I love that a team built around Andy Reid and Alex Smith* is 7-0 and the last undefeated team in the NFL. Reid and Smith: two effective but flawed cast-offs who wore out their welcomes by being themselves in the same place too long. Reid coached the Eagles to four consecutive NFC title games (and five in 14 years), but won only one of those and lost the ensuing Super Bowl. As the years went on, fans — perhaps rightly — focused on his predictability and poor clock management rather than his past success.
(*Yes, yes: the team is built around its talented defense. I Cheap Vintage NHL Jerseys see you, knowledgeable football fan. Let me enjoy the narrative for a moment.)
Reid, of course, was discarded for Chip Kelly, while Smith lost his job after a concussion allowed Colin Kaepernick to demonstrate that he was fast and exciting and could throw the ball with accuracy more than 20 yards downfield. The rest of the season, Smith gracefully accepted his role as mentor and cheerleader to Kaepernick, as evidenced by his enthusiastic reaction to a read-option touchdown scored by Kaepernick:
Smith, you may recall, was the first overall draft pick in 2005, selected ahead of Bay Area hero and Cal product Aaron Rodgers, who has since achieved some modicum of success. Smith languished for six seasons, the victim of a rotating cast of coaches and coordinators (not to mention his own limitations) before Jim Harbaugh turned him into an effective game manager in 2011. Smith would lead that team Cheap Vintage Basketball Jerseys to the NFC Championship Game, playing perhaps his best game as a pro in a shootout with the Saints in the playoffs.
This is presented strictly as PARODY, but that doesn’t dilute the strength of these takes. All spelling errors are intentional (we think). Don’t like it? There’s the door. – Ed.
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We have reached that point of the season where Bears fans are openly calling for the team to sign Brett Favre and people are monitoring JaMarcus Russell’s weight. Crappy quarterback after crappy quarterback has seen playing time this year.
And Brady Quinn still got cut. That’s how bad you are, Brady Quinn. General Cheap Womens Baseball Jerseys managers would rather figure out ways to trick JaMarcus Russell into eating vegetables than sign you.
In this week’s Fumblr: the Chiefs sit atop the NFL, Peyton gets a turn at Manningface, Greg Schiano is still an ass, and a helpful guide to whether you should mess with Steve Smith.
Time of Death: Mike Glennon’s touchdown pass on 4th-and-goal from the 13 would have cut Atlanta’s lead to one score with five minutes to play. That touchdown was called back for an illegal use of hands penalty, forcing the Bucs to settle for a field goal and the comforting knowledge that eventually human existence will just cease to be.
The Falcons were without the services of their dynamic duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones at wide receiver going into Sunday’s game against their division rivals, the Buccaneers. That left Harry Douglas as the only wide receiver on the game day active roster who had more than one catch this season. In fact, the rest of the guys combined had one catch on the season. You would think that would make things easy when Bucs coaches were deciding who all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis — a player that they traded for and are paying a cool $16 million this year — should be covering man-to-man the entire game.
And of course, you would be wrong.
You see, Douglas had a career day on Sunday, hauling in seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown to help drag the Falcons to their second win of the year, 31-23, over the Bucs. And Cheap Wholesale Jerseys how many times was Revis lined up opposite Douglas on those seven catches you ask?
I have a little fun with it and call him “Jim Irsay Can You See?” because on gameday hes seeing double before there even done with the national anthem. Irsays what we call a “decisionmaker” in this business. And whether hes deciding between Luck and Manning or 211 and OE, Irsays the type guy whose not afraid to risk a little short term discomfort Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys for a real championship buzz.
Irsays what you call a “must follow” on Twitter. Hes always pinning his ears and his liver back giving takes on his former players, classic rock lyrics, and that dang big ole penguin he keeps chasing out there.
Sunday Nights game was a huge vindication that Irsay has made all the right moves which we should of seen coming from a guy who spends half his life stumbling around in nothing but a dress shirt and whitey tighteys folks. Hes arguably the best owner in the league because of his ability to both plow through problems and get abosulutely plowed himself at the same time- thats why I gave him the nod as my Road Grader Of The Week for Week 7.
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A heated game between the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams on Sunday showcased two teams heading in opposite directions. The Panthers turned in their second straight decisive victory in the 30-15 win, while the Rams lost their starting quarterback for the season with a torn ACL.
Sam Bradford landed awkwardly San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys on his left knee after Rg3 Cheap Jerseys being shoved out of bounds in the fourth quarter, and it overshadowed all the other problems the Rams had in the game. St. Louis struggled with their emotions, getting hit with five personal foul penalties and defensive end Chris Long was ejected from the game for throwing a punch.
No quarterback has made the majority of starts at quarterback for the Bears in five consecutive seasons since Ed Brown (1955-1960), but Jay Cutler is in his fifth season with Chicago and he’s almost there. However, he’ll now miss a start (at least four of them) for the fourth straight year. In that time, Todd Collins, Jason Campbell, Caleb Hanie, and McCown have all made starts in his absence, but none of them are good. And now it’s McCown again.
Clemens is not good at being an NFL quarterback. That’s not something he should take personally, fewer than 30 people in the entire world are good at being NFL quarterbacks at any given time. The difference between Clemens and someone like Brian Hoyer is that we still didn’t know that much about Hoyer.
Clemens has been in the NFL since 2006 and we’ve had plenty of time to find out that he’s not good.
The Rams signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis for support in the second half of the season. Quinn was terrible for half of the year in Kansas City last season, so at least he’s got experience.
Up next: Like Case Keenum last week getting his debut against the Chiefs, Clemens gets to make his first start this season against one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. It’s the Seahawks on Monday night!
Week 7 in the NFL should have allowed for some big plays from high-powered offenses, but sloppy quarterback play derailed the highlight reel. Thankfully there were still some excellent moments and some unconventional ones to enjoy from the week that was.
This leaves us in a quandary. Do we talk about how Brandon Gibson “entered the Matrix”, do we compare it to John Elway’s famous flatspin, or do we get a little snarky and take about what he should have done? We’ll take door number three.
Gibson is in a position where he’s riding the defender’s back and has the Best Site To Buy Cheap Jerseys opportunity to land on his feet after being spun in three different angles at once. This is a good play either way, but with a landing and humble saunter this could become a legendary play.
If the season ended today (which would be unexpected and likely tragic) then the Browns would be picking 14th and 27th (Colts, Trent Richardson trade) in the draft. The last time they picked twice in the first round, they made two mistakes: Weeden and Richardson.
They can’t afford to do that again.
The Bears haven’t drafted a quarterback higher than the fourth round since 2003 (Rex Grossman, 22nd overall) and that strategy usually leaves a team constantly churning the roster with backups who couldn’t hack it in other cities.
McCown isn’t good. His best quality is that he isn’t absolutely terrible. Chicago gave Jason Campbell $3 million to back up Cutler last season in order to avoid another Hanie meltdown but it turned out that Campbell also isn’t good. The Bears will probably want to spend a higher draft pick on a player with some actual potential next Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys season, or we might just keep singing the same sad, old song here.
A key moment happened before the vital touchdown that sealed the victory for Carolina. After the snap Smith gets away with a shove to the face on Jenkins when both players were out of the play. This should have been a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, but referees missed the call.
The Panthers’ receiver has characterized the game as him being disrespected by a young receiver, but it’s clear that blame went both ways. The veteran stretched every rule in an effort to prompt retaliation, something that got inside Jenkins’ head on the following play.
Jenkins is lost on the first move again, this time another inside cut that forces him out of position. The key problem is rounded coverage, where the defensive back loses Smith’s position as he’s concentrating too much on Cam Newton. This allowed a 2-yard buffer for Smith who has open space at the 6 yard line.
Hey, two wins … how exciting. This week’s win just so happened to come against a Bears team that had been held in pretty high regard. The only highlight for the defense was getting some pressure on Cutler. More importantly, the world finally saw an RGIII much closer to the 2012 version of RGIII. His throws were sharp and decisive, and he added 84 yards with his legs, his best rushing total Cheap Jerseys Youth of the season.
Andy Reid and Alex Smith: a combined 22 years in Philadelphia/San Francisco, and for most of those years they were somewhere between loathed and under-appreciated before their ousters. Fittingly, they were united in Kansas City, where the long-suffering fans merely wanted replacement-level stand-ins for the black hole of leadership and quarterbacking provided by Romeo Crennel, Matt Cassell, and Brady Quinn. And Reid and Smith are MUCH better than replacement-level! They’re downright kinda good! And, when Cheap Jerseys Zoom paired with a defense made of muscle and sharks teeth, they can actually mow their way through a soft schedule to the best record in the league.
The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to find a trade partner for veteran quarterback Tony Romo, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sources also told Schefter that the Cowboys are unwilling to trade Romo to a city in which he does not want to play. Teams interested in Romo believe the Cowboys will eventually release the four-time Pro Bowler, and are willing to wait until that happens before pursuing him as a free agent, sources said.
“It’s really tough, just because Sidney is one of our best friends,” Baker said. “He’s a great prospect coming out. Felt like he could have been the first corner, and still can be the first corner, off the draft board. The last drill, last thing you’ve got to go, and that happens. So, definitely sad, but we know Sidney’s strong, and he’s going to still be there.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Jones as the No. 16 pick in his most recent mock draft, which was released before the combine. Jones also is listed as the No. 13 overall prospect in Todd McShay’s latest Top 32 this week.
Jones elected to turn pro after his junior season at Washington. In three years, Jones was twice honored as a first-team All-Pac 12 conference selection.
Jones was the top cornerback for a Washington defense that led the Pac-12 with just 17.7 points per game allowed. He finished his Washington career with 145 tackles, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 40 games.
Pryor did this in a season that featured six different quarterbacks throwing passes for the Browns because of consistent injuries. One of the six was Pryor, who completed five of nine passes for 41 yards.
A sticking point for Cleveland was Pryor’s asking price, which is around $10 million per year. The Browns were reportedly willing to pay about $8 million per year, but they also have about $102 million in cap space available. Being stingy in this situation makes little sense.
Likelihood of signing: Medium. It makes perfect sense for the Browns to get something done with Pryor, but they had the opportunity to tag him or apply the transition tag, and they didn’t do any of those things. They shouldn’t let Pryor walk over $2 million per year, but as Mocking the Draft’s Dan Kadar noted, losing Pryor would be “a pretty Browns-ass way to start the new league year.”
This is the saddest entry on this list, because the Texans paid a pretty penny for Brock Osweiler last offseason in hopes that he would become the franchise quarterback this team so desperately needs.
The 49ers haven’t had the benefit of quality quarterback play for a while, and they’re about to have no quarterbacks on the roster. Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his deal with the Niners and become a free agent in March. Gabbert is set to become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the new league year, also. The Niners have Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, on the roster right now, too. They’re both set to hit free agency.
New head coach Kyle Shanahan has his work cut out for him, and priority one has to be finding a capable franchise quarterback.
Last franchise quarterback: Jeff Garcia was a consistent starter over his five seasons in San Francisco, but I would go a bit farther back in Niners history based on the team’s 35-36 record with Garcia. Steve Young, who last played for the Niners in 1998, is the most recent guy.
In 2011, SMI shifted one of Atlanta’s two races to Kentucky Speedway. The company also owns Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, and Texas Motor Speedway.
“We’re honored that NASCAR has entrusted us with a second NASCAR weekend,” Powell said. “We’ve pursued a second NASCAR premier series race weekend for quite some time, so this news is monumental for everyone at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as everyone in our wonderful city.”
NASCAR’s aversion to expansion left SMI with two options if it wanted to add a second race at Las Vegas: 1) purchase a race from a track outside its portfolio, or 2) shift a date from one of its existing properties. With no tracks outside of SMI indicating a willingness to sell, the first option wasn’t feasible, leaving realignment the lone alternative.
So now he has to coach. Either he will struggle like Orgeron did and leave his successor a stocked cupboard, or he will show that he’s learned from previous bosses’ mistakes and thrive. All we know is that he can still recruit and that his assistant coach hires have been interesting.
When you hire someone mostly known for recruiting instead of coordinator success or college head coaching experience, you don’t expect immediate success. P.J. Fleck went 1-11 in his first year at Western Michigan, after all, and in Orgeron’s first head coaching gig at Ole Miss, he never turned things around. There’s a learning process here, and there’s a foundation to be laid.
Summary: Wilson was regarded as an ace recruiter when he took the job in 2016, but before his recruiting even kicked in, he took a young squad and improved it by quite a bit. What might he do with actual experience?
Wilson went from small schools to big roles in a hurry. The Nicholls State grad spent seven seasons as a Louisiana high school assistant before taking the reins at O. Perry Walker High in 2000, at the age of just 26. He won state coach of the year honors in 2002, and by 2005 found himself in the college ranks.
The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster.
The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft) to Dallas, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, via sources informed of the potential talks.
To be clear, the proposed swap is in a stage so preliminary that serious negotiations have yet to take place — and might never reach fruition.
The Redskins are in a quarterback pickle after handing Kirk Cousins unheard-of leverage by way of a second consecutive franchise tag. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is an avowed Cousins booster. After mentoring Cousins for two years in Washington, Shanahan attempted to trade for the former Michigan State star after landing the Browns offensive coordinator job in 2014.
“We’re always going to look to invest in that position,” Brown said. “I think we’ve got three young guys on the roster between Robert, Cody and Kevin that we’re excited to have back. But we will always look to add to that position. We think there are some guys in the draft that are intriguing for us. There could be some guys in free agency, depending on how things shake out, that can help us, too.”
When Brown also said he could imagine entering the 2017 season with just those three on the roster, he was asked why.
“That could be the reality that we’re faced with, so it’s something that you have to prepare for,” Brown said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s an aiming point on our target. And I’d leave it at that. But we do like having Cody and the work they’ve put in. Robert’s come in and obviously had a tough year with the durability and the injury early. But the reality is those are three guys on our roster and we’ll continue to develop and work with them.