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Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 10:50 am
 

Robert Griffin III to make Draft decision 'soon'

RG3 says he'll decide on the draft "pretty soon." (AP)
By Will Brinson

Though he was technically outplayed Washington quarterback Keith Price on Thursday, Robert Griffin, III, still looked outstanding in a shootout for the ages at the Alamo Bowl.

2012 NFL Draft

Next up is the decision about whether RG3, a projected top-10 pick and the second-rated quarterback on Rob Rang's big board, will leave Baylor for the NFL. And the Heisman winner says a decision is coming 'soon.'

"Pretty soon," Griffin said when asked when he'd make his decision, though he didn't know what the decision would be. "I have no idea. I'm going to enjoy this right now with my teammates and we'll get to that later."

Griffin's stock probably couldn't get much higher than it is now and, unlike Matt Barkley at USC, Griffin won't be one of the favorites to win the BCS title in 2012. But he's pretty clearly a fan of the school that's given him a chance to shine on the national level.

"I want Baylor nation to enjoy this," Griffin said. "It's not about me. I've got about two weeks. I'll enjoy this the next day, and then the next day, and then I'll make it."

From a business perspective, Griffin would be wise to leave for the NFL. Teams are enamored with his skillset and there's a shortage of elite quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft -- only Stanford's Andrew Luck also ranks in the top 20 overall prospects.

If both the Browns and Redskins end up with top-10 picks, it would be an absolute epic upset to see RG3 drop past both of them.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Barkley back to USC shakes up top of 2012 Draft

Matt Barkley's decision to stay at USC shakes up the 2012 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday afternoon, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, the No. 2 quarterback in the draft and the second-ranked player on Rob Rang's Big Board, announced that he would return to Southern California for his senior year. The news wasn't shocking given the heavy Wednesday rumors that Barkley would be a Trojan in 2012 (plus, when has Matt Leinart ever been wrong?), but it does dramatically change the landscape of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 NFL Draft

In 2011, a whopping four teams -- the Panthers, Vikings, Titans and Jaguars -- drafted a quarterback in the top 15. Even with that heavy influx of young quarterbacks, another three quarterbacks -- Barkley, Stanford's Andrew Luck, and Baylor's Robert Griffin, III -- were still projected to be drafted by teams in the top 10.

That's because a large number of NFL teams still need a franchise quarterback. The Dolphins and Redskins are desperate for a top-end signal-caller, the Browns are believed to be interested in upgrading from Colt McCoy, the Seahawks employ Tavaris Jackson and the coach who recruited Barkley to USC, the Bills might regret giving Ryan Fitzpatrick a pile of money, the Broncos aren't guaranteed to have Tim Tebow's back in 2012, 49ers are considered a prime suitor for a long-term solution, and the Cardinals could be interested in moving along from Kevin Kolb as early as 2012.

Of course, all these teams will be drafting from a board that won't likely feature Luck, as he's all but guaranteed to end up with the Colts, who have a better than 50 percent chance of landing Luck.

That's the definition of supply not meeting demand and other teams at the top of the draft were poised to take advantage of it -- the Vikings, Rams, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Panthers are all teams that currently hold valuable top-10 picks that would have been worth dealing down to other teams who wanted to move up and grab a quarterback in exchange for a package of picks

Instead, with Barkley out of the draft and RG3 reportedly not guaranteed to leave Baylor, the market could fall flat. The Colts aren't likely to move out of the top spot, and in order to nab Griffin -- if he comes out -- a team would probably have to hope to hop the Browns into either the second or third spot of the draft in order to grab the quarterback.

At the very least, someone desperate to get Griffin would need to leapfrog both the Dolphins and Redskins in order to get the second-best quarterback prospect, and that's not exactly a cheap endeavor.

There are other quarterbacks in the draft that are interesting, but not many that could warrant a first-round selection like Barkley. If Griffin ends up staying at Baylor another year, teams hoping to land a big-time quarterback prospect with their first-round pick are going to be left looking like the Monopoly man.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:49 am
 

Palmer working out with Housh, staying 'ready'

Posted by Will Brinson

Despite the Bengals wealth of success so far in 2011 -- Andy Dalton looks good, Bruce Gradkowski's heaving touchdown passes to A.J. Green on random trick plays, you know, the usual -- the whole "What is Carson Palmer doing?" question still lingers given how much the retired quarterback might fetch on the trade market.

Well, here's an answer: he's staying in shape by working out with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, "has not closed the door on playing football."

Oh, and hanging out on USC campus, drinking beer (note the special edition red Bud Light can he's rocking, plus camo koozie) and watching football, according to a fella named "USC Psycho" who took a picture of Palmer kicking it at a Trojans tailgate on Saturday and posted it on Twitter.

Palmer, as you probably know, threatened to retire if the Bengals didn't trade him. Per LaCanfora, there were teams interested -- the Seahawks, the 49ers and the Dolphins, specifically -- approached the Bengals about Palmer's availability.

But Brown wouldn't budget, refused to trade Palmer, and now Carson's retired. As LaCanfora writes, in the event that Brown has "a change of heart" before the trade deadline, "Palmer will be ready."

That's pretty unlikely, given how Brown's handled the situation thus far. On the bright side, Palmer's life can't be all that horrible right now either.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Sarkisian says Bush quote 'not for print media'

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot again" last night and the story got all swole up and talked about by everyone on the Internet?

Turns out, he didn't think anyone was going to hear about that, since he said it in a production meeting to Shelley Smith and assumed she wouldn't repeat it. That's according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (via CFT ) who brings us quotes following Sark's Huskies getting whipped by Nebraska.

"The quotes came out in a production meeting for [the game against Nebraska]," Sarkisian said. "In general, those production meetings are not for print media."

"It was a conversation, it was part of a conversation where there were quotes on both sides," Sarkisian said. "It's unfortunate, it's a great learning lesson for me about when things get said around media, they're live."

Fortunately for Sark, the football world probably won't talk about this long -- there's WAY too much dissection of how bad Jake Locker stunk the joint up to handle for us to spend an excessive amount of time worrying about whether one of Reggie Bush's old coaches thinks he's dumb for getting USC put on probation and giving back his Heisman.

But it's probably safe to say that Shelley Smith won't be pulling any more scoops from meetings with the Washington football staff. But, yeah, Sark should know better than to call someone as high profile as Bush an "idiot" in a room full of reporters and not expect that to get reported.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:29 am
Edited on: September 18, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Sarkisian calls Reggie Bush 'an idiot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Technically, this is probably a story for our compadres over at the College Football Blog . Unfortunately, they're a little tied up with posting GIFs of PedoBear , so we're gonna be the ones writing about how Washington coach Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot." Again.

Er, not again, but "an idiot again," which theoretically is kind of the same thing, right? (Also, worth noting that we love what those guys at the CFB blog are doing. They're our besties.) Anyway, Sark had some words for Shelley Smith about Reggie Bush handing back his Heisman Trophy.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again ... No matter how much money he got paid, that didn't affect how we prepared. We weren't the best team in football because of what he or his parents took."

UPDATE: Sark said after the Nebraska/Washington game that the comments weren't intended 'for print media.' So, um, okay.

It's understandable that Sarkisian isn't "thrilled" by the fact that Bush's public debacling and USC's punishments makes him look less effective as a coach, but it sure seems that everyone is quick to forget that it was common knowledge (a la Shaq at LSU) that Bush had some "stuff" going on.

And you know what? Even if Sark didn't know what was going on (somehow), it doesn't matter -- if someone gets to participate in everything that leads to the celebration of the championships, they get to participate in everything involved in the downfall afterwards, too.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Mack Brown: Young should get Bush's Heisman

Posted by Will Brinson

This is only tangentially related to the NFL, I suppose, but I'm writing about it anyway, because I think the fact that Reggie Bush is so sad about not being able to give back his Heisman Trophy is hysterical.

Mack Brown, current Texas Longhorn coach, agrees with Reggie , although he doesn't seem to find it as amusing as I do.

"I think you have to go back and really give that choice to the Heisman Trust. If they take it away, I think Vince should be awarded the trophy . . . Vince was second in the voting, so even if they re-voted I would like to see Vince get it," the Longhorns football coach told Dan Patrick.

"At this point it's irrelevant because the Heisman Trust has not decided to take it away," he added.

Brown's right -- if the Trust decides to let Reggie keep it (and maybe they just don't want to deal with the whole process of having to try and take it away), there's little chance he'll give it back voluntarily.

Of course, Young supposedly said he doesn't even want the thing , and if that's true, Brown probably knows that -- he's probably just trying to make a point that not only did he win a BCS title legally, but that his best player didn't get the props he deserved.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Reggie Bush apologizes to USC AD for 'mistakes'

Posted by Will Brinson

A 'series of mistakes' is actually the phrase Reggie Bush used when he apologized to new USC athletic director Pat Haden, but you get the point -- Reggie did some bad stuff, it's all come to light, USC got in trouble and everyone involved is being contrite.

That's the simple explanation, anyway. The full quotage is a little different, as Bush also told USA Today (via our friend John Taylor at College Football Talk ) that he'd love to return the Heisman trophy he won ... if he only could.

"He's really contrite," Haden says of Bush. "He knows he made a series of mistakes. It wasn't just one mistake. It was a series of mistakes.

"He told me, 'If I could turn the clock back, I would. If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would."

Um, now, I don't own a Heisman Trophy, so I can't be 100 percent sure about its ability to be transported, but if I had to make a guess, I'd lob out the possibility that Bush could either a) mail that puppy back or b) taking it back to its home via his personal automobile.

Or even c) pay someone to drive it for him. Whatever, the point is that if Bush is saying he'd LOVE to return the Heisman but just can't, well, that's wrong. Of course he can.

The only thing he's not allowed to do, according to Haden, is step on USC campus. But that doesn't prevent him from tossing that stiff-arm in the mail and sending it back to the Heisman Trust.

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