Roger Goodell has made a name for himself and has continually preached honor, integrity, discipline, consistency, and protecting the shield among other mantras since taking over for Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner. For the most part, he’s been a very good commissioner, but his actions as of late are a complete embarrassment for the NFL that he aims to protect on a daily basis.
By now we’re familiar with Goodell’s attempt to clean up the league and to take the NFL’s personal conduct policy to a whole new level disciplining the likes of Plaxico Burress, Adam (Pacman) Jones, Tank Johnson, Chris Henry, Ben Roethlisberger and others. He has made it clear that whether convicted of a crime or not, the mere appearance of embarrassing and/or inappropriate behavior can lead to fines and/or suspensions for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
In addition, he has taken a strong stance on the NFL’s “Defenseless Player” rules in an attempt to curb catastrophic head and neck injuries. So much so, that he’s levied enormous fines toward the likes of James Harrison for plays that occurred in the field of play while issuing minor fines to players like Richard Seymour who took a blatant cheap shot to the head of Ben Roethlisberger after the whistle.
But that’s not even in the same stratosphere of the hypocrisy, unprofessionalism, and flat out fraudulent behavior that the Commissioner may have taken part in over the past few months. As we know, allegations about Brett Favre’s “sexting” scandal with then New York Jets employee, and temptress, Jen Sterger came to light in August of this year (there is also reason to believe that Sterger actually spoke of this in February of 09). The League Office didn’t even acknowledge it until the story picked up steam in October of this year.
For a league that wants to so proactively “protect the shield” and fairly and consistently apply the personal conduct policy, wouldn’t you think they would’ve wanted to carry out their own investigation BEFORE the national media caught wind of this? I don’t buy for one second that they weren’t at least aware of the whispers prior to October. If that weren’t bad enough, the NFL began their own investigation sometime in October and as I write this, it’s December 16th and the NFL has failed to issue a ruling of any kind. The NFL has tremendous resources and I find it hard to believe that it could take 2-3 months for them to gather information and sit down with all parties involved. Keep in mind that Sterger actually sat down with the NFL a little less than a month ago today.
Roger Goodell received the NFL’s final report on the matter last week and has yet to render his decision. I can’t say that I know the league’s process for it’s investigation and issuance of the report and I don’t know what the Commissioner’s role and responsibilities are as it relates to reviewing the report and issuing a ruling. But I can say that for such a critical issue, it’s an embarrassment that it takes the Commissioner a week to review the report and render his decision. And that’s IF you believe that it’s legitimately taking this long to work through the process.
It’s a bit shady to me that not only was the investigation dragged out for months after the matter had been ignored for months, if not years, but the decision is also being delayed. It’s entirely possible and even plausible that Goodell allowed the investigation to drag on as long as possible so as to avoid potentially suspending Favre during the season and ending the precious streak.
I know, some apologists will say that the investigation actually took this long and it has nothing to do with Favre or his streak. Do not be naive. There are just too many coincidences, and the timing is too suspect, for this to be legit as far as I’m concerned. The NFL ignored the problem until they were forced into action. The investigation coincidentally concluded AFTER Favre’s streak was already over (or close enough to the end that the NFL had reason to believe that it was over). Goodell’s decision was coincidentally delayed until AFTER the streak ended. I won’t be surprised at all if there is no punishment issued at all, but if it is, I hope everyone sees through it for what it really is. Any punishment at this point would be disingenuous, dishonest, and a complete joke as we all know Favre isn’t coming back next year and he definitely wouldn’t come back if there were discipline in place.
I believe that the NFL’s investigation turned up enough information to prove that Favre violated the personal conduct policy (if not the Jet’s sexual harassment policy) and he delayed his decision until Favre was done for the year. I predict that Goodell will finally come out and say that no punishment will be issued to Favre but it wouldn’t surprise me if it occurred after a private conversation with him. Is it possible that in exchange for not publicly disciplining the hall of famer, Favre will agree to finally retire so it won’t become an issue? Honestly, what is the point of handing down discipline or details of any kind at this point? Favre is done, he won’t be playing anymore and a fine or suspension at this point would be asinine and it would bring more embarrassment to the league.
If Goodell were going to take any action he should have done it weeks, if not months ago. We’ll never know for sure, but it ‘s likely that the NFL covered up and delayed this to protect Favre as much as possible and until he could ride off into the sunset. And coming from Goodell, who has been a complete hardass toward other players, it sickens me to see it. If this actually happened this way, it’s the most egregious and despicable cover up that we may ever see in professional sports.
Goodell promised that his decision would come this week and I’ll be curious to see what discipline, if any, is handed out and what specific language is used by Goodell or the league office. I love the NFL and I honestly hope that I’m wrong and this is all one big coincidence. But given the way Favre has been coddled and canonized for years, I’ll be surprised if I’m wrong.
The New York Jets have been the most hyped professional sports team outside of South Beach and for good reason. Following a trip to the AFC Championship game with the league’s best defense, the Jets were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks and have easily the most flamboyant Head Coach in the game and with some off-season acquisitions, some of the biggest personalities in the game.
Sexy Rexy and the Jets essentially proclaimed themselves as the best team in the NFL from the first day of training camp on and through the first 11 games, they looked to be at least close to as good as they say they are. But after being manhandled by division rival New England and then losing to division rival Miami, the Jets look like anything but a SuperBowl contender.
So how can a team that started 9-2 and was one of the most popular SuperBowl picks going into the season look so bad all of a sudden? Did the Jets just get lucky in those 5 straight close games and we’re now finding out that they’re not as good as they think they are? What is wrong with the New York Jets?
For all the great things Rex Ryan brings to his team, he has his downsides as well. Rex is energetic, funny, and guys love to play for him, but he is one of the worst “in-game” coaches in the NFL. Period. I have been stunned by some of the decisions he’s made just in the last few weeks involving the usage of Timeouts and Challenges. He’s got a ton of talent on the roster, but they aren’t playing well enough to withstand mistakes from the head coach. Not to mention, they have been very undisciplined this season which is yet another obstacle a struggling team cannot overcome against good teams.
The Jets defense is currently ranked 3rd in total defense, but they aren’t getting near the same pressure on the QB that they did last season. Rex Ryan’s creative blitz packages forced opposing QB’s to get rid of the ball almost immediately last season and they’re simply not getting the same kind of pressure. They have had to endure some key injuries, including Kris Jenkins which definitely hurt their ability to bring pressure, but the defense just isn’t as good when you can’t get to the QB.
The Jets sit at 6th in the NFL in sacks this season, but it’s certainly not the dominant pass rush that helped them reach the AFC title game last season. Who knows, maybe Rex is holding back some new packages to make sure they aren’t seen on film before the playoffs, but if they’re not able to dial up the pressure in the playoffs (if they make it), they won’t have great odds at advancing very far.
The Jets made it to the AFC title game last season despite a horrendous rookie season for Mark Sanchez. He played much better in the playoffs which gave them hope that he would continue that momentum into the 2010 season. His 2010 campaign hasn’t been much better as he’s completing only 53% of his passes with 16 TD and 12 INT despite getting two Pro-Bowl WR’s in the off-season.
Sanchez struggles against good teams and he even looked horrible against the very average Patriots defense. He struggles throwing in the wind, despite needing to be able to thrive in those conditions due to where he plays. It honestly looks like Tom Brady throws a better ball in windy, snowy conditions than Mark Sanchez does in ideal conditions. That’s going to be a huge problem in December & January.
Lack of Identity:
It’s a good problem to have, but the Jets almost have too much talent. What I mean by this is, they have so many ultra-talented players that they have yet to find their identity because they’re trying too hard to please everyone and to spread the ball around on offense. Last season the Jets offense wasn’t explosive, but you knew who they were. They had a dominant offensive line and a great 1-2 punch at RB and a very good TE. They were going to run the ball down your throat whether you liked it or not.
But this season, they added Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards which are two of the most talented players in the NFL. They also added Ladanian Tomlinson to the backfield after they waived 1,200 yard rusher, Thomas Jones. As a result, it appears to me that the team is trying to use all their weapons equally and haven’t developed any sort of identity or continuity on offense. They’re trying to spread it around in the passing game between Braylon, Santonio, Keller, and Cotchery and occasionally Brad Smith. On the ground, they’re trying to keep both LT and Shonn Greene happy at the same time.
The sooner they learn that they can’t please everyone all the time, the better off they will be. They have added some tremendous pieces to their team, but they need to develop an identity and rely on the rest of the players to make plays when called upon. You simply cannot get the ball to everyone equally all the time. The Jets would be better served pounding the ball with Greene & LT, utilizing Keller and relying on Holmes & Edwards for big plays and to keep the defense honest.
The Jets have not scored an offensive touchdown in their last two games against the Patriots and Dolphins and the season will start to get away from them unless they make some serious changes. There are problems and holes in every team this time of year that you simply cannot address, but some of the biggest problems with the Jets can be quickly and easily corrected. If they want to get where they think they deserve to go they need to develop their physical running game and stick to one identity heading into the playoffs.
Tampa Bay rookie WR, Mike Williams was arrested at 2:30 AM this morning. Deputies reported that Williams’ black Cadillac was speeding, weaving and failing to stay in one lane. When stopped by officers, Williams smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes according to the deputies.
Somehow, the breathalyzer test showed Williams’ blood alcohol content to be .65 which is under the legal limit of .08 and they are awaiting the results of a urine test. So with such a low BAC, what in the world was causing him to weave across lanes and drive so erratically? My guess is there were other substances involved in addition to alcohol.
Williams was released on $500 bond.
But the bigger question for me, is just how stupid is this guy!? First of all, why would ANY professional athlete drive when they’re drunk or high? They have the resources to obtain alternate means of transportation and there is never an excuse to endanger the lives of others just because they’re too stupid or lazy or both to arrange for other transportation, professional athlete or not.
Secondarily, what the F*CK was this guy doing pulling a Braylon on a Thursday night in a game week!? The Bucs are having a very good year and they certainly don’t need this type of irresponsible, selfish, and flat out retarded behavior by one of their players.
Shockingly, the Buccaneers have indicated at this point that he will accompany the team to San Francisco for this week’s game and he will start for the team. As irresponsible as the Jets’ handling of Braylon Edwards earlier in the season was, this is even worse!
What kind of message do you send to your team when your rookie standout is out drinking and taking part in some other substance on a thursday night leading up to a game and you take no disciplinary measures? Mike Williams has had a very good rookie year, leading the Bucs with 5 TDs with 40 catches and 627 yards.
DUI’s are becoming a growing concern in my opinion in the NFL and it will soon start to negatively affect the league. Roger Goodell needs to get ahead of this problem and start to take more serious measures immediately.
Braylon Edwards was pumped up to face his old team and he ran his mouth all week (not really anything new). From his comments and behavior, you would think the game against the 3-5 Cleveland Browns was the SuperBowl. By now you’re aware of the tweets and multiple interviews where Braylon told everyone about his intense hatred for Cleveladn and advised fans to “get yo damn popcorn ready, 17 is coming back”.
Well Braylon… I had my popcorn ready and you were right… it was a great show, but I’m still waiting on you to show up!
The best part of the overtime thriller other than rookie QB Colt McCoy’s performance, just might have been rookie cornerback, Joe Haden locking up Braylon Edwards for 75 minutes. As anyone who has watched Edwards closely already knows, his bite is ALWAYS worse than his bark. Despite constant trash talking that he would later try to backtrack on, the extent of Braylon’s highlights were his quotes and soundbites leading up to the game.
That is, unless you consider Braylon screaming “Get yo ass up” to an injured Sheldon Brown to be a highlight. To me, it’s yet another classless act by the selfish, unaware, and unprofessional WR.
I mentioned last week how the last time Braylon built up incredible expectations (2008 following his Pro-Bowl 2007 campaign), he fell flat on his face as he couldn’t handle the pressure. Now, I can’t put yesterday’s game solely on Edwards not being to handle the pressure. The Browns knew that Edwards would be dying to light them up and get into the endzone and they schemed to prevent that. Joe Haden also played brilliantly against Edwards as he was primarily matched up against the mouthy WR once Sheldon Brown went out with a shoulder injury.
Edwards finished with 4 receptions for 59 yards and was really a non-factor once he was matched up with Joe Haden. Early in the game he was able to get a few quality catches against Sheldon Brown who was forced to play a little too soft because he doesn’t have great speed and he had to respect Braylon’s ability to go deep. But once the rookie, Haden switched on Edwards he was just about completely locked up and Haden added an interception as well. With Colt McCoy going right after Revis yesterday in the 4th quarter, Joe Haden almost looked like the best corner on the field. With the All-World Darrelle Revis and former Pro-Bowler Antonio Cromartie on the other sideline, that’s saying a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Joe Haden is better than Revis or even Cromartie…. yet. But there is no question that Revis isn’t the same player as last year and for the rookie to be matched up with one of the most physically imposing WR’s in the game and to shut him down in a game where Edwards was giving everything he had to get into the endzone, he certainly outplayed Revis. Braylon Edwards is 6’3 and 215 pounds and he can run and jump with just about anyone. He is one of the stronger WR’s in the NFL and if he wasn’t completely and totally batshit crazy he would be one of the top 3 or 4 WR’s in the NFL.
But for all the trash talking and for all the tweets and whining about being run out of Cleveland, Braylon was a non-factor and Joe Haden did all his talking on the field. Braylon and the Jets would be better off if Braylon could ever learn to do the same.
The Cleveland Browns, long-time cellar dwellers have made national waves in the past few weeks after dominating the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots. The Saints, of course, are the defending SuperBowl Champions and the Patriots at the time, were considered the best team in the NFL. So how did the Browns, who have been mostly a joke since their return to the NFL in 1999 turn their season around? It’s obviously not due to just one thing, but one big reason is Colt McCoy.
McCoy, Mike Holmgren‘s handpicked third round QB got his first start at Pittsburgh due to injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. McCoy immediately showed incredible poise, confidence, and accuracy and while the Browns lost to the Steelers, they were certainly in the game and McCoy gave the team reason for hope. Going into the SuperDome to face the Saints, McCoy was unspectacular, but again demonstrated incredible poise. And while the defense was the story, picking Drew Brees off 4 times and returning 2 for TD’s, McCoy’s presence gave the offense just enough and he managed the game effectively enough to escape with a great win.
Then, facing his third straight SuperBowl winning QB in Tom Brady, McCoy actually outplayed the Golden Boy as the Browns manhandled the Patriots. For the first time in years, there was a real buzz around northeast Ohio going into the game against the Jets. And with all the national attention, it honestly felt like a playoff game as we approached gameday.
Then you had more subplots than I recall in any single game. We had Mangini vs. his former team who fired him. We had several former Jets going against their former team, and you had a couple former Browns going against their former team. Specifically, Braylon Edwards who was shipped out of town last year due to his constant poor play, big mouth, and divisive behavior. Braylon was sure to stir things up after the Jets squeaked out a win last week in overtime against the Lions. Almost immediately following the game, Braylon tweeted (http://bit.ly/90TSDi) directly to Cleveland fans that he would be coming back and advised fans to “get their damn popcorn ready, I’m going to put on a show”.
Braylon always likes to talk, but it would have been nice if he could have at least come up with something original. Braylon kept it going all week as he told reporters how he hated Cleveland (http://bit.ly/adaAVY) and how he wanted to dance in Mangini’s office when he was told of the trade to New York. But as we know, we should’ve expected nothing less from Edwards.
Finally, and most entertaining, we had the Ryan brothers. Rex Ryan, the Jets Head Coach and Rob Ryan, the Browns Defensive Coordinator are twin brothers whose father is the defensive legend, Buddy Ryan. The two joked back and forth all week and the highlight included Rex dressing up like Rob (http://bit.ly/9oB4oe) and putting a “Bounty” on his brother’s head.
Going into the game, the Browns were yet again an underdog as they faced their 4th straight top level team, but it was evident early on that the Browns were not intimidated. From the beginning of the game, the Browns played physical, tough football and the Jets and the Browns traded blows as the Jets took a 17-14 lead into the half. Yet again, Peyton Hillis was spectacular in the first half and Colt McCoy played very good football against the incredible Jets defense.
One of the first half highlights, or lowlights depending on your perspective is when Braylon Edwards caught a short pass and was met by Sheldon Brown and then T.J. Ward and other Browns. Sheldon Brown injured his shoulder on the play and Braylon was apparently upset that he was tackled. As he got up he threw a semi-punch at Eric Wright and could be heard screaming at the injured Sheldon Brown to “Get yo ass up” (http://bit.ly/b39wKy).
Also of note, after the Browns opened up a 10-3 lead following a Peyton Hillis TD run, they tried to fool the Jets and attempted an onside kick. It appeared to catch everyone off-guard, including some of the Browns special teams players and it was ultimately unsuccessful.
The Jets received the ball to start the 3rd quarter and it was a LONG, ugly 3rd quarter for the Browns. The Jets drove the ball down the field, controlling the ball for 19 plays and what felt like 10 minutes. Fortunately for the Browns, however, Nick Folk missed the FG and the Jets walked away with no points to show for their efforts. Colt McCoy and the Browns then went 3 and out as the Jets made some 2nd half defensive adjustments and the Jets held the ball for a long, impressive drive yet again. The Jets would convert on a FG to bring the score to 20-13.
The Browns went 3 and out yet again, but were able to ultimately hold the Jets and get the ball back with just over 2 minutes to go. While the Browns had a chance, needing a TD with your rookie QB against the Jets defense was going to be a tall order. McCoy came through, however, driving the team down the field and eventually hooking up with Mohammed Massaquoi for a TD. During the drive McCoy made 2 incredibly gutsy throws. One where he fit a pass in between two Jets into Ben Watson. The second, McCoy went right after the great Darrelle Revis and threw a strike to Evan Moore, setting them up for the TD pass.
Both teams were content going into overtime and the Jets ran out the clock in regulation. The Jets won the coin toss and received the ball but were forced to punt. McCoy drove the Browns against the Jets defense and were on the edge of Phil Dawson‘s FG range. Just as McCoy hit Chansi Stuckey inside of FG range, Stuckey fought for extra yards and fumbled, squandering a golden opportunity.
The Browns defense played tough and came extremely close to sacking Sanchez as Shaun Rogers had a great shot at him, but he seemed to escape each and every time. Sanchez ultimately lead the Jets into FG range and gave his struggling kicker a 48 yard attempt to win the game. Folk, however, missed his 3rd FG of the day and the Browns, again, had life.
McCoy moved the ball and the Browns were yet again on the edge of FG range, but after JUST missing on a deep ball, the Browns were forced to punt it away. The Jets were backed up deep in their own territory and the Browns again just missed a sack on Sanchez. He somehow escaped almost EVERY time the Browns got a hand on him. He hit Ladanian Tomlinson for a 21 yard gain to get them out of trouble and then Sanchez connected on a pass over the middle to Dustin Keller bringing them out to midfield.
The Jets then committed a holding penalty as the clock ticked below 2 minutes. The overtime rules dictate that if there is not a winner at the end of the overtime period, the game will result in a tie. The two teams that have been so evenly matched all day, were still deadlocked and it appeared that there was a legitimate chance that it would result in a tie.
On 3rd & 14, Sanchez dropped back against a 2 man rush, threw it deep to Braylon Edwards and Joe Haden came away with an interception inside the 5. It was basically a 50/50 ball and had the same results as a great punt.
The Browns took over on their own 4 with 1:35 left. McCoy dropped back and just missed an open Ben Watson over the middle. Peyton Hillis carried the ball out over the 5 yard line on 2nd down as the clock ticked below 1 minute left. On 3rd and 8, the McCoy was forced to take their first timeout as the play didn’t make it in. As McCoy dropped back on 3rd down, he was nearly sacked by Jason Taylor which would’ve ended the game.
The Browns now needed to get off a punt out of their own endzone and stop the Jets from getting into FG range with 35 seconds left. Reggie Hodges got off a great punt, but the Jets were able to return it to the Browns 37 yard line. On the first play, Santonio Holmes beat the Browns cornerback and broke a quick slant for a touchdown with only 16 seconds left. Eric Wright, yet again, was completely dusted and this time it lead directly to a Browns loss.
It was a great effort and a hard fought game for the Browns, but I cannot comprehend why Rob Ryan had Eric Wright matched up on Santionio Holmes, the Jets best WR, all day. Wright has struggled mightily all season as he was absolutely abused by Anquan Boldin and just about every WR he faced this season. Holmes abused Wright earlier in the game as Wright was called for a pass interference play where he was beat badly. Now, with the game on the line, Wright lets Santonio Holmes waltz right into the endzone.
The Browns have made great strides over the past few weeks, but today’s game shows us that there are still some massive holes in the team. They are well coached, they’re a tough, physical team with a lot of talent, but they’re not quite good enough to make those type of mistakes and win. They had that game won a couple times and at the very least, they should’ve come away with a tie. And as bad as Eric Wright has been this year and today and on that play, I can’t put the loss entirely on his shoulders. The Browns had opportunities to win and Rob Ryan should never have put him in that position in the first place. Rob Ryan’s hand was forced, however, as Sheldon Brown was out with an injury and Brown would likely have been on Holmes if not for the injury.
I realize Ryan didn’t have his full arsenal, but after watching Eric Wright get beat like a mouthy hooker all year, you have to try something other than leaving him to cover a former SuperBowl MVP in Santonio Holmes.
In the first quarter of the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets game today, Braylon Edwards caught a pass and was initially hit by Browns cornerback, Sheldon Brown. Other Browns swarmed to the ball and helped to bring him down. Sheldon Brown hurt his shoulder on the play and was laying on the ground as the play was coming to an end. While Brown was laying on the field, Braylon threw a semi-punch at Browns cornerback Eric Wright and pushed some Browns and did what Braylon does best, talk.
While he was jawing at the Browns, you could hear on the telecast as Braylon Edwards screamed to injured Browns player, Sheldon Brown “Get yo ass up!”.
Classy Braylon… way to talk sh*t to an injured player.
Then a few plays later, Mark Sanchez threw a third down pass to Braylon Edwards over the middle in the endzone. Braylon, who just moments ago wanted to be a tough guy and talk sh*t to an injured player, completely avoided going for that ball as it was over the middle and Browns hard hitting safety, T.J. Ward was in the vicinity. Funny how he’s such a tough guy when the refs and his teammates are around to break up any action, but when he has a real chance at getting popped in the mouth he makes ZERO attempt at catching the pass.
Well Braylon… I had my damn popcorn ready and so far all I’ve seen is a classless, scared, coward short arm a pass in the endzone.
Braylon Edwards showing off his “New York Essence”
Braylon Edwards is making it abundantly clear that he loves himself and absolutely hates the City of Cleveland and everything related. On Sunday, Braylon sent out a tweet (http://bit.ly/90TSDi) warning Cleveland Browns fans that he was coming to town and order them to “get ya damn popcorn ready.” Mind you, this was just shortly after the Jets completely stole a win from the Lions in a game they had no business winning. Braylon was clearly more interested in his personal vendetta and hurt feelings than he was about the Jets offense sputtering for the second week in a row. But Braylon did have a 75 yard TD in that game so that’s all he really cares about anyway.
The tweet wasn’t all that was on Braylon’s tiny, narcissistic mind as he had some great quotes for Newsday’s Bob Glauber. Braylon whined to him about his feelings getting hurt in Cleveland. It’s clear that he honestly believes that he was treated unfairly in Cleveland and that fans, the franchise, and writers didn’t like him out of jealousy, his college, and his “New York Essence”. It’s been established time and time again that Braylon is one of the least self aware and absolutely delusional people on the planet and he just doesn’t stop reinforcing this fact.
Braylon is now quoted as saying “I remember the comments, I remember the writers, I remember the fans, I remember the coaches, I remember the people in the organization. I remember everything and everybody there that had something to say when 17 exited the doors.”
He went on to say “For the people that don’t like me, I share the same feeling. I don’t like them as well. I could give you a BS answer, but the short and skinny of it is that I’m going back there to handle business. I’m going to have to control myself, because at the end of the day, it’s a bitter rivalry.”
Braylon is obviously still very upset that fans, coaches, writers, players, and others in the organization didn’t stand by with constant reinforcement and unconditional love as he continually dropped passes, missed assignments, shot off at the mouth, drew personal foul penalties, and ultimately blamed the fans and the team for his inability to catch the F*CKING BALL!
As if that wasn’t delusional enough, he then went on to say that he wasn’t accepted in Cleveland because the city and the fans weren’t sophisticated enough to appreciate his “New York Essence”. If anyone actually believes that he wasn’t loved because he was “too flashy” as opposed to being too stupid and unable to catch the football then I have some Enron stock I’d love to sell you.
Bottom line is Braylon is a fantastic talent but he’s borderline insane. He has essentially wasted his talent so far in his young NFL career, but if he could ever get his head on straight he could be a true force in this league. It’s clear that he is taking a page from LeBron James‘ book as he’s trying to paint himself as a victim to the City of Cleveland. The reality, however, is that he, the Jets, the Browns, the NFL, and Cleveland fans would all be better served if he would just SHUT THE F*CK UP for once!
Braylon Edwards, the former Cleveland Browns 1st round pick, has done one thing extremely well since he entered the NFL…. RUN HIS MOUTH! For a guy who got ran out of Cleveland because he literally couldn’t catch the football, and for a guy who is more well known for his asinine DUI than for his onfield play, he sure thinks highly of himself. Braylon Edwards is honestly one of the most delusional and least self-aware athletes in the history of sports. He actually believes that Cleveland fans booed him because he was from Michigan and that it had nothing to do with his inability to catch the ball and inability to shut his mouth and play football. Apparently he didn’t hear all the cheers he received when he was playing his way into a Pro-Bowl in 2007.
Braylon Edwards didn’t think his DUI was that big of a deal, he criticized his own QB for not having earned the right to criticize players (I’m sorry, Braylon is the LEAST qualified player in the NFL to criticize anyone for anything), and he criticized the Jets WR corps for being too arrogant. Really Braylon? You don’t think that might have just a little bit to do with you!?
It’s well documented that Braylon Edwards has long been far more interested in what football can bring to him than he is in actually playing the game. Braylon has been known to literally discuss potentially “modeling” opportunities with opposing players while lined up during the game. He’s been known to discuss party plans for that night with opposing players during the game. This guy has incredible physical talent, but he is seriously BATSHIT CRAZY and completely delusional!
Well apparently Braylon is still feeling a bit upset about being run out of Cleveland in the middle of last season due to his poor performance, poor attitude, and poor work ethic. After the Jets absolutely stole a game from the Lions that hey had no business winning, Braylon yet again, couldn’t resist opening his mouth (or in the case, keyboard). The first tweet that he made absolutely cracked me up as he said that despite the win, he wouldn’t be celebrating. So I guess he only celebrates by getting “White Boy Wasted” and driving around after he has a good game. But the next tweet showed you that Braylon hasn’t changed one bit and he’s completely bitter toward the Browns and the City of Cleveland for running him out of town.
Right Braylon… I’m sure Browns fans will have their popcorn ready… and maybe you’re just setting up a built in excuse that the reason you dropped passes is because the butter from the popcorn made the ball slippery. The Jets are having a great season and have an opportunity to do something special and Braylon just cannot resist running his mouth despite rarely backing it up with anything except for stupid behavior and poor play.
Maybe if he spent less time worrying about modeling, partying, and getting back at Browns fans he would play up to his potential.