And some people wanted to say this dude wasn't classy? I'll give you someone who wasn't classy about this.
New Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen said on Tuesday that he still hasn't heard from the guy who drafted him in 2018, only to draft his replacement the following year, Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim. “The only thing that really did kind of frustrate me through this whole process was like I still haven’t heard from my old G.M. I hadn’t talked to him for months before. Still haven’t talked to him after. That was kind of frustrating, but for the most part, I’m just ready to put that whole chapter behind me and keep pushing on and playing football.”
Fuuuuuuuck this dude. How are you gonna do your starting QB (who took a legit beating last season for your trash team) so dirty, after he was nothing but cool to y'all? Rosen showed up to work the day you knew you were drafting another quarterback and you still aren't gonna talk to him months later?
Rosen went on to say that new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was the one to call him and let him know beforehand what was happening and that they were drafting Kyler Murray, and they wished each other well, etc. Rosen even texted Murray to wish him luck -- I would have been like "yo good luck with THESE fucking idiots bro."
I don't think Keim owes Rosen an explanation per se (it is what it is), but I think he should at least wish him good luck? Right? Either way, this is more bulletin board material for Rosen.
I don't really know the ins and outs about how sports betting and oddsmakers work, and I'm not going to pretend to. But I do know that Vegas oddsmakers are having a tough go at deciding the odds for this year's Cleveland Browns. And they have a reason to.
For the first time in a very long time, the Browns are a legit threat -- not just in their division, but in the entire league. The AFC North has always been known as one of the toughest divisions in football, but things are even starting to take a turn on that front. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the offseason front-runner almost always, has a declining quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger (who, in a state of decline, is still better than over half of the quarterbacks in the NFL), and the Baltimore Ravens are basically in a wait-and-see mode, with a second-year QB in Lamar Jackson, who has a ton of work to do and a defense that just lost three gigantic playmakers in CJ Mosley, Eric Weddle, and Terrell Suggs. And the Cincinnati Bengals are the Bengals. No worries there.
Basically I'm saying that things aren't like they used to be. The Browns got a facelift last season, drafting star QB Baker Mayfield, having him shock the world and turn them into a potential threat pretty much on his own. Add the trade of all trades from this offseason (of course I'm talking about Odell Beckham Jr.), and this team looks great on paper. The haters are furious. Mayfield didn't even start the entire season (also didn't have OBJ) and still threw for 27 touchdowns.
Plenty of people are skeptical, and they have a reason to be. The Browns haven't won a playoff game in seventeen years, haven't had a legit QB since about then as well, and haven't been all-around a competitive threat for as long as I can remember. I've made so many "Omg we get three bye weeks since we play the Browns twice" jokes over the years, but good times come to an end, and that time is now. This is one of the teams that I'd like to see do well for once.
Dare I say it? Go Browns?
My notes and thoughts on the first night of the 2019 NFL Draft. Save these takes ~~~ to slap me in the face with during the season and show me you care.
1. Cardinals - qb kyler murray
God dammit, what a mistake. Future HOFer Josh Rosen will be on the move to my new favorite football team. Not a knock on Murray, he's an extremely talented athlete, but with so many other holes to fill, and there's already a perfectly good quarterback on the team, I can't help but see this one as a mistake. I also hate to be that person, but you're also risking a complete bust with his height (5'10") here. Not everyone can be Russell Wilson.
2.49ers - DE Nick Bosa
This guy looks like he definitely sends "u up?" texts. That being said, he is the best rusher in this particular draft class and the Niners are a team that the league needs to watch out for next season. With QB Jimmy Garoppolo healthy, and the next star tight end in George Kittle, this added boost on defense is a definite start.
3. jets - dt QUINnen williams
The Jets got the best player in the draft here. All around solid and dominating player, and going to a team who needs it.
4. raiders - DE Clelin Ferrell
The Raiders were this secretive all week for.... this???
This has Jon Gruden written all over it, there's no way this was a Mike Mayock pick. Not only did they take Ferrell too early, but they passed on so much talent that could have filled what they miserably lost (Mack).
5. bucs - lb devin white
This was their favorite all along -- Bucs need a playmaker desperately, and White has the potential to be it.
6. giants - qb daniel jones
The Giants are just.... really something aren't they? This might be the strangest thing I've ever seen in how ever many years I've been doing this. Taking Jones here (and I'm not even talking about how they said he could sit for THREE years), in this spot, with this team, I just got nothing. No idea.
7. jags - de josh allen
Had the Jaguars going offensive line here, but Josh Allen's talent is too large to pass up on. Good pick for them.
8. lions - te TJ Hockenson
Lions have needed this player for like the past 10 years -- obviously filled a big need. They did it again with a TE, but picking him at eight is a little high - he's not gonna be Gronk.
9. bills - dt ed oliver
Oliver is good, but Buffalo needed offensive lineman. Another team that went talent over need, which is fine if they work out. I just hope he never tweets how cold it is there.
10. steelers - lb devin bush
This was a given. Lamar Jackson should be worried. This is their Ryan Shazier replacement, and a guy they wanted all along. This team gave up a lot for him, so they should hope he pans out.
11. bengals - t jonah williams
Devin Bush was who Cincy really needed here, and the Steelers swooped in. Williams is a good pick, and will probably be a solid and consistent starter for them, but at the end of every day, Andy Dalton still sucks.
12. packers - de rashan gary
Not where I thought the Packers were going to go, but it's not a bad pick. They better cross their fingers for his shoulder situation though.
13. Dolphins - dt christian wilkins
First thought - is this where Rosen lands? Wilkins is a great player and is a guy who can boost any team. Could be a great building block for a team that desperately needs to be rebuilt.
14. falcons - g chris lindstrom
Should have taken an actual good QB here.
15. redskins - qb dwayne haskins
Is it happening? Are the Redskins having an actual good draft? I think Haskins was the best QB in this draft, so naturally, I can't wait to see how the Redskins fuck this up. RIP Alex Smith, we hardly knew ye.
16. panthers - de brian burns
Panthers beef up defense and get some speed. Good pick, and a good replacement for Julius Peppers, who retired.
17. Giants - dt dexter lawrence
I still really, just, I don't know. Ok, I guess? Idk. I'm lost.
18. vikings - OL garrett bradbury
Kirk Cousins needs all the help he can get. Bradbury was a guy I hoped would fall to the Ravens, but this is an excellent pick for the Vikings.
19. titans - DT Jeffrey simmons
Not a sexy pick, but a solid starter that you can get some solid production out of. You could have argued a weapon (Marquise Brown) for Marcus Mariota to work with, but Simmons can give you some breathing room on the defensive line for a long time.
20. broncos - TE noah fant
Perfect fit for Joe Flacco. Imagine a team building around their quarterback's strengths, it's like I've never seen this before.
21. packers - s darnell savage
This guy is from Maryland, and he's an explosive back, and a good one to be the first off the board here. Solid pick for Green Bay, who couldn't do much of anything at the position last season.
22. eagles - ot andre dillard
They need this help so Carson Wentz doesn't spontaneously combust next season. Nice Jason Peters protege.
23. texans - t tytus howard
Did not see Howard going in the first round, but the Texans need OL help desperately. Deshaun Watson got creamed last season. But I'll ask -- what did Jawaan Taylor do?
24. raiders - rb josh jacobs
The first RB off the board. I love Jacobs, but not sure I love him for the Raiders. Would have liked to see him go elsewhere.
25. ravens - wr marquise brown
Not sure if I can handle another first round receiver. I still have PTSD from Breshad Perriman. This kid is a great player, I just don't know if the Ravens are the right fit for him. He's a deep threat receiver and Lamar Jackson can't exactly throw deep at the moment. This team couldn't get John Brown the ball last season.
26. redskins - lB Montez sweat
Again -- the Redskins are having a good draft, so I need to file a Missing Persons report for Dan Snyder immediately because I'm worried. Washington got the biggest steal in the draft with Sweat.
27. raiders - db johnathan abram
What the fuck are the Raiders doing?
28. Chargers - dt jerry tillery
Solid pick. The Chargers needed to improve on the defensive line, we all cringed while watching the Patriots game last season.
29. seahawks - de LJ collier
Good pick for the Seahawks, who need some help on defense. You could argue that they picked him a little early, but he has a good upside.
30. giants - cb deandre baker
An actual good pick for the Giants. Really good suit also.
31. falcons - Ol kaleb mcgary
More offensive line for the Falcons. If they wanted to get Matt Ryan some protection, they should have just given him some sunscreen.
32. patriots - wr N'Keal Harry
I fully expected the Patriots to trade back here, and they could have used someone faster. But they're the Patriots, so who am I to critique them? Congrats on the Super Bowl ring, Harry.
Everyone seems so set on the fact that the Arizona Cardinals will be taking Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night. While I'm not going to get into the fact that it's a MAJOR MISTAKE BECAUSE JOSH ROSEN IS THE GOAT (I'm yelling), I'm still siding with the camp that thinks this is all just a smokescreen. I could be wrong (I have been before and will definitely be again), and this isn't just because I'm a major Rosen-believer. This is the time of year, more often than normal, when eeeeeeeverybody in the eeeeentire league just straight up lies. Everybody.
One team I can see being a major contender for Murray is the Oakland Raiders. Not only do I think new GM Mike Mayock wants to make a splash in his first draft, but their current QB Derek Carr is equivalent to dude dressing all in denim and laying across the hood of a car. Oh wait. He did that. Mayock said earlier this month that while he believes Carr is a franchise QB, if there's someone they like, they're open for business. "If we found somebody we like better or thought had bigger upside, then you got to do the right thing for the organization." Oakland sent their scouts home for the weekend, and basically shunned them until draft time, which struck everyone as unusual, or if you're me, hilarious.
According to Ian Rapaport, this move could be due to a "surprise pick." -- Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
While it was reported recently that the Raiders were not going draft a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft, refer to the first paragraph. Preferably the part where I state that everybody lies. The Raiders have three picks in the first round currently, and it wouldn't shock me if they used one of those as ammo to trade with Arizona, move up and grab Murray.
The NFL schedule comes out tonight at 8pm, of course with a special on NFL Network and ESPN, where commentators will hammer out every game of the season for like, sixteen hours straight. I'm just gonna cut to the chase, and give you my top games I'm looking forward to this season.
Obviously this one is gonna be a big one that you will hear talked up and drilled into your heads nonstop leading up to the actual game. Saints fans might wanna look away, cause you'll see "the play" more times than you'll want to. The Cundiff kick/Lee Evans drop still makes me shut my eyes when I see it. Things to keep in mind: Will this ~actually~ be Drew Brees' last season? Will the Rams stop being so damn sketchy with Todd Gurley? How big of an impact will Clay Matthews have for the Rams? No matter what the outcome of this one is, it won't erase what happened last season.
This one is rumored to be the Sunday Night opener, and it's sure to be a good one. I'll be watching through my finger binoculars to spot the first sign of age on good ol' Tom Brady. I won't rest until I find it. Patrick Mahomes is coming off of a monster season, obviously. The Pats don't have Rob Gronkowski anymore, but don't worry -- Brady can throw to me or you and be fine. I hope this is a passing-of-the-torch game from Brady to Mahomes as the GOAT. I'm just so tired of it.
Baker Mayfield is becoming one of my favorite players in the NFL, and we all know the true test is beating Brady (bonus points if you beat him at home). The Browns can pass this test from being known as "just a good team on paper" to "an actual good team, who can be a threat."
As currently the biggest Denver Broncos fan of all time, this is a game on the schedule that Joe Flacco can show he's officially back (I already know he is, but he has to make the rest of you feel stupid as well). Not only could the Browns be actually good, but this is a team Flacco knows how to play, or at least, he used to. I still can't shake Baker, but maybe Von Miller will be able to.
Super Bowl rematch Twitter will be so alive for this one. There are some differences with this particular game, though. Carson Wentz will (hopefully) be healthy this time around with Nick Foles heading to Jacksonville. And of course Gronk is no more. Both teams are still good, and I think this one will be closer than most think.
The drama is sure to be at an all-time high for this one, with Le'Veon Bell facing his former team. This is a game you'll be tired of hearing about before it even happens. I think the Jets will be better than they were last season, but this is one of the games where they're gonna have to prove it.
Jalen Ramsey and Antonio Brown need to be miked up for this one, or the NFL has failed us all.
Earl Thomas is facing his former team, hopefully proving he's healthy and hopefully not flipping off Seattle anymore to give them any more bulletin board material. Russell Wilson said on Tuesday that he's ready to win more Super Bowls -- this is a good start. The Ravens are going to be missing Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, and Eric Weddle this season -- the core of that good defense of last year.
This may be one of the most unpredictable games of the season. Both teams have their good reasons why they can win -- and have just as many reasons why they could lose. Jared Goff could morph into either 'good Jared' or 'bad Jared,' and the same can be said for Mitch Trubisky.
Two words: Bruce Arians. He may be Jameis Winston's last chance at redemption and the Cardinals could have a flashy new QB or stick with future Hall of Famer Josh Rosen. Arians and new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury should be a good matchup, no matter who the QB is.
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