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It’s All Good – Stanback Out, Ogletree In

STanback

I have been saying all pre-season long, that Isaiah Stanback should not be on this team. With all of his injuries throughout his career with the Cowboys, I couldn’t understand why he was still here. Well, on Saturday the Cowboys finally realized what we were all thinking, and finally cut Stanback to trim the roster to 52 players. You have to remember the NFL is a business and cuts are a part of it, if you don’t play well or play at all, you should be cut.

And by the way, Stanback, who was a converted quarterback trying to transition into a wide receiver, was picked up by the New England Patriots as a backup quarterback on Saturday.

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Replacing his spot on the roster is the up and coming Kevin Ogletree, who had himself an outstanding pre-season and impressed many coaches, players and fans alike in the process. Ogletree even scored a touchdown in the final pre-season game to put the icing on the cake and secure a spot on the roster. With oft injured reeivers Sam Hurd and Miles Austin already on the team, having Ogletree on board will give the Cowboys some solid depth at the position.

All’s well that ends well…

This post was edited by Joe D.

McNair in My Eyes

As everyone looks back on what I believe was one of the greatest quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl, I looked back on how I saw Steve McNair.

In order for you to really understand me is to be in my shoes. As a young black boy in 1995, I grew up only seeing only three starting quarterbacks who were black. Rodney Peete, Randell Cunningham and Warren Moon. That’s it, no one else. Kordell Stewart was never really a quarterback to me. And as far as I knew their was no one else. It’s almost discouraging as a little kid to see that.

When Steve McNair rolled into Houston it was different. My dad made a whole lot of noise about him, mainly because the Redskins overlooked him. He had Peete’s size, Cunningham’s quickness and Moon’s arm. “Air” McNair was all I knew about him as a rookie. I was still as a teenager a big time Cowboys fan, but I kept a eye on him.

Every year he got better and better. McNair turned into a pro-bowler over night and became a well known player. Then when the Rams played the Titans in the Super Bowl I was glued to the TV. Not since Doug Williams has a team won a Super Bowl with a black starting QB. The game he played was one of the best performances I have ever seen in football. But he didn’t stop at the Super Bowl, every year he gave people a reason to respect him and fear him. As a Titan and as a Raven, he remained one of my favorite players.

Now I’m not calling him my hero or anything like that. But I would be lying if I didn’t dream about him being in Silver and Blue. McNair was so bad, kids in my neighborhood wanted to be like McNair, more then Cunningham, more then Moon. Then on top of that, he came out of a historical black college and made it in the NFL. No switching of his position, no stand in during the 4th quarter. He got a chance and ran with it. He fell in the small group of players who came out of the SWAC or MEAC and tore up the field.

Today, Jackson, Garrard, Young, Freeman, Leftwich, McNabb, Campbell, and Russell are all starting black quarterbacks. McNabb plays the same way as McNair; Campbell and Russell were mentored by McNair. While McNabb was accused of not being a stereotypical black quarterback, McNair never gave the critics a reason to question his game. That’s why I loved him.

Now will McNair be in the Hall of Fame one day? I hope so, along with Moon, Cunningham and if he has the numbers for it Doug Williams. Not only did they lay the blueprint out to be a black man in today’s game, but they also showed others how to be a great quarterback.

R.I.P. Steve “Air” McNair 1973-2009

What Is Goodell Thinking Now?

Has Roger Goodell lost his mind (again)?

The NFL commissioner is proposing to add another game overseas. The first time an NFL regular season game was played in London in 2007, when the Giants and and Dolphins traveled overseas. In 2008 the Saints and Chargers played in London. This upcoming season the Patriots and Buccaneers are set to make the trip.

“The fan reaction we’ve had in London has been extraordinary. We would like to feed that passion,” Goodell said after speaking at the Charlotte Touchdown Club. “We have a great fan base in the UK. There have been discussions of taking the second game and playing it in another market in the UK. That’s something that we’ll evaluate.”

I guess it’s all about the money. There have been complaints about field conditions at the stadium in London. Also, the fact that it takes a home game away from one team is a huge downfall. Goodell then brought up adding two more games to the regular season to make up for the loss of a home game to the scenario.

“I think the teams have had a great experience that have gone over,” Goodell said. “We’ve been able to build on that, and I think teams recognize it’s an honor and a privilege to go over and play there. And it can be done without impacting the team negatively.”

Players also felt that playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaii was a privilege before Goodell tried to take that away.

In my opinion, American football should be played in America. Home games are huge to the fans and we only have eight games as it is. What happens to season ticket holders? Do they get a refund on one game? I am just uneasy about the entire situation.

Since the Cowboys haven’t been chosen yet to travel overseas, I suppose it hasn’t directly affected us. But they will get around to our team. Then we will really hear the noise.

Former Cowboys Strong Safety Williams Goes To Bengals

Nfl.com has reported that the Bengals and Roy Williams have agreed on a contract. I bid you good luck Superman.

The Bengals have agreed to terms with former Cowboys free safety Roy Williams.

The Cowboys released Williams, once regarded as one of the fiercest safeties in the NFL, after last season.

In Cincinnati, Williams will be reunited with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who coached the Cowboys’ defense when the safety had some of his best production.

Top 10 Players In Fantasy Football

I dont know about everyone else but I do play fantasy football during the season, and with it as popular as it is I figured I’d break down nfl.com’s top 10 players and my top 10players.

          NFL Ranking 

  1. Adrian Peterson-RB- Minnesota Vikings
  2. Matt Forte-RB- Chicago Bears
  3. Michael Turner-RB- Atlanta Falcons
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew-RB- Jacksonville Jaguars
  5. DeAngelo Williams- RB- Carolina Panthers
  6. Chris Johnson- RB- Tennessee Titans
  7. Drew Brees- QB- New Orleans Saints
  8. Steven Jackson- RB- St.Louis Rams
  9. Brian Westbrook- RB- Philadelphia Eagles
  10. Frank Gore- RB- San Francisco 49ers

           My Ranking

  1. Larry Fitzgerald- WR- Arizona Cardinals
  2. Adrian Peterson- RB- Minnesota Vikings
  3. Chris Johnson- RB- Tennessee Titans
  4. Drew Brees- QB- New Orleans Saints
  5. Marion Barber- RB- Dallas Cowboys
  6. Calvin Johnson- WR- Detroit Lions
  7. DeAngelo Williams- RB- Carolina Panthers
  8. Peyton Manning- QB- Indianapolis Colts
  9. Steve Slaton- RB- Houston Texans
  10. Andre Johnson- WR- Houston Texans

Miles Austin: The SuperNova

Miles Austin was born on June 30, 1984 in Summit, New Jersey. Miles attended Garfield High School in Garfield, New Jersey, and was a letterman in football,basketball, and track and field. In football he played wide reciever and defensive back, and as a senior he won All-Bergen County honors and All-State honors. In basketball, Austin garnered All-Bergen County honors as well. In track and field, Austin participated in the 100 meter dash, long jump, triple jump, and javelin throw. He recorded the second-longest javelin throw in Bergen County history with a throw of 214 feet, 8 inches. Austin finished third in the long jump and the triple jump at the New Jersey Meet of Champions. Miles Austin graduated from Garfield High School in 2002.

Miles college career took home at Monmouth. In his college career he caught 150 passes for 2,867 yards and 33 touchdowns. He is the school record-holder in recieving yards. He rushed 15 times for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2003 Miles Set a Monmouth single-season record for touchdown catches with 12.

His NFL career started when the Dallas Cowboys signed him as a undrafted rookie free agent. In his rookie year he returned 29 kickoffs for 753 yards and recorded 5 tackles. His main highlight of the year was in the Cowboys playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. He returned 3 kickoffs for 136 yards in the game, including a 93 yard touchdown return. In the 55 postseason games in franchise history, it was the Cowboys’ first ever kickoff return touchdown in the playoffs. Miles caught his first career touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers. In 2008 he had 13 catches for 278 and 3 touchdowns with an average of 21.4 yards per catch.

With the release of Terrell Owens, Miles is expected to start as the No. 2 receiver across from Roy Williams.

Gerald Sensabaugh: The Jolly Jumper

Gerald Sensabaugh was born on June 13, 1983 in Oakland,California but was raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. Where he attended Dobyns-Bennett High School where he was a standout in football and track. In football, he helped lead his team to two consecutive Class 5A Semifinals, and during his senior year he also played offense recording 42 receptions for 420 yards and 7 touchdowns and was an All-Big Nine Selection. In track he won a state championship in the long jump.

Gerald started his college career at East Tennessee State University but transferred to the University of North Carolina as a senior when ETSU disbanned their football program. He finished his one-year UNC career with four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and three touchdowns. He also tied an NCAA single-game record after blocking three punts in one game.

Gerald recorded a 46″ vertical at the NFL Combine, the highest for an NFL player on record(this is also why I here-by give him the nickname The Jolly Jumper). He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round(157th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Gerald started every game of his rookie season, one of few to do so. After perfoming well on special teams he got a chance to start the remainder of the season at Strong Safety when Pro-Bowler Donovin Darius got injured. In 2006 he continued to play well on special teams and, then halfway through the season, he yet again became a starter when Darius suffered a season ending knee injury. On March 10,2009 the Dallas Cowboys and Gerald Sensabaugh agreed to terms on a one-year contract after he had the best season of his career in 2008 recording 70 tackles 8 pass deflections and 4 interceptions.

Gerald has been invited to be a teacher almost every year at Jason Wittens football camp, which is held in Jasons home town of Elizabethon, Tennessee just a mere 30 minutes from Geralds hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Gerald has had three arrest since 2007. The first being for doing a wheelie on his bike. The second for having a gun with an expired permit in his possesion. The third for driving on a suspended license.

Draft Report Card

Nfl.com released its report card grading all 32 teams on their draft so I am listing their ratings and my rating for the teams. This list is listed by overall grade not by alphabetical order.

  1. Clevland Browns- A,  I Give them an A as well for trading back to make a good financial decision and still picking up the best Center in the draft and still making great pick-ups at WR and CB.
  2. Green Bay Packers-A, I Give them an A as well for the pick-up of the NT Raji,OLB Matthews and two of the top offensive tackles in the draft which was their main area of concern.
  3. New York Giants-A, I Give them a B+ for grabbing two great recievers to solve a huge hole that was left after the Plaxico incident, and then they pretty much just added depth across the board.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles-A,I Give them an A as well for adding two veteran tackles that allowed them to tackle other areas when the draft got here, like taking Jeremy Maclin, RB LeSean McCoy, TE Cornelius Ingram, so the Eagles are going to be very tough this year.
  5. Houston Texans-B+ , I Give them an A for the fact that they put some depth to the OLB/DE positions and picked up two tight ends in the middle rounds, with the depth on the defensive edge they have look for the Texans to be playoff contenders.
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars-B+, I will give them a B for this draft, they put massive depth at the o-line and got a DT that can step right in and also addresed their WR issues with two out of the middle rounds and one in the 7th,they are hoping at least the two middle round WR’s they picked can step up and be contributors this year.
  7. Seattle Seahawks-B+, I will give them a B becasue they drafted OLB Aaron Curry when they really should of drafted QB Mark Sanchez wtih Hasslebeck becoming as injury prone as he has been.
  8. Baltimore Ravens- B, I will give them a B+ because they were tempted to go for a reciever but they moved up and picked OL Oher for depth and his ability to play any position on the line is one of the reasons that made the Ravens do this.
  9. Cincinatti Bengals-B, I will give them a C becasue almost every player they picked will either make a boom or will be a bust.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers-B I will give them a I will give them a B+ personally considering they hit their only need by upgrading their offensive line with their second pick and continued with their philopshy of developing talent by making picks who will be ready in a year or two.
  11. Arizona Cardinals-B- I will personally give them a B because they added RB Beanie Wells to pair with 2nd yr back Tim Hightower, and also added massive depth to their defense.
  12. Carolina Panthers-B- I will give them a B- also because their draft was nothing spectacular lacking a first round pick but was a very solid draft as is it was.
  13. Detroit Lions-B- I will give them a B- as well, they drafted Matthew Stafford which should solve their QB issue but the one pick that didnt make any sense to me was TE Brandon Pettigrew at pick #20 when they should have pursued a OT.
  14. Indianapolis Colts-B- I will give them a B for picking up RB Donald Brown and also picking USC DT Moala filled a gaping need look for the Colts to be once again playoff contenders.
  15. Miami Dolphins-B- I will give them a B- as well for having the most athletic draft class this year and the most intersting player to watch this year from their draft is QB/WR Pat White.
  16. New England Patriots-B- I will give them a B+ for having possibly the most solid 2nd round out of any team with the picks of SS Patrick Chung,CB Darius Butler,DT Ron Brace. Then there is the addition of QB Julian Edelman in the 7th round out of Kent, he could possibly be a Tom Brady type player for the Patriots again but look for that to be a tougher issue with their QB guru Josh McDaniels now being the Head Coach in Denver.
  17. New Orleans Saints-B- I will give them a B- as well for a solid draft that stacked up their defense.
  18. New York Jets-B- I will give them a B for the well thought out trade up for QB Mark Sanchez at pick #5 after Seattle passed him up to take Aaron Curry at #4
  19. San Diego Chargers-B- I will give them a B for a draft that filled in the line on both sides of the ball evenly with their first four picks and the pick of RB Gartell Johnson gives them the Pile Mover they currently lack at RB.
  20. Atlanta Falcons-C+ I will give them a C for a draft that patched up some holes on defense but there are still some holes there, but they can be filled in through trades and free agency.
  21. Buffalo Bills-C+  I will give them a C- for the lack of drafting a OT after trading Jason Peters to the Eagles and the fact that these players they drafted will have to be contributors right away considering that coach Dick Jauron needs to win this season.
  22. Chicago Bears-C+ I will give them a C for a moderate draft with no picks until the 3rd round caused by the Stellar Jay Cutler trade with Denver.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs-C+ I will give them a C- for a decent draft that padded their defense really well, but i am very worried about how well this offense can perform, I guess we will have to wait and see what Todd Haley can do.
  24. Minnesota Vikings-C+ I will give them a B- for the simple addition of Percy Harvin at pick 27 which could turn out to give them the two most explosive offensive players in the league with of course the other being Adrian Peterson. Look for the Vikings to have a strong rushing attack out of the Wildcat formation With Adrian Peterson,Percy Harvin and Tavarius Jackson who happens to be a Vince Young type QB but has a better arm and better accuracy than Young has at this point.
  25. St Louis Rams-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for a draft that landed them a excellent pick in OT Jason Smith.
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-C+ I will give them a C for drafting for the future by trading up two spots to pick QB Josh Freeman who may or may not be ready to take the field this year, only time will tell.
  27. Tennessee Titans-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for this draft, They took Rutgers WR Kenny Britt to give them an explosive reciever that they currently lack and hope his addition will lead them to another playoff run that will hopefully take them to the Super Bowl this year.
  28. Denver Broncos-C I will give them a D for a draft where only one pick made sense and that was RB Knowshon Moreno who better score alot of touchdowns becasue the defense is still suspect they only upgraded their troubled defensive line with one pick and was not addresed anymore, and I wonder do they really have all that much confidence in Kyle Orton not to draft a QB to offer some competion.
  29. San Fancisco 49ers-C I will give them a C+ for the addition of WR Michael Crabtree who no one thought would even be on the board at pick 10 for the 49ers to take, and their draft was more for depth than impact after the Crabtree pick.
  30. Washington Redskins-C I will give them a C as well for a solid defensive draft in which they now have plenty of depth on defense but on the offensive side of the ball players need to stay healthy because they didnt get much help on depth this off season so far.
  31. Dallas Cowboys-C- I will give them a B- for a very solid middle round draft that fixed alot of special teams issues and the pick of QB Stephen McGee was a great pick because I think he will make a stellar back up for Romo when Kitna is done here in Dallas if he does not win that spot from Kitna this year.
  32. Oakland Raiders-D I will give them a D as well for a draft that just didnt make sense starting with picking WR Darrius Hayward-Bey over WR Michael Crabtree. This was another fine example of Al Davis’ butchering his teams winning chances.

Stafford Signs Contract With Detroit

Nfl.com had announced that Matthew Stafford has signed with the Detroit Lions. Though the website had very little details and no specific page here is what the Breaking News box said.

Georgia QB Matthew Stafford will be the No. 1 draft pick after agreeing to a six-year deal with the Detroit Lions, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports. The contract has $41.7 million guaranteed but can be worth up to $78 million.

Why Do Things Need To Change?

As the years pass and I get older (Did I say older?), I look back on some things that have changed in the NFL or is about to change since becoming a fan.  I liked things how they were and wish I could go back in time.

Remember when…

– The Hall of Fame game opened the preseason schedule every year on a Saturday at 2:30 in the afternoon?

– The Regular season opened Sunday and not a Thursday night?

– When pregame was only a half hour?

– When there was no such thing as the Sunday Ticket? (Ok, this one I admit I like)

– When Sunday Night Football was a treat once or twice a year?

– When you had to sit and wait for the 10 minute ticker to pop-up during a game to show the out of town scores?

– When you couldn’t wait for the two-minute warning so you could see the Alcoa Fantastic Finish highlight?

– Commercials were not the biggest part of the Super Bowl?

– You couldn’t wait for that classic NFL Today theme song with Brent Musburger, Phyllis George, Irv Cross and Jimmy the Greek?

– All you got to watch were local games (In my case Jets and Giants) every Sunday and you got all excited because the game ended early and the station went to a different game?

– When there was no Free Agency and you never had a thought that any of the players from your team would ever leave?

– When you actually had to go to a store to buy a newspaper to read about the games and see the box scores because there was no such thing as the Internet?

And now here comes the latest change. In two days we have to wait until 4:00est for the NFL Draft to start instead of the normal noon start time. Oh, to go back in time.  Maybe it was because I was just becoming a fan back in the late 1970’s and everything was so new to me, but I sure do miss those times. How about you?

Panthers Lock Up QB Delhomme Until 2014 Season

As reported by nfl.com, the Carolina Panthers have signed Jake Delhomme to a 5 year extension worth $42.5 million with $20 million guaranteed.

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jake Delhomme to a five-year extension that keeps the quarterback under contract through the 2014 season.

While details weren’t immediately available Thursday, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports the deal to be worth $42.5 million, with $20 million guaranteed. The move also clears needed salary-cap space for the Panthers.

The extension comes just over three months after Delhomme had the worst game of his 11-year NFL career, throwing five interceptions and losing a fumble in the Panthers’ 33-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoffs. But Panthers coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney had expressed strong support for Delhomme, who has been the team’s starter since 2002.

The move also gives Carolina some breathing room under the salary cap, which is weighed down by defensive end Julius Peppers‘ franchise-tag tender worth $16.7 million over one year.

Eagles Acquire OT Peters From Bills

Well 1 of the 5 trades from the article I wrote the other day has just happened. The Eagles dealt Buffalo a 1st round draft pick for OT Jason Peters after Buffalo could not agree on terms with Peters as reported by nfl.com.

Now lets just wait and see what happens with Edwards, Boldin, and Ochocinco.

Also everyone pray that Miles Austin gets that long term contract that we are hearing about.