Tag:Seneca Wallace
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Always QBing in Philadelphia

Posted by Will Brinson



The Michael Vick/Kevin Kolb saga is the most amazing thing to happen to someone charged with writing a job competition column since Trent Green's spinal cord Jeff Garcia.

That being said, I think Vick's still getting the nod when he's healthy -- the "chubby" and "happy' Andy Reid pointed out (again) that he's got a "beautiful" situation and he does, primarily because Vick and Kolb are besties. (Or "BFF's" if you prefer.)

The Eagles travel to Tennessee for a tough Week 7 matchup, but there's no real reason to use Vick there -- the Titans put tons of pressure on the quarterback, Philly's offensive line is banged up and Vick isn't entirely healthy.

Make him the third quarterback, let Kolb prove himself at a high level again and cruise into the bye, at absolute worst, just one game back of the NFC East division lead.

Following the bye, Reid's decision isn't even that tough, because he's established that Vick is his starter. Once the speedster's healthy, hand him the reigns and let Michael Vick do what Michael Vick do.

Is that a slight to Kolb on Reid's part? Sort of, but not anything that's worse than what happened to him earlier this year. Plus, Kolb's under contract, he's not going to become worse by getting more time to develop, and Vick, regardless of the outcome against Atlanta, gives the Eagles the best chance to win.

Look no further than some of the "big" throws that Kolb made -- his bomb to Jeremy Maclin was fantastic, but it was also underthrown a little bit. Watch the replay and you can see Maclin, who was way past wide open, hesitate a little.

Similar things (wobble much?) could be said for some of the throws he made earlier in the game. That's not to say he's bad by any stretch. It's just that Kolb throws darts, Vick slings lasers and if Vick's healthy, he needs to be Philly's guy.

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Steve Young, in recapping Monday night's game, suggested vaguely that David Garrard's concussion might actually be more of a "concussion," if you know what I'm saying.

If you don't, Young was implying that perhaps Garrad didn't suffer a concussion (in fairness to the Hall of Famer, the contact with his head on the turf was light and Garrard wasn't exactly playing lights out) and that he got yanked for stinking up the joint.

Enter Trent Edwards, who actually kind of inspired the Jaguars' offense for the final two minutes of the first half.

Of course, one Mercedes Lewis fumble later, and Edwards spent the first two minutes of the second half helping put Jacksonville in a worse hole.

Young's skepticism aside, it seems like the injury to Garrard is legit -- on Wednesday, he wasn't at the Jags' practice facility and the team had already signed Todd Bouman for the 4,535th time this season.

Plus, they added Patrick Ramsey to the roster on Wednesday; desperation is clearly in the air.

The only logical move is to roll the dice with Edwards and pray that he does well. If that happens, Jack Del Rio needs to dump about 10,000 pounds of Rophenol in the Jax River and hope everyone forgets about that Garrard extension.

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Colt McCoy "didn't look lost" against the Steelers, which is pretty freaking impressive, considering he's a rookie, he has zero offensive weapons, and Pittsburgh brings the devastating pain on defense.

As such, there's no reason to consider starting anyone else -- McCoy gives the team at least hope for the future, because of his success at Texas and the fact that Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are, combined, probably 80 years old.

Of course, that essentially turns Delhomme into a $7 million paperweight, but it's not like no one saw that coming when Mike Holmgren signed him.

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Matt Moore is the starter in Carolina once again, and, well, it seems pretty obvious that the Panthers are about to rip off a six-game winning streak, right?

Wrong. That's the homer in me talking. Oh, and by the way, I totally took Carolina with my pick this week, like an idiot, again.

So you can probably expect two or three picks from each QB. Unless, you know, Moore wants to do what he did at the end of last year (read: not be terrible), in which case I called it above. ****
Quickly…

- The Chiefs might have lost two straight, but it's totally conceivable that they could still be undefeated. As a result, it's hard not to concede that Todd Haley's done a pretty darn good job managing the Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles combo. Sure, Charles' fantasy owners hate it, because he's not guaranteed monster touches, but it's probably better for him all around.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Top Ten With a Twist: Overpaid players

J. Delhomme is making more than $19 million this year. He's probably not worth it (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I saw a stunning stat on Twitter as the Browns mucked their way to a loss against the Falcons this past Sunday. It had to do with how much money QB Jake Delhomme is pulling in this year. Naturally, the number is ridiculous, as I’ll detail further in the below paragraphs.

But it gave me the idea for the newest edition of Top Ten With a Twist. Who are the most overpaid players in the game today? By overpaid, I mean the players who are either busts or has-beens or guys who simply found an owner who decided that spending tens of millions of dollars on a problem child was the way to go.

I’m not talking about rookies like Sam Bradford. Of course, the first-round NFL draft picks are overpaid, but at this point, I’m not including them on this list (it’d be an entirely new list altogether). Instead, I’m including guys like Delhomme – either guys who have been around the league for a while who are getting a good payday because they were good at one time, or guys who were supposed to be good but haven’t shown it.

Be forewarned: the salaries we’ll discuss might make you a little nauseous. So, pop a Dramamine or two and let’s go.

10. Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Before last season, you’ll recall, Manning signed a seven-year deal worth $106.9 million that pays him an average of about $15 million from 2009 through 2015, and that doesn’t include his endorsement deals. There’s little doubt that Manning is the most important player on the team, but is he really worth the money? I’m not saying Manning isn’t good, because he is a good quarterback. But he’s not an elite top-five kind of guy, and he’s making elite top-five kind of money. For what it’s worth, he currently makes more than his brother, Peyton (and his oldest brother, Cooper, for that matter).

9. Marvin Austin, DT, Tar Heels: OK, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves if we’re talking NFL. But look at the damage Austin – well, the recruitment of Austin – has done already and look how much money it’s cost the people around him. Austin apparently accepted gifts and other improper benefits from agents (the NCAA determined it was worth between $10,000-$13,000). As a result, Austin was kicked off the team Monday and UNC teammates Robert Quinn and Greg Little have been made permanently ineligible, the NCAA has brought up academic violations, coach Butch Davis might get fired, the Tar Heels football program has been set back in a major way, and the school in general has taken a hit to its reputation. That’s quite a bit of money Austin indirectly is costing everybody, and as one of my colleague says, “And he hasn’t even played yet!”

8. Joey Porter, LB, Cardinals: Blame the team in this case instead of the player. The team which gave a 33-year-old LB a three-year deal for $17.5 million which could max out at $24.5 million. Porter was coming off a pretty good season in Miami in 2009, where he recorded nine sacks in 14 games. This year, though, has been a rough one. He’s recorded 16 solo tackles, good for 10th on the team, and he’s only recorded one sack through the team’s first five games. No doubt that Porter has had a standout career, but there’s also little doubt that he’s not the player he once was. He’s still making good bank for it, though.

7. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Perhaps if Jacobs had been signed as a discus hurler, his four-year, $25 million extension that he signed before last season would have made sense. Instead, Jacobs is solely a RB who’s gained 172 yards in the team’s first five games and who’s lost his starting position (for the record, in 2009, his attempts rose from the 2008 season, but his yards gained fell and his touchdowns dropped from 15 to five). Plus, you had the throwing-his-helmet-into-the-crowd incident at the Indianapolis game. The $15 million he was guaranteed doesn’t look so good now.

6. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: We’re not discussing rookies in this list, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about second-year players (or players that are still in college, I suppose). For some reason, the Raiders took him with the seventh pick in the 2009 Draft, and then they blew up the slotting system by awarding him a five-year contract worth $38.25 million ($23.5 million guaranteed). He promptly went out and caught nine passes in 11 games. This year, he’s got 11 catches through five games, so that’s an improvement. Good thing the Raiders took Heyward-Bey instead of, say, Jeremy Maclin.

5. Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs: He was the third overall pick of the 2009 Draft, and while he wasn’t great last year – hell, he wasn’t even decent – he wasn’t the worst bust in the history of the Draft. It could be argued that he wasn’t nearly as bad as Glenn Dorsey, the Chiefs 2008 first-round pick who had tallied exactly two sacks in his first two years. But Dorsey is playing better this year, while Jackson – 38 tackles last year but zero sacks – has been out with a sprained MCL. At this point, he’s a big disappointment.

A. Smith still hasn't won a starting job with Cincinnati (Getty). 4. Andre Smith, OL, Bengals: The one thing I’ll always remember about Smith – aside from the whole running-the-40-shirtless-at-his-pro
-day-only-to-be-mocked-unmercifully
thing – is that after he signed his contract for $21 million on HBO’s Hard Knocks, his agent turned to him and said, “Congratulations. You’re a millionaire now.” Yep, that’s pretty much how he’s acted the past two years in Cincinnati. He’s been overweight, and his work ethic has been questioned. He only played in six games last season, starting one, and he still can’t be used as an every-play offensive lineman. Dennis Roland, who’s much less talented than Smith, has been starting ahead of him.

3. Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs: One good year can get you a big contract, and for proof, look no further than Cassel. In 2008, he led the Patriots to a 11-5 record while completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. After New England QB Tom Brady returned, Cassel signed with the Chiefs for a six-year, $63 million deal with $28 million guaranteed. Not bad for a career backup in the NFL and in college at USC. This year, he’s completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 650 yards (about 162.5 yards per game), four TDs and three INTs. That’s not much production for a guy being paid a lot of money.

2. Albert Haynesworth, NT, Redskins: You thought I was going to put Haynesworth No. 1, didn’t you? While we’ve spent so much time on Haynesworth and the $100 million contract and the tens of millions of dollars of guaranteed money, he’s begun to play better lately (he sat out this past week, though, after the death of his brother). Surely, he’s not worth the money, but considering some thought he could have been released from the Washington squad at this point, the fact he’s still playing is sort of a win. Sort of. Still, it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s made six tackles and recorded exactly zero sacks this season.

1. Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns: Ah, the impetus for this column in the first place. Delhomme, between what the Browns and his former team, the Panthers, are paying him, is making $19.7 million this season. Doesn’t that number just absolutely blow you away? He started the first game of the season but was lost for three games with an ankle injury. Then, he backed up Seneca Wallace against the Falcons on Sunday, replaced him when he went out with an ankle injury and then reinjured his own ankle. He’s likely to be out for a while now. On the year, he’s 33 of 60 for 324 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Not real good. Not a real good return on Cleveland’s money either.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:46 am
 

Report: McCoy to start for Browns

Apparently C. McCoy has been told he will start Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com is reporting that Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy has been told he will start Sunday vs. the Steelers.

In Cleveland’s 20-10 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, Seneca Wallace – who had played well in the place of the injured Jake Delhomme – hurt his ankle while taking a blind-side sack by Falcons DE John Abraham.

Delhomme replaced Wallace, but he reinjured the ankle that had kept him out of action for the three weeks since the season opener. The third quarterback would be McCoy, taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by Cleveland. And if the injuries to Wallace and Delhomme are as severe as they’re being made out to be, this might not be a one-time start for McCoy.

But hey, he should have an easy time against Pittsburgh. The game, after all, is at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger will be returning for his first game of the season. And one of the Browns biggest weapons, RB Peyton Hillis, is injured.

Yep, no problem at all.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 11:43 am
 

Delhomme re-injures ankle; Wallace hurt, too

Posted by Andy Benoit J. Delhomme (US Presswire)

Jake Delhomme was activated Sunday against the Falcons after being out since Week 1 with an ankle injury. When Seneca Wallace, who was the surprise starter that game, got sidelined with a sprained ankle of his own, Delhomme came in off the bench and threw a pair of interceptions. (To be fair, one of Delhomme’s picks was simply a spectacular play by Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann.)

Turns out, Delhomme did not come out of Sunday’s loss unscathed. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the veteran quarterback had his ankle sot up before the game, and that he re-injured that ankle during the game. Delhomme now has a high AND low ankle sprain. Cabot also says that Wallace’s ankle injury could be the “dreaded high sprain”.

Though it’s far too early to say for sure, it’s possible Colt McCoy could start at Pittsburgh next week. Or, if McCoy is as raw as observers say, perhaps it’s possible we’ll see the Browns rely on Josh Cribbs and the wildcat. Really, given the way the Steeler defense has played, does it even matter who takes the snaps?


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Posted on: October 10, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Seneca Wallace out of CLE-ATL game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Browns backup QB Jake Delhomme – who started the season-opener before suffering a concussion – is in the game to begin the second half in place of starter Seneca Wallace, who sustained a leg injury.

Late in the second quarter, Falcons DE John Abraham sacked Wallace from behind and appeared to roll up on his leg. Wallace briefly rose to his feet before taking a seat on the turf. He eventually had to hop off the field on one leg.

Delhomme came in for the final play of the half, and he was back in the game to start the second half.

On the day, Wallace was 11 of 15 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:53 am
 

Seneca Wallace starting over Delhomme for Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

In somewhat shocking news, the Cleveland Browns announced Sunday that Seneca Wallace will start over Jake Delhomme. (And, yes, the level of shock is relative to how interesting you find the quarterback situation in Cleveland.)

Delhomme missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury and was proclaimed the starter earlier this week, although Eric Mangini was fairly weird when he announced the news, saying it wasn't an insult to Seneca to bench him even though he managed to get Cleveland a win, which qualifies somewhere right below "water into wine" on the miracle scale.

What this means is we have an awkward quarterback controversy of the most putrid variety -- it also means that Mike Holmgren has his puppet strings draped all over the place. Wallace is the king of "Holmgren guys" and giving Wallace the nod is a clear indication of who's running the show in Cleveland.

Unless Delhomme's injury is truly hampering him from playing. But in that case, the mid-week decision to proclaim him the starter is an even more embarrassingly unorganized situation.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: The Old Hanging Chad(s)

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .


As late as Monday afternoon, this column had the potential to be BOR-ING. But bless you both, Chad Henne and Buddy Nix, for your beautiful run of incompetence -- Chad Henne decided to get his interception on against the Patriots in a Monday night South Beach slaughtering and Nix shipped Marshawn Lynch out to Seattle on Tuesday afternoon for a fourth round pick, totally changing the landscape of people fighting for jobs in the NFL.

As a result of Monday night's performance, there's all kinds of wild conjecture flying that the Dolphins will consider looking to Tyler Thigpen (you may recall him from mop-up duty last night) or Chad Pennington.

In part, the latter makes sense -- Pennington led the original 'Fins revival a few years ago. The reluctance to bail on Henne stems from the fact that he has "all the tools" (as the old saying goes) and Miami invested a second-rounder in him

And the fact that bailing from Henne, regardless of how robotic some of his throws look, is a knee-jerk mistake.

Look, again, some of his decisions in the pocket were beyond embarrassing, but if you take away the three picks (it's okay, I'm laughing while I write it too), he went 29 of 36 for 302 yards and two teeters, and that's the type of game that will win most of the time.

Now as to why we so willingly yanked out all the mistakes from his line, well, look no further than the special teams issues on Monday night -- when the third branch of your team coughs up 20-plus points, it changes your gameplan entirely. In the case of the Dolphins, it switched them from a run-heavy/run-often team looking to keep the ball out of Tom Brady's hands into a team that was forced to pass more than it wanted to.

Or, as Tony Sparano said, it "puts a lot of stress on the position."

Panic is inevitable in South Beach -- the Dolphins fired their special teams coach within 12 hours of the Pats loss -- and that's okay. But they're 2-2 headed into the bye, just a game (plus tiebreakers) back of the Pats and Jets and firmly in a convoluted playoff race just a quarter of the way into the season.

Giving up on Henne now would be overkill -- especially when games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore after the bye will give them plenty of opportunity to make a move.

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"Beast Mode" should end up starting for the Seahawks -- Julius Jones was released after Seattle acquired Lynch, Leon Washington is best used in situational running and special teams, and Justin Forsett just hasn't looked like a feature back.

As has been bandied about many a time between Andy and I, Lynch isn't exactly an elite running back. But he does possess some traits -- most notably an ability to actually be physical when running -- that the rest of the Seattle backs just don't have. Add in Pete Carroll's disappointment with the running game following the loss to the Rams, a bye week to prep Marshawn for the team's system and there's no reason to think he couldn't garner the majority of carries right off the bat.

The fascinating subplot of this job fight is that Lynch was in Forsett's wedding recently -- the two were roommates at Cal, which means it should at least be congenial.

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Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb just WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE. Stupid Vick had to go and get his stupid ribs stuck in between two stupid Redskins on a stupid run near the stupid goal line (why yes, I do own him in like four fantasy leagues, why do you ask?) and now Kolb takes the reigns as starter.

Again.

The Eagles get the 49ers on national television this week and then get a bye, so it's unlikely that Kolb could perform so well in two weeks to warrant Andy Reid changing starters for the rest of the season. But I'm fairly certain I've said that like twelve times this season already.

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Jake Delhomme is healthy which means we can just move on past that whole Mini-Seneca Wallace Era that featured a win and ... oh, I see. We can't move on? There's some sort of controversy in Cleveland? NO!

Okay, there's not a controversy, per se, but Eric Mangini did say that starting Delhomme wasn't "a knock on Seneca" because he'd, after all, "decreased the amount of turnovers the last couple of games." Translated from Coach on the Hot Seat Speak, that means that if Jake throws more than one interception in the first half next week, he's getting yanked.

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Cadillac Williams actually acknowledged that he might not be Tampa Bay's feature back for much longer; presumably that means that LeGarrette Blount makes a play for the starter's role, which, by the way, is bat-s insane.

And also just kind of gross from a karma perspective, considering that it should definitely be Stafon Johnson starting somewhere. But whatever -- Cadillac has been awful this year, and if he can't average more than three yards per carry, you certainly can't blame the Bucs for putting some fresher legs in there.

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Ryan Torain could be stealing a job, too. Clinton Portis, always a charming interview, hopped on the radio Tuesday and gave Mike Wise an on-air scoop (yes, the same one, irony alert, thanks) when he told him that he didn't think he'd play this week.

Torain's been a better runner, a more physical runner, is healthier, doesn't fall down randomly when running in the middle of the open field, has fresher legs and has more to prove. Plus, this is Mike Shanahan we're talking about -- it wouldn't be appropriate for him not to have a random dude come storming up from the practice squad to rush for 1,000 yards in his system.

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Quickly ...

- Forgot to mention the Bills whole RB situation, but the presumptive notion has to be that Fred Jackson will see some carries and C.J. Spiller will get a much-increased role.

- The Jags dumped Todd Bouman which means Trent Edwards gets promoted which means that David Garrard slightly thinner ice than Jack Del Rio.

- Darren McFadden, who's been pretty daggum good this year, could miss Week 5. If he does, Michael Bush gets to really make a power play for the starter job in Oakland (although they'll still split carries when McFadden's healthy); Bush looked better against Houston and was considered a distinct possibility to begin the season as starter before a hand injury.

- Poor Garrett Hartley. That's like having your dad beat you in basketball. When you're 29.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Delhomme looking to start Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Seneca Wallace’s reign as the Browns QB could end this week. That’s the feeling of Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer after the media spoke to Cleveland coach Eric Mangini today.
Delhomme
"He should practice on Wednesday,” Mangini said. "I thought we had a really good chance [against the Bengals]. I want to see with a bigger load how he responds. That's where we are on Monday. Hopefully we'll be saying the same thing on Thursday."

Still, Wallace played well in Delhomme’s absence. He nearly led the Browns to an upset against Baltimore two weeks ago, and of course, he helped beat the Bengals on Sunday.

"He's gotten more and more comfortable running the offense," said Mangini. "And I don't want anybody to think that by putting Jake in this is some knock on Seneca. I think Seneca has done a great job. And he's played well and he's played well against really tough defenses and I have no problem with him starting [and] playing."

Wallace Just for comparison’s sake, here’s how Delhomme (one game) and Wallace (three games) compare this year.

Delhomme has completed 54.1 percent of his passes for 227 yards, one TD and two INTs. Wallace has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 554 yards (185 yards per game), three TDs and two INTs.

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