Who Should Gruden get to be his next QB?

John Gruden seems to be all out on Derek Carr, so lets look at this like he’s going to move on next year to a new QB. Who’s the next Gruden guy? Will Gruden bring in Brad Johnson to be his QB coach? You know damn well if he replaces Carr, his next quarterback will be outlandish…so here we go.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Come on! You know Fitz-Magic is a logical choice, he’s a pro-typical Gruden qb. Id also love to see Fitz and John smashing wings at Hooters, going over game plans. If this happens, the Raiders have to be next season of Hard Knocks. If Gruden really is done with Carr, this actually wouldn’t be a bad choice for Oakland until they draft someone.

Brock Osweiler

Just keep giving this guy a job, its hilarious. Signing Brock to a big deal then him playing just like he did in Houston would keep Oakland as the laughing stock of the league, but someones going to keep this guy around, why not Gruden.

Blake Bortles

Trade Carr for Bortles…straight up. Carr may win a Super Bowl in Jacksonville and Bortles will still be Bortles, but Gruden traded the best defensive player in the league, so this isn’t outlandish. In no way will this be an improvement for Oakland, but its something stupid that they would do.

Nathan Peterman

Yea I said it. Peterman sucks, but Gruden will think he can fix him. I’m not even kidding, he seriously would think that, he probably currently does think that. Peterman likely won’t get better under Gruden, but he would help the Raiders stock up on top draft picks, by landing them in last place.


Ok most of these have been a joke, but I’ll give you 2 picks I think would actually work. I was also kind of serious about Fitzpatrick being a good fill in until they draft someone.

Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater should have never been pushed out of Minnesota like he was, he was a promising quarterback until his injury. The Saints traded for him and he would be a great predecessor to Drew Brees, but this is a guy that could really help Oakland. The team has a lot to rebuild but a fresh start with Teddy could be just what Gruden needs.

Tyrod Taylor

This is another guy who could be a solid holding ground until Gruden drafts who he wants. Tyrod has been solid everywhere he’s been and never seemed to voice his opinion, even when in rough situations. Raiders fans would also love Tyrod he’s a gamer and has more flair than Carr. Either way a solid season for Tyrod before be gets booted for another 1st round quarterback isn’t the worst the he could do. He also fits Grudens mold of a cheap veteran qb, who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

Top 10 Most Disappointing NHL Players… So Far

The season is just starting, and struggling players can also write their wrongs. For now lets see who hasn’t lived up to expectations.

10. Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues

Allen isn’t the only issue in STL, actually he may not even be top 3. The problem is that he’s the player expected to do the best. He has so much upside and has no help right now, but also isn’t making the necessary saves. This can be easily adjusted and it will adjust with the Blues success. All these things depend on the other, its a viscous cycle.

9. Tuukka Rask- Boston Bruins

The Bruins goalie has a .902 save percentage and a 3-3-0 record (vs. 4-0-2 for backup Jaroslav Halak). Rask is #9 because its not the firs time this has happened and then he rebounded.

8. Max Pacioretty- Vegas Knights

He has dealt with an injury to himself and an injury that took away his center, Paul Stastny, after just three games together. But two goals for Pacioretty in 10 games with the Knights is the same start he had last season for Montreal, and last season was awful.

7. Erik Karlsson- San Jose Sharks

This isn’t a panic situation, but Karlsson has been average and that’s not a good thing. A lot of publicity has been put into this trade. Except this not to last, but man…if it did, that would be the story of the NHL.

6. Carolina Goalies

You honestly just can’t pick one, its a mess, and Carolina totally flipped their goaltending up side down in the off season.  Petr Mrazek (.887), Curtis McElhinney(.892) and Scott Darling (.903 in his first game back from injury) have produced an .884 team save percentage. Carolina is the surprise team so far this year, but need to get it together between the pipes.

5. James Neal- Calgary Flames

One of the most high-profile free-agent signings of the off season, Neal has two goals and one assist in 13 games. This rough start can be attributed greatly to usage, Neal for some reason isn’t getting top line shifts. Rather surprising move by Bill Peters.

4. Milan Lucic- Edmonton Oilers

Milan Lucic has one goal in his last 27 games and one even-strength goal in his last 60. That seems bad. To say he’s underachieving is an under statement.

3. Justin Abdelkader- Detroit Red Wings

The Wings aren’t great, so they need all they can get. Justin was supposed to be a bright spot, they locked the dude up til 2023. The 31-year-old forward has one goal and one assist in 12 games. The reason he’s #3 is because the length of his contract, he has a lot to live up to in a rebuilding time for Detroit.

2. Brian Elliot- Philadelphia Flyers

Honestly you have to had seen this coming, his numbers with the Blues were a scam. The Flyers got fooled big time. Moose has a .911 save percentage at even strength, but he’s at .889 overall with a 3-5-0 record, and the Flyers are last in the NHL in team save percentage.

1. Sergi Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets

2-5-0, with an .882 save percentage and a 3.58 goals-against average. Seriously those are his numbers, there’s also talk of him getting traded. This is the most unexpected start to a season, we’ve seen in a long time. Bob was a legit super star and is beyond struggling at this point.

Biggest Winners & Losers NFL Trade Deadline

Losers:

LA Rams

Yea a team that picked up another piece in a Super Bowl run is the loser. Dumping everything in one season could be devastating, what if the Rams don’t win the Super Bowl next year? They have maybe a 3 year span and after that they won’t be able to pay everyone and won’t have the draft picks to replace either. The Rams are losers until we find out that this works somehow, but with salary restrictions, its just about impossible. You build your team with the draft, that’s a proven fact, this all in method seems like an accident waiting to happen.

KC Chiefs

Dude…do something. The Chiefs are among the NFLs elite, but the Patriots proved they can be out gunned with a weak defense. This isn’t a good sign for the playoffs, that’t not saying the Chiefs can’t out score teams through the playoffs, but picking up some secondary help would have gave the defense a renewed confidence. The D-line hasn’t been the issue, it’s how bad the secondary gets burnt. Sound be real interesting to see how teams continue to attack the Chiefs, especially the Monday night Rams game.

Green Bay Packers

SOOOO, are you just packing it in? Trading Ha Ha was a confusing one for a contender then trading Montgomery because he made a bad play, it’s just not a good look. Maybe this will bring this team together, but we will have to see.

Detroit Lions

The Lions traded Golden Tate. The trade is somewhat curious for the Lions, who seemed to be gearing up for a playoff run after acquiring run-stopper Damon Harrison from the New York Giants for a fifth-round pick. Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report was likewise puzzled when he tweeted: “So, are the #Lions rebuilding or contending? They’re Conbuilding!” Does anyone know what the Lions are doing?

Winners:

Houston Texans

They lost Fuller and added another elite NFL receiver, they are hot right now, so adding this piece makes the Texans terrifying for anyone in the league. Hopkins and Thomas instantly become one of the leagues best duos.

Washington Redskins

A five-year starter and 2014 first-round pick for Green Bay, Clinton-Dix registered 27 tackles and three interceptions in seven games this year. The 2016 Pro Bowler should immediately help an already stout Washington defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest points in the NFL. The ‘Skins are in a tough division, they needed something to give them an extra push. This was a surprising move, but after it happened made a lot of sense.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense ranks a dismal 27th in the NFL in yards per play (5.2) this season. Baltimore needed to make a move after losing its last two games, as it sits outside the playoff picture at 4-4. Adding another offensive weapon for only a seventh-round pick seems prudent. Montgomery is solid, so it only makes sense a team would inquire about him with the Green Bay drama.Plus we’ve seem these revenge stories before, this dude may be about to go off. Don’t be shocked to see Montgomery be the second half’s biggest break out player.

Philadelphia Eagles

On paper the Eagles have a good receiver/Tight end core, but they currently rank 20th in the NFL and are .500. A spark plug needed to be added and that exactly what Golden Tate brings. Tate is a yards after carry monster, so teams have to stick to him, that opens up the other big receivers that the Eagles have. This is similar to the Chiefs signing Sammy Watkins and that worked out fine for them.

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Hue Jackson fired and FitzMagic returns

The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley after reaching the halfway point of the season with a 2-5-1 record.

Cleveland announced the moves Monday, noting defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will take over as the interim head coach, while running backs coach and associate head coach Freddie Kitchens will step in as the offensive coordinator.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Jackson’s exit, while NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Haley’s departure.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement:

“We greatly appreciate Hue’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two-and-a-half years. We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization’s best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle and his family the best moving forward.”

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Jimmy Haslam “was conflicted” over firing Jackson and that “late last night he was leaning toward staying course.”

However, Robinson noted Haslam spoke to general manager John Dorsey, who said that the dynamic between Jackson and Haley “couldn’t continue.”


 

Fitzpatrick almost led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back from a 34-16 deficit against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. As a result, he’ll be the team’s starting quarterback heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

On Monday, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter named Fitzpatrick the starter after Jameis Winston threw four interceptions during the loss to the Bengals.

Fitzpatrick entered Sunday’s game after Jessie Bates returned Winston’s fourth interception for a touchdown. He directed three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 34 before Randy Bullock drilled a winning field goal to drop Tampa Bay to 3-4.

He also started the first four contests in the wake of Winston’s season-opening three-game suspension. The veteran impressed and threw for more than 400 yards in each of the first three games with 11 touchdown passes to four interceptions.

Fitzpatrick became the first player in league history to throw for more than 400 yards in three straight games, but a Week 4 meltdown against the Chicago Bears caused Tampa Bay to turn back to Winston.

Fitzpatrick will now have the opportunity to prove himself in a divisional contest against the 5-2 Panthers.

Carolina is a middling 17th in the league in passing yards allowed per game, so Fitzpatrick will have the chance to add to his already impressive showings before he hits the open market as a free agent this coming off-season.

Crosby is the Best Player in the NHL

Let me say it a little louder for the haters in the back…SIDNEY CROSBY IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE. Stop this McDavid non sense, Crosby deserves more respect than that. McDavid is great and will be great, but Crosby has 3 cups and is still playing at an elite level. People spend their lives waiting for Crosby to “lose” it, some of these dummies are going to die before they see the day. It looks like Sid will win another cup, before McDavid wins his first. At this point it seems as though that’s his only goal, the individual rewards mean nothing after you’ve tasted that high of the Stanley Cup as many times as Sid. His goal to beat McDavid and crew the other night, sealed the debate, for at least this season on who’s the best. He comes up big when its needed the most and he does it with an insane sense of style. All these writers who make their money bashing Crosby better clean up that resume.

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Apparently we’re making trades in MMA

This trade for DJ and Asken has shook the MMA world, but will it become common place? Demetrious is the most decorated champion in UFC history, but was never a big ppv draw, Asken has been widely known as the best fighter (not named Fedor) to never fight in UFC. Asken being added to the welterweight division opens a flood gate of new matchups, DJ getting a new start as well, after just losing his title. But lets look at other possible trades that could shake the world.

Jose Aldo for Ryan Bader

Bader has had a career resurgence since going to Bellator, so throw him back in there to a top heavy Light Heavyweight division and you got something. The division is in need of new contenders and Bader would likely get a title shot right away or a fight with someone like Jimi Manuwa. Aldo has been lost in the shuffle at featherweight and is one of the greatest of all time. Aldo vs Patricio Pitbull would be one of Bellator’s biggest fights ever.

Rampage Jackson and King Mo for Stipe Miocic

Rampage wants to come back to the UFC and Stipe isn’t happy about his title rematch situation. Mo on the other hand is kind of a throw in, because it’s not a fair trade other wise. Rampage isn’t the same fighter but he brings a lot of new fights for up and coming guys. Stipe vs Fedor is the end game fight if he goes to Bellator, that would do some PPV numbers for sure. This trade is simply to give 2 unhappy fighters some new opportunities and gives the UFC a chance to see if they can market an exciting veteran fighter in Mo. Mo vs anyone in the top 20 of the Light Heavyweight division would make a great ESPN fight night.

Holly Holm for Dillon Danis

Come one, you dont want to see Khabib vs Danis? You’re lying to yourself . Holm is lost in the shuffle in the UFC and they really don’t need her. Bellator could really use a female fighter to market around, Holm would be perfect. Danis wouldn’t get Khabib right away, but just the fact that they are in the same company is intriguing. Even having them fight on the same card is a must watch.

Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (32)

The Raiders had a bye week, and are dismantling their team. There’s no upside on the horizon and no reason to believe the Raiders are anything but the worst team.

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

The Broncos haven’t been playing well, but they looked like Super Bowl locks against these guys. Rosen has a lot to learn, but at this point they may as well be patient with him.

30. San Francisco 49ers (30)

To say the Niners got steamrolled by their NFC West rivals is being kind. The 49ers had just 228 total yards of offense and had more turnovers (four) than third-down conversions (three). Quarterback CJ Beathard was sacked seven times and will probably be having nightmares about Aaron Donald for months.

29. New York Giants (29)

It’s a true battle for who’s the worst NFL team, and the Giants did everything they could to take that 32 spot. They just need to stay on the same track and maybe they will reach that goal. They simply played the Falcons too close, so for now they are only 4th worst. TRY HARDER NY!!!

28. Buffalo Bills (27)

The Bills are still dangling on to a chance to be the worst, but they messed up and have 2 wins. They better stop winning or they won’ t have a top 5 pick, figure it out Buffalo. This week was a great start to staying in bottom, Allen really shouldn’t play the rest of the year, he’s this teams only chance of winning. But seriously, you don’t want to get Allen hurt again, let him learn and start fresh next year.

27. Indianapolis Colts (28)

Leave it to the Bills to make the Colts looks good. Luck is among the league leaders in touchdowns, but the defense holding Buffalo to 5 points is hopefully a boost. The next 5 games only have 1 team with a winning record and that against a shaky Miami team. On a good note, they could seriously go on a run.

26. Atlanta Falcons (28)

The Falcons moved up!! 2 spots…for barely beating the Giants. There’s some ranking out there that have Falcons in the top 20, they’re morons, these guys were one clock management decision away from losing. 2 wins in a row, my ass, these guys are an injury ridden mess. This was a legitimate playoff contender and that had some key injuries, but this is the worst 3 win team in the league right now.

25. Cleveland Browns (24)

The OT Kings, well maybe jesters, because they seem to lose the overtime. Good teams figure out ways to win, so its even more proof they have a ways to go. I’m honestly ready to blame the coach, it doesn’t seem like Hue Jackson has this team ready to play. At some point you finally have all this talent, there’s only one man to blame.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

It took a 59-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro (who missed from 40 at the end of regulation) to dispatch a feisty Browns team. The Bucs have a miserable defense and Winston turns the ball over a lot, that’s not a good combo. They are going to win more games because they can score loads of points, but also lose games because they can’t win the turnover battle. It will continue to be a season of mediocrity in Tampa.

23. NY Jets (21)

When the Jets are good, they’re good, but when they lose their flaws can be seen from space. Darnold’s knock out of USC was throwing picks, he did that 3 times against a really good Minnesota team, that a guaranteed lose right there.

22. Denver Broncos (24)

Yes, the Broncos destroyed the Cardinals, but it’s difficult to tell if that’s a function of Denver addressing some of their issues and improving or if it’s just that Arizona really is that bad. They get KC next week, @ KC, this could get bad.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (14)

UMM, these guys were top 5, really shows how wild the NFL is. I was pro Bortles last year, but I’m off that wagon now. I’m all on the train for trading for Carr, give Oakland a 2nd rd pick. That’s the best chance at saving this season. Other options are trading for Tyrod Taylor, hell, Kap has to be better a option at this point. The defense has issues, but it could be something that winning again can help.

20. Tennessee Titans (20)

After falling behind 17-6 early in the third quarter, a Titans team that’s been stumbling of late rallied to get back in the game. A Marcus Mariota touchdown pass on fourth down with less than a minute left closed Tennessee to within an extra point of tying the game. But rather than kick that extra point, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel chose to go for a game-winning two-point conversion. It failed, and now the Titans will have two weeks to stew over the one that got away. I’m all for a coach going for it, as long as he can live with being the hero one week and the villain the next.

19. Dallas Cowboys (17)

This may be the lowest we see Dallas, the trade for Amari Cooper could be a game changer. They barely lost to the division leader Washington, this could give the Cowboys the extra swagger they’ve been missing. Giving up a first rounder may hurt in the long run, but this is a win now league.

18. Seattle Seahawks (18)

Seahawks had a bye week, they just need to do exactly what they were doing before the bye week.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (16)

Sound the alarm, the defending champs are no where near a playoff team. They have the talent to save this ship from sinking, but the boats taking on water. The issue…Wentz can’t get the ball off, the offensive line sucks. Next week in London is make or break for the entire season.

16. Detroit Lions (23)

Don’t look now, but the Lions are in a legitimate spot to make the playoffs. Rookie tailback Kerryon Johnson was outstanding. Johnson gashed Miami for 158 yards on 19 carries, this is the key to being a playoff team in Detroit.

15. Houston Texans (19)

What a difference a month makes. Four weeks ago, the 0-3 Texans looked to be on a collision course with a top-five draft pick. Now, after trouncing the Jaguars in Jacksonville for their biggest win of the year, the Texans are 4-3 and in first place by themselves in the AFC South. This is exactly the team we thought we were getting before the season started.

14. Carolina Panthers (15)

I want to put them back in the top 10, I really do, because they are good enough. I’m taking my time, but Carolina looks like a playoff team. They were outplayed most of the game against Philly, but like I said earlier,  good teams figure out ways to win.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (9)

Wow, talk about getting exposed. Cincy still can make the best out of this season, but after 2 heartbreaking loses (Pitt, KC) it makes you wonder if these guys are tough enough. The Bengals don’t get much time to lick their wounds: The team’s next three games are all against teams (Tampa, New Orleans, at Baltimore) with at least a .500 record.

12. Baltimore Ravens (6)

Ok fine, Brees finally beat the Ravens. In his career, Tucker had attempted 222 PATs. He had never missed. Ever. Not once. This isn’t Tucker’s fault though, the Ravens feel apart late and should have never had to depend on Tucker, the guy has had too many of these pressure situations. Just like a quarterback throwing an interception, even the best kickers miss. The reason that Baltimore fell out of the top 10 wasn’t because they lost to Brees, its because top 10 teams don’t fall apart on offense and defense at the same time.

11. Miami Dolphins (11)

I’m not moving the Dolphins…yet, but this team doesn’t look 4-2. They look 2-4, but winning is winning. Brock has his moments but this will end up just like Brock always does…in a lot of loses. Lets hope Tannehill comes back before that happens.

10. Chicago Bears (10)

The Bears are a weird one, they have allowed the least amount of points the the division, but sit in last place. Their loses are 3 close games, so if this team start winning the close ones then they will quickly reach the top of the division again.  They have the Jets, Lions and Bills in their next 3 games, so barring any slip ups, the Bears will remain in the top 10 until their Vikings matchup.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (13) / 8. Green Bay Packers (12)

These guys get packed together, both had bye weeks, and moved up because other teams ahead of them simply deserved to get booted out of the top 10. Both teams are also together because they seem to be hitting their strides, just like they always seem to do.

7. Washington Redskins (8)

First place, just grinding out wins. They more than deserve the top 10, this division is all over the place, especially with Philly struggling. At this point, it would be shocking NOT to see these guys in the playoffs.

6. Minnesota Vikings (7)

The Vikings are moving back into top 5 talk, but the current top 5 has just flat out been better. Lets not forget Minny lost to Buffalo and had a close game against Arizona…people forget. The real test is a game next week against the Saints, win that then we take you seriously.

5. San Diego Chargers (5)

The Chargers are on cruise control, and in this case that’s a good thing. They have a favorable stretch of games and could even clinch a wild card, before they have to play KC again. Plus they keep winning, the division isn’t out of reach either, what a wild thought.

4. New Orleans Saints (4)

This team showed their grit and showed the NFL why they’re Super Bowl contenders. They squeezed out a game that not everything went right and beat another top team. Brees continues to break records, get them out of the Super Dome and they aren’t as explosive. From here things get really interesting for New Orleans. A trip to Minnesota for a playoff rematch next Sunday night, followed by a home date with the Rams, a trip to Cincinnati and a matchup with the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. It’s gut check time.

3. New England Patriots (3)

The Bears pushed the Pats, but 2 weeks in a row, they squeak out a win. That’s what championship teams do. Not much to say here, its New England doing New England things.

2. KC Chiefs (2)

The Bengals were supposed to be the AFC’s 3rd best team…well the may have fell out of the top 5. The Chiefs dominated every aspect of this game and have now exposed 2 big contenders this year (Jaguars, Bengals). Sorry, Patriots, but KC is still the AFC team to beat.

1. LA Rams (1)

They dominated the 49ers, just like they are supposed to. They have Packers, Saints, Seahawks, and Chiefs, that’s an absolutely insane stretch. The Rams have looked unbeatable this year, but the next 4 weeks will show us who they really are.