Ships that pass each other in the night tend to collide at some point on a journey , though not necessarily with something they haven’t seen

Ships that pass each other in the night tend to collide at some point on a journey , though not necessarily with something they haven’t seen

There is no disputing the fact, with the year-round cycle of perpetual NFL news you simply cannot get away from football , no matter how much one might try. With the ongoing fiasco of the Deflate-Gate saga now taking place within the legal system and a Federal Court judge Richard Berman now presiding over what will likely the final arbitrary judgment on the matte. I am now beginning to believe this league desires all of the negative publicity possible simply to remain in the limelight.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell no longer has any credibility and the fact that the team owners remain staunchly loyal to him remains not only incredulous but also unfathomable. Fans may well point to the fact the league is highly profitable, but what does it suggest when the NFL still can’t clean its own house or where its relationship with the NFLPA (union) remains adversarial and antagonistic? When asked about this , the commissioner remains nonplussed and comes across as a buffoon. As to the fans who continue to point to the popularity as one of the sole reasons to find football popular , then they might as well bend over and seek to kiss their own ass for all of the good it might do.

Week one of the NFL season went by without there being a standout performance by a team or player after the games played. Divisional standings asides, there wasn’t a great deal that could be taken away from the results seen other than the fact two Heisman Trophy winners are likely to struggle during this season should they be entrusted with leading their respective teams as that franchise’s starting quarterback.

Tim Tebow a recent free agent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles has become a reclamation project for team head coach Chip Kelly. All signs point to the fact the former New York Jets , Denver Broncos and New England Patriots’ player will likely be a bust. His performance in the Eagles’ season opener of the preseason was a disaster and there was nothing to suggest Tebow’s game has actually improved since he last played in the NFL during the 2012 season.

Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team’s and the league’s number one overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft fared no better in the Buccaneers’ preseason opener, as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings in a rather lopsided game. Pretty much safe to say this Buccaneers’ offense could very well end up being among the worst in the NFL this upcoming season with the defense not actually faring any better. Depth on this team roster can only be described as being mediocre at best.

Week two of the preseason will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida on Monday , 24th August, 2015. Lovie Smith and his team will be seeking their first winof the preseason with Jameis Winston likely to once again get the start in preference over Mike Glennon.

Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia , In the second game of their preseason schedule. Tim Tebow will likely get some playing time in the contest. Yet I have no doubt in my mind the head coach knows , that his and the team’s best option to win lays in the hands of either Mark Sanchezand the much-criticized Sam Bradford whose years in the league have proven to be something of a major disappointment. The NFL to my mind has now become a league of insipid mediocrity , where the fans in general, simply remain apathetic, unbelievably asinine and naive.

The 2012 NFL Draft might well go down as one of the best in recent NFL history and perhaps one of the best in terms of quarterback talent since the hype was made concerning where Hall of Fame players Dan Marino and John Elway would be taken and which teams they would indeed be drafted by. Both quarterbacks went on to have legendary careers , with Elway leading the Denver Broncos to successive Superbowl victories and then riding off into Broncos’ folklore. John Elway is now Head of Football Operations for the franchise, where there is now another legendary quarterback looking to add a second Superbowl victory to his resume and adding a third such title for Denver Broncos.

There are many who now believe the window off opportunity has now closed for Peyton Manning , but yet I feel , as long as the four time League MVP has an effective arsenal to complement his immense skill-set then the Broncos remain with a chance of possibly winning , but that would also be prefaced by suggesting they would be able to get the better of an AFC opponent in the postseason before facing their NFC counterpart in the “Big Game”.

Denver got off to a winning start in the preseason , defeating the Seattle Seahawks on the road in a 22-20 victory against the 2013 Superbowl champions. The Broncos will be looking to add to their winning ways when they face the Houston Texans at Reliant Field/NRG Stadium in Houston Texas on the 22nd August, 2015.

2015 will mark the third year in the NFL for the Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. The player has made one postseason appearance for the franchise which came to an abrupt end . His sophomore season was by far the best Griffin has had in the league. Granted, he has yet to show the intestinal fortitude of Andrew Luck the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback taken directly ahead of him as the number one overall pick in in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jay Gruden as head coach of the Washington Redskins’ having not only to deal with the local media , now has to deal with a player whose own entourage seems to be one where they feel , Robert Griffin can and should be seen as the only reason this Redskins’ team exists. Griffin himself, has come out and suggested he remains the best quarterback on the roster and the provides the team with the best chance to win. Yet by any stretch of the imagination , other than his postseason foray in 2012, as a quarterback, he has yet provide the consistency sought for the Washington Redskins to be seen as a credible challenger within the NFC East much less withinthe NFC this upcoming season. Beyond Griffin’s claims of being the best quarterback on the Redskins’ roster, the player believes himself to be the best in the league. All well and good if you have the performances to back it up, but nothing could be further from the truth. It seems what Robert Griffin lacks in competitiveness he makes up for with hyperbole, a great of brevity , a false sense of self-importance and narcissism.

The Redskins’ quarterback is well-paid , perhaps far more than he is actually worth at this juncture, but for the moment, he remains with the franchise knowing this could very well be the last season to prove himself, before the decision is made to jettison him altogether. Robert Griffin III has certainly been more of a distraction for the franchise in his three years rather than an asset and when you consider postseason appearances for the Redskins have become something of a rarity over the last ten years. It is understandable why the front office and team owner Dan Snyder are now at their wits’ end. As valuable as the Washington Redskins remain with an ultra loyal fan-base, having nothing at all to show for during that time-span means absolutely nothing at all , even if organization remains extremely profitable. Making money in the NFL comes extremely easy when you charge exorbitant prices for admission and the television contract are simply extortionate, without mentioning the fact the consumer seems forever starved of a product that has now become extremely pallid.

A narrow three-point win over the Cleveland Browns in the preseason opener offered up nothing new as to what the aspirations might be for the Jay Gruden coached Washington Redskins. In week two the Detroit Lions led by Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford will be the guests of the Redskins at Fedex Field, in Landover, Maryland for an NFC conference match-up. It will be interesting to see how the two opposing front-line starting quarterbacks will fare in this contest. Not due to become a free agent until 2017 , a two-year window of opportunity for Robert Griffin is now fast approaching , whereby it’s now or never for the player, who feels he is the best quarterback in the NFL, when he is on his game. RGIII, as he likes to be known, still has a long way to go before he proves himself the equal of his peers , never mind the players and quarterbacks from the 2012 NFL Draft class.

Say what you will, but the Chicago Bears are now playing a rather stupid game of not only cat and mouse, but also who moved my cheese? Former Bears’ GM Phil Emery took it upon himself to sign Jay Cutler to a seven-year $126.7 million contract and what might be even more ludicrous was the insistence of Emery, this would provide the franchise with stability and secure Cutler’s long-term security. Since Jay Cutler was acquired by the Bears the franchise has made only one postseason appearance and the fact they failed so abysmally, a great deal of the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the quarterback. Prior to the start of the preseason there were rumbling heard the front office of the Chicago Bears might be willing to off-load the beleaguered quarterback.

Jay Cutler, I believe remains this generation’s Jeff George , another quarterback with a bullet of an arm , but whose technical prowess and leadership skill-set always came into question. It has been the very same questions , continually being raised about the Bears’ incumbent starting QB. John Fox now comes in looking to turn things around for the Chicago Bears in what is likely to be a combative NFC North division where the Green Bay Packers will be looking to remain the dominant force while also repeating as champions of the division. The regular season meetings between the two teams should prove to be very interesting. I certainly believe Aaron Rodgers and his teammates will get the better of the Bears in both scheduled contests , with Rodgers’ record against his divisional foes continuing. Chicago will face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday , 22nd August , while Green Bay will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Heinz Field , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania on Sunday , the 23rd August,2015 .

Postseason or should I say two Superbowl performances can define a person’s career and create a legacy which is likely to make you a candidate for the Hall of Fame . Such might be the case for New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning and a claim could be made that he might be better than his elder sibling Peyton Manning when it comes to being on the NFL’s grandest stage . Eli Manning hopes to negotiate a mega-contract as he closes out the final year of his six-year $97.5 million current deal , with all evidence pointing to the fact the player wishes to have or be offered a contract that would make him the highest paid quarterback in the league.

While I believe Eli Manning to be a very good quarterback his career beyond his postseason heroics have been somewhat sedate. Granted he does possess winning record during the regular season is credible, but his twelve years in the NFL and he only has six winning seasons indicates to me something average, and averaging a mere seven wins a year throughout his career in the NFL. The past two seasons for Eli Manning have proven to be mediocre, with the player showing little or no leadership qualities whatsoever , while seeking to apportion blame elsewhere for his failings . Manning, like head coach Tom Coughlin will be under a great deal of pressure this season and the likelihood appears to be, should the Giants fail, then both the head coach and player are likely to become no longer part of this franchise. Do I believe Eli Manning to be on the downside of his career ? Yes , in many ways I do feel his skill-set has declined , but the Manning name in the NFL does cast a giant shadow over this league and with the Deflate-Gate fiasco still within our midst, it has been the Manning brothers who if anything have defined his last decade and a half in this league more than any other player during the time-span in question.

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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

13 thoughts on “Ships that pass each other in the night tend to collide at some point on a journey , though not necessarily with something they haven’t seen”

  1. The fact that on the NFL’s own official website would rather keep their antics out of focus concerning the current news on Deflate-Gate indicates the league, team owners and Roger Goodell would rather not have the fans know any semblance of the truth . Thankfully, there is some interest being shown my media resources such as USA Today , ESPN , CBS , Fox Sports , NBC Sports and several major newspapers around the country. If the Los Angeles Times can actually report on the story , then how is that within the NFL’s own news’ source would rather keep of all this so hush-hush ?

    I would like to think these sources will not be muzzled and actually print the real truth rather than some semblance of it. Presiding US Federal Court Judge Richard Berman has been highly critical of both parties and especially of the NFL , where Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Pash has failed to testify on behalf of the league.. Somewhat odd don’t you think, if he is meant to be senior most legal mind representing the NFL’s interest in this matter beyond the obligation of Roger Goodell being asked to appear at the court proceeding ?

    Away from the legal proceedings week two of the preseason resumes with games being played over the next several days encompassing the weekend also . Starting with today , 20th August where the game on tap will be the Detroit Lions and their facing the Washington Redskins at Fedex Field in Landover , Maryland . It will be interesting to see how much playing time head coach Jay Gruden allows his roster of quarterbacks in this game , compared to game one of the Redskins’ preseason opener.

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  2. I would certainly like to see the Kansas City Chiefs make some waves within the AFC West this season, where I believe the Denver Broncos are likely to regress although they will still remain on pace to gain double-digit wins for the season. As long as Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback then the Broncos are always in with a chance.

    The Chiefs will need to get out to a fast start in the regular season , going 3-1 through their first four games of the regular season would be great. Alex Smith will have to be playing at his very best , while head coach Andy Reid will have to use every ounce of his coaching acumen to have his team ready and entirely motivated.

    With Philip Rivers having negotiated a new deal with the San Diego Chargers . Rivers can now look to surpassing several of Dan Fouts’ career achievements with the Chargers. The team I believe will remain competitive and a likely challenger to the Broncos within the division for the divisional crown.

    Jack Del Rio will be seeking to resurrect the fortunes of the Oakland Raiders , but I feel the franchise has yet to do anything meaningful in terms of constructing a competitive roster. Derek Carr remains a good quarterback , but not a great one and he and his teammates will be severely tested this upcoming season. The Raiders’ struggles remain an inconsistent offense and a damn poor defense. As to their fans , they continue to remain as optimistic as ever.

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  3. Miami Dolphins’ head coach Joe Philbin , his coaching staff and a team built around the talents of quarterback Ryan Tannehill are expected to compete this season within the AFC East. Outside of the defending divisional champions the New England Patriots who are likely to be without Tom Brady for quite possibly two of the four games as mandated by the league hierarchy .

    Tannehill in his three years in the NFL has struggled competitively against their divisional rivals in particular the Patriots.

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  4. Tonight’s games to open week two of the preseason seems to be something of a dumper in terms of excitement for the moment. There are two contests being played this Thursday , of which the opening match-up pits the Detroit Lions against the Washington Redskins at Fedex Field , in Landover , Maryland in an NFC contest.

    Kirk Cousins seems to playing at a heightened level and looks to be ahead of Robert Griffin III in the pecking order for the Redskins as to who should be the starter for the team to open the regular season .

    Robert Griffin III did not play with any degree of certainty or real authority in this game to convince anyone he has the talent needed and convince the coaching staff of Jay Gruden that he should be the rightful starter on the team. The Redskins came away with a narrow, but sloppy victory for a team which has great deal of work to do on both sides of the ball.

    Game ‘ two of the night’s schedule has the Buffalo Bills facing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium in Cleveland , Ohio, .

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  5. I am sorry but at this moment in time, after last night’s pair of performances by the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel , I do believe the team might posses the worst tandem pairing of passers in the entire NFL . Cleveland performed poorly in every facet of their game in the one-point loss to the Buffalo Bills in a putrid 11-10 defeat .

    Friday’s games scheduled , will see the Atlanta Falcons on the road to face the New York Jets , while the Seattle Seahawks will be facing the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City , Missouri,.

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    1. Chris Humpherys (SportsChump)

      When has a coach by the surname (last name) of Gruden ever been known to do something right in game concerning a quarterback during a regular season much less a preseason game ? Idiot fans will still continue to praise Jon Gruden’s choice of Brad Johnson because of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat of the Oakland Raiders in the Superbowl .

      Granted , he’s alleged to have turnaround the career of Rich Gannon , but in reality that was simply a load of utter bull$hit , Gannon was an average quarterback with no real inherent talent , but he simply had one or two good years before falling off the face of the map.

      Does anyone remember the issue concerning Chris Simms and the issue that led to his retirement from the game ? I guess not , considering the facts were buried in the small print by the fu#king lame @ss reporters in the Tampa Bay area , where their dumb @ss fans of the Buccaneers seemed unconcerned about. Simms was forced to continue playing in a game where he suffered a lacerated spleen , even when it was clear the player was severely injured and also suffering from another injury (concussion) also suffered during that particular game.

      Jay Gruden is a complete @ss and his time in Washington with the Washington Redskins will be short-lived. If he hasn’t figured out that either Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy gives him a far better option to win in this league than what is now an overrated and much hyped quarterback , in Robert Griffin. then it indicates to me how much of an @sshole Jay Gruden just happens to be.

      One season where he had an unremarkable postseason and the bullsh@t was all the more asinine concerning RGIII .

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  6. Week two of the NFL preseason and the injuries have began mounting for several players thought to be of relevance to their respective teams . The Green Bay Packers may well have lost one of their best offensive weapons due to an ACL to receiver Jordy Nelson .

    Far be it for me to suggest , but the preseason is already showing me there are some crappy and unprepared teams in this league, whether or not you’re judging them by the players or the lack of adept coaching.

    Tom Brady (12)and Randy Moss (81)

    So former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss has intimated that he would like to make a comeback to the NFL , while looking to join a team in need of an experienced player of his skill-set .

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  7. Former Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne and the franchise’s all-time receiving leader has joined the New England Patriots signing a one-year deal with the Patriots’ franchise. This move will fortify the New England offense and simply add to the already great offensive arsenal of this team.

    Reggie Wayne , formerly of the Colts signed with the New England Patriots .

    Whether it’s Tom Brady or Jimmy Garappolo leading the passing offense , the Patriots are in a real heady place at present, with the Wayne acquisition .

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  8. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put on their best performance of this preseason taking down the Cincinnati Bengals in a lopsided 25-11 at Raymond James Stadium , in Tampa, Florida . This was the Buccaneers’ first win of the exhibition season and might bode well for their week three contest against the Cleveland Browns on the 29th August , 2015.

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  9. Teams will soon have to start whittling down their rosters from the current ninety-man down to seventy-five and then to a final fifty-three man roster to encompass the start of the regular season .

    One of the more surprising moves to have taken place was the signing to a one-year deal of former Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne by the New England Patriots. Wayne has been a productive player throughout much of his NFL career one of the best receivers in the game since his drafting into the league in 2001 .

    Week three of the season will offer up some interesting games as players third and fourth stringers will seek to make a solid impact as the rosters start to be whittled down . At this point last season things were something of awry .

    Opening week three of the preseason will be a Friday night game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte , North Carolina , where several of the front-line starters are likely to see considerable playing time as the staffs of Bill Belichick and Ron Rivera will get the chance to assess the players in question as well as those considered to be on cusp.

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  10. Week three’s results will now see teams seeking to cut their rosters to seventy-five players, before finally making that cut to fifty-three after week four of the preseason .

    If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pinning their hopes on Jameis Winston , then they are going to need for him to play a hell of lot better than the idiotic analysis being provided by @ssholes such as Brock Riley of BHSN and the apathetic buffoons of the Pewter Report . They remain as clueless on the NFL franchise as Sarah Palin has been able to provide succinct analysis on domestic and foreign policy for the nation.

    Tampa was on the wrong side of an @ss whupping , where the team was so indescribable on all fronts . Defensively and offensively the Buccaneers are a complete frigging mess .

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