Forrest Trump. Frontrunners vs. Leaders: Success is as success does?

Tweet Forrest Trump Whatever else anyone wants to say about former Bears and Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, he  knew what he wanted to do.   He arrived in Chicago determined to play the Cover 2 defense, and that’s what the Bears played.  He never adapted to other trends, like the 3-4 defense for example, even as other teams used it effectively.  That makes him wise or foolish depending on one’s point…

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Roger Goodell Can’t Stand Pat(s).

Tweet The No-Huddle Offense Versus the No-offense Muddle Roger Goodell seems unable to face the fact that he can’t save face. Once he gained control of the NFL he attempted to present the league as some sort of sacred organization that stands between immorality and society as a whole. He liked referring to “protecting the shield” as if the corporate logo ranked somewhere near the American flag or the bald…

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Forte’s Back? Not With the Bears.

Tweet The Way the Ball Bounces. The contract between NBA players and owners allows almost every great player numerous chances to jump from one team to another, a fact that causes admiration when a player chases more money, and derision when a player chases a championship. When Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosch decided to join the Miami Heat as a group, virtually guaranteeing themselves a championship, fans reacted…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #1 Washington Redskins: Golf Pants Confidence

Tweet Strength in Numbers? In 2011 the Washington Redskins owned twelve draft picks and used those picks to accumulate the highest score on the After Drafter Clock.  The trouble with the quantity of draft picks  is that it can cause people to confuse quantity with quality.  That quantity versus quality issue defines most of the trouble the Washington organization dealt with since Daniel Snyder  bought the team.  If he was…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #2 Denver Broncos: The Elway of Doing Things

Tweet A New Contender for the Ultimate Football Guy   I previously nominated two men to be the ultimate football guy, both of whom happen to play tight end.  One, Mike Ditka, won championships as a player with the Bears, a player with the Cowboys, an assistant coach with the Cowboys, and as a head coach with the Bears.    The second, Ozzie Newsome, never won a championship as a player,…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #3 Buffalo Bills: The Bills get the goods, not the greats.

Tweet The Ryan’s are still on the defensive.   In 1986, shortly after Chicago won the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles named Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan as their head coach.  Buddy Ryan constantly self-promoting, found it difficult to watch Mike Ditka receive so much credit as the head coach when he, the great Buddy Ryan, actually coached the greatest defense in NFL history.   The Bears won because of Ryan, and anybody who…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #4 Baltimore Ravens: Great Men Out?

Tweet Catching Flacco. In 2011 the Baltimore Ravens drafted eight players, and in 2012 all eight of those players won Super Bowl rings.  Depending on how one looks at it, the Ravens’ draft class of 2011 amounted to a perfect draft.  Everyone they chose played for the team and contributed to a championship.  On the other hand, in 2015 only one of the eight players, defensive back Jimmy Smith from…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #5 San Francisco 49ers Fool’s Gold.

Tweet Supreme Disappointment. On Friday, February 19, 2016 the nation’s conservatives appeared to have a stranglehold on the Supreme Court of the United States.   In almost every case brought before the Supreme Court observers knew the outcome before the hearing began.  The few times the ruling did not go the conservatives way, the ruling on Gay marriage and the decision upholding the legality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)  caused…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #6 Seattle Seahawks Genius vs. Leadership

Tweet For Pete’s Sake, are there any geniuses in the NFL? Genius counts as one of the more misused words in the English language.  In all areas of popular entertainment people tend to apply the word to almost any success story, even when the success amounts to a rather pedestrian accomplishment.  Comedians become comedic geniuses, actors show a genius for creating brilliant performances, songwriters show off their musical genius, and…

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Miller Time was a Happy Hour. Steelers Fans Say Good-bye to Another Great Player.

Tweet Heath Miller Heath Miller retired as the twenty-second best draft pick taken by the Steelers in the Super Bowl era. If he accomplished the same things with any other franchise he would probably be a top ten pick, but when God made great Steelers, He made a lot of them. Actually, if Miller were voted into the Hall of Fame he might make it into the Steelers top ten,…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After. #7 Tennessee Titans Jake Locker: The Ghost of NFL Future?

Tweet Is Roger Goodell Couching the truth? Jake Locker played thirty games over four NFL seasons, before finally managing to establish himself as the Tennessee Titans quarterback of the future. Before the 2015 season started, however, he walked away. Whether he possessed the ability to be a genuine franchise quarterback remained to be seen, but now we’ll never know.  An equally intriguing question is whether Locker was the canary in the coal…

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