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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Everybody in the NFL has been making a big fuss over the NFL coming out and saying if no one volunteers for “Hard Knocks” the league will pick a team.  Honestly I think that is a terrific idea!  As much as we (not me I love him) hate on Roger Goodell, he always seems to be on the right path.  I think he should eliminate volunteers and choose the team every year.

First off everyone needs to know what qualifies or disqualifies you from being on “Hard Knocks”:

1.  You have to missed the playoffs at least two weeks in a row to be on the show.

2.  If you have participated in “Hard Knocks” in the last 10 years you are no longer eligible

3.  Or if you just got a new coach you can’t participate.

Now that you have the rules down, I’m all for the choosing of the team without volunteers, why you ask?  Imagine when/if the Eagles don’t make the playoffs next year Goodell should choose the Eagles.  This way we can see all this “Speed Read” Offense.  We can see this new way of training, conditioning, and eating that keeps his team “FRESH”.  We get to see an aging Mike Vick try to hang out to whatever is left.  Compelling right?  Not to mention other characters like Riley “I will call you a Ninja” Cooper.

How about in the near future when Brady is starting to become washed up and the Patriots happen to miss the playoffs for two years, we get to see the Sith Lord himself, Bill Belichick, operate and work hard to build one more winning team for Brady to lead.  We get to see an old Ben Kenobi-type Brady still weaving his magic.  We can see Brady prepares with the chip still on his shoulder from draft day.  Can you even picture this?  I’m getting excited with the possibilities.

Hell, why stop at choosing the teams, I feel like Goodell should mandate that the Jaguars take Tebow and then make them do “Hard Knocks”.  Can you imagine all the fun it will be to see the acclaimed Terrible Tebow practices.  Also we get to see the Wide Receivers bite their lips, because Tebow is their teammate and he loves God and you never bash a man of faith (unless he touches little boys).

Hopefully you are starting to see the awesomeness of the NFL/Goodell just picking the darn team and letting us enjoy.  Right now if nothing changes (i.e. head coach) with all the dysfunction going on in Tampa Bay, they would be delicious TV.  We might actually see a team revolt.  I can see it now the  team comes out to practice with pitchforks and torches to run Greg Schiano out of town as if he was Frankenstein’s Monster (the name Frankenstein was the Doctor not the Monster).

Earlier in the last season of Hard Knocks  “Cool Reece” wrote about how terrible the show was, but I think the choosing of the team would help make the show exciting again.  You can just choose the biggest trainwreck, most compelling star, or coach out of a bunch of losers.  These are just my thoughts tell me what you think, by leaving a comment or tweeting me @UnSportsmenBigJ.

Jason “Big J” Allen

By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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So while I was watching Peyton Manning, on Monday night, carve up Oakland’s D as if they were Florida International.  I took a look at his numbers so far this season 12tds, 0ints, almost 1,200 yds and a crazy QB rating and thought to myself “man how will Peyton blow it this time”.  If you think it sounds harsh tell me why?  Peyton has made defenses look softer than Charmin and made coverage look weaker than a Chad Pennington hail mary; yet, his playoff record leaves much to be desired at 9-11.  Big Ben and Eli have combined for 4 SB but yet are currently a combined 0-6, and both never seem to perform great in the regular season, which has to make Peyton just throw up sometimes.  So let’s see…  the Broncos go 13-3 or 14-2 and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs right!  We already know that no starting QB has won a SB with two different teams.  So which scenario that we have seen before dooms Peyton this time:

1.  Weather: Peyton just can’t get a good grip on the ball, which makes him inaccurate, see the Ravens playoff game last year.

2.  Raheem Moore/Defensive Letdown: does what Raheem Moore does and reads a play, or reads a pass as well as Stevie Wonder reads books.

3.  Peyton blames someone: the O-Line on some communication issues (sorry Jeff Saturday), WR running poor or sloppy routes (sorry Reggie Wayne), Game plan was too conservative (Dungy, and Fox).

4.  Bad refereeing:  A few bad calls or no calls disrupt the offense or cost the team the victory (They won’t call holding every play, right Belichick).

Look Peyton is one of the best QB’s I’ve ever seen play the game, and will go down as the Greatest Regular Season QB f All-time.  Peyton is way to good to be so average in the playoffs, so we will sit back and enjoy this great regular season, because we know doom and gloom awaits in the Postseason.

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

By: Jason “Bg J” Allen

Follow me @UnsportsmenBigJ

As sports fans we sit around and argue about who is the greatest and who is the best in their prime.  At the end of the day we will never know but it is fun to speculate, so I decided to take an argument that the UnSportsMenMic team have argued a lot about.  Cool Joe vs Tom Terrific: Ultimate Grudge Match.

Now I know initial reaction from everyone that is not a Patriots fan is screaming JOE MONTANA! Period, point blank, end of discussion.  Yet I feel differently, I tend to lean toward Tom Brady so let the controversy begin.  I will look at who made their offensive talent better, who had the better overall team (defense), better coaching, durability, career achievements, and the covenant “Clutch” to make my argument.

            Let’s start with the fact that I’m a Niner fan so we can’t accuse me of bias because the bias would say Cool Joe all day.  Yes I root against Tom getting his 4th ring so he won’t tie Joe.  Yet that’s a perfect place to start Super Bowls and rings.  Joe has been to 4 and won 4, while Brady has been to 5 and won 3.  Now, everyone is saying easy win for Joe, but hold on for one second.  Montana won his first ring with a good supporting cast (Remember Rice was not with the team for the first 2 rings).  Montana made offensive stars out of Dwight Clark, and Fred Solomon at WR.  I bet no one can even name the RB on that 1981 team…  Exactly so again Montana was the star.

This is no different then Brady during his first run, Troy Brown, David Patten at WR, Kevin Faulk, and Antowain Smith at RB.  Again neithter had great talent, but both pushed their teams higher.  We all know the history of the Niners, eventually Montana got weapons like Rice, John Taylor, Roger Craig, and even Brent Jones.  Tom Brady did get help in the way of Randy Moss, and Corey Dillon.  Now he won a ring with Dillon, but was 0-1 with Moss.  I know the masses are clamoring for Wes Welker, but I’m sorry Brady made him; he was a nobody in Miami.  So for overall talent I call it Montana. Tom Brady has won with a bunch of no names and continued to be successful.  So Tom Brady wins making his teammates better.

Another knock people will throw Brady’s way is that he won his Super Bowls with great defenses and Montana led the team to Super Bowls with great offense.  Not so fast, in Montana’s 14 seasons with the Niners the defense averaged 10th in total defense.  Now with this ranking of 10th they have only ranked lower than 15th in 3 seasons (20th in ’79, 27th in ’80, and 21st in ’82).  So the defense has been extremely solid in Montana’s tenure.  In Brady’s 13 years with the Patriots the defense has an average rank of 17th; they have only been over 15th in 6 out of his 13 years.  So Brady has never had the Defenses Montana had, especially lately.  So my edge goes to Brady again for winning with a Defense not as dominate as Montana.

Now we go to coaching.  I think in general you give the edge to Bill Walsh, but in this argument you REALLY give the edge to Bill Walsh.  Walsh was an offensive coach compared to Belichick’s defensive minded coaching, which helps a QB like Montana.  Secondly Walsh changed the NFL offensively, with the West Coast offense.  Now I know the Football minds are yelling, “Belichick with the 2 set TE’s with athleticism is changing the game.” Before you jump off a cliff the 2 TE set is a function of Formation 2 in the West Coast Offense that used a H-Back (TE/FB remember Tom Rathman and William Flyod) and a TE in the formation so again a creation of the West Coast and Walsh.  Let’s not forget the great scouter of talent Walsh was (we have talked about Bill Belichick’s lack of draft impact).  Walsh had a great eye for talent, Montana goes down and he had a Hall of Famer, Steve Young (who he traded for from the Buccaneers), ready as a back up.  Brady goes down, and yes they go 11-5 with Matt Cassel, but we know Cassel was a scrub and the Pats missed the playoffs.  This also lends to the thought of Montana having a better overall team then Brady.  Better coaching edge is Montana, which means a win for Brady, because again he carries more of the burden for his team’s success.

My next argument is durability, and I know “QB’s wear dresses in this era” is what all the meat heads are saying.  Yes it was a tougher league in the Montana day so I take that in account, but Montana was a small build and you could knock him out of games.  Ask how the Bears and Giants attacked him.  Montana in his career has missed 25 games, missed one entire season in ’91 and played one game in ’92.  Brady has missed 17 games and 16 were in ’08.  Before the injury Brady was considered Eli Manning like in taking a punishment and still throwing strikes.  Montana was the same way in his prime.  Yet by pure numbers Brady is a bit more durable.  Let’s call this a tie.

Next, let’s look at awards over a career:

Awards

Joe Montana

Tom Brady

MVP

2

2

Super Bowl MVP

3

2

All-First Team

6

2

Off. Player of Year

1

2

Comeback Player of YR

1

1

Edge

MONTANA

So yes the edge is Montana, because of the All-Pro NFL First Team.  Brady lost a lot of these because of Peyton Manning’s statistical regular season dominance.

Now our last thing to take in account is “The Clutch” performances.  Brady has 27 4th Quarter comebacks to Montana’s 31.  So you would say case closed right?  Wrong Brady in Game Winning Drives has 38 and Montana has 33.  So if you need one drive to win it all, Brady is your man.  Joe Cool over the course of a comeback is more dominate. So I have to say here is another wash/tie.

So to recap, these are both Great QB’s and when it is said and done we may be looking at 1 and 2 or 1A, and 1B.  Yet if you break it down, Montana had better supporting cast (especially in a no salary cap era), better coaching offensively, better Defense, and Montana has more career achievements.  I think the durability and “Clutch” argument is a wash.  So for me Brady is the better QB, he has made less talent better, had worse offensive coaching, and a worse defense.  Being honest the difference between Brady having 4 or 5 rings has been the lack of Defensive talent and dynamic offensive playmakers.  Agree or Disagree?  Tell me what you think.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Patriots 10-6 YOU CRAZY

At the beginning of the football season I made an outlandish prediction that was based on a little research and some well earned football common sense. It was not a popular prediction, and it certainly didn’t make me any new friends. What was this dire prediction, you ask?  “The Magnificent Patriots will go 10-6.”

Of course, everyone scoffed at me. I had to endure a good but of ridicule and I don’t even want to describe the looks I got from Patriots fans (Yes, I am talking about you Adam P. Mason). So, I finally decided to elaborate on my thought process and share my research that this prediction was based off of.

I looked at what teams were successful against the Pats last year. I went to the most recent and most popular team at trumping (pun intended, just wait for it) the Patriots: the New York Giants (Get it? New York, Donald Trump…nevermind). What do the Giants have that works to their advantage? A great defensive front line, athletic play making wide receivers, a solid run game, and an elite quarterback…or at least a quarterback that can make plays. With those four elements in mind, I figured I had The Blueprint (I will leave Jay-Z out of it). All that I had to do next was compare these aspects to others teams the Pats lost to last year.

The Bills beat the Pats early in the season, and the Bills do have an athletic wide receiver (S. Johnson) and a solid run game (F. Jackson). If you’ll recall, at the time when the Bills played the Pats Fitzpatrick was making plays. So, the Bills had three out of four pieces of The Blueprint.

The Cowboys were very close to beating the Pats, and they have important aspects of The Blueprint as well: Ware and Ratcliff on the line, Bryant and Austin as wide receivers, and Tony Romo. Say what you want about Romo, the man makes plays. The Cowboys had three out of four elements of The Blueprint.

The Steelers beat the Pats, and once again they fit The Blueprint. Even though I feel the Steelers are a passing team now, they still have the ability to run effectively with Mendenhall, Redman, and Moore.  Add M. Wallace and A. Brown at WR, a menacing defensive front, and you have Big Ben enough said.

There were close games against both the Ravens and the Dolphins. I know you can get the Ravens, so I won’t bother going into detail there.  But why would I mention the Dolphins? Well at the end of the season, Reggie Bush was running great and they had an athletic wide receiver in Brandon Marshal. Also important is that the Dolphins had thirteen sacks in the month of December alone (more than any other month of that season). Four of those sacks were in their game against the Pats. The only thing the Dolphins were missing was the quarterback.

Once I scrutinized over those stats, I looked at this year’s schedule. These are the games I highlighted as loses: Ravens, Seahawks (at the time I thought Flynn was starting), Texans, 49ers, Broncos (Pats beat Broncos), and one upset. As to which team was going to be the upset, I was torn. I thought would be either Dolphins, Cardinals (they pulled this one out so I need another upset), or Jets (Jets dropped the ball…I’m looking at you Stephen Hill).

Now why do these elements of The Blueprint work? What about it gives teams a better chance to win against the Patriots? Well first, the Pats don’t have a dynamic outside wide receiver to beat man to man consistently so play man coverage on the outsides.  The Pats don’t have good corners, so athletes can beat them in man to man situations (and even in some double team situations). This is what makes the athletic wide receiver an important element.

Second, a solid run game keeps the Pats defense honest and takes away their strong point: the Patriots’ Offense. Not to mention the run game exposes their average linebackers for play action.

Third, and almost (but not quite) the most important element is an elite or play making quarterback. Look at both Super Bowls: the Tyree catch and the Manningham throw and catch. Average quarterbacks are not making those throws or plays, but Eli would and did.

The fourth, last, and most important component is the defensive front line. If you have four good defensive front linemen, you can put pressure on Brady without blitzing. Brady and Welker will eat blitzes for late evening snacks. However, the pressure of a solid defensive front line will wear Brady down. This will allow teams to zone up the inside, neutralizing Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez.

Now I’m not saying that its fool proof, but look at the numbers. Look at the games. You can see a trend. Belichick has been trying to improve that defense for how long? Four years? Unless Ryan Mallet is the next Steve Young, enjoy the ride Patriot fans. Five Super Bowl appearances and three wins isn’t too bad, but its time to come to terms with it.

 

Jason

By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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The Penn State win over Northwestern was huge for us.  Why? We can’t go to bowl games or Big Ten championships.  Then why?  Because it helped us find a part of ourselves that we lost.  We discovered a hint of Pride, a dose of Integrity, a sample of humility, and a chest of Honor.  Does it change or make what happened any less hurtful and disgusting?  Absolutely not, but it did help warm up a Demon that will take forever to exorcize.

This hint of former self burst out of the players and infected the crowd at Beaver Stadium.  We will never forget JoePa and my 1 year old daughter will know who the man is and was.  I will also tell her the story as a tragedy of a fallen hero, but never let her overlook his contributions.  Yet this Northwestern win was the first sign that Bill O’Brien is OUR MAN!

No one could figure out what O’Brien was thinking when he accepting the job.  Jack Lengyel came to mind, yet Lengyel’s challenge wasn’t an institutional overhaul, his was moving forward from a crash that crippled Marshall.  O’Brien stepped in and took the reigns of a huge obstacle not to mention this being his first Head Coaching position.  Yet O’Brien’s coaching ability has improved every game.

Watch “Cleveland ’95” on the NFL Network, so you can see how Bill Belichick grooms and prepares his coaching staff.  From that you will see the attention to detail that has been instilled in Bill O’Brien.  That attention to detail is most evident in the play of Matt McGloin.  I always saw McGloin as a risk/reward player, but lately he has risen to the moment.  I have seen patience, efficiency, good decision making, and leadership out of McGloin.  The same attributes we all see in O’Brien.

So Bill O’Brien this is my love letter I’m sending out to You and PSU, I hope you hear it.  Thank You for your help.  Thank You for your motivation.  Thank You for a literal Homecoming.  Where we felt a piece of ourselves come home.  WE ARE…  Still Healing, WE ARE…  Still Learning, WE ARE…  Still Penn State.  Thank You… And Bill O’Brien you are WELCOMED!!!

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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