Totally Biased Top 5: NFL Storylines That Deserve More Attention Than Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow. What else needs to be said?

Without a doubt, the greatest player in NCAA history. His trophies and accomplishments are numerous, and going through each and every one is almost impossible. But let’s give it a shot. He is a Heisman Trophy winner, a two-time NCAA Champ, after leading the University of Florida Gators to two national championships in 2007 and 2009, and a two-time winner of the Maxwell Trophy, an award given out at season’s end for basically being the fuckin’ man. Tebow, naturally, is one of only two men to win it twice.

After leaving Florida, Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos, in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Why? Who the hell knows. Ever since, he has dazzled, though rarely, and also flopped, numerous times. Although I was lucky enough to meet the man, I don’t ever want to see his face on my television ever again.

I will give it to him though... The man is as down to Earth as advertised

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5. How much will the Colts be paying their quarterbacks next season?

Luck's Senior Season Thus Far: 70.6%, 29 TD's, 7 INT's

The Colts are currently the NFL’s only team without a win. On top of this, they don’t look like they are even remotely close to putting together sixty consecutive minutes of talented football. This will most likely mean the Indianapolis Colts will have the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

This is funny for a few reasons. If you had told a Colts fan this, immediately following the Packers Superbowl win, they would’ve cried, because they would’ve assumed the team plan crashed in some abandon field in the middle of nowhere.

The next reason, is who they are probably going to use that selection on. For those NFL fans out there, who don’t follow college football, there is currently an outstanding quarterback named Andrew Luck, who plays for the University of Stanford Cardinals. He was going to be the top pick if he had come out LAST season, but opted to stay in school. He is one of the most accurate QB’s I’ve ever watched, and is worthy of the top pick without question.

Many scouts are hailing him the best quarterback prospect since Manning himself. He doesn’t have the bust feel to him, as he’s been playing QB his whole life, and his father is the athletic director of West Virginia University, and told Andrew he would be recruited to better schools than the one he ruled over. A scout for Scouts Inc. recently shared his findings on Luck, compared to the scale he used for Manning when he was the signal caller for the Tennessee Volunteers. Manning scored a 9.8, Luck scored a 9.6.

The Colts however, just gave Manning a new contract worth roughly 85 million. If they draft Luck, which they would, then he almost assuredly would be making about 8-10 million for a couple of years holding the clipboard. All I know is, if Rodgers is doing this after sitting behind Favre, I’ll be terrified to play the Colts in about 5 years.

4. The Monumental Let Down of the Philadelphia Eagles

With Vick's current contract extension, he is making over 1 million a game. Fantastic move Jeff Lurie...

The only NFL player in league history to sign two different contracts, with two different teams no less, worth over 100 million dollars is playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s play a fun game called, Guess Who Sucks. In this edition we look at two players, labeled only by a letter.

Player A: 197/327, 2505 yds, 11 TD’s, 10 INT’s … 63 attempts, 319 yds, 7 TD’s, 1 fumble, 0 lost
Player B: 171/300, 2193 yds, 11 TD’s, 11 INT’s … 57 attempts, 456 yds, 0 TD’s, 6 fumbles, 2 lost

Well then, some pretty poor numbers from both of the QB’s up here, but there are some standout numbers. Player one definitely has a better completion percentage, with a ton more yards. Player two has been more successful on the ground, but can’t seem to hold onto the rock. As you might have guessed, player two is Michael Vick, and player one is Cam Newton. A rookie, people. How about round two?

Player One: 29 receptions, 503 yds, 1 TD
Player Two: 34 receptions, 588 yds, 4 TD’s

Player two, without a doubt, has the better overall numbers, and both of them didn’t see a snap in one team game. Player two missed his game because he was lost on the depth chart, while player one missed his because he skimped on a team meeting. Player one? DeSean Jackson, someone vital to the success of the Eagles, who is having a much tougher time getting open this season. Player two, is Victor Cruz, obviously.

Time for one more round? I think so.

Defense One: 9th against the pass, 22nd against the run, 22 sacks, 8 INT’s
Defense Two: 7th against the pass, 11th against the run, 16 sacks, 7 INT’s

Bonus fact, just for fun. The main off-season acquisition for defense one was Paul Posluszny. For defense two, take your pick of Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie, or anyone else. The Jaguars are performing better on defense than Philly, and I don’t know if you’ve seen the Jags play, but that defense is on the field OFTEN.

Dream team, or nightmare squad?

3. Aaron Rodgers Dream Season

Rodgers has dazzled opposing defense's this season, including a 44-7 trouncing of the Minnesota Vikings on MNF

Although it has gotten a fair amount of publicity, it still isn’t nearly as much as Brady received in 2007.

The man is literally on top of the football world, and Kris is being blatantly biased when he says he’d rather have Brady than Rodgers right now, because that’s simply moronic. Rodgers has had three games under 300 yards, and again, only two games with less than three TD’s. For the sake of argument, I opted to compare the 2010 version of Aaron Rodgers, with the 2007 version of Tom Brady, after nine games, just for kicks. Both teams stood 9-0 at this point of their respective seasons.

Aaron Rodgers: 215/295, 72.9%, 2869 yds, 28 TD’s, 3 INT’s
Tom Brady: 219/299, 73.2%, 2686 yds, 33 TD’s, 4 INT’s

It should also be noted, that Rodgers has also added 150+ rushing yards, with 2 TD’s via the ground. I don’t compare the two of them trying to figure out who is better, but I do so to prove that Rodgers is on his way to having the best season a QB has ever had. If he can limit the interceptions, as Brady had only 8 in 2007, than Rodgers could legitimately finish with better numbers, as Brady had a slight dip in his final seven games.

Rodgers has made studs out of guys like James Jones, and Jordy Nelson, and is priming the young Randall Cobb as well. I truly believe that Rodgers will lead the Packers very far this year, and could make a serious threat to an undefeated record.

2. The 6-3 New York Giants, and the Plethora of Injuries

I felt a serious need to bring this up, since many people are unaware of things such as injuries, until it is made painfully obvious. For example, Packers fans in 2010 were well aware how amazing the team was, with over 10 players on the IR, including then starting running back Ryan Grant, and tight end Jermichael Finley, not to mention plenty of others.

The Giants, this year, have either cut, or placed on IR, a whopping 14 players. The list is lengthy, and any NFL trainer’s worst nightmare.

Thomas led the Giants last season with 5 INT's, but unfortunately won't get a chance to match that total after a preseason ACL tear

Marvin Austin, DT: Torn Biceps
Jonathan Goff, LB: Torn ACL
Domenik Hixon, WR: Torn ACL
Bruce Johnson, CB: Torn ACL
Chad Jones, FS: Broken Arm
Clint Sintim, LB: Torn ACL
Terrell Thomas, CB: Torn ACL
Justin Tryon, CB: Broken Arm
Brian Witherspoon, CB: Torn ACL
Prince Amukamara, CB: Broken Foot

Goff, Hixon, Sintim, and Thomas were all starters prior to the injury, and Austin was a promising rookie. Prince Amukamara, the Giants 1st round draft pick has yet to play a game, but appears to be close to returning. Hakeem Nicks has missed a game with a hamstring, Mario Manningham has as well. David Baas, the starting center missed two games, as has Ahmad Bradshaw, the starting running back. The Giants are in a brutal stretch of games, and if the patchwork team can hold up until some health can be restored, they could be a threat late in the season.

1. Ten NFL Statistics You Didn’t Know

Naturally, I’m a mega stat whore.

Thus, for my number one spot in this list, I compiled a list of ten NFL statistics that the general public is most likely unaware about. They vary in delivery, league, team, and everything else. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did finding them. We all know that Tim Tebow completed only two passes in his last victory, but what should you know?

10. Patrick Peterson, a CB, has the 3rd most TD’s on the Cardinals, behind Beanie Wells and Larry Fitzgerald

9. I would give anything for the Giants to be in the NFC West. The Cardinals, Rams, and Seattle are a combined 2-16 against non-NFC West teams.

With a big second half, DeMarco Murray has a chance to snipe rookie of the year

8. Aaron Rodgers’ Passer Rating is 130.7, second is Drew Brees at 101.3

7. Jimmy Graham is leading the NFL in 1st down receptions, with two more than Wes Welker

6. Arian Foster has played in seven games. Foster has 31 catches, for 445 yards, and 2 TD’s. Foster is a running back.

5. Drew Brees has 3, 324 yards, and is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single season record.

4. The AFC North has all four teams in the top six of total defense. Yep, even Cleveland.

3. DeMarco Murray is already the best running back the Cowboys have had since Emmit Smith, which isn’t saying much. He has only started four of the nine games Dallas has played, but on the season as a whole, he has 100 carries, for 674 yards, and 2 TD’s. He sits first for all RB’s with his 6.7 average. Somehow, Felix Jones will find a way to get 10 carries a game when he gets back….

2. The 49’ers have yet to allow a rushing TD all season

1. The top four QB’s in terms of interceptions thrown are Philip Rivers [15], Drew Brees [11], Michael Vick [11] and Tom Brady [10]

Comments
5 Responses to “Totally Biased Top 5: NFL Storylines That Deserve More Attention Than Tim Tebow”
  1. klownboy says:

    Why Tebow is getting some pub I have no idea. ESPN – especially Skip Bayless – needs to stop kissing his ass…

    • Travis Rand says:

      Yeah, it’s definitely a wonder. But from what I hear, the Denver press is giving the people of Colorado exactly what they want… More Tebow! Like cowbell, except not as fun to say.

    • Justin Yattaw says:

      Yeah, it is what it is. Unfortunately, a lot of spectacular teams this season are completely overshadowed by trite bullshit. I think Peyton Manning gets more headlines than the 49ers do…

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