Holmes just doesn’t learn

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New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has already been suspended for four games due to violation of the National Football League’s Substance Abuse Policy.

You think he would know to be on his best behavior, but that is not the case as he almost got kicked off a airplane yesterday.

According to ProFootballTalk.com,  Holmes caused a disturbance on the plane after he refused to take off his Ipod.  Holmes was so stubborn police had to be called in and then he  finally took off the Ipod.

This guy has to be one of the biggest idiot in the NFL, because all he had to do was take it off for five minutes or just take it out until the stewardess isn’t looking and then put one back in the ear close to the window and hide the cord.

Obviously, the reason they ask for the devices to be turned off is so they won’t affect the plane’s instruments, but studies have shown that electonics electromagnetic fields don’t do that.

However, it is their plane and they make up the rules.

In the end, just do what you are told.

He played the game the right way

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Left tackle Walter Jones was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks for over a decade, but that has come to an end as he has made his retirement official.

To sum up his career he played the game the way it should be played.

In a day and age where ego maniac players are running rampant in the National Football League Jones was the complete opposite.

There is no greater testament to the type of man he is as the Seahawks wanted to give him his due today, but he declined as that is not who he is.

A move like that speaks volumes as it shows he was the consumate team player.

Jones former head coach Mike Homgren recently called him the greatest offensive player he ever coached.

In the end, hopefully Jones gets in the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility as he has earned it.

Can Campbell make it?

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The Detroit Lions selected Caleb Campbell in the seventh round of the 2008 National Football League Draft, but hasn’t practiced a single snap yet due to obligation he owed to the Army.

Well Campbell has finally fullfilled his obligations and has officially signed with the Detroit Lions.

The question is though can he even make the roster after being away from football for two years?

On top of that Campbell is also transitioning from safety to linebacker.

These are special circumstances as Campbell should be given a roster exepmtion for this year and possibly next year due to his obligations.

In the end, it is the fair thing to do.

The inevitable happens

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The Philadelphia Eagles traded away long time starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to pave way for quarterback Kevin Kolb.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the inevitable next step has happened as Kolb signed a new deal that will pay him $12 million over the next two years.

That isn’t a bad deal considering that top quarterbacks in the National Football League make in excess of $15 million.

The question is now will he live up to his two starts last year where he looked like a franchise quarterback.

In the end, anywhich way the Eagles made the right call as they were getting nowhere with McNabb.

Ireland is going to have to cough up some money

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The report of Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland’s ridiculous question to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has created a fire storm of media attention.

With Dolphins owner Stephen Ross investigating the matter now Ireland is going to have to cough up some money.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Ross issued a statement saying, “I will be looking into this matter personally and will take appropriate actions if necessary,” the statement reads. “I have always strived to comply with the highest standards in all aspects of my businesses including recruiting.  In interviewing employees we always look to obtain relevant and appropriate information in adherence with the best industry practices.”

The fact of the matter is this type of behavior cannot be tolerated and cannot continue to happen.

In the end, many other team executives and coaches have asked dumb questions in the past, but it has gone to far and it needs to stop starting with Ireland.

Media needs to learn to take Nix at face value

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Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix in his short time has proven to be a much different type of personality than most general manager who are gaurded and secretive as Nis is a straight shooter that will tell you the way it is.

Hopefully, with the end of the rampant speculation that the Bills e intending to trade running back Marshawn Lynch the media will learn to take Nix at face value.

When the Bills drafted running back CJ Spiller in the first round of last week’s National Football League Draft the rumor mill of Lynch being traded started to heat up, but even before the draft Nix has been adament that Lynch isn’t going anywhere.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter, via BuffaloBills.com, tweeted: Adam_Schefter RT @Packers48094: what are the possibility that marshawn lynch goes to the packers? … Not happening. Bills adamant Lynch going nowhere.

Of course he isn’t going anywhere, because fellow running back Fred Jackson is 29 years old and has played a lot of Football before landing with the Bills in 2006.

Jackson in 2004 and 2005 played for the Indoor Football League for the Sioux city Bandits and in 2006 played for the Rhine Fire of the now defunct NFL Europe.

That means in a year or two Jackson’s play is going to start dropping off dramatically and the current trend in the NFL is to have two running backs.

In the end, if there is a running back that is going somewhere sometime soon it is Jackson.

ESPN better offer up the truth

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ESPN has had a record of bad reporting as of late as during the National Football League Draft ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated that the Buffalo Bills were heart broken when the Denver Bronocos traded up to draft quarterback Tim Tebow.

Now, another saga is unfolding and ESPN better offer up the truth before things just get worst.

It all started when ESPN analyst Jon Gruden didn’t appear on the Saturday portion of the Draft, which started rampant speculation of a problem between him and the network.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, ESPN confirmed that Gruden was suppose to appear on set, but producer Jay Rothman gave him the day off as “his voice was gone.”

I was content on letting ProFootballTalk.com just handling it, but after this recent post I had to get my opinion in.

According to the site, Brad Wells of Stampedeblue.com heard Gruden talking fine Friday nite after he ran into him in the bathroom.

“I probably saw him in the bathroom anywhere from 10:30 [p.m. to] 11:15 [p.m.],” Wells told us via e-mail.  “He was talking.  His voice sounded like, well, Gruden’s voice.  He was talking about some ‘undersized player’ in the restroom.  After [leaving the] restroom, he went upstairs and signed autographs.  Again, even outside signing autographs, his voice seemed fine.”

Are we really suppose to believe that a guy that used to yell at people all day would really lose his voice after just talking.

The fact of the matter is that something happened and if Rothman or ESPN doesn’t come forward with the truth then they will only hurt their already damaged reputation.

In the end, they knew what they were getting into signing Gruden and now they got burned by it.

Veterans should start taking a page from Farrior

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This week has saw a flurry of aging veterans get cut due to the fact that many of their contracts are loaded with ridiculously high base salaries.

If these players don’t want to be out of a job they should start taking a page from Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior.

Farrior is clearly past his prime, but he is still with the Steelers for one reason that being he structured his contract in a manner that is friendly to the Steelers.

When Farrior signed a new contract in 2008 his base salaries for 2010 through 2012 is $2.825 million, which is nothing compared to Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher’s base salary of $6.825 million for 2010.

The fact of the matter is that with unrestricted free agency veterans are easily replaceable.

In the end, if a veteran doesn’t want to have to play for a different team than the one he started with he will have to take a pay cut.

Just simply idiotic

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Leading up to last week’s National Football League Draft there have been reports of team executives asking some ridiculous questions of potential draft picks.

However, those were nothing compared to this purely idiotic question.

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked former Oklahoma State, and now Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prositute.

The questions that are posed to prospects are clearly crossing the line and you can bet soon that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to start cracking down on this as team employees are subject to the Personal Conduct Policy.

In the end, its starting to be clear that with out big brother looking over the shoulder people will do whatever it takes to succeed.

Another Williams bust?

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Eight years ago in the 2002 National Football League Draft the Buffalo Bills took offensive tackle Mike Williams fourth overall to be their franchise left tackle.

Williams a few years later turned out to be the biggest bust in Bills history due to his lack of work ethic.

Now, it looks like history may be repeating itself within the Washington Redskins.

Last week the Washington Redskins took offensive tackle Trent Williams fourth overall, but as talented as he is Williams has the same work ethic problems.

Oklahoma stregth and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt told the Washington Post, via ProFootballTalk.com, “He’s one of those guys, he’s definitely not a gym rat. If he was, there wouldn’t be anybody even close to him.”

A lack of work ethic should have been huge red flags to teams, but for whatever reason the Redskins ignored it.

In the end, Williams better start developing a work ethic or he will find himdelf out of the NFL quick.