The $ 1 Billion White Elephant In The Room , To Be More Precise Sitting In Arlington Texas

He may well be the most despised owner in all of the NFL. But the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones is the consummate showman. Anything that he deems fit and appropriate that’ll place his name and more to the point that of his Dallas Cowboys in the limelight. Then as far as he’s concerned the rest of the whole world can go to hell. And that means if he’ll fall afoul of the NFL. In Jerry’s world …….it’s his way or the damn highway . Make no mistakes about it whatsoever. As that’s the way he treat his peers and subordinates.

Broncos running  back  Knowshon  Moreno  is  congratulated  by  teammate   Jabar  Gaffney  after   Moreno' s   second   quarter   touchdown  against  the  Cowboys.  Broncos'  running back  Knowshon  Moreno (27) is congratulated  by teammate  Jabar Gaffney (10) after  Moreno's   second   quarter  touchdown against  the  Dallas  Cowboys   in a   game  played  at  Invesco  Field  in  Denver , Colorado.   The   Broncos   would    go on  to defeat  the  Cowboys   17-10   in the game.  The  Dallas  Cowboys   now  sit  at  2-2  within the  NFC  East.  While  the  Broncos (4-0) are   one  of    4   unbeaten  teams  within  the  NFL  .       picture  appears   courtesy  of ap/photo/ Chris  Schneider  .............

Broncos’ running back Knowshon Moreno(27) and teammate Jabar Gaffney celebrate Moreno’s second half touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in a game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. The Broncos would go on to defeat the Cowboys 17-10 and remain unbeaten within the NFL. The Cowboys for their part now sit at (2-2) within the NFC East. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chris Schneider ………………

With the gargantuan billion dollar stadium having been opened up to much public debate and a certain amount of controversy. I can only think to myself wouldn’t it be of even greater benefit to Jones and the Cowboys’ fans if they actually had a worthwhile on-field product that their fans could laud over ? Instead they’ve been served up a trite piece of garbage and with a quarterback whose backbone may well be as yellow as any, as they come. Much has been made of the ‘special talents’ of Tony Romo . But until he’s able to lead this team with authority , he’ll be lauded for his known association with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson , respectively. And when that essentially has become the pinnacle of your notoriety within the NFL. Then you can only but assume the only way to go , is essentially ….. up from there .

Broncos'  defensive player Andra  Davis(54)  tackles  Cowboys'  running  back  Marion  Barber  (24)  during  the  first   quarter  of  the  game  played  at  Invesco  Field  in  Denver  , Colorado.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Jack  Dempsey ......................
Broncos' defensive player Andra Davis(54) tackles Cowboys' running back Marion Barber (24) during the first quarter of the game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jack Dempsey ......................

In yesterday’s showdown with the AFC West division leading Denver Broncos (4-0) . The Cowboys essentially showed us all on national television that they’ve no stomach for a fight , when they’re called upon or even placed in a situation of adversity. If anything this team seems to mirror the gullible hokum persona of its coach Wade Phillips . And for the coach who has become about as eloquent as an inebriated drunk when questioned as to what ails this team. It’s now clear for all to see that the franchise and ownership are clearly at a crossroads. We can no longer continue to make excuses for a team that repeatedly comes up short and for want of a better a word just under-performs. And what of Jones you might say ? Well Jerry would have you believe that he’s got everything under control and there’s nothing at all to worry about.

Broncos' running back   Knowshon  Moreno    evades  Cowboys'  defensive  players   DeMarcus Ware (94)  and  Bradie  James  (56)  .      picture appears   courtesy  of   getty  images  /  Doug Pensinger  ............................
Broncos' running back Knowshon Moreno evades Cowboys' defensive players DeMarcus Ware (94) and Bradie James (56) . picture appears courtesy of getty images / Doug Pensinger ............................

As alluded to earlier the events that took place between the Cowboys and Broncos . Wherein the Denver Broncos and their stifling defense upended the Dallas Cowboys 17-10 . This has essentially paved the way for what we now know about the two teams. The Broncos under first year coach Josh McDaniels can play football, despite much of the off-season and preseason turmoil that surrounded the team. For the Cowboys , however , they may well be now doing it all with smoking mirrors. I get the impression that illusionist Criss Angel wouldn’t at all be uncomfortable in the presence of the Cowboys. But then again , Criss Angel hasn’t been known to make as any boobs as the Cowboys have been known to , as of late.

Cowboys'  coach   Wade  Phillips  looks  on as  the  Broncos  have   just   scored  the   game  winning   touchdown.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Jack  Dempsey   ............................
Cowboys' coach Wade Phillips looks on as the Broncos have just scored the game winning touchdown. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jack Dempsey ............................

The Cowboys we’re led to believe are a potent offensive weapon that Romo ought to be able to make full use of the artillery made available to him. However , when you’ve got a quarterback who at this present moment in time is more liable to shoot himself in the foot. Rather than making use of the weapons that he’s afforded. You can well understand one of the many reasons that the hype surrounding this team is no longer justified. Their running game yesterday was all but obsolete. And their much vaulted defense was nowhere to be seen ,as the Broncos ran the Cowboys’ secondary ragged. Much of what we gleaned from the Broncos’ victory are borne out in the game stats . Romo played a with all the wantoned abandonment of of a cavalier . Whereas, his counterpart Kyle Orton was secure his distribution of the ball amongst his teammates. Romo’s two fumbles and an interception proved to be costly for the Dallas Cowboys. Never-mind the fact that he overthrew his receivers in trying to stretch the field and continually threw into double coverages ,expecting his teammates to pull off the spectacular play.

One quarter of the way into the season and one could suggest that the Cowboys now face an uphill battle within the NFC East. And with the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) , New York Giants (4-0) and Washington Redskins (2-2) all seemingly finding their footing. It’s self evident than they can ill afford anymore major slip ups as the season progresses. Much of more of the same and we might as well write off the team for all that it’s worth. And judging by the billion dollars spent on the edifice in Arlington Texas. What price would say that the Cowboys as a team is now said to be worth ? Do bear in mind that their presence in the postseason has been limited but one playoff win in the last decade. Not much to be proud given the team’s history and legacy we’re led to believe.

Broncos' wide receiver   Brandon Marshall (15)  scampers  his   way to  the  game  winning  51 yard  touchdown   reception  triumph  over the  Dallas  Cowboys  .      picture   appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/  Doug  Pensinger  .....................
Broncos' wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) scampers his way to the game winning 51 yard touchdown reception triumph over the Dallas Cowboys . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Doug Pensinger .....................

Hype is one thing but being over-hyped just isn’t worth it, much like that $1 billion white elephant that has been constructed there in Arlington , Texas to begin with. So what price are you prepared to pay or even offer for the privilege of owning the Dallas Cowboys ? Or perhaps like the vast majority of us you’d rather just see this franchise go up in flames ?

Clueless In Sports ………What Does It Say About Those Who Run It ?

There has to be a staggering amount of stupidity shown by the various hierarchies that run or should one say have in some way ruined each of the four major high profiled sports ? Those being jointly, the NBA , NHL, MLB and the NFL . Over the last decade , in their eager pursuit of money and apparent image as far as their corporate sponsors are concerned . Each of these respective governing bodies has lost sight of perhaps their most important patron. And that is off-course the fans. They’re the ones who follow their teams earnestly throughout the season and cheer on their heroes.

It’s bad enough now that with these uncertain economic times their sense of urgency as to doing the right thing seems to be lost on the fact that they’d rather meander down the path of self destruction. One needs look no further than the utter stupidity that’s now being shown in the NHL by its hierarchy and the ongoing saga of the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. The franchise which is now in Federal bankruptcy proceedings is at the center of a bitter battle between the NHL themselves and the only private bidder for the franchise , in billionaire entrepreneur, Jim Balsillie. The NHL it seems is not prepared to allow Balsillie should he tender the ‘ highest winning and acceptable outright bid’ the right to relocate the franchise back to Canada. The NHL on the other hand feels that they can still make the Coyotes a going concern as a franchise in the city of Phoenix . And when one considers that the franchise since its inception has failed to meet any of the criteria’s sought by the then owner- in terms of on-field success and that of sold out attendances for games. It begs the question ‘…. what the hell is the NHL thinking to begin with ‘ ?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman must feel that the NHL can do a much better job of running an NHL franchise than someone of Balsillie’s caliber , who clearly feels otherwise. And has made it clear from the outset that it was his wish to purchase the franchise and relocate it to Ontario, Canada.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Press

Bankruptcy judge rejects both bids to buy Coyotes

By Bob Baum , AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP)—The NHL could claim a partial victory on Wednesday after a U.S. bankruptcy judge rejected bids by the league and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes.

Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected outright Balsillie’s offer to purchase the team and move it to Hamilton, Ontario, which the NHL had vehemently opposed. The judge upheld the league’s right to decide who owns its teams and where they play.

Although Baum also turned down the NHL offer, he left the door open for the league to go ahead and purchase the franchise if it amends its bid to treat Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and ex-coach Wayne Gretzky more favorably.

“In hockey parlance, the court is passing the puck to the NHL who can decide to take another shot at the sale net or it can pass off the puck,” Baum wrote.

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The NBA not content with the very fact that year in and year out there continues to be controversy surrounding the officiating of its games. And the questioning of the quality and of its officials. It’d appear that they will seek to start the upcoming season and that of their preseason with replacement officials . They’ve chosen to lock out the qualified and seasoned officials because of their rancouring over labor issues concerning pay and expenses. That being said if the league were of a mindset to deal with many of the other issues with regard to the perception as to how their officials are viewed. I doubt that at present there would be immediate cause for concern. But on the brink of the preseason to lock out 62 officials . Merely because the two parties cannot come to an agreement , smacks of idiocy on the part of the NBA hierarchy and the the body said to represent the officials. Never-mind the impression that this now creates for the fans.

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With refs locked out , NBA confident in 62 backups

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer

With its regular referees locked out, the NBA is confident in its roster of replacements—even the two it previously fired.

The NBA begins preseason play Thursday night with 62 referees. The league said more than half have officiated in the NBA Development League, and all but five have worked the summer league.

It also said the two with league experience, Michael Henderson and Robbie Robinson, were some of the best replacements available.

Realizing the scrutiny the backups face, the league reminded teams Wednesday about its rules against publicly criticizing the officials. But senior vice president of referee operations Ron Johnson believes the teams won’t have much to complain about.

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The officials that Commissioner David Stern is prepared to use for not only preseason games but also the regular season, once it starts. They well in-fact come the NBA’s Developmental League.One can surmise that the NBA not only thinks it appropriate to give us something of a watered down product as well as Stern in his own words “…….. officials that I implicitly believe in with regards to their integrity”. He’s now prepared to now give us officials who in many cases have never officiated a regular season NBA game. And he’s also prepared to throw them into the fray. I suppose many of these officials have hopes of aspiring to be like Tim Donaghy , in part ? Well if not Donaghy , then definitely someone Stern , himself, can view as unimpeachable and above reproach ? With what little experience that they do have at the lower level in terms of their officiating. Are we expected to see that any glaring mistake that’s bound to be made by one of these officials can be overlooked because of their inexperience ? And what are the players , coaches and fans to think of this all ?

The biggest knock , I for one have always had against the NFL has been their treatment. Or should I say their mistreatment of retired players. Especially those veterans of the pre Superbowl era. Not much has gone right for many of these players who find themselves languishing on the outside looking in. Bereft of any of the financial rewards that is now being earned by their successors of today. What may well be even more distasteful and disdainful is the total lack of representation by their own union- the NFLPA . First by deceased union executive Gene Upshaw and now even more so by his successor DeMaurice Smith.

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Ex NFL players report higher-related disease

NEW YORK — Retired professional football players might have a higher-than-normal rate of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory problems, suggests a preliminary study that provides more fuel for concerns about long-term risk of concussions.

Experts said the work wasn’t definitive but that it fit in with other studies suggesting a long-term risk from head injuries in sports.

In the new work, 1,063 former players were asked if they had ever been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other memory-related disease. About 2 percent of the former players ages 30 to 49 said yes. That’s 19 times the rate for the same age group in the general population.

For retirees over 50, the rate of about 6 percent was about five times higher.

The study, which hasn’t been published in a peer-reviewed journal, was done for the National Football League by researchers at the University of Michigan.

The results show the topic is worth further study, but they don’t prove a link between playing football and later mental troubles, lead author David Weir said.

NFL Statement

“The survey found that playing in the NFL was a very positive experience for most retired players and that overall they are in very good physical and financial condition. Their history of physical fitness shows up in lower rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On most other health problems they are similar to or healthier than the general population, the survey noted. We are carefully reviewing the information and sharing it with others to assist our work on behalf of retired players.

“Regarding the two graphs (page 32) on memory problems in this 37-page survey, its acknowledges significant limitations of the survey in this area. The survey did not diagnose dementia but relied on self-reporting or family proxy reporting on a retired player’s memory, and it also noted that diseases of memory are rare in both the general population and NFL retirees. Despite those facts, the study recommends further research based on the reported numbers (1.9 percent of NFL retirees ages 30-39 and 6.1 percent of NFL retirees 50 and above), and that already is underway. Memory disorders affect many men and women who never played football or other sports.

“We are trying to understand it as it relates to our retired players. The survey makes no link between concussions and memory disorders. Concussion as one of many potential factors in memory disorders is being studied throughout the medical community, including our own study on the long-term effects of concussions on retired players.

“Meanwhile, our focus is also on the proper prevention and treatment of concussions in today’s game. We do this through rules changes and enforcement; education of players, their families, coaches and team personnel; and ensuring that our players have the best medical care available. Our medical staffs take a cautious and conservative approach to managing concussions, including expanded use of neuropsychological testing and return-to-play guidelines.”

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Over the years many of these players have had to fight tooth and nail to even get their voices heard . Much less be afforded the right to obtain rightfully what is theirs by way of medical assistance and benefits. For a sport that says it cares about its very own. The NFL and its union counterpart has done little to suggest for to us to believe that to be a fact. If anything it’s the contrary. They’ve steadfastly refused to even recognize many of these players and their grievances and have hid behind the subterfuge that the players of today are far more important than their predecessors. What has become even more glaring is that the present NFL commissioner , Roger Goodell and his predecessor Paul Tagliabue did very little to address those very issues and others that have cropped up over those years concerning the players. But yet it takes a commissioned report by the NFL to make us aware of something the vast majority already knew. So unless the hierarchy of the game is really that naive , then they’ve just to be downright plain stupid ! Over the years the NFL and the NFLPA has stalled not only in this regard when dealing with this issue but several others concerning the assistance and payment of benefits due rightfully to retired veterans of the game.

The league commissioned a report looking into head trauma and concussions suffered by players and the cause and effect that it has on the recipients. Now pardon me for saying this but for those of who’ve ever been hit on the head during any sort of endeavor . It does tend to hurt , so one can imagine what a hit on the head has to do to an NFL player traveling at a high velocity of speed head on into an opposing player . And then imagine that being done repeatedly during a game . Now unless I’m mistaken, this sort of thing once it becomes repetitive , then it does have a tendency of having repercussions to a player’s health in the ensuing years. Not only over the course of their career but also upon their retirement. The AMA (American Medical Association) and others within the medical establishment have long held the view that repeated blows to the head , no matter how innocuous that they might appear to be at times. It does have a lasting effect on an individual. We’ve seen this with regard to other athletic endeavors. None more so than within the sport of boxing. Where there, the poster child for head trauma , albeit that he’s said to have Parkinson’s disease -is none other than Muhammad Ali .

Associated with this all now , is the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease amongst former players and other forms of dementia.And this has also led to the seemingly untimely deaths of a number of players. Autopsies carried out – evidence has shown amongst that there’s a preponderance of blunt force trauma caused by repeated blows received to the heads of these players. One can surmise that this may well have been caused during their careers or quite possibly merely from repeated falls. But that wouldn’t equate what we already know to be factual when it comes to this issue. However, it appears that the NFL and NFLPA seemingly wants us to believe that much of this happens outside their sphere of responsibility as it concerns their members. Something is very much awry here and it does appear that the NFL in collusion with the Players’ Union would rather not deal with this situation , quite possibly because of the inherent financial implications and what it might well mean for the league.

And while this isn’t primarily the only issue where the league and the union has fallen short on . When it comes to dealing with current as well as former players. It does create the illusion the NFL and its union counterpart has become nothing more than a self serving organization . Purely concerned in portraying an image that’s none too real when it comes to the veterans who once graced the game. As to the impression it’s prepared to create for us , the fans. Well I think it’s plain to see for all of us who care to witness it .

As the regular season for MLB (Major League Baseball ) winds down. We’re seeing the last grasps being made by two teams to attain a postseason berth for the ensuing playoffs. The Colorado Rockies (91-68) having claimed a berth , now fights to run down an pass the Los Angeles Dodgers (93-66) and win the NL West. The two teams meet this weekend in the three game series that will determine the outcome as to who wins the division. It wasn’t that long ago that the Dodgers’ lead within the division was deemed to be insurmountable. But what we knew then and what we know now are completely two different things.
The Dodgers’ offense has become silent and their pitching invariably has become somewhat inconsistent. Hardly what the team’s manager , Joe Torre had envisaged down the stretch for his team.

If the Dodgers are to prevail then they’re going to have to picks things up. Because any sign of continued inconsistency at this stage and their postseason ambitions are liable to go up in smoke.

In the AL Central the Detroit Tigers (85-74) aren’t out of the woods yet. As their plight , once seemingly in their own hands is now playing out like an unwanted nightmare. They’re also in a dogfight for the division with their adversary being the Minnesota Twins (83-76) . Albeit, that the Tigers need only win one of their final three games to be assured a share of the division. They do need to win their final three games to put the division beyond the reach of the Minnesota Twins. But their play as of late has been not up to the expectations of their manager Jim Leyland . And the calming influence of Leyland may well be all that’s needed for the team to make this all a reality.

Inasmuch , as many of us are now looking forward to the postseason. One can’t but help notice that the figures are down in terms of attendance for the ballgames across the league. Both the New York Mets and the New York Yankees, having moved into the spacious environments of vastly expansive and ostentatious ballparks. Both teams have struggled to fill both venues to capacity. And though we can agree upon the fact that the current economic climate has made it somewhat more inconvenient for many when it comes to attending a ballgame. It has to be said that MLB has been somewhat myopic in its view of the overall economic climate and how it conducts its business by way of its template.

As salaries continue to escalate , it makes it all the more apparent that many of the small market teams will never be in with the chance of competing on the same level as many of their big market rivals. Teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays , Kansas City Royals , Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A’s struggle to remain competitive amongst their big name rivals.

Though at times the illusion is there of a fairy tale being created . More often than not it becomes short lived. The triumphs of last season’s AL pennant winners , the Tampa Bay Rays (82-77) , all came falling back to earth this season with almighty thud. Within the highly competitive AL East they have to deal with vast financial resources of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. For whom it can be said spending anywhere between $15 million and $20 million for player’s services for a year isn’t much of a stretch. However , for the likes of the Rays , they would have to be lifting up the cushions of a sofa to find every plug nickel and cent available to them to spend that sort of money on a player , just to secure his services for a year.

Seemingly MLB and the players themselves through the MLBPA (Players’ Association) are under the impression that the game can withstand the onslaught of ever increasing salaries. While the brand and product becomes watered down. And this also paved the way for even unproven rookies via the game’s own draft to be receiving what one might deem to be a ludicrous amount in terms of a mere signing bonus. Much of this we can allude to the fact than agent acting on the behalf of his client will try and garner the price possible for that particular commodity. And unfortunately this is sometimes where the utter and sheer stupidity of a GM comes into play. As they’re of opinion that in order to achieve that price of success -one has to pay through the roof to attain it.

MLB would have us believe that the tax revenue sharing that it has in place to assist many of the smaller market teams overcome the hardships that they proclaim. But more often than not , when the money that’s doled out to those teams isn’t being used to strengthen their rosters. In order that a better product is placed unto the field of play. But it instead finds its way into the pockets of the owners. One has to ask the question what it is that in-fact that the fans are indeed getting out of this at the end of the day ? And it certainly hasn’t helped that a number of these teams have been able to cajole , manipulate municipal , county and state governments for tax incentives and then have them also use taxpayers’ monies to facilitate the building of ballparks. But yet their financial accounts are out of the eyes of public scrutiny when it comes to transparency and how they conduct their business.

The hierarchy of the game under the leadership of Bud Selig as its commissioner and Bob DuPuy as its President and Chief Operating Officer would have us all believe that the game is very much in a healthy financial state. Merely because their revenues are said to be increasing. But in effect that in of-itself doesn’t paint all that clear a picture to begin with. Because they’ve never clearly shown us at the end of the day the profit and loss for each of the major league franchises . That’s something that if anything would give us a much clearer indication as to the health of the game. Rather than the words of Bob Selig or Bob Dupuy being echoed as to what’s right with the game at present.

2009 MLB Payrolls for the Top 5 and bottom 5 teams

Top 5
New York Yankees $201,449,189
New York Mets $149,373,987
Chicago Cubs $134,809,000
Boston Red Sox $121,745,999
Detroit Tigers $115,085,145

Bottom 5
Oakland A’s $62,310,000
Washington Nationals $60,328,000
Pittsburgh Pirates $48,693,000
San Diego Padres $43,734,200
Florida Marlins $36,834,000

What are your thoughts on each of the topics raised within this piece ? And how best do you feel that each of the governing bodies can go about addressing the issues raised ?

DC ……BC ……There’s No Mistaking The Redskins Suck

The NFC East off all of the NFL divisions is said to be the most contentious and competitive. Within that division lies the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

Steven  Jackson  of  the  Rams   is   upended  during  the   game  played  against  the  Redskins   by DeAngelo  Hall.    The  game  itself   was  something  of   an  eyesore  as  a  spectacle  for  those   in  attendance at   Fedex  Field  in  Landover, Maryland.   The  game  was  won   by   the  Redskins   9-7  over  the    St  Louis  Rams.     picture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/  Rob  Carr  ......................
Steven Jackson of the Rams is upended during the game played against the Redskins by DeAngelo Hall. The game itself was something of an eyesore as a spectacle for those in attendance at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. The game was won by the Redskins 9-7 over the St Louis Rams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rob Carr ......................

With the installation of first time coach Jim Zorn , -it was felt that the franchise and team would settle back into some sort of normalcy. Normalcy with this franchise and with the arrival of owner, Daniel Snyder . In many respects , it has been very much like watching a speeding train ride just race ahead at full speed not knowing what lies ahead and the fact that rail tracks have become buckled. You know it’s going to careen and crash- laying almighty waste amongst the carnage that remains. It’s the only way that I for one can best describe the franchise , since the departure of Joe Gibbs and what essentially went on before his second tenure of the franchise he led so triumphantly to three Superbowl wins as an NFL coach.

Redskins'  defensive  lineman  Lorenzo Alexander  (79) and  teammate  defensive  end  Brian  Orakpo  watch   from  the  sidelines  at   Ford  Field ,  in  Detroit  as  their  team   goes  on  to   lose  19-14   to the  Detroit   Lions.    picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/   Carlos  Osorio  ...................
Redskins' defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander (79) and teammate defensive end Brian Orakpo watch from the sidelines at Ford Field , in Detroit as their team goes on to lose 19-14 to the Detroit Lions. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ...................

Well once again it’d appear that not all is right in Daniel’s world and the belief is that Zorn’s head could well be on the chopping block , if the team doesn’t fare well this season. And if the team’s present record (1-2-0) and performances are anything to go by. Then the Washington Redskins and their fans are in for a long and arduous season. Statistically also, the team leaves a great deal to be desired . And their lone victory this season came over the hapless St Louis Rams, 9-7 . A game for which it can be best described as atrocious in its execution , by both teams ! In actuality for the Rams , of whom it can be said ,they’d be hard pressed to even give a high school team a competitive game. Such, has been their travails to date.

Lions'  wide   receiver   Bryant   Johnson  is   tackled   by  the  Redskins'  defensive   player   Carlos   Rogers  .     The   Lions  would  go  on  to  defeat  the  Redskins  19-14   in   a  game  played  at   Ford   Field    in  Detroit   ,  Michigan.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   ....................
Lions' wide receiver Bryant Johnson is tackled by the Redskins' defensive player Carlos Rogers . The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 in a game played at Ford Field in Detroit , Michigan. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ....................

What may well just be another pointer as to how badly the Redskins have fared. It is the fact that their $ 100 million man in Albert Haynesworth has , had about as much presence on this team. As a vegetarian would feel comfortable in a room filled with carnivores with an assortment of venison laid out for all to consume. Through three regular season games thus far , Haynesworth has bearly registered a blip on the radar screen , registering just 9 tackles and 1 sack through those games. For $100 million , I’m sure that the Redskins’ fans and the NFL as a whole, were expecting more from the player ! But Daniel Snyder , as we all know has never been scared to overpay for what he deems to a priceless trinket. In this case however, he’s overpaid for a dud !

A  forelorn   Redskins'  coach   Jim  Zorn   walks  the  sidelines  in  the   third  quarter  of  the  game  played   against  the  Detroit  Lions .       picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya  ....................................
A forelorn Redskins' coach Jim Zorn walks the sidelines in the third quarter of the game played against the Detroit Lions . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ....................................

One may well point to the fact that there has been continuous upheaval with regard to the organization. From the management on down. But for the team’s much derided quarterback , Jason Campbell . He’s had to deal with more than most. Since his entrance into the NFL and with him being named the team’s starter at the position. He’s had to go through two coaches and at least seven different offensive coordinators in that time . And one wonders why there’s no cohesiveness and fluidity to Campbell’s game ? He’d have been better off doing the play calling himself , for all of the assistance he’s been given. We could also point to the fact , that even though it’s been said that Snyder has taken a hands off approach. You can’t help but feel that he’s got his finger on the pulse of almost everything that takes place within the locker room and with Zorn’s own strategies and training practice schedules.

Redskins'  wide  receiver   Santana  Moss (89) is  tackled  by  Lions'  defensive   players    safety ,  Louis  Delmas (26)  and   linebacker,  Larry   Foote (55)   during  the  game.    The  Lions  would   go  on to  defeat  the  Redskins   19-14  and   halt  their   19   game    regular  season  losing  streak.        picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   .................................
Redskins' wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is tackled by Lions' defensive players safety , Louis Delmas (26) and linebacker, Larry Foote (55) during the game. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 and halt their 19 game regular season losing streak. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio .................................

And in terms of a respite , it’s hard to see where the Redskins’ next victory may well come from. They essentially played down to the level of the Detroit Lions in succumbing to a 19-14 loss at Ford Field , in Detroit , Michigan ,during week three. There the Lions were able to stop their run of 19 consecutive regular season game losses, with the defeat of the Redskins. And about the only bright spot for the NFC East team on the day , may well have been the play of Campbell , himself . And that of his wide receiver Santana Moss . The player had 9 receipts for a total of 175 yards , with a touchdown to show for his production on the day. For Jason Campbell it was his best production by far in terms of the season as it stood. His figures , 27/41, 340 yds, 2 TD’s , 1 INT.

Redskins'  defensive  tackle  Albert  Haynesworth   covers   his  face  while   being   taken  off  the   field   on  a  motorized  cart .  The  player  suffered  an  injury   during  the   game  and  as a  matter  of   precaution  his   day  was   curtailed  in  order   for   him  to   undergo  X-rays  to  make   sure  his  injury  wasn't   far  more   serious.  With   $100 million  being  vested  in the  player  ,  the   team  has  yet  to   reap   any  reward   from him   by  way  of  leadership   or  his   presence   on the  field.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya    ..........................
Redskins' defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth covers his face while being taken off the field on a motorized cart . The player suffered an injury during the game and as a matter of precaution his day was curtailed in order for him to undergo X-rays to make sure his injury wasn't far more serious. With $100 million being vested in the player , the team has yet to reap any reward from him by way of leadership or his presence on the field. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ..........................

With the team now sitting afoot of the NFC East . One has to ask what direction is this team said to be going in ? They’ve not posted a winning season since 2007. And having made the playoffs that season , they brushed aside by the Seattle Seahawks in a wildcard berth playoff loss , 35-14 . Prior to that their last postseason berth was attained in 2005. Something of a sobering thought for one the NFL’s wealthiest teams. For all of the money spent by Daniel Snyder. He’s yet to reap the dividends of his largesse. Much of that appears to be from the ineptitude shown when it comes to making personnel decisions and his continued interference in the team’s day to day operations.

Redskins' quarterback  Jason Campbell (97)  is  face masked   by  Lions'   defensive  player  Jason  Hunter (97)   during  the  game  played  between  the   two   teams  at   Ford  Field   ,  Detroit  ,  Michigan.      The   Lions   would   go  on  to   defeat  the  Redskins   19-14.          picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Paul  Sancya  .........................
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell (97) is face masked by Lions' defensive player Jason Hunter (97) during the game played between the two teams at Ford Field , Detroit , Michigan. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya .........................

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Wife wants Haynesworth to pay bills, stay away

By Teresa M Walker , AP Sports Writer

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP)—Albert Haynesworth’s(notes) wife is asking a Tennessee judge to force the Washington defensive tackle to pay veterinary bills, his daughter’s tuition and other family expenses dating back to when she filed for divorce in April 2008. She also wants a restraining order against him.

Stephanie Haynesworth said in the motion filed Sept. 17 that Haynesworth recently threatened to stop paying temporary support that began in June. The motion alleges he said he wouldn’t pay his daughter’s monthly tuition and a $4,000 veterinary bill that he authorized for the family dog.

A Williamson County Chancery Court judge had been scheduled to hear the the motion Tuesday, but it was continued until Oct. 13.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The Redskins said Monday that Haynesworth was in Tennessee for an MRI on a sore hip and personal business.

Attorney Joanie Abernathy, who is representing Stephanie Haynesworth, did not immediately return a message left at her office. The attorney representing Albert Haynesworth also did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
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A vocal Redskins’ fans lets his thoughts be known about the franchise and particular its owner and coach

Where the team now stands at present , where they no doubt thought that they would be and want to be. Well it’s like describing the distance that needs to traveled between the earth and the moon. It’s safe to say that at present , as the pilot said to be steering this particular vessel. The coach, Jim Zorn is in need of a great deal of luck and someone who can best assist him in navigating this journey. So far the direction that they’re said to be going in bears no resemblance of the desired destination sought by the fans of the Washington Redskins , or that of its owner , Daniel Snyder. They’ve been aimlessly wandering around and plummeting the depths of mediocrity. That it’s hard to empathize with the franchise or its owner.

A somewhat comical view as to who Snyder ought to hire .
Be sure to watch this in its entirety , it’s a hoot !

Jim  Zorn  (center)  and  team  owner   Daniel  Snyder  (right) at the  team's   training  facility   in  Ashburn  ,  Virginia  .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/   Chris    Hendricks    ........................
Jim Zorn (center) and team owner Daniel Snyder (right) at the team's training facility in Ashburn , Virginia . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Hendricks ........................

We can all agree upon the fact that this is an organization that in one way or another has seemingly continued to suck. And they’ll carry on doing so , for the foreseeable future ! Not because they want to but merely because it’s now become a part of their inherent psyche.

I’m Not Going To Rain On Your Parade But …………………

Well the sporting weekend has ended and there was a great deal for the fans to rejoice in. And there was also a great deal that they were completely mystified by or just downright upset with. For myself it was seeing the WBC heavyweight title fight that took place between Vitali Klitschko, the champion and Chris Arreola. Suffice to say that the bout ended in the tenth round with a TKO . And the champion , Klitschko was declared the winner. What I for one found repugnant was the fact that the challenger, Arreola , came into the bout highly touted as a fighter. Well he put up about as much of a fight as the French were known have done in surrendering Paris to the Germans in Word War II. Dan Goossen , as the promoter of the event and the WBC at this moment ought to taking some time and asking themselves what the f_ck just happened ?

Vitali  Klitschko  celebrates  his  tenth  round  TKO   of the  challenger   Chris  Arreola   for  his  WBC  heavyweight title  .  The   bout   took   place   at  the  Staples   Center  ,  Los Angeles  ,  California.,   picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Donald  Miralle /Bongarts/
Vitali Klitschko celebrates his tenth round TKO of the challenger Chris Arreola for his WBC heavyweight title . The bout took place at the Staples Center , Los Angeles , California., picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Donald Miralle /Bongarts/

Now pardon me for saying this, but the Fedex Cup playoff system that the PGA Tour now has in place , elicits about as much excitement as seeing Rosie O’Donnell adorning a stripper pole. And for the lesbians out there who may well feel slighted by my comments then please accept my humble apologies ! The season ending Tour Championship, in the end came down to the game’s two best players, in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson making the event something of a spectacle. But in terms of sheer entertainment and excitement. It bordered on being anti-climactic. Woods was never in with a chance of losing in the overall standings. And while Mickelson had a memorable win of the event. There wasn’t much else that we could glean from this all. On the PGA Tour at present , it’s merely Tiger’s world and about just about everyone else is just playing for the privilege of being alongside him , in being a part of the final pairing on the last day of an event.

Woods watches  his  tee  shot    on  the  seventh   hole   during  the  final  round  of  the  Tour  Championship  played  at  the  East  Golf  Club   in  Atlanta  , Georgia., .   The event   would  be  won  by  Phil  Mickelson  with   Woods   finishing   in  second  place   , four  shots   off  the  lead.     The  overall   Fedex  Cup  standings and  points  table  was   won  by  Woods.    In  addition  to the  second   place  prize  money    Woods  takes   home   a  $10  million   payoff  by way of an annuity.     picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty images/  Scott Halleran  .......................
Woods watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Tour Championship played at the East Golf Club in Atlanta , Georgia., . The event would be won by Phil Mickelson with Woods finishing in second place , four shots off the lead. The overall Fedex Cup standings and points table was won by Woods. In addition to the second place prize money Woods takes home a $10 million payoff by way of an annuity. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Scott Halleran .......................

Three weeks into the NFL season and what heave we learned ? Well, the Oakland Raiders are still a long way off from where they want to be. And for those fans of the Raiders ,who feel that this team even has some semblance of being disciplined . Then please entertain me with your thoughts on what it is that leads you believe that they are ? Because , as of yet , I’ve yet to witness it, from this team. The Raiders seem to be content with portraying a team that’s inept. Or it could well be that the organization and their fans are quite content with the direction that the team is said to be going in , at this time.

Raiders'   quarterback   JaMarcus  Russell  (2) talks  with his  quarterback's  coach  on the  sidelines   of  the  game   played   against the   Denver  Broncos   in  Oakland  Alameda  County  Stadium  on  Sunday.    The  Raiders   would  end  up  losing the  game to  their  divisional  rivals   23-3  .      picture appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/   Jed  Jacobsohn  ......................
Raiders' quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) talks with his quarterback's coach on the sidelines of the game played against the Denver Broncos in Oakland Alameda County Stadium on Sunday. The Raiders would end up losing the game to their divisional rivals 23-3 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ......................

Somehow, some way the Raiders found a way to further sink into the depths of ineptitude. In their home game played against AFC West divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos. This Tom Cable coached team , merely shows us now, that they’ve no right whatsoever to call themselves an NFL franchise. They do the very term an injustice! But yet ‘Raider Nation’ remains deeply faithful to the organization. Their thoroughly lopsided loss 23-3 to the Broncos , would suggest that the team still has a lot to learn. No one more so , than their starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But what might be even more galling is the fact the talents of players , such as Michael Bush and Darren McFadden are being wasted.

While the Raiders continue to be content with the travails of Russell as a player, in the NFL. It’s my contention that the Raiders deserve far much more than they’re presently getting from Russell. But rather than having improved at the position. He’s regressed as a player and at the position. His decision making is horrendous and his understanding of the game borders on the fact that he can’t yet read defenses-much less understand the playbook. Defensively, let’s just say that the team hasn’t any semblance of that , at all !

Raiders'  coach   Tom  Cable   argues  with the  sideline   judge   Barry  Anderson   during  the  game  played  against  the  Denver  Broncos   on  Sunday  afternoon.   picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/  Ezra  Shaw  ...................
Raiders' coach Tom Cable argues with the sideline judge Barry Anderson during the game played against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Ezra Shaw ...................

And if you were under the impression that the Oakland Raiders were the only team to be languishing in the bowels of ineptitude. Then think again ! The Cleveland Browns , Kansas City Chiefs, St Louis Rams , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last season’s AFC East division winners , the Miami Dolphins . All of whom , are now staking a claim ,as to who might just be the worst team in the NFL at present.

Bucs'  quarterback  Byron  Leftwich  (7),center,  calls a  play in the  huddle   in  the  game   against  the  New  York  Giants  , played  at Raymond    James  Stadium  in  Tampa ,  Florida,.    The  Buccaneers   would   be  shutout   by  the  Giant   24-0.      picture appears  courtesy of  getty   images /   J  Meric  ...................
Bucs' quarterback Byron Leftwich (7),center, calls a play in the huddle in the game against the New York Giants , played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida,. The Buccaneers would be shutout by the Giant 24-0. picture appears courtesy of getty images / J Meric ...................

My choice, as to who now holds that unique distinction , as being the worst team in the NFL. Well look no further than the NFC South‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers . They’re now making the Detroit Lions‘ winless season of a year ago, seem like a stark reality that it’ll be repeated once again. Already at 0-3 and their division being somewhat of a competitive one. Their fans now have to put up with the idiocy of their young first year coach ,Raheem Morris, making ridiculous statements about the commitment and competitiveness of his players. I know it’s one thing to try and spur and encourage your players. But what Morris is now trying to inspire , isn’t at all helping situation. Especially when it comes to the very fact that the players themselves possess about as much will to win as you or I would want to have one of our legs chopped off , just for the fun of it.

Bucs'  backup  quarterback   Josh  Johnson (11)  signals a  play   prior  to the   snap.     Johnson   has  since  been  promoted  to  the  starting   position  with  Leftwich  being   demoted  to  the   role  of   backup.   No   word as   of  yet  as  to  when    rookie  Josh  Freeman  will  take  to  the field.   He's still  Raheem  Morris'   'project  in the  making'   as  of  now.      picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images  /  J  Meric  ..............................
Bucs' backup quarterback Josh Johnson (11) signals a play prior to the snap. Johnson has since been promoted to the starting position with Leftwich being demoted to the role of backup. No word as of yet as to when rookie Josh Freeman will take to the field. He's still Raheem Morris' 'project in the making' as of now. picture appears courtesy of getty images / J Meric ..............................

Sunday , we saw this Buccaneers’ team perform with all the adroitness of an overweight ballet dancer who’d forgotten their steps. And all this was done, as they entertained their guests ,the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium , in Tampa ,Florida. The resulting game ended with the Giants ‘blowing out’ the Buccaneers 24-0 . This was all made easier by the sheer audacity and inept play by the Buccaneers on both sides of the ball. I’d contend that instead of Eli Manning quarterbacking the Giants. You could have inserted either Andrea Bocelli or Clay Aiken into the position , you may well have gotten slightly better production from either in the position playing for the Buccaneers. But the end result, would still have been the same . And if you feel that my contempt of the Buccaneers is overdone. Then consider this, it tells you something as to how inadequate this team is when their # 3 quarterback , Josh Johnson had more passing yards and rushing yards than the other members’ of the Bucs’ offense combined, in the game on Sunday. And when one bears in mind that the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback is none other than Byron Leftwich . We can all agree that Johnson’s achievement on the day weren’t all that lofty to begin with. His stats don’t exactly shoot out at you but neither does Leftwich’s.

Bucs'  coach   Raheem Morris  (arms folded)  watches   his  team  from  the  sidelines  as  they  play  the  New  York   Giants  on  Sunday  in  an  NFL  game  played  at   Raymond  James  Stadium  in  Tampa ,  Florida.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/   J   Meric  .................
Bucs' coach Raheem Morris (arms folded) watches his team from the sidelines as they play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .................

As anemic as this Bucs’ defense is, their offense their offense just might be even worse. This isn’t an offense that’s going to scare anynone , much less , put up in excess of 25 or 30 points a game . They haven’t got it within them to do so ! And their options at the quarterback position isn’t liable to get any better with the introduction of their rookie Josh Freeman . This is the player in whom Morris had categorically stated that ” ……. were I to make the choice all over again. I’d still pick Freeman over Mark Sanchez”. Strong talk from a rookie coach who’s yet to attain a win at the professional level within the NFL. Needless to say that the New York Jets are indeed happy in their choice of first round draft pick Mark Sanchez.

Jason Horowitz of CBS Sports and of Pat Kirwin of NFL.com provide you with their pregame analysis of the game. Little did they know that their concerns with the Giants would be of no merit. On the other hand their analysis on the Bucs was spot on.

Giants' running  back    Ahmad  Bradshaw  (44)  runs  the  ball  against the  Buccaneers  on   Sunday.   The Giants'  offense   had  their  way  with  an   undersized  and   unathletic  Bucs'   defensive  squad   throughout the entire  game.      picture  appears   courtesy of    getty  images/  J  Meric  ...................................
Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs the ball against the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Giants' offense had their way with an undersized and unathletic Bucs' defensive squad throughout the entire game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ...................................

There have been many things that the Bucs’ fans have had to contend with over the years. But this present situation if it goes unabated may well just be the worse thing yet that they’ll find themselves being a part of. And that includes the ungodly years where winning was the farthest thing away from their minds. Losing then was the metaphor for success as far as they were concerned. Especially if the margin of the loss was under 25 points. It hadn’t yet been part of they psyche. And even having become successful , they went away from the things that got them there . As the feeling was that they’d ‘arrived’ and were finally amongst the “big time ” in terms of what success really meant.

Giants'  wide  receiver  Sinorice Moss (83)  catches  a  touchdown  pass   over the  shoulder  of   Bucs'  cornerback  Aqib  Talib (25)  ensuant to  the  Giants   24-0  defeat  of  the  Buccaneers  at  Raymond   James  Stadium  in  Tampa  ,  Florida  .    picture appears courtesy of   getty  images/  J  Meric  ........................
Giants' wide receiver Sinorice Moss (83) catches a touchdown pass over the shoulder of Bucs' cornerback Aqib Talib (25) ensuant to the Giants 24-0 defeat of the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ........................

Now their trials and travails have once again become all the more glaring , for all too see. And it’s hard to see how they can now extricate themselves from the mess that they’re now in. An inexperienced coach , a team that lacks leadership , but above a team that has a real desire to acquit themselves well on the field of play . Seemingly these are the traits that this team now possesses . And it’s not at pretty in terms of what’s now being served up to their fans and the NFL as a whole !

We Already Knew There Was Trouble In Paradise But Who’s Now Stirring The Pot ?

It’s often been said that there are three sides to a story …’yours, mine and lying somewhere in between .. normally is the truth ‘ . So what’s now unfolding within the San Francisco 49ers organization and with them having lodged a formal complaint – tampering violation with the NFL against the New York Jets , concerning unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree . It opens up another chapter in something now that could become a rather unsavory episode for all involved.

This   picture  from  May  of this   year  shows  rookie   draftee   Michael  Crabtree  at  the   49ers'  training   facility  in  Santa  Clara,  Ca,.  The 49ers have filed tampering charges with the NFL against the New York Jets regarding Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed .   picture appears courtesy of  ap/ Paul   Sakuma   .................
This picture from May of this year shows rookie draftee Michael Crabtree at the 49ers' training facility in Santa Clara, Ca,. The 49ers have filed tampering charges with the NFL against the New York Jets regarding Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed . picture appears courtesy of ap/ Paul Sakuma .................

It most certainly doesn’t add to the case for the 49ers to still sign Crabtree. But does go to the argument , whereby that if the allegations are said to be true. The actions of Crabtree and his agent , Eguene Parker , would leave a great deal to be desired. And though denials have been forthcoming from the Jets’ organization and in particular from their coach, Rex Ryan . If as such negotiations had broken down between Crabtree and the Niners’ front office. Any pursuance by the Jets under any circumstances unless they were speaking with the Jets formally was a contravention of NFL rules and as such violated those rules. And it is punishable, as deemed fit by the the league office.

Eugene  Parker BS.JD,   Parker is  a  prominent   sports agent  as  well as   entertainment   attorney.  Michael  Crabtree   the  unsigned   rookie at the center  of   contract negotiations  between  he  and  the  San  Francisco  49ers    are  now  facing the  possibility  of   being   investigated   by  the  NFL   for their  possible  actions   in the  allgeged  charges   levied  against   the   New  York  Jets.     picture appears  courtesy  of  lifeinsports.org/eugene parker ............
Eugene Parker BS.JD, Parker is a prominent sports agent as well as entertainment attorney. Michael Crabtree the unsigned rookie at the center of contract negotiations between he and the San Francisco 49ers are now facing the possibility of being investigated by the NFL for their possible actions in the allgeged charges levied against the New York Jets. picture appears courtesy of lifeinsports.org/eugene parker ..........

Obviously a routine but yet thorough investigation will have to be conducted by the NFL to ascertain the veracity of the claims being made the San Francisco 49ers. But now one must ask if this is the way that Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker feel is a way of conducting business. Then it clearly shows how naive they both. Especially given Parker’s reputation as an agent. This isn’t his first client as he’s represented amongst others Deion Saunders, Emmitt Smith, Lavaranues Coles , Ray Lewis , Hines Ward and several other NFL players , current and past.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Tampering accusation worse than ‘Spygate’ if true

By Charles Robinson Yahoo Sports

There are no hidden cameras to be seized, no long-established feelings of hatred. The key figures involved have yet to carve out rock-star status in the NFL, and unless something unexpected comes to light, the NFL won’t be destroying any evidence.

So, no, this isn’t Spygate. However, it might actually be worse.

That’s what some league executives and at least one owner had to say this week, after the San Francisco 49ers, frustrated at their lack of progress in signing No. 10 NFL draft pick Michael Crabtree(notes), filed a tampering charge against the New York Jets. In what executives are viewing as an extremely serious allegation, the 49ers are alleging, either tacitly or directly, the Jets have played a role in undercutting San Francisco’s ability to sign its first-round pick. And while the charge doesn’t have the sparks and scandal of Spygate, in which the New England Patriots were disciplined for illegally videotaping Jets’ defensive signals in 2007, it’s being viewed as no less serious in some NFL corners.

“[Spygate] was limited,” said a high-ranking NFC executive. “That’s something where – that information or competitive edge or whatever you want to call it, was limited to one team gaining an advantage over another team. But that’s just two teams. … We all have first-round picks – 32 teams have first-round picks.

“It’s hard to prove if it did happen. But if it did, it’s cheating the whole draft. You shouldn’t even be thinking about someone else’s pick. When the draft is over, that’s their deal and you have your own [selections] to worry about. It’s none of your business what is happening in someone else’s [negotiations]. If that [tampering with draft picks] flies, we might as well just make all the college players free agents.”

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Jets'  coach   Rex  Ryan  on the sidelines  watching   his  team   during   warmups   before the  start  of  a  preseason   game against the  Baltimore  Ravens and New  York Jets.   The  coach  has  denied   any  wrongdoing  on the  part   of  the  Jets'  organization  and the  allegations   made  about  tampering  and  that  of  the  unsigned   rookie  Michael  Crabtree .    picture appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/   Gail  Burton  ....................
Jets' coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines watching his team during warmups before the start of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. The coach has denied any wrongdoing on the part of the Jets' organization and the allegations made about tampering and that of the unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Gail Burton ....................

We all know that the players do have their foibles and there are some who think of themselves as being …’the big man on campus’ . But also there’s the agent who at times is the one who’s the driving force behind very much what you’d see coming from a player. He’ll entice his client to do and say all the right things when dealing with a club. But unfortunately for public consumption by way of the media then all of the idiocy comes to the fore. Then the media buys into it all and goes on to report it. Or the two will work hand in hand to create a buzz out there for the fans and members of the public. Hey, Chris Mortensen can you tell me does Brett Favre still put his pants on , one leg at a time ? And of your routine sources in and around the NFL , how many of them actually go … ‘dumpster diving’ in order to provide you with your so called reliable source of information ? The same can be said of your counterparts at Fox, as well !

As to how the ensuing situation plays out . We can but only wait to see what steps will be taken. Clearly the San Francisco 49ers feel concened enough to take this to the NFL and ask them to deal with the issue. But what if anything does it tell you about the NFL as a whole and how it goes about conducting its business ? I’ve heard all of the whining about the ‘Spygate affair’. But when I suggest to those , commenting on the issue, as to whether or not this isn’t widespread around the league. They become as quiet as a church mouse or actually start to act like a spoilt child who’s been spanked merely because they’ve not been able to get their way. And then they can’t even elicit a meaningful response with regard to the question.

We can take a look at an issue but we tend to not always look at the underlying cirucumstances surrounding a case. The league sees fit to deal with a great many issues placed before it. But how many of us actually agree with many of those decisions made at the end of the day ? Especially when more often than not it’s about the perception of their image remaining in tact. If there’s a case to be made here concernng the tampering violation by the Jets. Then the league shouldn’t just be looking at the actions of only accused but also clearly that of Crabtree and his agent. It’s certainly now placed them in a not too enviable light at this juncture. Nevermind what has gone on from the very beginnng , the player and his entourage rolled into town. Now no amount of back-tracking and public statement can change the image already placed in front of the public or the fans.n

Who’s Going To Be On The NFL Coaches Hot Seat This Season ?

I can’t help but wonder who the first managerial casualty will be this NFL season. There’ll no doubt be a valid list of candidates that we’ve all got in mind. And of those there’ll be one or two surprises , of that I’m quite sure. After such a disastrous start to the season , a name that a number of people fill will be on the hot seat , is none other than the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jack Del Rio . Another whose name is also mentioned is John Fox of the Carolina Panthers . And what of the Dallas Cowboys you may well ask , and the future of Wade Phillips ? Well it’s safe to say that Jerry Jones is playing his cards close to his chest. As he’s not about to let anyone know of his plans.

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Beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars’ coach Jack Del Rio voices his displeasure with an official during the game played against the Arizona Cardinals. The Jaguars would end up losing the game 31-17 played Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida.
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Both Fox and Del Rio are amenable individuals and who both have worked steadfastly to try and improve their respective teams over the years. But it’d now appear that if they aren’t able to turn things around for their respective franchises. Then in all certainty there is the likelihood that both coaches will be out of an NFL job by the end of the season , if not sooner. Whether or not them losing their jobs can be justified would be dependent upon the view that you’re taking as to how they’ve gone about doing their jobs. Is there a basis , whereby their teams have improved and remained consistent ? Or have their respective teams regressed and floundered under their management style ? These are the questions one would think that their fans are asking, as well as that of the impartial observer on the outside looking in.


Courtesy of USA Today :

New era for NFL head coaches: Superbowl winners must sit

By Sean Leahy of USA Today

Herm Edwards knew when he became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006 that he had to build a winner quickly.
Win, and win fast, is the mandate NFL head coaches carry into their jobs. So it wasn’t a huge surprise to Edwards when, after a 2-14 season and a three-year record of 15-33, the Chiefs fired him Jan. 23. “When you take those jobs, you’ve got about a three-year window,” Edwards said. “And you know that.”

His dismissal was part of a year in which a record-tying 11 head coaches lost their jobs. That carousel has created upheaval among the ranks of head coaches. Thirteen of the current crop have less than two years’ experience. There are six coaches (Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan) out of work who hold seven of the last 13 Super Bowl titles and who figure to draw interest from the next batch of owners ready to start anew.

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“There’s only 32 of those jobs,” Edwards said, “and there’s a lot of guys who want to be head coaches in this league.”

Long-term stability among NFL head coaches is rare. Only eight teams have coaches with at least five years’ experience in the same job. When Mike Tomlin led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Super Bowl victory in February, he joined Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) and Tom Coughlin (New York Giants) as the only active head coaches to have won a title.

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Apart from Fox and Del Rio. I think that we can rightfully assume that should Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals fail to get his team into the playoffs. Then it’s fair to say that he too , could also be joining the ranks of the unemployed. The NFL is such a fickle business that if success isn’t forthcoming and immediate. Then the owners and general managers tend to start that whirlwind merry-go-round of abrupt firings. Nevermind the fact that in a number of cases those coaches are still under contract and owed millions of dollars. The comical side of this all, is that coaches are given guaranteed contracts with additional incentives for success. Whereas, the NFL players aren’t afforded such luxuries. NFL players aren’t enhanced with guaranteed contracts when it comes to their compensation. Oh yes , one might say they obtain in large part the bulk of their salaries through the initial signing bonus upon entrance into the NFL. But that’s not always the case for a player who’s drafted in the low first round and lower. Primarily the players that initially afforded the large contracts are those marquee players drafted in the upper echelons of the draft. Do you think that the San Francisco 49ers yet to be signed first round draft pick , Michael Crabtree , still has a problem with this ?

Panthers'  coach  John  Fox   looks  on  in the  Georgia  Dome  in  Atlanta  in  a  game  played between  the  Falcons  and  Panthers.   Fox's  Panthers  would   go  on to  lose the  game 28-20  to  their  conference   rivals .   picture  appears courtesy  of   getty images/  Kevin  C. Cox   .......................
Panthers' coach John Fox looks on in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in a game played between the Falcons and Panthers. Fox's Panthers would go on to lose the game 28-20 to their conference rivals . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevin C. Cox .......................

A coach’s tenured span within the NFL isn’t perceived as a long one nowadays. And though there are some exceptions to the rule. They’re now few and far between. Consider this, the longest tenured coach in the NFL at present is Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots , followed by Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans . And of the two , only Belicheck has won a Superbowl. So it either speaks highly of the two coaches, as to their abilities. And also it may well be that their owners prefer stability, rather than that of constant upheaval when it comes to a change in management.

Courtesy of USA Today :

NFL Coaching carousel 2008-09

Track what coaches are in and who’s out around the NFL this offseason:
Team Outgoing coach Replacement

Cleveland Romeo Crennel Eric Mangini

Fired on Dec. 29, one day after completing a 4-12 season that failed to live up to high expectations. The Browns won 10 games in 2007 and were expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2008. But Crennel’s team faltered badly, using four starting quarterbacks and failing to score an offensive touchdown in their final six games. Crennel was 24-40 in four seaons. MORE Nine days after being dismissed by the Jets, the Browns welcomed Mangini back. The new head coach was once a ball boy in Cleveland during Bill Belichick’s tenure in the 1990s. “I feel like I should be getting some coffee or picking up some towels or something,” Mangini said as he was introduced. MORE

Denver Mike Shanahan Josh McDaniels

The NFL’s second-longest-tenured coach was let go Dec. 30. Shanahan won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997-98, but failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons. The Broncos blew a three-game lead with three to play this season and lost a play-in game at San Diego in Week 17. MORE The Broncos hired the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, who guided the most prolific offense in league history in 2007 and tutored Matt Cassel in relief of Tom Brady in 2008. McDaniels, 32, will be a first-time head coach. MORE

Detroit Rod Marinelli Jim Schwartz

Fired on Dec. 29, one day after completing the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Marinelli Marinelli started 9-15 through one and a half seasons in Detroit, but went 1-23 in the final year and a half of his three-season tenure. Said Marinelli, “You can’t go 0-16 and expect to keep your job.” MORE The former Titans defensive coordinator was hired on Jan. 15. Schwartz, after an interview with the Lions, told reporters he was not daunted by the rebuilding project. “I don’t shy away from a challenge,” he said. MORE

Indianapolis Tony Dungy Jim Caldwell

Resigned on Jan. 12 after seven seasons with the Colts. Dungy went 85-27 with the Colts and won Super Bowl XLI. He made the playoffs every season of his tenure in Indianapolis. He called his departure a retirement, but acknowledged he could return to the sideline years down the road. MORE Promoted to head coach on Jan. 12 after serving as associate head coach in 2008. Caldwell, a Dungy assistant since 2001 who was designated successor in 2007, said he will be more emotional than Dungy MORE

Kansas City Herm Edwards Todd Haley

Edwards was in limbo from the time former team president Carl Peterson stepped down in December. The team hired Scott Pioli as GM on Jan. 13, then fired Edwards 10 days later. Pioli was non-committal on Edwards’ fate when he was hired. Ultimately, Edwards’ three-season tenure in which he went 15-33 with one playoff loss was not enough to buy him another year with the young Chiefs roster. MORE The ex-Cardinals offensive coordinator was hired Feb. 6. He led Arizona’s fourth-ranked offense to a dynamic postseason and its first Super Bowl berth. The fiery Haley is the first hire for new GM Scott Pioli, who worked with his new coach when both were on the Jets’ staff in the 1990s. MORE

N.Y. Jets Eric Mangini Rex Ryan

Fired Dec. 29 after winning just one of his final five games and missing the playoffs. Team owner Woody Johnson didn’t detail the reasons for canning Mangini, who was 23-25 in three years in New York. “We just felt we could get a better fit with someone else moving forward,” Johnson said. MORE Ryan, the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, was hired Jan. 19, one day after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC title game. Ryan led the Ravens’ second-rated defense in the 2008 season, and signed a four-year deal with the Jets. MORE

St. Louis Jim Haslett Steve Spagnuolo

The Rams announced on Jan. 15 that Haslett, the team’s interim coach who relieved Scott Linehan in September, would not return as head coach. Haslett was 2-10 at the helm in St. Louis in what GM Billy Devaney said was “an impossible situation.” Spagnuolo was the Giants defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, including New York’s Super Bowl-winning 2007-08 campaign. The 49-year-old will be a first-time head coach and takes over a team that ranked near the bottom of the NFL on both offense and defense this past season. MORE

Seattle Mike Holmgren Jim Mora

Announced before the season that he would leave the Seahawks after the 2008 campaign. The team designated Jim Mora as his successor at the time. The Seahawks, four-time defending NFC West champs entering the year, finished 4-12. Holmgren said he would consider a return to football, potentially as a GM, but would likely sit out at least one year. MORE Mora was the assistant head coach/defensive backs the past two seasons in Seattle. He was the head coach in Atlanta from 2004-2006, when he went 26-22. He’ll have to retool a roster that succumbed to many injuries in 2008. MORE

Tampa Bay Jon Gruden Raheem Morris

Gruden and GM Bruce Allen were dismissed on Jan. 16. Gruden was 57-55 in seven seasons with the Bucs, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season. The Bucs started 9-3 in 2008, but lost their final four games — including the season finale against Oakland — to wind up out of the postseason mix. MORE Morris was Tampa Bay’s defensive backs coach last season before being promoted to defensive coordinator when Monte Kiffin left the Bucs to coach with his son, Lane, at the University of Tennessee. Then on Jan 17., just one day after Jon Gruden was fired as the Bucs head coach, Morris was promoted to the job by owner Malcolm Glazer. MORE

Note: Three teams (San Francisco, St. Louis and Oakland) fired their head coaches during the season. The 49ers named interim coach Mike Singletary the full-time head coach and the Raiders decided to keep interim coach Tom Cable. The Rams ruled interim coach Jim Haslett out of contention for the full-time job.

Already this season the speculation is rife as to who’ll be in a a job and who’ll be out of even before midseason. As we embark on week three of the NFL season. There are nine winless teams within the league. As to what that might suggest about those teams. It is all predicated upon how you’d view each of the teams in question. And as much we’d all like to have a view as who’s and who’s out . It’s far too early for us to be whose head will be on the chopping block at this moment in time. Obviously it makes for a great topic of conversation. But I’d like to think also that the coaches in question will be given every chance to prove themselves. Then, and only then , can we judge them on their ability as to how they will fare. Acceptability in some cases, will merely mean a winning season. And for others just garnering a postseason berth in the playoffs will be good enough.
For other failure to accomplish any of goals mentioned and it’s quite rightly that the season ought to be deemed a complete failure !

Bengals'  coach  Marvin  Lewis  watches  the  action  as  his team  goes   on to  defeat  the  Green Bay Packers 31-24 at   Lambeau  Field  ,  Green  Bay , Wisconsin,.   picture ppears courtesy  of   getty  images/ Scott  Boehm  .................
Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis watches the action as his team goes on to defeat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 at Lambeau Field , Green Bay , Wisconsin,. picture ppears courtesy of getty images/ Scott Boehm .................

There are but 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) and only two will have utlimately have the privilege of meeting in and playing for the Superbowl. And that is the goal that each of the teams strives to meet. For some that journey starts off pleasantly and for others it appears bleak right at the beginning. In the end however, fortunes can change , merely by a coach being instinctive and making a decision that elicits confidence from his team and coaching staff. We’ve seen it happen and it’ll no doubt happen with any one of the teams whose future at present doesn’t on appearance seem all that bright.

Coaches coach , and the players play. But we the fans, can prognosticate and cheer on our teams. The decisions that need to be made , are best left for the GM’s and owners, are really theirs and theirs alone to make . So let them make those decisions and we can but speculate.

Winless teams in the NFL at present

In the AFC :

Miami Dolphins 0-2 AFC East
Cleveland Browns 0-2 AFC North
Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2 AFC South
Tennessee Titans 0-2 AFC South
Kansas City Chiefs 0-2 AFC West

In the NFC

Detroit Lions 0-2 NFC North
Carolina Panthers 0-2 NFC South
Tampa Bay Bucs 0-2 NFC South
St Louis Rams 0-2 NFC West

I Know Crap When I See It And I Don’t Need To Be Reminded Of It …………..

I Know Crap When I See  It  I   Don’t  Need  To  Be Reminded  Of  It 

Well  as  we all know  last  season  the  Detroit  Lions  went 0-16  and  brought  about an end  to a  season  of  complete  ineptitude for   the franchise.  That  being  said  many  felt  that  there may  well  have  been  something  that  could  be  learnt  from  all  of this. 

 

Coach  Jim  Schwartz of  the  Detroit Liosn  seen  here  at  the  team's initial   rookie  training  camp.
Jim Schwartz coach of the Detroit Lions seen here at the team's rookie training camp and OTA workouts. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Russell Thompson ...........

 

 I  personally   can’t  see  what   can  be  learned  from  such  an inept  display   in futility.  For  the last   six  years  at  least  the  franchise has  been  mired  in mediocrity.  And  the  ownership  of  the  franchise has  remained deafeningly  silent   whilst  much  of  this  has  all  played   out   for the  public’s and  fans’  attention  alike. 

 

Martin Mayhew (center) Lions' GM seen here alongside Team President Tom Lewand and team owner William Clay Ford Sr. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Tim Shaw ..............

What can  be  said  about the   franchise and  the  Ford  family  that  hasn’t   already  been  said  ?  I’d dare  that  a  number  of   us   would  have  a  few  choice  adjectives  that  can  best   describe  the  organization  as a  whole  ?  And it  certainly  hasn’t  helped  in  seeing  the  Ford  family  fortunes  taken  such  an  abrupt  turn  with regards  to the  family   business. It’s   not  exactly   a  whole   hearted  endorsement   for  the  NFL  franchise as a  whole  when   you  see  the  fortunes  of  the  Ford Motor  Company  itself  remain  somewhat  bleak.  Even  if  on  paper  it’d   suggest  that it’s  better  shape  than  that  of  its   counterparts  GM  and  Chrysler.

 

Lions'  offensive  coordinator  works  with young  recruit  and  overall #1  first  round  draft  pick  quarterback  Matthew  Stafford.  picture appears courtesy  of ap/photo/ Tim  Westfield  ...............
Lions' offensive coordinator Scot Linehan works with #1 overall first round draft pick Matthew Stafford. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Tim Piggott-Smith .................

 

Which  brings me  on to the point  of  this  piece   in particular.   Lions’ running back  Kevin Smith    who  at  best  can be  described as  a serviceable   sophomore  running  back   has  been  bold  enough  to  make  a statement….nay    a  prognostication  as to   how the  team  might  well  fare.   It  is Smith’s  belief that the  team  is  capable  of  making  the  playoffs  in the  upcoming  ’09   season.   On  the  face  of   it  the  announcement   alone   is  comical .   And   those  who’d   view  it  with   any  degree  of  respect  may  well  be  laughing  amongst  themselves  also.

 

Matthew Stafford the #1 overall  draft  in  this year's  draft  .
Matthew Stafford the #1 overall draft pick in this year's draft undergoes a rigrous workout the team's training facility. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Tim Schwein ..........................

One  can only surmise  that  Smith  is  looking  as  this  as  a motivational   tool not  only  to  inspire  himself  and   his  teammates  as  well.  And what  with  the  recent  upheaval  within  the  franchise , with  the  firing   of  Rod  Marinelli as  coach.  It  can  be  said  this  season  alone  for the  Detroit  Lions  will  be  one  intrigue  ,  interest  and    a  great  deal of  mystery  all  wrapped  in  a  neat  parcel  waiting   for  anyone  part-take  of  its  no  doubt  unique  pleasures.   

 

It could well  be  that  with  the  acquisition  of  their  number  one  first  round draftee  Matthew Stafford  .  Smith   may  well  be  viewing  the  situation  that  with  the  signing  of  a  franchise  quarterback  that   things  are  about  to  change   for  the  better   for  the  organization  as   whole  on the field  and   within  the  halls  of the  franchise  itself.    With   the  departure  of  former   GM  Matt Millen  .   It  has  been  left  to  his  successor   Martin Mayhew   to   try  and  turn    around   the fortunes  of   the  franchise. 

 

Kevin  Smith (34) of  the Detroit  Lions  seen  here  at  the  team's  training  and  practice  facility  in  Allen  Park  ,  suburb  Detroit  , Michigan.  picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo / Lindsay Hough  ..........................
Lions' running back Kevin Smith (34) seen here at the team's practice and training facility in Allen Park , a surburb of the city of Detroit, Michigan. Smith was a member of the Lions' winless 0-16 team from last season. He's now entering his second season with the team. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Lindsay Hough .................

 

But  unless there’s  divine  intervention and  an  alignment  of  the  stars,  one  doubts  that  the  fortunes   of  the    franchise  would  be  regained   so  quickly.It’s  bad  enough  that an  inexperienced   player   such  as   Smith  has  opened  his  mouth  and  placed  even   more  pressure   upon   his   team  than  is  necessary. It’s  not  as if  they’re   equipped to   make  this  all  become  a  reality.  

 

The  fact  of  the  matter  is  that  the  Detroit  Lions   hasn’t  been  of  relevance  within  the  NFL  in  over  a  decade.  And  will it  as  we   all  may  things   are  unliable  to  change  all  that  profoundly  even  with  the  acquisition  of  Stafford  and  their  sampling  of  draft  picks   brought  into  bring  back   life  to   a  lethargic   and  quite  often   moribund  franchise.   Nothing  has  deifned  sheer  failure  and  ineptitude  than   what  we’ve  all   witnessed   from  this  franchise over  the  last  decade.   And  one  would’ve   hoped   that  before   Smith   opened   his   mouth  to make  such  an  asinine  statement   that  he  infact  would  have   remembered  this.  

 

Whatever  expectations   that  are  felt  by  the  Lions’  fans  in  general.  One  truly  doubts that  their   expectations   will   be  exceeded  with  Smith’s   wishes  coming   through.   So  often over the  years   they’ve   come  to    willingly accept   futility  as  a way  of  life.     Anything    beyond  that  as   of   now  can   only  be  viewed  as  a  gift   .   But  more  to  the   point     were    this  all  to  happen   how  would  the  fans   in Detroit  really    feel  ?   Winning  at  the  collegiate  level in   basket  and  football  has  been  one thing.   And  when  it  comes  to  their    professional  hockey  and  basketball  teams  they’ve   had  success  there  as  well.   But as   an  NFL  franchise   the  Lions  have    been  the  butt of  jokes   around  the  league  where   they’ve   joined   the  likes  of  the  Los  Angeles Raiders  as  cannon  fodder   when  it  comes  to recent    exhibitions   of   mediocrity  and   lack  of   reall  leadership   from  the  executive  office   on  down. 

 

 

You  don’t  have  to  be  an  officianado    to   know  crap when   you  see  it  .   But  it  does  help  when  the  level of   mediocrity   being  viewed  the  level  of  which  it’s  been  attained  is  often  attatched  to  one  particular  franchise  primarily.  And  that   franchise  is   ………………………. 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

How Many QB’s Does It Take Indeed And Need To Change A Light Bulb ….?

 
 

How  Many  QB’s  Does It   Take   Indeed  And  Need To   Change  A  Light  Bulb  ? 

 

 

 

Well  the  NFL   Draft  has  come  and  gone.  And   no  doubt  many  of  the  fans  who  prognosticated  the  decisions  that  were  made  by  their    respective  teams  may  well  have   been  heartened   or   disgusted with   those   choices. 

 

 

Josh Freeman  seen  here  alongside NFL  Commissioner   Roger  Goodell  on  Draft  Day.   The venue  for the  draft  was the  Radio  City  Music  Hall  in  New York  City , New York.
Josh Freeman seen here alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Draft Day. Freeman was taken as the seventeenth pick overall in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Stuart Burroughs .........

 

 

 

Well  the  butt  of  jokes  here   in  the  Tampa  Bay   area   is  alluded  to  in   the  title  of  this   piece.  How  Many  QB’s   Does It  Take   Indeed ,  And   Need  To  Change   A  Light  Bulb  ?  If   you  can   answer   that   question  ,  then  I  for  one   am  not  prepared  to  question   your    intelligence. 

 

 

Freeman   poses with  family  and  friends  at  the  Radio City  Music  Hall  in New York  City.
Josh Freeman seen here with family and friends at the Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Venue for the 2009 NFL Draft. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Stuart Rice ...........

 

 

  

 

Suffice  to  say  with   the  decision  made   by  the  Tampa  Bay   Buccaneers  hierarchy.  One   has to  be  now   questioning  the   direction  of  this  franchise  and  the   intent   of both   the  coach  Raheem  Morris  and  that  of  the  GM  Mark  Dominik.    

 

 

 

 

In  making    Josh  Freeman  the  quarterback  from   Kansas  State the   seventeenth  overall  pick  in  the  first  round  of  the  draft. I  can  only  surmise  that    Morris   might’ve  been  pressured   into  this  decision .  Or   primarily   from   his   knowledge   of  a  player  whom   he   knew   from   his  days  with  the  university  as a  defensive   coordinator.   His   love  of  the   player  can’t   have  gone   unnoticed   to  those of  us  in  the  locale.  It  quite    literally  bordered   on  unadulterated    lust.  And  that  if  anything   should   really  have  been   cause  for  concern.

 

 

The  Buccaneers   with  their  first  round draft pick  Josh  Freeman
Josh Freeman (center) is seen here alongside Buccaneers' coach Raheem Morris (left) and the franchise's GM Mark Dominik (right). The player was introduced to locally convened press at a conference held at the team's headquarters. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Brian Scovell ................

 

 

 

 

That being   said   with   there   being   so  many   deficiencies   on this   Buccaneers’  team  on  both  sides  of  the  ball.  I  for   one  feel   that both   Dominik  , Morris  and  the  Bucs’   coaching   staff  neglected  their   duties  in   getting   real   value  with  that   number   one  pick.   They  could’ve   chosen  to  have   traded   down  or   go  out  and   obtained  a  defensive   tackle  or   offensive   lineman.   But instead  they  chose  to  go  with   a  player who  shall  we   say   can   be   described   having  a  strong  arm   but   prone  to  making   mistakes.  And   whose   accuracy   is   less  than  can  be  desired.

 

 

 

 

Josh  Freeman
Bucs' first round draft pick Josh Freeman takes questions from the locally convened press after his arrival at the team's headquarters for a press conference inTampa. pictures appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rod Gilliam .............

 

  

Whatever    Morris  sees  in the   player  isn’t  apparent  to   us  all.  I’d  dare   say  that  it’s   not   completely   apparent  to  even   the   most   ardent   of  Bucs’  fans   at  this  juncture.   Many   of  them   summarily   booed  the   choice   when  it   was   announced  to   those  in  attendance     at the    franchise’s    annual      draft   day  turnout.   Suffice   to  say   they   felt   that  the   pick   could’ve   been  made  better   use  of  with   another  choice  completely.  Some   might   agree   while   others   will   disagree.     Though   not  a Bucs’  fan   ,  I   do   live  within  the  community  where  the   coverage   of the  team  is  almost  incessant  day  in  day  out   when  it comes to  the  local  sports’   talk   radio shows.   And  it’s  not  lost  on  the  local    tv  media  either.  As  everyone  wants  to  have  a   say   in the  fortunes of   the  team.

 

 

 

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Well If It’s A Splash You Wanted Then This Wasn’t It ………

 

 

 

Well  If   It’s A Splash  You  Wanted  To  Make  Then  This Wasn’t It  ………

 

 

Fans  have  long labored  under the  belief  that  at  times the  fresh  influx of  talent   be  it on  the  field  or  in   management   can  really    turn  things  around  for   a franchise  that has been  perceived to  have fallen  on  hard times.    Well   nowhere is this  becoming   more   apparent than  with  the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers.

 

 

Raheem Morris   of the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers seen  here  with  Bucs' executive  Joel Glazer.
Newly appointed coach Raheem Morris is seen here with Bucs' executive Joel Glazer. The Glazer family own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as English Premier League soccer club Manchester United. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Matthew McFadden .............

 

 

 

Well  with   the firing   of  Jon Gruden  and  that of  General  Manager  Bruce Allen  in  the  offseason and   the  promotion of   Raheem  Morris  to the position of  head coach. It can  be   said  the  change  direction  sought was  about   as  expedient  and  drastic  as  one  would  expect.   The explanation   coming   from   ownership  can’t  be  viewed  as   enthusiastic   for   the  most  fervent   of  Buccaneers’ fans.  But  then   again   throughout  much   the  Glazers’  ownership,   their  custodianship of  the franchise  has  been  executed  clandestinely.    Though  the   firings   of  Gruden and Allen   came    out   of the  blue.  It can  be  said  from  a  PR perspective  the way it was    handled  left  an  unsavory   taste  in  one’s  mouth. 

 

 

 

 

Added  to  that  fact  was   the  release   of   several long  established  players.  None  more  so  than   veteran  stalwart  and  defensive  player  Derrick  Brooks.  He  may well  be  viewed  as  the   face   of  the  franchise .  And  in  terms  of   his  loyalty   to the  franchise  it was  unquestioned.   He was the  epitome , heart  and   soul   of what  it  meant  to be   a  Buccaneers’  player.     And  to  say  that many  a  Bucs’  fans   weren’t     aggrieved  at   his  release  would  be  understatement.  Nevertheless   life  must  go  on  and   so does the  business  of  making  this   franchise  competitive.

 

 

Bucs' GM Mark Dominink  seen  here with  members  of  the  local  press in the Tampa  Bay  area .
Buccaneers' GM Mark Dominik seen here with members of the locally convened press from the Tampa Bay area. picture appears courtesy of pewterreport.com

 

 

 

Coming  off  a  disappointing   season  with  a  9-7  finish  within the  NFC  South   division. Where  the  team  were viewed  as a   favorite to  repeat   as  champions.  Their  season  fell  apart  literally   down  the  closing    stretch  of the  season.  As  they   succumbed to  four  consecutive  defeats.   So  close  but  yet  so  far.  One  can  attribute  these  losses   on  a  number  of  things.  But   the  ownership   obviously   felt  that   Gruden  bore   a  great  deal  of  responsibility   for the   team’s   failings  on the    field. But a  lot  of  that   responsibility can  be  also  attributed to  the  total   naiveté  on the path  of the   Buccaneers’  players  who  must’ve   felt  that   they’d   romping  off  into  the  playoffs before  the   season  was  over,  without   getting  the  job  done   on the field  first.    A  lack  of  professional   approach  on  the   field   and  perhaps  an  even  bigger  lack  of  professionalism   by  the coaching  staff ?

 

 

 

 

Well   now the  franchise   under the  auspices  of  Morris  along  with   Mark Dominik  as the   team’s  general manager   have  been   entrusted  in   giving  the   team  a  new  sense  of  purpose  and  identity.    A  task  that  has  been  made  even   tougher   given  the  fact that  both  men  are   viewed as   novices  in their   fledgling    positions.  And  with  the  upheaval  within  the  team’s   roster .  It’s  hard  now  to  view  this  team  as  being  anything  more  than  an  afterthought  at this  juncture.   

 

 

 

 

 

At  the   heart   of  this  is  all  is  the  fact   that   on  paper  this   is  now a  very   young   team. And  with  it  comes   no   veteran  leadership  which   every   good   team  needs.  One  might  point  to   Ronde Barber   as  one  of the  last  vestiges  of    the   Buccaneers  from  their  halcyon   days  as  Superbowl  champions.   But even  he  isn’t  the  player  that  he  once  was.   Suffice  to   say   this   team   may   well  struggle  to  acquit  themselves this   upcoming  season  even with  the   presence  of  players  such as  Chris  Hovan,  Jeff Faine  , Antonio Bryant , Derrick Ward , Kellen Winslow Jr and  Luke  McCown.    And   even  with   the  acquisition  of  Derrick  Ward  a  proven  commodity   at   the  running   back  position.   The Buccaneers’  deficiencies  on   offense  at  times   bordered   on  sheer   ineptitude.  Their    struggles  to  find   the   end  zone  when  in  the   red  zone   territory  was   comedic  at   best  and   some  times   tragic.   When   your  over  reliance   is  placed  on  your  kicker   to  garner   the   points  needed  . Then  there  has  to  be  cause   for  concern.    That  being   said that   wasn’t   only  the  major   cause  for  concern  on this   team.   The defense    that  was   once   lauded  around  the  league  as being  one  of  the  best  in the league.   It seemed  as  if   overnight    many  of  the  players  had  forgotten   how  to execute   a  tackle   much   less  cover  an   offensive player.

 

 

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Into Someone’s Life A Drop of Rain Must Fall ……………………

Well  havoc  was  wreaked within  One  Buc  Place  as  the  Glazer family  saw  fit  to  fire  their  coach  Jon Gruden and  General Manager  Bruce  Allen.  The  abruptness  of  the  firing  and  the  expediency  of  it  was  not  lost on  some.   In  some  areas  it  was  completely  unexpected.  And for   some  it  was  a welcoming   wish  for   what  they  believe  was  Gruden’s   comeuppance. If  nothing  else  it  was  felt  he  was  deserving  of  the  fate.  

 

 

 

 

Much  was  expected  of  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as  they  headed  down  the  final  stretch  of the  season in the  month  of  December.  Leading  the  NFC  South  with a 9-3  record  the  team  all  but  laid down  and  succumbed  to  the  unthinkable  losing  their  final  four  games,  failing  to  make  the  playoffs.  If that  wasn’t  enough  Gruden’s demeanor  if nothing else  was  that  of  a man  who  felt  he  wasn’t  at  fault. If  there’s   anything   that  perhaps  personifies  what this  team  has  been about. It  has  been the inconsistency  of  the  team  under  Gruden’s  tenure  since  their  Superbowl  win .   There  has  been   just  as  many  peaks  and   troughs  with  the  team   as  there  has  been  in  the  stock  market.  And  if anything   for  the   Glazer  family  that’s  certainly  not  what  they’d   envisaged   from the  coach  when  they  lured  him  away from the  Oakland  Raiders  for  a  slew  of draft picks  and  $8m in compensation  that  benefited  the  Raiders.    A  king’s  ransom  was  paid  and  though  it has  paid dividends.  After  time  the allure of  the  transaction definitely  lost its  luster.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Dominik far  left   along  with  Raheem Morris  the  new  coach of the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers    second from  right  ..............................

 

 

Mark Dominik(left) the  Buccaneers’  new general manager  is  seen  here  alongside  Bucs’  ownership executive  vice  presidents Edward and Bryan Glazer (center) new coach  Raheem Morris (second from the right) and  far  right  Joel  Glazer. picture  appears   courtesy of  getty  images/   Paul   Mason ………………….. 

 

 

 

 

 

For  vice-president  Joel  Glazer  and  his  father  Malcolm  the abruptness of  this  all came  about  with  a  seismic quake  that  took  the  NFL completely  by  surprise.  So  Gruden  now  becomes one  of   four  coaches  that’ve  won  the  Superbowl   and  have   either  retired  or  been  fired  this  season.  He  joins  Mike  Shanahan ,  Tony  Dungy and   Mike Holmgren   who all  have  one  thing  in common.  They’ve  seen  the  highs  and  lows  that   the  game  brings.  And  Dungy  if  one  remembers   was  the  person   replaced   by  Gruden.  Somewhat  ironic  one  might  think  that  Dungy  leaves  the  Indianapolis  Colts   under  his  own  steam   whilst   Gruden  is shown  the  door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though  there’d been speculation  as  to  who’d  take  over   from Gruden. The  likely  candidate  has come  from within, in-house.   The   Tampa Bay  Buccaneers  made  it  official  in the  naming  of  defensive  coordinator  Raheem  Morris  to  the  take  over from  Jon Gruden.    And  the  vacancy  of  the  general manager’s  position  would  also  be  filled   from  in-house by Mark Dominik.  Morris at  32  years  of  age  is  highly thought  of   within the  Bucs’ organization  and  learnt  his  craft under  the  watchful eye  of Monte   Kiffin.    Kiffin  departed  to  join  his  son  Laine  in  a similar  position  with  the  University  of Tennessee.   One  can assume  that  either   there was  a tumult   erupting   within  the  organization.  Or  in fact that  changes  had  to  be   made   from  within   because of the   failures  within   the  franchise  not   just  on  the  field   but  managerially  also.

 

 

 

Raheem Morris  introduced  to  the  convened  press  as  the  Buccaneers'  new  head  coach  ...................

 

 

Raheem  Morris  having  been  introduced as the  Buccaneers’  new  head  coach  takes   questions   from  the  convened  press.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Matthew  Gould  ………………… 

 

 

 

 

 

Recruitment  wise  the  team  has had  some  hits  and  misses   but  there’ve  been  more  misses  than  hits.   And  it did  not  augur well   when  there  was  a  great  deal  of  discontent  between  the  coach  and  his  Pro-Bowl  quarterback  Jeff  Garcia.  The  ongoing  saga  and the   denials   by  Gruden  as  to  whether  or  not  the  franchise  was  in  pursuit of  Brett  Favre  only   added  to  much  of the  confusion.   And  if  there’s  been  one  thing  indicative  of  the  franchise  it  has  been  the  failure  to  develop  a  quarterback  for  the  future.  Year  in  year   out   it  has  either  been  a   recycling  project  by  the coach.  Or  he’s  looked  from  within  to  see what’s  available.  And   one  states  that  the  cupboard   was  bare.   It  wasn’t  an  understatement  !  Not  only  was  it  bare   but  talent wise  it  lacked   credibility.    The  names  of  Luke  McCown, and Brian  Griese  aren’t  exactly  what  one   consider  to  be  world  beaters  let  alone  put fear  into the  hearts  of   opposing  teams.   But  that’s  what   Gruden  felt   would  save  the  day   for  the  franchise.  It  has  been  ever   dependent   over the  years   on  its   defense   to  keep  it  in  games.    But  on the  offensive  side  of  the  ball  where   Gruden  was viewed  as  somewhat  of  a  genius.    Rarely   had  we  seen  anything   that  placate   the   situation  in  terms  of  the  ineptitude shown  at   times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  complete  lack  of   a  running   game though  it  can  be   said  that   injuries  to  Carnell  Williams  and   Earnest  Graham played its  part.   We  also  saw very  little  from  the  likes  of   Michael  Clayton  of  whom  it  can  be  said  if  he wasn’t  catching  the  ball.  He  could  be  relied  upon  for  a  timely   block.  But  the  body  of  his  work  has  been  negligible   since   his  entry  into  the  NFL.   What  has  been  even  more  glaring  has  been  the   team’s   failure  to   convert  on   third   downs.  Statistically  the   team  was  in the  lower  half  of  the  league.   And   its  most  potent   offensive  weapon  for  much  of  the  season  has  been  the  play  of  wide   receiver  Antonio  Bryant   and kicker  Matt  Bryant.  And  though  some  will  throw  in  the  name  of  Clifton  Smith. If  we’re   to  believe  that  Gruden  is  such  a  genius   then  why  is  it   that  he  wasn’t able  to  work  with  the   tools  in  his  tool  bag ?    After  all  isn’t  a  master  craftsman  able  to  work  with  whatever  he  has  at  hand ?   This  may  well  be  one  the   reasons  why   the  Joel Glazer  sought  the  path  he  did  in  making  the  decision  to   relinquish  Gruden  of  his  position as   the  coach.    As  to Bruce  Allen  once the  decision  was  made  to  let  the   coach  go.  It   seemed   only   plausible  that  the  ownership  would  seek  to send  the  general manager  packing  as  well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As  to what  the  future  will   hold  for   Gruden  it  is  open  to  conjecture  and  speculation.  He  will in  all  probability  get another  coaching  position within  the  NFL.  But  we’ll   just  have  to wait  and  see  where  his  ultimate  destination   may  be.  Fans of  the  franchise  may  well  see  this  as  a sad  loss  for  the  organization as  voiced  by  the  Glazer family.  But  Gruden’s   time   at  the helm  was  enough  for  all  of   us  to  see  that  the  franchise   was  heading  nowhere.  The  inconsistency   was  one  thing   but  Gruden himself  in  no  way  sought  to  alleviate  the  problem  and take  accountability  for  his  faults  and  that  of  his  coaching  staff.  Rather  he’d  prefer  to  lay  the  blame  elsewhere.