“Thar she blows”

The title is made from words I received in a text msg when Carson Palmer unleashed yet another 4th quarter game-ending–season-ending–interception.

Last night (Dec 31) after church, I told someone:

“I’m not worried about the Broncos winning. I’m worried about the Broncos losing, and the Raiders losing.”

Yep. Tim Tebow gets to bring the zone read to the NFL playoffs because the Raiders can’t get off the field. The Raiders can’t get a stop against anyone. The Raiders can’t defend, and when they are not on the field, Carson “The Interception Machine/Can’t Run a Two-Minute Drill to Save his life” Palmer botches something else up. Like throwing that pick to a wide-open Charger with under six minutes left and the Raiders trailing by 12. Or screwing up a chance for Janikowski to kick a FG at the end of the second quarter. Oh well. 98 and 99 yard drives aren’t normal for the NFL, so let’s not lose focus on the primary blame.

As bad as this season turned out for the Raiders…the team was 7-4 and had chances to win at least two more games down the stretch…they weren’t the worst in the league down the stretch. A lot of teams quit…like my stepson/wife’s team, the Buccaneers. The Jets, supposedly some great clutch team, also looked like they didn’t want it.

The Raiders were victims of their own scheme, which wasn’t suitable to the talent they had. Does sound like Hue Jackson plans on making some changes…if he isn’t one of them. It’s hard to explain away 7-4 and a division lead; then blowing two games late. Still, I haven’t heard a whole lot of negative talk coming out of Oakland, at least from the players.

The New York Jets, that’s a different story. There are press reports, on NFL.com that wide receiver Santonio Holmes QUIT on the team. As Tomlinson says in the linked article, there’s nothing worse that can be said about a player. I’d be surprised if Holmes was back with them next year. The interesting thing is, their franchise player, Mark Sanchez, was likely the source of their failure this year. The team finally couldn’t hide Sanchez’s deficiencies from the league by virtue of their running game. I’d like to see the Jets make a move for Peyton Manning.

I do think he could be had for less than Carson Palmer cost the Raiders. Everyone knows the Raiders are idiots when it comes to trades, or professional football acumen. The Raiders desperately need a real general manager…someone like Hue Jackson is totally out of their depth dealing with other teams. Everyone, including fans knew that Palmer could be had for a 2nd rounder. Everyone except Hue Jackson, that is.

Now Cincinnati goes to the playoffs with Andy Dalton and AJ Green. How bad were the Bengals lead skill players from last year? Bengals were terrible last year. Raiders miss playoffs with Palmer. Chad Ochocinco can’t get off the bench. Terrell Owens can’t even get on a team. Basically, the Bengals kept the rest of their offense and make the playoffs.

Palmer, you stink…in addition to being a quitter.

Indy Colts sealed up the #1 overall pick in the draft next year with their loss to Jacksonville.  One of my friends, a Chiefers fan said there are only two winners each season: The team with the Super Bowl trophy and the team with the #1 pick overall. There’s truth to that, because everyone’s talking about your team and what they’re going to do, up through April. Funny, Indianapolis won a Super Bowl in 2006; now they are winners again.

 

 

About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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