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Sports Buffet for 06/29/10

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Lions president Tom Lewand was recently charged with DUI. That got him a not so friendly visit with Comm. Goodell this week. While there is no decision yet on punishment for the charge or from the league, the players and NFLPA Ex. Dir. DeMaurice Smith will be watching this case very closely. They will want to see if management is held to the same standard as the players.

UFA RB Brian Westbrook was charged with DUI in February but has been found not guilty.

Bengal RB Cedric Benson is in trouble again. This time he was charged with assault with injury resulting from an altercation at a downtown Austin Texas bar. He reportedly punched a bar employee in the face. He paid his bond but the charge is a class A misdemeanor. It will get him a ticket to meet with Comm. Goodall sometime soon.

Steelers OT Willie Colon’s hurt his Achilles’ tendon and will miss the entire year. He had started 54 straight games. The team is searching for a replacement but the good ones are gone.


We are getting closer to knowing where the big name UFAs will be going. One thing that looks fairly certain is that LeBron will leave Cleveland. Current bets have LeBron and Bosh in Chicago, Wade and Amar’e Stoudemire in Miami, Boozer in New York or New Jersey. Sorry Clippers, it doesn’t look like any of the top level will be going there.

Dirk Nowitzki has reportedly officially opted out of his player option with Dallas. The team believes they will be able to resign him soon. Don’t hold your breath. Nowitzki is going to get a max deal from a team that misses out on the big 3 UFAs.


If the Cubs don’t have enough problems, SP Carlos Zambrano threw a temper tantrum last week. Unfortunately, it was the best thing he has thrown all year. He has been suspended indefinitely by the team and has yet to hear from the league. He is paid like an ACE and thinks of himself as one. He has never thrown like an ACE. At some point the team is going to have to just cut bait with Zambrano.

The Red Sox have more injuries and that will keep them out of the playoffs. Victor Martinez was added to the list yesterday with a broken thumb. Perhaps the biggest loss was Dustin Pedroia who went down a couple of days ago with a broken foot.


The US team is out of the World Cup. But that won’t impact the interest in the sport in the US. Just like the NHL failed to capitalize on their international success, the US team wouldn’t have impacted pro soccer here even if they had won the World Cup. The lack of interest prevents both leagues from getting a big time TV deal for regular season games. Soccer doesn’t have a big enough fan base despite the fact that young adults from 20-40 grew up playing the game.

Part of the problem is that the best athletes go to the NBA or NFL for both the money and the glory. MLB is next in line and what is left over falls to soccer. That limits the interest of Americans that expect to see the very best from professional sports.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

and edits .

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30 Year Old Running Backs FOR SALE—CHEAP!

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30 Year Old Running Backs FOR SALE—CHEAP!

By Bill Smith

I have found the perfect back—I’ll use my first pick for;

He fast, can catch, and best of all 240 and 6-4.

He’ll blast the line, catch the pass and run like a gazelle;

I’ll cut him when he’s 30 if there’s nothing something left to sell.

By B. Smith 2009

No position in the NFL gets old faster than a running back. History shows that the production of even an above average RB falls off a cliff like a lemming after the back turns 30. The problems are the 30+ back is too old, too slow, too expensive and too fragile. Several teams will have to make some difficult choices about their 30 something RBs this year.


LaDainianTomlinson Chargers:

The biggest name on this list is Tomlinson. He turns 30 in late June and in the last couple of years has spent almost as much time on the bench with injuries as he has on the field. Those that drafted LT with the first pick in their Fantasy league were repeatedly frustrated by his lack of production last year.

The problem was made even more critical because the Chargers allowed his backup, Michael “the burner” Turner, to leave via free agency during the last off season. All Turner did was run for almost 1700 yards with a 4.5 yard average. Tomlinson limped through 16 games but only reached 100 yards once.

The Chargers have only mini-back free agent to be Darren Sproles and last year rookie Jacob Hester behind LT. While Sproles has proven he can be a great change of pace back, he will never survive a 250 carry season. Hester was a high draft choice last year and is a potential 1 back in the Chargers offense. But he has yet to prove he can handle the majority of the work in the NFL.

The question that is keeping Charger front office staff from sleeping is should they trade LT and if they do what could they get. According to reports, he has 2 years left on his contract.

My Advice: There will be some team that suffers an RB loss in free agency or in training camp. Put feelers out and get what you can. Hester can do the job if he gets the chance. Grab the draft choice (probably a mid 2nd round) and run.


Larry Johnson Chiefs:

Johnson does not have as much mileage on him as LT but he too has hit the less than magic age of 30. Johnson did not get much work in the early years of his career. He was buried in the depth chart. With a new GM and coach, the team is in the rebuilding mode and LJ want no part of it. He wants to be traded. Last year LJ missed all or part of 7 games and only ran for 874 yards. The Chiefs have second year back Kolby Smith and last year rookie Jamaal Charles from Texas. Neither have much experience and if LJ is gone, a new back will have to come from free agency or the draft.

My Advice: Johnson has had a number of off the field problems and has gotten the reputation of a prima donna. Try to trade him and take what you can get. He has been a big enough problem in the locker room when the team was doing fairly well. Now is the time. If you can’t trade him, cut him and take the cap hit.


Edgerrin James Cards:

The Cards have a lot of issues on their plate and one of them is Edge. James’ production and yards per attempt fell off and he got benched. While he played a little better in the post season, he is history. He will be traded or cut because the team has his replacement in Tim Hightower. Hightower has more speed and that is good. The question still remains is can he pass protect like James? That is doubtful and if you have a 38 year old Kurt Warner as QB, you might want to give him James blocking.

My Advice: Keep James if he is willing to share the ball. If not, let him go and catch on with another team.


Jamal Lewis Browns:

Lewis will turn 30 before next season. The new head coach of the Browns Eric Mangini said yesterday that he was “impressed” with several players including Lewis. Right now the Browns have nothing behind Lewis.

My Advice: I like how hard Lewis runs. Just don’t give Lewis a long term deal but draft a replacement in the 3rd or 4th round or pick up a younger back in free agency.


Brian Westbrook Eagles:

The injuries to Westbrook this year proved that the O dies when he is out of the lineup. BW turns 30 in September and has already more mileage on him than a 1953 Buick. The Eagles have a few backups but none of them have the versatility of Westbrook. No back in the NFL does.

My Advice: Frankly, the Eagles have no choice but to ride BW as far as they can. Draft a couple of WRs early and a stud RB in 2010 if there is a draft.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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Should the Eagles move beyond the McNabb/Reid era?

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Should the Eagles move beyond the McNabb/Reid era?

By Bill Smith

Before the Eagles went on a winning streak and got into the playoffs, there was a lot of talk about not bringing either head coach Andy Reid and QB Donovan McNabb back next year. When the Eagles won the playoff spot and then got to the NFC championship game, that talk went the way of the dinosaurs. After the Eagles were upset by the Cardinals the talk is back. Ownership has said that the pair will be back in an attempt to quash the speculation. However, talk radio indicates that the fans are not sold.

Eagle fans are famous for being among the toughest in the league. After all, they even threw snowballs at Santa. McNabb is no happier with the Eagles front office than the fans are with him. He learned that the Eagles used their first selection in the 07 draft (round 2) on QB Kevin Kolb on ESPN. He was not pleased. He has 2 years remaining on his contract but wants a new long term deal. Reid is said to want to know his future as soon as possible. If he is going to be with the team, he too would like an extension. But the question that a lot of people are asking is this: would the team do better without McNabb at QB and/or Reid as head coach?

First, look what Reid has accomplished. He has taken the Eagles to the NFC championship game 6 times in the last 10 years. Granted, he has won only one of those games and has yet to win a Super Bowl. But no available or current head coach has come close to equaling that record. While he has some input to the draft choices, he has not been given the power to select his own players. He has worked without an influx of great draft choices because the Eagles were always drafting very low.

Who would the team get to HC? The Eagle fans wouldn’t accept less than a name brand replacement. How would you feel if your team fired an Andy Reid for Joe X who had been a coordinator for a year or two? The team would also likely rebel. The Eagles are a veteran team. They would not accept just anybody to lead them.

There are 3 Super Bowl winning coaches that might be actively looking for a new job—Brian Billick, Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden. Would any of them take the Eagles job? I doubt it. Billick might but he doesn’t have a reputation of being tough and if anything, the NFC East is tough. Billick has been working on the NFL channel but has not shown up on any public hot list of coaching prospects.

Chuckie Gruden is tough enough but reports indicate he may want to sit out for awhile. Eagle management wouldn’t adjust to the Gruden way easily and neither would the Eagle fans. If the Eagle fans would have concerns about Gruden, think how the veterans on the team would react.

Shanahan does not look like a fit for Philly to me. He would fit in well on the west coast or the south, but not in Philly. He wouldn’t do well with the Eagle fans or the veteran team. They wouldn’t like him and he would not be comfortable there as well.

Then there is the question about McNabb. The question seems to come up every year that the Eagles fail to get to the Super Bowl. It seems that Eagle fans believe it is their inherent right to have their team in the big game every year. Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. Added to the question of the fan unrest is the salary cap hit would take by trading or releasing him vs. his salary which is to be 9 million in 09 and 10 million in 2010. He ranked 14th in the NFL this season with a passer rating of 86.4. He had over 3900 yards and 23 TDs with 11 interceptions. He was 4th in the league in the number of attempts per game. Without much of a running game this year, he was forced to pass much too often.

McNabb also had very few reliable receivers. That has been a problem for Philly ever since Terrell Owens exercised his way out of town. Now despite the number of McNabb attempts, the Eagles had only one receiver in the top 50 in catches—5′ 10” rookie Desean Jackson with 62 catches and 912 yards. The second highest on the list was running back Brian Westbrook with 54 receptions. The lack of sure handed receivers and a injury prone Westbrook to provide some offensive balance put the entire weight of the Eagles offense on McNabb. With Westbrook hitting the RB wall at the age of 30 next season, will the Eagle running game be even as good as it was this year? It is doubtful.

So if the team decided to jettison McNabb, who would replace him. Kevin Kolb? In the two seasons since the Eagles drafted him with their first choice in 2007 (2nd round), he has thrown 34 total passes with 17 completions and 4 interceptions but no touchdowns. That gives him a passer rating 21.8. Is that the kind of QB that can do better than McNabb? Not likely.

Then there are the free agent veteran QBs that are available. Anyone in Philly interested in giving Tim “I’m on the” Couch a contract? Didn’t think so. I am sure that the Browns would trade you Derek “one year wonder” Anderson for a 1st or 2nd round draft choice. How does that sound. Or maybe if you are really desperate, you can get Jake “thanks but no thanks” Plumber to come out of retirement and play. J.P. Losman is available but he went 0-4 in relief work this season and his 75.6 career passer rating won’t get.

Obviously there is little chance that any of those guys will do half as well as McNabb. There is also nothing on the horizon as far as rookie QBs in the draft. The top 2 will be gone by the time the Eagles pick and none of them are nearly as close to being ready to start as either Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco were last season.

The Eagles will keep McNabb if for no other reason than they have no choice. The same will apply to Andy Reid. How’s that for change? All dressed up and no one to take to the dance.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for NFLDraftDog.com and edits fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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