Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Is Brady Quinn's Career Over?

As a Bronco fan this preseason has been pretty interesting to say the least. Not only has the most exciting draft pick since Jay Cutler set foot in Dove Valley but the team seems poised to become a dominate defensive team, something they were never close to under the leadership of Coach Shanahan. Unknown to the rest of the NFL the Broncos are quietly turning the corner into a legit perennial playoff contender.

But that's not the topic of my article. What I want to talk about is Brady Quinn. Why is he doing so bad?

He had a lot of talent coming out of Notre Dame and playing under Charlie Weiss. He helped make Darius Walker and Maurice Stovall household names for about 3 years while they were in college. Al Davis even considered taking Brady #1 overall... but went with that Jamarcus guy instead.

None of those things could have predicted how bad Quinn would do in the NFL. He never could outseat Derek Anderson as the Browns full time Quarterback (what's up Matt Leinart) and now it looks like Tim Tebow is going to take his backup duties before the season even begins.

Is it a mental thing with Brady Quinn? Was the anguish of playing for the Browns enough to shoot his chances of being productive at the NFL level to nothing? Is it a talent question? Does he just not have "it" in the arm department?

The numbers say that he is a middle-of-the-road QB at best so far. His career completion percentage is a pedestrian 52% . His 10 career touchdowns to 9 interceptions isn't setting the world on fire as well. In 2009, he appeared in 10 games, of which the Browns only won 2, and Quinn threw 8 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. To his credit the cupboard was bare in Cleveland with a aging Jamal Lewis and no Braylon Edwards, but still you have to wonder.

I don't know what is in store for Brady. But what I do know is that if Quinn doesn't do something to turn it around quickly he may be trying out for the Omaha Nighthawks pretty soon.

Masoli Is Sitting Out

The NCAA ruled today that Jeremiah Masoli will not be eligible for the Ole Miss Rebel's this entire season. Masoli enrolled at Ole Miss after being suspended by Oregon for an off the field incident. Ole Miss is going to appeal the suspension.

I do not see him playing in college ever again. How many years of eligibility does he have left? He is already 22. If he sits out now, he won't be eligible to play until he is 23, then entering the NFL around the age of 24. I don't see how he can afford to stay off the field that long.

If I were him I'd go to the UFL for a year, then enter the draft next year if possible.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Colt McCoy May Get Cut

That is no typo folks. Colt McCoy may get cut before he ever gets a shot at playing a down in the NFL. The quarterback who won more games than anyone, and looked to be the Browns future at the position may be a casualty as Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme have proved themselves better options for the Browns.

The full story is at Yahoo.

Here is just a small fraction of the reasons why Colt may be looking for a new gig soon;

Coaches are reportedly more impressed with veteran newcomers Jake Delhomme(notes) and Seneca Wallace(notes), possibly leaving the third-round pick as a camp casualty

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hide Ya Kids, Hide Brett Favre: Only Plays 4 Plays In Preseason Debut

You know the guys at NBC are upset that Brett Favre only played 4 plays in his preseason debut. To his credit the guy just rolled off the tractor about 6 days ago and is already looking like he is in game shape. You have to credit a 41 year old player for keeping his body ready to play on call like that.

The Vikings did the smart thing in protecting their 16 million dollar investment and took Brett out after getting hit pretty good by Patrick Willis.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

LeGarrette Blount Still Throwing Blows

This story is overblown but interesting to say the least. Titans rookie RB, LeGarrette Blount (last seen knocking some Boise State player out) got into a shoving match and punched a Titans teammate yesterday. The guy he punched still had his helmet on, so it was kind of pointless to punch him but people are making a big spectacle about this.

Really, its football. People curse. People fight. Teammates will talk about your mother. Everyone isn't Tim Tebow or Tony Dungy. If you don't like that, then maybe following such a violent sport is not for you.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tim Tebow Makes His Debut For the Broncos

Tim Tebow’s debut.

Where do I begin? It was pretty normal for your average rookie QB. He made a few mistakes, that were saved due to the collective inexperience of his competition. Tebow would have thrown two interceptions against first string competition and would have been credited with a fumble in any normal situation. He also ran with the ball too much and failed to make quick decisions.

On a positive note, he threw a nice deep ball to Matt Willis that was dropped and showed the ability to get away from pressure.

All in all, I do not think that the throwing motion will ever be “fixed” nor will he ever be the best Quarterback in the league, but he looks to be a serviceable starter with the ability to scramble.

And thus begins the most interesting career in the NFL.

Here is the video of Tebow’s debut:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Glen Coffee Retires at Age 23

A lot of people are shocked that a 23 year old NFL running back would up and retire without injury. But in the case of Glen Coffee it does not matter. The former Alabama star will be taking his talents to a ministry near you this fall.

Some people have a higher calling than just playing sports. You can't get mad at this kid.

Monday, August 9, 2010

What We Learned About the Bengals Last Night

Last night was the kickoff for the new NFL season with the Hall of Fame game in Canton! We saw the Bengals scrimmage with the Cowboys and I think we already learned a few things. So what have we learned?

T.O. is going to work as a Bengal

Carson Palmer looked like he was more than comfortable going to Owens often and hit him on a quick out route. T.O looked like he fit right in.

Quan Cosby will not be a Bengal much longer

Jordan Shipley returned a punt almost 50 yards in the second half, and like that he took Cosby's spot. I don't see the Bengals cutting Andre Caldwell so the last receiver spot is between Jerome Simpson, Cosby, and Shipley. Whoever wins that spot will have to provide value in some other way such as returning kicks. Shipley is that guy.
Hide ya kids, hide ya wives! They sackin' everybody out here!

The Bengals first unit could not protect Carson Palmer. If you are a Bengal fan you had to be concerned with what you saw last night. Carson took more than a few big shots in the pocket. If the T.O. and Antonio Bryant signings are ever going to pay off your quarterback needs time to throw the ball.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jarvis Moss is the Broncos Secret Weapon

Hold your laughter, please.

I know that you are probably thinking that I've lost my mind or am smoking that good "Snoop Dog" but I assure you I'm perfectly sober as I type this. After losing Elvis Dumervil and his 17 sacks for most of the year due to a torn pectoral muscle, it is time for the Broncos' 2007 first round selection to earn his keep.

Elvis Dumervil, a former 4th round pick turned himself into the league's premier 3-4 pass rushing linebacker in less than one season. This summer Elvis was able to cash in on that talent to the tune of a $61.5 million dollar deal. To lose him before ever playing a down this year is going to cripple the Broncos to a certain degree without a doubt.

But fear not Broncos fans.

There is a secret weapon on the roster. And his name is Jarvis Moss.

Ok, I don't really believe that. Up to this point the Broncos have gotten nothing on their investment in the former Florida Gators star defensive end. In college Jarvis looked like he was the next Javon Kearse, coming off the edge blocking kicks and disrupting plays in the backfield. However as a Bronco none of those talents have seen the light of day.

We don't know why or what has been the problem with Jarvis thus far. Last year he contemplated retirement at the grizzled age of 25. The only play I remember him getting on the field for the Broncos he flew 5 feet off sides, tripped, and fell down behind the line of scrimmage. Things just haven't clicked for him to say the least.

Things could be looking up. All reports from training camp is that there is another guy running around in the #94 jersey this year. Jarvis Moss has reportedly worked on maintaining strength and bulk during this off season and was seven pounds heavier coming into camp. He is also reportedly playing with more awareness and comfort as he grows into the outside linebacker position.

This could be the break (pun intended) that Jarvis needs. If it is ever going to happen for him this year will be the year. With Dumervil out for the immediate future the Broncos finally need for their 2007 first round selection to play like one.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Favre Day 2010

I'm tired of it.

Either play or don't play!

How many years has it been since Brett Favre's tearful "retirement" press release with the Packers? Three? And the man has "retired" once again in that time span.

I'm not trying to disrespect one of the best players to ever do it, but the man needs to stop jerking the public around. Either you are retired, or you are not. You got to stop dancing in and out of the sport like this is hop scotch. You really are tarnishing your own legacy every time you do this.

I see why the Packers were ready to cut this act from their offseason program. Its just a media circus. We got reporters sleeping on Brett's lawn, another hiding behind Brett's truck, and another staking out a Hattisburg, MS high school that Brett volunteers at. It's crazy.

Somewhere Michael Jordan is like "just do it."

Just come back.

You know you want to Brett.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Masoli to the Rebels

How fitting.

Jeremiah Masolu is a Rollin' Rebel.

This time last year me and a buddy were in an argument that looks silly now. Who's better: Masoli or Tebow?

Considering that one is selling more jerseys than Peyton Manning in the NFL and the other is stealing laptops (allegedly) I think its safe to say we know who wins at least on the character side of the debate.

Masoli can help a team, that is certain. He plays like a FB in a QB's body and is as tough as anyone. His swagger comes off on his teammates and I don't doubt that he can have success in the SEC. The question is has he learned his lesson? What types of guys are he going to hang out with in Mississippi?

Jeremiah's got a second chance. I hope he doesn't waste it.