Nepotism Can Be A Double Edged Sword ….. That Bitch Can Cut Both Ways And It Hurts !

Nepotism Can Be A Double Edged Sword ….. That Bitch Can Cut Both Ways And It Hurts !

I don’t know about you but as a youngster I had no real interest in following of the footsteps of my father professionally. He worked for almost three decades in factory as a machine operator for a company that made office furniture. Not that there was anything wrong with that as a profession and the relationship between he and myself wasn’t one that was close to begin with. He left the family home recusing himself of all responsibilty of being a father first and then a man. But that asides he had his moments in the lives of myself and my two younger siblings , my brother and sister. Over the remaining years prior to his leaving the UK to return to the Caribbean our paths crossed but not always on the most amicable of terms.

As I grew up I simply knew that I had no intention of following in my father’s footsteps professionally as I sought to make my own way in the world. Having graduated from high school I joined the military and for the nex eight years I saw a great deal of Europe and North Africa serving in the British Royal Marines . Fulfilling my obligations there , I was lucky enough to be hired by large financial concern and over the next decade I spent working in the world of high finance. Along the way I was lucky enough to be the proud beneficiary of my employer’s in house educational program , wherein they paid for my entire college education. I put that education to good use in the world finance which was mutually beneficial for both parties at the time.


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In the NFL rarely has it worked with great success where a father and son have achieved success at the highest order. Especially when it comes to the field of coaching albeit that we’ve seen where the likes of Buddy Ryan and Mike Shanahan have achieved a great deal of notoriety and success. In the case of Ryan he has seen his son Rex follow in his footsteps first becoming a coordinator before being entrusted to take over the helm of the New York Jets as their head coach. Kyle Shanahan eager to follow in his father’s foosteps also is now the offensive coordinator and assistant coach alongside his father Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins . Now one can surmise that it’s never easy to try and succeed much less outdo the acvhievements of one’s parents. But there is a case to be made that when that comes about a parent never ceases to be proud of that very moment and the fact of the matter is those moments are a lasting legacy of the very achievement itself.

Ryan in his first season with the Jets he got the team to the AFC championship game where they would fall short in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts with the result being a 30-17 defeat . This season within the AFC East the Jets are off to a 5-2 start and it would appear are comfortably placed to make the postseason . For all of the bravado comming from Ryan and his team and the belief that they’re capable of winning the Superbowl . There is a widespread belief that Rex Ryan is merely amping up the rhetoric and hype in order to deflect any attention and undue pressure upon the New York Jets. At times actions such as this can do more harm than good to his team . And within the cauldron that is New York City where the fans and press can merciless and unflattering , either Ryan will be able to put up or he’ll have to simply shut the hell up. This much we do know if he’s unable to guide this team to the promise land it won’t be long before the fans there in New York start to clamor for his head on a platter and his blood to be spilled all over the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Granted, while this is a very talented Jets’ team there’s no denying that their humbling 9-0 loss at home to the Green Bay Packers having come off a bye week showed not only how unpredictable the NFL is but also that there’s way too much hype placed on a team that simply hasn’t achieved anything in the past three decades that is of any real note.

Often thought as one of the elite division of the of the NFL the NFC East has been anything but that this season . Mired in mediocrity for much of early half of the season I sincerely doubt that we’ll see a clear cut and dominant team within the conference as a whole. Many of the top tiered teams within the NFC as viewed by the press and tv analysts alike have performed like they’ve been hampered by some unseen obstacle. Based on what I’ve seen of the teams in question namely the Dallas Cowboys , Minnesota Vikings , New York Giants and New Orleans Saints a case can be made that hype , complacency and the mere fact that a number of these teams simply aren’t that good.

Redskins work out ex-Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell

Ashburn , Va. (AP) —Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked out with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, just three days after Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of a loss to Detroit.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Russell was one of many players, including a few other quarterbacks, who were getting a look from the team.

“We’ll evaluate him and everyone else out there,” Shanahan said.

The Redskins routinely invite out-of-work players for workouts on Tuesdays, but the timing of Russell’s visit only added to the team’s quarterback drama of the last few days. McNabb’s benching raised questions about the six-time Pro Bowl player’s future with the team, and coach Mike Shanahan added to the confusion by offering varying explanations for the decision.

Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, was released in May after three disappointing seasons with the Raiders. He regressed on the field, was fined for being overweight and was criticized by the coaching staff for his work ethic.

Kyle Shanahan praised Russell’s talents, but said the other factors do come into consideration when evaluating a player.

“I don’t think you consider anyone just based off of talent,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Everyone in the NFL’s pretty talented. (It’s) other stuff that really separates you. He is very talented, so I think he can overcome some of the stuff that he struggled with. I don’t really know that personally, but if he looks like he’s in good shape out here and he’s working, and that’s all you can evaluate. Sometimes when guys do get a second opportunity, they can change their stripes.”


We’ve seen the unraveling of the season for the Cowboys and Vikings and there’s a great possibility that one if not both teams will most certainly miss the playoffs . And who’s now prepared to lay odds that Brad Childress and Wade Phillips aren’t on the proverbial “hot seat” as far as their NFL coaching positions are concerned ? This is much is certain with the tumultuous maelstrom and storm said to be surrounding both organizations at present nothing short of divine intervention will actually save either Childress or Phillips by season’s end. Jerry Jones and Zygi Wilf are now backed into a corner and as owners, they have to be completely embarrassed by the very circumstances that their respective teams are now in. Unrest amongst the respective coaching staffs and what could amount to be a certain amount of dissention has effectively cacaded out of control. And while this has all been going on we’ve seen some rather asinine displays of immaturity being shown not only by some of the player on these respective team but also by the coaches. Childress has waived wide receiver Randy Moss after a mere four games played having acquired the player via a trade from the New England Patriots. And less we forget he still has to deal with the now injured “primadona” Brett Favre whose play this season has bordered on being mediocre at best. It’s obvious that the $20 million spent this year on Favre won’t be getting this piece of crap anywhere at all !

Jerry Jones has a dilemma on his hands does he jettison Wade Phillips now or at the end of the season ? In doing so, knowing that in hiring a coach and complementary staff there is a good chance that next season will see the possibility of a labor stoppage. Why waste paying upwards of between $8 million to $12 million needlessly when there’s said to be a great deal of uncertainty as to what next season holds ? A slumping team and what appears to be a lame duck coach and owner whose ego knows no boundaries. Could Hollywood have scripted this any better ? All that now awaits is the self combustion of Jones’ brain matter all over the executive suite of his office inside Cowboys Stadium . A fitting end no doubt to the Cowboys’ comical and disastrous season don’t you think ?

While I’m under no illusion as to how average the Washington Redskins are , at best , I do know that this team simply isn’t capable of playing with any degree of consistency throughout the season . Now we have the idiocy of the coach and his son , Mike and Kyle Shanahan trying making contrary statements as to the fitness and play of starting quarterback Donovan McNabb . Furthermore, given the deficiencies of the Washington Redskins at present I’d say that their worries over McNabb are being exaggerated and without basis. Their real concern ought to be how best get this team playing with a great deal more consistency. Now the duo are trying downplay their statements and in doing so they’ve made themselves a complete laughing stock and have no doubt loss the immediate respect of the player. If they now had these concerns then why trade for him in the first place ? Clearly Mike Shanahan and his son are either unsure of what they want or they simply now have misgivings and are too afraid to admit to the fact that they made a monumental mistake in aquiring the player. What might now be even more ludicrous is the fact that the team’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has brought in former NFL players JaMarcus Russell and J P Losman for quarterback tryouts. Is there a reclamation project now being put in place as they seek to perhaps replace McNabb ? Never mind the fact that the team has another “washout” in Rex Grossman as its backup . What are the Redskins’ fans to make of this latest turn of events ?

Given the mediocrity of the play now taking place within the NFC and specifically within the NFC East at present. We could very well see an 8-8 or 9-7 team make the playoffs this season from within the conference. How bad on appearance would that be ? No doubt what the fans have been served up within the conference would considered to be mediocre at best. But such are the vagaries of the game and the fact from week to week within the NFL one simply never knows what’s about to be served up next. It would be remiss to think that NFC is the only conference where the fans are getting a drab brand of football on display each week. As within the AFC at the lower rungs of the conference the teams there might be just as bad as those now in the middle and lower end of the NFC.

From my own perspective the mediocrity of the play this season isn’t merely about the teams but also about the apparent lack of real quality coaching and some of the asinine decisions that the fans have witnessed throughout much of the season as it has progressed. The remaining 8 weeks and the postseason has a great deal in store for the NFL fan and one would hope that it’ll be an improvement on what we’ve witnessed so far this season. As to the futures of Rex Ryan and Kyle Shanahan they will be judged by the decisions they make and the success achieved by their respective teams. This much I do know it’s clear at present given what’s going on they can’t really do much worse than many of the other head coaches around the NFL at present.



Picture gallery for your perusal .

What are your own feelings concerning the current situations that have befallen the Redskins, Cowboys and Vikings ? And do you feel that in the cases of Mike and Kyle Shanahan they’ve made themselves something of a laughing stock around the league and in the eyes of the fans ? And what are your thoughts concerning familial ties within the league and how it plays out concerning the individuals mentioned within this piece ? Simply chime in with a comment as you see fit .

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16 thoughts on “Nepotism Can Be A Double Edged Sword ….. That Bitch Can Cut Both Ways And It Hurts !”

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  2. Kyle Shanahan and his father Mike will now become a comedic Vaudevillian act . This sort of stupidity hasn’t been witnessed since Step-n-Fetch or the likes of Abbott & Costello . ‘nough said !

    Who be the c_on here then ? I do’s believe it’s be the Messr’s Shanahan . A round of applause will soon be forthcoming from Rush Limbaugh as he now defends the actions of the Shanahans.

    Who’s the qb for the ‘skins and does he play on first or second downs ?

    🙂 * 🙂 * 😦 * 🙂

    Ain’t life grand ?

    tophatal 🙂


    1. Chris Humpherys

      The likes of Dungy , Gruden and Cowher have simply got to be laughing at all of this at the moment. I can tell you this none of those guys will be in a complete hurry to return to coaching within the NFL at present. They’re having way too much fun being in the tv booth analyzing and commenting on the games being played . Gruden is literally double dipping as he’s still being paid by the Bucs and ABC/ESPN to the cost of over $7 million this year alone .


      Now you understand why ‘Chucky’ always has that congenial smile on his face ……… he’s being paid bitch ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      tophatal 🙂


    2. Chris Humpherys

      Which guys would you consider to be at the top of their game as coaches within the NFL at present ?

      I can name but three namely Fisher , Tomlin and Belichick . Each of the guys as such either have longevity , success and have been extremely consistent throughout much of their career.

      tophatal 🙂


  3. Buddy Ryan was a players coach. he was tough but fair. The players would run through walls for him. His son Rex is the same way. Pete Rozell dream was parity. it is here. I hate the blanking Cowboys. I still do. They kicked my Eagles ass all the time. Tom Landry was a class act and a great coach who never go the respect or praise her deserved. Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry were assisant coaches on the New York Giants. The point is this. Parity is here. This year there are no real good teams just average ones. Watch out for the Eagles. The Bums and shit heads have some really good young players. Reid needs to get outta the way and stop be so predicable.


    1. Bobby Gee

      Buddy Ryan waas a great coach even if he could be cantankerous at times. The same can be said of both of his sons.

      There’s someone somewhere who always hates the Cowboys and they’re simply loving the fact that they’re now mired in this squalor of insipid mediocrity.

      This isn’t really parity but the fact that there are some terrible teams in the NFL as well as some god-damn awful coaches . Simply look at the records of the teams within the NFL at present and you’ll actually realize how bad the situation really is ?

      tophatal 🙂


  4. I loved Rob Ryan when he was the Raiders D-coordinator. He was firey just like Rex. You need those kind of guys to get everyone riled up and believing in themselves.

    The skins are making fools of themselves. I guess it’s nothing new to a franchise that kicks paying fans out of the stadium for bringing signs that say negative things about the team.

    I’m loving the Cowboys and Vikes dreadful seasons!


    1. chappy81

      Both of the Ryan boys are very good coaches in their own way. Rex however, I know can’t tone it down but if he carries on down this road and two years from now the Jets haven’t achieved anything (winning a Superbowl) then his neck will be on the chopping block. They’re patient in NYC but not that patient .

      Simply put this this season for both the Cowboys and Vikes has been one complete cluster fu_ck ! Not even Hollywood could have scripted this all any better ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Mel  Gibson

      I hear Mel Gibson is crying out to play the role of either Childress , Jones and Wade Phillips should the story ever come to the big screen ?

      You’ve just gotta love Mel and the NFL at present as these stories have become cannon fodder for the press . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!


      tophatal 🙂


  5. Both Childress and Phillips have lost control of their respective teams and need to be fired.
    The McNabb situation was pure lunacy. The younger Shanahan will wind up in the same place Don Shula’s son wound up. Working in one of his daddy’s other businesses.


    1. aero

      It kind of makes one wonder how much of the coaching within the NFL is actually talent and how much of it is really about the players assembled to make up that prerequisite team built for success ?

      Childress is now admitting that the trade for Moss was a profound mistake. The Vikes’ problem isn’t a lack of competitiveness but the fact that they’re now way too reliant on an aging piece of crap known simply as Brett Favre . The guy has now become a complete liability rather than an asset to the team. The idiots out there still kissing his ass like some sort of deity really ought to realize that now rather than later. Should they miss the playoffs then the fallout will be catastrophic for the whole organization as the premise was that a run in the playoffs and triumph in the Superbowl will ultimately lead to the buidling of a new stadium for the team. There’s now about as much chance of that happening as there is of Pelosi and Palin sitting down , breaking bread as a photo-op for the convened press. Middling to none don’t you think ? Smile you’re on Candid Camera …….. You’ve Been Punk’d ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Jones and Wade Phillips simply reminds us that there’s no fool like two dumb fools which these two actually are .

      Kyle Shanahan and his father make “Dubya” and his father seem like venerable geniuses at this moment in time . You’ve got to be a complete dumb ass to think that Grossman is a better option than McNabb at any time during a game. LOL,LOL,LOL !!! If McNabb only had one arm and one leg he’d still be better than Rex ‘Friggin’ Grossman ……Gator of no Gator and that’s with all due respect to sportschump (Chris) .

      tophatal 🙂


    1. chappy81

      My own way of thinking is that Moss has another meltdown and he might as well retire. I know that everyone thinks that ‘TO ‘ is a stark raving lunatic but not even TO has sunk to such depths of stupidity !

      ‘I wants me some hot sauce on my pasta ! And where’s the fried chicken at ‘ ?

      Both of these guys may well ‘pop off at the mouth’ from time to time but in the case of TO he says it all to get attention . In the case of Moss he’s simply being an ass !


      You can catch more flies with honey TO simply opens his mouth and they come rushing out and then back in !

      tophatal 🙂


  6. chappy81

    Chris Humpherys

    After this past weekend’s scores in the NFL I now know that there are a boat load of teams that are simply overrated and that includes my beloved Pats and the Jets in particular . Even though the latter came away with a win !

    Justin Bieber could well be right he’s the one who ought to be the only one with an effeminate haircut . Brady looked god-damn awful in the game at times ! That 34-14 loss was a complete ass whuppin’ and the Pats looked as if they’d been sodomized by the Browns !

    Spank that ass simply spank that ass ! Bria Myles


    tophatal 🙂


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