Black Quarterback: The Remake Episode
By Brandon Simmons
The Greatest Show in Turf…Remake
In the age of Hollywood remakes, it’s only right that one of the NFL franchises, Los Angeles Rams, gets their own remake, For the younger readers that don’t know, when the Rams were in St. Louis in the early 2000’s, they dominated the league with their offense known as the greatest show on turf. It was a record setting offense that saw that was almost the precedent for explosive offenses in the modern era: high scoring with little regards for defense. Fast forward to 2017 and we just might have a Hollywood makeover.
This year’s Rams team seems built similar to those early teams: a marquee quarterback, speedy receivers and a versatile running back. The first GSOT was led by an unknown quarterback in Kurt Warner, who came led that squad to two different Super Bowls in the wake of his journey playing in the arena league and bagging groceries. He was joined by wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, who both torched secondaries. It was all rounded off by running back Marshall Faulk, who equally ran over defenses and shared in some of the secondary torching with his pass catching ability. From 1999-2001, the Rams rendered defenses useless as they lead the league in scoring for 3 straight seasons.
These current Rams are kind of close to this at the moment. Jared Goff has not had the same rough road as Warner but there was some skepticism after his rookie year. There are some speedy receivers in Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. Todd Gurley is a running back that can prove dangerous as a rusher and effective as a receiver. The 2017 Rams are also leaders in points scored per game as well as number 3 in yards behind the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. As far as defense, it was usually an overlooked unit during the GSOT days, just like it is today. Right now, this is a young team with a very good core to build off of and a division that could be going through some changes soon. The Cardinals and Seahawks are getting older while the 49ers might be rebuilding for the next 6 years. The Rams have young players in place, learning how to win on both sides of the ball, but most importantly, they can put points on the board with any team that’s out there.
Who has Money on Zeke?
Nine weeks into the season and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot has not been suspended or missed a game yet. What supposed to be a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, in regards to domestic violence, Elliot has been left off the hook with multiple appeals and mishaps. It has allowed him to play in just about every game this season and it doesn’t seem to distract him from his play. He’s ran for 783 yards on 4.1 yards per carry. That 4.1 is down from his rookie season of 5.1 but nonetheless, it has helped this team to a 3 game win streak after their bye week.
Regardless of these stats, the NFL need sto stop playing around and shut this thing down. If the witness was discovered to be not credible when investigated by the investigator you hired – as well as the text message that was found revealing this to be a setup – then throw the case out. Yes, there are complications and loopholes when dealing with domestic violence, but no need to continue this if he hasn’t been charged with anything and witnesses are faulty. Simple as that.
Can Eli Benching solve it all?
The New York Giants have suffered a ton this year and it still may not be over; well, might not be able to say the same quarterback Eli Manning. In Sunday’s postgame press conference, head coach Bob McAdoo indicated that Manning could be benched this year. When you think about that possibility, you can’t help but think what if he’s right as well as is this the end for Manning?
Manning has been in the league for 14 years and these past few seasons have been quite mediocre. Since the 2011 season, when they won the Super Bowl, the Giants have only been to the playoffs twice. This season, they have been destroyed by a weakened offensive line and lost their 2 starting wide receivers – Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham, Jr. – to injury. They let wide receiver Victor Cruz go in the offseason and arr now down to Sterling Shephard. The defense has been okay but you wouldn’t know that by the 51 point thrashing they suffered from the Los Angeles Rams.
The answer here is don’t bench Manning, but bench Manning. Let him play 3-4 more games then shut him down for the year. There’s no way they’re catching the Eagles, Cowboys or not even the Redskins. Maybe you can find somebody to trade with in the offseason rather than cut him and pay him the $10 million he’s owed for next year. You might get a first round pick for an aging quarterback who’s still playing on a declining level.
Miko Calls leaves the internet in shambles – Shout out to radio personality and blogger Miko Grimes – wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes – who was on the Breakfast Club Tuesday and let out an alleged rumor, that the Oakland Raiders offensive let a block slip because of quarterback Derek Carr’s stance. Grimes said a guest on her podcast told her a story about how Carr was not in agreeance with his teammates kneeling for the anthem, so they allegedly missed a block which may have caused his injury back in September. Raiders left tackle Donald quickly dispelled those rumors and apparently so did Carr, with some bible verses. You can see Grimes’ interview below as well as the responses.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) November 7, 2017
Tyreke Hill on a punt return Hail Mary – Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreke Hill caught a pass at the end of the first half from quarterback Alex Smith. Well, it was supposed to be a Hail Mary situation that the Cowboys secondary was prepared for, as they dropped to the end zone; but instead, Hill was able to take the ball from midfield and run in it for the touchdown. An amazing play for the Chiefs but they still took the 28-17 loss
51 Savage – Shut out to the Denver Broncos and New York Giants for each giving up 51 points in their losses. The Giants lost to the surprising Los Angeles Rams while the Broncos took their beating from the surprising Philadelphia Eagles.
This weekend will sure to be a fun go round of matchups. Thursday Night looks to be retty good as the Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals just got back to .500 and could still be in it if they beat a Seahawks team probably upset after a close loss this past weekend. The Cowboys are going to be in Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Dallas has suddenly found a winning formula winning their 3rd straight while the Falcons have been 1-3 in their last 4 games. It’s a game with a ton of playoff implications but until then…I’ll holla.
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