It's time for some therapy. Every week in the NFL, players, coaches, media, fans, and etc, say or do something that ticks me off. I'm sure that I'm not the only one.
So, after all of the games are played from the previous week I give myself and the people that read this article a little therapy. I do this by venting about some of the things people or saying or doing in the ford of NFL football.
I just can't give a pass to some of these individuals and somebody has to argue the other side. Let's dive right into some of the topics that people seem to be giving a pass.
Hmmm, it seems as though my suggestion that the New England Patriots football team may be cheating again has struck a nerve! Oops! Hey, no one ever said that Bill Belichick & Co. were the most honest fellas in the room...
Skelton, Tebow, Lefevour
On Sunday as I was watching the games I noted that Carson Palmer and Kyle Orton started for their teams again. I also noticed that Arizona was forced to start rookie, John Skelton, a player that they previously stated would not play this year.
Skelton had a solid game and led his horrific Cardinals team to a blowout win over the Kyle Orton led Broncos and Orton looked like the rookie in this game. Palmer also looked awful in a meaningless game for the Bengals and it got me to thinking, why in the world would teams stick with veteran QBs that are mediocre, when their season is already over?
The Cardinals weren't going to play Skelton this whole year until injuries forced him into the lineup. Skelton looked better than any option Arizona had a QB all year. It makes you wonder, with the division leader only at 6-7, if the Cardinals went with the rookie earlier, would they be in the race for the below average NFC West crown? Now, even if it wasn't by choice, they'll get to see him play the last 4 games and will be able to find out what they have going into next year. It's a blessing in disguise. A similar thing happened in Cleveland this year as the Browns had no intention of Colt McCoy taking a snap this year until Delhomme and Wallace went down. That certainly worked out well as the Browns now know that they have a QB and RB combo to start the 2011 season (assuming there is one.)
The same can't be said for the Broncos or Bengals. Denver is the most high profile case of a rookie QB that can't see the field but should. Pat Bowlen let his franchise go to shit by turning personnel and on-field decisions over Josh McDaniels and now he's desperately trying to bring John Elway into the front office in an attempt to get some stability.
All the fans in Denver want to see Tim Tebow and are wondering if he can be the dynamic leader for the future. Instead of winning back some of his loyal fan base, Bowlen is letting the teams prior running back's coach make the decision to stick with Orton. Why, what good can happen here? Will Denver get that 4th win they so desperately want? If Denver started Tebow, the team would get national attention and they would be able to see if he's got the potential to be the starter next year. It would sell tickets, get ratings, and prevent all of us from having to watch another Kyle Orton eff'up.
For those of you that followed my draft coverage, you know that I liked all of the tools and intangibles of Dan Lefevour, the rookie quarterback out of Central Michigan. I was a lot higher on Lefevour than most if not every other draft expert. I'll continue to stick by this opinion, and I'll be proved right. Lefevour is buried on the Bengals depth chart below the washed up Carson Palmer and his look alike, even more untalented brother Jordan Palmer.
The Bengals have 2 wins, yet they chose to stick with Carson, who has made it apparent to the whole world, except Marvin Lewis, that he doesn't have it any more. Jordan is the backup, because, well I guess because he's a clone of Carson. Jordan is supposed to be the veteran backup and he does have a career 66.7 completion percentage but that's a career if completing 10 of 15 NFL passes (w/ 2 INT's) for 59 yards. Dan Lefevour is more talented than either of these QBs. He's raw but if given the last 3 weeks of the season, they could find out if they have their future of the franchise already in the locker room.
If I'm wrong on any of these players, do you know what the ramifications are? A higher draft pick! There's no risk! It's win win! Why don't these teams find out what they have? This is a simple open and shut case and for the life of me I can't figure out why these coaches stick with the veteran.
Well that's another week of football therapy in the books. I hope I hit on some of the issues that raised your blood pressure. If you have something that bugs you, shoot me an email, if it set me off too we'll talk about it here. After all, this is your therapy as much as mine. See you next week, where I'm sure someone will have done something stupid and I'll beat it into the ground until I feel I've vented for everyone who was upset by it.
Look for NFL Game Day on Sunday mornings, bringing you the match-ups and what to look for in each of that week's games. - Jayson Braddock
Jayson appears on Sports Radio 790 AM in Houston, TX, every Thursday morning at 11:19 am CST as the football insider on the Dylan Gwinn show. He's a graduate of the Sports Management World Wide Football GM & Scouting Course and has been mentored by former NFL player / executive John Wooten and Sporting News.com NFL Draft Expert Russ Lande. His work is mostly appreciated by die-hard fans interested in every little detail about their team and not just watered down mainstream talk. - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports7910.com.