Sam Bradford Is the Right Pick for Rams

One of the discussion topics for The Washington Post sports panel I’m part of is whether Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is the right choice for the Rams in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. My response to the question centers largely around one issue: value. Here are my thoughts:

I answer this question the same way I did last year with the Detroit Lions. If you feel that there’s a quarterback in the draft who will be a franchise QB, then the right move is to take him. For St. Louis, we know they don’t have a quarterback and they haven’t had good quarterback play the past three years; they desperately need help at that position. From a scouting standpoint, only they can answer the question of whether or not they feel like Bradford can be a a franchise quarterback. If they do, they have to take him.

If you look at the teams that have been successful over the past several seasons, they all have something in common: strong quarterback play. Look at the Colts, Patriots, Eagles, Saints, and Chargers. All those teams have had consistently good quarterback play and they have won consistently. While teams with strong defenses can pop up to make a great run here-and-there, the chances of them falling back to the pack the following year is great. If you look at the recent history of the league, the key to having long-term, consistent success if having a good quarterback.

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Goodell Gives Roethlisberger Six-Game Suspension

Ben Roethlisberger is finally going to get a chance to appreciate what the word “consequence” means — sort of.  The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to suspend Big Ben six games, and require that he undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals” before he can participate in any Steelers off-season activities.  If he successfully completes the evaluation, it is possible that the suspension could be reduced to four games.  A comprehensive what?  What a joke.

I can only imagine what that even is, but what I gather is it’s a fancy way of saying, “don’t sexually assault anymore girls or get caught in a stupid situation again and we’ll give you a break.”  If you ask me, the entire situation is out of control — including the way its being dealt with.  From the start, when police officers were taking pictures with Big Ben hours before he was accused of sexual assault, this thing had ugly written all over it.  If you take into account the fact that there are at least two, and probably three, women who have allegedly been assaulted by Roethlisberger, how is it that he has faced absolutely no legal consequences?  I’m starting to get a funny feeling that this is headed in the Tiger Woods direction, and I’m just waiting for a headline to show up on ESPN saying that Big Ben has checked into a sex-addict rehab clinic.  Here’s a piece of what Goodell had to say to Roethlisberger:

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McNabb Denies Owens Talk, Did Rosenhaus Plant the Rumor?

Either Donovan McNabb is a liar, or someone else is behind the rumblings that he’s interested in reuniting with former Eagles teammate Terrell Owens. On Tuesday, just over two weeks after he was traded to the Redskins, ESPN reported that McNabb was pushing for Washington to sign the free agent wide receiver and was encouraging head coach Mike Shanahan to consider the option.  The report was updated late Tuesday afternoon when McNabb told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a phone interview that there was no truth to the rumors:

I never said that to anyone about T.O. It’s just not true. I’m in a new place, trying to get comfortable, not start anything or push for anything. I am very happy with the receivers I have.”

The way I see it there’s two possible explanations for the game of “he said, she said” that’s being played here.  The first is that McNabb did indeed say he wanted to reunite with T.O., but then thought better of it when the report came out and realized it might be offensive to his current receiving corps.  Players say things all the time and then realize they don’t sound as good in print and on TV as they did at the time they were expressing themselves, especially when their new head coach openly states he’s doesn’t like the idea.

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Vikings-Saints Will Kick Off NFL Season

The NFL released its 2010 schedule yesterday and one of the things I got most excited about was the season opener.  The season will officially start on Sept. 9th for what’s expected to be an exciting game between the Minnesota Vikings and the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints.

I love games like this, when both teams have something to prove to each other. It’s not your typical “we’re better than you game.” Oh no, this is personal. These two last met in last year’s NFC Championship game where the Saints won by a field goal in overtime and Brett Favre got beaten to a pulp. (Thankfully that rule has been revised, even though I was rooting for the Saints). The Saints want to prove that they deserved to win, and the Vikings want to prove that it was a fluke. I’m not the only one who’s excited about this game though, Viking’s head coach Brad Childress expressed his feelings about the reunion:

“I can’t imagine it being any more charged than the last time we were down there. That’s always a great, hostile environment to play in.”

This was a great move by the NFL to make this the opening match up. It’ll be interesting to see these two great teams clash again. With this announcement, I can’t imagine Brett Favre not coming back although he still hasn’t officially made up his mind. All I can say is, I am ready for some football.

Vikings-Saints Open Up NFL Season [ESPN]

Lingerie League’s Chicago Bliss Getting Hard Knocks-Style Reality Show

On the Lingerie Football League‘s Facebook page, they made the announcement that the ladies of the Chicago Bliss will be part of a new reality series Lingerie Football, Behind the Lace and Leather. The show is supposed to be an LFL version of the NFL’s Hard Knocks, though they won’t have the built in reputation of some of the NFL’s clowns.

I think this is pretty cool. It will show viewers what the LFL is all about — and it’s not just eye candy for men. All of the women who play in this league are beautiful, talented, and dedicated to the game of football. I think this will give fans and naysayers alike a better look at what it’s like to play in the this league.  I was excited to hear of the league expanding to Orlando and Baltimore and I feel like this is just another step towards these ladies getting the recognition they deserve.  Take a good look fellas — these girls are proving that football isn’t just for guys.

Lingerie Football League Pictures

A Little Truth Serum for Jerry Jones?

At first I saw this video and said, “No way, that’s too blurry.  It’d be way too easy if that was actually Jerry Jones.”  Come to find out Jerry actually called Parcells to discuss the video and try to clear the air between the two.  In case you can’t make out what’s being said in the video, Jones probably had a little explaining to do after he was caught on camera (below) telling a fan, “Bill’s not worth a s***.”  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, as Jones has shown us so many times in the past that he’s not exactly a stand-up act.  Imagine being the fans who videotaped this?  Would you believe one of your friends if they called you up and told you they just videotaped Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hammered ragging on Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow?  Good for these guys for capturing it.  Check out the video of Jerry Jones talking rag time, via Deadspin from YouTube:

Slurring Jerry Jones Bad-Mouths Bill Parcells, Tim Tebow [Deadspin]
Jones, Parcells talk over video [ESPN]

Brandon Marshall Is Now the Miami Dolphins’ Problem

After months of speculation and a full season and a half of being a malcontent, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was finally traded Wednesday morning from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins. Adam Schefter of ESPN says Denver will receive a second-round pick in this year’s draft as well as a second-round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation. While Marshall didn’t net Denver a first-round pick, the pair of second-rounders is quite a haul. Compare the two second-rounders to what the Steelers received for Santonio Holmes — just a fifth-round pick for a guy a step below Marshall on the receiver totem pole. I would be quite pleased if I were running the Broncos.

While Denver made a nice deal, they have to make the trade worthwhile by translating the picks into serious players. In two seasons they have traded their two offensive Pro Bowlers so they better have something to show for it. On the other side, with the price Miami paid in draft picks for Marshall, one has to assume they plan on signing him long-term; you don’t give up that much for a rent-a-player in the NFL. Bill Parcells must know something I don’t because I don’t trust a guy who kicks balls around the practice field, screams he hates Denver, and puts his arm through a TV by slipping on a McDonald’s bag. He’ll make them better but he’s one risky proposition for a long-term deal, that’s for sure.

Not bad by Phin Phanatic which foreshadowed this trade on Tuesday, and this also explains the report that Ted Ginn Jr. was on the block.