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NFL Football | The Sports Report Girl - Part 2

Why Denver Broncos Fans Should be Celebrating!

April 24, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog


This was the voicemail left on my machine by my good friend, and devout Broncos fan, Justin.

While I understand my boy’s concern, I have to say that I legitimately think the Tebow pick was a good one for Josh McDaniels and it has nothing to do with whether or not the former Gator will be a good NFL quarterback (I know that sounds strange, but hear me out).

This offseason, McDaniels made what could turn out to be the two best moves in the history of any NFL team, ever. If they work out he will be legendary. He got Brady Quinn – a former first-round pick who could (COULD!) be a great quarterback; he’s never really gotten a chance and in Denver he’ll have a solid O-line, a good defense and a great running game – in exchange for Peyton Hillis, a running back who was never going to play, ever, and two sixth round draft picks.

He followed that up by picking Demaryus Thomas with the Broncos number one draft pick and trading up to draft Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. This pick was amazing for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because he didn’t really give up much to get it.

I’ve heard Broncos fans screaming and crying because Denver relinquished a second, third and fourth rounder to get the pick, but really it was just a second. The third and fourth round choices were picks that the Broncos got from trading down out of the number 11 spot and again from the number 13 position. He was playing with house money.

The move is also amazing because McDaniels simultaneously took all the pressure off Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton and Demaryus Thomas (which was especially good in Thomas’s case because, let’s be honest, the chances of two great receivers coming out of Georgia Tech in five years of running the triple option were slim to none, and as Lee Corso says, ol’ Slim just left the building). There’s also no pressure on Tim Tebow because no one is expecting him to start right away.

All the “experts” are saying that McDaniels’ future is now hinged on Tebow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Tebow will have at least three years to become THE quarterback in Denver. During that time he’ll come in for short yardage and goal line situations, make a few appearances on SportsCenter and probably take a leadership role in Focus on the Family.

Remember, Tony Romo sat for three years, Phillip Rivers sat for three years, Aaron Rogers sat for three years, and all three of them turned out OK. Unlike all those scrubs, though, Tebow will contribute right away in some capacity outside of mop up duty in blowouts. Let’s also not forget that he’s the third biggest name in all of football (behind Manning and Brady), which means more prime time and national games, more jersey sales and increased national relevance – never bad for a team with the 18th ranked media market.

The word on Tebow, going into the draft, was that he was big risk/big reward. McDaniels mitigated the risk better than any coach in this draft could have. Plus, I’m about 75 percent convinced McDaniels pulled the trigger on trading Marshall so he could give Tebow number 15. Now, we’ll see if Tebow delivers the big reward.

NFL Draft: Round One Review

April 23, 2010 by Thomas Gerard  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

1.     St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — As expected, the Rams take their new franchise quarterback.  It’s always a gamble nowadays taking a quarterback #1 overall, so you better be sure you have the right guy.  The Rams got a tremendous athlete who has great character.  It is their most needed position, so he is the right pick.  Being a Rams fan, I am happy.  Anything is better than Marc Bulger.
2.     Detroit Lions – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska – The Lions get the player at the top of most expert and team’s draft boards.  The guy threw opponents around like rag dolls in college.  A beast of a player, and a great addition to a struggling organization.
3.     Tampa Bay Bucs – DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma – They wanted Suh, and end up getting McCoy – quite the consolation prize.  Extremely talented, a sharp guy, and full of heart – as seen by the huge hug he gave Roger Goodell.
4.     Washington Redskins – OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma – I would have taken Russell Okung.
5.     K.C. Chiefs – S Eric Berry, Tennessee – An absolute playmaker.  I saw him play several times during the college season, and he is everywhere on the field.  Could be the next Ed Reed.  Gotta love that comparison.
6.     Seattle Seahawks – OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State – They get arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft.  He is also the heir apparent to Walter Jones.  Great pick… which makes me sick.
7.     Cleveland Browns – CB Joe Haden, Florida – The Gators produce ridiculous athletes, but I don’t like taking corners this high in the draft.  It’s risky.
8.     Oakland Raiders – LB Rolando McClain, Alabama – You never know who Al Davis will take.  Some say this was a reach, but I love the pick.  He simply makes tackles, and just anchored the Crimson Tide defense to a national championship.
9.     Buffalo Bills – RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson – A very interesting selection for a team that is already set at the running back position.  Spiller is the biggest playmaker and probably the most talented in the draft.  Marshawn Lynch must be on his way out of town via a trade.  Otherwise, this pick does not make any sense.
10.     Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Tyson Alualu, Cal – As James Earl Jones once said, “Who the HELL are you?”
11.     San Francisco 49ers – OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers – Traded up to get him.  This guy looks badass!
12.     San Diego Chargers – RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State – Made a big move up the board to land their replacement to L.T.  I have seen him play once, and he looked good, but nothing too special.
13.      Philadelphia Eagles – DE Brandon Graham, Michigan – The guy looks insane on tape.  Plus, he single handedly won me $100 when I took Michigan +10 vs. Ohio State back in November.  So naturally, I love the pick.
14.      Seattle Seahawk – S Earl Thomas, Texas – Another good pick from my favorite team…  I just threw up.
15.      New York Giants – DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida – He is one of the most freakishly athletic guys in the draft.  I’m a little skeptical about a guy though that only played one year of DI ball.
16.      Tennessee Titans – DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech – Don’t know much about him, but is certainly a great value pick at #16.
17.      San Francisco 49ers – OG Mike Iupati, Idaho – This guy is an absolute giant.  A nice Hawaiian off the field.  A nasty interior lineman on the field.
18.      Pittsburgh Steelers – C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida — He certainly had an interesting family scene when shown after he was picked.  Not to mention, he has a twin brother who is just as big.  Scary.
19.      Atlanta Falcons – LB Sean Weatherspoon, Mizzou – Made a lot of plays for the Tigers.  A true leader with an incredible personality.  He does tend to disappear sometimes though, so consistency is an issue.
20.       Houston Texans – CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama – Another piece of the national championship defense.  A good pick for a team that desperately needed a corner after the departure of Dunta Robinson.
21.     Cincinnati Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – The fourth Sooner taken in the first round, and a new weapon for Carson Palmer.  He has off-the-charts athletic ability.  An Antonio Gates type player with Pro-Bowls in his future.  Their fans just have to be happy they didn’t select someone from prison.
22.     Denver Broncos – WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech – Was not expected to be the first wide out taken, but Dez Bryant’s character issues allowed him to be.  Will be a great fit in Denver for a team that is lacking at the position after the Brandon Marshall trade.
23.     Green Bay Packers – OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa – An offensive tackle from the state of Iowa is always a great thing in my book.  With a daily diet of corn and beer, they are born to protect QB’S.  For fun:  I like the Pack to win the NFC next year.
24.     Dallas Cowboys – WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State – Jerry Jones moves up a few spots to land a game breaker.  His suspension last season was just silly and his supposed character issues were all blown out of proportion.  A guy with this amount of talent should have never fallen this low.  Steal of the first round.
25.     Denver Broncos – QB Tim Tebow, Florida – A true leader, competitor, and champion.  But, what the #$*% was this about???  Most confusing move of the first round.  But hey, at least they have GOD on their side.
26.     Arizona Cardinals – DT Dan Williams, Tennessee – A very boring pick for me, but Arizona has a lot to replace after a depleting offseason.
27.      New England Patriots – CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – The Patriots need major secondary help and got some here.
28.      Miami Dolphins – DT Jared Odrick, Penn State – Hard worker and comes from a Joe Paterno defense.  If he’s good enough for The Big Tuna, he’s good enough for me.
29.      New York Jets – CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State – #1 Revis, Cromartie, Wilson….Someone is going to be upset with their lack of PT.  #2 Who knew Boise State played defense?
30.      Detroit Lions – RB Jahvid Best, Cal – I’m a big fan of this choice here.  The Lions are slowly building a solid, young core group of players.
31.      Peyton Manning Colts – LB/DE Jerry Hughes, TCU – A linebacker/defensive end with running back speed.  Another great Indy pickup.
32.      New Orlean Saints – CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State – The Super Bowl champs get some secondary help for the second year in a row.
Final Comments:
-          Is it me or does Mel Kiper have one of the best slick jobs of all-time?
-          Those Coors Light commercials made me extremely thirsty.
-          Gruden didn’t realize he was on-air when he said “dumbass” to Kiper.  I’m sure there was a lot more where that came from.
-          Jimmy Clausen was not taken.  I can’t say that was a major surprise, but one team will land a great value pick in the second round.
-          It’s hard to believe a specimen like USC’s Taylor Mays stays on the board after round one.  Wow.
-          What a great moment when the Make-A-Wish kid read the Steelers pick.  That was awesome.
-          I can’t wait for the 2nd round!

Top 10 Most Underrated Players In The NFL Draft

April 21, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Tim Tebow... undervalued

Sean Weatherspoon
Weatherspoon also reminds me of Patrick Willis in his Ole Miss days. Is it possible for a linebacker that calls to mind images of Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis to be bad?

Jahvid Best
I’ve been impressed by this kid since the 2008 Emerald Bowl, and you know he must have been amazing to impress me at the Emerald Bowl. I see a lot of Clinton Portis in him. I love CJ Spiller, but I think Best could be the best back to come out of this draft. It amazes me he’s not rated higher.

Aaron Hernandez
Great hands, great speed, great strength. Hernandez is a playmaker with big play potential. Whoever gets him is going to be one lucky team.

Toby “White Power” Gerhartt
I could see “White Power” being the next Jerome Bettis. He could be the best white, non-quarterback, non-lineman in the NFL since Jason Seyhorn. I mean that. I really, really mean that.

Charles Scott
Great size and great speed. He never quite realized his potential at LSU, but I think the kid could play a big role for a lot of teams in the league. He’s like LenDale White minus the gut. OK, maybe not, but I still like him.

Brandon LaFell
How Arrelius Benn is rated above him is one of those all-time mysteries that only Mel Kiper understands. He’s got great hands, has T.O.-like size and I haven’t seen too many receivers better when the ball is in the air. If he doesn’t get taken by the third round, some people should be fired.

Major Wright
With all the commotion about Joe Haden, nobody has been talking about Major Wright. Like Haden, he’s a little undersized, but Wright has big hit, big play potential. He’s got great ball hawking skills and can lay the wood better than any little guy out there.

Golden Tate
He may, honestly, not be big enough to make it in the League. If he can manage to make his size work for him, which he hasn’t had to do in college, he could be a great receiver. I could see him playing an Az Hakim/Steve Breston playmaker role for a high-powered offense.

Eric Berry
I know he’s rated in the top three by most draft “experts,” but having watched him multiple times this year, I don’t know how no one is talking about him being the number one or two pick. He’s so f*cking good. He changes games. His mere presence is enough to make offensive coordinators rethink their entire scheme. He’s like Deion Sanders, in that he can literally take away an entire side of the field. I hate Tennessee and I can’t stop gushing about how good he is.

Tim Tebow
I’m sorry. Call me a homer all you want, but let me just make this point. When Tebow was being recruited out of high school, no one thought he would ever be more than a gimmick, system quarterback. His freshman year, he was the difference maker that won the Gators the title. After his freshman year, everyone said all he could do was run over people and that he would never work as a starting quarterback. His sophomore year, he had the single greatest season in the history of college football. After the Ole Miss game, his junior season, everyone said he and the Gators were overrated and their season was done. He made “The Promise” at the post-game press conference and won another national championship. Now, everyone is saying he can’t be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think you know where this is headed. What reason has Tim Tebow ever given us to doubt him? Everyone seems to forget that Tebow has been doubted by all the people who knew everything his whole career. He has constantly and consistently shown that he can do everything that everyone says he can’t. I see no reason he won’t redefine the quarterback position in the NFL. I mean that.

Top 10 Most Overrated Players In The NFL Draft

April 21, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Tony Pike... Overrated

Tony Pike
He is awful. Absolutely awful. He is the reason no NFL coach respects the spread offense. He can’t read defenses, can’t throw deep, his accuracy is a joke and he couldn’t hit a receiver in stride if his life depended on it. He will not make a practice squad two years from now.

Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy is a great defensive tackle and is a solid player in the middle. I like him as an anchor for a 3-4 defense. He’s worthy of a mid-first-round draft pick and I think he will be a solid pro, but top three – top five – he most certainly is not. He’s not a game changer. He’s not a guy that drops your jaw in awe. He’s not a player that will ever, ever, ever remake or redefine a franchise. This young man is not Warren Sapp and anyone who will not have an impact on that scale should not even be considered as a number one overall draft pick – or number two, three, four, five or any other number in single digits.

Joe Haden
I have a bad habit of overrating Gators. Jarvis Moss, Keiwan Ratliff, Reggie Nelson, Rex Grossman, Kenyatta Walker, Dallas Baker…the list goes on. I hope I go the other way with this one. I’ve watched the kid for three years and while I think he’s a very solid player, I just don’t see what all the scouts are drooling over. He’s short, he’s got decent speed, he’s got OK hands and he only gets beat deep some of the time. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think that makes you the best corner in the draft, especially in a draft as loaded with defensive talent as this one.

Sergio Kindle
This rating blows my mind. He was the fifth best player on an OK defense that gave up 37 points in the national championship game. Blows. My. Mind.

Jerry Hughes
I loved this kid until the Fiesta Bowl. Then he got destroyed by a tackle I’ve never heard of and didn’t even have a QB pressure in the game. When you get erased in the biggest game of your life, you don’t deserve to be a first-round pick.

Patrick Robinson
No one from Florida State’s 2009-2010 defense deserves to be selected in the first found of a football draft. No one.

Ryan Mathews
I’m not saying he won’t rush for 1,000 yards next season. I’m not even saying he won’t be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year if the right team picks him. But I guarantee you, in 2014 if someone asks you who Ryan Mathews is, you will have no idea what to say.

Arrelius Benn
He plays for Illinois. He chose to committ to Illinois and then stayed there to play with Juice Williams for three years. If that doesn’t bring into question his decision making, I don’t know what does.

Jimmy Clausen
Let’s just take a look at the Charlie Weis era. In five years, Weis has had two quarterbacks selected in the first round. In that same time, he’s been to three bowl games, won one of them and had a collective record of 35-27, playing annually against stiff competition like Syracuse, Duke Stanford and UCLA. I say that to say this: If the quarterback that actually won games for Charlie Weis couldn’t play in the NFL, why on earth would you think the quarterback that couldn’t win would be able to? Exactly.

Tony Pike
Putting him on this list once wasn’t enough. Did you watch him in the Senior Bowl? He couldn’t perform a five-step drop. It’s a five-step drop! A five-step drop! This is millions of dollars we’re talking about! And it’s a five-step drop!

Top 10 Players In The 2010 NFL Draft

April 20, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Ndamakong Suh
I really don’t care what you have to say about anyone else in this year’s draft, this guy is absolutely the best player available. He is unquestionably the best player in this draft. He’s the most athletic, has the most potential to be great and he can literally change a defense. He could play either the nose or the end in a 3-4 defense and could play nose, DT or end in a 4-3. Most impressively, he would be an impact player at all of those positions. Players like him don’t come around often. Anyone that does not draft him will regret it for years to come. And for anyone who has Gerald McCoy rated above him, slap yourself. Seriously. Slap yourself.

Eric Berry
As much as I love the combine, I judge a player based on what he does on the field, not how well he does in the gym. This kid owned games this year. He single-handedly made the Florida and Alabama games – games. No player for any team has had a presence like he had against those two teams. He’s got the speed and the strength to translate to the next level too.

Sam Bradford
Not only is he the smartest man alive, but he’s still got everything going for him that he had going last year when he would have been the first overall pick. He’s still twice as good as Matt Stafford and he’s still twice as good as Jimmy Clausen. Remember I said that. By the way, it was a shoulder injury. Have you ever heard about a career-ending shoulder injury? No, no you haven’t.

Sean Weatherspoon
If he goes where he’s projected to go (late first round-early second) it will be one of those all-time selections. He’s undersized, but he’s an amazing athlete and his football IQ is off the charts. He’s intense and he’s smart and that’s exactly what you need from a linebacker.

Jermaine Gresham
Unlike Sam Bradford, I think Gresham will get screwed over by his injury. He may even drop into the second round. I think he’ll use it as motivation the way Randy Moss did. I expect big things.

Brandon Graham
I watched him in the Senior Bowl. He was epic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: great players turn it on when it matters. He played for a crappy team and never really got the national media attention he deserved. When the spotlight was on, he brought it and he brought it better than anyone else. I watched his 40 at the combine and I heard his pro day was fantastic. He’s hungry and as long as he stays hungry, he will be great.

Rolando McClain
He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. I mean, a lot of Ray Lewis. He reminds me so much of Ray Lewis that I think he could kill someone and only be convicted of obstruction of justice…I mean…I’m so glad no one will ever quote this article in public or show it to Ray Lewis.

Dez Bryant
Of course this prediction is based on the idea that being screwed by the NC-Double-Assholes made him angry as opposed to lazy.

Terrence Cody
Only player other than Suh and Berry that completely changes a team’s gameplan. I don’t know how draft “experts” have managed to overlook him, but he can be an impact player at the next level. He’s obscenely athletic for his size. Obscenely.

Tim Tebow
I know, I know. I couldn’t help myself. I love him. Please God, do not let the Oakland Raiders pick him. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.

Note: I do not rate offensive lineman. Anyone who has not played or coached offensive lineman should not do so either.

Big Ben & Tiger… That’s All I Missed?

April 20, 2010 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, Other Sports, SRG's Blog

Okay, so I was away for a couple weeks and, as such, missed some really big stories from the world of sports. The biggies were Tigers return to the Masters, where he played quiet well despite his own overblown expectations.

And of course the other big story was that Big Ben Roethlisberger avoided going to the big house when the DA down south decided not to file sexual assault charges. Though he wont be serving any jail time, the Commish is sure to put the smack down on him with a several game suspension next season. Dont be surprised if the Rooneys pull a Santonio with Big Ben. Then again, who would want that kind of baggage?

Sam Bradford Is The Smartest Man Alive!

April 16, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Look at yourselves. You all screamed and hissed when young Samuel Jacob Bradford made the decision to return to the University of Oklahoma for his junior year in college.

“He’s flushing money down the toilet,” you said.
“He just cost himself millions,” you said.

Now look at you. There are three reasons staying in school turned out to be the best thing that could ever have happened to Sam Bradford.

First there’s the money.

In addition to the fact that rookie number one picks have made more money each successive season, the NFL is going into an uncapped year this season. This means that teams can sign as many free agents as they want and pay whatever they like without worrying about going over the cap. This also means teams can offer stupefying amounts of money as signing bonuses and front load, instead of back load, contracts. Sam Bradford’s agent knows this.

Sam Bradford’s agent – Tom Condon, in case you were wondering – also knows that the St. Louis Rams have already released their one-time franchise quarterback Marc Bulger. My guess, is that the Rams already had a deal in place with Bradford, but have yet to lay down the ink.

Second, let’s look at the situation he now finds himself in. Let’s not even talk about the debacle that is the Detroit Lions organization. Yes, they’ve fired Matt Millen, but given the front office’s pedigree for finding, hiring and then sticking with morons, there’s a good chance they hired another idiot who will do his damndest to continue running the franchise into the ground. There’s also the debacle that is the city of Detroit right now. The city has the highest unemployment rate in the country and in December it reached a surreal 50 percent. They also can’t seem to find a mayor who isn’t taken out of office and directly to jail.

At least the Jacksonville Jaguars can dream about moving to LA in two or three years. I can’t imagine a worse job than franchise quarterback for the Detroit Lions. In three years when Matt Stafford is still stinking up the joint and Detroit is picking in the top five for the fifth consecutive season, he’ll ponder this every night before he goes to bed. “Garbage man,” “angel of death,” “rock counter,” “repo man”…

The icing on the cake for Bradford is that he got to spend another year in Norman. There is nothing on earth like being the starting, Heisman-winning, soon-to-be-number-one-draft-pick quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners. Sure, he had to wait a year for his millions. But when do you think the last time Sam Bradford paid for anything was? Do you think there’s a single girl in the state who will tell him no? He’s already got everything a man could ask for. And he didn’t even have to play football last season.

Let this be a lesson to the all kids out there: Stay in school.

The NFL Draft: A New American Holiday

March 26, 2010 by Thomas Gerard  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

One of my favorite sporting events of the year is now less than a month away: the NFL Draft. It is a day where jerseys are turned in for thousand-dollar suits, scores are converted into draft grades, and college football players become multi-millionaires without a fraction of professional experience.

Only football in America could bring such attention to an athletic event where there is no ball, field, score, or sweat (unless you are Brady Quinn). What once was considered an afterthought, the draft has been turned into a year round discussion beginning with the start of the college football season. It is considered a holiday by some diehard football fans.

These days scouts work non-stop to establish the best evaluation on every player in the nation. They know everything from their best 40-time to their bench press reps to their passion for the game. Hell, there is so much time, research, and evaluation of potential draftees that scouts could probably tell you the last time someone had a beer. Players see their stock go up and down more than Kirstie Alley’s weight.

But no matter what team you bleed for every NFL Sunday, fans always take notice of who is available to improve their organization’s chance of success for the upcoming season. And the 2010 NFL Draft has a handful of intriguing prospects:

Ndamukong Suh – Widely considered the best available player in this year’s draft class. Constantly drew double and triple teams at Nebraska. Mel Kiper has said Suh may be the best defensive tackle prospect he has seen in 30 years. But is a DT really worth the financial investment of a #1 overall pick?

Sam Bradford – Could have potentially been chosen over Detroit’s Matthew Stafford as last year’s top pick. However, Bradford decided to return for his junior season at Oklahoma, which turned out to be a nightmare. A terrible shoulder injury required season ending surgery only a few games into the season. He still decided to leave school. His stock went straight down, but is now straight up after arriving at the combine with a much bulkier frame. He is currently the odds-on favorite to become the St. Louis Rams QB of the future with the #1 pick.

C.J. Spiller – The most exciting college football player since USC’s Reggie Bush. This guy can fly in the open field. He is a true game breaker, and should be the first running back taken off the board early in the first round.

Tim Tebow – One of the best college football players of all-time. Not the most talented quarterback in the draft by any means, but has the heart and leadership qualities that have NFL GM’s drooling. It will be interesting to see which team will take a risk and grab him earlier than he should go.

In addition to this year’s collection of talent, the drama has increased even more. No longer will it be on a Saturday afternoon. ESPN has now made it a three day and night affair, starting with the first round on a Thursday April 22nd. The second and third rounds continue on Friday evening, with the remainder of the draft concluding Saturday morning.

When the date finally decides to arrive, all evaluations, player rankings, and mock drafts can be thrown out the window. Because as a GM, player, or fan, you never know which direction teams will head. That is what makes the NFL Draft exciting. It is the reason why I tune in to draft day!

Big Ben Still Not Talking, Probably Never Will

March 25, 2010 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Its going on three weeks since this story broke, and amazingly the Police still havent spoken with Ben Roethlisber. They did, however, rescind their request for a sample of his DNA. And now the woman who filed the complaint against him is reportedly refusing to give a follow up statement to the Police.

But one person who will soon be speaking with the Steelers QB is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Whether Big Ben is innocent or guilty, one thing the commish will certainly convey is his intolerance for players casting the league in a negative light.

Bye Bye Brady

March 15, 2010 by Jayson Pugh  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After just 3 seasons the Cleveland Browns have moved on from the Brady Quinn era. As a player coming out of college, Quinn was supposed to be the quarterback to bring the Browns back into the playoffs. It didn’t go that way.

Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos for a seldom used fullback (Peyton Hillis), and 2 draft picks (a 6th rounder in 2011 and conditional one in 2012). For a player who was touted as the franchise quarterback, this is a small package.

In Denver Quinn is not automatically a starter. He will be going up against Kyle Orton as the team’s starter. Orton, who took over the job last year, played pretty well in starting all 16 games for the Broncos. He led Denver to a 6-2 record to start the season, then went 2-6 the rest of the way. This leaves the Broncos and Quinn looking for the same thing: consistency.

In his short time with Cleveland, Brady had to learn several systems due to the rotating door on the coaches’ office. Now he can start anew with head coach Josh McDaniels who knows how to groom a quarterback as he did in New England with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel.

Mike Holmgren is making good on his promise to change things in Cleveland. Since becoming the Browns GM he has moved the two former starting quarterbacks (Quinn, and Derek Anderson) and will be moving forward with his newest additions, former Panther QB Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, whom Holmgren coached in Seattle.

The Browns will head into this season with questions surrounding their two new QB’s as well as a severe lack in offensive weapons. Holmgren did a good job putting a quality team together in Seattle, but he didn’t have to deal with a mess like the Browns. It’s going to be a wait and see game, but things still don’t bode well.

As for Quinn, this will hopefully breathe new life into his career. He will be able to learn in a new, more stable environment and possibly reach that potential everyone thought he had. Either that, or he’ll end up as the latest in a long list of quarterback busts.

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