The New England Patriots fans are upset right now because they lost their beloved tight end Rob Gronkowski, but was T.J. Ward wrong?
T.J. Ward acknowledged he made a choice to tackle Gronkowski low and said he did so because if he went high he ran the risk of a fine and, since he’s been fined before, a suspension.
The play angered many in New England, who thought Ward’s hit was dirty. In former times it might have been, as players had an unwritten rule not to hit a guy in the knee from behind or the side. Ward said he went for Gronkowski’s thigh, and the hit was worsened by the timing — Ward caught Gronkowski as he planted his right knee with his leg extended.
I honestly don’t think Ward was wrong, what else is he supposed to do? He already has been fined for hitting high and the NFL changed the rules to tackle low. So that is what he did. Regardless of the injury or not, as a football player are you paid to make plays? Yes you are, so in this case, I don’t get the hate for the man? Even Teddy agrees:
Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi regularly writes a feature for ESPN-Boston answering fans’ questions, and one was related to whether Ward’s hit was dirty. Bruschi answered in part by saying: “Even in today’s NFL, I can see how people may think that hit was dirty. But I look at it this way — what are defenders supposed to do now?”
The Seahawks have said all year the only way they can lose is if they beat themselves. It’s true, and their Achilles’ heel all season has been penalties. Seattle is one of the most penalized teams in the NFL, partially because of their physical and aggressive style of play. But the Seahawks also take way too many careless penalties. Most of the time they are good enough to overcome them, but not on the road against a good team like the 49ers. Seattle had nine penalties for 85 yards, and several of them killed big plays for the offense or kept drives alive for San Francisco. It’s the one weak area of the team that has to improve on, but the to me the most important is FEED THE BEAST.
Marshawn Lynch now has gone three consecutive games without topping 100 yards rushing. He ran for 72 yards on 20 carries Sunday, giving him 171 yards rushing on 53 carries in the last three outings for an average of 3.2 per carry. Those are not Beast Mode numbers. His 11-yard touchdown run was the only rushing first down the Seahawks had Sunday, although a penalty nixed one 15-yard run. Defenses are keying on Lynch, but Seattle still needs to win the line of scrimmage and overpower teams up front.
I don’t know why the Seahawks are not giving Marshawn Lynch the ball, it really upsets me. He is a back that will get your crowd going nuts, he is a stud.
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee said he’ll undergo a MRI on his neck Tuesday in Dallas. Lee suffered the injury in the first half of the loss to the Chicago Bears and tried to play through it but just couldn’t tackle, so he left the game. This is not a good situation for the Cowboys as their defense looked horrid last night.
“One of my own guys caught me in a pile and later (I) got caught with my head down and I kinda slipped a little bit,” Lee said. “I tried to keep coming back but I wasn’t really able to hit anybody. I hope I just bounce back and be ready for the next week.”
It will be interesting to see what happens, I hope he comes out of the MRI okay, because he has been playing like a Pro-Bowler when healthy.
Someone needs to be fired in Dallas. I thought for sure it would be Monte Kiffin after last nights epic fail, but that is not the case. Today, Jerry told the media that he has faith in the two old defensive coaches.
@calvinwatkins: Jerry Jones said “there’s no one I rather have” than Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli fixing the defense.
What does this mean for Jason Garrett then? Does it mean that he could be on the hot-seat? I am sorry, everyone needs to be on the hot-seat.
Curtis Lofton, Brent Grimes, John Abraham, and even Vance Walker all excelling with new teams. So the biggest question I have is will The Falcons make mistake and let Corey Peters walk too?
This year Corey Peters has been one of the positives on the defense. Peters is having his best year ever with 41 tackles and 4 sacks. Over his four years in Atlanta, Peters has registered 118 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 interception and 6 passes deflected.
The other big free agent defensive tackle out there is BJ Raji who everyone seems to love, but his stats are no where comparable to Peters.
BJ Raji of the Packers has registered 89 total tackles and 10.5 sacks in more games than Peters. Peters is killing Raji this year in stats as well. Raji only has 14 tackles and started every game. That is less than one tackle a game folks.
So my big question is how will Corey Peters not get a huge pay day? If I were a GM, I would put up some good money for Peters. He is a young player with tons of great skills. The stats don’t lie, Falcons you better keep the man, everyone else you let go continues to shine, while the man you have to replace them are struggling.
I expect Peters to get a good contract. Last year Sammie Lee Hill received a three year deal worth 11.4 million and he is not a starter, Desmond Bryant was given a 5 year deal worth 35 million dollars (which was crazy), and Brandon Mebane made 5.5 million a year.
If you compare Peters to those players he has better stats than all. Will he get a pay day worth 35 million? I don’t know but I would expect the Falcons to at least offer him a 5 year deal worth 25 million dollars like they gave Babineaux. Especially with the stats he has put up, if the Falcons don’t put up the money another team will.
C.J. Spiller caught a screen pass and took it 83 yards before having it called back by a holding penalty committed by Robert Woods. Well that was Buffalo’s only shot to score a touchdown. The bills were the only team this week to not score a touchdown.
@SportsCenter: Crazy stat of the day: There were 101 touchdowns scored in the NFL this week, the first time EVER in triple digits. Previous record was 90.
The sad thing is the record was broke and Buffalo was the only team not to score. I say fore Nate Hackett the Offensive Coordinator, what do you think #BillsMafia?
Today the Miami Dolphins found a solid cornerback sitting on the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers.
@apoupartFins: Per SF.Com 49ers practice squad DB Michael Thomas will be signed to the #Dolphins’ active roster today.
Thomas is a 5’11 corner from Stanford that had 14 tackles in the preseason.
Today Maikon Bonani a brazilian kicker who played his college ball at South Florida.
Bonani went to school in Lake Wales, Fla., as a 10, 11-year-old. He played with the Tennessee Titans earlier this year and will have a workout today for his hometown Bucs.
Today the Minnesota Vikings are working out running back Bradley Randle. Randall was with the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason earlier this year.
He is a 5’7, 195 power running back from UNLV. With Petterson likely out for a least a couple games don’t be surprised if the Vikings sign him to the active roster or the practice squad.
Tonight the Cowboys/Bears game was not just hard for me and you to watch, but it hurt former Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith as well.
Emmitt went off on Monte Kiffin saying his scheme was garbage then said he was going to bed. Wow