Oh no, not again: NFL edition

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Published on : August 8, 2017

 

The NFL is a wild and entertaining league with tons of new and exciting storylines to follow but then there are these other headlines. The ones you see year after year. It’s like a broken record. You think “oh no, here we go again”. We aren’t even into preseason games yet and already some familiar news items have surfaced. Let’s dive right into it.

 

More off-field trouble for the Dallas Cowboys. Running back, Ezekiel Elliott, got into a fight outside a Dallas bar. This after pervious issues with failed drug tests and claims of domestic abuse. But these are the players that Jerry Jones likes to draft. Fans in Texas are used to their stars having run-ins with the law. It feels like the players act like the old movie cowboys and treat the world like the wild west. Shoot first, ask questions later and hire a great lawyer.

 

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When the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, the hope was that the franchise could turn over a new leaf. Start fresh. Shed that rotten luck that always hamstringed a talented roster. Well, I hate to report but the injury bug still haunts the Chargers. They’ve already lost rookie guard Forrest Lamp to an ACL tear and their top draft pick, Mike Williams, is currently out of all training camp action with a back injury. Not a great start for the bolts.

 

Speaking of ACL tears. Miami Dolphins QB, Ryan Tannehill, got hurt again. He re-injured the same knee that held him out parts of last year. He likely needs season ending surgery to repair it. And in a hilarious turn of events, Jay Cutler, has been signed out of retirement/broadcast booth on a 1 year/$10 million deal. He will become the starter with Matt Moore serving as backup. Miami must now consider the future of the quarterback position. Even if Tannehill comes back healthy, can the organization trust him? Next year’s draft will tell us how much faith they still have.

 

Rumors are that the Dolphins considered Tim Tebow for the job as fill-in QB. That’s nuts and officially proves that NFL owners are black balling Colin Kaepernick. That can be the only logical reason. Why else would one look to a minor league baseball player and an announcer before a guy who played in a Super Bowl? I hope Kap gets a shot somewhere. He is too talented and only 29-years-old. Racist ass league. SMH.

 

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As we inch closer and closer to real football, the news cycle will continue to spit whatever they can. Maybe a hyper interesting piece about an aging star going vegan or something else really cool and important. The hope is, among all that noise, some real developments will emerge. But for now, let’s feast on the old faithfuls. Who wants to guess when the next Cincinnati Bengal going to be arrested?

 

Rinse and repeat.

 

 


Review of HBO’s 2016 Hard Knocks

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Published on : September 7, 2016

 

 

The Los Angeles Rams are the subject of this season of HBO’s Hard Knocks. A superiorly produced documentary series partnered with NFL Films that shows an exclusive behind the scenes look at training camp. All the highs and lows. It’s excellent and helps get me get pumped for the new NFL year. The Rams were a solid choice to focus on because this is their first season back to L.A. after relocating from St Louis. A team coming back to it’s old town is just a great story. Just like Alex said.

 

After watching all five episodes, there are some clear trends that shine through. Let’s get the most obvious thing out of the way now. There’s tons of swearing. Like fucking tons. This is why Hard Knocks is on HBO, they are the only ones that can air what these guys actually say. And it’s a lot of not-safe-for-work shit but that’s how pro football is. It can be a little shocking, even for me, who curses like a mother fucking sailor. So be warned. Earmuffs.

 

 

After the crazy swearing, the next standout is that Jeff Fisher and his staff are total dicks. But especially Jeff. Every time he talks I just hate him more. He speaks down to everyone and acts like such hot shit. I hate his hair cut but begrudgingly respect his mustache. For a coach with a career record of 170-156-1 who hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008, he sure walks around training camp with some Hall of Fame swagger. Fake it till you make it, I guess. To be fair, he seems to be genuine when he cuts players from the team but everything else still applies.

 

In episode three, Mike Singletary makes a visit. He is awesome. Super intense but completely purposeful. You can tell why he was a great player. His tenacity is clear as day. That’s how you are supposed to coach.

 

Rookie QB and first overall pick in the 2016 draft, Jared Goff, looks to have a solid arm but the Cal product is kind of a dummy. In one episode, it is revealed that Goff doesn’t know what direction the sun rises and sets. That’s insane. It’s not like the sun is some regional thing. Goff is currently second in the depth chart behind Case Keenum. Maybe the rook will take over at some point but it will be because of his play making, not his brains.

 

Speaking of smarts. Defensive End, Will Hayes, doesn’t believe dinosaurs existed. Even when confronted with fossils and dinosaur bones. It all goes down in episode four when Hayes visits super fun looking museum called Dino Quest.

 

 

Todd Gurley likes to talk. The running back phenom is entering his sophomore season and is looking to build off his breakout performance last year. I knew the dude can ball but man, does he like to talk trash. It’s awesome. His mouth has a motor just like his legs. Gurley doesn’t even need to be on the field. He is easily the most exciting character the franchise has. As both a player and a personality.

 

Other great highlights include the big brawl in practice that HBO captures in beautiful slow-mo. Some of guys drive a golf cart to the In-N-Out drive thru. The spelling bee. And the heart break of the last round of cuts in episode five.

 

Hard Knocks kicked butt like it always does. It did its job. It got me all amped for the start of real NFL games. As a team, Los Angeles, possess some nice pieces. Beyond Gurley, they have offensive weapons in Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt, plus the defense is loaded with studs like Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree. The NFC West is a pretty tough division so I don’t expect the Rams to surpass either Seattle or Arizona but who knows. HBO makes me think anything is possible.

 

Sorry St. Louis.

 

 


Don’t Punch Your Quarterback!

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Published on : August 11, 2015

 

Everybody knows that NFL training camp can get a little heated. All of the ego, talent and conflicting personalities are forced to live together and gel as a team, while sweltering in the summer sun. It’s when bonds are formed, but like anytime you put that much testosterone in one place, there are moments when tempers will flare and confrontations will turn physical. Some would call it the nature of the beast, and there’s no one who has been through it that won’t tell you that it’s a fairly regular occurrence. Most of the time these little scuffles occur amongst the linemen on either side of the ball, or between receivers and DBs, but this week we have seen a couple of quarterbacks get in on the action, causing fans and coaches to hold their collective breath.

 

 

Yesterday we got to see Cam Newton and cornerback Josh Norman get into an altercation in which the much larger Newton manhandled the DB. Apparently Newton threw an interception to Norman, who then laid a nice stiff arm on the QB during his return down the sideline. Newton took issue with the stiff arm (and probably the interception), even though he had been pursuing the defender. I know the red jersey means hands off but can you really fault Norman for trying to complete the interception return unimpeded?

 

The way I look at it, Josh Norman should consider himself lucky to still be on the team, because he is already on the bubble of the roster to begin with. I don’t blame him for the fight, and I think that Cam should remember that he is supposed to be a leader on this team and rise above this kind of stuff. Still, Norman should be thankful to have a job (for now) because Cam Newton is the future of this franchise, and he is definitely not. I’m not saying Josh Norman will stick with the team, but for now it seems like this thing has blown over. Either way, hands off the million dollar smile!

 


 

Today is a different story entirely. Fans in New York got to start their Tuesday with news that their best hope at quarterback, Geno Smith, had his jaw broken after he was punched in the face by linebacker IK Enemkpali. This is a huge blow to a team with a rookie head coach, who was hoping that Smith would take a big step forward this year. It is estimated that he will miss 6-10 weeks and will require surgery to fix the damage he incurred after reportedly sticking his finger in the face of Enemkpali during a locker room argument.

 

 

 

Sadly, unlike the Newton incident that happened out on the practice field in front of the eyes and cameras of fans and media, the Smith incident occurred in the locker room. All we know for sure is that Geno Smith will not be throwing the ball to Brandon Marshall for a couple of months and IK Enemkpali has already been released by the team. That’s just what happens when you crush the hopes of a team before the season even starts. Some of the Twitter reactions have been priceless.

 

 

 

The issue here isn’t training camps fights; those are always going to happen. What really needs to be looked at is the leadership of these two young QBs. They are the most important players on their respective teams and for them to put the success of the team and their own careers at risk like this is just stupid.  As far as the defenders who were dumb enough to put hands on them, they need to worry about their careers too, because a Cam Newton and Geno Smith are a lot more likely to stick around than a Josh Norman and IK Enemkpali. One of them still has a job and the other is now looking for one, but you can be damn sure that if something like that happens again, neither of them will ever see another down of NFL football.

 

And that’s why you DON’T PUNCH YOUR QUARTERBACK!

 

 

 


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