Shit Rolls Downhill Are You Kidding Me ?
OK so week 2 in the NFL came and went and if anything it further lends proof to the fact this early in the season we’re liable to see a number teams either hung over from the preseason or the fact that they’re simply not as good as advertised . How else can one simply explain the lackadaisical play of the Dallas Cowboys , Minnesota Vikings , New England Patriots , Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants ? And I am mistaken but what the hell is it about the defenses and the way that they’re playing , it is as if they’ve been fed with laxatives ? It either has to be bad coaching or the fact that the players are simply not that good !
I’ve got to agree with the Ravens’ defensive lineman Ray Lewis and the softly ,softly approach with which the officials now seem to be over protecting the quarterbacks around the league. If we’re already seeing some questionable calls this early in the season then what’s liable to happen we the postseason is upon us ? Low and behold once again we’re back to the Brett Favre watch and the travails of the Minnesota Vikings .Presumptive favorites within the NFC North and the conference itself ,we’ve now got to deal with the issue of the team’s woes. Favre certainly showed his woes with the atypical approach of Favre and his play . Pardon for me saying this but this guy looks past it, and it’s about to cause this team a great deal of heartache. Now there’s talk that the team is in need of a wide receiver to shoulder the load of this team beyond the aged quarterback. I was under the impression that this team had all the weapons possible ? And pardon me for saying this but when Favre chooses not to be in camp with his teammates then what else would you expect ? Lack of timing and cohesiveness and a coach who looks as if he’s completely out of touch with the quarterback and the rest of the offense. Personally, I for one do not believe that Brad Childress commands the respect of this team ! Furthermore , it’s my belief that should this team falter and fail to make the postseason at least then his days in Minnesota will most certainly be at an end.
Slide show for your perusal.
I know that Halley’s Comet hasn’t been within our midst but clearly what took place at the New Jersey Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday was enough to make me believe that the comet had landed . For two quarters the New England Patriots had the New York Jets on the mat but they literally chose not to knock their opponent out. If you’ve got your opponent on the ropes you don’t repeatedly let them come back up off the canvas. And that’s what we saw from this Bill Belichick coached team and it became so incomprehensible to see Mark Sanchez outplay his counterpart Tom Brady . Never mind that but since when did the defensive players on this team shy away from making contact with the offense ? Call me naive but the Patriots’ pass defense would make the guys from the Village People seem a like quintet of testosterone driven lumber jacks. They were out of sorts and played as if they’d been sodomized with a red hot poker. Painful as this might seem this wasn’t the worse performance of the day.
The Buffalo Bills no longer circle the wagons … you know why ? Well that’s because the wheels have fallen off this bitch ! The AFC team is a complete mess and it doesn’t seem if things are going to get better anytime soon. Quarterback controversy ? Hell no , the controversy here is simply that this team isn’t that good and the fact that their fans are being subjected with this diatribe has got to be an embarrassment for the organization . Could they go 0-16 ? Well if their play remains as it is then we’re liable to see the feat repeated once again. And twice inside within a five year span could indicate to us that the talent that’s being espoused on the field of play simply isn’t that good to begin with. We’ve not seen this accomplishment within the league since the latter part of the decade and the play of the the Detroit Lions . Bills’ coach Chan Gailey now has to instill some discipline and some resilience within this team who are about to start Ryan Fitzpatrick in place of Trent Edwards as the team’s signal caller.
Week three may well give us further indication as to the directions of some teams and that many of them will be taking but it could also lead to a tumultuous situation for a number of coaches. Many are already in a tenuous position and it doesn’t augur well for a number of them. Prevailing winds would suggest some teams will set sail in the right direction but should several teams be blown off course then we might just be crowning another Superbowl team raising the Lombardi Trophy rather than witnessing a successful defense.
Andy Reid is now suggesting that there isn’t a quarterback controversy with the Philadelphia Eagles and that Kevin Kolb is still the starter on this team. Given Kolb’s stats and the fact that he’s been unproductive at the start of the season I’ve got to wonder what the hell it is that Reid had been watching as Kolb’s backup Michael Vick led the Eagles to an electrifying victory over the Detroit Lions. Vick commanded the field and played with a great deal of leadership and maturity. Something that wasn’t always on display at the start of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. It’s amazing what being locked in a jail cell can do to a man’s dignity and self esteem. And while I’m not totally convinced that Vick is as contrite as he would have us believe. He seems to be on his way to recovering the heights that made him one of the most athletically gifted players of his generation and quite possibly of any generation since the NFL became the nation’s past-time.
Reid could well be putting his career on the line as well as that of the entire season of the Eagles. Having traded their Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. This is a time of rebuilding for the Eagles and as much as this team looks extremely talented on paper there’s still something that missing from this from it, that would lead me to believe that they’re not a championship caliber team. I’m sorry but if you’re quarterback has all the attributes of a donkey that’s carrying a load that he’s unable to carry then the burden for him will be far too much to bear. Kolb has shown me absolutely nothing that would indicate that he has the pedigree to lead this team to their desired destination and that’s Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas, hosts to Superbowl XLV (Superbowl 45). If that wasn’t enough the season has brought about a slew of injuries and the mere fact that we’ve been told that the league is now taking head traumas and concussions seriously. Well that seems to be something of a surprise given the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the medical professionals in the employ of the league weren’t always prepared to acknowledge that fact. Now that they’re now ready to face facts that health issues such as concussions have become paramount and are a danger to the well being of the players then there’s some cause for concern. The NLFPA for their part haven’t said that much with regard to the issue and how might impact them altogether. All of a sudden on this lone issue, it is as if not much has changed since we saw the rather dictatorial rule of Gene Upshaw as Executive Diretor of the union. Upshaw’s sucessor DeMaurice Smith seems to be all wrapped up with the issue of the collective bargaining agreement and how great a slice of the pie that they’re able to gain. Now I’ve never been enamored with the league’s hierarchy much the less that of their union counterpart ! Neither side has the fans’ best interests at heart as it appears that their only concern has been greed and how much money either side can garner as derived from the league’s revenues.
The 2010-11 season is an uncapped year and already we’ve seen a number of televised games having been blacked out due to low attendance. Furthermore, even if with the low attendance at several league games it appear that’s liable to be a scenario that will be will be played out through the remainder of the season. That loss may well be made up by other means as the league may well take whatever approach is necessary to make sure that the losses aren’t overwhelming. And say what you will the league will do whatever to maintain its status as the nation’s pass-time. The league’s hierarchy no matter secretive it has been now knows that at this juncture they have to have a plan in place and an agreement worked out between themselves and the union. A league wide stoppage and labor disruption could very well be the death knell for the goodwill that the league has with the fans. Doubt it then simply look at the mess that MLB found itself in, its stoppage and how it was dealt with by the league hierarchy led by Bud Selig .If that wasn’t a sign as to what not to do and the complete ineptitude shown by both the league and that of MLBA (union) was enough of a template as how the NFL shouldn’t act.
Curiously enough though, I do believe that the league (NFL) and the union (NFLPA) will find a way to remedy their differences and reach an amicable agreement that will be equitable for all parties involved. If they’re unable to do so then we all might as well take up needlepoint or some other activity that will take our minds off a season of inactivity within the NFL . Billions of dollars may well be at stake but it’s highly unlikely that the league would be foolish enough to use replacement players once again. Were they do so then any signs of a peace deal being brokered would be out of the question altogether !
Picture gallery for your perusal.
What thoughts if any do you feel concerning the league and the impressions as to what you’ve witnessed this early in the season ? And are we liable to see the league reach an amicable agreement with regard to the ongoing collective bargaining agreement ? Chime on in with a comment as you see fit .
NB: Reid has since reversed his decision and has made Vick the starter for the Eagles’ game against the Jaguars @ Everbank Field , Jacksonville, Fla,.
Alan aka tophatal 🙂 * 😦
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