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Posted on: March 21, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Saints penalties had nothing to do with bounties

New Orleans Saints are pretty much screwed for at least 1 year, but let's not get this situation twisted into some type of "anti-violence" campaign by Roger Goodell. That wasn't the message the NFL commissioner was trying to send by bringing the hammer down on the Saints organization.

Roger Goodell and the NFL knew that the Saints had bounties and asked them to stop. New Orleans didn’t stop, and that’s the reason for the following penalties.

 

- Head coach Sean Payton suspended for 1-year (Payton just said he’s “stunned”)

- GM Mickey Loomis suspended 8 games and fined $500,000

- Saints franchise fined $500,000 and lose 2nd-round draft picks in 2012 & 2013

- Assistant coach Joe Vitt suspended without pay for 1st 6 games of 2012 season

 

Harsh penalties, but the misconception here is about the message sent by Roger Goodell. This is not about ending bounties, though that will be the major media spin. Goodell knew about the Saints bounty program and politely asked them to stop. The message sent through these penalties is simple: When you’re dealing with Roger Goodell, honesty is not the best policy, it’s the only policy.

Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 1:26 am
 

Pros & Cons for teams who want Peyton Manning

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Pros:

1. Weapons

        - Dwayne Bowe just got franchise tagged

- Extremely talented young WR in 2011 1st rd pick Jon Baldwin

- Reliable WR option in Steve Breaston

- Healthy return of TE Tony Moeaki

- Healthy return of Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles

Dark Spot: Health issues with Jamaal Charles and a lack of RB depth

 

2. Defense

            - Strong front 7 that should get even better by adding a NT

            - Playmakers in the defensive backfield

            - Gained CB Stanford Routt

            - Return of SS Eric Berry

Dark Spot: Loss of CB Brandon Carr to FA.

 

Cons:

1. Offensive Line

            - RG Ryan Lilja and C Casey Wiegmann are old and essentially useless

            - RT Barry Richardson known as the worst starter in history

            - Little to no depth

Bright Spot: LT Branden Albert has become a legitimate blind-side protector

 

2. New Coaching Staff

            - Romeo Crennel failed in Cleveland

            - New OC Brian Daboll has led some awful offenses

            - Rumblings of unrest in the Chiefs front offices (bugging phones)

Bright Spot: Chiefs hired Jim Bob Cooter as an assistant coach. He helps out the Duke boys by day, and has a fantastic relationship with Peyton Manning. His hiring was clearly a ploy to entice Peyton.

 

 

New York Jets


No, stop it. ESPN, other major media outlets, just stop. Put this on the “Wax My Entire Body” list.

            - I can’t stand people who say there’s “no way” something will happen, unless there's literally no way. So when I feel strongly, I put it on the list. If Peyton Manning chooses New York, I will wax my entire body.

 

 

Washington Redskins


Pros:

1. Mike Shanahan

- A proven head coach who has won rings with a great QB.

- Shanahan has made comments about his great offense, not his great QB.

- Can take a lot of media pressure off of Peyton’s back.

Dark Spot: Shanahan’s ego has gotten him into trouble since he showed up in Washington. Peyton’s head is too big to fit in with Shanny’s ego.

 

2. Defense

            - Dominating talent with a large # of 1st rd picks

            - Dirty 30 (LaRon Landry), when healthy, is a big time playmaker.

            - The group as a whole will only get stronger with experience

Dark Spot: The money spent on defense creates the first Con.

 

Cons:

1. Lack of weapons

            - Santana Moss hasn’t been a #1 WR for 2 years.

            - Niles Paul can do a flip while catching a football… sweet, but doesn’t score TDs.

            - Chris Cooley is possibly the biggest ? for the ‘Skins as he returns from injury.

Bright Spot: Roy Helu Jr. is for real, and can take a ton of pressure off the passing game.

 

2. Kyle Shanahan

            - Spoiled brat of a coach that can’t take criticism.

            - Tries to run the offense like he’s playing Madden, demanding complete control.

            - Has a hard time relating to players.

Bright Spot: Peyton wont put up with him, and if I had to guess, I’d say Daniel Snyder would name Manning OC before he would let Kyle screw this up.

 

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Pros:

1. Defense (I’m reaching hard on this one)

            - Joe Haden is a dominant shutdown corner (lock him up Cle)

            - D’Qwell Jackson is a tackling machine

            - Jabaal Sheard can flat get to the QB

Dark Spot: Defensive line is weak, hence the 12 losses.

 

2. Damn…. Greg Little might turn into a pretty good player…

            - There is very little the Browns have that I think appeals to Peyton.

            - Cleveland would be much better off trying to trade with STL for the 2nd overall pick and draft RGIII.

Dark Spot: There’s a lot of them.

 

Cons:

1. Peyton Hillis

            - What the hell is going on with this guy?

            - He’s thinking about not even playing football next season, and joining the CIA (reportedly).

            - His first name might get in the way of Manning's ego.

Bright Spot: Chris Ogbonnaya

 

2. It’s the Browns

            - Even if Cle had a chance, the organization would find a way to screw it up.

Bright Spot: They have the best offer to give STL for RGIII, if they’re willing to do it.

 

 

Minnesota Vikings


Lack of weapons, weak overall defense, and a young QB they’re trying to build around in Christian Ponder. Oh yeah, and we have no idea how Adrian Peterson will look when he returns from his knee injury.

 

Vikes are another on the “Wax My Entire Body” list.

 

 

San Francisco 49ers


Pros:

1. Defense (best argument)

            - Dominant defense across the board

            - Franchised SS Dashon Goldson, so they wont miss a beat

            - Best option for Peyton defensively

Dark Spot: Last year wasn’t a fluke, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a great defense slide back after one great season.

 

2. Offensive Line

            - Cadillac of protection for Peyton

            - All the time he wants

Dark Spot: The O-line might have looked better because of Alex Smith’s ability to scramble

 

Cons:

1. Lack of Weapons

            - Michael Crabtree is way too talented to be this average.

            - Entire WR core as a whole is weak.

            - Frank Gore, though awesome, is aging.

Bright Spot: Vernon Davis (who thought that would happen a year ago?)

 

2. System in place

            - head coach Jim Harbaugh likes a run-first offense, that wont work well with Peyton.

Bright Spot: Harbaugh can adjust. He knows this is the best option for Peyton, and making this happen would almost guarantee a 13 win season, and a great look at the Super Bowl.

 

Miami Dolphins


Seriously? Miami? Does that just scream, “perfect place for Peyton”? I don’t think so.

 

PUT IT ON THE LIST! (I am starting to realize I might have a pretty damn good chance of waxing my entire body… but I’m confident)

 

Houston Texans

WHAT?! It’s possible

 

Pros:

1. Revenge

            - "You 'ought not bring Peyton the flounder.” -- Archie Manning

            - Peyton's ticked, and would love to play the Colts twice next year.

            - He would be petty to do this, but who cares? It’d be awesome.

Dark Spot: What about Matt Schaub?

 

2. Andre Johnson

            - Texans have other viable weapons, including Arian Foster, but my God, how awesome would this be?

            - The Peyton to Johnson connection would be so intense, it would break fantasy football leagues nation-wide.

Dark Spot: What dark spot? America would love this.

 

Cons:

1. What about Matt Schaub

            - Got injured, but still a great QB

            - Texans have invested a big part of their future in Schaub.

Bright Spot: Who would you rather have, Manning or Schaub? Manning

 

2. Defense

            - Is Mario Williams coming back?

            - Will Johnathan Joseph have a comparable year to last year?

            - Will J.J. Watt progress like he should?

Bright Spot: These are all questions, if the answer to 2 of 3 is yes, the Texans defense should dominate in 2012.

 

This isn’t even all the teams being thrown around right now. These are just the teams most people think have a legitimate shot at landing the biggest fish in FA in a long time. Wherever Peyton goes (even if it’s Cleveland), that team will win at least 10 games and make the playoffs. Let the games begin!!!!!!!

Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:57 am
 

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:48 am
 

Russell Wilson is Fools Gold

This afternoon, on College Football Live on ESPN, former NC State QB Russell Wilson will come on and potentially make his decision on where he is going to play this season.

Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies last summer and he was let out of his scholarship by NC State. Though he is currently playing baseball in the minors for Class A Asheville (N.C.), Wilson has one more year of eligibility in the NCAA.

Today, he is supposed to make his decision between football and baseball as he promised weeks ago that he would make a decision before July 1.

It would seem that Wilson is choosing to play one more year of football. It would also seem that Wilson is going to play at Wisconsin or Auburn.
Either way, I still have one question, WHO CARES?!

Russell Wilson is a 5-11, 190 lbs, mediocre at best QB, who averages only 3 yards per carry. Russell Wilson is nothing special, and with all of the hardships that will come with changing systems, has little chance of excelling this season. Still, much of the college football world is on the edge of their seat, awaiting Wilson's decision.

It's pretty intense that this guy is going on national television to announce his decision. Granted, he is not having a special called "The Decision" but considering how low level he is compared to LeBron James, it's still over-the-top.

I think this just proves how much America loves football. All morning, people have been talking about the NFL Top 100 players list, which is fairly irrelevant. Now, we are in a frenzy about a QB's decision when that QB has little or no chance of leading a team to a championship. I don't think people care about how mediocre Russell Wilson is, I think they care about a somewhat interesting football story. On that note: The NFL needs to end the lockout. America has proven that we still love the football and the NFL considering all of the worthless things we are talking about because of the lockout. Give me something else to think about other than the lockout or players getting arrested, like free agents. Do the right thing and end the lockout, that way, Russell Wilson will no longer be a story.

God Bless

Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Bill Self Says F-U to Josh Selby One More Time

I know, two blog postings in one day, are you starting to gauge my massive boredom when there's nothing other than June baseball going on?
I'm driving just a little bit ago and I hear on the radio that the University of Kansas has released the following statement:

"Kansas Head Coach Bill Self will be available to speak with the media after Josh Selby has been selected in the NBA Draft. In the event that Josh Selby is not selected, coach Self will be available to speak with the media after the NBA Draft has concluded."

Bill Self must really hate what Josh Selby did to his team last year. Josh Selby was supposed to be the reason that KU won the National Championship in 2011. In October of 2010, I had Gary Parrish on my radio show on 90.7fm KJHK in Lawrence, KS. Parrish said that Selby was the difference, he compared him to John Wall, Tyreke Evans, etc... EVERYBODY was sold on Josh Selby. If Josh had played up to 70% of the hype, then KU would most likely be the National Champion. That would be frustrating to anyone, so I understand.

That said, for Bill Self and KU to give Josh Selby one last F-U moving into the NBA Draft is, in a word, classless. You can tell me, "Wait, they just released a simple statement." You can tell me that, but you would be wrong. Why single out Josh Selby twice in the statement? The University of Kansas and Bill Self did that so that everyone would just accept the fact that Josh Selby would be the final KU player taken in the draft. Why not just make the statement,

"Kansas Head Coach Bill Self will be available to speak with the media after every eligible KU player is taken in the draft."

That is all you need! You need more proof? Bill Self will be in the "green room" of the Morris Twins. This was a calculated shot, and as a KU grad, I am not even a little bit shocked. Never in my life have I seen a more petulant bunch of jackasses than when I came to the University of Kansas. The campus is on the top of a hill, and let me assure you, s--t rolls all the way down that hill.

Think Bill Self is a good guy? Why don't you ask San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher (Hint: He's on my side)

God Bless
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:41 pm
 

CBS thinks Selby will be a bust. He already is.

I just logged onto CBS Sports to check out the news for the day and I see a poll asking people who will be the biggest bust in this years NBA draft. The answers are the following:

Jimmer Ferdette
Bismack Biyombo Kemba Walker
Josh Selby
Donatas Motiejunas

How in the world is Josh Selby on that list? He had a terrible second half of the season at KU, and that seems to be all anybody remembers about him. Josh got injured @ Texas Tech and missed 3 games. When he came back, Josh never scored in double digits again for the rest of the season. He had some trouble getting along with KU Head Coach Bill Self, and Selby proved that he is not effective unless he is the focal point of the offense. Also, let's not forget that Selby missed the first 9 games of the season for accepting improper benefits. In all accounts, Josh Selby has been a bust since day 1.

News flash for CBS Sports, a player that is not projected to be picked in the lottery cannot be a bust. Right now, Josh Selby is projected to go 17th overall to the New York Knicks (Donnie Walsh wouldn't have even thought of doing that). A player drafted 17th overall can only be abust if he contributes nothing. This is the NBA, not the NFL, and whether or not a player is a bust is judged differently. Somebody please tell me the last player taken outside of the lottery who was a bust? You can't, because that position in the draft can't warrant a "bust" tag.

IF Josh Selby is selected by the Knicks, I will post another blog entry about the conspiract theory surrounding the selection. That conspiracy theory begins with Carmelo Anthony's manager being the reason that Selby was suspended for his first 9 games at KU.

God Bless
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Why the NFL Network will end the lockout

As I sit here, I am fully aware that the NFL lockout is the most annoying thing on the planet, trust me, I get it. The crazy thing, I cannot stop watching the NFL Network. I just watched a replay of some random week in November and it was one of the coolest things that I have done all week. While ESPN keeps talking about the potential top 10 draft picks to the point of nausea and Brandon Marshall is getting stabbed in yet another domestic dispute, the NFL Network is reminding all of us that there still is a game that this is all about.
I understand that the pandamonium around the NFL has more mass appeal than the down in the dirt, gritty as hell, absolute fight that I love, but please NFL, remind your real fans why we put up with all of your nonsense. The NFL Network just did that for me. In a world full of media clutter that is all about the things going on off of the field, the NFL Network is showing us that there is still something a little bit pure left in this game. One you cut through all of the B.S. that we in the media love to cover, you remember why you fell in love with this game in the first place.

The more people that watch the NFL Network will remember this love and start to put more and more pressure on the NFL. I know with the rise of individualism in America, this might be a new concept to some of you. The only way that the NFL will listen is if we come together, keep sending our letters, boycott the draft, and stop giving the NFL our money.

Stepping off of my little pedestal. The top 10 undrafted players in NFL history is on NFL Network right now, and John Randle still scares the hell out of me.

Twitter: @MKWelchSR
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Markieff Morris is LEGIT

Watching the KU @ Neb game today,  I coud not help but think about the play of Markieff Morris. He is averaging over 12 ppg and leads the Big 12 in rebounds. Kieff had 17 points today. I think as fans we always get caught up in the moment and worry about what is next instead of looking back to the original expectations and enjoying the ride (I'm looking at you KC Chiefs fans).

Before this season began Markieff was not supposed to be a "star" on this Kansas team. Everybody in Lawrence knew what they had in Marcus Morris because he broke out last season, but Markieff has greatly outshined his expectations. During this past off-season, Marcus was invited to the LeBron James camp, Markieff was not. That was the first time in the twin's lives that they had been separated from each other. While I'm sure that it was tough for the both of them, I'm also sure it was much more difficult for Kieff. Few things cause more motivation than sibling rivalry, and with Cole Aldrich leaving after the 09-10 season for the NBA, Markieff was going to get his opportunity.

Markieff has made the most of his opportunity and has solidified KU's front court. With Marcus and Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson, and Jeff Withey (Withey only if the 'Hawks are desperate, but the dude's still 7 ft tall) the Kansas Jayhawks are continuing to look like arguably best team in the country.

Markieff has been having a breakout season that's even bigger than anybody had anticipated, however, Markieff knew that he could have this caliber of a year way back before the season started. I talked to Markieff during KU Bball's media day. Kieff told me, "Now that Big Fella (Cole Aldrich) ain't here, I need to be tough on those blocks and pick up the slack on the boards." In a more roundabout way, Kieff told me he was more than ready for the responsibility and to keep an eye on him this year. So nobody thought that Markieff would have this type of season under his belt come Febuary 5th, except for Markieff Morris.

God Bless

 
 
 
 
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