Saturday, July 20, 2019

Darren Sproles

RB Darren Sproles signed a one year contract with the Eagles. Time is running out on the 36 year old who ranks sixth in all-purpose yards with 19,520. He needs 163 to pass Tim Brown for fifth place.

If he has a good season, he should stick around for another year to try and catch Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Brian Mitchell and Jerry Rice, the all-time leader appear to be out of reach unless he plays for a few more years.

No matter what, he is in select company.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Win Now or Else

The New York media is pointing fingers at Giants QB Eli Manning and saying it's all on his shoulders to get off to a good start this season.

After going 8-24 over the last four seasons, GM Dave Gettleman and Coach Pat Shurmur are on a short leash.

Manning will get replaced by 6th overall pick Daniel Jones if he falters, but Gettleman and Shurmur will be gone if the team doesn't make the playoffs.

There is no room for error.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

He Made His Point

A Kansas City Chiefs fan who pointed a laser at Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game was fined $500 after pleading guilty to disturbing the peace. He was also banned for life from Arrowhead Stadium.

The penalties could have been much worse, but he walked away easy. He didn't even say he was sorry.

His behavior has no place at sporting events. People like him are so selfish in their actions. At least, he was banned for life.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Start The Injuries

Injuries are a part of football. Some teams have already lost players during OTA's. When training camps open over the next week, the stage will be set for more.

Every team will lose at least one player for the season. Some will lose several. Pre-season games become a demolition derby. Some players will make a roster at the expense of others.

The goal for training camp is to get ready for the regular season without losing too many players.

The final toll around the league will be too high, but it happens every year.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Kicking Money Out The Door

Some NFL contracts are getting out of control. The 49er's finally agreed to terms with kicker Robby Gould after threatening him with the franchise tag.

They gave him 4 years/$19 million, with $10.5 million guaranteed for the first two seasons.

Gould has been a great kicker, but those who play the position know how much they live on the edge. It would be a shock if Gould ever collected all of his money.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning were the two top draft picks in the 1998 NFL draft. There was endless discussion of who should go first. The Colts picked Manning with the first selection while the Chargers went with Ryan Leaf.

Manning went on to have a career that will lead him to the Hall of Fame, while Leaf flamed out after a few seasons.

It got worse for Leaf over the years with numerous arrests for drugs and other charges. In 2012, he was arrested in Montana for breaking and entering which violated his previous parole in Texas. He ended up serving two years in prison.

It appears that Leaf has make a miraculous comeback after ESPN announced that they will hire him as a college football analyst. He now has another opportunity to make the most of his life.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

They All Want It

Commissioner Roger Goodell has indicated that he would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the regular season. Although it doesn't expire until the end of the 2020 season, it would be advantageous for everyone.

Players want a quicker route to free agency and a bigger slice of the revenue. Owners want an 18 game regular season. They also want to negotiate new television and media contracts.

It's all about the money. Everyone will also express a concern about player safety.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Ultimate Throw

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is a multi-talented athlete. He had a chance to play professional baseball, but chose the NFL

His arm strength was on full display the other day when he threw a ball out and over the top of Arrowhead Stadium. It landed on the concourse.

Players get an automatic fine for throwing the ball into the stands during a game. Mahomes could bring it to a new level if he did it when trying to get rid of the ball.

Friday, July 12, 2019

They Will Wait For Nick

The Houston Texans plan to go with a GM by committee this season after being unable to pry Nick Caserio from the Pats. It's a little late to get another candidate that they want.

Will they sign Caserio after the end of the 2019 season? Does he want to go to a team that keeps turning over front office people?

There is really no further for him to go with the Pats. He can keep doing his job and hope to win another Super Bowl. It won't happen in Houston.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Albert Haynesworth

When the Pats traded for DL Albert Haynesworth in 2011, it was very controversial. They gave up a 2013 fifth round pick to the Redskins to acquire the very talented player with a lot of baggage.

Haynesworth burst into the NFL as the 15th overall pick by the Titans in 2002. He made two All-Pro and two Pro Bowl teams, but was mired with fines and suspensions due to on-field conduct during games, including stomping on a player.

The Titans cut ties with him after 2008, but it didn't stop the Redskins from giving him a 7 year/$100 million free agent contract. That proved to be a bad decision. Coach Belichick saw the talent and rolled the dice with a trade to get him in 2011.

He never lived up to his potential before the Pats released him in November after a loud confrontation with Coach Pepper Johnson. Tampa Bay signed him for the remainder of 2011 before his career ended.

He stayed under the radar until he suffered brain aneurism in 2014. He resurfaced yesterday with a social media posting announcing that he was suffering from kidney failure and asking for help with a kidney donation.

It remains to be seen what his future holds, but at the age of 38, his body is already broken down.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jared Lorenzen

Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen lost his battle with health the other day at the age of 30. He had been fighting kidney and heart issues as well as a weight problem that had him tipping the scales at 500 pounds.

He was a brilliant quarterback at Kentucky and set many passing records. In spite of his accomplishments, he was undrafted, but signed with the Giants in 2004.

He was a backup to Eli Manning when the Giants beat the Pats in Super Bowl XLII. His career never got off the ground before a short stint with arena football.

His funeral is being paid by players from Kentucky's biggest rival Louisville, including Deion Branch and Chris Redman.

It's very nice gesture of the support by former opponents on the gridiron.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

No Time For Visit

It doesn't look like the Pats will visit the White House for their Super Bowl Championship. With two weeks until training camp, the logistics probably rule it out. Some players are now on other rosters.

I never thought much of the visits. They are a waste of time for everyone involved. It doesn't matter who is president. Players from every sport skip the invite.