Yes, Jets Are Terrible, Raiders Are Worse And Problems All Begin At Top
400-Unit College Football Game Of Year Set To Win In Blowout Saturday
Yes, Jets Are Terrible, Raiders Are Worse And Problems All Begin At Top
By Kelso Sturgeon
It was an unpleasant experience to watch Michigan coach Brady Hoke getting humiliated while watching his Wolverines get embarrassed at home again by Michigan State, 35-11, and it was even more painful to watch the strained face of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan as he suffered through an extremely embarrassing 43-23 home loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Football is a scientific game of organized and intentional chaos where winning is built around four factors - establishing control of the line of scrimmage, establishing a running game, breaking the will of the opponent and then running over them. Humiliation was never intended to be part of the winning equation and when it happens, it usually is self-inflicted because of any number of reasons.
There is no doubt in my mind Hoke is an excellent coach but is caught in a trap of his own doing and that Ryan is one of the best defensive coaches in the game. He must absorb some of the blame for the Jets disastrous season but the decline of the Jets is more the fault of an incompetent front office.
While I did not see the Oakland Raiders in their 23-13 loss at Cleveland - their 13th straight dating back to last season - this is another team buried in the depths of humiliation by what may be the worst management team in NFL history and none of it is the fault of interim coach Tony Sparano, a man held in high regard by his peers.
Sparano, the seventh Oakland coach in the past 11 years, will escape at the end of the season with his personal dignity intact but Hoke and Ryan should resign now, or be fired now. Both know they will be dismissed at the end of the season, so why make them suffer another day in the impossible circumstances they share?
It’s embarrassing for friend and foe alike and both deserve better.
Jets House Cleaning Should Start With GM
In the colleges any individual with an IQ of 80 who can read and write simple sentences can become an athletic director and pretend to run the show. Incompetence in this position will never be a problem because any blame for a lack of success will be directed at the coach - one usually hired by that same AD. Athletic directors can hide behind their big salaries - an imprimatur that they must be special - and their $1,000 suits but in truth they are a dime a dozen.
In The NFL, a team’s general manager is an extremely important individual who is more than 50% responsible for the success of any team. That said, Jets GM John Idzik should be fired on the spot. Unlike Ryan, Idzik can run but he can’t hide and it is he who has put together this rag-tag bunch wearing the green and white.
He has made absolutely no effort to resolve the team’s lack of quality safeties, a situation he alone created. The rest of the NFL knows it and exploits it in every game - every team, that is, except the Oakland Raiders who the Jets beat in the opening game of the season, 19-14. Of course the Raiders did not at that time have a quarterback. Since then, New York has played teams with quarterbacks and stands 0-7 against such.
Idzik forced former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez out, drafted Geno Smith out of West Virginia and forced Ryan to start him. In his rookie season Smith proved to be the bust many NFL insiders thought he would be and in the process threw 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, hardly the kind of numbers that punches one’s ticket to the honor roll.
Needless to say, he did not play like a first-rounder and is currently playing like the last guy taken in the draft.
This season, Smith was benched this past Sunday when he threw three interceptions in the first 11:28 of the first quarter. It is not going to get any better, so now the Jets are without a starting quarterback and the worst secondary in the NFL. Back-up QB Michael Vick relieved Smith and ended up fumbling four times - losing two - and throwing an interception.
Just repeating - the Jets owe it to Ryan to send him packing right now. It certainly would be an act of mercy.
Oakland Run By Ego-Driven Dreamers
When the rather eccentric and roguish Al Davis owned and ran the Oakland Raiders, they were most of the time a decent team, appearing in five Super Bowls, winning three of them. When he passed away in 2011 at the age of 82, his son Mark inherited the team and took over. He obviously wanted to put his own stamp on the team and fired almost all the key people who worked for his father.
The results have been a complete disaster and magnified the mistakes his father had made in recent years. The total numbers are startling. In the past 11 seasons Oakland has had the seven head coaches and 10 starting quarterbacks.
Oakland has not had a winning season during those 11 years and the two coaches who broke even at 8-8 were fired, including Hue Jackson after the 2011 season.
Davis brought on NFL veteran Reggie McKenzie as general manager and the first thing he did was to clean house, getting rid of all the high-priced players, to get the Raiders under the salary cap. He then got fired Jackson and brought in a good friend, Dennis Allen, who did his part in destroying the team. He went 8-24 in his first two seasons and was fired after opening 0-4 this year.
Sparano, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is doing what he can but he has absolutely nothing to work with. Oakland may get a little better as the season progresses but 0-16 is not out of the question.
The bottom line: As long as the Raiders are run by the ego-driven, there will be no winning seasons and you can take that to the bank.
Perfect 4-0 In Big Games This Weekend And 400-Unit College Game Of Year Set To Win Saturday.
I went a perfect 4-0 in big-game releases this weekend and am coming right back tonight with a 50-unit NFL Rivalry Game of the Month on the Washington Redskins (2-5) at the Dallas Cowboys (6-1) game. You can win this one for just $50, charged to your major credit card and begin to build your bankroll for Saturday’s 400-unit College Football Game Of Year.
For The Record…My Saturday-Sunday 4-0 Big Game Record
On Sunday I Won My Two Biggest NFL Games
100 Unit NFL Blowout Game Of The Month: Houston Texans (-3.5) 30, Tennessee Titans 16
50-Unit NFL Game Of The Week: New England Patriots (-6) 51, Chicago Bears 23
On Saturday I Won My Two Biggest College Games
100-Unit College Upset Game Of The Month: LSU (+4) 10, Mississippi 7
50-Unit College Game Of The Week: Utah (-1) 24, Southern California 21
25-Unit Winner Launches NBA Season Tuesday Night
The 2014-15 NBA season begins tonight with three games on the schedule and after weeks of study and preparation I believe one of the six teams is a standout play. For the record, here is tonight’s schedule.
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs TNT TV…EDT
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans No National TV
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers TNT TV…10:35 EDT
The team I am releasing has almost all the edges, is ready to fire its best shot right out of the box and should get a rather convincing win. You can win this 25-unit game for just $25 but your best bet is to sign up for the entire NBA and college basketball (begins Nov.14) seasons for just $199.
50-Unit World Series Game Of Year Wins Tuesday Night
I am having an outstanding post season in Major League Baseball and am taking my biggest stand in the 2014 World Series tonight as the San Francisco Giants (99-78) and the Kansas City Royals (98-79) meet in Game Six of championship round. The Giants are up 3-2 in this best-of-seven series and come into this contest off back-to-back wins by 5-0 and 11-4 margins, setting the stage for this showdown. On the mound for the visiting Giants will be right-hander Jake Peavy (1-1 with an ERA of 3.68 in the post season and 7-13, 3.73 during the regular season). The Royals will counter with right-hander Yordano Ventura (0-0 with an ERA of 4.42 in the playoffs and 14-10, 3.20 during the regular season. This game appears to be dead-even in every respect but my analysis says one little and very hidden factor will decide it - and that element gave me a very strong opinion on this one. Win my biggest play of the entire baseball season on one of the biggest games of the season for just $10, charged to your major credit card.
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