FMQB: The Only Person who should be benched is McAdoo’s Barber!
I swear on everything Holy I wrote this on Monday!
“One really has to wonder if Eli Manning will be a Giant next year. QB’s like Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett, and Ryan Fitzpatrick all have better passer ratings than Manning. He would be 37 going into next season, I think there’s a high likelihood he either retires, or sticks around to groom a top 3 pick in the draft.”
I promise you I wrote that on Monday before the news! He was officially benched on Tuesday. In my opinion, this is complete crap. First off, you’re not going to learn anything new or get reps for a QB you’ve never seen before (Geno has been a starter for multiple years). Second, it’s Week 13 and they’re officially out of the playoff race. Third, this is your franchise QB and one who has brought you two Lombardi trophies. You owe it to him and his 13 year career not to end his streak of starts. Just let him ride out the season, and have a closed door meeting with him saying that he’s not your franchise QB, and they can either trade or release him. This action alone makes McAdoo’s firing justified.
- Rams have a tough schedule to end the year, but pretty surprised to see them knock off the 8 game win-streaking Saints.
- Wow, the Chiefs have fallen on hard times.
- I’m no doctor, but Aaron Rodgers sure seemed like he could throw the ball fine going into Sunday night.
- In 3 plays, Garrapolo had the first TD for the 49ers after Beathard played the entire game. Just saying…
- Two surprises of the week: Cardinals and Blaine Gabbert knocking off the Jaguars, and the Packers playing tough against the Steelers and barely losing.
- You have Antonio Brown and Julio Jones on one level, and then there’s every other receiver in the league.
Stat of the Week #1:
In 2015, the Chiefs started 1-5 followed by a 10 game win streak. They finished last season on a 10-2 run. Now this year they were the last undefeated team at 5-0, only to be on a 1-5 skid right now.
Stat of the Week #2:
Julio Jones posted his 3rd 250+ yard game. Every other active receiver in the league has no more than 1 in their career.
Stat of the Week #3:
In the Eli Manning era, the NFL started 188 different quarterbacks. Every NFL team started at least 3 different QB’s during that time frame. Every team in the NFC East has started at least 10 different QB’s. And the Browns alone started 24 different QB’s. All while 1 man suited up for the Giants.
Stat of the Week #4:
Surprisingly, if Adrian Peterson averages a very doable 94 yards per game through the final stretch, he can break 1000 yards on the season
Stat of the Week #5:
Aaron Rodgers is still in the Top 20 for TD’s thrown this year
I think Thanksgiving was the first time I’ve ever seen a 3-0 score at halftime and felt like one team was completely dominating. Despite struggling to get into the endzone, and their kicking problems, the Chargers completely dismantled the Cowboys.
For the first time since 2006, the Rams are guaranteed to finish the season at or above .500. Other streaks looking to be broken? The Bill playoff drought since 1999, Jaguars in 2007 and the Titans for the first time since 2008.
Oh How the Mighty have Fallen:
More proof of parity, even the big market teams aren’t getting love! The Giants Cowboys game just got flexed out of the Sunday afternoon spot for Jaguars Seahawks. It’s the first time since 2006 that the Giants and Cowboys play a 1pm game. Sound weird? Keep in mind the Jags have 7 wins, which is the same amount the Giants and Cowboys have combined.
Odd Stat of the Week:
Wide Receiver Mohammed Sanu has had 6 pass attempts in his career. He has completed all 6 (100% Completion), for 228 yards (38 yards per attempt), 3 TD’s, 0 INT’s, and a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Crazy Contract Stat of the Week:
The Chiefs signed Darrelle Revis last week. They will be paying him roughly $66,176 in a game check to suit up against the Jets this week. The Jets on the otherhand, are paying Revis $352,942 to suit up against themselves!!!
Fun Fact of the Week:
Tom Brady has lost 2 Super Bowls to a quarterback who got benched for Geno Smith.
Quote of the Week:
“We good?” Tom Savage, in the shortest press conference I’ve ever seen
Quote of the Week #2:
“The only person who should be benched is your barber!” Rant against McAdoo’s benching of Eli Manning
Quote of the Week #3:
“Walsh didn’t get Walshed, Walsh Walshed himself!” Minnesota radio, still complaining about the missed FG in the playoffs 2 years ago
The One Thing I’ll say about Kaepernick and Politics all year:
There is definitely a QB shortage in the NFL, and on top of that it seems like this year has been wrought with injuries. Starting QB’s have either been benched or injured for 14 different teams this year!!! (Season Ending Injuries: Miami, Houston, Minnesota, Green Bay, Arizona, Indianapolis…Benchings or short injuries: Buffalo, Denver, Oakland, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York). That number is insanely high, that’s nearly half the league! He likely won’t win his collusion lawsuit, but looking at this helps his case quite a bit.
If the NFL wanted to avoid the storm, they should have brought him in during the midst of the protests, because nobody’s talking about the kneeling anymore and no network is showing it. Heck, most players aren’t doing it anymore either. But if they bring him back now or anytime in the future, it will start all over again. Looking at the list of teams with season ending injuries, you probably couldn’t have picked a worse list for his chances. Miami, had their QB before the season. Houston, probably the last owner in the league to sign off on Kaep’s hire (minus Jerry Jones). Minnesota? Wrong scheme. Green Bay? Wrong crowd. I think Houston made the most sense, and in the other teams Arizona and Buffalo (right scheme wrong crowd) are the main teams you wonder why he didn’t get a call. Either way, the situation was completely botched by both the league and Kaepernick.
I also find it very interesting with the NFL’s “commitment to donate to criminal justice reform and community relations.” To the tune of $89 million dollars! The caveat is that players need to stop kneeling during the anthem. So what’s happening here? Do the players win, because they protested or brought awareness? Yeah probably. Does the NFL win because it can stop the hemorrhaging ratings due to the protesting? Possibly, time will tell. Either way, I think the league paying an $89M ransom for players to stand up is more than a bit ridiculous. And what about the consequences? What if the ratings plummet so much that the money also goes away. Can any one of these current player definitively tell me they’re willing to take a pay cut for this cause? I’m going to take a stab at it and say very few would since you don’t hear about any major donations from players personally.
There are two stories, which barely hit headlines, that truly emphasize the true “platform” these athletes are given. The first was Anquan Boldin, some Eagles players, and Roger Goodell meeting with Philadelphia city officials, the police department, and the Speaker of the House to discuss increasing trust between police and citizens and what community/state programs they could create. THIS is the platform athletes are given; the power and fame to get these meetings and get real things accomplished, not sitting/kneeling on a sideline. The second is hockey player PK Subban. A hero in his own right who doesn’t get any credibility due to the sport he plays. But if you want to talk minority, an African American playing hockey is about as “minority” as it gets. He’s still faced racism from fans, and from time to time has bananas thrown at him even though it’s 2017. And what does he do? He doesn’t kneel or complain. Instead he pays out of pocket to buy 2 tickets to every home game he plays. He gives one to a police officer, and one to an inner city kid. The two attend a game together, and can talk and learn to respect one another. You have to think the next time that cop sees a kid at a drug house, he remembers the game. And the next time that kid sees a cop in his neighborhood or approaches his car after getting pulled over, maybe he remembers a pleasant experience he had with a once scary cop. THAT people, is how you inflict positive change. Alright, enough politics for one year…
Meme of the Week: