Come Get Some …………….

Come Get Some …

Try as hard as I can it sometimes come down to complete idiocy when I hear a former player of a team being critical of current players on a franchise ! Ridiculous as it may seem we now have a once great quarterback in Joe Namath being critical of Rex Ryan and in part the team assembled in his guise and that of the front office of the New York Jets . From my own perspective anything that Namath has to say on any subject be it on the subject of the NFL or domestic or foreign policy is simply not worth listening to ! Beyond the fame and accolades the player’s greatest accomplishment in recent years was to embarrass himself in front of the public whilst in a semi drunken stupor by suggesting to ESPN on air reporter Suzy Kolber that he would like to kiss her rather suggestively . . Can someone remind me beyond his achievements in the organization’s lone Superbowl win , is there anything else that Namath has achieved that has been notable in his professional career or beyond that ?

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With the New York Jets off to an inauspicious start to the season at 2-2 within the AFC East the team and its coach now find that they are being questioned as to the competitiveness of the players ans whether or not they lack the will to win. For the past two season the New York Jets made the AFC championship game 2009 and 2010 . Clearly many felt that this team was finally ready to stop the dominance of the New England Patriots and the apparent stranglehold that they have had on the AFC East. And as dominant as the Patriots have been the New York Jets have been the Achilles’ Heel and the irritant in the ointment , that of the fans and their divisional foe . The swagger of Rex Ryan was exemplified by the attitude of several players on this team , most notably Darrelle Revis , Santonio Holmes and to a lesser extent Mark Sanchez .

Like many of the teams during the NFL lockout the New York Jets sought to be competitive through the usual free agent acquisitions one would usually be accustomed to seeing . And most certainly through their draft choices from the 2011 NFL Draft Rex Ryan and his assistant coaches are now looking to make this team a cohesive and competitive unit .

As I alluded to earlier , the Jets’ start to the season was an inauspicious one and the very fact that the team now finds itself sitting above only the Miami Dolphins within the AFC East. Things are not about to get any easier this weekend as the New England Patriots play hosts to the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium , in Foxborough , Massachusetts. Bill Belichick knows that his team needs to answer more than a few questions especially with regard to the defense . The Patriots rank dead last within the NFL in total defense AND within the AFC overall things simply embodies the real problems that they face altogether. And as combustible and prolific as the offense is , there is no denying unless the New England Patriots can shore up the defense then they will be in for a great deal of trouble once the postseason comes around .

There is an animus between these two teams ___ the Jets and Patriots that I don’t believe is typified by any other current rivalry in the NFL today, with the exception of a meeting between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers ! If there is currently as combative a match-up beyond these two rivalries existing within the league currently , then I have yet to witness it . Sunday afternoon should give us a peek into the mindset of both teams , with Tom Brady , Wes Welker , Rob Gronkowski , Steven Ridley and Benjarvius Ellis-Greene will be looking to stamp their authority on this division as well as sending a signal to the rest of the NFL that they are a team to be reckoned with .

Now while I’m not under the pretense that the New England Patriots will have this game all to themselves I do believe that if they are not complacent then they will prevail over their most hated foe . During the playoffs last season when the two teams met the Jets under Sanchez’ leadership made a mockery this Patriots’ team . In order for the New York Jets to win I think that it will be incumbent upon Mark Sanchez to get his passing game at his optimum level to take advantage of the Patriots’ very suspect secondary . This will become a test of wills between the two teams as well as the respective coaching staffs of the New York Jets and New England Patriots .

I have no doubt that Bill Belichick would like get this game over and done with , placing the Jets in his rear view mirror and take advantage of putting his team at the top of the AFC East with there being some separation between themselves and co-leaders the Buffalo Bills who are off the a surprising start to their season (3-1) under their coach Chan Gailey . The Bills for their part will play host to the surprisingly lax Philadelphia Eagles who at 1-3 clearly are defying all logic in terms of being viewed as the early prohibitive favorites in the NFC for the Superbowl . Clearly Andy Reid , his coaching staff and the team have great deal to worry about . ” Dream Team” or not the Eagles are currently the ” laughing stock” of the NFL . And with the demise of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS at the hands of the St Louis Cardinals do you get the feeling that things could very well erupt within the city of ” Brotherly Love” this weekend should Philadelphia Eagles also meet the same fate as their baseball counterpart ?

While Andy Reid now has to be looking over his shoulder while the Eagles’ front office staff assess not only his performances , that of the coaching staff as well as the team . Clearly in the case of Chan Gailey for now, all appears to be right in the world for he and his players . Well that’s until they face their first sense of real adversity and since the start of their season the team has been playing with the heart and passion not seen from the organization in a number of years. If the Buffalo Bills are truly back as their fans now believe them to be then this will be the season for the team to truly show that they belong amongst the elite within the game. If not , then they will be considered what we have all contended that they are meant to be ………….. an also ran .

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Which of the weekend match-ups within the NFL are you most enthralled by ? And which game or games you least interested in ? Leave a comment as to your thoughts and anything else you believe to be pertinent on the subject matter.

Alan aka tophatal …………

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(1) BALTIMORE – OCTOBER 2: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens shakes hands with Mark Sanchez (6) of the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17 . Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ….

(2) Head Coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets hugs head coach John Harbough of the Baltimore Ravens after the game at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images …

(3) LaQuan Williams (5) of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against Jim Leonhard (36) of the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images …..

(4) Mark Sanchez (6) of the New York Jets hands off against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images …….

(5) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick listens to a reporter’s question during an NFL football media availability in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. AP Photo/Charles Krupa …..

(6) OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 02: Wes Welker (83) of the New England Patriots tries to run away from Chimdi Chekwa (35) of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images …..

(7) Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images ……..

(8) Kevin Boss (87) of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Gary Guyton (59) of the New England Patriots at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images …….

(9) Heartfelt commiserations to the Oakland Raiders’ fans and the untimely death of the team’s owner Al Davis at the age of 82 . Davis seen here looks on from the sideline as he watches the Raiders 32-27 pre-season victory over the New England Patriots on August 25, 1995 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Davis the long time owner of the Oakland Raiders was reported as passed away on the team’s website. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images …

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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

11 thoughts on “Come Get Some …………….”

  1. Shame about Davis, but at 82 he had a great run. Later everyone called for him to leave, etc., but team formed this year will be his legacy too.

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    1. al clements

      If it weren’t for Al Davis many of minority hiring practices that have since come about within the NFL wouldn’t have happened ( Rooney Rules asides) ! People seem to forget that he was at the forefront of hiring minorities in not only coaching positions but also in an executive capacity within the front office also. Never mind what took place in terms of the playing personnel .

      I think that the Raiders can be competitive within the AFC West but it comes down to the mindset of the players and in particular with regard to the leadership skills shown by quarterback Jason Campbell .

      tophatal ………

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  2. The Phillies stunk the joint out. I told you they would loss. The Eagles are toast. Joe Namath is a drunk. Great player. That’s it. New England and the Jets game will be close. Both teams hate each other. It was sad to hear about Al Davis dying.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      With that sort of payroll ($167 million) of the Phillies this is the sort of abject failure that they will talk about for years to come .

      I think that should the Jets’ lose the game against New England then there will be a great many questions asked about the team as well as the coach and his coaching staff !

      Couldn’t you agree with you more on Joe Namath as the guy is a complete asshole !

      As for the passing of Al Davis it’s sad as he was one of the true pioneers of the NFL who along with the likes of Rooney , Ralph Wilson , Hunt and Pete Rozelle made the league what it is today . The likes of Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder have simply pissed away the integrity of the NFL with their inane stupidity and practices within the league . They may well be making a more money than ever before but they lack integrity and respect for their predecessors .

      tophatal ………

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    1. JW

      The league is competitive but I don’t feel that Al Davis is to blame for the woes that some truly believe that he’s the cause of ! You have to look at the fact , that ” free agency “ in whatever form it took was coming to the NFL come what may .

      The USFL came and went ………… blame Donald Trump for their (USFL) now ceasing to exist . And you now have the UFL which is now having some acute financial problems . You allegedly have guys who are great businessmen but when it comes running a professional sports franchise their knowledge and overall take on things is minimal to say the least .

      The NFL is King , a financial behemoth and windfall for everyone involved with the concept of the league and how it operates . Those who are failing, it’s simply because of their own innate stupidity .

      At the end of the day when assessing and acquiring talent it’s down to the coaches and general managers to use common sense and not overpay for that talent . And that is what is now wrong with the NFL and in large part also with baseball and the NBA most definitely !

      In recent years simply look at the idiocy that has been compounded by the likes of Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder ? Those two owners alone in the last decade plus have spent in excess of $250 million on players that simply weren’t worth a damn !

      Davis may well be a precursor to it all but in no way is he solely to blame for the mess as it’s down to the likes of the general managers , owners , league hierarchy and of course the NFLPA (union) . Once the flood gates were opened the tidal wave simply made Katrina seem like a spill in the ocean !

      tophatal ………

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  3. All is not lost for the Eagles quite yet.

    They still have seven division games to play.

    Remember, the Heat came out cold at the beginning of last year and still made the Finals.

    That being said, they better shore up their D and do a better job of protecting Michael Vick.

    Either that or Coach Reid may be looking for a new job.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      The Eagles are 1-4 playing god damn awful football albeit that they have some injury issues but Vick has been playing like a bitch ! For them to even make the playoffs they’ll have to win at least 10 games to make sure of that . Because they may not even get the wildcard within the conference .

      Banner , Reasman and Lurie will certainly have to look at Reid , coaching staff as well as certain players on the team .

      I don’t care if the Heat made it to the NBA Finals , let’s put it this way ….. when it mattered most they simply were like a patient suffering from ED (erectile dysfunction) . Not even Viagra or Cialis could save that bunch of numbskulls ! Wade , James (LBJ) and Bosh are a bunch of self serving bastards ! Now James is “tweeting” that the lockout is something that he’s sorry about and his care is for the fans . Fu_k him and the horse he rode in on as he can’t understand what the fans much less the public are going through at this moment in time ! Not when he’s earning in excess of $35 million year from the NBA and commercial endorsements alone . The guy is an odious and pompous asshole !

      tophatal …….

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