So Sam Bradford thinks that Terrell Suggs was intentionally tying to hurt him. Come again Sam? Your beef should be with your coach. The Chipster, should be more aware that his QB has had two ACL surgeries prior and that running a read option opens you up for these kinds of hits.
Suggs received a 15-yard penalty because QB’s are delicate ballerinas nowadays. However, the Dean, Mr. Blandino, NFL VP of officiating, ruled that the hit was clean – stating that when Bradford executed a read-option play, that he was clearly a runner – making the case that roughing-the-passer does not apply.
So will some say that Suggs was intentionally trying to hurt Sam Bradford? Surely, some will. But, this is what you get when grown-men who are built like trucks and run as fast as Ferrari’s play a man’s game. Run the read-option at your own risk, and maybe not run it with a QB that has already had two blow-outs, Chip!
Continuing with that thread – what are they doing in Washington? Thursday night RGIII was repeatedly taking shots. Is this the visual definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results?
Clearly, Robert has trouble seeing the field and getting rid of the ball on time. But being sacked three times and getting hit twice on 8 dropbacks says more about Washington’s pass protection than RG’s lack of progression, right? So, if he is your franchise QB, and you know these things about your O-line, why are you sending him out there to get pummeled by a pass-rush happy D-line? What are you trying to do in the pre-season? Is it because he believes he is the best QB in the league? Or, it might be just what to expect from RGIII, because the play he got hurt on is testimony to why he will never be the best QB in this league.
Robert, stepped away from a clean pocket and missed two wide open receivers on short routes – he then stepped into pressure – leading to the injury. Those two wide open receivers were the check down options on third and long – instead of taking the short gain and likely punting – Robert wanted to be a hero and make a something happen – because that is what he did in college. So maybe the point is they are just trying to make it easier to name Kirk Cousins the starter and move on from a QB that is just as much fragile physically as he is mentally – that they gave up a lot to draft. It also proves that Dan Snyder is clueless, for an organization hoping that RGIII will bounce back from two disastrous seasons by continuing to play him in the meaningless pre-season – it is another chapter in this ridiculous narrative.
Yeah it is still the pre-season – but it is also a contrast to how Cleveland is choosing to do things with their young running QB. It is also a small statement for those that are holding out hope that Johnny Football will be a NFL QB. Against the Bills, Manziel showed competence, going 10-18 for 118yds and a TD (95yd drive) – easily making it the best performance of his professional career.
Are their issues he still needs to work on – clearly. Too often he looks to run and run with his head down, not looking down field – instead of side-stepping the pressure first. Also, he still needs to improve his progressions after the initial read.
Now we have word that Manziel is dealing with arm soreness and that could impact the reps he needs to improve – it also signals he may not be strong enough to handle the load of being a QB full-time for a full season. At least he has some good tape to point to, which is more than we could say before hand.
Chris Berman used to say, all Cris Carter did was catch touchdowns – now he’s catching some heat – as should the NFL. I am still stunned that this was what Cris Carter wanted to say to Rookies last year – while wearing his HOF JACKET! I am more stunned that the NFL was promoting this on their site and more so, that it took a story about Chris Borland retiring, for anyone to notice! Since the story, the NFL has removed it – The NFL and ESPN have done their spin-control, slut-shaming Cris and Carter has also apologized – C’mon Man!