Clash of the Titans and then, we’re left with absolute crap as the case maybe …

Clash of the Titans and then, we’re left with absolute crap as the case maybe

Well, now that we have found out the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) remain what we always knew them to be, an absolute fraud. Let’s see how their docile fans will seek to explain a home loss against the woefully inept Washington Redskins who had third-stringquarterback Colt McCoy starting for the Redskins in this inexplicable loss for the Cowboys. All this from a team, who prior to week eight had been on a six-game winning streak before their Monday Night home defeat to their divisional rivals .

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Dallas remains the leader of the NFC East, but barelyahead of their closest rivals the Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) who they will meet in weeks’ thirteen and fifteen with the first contest taking place at AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas on the 27th November , 2014. Chip Kelly’s Eagles did themselves no favors in week eight , falling to the Arizona Cardinals. This division is likely to come down to which team shows the most consistency during the final six weeks of the regular season schedule. Last season, it was the Philadelphia Eagles running away with the division, winning it with remarkable ease and on their way to the postseason . Their short and abrupt fall came in the wildcard round as they were felled by the New Orleans Saints in a 26-24 loss in a tightly contested game.

The Dallas Cowboys’ fate still remains in their own hands , or should I say in the hands of Tony Romo ? As he goes, then so does this team , in spite of the remarkable season being put together by the team’s running back De Marco Murray who appears to be on his way to breaking the franchise’s single season rushing record and possibly passing the league’s single season record for yards from scrimmage and the single season rushing mark if he can remain healthy. In week nine Dallas will play host to the Arizona Cardinals in a clash of the top two teams in the NFC , with the winner likely to be viewed as a prohibitive favorite to make the postseason .

If this is to be the year where Jason Garrett can lead the Dallas Cowboys to the postseason, then it will have been a long time coming for a coach, thrust into his position by the Cowboys’ larger than life owner , Jerry Jones , whose ego and largess knows no boundaries. As to what Jones makes of the loss to the Washington Redskins can only be assessed by the statement likely to made be made by the publicity seeking executive and franchise owner. Favorable or not , Jones will seek to put a ” positive spin ” on the result.

With the NFL season having reached the halfway mark , there is no reason to not believe the fates of John Idzik and Rex Ryan remain intertwined with the general manager of the New York Jets and the team’s head coach now on a precipice , where team owner Woody Johnson will have to make a decision about whether or not to retain both individuals. Idzik was a proponent in the drafting of Geno Smith and then promoting him to become the starting quarterback starter in his rookie season. That experiment has come to epitomize the absurdity and incompetence seen both on and off the field concerning the New York Jets this season.

John Idzik’s resume’ is quite impressive when you consider he was integral part and one of the architects who built the Seattle Seahawks’ Superbowl winning roster. He left the front office of the Seahawks to pursue the general manager vacancy with the New York Jets. I guess things haven’t worked out for either Idzik or the Jets at this juncture .

A 1-7 record and it is not difficult to understand the reasons why the Jets are in such a position, bereft of big game play-makers or leadership, without having to listen to the rather imbecilic post-game interviews which are mandatory for the head coaches. In having to listen to Rex Ryan explain away why his team lost seven straight games with neither Smith or any of his teammates being able to show any signs of competitiveness. And that lack of competitivity was on view in the Jets’ disastrous play and the team’s 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Now firmly rooted at the bottom of the AFC East this season for the New York Jets has now become a forlorn and an ongoing recipe of prolonged disaster. Self-inflicted wounds, the coaching staff and the team remain at a loss to explain their current situation with Woody Johnson yet to issue a public statement on his franchise’s misfortunes.

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets will get the chance to seek the team’s second win of the season when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri, to face the Kansas City Chiefs an all AFC contest this upcoming Sunday.

Save the best until last ? Looking at the NFC South and this season ,it might just be the worst division in the entire NFL , given the play of the teams within the division . Not one team , including the NFC South division leaders the Carolina Panthers (3-4) has a winning record this season and it seems likely a sub.500 or just above .500 mark will be enough to secure the divisional crown. As to what this might suggest about the Panthers, New Orleans Saints (3-4), Atlanta Falcons (2-6) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) does not leave a great deal to the imagination, other than to suggest , all four teams are extremely bad .

The picture of ineptitude currently being painted in the NFC South, has been on display with the masterpiece put on canvass by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,coached by Lovie Smith , where he and his coaching staff along with GM Jason Licht have shown that they and the team are simply bereft of creativity and intellect both on and off the field of play. Smith has no idea as to who his starting quarterback ought to be from week to week . And he certainly has no idea who he can turn to , to provide leadership among his playing staff. Yet, all of the nonsensical debate by fans as to the real issues bedeviling the team and no one ever seems to talk about the role of veteran leadership. Reverence and stupidity among Buccaneers’ fans, who can and still point back to their championship winning season and the fact Jon Gruden coached the team to the victory in question. Truth be known, a blind man with the insight as to the tendencies of the Oakland Raiders could have coached the Buccaneers to the win . Yet , that seems to show the lack of real intelligence with the fan-base of the franchise and the fact they still rejoice in that year and not the very fact in its aftermath , neither Gruden or then general manager Bruce Allen sought to build for the future.

The front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , now under the guidance of the family of the late patriarch Malcom Glazer, seem non too concerned over the team’s travails and the fact the Buccaneers’ sole victory victory this season came in their week four triumph over a less than impressive Pittsburgh Steelers,who at the time ,were an injury riddled team . The Steelers since then, have taken an opposite trajectory to the Bucs and now find themselves in the thick of thingsin a very competitive AFC North division.

A home loss by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Minnesota Vikings in an overtime defeat, suggested even when putting up a gallant effort, this team is simply not good enough to deal with real adversity . I doubt things are likely to get any better for the Buccaneers in their next scheduled game when they face the Cleveland Browns (4-3) at Paul Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio,.

Give Drew Brees the tools to get the job done and he can pick apart just about any team in the NFL. With that being said, this season the New Orleans Saints have been far from being their explosive and overpowering self when meeting their opponents . If nothing else , Brees and his teammates are struggling to gain some traction within the NFC, much less the division . Sean Payton , meanwhile , remains the offense minded guru, playing to the strengths of his renowned quarterback .

The Saints still possess a reliable running game but if you can “stunt that”,then force Brees out of the pocket and hasten his decision making and he can become vulnerable, but he still possesses the mindset to carry his team when it is necessary. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson have provided the ground game for the Saints with their receiving corps being equally adept , led by Brandin Cooks . Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. From a defensive standpoint , this is where I believe the Saints have their Achilles’ Heel in not always being able to slow down an opponent . We are likely to see the Saints face such a dilemma, when they take on the Carolina Panthers in a Thursday night game we can only hope meet the expectations of the fans in attendance as well as the television audience watching as the events unfold at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte,North Carolina, as the week nine schedule begins.

It doesn’t seem that long ago Matt Ryan was being hailed as a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback and the face of the Atlanta Falcons’ franchise. Having signed a multi-year , multi-million dollar deal , making the player among the highest paid players in the NFL and among the highest paid quarterbacks , it has to be said Ryan has failed to deliver the goods while showing a lack of leadership for the Falcons. Now the cacophony of criticism being raised and aimed at the quarterback and head coach Mike Smith have reached unnerving proportions. Not only are there now cries for the dismissal Smith, but also for the jettisoning of Matt Ryan . I guess when the fans believe your ” number is up”, then they feel you have to go ?

Failure at all levels in terms of the Falcons’ play beyond the injury issues should not be seen as an excuse and understandably teams will tend to use such a premise . Yet the Atlanta Falcons came into this season with high hopes of winning their division and making a serious push for a postseason berth . Now this team is scrambling to save not only the season, but quite possibly not jepoardizing the future of Mike Smith and his job security. GM Thomas Dimitroff also has to be looking over his shoulder as team owner, Arthur Blank looks on at the continued mess his franchise is now engulfed in. It is pretty much safe to say, the noose is now tightening around the necks of several members of the playing staff as well as among the coaches . Blank has been known to show a great deal of patience and trust as exhibited with Michael Vick . Those days are now long gone and with a new stadium in the offing , there is no way in hell the owner wants an inept on field product with a coaching staff simply bereft of ideas. With millions of dollars at stake , this is the last scenario an NFL franchise owner would desire.

With a bye week , the Falcons can lick their wounds and prepare for their next opponent in week ten, when they look to inflict more pain pain into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season in a divisional clash at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida, against their divisional rivals. A loss fot the Falcons and the cries are likely to get louder and angrier from the fans of the franchise.

Their careers have been intertwined for over a decade and their meetings in the NFL regular and postseason have become legendary. As future Hall of Fame players, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have reached the pinnacle of their respective careers. Brady with threeSuperbowl victories would like nothing better than to add a fourth to his already distinguised resume’ . Manning for his part is a four-time League MVP, with one Superbowl win to his name and the now infamous loss loss to the Seattle Seahawks’ in last season’s rather lopsided postseason finale . That defeat not only surprised a lot of NFL fans but certainly jolted the Denver Broncos (6-1) and their quarterback.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet again in what is likely to be the game of the day , as these two titans of the NFL suit up for another great contest, when the New England Patriots (6-2) play host to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough , Massachusetts,. The Patriots have shown their flaws this season as too have the Broncos and it would take a foolhardy individual to pick against either of these two dominant quarterbacks . The game itself could go a long way in telling us which of these two teams will be in the driver’s seat within the AFC , with the winner, surely being looked upon as the prohibitive favorite within the conference for the Superbowl .

As Tom Brady and Peyton Manning continue to rewrite the record books with Manning recently surpassing Brett Favre for the all-time career mark in touchdown passes , with the Patriots’ and Broncos’ quarterbacks among the active leaders with career passing touchdowns . The question now becomes which two young quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL will be the next to step up to the plate and provide the league with a player rivalry not seen in this league in a very long time ? Peyton Manning entered the NFL as the number one overall pick in the 998 NFL Draft and Tom Brady was overlooked by several teams in the first round and dropped to the sixth round before he was taken by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft . As to what this might suggest about the front office executives , scouts and coaching staff that year, can be best left for another time and a very lengthy debate.

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A winning season clearly aids a franchise as well as their star players and it should be noted, both the Patriots and Broncos have stood firmly by habits which have served the two franchises very well. It will be very interesting to see where these two teams are , a year or two from now . I believe we are now seeing to of the greatest careers ever witnessed in the NFL over the past eighteen years and the accomplishments of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are unlikely to be surpassed, as the level of commitment and excellence is rarely seen among today’s NFL quarterbacks. Your thoughts if any, concerning the points raised within this article and anything else you believe worthy of a mention .

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(1) Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by Brandon Meriweather (31) of the Washington Redskins during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. A late comeback led by the Redskins’ third string quarterback Colt McCoy gave the visiting team the victory in overtime . Getty Images / Tom Pennington. …

(2) Brandon Meriweather (31) of the Washington Redskins reacts after sacking quarterback Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington …

(3) Colt McCoy (16) of the Washington Redskins is chased from the pocket by Rolando McClain (55) of the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images/ Tom Pennington …

(4) GM John Idzik of the New York Jets who has seen the team off to a 1-7 start to end the first half of the NFL season, placing the Jets at the bottom of the AFC East with only the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) and Oakland Raiders (0-7) with worst records within the conference and league. Idzik has taken the brunt of the blame for the team’s woes but the belief appears to be head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be fired at the end of the season with the general manager also , abruptly , being shown the door . AP Photo / Rachel Davis ..

(5) Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints against the Green Bay Packers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 26, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images / Chris Graythen …

(6) Peyton Manning (18) and Tom Brady (12) share a few words after a game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots during week twelve of last season . The two quarterbacks have met thirteen times over the course of their respective careers in the regular and postseason . AP Photo / Lindsay Archer ….

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A fascinating look at stupidity or as I would like to say, another day, another idiotic decision by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys

A fascinating look at stupidity or as I would like to say, another day, another idiotic decision by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys

They may no longer be ” America’s Team” , but they remain one of the most valuable and profitable professional sports’ franchises in the world , and by far the most profitable in the NFL . Five Superbowl victories have as such, defined the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys as an NFL franchise. Unfortunately, for the Cowboys, the last of those Superbowl victories, came in the 1995 season , when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last of their quintuple of Lombardi Trophy successes . Two-decades, is an extremely long time to go without an appearance in the NFL’s most prestigious game, its postseason finale.

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Coming off another disappointing season for the Dallas Cowboys , with the customary excuses repeatedly being made by a number of executives , players and the coaching staff , after another year of incompetency. The Cowboys’ owner , Jerry Jones , CEO and de-facto general manager, has continued to paint a rosy picture of the team’s accomplishments year in and out , in spite of the mounting criticism leveled his way. Head coach Jason Garrett and a former player with the Dallas Cowboys , notably as a backup to Hall of Fame player Troy Aikman , remains in his position, with mounting criticism as to his coaching acumen and capability as an NFL head coach.

An 8-8 record , having gone 7-5 within the NFC and 5-1 within the NFC East , finishing second to what now appears a rejuvenated Philadelphia Eagles’ team , proved to be acceptable to some within the Cowboys’ organization, who tried to use the injuries suffered by the team, as one of the primary reasons why the Cowboys failed so miserably. At the start of the season, the Dallas Cowboys had high hopes of making a serious playoff push with a team that Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones believed to be legitimate contender within the division and the NFL as a whole .

Though the success garnered by the Cowboys within the division should have proven good enough to be great launching pad for the season , it was on the road and with their non-conference schedule , where the team proved to be utterly dreadful , with Jason Garrett and his staff not showing the acumen needed during to close out games . Furthermore , as it proficient as quarterback Tony Romo is said to be during the regular season , it has been his continued lack of leadership that now has to come into question. The player always the first to complement his team when they are victorious , has proven to simply pathetic, in choosing not to accept any responsibility for a loss or take to holding his teammates accountable for their lack of competitiveness. Futility and lack of composure , has now become the embodiment of the Dallas Cowboys and it appears to be something that neither the players or Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are prepared to acknowledge , has crept into the Cowboys environment and throughout the entire organization.

As if to further emphasize how bad this past season was said to be for the Dallas Cowboys and the numerous issues that the team had on offense and on defense . Nothing, could have been more emphatic, than the defeats suffered during week five of their schedule and then again in week’s ten and fourteen . Those three losses simply highlighted how overrated the Dallas Cowboys remain and how out of touch the coaching staff just happens to be and will continually remain to be. The issues with the team are not just about the talent said to have been assembled, but the very fact that this team is one made up of individuals who are seemingly cannot play together as a cohesive unit, showing any degree of consistency.

Players such as DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten, could make their way unto any team in the NFL, but the rest of this Cowboys’ roster is simply just a mere caricature of what should be expected of a competitive NFL franchise. I intentionally excluded the likes of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, because as good as both are said to be, neither can put together a string of games where they both are able to play at a continuously high level.

Monte Kiffin was brought in as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator and that experiment bore about as much fruit as could be found in a vineyard of rotten grapes. Consider the fact, that during Kiffin’s tenure as an assistant to his son Lane Kiffin , while he was head coach of the USC Trojans’ program , those teams would be abysmal during the majority of his tenure . Yet, somehow, Jerry Jones believed Kiffin to be the perfect individual to replace Rob Ryan , who was not offered an extended contract. Monte Kiffin brought nothing new to the table and the Cowboys’ statistics from a defensive standpoint was proof of that fact last season. Bill Callahan as the offensive coordinator , brought in to aid Jason Garrett , has fared no better , with the same mistakes being repeated, at the most inopportune of moments, during games. Now with rumors of their being growing tension amongst the coaching staff , with the decision of Jerry Jones to add to the roster of the staff with a second assistant head coach to assist with the offense. It now appears that Jason Garrett will now not only have to look over his shoulder to see if he still remains under the ever watchful eye of the team owner , but also whether or not , he should feel threatened by the hiring of Scott Linehan . Callahan believes, his authority will be undermined , with a second offensive coordinator and assistant head coach . As to how this sits with Jason Garrett remains to be seen, but it is now becoming abundantly clear , that Jerry Jones cannot be entirely happy with the coaching staff and the monetary outlay having made to assemble that side of the organization, without taking into account the Dallas Cowboys’ team payroll ($118.1 million) and the outlandish contract of quarterback Tony Romo , who signed a six-year $108 million contract , of which $40 million is in guaranteed money .

This off-season could prove to be a tumultuous one for the Dallas Cowboys without the drama now constituted by the hiring of Scott Linehan. My question for Jerry Jones and his son, Stephen Jones , would be. How many coaches are necessary , to coach what is , simply a mediocre team ? Far too many Chiefs and not enough Indians and absolutely no common sense being shown by anyone within the Cowboys’ organization, that now seems to be bereft of talent on the field as well as off the field of play ! Jerry Jones and the front office are now likely to go about spending the off-season with the coaching staff assessing the needs of the team as well jettisoning players they believe to be superfluous to their needs . Having signed Dan Bailey to a long-term deal , one . that goes through until 2020 , it could be suggested that Jones might be starting off small and then working his way up the pecking order in terms of the Cowboys’ payroll .

If this past off-season was anything to go by, it is my belief that the Dallas Cowboys beyond considering the productivity of their 2013 draftees , may well seek to make some bold moves in order to bolster the roster , with their also being some attrition , with the likelihood of certain players departing .

The build-up to the Superbowl , which will be staged at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey , will provide the fans in attendance for game ,that is likely to be thrilling . Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos , will face off against the Seattle Seahawks, where corner-back Richard Sherman still remains the topic of conversation . There is no such thing as bad publicity , just as long as you are not a felon accused of a heinous crime . Last I looked, the print and television media were making the Seahawks’ player their central focus of their attention, rather than seeking to delve into some more poignant stories. Such as the case with Broncos’ receiver DeMaryius Thomas , whose mother and grandmother are likely to be watching him from their jail cells , where they are both currently incarcerated on a sentence of selling and distributing crack cocaine . Thomas’ mother and grandmother , are just over ten years into their twenty-five year sentence , but both are eligible for parole in 2018, pending the approval of the state’s Department of Correction , Parole Board and that of the Florida Attorney General’s Office . I get the feeling, that were Thomas to win the Superbowl MVP award , after a Broncos’ victory , then quite possibly the “shout-out” from the player, will not be directed, in wanting to go Disneyland, but at the two women, who raised him in the initial years of his life , before , they each, were incarcerated ! !. This story has been grossly overlooked by the press in general , while the journalists and celebrities seek out the players who will be the participants in Sunday’s game to ask simply the most asinine of questions .

I may well not be the only one willing to ask this question , but how the hell does Deion Sanders remain an employee with the NFL Network , beyond his idiocy shown, in trying to ignite the build-up of last weekend’s Pro Bowl game ? Sanders’ eloquence and use of the English language, in questioning a number of the Broncos’ and Seahawks’ players, makes Magic Johnson seem proficient in his speech and a seasoned interviewer. Anyone who witnessed Johnson’s short-lived late night syndicated talk show as well as appearances with ESPN , ABC and TNT , will realize that the NBA great, is simply not that eloquent , nor can he enunciate when it comes to his use of the English spoken word. Horses for courses as they say and for this continued idiocy , we have to thank none other than Roger Goodell and the NFL hierarchy for the annual and continued idiocy that surrounds Superbowl weekend and all of the scheduled and unscheduled events.

A second Superbowl victory for Peyton Manning is unlikely to bring to an end a career , that has been one of the most heralded in NFL history for a quarterback. The accolades and records are already known to the vast majority of the fans and it is widely acknowledged that he and Tom Brady , along with Drew Brees , have been the most high-profiled and visible faces for the NFL over the past decade. However, I firmly believe that Manning will remain with the Broncos for one or possibly two more years , before walking off into the sunset as the NFL’s greatest quarterback ,ever . Rightly or wrongly , you simply cannot deny that Manning belongs amongst the all-time greats of the game and has to be seen as one the top-five quarterbacks in NFL history and perhaps amongst the top fifteen players to have ever played the game in any era .

While the plaudits for the Denver Broncos’ quarterback will remain revered and supreme , one of his more unheralded teammates , Champ Bailey , is likely to be playing his last game in the NFL . Undoubtedly , a future Hall of Fame inductee, Bailey’s career, has been one of excellence and gallant accomplishments. Where he might rank amongst the players to have played the corner-back position will be speculated upon, once he has retired. However, he leaves the game , either as a loser or a winner of this Superbowl , Champ Bailey will be looked at as a player , who carried himself with a great deal of class and played the game with the exuberance of a player , who has always had the respect of his peers .

The NFL and its proprietary broadcast partner for the Superbowl will be provided with a “cash cow “ , once the game gets underway , with the prime-time scheduling of the event . At a rumored $165,000 per second, a thirty-second marketing ad will net broadcast outlet just under $5 million gross for that sales’ pitch . With projected advertizing revenues, likely to exceed $3.4 billion for the league , the NFL Network and Fox Sports , somehow, I get the feeling that Roger Goodell’s post-game summation will take into account the financial windfall for the league and their main broadcast partner. The preceding game event , will be pure theater and at the same time, I still have my doubts, that the Superbowl ought to be played under what are likely to be terrible game time conditions , with a predicted wind chill factor , likely mean that when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take to the field , they will be playing at near to sub-zero conditions, with elements that are likely to be mentally and physically sapping for the players . Someone needs to convince me, the decision behind this idiocy to stage the Superbowl in New Jersey under these conditions , were meant to be sound !

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What if anything, do you believe, is likely to come out of the off-season for the Dallas Cowboys ? Also, as Jerry Jones seeks to win a sixth Superbowl title for the franchise , which has struggled during the postseason since their last triumph in 1995. By your own estimation, is it possible, that he can guide the franchise back to another Superbowl appearance as an owner general manager ? Lastly, what expectations do you have for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks? Do leave a comment, as you see fit and thanks as always for the continued support and the content therein, as it greatly appreciated !

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(1) Jerry Jones,left , Stephen Jones and Jerry Jones Jr , owners of the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL . The trio are seen here watching the team warm up prior to a game played against the Houston Texans played at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas , on the 26th September, 2010 . Getty Images North America / Bob Levey …………

(2) Second from the left , Jerry Jones and his son Stephen Jones , fourth from the left are seen with members from the team’s 2013 NFL Draft class , along with the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett , far right. The trio taken were Travis Frederick, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams , all of whom made a solid if unspectacular contribution to the franchise’s under-achieving season within the NFC East in 2013. AP Photo/ Matt Prince …

(3) Quarterback Tony Romo (9) hands the ball off to running back DeMarco Murray (29) of the Dallas Cowboys against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears would completely dismantle the Cowboys on their way to a lopsided 45-28 victory over their NFC rivals . Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel ….

(4) Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett is seen here with assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan at the team’s training facility in Oxnard , California ,. Callahan is said to be slighted by Jerry Jones’ decision to hire Scott Linehan to become a secondary adviser and offensive coordinator , as part of the franchise’s already burgeoning coaching staff . Garrett , himself blindsided by the hire , is now said to watchful of what now appears to be a changing environment within the organization . Jerry Jones has issued a public statement standing behind his head coach , but states, that the hire should be seen as nothing more than seeking to bring fresh input and a set of eyes a with regard to the team’s offensive options . AP Photo / Jordan Hartley …..

Scott Linehan is seen here with Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matt Stafford (9) as the pair discuss a play that failed during an NFL game. Linehan has now found his way unto the Cowboys’ coaching staff after the public announcement was made Jerry Jones at the Cowboys’ headquarters in Arlington, Texas,. AP Photo/ Kelly Rutherford ….

(6) A playful moment between Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett , left and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Unfortunately , for the Dallas Cowboys there was nothing playful or exciting to be seen concerning the team’s defense which was amongst the worst within the NFC East , conference as well as the entire NFL , with the team giving up yards at an alarming rate per game . AP Photo / Phil Parsons …..

(7) Champ Bailey , defensive back for the Denver Broncos and undoubtedly a future Hall of Fame inductee . The player has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls over his entire NFL career , leading all players at the position in NFL history. In all likelihood , if the Broncos are victorious in Sunday’s Superbowl contest against the Seattle Seahawks , Bailey will bow out , retiring , with the Denver Broncos’ player , amongst the upper echelons for the franchise in a number of defensive categories . AP Photo/ Getty Images / Carter Poole ………

(8) Peyton Manning and DeMaryius Thomas , teammates , with Thomas proving to be one of the quarterback’s favorite targets over his record-breaking season in 2013 . Whether or not, the two can combine to be just as explosive during the Superbowl , remains to be seen . AP Photo / Edgar Thomas …

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Mine is not to reason why , only to ask the questions when needed

Mine is not to reason why , only to ask the questions when needed

Well the NFL Draft came and disappeared , leaving a great many fans , either overjoyed or extremely disappointed with the decisions made by their respective teams . And for the franchise with the ignominy of having that final pick for the last player to be taken . Let’s just say , for that player and others taken in the seventh and final round ,it is simply nothing to be ashamed of. If memory serves me correctly , a certain three-time Superbowl winning quarterback and future Hall of Fame inductee by the name of Tom Brady , dropped from the middle rounds , only to be taken as a sixth round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots . And as we know , the rest as they say “ is history “ , not just for Brady and his undoubted postseason exploits but also for that of the franchise .

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Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick Tyler Eifert (85), a tight end from Notre Dame, catches a pass during NFL football rookie mini-camp , Friday, May 10, 2013, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman …

As a die-hard Patriots’ fan , I must say that I was not overly enamored with a number of the picks made in this draft by the front office of the organization . However, in light of the team’s defensive woes over the past few seasons . I can only assume and hope that GM Nick Caserio , Bill Belichick and the coaching staff , will have firmly addressed the needs of the team . Certainly , in 2012 , this secondary of the New England Patriots were found to be wanting in the most explicable of moments , but specifically during the regular season . As to the postseason and the team’s exploits there . Well, the cupboard was laid bare, during the AFC championship game , against the eventual Superbowl champions , the Baltimore Ravens . Not only was that cupboard empty , but the anemic performances rendered by the Patiots’ players in that conference title game , led me to believe that they simply gave up before the second quarter, simply thinking that they could rest on their laurels , because of a 13-0 lead over a Ravens’ staff that at the time seemed ill-prepared .

The second half of the game would prove to be Belichick’s undoing , as the team was unable to muster a single point in the final two quarters of game . Someone perhaps, should have told Bill Belichick that the best performing quarterback during the postseason was in fact in fact a member of the Baltimore Ravens . Joe Flacco , simply excelled , out playing his counterpart , and further emphasizing why during this off-season the Ravens’ front office were simply prepared to “break the bank” in offering the four-year starter a whopping six-year …. $120 million contract , making one of the highest paid players in the NFL and certainly amongst the “ highest paid “ at the quarterback position . Needless to say, Ravens’ owner , Steve Bisciotti and GM Ozzie Newsome believe to be , money well spent .

The Baltimore Ravens’ off-season has been well chronicled , with their being a number of departures , from the players who were part of that Superbowl winning team . One might surmise that John Harbaugh and his coaching staff might well be despondent after the defections and retirement of certain players, but such has been the astuteness shown by Ozzie Newsome and his continued brilliance , concerning his this and previous draft classes . It would take a foolish individual to bet against the Baltimore Ravens making a quick return to the postseason .Simply consider Habraugh’s coaching record and the playoff appearances made by the franchise since he succeeded Brian Billick in 2008 .

In many respects, I do believe that there has been a disconnect between Belichick and what he believes to be are not his flaws as a head coach. Conceited , obnoxious and clearly, he is not willing to admit when he has definitely made a monumental mistake . Much of that has led to many of the on field coaching miscalculations, which now seem to be all too prevalent in the Patriots` play over the past two seasons. The AFC East this season will be filled with pratfalls for the Patriots as they go about seeking another divisional title and making the postseason .

Bill Belichick and his players , will open up their season with a quartet of preseason games beginning with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles and in many respects , I do believe that there has been a disconnect between Belichick and what he believes to be are not his flaws as a head coach. Conceited , obnoxious and clearly, he is not willing to admit when he has definitely made a monumental mistake . Much of that has led to many of the on field coaching miscalculations, which now seem to be all too prevalent in the Patriots` play over the past two seasons. The AFC East this season will be filled with pratfalls for the Patriots as they go about seeking another divisional title and making the postseason .

As I alluded to earlier , the Patriots will open up their season with a quartet of preseason games beginning with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field , in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , on the 9th August , 2013 , week one of the NFL`s preseason schedule . The team will open up their regular season with a game against divisional rivals , the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium , in Orchard Park , New York , which kicks off the NFL`s regular season schedule .

Now, while this off-season has been filled with stories , that the ever demanding NFL fans yearn for and a great deal more . Perhaps the biggest story may well be that of the New York Jets` drafting of quarterback Geno Smith and the player`s demeanor and rallying cry that he “ entered the NFL to win “ . Conceited, bellicose and full of bravura , Smith may well feel that he has something to offer the Jets , considering their disastrous 2012 season , where Rex Ryan could seem to get noting right and where the continued idiocy surrounding both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow became cannon fodder for print and television media alike . Never mind the anecdotes that the late night television talk show were graced with, in terms of never-ending comedic content ……. “how far can Tebow throw ? Obviously not far enough. “ How many Jets` players does it take turn on a light switch? None , they still live in the dark ages and no one on last season`s roster, is actually intelligent enough, to even know that Edison invented the incandescent light bulb.

GM John Idzik has been entrusted to rebuild the roster through the draft and via free agency . Given Idzik`s experience and is astuteness in the drafting of Seahawks` quarterback Russell Wilson in 2012 as a third round draft pick in last season`s draft by the Seattle Seahawks , when Idzik led the franchise`s front office . The Jets are hoping that he can work his magic for a second time in such an instance, by having a quarterback competition amongst the quarterbacks on the Jets` roster . It was under such a premise that Wilson won the starting spot on the Seahawks` roster . . Russell Wilson would show is maturity , leadership and dexterity in leading Seattle into the playoffs , where they would succumb (28-30) to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the postseason .

It would be asking a great deal of Geno Smith to beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting role at the quarterback position , yet given Sanchez’s woes this past season , it would not come as a surprise , should that situation arise . Sanchez is under a great deal of pressure to prove that he is still a viable commodity as a quarterback in the NFL , after all the of plaudits and acclaim received in the first two years of his career .

The Jets will open their regular season with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida , on the 8th September , 2013. It should be a game that will be a test for both sides as each seeks to resurrect their flagging franchise’s fortunes.

Speaking of a franchise with flagging fortunes , what chance is there for the Jacksonville Jaguars to turn things around ? First time head coach Gus Bradley will have a difficult season , along with new owner , Shahid Khan , having spent $773 million to purchase the franchise, and now seeking push a declining attendance level , and place it amongst the upper echelons of the NFL . For one of the NFL`s least profitable franchises , it must be said that the Jacksonville Jaguars are in a market, where it is barely self-sustaining . Yet for some reason , there is this continued belief that the franchise can maintain a presence in the Central Florida market place , while remaining part of the NFL .

The Jaguars` season in 2012 , started and ended with the ineffectiveness of quarterback Blaine Gabbert , and the problem that apart from not being able to put up points on the scoreboard , with both the defense and offense of team was simply anemic , if not mediocre overall ! ! The struggles of Jaguars will be littered with obstacles this season , which I do not believe that they will be able to overcome. The team in its present guise, simply is not good enough , in spite of the players drafted and their off-season maneuvers in terms of the acquisition of free agents . Call me naïve , but the Jaguars have not been of any relevance in the NFL in over a decade and to think that because an owner (Shahid Khan) , no matter what the success attained in the business world . It is by no means a dead-on certainty, that he will be able to replicate that success in the NFL , even with the professionals that make up the Jaguars` front office and tat of the coaching staff .

For Gabbert , this season will place the quarterback under a great deal of pressure , as he has seen many of his contemporaries from the 2011 NFL Draft have a considerable amount of success, while the player himself , has continually struggled throughout his entire two-year career in the league . Bear in mind also, the quarterback is amongst the highest paid players on the Jaguars` roster . Gus Bradley , has few alternatives , if his quarterback is unable to lead this team to even some moderate success in the AFC South , much less in the league over the course of the season.
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I am of the opinion that players ought to be rewarded , based upon their productivity and not solely upon potential or acclaim . Yet for some reason, this off-season Cowboys` general manager and team owner , Jerry Jones saw fit to reward the team`s starting quarterback , Tony Romo with a seven-year $119 million contract , that makes Romo amongst the highest paid players at the position in league . Consider the fact , that while many would consider Tony Romo a very good regular season quarterback . The player`s failings and continued failure in the postseason belies the fact, that Romo has yielded little in return for the franchise over the course of his ten-year career. One playoff win , and he gets rewarded with an exorbitant contract , for a player who lacks leadership skills and were he and his teammates continue make excuses, with alarming regularity for their recent postseason woes . For Romo , one win in four playoff postseason appearances would suggest to me, that there isn`t an ounce of goddamn common sense to be found inside the Cowboys` front office and even less amongst their ever under-achieving playing staff .

Sooner or later , Jerry Jones will begin to realize that Jason Garrett simply isn`t good enough a coach , to guide Cowboys to were think that they ought to be , much less realize the fact, that the team last season was not good enough to garner a playoff berth . Now the Dallas Cowboys, are now seeing their divisional rivals back amongst the upper echelons of the NFL.

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File- This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) standing during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Romo and the Cowboys have agreed on a six-year contract extension worth $108 million, with about half of that guaranteed . The agreement was reported on the team’s website Friday March 29, 2013. AP Photo/Alex Brandon ….

Sooner or later Jerry Jones will begin to realize that Jason Garrett simply isn`t good enough a coach to guide Cowboys to were think that they ought to be , much less realize the fact, that the team last season was not good enough to garner a playoff berth . Now the Dallas Cowboys, are now seeing their divisional rivals back amongst the upper echelons of the NFL. Now the Dallas Cowboys, are now seeing their divisional rivals back amongst the upper echelons of the NFL . What better way for the Cowboys to begin their regular season than a match-up against New York Giants ? A franchise that in recent years under head coach Tom Coughlin , seems to have found a way to achieve what the Texas franchise has failed to do in almost two decades , and that is to win a Superbowl . In recent years the contests between these two teams have been highly competitive and all too physical . And the NFC East is all the better , when both the Cowboys and Giants are both playing at very best . Your thoughts on the matter ?

As usual, there is always a reason to heed each season cautiously , as the head coaches are going to be on “the hot seat“ . Much of that, boils down to the play of the teams , and how they fare over a sixteen-game schedule . It will be interesting to see which of the head coaches are, or will fall from grace !

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New Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen (L) greets Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (c) and team owner Mark Davis , during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season . Getty Images / Justin Sullivan ….

! I may well be, rushing to a presumption of judgment , but having seen the customary merry-go-round as the usual plethora of firings take place amongst coaching staffs and front office executives . Given frequency with which the Oakland Raiders tend to fire their head coaches in recent seasons. I get the feeling that Dennis Allen`s tenure could very well be sort-lived ! Team owner , Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie , I believe are deeply distrusted by the vast majority of Raiders` fans . Yet , rarely do I ever hear them being critical of the front office in recent years and the confounding ways in which they have conducted personnel decisions. Needless to say , once again the Raiders` draft class and recent acquisitions will be questioned in many areas , and quite honestly , I would not expect it to be any other way !

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With the preseason a little more than three months away , but with a number of teams having brought in their rookies for their symposiums , organized training activities (OTA`s) and none roster invitees . It should be very interesting to see how a number of the first round draft picks will fare , in comparison to their predecessors of last season. Your thoughts on the upcoming season and in particular, which teams , do you believe will be a credible contender for the Superbowl ? Chime in with a comment as you see fit .

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(1) Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick Tyler Eifert (85), a tight end from Notre Dame, catches a pass during NFL football rookie mini-camp , Friday, May 10, 2013, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman …

(2) New England Patriots NFL football head coach Bill Belichick speaks during a news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, May 3, 2013. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer …

(3) FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2013, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to wide receiver Wes Welker (83) before the NFL football AFC Championship football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. The Denver Broncos have found a new target for Peyton Manning , agreeing to a two-year deal with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker . AP Photo/Elise Amendola, ….

(4) Broadcaster Jim Nantz interviews Baltimore Ravens quarterback and Superbowl MVP , Joe Flacco (5) after the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. AP Photo/Bill Haber …

(5) File- This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) standing during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Romo and the Cowboys have agreed on a six-year contract extension worth $108 million, with about half of that guaranteed . The agreement was reported on the team’s website Friday March 29, 2013. AP Photo/Alex Brandon ….

(6) Rookie head coach, Gus Bradley , is seen here overseeing workouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars` first team squad . Bradley has an arduous season ahead with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has failed to live up to expectations as a two-year starter with the Jaguars` franchise . Gabbert enters his third season , while under a great deal of pressure from his backups , Chad Henne , Jordan Rodgers , and Matt Scott . Florida Times Union / Mark Cready …..

(7) New Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen (L) greets Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (c) and team owner Mark Davis , during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season . Getty Images / Justin Sullivan ….

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Hot chic pics of the day . Bar Refaeli (above), and actress Kerry Washington , below and Vanessa Minnillo ..

Bada-bing bada-boom ! Wow , she`s hot , is Kerry Washington , damn hot !

Minnillo , is she a naughty schoolgirl or what ? Your thoughts on the matter ?