Black Quarterback: The Give Thanks Episode
By Brandon Simmons
Break up the Boom
The Seattle Seahawks defense has been a premiere unit, thanks to their secondary known as the Legion of Boom. Unfortunately, that boom has become busted in recent memory. Injuries and free agency has revised one of the more feared pass defenses in these last few years and it might be time to make some sort of change. Cornerback Richard Sherman, as well as safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, the faces of the group, have suffered ailments to derail their seasons over the past couple of years. Sherman injured his Achilles a week and a half ago against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football Thomas suffered a season-ending fate last season with a broken leg. Before that, the team moved important pieces such as Brandon Browner, and original outside corner in LOB, who went to play for the Patriots but never quite found his footing again in the league after that.
Since 2011, LOB has been on the frontlines of defensive superstars. They have went up against some great quarterbacks and won a Super Bowl. It also helps that the Seahawks had a great players in their front 7 during this time as well, which, at times, made things a little more simple for the defensive backs to work with. But contracts are still winding down and the opposing offenses are building new and younger talent. It’s only right that the Seahawks find a way to compete with the beginning of the new era of offensive firepower. Thomas and Sherman are both expected to be free agents in 2019, but there’s no way they let both of them go and probably no way that they can keep both as well. Don’t be surprised if a trade happens involving either one of these guys.
What Teams Should be Thankful
Thanksgiving is the time where everyone expresses what they are grateful and thankful for; so it’s only right that some NFL teams should be grateful for the positions they are in this season.
The Minnesota Vikings have a competent quarterback until Teddy Bridgewater is able to fully return. They were starting with Sam Bradford until he got injured for the year, then switched to Case Keenum. Keenum has propelled them to the top of the division and as a serious playoff contender to not be taken lightly. If Bradford was still in, this probably not be the case and there would be a push for Bridgewater to return, which might hinder whatever recovery he has left. The time he’s spending on the bench should be able to help him study the offense a little more and look for any changes implemented on the field since he has been absent. For Keenum, this playing time is anaother way for other teams to see him, should the Vikings decide they are going to move him to add onto the offensive weapons they have.
The New England Patriots should be thankful they play in the AFC East, because they would probably not enjoy as much of their success as hoped for. Part of the reason the Patriots are able to enjoy a lot of their success over these early millennium years is the fact that the ther teams in the ivision have not put a a solid squad in quite some time, Since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick formed their union there has onlyl been less than a handful of times in which the Patriots were not the division champs, better yet, the other AFC East playoff team. Last season, they were joined in the postseason by the Miami Dolphins, but the Dolphins are struggling too much on offense to entertain the thought of a return trip this year. Not to mention, the New York Jets are probably tanking and the Buffalo Bills shot themselves in the foot by creating their own quarterback controversy in the middle of Wild Card berth. New England might have had this division won before the first Black Friday sale this week.
The New Orleans Saints should be grateful for their improved defense. The first 2 weeks of the season they gave up 65 points combined. Since then, they have held teams to under 20 points in 6 out of 8 games. It helped them get a 8 game win streak and at the top of a competitive NFC South. It is not a perfect defense, because they still have some deficiencies to work through, but it has definitely put them in a favorable position alongside their offense.
Andre Johnson makes Ring of Honor – Former Houston Texans wide receiver was the first player inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor which celebrates the greatest players the team’s history. Johnson was drafted 3rd overall in the 2003 draft by the Texans and became their franchise leader in receiving yards, catches, touchdowns and 100-yard games. He was inducted at halftime of the Texans’ 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Buffalo Bills’ fake QB drama – This past week, Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor was benched for rookie 5th round pick, Nathan Peterman. Peterman did not have a great debut as he went 6-14 for 66 yards and 5 interceptions. A 5th round rookie is going to be just that so most of the blame should go to the coaching staff who thought it was a good idea to do this during a playoff run.
Short episode this week so everyone can get to their loved ones, but stuff yourself with some good games this weekend. The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions kick things off with their Thanksgiving battle, which might be the best game of the day, if not all of Week 12. Watching Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford go up against that Vikings defense should keep you out of a food coma or out of the kitchen if you can’t cook. The Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys are both fighting for their playoff lives so it should be a little more competitive than what is on paper. But until then…I’ll holla.
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