2014 WEEK 3

With another interesting week both on and off the field, hopefully it leads to an interesting Q&A Wednesday. 

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ssahotch:

Peyton got heat up! :) 

Got his piss hot.

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ssahotch:

Peyton got heat up! :) 

Got his piss hot.

Noting Eighteen: 497

Maybe I’m spoiled. Maybe I have high expectations, but two games in, and another performance where there is almost as many negatives to take away as there’s positives. 

7 drives(minus the final kneel down), That’s not enough.       

If next week is act 3 of the same performance, it’s going to be a long night. 

designingsport:

After getting a strong reaction to my Brady design last spring, thought I’d run up a similar composition feat. Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

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designingsport:

After getting a strong reaction to my Brady design last spring, thought I’d run up a similar composition feat. Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

For those of you football fans that want an NFL story at the opposite end of the Ray Rice spectrum here you go, Devon Still and his story and the battle his little girl is facing. 

To steal a line from my local team, the Carolina Panthers #keeppounding little girl.

bb6cats:
What do you think about the Rice controversy? Terrible, despicable behavior on his part, period. However, he obviously needs help and so does the wife. Do you think he'll ever play again if the 'right' self corrections are made?

It’s a complicated situation. One, I do not see how he avoided jail time.  I don’t care what program/agreement he entered into. Two, I believe the NFL is covering up the truth about when they saw the tape. Three, even if they didn’t see the tape if he admits to hitting her, and you see the first tape of her knocked out body being drug out of the elevator how do you not suspend him indefinitely at that point?  If he denies it or say something else happened, then it’s open for discussion, but if he admits to hitting her, it should be clear.

When something involves the legal system, it’s hard for the NFL to react. Say someone gets suspended at the announcement of an alleged crime, and they are found to be innocent?  That time isn’t in coming back, it’s hard to define fair/unfair in some situations.

I agree that it was horrible on his part and that they both need help and hopefully time/help will allow them to heal. I agree with his wife that it’s a private matter, and it’s unfortunate that everyone including myself has an opinion on it, but that comes with the territory. If he were Ray Rice, Wal-Mart employee XYZ123, and the same thing happened to him, it wouldn’t be national news, everything might have happened the same way, and who knows he might be jail at this point. It’s hard to say how much him being an NFL start contributed to that.

Michael Vick played again, players that were responsible for deaths via drinking and driving played again. I feel there should zero tolerance for certain things, and those are examples of them. I feel that playing in the NFL is a privilege and when you do things, whether planned out in great detail like Vick, or a spur of the moment reaction like Rice, there should be consequences to their actions.

Since those players that have committed similar/worse crimes are playing, then I could see him being reinstated at some point. We don’t know what led up to the punch in the elevator. We don’t know what their argument was about, and while I disagree with him punching a woman, I still find Mike Vick’s actions more deplorable simply because Vick’s actions weren’t a heat of the moment type deal. They were planned, they were for entertainment purposes, it continued for 6 or 7 years. 

That is not me saying that a dog, is more valuable than a woman/human, but the act itself is worse than a punch.

How much of an outrage would this be if it were about Michael Sam and his boyfriend, who is physically smaller than Sam? Would it be met with the same level of outrage?  So again, it’s a complicated situation. If it were two teammates and one knocks one out, how much of a difference is there? Is the Greg Hardy situation and the Ray Mcdonald situation worse because they are larger football players than Ray Rice?  Does the size of the woman play into? Should a punch be a punch (assault), whether it’s against a woman or anyone else? Murder is murder whether it’s against a larger/smaller person. The deeper you get with it the more complicated it can be?  Would it be viewed better or worse had she not been knocked out and they got into a fight where he hit her more and she was hitting him?

There are a lot of questions that can come up. If you throw in hypotheticals, it complicates it even more. 

I can’t say for sure a team will give him a chance. He’s 27, at some point the indefinite suspension might have a time frame attached to it. If he’s reinstated, at that point a team would have to offer him a contract. Robert Kraft is on record saying that the Patriots wouldn’t have an interest in him.  But I remember there being roll calls on what teams might be interested in Vick.  Yet 2 teams have given him the opportunity to play again. 

I believe in 2nd chances, but I’m not sure that means that some people should be allowed to return to the NFL.  Someone could give him a shot.

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A couple of questions from someone that wishes to remain anonymous.

Why did you refer to Andrew Luck as Buffalo Bills and why don’t you mention the Colts by name?

Buffalo Bill comes from "Silence of the Lambs", he simply sounds like Ted Levine in his Buffalo Bill role, or Ted Levine in general. If Luck had a sense of humor, he’d have an audible built around “Put the lotion in the basket”, or “Candy Cane

I guess next time I could call him Lance Sweets from “Bones”, since they resemble each other a bit, well if the actor that plays Sweets, John Francis Daley,  could grow a few inches and pack on 100lbs. 

Why do I not mention Peyton Manning’s former team by name? Simply I don’t want to. Phil Simms, Greg Gumbel, Peter King and a host of others aren’t using the nickname “Redskins” of the NFL team in Washington, so I’m choosing to identify Peyton Manning’s former team as simply, Peyton Manning’s former team, or 18’s former team, or most likely PMFT from here on out. Silly? yes, just having some fun with it.

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peytonmanningisahottie:
How did you feel about the Broncos defense?

I believe it has improved. The first half was much better than the second half  Sunday night and part of that was due to the offense having some issues. 

During the first half, 18’s former team started at the 20 each time due to touchbacks and the 4 scoring drives.  When the offense got off to the slow start with the Holding penalty, 1 yard run, Missed throw, and a DT drop, it se 18’s former team up in prime field position, they drove it down and the ballyhooed QB got smacked in the mouth on the 4th & goal attempt. While the Broncos were able to pick up a first down on that drive, they didn’t really extend it that far and 18’s former team had great field position again. 

To me, using a games worth of stats to attempt to show improvement from year to year is a little lacking, since it’s 16 games vs 1, but maybe after 4-6 weeks the topic can be compared a bit better with a statistical analysis of key metrics like 3rd down conversions, % of 3 & outs caused, turnovers, sacks, etc.

One thing at first glance I was a bit disappointed with was the pass rush. With 18’s former team’s OL supposedly being a weak spot, and the ballyhooed QB holding the ball longer than some QBs I was expecting more QB hits, sacks, pressures. Ware was constantly whipping himself around Costanzo, but their wasn’t much push up the middle which allowed Buffalo Bill to climb the pocket and escape the crash off the corner. 

One thing I did like was how PM’s former team seemed to keep going after the rookie Roby and you can’t blame them, you have to test the young guys, but I did like how he started to make more plays as the game went on, and that he was the guy that defensed the final play on the failed 4th down conversion. 

If the offense would have had a bit more success in the 2nd half, and had the ball not bounced the right way on the onside kick attempt, the game wouldn’t have been as close as it was, even though it wasn’t really that close. It didn’t feel that close, but penalties, drops and missed targets lead to an offense stalling a bit. 

First full game together against a 2013 playoff team, a couple of guys returning from injuries, they played fairly well together for the most part. I would also like to see Jack Del Rio, be a bit more aggressive.

How did you like it?  

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