Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated that the jury is still out on who will be the long-term starter for his squad. Former Redskins first-round pick responded to that by saying the Redskins are his team and that he will lead them. Gruden has been unsure about his quarterbacks ever since RGIII dislocated his ankle earlier this year. Gruden put in then back up Kirk Cousins who played inconsistent to say the least. He threw far too many interceptions to not be producing at least 4 TDs a game. Cousins couldn't get the job done, as was shown when the 'Skins got blown out by a weak Giants squad. In stepped third stringer Colt McCoy who played exceptionally well in his two games under center. However, after McCoy's two games RGIII was fully recovered. Robert Griffin III was officially back in week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings where he played very average. The young QB is ready to fight his way for the starting position, but could his injuries prove just too much for him to handle against an experienced QB like McCoy. As for now, Gruden's words may have sparked something in Griffin III, but his words still ring true. The jury is out on who will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback of the future.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Klay Thompson has dominated these past games leading his team to a 3-0 record. Stephen Curry is usually the more recognized of the Splash Brothers, but this time Thompson is making a whirlpool. Thompson scored 41 and 29 points in GSW's pas two games. Thompson will continue to produce big numbers offensively while taking over some of Curry's burden to lead this team deep into the playoffs. Klay Thompson is finally moving his game past three-pointers and clutch shots. He now is specializing in leading a team full of young players ready to make a SPLASH in the NBA. With Thompson stepping up Curry can finally worry about getting his teammates the ball instead of having to put up shot after shot. The Warriors are a top team this year especially with players like Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson maturing to become future greats in this Warriors franchise. PF David Lee is finally back from injury and looking to start where he left off. The Warriors were just starting to get their momentum with Curry and Lee producing HUGE numbers... Then Lee went down. It seemed that Golden State's season was doomed. On the contrary, players like Barnes, Thompson, and even backup PG Jarrett Jack started to take over Lee's workload. Eventually the Warriors eked their way into the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors can compete with the Thunder and Spurs for the best team in the West... Easily.
After the Patriots blew out Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week 9, there has been plenty of rumors of Brady being better than Peyton and the Pats being the best team in the NFL. Brady has played like his Hall of Fame self as of late and shows no sign of turning back now. The Patriots will win the Super Bowl if Brady, Gronkowski, and Edelman can all keep producing they way they have been these past few weeks. However, Peyton and the Broncos... The most consistent team in the NFL this year (except maybe for perhaps the Arizona Cardinals) seemed to be rushed and unsure against a strong Pats D. Manning was scared to death and had to run for his life nearly every passing down. His passes were inaccurate and lacked teh "zip" that they usually possess. The Broncos defense was completely worthless against Tom Brady's offense. New additions TJ Ward, Aqib Talib, and DeMarcus Ware could do nothing against the means of Gronk, Edelman, and Vereen. The Arizona Cardinals, though they lost big time to the Broncos, are better than Peyton's squad. If Carson Palmer and his Arizona team would have been completely healthy and ready for action (like they are now) they'd have beaten Manning out of Mile High city. With the Cards D working at such a high level, there might be no stopping Bruce Arian's roster. The Bird Gang are my favorites to win the NFC this year and take on the Patriots, yes you heard me, the Patriots in Super Bowl 49. Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady will find a way to beat the Cards out in the fourth quarter, but the young Cards squad will be ready to make a return appearance in Super Bowl 50.
The Philadelphia Eagles have just lost young QB Nick Foles to a collarbone issue and he will be out for at least a month. Foles was taken down hard on his left shoulder area by Houston Texans' linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Foles walked off the field and was replaced by backup Mark Sanchez who recorded a strong showing against a somewhat weak Houston secondary. Sanchez tossed two touchdowns during his time on the field and lead the Eagles past the Texans 31-21. RB LeSean McCoy should also share some of Sanchez's credit. McCoy torched the Texans with his beastly speed, which opened up opportunities for Sanchez to shine. Mark Sanchez dominated during his college tenure at USC. He was regarded as one of the best QBs in all of college until he turned pro. He was drafted by the New York Jets and for awhile seemed to have turned the franchise into a winning organization. However, Ryan eventually stole Sanchez's key weapons and sabotaged his New York career. In free agency Sanchez opted to go to Philly and backup young star Nick Foles. Perhaps Chip Kelly's most under-the-radar signing this offseason could save his season and take the Eagles to the playoffs.