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Colin Kaepernick and the NFL – 2019

If you’ve been living in a cave or maybe on a deserted island, you may not have heard of Colin Kaepernick. Here’s a brief recap. In 2011, he was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers. He was drafted out of Nevada. This is school which is not known for great NFL prospects. Yet, in his second year, he found his way onto the football field. He was tall, he threw a really good deep ball. He was also fast. He led the San Francisco 49ers not just to the playoffs but to the Super Bowl. He was a dynamic player. The San Francisco 49ers ran an unconventional offense and yet they made it to the Super Bowl. Now, to be honest, to be fair, Colin Kaepernick was not God’s gift to quarterbacks. He did not see the field particularly well. He tended to stare down his receivers. In summary, he was a dynamic quarterback who ran the ball well and through an exceptionally good deep ball.

As everyone knows, Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the police shootings of unarmed black men and women by kneeling during the national anthem. This caused public scrutiny of the NFL. In my opinion, it also caused the NFL to release Kaepernick. Since then, there’s been a lot of back and forth. There’s been a national debate without resolution. There’s been a lawsuit. So, as a “olive branch” the NFL offered a “workout” to Kaepernick.

Let’s all understand what’s going on. The NFL would like everybody to believe that if you have the ability you can play in the NFL. This is mostly true. On the other hand, you must understand that the NFL is an entertainment business. It is a multibillion-dollar entertainment business much like Paramount, Disney or any of the Hollywood studios. The NFL wants you to enjoy the product that they put on display every Sunday. They don’t want you to think about social unrest. They don’t want to think about protesting players. They want to spend your money, eat popcorn and enjoy the show.

Players like Colin Kaepernick prevent this harmony from happening. Whether he intended it or not, he started a controversy that gave the NFL a black eye. It has taken years for the NFL to get over this incident. Since Kaepernick, you had white men complaining about the NFL. White men!!! They live for the NFL. You had Donald Trump and others railing against the NFL and the protest. The NFL was worried. They were worried about profits. They have no intention of bringing up protests, again. Hiring Kaepernick would open up this wound once again. Therefore, I don’t care how well his workout goes. I don’t care whether he works out in Atlanta or San Francisco or on the moon, it simply doesn’t matter. No team in the NFL is going to hire this man. This is the reality.

Without looking at a bunch of stats we KNOW that Kaepernick is a better QB then 4 or 5 QBs who are currently starting in the NFL. He just is. Yet, he is sitting at home and they are playing. Why would this happen if the NFL is “all about winning?” This happens because the NFL is about about image first. Unless Colin and his agent can figure out how to re-brand him as a QB worthy of being placed on a Wheaties box, he is stuck. No one will hire him. This is reality.

By |2019-11-18T17:41:48-04:00November 18th, 2019|NFL|0 Comments

Myles Garrett and the NFL

I love the NFL. I think that it is better entertainment product than college football. I think it is better than the NBA or MLB. I love the physicality of the sport. I love the fact that you have to be smart. Where are the holes in the defense? Did you pick up the blitz? Did your running stone that blitzing linebacker or did he get run over? I love it all.

It is also important to mention that football is a violent game. Big men are running very fast and hitting other big men. Yet, I really, really don’t want to see violence outside of the framework of the game. Albert Haynesworth (video here) is an excellent example. He ripped a player’s helmet off and while the player was on the ground, he stomped on the player’s head with his cleated shoe. There was no excuse for that. None. (Here’s an article on many of the over the top violent acts in the NFL over the last decade or so.)

The Myles Garrett situation is different. Mason Rudolph was tackled by Myles Garrett. Rudolph did something to Myles as Myles was getting up. It appears that Mason tired to rip Garrett’s helmet off. Then all hell breaks lose. Punches are thrown. More guys enter the fight. Myles rips off Rudolph’s helmet then, with a huge wind up, nails Rudolph in the head with his helmet. Many other folks get sucked into the fight.

The NFL is violent enough. It does not need to be any more violent. Everyone involve should be suspended. Garrett should never, ever play in the NFL again. Playing in the NFL is a privilege. These players get to play a game for lots of money. There is nothing else in the world that Myles Garrett can do and be paid over $24 million. (He has made just over $24 million in his 3 years in the NFL.) Because you are playing a game that millions of Americans watch you must be held to a higher standard. When you break that standard you must pay the consequences.  Everyone else who was involved in the fight needs to be fined and suspended. The NFL must send a clear signal that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

By |2019-11-18T11:29:55-04:00November 16th, 2019|NFL|0 Comments

Dallas Cowboys Update – Week 6

So, I was warning anyone who would listen that I wasn’t buying what the Cowboys were selling. Sure the Cowboys offense looked good through the first 3 games but the defense was iffy at best. Then the Cowboys run into a buzz saw. The Saints are for real. They are winning with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Packers waltzed into Big D and handed Dallas a can of whoop. Aaron Rodgers looked like it was 5 – 7 years ago. He was calm, cool and throwing strikes. The Dallas defense, which was supposed to come together this year, looked completely lost. Then a running back that I really never heard of Aaron Jones run all over the Cowboys. He scored 4 touchdowns. 4!!! In the history of the Dallas Cowboys no back has scored 4 touchdowns. So, the Cowboys are in trouble. Their defense is marginal and their offense is crumbling because they can’t keep Dak upright.

There is a lot that can be said about the Cowboys loss to the winless. On offense, the Cowboys can’t consistently run the ball. They can’t protect Dak Prescott. Prescott plays much better with a clean pocket. There was nothing clean about anything that the Cowb0ys did today. Dak was hit. He was beaten. He was chased all day. How do you stuffed on a 3rd and 4th down then what could be worse? Well, you can the Jets, the winless Jets, backed up near their own endzone and allow Darnold to sit in the pocket and throw an 92 yard touchdown pass. The second longest touchdown pass in the history of the Cowboys. Think about for a moment. The Dallas Cowboys were about to score a touchdown. They are inside the 3 yard line. They have Zeke. Dallas’ brand new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore needed to come up with a play. He failed. Twice. I think that the most disappointing thing about the Cowboys is their defense. We have no pass rush. We can’t stop the rush and we can’t cover. Besides that we are GREAT. Back to the touchdown drive. The Jets have the ball at their own 8 yard line. Darnold takes a deep drop Anderson runs a kinda stop and go and Awuzie bites on the move. There is no safety help and Anderson dances into the endzone.

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of work to do if they are going to be a good team. Right now they are NOT a good football team.

By |2019-10-13T21:06:42-04:00October 13th, 2019|Domestic Issues|0 Comments