Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Genius or the same old Al?

What is Terrelle Pryor?

Well, he is 6'4", 220+ lbs, agile, has a strong arm, and has the kind of speed that several NFL running backs are surely envious of.  There is no question that he is the kind of athlete that you don't often see at Quarterback, but there he is.  A highly touted dual-threat QB coming into college, he has been a lightning rod at Ohio State.  He didn't lead them to a national title, but they were very good, and they did get over their SEC bugaboo this past season as he completed 65% of his passes.

But, can he play Quarterback in the NFL where he won't be able to automatically run away from everyone on the field?  Sure, he's still faster at top-speed, but getting there before you they catch you is the problem.  There are some that harp on him never having to go through a progression, and running at the first chance.  There are some that harp on his off-the-field troubles and say that he is just another guy doesn't get it and never will.  Finally, there are some that harp on him going to the Raiders, which have been the poster-children for franchise instability the past few years.

All of these are legitimate concerns, especially with the recent history that we have seen in other players.  So, I will address them in order.

1. He has never played in a system which required him to go through progressions, but rather if his first or second read wasn't there he would just take off running.  This is true, but that is kind of the point of a dual-threat QB.  Their arm is not their only weapon, and this is the king of athlete who can run at the NFL level, so assuming that to be a flaw is well....flawed.  Now, he will need to learn to work the progression tree to be a star because when it comes down to it, you don't survive long taking the kind of hits that defenders dream of handing out to scrambling QB's, and you have to spread the ball around to keep the defense honest.  That said, if Vick can learn to do it, so can Pryor.  The upside to a player like him is that he can be a functioning NFL QB while he learns to use the tree because he can make positive yards in other ways.  Look at Vick, McNabb, Young (Steve, not Vince), Elway.  These were all athletic QB's who learned to play at the NFL level after getting by on talent.  It's never a guarantee, as there are far more failures than successes at QB in the NFL, but this is no an automatic disqualifier.

2. His off the field issues were him getting a sweetheart deal on leased cars and selling memorabilia to pay for tattoos right?  This is not Reggie Bush getting a mansion, or Leinart getting a penthouse suite.  This is minor stuff, that outside of the NCAA rules, is not even illegal.  I have ZERO issues with the jerseys for tattoos issue.  Nothing more to see here, please move on.  For god's sake, the schools used to hand out tickets to players to do with as they saw fit.  That included SELLING them.

3. To my mind, the RAIDERS are the real potential issue.  His new coach Hue Jackson is touted as a QB Guru, and that is exactly what Pryor is going to need.  That, and a veteran to learn from for at least this year and next.  Jason Campbell might just be that guy, if he can solidify the spot this year.  However, if they keep switching coaches yearly, Pryor is going to get caught up in the wash.

But enough negativity and argument.  Let's end on a fun thought.  If this works out, we could have Terrelle Pryor playing aginst Tim 'Praise the Lord' Tebow twice a year.  2 QB's who have no business in the NFL, changing the commonly held conceptions about how you play ball in the NFL. 

Now, THAT would be fun.

P.S. Damn you haters, now you have me rooting for them both.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

And the longest hitting streak of the season belongs too.....

Ok, Ok, so all he did was tie Andre Ethier, but this has got to be a sign of the upcoming apocalypse. 

Dan Uggla is tied for the longest hitting streak in the majors this season, with a streak of 30 games.  30 FRIGGIN GAMES????/

There are several HOF members who never had 30 game hitting streaks, and Dan Uggla has one?

Dan Uggla of the .258 lifetime batting average?
Dan Uggla, the screw yourself into the ground with every swing, half-pint he-man pitcher hater?
Dan Ugglas, who has used this 30 game streak to raise his season average to .220.

Yeah, he has gone on a 30 game streak to raise his average TO  .220.  Eat his dust Mario Mendoza.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Did he really think he was helping?

So, Lebron James thinks that Tim Tebow is going to be a great player in the NFL.

That's very nice of him to say, but his tweet defending Tebow against Merril Hoge, who is known among football fanatics to be staunchly old fashioned in how he thinks offense should be run.  e.g. QB under center with a RB behind him and at least 1 TE on the field at all times., well that was a mistake.

Lebron has again made it abundantly obvious that he has not realized that he is not a hero in the eyes of America.  He is, depending on who you ask, either a villain, overrated, or a spoiled brat.  I am sure that many people would like to pick 2 out of 3, but I digress.

When you are in the middle of the biggest public criticisms of your life, it is not the time to "help" someone else out by telling the media to stop picking on them.

Timmy is a big boy, and he handled it well.  Lebron really needs to get a clue.