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Hail Caesar We Who Are About To Die Salute You


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.

Kansas City ,  Mo,. Brady Quinn (10) of the Cleveland Browns looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. According to reports on March 14, 2010, the Browns traded Quinn to the Denver Broncos for draft picks and Peyton Hillis.  photo appears  courtesy of  Getty Images/ Jamie  Squires ....
Kansas City , Mo,. Brady Quinn (10) of the Cleveland Browns looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. According to reports on March 14, 2010, the Browns traded Quinn to the Denver Broncos for draft picks and Peyton Hillis. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jamie Squires ....

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.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme (17) throws a pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Released last week after seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Delhomme is visiting Thursday, March 11, 201, with the perpetually rebuilding Cleveland Browns, who have been busy this week trying to improve their unstable quarterback situation. Delhomme's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed that the 35-year-old free agent QB is at the Browns' team headquarters in Berea, Ohio.  photo  appears courtesy  of  Associated  Press/ Seth  Wenig  .....
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme (17) throws a pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Released last week after seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Delhomme is visiting Thursday, March 11, 201, with the perpetually rebuilding Cleveland Browns, who have been busy this week trying to improve their unstable quarterback situation. Delhomme's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed that the 35-year-old free agent QB is at the Browns' team headquarters in Berea, Ohio. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Seth Wenig .....

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 !

David Carr seen here as in a Houston Texans' uniform . The player drafted overall #1 by the team in 2002. He has bounced around the NFL having not been able to secure a starting qb position . The 49ers will become the player's fourth NFL franchise in his 8 year NFL career
David Carr seen here in a Houston Texans' uniform . The player drafted overall #1 by the team in 2002. He has bounced around the NFL having not been able to secure a starting qb position . The 49ers will become the player's fourth NFL franchise in his 8 year NFL career . photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Reece Matthews .................

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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Football, Michael Crabtree, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Sports

The Plot Thickens Or Has Stupidity Really Ran Amok ?


It can’t have escaped the most discerning fans of the NFL that there still remains one unsigned draftee of an NFL team. Now we can merely speculate as to what the problem might be concerning the San Francisco 49ers and their unsigned first round draft pick Michael Crabtree.

Courtesy of NFL.com:

Niners’ president wants to meet with Crabtree

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has confirmed a Santa Rosa Press Democrat report that 49ers president Jed York has offered to hold a face-to-face meeting with holdout Michael Crabtree.

York has yet to hear back from the rookie wide receiver or his agent, Eugene Parker.

Crabtree was the 10th overall pick in the April draft and is the only first-round selection without a contract. He caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in two seasons at Texas Tech.

Former  Texas  Tech wide receiver Michael  Crabtree  .  The  player  the  10th pick taken overall in the  first  round  of  the  NFL  Draft  this  year, still  has   yet to  sign  with  the  San  Francisco  49ers.  Negotiations   between  the  two   parties   via  Crabtree's agent   Eugene  Parker  seems to  be  at  an  impasse .   And  as  of late   49ers  vice  president   Jed York   has   yet  to  hear  from the player  or  his agent.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  the  San Francisco  Chronicle    .................
Former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree . The player the 10th pick taken overall in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, still has yet to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. Negotiations between the two parties via Crabtree's agent Eugene Parker seems to be at an impasse . And as of late 49ers vice president Jed York has yet to hear from the player or his agent. picture appears courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle .................

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a good suspense thriller . But in all honesty when it comes to suspense within sports. Then I expect to see it on the field of play during a totally riveting game.And most certainly not by way of an out of control college player who’s yet to play a down in the NFL. Crabtree from what we’ve been led to believe is at an impasse between he and the club over his compensation package. Now I know that when it comes to the first round draft picks . The premium is in the price that one signs a pick to. And while I understand that there’s an allotted slot system as to the amount paid from the first pick on down. Whatever is now taking place between and Crabtree is unwarranted.

The Niners and their hierarchy ought not to be dealing with either Crabtree or his agent Eugene Parker at this juncture. Crabtree forewent that right, the moment he started his holdout ,as to his demands for more money. At this moment in time, it becomes a complete distraction within the organization. And for 49ers’ coach, Mike Singletary , it makes his job somewhat harder. A great deal of time and effort by the coaching and scouting staff had been put into place- with regard to obtaining the player to begin with. Never-mind the fact that upon his arrival at the NFL combine he was ‘allegedly injured’ and refusing to participate in many of the prerequisite drills. If that wasn’t enough of an indicator as to his temperament, character and demeanor. Then they were certainly there for all to see, in his time with Texas Tech. A precocious talent but someone who could be easily distracted by off the field issues with regard to his personality and personal problems.

NFL Draft  Day and  a  proud   Michael Crabtree  stands  alongside  NFL  Commissioner  Roger Goodell .     The  upshot  of   it all   is  that the  player  still  remains  unsigned and is  a  free  agent.   picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/   Phil   Pierce  ...................
NFL Draft Day and a proud Michael Crabtree stands alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . The upshot of it all is that the player still remains unsigned and is a free agent. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Pierce ...................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Executives against a concept of pick protection

By Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports

Two days after San Francisco 49ers team president Jed York opened the door for a détente with unsigned NFL draft pick Michael Crabtree(notes), the standoff still lingers between the team and agent Eugene Parker. And as the clock ticks, the lack of sympathy from the rest of the NFL only becomes more apparent.

On the heels of York’s offer, Yahoo! Sports reached out to highly placed personnel men from seven NFL teams, polling them on whether they’d support the establishment of draft pick protection. Crabtree has become the fourth top-10 pick in the past eight years to hold out into the regular season. Cornerback Quentin Jammer signed with the San Diego Chargers after the team’s week 1 game in 2002. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie didn’t sign with the Minnesota Vikings until Nov. 1 that same year. And quarterback Marcus Russell missed the season opener for the Oakland Raiders in 2007. So a simple question was posed: In light of threats about Crabtree re-entering the draft in 2010, would personnel men be in favor of adopting some form of Major League Baseball’s practice, which awards an additional draft choice to franchises which failed to sign a first- or second-round pick the previous year.

The answer? A resounding no, with all seven men coming out strongly against the idea.

“We shouldn’t become a league that rewards failure,” said one NFC North executive. “Why would I want to end up with a lower pick in [a subsequent] draft because another team couldn’t sign a player? … We’ve had very, very few [holdouts] like Crabtree, and fewer times where a player actually went back into a draft.”

The last first-rounder to sit out an entire season was Kelly Stouffer, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) with the sixth pick in 1987. The former Colorado State quarterback had his rights traded following the season to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent five seasons.

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Year in and year out , once the NFL Draft has taken place . It seems teams take an indeterminate period of time for them to get their picks signed and off into training camp. And with suggestions now being made by many within and outside of the NFL . That there ought to be a rookie salary cap. It does merit the argument that something like this ought to be part of any discussion between the NFLPA(Players’ Association) and the NFL. But with the upcoming collective bargaining agreement about to be a matter of contentious negotiations. Whether or not, this will become a part of any discussion between Roger Goodell and chief union executive DeMaurice Smith, remains to be seen. And one doubts that will be atop of either party’s agenda.

Michael  Crabtree  makes  his  presence  felt   .  One  could  surmise that  the  player  is  now  more   likely  miss  a  fair   part  of   the  NFL  season.   While   there  has  been   little   negotiations  as  of  late   between  the  player  and   the  San  Francisco  49ers.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/  Russell  Cooper  ........................
Michael Crabtree makes his presence felt . One could surmise that the player is now more likely miss a fair part of the NFL season. While there has been little negotiations as of late between the player and the San Francisco 49ers. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Russell Cooper ........................

The inner sanctum of the NFL is so distrustful of the union and it’s also vice versa with regard to union and its feelings towards the NFL hierarchy. Certainly one would like to think that there is some common sense within this sea of uncertainty. But the way that the NFL and the union conducts their business at times does leave a lot to be desired. One would like to think that there’s room for negotiation wherein they can resolve their issues. But with both party’s not prepared to give ground at least on appearance . It’s hard to see a welcoming outcome that would befit all.

At this juncture for the San Francisco 49ers and their dealings with Crabtree and his agent. If they’ve not been able to sign the player before the start of the season . Why would they still want to sign him now with the season already underway ? It is not as if he’s of any benefit to them – having not been at all of the team’s training sessions. At the same time one has to look at what his once supposed potential teammates are thinking of this whole scenario. Is he in-fact a team player or more about himself ?

The thought was that with the acquisition of Crabtree the organization would be back on track make some sort of a showing within the AFC West division. Where the likes of the Arizona Cardinals , the reigning NFC champions alongside the Seattle Seahawks and St Louis Rams make up a division that’s often thought of as the last outpost of the NFL. Seemingly there , but not everyone is enamored with what’s taking place there.

As to the scenario now being played out between the player , his agent and the San Francisco 49ers. One can’t help but feel that this all could have been avoided had the lines of communication really been clear from the beginning. But from where I sit, the whole thing is beyond belief and remarkably stupid. Whether or not one can apportion blame on one side or the other can be determined by what has taken place so far. But for all sense and purpose this has been of the NFL’s making from the outset. It’s just that they’ve failed to take note of what has been happening with regard to NFL rookies and their never-ending demands by way of their salary needs. Somehow, somewhere and at some time in the future they’ll have to say ”….enough is enough !”

What proposals if any would you like to see concerning this matter ? And how best do you feel that it can be resolved ?