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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

Zeke and the Cowboys

Yeah, Zeke Elliott got paid. Now, the Cowboys are ready to go out and do… what exactly? The Dallas Cowboys can be a good team. I don’t think that they will be a great team until Dak, not Zeke, steps up his game. Dak is a good quarterback. He is not great. He can make great throws. Unfortunately he is not that accurate. At times, it seems that he has trouble pulling the trigger. Sometimes, you need to drop back, read the play, hit that back foot and throw the ball. Troy Aikman was great at this move. Dak Prescott is not great at this move. He will pat the ball. He wants to be 90% sure, 95% sure, 100% sure that the receiver is open and that the throwing lane is clear.

Zeke will play well. He will run hard. He will get even better than he is right now. I think that he will become a better receiver.

I have no idea what to expect from Amiri Cooper. Can he consistently beat the #1 cover corner? Can he consistently beat double coverage? I don’t know. Who is going to be our go to slot receiver? Randall Cobb? Whose best days were 5 years ago? Who seems to be hurt, a lot? What about Trevon Austin? Can he be the security blanket that Dak needs?  Can Jason Witten be the guy, again? The answer to all of these questions is I don’t know.

Just for a second, I think that the Cowboys defense can be one of the best in the league this year. If Dallas fans want something to cheer for then this is it. If the offense doesn’t turn the ball over, then the defense will keep us in the game. The secondary is very good. Our linebackers are very good. We should be able to stop the run and rush the passer.

Finally, this may be the last year of the Jason Garrett show. He has been the coach of the Cowboys for awhile. He has been the best average coach in the league. His record is as close to 8-8 as it can be. He almost never loses big. He almost never dominates. Is he awful? I don’t think so. The real question is can he lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs? Can he take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl? In the end, that’s what it is all about isn’t it? The Super Bowl. If you can never see Garrett leading the Cowboys to the Super Bowl then what is the point of having him?

By |2019-09-05T22:44:08-04:00September 5th, 2019|Domestic Issues, NFL|Comments Off on Zeke and the Cowboys