I’ve run the gamut with Robert.
I watched this guy ball out of control at Baylor and lead an offense that put fear in the hearts of many a college coach.
I watched this guy capture the hearts of a nation, leading the normally sad-sack Redskins to a postseason berth and making people care about Washington for a change.
Then his left leg went all PeeWee Herman on that terrible turf during that playoff game and it went down hill from there.
There was a major down period – which involved RG getting too high on himself, torpedoing his own chances at success by focusing more on his brand than improving himself as quarterback. He decided to be the only talking head postgame, for some reason. He got Mike Shanahan fired by cozying up to the owner. Then Jay Gruden tried to publicly humiliate him on a weekly basis. Once he hit the bench for good, I just wanted him out of town.
Washington gave him the boot and he was waving in the wind like a flag at half mast.
I didn’t care too much about his prospects but hoped he’d get a shot somewhere.
Then I heard he signed with Cleveland, who’d hired Hue Jackson, one of my favorite offensive co-ordinators, as head coach…and I was back on his side again
The Cleveland preseason hit my nostrils with that intoxicating whiff of optimism.
Then he plays in week 1 versus the Philadelphia Eagles and this happens….
Look, I don’t have any personal financial investment in Robert. He’s not on any of my fantasy teams and I didn’t put my life savings on the Browns in Vegas.
But I feel bad for him when he takes punishment like this.
I just want Robert to show some improvement and thrive in Cleveland. I’m not talking Pro Bowl levels of production (with the accompanying puff pieces that make me want to throw up later in the year). Just put up some positive plays, take care of the ball, lead the team, and most importantly, take care of yourself.
His style of play has always been rough and tumble, because he’s relied on his body’s ability to snap back from vicious punishment as if he were made of rubber. But hits from college kids are not the same as hits from Haloti Ngata (and even this Mills guy) and for some reason, Robert just cannot avoid these car-collision types of hits.
Just looking at the video above, I can tell Robert was on his way to the sideline, saw that CB and thought “I can run through this guy.”Next thing you know…his left arm’s of no use to him after a wicked shot from a CB with a lot more pop in him than he expected.
(There was talk that he was pushed but there wasn’t enough momentum from the push to propel him that far…#Forensics)
The thumbs up to his own sideline broke my goddamn heart.
My man…your shoulder is not in one piece right now and you want to take another snap from center?
DO NOT PASS GO.
DO NOT COLLECT $200.
GET OFF THE FIELD.
GO SIT DOWN AND GET AN ASPIRIN!
GET YOUR CALCIUM LEVELS UP.
What bothers me most about RG3 is that he so desperately wants us to know he’s tough..with his military-infused desire to lead and his willingness to put himself in harm’s way so often. NFL culture from the coaches on down rewards those willing to show such toughness but those pats on the shoulder pads and helmets that are so valuable in the moment to RG3 are not going to be there when his arm hurts due to an oncoming rainstorm 15-20 years down the line.
Eventually it’ll sink in to my head that he is who is is and won’t change his ways, even if his ways send him to rehab centers more often than the opponent’s redzone. But part of me, deep down, still holds out hope that he changes for the better out there on the field.
If you don’t like him or any Cleveland Brown receiver, he’s prone to kicking you out the house…no matter the age
Another week, another slew of NFL games that deserve commentary for stuff on and off the field….Let’s dive right in, shall we?
- These Thursday Night games have to go. Week 1 was interesting for a half but since then? Blowouts. Nothing but blowouts. These matchups aren’t competitive! And I know these look cool on paper, being divisional matchups and all but once one team gets up two touchdowns, there are no adjustments made or not enough made..I say they abolish the Thursday night games and go back to how it used to be…Give us our games on Sunday and Monday from Week 1 till Thanksgiving….and then play Thursday games from Thanksgiving on. I don’t need 12 weeks of subpar weeknight football and I don’t want to worry about volatile fantasy football results either …If I wanted to see terrible team sports on weeknight, the Knicks season is forthcoming….
- Should the Niners have kept Alex Smith? Short answer? No. Longer answer? Kaepernick may get a little squirrelly with the ball sometime but Alex Smith couldn’t beat the Packers like Colin did in the playoffs. Smith versus the Seahawk defense? No thank you. Alex looks good with top flight talent around him but if it’s all on his shoulders to move the ball down the field, he’s not capable of getting the job done…Media types? Stop the madness. Just Alex Smith has one good game on national TV, you want to crown him as lord and host?
- Charlotte Lucas of Lucas Oil rants about minorities on her Facebook page…SMH…http://www.theindychannel.com/news/call-6-investigators/charlotte-lucas-facebook-rant-about-minorities-raises-eyebrows
- I watched that Patriot blitzkrieg of the Bengals and I came away more upset at Marvin Lewis’s team. Yes, Belichick had his guys come out with intensity and New England got up quick on Cincinnati but Marvin Lewis HAS to be better prepared for that. He has to know…that to be taken seriously as a contender in the league…to be considered favorites in the AFC North…they had to put the Patriots back on the mat. They had the talent on both sides of the ball and Hue Jackson had some calls at the ready for the Pats and their vaunted secondary. They were running the ball at a decent clip as well but when they had some spots to take shots, the gun backfired…the clip fell out…or their aim was faulty. And I can’t help but keep the blame finger pointed @ Marvin. Personnel (Gresham, ugh…) and gameplan (why no aggressive gameplan from the start on defense?) are two things he’s in charge of and he let Bill Belichick’s team Electric Slide up and down the field…SMH
- The Tennessee Titans have got to be kidding me with that performance versus the Browns. Up 25 and they lost? I thought all the praise for Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego guaranteed the Titans would turn it around in short order but they keep finding ways to lose. That offense should be better and that defense isn’t doing enough even though they’ve got one of the better defensive minds on staff. Oh well…what am I upset about anyway? The division was giftwrapped for Andrew Luck from the beginning so expecting any of the other teams (Houston & Jacksonville included) to be any competition was foolish on my part.
- The Jets haven’t reached pitiful status yet but they surely put up a Patriots vs Kansas City type of performance versus the Chargers Sunday. There are a few problems for them (lack of talent @ WR and in the secondary, spotty QB play and uninspired play-calling) which affect the few things they can do right (defend the run and running the ball..) As we saw this weekend, Mike Vick will NOT be the savior he was in Philadelphia, so Jets fans better hope things get better for them. I can easily see them losing their next 5 games. EASILY. And firing Rex Ryan will not turn this thing around. They might as well let him ride the year out while scouring the waivers and practice squads for talent.
- LOL @ Jim Caldwell’s Lions. How a 3-2 team that has so much going for it can find a way to lose to a Kyle Orton-led Buffalo Bills team is baffling. I know Jim Schwartz laughed his head off @ each missed FG and each injured player limping off the field. We’ll see how Detroit looks going forward…all that talent that’s on paper isn’t on the field like we all thought. Can Caldwell scheme these guys up and get them on the right track?
- Seattle was looking forward to Dallas and mailed that 2nd half in versus Washington but can we get some more praise on Russell Wilson’s (Proud owner in the BTFL!) plate? He doesn’t have the stats of the elite passers of our days but he rarely makes bad throws, can do you dirty in and out of the pocket and has put some plays on film this season that are top ten worthy…Every team that needed a QB and passed on him should hang their heads very low like sweet chariots but we have to admit that the combination of Russell, Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell (the offensive co-ordinator) is a top trio in this league. But keep your eyes to the horizon for Seattle…Marshawn won’t be back because Seattle won’t pay him with Russell deserving a raise. Plus the Seahawks have to let a few other top talents walk in the offseason because they’ve maximized their value with stellar play on the field…Reloading that roster is a concern for next season and beyond. For now, let’s enjoy Russell and what he does for the rest of the season.
- …I’m all for NFL stars getting work after their careers are done but I need these former player commentators that go on network TV or the NFL Network to get some INTENSIVE training behind the scenes. Whatever it takes…public speaking, English classes, speech therapy, an emphasis on diction and pronunciation..SOMETHING. It’s almost like the networks are setting these guys up for failure! So you’re saying I’ve got to get my post game commentary/analysis/highlight breakdowns late on Sunday night from LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Irvin, who are NOTORIOUS for butchering standard English?
I’m almost at a point now when I think back to the days of Emmitt Smith and wonder was he really that bad? (Spoiler: He was..)
- Jacksonville is getting more pub for its pool and its mascot than the product on the field…smh. Blake Bortles and Gus Bradley are a start but they need more and more talent on that roster to be relevant. Byron Leftwich must be rolling over in his grave…
And like the Oregon Ducks chances at winning the National Championship, I’m done…