It’s back! This week’s edition includes Chris Johnson being delusional, the Bills extending a vacation, and the Lions whining because people notice they suck. Without further ado, your weekly reminder that NFL football fans are the funniest, most passionate, and downright dumbest people on the World Wide Web. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson: Titans are not a good team, not even close
Synopsis: Chris Johnson, the underachieving, multi-millionaire running back of the Tennessee Titans, publicly declared his team was no good. Even worse, he went on to add that he doesn’t believe the Titans are anywhere close to being a good team. Johnson didn’t stop there: “We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark. I feel like I’ve made some plays, but the situation of a spark has got to come from somewhere.” Ummm… does he watch himself play?
Comment from mrplow3: “Chris Johnson is not a good running back, not even close.”
Analysis: True story. Outside of a nice performance against the Texans (in a blowout), Johnson has been mostly atrocious in 2012. He’s unquestionably the most overrated AND most overpaid player in the NFL. Regardless, as the highest paid player and the most recognizable star, shouldn’t Johnson be the one making big plays, sparking the team, and leading his teammates? Why is he projecting these responsibilities on everyone else? The lesson? As the Titans and Panthers have learned: Don’t spend large sums of money on your running backs unless his name is “Arian Foster.” Chris Johnson had dreams of a 2,000 yard season in 2012. He may not gain 2,000 yards over the rest of his now disappointing career.
Rex Ryan on T.O.: Never say never
Synopsis: I’m not an interpreter, but I think what Rex Ryan was trying to say here was he wouldn’t totally rule out bringing in the mercurial Terrell Owens.
Comment from lightcleric: “Put Tebow at QB. Bring in T.O., Chad, and Kellen Winslow. If you’re going to self-destruct, DO IT RIGHT!”
Analysis: Lightcleric is right. Self destruction must be done quickly and effectively. There’s no sense in dragging it out. The Jets offense is simply too bad to compete right now. Sure, at 2-3 in the mediocre AFC, the Jets are still right in the thick of the Wildcard chase, but for how much longer? Obviously, bringing in both Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson would be a mistake, but Owens has at least proven he can still play. While there’s plenty not to like about him, Owens always worked hard and produced on the field. More importantly, having Tim Tebow and Owens interact in the same locker room would make excellent TV.
Cecil Newton says Cam needs to change his attitude in post-loss press conferences
Synopsis: Cam Newton’s dad took some time out of his day to embarrass speak about his son’s recent struggles on the football field. In addition to saying his son was trying too hard, Mr. Newton offered that Cam’s attitude in post game press conferences needed to change. (If you’re unaware, Cam Newton sulks after a loss and essentially turns into my two-year-old son after I take a hammer or box of matches away from him – and no, I don’t give those things to my son. He finds them.) Cecil Newton’s exact words: “I know he hasn’t been responsive in some of his interviews [after losses] but he has been like that since he was seven years old”
Comment from contract: “Yeah but he’s not 7 anymore.”
Analysis: And there you have Cam Newton’s young career in a nutshell: Tons of talent, no shortage of charm, a history of winning at every level, yet shockingly immature. The towel over the head on the sidelines; the touchdown celebrations regardless of the score; ignoring teammates to do said touchdown celebrations; and worst of all, losing 66% of his games to this point of his NFL career. Obviously, Cam Newton has a lot of growing up to do. Quarterbacks can’t be divas, or soft, or career driven. Winning is all that matters. Ditch the Superman act (it hasn’t worked for Dwight Howard either), learn from defeat instead of pouting about it, and tell Steve Smith to strangle you with that dumb towel next time you drape it over your head on the sidelines.
Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the West
Synopsis: After getting drubbed by the 49ers in San Francisco, the Buffalo Bills opted to stay out west in preparation for this week’s matchup against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Comment from fuglyflorio: “This is like saying the passengers on the Titanic hope to regroup once they’re all in the water.”
Analysis: I’m not sure if the west is equivalent to freezing cold water, but the Bills are absolutely the Titanic. The offense is struggling, the defense refuses to defend, and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract looks worse with every passing week. I like the move to say out west. It’s not like things can get any worse. (For Bills fans, let’s hope not.) Isolation will allow the team to focus, but more importantly, it keeps them 3,000 miles from the horrific things being said/written/broadcasted about them in upstate New York.
Lions take issue with talk that they lack talent
Synopsis: Unnamed NFL executives were quoted as saying the Lions have too many players who think they’re better than they actually are and the team in general is overrated. Obviously, the Lions got sensitive about the diss. Center Dominic Raiola got angry and said it’s not right to take a shot at the Lions organization like that. He even called the unnamed source “gutless” for remaining anonymous. Blah blah blah.
Comment from pnut87: “I’m sure Lions fans are taking issue with their record…”
Analysis: Seriously! I love it when professional athletes throw a fit because they’re told they suck. First of all, get over it. Second, it’s probably true. The Lions are 1-3 and look flat out awful after five weeks. I’m not an unnamed NFL executive, but even I know the Lions players are overrated. Instead of whining about criticism, perhaps the Lions should focus on improving. I especially enjoyed the Lions team website responding to the unnamed criticism by citing injuries to key players. Classic Detroit Lions move. It’s not our fault we suck. It’s not! Yes, yes it is. This is the NFL. Injuries are as much a part of the game as sweating and grunting. In addition to being overrated, I think it’s safe to say the Lions success in 2011 was a fluke. And I’ll even put my name to it, Dominic Raiola.