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Ryan Clark: Good At Chirping. Covering? Not So Much…

I think this video pretty much speaks for itself. While I don’t fault Clark for taking the Redskins 1-year, veteran minimum deal this year, I do fault the team for offering it.

The notion that he would bring “leadership” to the team as a one-and-done player, who clearly was on the cusp of retirement (and ESPN stardom) was, and is silly.

So let’s stop doing this. Let’s get people who can PLAY, period. And the “leadership” stuff will sort itself out.

Note: Funny how he brags about liking it cold, but then is the only guy putting sweatpants on over his game pants, and complains about the hot-bench being too hot. Not very PITTSBURGHIAN OF YOU, Mr. Clark!

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Remember when the NFL said that Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson was still scheduled to take place at 1 p.m.? Remember when the Bills were sending out the Bat Signal for volunteers to get paid $10 an hour to shovel the seats (plus free game tickets!)?

Yeah. That was on Tuesday. Nice try, NFL. Nice try, Bills.

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At least the field goal nets are up and ready to go!

Not only has this week’s game been pushed over to Detroit on a Monday night, but the NEXT home game for the Bills is in serious jeapardy. In fact, I’ll get on board early in saying there’s NO WAY they are ready for the November 30th game at home, either!

Officials say it takes 3 days to clear about 1 foot of snow from the stadium. They got at least 5 feet. You do the math.

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Ice Planet Hoth: Also ruled out for next Sunday’s Bills game.

Add to that the complicating factor of the entire city needing as much heavy equipment on hand elsewhere to clear other vital infrastructure. The complicating factor of where would Bills fans PARK even if the stadium was clear? The complicating factor of expected rain that layers all that mess in a sheet of ice….

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Sure, a well coordinated stadium clean out is a thing of beauty to watch in time lapse (see Minnesota do it below). But this storm was the storm to end ‘em all.

Might as well grab a Snickers and stay in Detroit, Bills. You’re gonna be there a while.

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Asshole: def. Individual who shows zero concern for other motorists.

This Was A Horror Show

I know my post on Sunday, was a reasoned defense of carrying out the RG3 Era to at least the end of his 4th year, and picking up his 5th year option for a heavy $12M++.

That was, however, BEFORE Griffin’s tone deaf ramble about “the Peyton’s and the Aaron Rodgers'” and how they need people to play great around them. That was BEFORE Jay Gruden felt the need to publicly shame Griffin with some of the most damning comments I’ve ever heard a head coach utter in a press conference about his own QB.

And that was certainly BEFORE I listened to my radio co-host Mr. Chris Cooley walk us through the game tape on Griffin’s “Tour de Farce” performance against a shitty-ass defense that got flamethrowered by Joe Flacco for FOUR TDs in the 1st quarter.

As I often say about my opinions in sports, and in writing, and on the radio: “I’m wrong as much as they next guy. But I refuse to stay stuck on stupid out of spite.”

I now have some foundation rattling concerns about Griffin as both a passer (forget “pocket” passer, just a passer PERIOD) and also as a professional going forward. To which, some of you, I am sure, will say: “Welcome home. What took so long?”

It hardly means I am giving up on him, and I think he needs to play, play, play through the end of this year. But that said, if he’s not going to make a commitment to improving his mechanics this winter, we’ve got a major problem. If he keeps tweeting and instagramming nonsense and childish back and forth’s with whomever – we’ve got a major problem.

And if he can’t read basic play concepts out on the field, then this whole thing is coming down like the fucking Hindenburg.

If you want to read the transcript of Cooley’s breakdown, then I warn you to grab a stiff drink and close your office door to muffle the cussing. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post did a great job of a. Transcribing b. Summarizing and c. Presenting the essence of what the film showed from Sunday.

Kudos as well to the Post’s graphics editors, who pulled screen caps of the game, and circled the intended receivers for emphasis.

Finally, a word about the new world of media we are living in as football fans. This kind of high level shit was UNTHINKABLE just 10 years ago. For one, the vaunted “All-22″ footage was kept under tight wraps by the NFL. Now, if you have an iPad and $99 you can buy every team’s for the entire season!

Secondly, smart ex-players who put in the time to do it, can really help explain game tape to average fans and writers. Cooley may sound like a grown-up man-child on the radio (he is, and that’s why I love him) but he has a mind that can really un-ravel complicated things. In fact, he once told me: “Czabe, I’m like a raccoon. Ever see a raccoon decide he’s going to get into a trash can somehow? That’s like me. I will sit there and not quit until I figure out how it works.”

I laughed. He’s right. And a great analogy.

It also helps that Cooley now does color commentary for the team on radio, and is still close enough to people “inside the building” who can help with access to certain things. I always kid him that he better be careful with these brutally honest film breakdowns, lest he be kicked out of the Burgundy and Gold kingdom for good! That hasn’t happened… yet. And I hope it never does.

Because not only does he go out of his way to make sure there’s no confusing his analysis for personal attacks on specific players, but the old football adage has never been more true: “The eye in the sky, don’t lie.”

This was one week for Griffin. A terrible one. How he responds to all of it (on field struggles, and off-field “drama”) is entirely his choice. And it will likely set a crucial direction for his NFL career going forward.

Oh, Snap! Dustin Johnson Just Got Taiwanese Animated!

I’m sure the lawyers, are lawyering: “You can’t prove any of that!”

 

The Dream of A 5-11 Division Winner is Alive and Well!

As George Costanza once said: “You wanna get nuts? Then…. LET’S GET NUTS!”

Forget the possibility of the NFC South being won by a SIX win dog of a team. I say let’s set the bar UNDERGROUND for sucky division winners at FIVE wins.

Thanks to a convergence of once-in-Haley’s-comet like proportions, the conditions are RIPE for it to happen.

nfc_southHere’s the chart, so you can play along at home!

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The POLL

the QUOTE

Fletch: Do you have any caviar?
Waiter: Si señor, Beluga, but it is 80 dollars a portion.
Fletch: Well, then I better just take two portions of that.

– “Fletch” (1985)

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“The Sweet Science….”