After trying to absorb as much of the NFL Draft this weekend, I came away with thoughts about teams, as well as some of the other action occurring in sports over the weekend.
→ The draft really needs to go back to being in the morning and not the 3:00 pm start that it had this year. It is WAAAAAY too much time for Keyshawn, Steve Young and company to try and figure out who is picking whom and when. That being said, I did like the fact that both rounds this year took as much time as the entire first round last year. Nice job Roger Goodell!!
→ Is Mel Kiper Jr. a Dapper Dan man? Seriously, was one hair out of place? Is he related to Jimmy Johnson?
→ Bill Parcells is at it again. He got the best OT in the draft to protect his QB and then potentially got the QB of the future in the 2nd round in Chad Henne. As much as I don’t like him (he coached the Giants after that, there is no coming back) you have to admit there is no doubting his impact.
→ Is picking Brian Brohm Green Bay’s nice way of telling Brett Favre to stay retired? If Aaron Rodgers gets hurt, they have it covered Brett. More importantly, does it speak to their confidence of Rodgers being their QB for the next 5 or 6 years?
→ Did the Jets win the Super Bowl on Saturday with picking Vernon Gholston? By the reaction of the Jets fans, it seems like they did. Have Jets fans read the book on Gholston? The knock on him – Not athletic enough and took games off.. That is correct, “GAMES” off!! Which leads me to…..
→ Interesting exchange between Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay last night regarding the picks they thought didn’t make sense.
Todd: “ I think the Jets made a mistake taking Gholston so high. He is not as athletic as everyone believes, he takes games off and just has a lot of question marks. I don’t think he is going to fit well into their overall defensive scheme.”
Mel: “Are you kidding me. This was a great pick. He is going to fit in perfectly and I will tell you right now, Defensive Rookie of the Years come from the rushing linebacker position he is going to be playing. “
Merrill Hoge jumps in: “In order to play that position, you have to shed a block. He can’t shed a block. Have you seen him shed a block? “
Crickets: Chirp, chirp, chirp….
Casey and I were discussing this over the weekend – how did Mel Kiper Jr. become a Draft Expert?? What qualifies as being a draft expert?
→ Carolina Panthers have taken a RB with their first pick in the draft the last 3 years. Umm, there is only one football and only one guy can carry the ball, right?
→ N.Y. Giants first round pick Kenny Phillips referred to his new head coach, Tom Coughlin as a “cool dude”. Huh? Tiki, haven’t heard from you in a couple of months now – care to comment? A couple of losing seasons and you don’t relate to your players. Win a Super Bowl and you are a cool dude. That is right the Giants did win the Super Bowl. I just threw up in my mouth again.
→Can’t fault the Bears for their draft. They got guys that can protect their QB and potentially take care of the anemic running back situation. But…not one QB selection in the draft? I am at a loss for the love affair with Rex Grossman. I thought Chad Henne or Brian Brohm would have been a perfect fit. Can someone explain the love affair to me? Wally! ZDubbz! Can you help me out on this…? Please? Do Chicago Bears fans love Rex Grossman too?
→ The Cowboys had a nice pick up with Felix Jones and the rest of their draft was solid. I would consider them more dangerous next year if Wade Phillips wasn’t coaching them.
→ Joe Flacco is a name that has come out of nowhere. Interesting that a guy who plays at Delaware is as prepared to play the QB position in the NFL – as someone who plays the QB position at Michigan. Considering everything they are saying about him, here is one person who hopes he does do well on the pro level. But if he has a bad game, I can see the headlines now: “ Joe Flacco – El Sucko”.. Ouch, some names just open themselves right up.. Speaking of El Sucko..
→ Jacksonville is really obsessed with getting past Peyton Manning. Giving up half of their draft to move up in the 1st round to pick a player most teams projected to be available when the
Jaguars picked later in the round? Not sure about that one..
→Here is hope that the Bengals stick to their guns and tell Charles Johnson to stay home rather than trade him. I think he is a great player, but honestly – sick of the antics and this would be a great time for any NFL team to send the message – you signed a contract, you are well paid – now play or stay home.
Other Thoughts and Ramblings:
→As with any playoffs, but especially the NHL, a team can ride a hot goalie all the way to the Stanley Cup. Could the Philadelphia Flyers be doing that with Martin Biron? The former Sabres goaltender has been standing on his head in helping the Flyer eliminate the Capitals and now appears to be doing it against the Canadiens.
→ Cheers to the LeMoyne College Men’s Lacrosse team for finishing an undefeated regular season and head into conference play ranked #1 in the USILA poll. Don’t ask me what USILA is, just know they are at the top of it. They are the current defending back-to-back champions in Division II lacrosse and here is hoping they can back it back-to-back-to-back.
→ The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Red Sox and looked good doing it. Credit to the Rays, but I am giving the Red Sox a pass for the weekend. Big Papi was hurt and good portion of the team is coming off the flu-bug that has been running through the team. Add that to a tough month of April and it just isn’t a good recipe. Here is hoping the day off yesterday was a much needed rest and a chance for the boys to get it going.
→ Is anyone else concerned that Doc Rivers is being out-coached in the opening round of the playoffs? After watching Mike Bibby get eaten up by Rajon Rondo for two games, the Atlanta coaching staff has made adjustments to free Bibby up and pick up the pace of the game. The result has been making the C’s defense look average and in some spots – slow. And Joe Johnson.. Joe Johnson!! Doc, c’mon kid, you gotta slow him down. Way too easy for him last night. It is obvious the offense flows through him, so why hasn’t there been any adjustments to stop or slow him down?
→ Barry Zito and his $126M contract have been sent to the bullpen. Somewhere do you hear Billy Beane laughing?
→ Lastly, a big Happy Birthday wish to Casey. Let’s see a huge Clipboard Happy Birthday for Casey!! I hope this year is a great year for you. Happy Birthday!!