I'm pulling for you Byron. I have faith. The guy keeps getting better and better. Jordan Gross talked very highly of him last year and I really think he's going to prove a lot of people wrong.
Although I do think it'll be something like he'll play 2 perfect games and then in the third game he gives up a sack everyone will be saying, "See, I told you he sucked". People love to bring up the times he got beat but not how often he excelled and held the position down. We went 12-4 last year and he was a part of the that team. Give the guy some credit.
I love how everyone's expert opinion on if we'll beat the bucs comes from such solid indicators as the team starts slow, Tampa has our number, we're the Panthers, we should be used to it.
How about this.
They have 35 year old Josh McCown at QB. He's not going to have all those elite receivers he had in Chicago.
The Bucs offense line, despite get Mankins, isn't very good. Mankins has a week to get up to speed with a completly new team. And as much as I hate Bill Belichick he knows when to cut a player. Seems as soon as he cuts them they suddenly get really bad. Remember when they traded Randy Moss to the Vikings and he was cut a few weeks later.
Our defense is going to do nicely against them.
Their defense is good but I think our offense will surprise us. With Stewart we'll be able to run enough for keep them guessing and then it's the Benji and Olsen show.
Jake's is the only jersey I ever bought (if you don't count the one with my name on the back. Yes, I was that guy.)
Did anyone know that the year Jake was cut he was one of if not the highest paid player in the NFL for that year. We had to pay off his contract at about 16 million and then he took the Browns to the cleaners for 7 million. So, he had a round a 1 year, 23 million dollar contract. Not bad for the twilight of his career.
Man, well that was boring as all get out. We got to see great things like Falcon players trying a zip line with their girlfriend. Falcon players swimming at an Aquarium.
Matt Ryan was almost as interesting. He's kinda invisible. Just there. This whole show just makes me hate them more. I'd put our Mafia boss GM up against their Boy Band GM any day. That was just painful. I'm not sure I can keep watching.
Everyone keeps saying that 44 million would set him up for life. Well, guess what? So does the 27 million from Charlotte. Not only will he make more money the first 3 years of our deal vs. the first 3 years of the Pacers offer but he will get the ability to get major payday in 2-3 more years vs. 4-5 more years.
This isn't exactly a big chance he's taking here. Why did Labron only do a 2 year deal? Doesn't he want to be set for life with a long term deal?
Really good article on Barner and what it takes going from college to the pros.
Perhaps the most stunning thing for Barner, besides the inevitable rookie wall, was how much more he was asked to do mentally at the NFL level. While his Oregon meetings with other backs were generally more toned as "Zone left? Zone right? Got it!", the Saturday night quizzes he and his battery mates had last season were far more comprehensive. Barner told me that the expectations regarding reading blitzes, understanding the positions of defenders, and wrapping your arms around the ways in which plays can change on the fly came as a fairly major surprise. If you want to know the 14 things you could or should possibly do when the weakside linebacker moves incrementally just so, taking a few of those quizzes is a good way to start -- and if you're not on the ball in those meetings, you won't get the ball when it's gametime.
"Oh, absolutely -- the rookie wall!," he recalled with a laugh. "For me, it was about Week 7. I was actually sitting in a meeting room, sitting next to DeAngelo, and I said, 'I don't know if I'm going to make it.' And DeAngelo yells out, 'He hit the rookie wall, y'all!' It's just a long season.
He's fixed the D-line. And we drafted Kony so he doesn't have to fix it again in a year or two. It seems that everyone fails to realize is that the way you get good is to draft really good football players.
You don't pass up a really good player (who you have have a 1st round grade on) for an average player (whom you have a 2nd/3rd round grade on) just because you have a need at that position.
Let's just assume the players you draft are worth the grade the team has pegged them at.
You draft Kony who has a first round grade. Next year we get a tackle in the 1st round who has a first round grade. 2 years later we have two first round talents starting on the team.
Now, let's say you pass on Kony and take Moses whom you have a low 2nd/3rd round grade one. Next year you take a DE in the first round who has a 1st round grade. 2 years later we have a pro bowl DE and an average tackle.
Gettlemen has said it over and over and over. When you reach you get burned. I want some better players on the O-line too but not at the expense of having a great team year in and year out. If you don't have to replace guys you reached on in the draft every few years you end up being able to pick great players even if they're not a need because you don't have any needs. This is what the 49's and Seahawks have done. We're doing it too even though we still have needs because in about 2 years we're going to be loaded for bear instead of reaching to plug holes on players we reached on to begin with to "fill a need".
Now, on to Webb. Bears fans opinions mean less than nothing. Webb isn't the worse tackle in the league. Far from it. He's young and improving. Cam is very mobile. We just drafted a RB who excels at picking up the blitz and blocking. He'll be a lot better here than he was in Chicago. Gettlemen has an almost perfect record in getting low cost free agents who play good to great. At the very worst case Gettlemen is doing what he does best. Churning up the bottom of the roaster for depth and diamonds in the rough.
It was a promotional signing for Pepsi and I had a friend who was working in conjunction with the signed and got me in. They had Peppers in the back warehouse with a little table. About 8-9 people (big wigs, etc) signing stuff before he went out to the table by the meat department and did the official signing.
I got a picture signed by him and a life size cardboard cut out the store has that I snagged. He was what you'd think. Quiet and shy. Said very little. Seemed nice.
He's also the biggest human being I ever been that close to. It was hard to believe a guy can be that big and be proportional.