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Let’s give this another try

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have been starting and deleting NFL blogs since around 2006. My first one is no longer available online. My second one has since been taken over by someone else and is reasonably successful. This blog was started a little over three years ago, and has experienced off-and-one posting ever since. It’s been about a year and a half since I last posted here, but I’m ready to give it another go.

If you’re reading this, chances are you came to the site because of this post about JaMarcus Russell. History has, so far, proven me to be absolutely correct about him. On this small sliver of credibility, I’ll hope you’ll bookmark or subscribe to this site and give me a chance.

The first week of preseason is behind us, which means that we have another three weeks of meaningless football and tragic injuries before the real games begin. I’ll probably be posting several times a week between now and then, and more frequently during the season.

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Irons out for the season

After tearing a knee ligament last night, Kenny Irons is out for the season. This won’t cripple the Bengals, but it surely does hurt them. Rudy Johnson is a more than capable starter, but when they want to spell him it would be nice to have someone like Kenny Irons to do that instead of whoever they’re going to throw in there instead.

Also, that ugly sweep they were planning on busting out just isn’t going to work.

Prepare for the coming onslaught

As I wrote almost exactly a year ago, football is a year-round sport. As players start to practice in pads, there are going to be more and more injury reports coming out of camp detailing players with strained muscles and torn ligaments.

There’s a reason Jerry Rice lasted so long- He knew football was a sport that went 365 days a year. He had a legendary off-season workout program, and it payed when he lasted far longer than just about anyone else. Frank Gore was the first victim of off-season rustiness, and now he’s out with a broken bone in his hand. Just wait, there will be more. Lots more.

What People are Saying about Vick

SI has compiled a list of quotes by people giving their opinion on the Michael Vick case-

“From the moment you read that indictment, it turns your stomach. There’s obviously a great deal of interest in this. It struck very much an emotional chord. We hear our fans very clearly.”
-Roger Goodell, commissioner

“Now, granted he might have been to a dogfight a time or two, maybe five times, maybe 20 times, may have bet some money, but he’s not the one you’re after. He’s not the one you’re after, he’s just the one whose going to take the fall — publicly.”
-Emmitt Smith, former player

“This sort of behavior is really horrific. This is not the player or the person that I knew the last six years.”
-Arthur Blank, Falcons’ owner

“I think he’s got to figure out and find out if he’s got the right people around him, and I’m sure he’s smart enough to know who is good for him and who’s not.”
-Allen Iverson, NBA

“I just wish they’d put him in jail and be done with it. Just put him in prison and tell the general public, just give them all the details of what they do with those dogs.”
-Greg Biffle, NASCAR

“I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not. But it’s his property; it’s his dogs. If that’s what he wants to do, do it…. I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it. But they’re not bothering those people because those people are not big names. I’m sure there’s some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else.”
-Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins, doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut

“We’ve had every kind of e-mail you can think of, and they’re not good. They’re not good at all. Obviously this has struck a nerve.”
-Gene Upshaw, NFLPA leader

“Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong. Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.”
-PETA

“Sure, I’d do anything I could to help Mike. I think he’s basically a good person. Unfortunately it just seems like he’s made some bad choices over the years with the company he keeps.”
-Dan Reeves, former coach

“What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I. Hold on, don’t start shaking your head just yet. Listen to me. Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way. You can still choose to condemn him, but I’m trying to take you inside his mind so you can understand where he might be coming from.”
-Deion Sanders, former player, NFLN

“It’s a stupid thing to do, obviously. But these guys get so arrogant, they don’t think about it. You got $30 million, $40 million in the bank, they’re on top of the world, no remorse and no one can stop them.”
-LeRoy Butler, former player

“I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name. I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown. Above all, I would like to say to my mom I’m sorry for what she has had to go through in this most trying of times. It has caused pain to my family and I apologize to my family.”
-The Big Kahuna himself, Michael Vick, dog fighter extraordinaire

News Roundup

Tedy Bruschi is not, in fact, dead.

The Browns got a nasty surprise in their locker room.

Michael Vick is pleading not guilty. Yeah, good luck with that buddy.

Joe Thomas has been signed.

Lance Briggs signed a one year tender.

Heads will roll in the Pat Tillman case.

Curtis Martin has retired. Probably a HOF-er.

Simeon Rice was released by the Bucs.

Beware of Paper

*On paper, the Cleveland Browns had the best pickings of this year’s draft.

*On paper, the Patriots have the best team in the league due to their free agent and draft pickups this off-season.

*On paper, the Colts offense should be better than ever next year, and their defense should be even worse.

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I’m not going to say that none of that is true, the Patriots really do seem primed to win another Super Bowl, and the Browns really do seem to have had a monster draft, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For all we know, the Seahawks might have drafted the next Champ Bailey in Josh Wilson, and the next Marques Colston in Courtney Taylor. You just never know.

It’s a cliche that you have to wait three years before evaluating a draft class, but it’s true. Drafting Ki-Jana Carter seemed like a brilliant move at the time. Just remember, for every Peyton Manning there’s a Heath Shuler. For every Lawrence Taylor there’s a Brian Bosworth.

In case you were wondering

Here’s the draft order, 2007 edition.

Note that there will more than likely be several trades that will shake things up a bit.

ROUND 1
# Sel# Team
1 1 Oakland
2 2 Detroit
3 3 Cleveland
4 4 Tampa Bay
5 5 Arizona
6 6 Washington
7 7 Minnesota
8 8 Atlanta (from Houston)
9 9 Miami
10 10 Houston (from Atlanta)
11 11 San Francisco
12 12 Buffalo
13 13 St. Louis
14 14 Carolina
15 15 Pittsburgh
16 16 Green Bay
17 17 Jacksonville
18 18 Cincinnati
19 19 Tennessee
20 20 N.Y. Giants
21 21 Denver
22 22 Dallas
23 23 Kansas City
24 24 New England (from Seattle)
25 25 N.Y. Jets
26 26 Philadelphia
27 27 New Orleans
28 28 New England
29 29 Baltimore
30 30 San Diego
31 31 Chicago
32 32 Indianapolis

ROUND 2
# Sel# Team
1 33 Oakland
2 34 Detroit
3 35 Tampa Bay
4 36 Cleveland
5 37 Chicago (from Washington through New York Jets)
6 38 Arizona
7 39 Atlanta (from Houston)
8 40 Miami
9 41 Minnesota
10 42 San Francisco
11 43 Buffalo
12 44 Atlanta
13 45 Carolina
14 46 Pittsburgh
15 47 Green Bay
16 48 Jacksonville
17 49 Cincinnati
18 50 Tennessee
19 51 N.Y. Giants
20 52 St. Louis
21 53 Dallas
22 54 Kansas City
23 55 Seattle
24 56 Denver
25 57 Philadelphia
26 58 New Orleans
27 59 N.Y. Jets
28 60 Miami (from New England)
29 61 Baltimore
30 62 San Diego
31 63 N.Y. Jets (from Chicago)
32 64 Tampa Bay (from Indianapolis)

ROUND 3
# Sel# Team
1 65 Oakland
2 66 Detroit
3 67 Cleveland
4 68 Tampa Bay
5 69 Arizona
6 70 Denver (from Washington)
7 71 Miami
8 72 Minnesota
9 73 Houston
10 74 Buffalo
11 75 Atlanta
12 76 San Francisco
13 77 Pittsburgh
14 78 Green Bay
15 79 Jacksonville
Cincinnati (Exercised in Supplemental Draft)
17 80 Tennessee
18 81 N.Y. Giants
19 82 Kansas City (from St. Louis)
20 83 Carolina
21 84 St. Louis (from Kansas City)
22 85 Seattle
23 86 Denver
24 87 Dallas
25 88 New Orleans
26 89 N.Y. Jets
27 90 Philadelphia
28 91 New England
29 92 Buffalo (from Baltimore)
30 93 San Diego
31 94 Chicago
32 95 Indianapolis
33 96 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)
34 97 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
35 98 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
36 99 Oakland (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 4
# Sel# Team
1 100 Oakland
2 101 Detroit
3 102 Tampa Bay
4 103 Cleveland
5 104 San Francisco (from Washington)
6 105 Arizona
7 106 Minnesota
8 107 Houston
9 108 Miami
10 109 Atlanta
11 110 San Francisco
12 111 Buffalo
13 112 Green Bay
14 113 Jacksonville
15 114 Cincinnati
16 115 Tennessee
17 116 N.Y. Giants
18 117 St. Louis
19 118 Carolina
20 119 Pittsburgh
21 120 Seattle
22 121 Atlanta (from Denver)
23 122 Dallas
24 123 New Orleans (from Kansas City)
25 124 San Francisco (from New York Jets)
26 125 New Orleans (from Philadelphia)
27 126 New Orleans
28 127 New England
29 128 Tennessee (from Baltimore)
30 129 San Diego
31 130 Chicago
32 131 Indianapolis
33 132 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)
34 133 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)
35 134 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)
36 135 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
37 136 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
38 137 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 5
# Sel# Team
1 138 Oakland
2 139 Detroit
3 140 Cleveland
4 141 Tampa Bay
5 142 Arizona
6 143 Washington
7 144 Houston
8 145 Detroit (from Miami)
9 146 Minnesota
10 147 San Francisco
11 148 Kansas City (from Buffalo through St. Louis)
12 149 Atlanta
13 150 Jacksonville
14 151 Cincinnati
15 152 Tennessee
16 153 N.Y. Giants
17 154 Detroit (from St. Louis)
18 155 Carolina
19 156 Pittsburgh
20 157 Green Bay
21 158 Detroit (from Denver)
22 159 Dallas
23 160 Kansas City
24 161 Seattle
25 162 Philadelphia
26 163 New Orleans
27 164 N.Y. Jets
28 165 Oakland (from New England)
29 166 Baltimore
30 167 San Diego
31 168 Chicago
32 169 Indianapolis
33 170 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)
34 171 New England (Compensatory Selection)
35 172 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)
36 173 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
37 174 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 6
# Sel# Team
1 175 Oakland
2 176 Denver (from Detroit)
3 177 N.Y. Jets (from Tampa Bay)
4 178 Cleveland
5 179 Washington
6 180 New England (from Arizona)
7 181 Miami
8 182 Minnesota
9 183 Houston
10 184 Buffalo
11 185 Atlanta
12 186 San Francisco
13 187 Cincinnati
14 188 Tennessee
15 189 N.Y. Giants
16 190 St. Louis
17 191 Carolina
18 192 Pittsburgh
19 193 Green Bay
20 194 Jacksonville
21 195 Dallas
22 196 Kansas City
23 197 Seattle
24 198 Denver
25 199 Miami (from New Orleans)
26 200 Dallas (from New York Jets)
27 201 Philadelphia
28 202 New England
29 203 Baltimore
30 204 Tennessee (from San Diego)
31 205 Washington (from Chicago)
32 206 Tennessee (from Indianapolis)
33 207 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)
34 208 New England (Compensatory Selection)
35 209 New England (Compensatory Selection)
36 210 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 7
# Sel# Team
1 211 Oakland
2 212 Dallas (from Detroit through New York Jets)
3 213 Cleveland
4 214 Tampa Bay
5 215 Arizona
6 216 Washington
7 217 Minnesota
8 218 Houston
9 219 Miami
10 220 New Orleans (from Atlanta)
11 221 Chicago (from San Francisco through Cleveland)
12 222 Buffalo
13 223 Tennessee
14 224 N.Y. Giants
15 225 Miami (from St. Louis)
16 226 Carolina
17 227 Pittsburgh
18 228 Green Bay
19 229 Jacksonville
20 230 Cincinnati
21 231 Kansas City
22 232 Seattle
23 233 Denver
24 234 Dallas
25 235 Green Bay (from New York Jets)
26 236 Philadelphia
27 237 Dallas (from New Orleans)
28 238 Miami (from New England)
29 239 Buffalo (from Baltimore)
30 240 San Diego
31 241 Chicago
32 242 Indianapolis
33 243 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection)
34 244 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)
35 245 Tampa Bay (Compensatory Selection)
36 246 Tampa Bay (Compensatory Selection)
37 247 New England (Compensatory Selection)
38 248 St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)
39 249 St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)
40 250 N.Y. Giants (Compensatory Selection)
41 251 Jacksonville (Compensatory Selection)
42 252 Jacksonville (Compensatory Selection)
43 253 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)
44 254 Oakland (Compensatory Selection)
45 255 Detroit (Compensatory Selection)