In the first two games of the NFL season, the Patriots’ crew of pass catchers looked decidedly mediocre save for Danny Amendola who was hurt in the first game and will miss about 6 games. There were multiple instances of Tom Brady lashing out at his receivers; the Pats’ vaunted passing game was pretty mediocre. Yesterday was a bit better – albeit not nearly up to Pats’ standards. I think you could say that the Patriots’ WR corps from last year to this year is suffering from a case of the “Ins”:
Some are Injured
Some are Incarcerated
Some are Inexperienced
Some are In other cities
No wonder Tom Brady has been “In a snit”… Meanwhile, looking at all of this from the outside is Terrell Owens who made it known last week that he was available and would like the chance to work out for the Pats. He told the Boston Globe that he would sign a veteran’s minimum contract with no incentive clauses; I believe that would be $925K for this season. In the past, Bill Belichick took on the likes of Randy Moss and T.O’s running buddy, Chad Ochocinco (now Johnson again). Having Owens on the squad would complete a trifecta that most coaches would rather not contemplate.
Owens last played in an NFL game in 2010 and had a fling with the Seahawks in training camp last year. He was one of the early cuts in Seattle. Owens is 39 years old and is probably in great physical condition; he has always maintained his fitness. Moreover, in what may be an early sign that he is developing a sense of self-awareness, here is something else he told the Boston Globe:
“I think it’s the reputation of the things I’ve done in the past. People won’t let my mistakes die. It’s just puzzling for me. I’m just keeping my faith, staying patient and praying I get another opportunity.”
At age 39, Terrell Owens can now say aloud that his mistakes and his reputation are negatives and work against him. Had he reached that level of self-awareness at age 29…
There is a similar situation attached to the Trent Richardson trade story. Forget for a moment all that you read and heard last week about the Browns tanking the season and the Colts adding a key piece to their offense and whatever. The importance of that trade to both teams will become apparent in time; there is no need to try to define it now. For example, Greg Cote had this item in his weekend column in the Miami Herald:
“The Browns traded away top running back Trent Richardson. Cleveland fans normally don’t give up on the NFL playoffs until mid-October but can beat the rush this season.”
Obviously, trading Richardson did leave the Browns short at the running back position; there is no denying that. And so, Maurice Clarett announced that he would love to have a chance to work out for the Browns to show what he can do as a running back. Clarett will be 30 years old next month; his last football experience was playing for the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League. Clarett was drafted by the Broncos in 2005 in the third round but never made it out of training camp. Since then he has spent time in prison, an Indoor Football League and the UFL. Here is a suggestion for the Cleveland Browns:
Invite both T.O. and Maurice Clarett in for workouts. Dress up your offensive coordinator as Clarabelle the Clown – complete with oversized shoes and a seltzer bottle. Have the coordinator play QB in that outfit during the workout and squirt them with the seltzer bottle if they drop a pass or run a wrong route.
It would not cost the team much but would get them a ton of publicity.
No need to thank me…
Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times had a helpful suggestion for the owner of a grocery store in Brooklyn:
“Ricardo Rodriguez — who renamed his Brooklyn market A-Rod Grocery in 2000 — says customer backlash over the beleaguered slugger’s PED use is forcing him to rename it again.
“Hey, it was either that or convert it into a drugstore.”
On the CBSSports.com website, there is a Nissan ad where you can roll over the ad and place a vote for the Heisman Trophy winner this year. The season is not yet half over; to say that casting votes for the “best player in college football for the 2013 season” at this point in the 2013 season is premature would be a monumental understatement. There are 13 players on the list that you may vote for in that ad:
There are 8 quarterbacks
There are 3 running backs
There is 1 wide receiver.
There is 1 defensive lineman (not Jadaveon Clowney)
I watch a lot of college football and I try to pay attention to college football stats. I have not seen 4 of the quarterbacks on the list play even a single down; I have only seen 2 of the running backs play; I have seen the wide receiver play; I only saw the defensive lineman play two days ago. My guess is that 90% of the people who will cast a vote by rolling over that Nissan ad will have seen a smaller fraction of the candidates play. Ergo, how can that vote even approach the status of an “informed vote”?
Finally, here is a bit of historical perspective provided by Brad Dickson in the Omaha World Herald:
“The Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated, and the Kansas City Royals have been in contention. The last time we saw that, stagecoaches were traveling Interstate-15.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………