Archive for March, 2006

Fish Out Of Water

Tuesday, 21 March, 2006

Party on the beach till the break of dawn…welcome to Miami. Daunte Culpepper won’t have to worry about bye week opportunities to have a blast down south. Worrying about Culpepper’s behavior off the football field though is the least of Miami’s worries.

Miami wanted Drew Brees but didn’t want to lose out on him and not have a viable quarterback left to seek. Aaron Brooks is an okay quarterback, but Nick Saban wanted a guy that can come right in and keep the Dolphins momentum building. Nothing is more frustrating than a quarterback holding a quality team down. Will Culpepper be able to stay away from doing that?

It’s good to look at his stellar Pro Bowl MVP type season two years ago, but stray away from that a bit. Besides that season, Culpepper has been a prototype Aaron Brooks. A quarterback with an accurate arm, but accurate enough to land in defenders arms on several occasions. He is also more prone to fumbling the football.

The severity of Culpepper’s knee injuries is also another eye popping concern. His tears were significant, and will probably bother him for the rest of his career. Adjusting to more a pocket quarterback though may not be a problem for Culpepper. He has a cannon for an arm, and is big enough to sustain hits in the pocket. Maybe having less mobility will keep his pocket awareness more open. Often times his fumbles aren’t for crunching hits, but because he is half asleep and unknowing that defenders are barreling down on him.

There are more plusses than negatives in the move for Culpepper. He is with a team that wants nothing but to boost his confidence. They’ve made some key signings to the offensive line, and have a plethora of young amazing talent budding in particular Chris Chambers and Ronnie Brown. With Miami’s weak schedule next season, and the draft around the corner things should only look better.

The organization feels that they’ve done nothing since Dan Marino left, even though Jay Fiedler did an admirable job. With ease, Culpepper should be able to elevate his play above what Fiedler did in five years. Either that or he’ll be ran out much quicker than Fiedler’s stint.

A year away from the game can do damage mentally to an athlete. Culpepper watched Brad Johnson lead the team to contention, and had to listen to the media berate him even more. That’s in the past, and he’ll show that he isn’t a fish left out to dry. He’ll have the Dolphins swimming deep into the playoffs in a short time.

Will It Work?

Tuesday, 21 March, 2006

Back in 2000, Terrell Owens stirred up the football world one Sunday by causing instant riled up attention to his disgracing of the Dallas Cowboys home. His extreme cockiness never surfaced to a higher level than that Sunday. Maybe until last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. It seemed that he was on his way to a career year, even though his weekly tirades were detrimental to the team. Eventually that led to his suspension for the season. What no one thought could happen, did happen. The quick marriage with the Eagles was over, even though it seemed like it would be a weekly soap opera.

One thing the Eagles can never say negatively about Owens is the fact that he didn’t come to play. He prepares and excels at peak levels that most athletes will never match. When Owens lost his chance to do that on a weekly basis, that was when we saw the sincere apologetic Owens. He doesn’t want to be away from the game, and new he needed to rid his image somewhat of a smug person.

Obviously he did learn a great deal from his mistakes last season, and the Cowboys believe in him. At his age, this may well be Owens last contract and team. Coming together with Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe figures to be a blend of veteran necessities. Parcells is a legend in his own right, but his passion for coaching is draining by the year. He may have a good two to three years left in him as well. For Drew Bledsoe, his entire career has been marred by negative critics regarding his effectiveness. He has probably been the most hated and underrated quarterback to be start in the NFL over the last ten years.

The fantasy world should be ready to spend their first round pick on Owens. He is out for vengeance as he has let be known on his song posted on his website. Also he gets to play the Eagles twice a year, that’s right twice. What’s sweeter than anticipating monster fantasy numbers from your receiver? The hunger and drive of Owens is going to come out in all form. His intense training will only be extremer, and a career year will only be around the corner. Bledsoe will find him, and the Cowboys do have talent in all parts of their offense. So there won’t be any looking for a should be fourth wide receiver to play alongside him.

People forget that Owens played through last season with minor injuries that affected him. Yet, he tore through defenses and was an unstoppable presence on the field.

Some people will argue that after Owens outlandish displays last season, that he should have never got anything above a one year deal. Any argument is arguable, but without risking for a player of Owens capability, the Cowboys would still be relying on Keyshawn Johnson.