THUNDERING BLURB » news http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 Thursday NFL Draft News and Notes – Did Pat White Just Screw it up? http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/03/thursday-nfl-draft-news-and-notes-did-pat-white-just-screw-it-up/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/03/thursday-nfl-draft-news-and-notes-did-pat-white-just-screw-it-up/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:34:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=418 So one of the most curious stories from yesterday was the decision of West Virginia QB Pat White to not do the wide receiver positional drills he had said he would do back at the NFL Scouting Combine.

White, who impressed scouts back at the Combine and Senior Bowl as a quarterback, said on NFL Network he was not asked to run wide receiver drills.

And yet a league full of scouts, coaches and staff were there to what? Watch a mid round quarterback prospect throw his route? Seriously?

There’s even more to this story. According to many sources, White’s West Virginia coach Bill Stewart came out prior to the workout and said White was not running any receiver drills.

So as Mike Mayock put it, maybe the reason nobody requested that White run routes is because they were told he wasn’t going to. But who knows where it came from because if you go to a site like Rotoworld, find Pat White and sort his news, it looks like you get several different stories and reactions.

In my opinion though, yesterday was a little bit of gamesmanship, maybe some ego and it resulted I think in a major error in judgment.

White made a promise that he would at least humor the scouts and team officials by working out as a receiver. It’s why he was given a bit of a pass at the Scouting Combine. At least he was willing to do whatever it took to get in the door. Yes it’s clear he intends to be a quarterback. I respect that, and I think he proved he has the potential in Mobile and Indianapolis.

But you need to get in the door first. You need to have the opportunity to show them what you can do and for some guys – and sorry Pat, you’re one of them right now – you have to be willing to be flexible enough so that you get your chance.

Here’s what I think happened though. Just prior to the quarterback workouts, White told teams he would work out as a wide receiver at his Pro Day. He did it becuase there were a ton of questions about him – can he handle a pro style offense having worked predominantly in the spread, is he big enough, can he make the throws – and at that point he knew he had to do anythign he could to get on a roster.

I firmly believe that he felt then he could play quarterback in the NFL, but knew that he was going to have to win folks over.

Then he worked out. And wow, did he impress. And he started hearing all about how he could make it in the NFL as a quarterback and maybe the talk about wide receiver and wildcat had been premature.

I think he read his own press.

Now let me be clear. This is my read on the situation. I don’t know White, haven’t talked to him or his agent and what i have heard about him personally is that he is a good kid. So this is all conjecture.

But it makes sense to me that coming off a red hot Combine performance where many people were talking about him as a quarterback, maybe White (or his agent) started thinking that they didn’t need to run that route tree. Didn’t need to run a gauntlet. Didn’t need to do all the wide receiver dancing.

I think he started buying into his own hype. I think maybe he and his people forgot that the 2nd round buzz involved the words ’slash’ and ‘could also be a QB’.

You could see it in the interview he did with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. White seems to really believe he doesn’t need the receiver workouts. I wonder what he will do if a team asks him for a workout, but wants him to run routes? Is he even working on them?

Meanwhile 25 reps from NFL teams showed up – including it appeared to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin – to watch him run and were told quietly ahead of time that no, White was only doing QB drills.

It’s telling then that immediately after the QB drills, most of them left.

White needs to think hard about what he is doing. Other prospects have called scouts to let them know when they won’t be running drills due to everything from injury to being happy with previous numbers. Scouts and officials expected him to run wide receiver drills and that’s why most of them were there.

White didn’t. Which means he may have done something more egregious than lie.

He wasted people’s time. And that might take as much image repair as Andre Smith’s bad Pro day.

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And here…. we….. GO! Free Agency is off and running http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/and-here-we-go-free-agency-is-off-and-running/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/and-here-we-go-free-agency-is-off-and-running/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:20:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=403 Hey folks – here are the signings already – and there have been a ton involving an extrodinary amount of money.

Here are the broad strokes -

  • Kellen Winslow has been traded to the Bucs for 2 undisclosed picks. Eric Mangini has made some big changes so far in Cleveland and given last season, this isn’t a shock. Speculation is that Braylon Edwards could be moved as well – if that happens, who will Quinn or Anderson throw to? Stallworth?
  • The Redskins land defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with a record 7 year, $100M contract. Just saw on NFLNetwork that they have talked to him and his agent about conditioning because as we all know, the one thing sure to stop Haynesworth is Haynesworth. There does appear to be a conditioning clause. Could be huge for the Redskins defense. Skins also signed DeAngelo Hall long term.
  • The Jets wisely retain blocking fullback Tony Richardson, thereby improving the odds Thomas Jones and Leon Washington will run the ball effectively in 2009. Rumors have it they will be signing a Raven defensive player shortly as well – though it looks to be Bart Scott not Ray Lewis.
  • The Jets/Pats swapping continues – Pats have signed former Jet TE Chris Baker.
  • The Ravens have signed Domenick Foxworth.
  • QBs who might be on the move – Matt Cassel is rumored to be going to the 49rs and Sage Rosenfels will be moved to Minnesota.

Tons more to come – will try to keep you posted all day today when I can get to the computer.

Who said the market wasn’t all that interesting this year?

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NFL COmbine Coverage and Appearences! http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/nfl-combine-coverage-and-appearences/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/nfl-combine-coverage-and-appearences/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2009 19:03:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=398 Hey folks -

Have been busy in the batcave setting up some work for one of the most important weeks in football – the NFL Combine. Nothing compares to actually seeing a player PLAY but this is darn near the next best thing and these days you can get a better seat than the press AT the Combine (who cannot witness the workouts, only interview players and staff after said workouts).

If you want to know just what is going and how it impacts your favorite team, your fantasy season or the world economy, I can guarantee you answers for two of the three items listed.

Over the course of the next week I will be hosting or appearing on numerous shows, mostly on NFLDraftbible’s All Access Football shows. At the top of the blog, you can see the general list (which I will add to if other things crop up). Here are some details on some of the shows.

The Thundering Blurb Football Show – tonight (Wednesday at 10pm PST/7pm PST) – Join me as I get you set for the NFL Combine with news and notes as well as an interview with California OLB Zack Follett.

Guest on All Access Football (approx. 10:10pm EST/ 7:10 pm PST) – I’ll be appearing with the guys from NFLDraftbible for a short guest spot where I am sure we’ll talk some Pac 10 prospects and expectations for the coming week of action.

Hosting All Access Football – Combine Show – Saturday 10pm EST/ 7pm PST – Join me for exclusive coverage of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. Special Guests: Justin Van Fulpen of Verius Sports * Nick Miller of Southern Utah * Darrell Mack, Greg Newman & Freddie Brown of Utah. Also discussion of the kickers (yes kickers) O-Linemen and TEs who worked out today.

Hosting All Access Football – Combine Show – Sunday 10pm EST/7pm PST – Join me for exclusive coverage of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. Special Guests: Will Harding of Fresno State * James Pierce of Langston. Also discussion of the QBs, WRs and RBs who worked out today.

Guest on All Access Football (approx 10:10pm EST/7:10pm PST) – Again appearing with the guys from NFLDraftbible.com to discuss the week so far as well as some PAc 10 prospects as always.

There could be some more over the course of the week and if so, I’ll get them to you. Also, expect at least one article over the weekend here at the Blurb. I’ll have some stuff at Draftguys.com shortly as well as some player interviews at NFLDraftbible in the coming weeks.

We’re ramping up hard – hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

ps – Make sure you check out NFLDraftbible’s COMPLETE coverage of the Combine. Not only will they have shows daily with guests ranging from Draftguys Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom to beat writers to the players themselves but they will have folks on the ground in Indianapolis and reporting in daily.

You want blanketed Combine coverage? Next to NFL network, there’s nobody better than the boys at NFLDraftbible.com.

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Favre retires – REACT http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/favre-retires-react/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/favre-retires-react/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:48:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=397 Hey folks, hope you are having a fine Wednesday.

As promised, the site is gearing up again and what better way to start off than with the announcement that Brett Favre will be retiring. again. Maybe for real.

NFLDraftbible.com has compiled some reaction to the imminent departure of Brett the Jet, myself among them.

Click the link for some other thoughts on it, but here is what I had to say:
“Brett Favre has retired yet again and while the season didn’t exactly go the way he or the Jets envisioned, that’s not what leaves me with a poor taste in my mouth. It’s the rumors that he has, once again, asked to be released prior to deciding to retire (presumably to play for the Vikings, where he wanted to go last summer) that really will stick in my craw. Will we see a repeat of last off-season, when Favre pitched a fit as he once again flip-flopped on retirement and, failing to force his outright release, then settled for a trade to the Jets? For the Jets, being able to move forward with their quarterback situation prior to free agency and the draft while dumping Favre’s $13 million cap hit is a positive. But one has to wonder – will the Favre controversy from 2008 rear its ugly head in 2009, all dressed up for a repeat performance?

Let me be clear on this – I love Brett Favre. I think he is a heckuva competitor and has put together a fine career which should not be much marred by the sub-par end of last season. The Jets collapse was not just his fault – he was part of many issues.

That said, I have to wonder if he will ever get that he is not in control. Twice now he has (allegedly) tried to force an outright release to (allegedly) play for the Vikings (who are a QB and good playcalling away from being a legit Super Bowl contender).

I like Favre – I still think the trade for him was a no-brainer, no-lose situation which played out very well for part of the season, only to peter out for many reasons at the end. I am happy I have a Brett favre jersey. I am glad he played for the Jets. Maybe Pennington would have had the success he had with the Dolphins, had he stayed with the Jets. But I doubt it (though some of the failure rests on Mangini’s hands – best of luck Brady Quinn).

Regardless it was a risk worth taking and I think the Jets made the right call.

Right now I’m hoping Favre makes an equally good call and stays retired. I really don’t want to see him again in yet another uniform for a team that is good, though far from great.

Still, given last year, you have to wonder.

Best of luck, Brett – enjoy hunting season.

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Sanchez to leave USC early – Pete Carroll unhappy http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/sanchez-to-leave-usc-early-pete-carroll-unhappy/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/sanchez-to-leave-usc-early-pete-carroll-unhappy/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2009 02:47:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=394 So as we expected (and talked about last night on The Thundering Blurb Football Show – haven’t heard it yet – click HERE) Mark Sanchez has decided to forgo his final year at USC and head off into the NFL Draft.

Now I am of two minds here – first off another year would definitely improve Sanchez. I know he looked better as the year progressed and great in the Rose Bowl but the dude has never been touched, has just one year under his belt and occasionally makes some bad throws. Now, he’s athletic, coach-able and driven, so some of what he is doing can be changed. I just hope he gets a year or so to work behind a good vet OR he is behind a good Oline wherever he goes, until he can get his feet wet.

But on the other hand, with Bradford and Tebow staying, his only real competition (right now, and it is early) is Matt Stafford of Georgia. And really, Sanchez could very easily beat him out as top QB in the draft.

Now that is no guarantee he’ll go top 10 or even first round. According to Carroll on an interview at www.am570radio.com (look under the Petros and Money show aka PMS – second hour I believe) he didn’t even get as good a draft feedback as he expected from the NFL Scouts.

Even though Carroll and Sanchez indicate money wasn’t a big indicator, you have to think that he could make a ton more this year, versus going out next year in what might be a glutted QB class. And I have heard things from several people who know things that Sanchez was a little concerned about injury. Both are understandable and totally valid concerns.

If it were me, I would be hard pressed to stay in school. Especially in this economy.

Now USC Coach Pete Carroll didn’t sugarcoat his feelings. Interestingly inthe AM570 interview one thing he said was his comments were more a message to recruits and other players than Sanchez. Carroll points to many players – Sedrick Ellis and Keith Rivers from last years’ class (whom I interviewed at USC Pro Day last year – check it out on youtube by clicking their names) among them – as having made a ton more money by staying and improving their games. He believes it and in the above clip, it comes clear (if a little angry) in his speech.

But Sanchez is moving on. I’ll keep you updated on his progress and of course we’ll have analysis of him here at the Blurb as well as at NFLDraftbible.com and Draftguys.com.

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Thundering Blurb Football Show – special guest http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/thundering-blurb-football-show-special-guest/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/thundering-blurb-football-show-special-guest/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:38:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=389 Hey guys

Just a quick reminder that the Thundering Blurb Football Show will be on tonight at it’s regularly scheduled 9pm EST/6pm PST time and we will be once again welcoming Eric Boland, Jets beat writer for New York Newsday and Newsday.com.

I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about both for the Jets and the newly signed head coach of the Browns, Eric Mangini.

Should be good – check it out live or download it via ITUNES or Blogtalkradio.com. Subscribe to the feed and never miss a show!

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Blurb finishes 8 out of 64 teams in Fantasy Sportswriter Association League http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/blurb-finishes-8-out-of-64-teams-in-fantasy-sportswriter-association-league/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/blurb-finishes-8-out-of-64-teams-in-fantasy-sportswriter-association-league/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:40:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=381 Hey folks

I’ve mentioned it a few times this August I joined the Fantasy Sportswriter Association’s Experts League. The playoffs just wrapped up and I finished 8th in the playoffs (16 teams) which is also 8th overall out of 64 teams. These teams included people like Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Stephania Bell and Chris Harris of ESPN as well as less known names like CBSSports.com’s Jamey Eisenberg and George Winkler from the Sporting News.

We all got smoked by Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.com. The man was on a mission, got out of the gates fast during the playoffs and never looked back. The playoffs were more 15 teams fighting for 2nd as Sig just went off. I am very happy for my Drive-Block co-host – he worked hard and it showed.

Still, amongst this illustrious group, to finish 8th is an achievement I am very proud of. I won my 16 team division and had a nice little run in the playoffs – which were not head to head but total overall points (regular season was head to head).

Not bad for a small indie site.

For those interested, here was the Blurb’s team:
Donovan McNabb QB
Matt Forte RB
Le’Ron McClain RB
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Kevin Walter WR
Terrell Owens WR
Vincent Jackson WR
Greg Olsen TE
Joe Nedney K
Arizona Cardinals Def/ST
Joe Flacco QB
Willie Parker RB
Leon Washington RB
LenDale White RB
Chad Ocho Cinco WR
Nate Washington WR
Domenik Hixon WR
Bo Scaife TE
Matt Bryant K
Buffalo Bills Def/ST
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Matt Schaub is active and starting today against the Packers. I wouldn’t want to start him this week but if you have him and Culpepper or Marc Bulger – you might feel you have to. But rust and the GB secondary could make him a bad start.

Reggie Bush is also active and starting and a much better start against Atlanta. He played well last week and I expect him to roll along nicely as a lower end RB1 or a rock solid RB2.

Kellen Winslow is out as expected.

Detroit WR Shaun McDonald is out and that leaves Keary Colbert opposite Calvin Johnson. That isn’t great but not much worse than usual, unfortunately.

Willis McGahee is reportedly struggling with migraines. I know more than a few people who have this issue and it can be completely dibilitating. It could explain some of these streaks where he doesn’t play but is dressed. But it’s really just one more thing with this guy.

Steven Jackson reportedly wants “everyone to know” he is returning from a torn quad muscle, not a strain. Which makes him a little more dicey than I like but also explains why he took so long to fully get back on the field.

John Carney will be kicking today.

Clinton Portis is active and playing but his injuries and the matchup make me nervous.

Tashard Choice starts in place of Barber. Great to watch for Dynasty purposes but he should be nowehere near your lineup against the Steelers.

Dwayne Bowe gets overrated Dre Bly in coverage today. Might be a better day than I expected. Champ Bailey is out which could be good news for Bowe, Gonzo and Thigpen this week.

That’s all for now – back if anything major breaks!

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Last minute news http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/last-minute-news/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/last-minute-news/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2008 17:51:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=335 Reggie Bush is active today – I still think Pierre Thomas is a safer start but Bush has more upside. If you need a home run – swing for the fences with Bush. If you just need points and feel conservative, go with Thomas. David Patten is inactive in case you were wondering.

Johnathan Stewart is active, but I don’t expect much for him.

Eddie Royal is a game time decision. On a late game.

Portis is active and should be a pretty good start. I will roll with him for sure.

Brandon Jacobs is active and Bradshaw was seen in a neck brace yesterday and while it seems like he is still active, don’t expect much. (edited – just saw Bradshaw is INACTIVE on another site. Either way, not a start for you.)

See you all later if I see more fun news!

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Sunday Morning News – 8:30pst/11:30EST http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/sunday-morning-news-830pst1130est/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/sunday-morning-news-830pst1130est/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:26:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=302 Hey guys – some updates for the morning – will not be around for the afternoon (son’s birthday party) for sure, so keep an eye on rotoworld and footballguys.com for game day updates and scratches.

Clinton Portis is unlikely to play in tonight’s game – this was confirmed by John Clayton of ESPN….. Even if he does play he will not be the usual centerpiece of the offense so get him out…. Peyton Hillis gets the starts in Denver according to Foxsports.com and the local papers and since he can catch the ball, he’s a great flex spot starter….. If Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn are healthy, Cadillac Williams might not see the field for quite a while. That’s why I have been saying, stash him on you bench only if you can afford to have a spot that will not generate points right now…. Larry Johnson is expected to get @15 carries according the NFLN’s Adam Shefter – so start him as a flex or a low end RB2…. Derrick Mason will be active for today’s day against the Giants. Always a middling start, the injury and the defensive matchup make him a guy better off on your bench….

That’s all for now. Will try to keep an eye on things as we approach morning kickoff….

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