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Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Rookies are inherently suffering irreparable harm

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest issue facing the Court of Appeals when they make their ruling on the June 3rd hearing -- at least in my opinion -- is whether or not the 8th Circuit believes the NFLPA actually dissolved.

But there's another tremendous issue that lingers with regard to the current stay of the injunction of the lockout: which party is suffering irreparable harm?

And while reading my colleague Clark Judge's excellent piece on "first-year phenoms" surprising in 2011, something hit me: the damage being done to younger players, courtesy of the current lockout, is absolutely irreparable.

Actually, it was quote from Brian Billick -- ironically, a part-time employee of the NFL itself -- that set it off for me (emphasis mine).

"Let's say they get no OTAs," said Billick. "And let's say we get a full training camp. Then I cut the odds down by at least 50 percent in terms of a quarterback's ability to come in and be a starter. And with every week into training camp we lose I think we knock it down 25 percent."

Those are BIG numbers, people -- imagine if you were a commission-based salesman and someone took away a quarter of your territory. Or even worse, half -- how much would that impact your ability to succeed in your job for the given a year?

Doing any sort of quantitatively accurate math on exactly how much damage would be done to say, someone like Cam Newton, is pretty difficult, simply because we don't know how good he'll be in 2010 and beyond. But here's the follow-up quote from Billick that's even more telling.

"You can't be overly optimistic with what you think you can get done with rookie quarterbacks -- which means a year from now I don't know that we'll know anything more about Cam Newton than we do this year," Billick said.

Now, there's plenty of room for clarification to that quote, but to me, it seems like a player in Cam Newton's situation is having somewhere between 50 and 100 percent of his season killed off by the lockout, depending on how long it goes on.

And there's an argument out there that Newton is still going to get paid (well) and still develop as a quarterback. But here's the counterargument: when he loses somewhere between a half- and full year of development as a result of the lockout, he loses an impossible-to-calculate digit in terms of financial gain from a new contract.

He loses a year of production and/or learning in the prime of his life. He loses, even if you want to be conservative with the average number of years that a first-round quarterback plays, one-tenth of his career.

And there are -- if you want to count Christian Ponder, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert -- at least six Newtons out there who are being irreparably damaged.

This holds true for unsigned free agents too. And the players haven't shied away from making that point to the courts. The problem is, the Appeals Court doesn't seem that interested in the argument that a bunch of agents and lawyers are making with respect to the livelihood of a young football player in the NFL.

What they need to be doing is checking with the people who know better than anyone how much a year of learning can damage the career of a rookie in the NFL: the defendants.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.20.11: Welker disappointed in owners

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Wes Welker said something recently about enjoying the lockout. He recently clarified it, stating that he was saying it as a joke. (If you've ever met or interviewed Welker, this makes much more sense than him saying it in a really serious fashion.) He seemed especially cheesed that the owners decided to use it against him in court. 
Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Posted by Andy Benoit

The motif of post-draft quarterback analysis this offseason has been, How will the rookie signal-callers learn their first NFL system if there are no offseason team activities?

Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Cam Newton’s mental develoK. Dorsey (US Presswire)pment will be followed the closest. The No. 1 overall pick and highest-profile NCAA player in 2010 has drawn scrutiny for his unproven football IQ (remember Newton telling Jon Gruden before the draft about Auburn’s playbook being number-coded?).

In continuing that scrutiny, we pass along the report from Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Newton is learning his playbook at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL with the help of former NFL quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey.

Weinke, you recall, played for the Panthers. Dorsey may not be as snazzy a mentor as Brett Favre, but his contributions are noteworthy because he played for current Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami (and briefly in Cleveland, as well). Thus, Dorsey knows most of Carolina’s new offensive system.

“It’s a lot of material that I do not know, but each day I’m going in and learning something,” Newton told the Associated Press. “So by the time . . . the lockout is lifted and I get a chance to talk to Chudzinski and (QB coach Mike) Shula and meet back up with the team, I’ll be on top of my game.”

Newton recently told reporters that he’s putting in 12-hour days at the IMG Academy.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Brett Favre says he's still 'done with football'

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre toured a Wrangler facility that was destroyed by a tornado in Hackleburg, Alabama (he's a spokesman, obviously, and from the area). And you'll never guess what someone asked him about.

No, it actually wasn't what more people can do to assist in helping to rebuild the southern areas that have been devastated by the tornados. It was whether or not he's coming back to football in 2011.

The best part, of course, was that Marion County Commission President Don Barnwell was the one who asked Favre about his potential return.

And Favre, per the Associated Press, told Barnwell he was "done with football."

He also said that he wasn't sure if there "would be any football" in 2011, so maybe he's just slow-playing things.

Or perhaps he's just angling for a chance at mentoring Cam Newton.

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Favre would be 'delighted to work with' Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the big concerns with new Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton is that he might not have the best advisors in the world. That's not supposed to be an affront to his agent Bus Cook or his family or his friends, it's just a statement of fact given what happened during his final year at Auburn.

So how about we give him a mentor? Like, say, Brett Favre???

That's the idea that former Panther and current radio host Brentson Bucker came up with, via USA Today. "What better guy for Brett to coach than the No. 1 overall pick,'' said Buckner. "And what better guy for Cam Newton to learn from than a future Hall of Famer."

Randomly: Bucker's the only NFL jersey I've ever purchased, because his first name and my last name are phonetically similar. But does that little piece of meaningless trivia qualify him to suggest that Favre mentor Newton? Well, probably not.

But the two do share an agent ... and Favre is poking around about a new career.

"Brett has offered to do that before with Cam," Cook said on Tuesday. "He would obviously be delighted to work with Cam. They've met and they've talked."

Bucker makes a good point that it would help Newton because right now, with the lockout in effect, he can't get any advice from people who know what they're doing.

But there's also another problem here: as great as Favre might be, he's been best known in recent years for two things that might not really be ideal for a mentor. The Jenn Sterger issue, and refusing to allow Aaron Rodgers to come of age.

One has to think that if the Carolina Panthers decided to hire or -- heaven forbid -- sign Favre that it might be difficult for him to ever accept a role as a backup.

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 4:24 pm
 

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Because it’s never too early to talk about next year’s Super Bowl odds (and a few other prop bets, courtesy bodog.com), we’ll give you an offseason taste “For the gambler in you.”

Will the 2011 NFL regular season start on time (September 8th)?


Yes -500

No +300

Boy, somebody is confident the regular season will start on Sept. 8. I wish I had that much confidence.

Odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (as of 5/4/2011)


Green Bay Packers 7/1

New England Patriots 7/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 11/1

San Diego Chargers 12/1

Baltimore Ravens 14/1

New York Jets 14/1

New Orleans Saints 16/1

Indianapolis Colts 16/1

Atlanta Falcons 16/1

Philadelphia Eagles 16/1

Dallas Cowboys 16/1

New York Giants 18/1

Chicago Bears 25/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30/1

Minnesota Vikings 35/1

Detroit Lions 35/1

Houston Texans 35/1

Kansas City Chiefs 35/1

Oakland Raiders 40/1

San Francisco 49ers 40/1

St. Louis Rams 40/1

Miami Dolphins 50/1

Tennessee Titans 50/1

Washington Redskins 50/1

Cincinnati Bengals 60/1

Denver Broncos 60/1

Cleveland Browns 65/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 65/1

Arizona Cardinals 75/1

Seattle Seahawks 80/1

Buffalo Bills 100/1

Carolina Panthers 100/1

Man, I like the Falcons at 16/1. I would not take the Chargers at 12/1. Maybe at 25/1, but not at 12.

Who will be the starting QB for Carolina Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?
       
Cam Newton 2/5       

Jimmy Clausen 5/2 
     
Other QB 11/2   

I don’t know why the Panthers would start Clausen unless Newton was really terrible in practice. So, I wouldn’t take Clausen. If you wanted a chance to make some money, I might go with “Other QB.” 

Who will be the starting QB for Cincinnati Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?
     
Andy Dalton 3/2       

Carson Palmer 11/2 
   
Other QB 2/3   
   
I was going to write “Other QB,” but I could definitely see the Bengals going into the season with Dalton. That’s who I would bet on.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:08 am
 

Hot Routes 5.3.11: Trading 1st-rounders is bad

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Jason Lisk at The Big Lead did some pretty cool research on trading first-round picks and how it's worked out for teams. Well, it's not like stat-heavy or anything (Lisk does some really good stuff on that end), but he still breaks down whether or not dealing future first-round picks is a good move or not. Obviously, a lot of it has to do with the drafting acumen of the team receiving the pick and the inability of the current team do draft correctly, and three deals are listed as "too early" (I'd say pretty clearly Denver lost the Alphonso Smith deal, the Panthers lost the Everette Brown deal and won the Jeff Otah deal) but the pretty obvious answer is that no, no it does not work out.
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:39 pm
 

What the NFL draft taught us

C. Newton will try to make it big in Carolina (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – Well, the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone. The ESPN and NFL Network sets, the podium and the big-screen TVs can be placed back into storage – along with the 2011 NFL season for now.

That being said, the draft taught us quite a few things about where the organizations are going and, maybe, why they won’t get there. Here are a few observations about what we learned.

1. The Panthers still have no idea about their quarterback situation – and about their direction in general: It feels like Carolina HAD to take Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick, and if the Panthers hadn’t, Newton could have fallen all the way until the middle of the first round. So, Carolina has taken a quarterback in the second round (Jimmy Clausen) and a quarterback in the first round (Newton) in back-to-back years. Are they any better now than they were three days ago? Probably not. Are they actually in a worse spot than they were three days ago? Quite possibly.

2. The Raiders still are too in love with speed:
Their third-round pick (CB DeMarcus Van Dyke) is really fast, but other than that, he has many way too many deficiencies. Their fourth-round pick (CB Chimdi Chekwa) is really fast, but he isn’t a great cover guy. Their second fourth-round pick (RB Taiwan Jones) is really fast, but he’s very brittle. It’s a replay of almost every other season. Which likely means Oakland still isn’t going to be much better than average for the foreseeable future.

3. The Patriots might be the new Bengals: OK, that’s perhaps a bit of a stretch, but maybe could you make the case that Bill Belichick’s arrogance of drafting players with off-the-field issues this year compares to Mike Brown’s indifference of drafting players with off-the-field issues. Either way, the Patriots took QB Ryan Mallett (you know his story well by now) in the third round and TE Lee Smith (who left Tennessee for Marshall after he was arrested on a DUI charge). Now, the Patriots will have to make sure they keep those guys in line. The Bengals haven’t always done such a great job of that, but I think Belichick can manage just fine.

4. Apparently, everything is cool with quarterbacks in Arizona, Seattle and Buffalo: Maybe those front offices forgot they’ll enter 2011 with Derek Anderson/Max Hall/John Skelton and Matt Hasselbeck/Charlie Whitehurst, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, respectively. I kid, I kid. The Bills apparently like Fitzpatrick, and the Cardinals almost certainly will go to free agency to find a QB. Maybe, though, those three teams also subscribed to the theory that this year’s quarterback class wasn’t really all that tremendous and decided to try another route to fill the needs of their team.

5.Maybe teams should look more toward the north part of the South for pro prospects:
Nine (!) North Carolina players were drafted (that’s right; I double-checked), six Clemson players were taken (and Da’Quan Bowers was only the third picked!), and, hell, even three Appalachian State players were nabbed. Why, then, were the Tigers and the Tar Heels a combined 14-12?

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