Phil Simms can read minds!

Mr. Know-It-All himself. (Photo credit: Florian Schneider/Showtime)

On last nights Inside the NFL (on Showtime), Phil Simms said, “There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health — I’m going to go on that assumption — that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck.”

Phil Simms is an idiot. He has to be out of his mind if he thinks that a 35-year-old (36 by next season) with three neck surgeries (two this year alone) is going to have so much sway as to keep a team from possibly drafting Stanford Cardinal phenom, Andrew Luck, with the #1 pick in next years NFL draft.

I’m not really sure how Simms can pretend to know how Peyton Manning would react in that situation. Peyton, you would think, is the only person that would be in the know on that subject. Personally I can’t imagine Manning would put an organization, that has done everything but chew his food and spit it in his mouth, in a position like that.

If Manning could walk into that front office and proclaim in no uncertain terms that he is going to play the next 3-4 years without his neck acting up, then maybe his words would be slightly more persuasive. He cannot, of course, make that statement.

Even if he could that is a situation where Colt’s owner Jim Irsay would say, “Thank you for your input, you can now see yourself out.”

What I mean to say is Peyton Manning would have as much say in if the Colts drafted Andrew Luck #1 as you or I would, which is zero say.

Some would scoff at that statement, but it doesn’t make it any less true. To let a star player who has one foot of his first ballot Hall of Fame career in the grave to make as important as possibly drafting their future franchise QB is asinine.

For Phil Simms to of made such an ignorant statement is ridiculous. Just another in a long line of drivel from a smug Mr. Know-It-All bitter ex-player.

A trade saved his life

I would assume most players don’t want to be traded. So when Jerome Harrison was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles (for Ronnie Brown) a couple of days ago, he probably wasn’t jumping up and down with happiness.

Going through the motions and getting his physical done by Eagles doctors, they found something abnormal. ESPN is reporting (according to two league sources) that the trade was officially nullified because doctors discovered a brain tumor.

Sources also say that the trade itself may have saved his life as Harrison may not have received a physical otherwise.

Scary stuff.

HGH test for NFL?

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN) the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to immediate testing of human growth hormone (HGH) for all players in the National Football League.

Except the NFLPA doesn’t seem so sure how soon this testing will actually take place.

From union spokesman George Atallah;

“We believe that we have to report back to our players, make sure that the protocol and the testing protocols are safe. Once we feel that way, which we hope will be as soon as possible — obviously the chairman and congressman Cummings can help us facilitate that — we’ll be in a position to start testing as soon as possible.”

I applaud the NFLPA for trying to protect their players, but it’s not how they make it sound. I believe that the players association is not protecting the players from the way the testing method is applied or if the test is reliable, but protecting them from the fact that large amounts of NFL players are taking HGH.

Say what you want about Major League Baseball, and they have rightfully received a lot of blame in the whole scope of performance enhancing drugs, they have at least faked an effort these days. The first professional athlete in the United States to ever test positive was a player from MLB. If the MLB test is instituted and up and running, why has the NFL version continued to stall?

The NFLPA, I believe, is afraid of what might ultimately produce many positive HGH tests among its rank and file. They have put up this front of making sure the tests are administered properly using the right methods, when it’s nothing more than an attempt to try and prevent any HGH test from happening at all.

I admit it sounds rather conspiracy theory-ish, but stranger things have happened.

NFL Predictions ’12, Part II

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

This is the man who threw for 30 TD’s and 4,710 yards at 66% completions throwing to guys like Patrick Crayton, Legedu Naanee, and Seyi Ajirotutu. Now this season he has Vincent Jackson & Antonio Gates (mostly) healthy. Naanee or Ajirotutu as a 3rd receiver or in the slot is fine, but as a #1 or #2 is not going to end well for most QB’s. Philip Rivers is going to have a ridiculous season. I can see 4,900 yards and 34 TD’s.

Defensive Player of the Year
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions

When you are half way through your rookie season and people are already referring to you as being one of the top 3 DT’s in the NFL you know that man is a special player. Barring injury, Suh is going to rack up a bunch of these Defensive POY awards. Not to mention Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams. Suh is as dominate as position as any player at any position. Man is a beast.

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

In my opinion Jones is the most NFL ready of all rookies this season. He has had his off moments in the preseason and he does drop too many balls, but he’s as ready as they come. He has a true pro at QB throwing him the ball and one of the top 5 receivers on the other side of him in Roddy White.

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

I could have went in plenty other directions here with Patrick Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Ryan Kerrigan or Adrian Clayborn. I settled on Von Miller because he appears to be the most clean cut and ready NFL prospect.

Coach of the Year
Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans

Finally gets his Houston Texans over the hump and they excise those nightmares of Peyton Manning and the Colts and win the AFC South. With Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Matt Schaub on offense and a defense that is certainly improved with Jonathan Joseph & Danieal Manning in the secondary and Wade Phillips can work wonders as a defensive coordinator.

NFL Predictions, Part I

It all leads up to this.

I feel pretty decent on most of my win/loss predictions, with the exception of a few.

One in particular is the Indianapolis Colts. With even a slightly injured Peyton Manning the Colts are a solid 10 win team.

Without him? They are on the clock for a top 5 pick in next years NFL Draft. That is the risk you run with you have a player who accounts for so much of your offensive production. When he’s healthy and right everything is peachy, if he manages to get hurt? Might as well write the season off.

The other team I am wholly unsure of is the Philadelphia Eagles, the supposed Dream Team of the NFL. It’s true they amassed a king’s ransom of talent in some spots, but they left others completely alone. With the additions of Nnamdi Asomugha, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, etc… they strengthened themselves greatly. Now they have a game ready backup QB, a talent rich secondary and defensive line. Continue reading “NFL Predictions, Part I”

ESPN Fail…

Just reading about the New York Giants losing three defensive players for the entire season in the past 24 hours (I blame lockout voodoo) and on the right side of the screen there is a section called “More NFL headlines”.

In that NFL headlines section it then has three stories about baseball, one about today’s earthquake in Virginia (felt from Atlanta to Toronto) and then just one lonely story about the actual NFL.

Am I nitpicking? Probably. Is is too much to ask to have actual headlines in the NFL headlines section? No.

Reflections on NFL free agency, so far…

First let me get this out…

I’m so ready for football this season it’s ridiculous.

All I have been able to talk about recently is the NFL and college football. Hell I’m so excited I may even watch a poorly played local high school game on TW3.

Well, maybe not the last part, but I am over the top ready.

My Syracuse Orange, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants watching is going to be in ultra-full effect this year. Apologies to my wife, the poor girl.

The free agency season has been on now for a few days and I have some observations;

The Buffalo Bills have made a bad move by not pulling out all the stops to get Paul Posluszny to return to Buffalo. They lost him to Jacksonville who, by the way, is totally revamping their own defense with the Posluszny signing, in addition to bringing in safety Dawan Landry (from Baltimore) and LB Clint Sessions (from the Colts) and the release of former first round pick (2008) DE Derrick Harvey who produced only 8 sacks in three seasons.

Seahawks fans have to be ripping their hair out at the Tavaris Jackson signing. Jackson is far from franchise QB material and I highly doubt he will be any sort of improvement over the Hasselbeck/Whitehurst combo, unless between now and the start of the season they upgrade their offensive line, wide receiving corps and running backs (aka their entire offensive unit).

Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins appears to be a pretty good signing, though I am unsure how the cold weather of division foes Buffalo, New England, and the Jets is going to affect him. I don’t think he is going to be used as a primary back, but more like a do everything receiver, half back, wildcat guy which should help reduce the effect of cold weather on his sometimes brittle body.

It appears Vince Young is going to become the backup to Michael Vick in Philly. This tells me all that I need to know about Young. He had opportunities to sign with a team with which he would be the starting QB and he chose a place where he will be the backup with no hope of starting. With this I have officially written him off of having any chance of being an impact player on the NFL level, winning record as a starter or not (he’s 30-17 as a starter).

The NFL currently has two of the most pigheaded and ignorant people in all of sports in ‘retired’ QB Carson Palmer and Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. Ridiculous situation.

The New York football Giants reportedly have a deal in place with DE Matthias Kiwanuka and are close with RB Ahmad Bradshaw. The re-signing of Kiwanuka means Giants fans may have seen the last of Osi Umenyiora, who is again threatening to hold out on the basis that he wants more money. If the Kiwanuka signing becomes official and I was the Giants I would tell Osi he can go kick rocks. I believe Jason Pierre-Paul is more than willing to step up to the plate.

The Kevin Kolb to Arizona for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 2nd round selection is an even trade and I like it for both teams. Ten years from now we could look back and hindsight will tell us whether one side ‘won’ or ‘lost’ the trade, but as of right now it’s a great deal for Philly and Arizona. The Cards needed a QB desperately and Philly wanted the most they could get back for him and that they did with a sometimes great, sometimes lacking focus CB in Rodgers-Cromartie and the 2nd round pick.

What move did the New Orleans Saints make to try and replace Reggie Bush, a small do everything back? They replaced him with another small, do everything back! Darren Sproles is tiny to say the least, but his impact on his team during the course of a game is roughly the same as Bush. Great signing for the Saints and I’m sure Saints QB Drew Brees is smiling just a  bit right now.

Plaxico Burress is officially reinstated by the NFL and guess who’s interested in his services? The New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, his two previous teams with which he left on not the best of terms. Apparently this lockout and short free agency period is causing teams to just lose their damn minds! As to where he will end up, I’m not sure I can make an accurate guess because common sense is telling me it shouldn’t be either. Just a day ago I would have said the Eagles or the Jets.

So Nnamdi, where are you playing this year?

The thought of Nnamdi Asomugha ending up with the Jets is a scary thought. Just imagine a cornerback duo of Darrell Revis & Asomugha. It’s an incredible thought and Rex Ryan is probably drooling over this thought instead of that steak he saw in the grocery store the other day.

Update (6:04pm): ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that the New York Jets are out of the Nnamdi hunt. Cowboys a shoe-in?

Update (6:46pm): The Philadelphia Eagles have swooped from (seemingly) out of nowhere to land the services of Nnamdi Asomugha.

There will be updates on all moves and news on the NFL through out the rest of the preseason and alllll season long. Come back often!

Adrian Peterson thinks NFL lockout is ‘slavery’

Yes, you can go ahead and read that headline again. Don’t believe it do you?

Well…it’s 100% true.

In response to being asked about the NFL labor problems and the lockout Peterson responded, “It’s modern-day slavery, you know?”

No. No it isn’t. Not in the least.

Not in the most general sense possible is the NFL lockout, between it’s mostly billionaire owners and mostly millionaire players, like modern-day slavery.

Considering that the lockout is occurring over the players and owners not agreeing on how to split $9 billion dollars and the fact that Peterson himself is slated to make a cool $10.72 million dollars this season, he sounds like a Goddamn buffoon.

His agent, Ben Dogra, has said that his clients’ comments were taken out of context.

Perhaps his comment was taken slightly out of context, perhaps. Even if it was it doesn’t even remotely, not in any way humanly possible, resemble anything to do with slavery. If he was trying to make some sort of analogy…well, he failed…miserably.

(Side note: I always love when a politician/athlete/actor/anyone famous says something during an interview that is really, really stupid and the patented response from them or their ‘people’ is that their words were taken out of context.

No they weren’t. You’re just an asshole.)

I wonder if the $10 million dollar man realizes that there is, to this day, still slavery in the world. Actual, real, modern day slavery you say? It’s true, there is.

My first reaction to reading Peterson’s words was, “Please tell me he did not actually say that…”

Am I wrong to think that Peterson’s comments are completely ignorant of any rational thought?

2010 NFL Awards!

The 2010 NFL regular season is in the books so that means it’s time for some awards! Who doesn’t love some awards?

NFL Coach of the Year
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers – I know all teams suffer through injuries in this league, but the Pack had injuries to some major players (Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley) and when you can coach a team into the playoffs where the person with the most rushing TD’s (four, tied with John Kuhn) is your quarterback (and that QB is not named Vick) that’s something of a tremendous accomplishment.

Honorable mention:
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

Comeback Player of the Year
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – Who else could it be? Two years out of federal prison and the man is a strong candidate for NFL MVP in his first season back as a regular starter. The numbers simply speak for themselves;

100 carries, 676 yds, 9 TD, 6.8 ypc

233-372, 62.6% cmp, 3018 yds, 21 td – 6 int, 100.2 QB rating

At times Vick was almost quite literally unstoppable at times, i.e 59-28 win over Washington and the 2nd half in 38-31 win over New York Giants. Continue reading “2010 NFL Awards!”

I’m Tired of this Nonsense; Peyton is better.

Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. There, I said it. Point blank.

I am not an expert by any means, but I would like to think that my eyes tell me what they tell me and I have common sense enough to know the difference between a very good quarterback and a great quarterback.

Tom Brady is very good. Peyton Manning is great.

Michael Wilbon recently started writing his own commentary column for where he says,

Peyton Manning, God bless him, isn’t the best QB in the history of the NFL; John Elway is. (Remind me again how many Pro Bowl teammates Elway had on the first three AFC championship teams he dragged to the Super Bowl by himself?) And if not Elway, then Otto Graham. And if not Graham, then John Unitas. And if not Unitas, then Joe Montana. I’m an enormous fan of Manning’s, professionally and personally. He could be, for all the right reasons, the most popular player in the NFL today. But he’s not the best QB playing today. Tom Brady is. I don’t know how you vote Manning ahead of Brady, the way that NFL Network survey turned out. Doesn’t Brady have three Super Bowl championships and doesn’t Manning have one? I presume most people can count to three.

(Side note: Elway had multiple Pro Bowlers in 1986(six), 1987(three), and 1989(five), by the way Mr. Wilbon.

Incase you were wondering, Peyton Manning’s first three trips to at least the AFC Conference Championship game he actually had less, 2003(four), 2006(three), 2009(six), so that argument is flawed.)

I like Michael, love watching him and Tony Kornheiser battle it out on PTI, love watching him on ABC & ESPN’s NBA coverage, even on the radio he’s fun to listen to and I do agree with many of the things he says, but this isn’t one of them.

While I do agree that Peyton Manning isn’t the best QB in the history of the NFL (I believe Joe Montana to be #1), he’s certainly better than Tom Brady. Continue reading “I’m Tired of this Nonsense; Peyton is better.”