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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|Comments Off on Myles Garrett and the NFL

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

Go Cowboys! Update

That’s it. That’s all I have say!!! (Well, I say more below.)

Update (Reflection and aftermath) – 

So, the Cowboys really didn’t get it done. They got outplayed and out scored in LA. The Rams fixed whatever problems they had shown us toward the end of the regular season. They got back to who they were. They are a running team. They ran the ball and won.

I have to admit that I’m surprised that the Cowboys were in the post season. The Cowboys looked mediocre during the first part of the season. Then during the Eagles game, the Cowboys changed their season. They began to run the ball and they found a defense. The identity of the Cowboys became toughness. Tough running. Tough defense.

Tonight, I thought that the key to the game was going to be controlling the clock. The Cowboys had to be able to run the ball. The Cowboys offensive line needed to win the line of scrimmage. On the defensive side of the ball, we had to control Todd Gurley. Unfortunately, the Rams turned the tables on the Cowboys. Goff and the Rams controlled the line of scrimmage. They ran the ball and controlled the clock. The Rams defense went all in to stop the run and the Cowboys were not able to run the ball. On the flip side, the Rams were able to run and run and run. (Like the Energizer Bunny!) Congratulations to the Rams.

The Cowboys need to do a couple things to improve next year. Dak Prescott needs to improve. He is good but not great. He needs to read defenses better. He needs to be a little more accurate with the football. He has to be able to get the ball out of his hands quickly. If the play is not there then run or throw the ball away. The Cowboys must get better on the offensive line. If the identity of the Cowboys is going to be tough physical running with Elliott then we need better line play. I would love to see the Cowboys find a better fullback for Elliott. Someone who will blast open holes and pick up blitzing linebackers. Both the Colts and the Rams showed us that the Cowboys’ offensive line can be dominated. This can’t happen if we truly want to go to a Super Bowl and win.

The Defense must get better. It seems to me that the defensive line needs to get better. Demarcus Lawrence is supposed to be an all-world defensive end. Yet, he didn’t get close to a sack today. In big games he has to show up. He was double teamed all day and was basically a non-factor. Collins and Woods in the middle got pushed around. Randy Gregory seems to be the player that everyone says has a ton of talent but rarely shows up. David Irving is in the substance abuse program, again. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith were two of the very best linebackers in the league, this year. Leighton was simply awesome. They are both fast, smart and play very, very hard!!!

In spite of all of my belly-aching, I’m very proud of the Cowboys. They overachieved. Jason Garrett proved that he really doesn’t get out coached. I can’t wait until next year.

By |2019-01-16T12:39:28-04:00January 12th, 2019|NFL|Comments Off on Go Cowboys! Update
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