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by tophatal …..
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Well, we are just over week away from the first NFL preseason game before the regular season gets underway on the 5th September , 2012 . Before that as I alluded to , we will have the first of series of games that presents us with the preseason with, the Hall of Fame Game that will pit the Arizona Cardinals against the New Orleans Saints . As we are already aware, the New Orleans Saints have had both their fair share off and on the field issues , which still remain unresolved and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future . The impasse that still remains questions the authority of the commissioner, Roger Goodell.
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With so many individuals now interjecting themselves in the unresolved issue of the Saints’ bounty scandal . It is now my belief that a federally appointed arbitrator will be brought in, to give an arbitrarily binding decision that could very well have far-reaching results beyond the scope of what anyone could have imagined. Let us not forget the sheer naiveté shown by the league hierarchy and that of the NLFPA (union) during their long-winded labor negotiations , that in the end resulted in an agreement that simply was not worth the paper it was written on . Case in point , simply look at the arguments and issues being raised concerning the punishment meted out to the four Saints’ players embroiled in this ongoing scandal. The union itself , having signed away its authority in such matters , merely to get a larger slice of the revenue pie ($7-7.5 billion) .
Anyone of the belief that the union’s executive committee is filled with a number of intelligent individuals who are advised by legal representatives with an ounce of common sense , had better rethink that premise completely. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has shown himself to be a cunning individual , who has the ear of his members but at the same time , you have to believe that his interests and that of the rank-and-file members are on divergent paths .
Saints’ defensive player Jonathan Vilma who has a filed a civil suit in the US Federal Court in the Fifth Circuit based in , New Orleans, Louisiana. The suit filed claims defamation of character , libel and also seeks the player’s reinstatement after the commissioner’s year-long suspension of Vilma . The defendants in the suit are Roger Goodell , NFL et Roger Goodell. Jeff Pash , legal adviser , counsel for the NFL , states that the league will vehemently defend itself and the commissioner in any proposed legal issue by the plaintiff, Jonathan Vilma , and will if necessary , lodge their own legal proceeding against the suspended NFL player . I think we all know what we get , when we have far too many lawyers in one room ? No it is not a group of brilliant legal minds but an absolute cluster-f##k ignorance and stupidity ! Case in point, simply look at the makeup of the two federal legislative chambers that covers the US Congress? How many lawyers are there within the House of Representatives and the US Senate ? Far too many for my liking ! And that is even with the knowledge of working in the area but in the area of corporate law and international finance . Well at least here, the attorneys within the profession tell you to your face, that they will be taking your money .
The NFL preseason will afford us the chance to see the rookies drafted as they look to stake their claim for either a roster spot starting position for their respective teams . Last season’s number one overall pick Cam Newton had a sensational season that would see him take NFL Rookie of the Year Honors in 2011 , while leading the quarterbacks afforded the privilege of playing in all in a number offensive areas statistically . Newton’s contemporaries from the 2012 NFL Draft can only wish to succeed and attain the level of success garnered by the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback last season .
The top two picks from this year’s draft, are both quarterbacks and for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III , their paths this season could not be divergent different . Luck succeeds a living legend , in Peyton Manning , whose accomplishments speaks for themselves , as the young rookie , Luck , seeks to resurrect the legacy of the Indianapolis Colts .
Robert Griffin III comes to a Washington Redskins’ organization , wherein , they have languished in recent years . The team’s coaching staff led by head coach , Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator , Kyle Shanahan , son of the head coach . RGIII , as he is now commonly known amongst his new-found teammates has on first glance , shown that he just wants to be viewed like any other player on the roster . That will prove difficult to do unless he can erase the memories of the quarterbacks who have preceded him for this beleaguered franchise in recent years. Last year most definitely was no exception as the fans were given the dubious privilege of having to see the exploits of Rex Grossman and John Beck . Needless to say , the fans were not enamored with what they witnessed , and dare one say, neither were the vast majority of the fans across the NFL landscape. For the legions of Redskins’ fans who attended the games at Fedex Field , in DC , as the Redskins’ 2011 sojourn ‘petered’ out like a damp squib , they can only this as a new , as Robert Griffin III sets to write his own chapter for the Washington Redskins and add to the fabled franchise’s legacy.
Griffin’s first chance to show us all, the justification in his being named the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner . The Redskins’ preseason schedule notwithstanding , it will be the regular season where the young quarterback will face his sternest test. Straight out of the gate in week one , the Redskins will face the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans , Louisiana . Given the revamped look of both the Redskins and Saints , this should prove to an interesting match-up history between these two NFC teams . The first home game for the franchise at Fedex Field , comes in week three when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on 23rd September , 2012 .
It remains to be seen whether or not RGIII can handle the limelight that will be thrust upon him playing in close proximity to the nation’s capital but with the daily glowing reports now from his fellow teammates and coaches alike . This could very well be the year, things are turned around for the Washington Redskins but much of that will predicated upon how they handle their divisional and conference rivals over the course of this season .
There was a time when Shawne Merriman was one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL . Nowadays , it might be more pertinent to ask …” whatever happened to Shawne Merriman “ ? Or, is he still playing in the NFL “ ? The answer would be ….. yes he is alive and kicking , and he is now playing with the Buffalo Bills . Yes and that last statement if you can believe it , he is playing for the Bills . What is that old saying about the Buffalo Bills ? “ No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills . Given the franchise’s record over the past few seasons , I would hazard a guess that General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry , had they encountered the Bills as fellow combatants fighting “ The Sioux Nation” , then the inevitability of the “ Battle of the Little Big Horn” would not have changed one iota ! . I am not saying that the Buffalo Bills have been bad over the last seven or eight years but having to endure their incompetence during that time could be considered a form of torture , cruel and unusual punishment .
Buddy Nix , general manager of the franchise over the past few seasons has sought to draft judiciously but the real issues that Buffalo Bills have had , comes from the lack of consistent play from any of their quarterbacks at the position . Apart from aforementioned trait , has been the very fact that these passers have been unable stay healthy for the entire regular season schedule of sixteen games. Ryan Fitzpatrick will once again be entrusted to lead the offense over the course of this season and it is expected with the team’s off-season moves , that unit should prove to be effect and a considerable improvement over last year , where their rankings defensively and offensively , ranked them among the middle of the pack , in the NFL overall.
Merriman, in conjunction with Fitzpatrick , Nick Barnett , Rian Lindell , Mario Williams and Scott Brian are considered the veterans on the roster , to whom the young rookies will look to , for team leadership. Chan Gailey and his coaching staff are seeking vast strides from this team , as they seek to make themselves credible contenders within the AFC East , with a possibly a view to making the playoffs . It has been a dozen years since the Bills were a playoff participant and their last appearance came in 1999. The team was a wildcard aspirant , who faced off against the Tennessee Titans , with the resultant 22-16 loss for the Bills. In the subsequent years since , the Buffalo Bills’ last winning season came in 2004 , when they recorded a 9-7 mark in the AFC East , where they finished third within the division .
The dominance of the New England Patriots within the AFC East and the considerable success that they have attained while being the dominant franchise within the division . Well , it could very well dampen the hopes of the Buffalo Bills , their ever loyal legion of fans and any aspirations that they might have . The other two occupants within the division ———– Miami Dolphins and New York Jets , are themselves in something of a rebuilding mode by way of the draft as well through free agency acquisitions . And for the respective coaches of these two teams , Joe Philbin of the Dolphins and Rex Ryan of the Jets , this season will become a test of wills for their staffs , as well as the players .
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Horses for courses as they say , and the NFL season is one of endurance and the teams playing with consistency over the course of a sixteen game schedule and that of the postseason as well . We the fans , will be asked endure a great over the course the football schedule , from the sublime , to the ridiculous, to the absurd but above all , we should expect to see the very best that the NFL has to offer on the field of play . Off it , well it has now become a matter of conjecture as to what is now taking place in front of our very eyes . I mean , it is not as if either the league hierarchy or the union have been of sound judgment when it comes to numerous issues concerning the game . Your thoughts if any concerning the points raised within this piece ?
Picture and slide show details, below for your perusal .
(1) Arizona Cardinals players line up in their Red-White scrimmage during NFL training camp football practice at Northern Arizona University Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Flagstaff, Ariz. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin ….
(2) Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt , center, shouts instructions as Rob Housler (84) and Larry Fitzgerald , right, get ready for a play to be called during NFL training camp football practice at Northern Arizona University, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Flagstaff, Ariz. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin ….
(3) New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael , left, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo , right, talk during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Sunday, July 29, 2012. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert …..
(5) Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, center, answers questions during a news conference at the NFL team’s football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday, July 30, 2012. AP Photo/Chuck Burton ….
(6) Ron Brooks (33) of the Buffalo Bills runs drills during Buffalo Bills Rookie Camp on May 11, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Rick Stewart/ Getty Images North America ….
(7) Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills celebrates as he enters the stadium during pregame introductions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Getty Images North America / Brody Wheeler …..
(8) Darren McFadden (20) of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Nick Barnett (50) and Shawne Merriman (56) of the Buffalo Bills during a game played at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Getty Images North America / Rick Stewart ………
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