Good news Cowboy fans, Ezekiel Elliott will avoid suspension until his case is heard in court. This means Ezekiel Elliott will probably be able to play the entire season unless by some minor miracle the US court system does something quickly for the first time ever. Essentially, this is what Tom Brady did when he was suspended for deflating footballs back in 2015. It allowed him to play all of the 2015 season, however he still ended up having to serve his suspension the following year. All Ezekiel Elliott is doing is postponing the inevitable. I guess this is the right course of action, especially if he's actually innocent, but judging by what happened last time, Elliott won't get off scotch free.
The Cowboys must be going for it this year if they don't want to lose Zeke this badly. I mean Dak and Zeke are going to be better players next year, barring any collapse in talent, so why not just take it on the chin now, and next year when both players are a little more experienced and ready for a championship run have the whole band together. Instead, Elliott will miss 6 games next season, effecting the chances of the Cowboys making the playoffs drastically. I guess it's not really the Cowboys decision, it's the NFLPA's and Elliott's, however I'm sure Jerry Jones could've made things happen if he wanted to. What am I saying, Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl every year, so he definitley wants Elliott to play this year despite the fact he'll just end up having to serve the suspension next year. Jerry wants another ring ASAP, in his head he thinks that's happening this year, I guess clueless to the fact that he has no defense.
I don't know if Zeke is actually guilty or not, no one really does, besides him and the female involved, obviously. The thing I don't get is why we have the commissioner make these rulings, which he was given full power to do so by the players when they agreed to the CBA, if the players can just bring it to court every time, and drag the whole thing out for months if not years. Honestly, it's total bullshit in my opinion, the US court system shouldn't even waste their time hearing these cases. Nonsense that they have to, but that's the nature of the situation. I'm glad Zeke is playing because now I won't hear the excuses that Zeke missed games and that's why the Cowboys didn't win the division. You're lucky Cowboy fans, Zeke is free for now, that still isn't going to save you from the can of whoop-ass the Giants are going to unleash on you Sunday night.
Football season is back and oh boy did the season opener not disappoint. What looked like an early Patriots blowout, turned into a game of back forth scores, until the Chiefs took over the game in the 4th quarter. The Patriots were moving the ball early and often, they scored on their opening drive, something they've become notorious for doing. Then, on the Chiefs first play from scrimmage rookie running back Kareem Hunt fumbles the ball and the Pats recover. Mind you that this guy had over 800 carries in college, never fumbled once. Patriots were drooling over their wounded opponent ready to go for the early kill. Tom Brady threw what looked like a TD pass to Gronk, but after further review it was ruled a drop, and the Patriots had to settle for a field goal. Big break for the Chiefs, ultimately what I believe stopped them from being totally massacred in this game.
After that the Chiefs offense got rolling, Kareem Hunt settled in, and ended up having the best debut possible. Alex Smith, who has been a glorified game manager most of his career, looked like an absolute stud, and his weapons aka Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce looked phenomenal. The Chiefs offense was giving the Patriots defense all sorts of trouble. Early on it wasn't too bad, then Donta Hightower went down with an injury, and the Chiefs basically did whatever they wanted offensively from there on out. Kareem Hunt, who was playing his first ever game ran for 150 yards, tacked on 100 reciving yards to go with it, and 3 touchdowns. Talk about a good first impression. His night might've started off shitty with a fumble on his first carry, but boy did he make up for it in a big way. This guy was making defenders miss constantly, as it turns out the Chiefs might actually have something with this guy. Either Hunt is the real deal or the Patriots defense is just atrocious.
Honestly, I'd lean more towards the Patriots defense being atrocious. The pass rush was basically non existent. I believe they had 3 sacks on the night, although that would be giving the pass rush too much credit, on one of the plays Alex Smith just kinda fell on his own, and they just touched him down. Trey Flowers did have one or two good rushes, but that was about it. Other than that Alex Smith had ample time to find open receivers and he did it with ease. Smith had an awesome night completing 80% of his passes, throwing for over 300 yards, and throwing for 2 touchdowns. I expected the Patriots secondary to be a lot better, there was a few blown coverages, but they also can't guard their men for 6-8 seconds every snap, and that's on the pass rush. Patriots defense needs to improve drastically or it's going to be a rough season for them, something that fan base is certainly not accustomed to.
The offense will be just fine, Danny Amendola going down was a big loss, however I'm sure he'll be back on the field in no time. His presence, especially since Julian Edelman is out for the season is huge, Brady needs that security blanket, and Amendola was just that reeling in 6 catches for 100 yards before going down with a concussion. Gronk looked very mediocre, he wasn't creating much separation, he wasn't making the big plays down the field, and he was a non factor in the red zone. I'm sure that'll change as the season goes on, however if he doesn't return to the Gronk of the past the Pats might actually be in trouble. Brady will be just fine for all those people overreacting. He was throwing a nice ball last night, the Chiefs defense just had a great scheme going, and their secondary is filled with talent. Offense is nothing to worry about going forward, the health of Amendola, and the production of Gronk might be concerns, but as long as TB12 is under center the Patriots will be able to produce points.
Chiefs just out played the Patriots and Andy Reid out coached Bill Belichick. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen, and last night was the purest example of that. Usually Belichick goes into halftime, makes the necessary adjustments, and squashes teams in the second half. Well, this time it was Andy Reid that did that to Belichick. Week 1 of the NFL season is always an anamoly, don't read too much into the nonsense you'll see today. Wait until week 2 or 3 before you start panicking Patriot fans and as for you Chief fans I wouldn't get too far ahead of youselves just yet, remember, it's a long season.
The Browns #1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft might be out for week 1 against the Steelers due to a sprained ankle. Today at practice Garrett tweaked his ankle and now it looks as if he might miss the first game of the season. Does it ever get better for these poor Browns fans? They already have next to nothing to look forward to, they've accepted the fact that they're going to have their 100th losing season in a row, however they were looking forward to watching their young star show what he's capable of. Now, that might even get taken away from them. What a miserable team to root for. Honestly, if I'm a member of the Browns organization I sit out Myles Garrett for week 1. What's the point of sending him out there if he's not at full strength. It's a situation that can only end badly.
Best case scenario, Myles Garrett says he feels fine, but clearly isn't at 100% because his ankle can't just magically heal in 3 days. He goes out has a solid effort, does what he is supposed to, and doesn't get hurt. That would be the ideal situation for Brown fans. Now, let's look at the worst case scenario. Garrett plays on the bum ankle, injures it even more, and has to miss more time cutting into valuable developmental time early in his young career. Another scenario that can play out is he plays on the bum ankle, continues to re-aggravate it to the point where he can still play on it, but it slows down the healing process. Then, his production isn't what it's supposed to be because he's playing through an injury, and now he's hurting his own confidence as a football player and the fans along with the local media get the bust talk rolling. Let's be honest, it's only going to take a few bad games for bust talk to start gaining traction in Cleveland. That franchises fan base is so accustomed to let downs and bad breaks that they probably have already prepared themselves and are anticipating him to be the next great bust.
There's few reasons to play Garrett and a whole lot of reasons not to, so I hope the Browns make the right decision. Knowing them though, they'll play Garrett anyways because they need something to use as a selling point to draw a crowd, although I feel like their fan base is loyal enough and smart enough to know rushing him onto the field is the wrong move. We'll just have to wait and see what the Browns decide to do. Then, I can rip into them after they make their next awful decision hurting the franchise in typical Browns fashion. If they end up by some miracle doing the right thing, that'll be a great sign for Brown fans because it'll mean the culture is finally changing in Cleveland. Let's not get ahead of ourselves now, so let's just wait and see.
Georgia Tech and Tennessee put on a show last night to close out the opening weekend of the college football season. A game many thought would be pedestrian at best, turned out to be a classic that'll be looked backed on all season as one of the best games. The Georgia Tech triple option took on an SEC power in Tennessee, so many thought the tough SEC team would sniff that BS option out right away, and run away with the game. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. It was actually Georgia Tech that would control the majority of this game putting Butch Jones on the hot seat right of the bat, as his "this is our year" Tennessee team was about to ruin all expectations of the season in the first game.
The triple option is nothing to be played with, I thought a tough SEC defense would eat it right up, however when it's run to perfection like the Yellow Jackets were doing last night, it's almost impossible to stop. Video game numbers were being put up, TaQuon Marshall, the QB of the Yellow Jackets, rushed for 249 yards, and scored 5 touchdowns. Like I said, video game numbers. The Georgia Tech offense as a whole rushed for over 500 yards, I didn't even think that was possible prior to last night. They controlled the clock, they controlled the tempo, they basically dominated the game in every facet, yet somehow they were unable to put Tennessee away.
All Tennessee needed ways a few breaks to go their way, and that's exactly what happened. More than a few breaks went their way actually, Georgia Tech had not one, but two crucial fumbles in the game on drives that would've resulted in points, a missed field goal, a turnover on downs, and the Tennessee volunteers found themselves within striking distance. They were down 14 points, 28-14 was the score, it was early in the 4th quarter, and Quinten Dormady connected on a 50 yard bomb to Marquez Callaway for a touchdown to bring the Vols to within one touchdown.
The Volunteers offense relied on big plays to open things up for their offense. Dormady was doing a solid job managing the game, although you could tell he was being ultra conservative, so for Callaway to go up and make plays for his young inexperienced QB was a huge deal. Oh yeah, this was Dormady's first collegiate game, so that explains why he was being conservative, and just trying to avoid the big mistake. Anyways, the Vols were still down a touchdown, and time was beginning to wither away. That's when they got the big break they needed. There was under 5 minutes left, Georgia Tech was deep in Tennessee territory, ready to put the dagger through the chest of Volunteer fans everywhere, when a fumble inside the 10 yard line occurs. Tennessee recovers the ball and are rewarded a second life. It was now time for Quinten Dormady to show what he was made of. He led the Vols on a 93 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. Tie game and Butch Jones life was resurrected.
Georgia Tech still had time and with the way they were moving the ball they wouldn't need much of it. Tennessee defense couldn't stop a nosebleed let alone the high powered Georgia Tech offense, so within what felt like second Georgia Tech is already within field goal range looking to end this game in regulation. Butch Jones decided to double ice the kicker using his final two timeouts back to back without hesitation. Turns out it didn't matter, the Vols were able to block the kick, and this instant classic was headed to OT.
In OT it was much of the same. Georgia Tech continued to run down the throats of Tennessee scoring at will. They struck first and now all the pressure was on Tennessee to match with a touchdown of their own. Tennessee ran the ball 3 straight times finding the end zone rather quickly themselves as the Georgia Tech defense finally looked gassed. They'd start the second OT with the ball and once again it only took them 3 plays to find the end zone. Georgia Tech's defense was gassed out and their coach knew it. That's why after Georgia Tech scored their touchdown the coach decided to go for the win with a 2-Pt conversion. Tennessee hadn't stopped the option all night, what makes you think they could stop it now, well somehow when it mattered most they were able to stuff TaQuon Marshall at the line of scrimmage, and the Volunteers left the game victorious. Tennessee wins 42-41 in a double OT thriller.
Butch Jones was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief and every fan watching at home got to experience one of the better games we'll see all year. No one could've predicted or anticipated what happened on Labor Day night to close out an awesome week 1 of college football. Next week's slate of games are stacked as well, so hopefully there's many more moments like this to come.
The Los Angeles Rams and their star defensive lineman Aaron Donald, are still yet to reach a new contract extension, and it is beginning to look like he'll miss some time this season because of it. The Rams are in a tough spot right now, they're battling with the Chargers to win over the fans of Los Angeles, they need to be competitive, and having Aaron Donald on the field is essential if they want to win football games. Now, technically Aaron Donald is under contract for them this year and the following year, so the Rams should have the leverage here and they do if they aren't completely spineless. I will say they're in a tough situation due to this being by far their best and most important player, however no one player is bigger than the team unless he's a franchise quarterback. The Rams need to call Aaron Donald's bluff and not let him walk all over them, which seems to be the case right now.
The Rams should honestly just say you aren't getting a contract extension until after the season. In most cases that's what happens and that's how it should continue to happen. Most players coming off their rookie deal have to wait until after the 4th year of the deal to get their big long term extension. Obviously, Aaron Donald deserves big money, he's proved that time and time again, I know injury is apart of football, and it can ruin his chances of getting the big long term deal, but that's the nature of this business. If the Rams give in to Aaron Donald, then what's to stop every player on their rookie deal that's worth extreme value from doing this. If that's the case why did the rookie deal limitations even get implemented to begin with, let's just give them huge deals from the start again, and avoid this headache all together. Well, clearly that plan of action didn't work out so well the first time around, so why would it this time.
Aaron Donald was 16 games away from being paid, instead he decided he deserves the security blanket now for whatever reason. The Rams have held firm and they should continue to do so since they have all the power in this situation. In business leverage is everything and they have all the leverage in this situation. Aaron Donald has nothing to gain from sitting out this season. If he does so he'll still be under contract with the Rams, what is he going to do continue to miss games and lose his value since he's away from the field. This is all about money and Aaron Donald can't make money unless he plays football, meanwhile the Rams will still make a boat load of money without him, so the Rams should just take the approach of it's your loss not our's. The Rams still have Todd Gurley and Jared Goff that they can rely on to interest fans and carry the franchise. Aaron Donald on the other hand has nothing if he's not on the football field being a dominate force.
I don't want to come off as an asshole being for the billion dollar owners and against the players who are just trying to get what they rightfully deserve, but it's a slippery slope. The last thing you want is for Donald to get an early extension and then next thing you know it's the norm around the league. Then, once it's the norm, teams can't afford to build teams the way they are now because the salary cap restrictions are killing them and they aren't getting the players on cheap rookie deals anymore. It'll make the product in the NFL much worse and then the fans will really be bitching. Everyone has to pay there dues, that's what it takes in this league, you grind on the low for 4 years, and then you break the bank. Aaron Donald acts like he isn't going to be the highest paid defensive player soon, just wait your turn big fella, your pay day is coming.
That's all, I just want the Rams to stand firm and show that this league isn't all about power of the players like the NBA because we see how that has worked out. Now, teams in the NBA get handcuffed by giving huge contracts to the wrong players because that's what it takes to keep them around. The product in the NBA is now trash because of it, there's no parity in the league, and that's exactly why. Yeah the players are happy because they're making hundreds of millions of dollars, but the people that are the reason for them making that money aka the fans, get the short end of the stick since the product is now garbage. The NFL is about protecting the shield and it's been successful, so why change that now. Rams need to keep this precedent in check and not fuck this up for selfish reasons.
UCLA Completes Miracle Comeback Over Texas A&M as Josh Rosen Shows Why He is the Best QB in College FootballRead Now
UCLA overcame a 44-10 deficit in the 3rd quarter last night to defeat Texas A&M 45-44. It was a major miracle, led by none other than the chosen one, Josh Rosen. One of the highest touted QB prospects in recent memory, just proved why there's a ton of hype around him with the master performance he displayed last night. Most top prospects would've rolled over after being done 30 plus with a little over 20 minutes to go, knowing they're going top 5 in the draft regardless of their team's success, but Josh Rosen isn't most prospects.
Josh Rosen is the chosen one for a reason, so for anyone to expect him to just give up that easily was sadly mistaken. He had an abysmal first half, you had the recency biased hardo's coming out saying he's overrated, he sucks, and he's going to be the next first round bust, boy did those takes age well. Anyone with a semblance of knowledge for the game of football clearly saw that his offensive line was delivering him no time or comfort in the pocket, the running game was non existent, and Texas A&M was playing pretty fucking well. I've always said a QB is only as good as his offensive line allows him to be, and Rosen's left tackle was a revolving door in the first half.
The second half rolled around, Josh Rosen was finally affored some time to let his receivers get open, and he begun ripping through the Texas A&M defense. The UCLA offense put together two methodical drives in which they just kept executing their assignments and making plays as a result. Josh Rosen did catch a break on the third drive of the second half when he heaved a pass down field that should've been picked off, however the defensive back let it go right through his outstretched hands, and it landed right in the lap of an open UCLA receiver for a 42 yard touchdown. All of the sudden we had ourselves a game with all the momentum swinging towards UCLA.
The UCLA defense is the unsung hero of this game, they haven't received the credit they deserve whatsoever. Yeah they might've let up 44 points, however when it came down to making stops when they had to, they got the job done. Also might've been in part to the Texas A&M QB getting injured, regardless I'll show some love for the Bruins tenacious D late in this football game.
The Bruins brought it to within 2 touchdowns, the offense was going to get a shot to not only bring the game within one possession, but maybe even win it if the defense could make a stop. With just over 4 minutes left they took the field for their second to last drive. This is where I was really interested in seeing what Rosen was made of, it was time to put him to the test, and boy did he pass with flying colors. He led the Bruins down the field in no time making big completion after big completion, he faced a big 4th down conversion, made the right throw, and never really looked fazed in the process. Then he dropped back inside the red zone, faced pressure, threw a great ball off his back foot, which his receiver made a great play on by coming back to ball before the defender could, and reeled it in for a touchdown. Then, he went back out with a chance to win after the UCLA defense forced a 3 and out. Rosen did more of the same making big throw after big throw, converting on big 4th down situations. After converting on a big 4th down inside the red zone, Rosen hurried to the line scrimmage, made it seem as if he were going to spike the ball, completely fooled the defense, and threw what was a perfect fade with just the right amount of touch on it where only the receiver could bring it down in the corner of the endzone. Rosen caps off his legendary night with 491 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. UCLA completes the 34 point comeback as Josh Rosen is the hero of the night and the savior of the UCLA season.
Unfortunately, in sports there's only one winner, so on the other side Kevin Sumland just watched his head coaching job at Texas A&M disappear along with his 34 point lead last night. Today, Texas A&M suits are calling for his job as it was one of the most pathetic displays of second half coaching I've ever seen. To blow a 34 point lead, to allow 35 unanswered points is just completely unacceptable at any level of coaching, but at this level it's a total abomination. I don't like calling for people's jobs, however there's no defense for Kevin Sumland after that embarrassing defeat.
Josh Rosen just showed every damn person on the planet why he should go #1 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Kevin Sumland showed everyone why coaching in college football is so damn important and why the SEC is faultering due to a lack of quality coaching. What a night of college football and what a way to finish an exhilarating first weekend of the football season. Here's to many more like this past one.