Welcome to the Draftivus Tuesday edition of ST&NO. As promised, my first ever 7-round soup-to-nuts mock draft will appear on Draftivus Friday, as an ST&NO special edition. (Did anybody else ever wonder why soup and nuts are the Alpha and Omega? Soup I can see, you eat that at the beginning of a multi-course meal, but nuts for dessert? Really? How about soup-to-chocolate cake? Yeah, that's the ticket.)
But I digest (something other than soup and nuts, incidentally.) Today's Donny Deutsch Big Idea will center on a brief pre-Draftivus evaluation of all 32 NFL teams, and what they may do this weekend. As usual, I have no interest in participating in an echo chamber, so prepare to read original thought and analysis. Ready.......... BEGIN
Happy Monday. That is a picture of a happy guy, right there. If I were Kyle Orton, I'd be happy too. To go from a talent-poor offensive team like Chicago, with a conservative approach, to a talent-rich offensive team like Denver, with what will almost certainly be an aggressive approach is a really good reason to be happy. On this Easter Sunday (as I write this,) because Kyle Orton is happy, and Chris Simms is happy, and Josh McDaniels is happy, I feel happy too. From all of us at the the department of ST&NO, we wish you a Happy Easter (plus one.) Ready....... BEGIN!!!
Welcome to another week's version of ST&NO. In this edition, we'll focus on the future, rather than dwelling on the past. Specifically, I decided to focus on Kyle Orton, and what he brings to the table. I, for one, get happier by the day with the drastically new direction of the team. I've had a healthy skepticism, but I am starting to find a lot of reason to believe in the new direction. Maybe I am a McDaniels guy now. Get your Monday coffee, close your office door, and let's get back to the business of being best subset of the best fan base in the NFL. Ready.... BEGIN!
I don't write a lot of FanPosts anymore, but I wanted to write one tonight, because I think this situation calls for as much gravitas as this site can muster. Guru wrote a great front page story, speaking for MHR, and he is 100% correct. This will represent my own spin, but the same basic idea. Consider this to be akin to the best practices of political messaging, where if your constituents don't believe you the first time, you simply keep repeating yourself.
After missing a week due to vacation, we're back with another edition of ST&NO. As we're in a pretty slow season for football news, be glad I am not a paid reporter, or I might make up some trade rumors or something. Ready.... BEGIN.
We're back with more ST&NO, after taking a one-week sabbatical. Well, actually, my day job kept me too busy to write anything, so it wasn't really like a sabbatical. It was more like continuously cranking through re-forecast revenue plans and depreciation schedules, and simultaneously trying to figure out a bunch of new duties on top of that.
I deliberately didn't take my work computer home this weekend, and I plan to make up for my absence last Monday morning. Ready, BEGIN!!!!
This should have been a great weekend to be a Broncos fan, but it definitely has not been. I don't want to belabor the Cutler mess much more, so I will try to work around it. Ready... BEGIN
Political capital is a term which is always invoked right after a politician is newly elected, or re-elected. It more or less equates to the concept of benefit of the doubt. In 2004, when George W. Bush was re-elected by a slim margin of 51%-48%, he claimed a wide mandate for his agenda, and openly spoke of using his accrued political capital. His chosen agenda item was a tremendously unpopular scheme to re-cast the social security program. Mr. Bush over-reached by a mile, and that failure ultimately began the long downslope of his presidency, really just a few months after being re-elected. It remains to be seen how long President Obama will be able to keep such a high degree of public goodwill, while implementing programs which can be divisive.
It would be difficult to overstate just how good Ryan Clady was in his rookie season. I was trying to think of just how a person would go about doing so, and decided to float a bunch of test statements, and evaluate them for overstatement.
Entering the 2008 re-loading season, I was pretty down on our offensive line. The 2007 season saw the worst performance by the group since Mike Shanahan had become Head Coach in 1995. Particularly in pass protection, the performance was just atrocious, especially over the last 4 games of the season. It is fair to say that i considered the deficiency to be no less profound than the deficiency we see on defense heading into this re-loading season. The starting five at the end of 2007 was a pretty motley bunch: Matt Lepsis, Chris Kuper, Chris Myers, Montrae Holland, and Erik Pears.