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  1. There are tons of NFL players who don't work hard or take their jobs seriously. When the Redskins traded for Desean Jackson, there were widely published photos of him celebrating in clubs, while flashing gang signs. His coach didn't hate him because of that, let alone bench him. Instead, he was welcomed with open arms. I'd love to know how many NFL players don't party regularly, don't drink regularly (let alone do drugs). How many players continue to be suspended for substance-abuse problems? Every one of them is welcomed back eagerly when their suspension is over. It's absurd to claim that Manziel is an anomaly, the only guy in the league who likes to have fun. The difference is- only Manziel is taken to task for simple photos of him out having a good time. There are other issues here. What other player (except Tebow) invokes such universal hatred from the media? Merrill Hoge doesn't shout "he can't play" about other players. The NFL is normally all about promoting star college players. And excusing the misconduct of its own players, both stars and scrubs. If Manziel worked for a church, maybe his conduct would stand out. In the NFL, he is not only no worse than normal in terms of behavior, he is significantly better.
  2. It's a simple matter of double standards. Either this league wants a bunch of choir boys, in which case they need to quickly banish a huge number of players with backgrounds far more questionable and disturbing than Manziel's, or they need to cut this kid some slack and allow him a chance to play.
  3. What did this kid ever do to engender such hate from not only fans, but the entire journalistic community? We are talking about a thoroughly corrupt league here, one which has tolerated, and continues to tolerate, genuine thugs who are given chance after chance, even after committing violent crimes. Manziel has never even been accused of a crime. From what I can determine, he likes to have fun and party. Wow- what reprehensible behavior for a young guy. Jamis Winston was caught stealing and was accused of rape twice. Cam Newton stole a laptop, was caught cheating on his exams and his father was trying to sell him to the highest bidder. Neither suffered in the court of public opinion and each was still chosen #1 overall in the draft. While Manziel was blasted for his "chance" last season- 1 1/2 games worth- Winston's first game this year was very, very bad, and yet no one suggested he was a "bust" after one game. When was the last time a player was drafted in the first round whose coach clearly and obviously hates him? Pettine lashed out at Manziel during a halftime interview a few weeks back, when Manziel had played very well in the first half. Like so many of these glorified gym teachers, Pettine is lacking in intelligence and vision. He hates Manziel because it's politically correct to do so. Who doesn't hate this guy? Pacman Jones- who is somehow still in the league- has fewer haters, despite his litany of criminal offenses. So does Aquib Talib, whose most recent offense was trying to gouge out an opponent's eye. So does Greg Hardy; apparently it's less "offensive" to sexually assault women than it is to "party." Quarterbacks in the recent past were big "partyers." Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler (both of whom had links to mobsters). Billy Kilmer was sometimes drunk on the field. Sonny Jurgensen. Bobby Layne. Presently, Ben Roethlesberger clearly likes to "party" as much as Manziel does. But Manziel hasn't been accused of rape. Twice. Yes, I know Big Ben has proven his worth, but Manziel hasn't been given a chance to prove anything. He's just continually told to "grow up." I have never heard a single announcer or talking head say that they like Manziel. Even Tebow would have journalists saying "I like him personally but...." We're talking about one of the most exciting college football players ever, and no one who covers the sport liked him? He had no real off the field issues, unlike Winston and Newton. But instead, everybody just hates him. And now his own team has demoted him, before it ever gave him a real chance, because he was caught "partying." By way of comparison, Jamis Winston- who is being talked up as an offensive rookie of the year candidate- hasn't passed for 300 yards in a single game yet. Manziel, in his best game to date, just passed for 372. Neither has Tyrod Taylor- whom no one is suggesting should be benched, despite the fact he hasn't passed for even 200 yards in half his starts. And Manziel can run as well as any of the running quarterbacks, but his coach mysteriously doesn't want him to do that. The NFL's product has never been more mediocre than it is now. Here they have a potentially exciting young star, and yet the entire league, and the journalists covering it, are doing everything they can to stop him from reaching that potential. While they embrace youngsters with the most violent pasts imaginable, Manziel is labeled as a "character" concern because he...well, likes to party. This entire league has become a giant joke.
  4. Overthinking things, as usual. I have Gio, Ellington and Woodhead (with Foster out) and have to start 2 in a non-ppr. Ellington and Gio are in almost the exact same situation, and I'm at the mercy of two idiotic coaches. I'm sticking with Woodhead, but the weather in the Bengals game has me hesitating again. Will probably wait to the last minute and, if I bench Gio for Ellington, Arians will give him less than 10 touches. Fantasy football....
  5. Doug Flutie had a cannon for an arm. The only knock on him, like Wilson, was his height. Off topic, he was also an incredible all around athlete- capable of doing monster slam dunks in basketball. I understand the Redskins gave up the farm and have to be committed to RGIII. My point was the way the preseason performances of Cousins and Wilson are being interpreted. Whether either of them should have a chance to start or not, they have both been playing against backup players.
  6. Everyone has the right to their opinion. But this place is notorious for ridiculing far less outlandish notions than saying Wilson is a better prospect than Luck.
  7. What has RFIII done thus far to rank him higher than Luck, who was about as impressive as can be in the first game, and then showed remarkable resiliency in the second game? As for Wilson being ranked above Luck as well, this is laughable. Can I be in one of your leagues?
  8. I understand that the situations for RGIII and Flynn are vastly different. However, the same people who have gone wild over Wilson's performances have tempered their enthusiasm for Cousin's performances by saying they came against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Rotoworld just revealed their own typical bias, actually crediting Wilson with great numbers while working WITH 2nd and 3rd stringers. Okay.... Seattle is making a huge gamble here. They have probably effectively ruined Flynn's confidence. As the boys on "First Take" just said, Carroll should have stood behind Flynn from the moment they signed him. Instead, he instantly declared an open competition. If Wilson starts, and as seems likely underachieves, Flynn is likely to be pressing constantly if they turn to him. Whatever they paid him, they appear to have just thrown money away on a player they aren't even going to let start a single game. RGIII may turn out to be great, but the hype is so far over the top it's ridiculous.
  9. Again, let's ignore where RGIII was picked in the draft vs. the money Flynn was paid. The performances of Cousins and Wilson are being judged by different standards. You all appear completely enamored with what Wilson has done against scrub defenders. This is the defense we hear from RGIII groupies, regarding Cousins' performance. Either it IS impressive to put up great stats against 2nd and 3rd teamers, or it isn't. You can't have it both ways. And I do not seriously believe for a moment that Cousins would have a chance to start over Flynn, as well as he has played, or that Wilson (or any other QB on the planet) would have a chance to start over the most hyped QB in modern history. And what about the Shuler-Frerotte analogy? That's as close to an exact parallel as you can get. Same team. QB drafted in basically the same spot. Wildly different standards in each situation.
  10. The situation in terms of Cousins and Wilson is identical; both players were not given any legitimate chance to start and have outperformed the supposed starters at the position. The reaction, by media and fans alike, reveals the double standard clearly. If both Cousins and Wilson have achieved their results vs. 2nd and 3rd teamers, then why is that only an issue for Cousins? No matter how much they paid Flynn, they signed him as a free agent and it was thought by everyone that he'd be the starter. The fact that Carroll never anointed him as such is baffling in and of itself. If T.O. doesn't drop that perfectly thrown bomb from Flynn, how different does his performance seem? The situation is also identical to the one the Redskins faced in the mid 1990s. Heath Shuler was drafted third overall, and Gus Frerotte was the scrappy underdog. Why was RGIII made the starter from the moment he walked onstage at the draft? Shuler was instantly despised by the same fans that adored RGIII just as quickly. He was never made the starter and always had to look over his shoulder. The media in Washington, led by Sonny Jurgensen, started demanding the team start Frerotte during his rookie preseason. There is no one in that same media market who would dare to suggest RGIII not be the unquestioned starter, no matter how poorly he plays. In fact, I'd wager they'd lose their job if they did so. Wilson is too small for the position and will not succeed in a conventional offense at this level. Cousins has immense talent and went to the wrong team. He will continue to show well whenever he plays. If RGIII continues to struggle, you will hear more grumbling from those courageous enough to criticize this magical figure who is on several commercials even though he hasn't started his regular season career.
  11. Very predictable response. They are completely similar situations. In both cases, a QB who was expected to be handed the starting job has been unexpectedly outplayed by someone who was expected to be a backup at best. You're kidding yourself if you don't see the double standard.
  12. Why is it that the exact same situation in Washington- high profile, highly paid QB being outplayed by rookie- is being intepreted so differently? Skip Bayless and a few locals mentioned the obvious- that Kirk Cousins has looked far better than RGIII- and the reaction was "How dare you!" However, everyone has felt comfortable touting a 3rd round rookie-whom nearly everyone expected to go lower in the draft- as a potential starter. Why the double standard? The Seahawks gave Matt Flynn a ton of money to be their starting QB. What sense does it make to do that, and not even let him open the season as the starter? Talk about not getting a fair chance! The argument is that Wilson has looked so great in preseason. Again the double standard; Cousins has looked at least as good, but almost everyone instantly rresponds with, "But he was playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers!" Yeah, the same kinds of 2nd and 3rd stringers that Wilson has apparently looked so good against that he's going to be handed the starting job, over a guy they signed to a huge free agent contract. I'm expecting the same kind of double standard here- Russell Wilson is "great," and the idiotic Pete Carroll has "balls of steel" because he's going to hand him the job over the free agent they paid a huge amount of money to play the same position. But Kirk Cousins is nowhere near as "great" as RGIII and the Redskins "have" to start him, because they drafted him so high. Why don't the Seahawks "have" to start Flynn after giving him all that money? You're really kidding yourselves if you think someone Wilson's size can perform well on a team loaded with the kinds of mediocre skill position players the Seahawks have. T.O.? Hey, if he didn't drop that perfectly thrown bomb from Flynn, how does that impact this QB "battle?" Sidney Rice? Don't make me laugh. The TEs the genius Carroll never throws to? This is not a good offensive team. Flynn is getting screwed- hope he enjoys that big contract.
  13. The media has done a real job on Blaine Gabbert, with their constant, Tebow-like mantra of "He can't play!" and ridiculous nonsense about him having the worst rookie season ever for a QB. Reality- his performance (and his stats) hold up very well against the vast majority of rookie QBs ever to play in the NFL. Compare what Gabbert did last season, with perhaps the worst receiving corps in the league, to Josh Freeman's rookie season. Gabbert was far superior statistically, yet Freeman was given no competition and shone the next year. Why is Gabbert a "bust," but Freeman wasn't? What has Chad Henne done to justify him starting over a guy they drafted 10th overall? The media creates these guys reputations. Brady Quinn is considered a "bust," when he had what, 12 starts in 3 seasons? Same thing goes for Matt Leinart, who was never given even a complete year as the unquestioned starter. On the other hand, somehow Josh Johnson, who has never showed any potential at all, and owns a career QB rating of 57.7 (well below any so called "bust" in history), with a total of 5 TDs vs. 10 INTs, is considered a hot commodity that would somehow be given a chance to start in San Francisco. All QBs receive too much blame and too much credit.
  14. It's amazing that everyone isn't singing the praises of Eric Decker. This guy has 8 total TDs already, on an offense with a struggling passing attack. He has proven to be a tremendous deep threat, constantly getting open (if Tebow had hit him on some other deep routes, he'd quite possibly be leading the league in TDs) and clearly is an elite playmaker, as evidenced by his 90 yard punt return for a touchdown. But despite all this, for some unknown reason, people still label him as "lacking speed," and even Skip Bayless, during his lonely defense of Tebow on ESPN, has seen fit to constantly denigrate him (saying things like, "Eric Decker? Are you kidding me?) Facts are facts, and Decker's performance thus far this season should have earned him the reputation of being one of the NFL's bright young stars. Instead, I'm sure, even if he scores 15 TDs this year, that most fans and "journalists" will claim Demarious Thomas has "more upside" or "a higher ceiling." And if Thomas continues to be invisible, they will clamor for "a true #1 receiver." Then, if they get "a true #1 receiver," and he puts up half the stats Decker did, no one will note the absurdity of the situation.
  15. The mainstream media is absolutely distraught over Tebow's success thus far. They will continue to focus on the negatives, and ignore the undeniablely positive effect he's had on his team since becoming the starter. Winning supposedly means everything to these arrogant talking heads, except when the guy winning is Tebow. Fox's game plan was the most moronic, reactionary one I've ever seen. It was not only Woody Hayes-like, it was close to pre-Knute Rockne-invention of the forward pass-style. It worked because he was up against an even bigger moron in "Psycho" Todd Haley, who somehow couldn't adjust his defense to stop perpetual runs up the middle. He probably could have safely left the WRs unguarded- Fox was that committed to the run, and not allowing Tebow to develop a rythym as a passer. Clearly, Elway and Fox have tried to do everything in their power to hamper Tebow's chances of succeeding. To their horror, he is finding a way to win in spite of their refusal to call logical plays for him. What kind of nutty coaching staff runs the ball over and over again, in a close game, and passes only when the situation is obvious (and thus the defense is prepared for it), and then throws it deep? Are there now no mid-range throws in their playbook? Do they not understand all those runs should have logically softened the pass defense? Tebow's stats, at this stage of his NFL career, compare favorably with virtually every great QB in the history of the game at a similar point in their careers. The only negative stat he really has is completion pct., but even there many of the great ones started out in a similar way (Terry Bradshaw, for instance, was something like 37% as a rookie starting most or all of the season). Yes, when he makes a bad throw it looks really bad. However, he also has thrown some of the most beautiful, deadly accurate bombs I've ever seen (like the one to Decker today). And no one, outside of Vick, has ever shown the kind of potential Tebow displays as a running QB. I'm waiting to see if ESPN will simply stop reporting on Denver victories. Hoge, Chris Carter, Esiason, etc. are so full of themselves, and have expended so much time and effort trying to destroy this kid that I cannot envision them ever admitting such a collosal misjudgement. I doubt it will happen, but I would really love to see Tebow beat Ryan and the Jets. Now that would be really sweet.