Free Agent running back, Steven Jackson, has made a plea with America to “Save the Running Back”. He’s right, the position definitely needs saving. Last year, there were only two rushers, Demarco Murray and LeSean McCoy, with over 300 carries in a season compared to ten years ago when there were ten running backs that reached the 300 carry mark.
The game has changed. It’s truly a quarterback’s league now. The past two NFL drafts haven’t had any running backs selected in the first round. Everything is cyclical though, and right now the game is all about speed. The defensive lineman and linebackers are getting smaller and faster to combat the spread offenses. Some brilliant offensive mind is going to come up with a retro idea to have a massive offensive line and punch defenses in the mouth drive after drive after drive. The running back isn’t dead, he’s just hibernating. Don’t worry America.
Check out Jackson’s plea below and website here.Read more
National Signing Day. You know…..”The Decision”. Kids all over the country are signing letters of intent to play college football at the nation’s best universities. Some kids are relieved the day is here and others are silently wondering if they’ve made the right decision. Some coaches are wondering why the hell their star recruit switched to the rival school in the 11th hour and other coaches are like toddlers on Christmas. Today is National Signing Day and here are my thoughts on it.Read more
Marshawn Lynch. He’s about that action boss. He’s only here so he won’t get fined. He’s here, and you know why he’s here. Lynch is only making media appearances this week because if he doesn’t, the NFL will obviously fine him. He’s been fined a few times for not talking to reporters. The media has made this a thing. Lynch really wants to just keep to himself, play football and promote his Fam 1st charity. The media just keeps asking Lynch questions, the interviews become more redundant, and somehow get more attention.
People want what they can’t have, which is exactly why the media continues to try this man. The problem is that they’re never going to get a Marshawn Lynch interview while he’s playing. Why? Because they’re white. No, it’s not a race thing, well it kind of is, just stick with me and I’ll explain.Read more
Josh Gordon is in trouble again. Big surprise right? My initial reaction was that this kid either has a true problem or he really just doesn’t give a fuck. Many other people in the media felt the same way I did. They were paid to voice their opinions on Gordon’s latest transgressions. They did and what spawned from that was a very well written, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six word open letter from Josh Gordon to Charles Barkley, Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter. In the letter, Gordon explains himself, admits guilt, and more. Check out the letter here and my thoughts below.Read more
The star WR of the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. teamed up with Drew Brees and Visa to set a Guinness Book of World Record by catching 33 passes one handed in a minute.Read more
The New England Patriots have been known as cheaters in the NFL for over a decade now. Their latest scandal is “Deflate Gate”. Here are my thoughts.
1. So the Patriots’ balls were a little deflated. Big deal. Well technically, this is cheating…even though it’s minor. Cheating is knowingly breaking a rule in order to gain an advantage, which is what they did.
2. A wise man once said, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”
3. Head Coach, Bill Belichick, would have nothing to do with this, so save your “Belicheats” please. The only people that would even know about this would be Tom Brady and the equipment managers.
4. The Patriots played better in the second half when they were forced to use the properly regulated balls.
5. Last time I checked, Brady still needed time in the pocket to throw the deflated ball. His wide receivers still needed to get open to catch the deflated balls and the Colts only scored seven points.
6. Dwayne Allen of the Colts said it best,Read more
Trent Richardson. Remember this guy….
Yeah..now he’s this guy….. 3.3 yards per carry guy.
Trent Richardson can’t be as bad as everyone says he is. Here are my thoughts.
1. Alabama has had a stable of running backs over the past seven years — Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry with probably more to come. Ingram and Richardson were first round picks in 2011 and 2012, and Lacy was a second round pick in 2013. Between the three that have been drafted, everyone expected Richardson to be the best. They, including myself, have been wrong thus far. Richardson has been the worst of the Bama trio of backs in the NFL with Lacy actually being the big dog.
According to Pro Football Focus, Lacy was the 8th best back in 2014, Ingram was 13th and Richardson was 41st.
2. Richardson did lead the Colts in rushing this season with 519 yards, but Ahmad Bradshaw and Boom Herron performed better.
The numbers don’t lie, Bradshaw and Herron were getting more yards per carry than Richardson, who had far more rushing attempts than either of his backups.
3. Trent was inactive this past weekend also. A first round draft pick and someone that the Colts traded for a year ago…inactive. The team did not play him and did not plan to play him going into the game. And Richardson was perfectly healthy. Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano explained Richardson’s benching,
“Michael Hill was a special teams player and Trent — it’s not any knock on Trent — but Trent’s never been asked to be a special teams player,” Pagano said Monday, via The Indianapolis Star. “He was doing everything for a period of time to try to get himself ready. But Michael was more ready to go out and be the third back and contribute on special teams.”
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com points this interesting fact out,
“That makes sense. But it doesn’t address Richardson losing the No. 2 job to Zurlon Tipton, a hybrid back with 10 career rushing attempts entering the postseason.”
4. The talk around sports talk radio is that the Colts have the worst offensive line in the league and that Andrew Luck is the savior of the NFL. So….bad offensive line means bad run game right? Well then how do you explain Bradshaw and Herron having better success running the ball than Richardson? Also, the Colts’ line isn’t that bad. According to Pro Football Focus, their line is ranked 15th in run blocking and 7th in pass protection.
5. What happened? Really? Richardson averaged 5.2, 6.2 and 5.9 yards per carry in his three seasons at Alabama. I guess it’s because college football is easier than the NFL and Bama probably had the best offensive line in college football while he was there.
6. Richardson has the talent and it’s obvious. Lacy has done well in the league, but Mark Ingram struggled his first few years in a pass heavy offense. Hell, Ingram didn’t break the four yards per carry mark until his third year in the league. Maybe Richardson is a slow learner, for his sake I hope so. Richardson could also have just gotten comfortable. Motivation and want to is the key to succeeding in the NFL as a running back when you have all the physical tools as Richardson does. For some, it’s hard to be motivated once you’re making millions of dollars, and the game finally becomes a real job. If Richardson’s not a slow learner, then he’s a bust and it’s more than likely his fault.Read more
Cardale Jones is interesting. He’s only a redshirt sophomore. He went from being the third string QB to start the season at Ohio State to helping the team win their last three games and the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. The problem is Ohio State has three big dogs at quarterback who are all uniquely talented. I’ve heard of a two quarterback system, but never three. I’ve also heard that if you have two QBs then you don’t have any, but Ohio State has definitely proven that theory wrong.
Let’s assume that Braxton Miller, who is going to graduate and still have eligibility left, transfers to FSU, Duke or somewhere. That leaves J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones fighting to be the starter. According to everyone who’s not Urban Meyer, the job is J.T. Barrett’s already….so let’s say they are right, what’s Cardale Jones going to do, STAY at Ohio State….SIT out for a year and tranfer….JUMP to the NFL?
Here are my thoughts.
1. Life is hilarious. I know of two teams, the Indiana Hoosier and the Arizona Cardinals that were forced to use their third string QBs and both those teams went into the shitter. How in the world Urban Meyer and Cardale Jones kept the Buckeyes’ ship afloat is beyond me.
2. We actually interviewed Cardale four years ago.
3. Can we agree that Cardale isn’t ready for the NFL? He’s only played three games, albeit, exceptionally well, he’s only played three games. Andrew Luck who is an anomaly in and of himself played three full college seasons and he still struggles with the league, which is why he was third in the NFL with 16 interceptions. Stuggles are going to happen to any young QB, but those early struggles can make or break you. Why bring them on too early if they aren’t needed?
4. So, he could stay at Ohio State and “compete” for the starting job. I mean everyone has all but handed it to J.T. Barrett. My question is this…If Cardale Jones is the best “pro prospect” of the three Ohio State QBs then shouldn’t he be the best college QB also? Sure, Barrett is faster, but Cardale can move too and no one wants to tackle Big 12 Gauge in the open field.
5. Originally before all this NFL talk came about, I figured Jones would just transfer. If he goes to an FCS school he can play immediately for two more years. Sure the competition will be a step down but if he dominates then he should be fine. Or he can transfer to a FBS school, sit out one year and hopefully ball out. Too many bad things could happen if he transfers to an FBS school. He could get hurt sitting out one year per NCAA transfer rules. He could be the next Jacob Coker (Coker supposedly was barely edged out by Jameis Winston for the starting FSU gig….he transferred to Bama where the job was all but his and he couldn’t beat out Blake Sims).
6. Although Jones isn’t ready the NFL, it might be his best bet. He’s going to get drafted in the third or fourth round at best if he goes. The later he’s drafted the less pressure there is on him to start. If he sits two years and learns the system, he might be more ready to play than QBs who are thrust into the starting quarterback positions too early. Also, he can learn how to be a pro. And lastly, he can get paid doing it.
If he goes to the NFL he’s playing with better competition that should make him better. Depending upon where he’s drafted there could be less pressure on him to perform immediately. Ohio State and FCS experience could be cool, but he won’t be making six to seven figures. Yeah, it’s time for 12-Gauge to pull the trigger and hit the league.Read more
First off, this call didn’t lose the game for the Cowboys. Unless it’s the very last play of a game, I don’t think any one play loses a game for a team. The Cowboys had two chances to stop the Packers and get the ball back and they couldn’t. They also have the best line in football and the league’s leading rusher in Demarco Murray, could the Cowboys not run the ball for two yards?
Okay…did I cover all those bases? Cool. The catch was huge or non catch rather. The Cowboys would have most likely have scored and been in the lead with two to three minutes left to play. We’ve seen this controversial call before with Calvin Johnson.
Dez’s reversal was just as egregious. Here are my thoughts.
1. As humans, we just make things difficult. Why is this? I really have no clue. I’m guilty of it and more than likely you are too. Bottom line, a catch is a catch. How hard is this to comprehend? Dez Bryant caught the ball.
2. What’s making this catch so hard to comprehend is the Bert Emmanuel Rule. In the 2000 NFC Championship game between the Bucs and Rams, Bucs WR, Bert Emmanuel caught a pass. A small part of the ball touched the ground. The ball did not move and was controlled throughout the catch, but since a tiny piece touched the ground it was ruled incomplete. You can watch the play here. Either way, The Bert Emmanuel Rule was created.
Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1 reads:
“If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.”
The NFL Head of Officiating, Dean Blandino, had this to say,
The referee of the game, Gene Steratore, in Sunday’s official pool report, said: “In our judgment, [Bryant] … continued to fall and never had another act common to the game.”
3. Dez took three steps. He clearly has possession of the ball. If anything, once he falls, he’s down by contact and fumbles the ball after he hits the ground.
4. The ball never touched the ground. There isn’t any evidence that shows any part of the ball touching the ground.
5. Dez handled himself very well in his postgame interview. Known for being an overly emotional hot headed player, I was pleased to see Dez handle himself with class.
6. If the ground can’t cause a fumble, how can it cause an incomplete pass?Read more
The 49ers are 7-6 and their next three games are against the Seahawks, Chargers and Cardinals. The 9ers are more than likely to drop at least two of those games, meaning it will be Jim Harbaugh’s first losing season as a head coach since 2009, when he was the leader of the Stanford Cardinal. Jed York and Jim Harbaugh don’t get along and it seems as if York as been looking for a reason to fire Harbaugh since last year.
Here are my thoughts.
1. Who are they going to get better? No really? Defense isn’t the problem in San Francisco and it should be given how many injuries they’ve suffered. The team is ranked 3rd in yards allowed and 5th total points allowed in the league. They need an offensive mind that can get this offense out of a rut. They’ve done a poor job developing Colin Kaepernick, but who can fix it? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side so a new head coach might not be the best solution.
2. So Harbaugh is getting the boot after one bad season? Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants went three
seasons between their Super Bowl victories, not qualifying for the playoffs two of those years. It’s been another three seasons missing the playoffs since their last Super Bowl and they’re rumors that Coughlin might even be back. Mike Tomlin’s missed the playoffs two straight years and is in danger of missing a third. The Steelers and Giants are two of the best organizations in football. Would they fire Harbaugh after one losing season?