There are the wise and there are the otherwise. In the age of exit velocities, what is the speed of fickle?
That didn’t take long. In 2018, Sam Darnold, drafted third overall, arrived here ready to change the Jets’ “culture,” whatever that means. And why not? He was a terrific QB at USC in a conference that produces top NFL QBs.
At first, it looked promising for the Jets under Darnold. But now the same media that celebrated his arrival and early days want him out, traded or sold for a small sack of corn in order to prep for the next Darnold, Young Sir Trevor Lawrence of Clemson.
So how did it go so bad so fast for Darnold? How did he so suddenly become a bum? How did the same media that heralded his skills discover he’s a bust at 23?
That’s what most media miss or dismiss in football — nothing happens by itself. Or, as Ben Roethlisberger said, “It’s not tennis.”
Darnold received so much help from the Jets’ “culture” that succeeding was not an option. Injuries, including his own, changing coaches, unreliable running backs — big ticket Le’Veon Bell seemed indifferent almost from the moment he arrived — operating behind transient or overrated offensive linemen, a weekly fishing guide to “Catch As Catch Can” wide receivers and a list of tight ends that begins and ends with Chris Herndon, who played in just one game last season.
Pass blocking for Darnold? On third-and-15 most defenses appear rapid and rabid.
Since Darnold arrived the Jets annually have been near the top of penalties committed and have been on the wrong side of turnover totals.
Yet, the media tell us it all comes down to Darnold, thus it is tennis. And it’s all his double fault.
Collinsworth’s sorry sexism ‘controversy’
Enough already! It not only was harmless, it caused no harm!
Can’t we find something or someone more worthy of demolishing than NBC’s Cris Collinsworth for complimenting two Pittsburgh women for their knowledge of football — as if, realistically, as opposed to the wishful socio-politicization of everything, women are supposed to be as into football as men?
I think I knew what Collinsworth was talking about decades before he said it. I went to college near Pittsburgh and was stunned and fascinated to see small coal and steel mill towns, every Friday night, pack in 10,000 under the lights for high school football.
And the most devoted and knowing fans included women. My friend’s mom, after she was married, never missed a Monessen High School home game — never!
Here, among friends and family, today, I’m not sure there’s even one ardent female NFL fan. And if that’s a sexist thing to write, you win: I’m a sexist. And, along with Collinsworth, I’m in need of having my social sensitivities retrained or being fired.
Of course, Collinsworth offered his humble apologies for nothing. Of course, his network didn’t stand behind him or do the smartest thing: ignore it.
More Collinsworth: Wednesday, early fourth quarter, Steelers have a first-and-goal from the Ravens’ 2. Collinsworth: “I’m gonna guess they won’t do anything except run it in from here. They’ve had their shots with the passing game and I think Pittsburgh Steeler football is about to take over.”
The ball was snapped and Ben Roethlisberger threw a short TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Collinsworth: “Well, if they do throw, this was what I thought they were going to do earlier.” Collinsworth then diagrammed Smith-Schuster’s TD route. He knew it all the time.
ESPN’s Brian Griese is among the latest to catch Route 9 Diner Disease. His mouth stays open all night.
In its last installment of “Monday Night Football,” a Russell Wilson throw inspired Griese to say, “That’s next-level quarterbacking!” Wilson plays in the NFL. What level comes next?
When Wilson threw a ball far from any receiver in sight, Griese praised him with, “Russell Wilson doesn’t get enough credit for ingenuity for getting rid of the football. … When he’s in trouble he knows exactly what he can and can’t do.”
The ref then announced that Wilson had been penalized for intentional grounding.
Flipping out over stupidity
So Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill brakes at the 1 to perform a back flip into the end zone. It’s stupid, not just as a matter of rank, repetitive showboating but as a risk for losing the ball and a TD, needlessly sustaining a spinal injury and, now — and perhaps worst of all — for altering the game as a Roger Goodell-sanctioned gambling proposition.
There can’t be one intelligent TV contributor who watched this and thought it made good sense and good football. But from James Brown in CBS’s studio to the “Monday Night Football” crew during a next-night replay, Hill’s move was highlighted as fabulous!
Now, had he lost the ball or been hurt — “Our thoughts and prayers” — but TV talkers would rather not invite the scorn of drooling dopes, so they pander to them and treat you as the dopes.
Leave it to TV’s sense of quality control: The artificial COVID crowd noise in ESPN’s Michigan St.-Duke, Tuesday, then the next night on NBC’s Ravens-Steelers, was so loud, one strained to hear the game announcers.
No offense — pun intended — but if St. John’s was going to shoot 3s at 4-for-21 in a six-point loss against BYU on ESPN2, Wednesday, this was the best plan a seven-man coaching staff could design?
Why is it that what used to be rare — Jets and Giants playing head-to-head on CBS and Fox at 1 p.m. — is now more common? What else, TV money. The 4:15 starts are far more valuable to TV, thus losing teams increasingly play 1 p.m. games. Just like owning Goodell double-dip PSLs — the better your team the tougher it is to attend its games.
The day after the New York Times reported Nike is among the major companies and business groups lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, China arrested three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Silence from LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick.
In a scoreless first quarter, the Eagles and Seahawks tied an ESPN “Monday Night Football” record for fewest points scored in a quarter.
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Reader Jim Smith from Bayshore: “These gambling ‘experts’ on WFAN would be more credible if they just said, ‘I like their uniforms.’ ”