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Lucky Losers: Take One

Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:16 am
 
It's never too soon to handicap the field for Stanford's Andrew Luck, a slam-dunk as the first pick in next year's draft, so let's get started. Essentially, this season goes this: You lose, and you win. That's right, the lucky loser gets a parting gift, and that gift is Luck, the most promising collegiate quarterback in years. The question, of course, is: Who is the Lucky Loser? Ah, that's why I'm here. Each week I'll rank the field, dissecting the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be last, and let the roll call begin.

5. Cleveland-- That's five straight losses dating back to last season, including two to Cincinnati. The Browns aren't all that bad. In fact, I'll be surprised if they hang around our Bottom Five long. But that season-opening defeat does make you realize how intoxicating Atlanta's offer of five draft choices for Julio Jones was. Cleveland needs playmakers like McDonald's needs hamburger buns ... yet it passed on Jones. Oh, well, it could be another long year, Cleveland, and you know the drill. But look at this way: At least you have a quarterback. Now he needs help.

Next loss: Good news, Browns fans, your team just drew Indianapolis. You may pick up a "Get out of jail" card next Sunday.
 
4. Seattle -- OK, so the Seahawks lost their fifth straight road game, including the playoffs. Big deal. They lost to San Francisco last season, too, yet won the division ... then beat the defending Super Bowl champions. But there is something wrong in Emerald City, and that something is defense. There isn't one. In fact, there hasn't been for some time. Sunday's loss marked the eighth time in the last 10 starts that Seattle hemorrhaged 30 or more points, with opponents averaging 31.4 points in that span. That puts your quarterback at a disadvantage, and Seattle's quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. Check, please.

Next loss: at Pittsburgh
 
3. Tennessee -- When the Titans made Vince Young the third pick of the 2006 draft they waited until the fourth game to swtich quarterbacks, sitting down Kerry Collins and sending Young on to the field. The same scenario could play out here, with Jake Locker getting the call, and maybe it should. There is talent, but without Chris Johnson doing much of anything -- and he had 24 yards rushing the other day -- the Titans are toast. I like Matt Hasselbeck, and he's a solid veteran who can win you games. But he keeps the position warm until Locker is ready. Locker is the future, and at some point, maybe soon, fans won't tolerate another lost season. They'll want a glimpse of the future.

Next loss: Baltimore

2. Kansas City -- This one's a little tough to digest. Eight months ago the Chiefs were a playoff team, coming off a sensational 10-6 season that earned them a division championship. But that was then, and this is now, and now they're in disarray. They just lost safety Eric Berry for the season. They lost tight end Tony Moeaki for the season. They lost to Buffalo ... at home, no less, where they were 7-1 a year ago. And it wasn't just a defeat; it was a blowout. Worse, it was to ...Buffalo. Obviously, they can right themselves quickly because they did a year ago. But there are disturbing signs that make me wonder if that's possible. I already pegged them as a team that would slide. I didn't think it would be this far.

Next loss:: at Detroit

1. INDIANAPOLIS -- Someone asked me if team vice chairman Bill Polian was so brilliant that he chose this year to tank the season. Preposterious. Unthikable. Ridiculous. I mean, they're not down here with Peyton Manning, right? Except they don't have Manning and may not for the season. So where does that put them? At the back of the class, that's where. The Colts aren't just hapless without Manning; they look pretty hopeless, too. Sad, huh? Not if you're interested in the long-term future of the franchise. I see where coach Jim Caldwell said the mistakes they committed vs. Houston are "all correctable". For the long-term health of the franchise, I hope not. If you're going to stink, this is the year to bottom out. Don't just be 5-11 bad or 4-12. Go for the gold. Make it 2-14 or 1-15. Heck, take no chances and pull a Detroit Lions. So you sacrifice a year. You gain a franchise quarterback for the next 10. People tell me the Colts should start looking for another quarterback, and maybe they're right. Start Curtis Painter, and hope for the worst.

Next loss: Cleveland.


























Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take One

Cleveland needs playmakers like McDonald's needs hamburger buns ... 
...but McDonald's doesn't need hamburger buns



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take One

You are an idiot Judge.  Seattle hemorraged 30 points?  Did you follow last weekend?  Ted Ginn went for two touchdown returns in two minutes.  Quit looking at the scoreboard and making your analysis.  You get paid to write this crap.  Do your job and at least look at a highlight reel. The defense looked very good against a good running back behind a good running line.  However, I agree that Seattle will be in the Andrew luck pool.  



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take One

Couldn't agree more!  The defense was impressive and gives this team some hope.  The offense didn't show up until the 3rd quarter and clearly the special teams we're hungover.  But defense?  They were solid.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:22 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take One

I hate the Seahawks, but let's be real, here:  their defense was NOT a problem on Sunday; in fact it was their saving grace.  14 of those points were Ted Ginn returns, and some of those points came off of short field after a Tarvaris Jackson pick.

There may be a larger trend at work, but that's not what was on display this past game, and suggesting defense was the big problem says you just saw the score, and nothing more.


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