Just because a quarterback isn't posting videos on instagram stories doesn't mean he's not working out
Read the title with the scream emoji three times. Do it.
We see these so-called 'hot takes' every year around this time and they're so overblown it's HILARIOUS. It's equivalent to the typical 'if a football player isn't studying the playbook at all free hours of the day, he's trash' argument.
If a quarterback isn't working out with his receivers in the offseason, he's trash. He's not good, he's not dedicated, he's not going to win SHIT. We see this every. Single. Year.
What they DON'T tell you is this -- every single quarterback is working out right now, and will continue to do so all offseason. Whether they post it all over Instagram doesn't matter. They don't owe you proof of anything. And it really has little to do with wins or losses -- it's about the quarterback playing comfortably and preparing for the season ahead. Doing what they need to do.
Fact: Plenty of quarterbacks prefer to work out alone, with a trainer, or with a group of other quarterbacks in the offseason doing various solo-based drills -- balance, strength, footwork, etc. So much else goes into being a quarterback other than throwing. Some even prefer to throw with teammates during the times of the year that is designated for that kind of thing -- OTAs, minicamp, training camp -- imagine that!
I'm not saying those who are throwing with receivers aren't working hard, I'm saying every quarterback has his own preference of offseason workouts. Playing a game of catch with a D-list receiver vs. working out on your own shouldn't be such an argument. It's pointless. Aaron Rodgers spent an offseason doing yoga, Brees worked on strength, Tom Brady worked out with his kid. Matt Ryan takes tumbling classes at the local YMCA. WHO. CARES.
** This post was written assuming your football team has actual wide receivers.
Even though he's on a brand new team, Le'Veon Bell hasn't stopped complaining about the Steelers. Bell sat down with Sports Illustrated and bitched about his old team for god knows how long.
And of course I couldn't leave the part of the interview out where he throws Ben Roethlisberger under the bus (I love whenever this happens). Bell said Roethlisberger was controlling (imagine that!) and went on to explain that while a quarterback is a leader of the team, you're still a teammate and Ben didn't act that way.
This is just a whole bunch of whining about how he can't play video games and make his YouTube videos or whatever he does in his free time. Bell is acting like a middle school student who has been grounded for playing World of Warcraft after lights out. Give me a break dude.
This whole interview has "BITTER" written all over it. I don't think he'd be saying this stuff if the team wasn't somewhat successful without him. If you think back to last season, James Conner was a complete standout and they didn't really miss him at the position -- you can tell that got under Bell's skin so bad.
Also, I hate the Steelers and that is not a secret. But if they truly don't treat their players "like they're human," as Bell says, then maybe they should ask Ryan Shazier about that and see what he says.
The New York Giants famously traded away Odell Beckham Jr. They let Landon Collins walk. They traded Olivier Vernon. And they're keeping Eli Manning for some fucking reason. What the hell are they doing, you ask? Don't expect an answer from anyone remotely related to the Giants' organization.
During a conference call, GM David Gettleman was asked pretty much just that. His response (via Giants.com):
“Really and truly, very honestly, it's not my responsibility to tell you guys what I'm doing. Just like it’s not my responsibility to respond to every rumor that comes down the pike. That’s not my job. It’s not my responsibility. Trust me, we’ve got a plan. Over time, you’ve got to be patient. Everybody wants answers now in this instant-gratification society, instant-gratification world, and everybody wants answers now. Over time, you’ll see it. You’ve got to trust it.”
I could have said this same exact thing after going into Target for paper towels and dog food and coming out with jeans, four pairs of shoes, a blender, and some hand towels.
So, like... who are you trying to convince here Dave? You traded away one of the best players in football, kept a quarterback who signs his name in crayon, and that's all you got for me? And you want us to trust you? Mmmk. Sure.
It's a little early (even for the Giants) to be writing off a team completely, because there is still the draft -- but if the G-Men don't do a little something smart to even just attempt to redeem themselves, I'm afraid for football fans in New York (and I'm counting Jets fans too). Saquon is still a beast though.
The dirtiest player in the league, Vontaze Burfict, was finally cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, about five years too late, imo.
Burfict had a great feel-good story to begin with -- going from undrafted to a top player at his position. That quickly flip-flopped into his migrating into a garbage person and the person who comes to mind when you hear the term "dirty player." Burfict is somehow only 28 years old, although I feel like I've been talking about his dirty hits since I was ten.
Despite only probably playing a total of six games since 2012 because he was suspended for the rest (I'm totally making this up, but it sure seems that way doesn't it), he's somehow managed in the remaining games to have a completely jaw-dropping dirty hit more often than not. Keep in mind that this is football we're talking about and it's literally dudes just hitting each other and running into each other. His entire highlight reel is him knocking people out.
Zac Taylor, the Bengals' new coach, and it seems like the only person with some sense up there, was the one to bite the bullet and say that the team's best decision would be to move on from him. You mean you don't want someone on your team who is suspended more than not, and whose only interest seems to be to break the jaw of the guy in front of him? What a concept. Why didn't anyone think of this before?
Now, the question is, where is he going next, if anywhere? It's a common theme in the NFL that you can be a complete dickwad as a person and still continue to get calls from teams, because no one ACTUALLY cares. So, yeah, unfortunately Burfict will probably get a call and he'll probably play for about a week or two before he tries to rip someones head off, leaving said team scratching their head wondering why they're putting up with this bullshit.
I'm so done with this dude, but it doesn't seem like the NFL is yet.
There have been an infinite number of reports (and I'm not even talking about the alleged rape/sexual assaults yet), that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is a complete and utter douchebag, yet somehow there are always those few Steelers fans who seem to insist that is made up and false. I get that he's won two Super Bowls, he's a top quarterback, etc etc -- that doesn't mean he can't be a complete dick as well. He is a bigger head case and locker room problem than Antonio Brown was/is, and some of y'all want to look the other way.
There has been everything from those alleged sexual assault allegations (your first red flag), to him pretending that he wants to retire after getting obliterated by the Jaguars, to him pretending to be hurt all the time, to him refusing to acknowledge that the team drafted Mason Rudolph and refusing to mentor him.
Every time I see another of these types of reports come out, I savor it slowly like a good steak. The latest comes from former Steeler Josh Harris -- he claims Big Ben fumbled the ball on purpose just to spite then-offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Now, it was never a secret that Roethlisberger and Haley didn't exactly get along and butted heads at times. But as outrageous as this report could be, it's also just as easily smile-and-nod-able, "sounds about right" -able.
The story is, Haley called a play, when Roethlisberger just wanted to kneel down and run out the clock (lazy!). So, in whiny-baby fashion, Roethlisberger threw a tantrum and fumbled the ball on purpose. Harris was supposed to get the handoff, and ended up recovering said fumble.
It's funny how Steelers fans who have never talked to or interacted with Roethlisberger go to the ends of the Earth to defend him because "RAAAAHHHH he won two Super Bowls!," yet guys who have played with him and interacted with him on a daily basis all seem to have the same story. That's today's tea to sip on.
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