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     Smell that, yes it smells like mock drafts and arguments about who is going when and where.  Typically at this point of the season I’m talking nothing but fantasy football, and giving who I think will be successful or who is overrated.  So to start this off I’m looking at QB’s.  Now this list is only talking about:

1.  Someone outside of the top 10 (according to ESPN rankings) that I think will be top 10ish

2.  Someone I think is very stash able on your bench for trade or play value later.

So here is my list of QB’s I think can crack top 10 status this year

1.  Tom “Fucking Terrific” Brady:  He had a tough year last year, inconsistent run game and WR.  No All-Pro TE to start his season and then an injured All-Pro TE by the end of the season.  Just think all that yelling at his rookie WR from last year, now these guys have a solid year of working with the Golden Boy.  Also Gronk is playing week one, Brady looks o me like a guy you can get a little later (5-7th rd), but will give you top 10 production.

2.  Tony “How Bout Dem Cowboys” Romo:  I was stuck between either Matty Ice Ryan or Tony “Don’t do it, and he did it” Romo at this spot.  Yet I will go with value and say that Romo is a guy that will crack the top 10 QB or be very close.  This is for a number of reasons, (1) All the offensive weapons. (2) that defense is still bad, which means a lot of shoot outs. (3) the divisions Defense is bad so at least 4-6 games he will be playing a sub par defense (Redskins, Eagles, and an improving Giants defense), and (4) You will probably be able to get Romo in the way later rounds 9th-11th what a freaking steal.  FYI Romo finished 10th last year and missed a game.

3.  Phillip “Bo Lo”  Rivers:  Look at what he did last year, now add to that another weapon at TE (Green), another weapon on the ground in Donald Brown.  Also the Chargers were hit with the injury bug and they should be getting Malcolm Floyd back and even if he has lost a step 6’5 is 6’5 no matter how slow.  You can probably get Rivers in the 8th-10th range.

So if these guys are taking a top ten spot who do I see taking a step back?

1.  Russell “Last Name” Wilson-  A run heavy attack and honestly who is he going to throw the ball to?  Harvin will probably be in and out of the line up.  Also in the division he plays in, not the easiest defenses.  He will give you the bonus yards on the ground, but I see more 10-15 ranking for him. 

2.  Cam “SuperMan” Newton-  Now I know this is a stretch, because Cam has never finished outside the top 7 his whole career.  A none existent run game, and all young and new WR.  All Newton has is Olsen, but I don’t think that is enough and as fandom we underrated the Steve Smith impact.  After this year we will not. 

3.Robert “RGThriller” Griffin III and Nick “Chip Kelly made me” Foles-  I ranked them together, but I don’t trust this annointment of Jay Gruden as solving the Skins problems.  The O line was terrible and RGIII was blitzed almost twice as much as any other QB.  My friend Cool Reece said that RGIII had a Mike Vick feel and the heavy blitz strategy is what they used on Vick.  Until RGIII shows more pocket maturity I don;t trust him.  Foles is only ranked here because of the question marks in his game.  Def Coordinators have tape now and will try and adjust.  Also Foles was hit or sacked every once every 11 drop backs.  If that stat stays true, I don’t think he will hold up.  Without Desean Jackson we have to see if Maclin and co can run those speed routes and pop the top of the Defense. 

Guys with worth a late grab that can be stars, or sleepers

1.  Jay “Diebetis” Cutler-  All I have to say is Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jefferies!!!  Enough said, but if you need more.  Imagine now Cutler is in the Trestman scheme for another year, and lets not think for one second he didn’t learn from how McCown ran the offense.  (8th-12th rounds)

2.  Brian “Stop Talking about Manziel” Hoyer-  I know crazy right, everyone is predicting that he will be benched after the bye week for Johnny Football.  I’m here to say I’m a believer in Hoyer.  Before he went down he was playing very well.  Also this guy was tutored by none other than Tom Brady himself (means nothing just look at Matt Cassell), but all jokes aside, Hoyer had one of the better 3rd% efficiency rating before going down.  Add in Ben Tate, some veteran WR (Austin, Burleson) and a prayer for the return of Josh Gordon.  Only problem is when he plays sub par in the first 3 games will the Head Coach have enough Balls to let Hoyer continue to play.  (12th- to waiver wire)

3.  Eli “Remember I have more rings” Manning-  Now here I was stuck between Manning or Sam “I’m injured again” Bradford.  I chose Eli because of the terrible NFC EAST defenses he will face.  (Skins, Cowboys, and Eagles twice).  Also this year they are switching to a west coast offense which I hope will get the ball out of Eli’s hands quick and getting Jennings to run the ball along side Wilson, Hillis, and etc should give him a stable ground game.  I think Cruz, Beckham, and Randle are going to look good in the West coast system, especially Cruz. 

What do you think?  Let me know at @UnsportsmenbigJ

Written By:  Big J

 

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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Remember in all creative genres it goes through stages.  From creation, the silver age, the golden age, mass produced saturation, and return to creativity.  As a 29 year old I grew up in the “golden age” of hip hop and Quarterbacking.  Looking at the NFL landscape and where it has been, I didn’t realize how privileged I was to witness the “Golden Age” of NFL Quarterbacking in the 1990’s.  Also let’s not forget the 1990’s birthed some of the best hip hop and MC’s ever.  So lets go over this “golden age” and now this new era.

The ’90’s had some of the greatest QB play ever.  No! you say, well look at the list here.  Joe Montana (I know he was near the end of his career, but he was still in the ’90’s and we didn’t buck when he came back against the Broncos in the playoffs),  John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Phil Simms, Brett Farve, Randle Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peyton Manning (ok I cheated on this one but he was drafted in ’98), Jim Kelly, and Drew Bledsoe (before you say WHAT!! look up those Patriot numbers and he did lead them to a Super Bowl).  I’m not even going to include Vinny Testaverde, or the wildly talented but dysfunctional Jeff George.  The point I’m making is in the ’90’s a league where it was still run, by the running backs (pun intended) we had 9 Hall of Famers, and at least 13 good/great QB’s in the league at once.  Like I said the “Golden Age”.

In hip hop it was still fighting for position in the music world, but by the time the ’90’s hit, Hip Hop had arrived.  Just think back to some of the ’90’s artist the ran the radio waves.  Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube (before the kids movies), Snoop Dog (before he became a Lion), Big L, Redman, Common, Eminem (taking my Peyton Manning liberty with this one and don’t forget Slim Shady LP was feb. 1999), DMX, Big Pun, and the list could go on and that is not even including groups that were awesome.  I mean Wu-Tang loved the kids, the Fugees, the immortal OutKast, and on, and on, and on.  But with all things, once it gets popular the levee breaks and we got saturated copycats.

In the 2000’s we fell into the trick of ranks and saturation, or should I say the word everyone wants to utter “Elite”.  Who’s ELITE!  I never heard this uttered in the 90’s, probably because it would have started a conversation that we all would still be arguing.  So after those great players retired, we were left with Manning, and Farve.  We had some new comers to the party, hell instead of me going over this list I’m going to let Bleacher Report do it for me….  I will give you a second to go over it.

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     I bet after the list up top I presented you, this best of the 2000’s doesn’t look or feel that great.  I know right, I mean Mike Vick, who admitted he didn’t take his craft serious is ranked.  Even Chad Pennington made the list with the water pistol arm (no disrespect Ray “Big Play” Miller but it is what it is), I love Jeff Garcia, but he couldn’t make the league in the 90’s and had top play in Canada.  I know some of you will point to Warren Moon doing the same, but that was more of a race issue rather than an ability issue.  This also why we started to see the emerging Diva Wide Receiver, and other positions self promoting.  With no strong or overly talented QB’s; the NFL looked to any talented player to market the league.  Enter the T.O., Moss, Ocho, and every wannabe Cornerback that thought they are/were Deion “Primetime” Sanders (Fred Smoot, and DeAngelo Hall to name a few).  Look at the strong QB’s of the 2000’s Peyton, Brady, Farve, Brees, and Warner, how many of them had the “Diva” player on their team? NONE, because they were the team, point blank.  When we look at hip hip a lot of the earlier names, were getting older, richer, dying, or just stopped making music.  This led to the terrible Hip Hop of the 2000’s, it was still good Hip Hop, but now you had to find it and look hard for it.  This started the trend of the illegal download.  People didn’t feel comfortable buying a Hip Hop cd when its a huge chance it would be terrible,  It even prompted a lot of older artist to say “Hip Hop is dead”.

Now going into this new era everyone should enjoy this youth movement.  The league has made it easier for a QB to come straight out of college and be successful.  We have these young guns (Newton, Dalton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck, RGIII, and Stafford) who are breathing life back into the position.  Now we are seeing how to creatively use these new athletic QB’s to the best of their abilities.  In Hip Hop we are starting to see a new creative movement of cross genre music.  Lil’ Wayne with a rock album, Kanye West singing?  This is not my “Golden Age” of hip hop this is something new…  Something creative.  Even our pure Hip Hop artist are making some of the best music in 10 years.  Listen to a  Kendrick Lamar, Tech9, Lupe Fiasco, and again the list can go on.  They have figured out to be lyrically great, mixed with catchy beats, and know how to massage the mainstream, while staying connected to the underground.  If this generation pans out we will be debating what was the best generation of QB’ing and MC’ing for years to come.  Hip Hop and NFL fans, to steal a line from Jim Harbaugh “Who has it better than us? NOO-BODY!!!”,  “Since this is a New Era and I got a fresh new hat!”

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

By: Jason “Big J” Allen
     We have gotten so excited about the new 2012 trend of the new improved model of quarterbacking, with athletic mobile runners.  Yet I have realized that the running QB is devolving instead of evolving.  I got the idea for this article from reading “QBs in 2013: To Run or Not to Run” by SportsAsToldByAGirl (remember everyone reading is fundamental and you’re not biting if you give credit)…  (Also the website is an awesome read for different perspectives).  So let’s pull out our “time-turner” from Harry Potter (I use the Delorean reference a lot so let’s change it up) and go back to 1972…  Hold on, your telling me one turn is for one hour back?  That means I would have to turn this thing 359,406 times!  Forget it bring in the Delorean.

As we land in 1972 we are looking at the Chicago Bears with coach George Halas, as he decides to go with Bobby Douglass as his starting QB.  Why is this important, well for the NFL it signifies the first legitimate running QB.  By running QB I mean that they designed plays numerous times a game for Douglass to run like the wind.  So much so that Douglass ran for 968yds and 8tds that year.  Yet the Bears finished 4-9-1.  The problem really lied in Douglass’ in ability to throw the forward pass.  So Douglass and the Bears crashed and burned with this experiment.  But now modern teams picked up the pieces and modified it.

Now a lot of football historians will cry that Fran Tarkenton was probably the first running QB and to those people, I say yes you are partially right.  Fran never had run plays designed for him to use that ability.  Don’t forget that Vikings coach Norm Van Brocklin hated…  Yes, HATED that Tarkenton scrambled and ran like he did.  Yet in Fran Tarkenton we got a glimpse into what a mobile running QB could and should be.  Tarkenton definitely paved the way showing that you can and need to be an outstanding passer to go with your running ability.  We also had greats like Roger Staubach that pushed the plight further.  Then we had John Elway progress the cause even further. We were starting to see a new era of passing QB’s that are athletic and can run, now they were never the fastest but could get out there and gain yards.  The pinnacle or should I say “The Prototype” was Steve Young.

 

     I’m not just saying this because Young is my favorite QB of all time, but because Young over his career learned that his ability to run was an asset or rather a bigger threat if he could execute through the air.  For a three year period 1992-1994 Young probably was the most deadly QB or player on the field.  Why because he was pinpoint accurate with passes (still holds the QB rating career record) and if the play fell a part he could play sandlot football and use his legs.  After that zenith point with Young I think the plight of the mobile QB started to devolve.  A big portion of that has to do with the emergence of the Black QB.

 

     I don’t know if coaches felt that these athletes couldn’t grasp a complete passing game, or that the coaches never wanted to stifle their talent.  We start to see a ton of athletic guys playing QB, but a lot had question marks about their throwing ability.  Buddy Ryan literally made Randle Cunningham train to get faster in the off season, instead of teaching him how to become a dominant passer.  Kordell “Slash” Stewart at one point was played everywhere on offense except QB.  Then we get to Donovan McNabb who was an elite runner and inaccurate QB when he first entered the league.  As his career grew he wanted to prove the media and critics wrong and became a solid pocket passer only problem is he was so tentative to run I think it hurt his effectiveness.  Around that time we had the Daunte Culpepper, and a few others in the mix.  Until the arrival of Michael Vick, and that is where the devolving of the running QB hit lightning speed.

 

     The excitement and pure highlight reel making action of this QB, sent the league into a frenzy.  In all that excitement we failed to realize that his ability to read defenses, and know the playbook was lacking.  We didn’t care because this QB was running a 4.2 so why did it matter that he wasn’t the best passer?  Oh yeah it was his lack of receivers, but Tom Brady wins with average to no name receivers.  Every time his inability to command the forward pass was questioned it was met with an excuse.  Because of the ticket sales and excitement he generated teams went out and grabbed QB’s of similar ilk.

 

     Now here we stand in the mist of all these athletic mobile QB’s that are relying on their ability to run instead of using it as an added weapon when plays don’t turn out how they should.  Very Bobby Douglass/George Halas of us.  I’m not saying that a running Mobile QB can’t win a Super Bowl, because Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers have won, but both of them when they won were way more dynamic passers than runners at the time.  So I look at RGIII, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow (who is the second coming of Bobby Douglass), and Russell Wilson and think these guys are doing in the NFL what Halas tried and failed at (I left Andrew Luck off of the list because he rarely has run plays called for him).  Yes I know the names I listed are really good passers too, but why risk your franchise player, when you can allow him to execute from the pocket successfully.
     The world and media looks at these players as evolving the game, but from where I’m sitting I see it as devolution back to a formula that didn’t work.  So coaches I’m pleading with you, take away the bootlegs, stop calling read option running plays (I’m fine with the read option fake and going to the pass), stop thinking that your QB running ability is an outlet to have another running back on the field and start seeing these athletes as players that can add a dimension when the called play breaks down, not as the play to break out!
Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

 

The Falcons should change the Georgia Dome to the Thunder Dome for Quarterbacks, and Mike Nolan’s Defense is Master Blaster most weeks.  Hold your horses ATLiens, don’t crown the dirty birds yet.  If the Falcons have home field advantage in playoffs can you really trust any quarterback, including Matt Ryan, in the dome?  Let’s recap!

Week 2 Peyton Manning threw 3 picks.  One of the worse games Peyton ever had.  I was actually at that game with end zone seats expecting to learn how to attack defenses from the future hall of famer… obviously I was disappointed.
In week 4 against the Panthers it was only one interception thrown but Matt Ryan got sacked career high 7 times and Cam Newton fumbled in the 4th quarter to lose the game.  Superman like right?! Wrong more like Bizzaro, but the Falcons still only won by 3.  In week 6 the tables turned, the dome struck the Falcons.

Matt Ryan throws 3 ints to the Raiders, which was a shock to everybody.  Oakland had only won one game at the time and the birds were undefeated. The Dome still helped in a sense because Carson Palmer threw a late pick 6 to Asante Samuels to seal the game for the Falcon.  Once again the Falcons won by 3.
In week 9 the Falcons faced another team with a losing record the cowboys. Even though there weren’t any turnovers, it was the only time this season Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a touchdown. And of course Tony Romo plays bad everywhere so we can’t claim that.  Or can we? Falcons win by six.
When the Falcons played the Cardinals in week 11, I know the world was thinking, “How did Arizona lose this game?”  When your quarterback (Matt Ryan) throws 5 interceptions it’s a no brainer, but once the Cardinals made a Qb switch to a rookie, Ryan Lindley, who struggled (9-20/64yds, and sacked 3 times) and wasn’t ready for the moment.  Falcons only win by 4.
Week 14 aka The Phoenix Rebirth of the Falcons.  Drew Brees went 28 for 50 with 5 ints and his streak of 54 games with at least one passing touchdown was broken.  Now you would think it would be a blow out but the Falcons decided to have more of a balance offense and run the ball more so they only won by 10.
The next home game the Falcons face the champs and we all know how the Giants play late in the season. The Falcons haven’t been tested by a “Good” team all year; let’s see if they RISE UP! to the occasion.  As far as the playoffs I think the Falcons are Georgia Domed to fail. If Matt Ryan throws interceptions in the postseason a good team will capitalize.  If they go to the Super Bowl I have every right to join the bandwagon just because I live here.

Cool Reece Thomas

RGIII!!! RGIII!!! RGIII!!!  You have all of D.C. “Griffining”.

Cam ol’ Cam, Superman them Skins.

With the election looming we have a real battle about to transpire in Washington D.C. The Hulk vs Superman, The Wiz Kid vs Sophomore Slump, and The Savior vs The Savior.  We know D.C. will be a Red or rather Burgundy, Gold, and White state.  Caroline is a Blue state and also a White, Silver, and Black one. When you punch the chad on your remote to tune in this weekend who will you be voting for?

The Robert Griffin III upstart appears to be the new presidential candidate representing the D.C. area; kissing babies, shaking hands, and confusing defenses with his ability.  The former Heisman winner won the nomination and was taken #2 in the draft.  RGIII has rocked the NFL and its fans with high approval ratings with his 67% completion percentage, 8 passing touchdowns, 476 rushing yards along with 6 touchdowns rushing.  Griffin and Morris are running on ticket of hope and change in Washington D.C.

So they are saying this is a new Skins team. Nah bruh offensively but not defensively, the defense last year was ranked 18th and 12th against the run and pass.  This year they are 10th and 30th against the run and pass.  The bad pass defense can be attributed to losing Secretary of Defense Brian Orakpo, their best pass rusher, for the season.

What about the man on the other sideline this Sunday? Cam Newton is a former Heisman winner and #1 pick in the draft. Cam had a beautiful rookie campaign with tremendous passing ability that most pundits didn’t think he had.  This year through his stance in the media, and lack of attention to the issues he has hurt his image and play.  His team is 1-6, losing the popular vote, and searching for suggestions; Yet Cam should and will dominate this game.  Cam is running on a ticket of it’s not me it’s the economy… I mean it’s the team; I’m still Superman (no Hello Kitty for me Haters).

Expect Cam to have more passing and rushing yards than RGIII. In a meeting last season against the Skins, Cam was 18/23 256 yards passing along with 59 yards rushing and 2 total touchdowns and we see the Skins defense is worse. This game is set up to help raise Cam’s approval rating, show the public he is and can be a leader of men.  WATCH CAM EARN IT!!!!

So will the Panthers win it, it ain’t about 1 guy or vote its an electoral college remember, aka it’s a team game.  HaHa so Skins win! One More Win for the Griffin!

Raymond

By: Jason “Big J” Allen
      Last Sunday, Cam Newton sat upon the podium and told “Sweetie” he would put up a suggestion box. “Because I sure don’t know. I really don’t.” So I decided to be Sweetie (no one call me that), and make a suggestion box in hopes of answering the important question for Panthers fans: what ails Cam Newton?     I mentioned on a  podcast this was the first time Cam Newton had people doubting his GAME. Typically it has always been his character that people questioned, and he silenced everyone with amazing play. So I decided to look at some of Cam’s stats and see if he is right about the team struggles. I discovered a lot.
      Suggestion One – Cam, you need to refine your mechanics:     Here is an ESPN scouting report on Cam: “He needs some work on refining his mechanics when he does not have time to set his feet under him, but he has enough of an arm to make all the throws without getting set.” This means that Cam has a flaw: Cam drops back on his heel, but he needs to be on his toes. Not only that, but he also has high elbow release. That’s the reason you will sometimes see balls either float on him or fall to the dirt. Of course I came packing proof, and here are numbers to support that:

Type of Throw Completion Percentage
Middle 41%
Right sideline 56%
Right Side 59%
Left Side 71%
Left Sideline 60%

The numbers show that when Cam throws down the middle or to his right, he tries to use arm strength to throw the ball and lets the fundamentals slip. Also, being right handed means that Cam will rollout to his right more often, and throwing on the run typically lowers completions. However, whenever he throws to the left he has to open up, point his feet and shoulders to the target, and deliver. Whenever he throws left, he is forced to be more sound in his technique and he probably practices throwing left more.

Suggestion Two – Cam, you need to get better in the clutch:

     When the game gets tight and you need your leader to perform, Superman is very Clark Kent. Cam is just not clutch in the NFL. This is painful to say and its an odd fact, because he was amazing in Auburn in final moments. To be successful in the clutch you need to be accurate, have good decision making skills, and be able to stand in the pocket to deliver the ball. Here is where Cam stands in some vital clutch stats:

Quarters 1-3 avg. 4thQuarter -/+ 7 Trailing by 1-8pts
Completion Percentage 60% 53% 55%
Passing TD 6.6 3 9
Interception 4.5 2 10
Rushing TD 4.6 0 3

These numbers show that in pressure situations and at the end of tight games, Cam is just not successful. Throwing under 60% in those situations will not get it done, so there goes the accuracy. Having a high interception rate is a good example of poor decision making skills. Cam has to do better. You need your best player to lead here, not be the rear.

Suggestion Three – Cam is right that Carolina Coaching needs to step up:

     Looking at Cam’s games and numbers, its easy to see that he has come out the gates hot. However, when the opposing teams adjusts after halftime the Panthers falter.

1stHalf 2ndHalf
Completion % 60% 58%
Passing TD 17 9
Interceptions 8 15
Rushing TD 0 12

Once again, what do the numbers tell you? The team is just not prepared for the 2nd half. The glaring stat for that is the 12 rushing touchdowns. That tells us that the play broke down and Cam has to improvise on the fly. I also looked at how the running game plays into Cam’s success. The funny thing is the running game doesn’t have to be successful for Cam to win, it just has to be balanced.

The consistent formula for Cam and the Panthers’ success is when you keep Cam at 20-25 passes. His record in those games is 4-1. Why? Because you keep teams honest with balance and you allow Cam to maximize his talent. In those games his completion is 68% with 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Then add in his natural talent to make plays, and the Panthers become a tough team to beat offensively.

There you have it Cam. Sweetie (I mean Big J) has given you suggestions to help fix your Panthers offense. My last suggestion for you Cam? Get out there, play, leave the media alone, and when you get to 25 passes come out the game.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ


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