Hail Caesar We Who Are About To Die Salute You ….
For the life of me I can never understand it ! The pundits make their asinine claims anoint players who’ve never ‘ran a down’ , ‘tackled an opposing player’ or ‘passed a ball’ in the NFL . But yet they’re anointed playmakers or the ‘future face’ of a franchise. Such asinine statements, albeit, that this is just one person’s point of view, does seem to weigh heavily by some of the predictions being made not only the bloggers I’ve read recently, preceding the upcoming NFL Draft . But many of them seem to be basing their projections solely by what they’ve either heard by just listening to the tv pundits on television. If the likes of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay were really that good. Then they would be indeed holding down a position within the ‘front office’ of any one of the ’32 NFL franchises’ around the league . But that is most definitely not the case ! Instead they make their living proffering up opinions, for which they’re both highly paid by ESPN . Makes me kind of glad that they’re not offering financial stock tips or any other type of financial advice. It’s bad enough as it is seeing the likes of Tim Geithner , Larry Summers and Ben Bernanke offering advice on the US economy . And they’re meant to be professionals.
Perhaps it was me but I seem to remember the proclamations that were being made about Brady Quinn as a quarterback while he was at Notre Dame . What was it that the pundits were seeing that clearly made them think that Quinn was about to become a prodigious talent within the NFL ? I mean for God’s sake, under Charlie Weis’ tutelage , the guy has hardly advanced wherein , you’d even now deem him an ‘average quarterback’ in the NFL . The player has failed miserably while with the Cleveland Browns and with a hapless coach such as Eric Mangini , in his first year as the team’s coach , last season. Quinn fared no better, as he and Derek Anderson shared the signal calling duties. If there was a more ‘inept duo of quarterbacks’ within the NFL last season , then I certainly must’ve missed seeing them. Because this duo not only performed abysmally but they brought a whole new meaning and standard in ineptitude to the game, with their poor play.
And now with the Browns having traded Quinn to the Denver Broncos , where he’s meant to challenge Kyle Orton > for the starting position on the AFC West division team . One wonders what the thought process was within the Broncos’ front office and the thinking with Broncos’ coach Josh McDaniels and GM Brian Xanders ? Now we know that McDaniels was of great assistance to Tom Brady while he part of the Patriots’ coaching staff under Bill Belichick . But I’m not naive enough to think that McDaniels is about to turn Quinn into a world beater . He may well be good but not that damn good ! & Somehow , I don’t see the Broncos faring much better than their 8-8 record reflected from last season ! The division remains the San Diego Chargers to lose , should they decide on imploding. Or heavens forbid , should the unthinkable d happen and the Oakland Raiders see fit to actually become competitive under Tom Cable’s lackluster coaching skills. Never mind the fact that they’ve still got the ungainly JaMarcus Russell as the team’s quarterback. One would’ve thought by now that Raiders’ quarteraback’s coach Paul Hackett would’ve given up on a lost cause ? But apparently not , as he still plods away trying to teach the player , the simplest nuances of the game.
Now as much I’ve admired Mike Holmgren as a coach and in particular his years with the Green Bay Packers. I’ve now got to question his notion that in acquiring Jake Delhomme as the Browns’ new quarterback. As team President & Head of Player Personnel , he is now in charge of all roster decisions as it concerns the team. And for Delhomme in the declining years of what been a moderate NFL career. I for one don’t view him as someone who can lead the Browns to success that their long suffering fans have yearned for , for years. It has been bad enough that over the past decade they’ve made only one postseason NFL appearance. But now they’ll have to view a less than fleet footed and accurate passer , seemingly lead this ‘team’ against the might of the AFC North as well as the rest of the NFL ?
For Holmgren to stake his career on Delhomme is tantamount to career suicide at this juncture. I can only surmise that Dr Jack Kevorkian will be on hand to administer that lethal dose of morphine as and when ready , once the Browns’ season starts to head south ! For Delhomme however, every cloud has a silver lining as he will become the highest paid player in the NFL for 2010-11 season. Having been ‘cut’ by the Carolina Panthers . The player was still owed $12 million for the season and having signed a two year $14 million contract with the Browns at $7 million per season . That equates to $19 million guaranteed right out of the box without Delhomme having played for his new team. Kind of makes you wonder how he’ll spend his time counting it all, doesn’t it ? There’s a saying that…”there’s a sucker born every minute”. I think that with the Browns “the suckers” have been in existence there for eons !
How is it that someone like David Carr can bounce around the NFL and get paid handsomely, for simply doing nothing ? At least the ‘corporate blowholes’ who wrecked AIG and Citigroup were actually reeking havoc on not only the companies under their custody but the whole entire god-damn US economy. Carr , now being given the chance will more likely than not , ruin the San Francisco 49ers and whatever legitimacy some may well felt about Mike Singletary being a decent coach. The player has been signed by the team as a backup to starting QB Alex Smith . Oh my God, is the one and same Alex Smith that has struggled to acclimatize himself in the NFL , after departing from Utah ? Well I never, wonders will never cease. And there were those who prescribed to the fact that the now departed Niner, Shaun Hill was the better quarterback of the two ? Well, I suppose that’d be dependent upon what you were judging their abilities against ? There are only so many ways you can skin a cat and there are only so many ways to try and sort bulls_it from cow dung . At the end of the day we all know that the smell emanating from both tends to be the same. It’s just a matter , as to whether or not you’re amenable to a certain type aroma , isn’t it ? But it shouldn’t really matter because in the NFC West , the cream will rise to the top and the sediment in the form of the crap, will still remain at the bottom of the barrel , as far as the division goes !
We’re often told that the NFL quarterback is very much like a gladiator on the field of battle or a Praetorian guard in the Roman legion. By the maneuvers that have been taking place as of late within the NFL. The quarterbacks mentioned are nowhere near as menacing, as those famed ancient warriors we’ve read about or having seen on film. These guys are more inclined to make you think of them as being nothing more than a passing resemblance of a make belief soldier. The problem is , they’re being financially rewarded at great expense of their respective teams and the credibility of the coaches and general managers. But as I’ve stated in the title we can view them as the gladiators and can surmise that they too live by the credo ” ………..Hail Caesar We Are Who About To Die Salute You “
Alan Parkins aka tophatal
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