Imagine things getting really bad, before entering the 2015 NFL season, it’s not as far fetched as it seems

Imagine things getting really bad , before entering the 2015 NFL season , It’s not as far fetched as it seems

Over the last few days, I have been inundated with so much work, leading my group of research analysts within our section of a large department within the firm where I am currently employed . Trying to stay abreast of the news’ stories in the world of sports is not unlike sifting through a bucket full of fecal matter , looking for the feel-good story of the moment. In the world of golf , Tiger Woods is still trying to figure out if he can still play the game, much less compete at a high level. Well , based on his season , thus far and in 2014 .

I think we can all agree, Woods’ game has sank to an all-time low , without idiots still suggesting that he’s the ticker that still moves the needle within the sport. That was true at the height of his game , when he was winning tournaments at more than a thirty per-cent clip. That has not been the case in over four years , but you would be hard pressed to convince the idiots , who are still sipping from the porcelain pot that Woods continues to defecate and urinate in. . Such has been the apathy of the anal retentive sports’ fan who can be found in the country.


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In the NFL , the off-season has proven to be more of a surprise than any of us could have imagined. Needless to say , many may well be questioning the moves made by Chip Kelly as he has literally made the decision to tear apart his roster of last season, seeking to build a team more to his liking and built around what he believes will make the Eagles winners. Trading away one of the best performing quarterbacks in the NFL over the past two years, is not a convincing way of assuaging and trying retain the loyalty of a fan , especially a Philadelphia Eagles’ fan, who are known to be not only weary , but also lethal to players, whom they believe are not fit to wear an Eagles’ uniform. Nick Foles’ departure was not only a shock , but has many questioning, who is now running the show in terms of player personnel decisions. Is Kelly, as the head coach or is it GM Howie Roseman ?

In 2015, I am not so sure the Philadelphia Eagles will be a force to be reckoned with , not if Chip Kelly is relying on Sam Bradford to be the quarterback to lead this Eagles’ team ! In what I believe to be a puerile NFC East division , the likelihood of their being competitive football being played there this season , will be dependent upon the coaching acumen of Chip Kelly, Tom Coughlin , Jason Garrett and Jay Gruden . If they should fail, then things will be simply mediocre throughout much of the season .

If there is one thing we know to be true and it is the very fact , no matter how hard they try to rid themsleves of the label of being inept. The Oakland Raiders will not fail to confound us by simply making it a reality. The Raiders over the past six seasons have been the epitome of a franchise waywardly heading nowhere , while casting off head coaches like a quick change artist , changing from one outfit to another. The same can be said of the litany of players who have come and gone over that time-span. Jack Del Rio has been brought in by GM Reggie McKenzie and team owner Mark Davis , with a view to his being able to turn around the fortunes of one of the NFL’s most downtrodden franchises in recent years.

Consider the fact , Oakland has not won the AFC West or made the NFL postseason in over eight years , and only then can you comprehend how bad things have been for the organization. Then take into account , in recent years , profitability for the Raiders , has been hard to come by, in spite of their having some of the most loyal fans in the entire NFL . Yet , the franchise remains one of the most valuable in the NFL .

Oakland’s last appearance in the postseason came during the 2002 season when they won the AFC championship game , only to then fall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superbowl , who were being coached a former Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden . In the subsequent years , abject failure has been the name of the game, while one or two players have made something of a name for themselves donning a Raiders’ uniform.

While I believe Jack Del Rio to be a good coach , I am not so sure if is the right coach or capable enough a being to lead, what in all likelihood will be at its core , a team filled with players who were cast-offs from elsewhere. Add in the fact, the team’s quarterback , Derek Carr will be asked to place the Raiders on his inexperienced shoulders , having had relatively little success in the NFL during his short career . It might be far too bold a suggestion to make , but in this upcoming NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders cannot afford to fail .

Jim Harbaugh’s departure from the San Francisco 49ers was a clear case of a front office dissatisfied with a head coach, who simply had lost control of a team , which lacked discipline and one where many of the players thought themselves above the law , while having inflated egos . The issues of Ray McDonald and Aldon Smith have been well-chronicled without delving further into the less than amicable relationship which had deteriorated during its final days between the Niners’ former head coach , GM Trent Baalke and team CEO Jed Yorke. Photo opportunities featuring Harbaugh and Baalke or Harbaugh and Yorke , had become a rarity. It has to be said, when the two senior executives are said to be distrustful of their head coach , they are in fact sending a clear message, that his tenure , is about to be cut short . No amount ill-conceived diplomacy and well-wishing, upon Harbaugh’s departure could hide the fact, Trent Baalke and Jed Yorke wanted Jim Harbaugh out of San Francisco , faster than a high-speed train.

San Francisco’s demise last season was as much of their own making as was the inconsistency shown by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his teammates throughout much of the season . Kaepernick for his part having had initial success with a Superbowl appearance, making the postseason in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, fell back down to earth in 2014 , with uneven performances during the Niners’ schedule. While I believe the quarterback played a part in the team’s obvious inconsistencies , the majority of their problems came from the lack of discipline instilled into the team by Jim Harbaugh as the season began to spiral out of control.

Harbaugh is now in charge of the Michigan (Wolverines’) program , seeking to place that school’s footballing glories back upon a pedestal where their fans believe it belongs.

For the San Francisco 49ers, their upcoming season under the leadership of a new coaching staff led by Jim Tomsula could prove to be rather interesting for a number of reasons beyond the new head coach’s lack of experience. If the Forty Niners cannot overcome the continued and recent ascent of the Seattle Seahawks , their ongoing and growing confidence. Then , there is every belief , that it will be Pete Carroll and the Seahawks once again walking away with the NFC West divisional crown with effortless and consummate ease.

There is no denying, while in college Reggie Bush had a sensational career ,but unfortunately, a great deal of it, was built upon a web of deceit and lies , carried out with such bravado and countenanced by the atheletics department of USC (Trojans) while Mike Garrett was the Athletics Director of the program . Garrett played the role of the unassuming unknowing administrator , when in all probability , he was aware as to the machinations , all consuming , wheeling and dealings , which denoted academic fraud within the basketball and football programs , beyond Bush’s acceptance of money from known and unknown parties , while a student athlete at USC . The fact, Pete Carroll left the program, with such speed, all under the guise of accepting the millions of dollars thrown at him by Seahawks’ owner and billionaire entrepreneur Paul Allen can be read in a number of ways. None of which, has Carroll smelling like a bouquet roses and looking good at the time of his departure, with his refusal to provide any insight as to what he he might have known about the allegations at the time , surrounding Reggie Bush and number of other players under his tutelage as head coach of the football program.

With Garrett fired , Pat Haden was brought in to clean up the mess , with Lane Kiffin being hired to succeed Pete Carroll . Kiffin’s tenure at USC was riddled with inconsistency and a great deal of controversy , with the coach having repeatedly stretched the limits of what was deemed acceptable by the NCAA concerning a number of growing infractions , all of which Lane Kiffin claimed, he felt were within parameters set by not only the school, but also collegiate athletics’ governing body. Playing the fool , obviously came easy for Kiffin , and he still acts like a fool , while a member of the coaching staff of Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide of Alabama .

Reggie Bush’s first five seasons in the NFL were spent with the New Orleans Saints where his successes were fleeting and nondescript . Now with his fourth team of his nine-year career, having entered the NFL as a first round draft pick of the Saints in 2006 . Bush now hopes to resurrect his stalled career having 0532i signed one-year $2.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers during the off-season. I am not so sure what Bush can bring to Niners at this stage of his career and I certainly don’t believe him to be a better running back than Frank Gore , who San Francisco allowed to leave as an unrestricted free agent , with Gore joining the Indianapolis Colts. What that might suggest about the Forty Niners , might well have a bearing as one of the reasons why this team didn’t to get anything meaningful done during the course of last season. If the coaching staff believed Frank Gore was unproductive , then there has to be something seriously wrong with their mindset. Aging veteran or not, Gore was not one of the primary reasons San Francisco failed so miserably, ending their season with an 8-8 record .

Heading into this season Colts’ GM Ryan Grigson will have to deal with the issues of extending the contracts n of head coach Chuck Pagano and their perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck. You would think , the choice would be an extremely easy one to make . Yet, for some reason Grigson has found a way to bring about extreme tension between himself and Pagano as well the player, who has guided the franchise to playoff appearances in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. It might not take a rocket scientist to assist the general manager to make a quick decision, but if he is need of help , then there are several hundred of these engineers and scientists to found at Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) as well as on the campus of MIT . WTF !

Luck will be in the final year of his original four-year $22.5 million deal signed as a rookie in 2012. Don’t laugh , but by comparison, Jay Cutler last season earned almost as much as Luck has made in his first three seasons in the NFL . You have to pat on the back the decision-makers within the Chicago Bears’ front office for having the temerity of not only offering Cutler that outrageous seven-year $126 million deal , but also the asinine notion of current Bears’ head coach John Fox , whose opinion appears to be Cutler can still guide the Bears to a great deal of success at this stage of his career . Given a choice between Jay Cutler and Andrew Luck , even if I were blindfolded , I would still be able to pick Luck over Cutler, while smelling the stench which still can be tracked, by the fecal matter the Bears’ quarterback calls a career .

The obstacles now facing the Indianapolis Colts will be getting past the New England Patriots be it in the regular season or postseason . Clashes between the two franchises became synonymous with the careers of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning . There is no reason to believe the Colts will be seriously challenged within the AFC South this season . The Tennessee Titans are still struggling to find an identity , the same can be said of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars , who were among the least competitive teams in the NFL last season .

A great deal is now being made of the NFL Draft and the choices to be made by the teams seeking become relevant within the league. Clearly, with so much conjecture and debate over what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do as the team with the number one pick in this Draft. The possibility of the Buccaneers not choosing either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston , two players believed to be the consensus two top picks in this year’s draft could come as a shock. Yet , this might not be as big a surprise as pundits believe it will be. Personally, I simply do not put much into the machinations of the NFL calendar at this time of the year ! These college players will either prove to be good or extremely bad and by no means ____ is it a guarantee, a player taken as the top pick is a guarantee of success. The last player taken as the number one pick to have led his team to the Superbowl , was in fact Eli Manning taken in 2004 by the New York Giants . Two Superbowl victories coming from the arm of Manning sealed his legacy, but since that victory, the Giants’ quarterback has not been consistent or led the team another postseason appearance since 2007. Make of it what you will.



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What do you believe will be the likely outcome of this NFL Draft by way of the player taken as the number one overall pick ? Based on the needs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , do you believe it is imperative the franchise take a quarterback or a player of need at another position ? Chime in with your thoughts on this and anything else you believe to be of relevance to the subject matter.



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18 thoughts on “Imagine things getting really bad, before entering the 2015 NFL season, it’s not as far fetched as it seems”

  1. There’s an idiot born every minute , simply willing to kiss Tiger Woods’ ass merely because he’s about the only person they know in the world of golf other than the names of Arnold Palmer , Jack Nicklaus or Phil Mickelson . Need one say anymore on the matter when it comes to the lack of intelligence of the North American sports’ fan ?

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people , all of the time . So who is Chip Kelly , seeking to fool at this moment time ?


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  2. Al…

    I’m not too sure any team in the NFC East will be a force to be reckoned with next year. The Cowboys were on the right track then they let Murray go?

    I think we’re looking at another year where they all hover between 10-6 and 6-10 and don’t post much of a post-season threat against the better teams in the conference.


  3. Chris Humpherys

    What were the Dallas Cowboys really on track to do ? They won the division by default , albeit they ended up with a winning road record . Herein, lies the truth the Philadelphia Eagles remain an overrated team , having only to win two of last five games of the season and these a#sholes could not even compete to do that successfully. Defensively , I believe all four teams this upcoming season will not have anything to offer at all !

    Chip Kelly is an egotistical and overrated head coach and Jason Garrett remains a bumbling buffoon , with Jerry Jones and his sons controlling the purse strings , while being the marionettes controlling everything within that particular lunatic asylum , known as the Cowboys’ organization .

    Tony Romo is a selfish bas#ard , who could have renegotiated his contract in allowing running back DeMarco Murray to remain with the Cowboys for at least another year .

    The Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback is on track to earn over $25 million this upcoming season inclusive of all bonuses and other ancillary incentives .

    Tony Romo , is not a leader or good enough to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a deep NFL postseason run of NFC title , much less the Superbowl itself . His postseason record is there for everyone to see and last season was another clear indication as to the reasons why they are simply not good enough against the best that the NFC has to offer during the postseason . Their record this season I do not believe will be better than 10-6 as you so rightfully suggested !

    Having acquired running back Darren McFadden to replace DeMarco Murray at the position. There is no way the move can be considered an upgrade . McFadden at his best is nowhere near as good as Murray at his worst or barely above average . Clearly indicating why Jerry Jones is a poor assessor of NFL talent via free agency and the NFL Draft .


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  4. Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top one-hundred of the World Golf rankings for the first in nineteen years , the year he first made an impact on the game and debut as a professional in 1996 . Seventy-nine official PGA Tour wins to go alongside his fourteen Major Grand Slam Tournament victories and the greatest compliment he’s now likely to get is either ” how’s your golf game or are you banging Lindsey Vonn regularly ” ? My how times have changed for one of the most highly visible athletes on the planet .

    Woods pictured with Lindsey Vonn .

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  5. So let’s get this straight , the New York Knicks can’t win at home or on the road but yet , their lame @ss fans are thinking ahead not only to the NBA Draft but the free agent classes of 2015 and 2016 ? Step back for a minute , peruse the season as far as the team goes and the coaching staff assembled by Phil Jackson and the rest of the @s$holes within the Knicks’ front office , which James Dolan presides over as the owner .

    Why would anyone believe this organization has the wherewithal to place a competitive product on a basketball court after this season , and what has actually transpired? .

    Knicks’ fans continue to deal in conjecture and absolute stupidity , showing very little common sense when it conmes to this franchise.

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  6. Jordan Spieth is making hay while the sun shines , leading the The Masters after the first round of the tournament .

    Spieth is the youngest player to have led the tournament in the first round and should he continue with his form , he could end up a likely winner of the first Major (Grand Slam) of the season .

    Tiger Woods on the other hand, is struggling and there seems to be no signs of his game improving over the remainder of the Masters .

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  7. I think this is a good move. The Eagles lost they game they should won against Dallas. he is building a speed team. The “D” needs help. We will see what happens. Tiger Woods is a lost soul who needs help. I am not just speaking about golf but his life. I like your layout. Thanks for getting rid of those pictures.


  8. bobby

    Chip Kelly simply does not have the propensity to coach or have his teams play defense . The proof is there for everyone one to see .

    As a division , the NFC East will always remain an overrated division where the play can be best described as mediocre .

    Front office of the franchise has deferred way too much power to Kelly , with GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeff Lurie now taking a back seat to their head coach’s ego and incompetence.

    Do you honestly believe Sam Bradford is an upgrade over Nick Foles at the quarterback position ? Clearly, the fans in Philly are apathetic and downright idiots , if they believe it to be the case .

    Bradford , since he entered the NFL can hardly be seen as a competent and has never won more than eight games in a season .

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  9. Foles did good the first year. the second year he came crashing back to earth. Sam Bradford is overrated and he is not that good. Let’ see what happens. Dallas is overrated. The Eagles we will see. Kelly had two good years 10-6 and 10-6. Let see what happens. This is the make or break year. Anything less than ten wins it is time for him to go. April 15 the twenty sixth anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster.


    1. bobby

      It’s plain to see Chip Kelly doesn’t know how to coach defense a and it’s one of the reasons why the Eagles defensively are one of the worst teams in the entire NFL . His years of success at Oregon made him an egotistical and narcissistic bore . He’s carried those very same traits into the NFL and he has become unstuck . If Chip Kelly fails to to take the team into the postseason , then all bets are off and the front office might as well be looking for his successor and a completely new coaching staff .

      Trading away Nick Foles was simply idiotic and last year , even though his productivity might have slipped , he was still a great deal better than many of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL . The statistics do not lie.

      I remarked about the Hillsborough Disaster in the latest piece you have written . It all seemed so surreal but yet it remains a tragedy that still lingers on .

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    2. bobby

      Sam Bradford is not the player you want as your starting quarterback. He is average best , perhaps even close to being mediocre .

      There’s no accounting for stupidity and the front office of the Eagles have it like several bouquets of dead roses . It’s simply of no use to anyone .


      Foles , left and Bradford on the right . It’s plain to see who has the better record as a player since their entry into the NFL .

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      1. Let’s see how this works out. Foles struggled under the Kelly system. Let’s see when the real season starts If it is a disaster then this is what the Eagles do Crap in their Wheaties


          1. The “D” sucked. This is why he is working on improving the “D. Foles missed too many receivers and he had a ton of misreads. I agree Kelly between good and average.


            1. bobby

              Would it not have been better for Kelly to simply acquire an experienced free agent quarterback , rather than getting a player with a sub-par record , as was the case with Sam Bradford ? Agree or disagree ?

              Philadelphia has no depth at the quarterback position and I don’t believe their current crop of wide receivers are that good to begin with !

              I would certainly take Mark Sanchez over Sam Bradford as a starting quarterback based on current form !

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