It’s not Football ‘til you hear the crunch of that first hit

It’s not Football ‘til you hear the crunch of that first hit

by tophatal

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The NFL preseason began with a game between two NFC teams with aspirations towards this season’s Superbowl . The Arizona Cardinals faced the New Orleans Saints, with the Saints coming away with a 17-10 victory over their opponent . And in reality , though this was a preseason game , we learned nothing new beyond the fact that Cardinals’ quarterback Kevin Kolb simply isn’t as good as advertised , and it is becoming questionable if the front office were justified in signing the player to a lucrative contract .

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Kolb was replaced early in this game , having suffered a rib injury , to be replaced by back-up quarterback John Skelton . Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt must now have reservations as to whether or not Kevin Kolb is the player he wants to be the “signal caller” , calling the shots for this team . Personally , I have never been impressed with Kolb as a quarterback , even during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles ! His inconsistency has been a plague and a liability , that has followed him over the course of his career. Given the issues that the Cardinals now have on both sides of the ball , it does have me wondering how Whisenhunt and his coaching staff will remedy the problems that his team now has .

The Arizona Cardinals’ preseason schedule will undoubtedly give the coach a chance to assess the draftees acquired from this season’s NFL Draft . In the off-season also the Cardinals were quite active as they sought to bolster their roster , in order to a make full onslaught on the NFC West . What we evidenced throughout much of last season , there is no doubt in my mind that the San Francisco 49ers will be the team to beat within the division ! What awaits the fans is open to a great deal of conjecture and speculation as it relates to the division.

The New Orleans Saints for their part , as they seek to rebuild their image after the fallout of the scandal . It would appear that the NFL is now prepared to offer an olive branch to Jonathan Vilma , in order to stop the procedure of the litigation by way of the player’s defamation lawsuit against the league and commissioner Roger Goodell . Having filed his suit in the US Federal Court (5th Circuit) in New Orleans , Louisiana , for which a date has yet to be set for a trial . Goodell has not spoken publicly on this matter but it would appear that Jeff Pash , legal counsel to the NFL, has been the individual seeking out a response from Vilma and his legal representatives . If the suit is dropped , the league would then reduce the player’s year-long suspension to one encompassing eight games of the regular season. Image is everything , and here , the NFL’s , the Saints and that of Vilma’s has seen irrefutable damage, beyond repair .

With interim-coach Joe Vitt , now being entrusted to lead the coaching staff through the first half of the Saints’ regular season schedule , it will be interesting to see how team acquits itself , once they embark upon regular season play . Drew Brees , will seek to surpass the record-breaking efforts of last season while leading a new-look Saints’ roster . There were a number of departures from last from the team through free agency and players simply thought to be superfluous to the organization’s needs. However, a large part of the core remains in-tact , with the names of Jimmy Graham , Brodrick Bunkley , Marques Colston , Mark Ingram , Chris Ivory , Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore remains at the heart of the team. In the NFL Draft, GM Micky Loomis sought to address the Saints’ needs by picking judiciously in taking five players , through rounds three to seven , in order to fulfill their requirements .

Coming off a 13-3 season in 2011 , which saw the Saints come away with the NFC South division with considerable ease. This season however , with the Atlanta Falcons , Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers , each having what has been said to be exceptional drafts . One has to believe that the division will become all the more contentious in 2012 , with the Saints having to fend off the challenges of their divisional rivals during their upcoming regular season schedule .

You somehow knew it had to happen , Chad Ochocinco , readopt the name Chad Johnson , legally . All this , is being done, to further explain and gain exposure , having been signed by the Miami Dolphins . Johnson, recently married tv- reality show star, Evelyn Lozado , and the two have seen their profile and popularity raised with their show on the VH1 Network . Don’t ask me why but I can never understand why such individuals would seek to embarrass themselves on television for the whole world to see ! Furthermore, with Johnson’s career now on the decline , does anyone truly believe that he will be able to make a difference to an already questionable Miami Dolphins’ offense ?

While Johnson is not being handsomely rewarded by NFL standards , the salary afforded the player , should keep him from running afoul of his new spouse . As to the Dolphins under their new head coach Joe Philbin , I would hazard a guess that this will be a season that will truly test his mettle as a rookie NFL coach ! The franchise embarks upon its preseason schedule with a game —- against instate rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , this upcoming Friday at Sun Life Stadium , in Miami , Florida.

Philbin and his coaching staff have a number of decisions to make , most notably, who will be the starting quarterback on this team . The choices are not that enlightening , given the fact the players in question have no proven pedigree . . The choices are not that enlightening , given the fact the players in question have no proven pedigree . David Garrard , Matt Moore , a seasoned NFL veteran and the team’s 2012 first round draft pick , eighth overall , Ryan Tannehill are the duo in question, from which, Philbin will make his choice . Given what was exhibited last year by way or the team’s passing game , I get the distinct feeling that neither player will be able to add much to the Miami Dolphins’ cause this season !

Miami’s issues are widespread and the belief is , they and the Buffalo Bills could very well be vying for last place within AFC East this upcoming season. I certainly cannot see the Dolphins challenging the “ might” of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots , under any circumstance ! Whereas the NFL’s answer to the Ringling Bros’ traveling circus act , will be encompassed around the “ freak-show “ in the making , with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow trying to lead the New York Jets back to NFL prominence .

While much of the Jets’ talk during the off-season has been about how the team’s new offensive coordinator , Tony Sparano , will try to incorporate Tebow’s strengths into the Jets’ offense . I have to ask, when and where did Sparano become an offensive minded guru ? Certainly , while he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins , they had their moments but they were few and far between any major triumph. He rode his “one trick pony” come unicycle known as the “wildcat offense” into the ground . Once, the Miami Dolphins were exposed , as an offensive and defensive challenged team , during Sparano’s tenure . Well, the rest as they say…. is history , and not long after , the head coach was shown the door by GM Jeff Ireland .

Two years removed from his last game while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals , Terrell Owens now seems to be back in the good graces of the league . What the f#ck is that all about ? In what I believe to be an act of desperation by the Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks , the NFC West franchise has signed the player to a one-year $ 1 million deal ! The Seahawks cut the under-achieving Mike Williams whose erratic and inconsistent performances were only outdone by his complete lack of preparation as an NFL wide receiver . It is hard to believe how this once prolific player at USC (Trojans) could have fallen so out of favor with his former college coach. Well, once you are considered a “bust” in the NFL , the only direction to go is down . See the likes of Ryan Leaf , Akili Smith and Heath Shuler as evidence of that and you are quite right , there are others who could be added to this short list of considerable failures !

I will not dare to comprehend or try to explain what it is that Peter Carroll hopes to gain out of this maneuver but I can only surmise that he was duped into this move by Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus . Who may well have pointed to the fact that the Seahawks’ divisional rivals the San Francisco 49ers —– signed fellow veteran wide receiver Randy Moss to a one-year $2.5 million deal . So now we can start to compare apples to oranges and Moss to Owens ? I think not ! Whatever Owens brings to the table for the Seahawks , I certainly don’t believe that it will be enough to derail the ambitions of the 49ers , as they seek to make a successful defense of their NFC West divisional crown ! Are the Seahawks capable of upending the San Francisco 49ers this season ?

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What plot-lines do you believe will be the biggest <b of the NFL preseason that may well carry over into the regular season itself ? And of the teams, to have made the postseason in 2011 , which do you believe has the best chance of making a return and which franchise will not ? Simply leave a comment as you see fit .

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(1) Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt walks the sidelines during the preseason match-up in the Hall of Fame exhibition football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. AP Photo/Scott Galvin ….

(2) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) pass the ball under pressure from Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell (93) during the first quarter of the Hall of Fame NFL exhibition football game, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Canton, Ohio. AP Photo/Scott Galvin

(3) New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) turns the corner past Arizona Cardinals’ William Gay (23) during the first quarter of the NFL Hall of Fame exhibition football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. AP Photo/Scott Galvin …

(4) Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) of the New Orleans Saints tackles quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) of the Arizona Cardinals during first quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. Kolb was injured on the play and left the game. Jason Miller / Getty Images North America …

(5) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) is helped by a team trainer after being hit by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first quarter of the NFL Hall of Fame exhibition football game, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. Photo: Scott Galvin / AP ….

(6) DAVIE, FL – MAY 4: Ryan Tannehill (17) of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media after the rookie mini-camp on May 4, 2012 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images ….

(7) June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) listen to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano during mini-camp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE….

(8) FILE – In this June 5, 2011, file photo, Terrell Owens watches the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Owens is coming back to the NFL, hoping the Seattle Seahawks’ search for another veteran wide receiver will get him off the sidelines. The 38-year-old Owens had a tryout with the Seahawks on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, and hours later the team announced it had agreed to terms with the former star receiver. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey ….

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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

19 thoughts on “It’s not Football ‘til you hear the crunch of that first hit”

  1. In the NFC West I’m supposed to the think that Cardinals are worthy contenders ? Based on what ? Certainly not that display against the Saints ! Once again Kolb is proving to be softer than a roll of Charmin’ tissue paper . What the hell were those idiots in the ? front office thinking when they offered this a# (Kolb) that contract ?


    Karyna Hart

    Karyna Hart and Melany Denyse


    Melany Denyse
    would like to polish “your hood” ornaments, while you get to adore her body .

    tophatal ……..

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    1. Blog Surface / CDR

      The Niners’ defense is quite prepared to lay out a massive can of whoop a#s to anyone who gets in their way over the course of this season . Simply look at where they ranked overall defensively in the NFL last season (4th overall) .

      And the Saints had better be prepared to take everything that the Niners can dish out this season . You are right about the game between the Niners and Saints . I’d place the Niners behind the Packers and Giants as the teams to beat in the NFC !

      tophatal

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  2. Imagine that , both TO and Moss are back in the league , and both will be playing for teams in the NFC West .

    Head to head meetings between 49ers and Seahawks . The two teams have met 26 times and the series is now tied at 13-13 apiece . Last meetings in 2011 with results .

    And the two teams will meet twice as usual during the regular season schedule .

    Seahawks …… @ ….. 49ers

    49ers @ …… seahawks

    Now give me 5 good reasons why I should love Khrysti Hill ?

    tophatal

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  3. Even well endowed females like to look good . Unlike the performance by the Cardinals against the Saints this past Sunday that resulted in eyesore of performance in a 17-10 victory for the Saints . Kevin Kolb is not an NFL caliber starting quarterback , even though he’s now being paid like one !

    The Cardinals won’t be winning over any fans with performances like that this season . Where’s Kurt Warner when you need him the most ?

    “Kurt , Kurt , is there any chance that you’ll come out of retirement to quarterback the Cardinals in their current guise ” ? Reporter “When I left the game to devote my life to Jesus Christ and my family I said it would be forever ! But having seen Kolb play , get Ken Whisenhunt to call me with a $10 million contract offer , and I’ll be there ” ! Kurt Warner


    Abbi Secarra

    “Mr President what are your thoughts on Kevin Kolb being a starting quarterback in the NFL” ? Journalist “Kevin Kolb is a starting quarterback in the NFL ? When and why did that happen ? Barack Obama

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  4. The league doesn’t want this to go to trial. Vilma has a good chance to win this in court. The NFL lied. The Eagles are looking to have a good season/ Let’s hope so. Andy Reid’s son died and that is very hard. He must be torn apart no matter how much of a brave Front Reid puts up for the public. It is very sad in deed.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      “Parents don’t let your kids do drugs ……… crack is whack ” ! Andy Reid ” Dad don’t say that “
      Garrett Reid

      Garrett and Andy Reid

      The death of Garrett Reid , though tragic , it was brought upon himself, by his decision to repeatedly abuse drugs . His death won’t change a damn thing , and it comes down to the desire and wish to seek change . Garrett could never fulfill his obligations to complete his repeated rehab stints . So sooner , rather than later, his demise was to be expected . In his death , a mother , father and the immediate family are left to mourn an oh so , needless death .

      When it comes to Vilma , well let’s just say with him refusing to answer any of the NFL investigators’ questions directly , indicates to me that the player did have something to hide ! But you’re right , both sides have handled this episode badly . It has been ineptly handled by all sides , the league hierarchy (NFL) , the Saints and the players’ union (NFLPA).


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    2. Bobby Gee

      Goodell obviously doesn’t want this to reach the Court System as he and the NFL would be opened up to a great deal more scrutiny than they’re accustomed to . Hence the peace-offering to Vilma and his legal representatives .

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  5. Those Saints players that were involved in the bounty scandal are thugs. All one has to do is find a clip of the Bucs game in Tampa last year to see Freeman getting hit well out of bounds by Saint defenders. I saw it and they were going for his knees. I hope karma catches up with all of them.
    Good luck to your Patriots this year and as always GO BUCS!

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    1. aero

      Off course they were involved in a scandal ….. as in a bounty scandal that is ! However , this has been the NFL’s dirty little secret that has been going on for for years not just by the Saints but by other teams as well . It so happens that the New Orleans Saints were the ones who got caught, and Goodell had to mete out punitive punishment as an example . However, what I find all the more asinine are the fans who are gullible enough to believe that this has been the only such occurrence in the NFL !

      Karma has caught up to the Saints, as the fans have already began to look at the franchise in a new light have began to treat them with disdain . And quite rightly so !

      The Bucs will have to make a go off it this season and it’ll be interesting to see how they compete against the Saints , Panthers and Falcons as the season progresses . Both the defense and offense will have to be in top notch condition .

      With the draft picks made and the free agent acquisitions , I believe the Bucs should fare well and hopefully have a moderately successful season at least . Anything above a ,500 record has to be viewed as a “positive ”

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  6. I liked the looks of the Steelers’ first team….couse now they need a fullback since Johnson tore his ACL……I’ve been hoping for a Fullback for years

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    1. Alan Clements

      I don’t believe that the Steelers will have a problem there , as they have depth , while at the same time their draft was very good indeed . And even with the loss of Johnson I’m sure that by the time the regular season comes around , with their first game of the season. They will have picked up a free agent running back to meet their needs . In the Draft they picked up Chris Rainey out of Florida and he’s a damn good back who can play the half-back position as well catching the ball out of the back field .

      Jasmine Black ….. believes you are what you eat .Your thoughts on the matter ?

      tophatal ….

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