NFL Recap: Week 3

Image result for images of football fieldsImage result for images of football defensePittsburg ran into the Eagles DEFENSE last Sunday and the Panthers ran into the Vikings.

 

Texans vs. Patriots: Patriots won 27 to 0 – No surprise there.

Cardinals vs. Bills: Bills won 33 to 18BIG surprise, because the Bills don’t have one of the league’s best head coaches but Rex Ryan’s decision to fire Greg Roman last week and hire Anthony Lynn may have been what the team needed. I still caution Bills fans not to start making Super Bowl t-shirts just yet. The Cardinals on the other hand is a different story.  I stated in my blog last week that people shouldn’t get too over confident with the Cardinals because they beat the Jaguars into the ground.  The team still hasn’t jelled and I’m not sure they will this season.

Vikings vs. Panthers: Vikings won 22 to 10. Vikings defense, defense, defense. Need I say more? Don’t think so.

Lions vs. Packers: Packers won 34 to 27. The Lions need to improve their defense.  They’re getting production from Stafford but these teams have to stop expecting the QB to win the game by throwing touchdowns.  Defense wins games.

Ravens vs. Jaguars: Ravens won 19 to 17. Seriously, who cares?

Browns vs. Dolphins: Dolphins won 30 to 24.  These teams are pretty evenly matched. Both teams have new coaches so only time will tell.

Redskins vs. Giants: Redskins won 29 to 27. Seriously, the faulty Redskins, I cry foul!!! This was poor clock management and turnovers.  Eli Manning is a two time Super Bowl champion and he’s still making rookie mistakes, give me a break.

Raiders vs. Titans: Raiders won 17 to 10.  I’m not sure either team has the coaching leadership needed to become impactful in the league right now so only time will tell.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 37 to 18. The Seahawks have been struggling since the season started but found what they needed to slaughter the 49ers. The 49ers replaced the QB that took them to the Super Bowl with a less talented QB and they’ve commenced their coach carosouel again.  How long will Chip Kelly last?

Rams vs. Buccaneers: Rams won 37 to 32. Actually this was a decent game but let’s remember the Bucs replaced Lovie Smith with his offensive coordinator so let’s see how that change works out for them.

Chargers vs. Colts: Colts won 26 to 22. The Colts are finding a rhythm and the Chargers just can’t be trusted.  They have the tendency to put up a lot of points and still lose.

Jets vs. Chiefs: Chiefs won 34 to 3.  This is what happens when you don’t prepare another QB for the role when the starting QB, who’s not really a starting QB sits out during preseason because of a contract dispute.

Steelers vs. Eagles: Eagles won 34 to 3. The Steelers couldn’t handle the Eagles defensive pressure or newbie QB Carson Wentz.  I must admit the 3 – 0 Eagles are looking good and I’m really impressed with Wentz.  I guess Jeffrey Lurie said, he was going to turn this team around “by any means necessary” after what Chip Kelly did.  “Hell hath no fury like an owner scorned by a bad GM/Coach.”

Bears vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 31 to 17.  I am really impressed with Dak Prescott but they did play the hapless Bears.

Saints vs. Falcons:  The Falcons won 45 to 32.  At what point will the Saints realize they need to improve their defense?  I hate games where both teams just put up a lot of points and the “winner is” the team that scores the most points, that’s just stupid.  Get a descent defensive coordinator in there and stop the other team.  Drew Brees’ stature causes him to make mistakes when reading defenses and that’s why he gets’ picked off so often.

 

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NFL RECAP: WEEK 2

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There were some very exciting games this past weekend.  My top three games were the Vikings vs. Packers, Steelers vs. Bengals and Cowboys vs. Redskins.  My honorable mention game is the Giants vs. Saints.  My “what the heck” game was Seahawks vs. Rams.  Football fans just remember, this is only week 2 and there are 14 more games to go in the regular season so there is no reason to get bent out of shape right now.  Teams are still finding their footing so calm down because the bad teams will probably always be bad and the good teams will continue to be good, we hope.

Jets vs. Bills:  Jets won 37 to 31.  Don’t get too happy, the Bills didn’t do as well as you would think.   The score is deceiving.  Rex Ryan promptly fired Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator after this loss.  What’s interesting about Greg Roman is that he flourished under Jim Harbaugh during his time at San Francisco.  As I’ve said before, Rex Ryan is not a good coach but people keep hiring him, why? 

Panthers vs. 49ers: Panthers won 46 to 27.  The 49ers scored first on a field goal and Gabbert connected with the receivers on several drives but it was the defense that kept them in the game initially but once the Panthers found their rhythm it was lights out for the 49ers.

Cowboys vs. Redskins: Cowboys won 27 to 23.  Probably one of the best games of the day and that’s because of Dak Prescott.  Rumor has it the Redskins locker room is in turmoil again.   Guess what? RG3 is not even on the premises and the locker room is still shaky.  According to the rumor mill, if you believe it, the locker room is upset with Kirk Cousins because he appears to be indecisive on the field and isn’t getting the ball to the receivers.  If this is actually going on, my recommendation is to fire Jay Gruden because he should never have been hired in the first place.  Everyone thought RG3 was the problem but clearly the problems extend beyond RG3. 

Bengals vs. Steelers: Steelers won 24 to 16.  As we all know, these two teams “hate” each other and that bitter rivalry always make for a great game.  At the end of the day it was Big Ben and Company coming away with the victory.  This was a very well played game on both sides of the ball. 

Saints vs. Giants: Giants won 16 to 13.  These two teams were pretty evenly match, which made the game watchable.  The Giants defense did surprise me.

Dolphins vs. Patriots:  Patriots won 24 to 31.  I would have said don’t bother but the Dolphins came back in the second half and outscored the Patriots and that’s because Jimmy Garoppolo, the starting QB, was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury and the 3rd string QB had to come into the game, which caused the momentum to shift.  That said, all the Pats did was slow down the pace and won the game.

Chiefs vs. Texans: Texans won 19 to 12.  This was a good game.  The Chiefs offense sputtered after coming from behind last week against the Chargers and scoring 23 unanswered points to win the game.  Hmmmmm!!!

Titans vs. Lions: Titans won 16 to 15.  This game went down to the wire and I expected the Lions to win but Mariota threw a touchdown pass in the last seconds of the game and pulled it out.   

Ravens vs. Browns:  Ravens won 25 to 20.  The Ravens came back from a 21 point deficit to win the game.  Teams have to remain focused all four (4) quarters or you will lose. 

Seahawks vs. Rams: Rams won 9 to 3.  Neither team threw a touchdown and both teams looked bad.  Seattle better shore up their offensive line, quick, fast and in a hurry because that’s their biggest problem.  The Rams won, seriously? 

Buccaneers vs. Cardinals:  Cardinals won 40 to 7.  I suppose once Andy Reid threw his players under the bus last week after their loss to the Patriots, he prepared them to give a beat down to the Bucs.  Who are we kiddingThe Cardinals were going to win this game because the Bucs are still finding their way.  This game doesn’t give us any indication into how good the Cardinals are. 

Jaguars vs. Chargers: Chargers won 38 to 14.  They played the Jaguars, a team that doesn’t really have a coach or QB. 

Falcons vs. Raiders: Falcons won 35 to 28.  This was a good game.  It kept the audience on the edge of their seats.  The Raiders kept fighting but the Falcons exposed a hole in the Raiders defense that has to be plugged before they get too far along in the season. 

Colts vs. Broncos: Broncos won 34 to 20.  The Broncos defense is still what keeps other teams from winning.  Defense wins games.  

Vikings vs. Packers: Vikings won 17 to 14.  By far, the best game of the day.  The Vikings had Aaron Rodgers so flustered he had to call a time out to get his thoughts together.  In order for a team to win, it’s important to have all cylinders firing and that’s what the Vikings had going on.  It also proves what I’ve said about being a good coach.  Zimmer is one of the best coaches in the NFL.  A coach has to be able to coach talent up and he proved that by acquiring Sam Bradford from the Eagles once Teddy Bridgewater went down with his knee injury during preseason practice.  Under Chip Kelly Sam Bradford was a marginal QB and nobody wanted him, under Zimmer he looks like a completely different QB.  The announcers will not say that but that’s the difference.  

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2016 NFL WEEK ONE RECAP

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Before people get too ahead of themselves and start claiming the Super Bowl title, remember this was just week one. In the words of Nick Saban “a team can win game one and never win another game” so don’t get too happy.

Panthers vs. Broncos: Great game but the Broncos defense was still too much for the Panthers.  On another note, Cam should have been removed from the game and placed in concussion protocol.  Clearly, the League is still not on top of this very serious matter.  No win is worth a man’s life.  Get the concussion protocol in order, please.

Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta: The Bucs beat the Falcons in Atlanta.  Jameis Winston made some great offensive plays that exposed some problems in the Falcons defense.  Good win by the Bucs.

Buffalo vs. Baltimore: Baltimore won and it was a good defensive game.  Honestly, Rex Ryan is not a very good coach.  He’s a players’ coach and that’s great if you’re winning but he’s not.  I have to remember it was the first game of the season and it’s possible the Bills will find a rhythm, doubtful.  Baltimore is still ironing out some kinks from injuries sustained last year.

Chicago vs. Houston: Houston won.  Osweiler found his rhythm and never looked.  Cutler and the Bears defense are still struggling.  There was a spark in the Bears’ offense for a moment but it fizzled so they picked up where they left off.

Green Bay vs. Jacksonville: Green Bay won.  Good game and the Jaguars probably could have won had they managed the game a little better.

San Diego vs. Kansas City: Kansas City won.  Wow, KC scored 23 unanswered points.  San Diego better shore up the defense because that’s not a good showing.

Oakland vs. New Orleans: Oakland won.  This game came down to coaching and Jack Del Rio’s gutsy play call to go for the two point conversion.  Neither team was executing defensively, it was all about which QB could throw the most touchdowns and gain the most yards to win.

Cincinnati vs. New York Jets: Cincinnati won.  Good game.  This is what happens when the QB sits out demanding a new contract.  Fitzpatrick is a journeyman so let’s see if it was worth it.

Cleveland vs. Philadelphia: Philadelphia won.  RG3 has got to learn to slide or run out of bounds so that he doesn’t get hurt. Now he’s on IR.  Coach Jackson is right to stand by his QB.  As I’ve said, a player shouldn’t lose his job because he gets’ injured.

Minnesota vs. Tennessee: Minnesota won.  Both teams did a good job.

Miami vs. Seattle: Seattle won, barely.  I assume Seattle is working out some kinks and the 12th man was absent, hmmm.  As for Miami, I was shocked at how well they played or was I shocked by how poorly Seattle played.  Either way, it was a good game.

New York Giants vs. Dallas: Giants won.  The Cowboys have a winner in Dak Prescott.  Now the Cowboys have to shore up the defense line.  They weren’t able to stop the Giants running game and Eli looked like old Eli.

Detroit vs. Indianapolis: Detroit won.  Just a darn good game.

New England vs. Arizona: New England won.  This game was poorly coached by Bruce Arians.  He can call out players in his press conference all he wants to but this game came down to poor coaching and nothing else.  The Cardinals coaching staff wasn’t in synch and made bad play calls.  I told my nephew with three minutes left to play in the game that the Cardinals were going to lose and that Palmer would throw a pick.  The first bad throw wasn’t picked off because the Cardinals receiver batted the ball out of the hands of the Patriots player.  The second bad throw came when Palmer threw the pass to the side and it was caught but the Cardinals receiver pushed the player out of bounds but for the Cardinals receivers playing defense, Palmer would have had two picks.  Belichick is “Darth Vader,” his Jedi mind tricks confused the heck out of the Cardinals coaches.  Seriously, why not try to get more yards so that the kicker wouldn’t have to work so hard to get three points?

Pittsburg vs. Washington: Pittsburg won.  This was the second worst game of week one.  The Redskins didn’t have a prayer against the Steelers defense or offense.

Los Angeles vs. San Francisco: San Francisco won.  This was the first worst game of week one.  Both teams have bad offenses.  The 49ers have a better defense but neither team is very good.  However, the Rams are worst.  The Rams need a QB, they should never have traded  Nick Foles for Jared Goff but this is what listening to the media will get you.  I watched Jared Goff play in college and I didn’t think he was very good but the media was looking for someone to hype up and the Rams bought into it and chose him as the number one draft pick.  Jerry Jones is probably laughing hysterically right about now, so am I.  The Rams need to move back to St. Louis.  Here a question for you to ponder: Is Jeff Fisher really a good coach?

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Breaking down the 2016 NBA Finals and the play of the Four Best Teams

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Some of you are wondering what I’m talking about when I say the four best teams to play in the 2016 playoff series.  Well, I’m referring to the Spurs, Thunder, Warriors and the Cavaliers. I’m going to analyze what happened to the losing teams and why Cleveland ultimately won.  By the way, I said from the onset of the series Cleveland would be victorious.

Let’s start with the San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are by far the best coached team in the League.  One possible problem with the Spurs, could be age.  Tim Duncan is 40 years old and the average age of the players on the team with the exception of Leonard and Green is thirty (30).  Albeit, “age may not be a factor,” now, but not having replacements for Parker, Ginobili and possibly Duncan will be.  Ginobli is a “Swiss Army” knife and can make plays from anywhere on the court and Parker is a superior point guard.  The team’s success is the result of Pop’s coaching ability.  If the Spurs really want to compete for another championship they must find legitmate replacements for Ginobili and Parker.  Aldridge may or may not be the answer for Tim Duncan but if anyone can coach Aldridge to be the next Duncan, it’s Pop.

OKC Thunder: The Warriors were down 3—1 and came back from the brink of elimination to win the series in game 7, does that sound familiar? Unlike the conspiracy theories that are abounding about the Cavs comeback from elimination, the answer is actually pretty simple, Westbrook and Durant are young and still learning how to stay focused on playing four quarters of defense and trusting their teammates to get the job done as well. The Warriors should never have beaten the Thunder.  The Thunder had the perfect answer to the Warriors: height, long arms and superb defense until they started to breakdown mentally and didn’t remain focused on playing defense and not playing the Warriors game.  The goal to beating the Warriors is solid defense for four straight quarters, not playing the Warriors game of launching perimeter shots.  Once a team tries to keep up with Warriors, they are doomed for failure.  OKC did what the Cavs didn’t do.  OKC let up defensively and played the Warriors game, which ultimately resulted in their demise.  The Cavs continued the defensive pressure although they were down 3 – 1 and that made the difference.  The Cavs knew if they started launching 3s, the chances of winning the series would be “NIL.”  Cleveland was able to run with the Warriors because their defense gave them the ability to do so.

Golden State Warriors: How on earth did the Warriors lose to the Cavs after going up 3 – 1?  “Conspiracy Theorists,” let go, the game was not rigged.  No amount of bad calls by refs will breathe life into a team that is on the brink of elimination.  Not only that, the Warriors would have to be in on the rigging and  the amount of money that it would take to pull off something like that would break the bank so let go and move on.  The Warriors were beaten because King James and Company realized after game 4 that they had to play four quarters of defense, contest every shot, get every rebound, slow down the pace and not take perimeter shots unless absolutely necessary.  King James had more blocks, steals, assists and rebounds than anyone on the court.  That’s why he is King James.  The Warriors live by the 3-point shot.  Well, guess what? If you live by the 3-point shot, you will die by the 3-point shot and that’s one of the reasons the Warriors lost.  The Warriors had just come back from almost being eliminated by OKC and it took a lot out of them to fight their way back.  The Warriors don’t have an inside game which is problematic when the team is coming off a tough series.  Also, they did not have an answer for the defensive pressure applied by the Cavs.  King James running down the court and killing Iguodala’s layup was “priceless.”  The Warriors thought a swarm of bees had entered the building and they were being stung from all angles.  In addition to not having an answer to the defensive pressure, the time came for Steve Kerr to actually coach the team back and he wasn’t able to do that because the team relies so heavily on 3-point shots.  The players were tired so the “splash brothers” perimeter shots weren’t falling and if they tried to drive inside, King James and Company were there to contest every shot.  The inside pressure was so suffocating that Steph was afraid to drive inside.

Cleveland Cavaliers:  How did they come back from the brink of elimination and WIN. Defense, defense, defense, King James and Kyrie Irving.  Also, “The Will must be stronger than the Skill.” — Muhammad Ali.  The Cavs willed themselves to win and there was no stopping them.

Marinate on the above and let me know your thoughts.

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Cavaliers Part II: The Will must be Stronger than the Skill.” – Muhammad Ali

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Basketball Fans, 1RAREGRL is going out on a limb to say, if the Cavs win game 6, they will win the Championship series. I know most people are shaking their heads going, “NO WAY” but in most instances I love to root for the underdog.

As I said in my last blog, I don’t dislike the Warriors but my Muse does. I have the utmost respect for the Warriors and they have earned it.  They are hardworking young men and they play to win.  The reason they win is because NBA teams have gotten away from the core formula for winning and that’s “DEFENSE.”  Defense wins games and the lack of defense exhibited by NBA teams just hands the Warriors wins on a constant basis.  When teams become frustrated with the Warriors perimeter shooting they shut down or try to keep up with them, WRONG ANSWER.

Instead of trying to keep up with the Warriors power house shooting, SHUT THEM DOWN and the only way to do that is to pressure them defensively. What happened to trapping the other team when the ball is being in bounded or half court traps and double teaming the opponent?  Come on, where is just old fashion coaching?

If the Cavs are going to hoist the championship trophy for the city of Cleveland, defense will be the weapon needed to get to job done. Also, Coach Lue will have to allow LJ to be LJ.  Irving, Love and everyone else on the team must accept who LJ is and play with him not against him.  Take a page out of the Warriors playbook and play as a team, not as a one man show.  Basketball is a team sport so play like a team, don’t play the Warriors game, play like a team hungry for a win.

FYI: PLAY TRISTAN THOMPSON MORE!!!!

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Cavaliers: “The Will must be stronger than the Skill.” – Muhammad Ali

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The above-referenced quote from Muhammad Ali is poignant for what is happening with the Cavaliers during this playoff series.  I have to digress for a moment:  People are of the opinion that I don’t like the Warriors because I’m not rooting for them to win the NBA Championship and that’s not the case at all.  I enjoy watching the Warriors; they’re a fun team to watch with great players.  For as much as I like the Warriors, MY MUSE HATES THEM!!!!

The truth is, I am a Lakers fan and always will be. I don’t care who the reigning championship team is.  If the Lakers are NEVER on top again, I will always support them regardless of where they are in the standings.  Therefore, I don’t have a horse in the race for any other NBA franchise.  However, there are other teams that I’m partial to and the Cavs for sentimental reasons happens to be one of the teams.

Back to the Cavaliers and what is transpiring in this series. LeBron almost single handedly defeated the Warriors last year but what I’m seeing in this series is frustrating and increasingly more difficult to watch.  Coach Lue’s substitutions have been awful throughout the series.  The defense is horrific and that’s what the Warriors were counting on.  The Warriors win because the opposing team cannot play four quarters of good, solid defense and in the case of the Cavaliers they have had turnover, after turnover, after turnover.  Wait: I saw LeBron slip down twice in two plays, really?  Get a new pair of sneakers or the refs need to cleanup the wet spots.  The Cavs players are standing around as if they’re in shock by what’s happening on the court and it makes no sense.  The Cavs are the Eastern Conference Champions for the second year in a row.  How are you shocked by what’s going on, on the floor?

The biggest problem with the Cavs is not allowing LeBron to take over the game out of the gate.  If LeBron is given the green light to come in the game throwing his BIG body around, crashing the boards and forcing shots it will take the Warriors out of their game and allow the rest of the Cavs team to become involved in the game.  LeBron has never been a selfish player but it’s time for him to take on a more selfish role, if the Cavs are to have any hope of pulling this out.  He has got to put the team on his back and force the Warriors to play out of their comfort zone.

I hate to keep repeating this but Magic, Bird, Jordan, Zeke and Kobe would have placed their respective teams on their backs and willed a win. Coach Lue must allow LeBron to take over and his teammates must let go of their egos and focus on winning and being champions, not individual accolades.

MUHAMMAD ALI WAS KNOCKED DOWN AND SOME MATCHES HE SHOULD HAVE LOST BUT HE WILLED HIMSELF TO GET UP AND WIN.  THE CAVALIERS NEED TO DO THE SAME!!!!

  

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Lakers: Mark Jackson Built the House the Warriors Win In: Hire Him

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With all of the NBA teams in need of coaches, why isn’t Mark Jackson’s name at the top of the list?  The Warriors would not be the Warriors “but for” Mark Jackson.  However, for some reason there is an eerie silence around the league when sportscasters and the like are referencing who the next coach should be for teams in dire need of a coach.

Since I’m a “die hard” Lakers fan, it is my recommendation that the Lakers hire Mark Jackson at all cost. I wrote a blog when the season began and without any hesitation stated that Bryon Scott was a bad hire from day one.  Now that Bryon Scott has been terminated, it’s time to for the Lakers to select the right coach for the role and IT’S NOT LUKE WALTON.

Come on people, I can coach the Warriors with the amount of talent on that team. All Luke Walton had to do was be a cheerleader on the sideline when he took over for Steve Kerr.  All he needed was one of my old high school cheerleader uniforms and he would have been set.  The Lakers don’t need a cheerleader, they need a real coach that has the ability to lead, build and get the players to buy into his strategic vision for the team.  There are enough coaches in the league that lack the qualities, I just listed.  Under the leadership of Mark Jackson, the Warriors players were taught the value of teamwork, disciple, ball movement, the importance of working together for the greater good of the team and he gave them confidence.

When there is not a team in the League mentioning hiring Mark Jackson as their next head coach, there is a dead cat on the line somewhere out there. People can pretend until the cows come home but it was Mark Jackson who built the house the Warriors win in.

The Lakers desperately need to hire Mark Jackson because the management needs guidance for the upcoming draft and that certainly can’t be left up to Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss because the two of them share the same brain. 

I can’t sit back and watch the Lakers continue down this road of abyss without pointing out that, whatever negative comments Golden State’s management has made about Mark Jackson is just smoke and mirrors and the Lakers organization should not be fooled by the hype of Luke Walton. 

THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO WISE UP OR WE’RE IN FOR A BUMPY RIDE!!!!

I wonder what Luke Walton’s record would be if he was coaching the 76ers today, it probably would be the same if not worst, boom!!!  Guys my nieces and nephews can coach Golden State.

Hey by the way, Patrick Ewing has proven that he will be a great head coach as well. Not only for the Lakers, Knicks, 76ers but for any other team looking for a good head coach, please wise up to what’s really going on.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers: What’s Really Going On? Is LeBron in or Out?

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The Cavaliers management thought changing coaches would positively impact the Cavaliers ability to win a championship.  Coach Lue and David Griffin, the Cavaliers GM had a meeting with LeBron about his behavior with Dwayne Wade during halftime at the Miami game in March, which the Cavs lost by the way. Apparently, LeBron’s behavior was inappropriate and totally unprofessional.  Instead of warming up, he was chatting it up with D. Wade.  After his meeting with Coach Lue and David Griffin, he apologized and said that he needs to do more as the team goes into the post season, DAH!!!!

By chatting it up with Wade when he should have been warming up reflects that he’s not truly committed to the Cavs. It is saying that he doesn’t have to be in Cleveland next season and that he can go and play somewhere else, which is true.  However, a real leader shows that he’s 100% “all-in” for the team and nothing and nobody can change that.  He uses his abilities to hold the team and Cavs management hostage and it’s detrimental to the team.  His behavior is very nomadic, which has a negative impact on the entire organization.

Fast forward to the Cavs loss to Chicago on Saturday, April 10th.  There is no way the Cavs should have lost to Chicago.  My expectation for LeBron is that as the leader of the team, he should be able to lift his teammates to higher heights and win games against a team like Chicago.  Let’s dial back the hands of time for just a moment, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird etc. would not have allowed the Cavs to lose to the Bulls if they were the leaders of the Cavs.  The mere fact that LeBron was more interested in chatting it up with D. Wade instead of warming up in Miami, speaks volumes to his lack of leadership.  The players that I just mentioned would NEVER have displayed that kind of behavior during a game.

I like LeBron and would love to see him win a championship with the Cavs but unless he develops a leadership mentality that his teammates can buy into, the Cavs will not win a championship with him as the “quasi” leader of the team.   Based on how Coach Lue handled him after the Miami incident, it is clear that the teamed needed someone who is not afraid to tell LeBron to get his act together.   There is an old saying that LeBron should heed and it is: “you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar” because right now his behavior is all vinegar.  Kudos to Coach Lue.

Since he enjoys fraternizing with D. Wade so much, D. Wade should tell him the story about the time, Shaq and Alonzo Mourning picked him up and drove him around and talked to him about the importance of taking a leadership role on the floor so that Miami could win a championship. As a result of that talk, D. Wade developed into a leader on the floor and helped lead Miami to its first championship.  If this is lie, Shaq, D. Wade and Zo told it.  I’m merely recalling an interview I saw after Miami won the championship.

Food for Thought LeBron:  Your marketing firm dropped Johnny Manziel because it was determined that his behavior was not good for your “brand.”  Ask yourself if your behavior is good for the team.  You have got to learn how to be a leader that motivates your teammates to win at all cost.  You possess a lot of great qualities but you need to strengthen your leadership skills.  It can’t always be about you “baby boy.”  LeBron stop using your talent as a way of keeping your teammates and management guessing as to whether you’re truly committed to the team.

It is time for LeBron to be 100% all-in and step up to the plate and display real leadership skills. #1raregrljustsaying

 

1RAREGRL

 

Bring My Child to Work Every Day: Are you kidding Adam LaRoche?

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According to reports Adam LaRoche left $13,000,000 on the table when he chose to quit his job with the White Sox’s because Kenny Williams, the Executive Vice President asked him not to bring his 14 year old son to his work with him on a daily basis. Is this man an adult or what?  There is not a job in America, unless you are a teacher and your child attends the school you teach at, where it’s okay to bring your child to work with you every day.  Professional athletes need to understand that regardless of the sport, it is still a job and should be treated as such.

I am appalled that Adam LaRoche felt entitled enough to do that. There is a liability involved with having children in the work environment.  What if the child is hit by a ball or accidentally knocked down and injured?  Do you think LaRoche would say “that’s okay” he should not have been in the way.  My bet is he would try to extract a pound of flesh from the White Sox organization for his kid’s injury.

The entitlement mentality displayed by some of these professional players never ceases to amaze me. As for the other players on the team who were contemplating “boycotting,” the owner should have said, please do so and every player that participates in the nonsense should be FIRED.  I have NEVER heard of such inane, unprofessional behavior.

The owner, EVP, coach and GM need to have a come to Jesus meeting with the players and communicate in no uncertain terms that “going forward” no one is to bring their child to work without the express permission of the GM, president and coach and if anyone does so without approval, expect to be suspended and/or ultimately fired for insubordination in conjunction with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The owner should be in attendance to remind them that they work for him and that he signs their paychecks not vice versa.  He should tell them when they have their own team, feel free to do whatever they please but as long as they work for the White Sox organization, they will abide by the rules or they can leave of their own free will or be let go.

 

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Can Chip Kelly be a Successful NFL Coach or is he better suited for College?

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When the Cavaliers fired David Blatt, I posted a blog asking if he should have been hired in the first place and my answer was “no.” Well, let’s fast forward to football and the hiring and firing of Chip Kelly by the Philadelphia Eagles and the recent hiring by San Francisco.

In order to properly answer the question, we need to look at his level of experience and the strategy the 49ers are putting in place, if any. Prior to being hired by the Eagles, Kelly had never coached or played on any level in the NFL.  Does that mean he can’t succeed in the NFL?  Not at all but his success hinges on whether the 49ers management has a “win-now” mentality or if they’re willing to truly rebuild.  Prior to being hired by the Eagles, he was the head coach of Oregon from 2009 to 2012 and prior to becoming the head coach of Oregon he was the offensive coordinator for Oregon from 2007 to 2008. He was an offensive coordinator, quarterback coach etc. at other universities.  Food for thought: Jimmy Johnson came to the Cowboys without any NFL experience and was ultimately very successful, so it can happen.

When Kelly was hired as the head coach of the Eagles, they were a winning organization under Coach Andy Reid.  Instead of building on what Andy Reid had already put in place he tore it down.  He failed miserably in Philly because he wasn’t smart like Barry Switzer and the Cowboys organization when he took over the Cowboys after Jimmy Johnson was fired.  Barry Switzer made very few changes and won a Super Bowl as a result of continuing what was working.  There is a lot to be said for the old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”  Unfortunately, that’s not the case in San Francisco, the organization is a train wreck and pieces are scattered all over the place.  Premier players have either retired, left in free agency or just quit because the management is so poor.  The powers that be in San Francisco can learn a lot from what the Cowboys did when Jimmy Johnson was hired.

If the 49ers management wants Chip Kelly to be successful they need to follow the example set by Dallas when Tom Landry was fired and Jimmy Johnson was hired.  Dallas was not winning when Jimmy Johnson came on board in 1989 but Jerry Jones stayed the course.  Troy Aikman was drafted in 1989 and the Cowboys won one (1) game that season but Johnson saw the potential in Aikman and the organization stood behind Troy.  Michael Irving was drafted in 1988 so they had a good receiver in place.  Over the next couple of years, the Cowboys organization kept plugging away.  The trade with Minnesota was the smartest move ever made because the Cowboys were able to get premiere draft picks as a result.  The trade with Minnesota in October 1989 allowed Dallas to ultimately draft Emmitt Smith. Now Dallas has its, quarterback, receivers, running back, offensive line and defensive line and the makings of a dynasty.   As a result of staying the course Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls.

The 49ers are fortunate and don’t recognize it.  They have a young talented quarterback in Kap.  They need to go out and draft receivers, a good running back, build the offensive and defensive lines and see what happens.  If San Francisco has a rebuilding mentality Chip Kelly and the organization will be successful.  If San Francisco has a “win-now” mentality Chip Kelly will fail.  The 49ers must recognize that they have done a disservice to Kap and the organization by not recognizing that they have a quality young athletic quarterback to build around for the future.   This was proven under Coach Harbaugh’s leadership.  The reason Harbaugh succeeded in the 49ers “win-now” mentality is because he was a player in the NFL under Mike Ditka and he had previous NFL work experience, neither of which Kelly has, except his failure in Philly.  Harbaugh was also successful because he had a veteran squad, he didn’t get rid of everybody and he found a young quarterback to build around.

The 49ers organization has to be willing to put in the time with Chip Kelly.  They need to put a three (3) to five (5) plan in place.  Regardless of what the media says, Kap is a very talented quarterback and the 49ers management must come out and publicly show support for him, if they want to retain him and be real about it.  Don’t speak with a forked tongue in the press.

They need to draft quality receivers, not get them in free agency and the reason for that is the players will be more loyal to the organization and Kap, which is critical in a rebuilding phase.  If the 49ers organization is not willing to stay the course, Chip Kelly will fail again.

Kelly’s short NFL experience was a disaster but he can bounce back.  However, the key to being successful is knowing how to be respectful of the players and their opinions.  These are not college athletes and he has to understand the difference.  Nick Saban is a prime example of a coach that couldn’t cut it in the NFL because he was unable to work with men.  Kelly had an over inflated ego when he went to Philly and it proved to be his undoing.  Example: During the Arizona game, the Eagles 4th and inches he goes for it and doesn’t put DeMarco Murray in the game, seriously?

Kelly is no Pete Carroll or Jim Harbaugh and in my opinion his skillset is better suited for college not the NFL. He is learning how to be an NFL head coach on the fly.  Honestly, I would love it, if he proved me wrong.  There are a number of poorly run NFL Clubs and the 49ers are at the top of the food chain, so hiring Chip Kelly is just “par for the course.”  That said, if the organization is willing to give him time to learn and build the team around Kap, he might have a chance at being successful.

NFL TEAMS WILL CONTINUE TO BE UNSUCCESSFUL OR HAVE MINIMAL SUCCESS IF THEY CONTINUE THE COACH/QB CAROUSEL!!!!

 

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