I am talking to you the guy who is a hard core NFL fan and is sick of the NFL lockout!
For a few hours it felt fun to talk about football, free agency, and most of all the NFL Draft again. But in the second round of the NFL Draft poof it was all gone. The 8th circuit courts ruled in favor of the owners for a ”stay’ and starting the lockout over.
From what I have been reading this off again, on again, with the courts was expected. Besides it wasn’t like the Lockout was really over, I mean all they did was let them talk to coaches and workout.
But we are coming to a critical place in the timeline for no football in fall. Tomorrow is May 1st and before you know it will be June 1st and then 4th of July and then you will be looking for a fantasy football magazine and it will hit you like a ton of bricks, ‘Lockout’.
This is getting serious! I don’t know about you guys but tomorrow I am calling my cable provider to tell them cancel NFL ticket.
Why should I pay my money for the NFL season that is on hold? You know what is on hold? The people in charge saying, ‘hey let’s come to arrangement before we turn away all our fans”.
The ratings for the NFL draft were down 20%, who is that 20%? Guys who are not hardcore like us. They lost that guy he is gone until he hears the game is on. We’re still here though.
But I don’t know about you but I do not want to wait forever and the courts are fooooorrrrrever.
Three months ago I read a great line in USA Today, it was former Chicago Cub Mark Grace and they asked him about baseballs labor problems in the 90’s.
They asked Mark what changed. What made the money easier to divide amongst players and owners? Mark simply used the analogy of a big money pie and said, "We came to realize there is a lot of pie to be sliced."
So do you think the NFL could realize that if baseball has a pie then football has a money tree? A Great Big, Giant, Money Tree! That Blooms with Zillions of dollars every fall.
But if these idiots keep going like this the money tree is going to be chopped for fire wood. And the NBA is not far behind the NFL.
I guess in the end the only thing that is certain is no matter what we do nothing will change unless we do something.
We all want football but what can we do to get the leagues attention? Tell me what you think we should do down below in DISQUS.
I see the NFL letting the season slip through their hands like sand. It is time to write letters to the NFL and tell them the fans are done.
“As coaches we just want to get to work and get the players in the building and get going forward. Today was a positive day in that regard," he said. "It was nice having the guys in and being able to see some of the guys who are in town.”—
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchaksaid he was disappointed that the stay had been granted.
NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Vikings will be pursuing quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins. Many were left questioning why the Vikings took quarterback Christian Ponder (Florida St) 12th overall in last night’s NFL Draft.
Once Again Michael McCann explains what Judge Susan Nelson’s decision means for the NFL. Read carefully because Commissioner Roger Goodell is not the only one who should be concerned about the future of the NFL.
“We are in a period of uncertainty and that is something you want to remove,” Commissioner Goodell said. “It’s one of the things I don’t think is healthy for the players, the clubs and most importantly our fans. So the sooner we can get rid of that uncertainty the better.”—nfllabor.com Commissioner Roger Goodell on the recent ruling buy Judge Susan Nelson.
NFLPA Executive Director De Maurice Smith was on the “MIKE and MIKE SHOW” on ESPN Radio this morning to talk about Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling yesterday.
De Smith attacked the NFL during the interview going as far as saying,
"Yesterday a court ruled that the league (NFL) broke the law."
After Smith finished the interview on “THE MIKE AND MIKE” they were joined by NFL executive Jeff Pash VP of labor, who responded to the comments by De Smith,
“I think it’s quite a stretch to say that the Judge ruled we broke the law…we intend to comply with court orders”
Pash made it clear that the NFL owners have full intentions to appeal the decision.
However during the De Smith interview Smith accused the NFL of not complying with the ruling.
"We heard from one team that as players walked in the door they were informed that the team told their strength and conditioning coaches to have the day off."
This is not entirely unusual since Judge Susan Nelson did clarify that she would decide Tuesday if she will grant the owners a ‘stay’ (The act of temporarily stopping a judicial proceeding through the order of a court.)
NFL executive Greg Aiello “If a player comes to the facility, he will be treated courteously and with respect,” since the NFL must comply with the ruling.
However NFL.com Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that an unnamed NFL executive said, “ask them to wait until that ruling (the stay),” before the players may resume regular work day routines such as working out.
The ruling for NFL owners to be granted a ‘stay’ will be decided today by Judge Susan Nelson.
Michael McCann is a sports law professor and writer for SI.com. McCann has a great talent for taking the law and simplifying it for the rest of us.
The decision by Judge Nelson to rule on behalf of the NFL players changes everything, the CBA, free agency, and NO restricted free agents (see no.2). Simply the current CBA is possibly void (no.2) and is not in effect with this ruling by Judge Nelson unless an appeal is granted.
If you want to understand what this decision means read the article but if you want the simple version go to number seven.
Nevertheless this is a great article for a little perspective of how much the players have gained with this ruling.
Excitement, uncertainty encompass Hurney, NFL as draft week begins
Peter King SI.com talks about,”The draft, as well as what’s wafting through Marty Hurney’s head this morning, the real story with an important first-round foot, Ryan Mallett shooting himself in his, Bill Parcells parceling out a few draft secrets, a coach and a tornado, another offseason ordeal for Brandon Marshall, and Peter King the Juror. Just another manic Monday.”
“Personally I’m a core football guy, and I am excited about the improvements we made to our core game whether it’s the performance of players throughout the course of a game, or the defensive improvements. We’ve also got a pretty big set of additions to the collision system. I think we significantly moved the needle in game play this year.”—
SI.com The Carolina Panthers have the number one pick overall in the 2011 NFL draft, yet haven’t received a lot of interests by other NFL teams in trading for that pick. Will the Carolina Panthers move down in the draft if they have the opportunity.
This episode of SI.com “Monday Morning Quarterback”, Peter King talks about an emotional visit with NFL Films president Steve Sabol, 10things King learned about the draft this week, and the “NFL Matchup Show” gives some in depth analysis on several draft prospects. My personal favorite topic in the entire piece was how Steve Sabol sold King on Cam Newton being the number #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Although the Seahawks have given Matt Hasselbeck the green light to test free agency; Hasselbeck is leaving the door open for a return. Hasselbeck is also entertaining the idea establishing a relationship as a mentor to a future draft day quarterback selection. And names former Washington quarterback Jake Locker as a possible “guy that’s willing to work and listen.”
While on twitter yesterday I looking for insight on a topic I was working on and came across site called www.nfltraderumors.co. They are doing a twitter mock draft which is something I have never seen before. It looks simply amazing so if your interested they still have plenty of teams open. So can you draft better then a NFL GM?
Why the best QB in the draft is not ready for the NFL
By Cris Benson The Fantasy Football Informer
Cam Newton is soaring in the latest NFL mock drafts and I can’t help but wonder what all these experts see that I don’t. Just this past week I participated in a mock draft with myself and several other tumblr sports bloggers and four of the six selected Newton 1st overall. It leaves me scratching my head wondering what these guys are seeing about Cam Newton that I am missing. But it’s not just those of us who blog for a hobby it is also the NFL beat writers, former players, and coaches turned NFL analyst. What is it about Cam Newton that makes everyone so sure he is the consensus number one first pick of the 2011 NFL draft?
Now if you think I am just anti Cam Newton just because the hype machine has me turned off on him, well you may be right. But there are some things that stand out about Cam that need to be brought front and center.
First Cam played only one full season of division one college
football for Auburn (2010). That is a total of 14 starts in a competitive SEC conference. He did win a NCAA national championship and not to take anything away from Cam was voted the Heisman trophy winner. The problem I have is he only played 14 games and sure he did play at Florida (2007-2008) for two years. But the problem with that is Cam was red shirted his second year and only threw 12 passes total at Florida in those two years.
All of Cam’s college bios list him as having played with three years experience. But his bios rarely talk about the missing year at Blinn Jr College in Texas where Newton won a NJCAA national championship. Newton arrived in Texas In January of 2009 after his red shirt year at Florida.
Feldman Cams former quarterback coach at Blinn and the request he has received from NFL teams to see film of Newton. Feldman now the head coach at Blinn spoke with King about Cam’s leadership and it was obvious he was very fond of that season with Cam. "I heard somebody on the radio the other day talk about his fake smile and how he’s not genuine. That guy is full of s—- with a capital ‘S.’ He doesn’t know Cam!” Feldman continued; “"I was with him day after day, side by side, for a year." But while I am sure Feldman’s experience with Cam have been positive and even encouraging the same cannot be said for Cams time at Florida.
It is great to see that Feldman is so out spoken on Cam’s character but police reports paint a different picture of Cam. While in Florida Newton was arrested and questioned for burglary, larceny, and intimidating a witness. The charges against Newton were dropped on the condition that Newton completed a pretrial diversion program. But due to the arrest and issues of academic cheating and plagiarism Newton would transfer to Blinn to get a fresh start.
But besides Cams past character issue comes the honest assessment; is his mind ready to play NFL football. Keep in mind Cam is a one year wonder and played is simple pass from the shotgun and run if in trouble system. Most of the time he would make questionable decisions to run rather than complete a simple out pass. Newton showed poor judgment trying to force ball in to double and sometimes triple coverage. Newton is a work in progress and needs to either polish or develop several skills.
But it’s clear that most NFL minds seem to believe Newton is the consensus number one pick in the 2011 draft. But is this consensus the overreaction to ProFootball Weekly’s Nolan Nowrocki’s scouting report on Newton. The report which was deemed as racism by former NFL quarterbacks Warren Moon. All the sudden the previous Mock Draft number one picks QB Blaine Gabbert and DT Marcell Dareus were replaced almost overnight by Newton on all mock drafts.
I personally feel very strongly that Marcell Dareus is the best overall pick in this year’s draft. Dareus is a player that can make an immediate impact on the Panthers. Most of all Matt Moore deserves another chance to prove his value to the Panthers as a starting quarterback. But like most things if you do not have a large horn to announce your presence you will never be heard.
The best thing for Cam Newton is a NFL bench. Newton needs to sit and develop in practice reps, study film, and when called on have his chance to shine as a NFL star. But to cast Newton as the necessary overall first pick in the NFL Draft is ridiculous. This does not do him or the NFL any service as he is all but certain to be a first round bust if he takes the field with the pressure to prove his critics wrong. I just hope that Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney and any other GM’s that take Newton as their right now quarterback realize that as Newton goes they’re jobs will go.
The NFL doesn’t need another Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf
story. And Cam Newton deserves to be treated with respect and honesty. Cam Newton doesn’t have to be the first pick overall in the draft to be a future NFL star.
"Mallet has rare ability. The bal jumps off his hand and flies accurately. Mallett is just too talented to ignore and could be the most explosive offensive player the Dolphins have considered since Dan Marino."
Kevin Kolb is "significant enough to make me nervous"
Now may read that and say,’What are you talking about he is a backup’ and your right. That is what one front office source told AM 1500 ESPN (Click here to read) radio that Kolb’s agent wants a ‘significant’ contract for the Eagles back up QB.
"There’s no way I pay him like a proven guy," said a personnel director for an AFC team. "The guy’s a solid prospect," an AFC personnel director said, "but man, watching the tape, I’m trying to see where the guy’s worth a No. 1 selection."
I think if Kolb wants first round draft pick money it will have to the kind of deal that the incoming rookie draft receives after the new CBA is in place.