Wednesday, May 14, 2014

draft outcome

I personally hate "rating" the draft.  Its impossible to say that someone will be good or bad in the NFL - a top prospect may flake out, an injury may derail a career.  You just don't know.

So every GM gives the same line "we did good" and everyone with an opinion will tell you how they think these players will perform with the team.

If you were to swap the Patriots draft and the Dolphins draft, would the touts be saying the same things?  Success breeds good will, lack of it doesn't.

Now with that in mind, here's my take on the players.  They got some new players.  They filled some obvious needs.  Does the fact that the new GM evoke memories of the last GM bother me?  Maybe a little. These guys are all trying to be the hero and find that diamond in the rough.  The problem is that its a bit of a longshot. Success in college against good opponents is really the only barometer you have.  40 times, how much he can bench press - that stuff doesn't matter.

As far as Pouncey's tweet, it was immature, sophomoric.  But we know that's who Pouncey is, so no big surprise.  Hank Goldberg summed it up well when he said "if the guy wasn't a probowler, he would have been let go." and then went on to tell us that it was Hickey - NOT Philbin - who talked to him about the incident.  So the player hasn't grown up, and the coach still isn't accountable.  That could be troubling in his opinion, and its probably worth watching.

Now as for Michael Sam's kiss.  Who.  The frick.  Cares.  We see draft prospects kissing their girlfriends, wives, whatever.  And no one cares about that. 50 years ago - before de-segregation, really - if you had seen a black man kissing a white woman, the outrage would have been similar, I'm sure. Now?  Does anyone care?  My point is that we just need to get over it, and move on.  The guy had success in college and wound up being drafted very late, and that should be the talk - not who he kissed when he finally got drafted.

As for "the scrub" who tweeted it was disgusting? That's his opinion, and he's entitled to it.  The First Amendment guarantees us that.  The problem is that you represent an organization by your words, and your actions.  I wouldn't have even known he played for the Dolphins player if someone hadn't pointed that out.

But, the NFL is hypersensitive to social issues, and takes a narrow view of anyone who doesn't follow suit. And the Dolphins are even more so, in light of the bullying scandal.  So while a fine and public flogging seemed like a lot, it was a knee jerk to trying to protect their own brand.
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I actually think Hickey has shown many signs he is not like Ireland at all. He is team based with the staff, interacts will with the media, and is not afraid of small school players. Ireland was about complete power, was horrible with the media, and took mainly larger school players based more on potential vs ready to play. Which one translates to wins on the field remains to be seen, but I certainly think Hickey is nothing like Ireland.

In terms of Don Jones and Mike Pouncey I am pretty disappointed in the whole thing. Pouncey has done embarrassing things to the team over and over. His tweet was far worse than Jones in my opinion. Jones gets suspended and fined but nothing for Pouncey. Does anyone really think that someone that tweets that he finds two men kissing on national tv horrible is worse than wearing a hat supporting a man involved in the murder of multiple people? Don't get me wrong what Don Jones did was stupid but the double standard that the Dolphins showed bothers me. I wonder if the punishments would have been the same if Pouncey tweated what Jones did and Jones did what Pouncey did. My guess is Jones would have been cut.

As for Don Jones being "a scrub" I remembered him for the best and worst special teams play of the year. I wonder how the Falcons game would have turned out if he had not done this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW4faGKZtTA

However, he also had a illegal touch of punt against Buffalo that amounted to 40 yd penalty. A huge swing in that game.

Unfortunately I share your view with Phillbin. I like the guy as a person and think he is a good offensive mind. However, the following things have bothered me about him.

1.) Mike Sherman - He was unable to take over play calling but was ok with Sherman being fired or unwilling to take stand if he felt Sherman was doing a good job, - Either was it shows weakness

2.) Jim Turner - Was texting J Martin when the whole mess broke out. That showed me Phillbin did not have control of his coaching staff. Once Martin left I would not have anyone talking to him by myself if I was Phillbin. It came off to me that Phillbin did not have control of Turner.

Hopefully everyone learns from their mistakes. They are going to have to if we are going to be a winning team.


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I actually think Hickey has shown many signs he is not like Ireland at all. He is team based with the staff, interacts will with the media, and is not afraid of small school players. Ireland was about complete power, was horrible with the media, and took mainly larger school players based more on potential vs ready to play. Which one translates to wins on the field remains to be seen, but I certainly think Hickey is nothing like Ireland.

In terms of Don Jones and Mike Pouncey I am pretty disappointed in the whole thing. Pouncey has done embarrassing things to the team over and over. His tweet was far worse than Jones in my opinion. Jones gets suspended and fined but nothing for Pouncey. Does anyone really think that someone that tweets that he finds two men kissing on national tv horrible is worse than wearing a hat supporting a man involved in the murder of multiple people? Don't get me wrong what Don Jones did was stupid but the double standard that the Dolphins showed bothers me. I wonder if the punishments would have been the same if Pouncey tweated what Jones did and Jones did what Pouncey did. My guess is Jones would have been cut.

As for Don Jones being "a scrub" I remembered him for the best and worst special teams play of the year. I wonder how the Falcons game would have turned out if he had not done this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW4faGKZtTA

However, he also had a illegal touch of punt against Buffalo that amounted to 40 yd penalty. A huge swing in that game.

Unfortunately I share your view with Phillbin. I like the guy as a person and think he is a good offensive mind. However, the following things have bothered me about him.

1.) Mike Sherman - He was unable to take over play calling but was ok with Sherman being fired or unwilling to take stand if he felt Sherman was doing a good job, - Either was it shows weakness

2.) Jim Turner - Was texting J Martin when the whole mess broke out. That showed me Phillbin did not have control of his coaching staff. Once Martin left I would not have anyone talking to him by myself if I was Phillbin. It came off to me that Phillbin did not have control of Turner.

Hopefully everyone learns from their mistakes. They are going to have to if we are going to be a winning team.


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Mr Finkle, or is it Eichorn,
Most people forget that the majority of the players in the NFL are 21-26 years old. Who at that age hasn't said something regrettable?

If you say something offensive in the company of family or friends, you may get a "shut the hell up" or "you're an idiot" response.

But when you go to social media to express your opinion, which everyone has a right to, then you are vulnerable to the repercussions of your opinion.

The real problem is these men, many of whom are still immature, are utilizing technology to express their private opinions. When they use social media they need to think about what they are saying and not have quick draw reaction statements published for the world to see. They probably should never use social media unless it is in a positive nature.