimwits who you say “work 9-5 at McDonald’s”, spend their hard earned money to pay your salary. So I guess you could call them your boss. Your fellow employees, who are actually contributing to the outcome of a game, can say the things you said because they have opportunities to get back on their boss’s good side. Unfortunately you don’t have those opportunities so you’re left to be your boss’s bitch for the rest of the year. Hmm…who sounds like the “dim wit” now?

8. Tiger’s a groupie. – Who is Tiger Woods a fan of? Wasn’t he a Bucs fan last year? So why in the hell was he on the Colts sideline sporting a blue Nike shirt? Let me tell you who Tiger really is. He is to the NFL, what Alyssa Milano was to baseball. He sees someone is pretty good, and he “dates” them. He dated Jon Gruden last year, and this year it looks like Peyton is his new crush. If Drew Brees keeps putting up mind blowing stats, Tiger might be try show Drew his 9 iron next year. NFL fans, don’t feed the Tiger or get your hopes up that he really cares about your team. You’ll only look silly the following season.

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7. You don’t have to be explosive to have the 4th ranked offense. – To my surprise the Bucs have the 4th best offense in the NFL, according to total yards. The problem with total yards is they don’t take into consideration what those yards produce. You can compile 99 yards on a drive, and they’re meaningless if you don’t get that last yard to get you in the endzone. So far this season the Bucs have averaged 20.5 points a game. That’s 13th best in the NFL, which means they’re a top 4 offense that 12 other teams are more explosive than. Total yards rankings are fraudulent. I base the best offense on points. And according to that stat, the Bucs are impressive, but they are no where near the “4th ranked” offense. So while Raheem is retooling the defense, there is still room for improvement on the other side of the ball.

6. Frank Gore has the worst luck. – Frank Gore is one of my favorite former Miami Hurricanes, due to the fact that ever time he steps on the field, I think back to what he’s endured to get where he is. Sunday he was on pace to have a career game, and challenge Adrian Peterson’s single game rushing record. Sadly, he was pulled after suffering a right ankle sprain. It seems like the story of his football career is some sort of injury or tragedy derails him once he gets going. It happened at Miami when he beat out Wills McGahee for the starting job, but had to sit out the season due to a torn ACL. Then when he was coming off a breakout season for the Niners, he loses his mom. It just seems like when something good happens for him, bad things happen as well. Hopefully his luck will change soon.

5. Ocho-Gate 2009 has begun. – In case you missed it, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson promised he’s do a Lambeau Leap, if he scored a touchdown Sunday. He made good on his promise, as you can see in the video.

It turns out those Bengals fans whose arms Chad leaped into, where planted there. Chad paid for their trip to Green Bay and gave them those tickets. Clever move by Chad, but he’s left himself open to criticism. How did he know he would score in that endzone? And at any point did he dog it so he could only score at that end of the field? Two questions you’ll hear asked on the sports radio shows but I could care less about them. Chad is a breath of fresh air. It’s great to have him back to entertaining us and saving us from the No Fun League.

4. Peyton should star in Mission Impossible IV. – That’s essentially what Peyton did, right? The Colts had it 15 mins to score 24 points, and put up 27.  If I’m Chad Pennington I’m wondering what more I can do to win this game. When you control time of possession and score 23 points. You’d expect your defense to hold your opponents to 22 or less. That wasn’t the case Monday night. The Dolphins were very poor in their clock management in the 4th quarter, while Peyton was as cool as a breeze. You could say he was throughout the entire game. He hit his receivers in stride and allowed them to pick up huge chucks of yardage with each play. In the second h they had the ball a grand total of 13 plays. Thirteen plays lead to 14 points. You can’t be much more efficient than that. Now, if we could only get Peyton’s head thru the ceiling without setting off any alarms.

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3. Despite losing, the Titans have the bigger Johnson. – Yea, I know I’m not the only one who heard Keith Olbermann ask who had the bigger Johnson. Well Keith, it’s the Titans because Chris Johnson is a man beast. No disrespect to Andre Johnson, but Chris was putting in work Sunday. He made the Texans defense look silly. I don’t know who scripted their defensive gameplan, but that bad boy was thrown out by the 3rd quarter. At one point the Titans lined Chris Johnson out at receiver and the Texans didn’t seem to notice it. With a mistake like that, little man took it to the house for 6. All day it was the same thing over and over again. Chris Johnson would see a lane and thrash the Texans with his world class speed. So after Sunday I’m on the sipping the Chris Johnson lemonade. Want a glass?

2. The only W in the Cowboys Stadium was George Bush. – For months and even years we’ve heard about this billion dollar stadium Jerry Jones was building for America’s former team. Sunday the Cowboys opened their first regular season game in Jerryland. It was quite the spectacle. Lebrick (Lebron) James was out there tossing the ball around like he’s a real Cowboys fans (look up follower in the dictionary…20 bucks says Lebrick’s picture pops up). Former Cowboy greats were strolled around wearing these jackets with a wack ass emblem on them. Jerry even had former President George Bush do the ceremonial coin toss. Let’s not forget the team walked out on the field with a light & smoke show worthy of a rock concert. Everything was perfect; except for one thing…the Giants won the game. $1.15 billion can buy you a luxurious stadium and celeb followers. But it damn sure can buy you a win. How about them Cowboys!?

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1. Rex Ryan isn’t the moron I thought he was. – Heading into the season, did anyone else think the Jets defense wouldn’t be much improved from last year? Hiring Rex Ryan was supposed to elevate this defense into the upper echelon of the league…at least that’s what the media wanted you to believe. I on the other hand thought Rex would join Marvin Lewis and Mike Nolan as defensive coordinators Ray Lewis made. Boy was I wrong about that one. Rex has earned my respect after two weeks of flat out dissecting two very good offenses.

Originally I didn’t pay attention to the win over the Texans because Houston struggled during the preseason, and there seemed to be some carry over there. But two things happened in week two to change my opinion. One, the Texans went to Tennessee and put up 34 points on a physical Titans defense. So the Jets holding their offense to 7 points, in Houston, looks much more impressive. The second thing was they duplicated their week one performance and got in Tom Brady’s ass every play. How many variations of the same blitz did Ryan confuse with Brady with?

I don’t even know what you call the Jets scheme. It could be a 3-4, 4-3, 46, 69, I don’t know. Whatever is it, it will get in your ass, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So for the rest of the offenses on the Jets schedule, there’s a good chance you’ll be yelling a 4 letter R-word that rhymes with grape. Get ready for it buddy because there’s not much you can do about it.

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Check back for week 3 folks.

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16
Sep
09

NFL: 10 Things I learned from Week One

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Football is back ladies and gentlemen. It is finally back. No more reading every Tom, Dick, and Harry’s projections for the season. Now is the time when the pros laces up their cleats, tighten their chin straps, slap on their big boy pads, and settle it on the field. And that’s exactly what we saw the first week of the season.

Favorites looked average, and average teams looked like Super Bowl contenders. There are way too many storylines and games to get into them all. So here are the 10 things that stood out to me, and in some ways taught me something I didn’t know heading into the week.

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10. Jay Cutler is exactly who I thought he was. – Talk about deflating a city, that’s exactly what’s happened with the Chicago Bears. Not only did Jay Cutler stink up Lambeau field, he exposed himself in the process. Many analysts would have you believe he threw 18 picks last season due to Denver’s lack of a running game, and often playing from behind. The Bears weren’t behind when Cutler threw his first pick against the Packers. And the Bears have a formidable running game with Matt Forte in the backfield. Cutler’s real problem is he’s a mediocre quarterback who’s been hyped into something he doesn’t have to tools to become.

Also, stop with the Brett Favre comparisons, people. There’s a big difference between Favre and Cutler. Favre was the unquestioned leader of his offense in his prime. Favre has countless playoff appearances, a Super Bowl ring, and 3 MVPs to justify the moniker, “The Gun Slinger”. Cutler just throws deep passes. Get over yourselves and him.

9. The Hall of Famer you never considered one – Who knew Issac Bruce was an all-time great? When I was watching highlights of the 49ers and Cardinals game Sunday, I was shocked to see that Issac Bruce is now second all time in receiving yards, with 15,018 yards. Am I wrong for not noticing this man’s career? He did play for my beloved University of Memphis so I should’ve known. Like I’ve done in similar cases, I went back and looked through Bruce’s career stats and season logs.  And I came to the conclusion; he might have had one of the most remarkable careers no one recognizes.

If Bruce decides to walk away from the game after this season, he’ll finish his career in the top 10 of the 3 most important receiving categories. Furthermore, he’s only nine touchdowns away from having one hundred in his career. 15,000 receiving yards, 1,000 receptions, 100 touchdowns, and a big-time performance in Super Bowl XXXIV are hall of fame worthy accomplishments in my opinion. So if you’ve slept on Issac Bruce to this point, it may be time to wake up and acknowledge his greatness.

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8. There are a few treads left on the Caddy. Crow tastes pretty damn good, when you secretly wish you’d have to eat it. When I heard the Bucs were going to start Cadillac Williams ahead of Derrick Ward, I was very critical of the decision. Why would Raheem Morris stake his running game on the wheels of a back that’s torn the patellar tendon in both of his knees? But after Sunday, I understand Raheem’s motives. When Caddy is healthy, he’s the best running back on the Bucs roster. He’s also a load to deal with when he chooses to be aggressive. Sunday I watched him run with a passion and determination I’ve never seen from him throughout his career. Even during his rookie season, he never attacked the line of scrimmage the way he did Sunday.

In the past he would dance in the backfield and appear to be indecisive on the best way to attack defenders. And most of the time it resulted in negative yards. Not once Sunday, did he have a negative play. And he rarely went down because of the first hit. I’m proud of Caddy, and no matter how long this comeback lasts, I’m proud to call him a Buc.

7. The Eagles want no part of the McRib. – Can Donovan McNabb stay healthy for a complete season? Damn, at what point do his injuries become an issue? I respect McNabb because he’s a good guy. You never see him being critical of his teammates, and I still admire how he handled the whole T.O. situation. But the Eagles are faced with their worst case scenario for the season. With McNabb being hurt, questions will loom of Michael Vick becoming McNabb’s replacement. There are ways to get around this. You can flat out say that Vick won’t be starting at any point this season, or by signing another backup to play ahead of Vick. The Eagles chose the latter, and now they have an even bigger mess with Garcia. My prediction is Garcia will finish the season as the Eagles starting QB, and McNabb will lose the locker room once again.

6. Adrian Peterson keeps his pimp hand strong. – The video speaks for itself.

5. Flacco’s been unleashed. – I called this during one of my fantasy football drafts when I picked up Flacco in the later rounds. This will be a breakout passing season for the kid. No more majority run and minimal passing from the Ravens. There were well balanced Sunday against the Chiefs and I expect more of the same. Flacco dropped back 43 times and only threw one pick. However he did throw 3 touchdowns and rack up 300 yards. I really like this kid. He seems to have a lot of confidence but doesn’t believe his own hype. Mark my words, Flacco will have a better sophomore season than Matt Ryan.

4. Super Bowl XLIV won’t be featuring the New England Patriots. – I know I’m gonna receive hate for this one but I really don’t give a damn. From what I saw Monday night, the Patriots are in trouble. Their offense is going to figure it out sooner or later. It’s their defense that worries me because they lack a consistent pass rush. Did you ever think you’d hear that about a New England team? Well that’s the case this year. It took the Patriots nearly 3 quarters to get Trent Edwards down to the ground. This is the same Trent Edwards who was dropped 23 times in 14 games last season. Now with Jerod Mayo going down for up to 6 weeks, it’s possible the Jets or Dolphins may make a move on the AFC East crown. No matter what goes down, the Pats are a playoff team. I’m just not sold they’re the best team in the league based on Monday night.

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3. Delhomme gives it up more than a pornstar getting gangbanged. How does Jake Delhome make amends for throwing 5 picks in the playoffs last season? He coughs up the ball 5 times Sunday. I don’t know if it’s a shoulder issue or he’s just lost his mental edge. Some of those picks were balls he let sail instead of putting any zip on them. I’m not sure what to think about Jake. This is the same QB who’s led the Panthers to 2 NFC championship games and the Super Bowl. But something has to give now before the season gets away from them. If Jake struggles against the Falcons, Carolina should consider trading for a QB. Cleveland and Houston both have viable options worth considering.

2. Trash talk makes fantasy football interesting. – I’m not new to fantasy football. I’ve won a couple leagues, and finish in the top 3 numerous times. But I’ve never been leagues where trash talk is a mainstay. This year I’m in 4 leagues, and in all 4 I’m playing against owners from multiple fan bases in the NFL. This past Sunday my most gratifying win came against a Saints fan. He was such an ass leading up to our matchup, but I kept my mouth shut because I knew my team would speak for me. Needless to say, he didn’t put up much of a fight. I ended up winning 111.72 – 76.14. And you know what the best part of the victory was? I beat his ass with Drew Brees. I love fantasy football.

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1. The team with the black hole, is gonna give out a few black eyes. – What I’m about to say disgusts me but Oakland is going to turn some heads this season. Monday night I saw JaMarcus Russell have a horrible game, yet the Raiders still could’ve won against the Chargers. Maybe it was an aberration or a glimpse of things to come. But I was more impressed with their loss than any other loss from the opening weekend. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush give the Raiders a nice one-two punch in the backfield. And Zack Miller is such a talented tight end. I’d love to have that guy on the Bucs. Add those weapons on offense to a defense that showed some grit Monday night, and you could see the improvement of the Raiders roster. I don’t think this spells playoffs, but I have no doubt that they’ll finish 2nd in the AFC West this year.

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So that’s what I learned this week. Check back in for what caught my eye in week 2.

28
Apr
09

Da FiF Floor Exclusive: Da Declaration

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