It’s Good To Know But Someone Has To Have Your Back …. Or Do They ?

It’s Good To Know But Someone Has To Have Your Back …. Or Do They ?

By tophatal ………..

The NFL Draft is a mere week away this upcoming Thursday ,26th April , 2012 . Three days of unadulterated eternal bliss for the Draft geeks out there and it gives the chance for Todd McShay and Mel Kiper to once again regale us all with their insight of the collegiate talent that will be part of this three days of apparent suspense . Given what were able to witness from last season’s draft it has to be said if the expectations are to be believed then the likelihood of a surprise seems remote at best . The Indianapolis Colts as the team making the number one overall pick which is likely to be the Stanford Cardinals’ starting quarterback Andrew Luck . Seen as the preseason favorite in 2011 for the Heisman Trophy , that accolade would be won by the Baylor’ Bears’ standout signal caller Robert Griffin III after the team’s outstanding season and Griffin’s own spectacular exploits in leading the Baylor Bears to an impressive 10-3 mark .


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There’s no doubt that Colts’ Jim Irsay has to assess the best fit possible for his team. Ryan Grigson having assumed the position of former general manager Bill Polian . The new incumbent will certainly have to make his mark , either way , his choice whatever it may well be can’t be viewed as a failure given the athleticism and talent of both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Now once we get past that number one pick it seems almost a certainty that the Washington Redskins having moved up in the draft order will undoubtedly take the second of the two aforementioned quarterbacks in question. If it is Griffin , then it certainly makes the Redskins an impact-full factor and quite possibly an outside favorite to win the NFC East . Given the quarterbacking talent on display the division , I am not so sure that even with the talents of Robert Griffin III at the helm the fortunes are likely to be as fruitful as envisioned . But most certainly it has to be better anything on offer by way of the quarterbacks on display last season for the Washington Redskins in 2011. If Rex Grossman and John Skelton got your “juices flowing” then I can only surmise that as a possible fan of the Redskins you were liable to have started the day with a lively libation of hard liquor . God knows, the Washington Redskins were extraordinarily god-damn awful this past season.

Mike Shanahan and that highly overpaid but extremely mediocre coaching staff has to bear the brunt of the blame for the mediocrity on display from the team. Bruce Allen the general manager and directly answerable to owner Dan Snyder but in reality he has to defer all personnel decisions to Mike Shanahan , as they both will be hard pressed this upcoming season to overcome the blunders that have been made by the franchise in terms of the draft picks made by he and Shanahan during their joint tenures in their respective capacities .

When it comes to prognostications concerning the NFL Draft , NBA Draft , MLB Draft and that of the NHL Draft . Well let’s just say , if you go by the norm , it’s strictly for dummies ! There’s no real all-out certainty unless the picks in question show outstanding ability and a great deal of maturity . That has been the sort of maturity shown by Peyton Manning in 1998 as the number one overall in that specific draft . And one would have to admit that Cam Newton came out of nowhere announce his presence with an outstanding and explosive season with the Carolina Panthers . Having been taken as the number one overall pick in 2011 , Newton simply announced his presence within the NFL with a string of games that displayed his prodigious talent , showing that all of bravado and skill-set shown with Alabama (Crimson Tide) was not a one and done deal .

If there’s one team that has something to prove this upcoming season then it would have to be the New York Jets . Over the past two seasons Rex Ryan and his coaching staff have simply failed to live to the perceived hype and this continued idiocy of his proclamation that this franchise has been the best in the AFC simply hasn’t been matched by results attained over that time span. In light of another obviously disappointing 2011 foray , does anyone actually believe that Rex Ryan now needs to simply shut the f_ck up and let the deeds of his team simply speak for itself , rather than continuing to make these rather asinine excuses ! Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez simply regressed during 2011 as the team became languid and simply not up to the task of being looked upon as one of the best teams within the AFC , much less the NFL as a whole .

Well we all knew that the New York Jets wanted to make something of a major splash this off-season . But hell , who knew it would take an actual act of sheer desperation to show the depths to which this organization would have sunk ? Oh , so a number of you are now of the belief that the acquisition of Tim Tebow will now make this roster simply better ? Please get a damn dose of reality and realize the fact that Tebow’s skill-set are marginal at best and the coaching staff of the Denver Broncos simply weren’t interested in improving the player’s abilities . If that were the case , then we would have seen a marked improvement in Tim Tebow’s play during 2011 with the Broncos. All of this talk of oh , what an outstanding season by the former Gators’ former starting quarterback . Has anybody simply looked at Tebow’s body of work in terms of his overall statistics for 2011 ? Plainly , while the player showed a great deal of heart , he had become more of a liability for the Broncos , rather than asset . Now there’s talk amongst those with apparent insight as to how Tim Tebow will be best used by Rex Ryan’s staff. “Wildcat anyone ” ? Oh that worked ever so well for the Miami Dolphins for the better part of one season before they were simply exposed as team without any real character , much less a coach of any standing . Tony Sparano on his best day couldn’t find his asshole with the aid of flashlight and a cattle prod , much less coach a team with a degree of certainty !

The issues for this current Jets’ roster is one of a lack of leadership and that is even with seasoned veterans such as LaDainian Tomlinson , Plaxico Burress and that infantile sniveling piece of excrement Santonio Holmes , who has simply become a plague and pariah in the latter part of his professional career within the NFL . Holmes is simply a classless individual , who rather than show that he possesses the leadership abilities , has shown that he’s no more a leader than one could consider Rex Ryan being someone who possesses a great deal of etiquette. Neither of those traits can be seen on display from either of these two individuals , be it on or off the field of play ! With Santonio Holmes signed to a long-term contract it would prove to be extremely difficult for the Jets’ front office to off-load the player at this juncture given the intricacies of his existing deal .

Let’s be clear , Tim Tebow was brought in to provide a kick in the ass to Mark Sanchez ! The New York Jets’ incumbent starter has proven to be that he hasn’t been able to fulfill the expectations , given the fact that he has been coddled throughout his collegiate and NFL career . Can someone explain to me what has been so exceptional about the quarterbacks who have played for USC (Trojans) over the last eight years , that upon their entrance into the NFL that they have simply sucked to such a degree that you simply wonder that while being good at during their careers under Pete Carroll , they have all of a sudden forgotten how to play the game ? In large part we now know that many of Carroll’s achievements at that storied program was simply built upon so many falsehoods and an environment of none compliance and to NCAA rules . Once a cheat , always a cheat , so suck it up , “bitches ” !

The needs of the New York Jets may not appearance seem like to be numerous but it is clear that this roster is far from the composite that Rex Ryan feels that he can build into a championship caliber team . From my own perspective , the leash on Mark Sanchez will have to be loosened , with the player playing to his alleged strengths whatever they may well just happen to be. If he should fail then Tim Tebow will be entrusted to lead this team , miss-targeted passes and a completion rate that may well border on statistics that the statisticians would rather not make available for the NFL , much less for the fans at large . And Tebow’s stats have been amongst the worst recorded in recent NFL history . If the New York Jets truly believe that they can ride on the coat-tails then so be it but I for one don’t see this all being as smooth a transition as the fans and NFL beat writers within the “Big Apple” and the surrounding vicinity are hoping that it will be . Granted , everyone loves an underdog , Tebow and his management will continue to ride this flea-bitten dog until it drops , because in large part they simply know this means millions of dollars for the player by way of endorsements , even if his talents are simply marginal at best . Now what for the New York Jets and their duo of competing quarterbacks ? Get the feeling that Greg McElroy will now be left on the outside looking in , as he sees himself slowly slide the team’s depth chart at the position ?

If I were to suggest to you that last season Mark Sanchez was the highest paid quarterback in the NFL would you have believed me ? At the end of the season the front office saw fit to sign their quarterback to a five-year contract extension paying the player $58.5 million ($20.5 million in guaranteed money [and with an $8 million signing bonus]) . Pardon me for saying this , I can only surmise that Mike Tannenbaum and team owner under Woody Johnson were easily induced or quite possibly seduced by the less than gaudy figures put up by the player last season that they simply said to Sanchez’s agent , his brother, Nick Sanchez …. “simply have your client sign along the dotted line ” . Based upon that assumption , it would be easy to suggest that Mark Sanchez is now in “hog heaven” with that amount of “bacon ” having just been placed on his plate . God knows, at present there are a number of quarterbacks within the NFL who are vastly overpaid , and who have simply done absolutely done nothing to be deserving of such rewards . But this is the premise upon which the NFL now seems to based in large part . ‘ Pay me now , or simply pay me later , whether or not I am an infinite success ‘ . And let’s just say a number of teams over the years have been simply burned by this process . Needless, to say the names of JaMarcus Russell , Matt Leinart , Carson Palmer and Vince Young comes to mind ! Four players who have yet to prove their worth within the NFL , in spite of the success attained by the quartet at the collegiate level . “Dough Boy” aka as JaMarcus Russell longs to make a return to the NFL but I for one doubt seriously that there would be an NFL franchise dumb enough to sign the player even to a one year contract ! Why the hell would they ? Your thoughts ? The Oakland Raiders over the years have proven that when it comes to actually assessing talent they’ve had as much success in gauging the merits of a good to moderate quarterback as Stevie Wonder would be able to , in trying to find a needle in a haystack . My thoughts here , and no one else , just saying that’s all !

With the NFL schedule for 2012 being formally announced as of 5:00 PM EST, yesterday , eagerly awaiting fans must have been thrilled by the match-ups that would be on offer for the season . For fans of the New York Jets that anticipation was answered in more ways than one with a number of games that are bound to wet their appetites . Their regular season opener sees the Jets take on their divisional rivals the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey on the 1st September , 2012 . Before the season comes into focus the NFL Draft and the Jets’ war room will become the scene for what may well be in part the determining process as to how the team’s progress will be gauged through the year. History would suggest that the franchise will be prudent in their draft picks that has seen them in recent years come up with some rather bold choices . Some have worked out , while others simply fell flat ! GM Mike Tannenbaum , along with Rex Ryan and his coaching staff will be looking to acquire the players they believe can contribute to the organization as a whole , immediately and for the long-term .

Tim Tebow may well be viewed as a backup to Mark Sanchez for now but should the wheels under the bus start to deflate . Then simply look for the Jets’ fans to be calling for the jettisoning of the incumbent and for the former Broncos’ starter to assume that starting role at the position. Tebow for the moment , has been saying and doing all of the right things. But don’t for one moment , let that syrupy ” Goody Two Shoes ” ……………… aw shucks persona fool you ……… Tim Tebow is out to become a starter with the New York Jets and that will become an earnest fact . Not a presumption , assumption or any other slightly off-kilter premise . If he has to , he may well get down and dirty to simply prove the point that he is ready . This is Sanchez’s job to lose , even if he is being paid a king’s ransom in comparison to his understudy . Mark , my words , Mark Sanchez this upcoming season can no longer afford to fool around , and think that he’s still on campus being coddled by the coaching staff , and as he has been by the Jets , ever since his entry into the NFL in 2009 , taken as the 5th overall pick in the first round by the Jets’ organization . If he screws up now , then he has no one to blame but himself ! Your thoughts on the matter ?



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Whether or not you’re a New York Jets’ fan what expectations do you have for the organization this upcoming season ? And how do you seem faring within their division (AFC East) ? Simply leave a comment on this , and anything else you believe to be pertinent as it relates to the subject matter .


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(1) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 07: Peyton Manning (L) listens as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaks at a press conference announcing Manning’s release from the Colts at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on March 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts’ organization made the announcement that Manning would no longer be a player for the franchise . The renowned quarterback would sign with the Denver Broncos . Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images …

(2) Quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Images North America/ Joe Robbins ……

(3) Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor looks on during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Images North America / Joe Robbins

(4) Head Coach Mike Shanahan (R) of the Washington Redskins talks with his son Kyle Shanahan (L) offensive coordinator for the team during Redskins training camp on August 6, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia. Win McNamee / Getty Images …

(5) Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, Mike Shanahan the new Executive Vice President and head coach, and Bruce Allen Executive Vice President, before a press conference welcoming Shanahan to the Redskins on January 6, 2010 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia. Mitchell Layton /Getty Images North America …..

(6) General manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets (L) talks with Head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson during the afternoon practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Getty Images / Patrick McDermott …….

(7) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez talks to reporters in the Jets’ locker room in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. The Jets season ended without a playoff game after a season filled with inconsistent play, some in-fighting and lost opportunities. AP Photo/Seth Wenig ….

(8) New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speaks at the Easter service of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012. AP Photo/William Philpott …..

(9) DENVER, CO – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos receives high fives from fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. It was reported that the New York Jets have traded a fourth-round pick for quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos March 21, 2012. Photo by Jeff Gross/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

7 thoughts on “It’s Good To Know But Someone Has To Have Your Back …. Or Do They ?”

  1. Tebow didn’t come to the Jets to be a glorified backup to Mark Sanchez . He intends to challenge the incumbent for the starting role on a team that under-achieved greatly last season .

    Rex Ryan isn’t saying it but he knows the moment his incumbent quarterback has a bad game , the fans will be calling for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez . Look at their comparative stats within the AFC East and AFC West in 2011 and it’s easy to understand why both players struggled to the degree that they did .

    It’s going to be far from smooth sailing within that Jets’ locker room that still bears the ” odious stench” of a completely immature roster and a coach and coaching staff who lost complete control of the team over the course of the season (2011) .

    tophatal ……..


      1. Sam’s Sports Brief

        New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn’t know whether or not to give Tim Tebow the highest civilian honor that the sate has to offer , share a few drinks with him or simply ask him about health and fitness . Your thoughts given the governor’s health and weight issues ? The man (Christie) sure does love a Big Mac , fries and his doughnuts . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

        “The only thing I like better than sex is eating a doughnut ” ! Gov Chris Christie

        ” Oh really ” ? Could’ve fooled me !

        tophatal …..


  2. RGIII is getting a LOT of love these days from a number of different sources. For some reason, I’ll still not entirely convinced.

    Let me just say this, Al. If Vegas makes the Redskins favorites to win the NFC East, I’m putting my money down in the opposite direction. No way that kid, a rookie, walks into that division, perennially the toughest in the NFL, and wins it.

    That just doesn’t happen.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      It’s now become something of an urban legend as how good the NFC East is meant to be ! Beyond the Giants what do you really have within that division ?

      Given what we all witnessed from Cam Newton last season , if RGIII is half as good it wouldn’t at all surprise me if the Redskins made the playoffs or win that division (NFC East) .

      The Giants made some boneheaded decisions this off-season in allowing both Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham to leave .

      tophatal ……….


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