Expectations in professional sports are a funny thing. People get hired by companies to know something about sports, and they form opinions, which they then share with the world. The point is, to get you or I to look at their website or watch their show on TV, so we'll be subsequently advertised to, and run and buy our women rings at Kay jewelers, and pick up a 12 pack of Budweiser on the way home.
From today's Monday Morning Quarterback Column -
g. Jay Cutler completed his first 12 throws against Dallas. Matt Schaub hit on 12 of his first 14. The thing about preseason football is those could mean everything and those could mean nothing. For instance, Favre was given diverse and daunting formations in the 20 plays he had to know for Saturday night, but no throw he made was a challenging deep ball. "I should be able to complete those,'' he said. And you never know whether the defense is showing very much in the preseason either. So I wouldn't be feeling like you've got to think of changing your preseason opinion of Cutler or Schaub just yet.
I know a lot of people don't watch offensive line play that closely, but our guy Ryan Clady put a flat-out whipping on DeMarcus Ware on Saturday. I just saw the video for the first time a little while ago, and he was every bit quick enough to stay in front of him on speed rushes, and strong enough to handle him on bull rushes. The only time Ware got past him was when he ducked way inside to the A gap after initially stepping to Clady's outside shoulder. The play was a 3 step drop, and Cutler had it off long before Ware was close to him, but he got one on Clady there. Otherwise it was all #78. I'm very pleased with this, as a subset of my pleasure from the whole game.
A few years ago, ESPN implemented the idea of hiring an independent ombudsman to periodically review and criticize the journalistic practices at the Worldwide Leader. Really, it was an excellent idea, due to their dual roles of reporters and content providers, and I think some improvement has happened since then.
I think there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Broncos future, both near-term and long-term. Following are a starting 11 of them, to provide some positive thinking in the wake of the Marshall suspension.
ESPN.com is at it again. Their Scouts, Inc group has been chronically underrating our guys of late, and here is a real gem.
I originally was writing a comment to the precociously intelligent papigrande's Fanpost relating to the proposed partnership between ESPN and the NFL Network as reported by SI.com. While previewing what I had written, I decided to let it stand on its own, because it was different from the other comments, and kind of long. I don't view this as a matter of concern relating to programming. I see this as a matter of distribution channel positioning. I am a professional financial analyst, and I'm going to try to provide the terrific MHR community with some strong business analysis today.
The NFL is the most financially successful professional sports operation, and it isn't even close. The main reason for this is that the teams play once per week and all games are nationally televised, currently by broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, Fox) and cable channels (ESPN, NFL Network.) Because you can only see your team once per week, you make it a point to watch every week. This leads to a highly reliable level of viewership, which, in turn, leads to a tremendous ability to sell advertising at high prices to those who wish to influence the buying habits of football fans. I mean, hell, we all know that Budweiser is the King of Beers, and that Every Kiss Begins With Kay, right?
ESPN is at it again. Did you hear that 2010 will be uncapped if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement isn't reached before then? A few new rules will go into effect if that happens, including an extra transition player, a restriction on conference championship game participants signing free agents, and an increase from 4 to 6 years of service time before a player can be eligible for unrestricted free agency. First thing, this is not going to ever happen. These provisions are mutually unacceptable to both labor and management, and it's their nature as poison pills to prevent an uncapped season.
People here in Cleveland are just convinced that Bernie Kosar was a great player. Really, he was merely a good player in an era with lots of great QBs (Elway, Montana, Marino, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, Steve Young) and some more good ones who were better than Bernie (Esiason, Simms, Randall Cunningham.)
Have you ever been watching a game and wondered why a team doesn't use a formation that you think would be great? Why does a team send players in motion. What about what a QB is looking at when he is under center? What does audible mean, other than "able to be heard?" Are there audibles that can't be heard?
In the spirit of Hoosierteacher's great recent work explaining defensive concepts and methodologies, I've decided to put some general football educational items down related to offense. Please add your thoughts on anything I include or don't include, as I'd like this to be a value-adding discussion for all our readers.