Posted on: September 19, 2008 10:04 am

Power Rankings, the BCS and Sirius

Ok here is another little rant. Power Rankings.

First why the hell are they called Power Rankings? Are we really talking about the teams power? If so the top teams every week would be Pittsburgh, the 4 NFC East teams and a little Minnesota sprinkled in from time to time.  What other NFL teams would you call powerful? Of couse in this I'm referring to power in the sense of smash mouth football.

Second is there really a need for these Power Rankings? The NFL has a cut and dry way of determining who the best team is.  Its the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. This isn't college where anyone actually cares what a writer thinks of their team. Yet these sites and writers still deem it necessary to rank the teams for us. Why don't you actually do your job and write about football?

Every afternoon I listen Pat Kirwin and Tim Ryan's Movin the Chains on Sirius' NFL channel. Why? Because these guys talk football its not a celebrity show where all they want to talk about is stuff that happens off the field, that show comes on earlier in the day and is hosted by Adam Schein. Schein has to be one of the worst talk radio hosts I've ever heard. He doesn't let any of the callers talk, he's constantly interrupting, whenever he has on one of the few people in the NFL willing to talk to him on the show he either sucks up to them or insists on antagonizing them. He knows nothign about what is happening on a football field and doesn't even usually concern himself with it but instead more with things like Chad Ocho Cinco's name change. He has consistently bashed Jim Zorn bc he has never been an OC while he praises Lane Kiffin as a offensive guru.  Not that I loved the Zorn hiring or that I don't like Kiffin but am I the only one who sees the irony in this? Anyways back to Kirwin and Ryan. These guys talk about football they explain things that are happening on the field break down plays, talk about the things that make a play work or not work, why a player doesn't succeed in certain situations, teams game plans, etc. Why are we as the consumer of sports writing satisfied with "sports writers" that are essentially gossip writers.  They are more concerned with Ocho Cinco's name change than with the fact that Goodell is proposing an 18 game season. How many times have you seen a writer breakdown a game or player? Even to the simple degree that I discussed Campbell in my last blog? Its extremely rare. I'm not saying I'm not at all interested in hearing about news off the field, I'm just saying that I'm more interested in hearing about things on it.

Posted on: September 11, 2008 12:42 pm

The Rant and a cigar

This is my first blog entry but I'm hoping its first of many to come.

I want to first talk about my Redskins.  What a terrible display on offense, unbelievable. Campbell once again looked completely lost. This is becoming a pattern for him.  He was touted as a fast learner because at Auburn he had 4 Offensive coordinators and still managed to be productive.  What is always left out in that conversation is he played with Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown.  That was a run first team, the RB's were so good Brandon Jacobs wasn't even used and transferred out. Campell threw almost exclusively against 8 and 9 men in the box that helped him tremendously in college. I've heard the argument that when you have fewer oppurtunities to pass it actually says more that you did well than it would if you passed all the time(this ironically is the same argument used to minimize what Brennan did at Hawaii). My argument is that while this may be true if you're on a run first team where the run is effective but not dominant it isn't true when you are on one of the greatest rushing teams of all time and are throwing against single coverage. In this case your numbers better be good!

I'm not doing this to bash Campbell at all, I want to like the guy, I really do. He seems like a great guy, the problem is IMHO he's never had the tools to make it.

Jason Campbell is slow.

I don't mean special ed short bus slow, nor do I mean that my fat self could beat him at a foot race. No, what I'm talking about is when it comes to football Campbell is slow. First and foremost is the big knock on him from the get go, his delivery. Campbell take a big, slow wind up, followed by a big, slow step forward and finishes with a slow delibrate release. This is essential to success at the NFL level. Neither Dan Marino or Peyton Manning could run a 40 in under 5 seconds if their lives depended on it but from the time the decide to throw until that ball is sailing towards the receiver is a fraction of a second. Tony Romo wasn't even drafted, hell if it wasn't for going to Sean Peyton's alma mater we may have never heard of him at all but once he got into the league he stuck and when given the oppurtunity he has succeeded.  Some people attribute it to his ability to improvise like Favre but if that was his only asset Bill Parcels would have cut him the first time he threw an INT in camp trying to "improvise". He stuck bc he has a big league arm(which almost every NFL QB has) and he has a lightening fast delivery it has been timed quicker than Marinos, which has generally been regarded as the quickest. This is key for success in the NFL.

Second is his decision making always seems to be slow.  I think this goes back to Auburn, on a run first team, when he did pass, his options were usually open and he knew who he was throwing to before he took the snap.  His progression went 1. Take the snap, 2. is primary receiver open?, 3. No, check down to RB?, 4. No, get rid of it or run.  Essentially he'd look at the first guy then look at his check down then get out of there. At the NFL level his progression can be as many as 4 or 5 receivers then a check down.  Look at Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass Monday night.  He looked at 3 other receivers before he hit the open guy in the end zone. Campbell is yet to show the ability to go through a progression and this will only be further exposed in the WCO.

Now I'm not saying pull him now abandon ship and stick Colt Brennan in there and watch the kid get destroyed. All I'm saying is that unless we see improvement in these areas Brennan may be the future of the franchise.  Now that said I'm not on the Brennan bandwagon just yet.  It takes more than a few good series against guys that aren't in the league right now to make me a believer but it was a good start. Now lets just let him ride the pine and learn this year.

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