Since the start of the NFL season is right around the corner, I thought it might be fitting to introduce a Sunday series on my second favorite sport—professional football. Although this blog tends to cater to my SEC lovin’, Bulldog followin’, fans of college football, I do consider myself a “sportswriter” so I can do whatever I like, whenever I like, right?
Anyway, here’s my take on some of the stories I stumbled across over the past week:
Tim Tebow is still looking for some R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Is this the first or second year I’ve had to endure the “Tim Tebow Will Be Great” talk? I forget because every year it’s the same thing with this kid: He hasn’t had the coaching, opportunity, personnel, offensive line…etc. to be successful. Give him time.
Uh huh, how much more time does he need because, if he’s getting beat out by the likes Brady Quinn, I’m questioning whether he should be playing quarterback at all—quite frankly, I questioned that from the beginning.
Perhaps what Tebow’s coach should do is move him to fullback or tight end and see what he can do at one of those spots because, truthfully, he’s being paid too much money to be a nice guy/underwear model/book salesman.
Chris Johnson…still crazy and untreated
Chris Johnson lost his mind in 2010 and I fear he’s lost it for good in 2011.
The “star” tailback for the Tennessee Titans is looking for a Larry Fitzgerald-like contract for being a good player—not an awesome one, but a good one—and he’s dead serious about his money or else he’s just going to go about the business of auditioning for his next team…whoever that may be.
What this dude needs to start realizing is he’s going to have to do a lot more than be a good player to get the kind of money he’s looking to get—somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million+. No body cares what you did in 2009 anymore, that’s over. 2010 brought you back down to earth and showed what your true potential is from that point forward.
I don’t expect much from Johnson this season and, if he’s lucky, no one else will either. However, if I could give him any advice, I’d tell him to sign that contract now because by 2012, he’ll be lucky if he has any leverage left at all.
Fitzgerald money?…Boy, stop!
I’m so happy that so many people are buying into the Alex Smith/Braylon Edwards hype this off-season because it makes it so much easier for me to bank all the incredible “I Told You So’s” I’ll need when he proves that he’s still Alex Smith. Which is to say, he’s still a middling-to-decent quarterback with nothing more than a back-ups skill set.
Harbaugh is playing the cards he’s been dealt until he can get a quarterback of his liking and, once he does, Alex Smith is gone.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Urban Meyer’s [the college coach of both Alex Smith and Tim Tebow] hand at work it’s this, he can make a Heisman winner, but his quarterback’s will likely never be the architects of a Lombardi Trophy.
Plain and simple.