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Why Peyton Manning Should Be A Baltimore Raven

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So Peyton Manning has narrowed his choices for his new home to two teams it seems.

The Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans are in the final leg of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes jockeying for position to land one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Landing Manning would make either team a playoff contender and would make them an attractive destination for free agents to come to.

However, you can’t say that if Manning becomes a Titan or a Bronco that they would be a Super Bowl contender. Both teams have defensive deficiencies that would prevent them from going farther than where they could go.

What is shocking is that there is one team out there that has all of the pieces in place on offense an defense that would make them extremely attractive to Manning and would ensure him a shot at an elusive second title.

Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Baltimore Ravens.

Yeah, they drafted Joe Flacco to be the QB of the future but let’s not kid ourselves about him. Flacco is not and probably will not be an elite QB. Flacco is not even in the tier of QB’s that are next in line to be great.

He’s not Matt Stafford, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton or Cam Newton. Flacco is another in the long line of game managers under center that have worn a Ravens uniform in its short history.

Yes I know he’s won playoff games and almost went to two Super Bowl’s in his first four seasons, however even in this year’s playoffs it was clear that Flacco was just there to make sure he wasn’t trying to blow it for the Ravens defense.

Look at the Ravens-Texans matchup in round two this year. The Ravens almost lost to T.J. Yates in his fifth career start even though he threw three picks which allowed the Ravens to score 17 early points.

Flacco was sacked five times, was unable to move the ball on a long field, couldn’t gain a third down and often looked inept under center.

And this is your franchise QB?

The Ravens have lived and died by their defense ever since they drafted Ray Lewis. It has been a championship caliber defense that has only one ring to show for its effort and has only a handful of playoff appearances. The reason? Trent Dilfer, Anthony Carter, Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, Joe Flacco and a cast of other subpar QB’s.

The window for the Ravens to win another title is closing. In order to win another ring they need a better QB.

So why not go after Manning? And if you’re Manning why wouldn’t you play in Baltimore?

Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are better than anything Denver and Tennessee has to offer in your arsenal.

Plus this would be the first time in Manning’s career that he has a defense that wouldn’t put more pressure on him to do too much. For years the Colts defense was either too banged up or too weak to support the offense in Indianapolis and that prevented the Colts from being more successful than what they could’ve been.

In Baltimore he wouldn’t have to worry about having to score time after time. Not with Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata make life miserable for other offenses.

This would be a perfect marriage. The Ravens and Manning want another ring. Lewis and Manning are in the twilight of their careers but have more than enough left in their tanks to make another run. The arrival of Manning would make Baltimore the favorites to win it all.

Yet Baltimore is content with Flacco under center and Manning hasn’t given them a look.

As Manning narrows his choices and comes close to a decision I think he’s missing out on a huge opportunity in Baltimore as are the Ravens by not inquiring about him.

If they were both serious about winning another title then Baltimore would trade Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning would sign on to wear the purple and black.

It’s right in front of their eyes, I just wish that they would see it how I see it.


The End Of The Randy Moss Odyssey

Randy Moss retires with a lot left to give.

Randy Moss was the nastiest receiver that ever graced an NFL field. He was a specimen that the game had never seen before and waved in a new era for the wide receiver position.

He was huge, a 6’4″ beanpole that ran like a gazelle and left defensive backs in the dust. All you had to do was throw the ball up and Moss would come down with it.

His brilliance was first displayed on Thanksgiving in a game against the Dallas Cowboys. Moss only caught 4 balls, but 3 of them were for touchdowns as Randall Cunningham let loose bomb after bomb and Moss basically cherry picked them away from Dallas defenders and left a trail of dust behind him.

After that game every Minnesota Vikings game became an event, and Moss was the main attraction.

Whether it was Lambeau Field, The Superdome, anywhere, you had to see Moss and what he was about to do to defenders.

In the pantheon of receivers if Jerry Rice is Babe Ruth, Moss was Willie Mays. He was a highlight reel that could change any game at any time with one play.

Yesterday Moss retired from the NFL 58 catches away from 1000, 150 yards away from 15,000 and with so much more left in his tank that it’s puzzling that Moss would think of retiring even after one of his most disappointing seasons ever.

Three years ago Moss was a top 3 receiver coming off of an historic year where he set the NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 23. The next year without Tom Brady under center due to injury, Moss still hauled in 11 scores and had over 1000 yards and repeated the same feat the next year.

So to say that Moss was finished even after the season from hell would be foolish.

Moss’s year started by playing hardball with the Patriots to get a new deal. It led to him being traded to back to the Vikings where an outburst at a restaurant had him sent to Tennessee. There he sat in purgatory as a decoy who couldn’t get a sniff of the ball and wallowed in pity.

Moss realized that he screwed himself by thumbing his nose at the Patriots and thought that he was still a hot commodity.

Randy Moss broke the NFL record most touchdown receptions in a single seaosn.

In reality Moss should’ve realized that in the Belichick system anyone is replaceable. Once he did it was too late.

This offseason it looked as if Moss was more motivated than ever to return to form as he rounded himself into the best shape if his life according to sources and was primed for a return to the top.

However, once his primary teams the Patriots and Jets took a chance on Chad Ochocinco and Plaxico Burress, Moss’s own interest waned and he announced his retirement to the world.

Rather than stay in mediocrity with a team that he felt wouldn’t help him win a title, Moss decided to walk away even though he still has so much left in the tank.

If this truly is the end then Moss will have added another chapter of controversy to his legacy.

As great of a player as he was, Moss was known just as much for being a knucklehead.

There was the traffic stop in Minneapolis where he hit an officer with his car, incidents on the field where he walked off before time expired against the Redskins, squirting a water bottle a ref, pretending to moon the crowd in Green Bay after a touchdown.

More than anything there was the fact that Moss never always gave his best, and admitted it.

Moss took plays off and told us all about it. He was aloof for 40% of every game an never cared what we thought.

That to me is the most frustrating part of Moss’s career if this truly is the end. Imagine how even more amazing his numbers would be if he went all out every time. Imagine how much greater he could’ve been if he cared more than he didn’t.

His retirement mirrors the way he played the game. He wanted to do things his way and if he couldn’t then he didn’t want to do it at all. Moss could’ve been better than Jerry Rice, could’ve set all kinds of records and could’ve been regarded as one of the best people in the game… However, he couldn’t compromise.

He couldn’t keep his mouth shut in New England when he wanted a new deal, he couldn’t be professional in Oakland, he couldn’t listen to anyone in Minnesota and in the end he couldn’t take what was given to him during this period of free agency.

It’s sad really. Moss could help the Cowboys as a deep threat, the Falcons as another option next to Roddy White, the Steelers as a red zone threat for Ben Roethlisberger… he can win a ring this year by just fitting in and doing what’s asked of him.

However, that’s not Randy Moss. Moss has been the star attraction since he came into the league and that’s how he wants it to stay.

So we have to say good-bye to Moss. Moss was one of the best at his position and will sit in the Hall of Fame  as one of the greats all time due to his skill set and stunning athleticism.

But he could’ve been so much more.


NFL Trending Topics

Surprised the Giants are struggling in the second half? Don't be.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good trend?

I mean we as a society thrive on finding and wearing out trends. From fashion to music to movies, trends are what intrigue us, befuddle us and make us shake our heads.

The NFL is no different.

Trends in the NFL make us laugh and cry, heck even a little bit of both. After this weekend you saw some of the most entertaining, if not confusing,  trends emerge once again.

Trend 1: The New York Giants are a poor second half team.

It’s always funny when every year the Giants get off to great starts and all of my friends and outsiders say the exact same thing, “Boy those Giants look real good. They might be the beat team in the league.” See, I know better.

I know that the proper way to gauge the New York Giants is after week 9. Once the second half hits then you can tell me how great the Giants are… which never happens because the Giants are as good a second half team as the Miami Heat are a complete team.

Under Tom Coughlin the Giants are 18 games over .500 in the first half of their season and 10 games under in the second half. Last year they went 2-6, in 08 they were 4-4, the year before 1-7. For some reason the Giants start hibernating once November rolls around and it’s been going on four six years. If you watched the last two games there’s no reason to think that it won’t continue.

After an atrocious game against Dallas, the Giants played the sloppiest football I’ve seen in a long time (and yes I factored in the Kerry Collins and Tiki Barber years). The five turnovers against the Eagles prevented them from winning a game that their defense kept them in for the most part.

You would think that with his team leading the league in turnovers that Tom Coughlin would make his team run laps or fine them OR SOMETHING!! Then again it is the second half and maybe he’s encouraging the Giants sloppy play to make me look like a genius in this post.

Thanks Tom. P.S. Your grace period from winning the Super Bowl is up. Go fix the turnover problem and your second half record or get gone.

Trend no. 2: The San Diego Chargers always finish strong no matter how poor they start.

Just when Chargers fans thought that this might finally be the demise of Norv Turner they forgot that his team for some reason can’t lose in the last six weeks of the season. Even with guys named Seyi Ajirotutu as their number one receiver and a fullback named Mike Tolbert as their most effective running back.

Philip Rivers is leading another second half push by the Chargers.

It frustrates you an fascinates as well that a team has so much talent and starts so poorly every year then some how just goes bonkers once their staring at their playoff doom.

Where were games like Monday nights thrashing of the Denver Broncos against the Oakland Raiders? Where was Philip Rivers precision and poise versus Seattle earlier in the year? Why do they only play with a purpose with their backs against the wall?

Who knows. What we do know is that Kansas City’s hold of the AFC West is on dialysis with the Chargers surging.

(side note: there’s been talk about Rivers for MVP because of his Madden-like stats. While some say Peyton Mannin has done better with less I beg to differ. Rivers has always had less talent on the outside as compared to Manning. Manning has had Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark in his arsenal while you could say the Rivers only viable weapon has been Antonio Gates. Rivers made Vincent Jackson a number one receiver when no one heard of him and has made Malcolm Floyd a valuable two and works Tolbert and Seyi into the fold very well. I would say if you’re voting right now for MVP I would place Rivers ahead of Manning for those reasons and because his team is surging whole the Colts are fading. There I just gave Phil some love. Now watch him scream at his linemen, act immature and curse out the opposing QB next week. Gotta love it.)

Trend no. 3: The battle for Tennessee starring Vince Young and Jeff Fisher.

Before we begin… WHY THE HELL DOES JEFF FISHER LOVE KERRY COLLINS?!?!?! THE GUY IS A MEDIOCRE QUARTERBACK THAT KILLED THE GIANTS IN SUPER BOWL 35!!!! HE’S TURNOVER PRONE AND CAN’T BE TRUSTED LATE IN GAMES AT ALL!!!

Who wrote that last paragraph, a. me or b. Vince Young? I wouldn’t be shocked if Vince thought it at one point.

This is the longest running drama in the NFL. Fisher never wanted Young, owner Bud Adams loves him, Young can’t ever grow up but wins games, Kerry Collins always finds his way back into Fisher’s life, and Chris Johnson is the misused kid stuck in his parents bad relationship… ok I made that part up… maybe.

The fact that Sunday’s occurrence took place is shocking and upsetting. For Young I don’t care how much Fisher ticks you off you cannot throw tour pads in a crowd, curse out your coach and storm off without speaking to reporters. Vince’s public showings of immaturity have been one too many and this latest one should have him walking the plank seeing as how his contract is up at seasons end. He’s had far too many chances to be continuously screwing up on or off the field.

Meanwhile how much longer can Fisher stay employed with his constant lack of trust in Young which belittles not only the quarterback but team chemistry. Young is 30-17 as a starter and saved Fisher’s job last season after an abysmal start to the season. If you need anymore reason to keep Young in as your QB then I can’t help you.

Fisher never talked to Young about the injury at all even though we saw Young trying out a glove so he could get back in the game Fisher inserted rookie Rusty Smith at QB Young’s day was done. With Young’s season also over and the Titans season fading at 5-5 this might be the complete end of the saga with Young gone as well as Fisher.

(side note 2: do you think Randy Moss wishes he kept his mouth shut in New England? He went from a stable situation in Boston to dysfunction in Minnesota and Tennessee. He could be on an 8-2 team vying to get back to the Super Bowl instead of twirling in the wind in Nashville. Oh wait thats trend number 4, Randy Moss ruining what’s been good for Randy Moss. Fail.)

Trend no. 5: Tom Brady owning Peyton Manning.

NFL.com had it’s top 100 players of all time released a while ago, Peyton Manning was ranked 8th while Brady was 21st… um… huh?

Tom Brady has more rings than Manning (3-1) and owns their rivalry 6-3. Brady and the Pats dominance of Manning and the Colts spawned a dynasty and made Brady the QB of the 2000’s. Take yesterday for example.

Brady played mistake free football incorporating Deion Branch back into the pass game like he never left, mixed the run with the pass and didn’t give his defense a reason to press.

Manning on the other hand through three horrible picks including one to end the game when the Colts were in field goal range to send the game into OT. He put his defense behind the 8-ball early, didn’t hand off to Donald Brown, who at time shredded the Pats D and didn’t make smart throws.

It showed the disparity on both quarterbacks and teams as Brady should now be considered the favorite for MVP and the Pats as Super Bowl favorites while the Colts will most certainly have issues holding off a suddenly hot Jacksonville team.

However none of this should shock you, it’s been happening for years. These trends have been tested and proven to be true. It’s easy as 1-2-3. Or easy as knowing the Jets love playing close games against teams they should destroy.


Who’s Under Center?

All that stuff I said about Kevin? Scratch that.

So, how’s your quarterback doing? For many of the teams in the National Football League—not so well.

By the end of Monday night’s 49ers-Saints game there are more than 6 controversies and 5 other questions at quarterback. On Sunday we found Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, and Luke McCown replace turnover prone QB’s, we saw Michael Vick take a strangle hold at the position over an injured Kevin Kolb, and we saw Brett Favre and Derek Anderson stink it up to the point where maybe it should be time for a change in both places (that sound you heard was Matt Leinart snickering in the background). As for Trent Edwards—eh.

In the case for Philadelphia and Vick the situation has led to a knee-jerk reaction by Andy Reid who said on Tuesday that Mike Vick is his starter. Granted he has played well by totaling almost 600 total yards in 6 quarters but he was sacked 6 times by the Lions defense… the Lions. They lost to a Super Bowl contender in Green Bay and still have to play Minnesota’s stout d-line and the Cowboys and Giants. For Reid to make such a quick decision when the plan was to develop Kevin Kolb and contend down the road will come back to haunt him, also IT’S TWO GAMES AND IT’S MICHAEL VICK!!! He’s barely a lifetime 50% passer. You ever taken statistics? You go with past trends over recent numbers because you’ve seen more of the former than the latter. Unfortunately Reid isn’t getting this memo and he’s about to find out the hard way.

For other scenario’s you have to wonder what the ramifications of replacing these quarterbacks will be. Bruce Gradkowski did do an excellent job after Jason Campbell was pulled, however it’s two games and it was the Rams. Now you have Campbell, who probably has lost trust in Cable, looking over his shoulder at a QB who isn’t a starting QB in this league. You’ve got to let him gel with his receivers (who honestly aren’t that good) and gain some trust in him. Then again, it is the Raiders, who love drama more than any other team in the league.

Then there’s Vince Young (speaking of constant drama). Young is on the hot seat, again, after getting run into the ground by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and committing 3 turnovers and looking just plain bad. So now he’s involved in another carousel with Collins and at this point you have to wonder if maybe the Titans are close to just ending the Vince Young experiment and moving on and into the pool this draft for a new quarterback. The inconsistencies are becoming too much of a theme with Young and its year 5. Young had the job from the jump and aside from a few plays he hasn’t really had any big impact on Tennessee. This weekend at New York could be the breaking point for Vince. If he has another horrendous start and is benched for Collins, that’s it. He’s coming to the end of his rookie deal and with his poor performances popping up again it probably means that the Titans will not shell out another 4 years and X amount of dollars for a quarterback that has never lived up to the hype that he created in the 4th quarter at the Rose Bowl versus USC.

I miss college.

(side note: that 2006 Rose Bowl game, while still one of the greatest in college history, is becoming less and less relevant to the players involved years after it happened. It was a gluttony of overhyped talent that never panned out. Matt Leinart got booted out of Arizona in favor of Derek Anderson, Young has never transformed into the big play quarterback that he was billed as at Texas, Lendale White and Michael Huff are certified bums and Reggie Bush… I’ll spare him; he’s sort of having a bad week.)

So what about the other QB troubles in the league? Here’s my take on all of them:

BUFFALO

CONTROVERSY: Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over for Trent Edwards… somewhere in the world J.P. Losman is probably still wondering how he lost his job to Trent Edwards… he aint the only one.

CLEVELAND

SITUATION: Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme… Ryan Mallett.

TENNESSEE

CONTROVERSY: Vince Young still starting over Kerry Collins… I still hate Kerry Collins. I wouldn’t trust him to run a kwik-e-mart.

JACKSONVILLE

SITUATION: David Garrard over Luke McCown. Garrard will be the starter until the end of the season when the Jags jettison him for either Jake Locker or Mallett.

OAKLAND

CONTROVERSY: Jason Campbell vs. Bruce Gradkowski. Yet to be determined if Oakland is smart then they won’t even think about benching Campbell again for a career backup. Campbell was brought in there to be the guy and you can’t bench him twice in three weeks. On the bright side for Campbell its business as usual. Underachieving, looking lost in an offense, getting replaced by a lifetime backup, the usual.

PHILADELPHIA

CONTROVERSY: Vick over Kolb. If Andy Reid blows this then he’s getting fired at the end of the season. The Eagles could possibly lose three NFL quality quarterbacks in ten months. That’s got to be a record or something.

MINNESOTA

SITUATION: Favre… is it really inconceivable to think that Favre could be replaced by Tarvaris Jackson. Favre looks terrible. Two of three picks were absolutely horrendous throws and he has no faith in any receivers other than Visanthe Shaincoe. By the time Sidney Rice does come back from Knee surgery the Vikings might be done. The offense has lost so much mojo that even if they do turn into a heavy run based team they still won’t be an effective passing team which makes Favre useless. Not that he already wasn’t.

CAROLINA

CONTROVERSY: Jimmy Clausen over Matt Moore. It could be Casey Clausen and I would still start him over Matt Moore. Don’t be surprised if you walk into John Fox’s office this week and he’s updating his resume.

ARIZONA

Maybe there was a reason Cleveland let him go.

SITUATION: Derek Anderson with two inexperienced quarterbacks behind him. Going back to Sunday when watching the Cardinals offense I looked at Larry Fitzgerald at one point… he looks mad. Derek Anderson can’t find him and can’t throw a consistent pass. The Cardinals look lost on offense and has no identity. They are trying to keep that same high octane offense going that they had when Kurt Warner was around and its not plausible with a QB who can’t complete more than 52% of his passes. Don’t be surprised if every Cardinals player calls up Dancing With The Stars to vote Kurt Warner off and gets him back to Glendale… or kidnaps Leinart… who they never should’ve let go of in the first place. Good job Ken Whisenhunt.

COLLEGE BONUS: MIAMI

SITUATION: Jacory Harris or A.J. Highsmith. If Harris has another road stinker like he had against Ohio State, or North Carolina last year, or Virginia Tech last year, then he should stick to creating fashion trends like he did with his overalls and let Highsmith take the reins.