Tebow completed less than 47% of his passes last year. Even if you can coach him up to the point that he’s 10% better (which is pretty optimistic), that would put him at 57%…
I guess I don’t the sense that 10% improvement is so significant, as to be too optimistic. Honestly, I don’t have a good sense of this. If he dramatically improves as a passer, will I be shocked? No, I don’t think so. Dilfer says his mechanics are terrible, but I thought his passing got a lot better. (The way he drops back and sets up to throw looks awkward and stiff, though). Personally, I’m a little more concerned about his ability to see the field and read defenses/coverages. I think if he can do that well, I could see him improving quite a bit. But I’m pretty much guessing at this point.
Historically speaking, a 10% improvement would be a big deal.
Hold up! Tebow is NOT a Jet. Deal didn’t go through.
Surely Jacksonville, right? If he’s only worth a 4th rounder, how can they not afford to get him in there? Bring him home, excite the fan base (much needed there) and get that team back on the map.
This is the weirdest day of off-season NFL news in a long time…
What? The deal didn’t go through? What happened?
Now the Rams are contending? Did GB drop out?
How much money did the Jags pay to get Henne? To me, the Jags makes some sense (although if they’re not going to seriously build around him and give him a decent shot at developing, then no).
I don’t get the Jets, either, unless they don’t plan to use Tebow at QB. Giving up on Sanchez seems way too premature, imo.
I think Tebow dodged a bullet if he’s not Jets bound. Jets are a mess, and the “Adventures of Tebow” would have ended in a bad way. Sports radio in NYC have been thoroughly ridiculing the Jets and their dysfunction for the last two hours, and now there is palpable relief- and people are now talking about how the Jets have once again insulted Sanchez.
all of this is crazy cause the Jets just paid Sanchez I mean what are fans going to be chanting after his 1st interception cause that’s all it takes in NY than bring on Tebow. Right away the Tebow jersey is outselling the Sanchez one if you know what I mean.
“Jets are a mess”
With Al Davis gone in Oakland, the Jets may become the new Raiders.
and it happened…countdown to the rex ryan hot seat.
Rex Ryan to Tebow: “Hey, son, have a seat.”
Tebow: “Thank you sir. I’m happy to have this opportu—”
Rex: “Enough of that shit, boy. You’re gonna be a fullback, so get your mind right with that right this minute or I’ll have your ass holding for snaps… Fucking fourth round pick.”
He might as well have. he might as well have.. fucking Jets. Imagine it not blowing up imagine that going down smoothly next season I can’t. Ohh fucking Jets couldn’t get Peyton they get Tebow…
Look at the Patriots at WR. They franchised Welker, signed Brandon Lloyd, signed Anthony Gonzalez, and signed Donte’ Stallworth.
The Pats keep reloading on offense. When will they get some blue-chippers on defense? I guess it doesn’t matter much. They can outrace anyone to the Super Bowl.
They let Green-Ellis go too, so maybe they don’t care about running the ball next season either.
Backs are a dime a dozen. Doesn’t matter much, unless you have an elite one. But yes, I think it’s safe to say they don’t care about running the ball so long as they still have one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. They really need at least one playmaker on defense to win another title. Someone who could have forced a turnover at a key moment. Just one play is all they needed.
I dunno, Bobby, generally that seems to be the philosophy these days, but the beauty of BJGE was that he literally never fumbled.
Meanwhile the Bills have signed Mark Anderson away from them at DE to line up opposite Mario Williams. If Fred Jackson can be healthy next season and they can find a second wide receiver, they’re looking pretty good next year.
Bills can’t complete in the East until they get an elite qb that can beat Brady. He’ll retire before that happens. Their future does look fairly bright though.
I agree that non-fumbling backs are golden. But still, it isn’t worth it to pay big money for even slightly-aging backs (unless elite level). They come into the league in swarms.
When Jackson went down, the Bills were 5-5, the Pats were 7-3, and Buffalo had beaten them head-to-head once. Fitzpatrick isn’t elite, he throws too many interceptions, but he his completion percentage is very good, and he’s got a nice arm. They’ve got probably the best front four in the East now. The Pats have lost Anderson on defense, and Carter, Ellis, Guyton, and Warren are all free agents. I think the Bills are officially better (on paper) than Miami and the Jets, now. Next stop, New England.
. . . the Bears signed Michael Bush today to back up Forte. First Jason Campbell at QB and now Bush. Actually depth on offense!
Bobby said, The Pats keep reloading on offense. When will they get some blue-chippers on defense? I guess it doesn’t matter much. They can outrace anyone to the Super Bowl.
Personally, I’d prefer they improve their defense. But just because they went for offense in free-agency that doesn’t mean they can’t improve their defense via the draft. Ditto the RB position.
I think the Patriots had a solid running game—at least one that you couldn’t ignore. However, I do think they could find an adequate replacement. A part of me feels they should get a tougher, power running back, a la Antowain Smith or Corey Dillon, and not the small scat back type. If they could have a power RB to pound the ball to help close out games, that would be ideal, imo.
Was Forte’s contract up? Did the Bears pony up?
They franchised him, so that means he will make, I think, about $7.75 million this year. Apparently he’s not happy that they then turned around and gave Bush a 4-year/$14 million deal without giving Forte what he feels he’s worth.
Apparently the Pats have restructured Brady’s deal to free up cap space.
former chargers linebacker junior seau was found dead today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. rip.
seau shot himself in the chest and he wasn’t the first. speculation is that he was trying to preserve his brain tissue for examination for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Oh man, that’s sad news.
weirdly, seau was the 8th member of the 1994 championship team to die before his 45th birthday
Yeah . . . Duerson was the first thing I thought of when I heard how Seau died.
That is freaky and disturbing.
Does anyone know if there has been any research with regard to serious head injuries and the increasing weight of players (and maybe increasing speed of players above a certain weight)? Football players seem to be sustaining more serious injuries. Or consider the way running backs don’t seem to be as durable or “tough” as they used to be. Are current running backs just not as tough as ones in the past, or are the hits they’re taking more damaging? It seems clear to me that players are getting heavier than they were twenty years ago—and that added weight, plus a certain rate of speed could explain the number of serious injuries that occur.
If this is true, then I wonder if the NFL should consider some weight limit for players. (I’m not sure how feasible this is, but it’s something that probably should be considered, at least.)
I think it has more to do with changes in medical science and the culture of the game, Jazz. Duerson came into the league in ‘83, and if you look at the recent concussion-related lawsuit filed against the league, a lot of the plaintiffs in the suit are from that era and earlier—Tony Dorsett, Randy White, etc. I think guys have been getting concussed all along and it’s just a more visible/better diagnosed injury then ever before . . . and until recently the emphasis of the game’s culture on “toughness” led to it not being perceived as a widespread issues until recently.
Re: size: How Much Bigger Are Players Now?
Oh, and this got virtually no press because he wasn’t as prominent a player as Duerson or Seau, but Ray Easterling, who suffered from the same neurological condition, committed suicide just a couple of weeks ago.
I’m not suggesting that the game was safer in the past, but maybe a little more safer—at least to the point where fewer players sustained really serious injuries. I do think changes in medical science (specifically the ability to detect injuries) explains some of the changes in increased injuries, but I feel there’s more to it than that. If you got 300+ individuals who run under 5.0 seconds in the 40, I’m guessing it might be just a matter of physics…maybe there’s a tipping point related to speed and weight (mass) where the chances of serious injury increase. Or maybe more players over a given weight moving at a relatively high speed would lead to more physical punishment and increase the likelihood of serious injuries. Then again, maybe not. Just a thought.
It’s probably a factor, yeah . . . and maybe the ever-increasing emphasis weight lifting and year-round training ends up damaging the bodies ability to recover or ever strains joints, etc. to the point that they’re more likely to sustain serious injury. Hard to say for sure.
Or what about the strain on joints from increased weight? I would expect the strain on the joints of a 300 pounder will probably be greater than a 200 pounder—even if the 300 pounder is in a great shape.