Monthly Archives: March 2009

Singletary is Now Dr. Phil

That title says a lot considering he was a cerebral assassin at MLB for the Bears in the 1980s. 

Mike is the current head coach of the 49ers and, besides dropping his pants in the locker room, did a pretty good job of getting the Niners back to respectability. 

However, he appears to be at it again.  Mike and company are going into their first NFL draft and quarterback has to be a priority for this team.  They will be looking at guys like Stafford and Sanchez in the 1st Round and possibly a guy like Pat White or Graham Harrell in the middle rounds.

Stafford is by far the number one QB in the entire group.  He had a successful career, led his team to bowl games and did well in the combine.  He is probably the only “can’t miss” prospect at this position in the draft.

Singletary was questioned about their interest if Detroit takes a pass on Stafford in favor of an OT or LB.  Apparently Stafford wouldn’t submit to a psychological profile for the team which led to this comment by Singletary.

“If you’re going to look at drafting a guy in the first round, and you’re going to pay him millions of dollars, and asking him about a divorce about his parents, if that’s going to be an issue, uhhh, then you know what, maybe he doesn’t belong here.”

So let me see, a guy doesn’t want to talk about his family and now he can’t be a successful NFL player.  Did Mike really just say that? 

Who really cares what happened in a kids youth?  I have been on numerous interviews in my career and never did the “would you take a psychological profile” ever come up. 

With jobs like FBI, police, psychiatrist and even teacher taking a psycological test or meeting with a doctor might be relevent.  But, do you think a QB from Georgia would fail grasp an NFL playbook and toss a ball down a field because he was upset that Daddy left Mommy years ago?  He scored threw the roof on the WonderBread Test.  He is a very smart guy.  He played successfully in the SEC and is a great character guy.  Stafford has everything working in his favor.  However, according to the Niners, don’t you dare come here if you won’t sit down with our shrink.  Really?

San Fran fans, if this is any indication of how things are going to go around the Bay Area this fall I think you are in for another rough season.

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Who’s Fishin’ For Cutler?

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The Jay Cutler v. Coach McDaniels saga is never ending and it is looking more and more like the Denver Broncos will have to part with their All-Pro quarterback.  This debacle is really a case of he said, she said.  Who initiated contact in the possible dealing of Cutler?  Did McDaniels pursue the New England back up as a replacement for the All-Pro QB?  Listening and initiating contact are very important details here and the Broncos organization isn’t the least bit interested in giving us those details.  All we know is Cutler has had enough and has forfeited his $100,000 for missing 10% of the off-season training activities.  He has also left his Tennessee home for parts unknown.

Despite his current mental state as a result if this fiasco, how many teams are going to cast their lines in hopes of landing a Cutler?  Which teams stand the best chance?

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Detroit Lions

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Not that Cutler wants to or deserves to go here but the Lions are shaping up to be the favorites in the race for Cutler.  The Lions have the #1 overall pick in the draft and that could be very appealing to the Broncos.  If they are starting over with a new system a highly intelligent, moldable QB like Matt Stafford would do the trick.  There would also be a strong possibility that Matt would be united with RB Knowshon Moreno with Denver’s second 1st Round pick.  Detoit would get a bonafide all-pro QB.  They would have to draft plenty of offensive linemen and wide receivers to keep this cocky QB happy.

Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have a QB named Brady Quinn as bait for the embattled Cutler.  The also have the fifth overall pick in the 1st Round of the Draft.  Quinn has loads of potential but his development was cut short due to a freak injury.  Brady has the potential to be a fine NFL QB and some compared his college game to that of Tom Brady.  That is perfect for McDaniel who would be instituting the same type of offense.  With the #5 pick Denver would then look at someone like LB Curry or DE Orakpo.  They might also be tempted to take Crabtree.  Cleveland will be starting over regardless of the Cutler deal.  Building a strong offensive line  around Jay Cutler would be the priority.

POSSIBLE

NY Jets

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The NY Jets have a shot to get Cutler.  I don’t think it is as strong a shot as Detroit and Cleveland have but it is a shot.  They need to replace the void left by Favre and the talent behind Favre was thin to begin with.  What does NY have to give to get Cutler?  Not a whole lot but they may offer their #17 pick in the 1st Round along with another pick, maybe 3rd or 4th Round.  The picks alone are not enough so they may need to include someone like LB David Harris or LB Calvin Pace.  That could work because Denver is switching to the 3-4 and looking for veteran personnel to run it.  To replace Cutler Denver would probably take Sanchez or Freeman at #17.  If Denver chooses not to draft a QB early they could sign Grossman or Losman for a season or two while they develop Chris Simms. 

Tampa Bay Bucs

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OK, I know she isn’t the Bucs logo but I found her much more interesting.  Back on point, the Bucs have been dying for a QB.  They always seem to get a bust in the draft or a rusty, old veteran with not many miles left on the tires.  Bucs management made it known they would do what was necessary to land a stud QB.  Enter Jay Cutler.  Tampa isn’t a terrible team.  They just missed the playoffs.  Tampa might be willing to pull a Ricky Williams-New Orleans kind of trade just to get him.  Cutler guiding that offense would make them a strong contender in that division and in the conference.  Tampa would probably have to offer their 1st Round pick this year (#19), another pick in 2009 like the 3rd Round (#81) and a 1st Round pick next year.  Tampa may not want to get involved in swapping players because the systems don’t match the needs very well.  This is a slim shot but if Tampa puts a package of high round picks it could get done.

LONGSHOTS

Chicago Bears

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Sparkly GIF Bear says the chances are slim but with Jerry Angelo running the show you never know.  He constantly surprises the fans.  He will crap out in almost every 1st Round pick and then turn around and find a Briggs, Hester, Vasher or A.Brown in the middle rounds or even CB Corey Graham in the late rounds.  What I am getting at is Bears fans might not mind if management sacrificed 1st Round picks in 2009 and 2010 to get Jay Cutler because the Bears don’t have a high rate of success on 1st Rounders.  The Bears would probably have to send the Kyle Orton to cap off a deal like this but it is possible.  Kyle does have some similarities to Matt Cassell and Denver did almost everything they could to get him.  Put this down as a longshot but I don’t think I’d be surprised to see something go down on draft day.  

Philadelphia Eagles

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Any excuse to run more pictures of a cheerleader, especially one of Philly’s finest.  To my knowledge there isn’t much noise between Philly and Denver but hear me out on this one.  McNabb only has another 3 or 4 years left in the tank.  Philly’s current back up may be only that, a career back up.  Cutler would give Philly a legitmate star QB for the future.  What Philly has in return besides Donovan McNabb would be two 1st Round picks in this years draft (#21, #28).  With Denver rebuilding on the fly, this would give them picks 12, 21, 28 and 48.  This is almost like the deal the Cowboys worked out sending Hershel Walker to Minnesota for essentially 3 Superbowl titles.  Denver would be able to build a tremendously talented young defense by executing this deal.  I think both teams would benefit greatly from this deal.

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BPD’s Final Four

Using the school’s cheerleaders here are my picks for the NCAA FINAL 4.

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NCAA Tourney and the WWE Divas

2 GREAT TASTES THAT GO GREAT TOGETHER!

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Chicago Bears Should Trade Down, Than Up

The Chicago Bears have holes. I am not talking about one or just a couple, I am talking about a lot of major holes. The team resembles a block of baby swiss and this team needs. The free agent period is just about over and the Bears have made very few moves. It appears they are also interested in watching their checkbook. If this is the case then they need to maneuver around the draft to get the players they need.

The first thing they need to do is move out of the 1st Round. I know, most would probably disagree with that strategy but here is how I see it. Their most pressing needs are OT and WR. By the time the Bears pick at #18 comes up the top 3 OTs (Jason Smith, Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe) will be off of the board. OT Andre Smith from Alabama should slide, maybe even to #18 but he has issues and I wouldn’t waste my time. There are only 2 WRs that grade out inside the top 20 picks. WRs Jeremy Maclin and Michael Crabtree will also be off the board before #18. Percy Harvin and Darrius Heyward-Bey should be on the board but are more end of the 1st Round talent.

The Chicago Bears are also notoriously terrible 1st Round pickers. They have had a few make it but most have ended up being below average players in the NFL and some have even washed out of the league.

You take these factors into consideration and I think they should trade out of the 1st Round all together. I think they could trade their #18 pick to Cleveland for their #36 and #50 selections in the 2nd Round. This would give the Chicago Bears picks #36, #49 and #50 in the 2nd Round.

That wouldn’t be the end of my moving around. Now that I have moved down out of the 1st Round I would move up in the middle rounds. The Chicago Bears can send #84 and #115 to the Dallas Cowboys (who are trying to add middle round picks) for the Cowboys #69 that they acquired through Cleveland. Now the Bears would have 4 selections inside the Top 70, giving them an excellent chance to fill the holes at WR and Offensive Line.

Here is how I would suggest the Bears utilize these picks.
#36 Phil Loadholt OT Oklahoma
#49 Louis Murphy WR Florida
#50 Brian Robiskie WR Ohio State
#69 Duke Robinson G Oklahoma

The Bears have a good young QB in Kyle Orton and a very solid running back in Matt Forte. In order for those two to continue to develop and Bears offense to improve they need someone to block and someone to catch the ball. Phil and Duke are Earth movers. These guys are NFL ready and will be part of a great, young offensive line that should also include Dan Buenning and Josh Beekman. Louis is the perfect #2 receiver. He has good hands, great speed and is known for crisp route running. Brian has above average hands, isn’t afraid of the middle of the field and would start in the slot for the Bears.

Adding this collection of kids would absolutely improve the Bears offense which will also have a positive effect on the defense. With these additions and a weakened schedule the Bears could be playoff bound in 2009-10.

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NCAA Tourney Bracket

I am not so sure I feel good about my picks this year.  There are 8 or 9 teams that could win this whole thing and not too many Cinderella teams I feel comfortable advancing past the round of 32.  Here is my Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4 and Championship game.

SWEET 16
Louisville v. Utah
Kansas v. Michigan State
UConn v. Purdue
Utah State v. Memphis
Pitt v. Xavier
UCLA v. Duke
UNC v. Gonzaga
Syracuse v. Oklahoma

ELITE 8
Louisville v. Mich. St.
UConn v. Memphis
Pitt v. Duke
UNC v. Oklahoma

FINAL 4
Louisville v. UConn
Pitt v. Oklahoma

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
UConn v. Pitt

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Pitt

Good luck to all of you and enjoy what should be a very entertaining NCAA Tournament.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!

Best wishes to all the BPD readers!  Have a fun St. Paddy’s Day weekend.  I’ll be taking the 16th and 17th off so I’ll be partying it up for 4 days.  Hangover post on the 18th should be interesting.  MARCH MADNESS COMING UP.

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