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More bad news for the NFL (Update)

Oh, my.

I think that it is important for me to say that I’m a huge NFL fan. I love the Cowboys no matter how bad they are and they are really bad this year. I love the competition and the athleticism in the NFL. I watched the Steelers get back-slapped last night against the Ravens. I love the NFL.

Greg Hardy, defensive line for the Carolina Panthers, has been convicted of domestic abuse of a girlfriend. For some reason, he is being allowed to play for the Panthers this weekend. Is the difference between Hardy and Ray Rice a video? The fact that we have a video showing Ray Rice punching out his then girlfriend means that his offense was worse? I don’t think so. Greg Hardy should be given the week off.

Adrian Peterson, possibly the 2nd best running back I have ever seen, has been indicted for reckless injury of a child. I have no idea what this really means. Did he leave a child in a hot car while he ran into a 7/11 for a Big Gulp? Did he leave a kid at home while he went to Vegas?

No matter what, this doesn’t look good for the NFL.

Update: So, Adrian Peterson thought that it was okay to go and get a switch from a tree in the backyard and hit a 4-year- old child. That was acceptable behavior in the 1960s. This ain’t the 1960s!!! It might be why so many of us from the ’60s are so screwed up.

I didn’t even mention Jerry Jones. Someone is accusing him of sexual assault. I was surprised that a woman would let him get that close. Yuck.

Finally, some good news from the NFL. Devon Still was cut from the Bengals. The team found out that his daughter has cancer and the Bengals hired Devon on to the practice squad. This move allows him to keep his insurance. The New Orleans Saints bought 100 Devon Still jerseys! I’m thinking about buying one also. The profits will benefit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

 

By |2014-09-15T21:18:03-04:00September 12th, 2014|NFL|Comments Off on More bad news for the NFL (Update)

NFL: Black Monday And Wildcard Weekend

True NFL fans will have noticed that over the last four or five years there have been multiple coaches fired on the Monday after the last regular-season game. Most coaches are fired because their team, for one reason or another, did not live up to expectations. Some of the firings don’t seem to make any sense whatsoever. For example, the firing of Lovie Smith, a man who took his team to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as the quarterback, was fired after a 10-6 season. (Taking a team to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as your quarterback should get Lovie Smith into the Hall of Fame.) The Bears did not make the playoffs. So, after nine seasons, Lovie Smith, by all accounts an outstanding coach, was shown the door. Ken Whisenhunt, the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, was also fired. Ken Whisenhunt took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. To be honest, he was one play away from winning the Super Bowl with an Arizona Cardinals team that had never seen that kind of success. Ken Whisenhunt resurrected Kurt Warner’s career. He is one of the main reasons that Kurt Warner is now being discussed as a possible Hall of Fame quarterback. Ken Whisenhunt’s problem was that he never found another quarterback after Kurt Warner retired. You simply cannot win in the NFL without a good, solid, consistent quarterback. Ask Chan Gailey who was also fired.

Wildcard weekend

There were four games last weekend and they all went according to plan. I’m sure that there are some fans the didn’t like the outcome, but the teams that were supposed to win – won. The Cincinnati Bengals versus the Houston Texans revealed that the Cincinnati offense isn’t ready for prime time. It also revealed that there’s something missing with the Houston Texans offense. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster are carrying the offense. If the Houston Texans are going to go deep into the playoffs and even to the Super Bowl somebody else is going to have to step up. As I see it, although the Cincinnati Bengals lost, basically Andy Dalton has to become more accurate. (more…)

By |2013-11-03T18:21:19-04:00January 9th, 2013|NFL|Comments Off on NFL: Black Monday And Wildcard Weekend

Wild Card Disaster, Part 2

I chose the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the resilient Houston Texans. I figured it would be difficult if not impossible for the Texans to win with a third-string rookie quarterback. The Texans were also missing their star defensive end, Mario Williams. I thought that, for the most part, Andy Dalton has been protecting the football and playing more like a veteran and less like a rookie. I thought the Bengals would find a way to get AJ Green free from suffocating double coverage. Finally, I thought that the Cincinnati Bengals defense would shut down the run and force the Houston Texans to pass.

I knew that the Houston Texans had an excellent defense, but they really suffocated the Cincinnati Bengals. They forced three Andy Dalton turnovers. Besides that, they simply crushed the running game. The Cincinnati Bengals’ running backs (Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott) combined for 13 attempts for 25 yards. That’s it. AJ Green, Andy Dalton’s favorite receiver, had five catches for only 47 yards. But that’s only half the story. The offensive line for the Houston Texans simply dominated. One would figure that the Cincinnati Bengals wanted to stop the run, but they simply couldn’t. Adrian Foster ran for 153 yards on 24 carries. He was brilliant and so was the offensive line.

I’m not sure if I underestimated the Houston Texans or overestimated the Cincinnati Bengals. Either way – congratulations to the Houston Texans.

By |2012-01-13T02:11:49-04:00January 13th, 2012|NFL|Comments Off on Wild Card Disaster, Part 2
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