Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:33 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 8:39 pm

Wrong Guy Fired In Dallas

Wade Phillips has become the latest scapegoat for Jerry Jones.

Joining a list of names that includes Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.

Despite the fact that Phillips did something the other three failed to do as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Win a playoff game.

Yet, the general manager gets to keep his job.

Name me one other general manager in the NFL who could keep his job after winning just one playoff game in 14 years.

"If we just get the right coach in", Cowboy fans say. "That will solve the problem."

Cowboy fans. I have one question to ask you: How do you plan on that happening? Before you answer that question, let me give you a history lesson. About Jerry Jones and how he runs the Cowboys.

After Jimmy Johnson had left and Barry Switzer came in, news got out that one of the Cowboys had been cut. (I believe it was Alfredo Roberts but that was 16 years ago so my old memory bank could be failing me.) A reporter then asked Switzer what it was about Roberts that he didn't like.

Switzer replied that he had just found out himself that Roberts had been cut. "I guess the general manager made a decision," Switzer said.

This is why the Cowboys won't get the "right coach". Because the right coach won't put up with that.

I hear all the Jerry Jones apologists. "He just wants to win". Of course he wants to win. They all want to win. Even the Fords. I doubt that the Fords go to Lions games wanting to lose. If that was the case, they would have kept John Kitna.

Wade Phillips wants to win too. The fact of the matter though, is, he didn't win. And he was fired because of it.

Why should the general manager be any different?

Just because he is the owner?

Jerry Jones is a great businessman. He has made the Cowboys more profitable than they have ever been before. He has helped pioneer an age in the NFL that has helped it to far and away become the most popular sport in the US.

But, his team has only won one playoff game in 14 years, And he, as owner/general manager has been the one constant in this entire run. Coaches have changed. Quarterbacks have changed. Running backs. Wide receivers. Linemen, DBs. There has been one constant. Jerry Jones making the football decisions.

That's insanity.

Until Jerry Jones steps aside and lets a football man make football decisions, the insanity will continue. You know what they say insanity is, right?

Repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results.

Not letting your football men run your football team while expecting to be in the Super Bowl is insanity.

And, expecting the right coach to take over this team while your owner/general manager is cutting or trading for players without even telling the head coach what he plans to do is also insanity.

That insanity is the biggest reason this Cowboys team is in the mess it is in.
Posted on: January 28, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 3:04 pm

Hater Membership Revoked

Did you hear about the new NASA project in Indianapolis?
Peyton Manning's forehead will be the new landing strip.

Yes, I own a Peyton Manning Hater Club membership card. And yes, it is partly because no matter what the Texans do, they never can seem to find a way to beat him.

But, there were more reasons than just that. A lot had to do with the Peyton apologists. "Peyton would have more rings if his defense was better". I would read that and then go and look at all the scores of the playoff games they lost from 1999-2005 and see that every in every playoff defeat in that time span, the Colts failed to score 20 points. Every defeat! And I'd wonder why it is that year after year, the greatest quarterback of all time failed to score 20 points and yet his defense was blamed for the playoff failures.

Then, I actually despised the Manning fans even more after the Super Bowl win. In that win, Manning had 1 TD and 1 INT and was named Super Bowl MVP. His best play that night was dropping back to pass on 3rd and 8, completing a pass to Rhodes or Addai 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and watching the running back take the ball for 16 YAC to get the first down.

And afterwards we would read about how Tom Brady dinked and dunked his way to championships.

Funny how many players we end up not liking because of the way fans of these players act, isn't it?

If you asked me 5 years ago, who the quarterback of the decade was, I would have said Tom Brady. Really simple, come playoff time, Brady had what it took to get the job done and Peyton was left holding th bag blaming everyone from his "idiot kicker" to "protection issues".

Alas, that was five years ago.

Today? There is not a quarterback playing today, right now at this moment, I would want over Peyton Manning. Forget about it. Peyton has eclipsed them all. It's no longer a question. Brady has regressed ever since the injury and maybe even before then. He might still be having nightmares of how the Giants beat him up in that Super Bowl.

Manning, on the other hand, seems to me at least to have changed into more of a Terminator mindset. He has his mission. And he must complete his mission. That mission is not touchdown passing records. It's not completion percentages or quarterback ratings.

That mission is win the Super Bowl.

I'm not betting against him.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 24, 2009 10:11 am

Facing The Music Takes Guts

It seems the Michael Vick saga will never end. Once again, he is the focus of controversy. This time for receiving the Ed Block Courage Award as voted on by his teammates. PETA has objected, some posters have ridiculed the award and many have legitimate reasons for their displeasure with the news.

I can't ever say I have been in the pro-Vick camp in this entire saga. Some of the statements made by the Vick fans are pretty stupid. Nobody on this earth is "owed" a scend chance. And instead of criticizing Roger Goddell for restrictions on Vick's return, they should have been thanking him for allowing Vick to return at all.

However, Michael Vick has risen above his supporters and taken responsibility for what he did and has tried to make amends. Vick right now is possibly thanking the sports gods for Tiger Woods as he is no longer the focus of all the media stalkers.

But when he was, he gave a seminar on media relations and how to return from disgrace in a humble and grateful manner. Maybe he was coached up. Maybe it was all public relations. Who knows how sincere it really is?

But, let me draw a comparison to something I saw over 10 years ago.

ESPN did an interview with Lawrence Phillips in 1998. At one point, the question was asked: "Is there anything in your upbringing that has predisposed you to violence towards women?" Phillips replied, "awww man" and then stood, removed his microphone and walked out of the interview.

Today, Phillips is serving a prison sentence after a Supreme Court jury back in August found him guilty of seven counts, including assault with great bodily injury; false imprisonment; making a criminal threat; and auto theft. He had beaten up yet another girlfriend.

Just maybe because he never had the guts to face what he was and ran and hid from the tough questions about his personal life.

Now, watch a 2009 interview with Michael Vick. Never has he ever stood up and walked out. And never has he (unlike some of his fans) tried to portray himself as Michael Vick-tim.

It can't be easy living underneath that glare, especially when that glare is ready to gobble you up. Vick has faced it without blinking and has shown more courage than many others whom the media has found a reason to seek blood from.

We can argue til the cows come home whether he deserved a second chance but the fact is he got one. And so far, has made Goddell look smart for giving it to him.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 21, 2009 4:06 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2009 4:11 pm

Replace Childress Now

Sunday night, Minnesota Vikings head ciach Brad Childress attempted toi bench Brett Favre.

Key word? Attempted.

And failed.

How does a head coach fail to bench a player? I do not care if it is Brett Half of the Posters Here Think He is God Favre. Childress is still the coach. Favre is still the player. The coach tells the player what to do and the player does it.

Childress can never tell a player on the Vikings to do anything ever again.

Childress has allowed Favre to neuter him right in front of the team.

Some people are calling for Childress to be fired for daring to bench Brett Those People Think He is God Favre.

No, he shouldn't be fired because he wanted to bench Favre. He should be fired for not being able to do so!
Category: NFL
Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:41 pm

He's Having Fun Out There

5 straight wins.

Don't look now, NFL, but the Tennessee Titans are trying to become the first team in NFL history to start the season 0-6 and make the playoffs. And, right now, I would not be surprised if they finish 10-6 and grab a wild card spot. They are in the thick of it.

And they are a different team with Vince Young at quarterback.

I've been a Vince critic in the past. I thought his rookie year was a bit of a fluke and that he was a great athlete and not a really good quarterback. And I thought his psyche was too fragile for the pressures of playing that position in the NFL. After all, he did basically get so upset when the fans booed him in the 08 opener that he tried to take himself out of the game.

And he was benched last season afterwards. And the Titans had the best record in the AFC withour him.

Sometimes, you got to go to hell before you can get to heaven.

I firmly believe that being benched has made Vince a better quarterback. Mentally. The quarterback position in the NFL is the one that depends more on brains than talent. Poise. Confidence. Attitude. 18 months ago, Vince Young did not have those mental intangibles to survive playing that position. Rumors floated that he wanted to quit even before the game he was booed in.

That has changed for Vince. And being benched helped.

So did just plain growing up.

Vince is still a very young man. Maturity is another element that makes a great quarterback. And we are seeing a much more mature Vince Young. Vince was once mentored by the late Steve McNair. Now, Vince is doing for McNair's children what McNair once did for him. Taking them under his wing. Being a mentor to them now that their father is gone.

Adversity can destroy you or make you better. McNair's death could have really been damaging to Vince. Instead, it has helped him grow up. It appears that he has a better appreciation now for what he has.

After the Titans beat Houston last week, Vince had this to say about the game. "We're having fun out there." And maybe that is what has been the biggest difference for Vince this season. He really is having fun out there.

I hope you keep having fun out there Vince. And, I haven't before but I will now. I'm actually rooting for the guy.
Category: NFL
Tags: Vince Young
Posted on: October 20, 2009 1:43 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2009 1:44 pm

Classless Teams in NFL History

Here we go again!

So, New England scored 59 on the Titans and we get the whining threads about a team running up the score and being classless. So, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and call out some other teams for being classless.

Seems to be that the benchmark for being classless is scoring 50+ points on your opponent. So, the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana and all them had to have been classless for beating the Denver Broncos 55-10 in the Super Bowl. And the Dallas Cowboys and their 52-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in their Super Bowl.

Lets look at the facts here. The Cowboys scored 21 points in the 4th quarter in their win over the Bills. Now, compare that to the Patriots who only scored 14 points in the entire second half, all in the third quarter, in their 59-0 win over the Titans. If the Patriots were classless and running up the score, then that should give us reason to accuse Dallas of being even more classless in that certain instance.

In the case of the 49ers-Broncos Super Bowl, San Francisco scored 28 second half points, 14 in each quarter. That's twice as many as the Patriots scored in the second half of their classless win over the Titans.

And lets not forget those classless Jacksonville Jaguars beating the Miami Dolphins 62-7 in Dan Marino's last game. How dare they do that to Dan Marino?

I'm sure I could go on and on and on. Naming scores of such lopsided outcomes but I think you get the point. Now, it has been mentioned that the Patriots were calling timeouts just before halftime with such a huge lead. And that's classless. Well, all I can say about that is, I wish the Houston Oilers would have been classless in 1993. Maybe they wouldn't have blown a 35-3 lead.

This isn't t-ball. This is the National Football League. There is no such thing as a mercy rule in the NFL. Every single person on that Titans' defense is paid a million or more to do one thing: Keep the opposing offense from scoring. It wasn't Billy B's job to stop his offense from scoring. And the Titans' inability to do what they were paid millions to do does not make the Patriots classless.

If anything, it makes the Titans overpaid.
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 18, 2009 7:26 pm

Real Fantasy Football Top 10

So it is the day and age of fantasy football. Leagues are forming. Drafts will happen and every draft expert has listed their top tens in positions and sleepers and.....

I hate fantasy football. I played it once and found it to be the least enjoyable experience in sports in my entire life. Not because i didn't win but because the people I was playing with were whiny, back biting, manipulative brats. They would have made great team owners in the real world of pro sports.

So, when Rob Toxin makes his fantasy top 10, what I mean is, the top 10 fantasies I'd like to see but probably won't. That's what makes them fantasies.

#1; The Texans sweep the Colts.

#2; Goddell calls Brett the Drama Queen Favre into his office and lets him know: You want to play again? fine. Report to the Jets!

#3: Every wide receiver in the NFL learns that scoring the touchdown is more important than celebrating the touchdown.

#4: Eevry single person elected to the Pro Bowl is actually proud of the achievement and makes it a priority to attend the game.

#5: We can go from September through Februaury without having an NFL player arrested. Really. Is it that hard to just simply obey the freakin' law?

#6: We can go from September through February without an NFL player giving glory to God for the things on the football field. Really. Does God care if you score a touchdown or not?

#7: Somebody walks up to Jerry Jones and tells him what he can do with his $90 pizza.

#8: Michael Crabtree holds out the entire year, enters the 2010 draft, and isn't picked by anybody in the entire draft!

#9: Rob Toxin goes on a reality show and gets to pick which one of the Dallas Cowboys' cheerleaders he gets to .... okay, back to football fantasies before this blog gets banned.

#10: The Texans play the Saints in the Super Bowl.

There are my 10 football fantasies. What's yours?
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 7, 2009 7:47 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2009 7:48 pm

This Crab Can Climb A Tree ... And Stay There

Let me get this straight. A wide receiver wants more money than another wide receiver who was taken before him in the NFL Draft because his advisor (who is related to him) had him first wide receiver to be taken in his mock draft?

Look, Michael Crabtree. Darrius Heyward-Bey was picked before you. He gets more money than you. That's how the 'fair market value' of the NFL Draft pay scale works. And I got news for you. You don't want to re-enter the draft in 2010. Who in their right mind will waste a first-round pick on a guy who has already been proven to be a pain in the butt to get signed? And with no CBA in place in 2010, whacha gonna do if the deal gets done before then and a rookie cap gets slammed on the 2010 Draft?

This is what happens when "family members" (see leeches) get into these kids' heads and start convincing them that they are getting the raw end of the deal. Newsflash Crabtree: You sign your name and you are a millionaire playing a kid's game for a living.

How about you catch a pass in a preseason game before whining about being underpaid?

Is it too early to label him another prima donna wide receiver?

Didn't think so.
Category: NFL
Tags: Crabtree
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