It Was A Good Day ……. Well In The NFL It Was ’til The Browns and Bills Sank Into The Bowels Of Ineptitude

How the hell can I explain it ? Well I can’t but for some improbable reason the New England Patriots‘ offensive line can’t seem to get going. And when it comes to the defense it’d appear that they can’t seem to stop the run , even if their lives depended on it. The travesty today was seeing this team seemingly having victory within their grasp , only to go on and lose the game to the Denver Broncos in overtime.

Wes Welker  (83) of  the  New England  Patriots  is  unable to  catch  a  pass  as  the  Broncos' cornerback Champ  Bailey (24)   makes  an   attempt  to  retrieve  the  ball   during the  play.      The   Broncos  would   go  on  to  defeat  the  Patriots   20-17   in  overtime   in the   game  played at Invesco  Field  in  Denver  , Colorado.  picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images   / Jed Jacobsohn   ...................
Wes Welker (83) of the New England Patriots is unable to catch a pass as the Broncos' cornerback Champ Bailey (24) makes an attempt to retrieve the ball during the play. The Broncos would go on to defeat the Patriots 20-17 in overtime in the game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Jed Jacobsohn ...................

The 20-17 loss was a bitter pill to swallow but made even more so , given the fact that they had this game well within their grasp. But what was even more unacceptable was seeing the Broncos’ quarterback Kyle Orton outperform Tom Brady in the most inexplicable of ways. Now comes the hard part accepting that the Broncos are unbeaten and are in-fact 5-0. While the Patriots now fall to 3-2 within the AFC East . Speaking as die-hard fan of the New England Patriots fan, I’m now at a loss to explain the direction that this team is said to be going in. Bill Belichick and his coaching staff must now seriously look at the defense and systematic but unwarranted errors that are being made. What also needs to be looked at also is the anemic productivity in terms of the running game.

Giants'  linebacker  Mathias Kiwanuka   ,right,  strips    Raiders'  quarterback  JaMarcus   Russell  of  the ball    in  the   third  quarter  of the  game  played between  the   two  teams  played  at  Giants   Stadium ,  East  Rutherford,  New  Jersey  .  The   Giants   would   defeat  the  Raiders   in  a   44-7   rout   .         picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/ Bill   Kostroun  ...................
Giants' linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka ,right, strips Raiders' quarterback JaMarcus Russell of the ball in the third quarter of the game played between the two teams played at Giants Stadium , East Rutherford, New Jersey . The Giants would defeat the Raiders in a 44-7 rout . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Bill Kostroun ...................

Do we really need to continue to witness the abhorrent play of the Oakland Raiders and in particular the play of the team’s quarterback JaMarcus Russell ? This player has not only regressed physically but also mentally as a member of this so called team ! His confidence is shot to hell and he’s become more of a liability for the Raiders – than the entire team going down with the H1N1 virus . The 44-7 rout that the team suffered at the hands of the New York Giants was about as clinical as they come. At no time during the four quarters of the game , did you ever feel that the Raiders were capable of actually doing something worthwhile on the field of play. The team is ill disciplined and has no leadership on it whatsoever ! What makes the situation even more untenable , is the lack coaching coming from Tom Cable and his staff. It’s almost as if no one on his staff is capable of doing anything that would make the team seemingly, competitive . Well , the off the field turmoil has made the team somewhat of a laughing stock but then again when hasn’t this franchise been a laughing stock over the last decade ?

Bucs'  wide receiver  Sammie  Stroughter  (18) makes a   valiant   attempt  to  catch  the  ball  in the  endzone   during  the   game   played  against  the  Philadelphia   Eagles.   Looking  on  is  Eagles'   defensive  player    Dimitri  Patterson  (23)    as   the  miscue  is  made.    The   Eagles   would   go  on  to  defeat  the  Bucs  33-14    in  the  NFC  game  played  at    Lincoln  Financial Field  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania ,.      picture  appears courtesy  of   getty images/  Jeff  Zelevansky     ......................
Bucs' wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (18) makes a valiant attempt to catch the ball in the endzone during the game played against the Philadelphia Eagles. Looking on is Eagles' defensive player Dimitri Patterson (23) as the miscue is made. The Eagles would go on to defeat the Bucs 33-14 in the NFC game played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ,. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jeff Zelevansky ......................

History is about to repeat itself without a doubt this season. It is my firm belief that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will most certainly lose all 16 regular season games . This team under the coaching rookie, Raheem Morris just doesn’t know how to win. Nor are they liable to at this juncture. It is beginning to look a certainty that they will join the Detroit Lions as being only the second team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular season games , since the league went to that specific schedule. This a really bad team that’s horrendously coached and what’s even worse is the very fact that this team is completely bereft of talent on both sides of the ball. And can we now stop making the excuse of the team sought to rebuild for the future ? I was always under the impression that when one goes about building anything , you went about it by assembling it with talent on both sides of the ball.

Bucs' coach  Raheem  Morris   walks   the  sidelines   during  the  game  against  the  Philadelphia  Eagles    at  Lincoln  Financial  Field   .   The   rookie   coach    still  remains  winless   in   his   professional   career  and   his   team   are  now   0-5   within the  NFL   , this  season.        picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/  Jeff  Zelevansky    .........................
Bucs' coach Raheem Morris walks the sidelines during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field . The rookie coach still remains winless in his professional career and his team are now 0-5 within the NFL , this season. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jeff Zelevansky .........................

The team hasn’t had a draft pick over the past eight years that has amounted to much. Assessing talent for the Buccaneers is almost on par with the productivity we see coming from within the halls of Congress. It borders on being minuscule in terms of anything tangible coming out of this , it remains to be seen. But clearly the franchise and the ownership in terms of the Glazer family clearly have their mind on their other sporting interest – which happens to be the English soccer club , Manchester United of the English Premiership League (EPL). That investment has reaped some dividends but at the same time it has become a financial burden that continues to weigh heavily on the bottom line. Having purchased the team by leveraging it with a mountain of debt ($1.1billion), the Glazers now find themselves in a position where the payments being made on the principal plus interest is having a startling effect on that investment overall.

Brian  Westbrook (36) of  the  Philadelphia  Eagles   celebrates  his  touchdown  during   the  game  against  the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers.      picture   appears   courtesy  of   getty  images  /  Jeff   Zelevansky     ..........................
Brian Westbrook (36) of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his touchdown during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Jeff Zelevansky ..........................

The Philadelphia Eagles with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick in tow – had this Buccaneers’ team on their heels from the moment the game commenced. And there was little done to suggest that the Buccaneers would prove to be even a test for their NFC East opponents. While the Eagles are on the ascent up the NFL food chain , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly becoming the cannon fodder upon which other teams within the NFL can feast and ravage upon. And unfortunately this is liable to be happening for the foreseeable future as there’s little to suggest that either Morris or the team GM Mark Dominik can do to turn this team around. Both are way in over their heads and they’re seemingly making all the rudimentary mistakes that one would come to expect from two inexperienced individuals who’ve been thrown to the wolves , like lambs to the slaughter. There wasn’t much that we could further learn from the Bucs’ 33-14 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. Other than to suggest that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might just be one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Browns'   quarterback   Derek  Anderson   (3)   hands   the  ball  off  to   running   back   Jamal  Lewis   (31)   during  the  game   against the    Buffalo  Bills   at    Ralph  Wilson   Stadium   in   New  York   ,  New  York City,.         picture   appears  courtesy  of     getty  images  /  Rick  Stewart   .........................
Browns' quarterback Derek Anderson (3) hands the ball off to running back Jamal Lewis (31) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in New York , New York City,. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Rick Stewart .........................

In all honesty for those of us who were unfortunate enough to witness that diatribe served up by the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills . Then we ought to consider ourselves extremely lucky that this game didn’t go into overtime. I for one believe that the NFL should be in some way charged with fraud and perhaps a complaint could be lodged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ? Because clearly the product served up for the public’s consumption on Sunday afternoon,in no way could that be interpreted as being football. Especially with what the vast majority of us are use to seeing within the NFL. It gives cause for great concern that these two teams could only muster up nine points in an entire game. And that the Browns’ quarterback Derek Anderson could only amass 2 completions throughout the entire game . Weigh that stat, in terms of the 17 attempts made by Anderson and you have to consider that as a monstrosity . The end result was a 6-3 win for the Cleveland Browns over the Buffalo Bills. And to top it all , Anderson’s quarterback rating may well go down in history as being one of the lowest ever registered in an NFL game. That qb rating for the game even though as they say in a game ….. a win is a win . But Anderson’s stats for the diatribe served up was in-fact a 15.1 qb rating for Sunday’s game in Orchard Park , New Jersey.

Bills' coach    Dick  Jauron   stands  on the   sidelines   and  watches  as  his   team  plays   against  the  Cleveland  Browns  at   Ralph  Wilson  Stadium    in  New  York  City.   The   Bills  would   go  on to   lose  a   low  scoring   game   to  the  Cleveland  Browns    6-3 .        picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images   /   Rick  Stewart   ........................
Bills' coach Dick Jauron stands on the sidelines and watches as his team plays against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium in New York City. The Bills would go on to lose a low scoring game to the Cleveland Browns 6-3 . picture appears courtesy of getty images / Rick Stewart ........................

Suffice to say that the Bills’ and Browns’ fans, in attendance can’t have been pleased with the spectacle served up for their entertainment pleasure. But that would allude to the fact that there’s allegedly parity within the NFL ? Not judging by this episode or the mere fact of the number of truly bad teams that there now are , within the NFL !

I’d like to think that things are going to get better as the season progresses. But merely for Sunday , in some ways it was a good day. But then again within the NFL for a number of team it was not !

As Ice Cube says …….”Today Was A Good Day. But in some ways it wasn’t all that great for others ! Especially for a number of teams within the NFL .

Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

7 thoughts on “It Was A Good Day ……. Well In The NFL It Was ’til The Browns and Bills Sank Into The Bowels Of Ineptitude”

  1. I didn’t catch the Bills-Browns game as I was watching paint dry, which was considerably more entertaining.

    I’m calling for the Bucs to win next week at home to the Panthers and cart Rah off the field after he’s been doused with Gatorade.

    I’ve gotta say, those ‘alleged’ big time receivers are not getting the job done. I wrote in my “Take the Bucs under six” post months ago that they didn’t have a go to guy.

    The team is just bad. We knew it would be but the rushing attack is still reasonable.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      You’re wise not to have caught that Bills Browns’ game. It would driven you committing suicide as it was that bad. As for the Bucs , well there’s not much else that can be said for the team. The Bucs haven’t got any big time receivers and they’re woefully piss poor on offense as well as defense. They couldn’t catch a cold much less make a tackle.

      As it now stands WDAE are wasting their time with many of the shows that they put on the air with the Bucs’ players. No one wants to hear them talk about the game. We can see for ourselves how much of a cluster fuck they’ve become. Unless they’re now putting on the show for the hearing or visually impaired . Then I for one see no need for it. And as for the morons from the Pewter Report what the fuck have they to be jolly about at this time ? The team sucks to high heaven but they’re carrying on as if hope is just around the corner. Not friggin’ likely at this juncture that’s for sure !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Cleveland Buffalo the crummy game of the week. The Doncos win was great. I am not a Doncos fan. I just don’t like the Pats.I am glad the Doncos. won. The Eagles looked good but need to run the ball and cut down on penalties. The AFL started in 1960. Do the math 2009-1960 is 49 years. This was the last time I looked. fifty years is 2010. The old uniforms were cool. I remember watching those old AFL games. I loved those games. KC-Dallas Texans. Houston Oilers-Tenn. Boston Patriots-Now New Enland..New York Titans-now jets. LA Charges-now San Diego. Buffalo Bills-Jack kemp QB. Oakland Raiders- now the dead suck raiders. Those days were fun.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      Off course it was a crummy game. It sent that many people to actually dial the suicide hot line there in Buffalo and the surrounding areas. Holy cow ! What does it tell you when an NFL quarterback only completes 2 of 17 passes for a little over 100 yds and the team still ends up winning ? Can we all agree that Mangini couldn’t coach a Pop Warner team much less an NFL franchise ?

      As for the old time uni’s it doesn’t matter to me either way just as long as these guys come to play and then they’re prepared to leave it all on the field when it’s all said done.

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Hey Al,
    Long time no chat. I hope all is well.
    After over 30 years of pulling for the Bucs they have finally wore me down. I can’t bring myself to watch this fiasco they call a team anymore. I check the score and that’s about it.
    Do you think the organization will make any major moves next year or do the Glazers continue to make a mockery of this franchise.

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  4. aero

    This mess was created because the Glazers have some serious financial concerns because of their involvement with their other sports investment- EPL soccer club Manchester Utd. As I pointed out in the piece the club is laden with over $ 1.1 billion worth of debt. The revenues are down and the payments have to be made on that subordinated debt along with the interest. So it does leave them in something of a precarious situation.

    My own personal feeling is that the Glazers rushed in making Morris the coach and Dominik the GM. Both are inexperienced and th glaring mistakes that’ve been made with regard to the personnel decisions have been glaring and magnified to such an extent . That now the excuses they’re making are somewhat juvenile and idiotic. That clearly shows me that they’re both in over their heads at this juncture. It wouldn’t surprise me at all this season should they go on to lose all 16 of their regular season games.

    More to the point the present roster of the Bucs isn’t worth a damn to begin with. Josh Johnson is like a deer caught in headlights. And as far as I’m concerned Freeman just doesn’t have what it takes to become a reliable NFL quarterback. He’s not that bright to begin with when it comes to the game.

    Alan Parkins

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  5. It was a great week for football, but not a good one for betting on the games for me! I guess I’ll have to re-evaluate my picks a little better. I’m really surprised the Broncos are doing as well as they are, and the same goes for the Bengals. I had no idea they even had competitive squads let alone winning ones! I was fortunate enough to miss that Browns and Bills game, it looked like a snooze fest. The Eagles are quietly looking good as I don’t hear anyone talking about them, but they’re obviously better than the Cowboys!

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