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Broncos versus Colts Drinking Game: Peyton’s Going Home AND YOU’RE GOING TO GET YOUR STOMACH PUMPED

Expect a lot of this dramatic storytelling all night long (Source: SI)

Expect a lot of this dramatic storytelling all night long (Source: SI)

Hey, jerks! You probably haven’t heard yet, but Peyton Manning is going to play his former team in a couple of hours. It’s not a big story, and no one is really talking about it, so we almost forgot to mention it.

But we care about you, footbawl fans, so to commemorate tonight’s game we’re giving you the ultimate gift: an excuse to get drunk! I’ve designed this game specifically to make all of my friends miss work tomorrow. Rest assured, though, that I’m playing the game too, so I’ll be just as miserable and hung over as you will be tomorrow morning.

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Cross Country Round Table: The Rookie of the Year Debate

"So then the guy triple dog dared me to start you, and I was like...fuck it"

“So then the guy triple dog dared me to start you, and I was like…fuck it”

Every so often the staff of the Footbawl Blog likes to sit around a metaphorical round table and shoot the shit about a particular issue. Today they are discussing who should be the offensive rookie of the year.

Chris Dorsey: Ok, so now everyone in the world has hopped aboard the Russ Wilson bandwagon. Three weeks ago RGIII was the hot ticket. All of my co-writers were probably really into Zima for a six-month period in the 90’s, too. My vote still goes to Andrew Luck. Even after the draft,  there wasn’t a single analyst or non-crazed fan that didn’t have the Colts dry-heaving through the season with four or five wins at best. Rebuilding time. Aside from Reggie Wayne, the Colts’ supporting cast is fantastically mediocre. Vick Ballard? Donnie Avery? Two rookie tight ends and a defense lingering in the bottom 25% of the league? And yet here sits the team at 10-5, guaranteed a playoff slot while sharing a division with a 12-3 team. The litmus test to me is the same as when looking at MVP candidates. If you take the guy off your roster, how does your team do? The Redskins won with Kirk Cousins, the Seahawks’ high-scoring defense coupled with Marshawn Lynch would have been good for six or seven wins on their own. The Colts, though? Remember how this team looked last year in the hands of Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. Luck has 100% carried them and has thus earned my little-coveted endorsement.

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Crystal Ball Time: The Top Ten Picks

As a general rule, the uglier the gypsy the more accurate she is

You might be asking yourself, “why should I be reading this?”

After all, we have never played professional football.  We have never coached football at any level.  Much like you, the reader, we only watch games on television and digest the information accordingly.  We’re just another bunch of bloggers saying snide things and swearing too much about football on the internet.  All these things are true.

Well the answer is simple, fellow Footbawl Blog writer Chris Dorsey was raised by gypsies* and he tells us the future all the time.  Glad we cleared that up.  Now that we have suspended your disbelief, let’s look at our guaranteed 100% or your money back (in the future you will pay us) projections for the careers of the top ten draft picks.  Will they be a superstar, a bust, or somewhere in-between?    

(* = not verified)

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB

Ben: Whether or not you believe that Luck is the best QB prospect since Elway, it’s hard to find a legitimate source that has anything but glowing things to say about him.  Barring injury or a horrible job by the Colts front office, this is a QB that is going to win a lot of games in this league.  Indy fans going through Peyton withdrawal will be happy to know that Andrew likes to call a bunch of audibles at the line of scrimmage.  He will make his first all-pro team in his third year, and get his first GQ cover NEVER.  Seriously, what a weird looking dude.

Nate: Andrew Luck is going to be great, but I feel like he’s facing a big disadvantage when it comes to intimidation. The fact that he has to wear a helmet that obscures most of his face is a problem for him, because with a grin like that, he could easily just stare Kareem Jenkins into submission. Luck will take some time to take off, but when he does, Indy fans will have even more reasons to be insufferable. 

Have fun wearing these for...FOR NOW

2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB

Ben: Perhaps the only football related hex comparable to the Madden curse is the one that follows the Heisman trophy around, and if there’s one thing that gypsies believe in its curses.  I don’t believe that RGIII is going to be a bust per se, but I think his transition to a pro offense is going to be rougher than a lot of people think.  He will be an all-star eventually, but he isn’t going to step in and knock your socks off right away.  And speaking of socks, in a future dystopian society his crazy socks will become illegal.  So there’s that.

Nate: Yeah, my grandson is on the board meeting that banned those socks. Anyway, I hate to sound like Donovan McNabb here, but RGIII will only be as dangerous as Shanahan lets him. With some new weapons at WR and a decent committee of running backs, Griffin should be able to win a few games and turn a few heads. But in the future, the Redskins are even more laughable than they are now. Also in the future, Daniel Synder has to sell the team because a photo surfaces showing him eating a puppy and using the Bill of Rights as a napkin.

3. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB

Ben: In an appearance on the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN radio, hall of fame running back Jim Brown said that Richardson had ordinary size and ordinary speed.  He wasn’t all that impressed with Trent.  While I think Richardson is better than Brown’s appraisal, Jim is onto something here.  The crop of running backs was quite subpar this year and I think in a lot of other drafts he is not drafted nearly this high.  Just the same he will have a solid career until mid-way through his second contract when he suffers the same fate as many physical running back and has to deal with a series of nagging injuries.  This just got really morbid.

Nate: It’s morbid but it’s true. Running backs grow on trees, and it’s a position where you can always get value later in the draft. I like Richardson probably more than most, but I do think there are some concerns of drafting a running back that early. But with the offensive line being what it is in Cleveland, I think he’ll be pretty good for a little while. 1100 yards, 8 TDs sounds like a legitimate goal a few years into his career.

4. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OL

Ben: Kudos to Vikings GM Rick Spielman who managed to trade down, get some extra picks, and still draft the exact same player he wanted to in the first place.  As for Kalil, I said it on the Outside the Squared Circle podcast and I still believe it: in my opinion this is the most can’t miss prospect in the entire draft.  Even Andrew Luck has more variance simply because of the position he plays.  Kalil will be an all-pro for a long time.

Nate: I begged Spielman not to be a dummy. I told him to just go with Kalil. And he made me look stupid by getting some picks and still getting Kalil in the process. So because he made me look stupid, I see a bad future for Minnesota. Kalil will help prevent Ponder from getting sacked. Now Ponder has all the time in the world to throw it to players on the other team!

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Blackmon, WR

Ben: People have come out of the woodwork lately to say that Blackmon is over valued, but in time these people will be proven wrong.  He won’t be in the class of a Fitzgerald or Megatron, but he has the work ethic and physical tools to be a great NFL receiver for a long time.  Also, in the future ancient monsters will actually come out of the woodwork if you say their names.  Good luck with that.

Nate: This trade was great. Blackmon is pretty much what you need in Jacksonville, and in the future he’ll thrive there. It might not always be Gabbard throwing him the ball (STARTCHADHENNE.COM), but Blackmon is going to be a stud. People will inevitably compare him to Michael Floyd since they were part of the same class, but in the end Blackmon has the better career, especially after the Jags move to Los Angeles! Sorry, it’s going to happen. It’s the future, and it’s never wrong, except when people predicted Armageddon was going to be the best movie of all time.

6. Dallas Cowboys – Morris Claiborne, CB

Ben: The Wonderlic test will prove prophetic as Morris will intercept five passes in one game…and promptly run into the wrong end zone every time.

Nate: Morris Claiborne wins DROY and then thanks his third grade teacher for doing all of his homework for him all the way through college.

Fact: Barron can hit someone so hard their entire body falls off.
(photo credit: ESPN.com)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mark Barron, S

Ben: Mark was more or less the quarterback of Alabama’s incredible National Championship defense.  If Nick Saban trusts him this much, that’s good enough for me.  Durability is a concern as he has had a torn pectoral muscle and double hernia surgery during his college career.  Add that to the fact that he is a brutal hitter and his career will not be as long as he’d like it to be.  But during that time he will have a five year stretch as one of the best safeties in football.

Nate: When I had the Bengals draft Barron with pick 17, everyone pretty much said you shouldn’t get a safety in the first round. Well, apparently no GMs listened to our podcast (I sent an email to Mickey Loomis to listen to it, but he was too busy listening to some other broadcast). The Bucs get a good safety who will hug Ronde Barber at least six times next year.

8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB

Ben: The Dolphins are in the middle of an abysmal offseason, and it only got worse on the opening night of the draft.  This is a bust.  For more of my thoughts on Ryan, just read this.

Nate: So now you have David Garrard, Matt Moore, and Ryan Tannehil. See, in the future this would work splendidly, thanks to the 2037 invention of the QB Merge Machine, where you could put the third together, add their strengths and take out their weaknesses, and make a quarterback that can actually win football games. Alas, this is 2012, so the Dolphins will still be terrible.

9. Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly, LB

Ben: Luke lead the country in tackles in his junior season, and had 117 more tackles than anyone else on his team.  Yeah, that’s fucking insane.  But one of the biggest criticisms he has received is that he is not good at taking on blocks and was the beneficiary of a defensive scheme that allowed him to roam free.  In the pros he will struggle and his career will not be worthy of a top ten pick.

Nate: Good linebackers seem to get hurt when playing for the Panthers. Jon Beason last year, Thomas Davis the year before, and Dan Morgan before that – it just seems really talented linebackers can’t stay healthy in Carolina. We find out in 19 years that there is indeed a curse on the Panthers 6 by the ghost of Lamar Lathon’s career, but in the meantime we will scratch our heads as Kuechly struggles with performance and injuries.

10. Buffalo Bills – Stephen Gilmore, CB

Ben: I’m a huge fan of this pick, one of my favorites of the first round.  This is one of the only corners I have ever heard of that has a background as a quarterback, and I think this experience is somewhat relevant.  He is still a little raw but his combination of size, speed, and strength will eventually turn him into an elite corner in the NFL.

Nate: He might be one of my favorite players in the draft, too. The Bills are slowly building towards their 1990s AFC days, with Mario Williams playing Bruce Smith, Gilmore playing Nate Odomes, and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard playing Don Beebe.

What did you think about the first round?  Will you help Ben write his “Monsters in the Woodwork” screenplay?  Will you join the fight against Nate’s power hungry grandson before he is born?  Let us know in the comments section.

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NFL Draft Store: The First 5 Picks

For the National Football League, Christmas is in April.

That’s when the NFL takes his 32 kids to the College Draft Toy Store, where every kid can find a few toys that they think will make them happier. There are a lot of factors into what toys will benefit the kids the most: fit, value, need, and sometimes even pressure from the kid’s surroundings. But at the end of the day, let’s face it: these are a bunch of kids playing with expensive toys. Something’s going to get broken, and someone is going to cry.

Here’s a transcription of the first hour of their toy store visit.

NFL: All right, kids, you know how this works. Each of you gets to choose one toy today, and then a few other toys tomorrow. But we all know that this first toy is really the only important one, so don’t mess your choice up. Indianapolis, you get to pick first this year.

Indianapolis is holding a toy in his hands very roughly. He keeps shaking it.

Indy: I want a quarterback toy!

NFL: But son, you already have a good quarterback toy.

Indy: No, this one sucks! It’s broken!

Indianapolis slams the toy down on the ground, and its head falls off. As Indy cries about his broken toy, his brother Denver rushes up and grabs the toy, then puts the head back on.

Denver: Still looks good to me. You have shitty taste in toys, Indy.

NFL gasps.

NFL: You cursed! I thought you were Christian!

Denver: I’m losing my religion.

With that said, Denver tosses another toy over his shoulder. It’s scooped up by New York J.

New York J: Praise Jesus, he didn’t break! It’s a miracle!

NFL: Okay, let’s get on with it. I’m assuming you want to go to the Stanford store, Indy?

Indy: Um, duh. It’s all I’ve been talking about for the past year.

Everyone: Yes, we know.

The group goes to the Stanford store, where the salesman is beaming.

Stanford: Hey guys. I got some really good toys this year. Really good ones.

Indy: You’ve only got one good toy.

Stanford: That’s not true. Look at these three other toys!

He sets out a guard model, a tackle model, and a tight end model. They’re all made of suspect quality. Standing next to the quarterback toy, they look vastly inferior.

Stanford: They would all work very well together. They’ve done it before!

Indy: But separately they suck.

New York G: I don’t know, I kind of like the tight end model…

Dallas: You always like the tight end model, gay boy.

New York G: Dad!

NFL: Stop it, kids. So Indy, are you going to get that one?

Indy: Yeah. With my first toy selection, I pick the Andrew Luck model!

For some reason, people start cheering. Indy takes a picture holding his new toy.

Indy: Its head is much smaller than my old model’s.

Washington: My turn! I’m so excited for this!

St. Louis: Oh, I know how excited you are. *laughs evilly*

Washington: Whatever, I’m not going to need all those toys in the future, because I’m getting the RG3 model!

A Donovan McNabb model comes out of nowhere.

McNabb: That’s not a smart move, guys. Washington doesn’t take good care of its toys, like it didn’t…

Washington: Shut the fuck up, Donovan. You were a shitty toy then and you’re shitty now. Nobody wants you. And that article that bonafide sports genius Nate Raby wrote about you is 100% accurate. Eat a dick and go away.

Everyone: YEAH!

Donovan McNabb sighs.

McNabb: You guys are just haters. Remember, vote for me Hall of Fame 2017!

NFL: Okay, that’s two toys down…what about you, Minny?

Minnesota clears his throat and begins talking too loudly.

Minny: Man, I SURE WOULD HATE IT if someone tried to offer me something for my place in line! Yeah, I’D NEVER TAKE A DEAL LIKE THAT!

Everyone stands around in awkward silence.

Minny: Yup, I’m SUPER LOCKED IN on that USC tackle toy. Nope, wouldn’t consider ANYTHING ELSE!

More silence.

Minny: WHY DOESN’T ANYONE WANNA TRADE WITH ME?

Tampa: Because you’re the worst actor in the world and we know you just want Kalil, but you’re trying to get him and extra picks, and we don’t want to help you because we all hate you.

Minny: Is that true?

Everyone: YES.

Minny: Even you, Dad?

NFL: Uh…just make your pick, son.

Minny: Fine. I pick…Morris Claiborne.

Tampa: SON OF A BITCH.

Minny: Haha! Serves you right for messing with me! I’m awesome! I’m the best! I’m…

Detroit: Still the worst team in our division.

Chicago: By far.

Green Bay: Not even close.

Atlanta: And we all still hate you.

Minny: Shucks.

Cleveland: My turn! Man, this is tough. After all, I have two main choices.

St. Louis: You really want Richardson.

Cleveland: You’re only saying that because you want the Blackmon model.

St. Louis: I’m also saying it because it makes perfect fucking sense. Your quarterback toy couldn’t throw it to a receiver toy if they were standing right next to each other. You want the running back toy. Just face it.

Cleveland: Oh all right. Give me the running back.

The Alabama salesman decides to be the first salesman to say anything in awhile.

Bama: We’ve got a lot of good defensive toys too for you other kids.

Dallas: Oooooh, I like that Barron toy.

Kansas City: I LIKE IT MORE!

NFL: Tampa? Your turn.

Tampa: Anyone want my pick?

Silence.

Tampa: Why does no one want to trade up?

New York J: I want to!

Miami: No you don’t, you just want attention.

New York J: That’s true.

Seattle: Shut the fuck up, Miami, you have no room to talk, you’re just going to reach for a quarterback toy at 8.

Miami: You’re just mad he won’t be available at 12!

Tampa: No one wants to trade up? Really?

New England: grumble grumble grumble (translation: No way, we all just want to trade back.)

Jacksonville: Yeah, I want to trade back too.

Buffalo: And me.

Everyone watching: THIS IS TAKING FOREVER!

New Orleans: I know, seriously. Are we done yet?

Everyone: NO.

New Orleans: Ugh. I fucking hate the draft store.

Oakland: Me too. At least you have some good toys already.

Oakland’s Carson Palmer toy throws three interceptions.

Oakland: Shucks.

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Team Retrospective: Indianapolis Colts

This week we start the AFC South and our resident Colts fan Lester Zook wanted to talk about his favorite team.

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"To Lester, my fan club president..."

I am a long time Indianapolis Colts fan. Need proof? I’ve got a fucking Quinton Coryatt jersey. I had faith in the mighty right arm of Jeff George, and the only person I despise more than Aaron Bailey is Hank Baskett. No idea who Aaron Bailey is? Ask Jim Harbaugh. Anyways, I’m a huge Colts fan and all things considered I don’t feel all that bad about things. While I hated to see Peyton have surgery after surgery, and I’m still bummed that he’s no longer going to be wearing the blue and white, I’m really happy that his injury opened up the eyes of Jim Irsay. The Colts were old, getting worse every year, and the Polian’s dropped the ball on building a defense.

I can go on and on about how bad this season was. About how players like Pierre Garcon, Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark should send at least half of their paychecks to Peyton…no, no, I’m above that. Try to think of it this way, the 2011 season for the Colts was a friends with benefits relationship you had in high school. You didn’t have great expectations for it, but then it got messier than you ever imagined. When you take a step back from all the drama, you realize that the whole thing was flawed from the get go.

It’s not like we (speaking for Colts fans) are single for long.  Andrew Luck has that awkward charm, quirky brain, and strong arm that we’ve been watching for years!  This is the 2011 Colts retrospective.

Team Highlight: Easily the last game of the season. We lost 19-13 to the Jags and that gave us the first pick in the NFL Draft. I’ve got nothing against RG3, he’s a very talented quarterback, but he’s not what Irsay wants. Irsay wanted the next Peyton Manning, he wanted Andrew Luck. Let’s be real here, beating the Titans is not overly impressive, and knocking off the Texans without Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson is nothing special.

Team Lowlight: Curtis Painter wasn’t just the Colts lowlight; he was a low point for the NFL. The rules have been changed to allow quarterbacks to flourish and Curtis Painter sucked. Painter lost his job to a guy who ran out of the back of the endzone on a bootleg!  I’m sure I’ve seen a worse quarterback in my life, he’s just not coming to mind. The Colts had to depend on Curtis Painter to make the team look respectable and that was embarrassing for anyone who loves the blue and white. Painter’s play made Jim Irsay look dumb, made Bill Polian and his son look dumb; hell, the only person who had faith in Painter was one of the most overrated  coaches in the history of the league in Jim Caldwell.

ANGERER IS ANGRY!

Team MVP: The team MVP also has the best name for a guy who plays defense, Pat Angerer! Nothing against Freeney and Mathis, but let’s face it…they did what they normally do. Combining for 18 sacks and 65 tackles with virtually no help from the interior defensive line is pretty impressive, but even more impressive is a second year linebacker who raked up 148 total tackles (total = solo + assisted tackles), 1 sack and 1 interception. The spunky undersized linebacker out of Iowa was one of the only guys on the team who didn’t give up when the team was 0 and 13.

Needs: Where to start? It’s pretty much written in stone that we’re taking Andrew Luck so the quarterback position is taken care of. I have no idea who Luck is going to throw to as Wayne, Garcon and Clark are all gone. Hell, who is going to block for Luck? This is going to be an interesting offseason as the Colts have been an organization that essentially ignores free agency. Big name free agents are not going to Indianapolis, but there will be second and third tier guys (players who are looking for security and a place to prove themselves) that the Colts might pick up but even that’s a long shot. I’ve got a feeling one of the reasons Freeney and Mathis were resigned, with the switch to the 3-4 coming, is that one of them will be playing OLB and the other could be traded for picks.

Entirely Too Early Prediction for 2012: Jim Irsay said that the Colts had pieces in place when they drafted Peyton Manning back in 1998. The Colts went 3-13 that season and I think that’s a fair, if not, lofty goal for the Colts next season. The draft this year is going to have a huge impact (duh, I know) on how the team does next season. There will be a sense of hope in Lucas Oil Stadium as Andrew Luck is going to be taking snaps…not Joe Dirt’s cousin, Curtis Painter.

Editor’s note: Stop by tomorrow when we continue our retrospectives of the AFC South!

 

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