Football, Sports

No Sturgis? No Problem.

Watch out, Caleb Sturgis. Philadelphia has a new kicker in town, and they are quite happy with him. In the opener at Washington, Sturgis was hurt and the Eagles announced he would be out at least 8 weeks. The Eagles held kicker tryouts, and Elliott was the winner. This is why Elliott could start instead of Sturgis.

  1. INJURY. By the time Sturgis is done his 8-week absence, he will have missed 11 games in just 4 seasons. The Eagles don’t want to have to be forced into action because Sturgis is out for the season.
  2. MONEY. Elliott makes $435,000 less than Sturgis a year, which would clear up a lot of cap space.  A good year for Elliott would get him a multiyear, $1,000,000 with a bonus close to $500,000. A good finale for Sturgis would get him multiyear, $3,000,000 with a bonus of $1,000,000. Elliott would save a lot of cap space.
  3. STRENGTH. You don’t cut a rookie who kicked the 7th longest FG in NFL history. You can, however, cut a kicker with a max of just 53 yards.

If my predictions are right in number 2, if the Eagles added 500k per year to the contract, and each kicker played 10 more years, these would be the stats:

Sturgis Total: About $62,500,000 or roughly $6,250,000 contract value

Elliott Total: About $42,500,000 or roughly $4,250,000 contract value

So, Elliott would save us millions and be our Adam Vinatieri.

 

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Football, My Favorite Things, Sports

Owls get Blown Out in Collins’ Temple debut

Before the Notre Dame-Temple matchup, the question circling the Owls campus like a vulture was, “Who’s the Quarterback?”.  Now it is, “How long will Geoff Collins stay?” After a 49-16 loss, the Owls are already missing Matt Rhule. When Rhule was the coach, a much more talented Fighting Irish side struggled in a 24-20 victory. Now? Times have changed. Granted, Temple had a new quarterback, (more in paragraph 2), but so did Notre Dame. So, what went wrong?

  1. The Quarterback. Now, Logan Marchi had a good stat line in his first Temple game. He was 19-35 with 245 passing yards and 2 TDs. However, his play calling was not great, he clearly lacked leadership and experience, and he is not a mobile QB. He was sacked 3 times and rushed for a loss 1 time, which adds up for -21 yards. I would’ve started 3-star recruit Anthony Russo. Hopefully, Marchi will improve if there is no quarterback change.
  2. Special teams. Normally Temple shines here, with solid returners and Alex Starzyk and Austin Jones. Wrong. Two different returns got two total returns for two yards. Austin Jones was 1/2 and kicked just one PAT, and Starzyk had 6 punts with an average of 37.7 yards per punt and a long of 46.
  3. Missing star players. Last but not least, it was clear Temple missed some star players from the past. The O-line missed Dion Dawkins. Jahad Thomas, Robby Anderson, and PJ Walker were missed at skill positions, and Temple’s defense missed Matakevich, Praise Martin, and, well, everyone.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be at the Penn State game…

Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Does Hackenberg want to be a Jet?

The Jets have flared up all kinds of controversy QB wise, not the least of which signing Josh McCown, an injury riddled QB with a below average arm and average QB smarts. The Jets will be McCown’s 7th team in 14 years. He averages just 1017 passing yards per season, throwing for below 2000 yards in 9 seasons. Ryan Leaf averaged more passing yards per season than McCown. McCown has never started all 16 games. McCown averages 5.64 passing TDs per season. McCown does, however, top Tom Brady in some categories, such as fewer interceptions per season with 4.92, because Brady has only missed 34 starts in his career, including his suspension, his injury and his career as a backup to Bledsoe to McCown’s 112 missed games. Still, after all these stats, the Jets want McCown over two young arms named Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. So where could Hackenberg go instead?

  1. Houston Texans. Where else? A reunion with former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien should be in the writing, and Houston needs someone else. Tom Savage might not be the most dependable next year, and I would be surprised if 1st round pick Deshaun Watson started a game. I think he’ll sit out, like what the Eagles did to Donovan McNabb. But then again, that is what we thought would happen to Carson Wentz…
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won’t get to be starter, but there is a solid chance he could be 2nd string here. He could join an emerging team with a solid WR corps, including his fellow PSU man, Chris Godwin.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars. Eventually, Blake Bortles will get benched. Chad Henne is good, but Hackenberg would be better.  The Jaguars have a history of signing PSU players, and last year had 7 on the roster. Familarity would do Hackenberg well, and he’ll get to play with his favorite WR, Allen Robinson.

 

Others: Steelers, Eagles, Titans, Panthers, 49ers

Think I’m missing one? Respond in comment box!

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Football, Sports

CLEVELAND BROWNS TO-DO LIST…

  1.  Find a Quarterback. Not another Josh McCown or Robert Griffin III, I mean a real Quarterback. Not a 5th round rookie named Cody Kessler. Malik Zaire is to…raw.  Why didn’t they just move WR Terrelle Pryor back to QB? Too late now…
  2. Change team name and looks. Several sites claim the Browns own one of the ugliest jerseys with the Brown and Orange uniforms. Paul Brown was disgusted when the team was named after him. The Tampa Bay Rays changed team names and jerseys in ’08 and made it to the Series. (They lost in 5 games to the Phils) What about something like the ‘Cleveland Carriers’ or ‘Cleveland Clampers’. Maybe not that last one, but still…
  3. Make the playoffs. The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 with Tim Couch. Enough said.

This list is much longer, but I just posted a few. I f the Browns do this, they could become playoff contenders.

Sorry to all Browns’ fans who were offended by this post.

Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Who’s the Q?

In Philadelphia, rather than making a move for a backup like AJ McCarron who has never seen Philly, we have 3 homemade heroes trying to be No. 1. The connections to PA? Here Goes:

Carson Wentz played 16 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

Nick Foles is returning home, with his most successful team that he played 2011-2015 as a starter.

Matt McGloin played college football with the PSU lions.

Jon Gruden believes the Eagles will stick with Wentz, saying,

“He’s got a better receiving corps, and the reps will add up. He’s going to be able to go into the second-year as a starter, calling the same plays, handling situations and audible better than he did the first time around, just because of experience. That’s great, great thing, and something that not a lot of quarterbacks don’t have with the same system and same play-callers for two seasons. I did like him a lot [coming out of North Dakota State] for the same reasons that I said I would choose [Pitt quarterback] Nathan Peterman if I had to play a game in three or four months. The kid was well-trained at North Dakota State. They train quarterbacks differently there. They train football players different there. In the huddle, they use a lot of motion and shifts, they have a volume of plays, and they put a lot on the quarterback at the line of scrimmage. I think that helped Carson dramatically handle the variety and all the different things that are in the Eagles’ playbook.”

Others? Not so much…

Brandon Lee Gowton, a writer for Bleeding Green Nation, says he sees and fears, “when Wentz struggles and some of Foles’ fanboys call for him[Foles] to be the starter”

I don’t know about you, but this is my Depth Chart…

1.) Carson Wentz

2.) Nick Foles

3.) Matt McGloin

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Sports

Fightin’ Phils, Flyers, 76ers & Eagles

In 2008, we saw the Phillies take the World Baseball Championship Series thanks in part to a lot of… trash talking. We saw Brett Myers defend Jimmy Rollins in his media battle against the Mets’ Carlos Beltran. In our NLCS Game 3, we saw Shane Victorino angrily point at his head and exchange words moments after an 80 mph fastball forced him to duck to avoid becoming the next Ray Chapman.

In 1974, some of us saw the Flyers (didn’t see that one coming, did you?) take the Stanley Cup thanks to aggressive fights. Nobody ever saw a game without seeing why Bobby Clarke became toothless, or Dave “The Hammer” Schulz pound anyone who came close to insulting his team.

In 2005, we saw why Eagles fans started ( and stopped) liking T.O. We saw how his trash talking would make even the biggest mouths in the league such as Ochocinco or teammate Freddie Mitchell cower in fright.

In numerous years, we saw Allen Iverson dunk gleefully over an opponent and spend ultimately half the game bragging about one play. Sometimes he performed. Sometimes he didn’t. But no one can ever take away the effect his mouth had on the game.

If the Philly teams want to win, they have to keep up the tough demeanor. They need to stay wild, loose, rough and big time all the time. We have a nine-year championship drought, and while I don’t mean to sound like the Yankees Fans who think they are in a championship drought after 1 year, that is a long time.

(Caution: If you are using this to motivate Philly fans, you can skip the 3rd Paragraph)

 

Football, Sports, Sports Trivia

Sports Trivia of the Month

This month, I have decided each month I will have a piece of sports trivia. I ask you please not to look it up. Write the answer in the comment box. I will show the answer in the next Sports Trivia of the Month.

Which journeyman QB played one season as a backup for the Panthers in ’06?

A.) Vinny Testaverde

B.) Jeff George

C.) Kyle Orton

D.) Rex Grossman