I had some online discussions with folks yesterday about Marshawn Lynch, and how he repeatedly answered reporters at Super Bowl Media day with “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” I was saying that the NFL needs more Marshawn Lynch.
I received responses such as:
this guy is such a tool. When you join the NFL, you represent the NFL, which means your represent the Seahawks. People and kids look up to the players, their idols. And this guys is just an asshole, has been from day one. Great role model.
Let me get this straight: Marshawn Lynch sacrifices his body 16 Sundays a year to generate money for the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks. You know, the NFL, the organization that arbitrarily punishes players for off the field behavior, collectively bargains to make sure the players don’t get one more penny than they “deserve”, and repeatedly hid evidence of the long term effects of concussions.
Now somehow Lynch is the bad guy?
Personally, I think that Marshawn is a great role model. I want my kids looking up to someone who sticks up for himself against an organization like the NFL in the middle of their circus that is the Super Bowl. Honestly, how many ways does Marshawn have to make a statement that will mean something without losing his livelihood he’s worked so hard for?
Kudos to you, Marshawn.
Please just stop grabbing your crotch, ok? That’s one thing I don’t want my kids to emulate.
I used to LOVE watching NFL football. I also enjoy college football, but the speed and precision of the pro game were leaps and bounds more entertaining for me.
The past year has exposed a lot of issues with the NFL. I know that for at least myself, it’s gotten pretty frustrating to watch and follow the league, and I’ve started to giving up on them.
I’ve probably put more thought into this than I should, but I’d like to go through my list of suggestions on how I would fix the league. Some of these will likely end up with blog posts of their own, but I wanted to summarize my overall thoughts.
If I were supreme leader of the National Football League, these are the initiatives I would institute immediately (in no particular order):
- Full time officials
- Permanent cameras trained on each end of the goal lines and all out of bounds lines
- Lights on the line-of-scrimmage sticks that go off when the play clock or game clock goes to zero
- A replay system where every play is watched by the replay official, just as in college. The referee on the field would never go “under the hood”.
- Replay review of penalties, particularly pass interference.
- Stop the clock on first downs, at least in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.
- Better control of the clock by the officials on the field, similar to what is used in the NBA and major conferences in NCAA basketball.
- Fire Roger Goodell
- Create more consistent rules governing player discipline for off the field actions.
I’ll elaborate on these points later with follow up posts going into more detail.
What do you think the NFL can do to improve the game? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
The Dallas Cowboys are set to lose $10 million against the cap over the next two years, while the Redskins are set to lose $36 million. According to ESPN:
During the pre-lockout 2010 season, the collective bargaining agreement expired and the league operated without a salary cap.
According to sources, the Cowboys and Redskins took immediate cap hits during the 2010 season that normally would have been spread out over the length of the contracts, giving them an advantage that other NFL owners found unfair.
Putting all biases aside, this is total B.S. The Cowboys and Redskins both took advantage of the uncapped season and reworked contracts accordingly. Now Goodell is punishing them retroactively for something they did that was not against the rules.
That being said, it makes me smile to see Dan Snyder get screwed out of $36 million in cap space right after he trades away draft picks that are more precious than ever after the latest CBA.
Here are the latest ratings for the NFL season. The Cowboys are in the top 10!
2011 FLD NFL Power Rankings through Week 12
|1. Green Bay Packers (11-0)
|2. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
|3. San Francisco 49ers (9-2)
|4. Houston Texans (8-3)
|5. New England Patriots (8-3)
|6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
|7. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
|8. Chicago Bears (7-4)
|9. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
|10. Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
|11. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
|12. Detroit Lions (7-4)
|13. Denver Broncos (6-5)
|14. Oakland Raiders (7-4)
|15. New York Jets (6-5)
|16. Tennessee Titans (6-5)
|17. New York Giants (6-5)
|18. Miami Dolphins (3-8)
|19. Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)
|20. Arizona Cardinals (4-7)
|21. Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
|22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
|23. San Diego Chargers (4-7)
|24. Buffalo Bills (5-6)
|25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)
|26. Cleveland Browns (4-7)
|27. Washington Redskins (4-7)
|28. Kansas City Chiefs (4-7)
|29. Minnesota Vikings (2-9)
|30. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
|31. St Louis Rams (2-9)
|32. Indianapolis Colts (0-11)
Dez Bryant Scores a Touchdown in the First Quarter
Here are my quick hits from the game:
- Cowboys definitely tried to establish the run early. 6 of the 9 plays on the Cowboys first drive were running plays. Even so, they were never able to establish a solid running game.
- Where is Dez Bryant? Again, he has no impact after the first quarter. I think he is the most talented player on the Cowboys roster, but he just disappears. (OK, I typed this before his big overtime catch to convert on 3rd down and get the Cowboys into field goal range)
- It never felt like the Cowboys were winning. Even when they were up by 10 in the first half, it always felt like they were behind. They just never seemed to be playing very well.
- Sean Lee continues to be a stud. He may not have had any game changing plays, but he led the team in tackles with 10.
- Sensabaugh also has a great game. Second on the team in tackles with 9, and had the big fumble recovery. He’s been better this year than I expected.
- Martellus Bennet had his best game of the season. 3 catches for 31 yards, the most receptions and yards he’s had in a game this season. At least the ball never went off of his facemask into a defender’s arms. What a disappointment.
- Have the Cowboys finally found themselves a kicker? Or is this another Nick Folk? Dan Bailey is now 25/26 for the season on field goals including a game winning 39 yarder in overtime today.
It wasn’t the best game the Cowboys have played, but right now I’ll take a W any way I can get it. I guess I have to pull for the Vince Young led Eagles tonight. Yay.
I’d like to share something I’ve been working on over the last few weeks, and I was finally able to put it all together this weekend. The first edition of the freelance dogs NFL team ratings. I’ll try to go into more detail in a future post, but for now know that the ratings take the following into account:
- The week games were played (A week 1 game counts less than a week 10 game)
- The location of games (Home wins count less than away wins)
- Margin of Victory (capped at 28 points)
According to our ratings, the NFL consists of the Packers, the 49ers, and everyone else. Oh and the Colts REALLY suck.
Check out the ratings after the jump.