Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran running back Doug Martin. Martin had some great years with the Buccaneers. He bursted onto the scene in 2012 rushing for over 1400 yards and 11 touchdowns. The muscle hamster as a rookie was fucking up the league and it seemed as if he was going to be the next big thing in the NFL. That was until he didn’t want to be the muscle hamster anymore...
Doug Martin basically ended up crying saying he didn’t like that nickname and wanted to be called something else. Wake up call Doug, you don’t get to pick and chose your nickname in sports, it’s just given to you, and then embraced by you. That’s just the way things work. Well, Doug didn’t quite grasp the laws of the sports nickname game, therefore, leading to the downfall of his career.
The next two season were injury ridden, Martin combined to only play in 17 games. In those 17 games he rushed for 950 yards and 3 TD’s not bad, but certainly not what we expected after his monster rookie season. Then, in 2015 he re-emerged as the young star we saw back in his rookie season. He went to his second pro bowl and earned first team all pro honors. The Dougernaut was back after posting another 1400 yard season.
Turns out Doug Martin’s rebirth was fraudulent, he was using PED’s, and was suspended 4 games the following season for it. What a shame, the return to greatness all for it to be realized as a sham. Since then, Martin has been mediocre at best. I mean the Bucs stink and they didn’t even want him, so what does that tell you.
Competent running backs are hard to come by in the NFL, just ask the Seahawks. That’s why I’m confident Martin will land a job somewhere this offseason. I’m sure the Seahawks will give him a look. They seem to sign at least one washed up running back every offseason. The story of Doug ‘the muscle hamster’ Martin is not yet over, at least I don’t think so, and there’s still a slim chance he returns to glory one last time. Until then, let’s reflect on better times.
Bill Polian has made headlines today for saying that former Heisman Trophy winning QB Lamar Jackson should move to WR, siting that Jackson is "too short" to play the quarterback position in the NFL..
What? Too short? The man is 6'3. The average height for NFL quarterback's is just over 6'3. So to Bill Polian, the majority of the QB's in the NFL are too short to be playing their position. Polian has really lost it.
Bill Polian's absurd comments aside, Lamar Jackson should absolutely expect to play QB at the professional level. I think the kid is that good. I understand that players with his skill set are often considered risky and that their game doesn't transition well to the NFL. But it doesn't matter to me when it comes to Jackson, I truly think he is going to adapt.
Lamar Jackson showed growth as a quarterback in each of his three seasons at Louisville, improving his ability as a pocket-passer, and also improving on his accuracy and decision making.
Jackson obviously has unteachable ability with his feet, totaling 50 rushing touchdowns and 4,132 yards in his three seasons. But his arm was nothing to be trifled with either, and as I said, he showed improvement as a passer each season, and finished with a completion % of 57, 9,043 yards, and 69 TD's and only 27 int's.
Is Jackson a risk? Absolutely. As is every QB in this draft. But personally, I truly believe that he will prove to be a starting NFL QB.
The big question after the Super Bowl was why did Malcolm Butler get benched. Days later rumors came out that he was smoking weed, was late to curfew, and got into a dispute with the coaches. Well, Devin McCourty put all those rumors to bed when he said the team knew all week that Butler wasn’t going to play and no one was shocked by the decision. Didn’t seem like Butler knew or Eric Rowe, but who knows, I guess we’ll never know the full truth of the matter. McCourty insisted it wasn’t an off the field character issue that got him benched and that he didn’t want those rumors to deter teams from signing Butler in free agency.
Unfortunately, Butler would’ve been better off if it was an off the field issue that got him benched because the reality is much worse. It didn’t take me long to find why Butler was benched after it was revealed that it wasn’t off the field related. Turns out Belichick actually thought Butler was a detriment to the team and that’s why he was benched. Don’t believe that’s possible? Well, maybe this article will help convince you other wise. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/02/16/one-football-reason-why-malcolm-butler-didnt-play-patriots-super-bowl-lii/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
Pretty compelling stuff, looks like Belichick did have reasoning behind his hypothesis. Unfortunately, the experiment didn’t go as planned, and the hypothesis failed miserably. I don’t care how Butler played, Eric Rowe is never the solution to any problem. Congratulations Bill, you played yourself.
As for Butler, I’m sure he won’t be back in New England next season. Where he lands, I have no idea, although after seeing that article I’d be hesistant to pay him big DB money. If he was able to hit the market last offseason he would’ve been paid top 5 DB money, but now I’m not so sure. Amazing how he went from Super Bowl hero to Super Bowl zero in a few short years.
With NFL Free Agency rapidly approaching, there are many QB questions that will need to be answered. As it stands right now, Kirk Cousins will likely be the most the highest paid quarterback of them all.
Cousins will become a free agent, as long as he isn’t franchise tagged by the Redskins (which he has already said he will file a grievance if that happens), and he will draw attention from a wide range of teams.
Franchises like the Jets, Broncos, Browns, and Vikings are in dire need of a quarterback, and one of Cousins’ talent could take them to the next level.
The Jets have no long-term answer at QB, with all their young draft picks crashing and burning, and their past starters like Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick getting so old that it might not even be worth it to bring them in for one season.
The Jets have talent elsewhere, and while McCown did he best to help this team do much more than they were expected too, but someone like Cousins could help those pieces fall further into place.
Of course, the Jets will probably screw this up, and Cousins will go elsewhere, and Christian Hackenburg will start week one and the Jets will go 3-13.
The Houston Texans have released their longtime inside linebacker, Brian Cushing, after 9-seasons with the team.
Cushing was drafted 15th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, by the Texans, and won the Defensive ROY Award in his first season. However, things have gone south for Cushing in recent years, most notably his 10-game PED suspension this past season.
He failed his first test during his rookie year, and the subsequent suspension brought him negative attention, and almost had his DROY award revoked.
At 30-years old, Cushing should be able to find himself a new home, with many teams in need of help on the defensive side of the ball.
Throughout his 9-year career, Cushing has recorded 664 tackles in 104 games, adding 13.5 sacks, 8 interceptions and 9 forced fumbles. Cusing has earned the reputation as a crazy person, and he demonstrated that during Hard Knocks and his infamous mic'ed up game.
In recent days, AJ McCarron’s name has started to circulate in NFL Free Agency talks, and he has most recently been linked to the Minnesota Vikings.
AJ McCarron will officially become a free agent on March 14th, the first day of the new league year, after spending 4 seasons in Cincinnati with the Bengals. McCarron didn’t see much playing time in Cincy, but his limited game time has been enough for teams around the league to believe there is a chance he has starter potential.
It seems that the Vikings main goal is to resign Case Keenum, and they may also make a run at Kirk Cousins, but it seems that if they truly believe in McCarron, signing him could make the most fiscal sense.
The future of the Vikings QB position is definitely up in the air, but luckily for them, it seems as if they’ll at least end up with someone competent under center, as they look to make another Super Bowl run.
Let’s go! Finally, Johnny Football is gaining some real traction in his NFL comeback dream.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has had a long and hard fall from grace. After being drafted 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL draft, Manziel’s NFL career never took off, due to lack of effort and dedication, and his off the field antics.
However, in my unbiased opinion, Manziel has paid his dues for his past failures, with his name and legacy being dragged through the mud and disgraced, and he has now opened up about realizing his mistakes and attempting to turn it all around.
In his interview with our good friends over on Pardon My Take, he opened up about his struggles with depression and bipolar disorder, and how he used alcohol to self-medicate. While some cynics claim his opening up on Good Morning America and PMT is just a PR stunt to help his “Comeback SZN” gain some steam, but hey, I believe the kid.
To me, Johnny Manziel’s failed NFL career can be boiled down to what he didn’t do, not what he truly couldn’t do. While his skill set is certainly one that has still proven to be difficult to transition to the NFL speed and style of play, I don’t think that we can say with 100% certainty that he wasn’t cut out – physically; mentally, was and still is the question mark surrounding Manziel.
The Browns didn’t give Johnny Football a fair chance to see the field in my opinion, but that ultimately can be attributed to Johnny Football not giving them a chance to help him develop and grow.
Will Manziel make it all the way back from the brink of extinction to the NFL? That, will be the multimillion dollar question folks, but I for one, and hoping that he will.