So what went wrong ?

So what went wrong ?

I’ve read with a great deal of interest a number of articles of fans and analysts alike, who are now somewhat bemused by the Cleveland Browns’ (0-2) sudden decision to trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a selection of future picks . Given the start of the AFC North franchise and the very fact that the growth of the quarterback Brandon Weeden appears to be moving at a snail’s pace . It seems to give credence that the Browns’ front office are now looking to head in a completely new direction with the arrival of Joe Banner as the de-facto general manager and Head of Football Operations . Team owner Jimmy Haslam outside of owning the team, has some serious legal issues of his own still to deal with, that could be indeed far-reaching if an amicable out of court settlement cannot be reached with a dearth of nationwide plaintiffs , seeking to sue Haslam’s company Pilot Flying J for grand larceny , breach of contract and fraud .


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The fact of the matter is , with the sale of the Browns to Haslam , it seemed only natural that the new owner would deem to bring in his own people into the into executive and managerial structure of the organization . Outgoing Head of Football Operations Mike Holmgren along with former GM Tom Heckert , departed under a somewhat somber and sour note , along with former head coach Pat Shurmur , whose two-year tenure and record of 9-23 would have gotten any head coach with that type of mediocrity , fired , no matter who the hell, they might have been . Shurmur’s successor Rob Chudzinski is off to an inauspicious start with the team already having posted an 0-2 record , leaving the franchise afoot of the AFC North . And going into this weekend’s fixture with the equally abysmal Minnesota Vikings , this match-up of two win-less teams , might just be one of the worst games on the weekend schedule of the NFL during week three .

In terms of the challenges facing the Cleveland Browns, it is abundantly clear this organization and team are definitely lacking confidence on both sides of the ball. Acquiring a seasoned veteran such as Willis McGahee may well buffer the team’s offensive woes , but I do believe that the offense is at best, mediocre and the defense suffers from a lack of veteran leadership. . In my honest opinion, I believe that the Browns have simply given up on their season and are using everything within their PR arsenal to alleviate the understandable anger of their fans after this trade of Trent Richardson , who was by far the team’s best player . Yet , in this day and age, the fans should not be surprised at all , by anything a professional sports’ franchise tends to do , and then seeks to offer an explanation that simply makes no sense whatsoever . Given the recent draft choices made over the past three seasons by this franchise , there is nothing to suggest that in 2014 they are likely to make the picks that are likely to make the franchise considerably better .

Speaking of teams taking a downward slide, within the state of Florida , two of the NFL franchises residing within the state, remain win-less. The NFC South’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and from the AFC South the Jacksonville Jaguars , who are spiraling out of control, faster than a passenger aircraft in a tailspin . If things continue as they are, both of these teams are likely to finish with sub .500 records . Greg Schiano is now at a crossroads concerning his starting quarterback , with Josh Freeman’s play continually being indifferent , but if there is any blame to be apportioned, then it would have to rest squarely on the shoulders of an ill-disciplined defense and the complete lack of maturity being shown by those players. My question for Greg Schiano and the fans , if acquiring Darrelle Revis was meant to bolster the team’s secondary , is he also being asked to take on the role of a leader not only on the defense, but also for the team as a whole ? It was clearly never provided by Freeman , once seen as the future and the face of the franchise . Four years into his NFL career and Josh Freeman continues to be more of a conundrum and an enigma all rolled into one.

Seeking to avoid an 0-3 start , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face not necessarily a daunting task, but still a tough one, when they take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium , in Foxborough , Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon . Tom Brady and the Patriots, have yet to find the form shown throughout much of the 2012 regular season . The Buccaneers might just prove to be, the perfect adversary for Brady and the Patriots’ offense to tee-off on, as Tampa’s secondary remains extremely weak .

. With rumors now swirling as to an apparent trade request made by Josh Freeman , which has not been substantiated , there clearly seems to be a tepid relationship between the coach and his starting quarterback. The options for Schiano , by way of a backup, are his rookie first round draft pick of this year , Mike Glennon or former Detroit Lions’ starting quarterback , Dan Orlovsky . Not as enticing an option as one might think, given the limitations of both players in a non-too familiar role as a starter in the NFL . Orlovsky’s career is best summed by saying field awareness, is not one of his most accomplished traits. In the case of Glennon , a baptism of fire at this stage of his career in the NFL , would be like leading a lamb to the slaughter.

Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano are said to be close personal friends, strange when one thinks that the famed head coach is not viewed as someone who has a wide circle of friends within the NFL . Yet, much of that may well lie in the fact that Buccaneers’ GM Mark Dominik consulted with Bill Belichick before making the final decision to hire the former Rutgers’ head football coach. Add in the fact that Belichick’s son, Stephen Belichick , now an assistant on his father’s coaching staff, played his college football at Rutgers under having been a walk on under Schiano , but originally being a member of the school’s lacrosse team , and one can well understand why that bond of friendship has been maintained beyond Bill Belichick endorsing Dominik’s choice of hiring Greg Schiano . Yet, it should also be noted that a number of players having played under the Buccaneers’ head coach are now established stars in the NFL, with one or two now on the Patriots’ roster . That friendship is likely to be put aside on Sunday, when these two head coaches square off , in one the day’s more intriguing adversarial match-ups . A loss for the Buccaneers, would indeed prove to be dire and there would likely be calls for Freeman to be removed from his starting role, based upon his performance on Sunday. At the same time , I cannot help but wonder, what this might also mean to the psyche of a team , where the head coach has himself shown, just as much a lack of discipline, as his defense is also said to lack, as well as their being, a complete lack of leadership on the team altogether.

I will say this for the Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan and his intentions to make the franchise more a family-friendly atmosphere and more welcoming not just to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans, but also the opposing fans who may well have traveled to see their team play at Ever-Bank Field in Jacksonville , Florida,. As I much as I admire his mission and gravitas, I do believe he would be better served, if the on-field product would be considerably better , if it is his intent to grow the team’s fan-base within the local area, as well as statewide , nationally and globally. Over the past two seasons , the Jaguars have just been a franchise aimlessly, going nowhere. The team’s quarterback Blaine Gabbert has continually struggled to find his game and it would appear that at this point, head coach Gus Bradley and his coaching staff will use this season to assess whether not the player is simply good enough to lead this team in the long-term. Given the player’s results since being inserted in his present role as a starting quarterback , having been selected as the tenth overall pick in the first round by the Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft . The meager returns for the franchise has to now be a cause for concern , beyond the obvious financial implications for the franchise in terms of Gabbert’s contract.

A loss , in week one to the vastly improved Kansas City Chiefs and a subsequent week two defeat, suffered at the hands of the Oakland Raiders , and the manner of those losses, must have sent a loud and clear message to GM David Caldwell, that this team simply does not possess the depth , talent or quality players needed not just to compete in the AFC South , the AFC itself , but also the NFL as a whole . What clearly is so disturbing about the Jaguars, is that the team’s defense is so bad , and that the offense , is as equally abysmal . With those type of displays, the last team that the Jacksonville Jaguars would desire to meet would be the Seattle Seahawks and their high-octane offense and their equally as devastating batting ram of a defense . Anyone who witnessed the Seahawks` dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers cannot deny that this team might now be the most balanced in the entire NFL and undoubtedly to my mind, the best team not just in the NFC , but the entire NFL, and that is with due respect to the rest of the unbeaten teams in the league . The Jaguars will have the pleasure of visiting Q-West Field in Seattle, Washington , where Russell Wilson and his teammates await their opponents like a school of sharks, ready to circle their prey, before devouring the entire carcass. I am sorry, but this could very well be a contest, where the inevitability of the result is already a foregone conclusion, before the game has even kicked off . I wonder what odds, they are now offering on the over and under, as well as the spread ?

Off to a 2-0 start , the . Miami Dolphins and their head coach Joe Philbin are likely to be the sternest test to New England Patriots o making a successful defense of their AFC East title. Philbin and the coaching staff have the team playing with a great deal of resolve through the first two games of their season.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally seems to have a team around him that complements his skill-set , alongside what now appears to be a very good all-round offense . Yet the Dolphins’ biggest improvement may well be on the defensive side of the ball and the fact that they are now holding opponents to fifteen points a game by comparison to last season’s 19.8 points per game . Reggie Bush’s off-season departure to the Detroit Lions , may well have come as a surprise to many ,but the running back’s unfulfilled expectations were never really met as a player with the Dolphins.

Dolphins’ GM Jeff Ireland sought to use the 2013 NFL Draft as a blueprint to improve the roster in the necessary areas of need, and using his astute acumen plied the free agency market for a number of players looking for a fresh start as well as looking to be productive . Sunday afternoon, the Dolphins will host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Sun Life Shark Stadium in Miami , in a meaning infra-conference game , which pits Matt Ryan against Ryan Tannehill , in a match-up of two very pass oriented quarterbacks . A victory today for Miami, over a Mike Smith coached Atlanta Falcons’ team would do a long way in signifying that the Dolphins are heading in the right direction and push the Falcons into a somewhat unlikely position of being 1-2 and amongst the lesser lights within the NFC South and NFC as a whole.

If Major League Baseball (MLB) , is said to have handled the issue of banned substances haphazardly and at times almost with utmost incompetence . Then it has to be said, that the NFL’s failure to initiate in and out of season testing for anabolic steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) is a testament to Roger Goodell’s continued incompetency and the NFLPA’s (Players’ Union) continued excuse making, as to why a policy that was agreed to, voted upon and ratified by the union in their collective bargaining agreement in 2010 , has yet to put into place. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, has his reservations , albeit, that they are nonsensical and without merit . Smith believes that there is no full-proof test available for steroid testing or any other illicit substance mandated by the league. In reality , the union’s top-ranked executive knows that there is widespread use among his members and is simply looking save himself and that of his union, further embarrassment and an already unwanted PR image , as it relates to the NFLPA’s treatment of some of their senior most retired veterans , which has been well-chronicled down the years . In the case of Roger Goodell, he is simply too afraid to further anger the union and create an even wider impasse and situation of distrust between the two parties.

While this issue is now placed on the back-burner , much to the annoyance of the House Commerce Committee , the commissioner’s latest cause-celebre’ would appear to be, having additional regular season games be played outside North America. With an increasing presence in Europe by way of the league’s fan-base and support, as well having offices in London , Paris , Rome and Berlin. It must be said that the European Union’s 325 million population , is likely to the NFL’s next target for expansion, before looking towards the Far East and Pan Pacific Basin. Having reached saturation point in the North American market and with the advertising dollars now even less accessible, because of the growing competition and presence being provided , most notably from the NBA and Major League Baseball. Growth, outside the North American market, now seems to be the obvious choice and the way to go. Add in the very fact, that there seems to never ending dialogue that continues , concerning the establishment of an NFL franchise in Europe , and a case could be made that the commissioner will now seek to make this a reality , if he is unable to get a franchise reestablished in the Los Angeles area , the nation’s second largest ad-market .

With uncertainty said to be surrounding the San Diego Chargers’ future in the San Diego area and the organization’s dialogue with the city of San Diego concerning Qualcomm Stadium . Team owner Dean Spanos could very well come to the decision to uproot the franchise and relocate it to the more lucrative market of Los Angeles. Cases were also being made that the Jacksonville Jaguars with its low fan-base of support and lack of attendance , would be the franchise interested in relocating . That now seems to be out of the question as team owner Shahid Khan has made the commitment to remain in the city of Jacksonville, for the long-term . Khan has actually shown his commitment to that issue, by spending $15 million of his own money in refurbishing the team’s training facilities as well upgrading many of the amenities at Ever Bank Field. Although, I am more inclined to believe that the Jaguars were unwilling to break the lease agreement with the city of Jacksonville , which would bring about a steep financial penalty for the franchise , were they to break that agreement . And as asinine as it may seem, one major journalist insisted that the NFL was considering the move of actually relocating the Jaguars to the the United Kingdom , with the team playing their home games at Wembley Stadium in London , England. Would the NFL actually consider such a move ? Given the input, but more so, the right financial inducement , then just about anything is possible . Let us not forget, who we are dealing with , in terms of the NFL commissioner, as Roger Goodell is lured by the lust of money and his avarice in that context, simply knows no boundaries . If pushed, Shahid Khan could be amenable to such a proposal, with the league making it worth the franchise’s wile, , by way of an additional financial incentive and then adequately reimbursing the city of Jacksonville for the team’s departure from the city.



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What if anything , has been the biggest surprise for you as an NFL fan through the first two weeks of the NFL regular season ? In your honest opinion do you believe the league to be overly ambitious and are setting their sights too high in possibly seeking to establish an NFL franchise outside North America ? Finally , who do you believe that the league hierarchy and union have yet to initiate regular and off-season testing for anabolic steroids and HGH ? Is it a matter of the NFL not wanting to face a legal challenge in the courts by or a multitude of players , or was it simply the NFL seeking to appease the federal government in the first place ? Chime in with your thought on this and anything you believe to be of relevance concerning this subject matter .


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(1) Trent Richardson is seen here on Draft Day , alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . The running back , having been drafted by the Cleveland Browns as the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft . One year removed from that day , the player has been traded by AFC North franchise to the Indianapolis Colts . The explanation offered by Team President and Head of Football Operations Joe Banner does seem to be filled with a great deal of rhetoric and Banner’s statement that the trade was done in the Browns’ best interest , as they seek to get better. It does seem to ring “hollow” in so many ways . As to how the fans may well about this trade , well the sports’ talk radio within the greater Cleveland has been abuzz , with many leveling their criticism at the management and team owner Jimmy Haslam, in particular , whose first year as the team’s owner has been littered with a great deal of controversy and suspicion . Cleveland Plain Dealer / Mitch Hughes ….

(2) Cleveland Browns’ Head of Football Operations Joe Banner , left, is seen here alongside team owner Jimmy Haslam . The two remain defiant by way of the decision to trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for future draft picks’ consideration . Fans of the Browns have called into various local radio sports’ talks shows to voice their criticism of the team owner and the front office executive , in particular . Cleveland Plain Dealer / Tucker Reeves ….

(3) Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Brandon Weeden attempt a pass during the game against the Baltimore Ravens during week two , in a match-up of the two AFC North teams, which was played at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore , Maryland on the 15th September , 2013. Weeden has struggled this season and with the loss of running back Trent Richardson , his options do appear to be limited and that is even with the signing of veteran rusher Willis McGahee . AP Photo / Patrick Semansky ……

(4) Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley is congratulated by teammates after kicked the winning field goal during the waning moments of game that they seemed destined to lose against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the second such loss for the Buccaneers , having suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New York Jets during week one after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalized the team allowing the Jets to make a last minute field goal to win the game . Penalties , stupidity and a lack of disciplined by Tampa’s defensive players have been a boon for the team this season . Head coach says all of the right things , but noting seems to change concerning the defensive errors made . AP Photo / Phelan Ebenhack …… .

(5) Running back Doug Martin (22) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes a hand-off from quarterback Josh Freeman (5) against the New Orleans Saints September 15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Getty Images / Al Messerschmidt ……

(6) Blaine Gabbert (11) of the Jacksonville Jaguars is sacked by Dontari Poe (92) of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at EverBank Field on September 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. A game time decision will be made as to whether or not Gabbert or Chad Henne will be the starting quarterback on Sunday in the game against the Seattle Seahawks, to be played at Q-West Field in Seattle , Washington . Getty Images / Sam Greenwood ,

(7) Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert answers questions during a media session at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gabbert was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft and his career with the franchise has been nothing short of exacerbating and a major disappointment for fans of the team. Getty Images Joe Robbins ….

(8) Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan , foreground , is seen here along the team’s general manager David Caldwell . Both executives have reiterated it is their intent to have the franchise remain in Jacksonville for its long-term future . Continuously, rumors swirl that the team is likely to be relocated because of a poor fan-base and a lack of attendance for the team’s scheduled home games at Ever Bank Field in Jacksonville , Florida . Home games for the Jaguar’s regular season have been blacked out in the local area market , because of their failure to meet the league’s requirements of having sold 85% of general admission tickets within 48 hours of the commencement of a scheduled regular season game. AP Photo / Marcus Hilton …

(9) From left to right Miami Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland , team owner Stephen M Ross , quarterback , Ryan Tannehill and head coach Joe Philbin . After a somewhat inconsistent rookie season in / 2012 , Tannehill now seems to have found his footing in 2013 , leading to the Dolphins for a 2-0 start and the team sits atop of the AFC East alongside the New England Patriots . Miami Herald / Matt Dominguez …..



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29 thoughts on “So what went wrong ?”

  1. Go Bucs ! You’re beginning to suck the life blood out of a room as well as your own season with your continued incompetency in every aspect of the game . Greg Schiano simply does not know the meaning of the word discipline , much less be extolling it to his players whose collective IQ’s might even be lower than either Sarah Palin’s or Paris Hilton’s .

    I can’t wait to read the analysis that will be provided by those idiots from the Pewter Report concerning today’s loss by the Bucs . Any more @ss kissing by those guys and not even a breath mint will be able to hide the stench coming out their collective mouths.

    If Josh Freeman’s completion percentage and QB rating in today’s game against the Pats were any ,lower , should he be actually granted access and attendance for the team’s post-game meeting ? He is now a borderline case where you could place him in the same boat as Tim Tebow .

    Week three quarterback stats .



    Freeman’s mind was elsewhere today, as he is into Japanese Anime’ . However , if he can’t enough anime’ , he likes to see young Asian girls get prodded , poked and fondled .

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  2. the Browns won. The Eagles suck! Dallas won and they are the only team in NFC East with a winning record. The Browns picked a guy that may not be a fit. Weedon is not the answer.


    1. bobby

      Adrian Peterson over the past two seasons has been the best running back in the NFL . Unfortunately , this season his talents are likely to be wasted in Minnesota with the Vikings . That team is very much offensively challenged and their defense seem to be just as abysmal . As good as Jared Allen is said to be , can someone tell me , who else on that defense is actually worth actually talking about ? Vikings’ head coach Leslie Frazier’s days with the franchise are numbered.

      The NFC East as a division is vastly overrated , as are the teams there based on their current play

      Prior to joining the Browns’ front office Joe Banner was the de-facto Head of Football Operations and GM with the Eagles . Simply look at the Eagles’ draft record over the past four years , their divisional record and the last time they made a lengthy run in the postseason .

      It is likely to be at least three or four years before the Browns are even remotely competitive and their division is likely to get better as well . So in retrospect they will still be in the same position they are currently in . They made a monumental mistake in drafting Brandon Weeden who at best has no more than two moderately average years left in his game . He wasted years trying to make it in the Yankees’ farm system and now approaching thirty , he now believes he become a success in the NFL ?

      “I am thirty years of age , I can prove it and I have my birth certificate as proof of evidence , along with my AARP ID card “ . Brandon Weeden

      There is no common sense to be found inside of the Browns’ front office , whatsoever !


      Lee Anne Tweeden

      Brandon Weeden , my @ss ! I’d rather look at pictures of a very naked Lee Ann Tweeden , rather than watching Weeden play the quarterback position ! I wonder where Ron I’m Such An As$ Jaworski had the player ranked (#26) amongst NFL quarterbacks for last season .


        1. bobby

          The Giants looked really bad in their game against the Panthers , and for Eli Manning to get sacked as many times as he did with that porous offensive line was absolutely abhorrent to watch .

          I am no great believer in the Jets , because Geno Smith has done nothing as of yet, to prove to me that he is good enough to lead the Jets .

          The Steelers looked extremely bad and you can tell that Ben Roethlisberger is not at all happy with the situation or with Todd Haley’s play-calling as the offensive coordinator .

          This NFL season is still too early to make any bold predictions beyond the fact that the Jaguars are damn awful and that the Cardinals need to get rid of Carson Palmer .

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  3. Teams who at the end of today are likely to be 0-3 and rooted at the bottom of their respective divisions . As an an NFL fan , I would like to thank you for participating while remaining so uncompetitive .


    ” I have signed the bill with it being passed it into law , after Senate and House approval and we are now able to print our own legal tender and it will be called the Co#k$ucker. The co#k$ucker can and will only be used within the state ” . California governor Jerry Brown (holding paper aloft) .

    How many co#k$uckers will it take to buy a gallon of gas in California ?



    Carey (right) making sure one her staff members is taken off , as she likes to offer that personal touch .,

    Porn star Mary Carey is said to be thrilled that the new currency to be introduced in the state will be known as the co#k$ucker . Having ran for the state’s highest political office on a number of occasions she often stated that she was behind the introduction of the co#k$ucker . Well Carey said to be a well aficionado of the art of fellatio otherwise known as co#ksucking , is happy that in some way, it is now being recognized .

    Villaraigosa , left , and another dumb @ss state governor Jerry Brown . How’s the reduction of the state deficit going, Jerry ? Oh . you’ve not been able to reduce it by much ? Why the ##ck am I not surprised ?

    “We have the workforce here within the state and the city of Los Angeles to build a world-class state of the art NFL venue . Many of the workers may well be illegals, but at least the work would be completed on time and under budget ” Antonio Villaraigosa

    Goodell really does need to get off this NFL expansion theme and having a franchise based in Europe at some point in the future . Hell , the state of California , apart from being completely devoid of intelligence , their state has amassed debts in excess of $600 billion ($600,000,000,000) through state , county and municipal governmental agencies and the private sector . Yet Roger Goodell and that @ss of a former mayor from Los Angeles , Antonio Villaraigosa , still crave for an NFL franchise . The Los ex mayor did little for the impoverished , unemployed and homeless within his city , but he continues to kiss Barack Obama’s @ss , while also looking to insert his tongue deeply in Goodell’s rectum and pleasure the NFL commissioner .


  4. Week three results

    NFL stats week three : players

    NFL team stats

    NFL injuries

    I am sorry , but the individuals buying into the Texans because of their offense . You need to be reminded Matt Schaub is not a big time player and has only one playoff win to his career and in terms of comeback wins , , he is barely passable in that context .

    Today , Schaub and his teammates had their rear ends handed to them on a silver platter (30-9) by Ravens .

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  5. Carson Palmer
    is really leading by example just about everywhere he has been since his departure from the Bengals he has been an abject bust . QB’s out of USC Trojans have been as useful a bucket of sh#t would be in a pig’s trough .

    Why the Cardinals ever acquired Palmer is simply beyond belief . Larry Fitgerald’s talents will continue to be wasted , if the Cardinals do not get a solid passer . Palmer does not fit the bill at at all based on today’s performance (18/35 , 187 yds , 0 TD’s & 2 INT’s) .

    The Saints barely broke sweat defeating the Cardinals 31-7 .

    ” Larry listen to me , I know what I am doing , man . Hell, I went to college at USC for Christ’s sake , and that has to count for something ” . Carson Palmer / ‘ Well I have my MBA and I will likely pursue my Ph. D ‘ Larry Fitzgerald . Palmer & Fitzgerald during a training session .


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  6. Kapernick and the Niners take on the AFC South’s Colts in a match-up of two of the league’s best young quarterbacks of last season . It would appear that the Niners’ hype was overblown and they are simply an average team based on today’s result and a rather tepid performance by the team .

    Andrew Luck simply outplayed his NFC counterpart on the way to a rather lopsided 27-7 victory .

    One of the really more surprising results during week three .

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    1. It seems the QB’s who stayed grounded in the offseason, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are continuing to have success. Where as the QB’s who sought the spotlight and headlines in Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are struggling.

      RGIII’s ACL recovery may be affecting him mentally, but Kaepernick just simply isn’t playing well. I think both may be preoccupied with trying to be pocket passers instead of runners, which if true is just plain dumb.


      1. Maurice

        Look at the markets in which RGIII and Kaepernick are participants and then see at where Wilson and Luck actually play . The media there , if possible , would have placed a probe up the sphincters of both Colin Kapernick and Robert Griffin III , if it meant that they could keep tabs on them 24/7 .

        The real problem is that the front offices of the Niners and Redskins have done nothing to deter the press in that respect , and it hasn’t helped the players. It has simply placed a greater burden of expectation upon both their shoulders .


        1. You bring up a good point. But I think success went to their heads a little too. Plus Griffin’s ACL recovery limited his reps in the off-season. However, they both still have time to get things together this season, but it needs to happen fast.


          1. Maurice

            Far from it , it is the fans , who were expecting way too much , as their sophomore seasons came into being . Look at the month of September 2012 and where we are now , three weeks into the NFL season by way of their stats ?

            A great deal of what he have seen also comes down to the lack of protection being given to both RG III and Kaepernick , as well as the resultant losses in terms poor defensive plays by the Niners and Redskins .

            Washington is now on pace to give up over 7,500 yards for the season . Do you know how bad your team has to be in giving up over 440 yards of offense a game ?


            1. The Redskins defense is terrible, but it was terrible last season too. I give RGIII a pass because his torn ACL should have never happened, and the loss of reps and preseason snaps wasn’t his fault.

              However, if rumors that he no longer wants to run the read-option and become more of a pocket passer like Peyton Manning are true, then I would say that decision is a detriment to his team. Because as good as RGIII can be, he’s no Peyton Manning.

              As for Kaepernick, without Michael Crabtree, I think he lost a vital weapon in his passing attack, however, But he’s coming off as a little too cocky if you ask me. And such an attitude only invites more negative vibes directed your way.


              1. Maurice

                I would have thought that their respective head coaches would be seeking to adapt to the strengths of the players in question , rather than seeking to corral both RGIII and Kaepernick . Given the receivers and backs that Kaepernick has at his disposal , his passing game should be the last thing that he has to worry about .

                The Colts and Seahawks have now shown everyone the blueprint , as to how best defeat the Forty Niners .


                1. Running the read-option is adapting to RGIII’s strengths. What’s the point of having world class speed if you don’t use it? We’ve seen this before with QB’s who can run.

                  They go trough this phase of wanting to prove to the world that they can be a great passer instead of a runner, and it’s a waste of time. Once Peyton Manning had that 7 TD game, now everyone else wants to try to do it too, even if they can’t.


                  1. Maurice

                    The Redskins are adapting to RGIII’s strengths , when the O Line is as porous as it it ? RGIII would be better protected , if he wore a condom on the field of play.

                    And who can forget this play against the Lions . A world class athlete in action , oh yeah . Who was ultimately to blame for that idiocy might I ask ?


  7. The Jaguars actually turned up in Seattle for that @ss kicking they suffered (45-17) at Q-West Field ? . Why didn’t they just call in sick and forfeit the game ?

    Chad Henne proved to be about as adequate a backup for Blaine Gabbert , as Stevie Wonder t; would be as a stand-in for Denzel Washington in an action movie . Truly remarkable how mediocre Henne’s career has n continued to be no matter where he has played . Chad Henne’s stats on Sunday (18/38, 235 yds , 0 TD’s & 2 INT’s) . Those are the type of stats that even Mitt Romney might be proud of .


    Hail to Mitt Romney a supercilious and pompous @sshole if ever there was one , Absolutely fu##ing clueless on so many issues and he has no idea how to solve any of them, at all . Mitt , it would appear , that 47% said f$ck you and the horse you rode in on , in the last election . Now what ?

    Josh Freeman you are not the weakest link

    tophatal …………………


  8. Does anyone get the feeling that the Broncos . are likely to blow the Raiders right out of the stadium tonight when these two teams meet in a divisional AFC match-up ? This Dennis Allen coached team has yet to do anything to impress me that they are merely a good NFL team !

    Forget Rob Gronkowski , Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez , as the Saints’ tight end Jimmy Grahame is now the best player at the position currently playing in the NFL .

    tophatal …….


  9. Trent Richardson is a good running back, but he wasn’t worth a top 3 pick in the first round. The only time you should pick a running back that high is if he’s a game breaker like Adrian Peterson, who can score anytime they get their hands on the football.

    In today’s NFL, it’s best to get a running back later in the draft. For the Browns to get a first round pick for Richardson after what he’s shown so far, it was a good move. Weeden should have been no better than a third round pick, if that.


    1. Maurice

      Since when were there any sound decisions being made in the Browns’ front office ? They threw Colt McCoy under the bus because he suffered a concussion and they never gave the guy the chance to win back his position . They draft a has-been former Yankees’ farm system player in Brandon Weeden .

      By the way , Richardson in his rookie season was not unproductive in terms of his stats and in comparison to other rookie backs(RB) taken in 2012 .

      Teams that lack a good rushing offense will at times pull out all the stops . Do you remember Mike Ditka and his idiocy concerning Ricky Williams and the Saints ?

      tophatal ………….


    1. al clements

      So what was it that Art Modell drank , that made him do the things he did, that alienated the fans in Cleveland ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!


      “Jim I have loved you like son , but if you bring up why I moved once again , I going to have kick your black @ss ” Art Modell and Jim Brown


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