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Old 08-05-2010, 10:00 AM   #31
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Rodney Rips Brett a New One

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Christopher Price – Former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison ripped Brett Favre on Wednesday, saying the quarterback “loves the media attention” that comes with his annual decision about whether or not to return to the NFL for another season. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Harrison, who has blasted Favre before, said he’s never understood the veteran quarterback, and added that “guys who really have class” like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would never put their teammates through the drama. “You get to a point at 40 years old that you know exactly what you want to do — if you want to play football or not,” Harrison said. “And that’s why I’ve been critical of this guy. Because it’s so unfair to your teammates, it’s unfair to your coaches, it’s unfair to the city, the organization that you keep leaving people hung out to dry like that. I’ve never understood Brett Favre. I just think he loves the media attention. At 40 years old, you know if you want to grind through an 18-week season. If I was a teammate of his, I’d probably be a little ticked off he’s not in training camp.”

Sing it, brother Rodney! Amen! Testify! It’s taken five years and 237 phoney retirements, but we’ve finally found someone in the football media who’s willing to get up off his knees, take BrettFavre’s johnson out of their mouths and say what’s blatantly obvious to the rest of us. That The Ol’ Mississippi Riverboat Hamlet act this bumpkin pulls every year is not about his health, it’s not about how much he’s got left in the tank and it sure as hell isn’t about going back home and having a long talk over the dinner table with Deanna about whether it’s time to retire. It’s about his own pathological need to make news in August without having to do anything like actually going to training camp. And since Rodney didn’t add it, I will: It’s also about squeezing another $3 million, plus incentives, out of the Vikings who are big enough saps to let him get away with it. I heard the Vikings play by play guy on with Toucher & Rich this morning saying BrettFavre’s teammates don’t have any problem with the Gunslinger’s act and that justifies everything he does. But Rodney was the ultimate team guy and I’ll take his word on this over anybody’s.

And if you need any more proof that Harrison is the most honestly analyst around, PFT.com has this bit of rumpswabbery from Steve Marruci today saying that BrettFavre “hates” the attention:

“You know what he was doing yesterday? He was working in his yard,” Mariucci said. “He avoids the media as much as he possibly can. He could hold a press conference every day if he wanted to. People are always waiting for him outside his house, outside the high school where he does training and rehab there, and he avoids it.”

Right. He hates it. Just not enough to report to frigging practice and end it once and for all.
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Positional Overview: If there’s one thing we know for certain about the Patriots, it’s that they’re not afraid of having old running backs around. If they have a “type,” they like ‘em talented, with a good body of work, and near the end of the line. When it comes to the running game, the Pats are the NFL’s Catherine Zeta-Jones.

For the second consecutive year the Pats running committee will consist of Laurence Maroney, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and three guys carrying Jitterbug phones. In the entire NFL last year there were four RB’s over the age of 32. And Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris were three of them. But before you get visions of them racing around end on Hoveround chairs, it’s important to know a couple of things about the Patriots running attack.

For openers, this isn’t the straight-ahead power running scheme they used with Corey Dillon or the Jets and Dolphins employ. Starting in ‘07 they started phasing in a zone blocking package. The linemen making lateral movements along the line, using leverage techniques and the D-linemen’s own momentum against them to move them away from the point of attack and create cutback lanes for the ballcarrier. The Pats deny that they’re a “pass first” offense and point to their run/pass balance, which is a good point. But it is fair to say that they run off of the pass. That’s the point of their single back alignments; they try to spread defenses out with four wide, create a numbers advantage in the tackle box and exploit it with stretch runs and inside and outside zones.

And obviously the key to the whole thing is Maroney. I know I’m part of a rapidly dwindling minority, but I’m a pro-LoMo loyalist. He’s no Chris Johnson home run hitter, I grant you. But I think for the most part he gets the yards that are there. I know we all like to kill him for doing Riverdance behind the LOS. But the zone scheme calls for the back to read the blocks and choose a cutback lane first. When I watch LoMo I get the feeling the thing we’re all calling “hesitation” the coaches are calling “patience.” Just a guess. Maroney was on the way to a pretty decent season with a TD in six straight games, until he started a streak of fumbling the ball, finishing with 4 on the year. That’s unacceptable, obviously. But since he only had one in his career prior to ‘09, I’ll assume he didn’t come down with a case of chronic Tikiosis and that he’ll clean that crap up. If he doesn’t he’ll be sitting behind all the guys with the AARP cards, fast.

Definite Starter: Maroney.

Short Yardage/ Two Back Set Back: Morris

Most Likely to Miss Time with Injuries: Taylor, Morris

RB Who Does Nothing But Produce Good Numbers with the Limited Chances He Gets: Green-Ellis

Who? Chris Taylor and Thomas Clayton. Two journeymen hoping for a practice squad slot.

Guy Who at His Patriots HoF Induction Will Slip Out of His Skin and Reveal That All Along He’s Been a Member of a Highly Evolved Alien Species With a Superhuman Ability to Pick Up 3rd Downs and Pass Block: Faulk
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Julian Edelman is a Star in the Making and Other Observations from the Pats-Saints Game

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I spent the last five days with My Irish Rose and the Heirs to My Dominion up in New Hampshire. We stayed in a friend’s chalet in the White Mountains, basically cut off from the world. The TV in the cottage has 20 channels, two of which are CSPAN, about five are QVC, and the rest are nothing news programs that focus on Maine politics and really homely weather chicks. Sure I brought internet access, but with the demands of a family vacation the only news I had time to glean was something about effeminate male stewardi declaring Jihad on their paying customers or something. That is until last night when, through some miracle, I managed to get the Patriots-Saints preseason game up there.

Look, I don’t have to be reminded it’s fake football. I’m not about to get all damp in the pants because “our 1’s beat the Super Bowl champs 1’s” or anything like that. Some of the worst preseaons ever produced great teams and vice versa. Nor will I get too excited about any individual performances. Show me someone who falls in love with a guy in preseason and I’ll show you someone who once owned a Michael Bishop jersey.

Having said that, there’s no harm in taking away impressions of a few guys based on what your eyes tell you in these games. And based on what I’ve seen in training camp and again last night, Julian Edelman is about to go beyond being just a good role player and become an all out phenomenon in this town. I mean, if it were possible to buy Julian Edelman Pink Jerseys futures right now, I’d put every dollar I have into them, he’s going to be that good. TV analysts and professional buffoons like Randy Cross like to compare Edelman to Wes Welker for the same reason three years ago they were comparing Welker to Wayne Chrebet. Because they’re ignorant douches who see a white receiver and think they’re all the same. But the Edelman/ Welker comparison is apt, and that’s about the highest praise you can give a Y-receiver in this league. He was among the hardest working participants in the Pats offseason program, and if he proves he can take the same punishment Welker has and stay healthy, Edelman has every chance to reach Troy Brown-level folk hero status.

A couple of other random observations from last night:

*If anything holds back Brandon Spikes, it won’t be his lack of understanding of the defense. Pause your DVR at the snap of the ball and you’ll see he’s almost always among the first taking off toward the ball.

*If they ever give out a preseason MVP trophy (and if someone will sponsor it you know the NFL will do it), they should name the trophy after BJGE. He’s football’s Mr. August. Though what it means to have Laurence Maroney running with the 2nd unit is anyone’s guess.

*I have to give Cross credit: He held out a full 3:01 of the game before he did a “Don’t Mess With the Zoltan” reference. I didn’t think he’d make it past the 1st minute. Nice show of willpower there, Rand.

*I got no handle whatsoever on Gronkowski. None. The only one of the new TEs I saw make an impact was Alge Crumpler. Mostly through his blitz pickup but also after a sequence of 3 straight throws by Hoyer to Aaron Hernandez went drop, incomplete, 2-yard catch, punt, I saw Crumpler get in the rookie’s ear which was good to see.

*Did the Boston station show the same Bob’s Furniture ad I saw? The one with Damione Lewis in it? What happened Bob? Did Brandon Deaderick and Kade Weston turn you down?

*A few kick returns by Devin McCourty like the one we saw and the radio guys will be taking back what they said about Belichick drafting him too high. Of course they won’t, but imagine it. It’s easy if you try.

*So far just purely in terms of shooting the gaps on passing downs, I like what I saw of Gerard Warren and Marques Murrell. But if I were Bob’s, I wouldn’t sign them to a deal just yet.

*Randy Moss screamed at the ref at one point. Assuming they saw that in Hempstead, it put $5 million more in up front money on the table for Darrelle Revis.
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By Jerry Thornton

I may have said here before, I consider myself to be a guy with pretty conventional tastes. Like most Americans, I prefer my beer cold, my TV actresses hot, my sportstalk radio callers angry and stupid, and my mosques built a respectable distance away from Ground Zero.

But still, it happens occasionally where a matter comes along that finds me standing way outside the lines of popular opinion. Take the “Twilight” saga. Everybody loves these movies … except for me. Most of my friends and family are riveted by them, to the point that I’m nervous about a rash of divorces happening and couples realigning themselves along the Team Edward/Team Jacob factions. But honestly, I’ve seen one of these movies once, and all I remember thinking was that if I wanted to see boring, pasty-faced teenagers staring at each other in silence I’d go down to the mall and visit Hot Topic.

So it happens sometimes, even to Mr. Mainstream like me. There are times when I find myself going against the grain, walking into the wind, swimming against the tide or doing something metaphorical against some other allegorical thing.

And such a thing is Brett Favre.

In the last six years I’ve spent writing about football on the Internet, I’ve probably done a hundred or so jeering, sarcastic, critical pieces about the Ol’ Gunslinger. Which is about a 10:1 ratio of wiseassy columns-to-phony retirements, a record I think actually demonstrates amazing restraint on my part.

But the more I’ve written them, the more I’ve realized I’m way outside the conventional wisdom here. America has spoken. And while the American public doesn’t agree on much, we have made it clear we as a nation are in love with Brett Favre. The same Brett Favre that I’ve always considered to be nothing but a narcissistic, self-obsessed tool is looked upon as a national treasure by most of the country. And this is a fact I’m struggling to make peace with.

There’s an episode of VH1’s “Storytellers” where Bruce Springsteen talks about his only No. 1 hit, “Blinded by the Light.” But the hit wasn’t his, it was the cover version done by Manfred Mann in which they changed the lyrics “Cut loose like a deuce” to “Cut loose like a douche.” And as the Boss says, it wouldn’t have been his choice, but who is he to argue with the tastes of the American listening audience? And that’s how I feel about Brett Favre now. The public, the media, the rest of the NFL, Madison Avenue … they all love this self-promoting selfish buffoon. So who am I to say they’re wrong?

So I officially surrender. I’ve had it with trying to lead the loyal opposition to the Brett Favre Party. I’m throwing my full support being the Mississippi Riverboat Gambler and endorsing his candidacy as the most beloved athlete in all of sports.

And it actually feels good. The fight for me is over. Now I can relax and float along with the current of mainstream media opinion instead of killing myself like a salmon swimming upstream to spawn and then die.

Take Tuesday for example. The old Jerry would’ve railed against the ridiculous dog-and-pony show that was Favre’s teammates flying to Mississippi to talk their quarterback out of his latest phony retirement no one believed in the first place. I would’ve torn ESPN a new one for tracking their progress and showing us live the helicopter shots of his SUV driving back from the airport to rejoin the Vikings after he closed the curtain on his most recent performance of Bayou Hamlet.

But no more. From now on, I’m taking the easy way. The football media way. I followed the updates on the Brett Favre jet the way a kid watches the local news track the progress of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Not because I’m buying his act, but because I don’t have the strength to fight it any longer.

A while back on D&C, Gerry Callahan was talking about how he always wondered what it would be like to live in North Korea. To have a Dear Leader who was above reproach and whom no one could question. Well we have one in America, and he’s currently leading the Minnesota Vikings.

I used to get frustrated with the hero worship Brett Favre got from the networks. For instance, the fact that he never gets called anything but Brett Favre, like its one word. As if referring to him as merely “Favre” would diminish him, like calling Superman “Man.” But I’ve learned to give myself over to it, willingly.

I used to dread the annual offseason faux retirement speculation. The teary press conferences. The wall-to-wall coverage of Brettfavre’s every move. The press leaks about how he played through some injury or another. The vague statements about not knowing what he’d do next. The reports about him getting some kind of surgery. The exclusive interviews where he’d say he’s going back to Mississippi to talk things over with Deanna to decide what to do next. The odd little stories that would come out about how Deanna has renewed her health club membership in Minneapolis for another year and he feels like he could play until he’s 50.

I used to, but I won’t any more. I’m throwing my arms around the whole bizarre Brettfavre assclown media circus and clutching it to my loving bosom. Remember how John Madden would fawn over Brettfavre every time he took a snap? Well compared to me, Mr. Tough Actin’ Tinactin is going to sound like Ron Borges tossing verbal grenades at Belichick. The Peter Kings, Jon Grudens, Phil Simms and Troy Aikmans of the world may genuflect in Brettfavre’s presence. But what I’m prepared to do is flat out hagiography.

Why? Because I’m sick of the fight and it’s just going to be much, much easier for me to capitulate. To say what the football press says. He’s not just a quarterback, he’s a football player. When Brettfavre puts his whole organization through this annual “Will He or Won’t He?” debacle? He loves the game. When he holds the Vikings over a barrel and makes them kick in an extra $3 million annually, plus incentives, to unretired? He’d play this game for free. When he shows up four weeks into training camp and into the starting QB job? He loves his teammates and he’s just one of the boys. And when he throws a gawdawful pick to cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl? Well, you’ve got to give him credit, he was just out there trying to make a play.

So I’m all in. I’m hopping on the Brettfavre Love Train and riding it until the day he finally hangs it up for good, if it ever happens. For as many fake retirements/unretirements he wants to give us, I’ll be along for them all, buying his act and worshiping the Ol’ Gunslinger every step of the way.

And when I say that, I’m ever bit as sincere as Brett Favre is.

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You’ve got to give Antonio Cromartie of the Jets a ton of credit. It’s got to be hard for him, coming to a new city on a different coast, joining a whole new team with a different coaching staff, using a different playbook with new nomenclature to learn. Plus on top of that having to keep straight the names and ages of his kids. You wonder how he has enough hours in the day to learn it all. If Cromartie was smart… and I think we’re all in agreement on that… he’d keep the names of his seven kids and six babymamas from five different states on one of those velcro forearm bands quarterbacks use. Still, it’s refreshing in this day and age to hear a pro athlete talk about the importance of being a father figure to your kids. Not a father necessarily, just a figure. Since AlCroTraz has had “at least” five paternity suits against him in the last three years, we can’t ask him to be Cliff Huxtable after all.

But this video points out a larger point about the Jets agreeing to be on “Hard Knocks” in the first place. Look, I love the show and I’m glad they’re doing it. But why would they? What do they get out of it? As often as not, putting these guys on camera just exposes them as imbeciles (Cromartie), lazy, underachieving draft busts (Vernon Gholtson), or bland, empty headed pretty boys (Mark Sanchez). And it’s not like I need any more excuses to hate Rex Ryan, but he comes off as a self-promoting assclown who spends every minute of the day aping for the camera. Or, as one Stool reader said, he’s Eric Cartman, an obnoxious fat kid who swears a lot because he think it sounds cool.

Physicist Werner Heisenberg created a principle known as the Observer Effect, which states than you can’t study a thing without affecting it. Whether that thing is a subatomic particle, a mechanical system or thermodynamics, it’s changed by your observation. And it’s true of a football team. You can’t bring a bunch of TV cameras into a training camp and not expect that it won’t hurt your team’s focus and preparation. It’s the same reason they don’t like to have cameras in a courtroom. Because when you do, 9 time out of 10 you’ll end up with the OJ Simpson circus trial. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now. The press doesn’t like the way Bill Belichick is a tightass about how information comes out about his team. But every single thing the man does is for one purpose: to put his team in contention to win Super Bowls. How T-Rex Ryan thinks he can do that by talking to HBO about how much butter he puts on his pop-corn or letting his tomcattin’ defensive backs make asses of themselves is beyond me. But for all our sakes, I’m glad he does.
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My cousin is a Jets fan in Foxboro, who lives around the corner from the Access Road.

Needless to say, we don't talk to her during the season; especially since a vast majority of us worked at the old Sullivan Stadium at one time.
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Random Observations from Pats Training Camp and the Falcons Game


A few ill informed opinions about last night’s Pats-Falcons fauxball game and the news out of training camp:

*There’s been so much going on in camp… positions up for grabs, rookies trying to make it, new veterans trying to fit into the scheme… just dozens of stories to talk about. But they all take a back seat to Wes Welker playing last night. It’s the “Michael Jackson Dies!!!” story of the 2010 Patriots, the one that knocks all the others off the front page. I spent the whole winter and spring trying to get the NFL to put Welker’s name on the 2011 Comeback POTY trophy, and for him to be playing in August of ’10 is nothing short of a miracle. Or science fiction. I’m officially starting the rumor that he was bitten by a radioactive spider.

*The other big story out of last night was the play of the tight ends, who combined dominated the game in a way we haven’t seen since Bledsoe-to-Coates. The rookies obviously, but don’t sleep on Alge Crumpler either, who’s stepping into this year’s role of “Veteran Blocking TE” (previously played by Kyle Brady, Chris Baker, etc.) like an accomplished actor taking over a part in “Law & Order.” On Fred Taylor’s TD run, Crumpler came out of the H-back spot, pulled, and threw a devastating block on the LB to create the hole.

*All the reports out of camp are that both rookie TEs have looked great, but they were invisible in the New Orleans game. Last night though you saw what the noise is about. They moved Aaron Hernandez all over the field like a chess piece. H-back. Slot. Split wide. The adjustment he made in the endzone to grab a pass that was behind him was insane. But my favorite play he made was on a 10 yard dig (the 5-route in the Air Coryell offense that Kellen Winslow ran) where he came out of his cut and made a great fingertip grab in stride. And as much as we’ve heard Gronkowski is your classic hand on the ground tight end, they split him wide on his TD and he ran right by his man on a perfect seam route. Between them, these two kids can create mismatches all over the field.

*And the most underreported aspect of these guys? Gronk is 21 and Hernandez is 20. I haven’t been this excited about two people that age since Denise Richards and Neve Campbell made out in “Wild Things.”
*Belichick was practically giddy after the joint practices against the Saints. Practices in which Drew Brees basically picked the Pats secondary apart like a Bloomin’ Onion. My guess is Belichick was happy to have the young guys exposed so they could get the work they need on their techniques. Anyway, in both fake games the play of the DBs is encouraging. Devin McCourty got a ton of reps last night and showed glimpses of being the kind of physical press corner they didn’t get when they drafted the ice dance team of Wheatley & Wilhite. McCourty never looked out of position, save for one play where he got inhaled by TE Michael Palmer, he was stout against the run. It’s early, but it’s encouraging.

*A sleeper name that’s emerged from camp is Kyle Arrington. The coaching staff has gone five miles out of their way to single him out for praise. He’s already locked up the gunner spot on returns and last night he performed a footballectomy on… some Falcon or other, with a devastating hit.

*You’ll always see mostly vanilla looks by the Pats in preseason. And I like to think Belichick is saving up a bunch of brilliant schemes for Week 1. Blitzes so well disguised that Tully Banta-Cain will pop up out of a trapdoor in the turf like the tiger in “Gladiator” and destroy Carson Palmer. But last night they tried a few blitzes with the first unit that worked. One forced a hot route throw the rookie WR wasn’t ready for, and the next chased Matt Ryan out of the pocket where he heaved it into the camera crew. With the Falcons backups out there, they lined Brandon Spikes up at the line and dropped him into coverage, something they’ve done a lot with Gary Guyton. Anyway, they’ve been a pretty sorry blitzing team the last couple of years so maybe they’re improving.

*My favorite look we’ve yet to see in gameplay involves Julian Edelman taking reps in the backfield as a pass blocker. So maybe they’re grooming him as a Kevin Faulk-type blocker/ check down option. It’s weird to think of a WR as a pass blocker, but no weirder than turning a career QB into a WR, so what the hell.

*OK, I lied. My favorite look they’ve tried is Vince Wilfork at QB. I just don’t have much hope we’ll get to see it.

*The Ty Warren injury is bad news, obviously. And the lesson we can all take from it is that when you’re a pro athlete, the offseason conditioning program is way more important than finishing your college degree. Stay out of school kids.

*That said, Gerard Warren has looked good. But neither he nor Damione Lewis have much experience in a two-gap like the Pats run, so hold onto your hats. So it was encouraging… OK, “shocking” might be a better word… to see Ron Brace making plays last night. He shot the gap to get a QB pressure and forced a fumble. Still he gets pushed around by one-on-one blocks sometimes like he’s wearing Heelies, but maybe there’s hope he’ll bring the Pats 2nd Round Pick Success Quotient up to 10%.

*Another great thing about McCourty is his kick returns have been solid. Someone asked Sam Aiken to name the guys who returned the kicks last year and he was like Antonio Cromartie trying to remember who he writes his child support checks to. Since Aiken was the special teams captain, that’s not a good sign. But hopefully the rookie will nail down that spot.

*After you turned on the Sox game or that 30 Rock repeat, Brandon Tate pulled off the Wikipedia definition of a “flash of brilliance.” He came back to the LOS for a ball, caught it, juked, head faked, zigged, zagged and did the Stanky Leg to pick up about 15 yards all on his own.

*Finally, the other major news out of camp is Brady is yelling at people, Derrick Burgess is back, Patrick Chung is looking like the starting strong safety, Belichick is taking more of a “hands on” approach than probably any coach in the NFL and Randy Moss is a goddamned unstoppable force of nature. And we’ve got one more fauxball game we can actually use to evaluate players before the annual Don’t Get Anyone Hurt Bowl.
The "ice dance team of Wheatley and Wilhite" had me in hysterics. Great job, Jerry.
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Is it me, or are the actors from the DirecTV commercial featuring the Miami fan in Foxborough well-crafted caricatures of Hawg, Mikiemo, and OBF?
I could only hope to be as cool as those guys, chief.

I can see why you picked me and mikie for the guys, but I think OBF is probably a lot younger and more attractive than the "moron" lady. Just the fact that she names herself Oldbagfan tells me that she is probably a still-sneaky-hot-cougar that is just trying to throw all the hounds off the trail so she can concentrate on football and be left alone. Pretty good strategy, I'd say.

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....But they all take a back seat to Wes Welker playing last night. It’s the “Michael Jackson Dies!!!” story of the 2010 Patriots, the one that knocks all the others off the front page. I spent the whole winter and spring trying to get the NFL to put Welker’s name on the 2011 Comeback POTY trophy, and for him to be playing in August of ’10 is nothing short of a miracle.....
Today's news that Dustin Pedroia was just put back on the disabled list left me with an uneasy feeling about Welker.

These 2 guys have always been kind of mirror images. Their attitude, toughness, approach to their respective games, etc. They both go all out all of the time, and play like they have something to prove.

It wouldn't surprise me if Pedroia pushed himself to come back too early to set an example for certain unnamed teammates who might not demonstrate the same level of dedication.

And as soon as he did return, he played with his normal 100% intensity. Because that's the only way he knows how to play. And immediately re-injured his foot going for the extra base.

I think Welker is also the type to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible. Partly to set an example for his team mates. And also because he knows what can happen when a younger, cheaper player gets a shot to take his job while he recuperates. Especially if the replacement is as capable as Julian Edelman.
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