Stop with this Smitty 2.0 nonsense, I've heard it for years. David Gettis, Armanti Edwards, some scrub in the 6th round from a D2 school. Every year someone compares a WR with no relevance to Smith, every WR thread is smitty 2.0 (or just feels like it....). There will NEVER be another Steve Smith, so stop with this impossible fantasy and wake up to the real world, we got Smith for only a short time longer, enjoy his magic while it's still here. There is and always will be 1 Steve Smith.
The second story involves Mike Shanahan and Steve Young throwing a football at Raiders owner Al Davis. You probably know that Davis famously fired Shanahan as Raiders coach and refused to pay him the remaining $250,000 of his contract.
Shanahan moved on to take the offensive coordinator job with San Francisco and found himself with an "opportunity" before a 49'ers - Raiders game when Al Davis walked over to the San Francisco side of the field in pre game warm ups.
Myers relays the story that Shanahan told him about how the San Francisco players didn't like the Raiders owner being there.
Myers writes: "Guys, we'll win the game, don't worry about it. Don't let him bother you," Shanahan said. The end of the 49ers' pregame drill took them back to their own 5-yard line. Davis was standing 35 yards away. "Hey, get him out of there," the players said to Shanahan. Shanahan was pissed at Davis for disrupting his pregame routine. And surely he was still pissed at him for not paying him the $250,000. "Now I started thinking. Okay, so we got one more play left," Shanahan said.
Shanahan is telling this story seated behind his desk at Redskins Park. It's a quiet spring day, but suddenly he's animated. On the sideline, Shanahan's face gets red, and it looks like the veins are about to pop out of his neck when he gets mad. Off the field, you rarely see his emotional side. But he had no use for Davis. Davis had embarrassed him by firing him almost without giving him a chance, and during that pregame Shanahan wanted to put a scare into his nemesis. Shanahan came up with the idea of how to send Davis back to his side of the field and needed one of his quarterbacks to be his accomplice. Young said he was more than happy to oblige.
"Throw a go route," Shanahan told Young. "If you happen to hit that guy in the white outfit with the ball, you won't make me mad." The receiver was Jerry Rice. He ran the go route. Shanahan didn't really want to drill Davis. But if it happened, maybe he would never stand on the 49ers' side of the field again. Of course, if he hit Davis, Shanahan would never get his $250,000. Young dropped back to pass. He threw the ball in Davis' direction. Rice, whom Shanahan did not bring into the loop on this little bit of mischief, was running downfield, looking up for the ball. He was not looking at Davis. He didn't see Davis. Shanahan saw the ball. He saw the receiver. He saw Davis. All three were about to occupy the same spot. Shanahan thought Davis saw the ball coming. He did not.
"Oh, my God," Shanahan said. "I wanted to scare him. I didn't want to kill him." The ball and the receiver were closing in on Davis. "Al realizes that the ball and everybody is coming at him about five yards before there is going to be contact," Shanahan said. "I think he's going to be run over. And he dives; he actually dives out of the way. Well, half of our players see what happens, and they are all laughing." Young drilled Davis in the leg.
It was not surprising that he found his target. Young completed 64.3 percent of his passes in his career. "Ten years after this happened, I was walking out of a stadium on a Monday night, and Al came up to me," Young said. "He told me that he knew it was me." Young told Davis that he was ashamed of himself, more so than with anything else he had ever done. He then sent him a letter of apology.
Shanahan is so fired up that he gets out of his seat to finish the story. He loves this story. It was revenge. He explains in great detail Davis diving on the grass at Candlestick Park, getting to his feet, his hair falling down in front of his face. Davis stared him down from 35 yards away and gave him the middle finger."
And to make this Panthers related, Joe Bryant also said something about Cam Newton:
I, like everyone else, have been critical of Panthers QB Cam Newton for his post game remarks. But credit where credit is due. Sunday he seemed to have a better grasp of things. When asked about the physical pounding he's taking from defenders, he shrugged it off with "You're playing Football. It's not ballet." Good answer.
Joe Bryant from Footballguys.com always has some of the best football daily e-mails I've ever read. Hope you enjoyed them.
There's definitely an illuminati, but Cam definitely isn't part of it. Being awesome, independently wealthy, talented at what they do and further african american does not make someone part of the illuminati. He is a declared Christian. If he was part of the BS he wouldn't say anything like Jay-Z and Beyonce who are part of the dark secret society and evil
Like seriously? Who gives a poo? Stop bringing the invisible man in the sky into this. He doesn't exist,0 and while you have limited time on Earth why don't you try to enjoy a cold beer and the remarkable talent of our young QB?
I'm sorry to say that Thomas Davis is in his last days, he's played 9 games in the past two seasons. 3 ACL's is enough. Love his heart and desire to come back, he's a great player both on and off the field. Kuechly if anything will allow Davis to extend his career just a little longer, not forcing him to come back sooner than necessary. Davis if anything, will be the package LB rushing the passer.
With Beason coming off of an Achillies injury it's even better having such a young talent playing on the field until he's ready to go as well. Beason still has his best years ahead of him, a true leader. Beason himself said he would love Kuechly on the team (granted he said the same thing about some of the larger DT's). Regardless who plays MLB and WLB, both will be a force on the field.
We have what many scouts say he is a future Brian Urlacher, an incredibly intelligent instictive player that is one of the best coverage LB's to come out in years, and that's a great asset with the likes of TE's such as Graham, Gonzalez, and the many others infiltrating the NFL. He's going to be quite the talent to watch, and you can bet your ass his name will be called a lot after making a tackle, a true force to be reckoned with.
OG/OT Silatolu at #40
Was slightly confused at first. But after a little research and recognizing the BPA strategy, I was satisfied. Scratch that, I'm estastic at the idea we got an impact player on the offensive line. We have two incredible running backs that will benefit greatly from this guys run blocking ability. Not to mention more protection for Cam. He was highly touted by numerous scouts. Since there was such a run on pass rushers in the 1st round, Silatolu falling to us turned out great. Jeff Otah is inconsistent with his unfortunate plague of injuries, and Byron Bell may or may not get it done as a consistent RT (Bell's job depends on himself, and whether the coaches play Silatolu at OG or RT).
As far as BPA, remember Ryan Kalil in the 2nd round. He's a pro-bowl center. I'm not comparing Silatolu to Kalil, but I am saying BPA has its perks.
I know a lot of you wanted a DT, DE, and CB. Hell I was hoping for that too, but I'm satisfied in the route we took in this draft and trust our coaches/front office. We filled positiions of need and have players that will come in and start.
FOR TLDR PEOPLE:
Kuechly and Silatolu will make an immediate impact to our team, regardless of what you skeptics believe, our front office and coaches are more knowledgable than you on prospects. We have made great picks these past two days and I'm excited for the season.
I'm more hyped about this pick than anyone else we could have chosen. We got an incredible LB crew. With Beason and Davis coming off of ACL injuries (notably Davis' 3rd) we have sured up the LB position. Beason, Kuechly, Anderson will be the future, and our 3-4 packages will be nasty. With others coming off of injuries alone, and our youth gaining experience, our defense will already be that much better.