Photo courtesy of nbcsports.msnbc.com. Many remember when Tony Romo (pictured above) bobbled the snap in Seattle back in 2007. Expect to see a different Romo as he returns to Seattle Sunday.
By Josh Kramer
The date was January 6, 2007. Dallas was taking on the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Wild-Card round playoff game. The Cowboys quarterback was a player who had replaced Drew Bledsoe as the starter earlier in the season. Sound familiar (Tom Brady replaced Bledsoe in 2001)? It was a memorable afternoon. Just not in the way that Tony Romo or the Dallas Cowboys would like. I am of course talking about the infamous “bobbled snap” that cost Dallas the game against the Seattle Seahawks. And thus began the unrelenting criticism of Tony Romo. That was then though and this is now.
Since that fateful day in Seattle, Tony Romo has established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in football. Unfortunately for Romo, people don’t forget. The scrutiny of Romo’s supposed “inability” to win big games has lingered, despite all of the accolades he has acquired over the past six years. People always bring up that game at Qwest Field and how Romo’s blunder blew it for the Cowboys. Romo has been invited to three Pro Bowls, set numerous franchise records, and won many games, but the sting of that loss still lingers. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Peyton Manning (pictured above) will make his anxiously awaited debut as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos in his first real NFL action in over 20 months.
By Josh Kramer
The NFL is back in full force after Wednesday night’s opener between the Giants and Cowboys. It is still odd to me that an NFL game was played on a Wednesday, but life goes on. Keep in mind that the last three times the Giants and Cowboys have played each other in their opener, one of the two NFC East rivals has gone on to claim the Lombardi Trophy. Let’s hope the real referees return by then.
Two seasons ago, I created a pick’em challenge with one of my good buddies (CV3). Last year, we added two new players (CB and DC) to increase the competition level of the second annual “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge.” In year three, we have replaced last year’s cellar finisher (DC) with a new player (BD) that will surely be in the hunt.
The participants this season are as follows:
BD-Brien Dulle: A life-long sports fan that has lived all of his life in Cincinnati. Growing up as a sports fan in a tough city for professional teams (Bengals and Reds), Brien never developed strong allegiances for any one particular team. This unbiased vantage point gives him a much broader range of the sporting world. His opinions from sports have been greatly influenced by the likes of individuals like Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt, Ryen Russillo, Tony Kornheiser, and Michael Wilbon whom he listens to daily.
CB-Craig Baker: A former collegiate baseball player and current special education teacher.
CV3-Chad Vordenberge: An elite high school wide receiver and a very successful business owner.
TSK (two-time defending champion)-Josh Kramer: Founder/Editor-in-Chief of “TheSportsKraze,” former ESPN intern, current Sunday columnist for the popular SNY Network Blog “It’s About The Money,” and writer for fantasy sports website DraftDay.com.
Rules of the Game: This is how the game works. We will pick every game each week (outside of the Thursday night games or dare I say Wednesday night games). Whomever gets the most cumulative games right at the end of the regular season wins. No spreads. Just straight up pick’ems for the most parity filled professional sports league in America. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Are Jay Cutler (pictured above) and the Chicago Bears poised for a big year in 2012? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky thinks so.
By Wesley Kaminsky
The NFL off-season always seems too long, doesn’t it? In an off-season dominated by Tim Tebow and the New York Jets, it’s that other team in New York who are the reigning Super Bowl champions. They shocked the NFL world a season ago, getting hot at the right time, beating the likes of the Packers, 49ers, and then eventually the Patriots. That takes guts.
With teams such as the Packers, 49ers, Bears, Saints, and Falcons, just to name a few, the NFC is becoming a powerhouse. I didn’t even touch on the NFC East.
In the AFC, the Patriots look like the clear-cut team to beat, as they added more weapons to an already lethal offense and revamped their defense.
Can the Ravens finally get over the hump? Will Peyton Manning return with a vengeance?
These questions will be answered in due time. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Russell Wilson (pictured above) has shocked the world and been named the starting quarterback in Seattle.
By Josh Kramer
When Pete Carroll left USC, I lost almost all respect for the guy. The situation he left behind was inexcusable and a definite admission of some sort of guilt. That’s all in the past though. Slowly but surely, my respect has returned for the coach that picked up a pair of national titles at USC and is currently running the show in Seattle.
At USC, it seemed as if everything was about the money. Just ask Reggie Bush. Since arriving in Seattle, it appears Carroll has had a change of heart. On Sunday, he named a rookie third-round draft pick the starter at quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season. As much as I try to ignore it, sports are a business. Even collegiate ones unfortunately. Money is what makes the world go round. Not in Seattle’s quarterback case though.
Matt Flynn recently signed a three-year, $26 million deal, with $10 million guaranteed. Everyone and their mother expected Flynn to be the starter. Wilson, a supposedly undersized rookie quarterback is guaranteed just $619,400. In simple terms, Flynn is guaranteed to make over 16 times the money that Wilson is guaranteed with their current contracts. Yet, Wilson is the starting quarterback.
Simply based on merit, Wilson has outplayed his higher-paid counterpart, and is therefore deserving of the starting job. Kudos to Pete Carroll on not being blinded by or influenced by dollar bills this time around. The perception was that Flynn would be the Seahawks starter up until recently. Carroll did not let the perception become a reality. He evaluated the two players competing for the spot strictly on merit and performance. Russell Wilson appears to have a very bright future ahead. I do not envision Carroll regretting this decision to start the “undersized” rookie quarterback. Talk about value in a third-round pick. I guess height, money, and the perception of the public aren’t everything when it comes to quarterback play. Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Carson Palmer, David Ortiz, Matt Flynn, Matt Leinart, Oakland Raiders, Pete Carroll, Reggie Bush, Rose Bowl, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, Terrell Owens, USC Trojans, Vince Young
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jake Locker (pictured above) will be the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback in the season opener against New England.
By Josh Kramer
Preseason NFL football has turned into “Quarterback Gossip Central.” Where is the media attention for the cornerback competitions? Or how about the many wide receiver battles? I guess it makes sense though. There is no position of more importance to a football team than the quarterback. Plus, there can only be one starter per team. Let’s go around the League and delve into a couple of the current “Quarterback Controversies.”
Recently, it was announced that Jake Locker will be the starter in Tennessee for opening night against the New England Patriots. Is anyone really surprised though? Sure, Matt Hasselbeck has been in the League since 1999, but Jake Locker was a first-round draft pick. When a quarterback is selected in the first-round, they are expected to start within two years of being drafted. It’s the way it is. Hasselbeck can still play, but he is far past his prime at the ripe age of 36. Plus, Locker is 24-years-old and oozing with talent. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Matt Flynn (pictured above) is going toe to toe with Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback job in Seattle.
By Jeremy Powers
They say competition is healthy. When NFL training camps open, the hot topic always centers on who will win the starting job. Not at running back, not at wide receiver, but at quarterback of course.
There are several teams with quarterback competitions at full speed as the second week of preseason approaches. Ironically, quarterback uncertainty is plaguing the same franchises every season. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and New York Giants, among others have had the quarterback position nailed down with their Pro Bowl throwers, making them oblivious to what it’s like to have a competition for the top spot on the depth chart. For other teams like the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and Miami Dolphins, the coaching staff does not have that luxury and all they can do is hope they make the right decision.
These four situations may not be black and white, so here is my analysis of which quarterback is the best fit under center for their respective teams.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll has one of the more interesting competitions to focus on in the NFL. Management went out in the offseason and signed free agent Matt Flynn to a nice contract after he showed unique abilities in Green Bay. The question becomes, is Flynn really a franchise guy, or was he only the product of an efficient system under Mike McCarthy? The only way to find out is to put him to the test this preseason. The other player in the mix is rookie Russell Wilson, who on paper doesn’t look like a viable option (Tarvaris Jackson seems to have faded out of the race for the starting spot). But the more and more you watch him you see what kind of athlete he really is, and he really makes you want to give him the reigns. My prognosis, start Flynn. I think his abilities are sufficient, and if he really does fail to win games, then go to Wilson. The Seahawks defense should win them games anyway. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Terrell Owens (pictured above) last played in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. It appears he will be suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
By Josh Kramer
The three-headed quarterback controversy in Seattle is just a minor story compared to yesterday’s news. It appears the “TO Show” will have another season after all. This time in Seattle. Yes, the Seahawks have rolled the dice on the 38-year-old locker room killer that is Terrell Owens.
Owens last played in the NFL in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite putting up solid numbers in Cincinnati, a torn ACL, a riddled past, and old age made him unappealing to NFL teams. Not to mention Cincinnati went a pitiful 4 and 12 after making the playoffs the year before. After playing in the Indoor Fooball League, Owens is ready for one final hoorah in the NFL. The real question is why?
No, I am not asking why Owens is motivated to return to the NFL. Those reasons are obvious (money). I am asking why the Seattle Seahawks, a team coming off of a 7 and 9 season, a wild offseason that has included “Beast Mode” going into “DUI Mode,” and a major quarterback competition, is willing to put Owens on a roster with an inexperienced quarterback (all three competitors are fairly inexperienced in the NFL).
I am aware that Seattle finished 22nd in the NFL in passing yards during the 2011 season. So there is definite room for improvement. Also, do not forget that Seattle already brought in another troubled wide-receiver this off-season, in Braylon Edwards. The star power is definitely lacking at the position. But sometimes that is the best way to go with a young quarterback (See Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in Cincinnati). A chemistry can form that has lasting power. Pete Carroll was always a mastermind at managing big egos and star power while at USC. He still has not proven the ability to do this since coming to Seattle in 2010.
The way I see it, fans in Seattle should be praying for three things in terms of their wide receivers: Continued improvement from Doug Baldwin. A healthy Sidney Rice. Plus, Golden Tate finally living up to the hype he demonstrated in South Bend. Also they should wish for a fourth thing: A very low-key and subdued Owens (if that is possible).
There is a reason why the “T.O. Show” has already been cancelled by five NFL teams. Continue reading
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