I met Cedric Benson at the NFL scouting combine in 2005, and my reaction to him was clear: I didn’t like the dude. I found him surly and disingenuous when putting on his happy face and saying the type of things all rookies are trained to say at the combine, the ultimate job interview in the NFL. That same year I met Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, and Braylon Edwards, and loved all three guys. You really can gather a lot of vibes and gut feelings about these players simply by meeting them briefly. Maybe Marshawn Lynch will go down as a bad cover story for us this year, but I’m still confident after meeting Lynch that he won’t even be in the same hemisphere that Benson is in right now in terms of the off-the-field stuff is concerned.
Let’s see what comes out about Benson’s recent DUI charge, but the verdict is already in with Benson: he’s a huge pile of crap for putting himself in such a bad position just weeks after his boating incident. What’s next, charges stemming from driving a riding lawnmower while drinking?
The Bears drafted Matt Forte because he’s a featured back, [...]
If you’re interested, Adam Caplan and I just recorded a new Podcast today. It’s about 80 minutes long, and we go over each division in both conferences and discuss news, notes, roles, position battles, and much more.
By the way, I’m going to work on getting the Podcasts beefed up this year. I’d like to get a better quality audio, for one, but it’s not easy since Adam and I are in different locations. But we’re going to look into that. We’re also going to regularly schedule these and allow listeners/users to log on and ask us questions via a chat room, and even come on the show to ask questions. With Adam officially on board after the merger of our companies, this Podcast is going to become a larger part of the site.
Also, in case you didn’t know, we are for now at least still using a site called Talk Shoe. You can go to the Podcast’s homepage on Talk Shoe and do a bunch of stuff. For one, you can subscribe to an RSS feed for the Podcast, so when we record a new one, you’ll see that on your browser via the RSS feed. You can also [...]
I started Jay Cutler last year in a Week Sixteen Super Bowl game, and he was bad. It wasn’t just an off game; he was horrific, going only 14-for-32 for only 155 yards with 0 TDs and 2 Ints. Yeah, it was against a good Charger defense, but Cutler was able to complete 64% of his passes against that defense earlier in the year, and he enjoyed success against them in his rookie year. It was one of those game in which you had to think to yourself, “what the heck is wrong with this guy?” Well, I think we now know what was wrong with Cutler: he had Type 1 diabetes. Here are some of the symptoms of the disease, symptoms Cutler may have had late last season:
Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you may lose weight — sometimes rapidly. Without the energy sugar supplies, your muscle tissues and fat stores may simply shrink.
Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
Blurred vision. If your blood sugar level is too high, fluid may be pulled from your tissues — including the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability [...]
You better believe the person who does my laundry knows exactly how I reacted this morning when I learned of Bill RB Marshawn Lynch’s possible off the field troubles.
In case you haven’t heard, a car reportedly registered to Lynch was involved in a possible hit-and-run accident late Saturday night /Sunday morning near a Buffalo bar. Luckily, for all parties involved, the person, who was a woman, was able to get up and walk away under her own power.
I’m really hoping for the best for Lynch. I’m hoping he wasn’t in that car, or at the least wasn’t driving. It’s unfortunate, because this incident flies in the face of my interview with Lynch, on a few levels, so I’m hoping it’s a non-issue in a day or two. I’m hoping to roll with the article, as is, with no edits or editor’s note.
I wanted to make two other points here today relating to this topic.
1. There’s no such thing as a cover jinx. To say that a human who is on top is jinxed after he falls off his perch is almost like winning 10 consecutive hands of blackjack and then saying you’re jinxed after you lose one. People are [...]