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Happy Peyton Manning day everybody!
RIP Jimmy Breslin. They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Like any great reporter, his primary goal was to “comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”, and few have ever done it with as much style as Breslin.
I remember seeing him in a panel discussion many years ago. One of the other guests was Ralph Wiley, who died way before his time. I’ve searched in vain for that show ever since. The conversation over Martin Luther King Day came up at one point. One throwaway line from Breslin always stuck with me. In reply to someone commenting about closing the schools on that King’s birthday, Breslin said, “Hell, you should go to school twice on Dr King’s birthday. Educating yourself was what the man was all about.” It was classic Breslin, off the cuff and memorable to me more than three decades later.
Breslin’s Rule: “Don’t trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.”
There was a lot said about money spent on free agency here lately, particularly the persistent futility of big spending teams like Jacksonville. This is an even bigger problem in baseball where no salary cap (rather a luxury tax) and guaranteed contracts enable owners and GM’s to get themselves underneath mountains of dead money.
Of the ten players who signed the largest contracts last season, only Giants SP Johnny Cueto performed up to expectations. David Price saw how tough it is to be a lefthanded starter in Fenway and then hurt his arm. Zack Grienke left a pitcher’s park in LA for a homer haven in AZ and also lost several crucial miles in velocity. Jason Heyward completely forgot how to hit @ 26. He retooled his swing this spring and still looks totally lost. Those three guys signed for a combined $600 million last year and it’s fair to say all of their futures are in doubt now.
Arte Moreno is probably the poster child for reckless spending. This guy lucked into the best player of his generation in Mike Trout. Still only 25 years old, I think you can make a strong case that he is untradable in that it is literally impossible to get fair value for him. I’m not sure I would take any two players off any other team for Trout. A Kershaw/Seager package might sway me, but I would probably pass. Moreno’s impatience and need to make headlines in the off season have rendered Trout’s daily heroics all but meaningless in the context of a pennant race. The Angels spent a combined $450 million on past his prime Albert Pujols, constantly troubled Josh Hamilton and mediocre innings eater CJ Wilson, while simultaneously allowing their minor league system to crater. It’s almost impossible to really express just how badly they destroyed their future. Now people keep telling them to deal Trout as a way to revitalize their minor league system. This would be the worst thing they could possibly do.
TLDR: Teach your young athletes how to throw or hit curveballs, not huge fast violent men encased in muscles and hard plastic.
So here’s another legitimate maybe at 20, or more accurately– like Dalvin Cook– a supremely gifted player with potentially crucial red flag intangibles.
This guy covers the whole picture pretty effectively. The question is: does Denver have the locker room and coaching to help McDowell thrive? If Dove Valley thinks so, should they pounce?
He crushes the eyeball test. One plus is his issues all seem to be football related. He hasn’t shown any indication that he’s likely to be squandering all his gifts with late nights in strip clubs Sean Gilbert style. Of course, money can change all that. Poor technique and conditioning will make his height a liability at the next level. His natural strength will not be enough against pro linemen if he concedes the leverage battle at the snap when he’s gassed or otherwise disinterested. But, watching him just buckling 300 pounders and holding stout against double teams really makes him a guy you want to dream on. I won’t bitch if we go this route. I know Elway has avoided dudes with sporadic motors, but I think everybody on that Michigan State campus will tell you this guy is on a completely different level athletically than Jerel Worthy.
If they decide to take McDowell, a starting DL of Wolfe-Kerr-McDowell with Gotsis, both Peko’s, and Crick (and maybe even Walker) in rotation would be a nice upgrade over last year’s line. However, I have a feeling that the offensive playmaker (O.J. Howard, McCaffrey, or Ross) is going to win out this year.
I’m comfortable with either.
Please don’t make me resent Garrett Bolles, Broncos.
Ran a goosebump inducing 4.86 @ 295 pounds @ the Combine. Posted 22 reps which is just fine considering that Larry Holmes like 83 inch wingspan. Once he gets some technique tutoring from Kollar and Von, and DeMarcus on his visit to camp, he could be unstoppable. Definitely a top five talent and how many chances are we going to get at one of those guys?
I liked the way this Brett Kollmann broke down the tape on McDowell. This is kind of long, but worth watching, IMO.
I’m not advocating one way or the other. I just see a handful of outside the box options that are worthy of debate, and McDowell is one of them. Also in that group I’d put Dalvin Cook, J. Peppers, Cory Davis, Caleb Brantley, Forrest Lamp (as a G) and any of many edge players. Basically guys who either have serious red flags as the only reason they are around at 20, or seemingly good prospects who don’t address an immediate need.
I think he’s very much in play, and I wouldn’t even call it out of the box. We need an upgrade at base DE and his talent is commensurate with the 20th pick, or certainly after a trade down.
Outside the box was imprecise wording. I mean, in general, guys who don’t show up much in mocks or in draft discussions.
Congratulations to Myron Rolle on his Harvard neurosurgery residency.
Nobody at FSU would have ever believed he wouldn’t play at the next level. What does it say about the NFL that a guy like this was considered such a square peg in their league?
That was excellent. Thanks for posting.
That was the best story I’ve read about a football player in quite awhile. Thanks.
One of my most hated series of commercials are the “There are over 400,000…” NCAA commercials that try to justify their arrangement with players regarding big money athletic programs. My hatred reached a new high when they got Jerry Rice to do a commercial…and it introduces him by showing a clip of him catching a TD in Super Bowl XXIV.
I can see why you don’t like the commercials and how they come off as sanctimonious, but I think it’s an important point to consider when debating whether to pay student athletes or not.
Every year I become a little more conscient of the money trail behind the college sports hype. Of course the masses still see it as somehow a more pure form of sport than the pro leagues.
Anyone think Elway would entertain trading Roby in this deep CB draft? The Eagles are in desperate need of help in the secondary and happen to have an LT they might be willing to move.
Not a bad idea, but player-for-player swaps are pretty rare.
I agree that picks would be involved; I’m just not sure how it would work. Would the Broncos give up a higher pick because Peters is the superior player, or would the Eagles do so because of the value they’d be getting in Roby?
I’m not sold on Roby as a CB2. Would like to see us draft a CB before the 4th is over.
Why wouldn’t the Eagles just draft a CB in this deep CB draft?
I suppose somebody might put a premium on already knowing if a guy can play at the NFL level.
Peters would be so gangster
Happy Sunday Fuckers!
I don’t make em any cooler than this badmotherfucker!
Thanks for the pic of the Bronco cheerleader. Very cute!
So now we know why Romo hasn’t been released. Jerry must not want him in Texas. Or he really thinks he can sweat the Texans for. a pick. https://twitter.com/sportstalk790/status/843644345978896385
As do I, Tony. As do I.