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I think I posted this video before. We were on a road trip to Denver to play the Broncos. A big storm had hit so we left on a Friday instead of our normal Saturday. I actually had more footage but it was lost when I switched cameras. Check out the funny moment at the 5:20 mark.
Greetings from Vail, CO. I just got here for a family ski trip. But....I have time to update my blog. Slow day in football but a lot of small things are worth talking about. I will hit on some of those later. It's time for Mailbag.....
When I said this morning that I needed my coffee, I wasn't lying. When discussing the offensive line in an earlier post, I forgot about LT Levi Jones. I asked myself how did that happen and the only reason I could think of is that he was injured for much of this past season.
I will try my best to respond to questions that are posed by readers. A lot of you have brought up good points and countered things that I have said. Good debate. We all have opinions. Here is a comment from a reader,
As I look at many mock drafts on the Internet, I find myself shaking my head. It's way too early to predict which team will draft what. Is it fun to predict? Yes. But in reality, you have to wait until after free agency to see what each team really needs. If the Detroit Lions somehow make a trade for Patriots QB Matt Cassel, do you think they will still draft a QB with the No. 1 pick? No. So the key to predicting who your team will draft is predicting who they will get/lose in free agency and how that changes their roster. I will show you what I'm talking about.
I was talking to a buddy(NFL employee) today about a topic he heard on some local sportstalk shows here in Cincinnati. He was pretty irritated because fans here in Cincinnati were opposed to taking a WR with the 6th pick in the NFL Draft. We got into a pretty good debate about who we thought the team should take with the pick. In the middle of the conversation I said that I wished I had a recorder to put this on my website. It was pretty good. Anyway, I will bring you bits and pieces of the debate and you can chime in to let me know what you think. Today's debate is going to be the case of drafting an Offensive Tackle with the 6th pick.
I know I said I was tired of the A-Rod talk but he keeps saying silly things. I like it when guys detail exactly when they started taking steroids. Like I'm really going to believe him. We always stretch the truth a little right? A-Rod said he started using in 2001, right after he got the largest deal in sports history. Hmmmm. Either he is lying or he does things exactly opposite of most of the other steroid users.
I just got finished breaking down some film of Penn State DE Aaron Maybin. I watched the Ohio State game and the Rose Bowl Game vs USC. I was actually at the Rose Bowl, but I didn't know of Maybin at the time. The reason I watched those two games were because there were different kinds of offenses and I got to see Maybin attack people in different ways. In the OSU game, Maybin faced a mobile QB, and in the USC game he faced a pro style offense. Watching tape against pro style offenses gives you more of a read because that's what he will see on Sunday's in the NFL. I can look at a defensive lineman and tell right away if he has certain skills to play at the next level. I do not claim to be an NFL Draft expert so I won't say where he should be drafted. Some say he is a top 10-15 pick. Who knows?
Sometimes I get a brain freeze when it comes to what I want to talk about. When that happens I usually take a ride in my car and listen to different talk shows. I go to Starbucks. I go to Fresh Market. I go to the Apple Store. But today I did some daddy duty and dropped my son off at preschool then rode to a meeting for some things I want to incorporate into my new website. That went well. I'm excited about it. Anyway, back to the radio. I checked out some local sports talk and they were talking about A-Rod. I turned to Howard Stern and he was talking about A-Rod. I turned to ESPN Radio and they were talking about A-Rod. I'm really tired of hearing about it. The one name that is getting brought up now is Ken Griffey Jr. He is probably last big name player who never took steroids and people are looking at his career now and appreciating it more. Ken is my favorite player of all-time, right next to Barry Bonds, so the whole A-Rod thing doesn't bother me. If he did it, he should be talked about in the same light as Barry Bonds. Speaking of Barry, I know he is happy that someone just as big or bigger than him is taking some of the negative spotlight away from him.
I blame it all on football season being over. Whoever broke this story probably had all of this info a while back, and waited for the Super Bowl to be over and then have the headlines.
Ed Thompson of Scout.com wrote a good article about the rules of restricted free agency. He breaks down the salaries and compensation that the original team receives for losing a player to another team.
Former NFL star Jamal Anderson was recently arrested for drug possession at a Atlanta bar. When I read the headline on the Internet, I said "COME ON MAN!" Last week while I was in Las Vegas, I was watching ESPN in my hotel room and Jamal was on TV. I thought to myself, "that's cool, he has a cool job, I'm happy for him." Let me be the first to say, never believe everything you read. I have seen people get accused of something and a few weeks later we find out that the story was different than first reported. Many of my teammates(WVU, Titans, Bengals) over the years have been involved in situations where they were on the wrong side of the law. So I will say Jamal is innocent until proven guilty.
He's Just Not That Into You is a good movie. I went into it thinking it would be a chick flick but it ended up being a movie that men and women will like. Fellas go check it out.
This steroid stuff is old news. Jose Canseco outted A-Rod years ago when he released his first book. Nobody cared because Jose said it and they think he's an idiot. But he has been dead on with every player that he named. I wish every baseball player just came out and admit they used steroids whether they did it or not. Then the story would be over with. I really don't care that Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, A-Rod, or anyone, did steroids. Is it wrong? Yes. Should they do it? No. It sets a bad example for kids. They weren't being tested for it back then and they did them. The bad part is when they lie under oath about it. Then the player becomes just plain stupid. Just admit it, take the blame, and move on with your life. Finish the rest of your 200 million dollar deal, move to Florida, and detox your body from all of the juice. Sounds good to me. That's what my man Jason Jiambi did. Said he was sorry, but didn't say what he was sorry for, and he was forgotten about. I honestly care more about A-Rods divorce and how he is chasing Madonna, more than I will ever care if he took steroids.
From Louis D,
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Joe Reedy has an article about TJ in today's Enquirer. I thought it was a good piece. TJ doesn't think the Bengals will put the franchise tag on him and he explains why. He feels as if the team has too many holes to tie up 10 million dollars into him for one year. And with the looming uncapped year coming up in the NFL, he may be right. With each day that goes by, TJ is going to let his feelings be known more and more.
I woke up this morning and read a few football articles on-line. What I posted yesterday got me to thinking. Players scheduled to become free agents are really getting antsy. It's like a kid knowing that Christmas is three weeks away. Each player has different circumstances to worry about. I will look at two guys, both are guys that I have played with in the past, Albert Haynesworth and TJ Houshmandzadeh.