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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Short Bits O’ Football

Firstly, no. Just no. Brett, what the hell are you doing?

Secondly, yes, Brandon Marshall deserves better. He’s been playing for a small, mid-draft contract while putting up the numbers of a high, first-round pick. I understand the questions about both his health and his off-field problems, but he’s unlikely to pull the kind of compensation that he’s worth in any kind of a trade and he really can be a big contributor on a team that needs him. There are a number of players on the defensive side of the ball that were rewarded with giant contracts and signing bonuses and who never managed to make any impact at all on the field (I’m talking to you, Moss, and to you, too, Crowder). Marshall, in contrast, contributed big, played out a few years of a highly underpaid contract, and just recently voiced his first bit of disgruntlement. My guess is that he finally realized that NFL players have short careers and that if he wanted to make the kind of money that will take care of him for the rest of his life, he needs to get a good contract before a career-ending injury robs him of the ability to make cuts or push upfield with the same strength that he has now.

While Marshall will make about $2.2 million this years, most of that money comes in the form of incentives. His base salary is closer to half a million while other top wide receivers earn significantly more and Marshall was a top 10 receiver in almost every category last year, easily outpacing TO and Randy Moss, both of whom have much larger contracts. There is little reason to believe he couldn’t hit something like 100 catches and 1300 yards again this season, and that’s the kind of guy who Orton (or Simms) will appreciate down the stretch. That’s no knock against Stokley or Royal, but just an acknowledgement that Marshall’s size, speed, talent, and competitive nature.

Yes, he needs to clean up his private life, but he’s not a lost cause. Give him another chance, give him a better contract, and get one of the most talented young receivers back on the field for the Broncos.

Speaking of second chances, I’m happy as hell that Michael Vick landed with a team and a quarterback who could give him the ultimate second chance. I was a big fan when he came out of college, a bit disappointed the further he got into his career, and mad as hell when he was found to be hip-deep in a dog fighting scandal. But I do believe in second chances and I trust Tony Dungy’s judgement when it comes to players. The man served his time in prison and now has an opportunity to fix the things that he did wrong; how he comports himself from now on will define just how deserving he is of that second chance.

The belief in the potential for redemption--on just about every level of a life--is deeply ingrained in Western, Judeo-Christian culture which is one of the reasons that there most definitely are second acts in American lives. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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You know, if the Chargers weren’t deep into salary-cap territory (Even had to restructure Tomlinson in order to keep him in the Bolt-n-Blue), I’d be happy to take him off the Mules’ hands.

He’s way too good for them.

on Aug 18 2009 @ 11:15 PM

1) As a Minnesota fan, I’m ambivalent about the Favre signing.  Obviously, I hope it works out for the Vikings.  I have some real doubts about how it will all work out, but the other quarterback choices available are not particularly attractive, so I’m slightly hopeful.  Also, with the way Favre was treated by the Packers last year, it would make me pleased to see them suffer.

2) Marshall signed a contract.  He needs to abide by it.  If he were a better human being, it would certainly be in the Broncos’s interest to make him happier.  He’s talented and the team can use him, so getting him signed to a new contract would be a priority.

Since he’s already indicated that the Broncos can, at best, get one more season, he’s not a good guy, and Marshall has an incentive to play well (getting a new contract) already, there’s not much reason to up his compensation.

3) I think that Vick has been punished enough for what he did and I think he should be able to seek employment as he chooses.  That said, I’m really glad that neither the Vikings nor the Broncos chose to offer him employment.  Not only would the circus that attends him be a problem, but unlike Z, I think that he’s overrated as an NFL quarterback.  (I think he’s an absolutely amazing athlete, but I think his skill set meshes poorly with the requirements of an NFL quarterback.)

on Aug 19 2009 @ 12:32 PM

From the bottom (because I can):

3) I actually think that Vick has been overrated as a QB, too, although not because he doesn’t have potential. I think he relied too heavily on athleticism and not enough on preparation or learning his trade. I was happy that the Broncos didn’t pick him up for just that reason. But he’s young enough and, hopefully, has just experienced how lucky he has been up until his arrest, that maybe he’ll have a very different view of this new opportunity. I don’t think I would have hired him, but I hope he finally lives up to his potential.

2) I often agree, but the truth is that teams regularly re-negotiate contracts for important players and I do think they need him. And again, when you out-produce guys who have base contracts that are some triple the size of yours, it isn’t out of the question to want something new.

I think he would be happy to play for the Broncos if they negotiated a better, long-term agreement. I could be wrong about that assumption.

1) I might feel different if I were a Vikings fan, but from where I sit it just makes the Vikings organization look like they’re getting jerked around by a guy who has serious commitment issues and a body that might not hold up well to another regular season of football.

Again, I could be wrong about that assumption.

on Aug 19 2009 @ 12:50 PM

great information ,

on Aug 28 2009 @ 03:00 AM
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