I Don’t Get It
February 26, 2015
The NFL Scouting Combine came and went last week. That means the countdown to the upcoming NFL draft has started. And that means the hype of the draft has started. And that means a high majority of the hype centers around quarterbacks. Hence, we will hear tons of Jameis Winston talk and stories that he is the favorite to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their first overall pick in the upcoming draft. Some so-called draft gurus are calling him one of the best quarterback prospects to come out of college over the past decade.
I, for one, don’t get it. This guy recorded an average total of 25 touchdown passes while throwing a staggering 18 interceptions. He had five multi-interception games.
Throw in the rape allegations, his larceny conviction, and a team suspension for getting up on a table and yelling an obscene phrase in the middle of the Florida State campus. And he is the projected number one overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Surely the NFL can do better then Winston.
Can we talk about the fact that Winston clearly regressed from his Heisman-winning freshman campaign. I know it’s unfair for us to expect a player to repeat a Heisman year, it’s also important to realize what a huge step backwards Winston took on the field this past season.
Even though he threw close to a 100 more passes than he did last season, Winston threw for 150 fewer yards, had less of a completion percentage, 15 fewer passing touchdowns, and eight more interceptions in 2014 than he did in 2013. Most drastically, his quarterback rating dropped from 184.8 to a 145.5. And these numbers came in the mediocre ACC. The Winston I saw last fall looked flustered at times while often trying to force passes into tight areas. Hence, the interceptions.
What about off the field? When I think about a quarterback being taken with the first pick of a draft, I think of someone who will be the face of the franchise that selects him. Someone who is level-headed and led by example on and off the field. Someone who commands and shows respect. I am thinking about guys like Luck, Brees, the Manning brothers, and Brady.
Can you honestly believe Jameis Winston fits into that mold of a player or person? I don’t quite understand how the majority of NFL analysts have not understood and projected what a risk Winston is to any team. Of what he’s done off and on the field so far, why would anyone believe that he will change?
His apologists and fans say that Winston is a winner who knows how to win games. I assure you that winning games in the ACC is quite different then winning in the NFL.
Remember JaMarcus Russell?
While I am on the subject of an overrated quarterback who may be taken with the first pick in the NFL draft, let me spend some time talking about JaMarcus Russell who was selected number-one by the Oakland Raiders. Remember him? He lasted a few years and here are some of the players the Raiders could have taken instead.
They could have chosen Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, or Darrelle Revis. All future Hall of Famers.
You know the Raiders could use a franchise player like any of those guys. Tampa Bay better be careful or it could play the ‘what if’ game like the Raiders are still playing.
Baseball Rule Changes
Major League Baseball, finally, appears to be taking steps to speed up the pace of play. The league announced three rule changes that should help speed up the game.
One rule is that batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box during their whole plate appearance. This has always been a pet peeve of mine. I get so tired of hitters stepping out of the box after every pitch to adjust something that does not need adjusting. Keep the batter in the batter’s box! Don’t let him step out to adjust his gloves, take a practice swing or satisfy annoying superstitions that many players possess. Another change is that the game will promptly resume after commercial breaks, and pitchers will need to throw their final warm-up pitch with no less than 30 seconds remaining in the break. Batters must be in the box before there are five seconds remaining in the break.
Lastly, managers must challenge plays from the dugout instead of on the field, and will retain his challenge every time he successfully challenges a call.
It is estimated that these changes could cut 15 minutes out of games that are around three hours long now. If the batters box rule is enforced, I think it will reduce the time even more. And that is a good thing.
Players will be warned and fined for violating the new rules. Should be interesting how this plays out.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers might both move to Los Angeles and share a stadium? Still hard to believe that Los Angeles does not have an NFL team...Did you know that college baseball starts in February? Looking at this week’s weather, that is hard to believe...Did you know that LeBron James already has more career assists then any forward in NBA history?
I Wonder Why....
I wonder why it is a crime for fans to go on the floor of an NBA game after the home teams wins but fans are free to rush the floor on the college hardwood? I wonder this after watching the scary scene Monday night when Kansas State fans rushed the floor after upsetting rival Kansas at home...I wonder why Kobe Bryant has only been MVP in the NBA once in his career? I would have thought he would have won the award a few times. Let me close with this wonder-why question. Why is the foul pole in baseball called the foul pole when it is a fair ball when the ball hits it? Should it not be called the fair pole?