Archive for the ‘quandries that only matter to me’ category


February 18, 2008

“Moose” Muhammad

The Chicago Bears released veteran wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad today and signed Alex Brown to 2-year contract extension. Bernard Berrian is probably going to go to another team because he’ll ask for more money than the Bears are willing to give him. And the talk has already begun about Marty Booker wanting to re-sign with his old team.

Let’s break this down. In his last season with the Panthers, Moose had 93 catches for 1,405 and 16 TD’s. His best season with the Bears came in 2006 when he had 863 yards and 5 TD’s. It’s sad to say it, but everyone knows he peaked back in 2004. And even before that season, the most TD’s he had in a season was 8. I don’t want to discredit his accomplishments, both on and off the field, but just because we like the guy doesn’t mean you keep signing him when he can’t pull his weight.

Now let’s go to Berrian. His best season was this past one, where he registered 71 catchs for 951 yards and 5 TD’s. He had 6 TD’s in 2006, but was plagued with an injury in 2005 and only contributed slightly in 2004. I know the Bears haven’t exactly had their QB situation figured out, but we had a monster first half of the season last year and he only had 6 TD’s and 775 yards. Good enough to be a #2 receiver, but nowhere near what we would need out of a #1. Devin Hester had 6 TD’s on 6 plays for Christ’s sake.

Now on to Mr. Marty Booker. Why is everyone wanting to re-sign this guy? Granted he went down to the Dolphins who have a horrendous team and a much worse-off QB situation, but he’s been in the league for 9 years. His best season was in 2001 when he had 100 catches for 1,071 yards and 8 TD’s. That was 6 seasons ago and I doubt he’s going to come back and have Rex/Orton/Question Mark throw him more than 2 or 3 TD’s and gain 500+ yards. I’d rather give Rashied Davis and Hester a lot more time and let Bradley move into the #2 slot, depending on who they sign. He had 14 catches for 282 yards and 3 TD’s in 2006 as a #3 or 4 slot. He can definitely contribute just as much as Moose did the past couple years.

I’ve heard alot of Chad Johnson’s name being thrown around, but I really don’t think that will ever play out. And we know from Jerry Angelo that they we’re going to see either Orton or Grossman at this point, so I say they take some shots at receivers that play like Wes Welker. We need someone who can play the slot and get open for short drop passes. We definitely have a decent if not great TE corp with Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. Clark is obviously aging, but Olsen proved very efficient down the stretch and will flourish in 2008 if they use him properly. As for our deep threat, there’s no one else I’d rather see develop into that person than Devin Hester. He should be able to learn the routes and blow by anyone next season, but they have to work with him strictly as a wide receiver. We’ll see if that happens.

As for wide receivers that are available, Chad Johnson is out there and there’s also been whisper about Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney was on one of the most prolific teams in NFL history behind Tom Brady, so let’s not just on that bandwagon just yet. There have to be people that fit into our offensive gameplan and that will obviously depend on whether we fix the O Line and boost our running game. No one will respect Rex or Kyle, especially since both exist in the pockey 95% of the time, so unless our running game is up and running, you will see a repeat of 2007. Michael Turner would be an interesting addition. Cedric Benson has really been a bust in my opinion. How can you be one of the most prolific running backs to come out of the Texas football system and be this horrible in the pro’s? Its like Rashaan Salaam winning the Heisman and then falling off the earth after four or five seasons. Some people just weren’t meant to succeed at this level.

All in all, I hope we sign Michael Turner, develop Hester and move up Bradley and Davis, incorporate Olsen much, much more, and fix the O-Line. Oh yeah and get a new QB once Rex implodes again. I like the guy, but he is definitely not the solution. And hopefully our defense can carry us to 8 wins next season.

some mid-week observations

December 5, 2007

So, here is what is on my mind at this moment, sports-wise. (I have other things on my mind, but you really, really don’t want to go there, my friend.)

The White Sox off-season ‘struggles’: So, today on talk radio and in the papers, White Sox GM Kenny Williams is getting killed because the team’s two biggest off-season targets, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, were snatched away by American League rivals, including the division rival Tigers grabbing the awesome 24-year old third baseman/outfielder/professional hitter and pitcher Dontrelle Willis yesterday for a boatload of prospects. Critics say that Kenny has failed as a general manager and that he has done a poor job since the 2005 title. People want him out of town. Fans are throwing moltov cocktails through the already broken windows of the neighboring buildings around Comiskey part II.

Folks, lets break this down. The LA Angels spent a shitload of money for Torii Hunter. No one thought they were in the market for the centerfielder, it seemed to be between the Sox and Texas, and suddenly the Angels came out of nowhere and offered an additional year and 15 million more dollars a year. Reportedly, Hunter accepted the deal well before the Sox even had a chance to react. So what, exactly, did Williams do wrong here? He offered the player a more than generous and fair offer. It seemed Hunter was thrilled with the Sox and the city of Chicago, and it was a foregone conclusion that he would be roaming the outfield at the Cell for the next few years. Then, a team comes out of nowhere with a crazy deal which is too long and too expensive and the player accepts it. How exactly is Torii Hunter ending up in Anaheim a result of Kenny failing as a general manager?

So, lets go to the next issue: Miguel Cabrera. It was reported that the Sox were one of the two major teams in pursuit for the guy, along with the Detroit Tigers. The Marlins wanted a bunch of prospects, and if possible, wanted the team they were dealing with to also take Dontrelle Willis and his huge contract off their hands. In the end, the Tigers offered a solid package which included their top pitching and position player prospects and four other players. There was no way the White Sox could match this offer. So, Cabrera goes to Detroit. So, lets get this straight: Its Kenny’s fault that his organization doesn’t have a pitching prospect the caliber of Andrew Miller, a hitting prospect the quality of Cameron Maybin, and four other decent to solid young players. He was somehow supposed to force to make the Marlins take a lesser deal.

Sure, some might argue that its Kenny’s fault that the Sox’ minor league system didn’t have the assets to compete with the Tigers. Well, the two keys to the deal–Miller and Maybin–were drafted in the top 10 in 2005 and 2006. The reason the Tigers had those guys in their system? BECAUSE THEIR TEAM SUCKED DURING THE SAME YEAR(S) THAT THE WHITE SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!! So, would we rather have the high draftees which ultimately bring a great young hitter in 2007, or a World Championship?

People, Kenny Williams was doubted by everyone in this town for the majority of his deals he’s made. Remember in 2004 when everyone hated his moves? How did they look in October of the following year? I’m not saying that this is all part of a master plan which will curry a title next season. What I am saying is that Williams should be granted plenty of leeway since he has built a title winner and plenty of other teams which contended well into September. He’s aggressive and will not allow this team to step onto the field in April without making more moves. Relax.

Fantasy football playoffs: So, the playoffs start this week in my major league. This league is worth a shitload of cash if I win three more games. My team is stacked, but as is the case with all fantasy football teams, that shit doesn’t matter because anyone can blow up like a suicide bomber in a given week.

This week, I have two lineup dilemmas. I know what I am going to do, but I’d like to put em out there to see what others think. First, at running back I am very deep, but the guy I want to start–Marshawn Lynch–may be a game-time decision. So that leaves me Edgerrin James and Ryan Grant. At first glance, to the untrained eye, it would seem James is the obvious choice. But Grant has been absolute beast the last four weeks, including three games of 19 or more points. Also, the Packers are playing the Raiders–the 30th ranked run defense in the league. Finally, Brett Favre is sure to be banged up after his injury Thursday. So perhaps the Pack relies on the run a little more than usual. So that is why I am going with Grant over Edge.

My other problem is at the wide receiver slot. I have to start three of the following four: Braylon Edwards, Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Wes Welker. I am leaning towards the first three, obviously, but part of me really wants to start Welker against the Steelers. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will explode–sexually and fantasy wise–as Pittsburgh focuses on Randy Moss.

What do you mark-ass marks think?