With Super Bowl XLV approaching (albeit not nearly fast enough), Cowboys Stadium aka “Jerry’s World” is getting quite a bit of attention. According to the Dallas Morning News, however, all the wrong kind of attention this morning.
They report that a suspicious package was thrown out of a vehicle near Cowboys Stadium and the stadium has since been on “lockdown”. Police and fire officials, as well as a SWAT Team, hazardous materials crew, and bomb squad were dispatched to the stadium just before 8 a.m.
According to the story, witnesses say that a package was thrown out of a moving car into the street between the stadium and a Wal-Mart and the package fell down a drain in the median. A bomb technician is said to be examining it and, for now, the nearby streets are closed and security around the area has been increased.
For everyone’s sake, we just hope this was a stupid prank and that nothing dangerous is going on. No one wants or needs any security threats surrounding the biggest sporting event in America.
Dez Bryant was, in my opinion, inappropriately punished by the NCAA where he was suspended for an entire season due to allegations of him having contact with an agent. Bryant initially lied to NCAA investigators and given the arbitrary and often unfair actions by the NCAA, I can’t say I blame him.
After the news came out that Terrelle Pryor and 4 other Buckeyes were guilty of NCAA violations and suspended for 5 games next season, Bryant lashed out on his Twitter account.
“I guess I should have got into a lot of trouble in college…maybe I would have gotten less punishment? lol,” Bryant
There has been plenty of discussion this season about all the great Head Coaches that are available and rightfully so. With names like Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, and Brian Billick lurking around. Add to that, a list of good young coordinators who teams are dying to get ahold of to turn into the next Mike Tomlin or Raheem Morris like Leslie Frazier, Rob Ryan, and Perry Fewell and there is even more of a coaching frenzy. To top it all off, you have teams like the Cowboys, Vikings, and Bengals who have been incredible failures and you have teams like the Bills and Panthers and all of a sudden many teams are already writing off this season and are now hoping to land a new coach for the upcoming season.
So while all the discussion has been about what coach each team wants, let’s take a look at where the coaches might want to go. Obviously, the caveat is that the labor situation will make teams less likely to make a coaching change due to the uncertain economics of the league. And there are some teams that SHOULD have a head coaching change but likely won’t such as the Redskins, but the list of teams that have a good possibility of having Head Coaching vacancies are as follows:
Chicago Bears: I don’t think the Bears’ problems are necessarily Lovie Smith’s fault, at least not all of it. But the reality is, while he took the team to a SuperBowl in a fluke year, he has been mostly unsuccessful. The team has talent and has made efforts to bring in talent with Cutler, Peppers, and Taylor, but it’s just not resulting in wins. If the Bears continue to struggle, as it appears that they will, this job could easily open up.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have been one of the most disappointing and mismanaged teams in the NFL this year. From what I can see, they were equally mismanaged last year, but the incredible success of the team overshadowed and hid it. The bottom line is that Chilly has screwed this team up beyond repair for this season. He has lost the locker room, he has destroyed relationships, he has made awful roster moves, and he’s mismanaged in game situations.
I wrote weeks ago that they should’ve dumped him to see what they have in Leslie Frazier and to lock him up as he just might be pursued by other teams as a head coach next year. It still may happen, but if Chilly is able to finish the year, I don’t see a scenario where he keeps his job for next year. This job better be available next season.
Carolina Panthers: John Fox has been on the hot seat for what feels like years but he somehow has managed to keep his job. With the Panthers struggling more than ever, chances are that John Fox has run out of chances in Carolina. Barring a miraculous second half (and I’m not sure even that will matter), this is probably a job that will be open.
Dallas Cowboys: Obviously Wade Phillips was just fired and Jason Garrett was named as the interim Head Coach. Garrett has long been considered the “Coach in Waiting” for the Cowboys and Jerry Jones has paid him very well to keep him there. But as the Cowboys offense continued to underperform and Garrett has been called out for questionable play calling and game planning, he has fallen out of favor.
The conventional wisdom is that Garrett has very little chance of keeping the job going into next year. Especially with the big name coaches out there that Jerry Jones may want to sign in order to make a big splash. Look, the issues with the Cowboys isn’t solely coaching, we know that. But Jerry is Jerry and likely won’t change. The end result will most likely be that the Cowboys will be in the coaching hunt this off-season.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have been on the cusp of the playoffs for a couple years as they’ve had some good drafts and play in a weak division. Mike Singletary was a popular choice for the 49ers when they replaced Mike Nolan and there have been high expectations for the team. The 49ers were considered a virtual lock for the NFC West this season and were a sexy SuperBowl pick. As we know, they have struggled mightily and have been one of the bigger disappointments in the NFL as the NFC West is WIDE OPEN. I like Mike Singletary, but I can’t see him staying in Frisco beyond this season.
Cincinnati Bengals: This one is tricky as Mike Brown, the Bengals Owner is VERY frugal and really never pays two coaches at the same time. This has worked in Marvin Lewis’ favor for years as he’s been on the hot seat several times. This is obviously exacerbated by the pending labor issues and it might just be enough to keep Marvin Lewis around for another year. However, the Bengals have been a tremendous failure after sweeping the tough AFC North last season.
I was one of the few people who thought the acquisition of Terrell Owens didn’t make them an immediate SuperBowl contender, and while their failure is not entirely his fault (he’s having an incredible season), the bottom line is they are 2-6. I don’t put that much blame on Marvin Lewis as I believe T.O. was forced on him and his QB is playing awful, but someone will need to be held accountable. There is a good chance he ends up getting fired.
Jacksonville Jaguars: I think Jack Del Rio is a good coach and the Jaguars aren’t having a terrible season. But after storming onto the scene a couple years ago and making the playoffs they have struggled. They’re playing in one of the better divisions in football and making the playoffs is unlikely. They could certainly end up over .500, but Del Rio certainly isn’t totally safe.
Even though I’m listing them, I honestly don’t think he’ll lose his job due to the labor issues and due to the Jaguars’ struggles with attendance and overall performance. It’s my opinion that he’s done just enough to keep his job, but you never know. They do have talent, and sometimes a coach doesn’t have to be doing anything wrong but a change of pace can make a big difference.
Houston Texans: I don’t think Gary Kubiak is in imminent danger, but the Texans have been on the brink of the playoffs for years. Every season they come back with more talent and more experience and everyone keeps waiting for them to have their breakout season. After a strong start and the resurgence of a running game, many thought that this might be that breakout year. Especially with the injuries the Colts have faced, the Texans had a perfect opportunity to steal the AFC South.
For whatever reason, they have stumbled and now are in danger of not making the playoffs yet again after a 4-4 start. I doubt they will struggle enough to cost Kubiak his job, but they continue to underperform and his time will run out soon.
Buffalo Bills: I don’t think the Bills will make a coaching move at this point despite their winless record at the halfway point. The Bills are playing incredibly smart, physical and intense football but they just don’t have the talent to break into the win column yet. Because the team is playing so hard and coming so close, unless they completely fall apart, I doubt a move will be made. Not to mention, Chan Gailey was just hired this season and it’s unlikely he’ll do anything to preclude him from getting at least a 2nd try.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are consistently one of the more unprepared, undisciplined and poorly coached teams in the NFL. They routinely have an incredibly talented roster but they get out to the WORST starts year in and year out. If this happens in any given year due to injury or new acquisitions causing the team to lack cohesiveness or something that’s understandable. But for this to happen every single year points directly at poor coaching. Norv Turner is one of the best Offensive Coordinators in the game but he has failed as a Head Coach at every turn.
The Chargers problems aren’t solely placed on Norv as A.J. Smith is one of the most immature and unprofessional GM’s in the game and he deserves just as much blame, but Norv will likely take the fall. The Chargers have had SuperBowl aspirations for years and their window appears to be closing as they get further and further away. A coaching change may due wonders for this team.
Denver Broncos: Josh McDaniels was hired only last year so he’s going to have money left on his contract, but he has been a tremendous failure in Denver. After a 6-0 start last season, his team has completely collapsed and there doesn’t seem to be any positive signs going forward. McDaniels butchered his relationship with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall and shipped them out the door. He also traded Peyton Hillis who is playing incredibly well for the Browns in exchange for Brady Quinn who has looked like ANYTHING but an NFL QB. He then spent his 1st round pick reaching for Tim Tebow who is a questionable prospect at the QB position. McDaniels seems to be trying to be another Belichick Clone and so far it has backfired. He, like Mangini, would be better served being themselves and putting his stamp on the team instead of trying to be exactly like his mentor.
It remains to be seen how some of his roster moves will end up. In the short term, Kyle Orton has played much better than Jay Cutler and Orton certainly seems to fit McDaniels offensive system better than the big armed and inaccurate Cutler. The reality is, however, that the team has been awful and he may be running out of time in Denver. He may be bailed out by the labor situation, but if they continue to struggle as bad as they have, that may not be enough to save his job. I’d put his chances at 50/50 at this point.
Obviously each coach will have his own list of priorities and things that will factor into the decision as to where he ends up, but just speaking in general, here are the top 5 Coaching jobs that might be available next year:
5. San Francisco 49ers:
This might be a bit of a surprise given that the team has struggled for years and doesn’t have anything even resembling a QB of the future, let alone a legit Franchise QB, but I think there are some very appealing aspects of coaching this team.
The most appealing area for me, is the young talented defense lead by Patrick Willis. The NFL has changed quite a bit and you can no longer expect to win solely based on defense, but I’ll take my chances going into a game if I have Patrick Willis on my side. This young man is an incredible talent and he’s only going to get better. The 49ers have a lot of other very good defensive players, and many are young players that could be there for years to come. They just drafted Taylor Mays and while there are questions about him, he has the physical skills that no other safety in the NFL has. If they get lucky, he could wind up being a complete freak.
The 49ers also have good young talent offensively with Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and a solid offensive line. While he’s injury prone, if Frank Gore can stay healthy, he’s one of the best in the business and if they can figure out their QB situation, this could be a dangerous offense and a dangerous team with the right coach in place.
Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden both have ties to the 49ers and they’re both proven coaches with SuperBowl victories. If I were the 49ers I wouldn’t go the coordinator route as they need a strong, proven figure to get them back on track. Holmgren has had great success in identifying and developing young QB’s so he just might be the perfect fit even though he’s currently under contract with the Cleveland Browns and I don’t think he’ll leave.
Jon Gruden is often said to be great at developing young QB’s (ESPN constantly tells us this), but that’s actually a myth. As a Head Coach, he has never developed a young QB. If you recall back in Tampa Bay, he was actually obsessed with various veteran QB’s who were well past their prime and couldn’t play anymore. He was extremely reluctant to play, let alone develop, a young QB.
4. Houston Texans:
This job probably won’t be available, but if it were to come available, I think it represents a great opportunity for a Head Coach. While Matt Shaub isn’t an elite QB, he’s above average and you can definitely work with him. They have Andre Johnson and other good, young WR’s and they have found a legit RB in Arian Foster. The offense has been highly potent for some time and it should only get better.
Defensively they have some very good players with Mario Williams and Brian Cushing and Demeco Ryans when healthy. The secondary obviously needs to be improved, but they have had some great drafts and if they continue to make good roster moves, this team should be very close to competing. The reason I have them listed is because they do have such great talent and they continually come up short. I think Kubiak is a good coach, but at what point to do make a move? They’re always considered one of the teams that will break out but they never do.
I’m honestly not sure about this one. You can make the argument that the Texans need a proven head coach to get them to the next level or you can make the argument that a good young coordinator might be able to get them over the top. If Bill Cowher would be interested in this job, I think his attitude and philosophy would do wonders for the Texans and could maximize their talent. I have no idea where Cowher is likely to end up because the only thing I ever here is where he’s NOT going. The prevailing thought used to be that Cowher would end up in Carolina, but I’m now hearing that Carolina is out. Those close to him have also said that he won’t go to Dallas, but I have no idea where he WILL go or where he’s open to going.
If Cowher isn’t interested or if the Texans wouldn’t pursue him (and who knows, Kubiak may be safe), Leslie Frazier could be a good fit for them. He is a great defensive coach and he might be able to get the most out of the young defense.
3. Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings don’t have a QB of the future and that’s a big negative, but it’s really one of the only negatives to this position. The team has incredible talent on both sides of the ball and they’ve been very close to the SuperBowl for the last couple years. They have arguably the best RB in the NFL, a good offensive line, and a good WR corps when Sidney Rice returns.
The Vikings have a dominant defense when playing at its best and have very few holes on the roster. Obviously, the QB situation needs to be addressed quickly, but the team is very close to competing for a division title. While the Lions are improving fast, the only true competition in the NFC North at this point is the Packers so there is a great chance for success within the division.
Mike Holmgren, for the same reasons as with the 49ers could be a good fit here. The Vikings have utilized a variation of the West Coast Offense for years and Holmgren learned from Bill Walsh, who took Paul Brown’s offense and created what we now know as the “West Coast Offense”. Systematically, there would obviously be a seamless transition. He is also very capable of identifying and developing young QB’s which the Vikings are in desperate need of.
The other obvious fit for the Vikings is their current defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier. He will be a Head Coach somewhere and soon so why wouldn’t the Vikings want to keep him in place. He is obviously already familiar with the personnel and the players are familiar with his system and philosophy and have largely thrived under his leadership.
2. Dallas Cowboys:
The Cowboys are a high profile team, with high profile players, a high profile new stadium and a very high profile owner. There is a lot of prestige and fanfare associated with this position and the roster is loaded with talent. Tony Romo may not be an elite NFL QB, but he is in the top 10 and with the proper coaching I think he could be pretty special. They have a stable of RB’s and a very talented WR corps. The offensive line needs serious work and some of their key players are aging.
The defense is pretty stout and they have some incredible young talent with DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. The defense is aging, however, and the secondary is a huge concern. Terrence Newman is a good corner and Mike Jenkins showed flashes of brilliance but has since struggled. The team has holes, but is not that far off from truly competing.
The issue with the Cowboys is the immense and immediate pressure to win due to the team, the owner, and the talent on the roster. The other issue is that while you’re held accountable for the results, you probably won’t have control or authority to ensure things are done correctly. The players haven’t respected most Cowboys Head Coaches because they know that at the end of the day Jerry makes the decisions. Jerry has been far too involved in roster decisions, game planning, and day to day issues. Look, he’s a great owner and can and will do what he wants. But it’s definitely a concern for head coaches as they know they will likely be undermined and won’t have the authority they require to do things the right way. If not for Jerry’s involvement and unlikeliness to change, the Cowboys would easily be the top job out there.
Not all coaches will want to deal with Jerry Jones getting in their way and honestly most of the higher level coaches will be turned off by this. But Jon Gruden is an extremely strong personality and energetic coach who might be up for the challenge. The team has a lot of talent and a lot of big personalities so a guy like Gruden might be able to reign them in and harness their potential. Gruden also runs a variation of the West Coast offense and I think Tony Romo would thrive in that system due to his mobility and their weak offensive line. Romo is talented but hasn’t met expectations and a system change and an offensive guru like Gruden could really take him to the next level.
John Fox is commonly linked to this job as Jerry Jones is said to think very highly of him and Fox will likely be out of a job. Fox is also a coach that Jerry can control and we all know that is one of Jerry’s priorities. That’s the one thing that may keep a guy like Gruden or Cowher from getting this job and Fox is a good compromise hire for the Cowboys. The fans desperately want the big name coach and Jerry wants a doormat he can control like Wade Phillips. Fox is somewhere in the middle as he’s been a good coach in the past but he isn’t considered to be a top flight coach and might be the odds on favorite to land the job.
I would consider Brian Billick to be one of these compromise type coaches as well as he’s been successful, he’s won a SuperBowl, but he has struggled to find a job since leaving the Ravens. He’s taken heat for being too arrogant and not working well with people, but he might jump through hoops for Jerry to land this job.
San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers have their fair share of issues, but there are some serious positives for this job. They have an incredible QB in Phillip Rivers and while he hasn’t yet gotten the respect and recognition of some of the elite QB’s in the NFL like Manning, Brady & Brees, I think he’s very close to those guys. Honestly, at this point I’d only put Manning and Brady above Rivers as I think he’s not only a great statistical QB but he’s a good leader. The team has a solid offensive line and despite missing some of their offensive weapons, the team continues to thrive under Rivers and it doesn’t really seem to matter who plays WR. It remains to be seen if Ryan Matthews can come close to replacing Ladanian Tomlinson, but it hasn’t slowed them down this year on offense.
There are some huge holes on defense, but the Chargers have somehow managed to play extremely well statistically this season. The secondary is weak and they haven’t gotten the same pass rush that they used to with Merriman and Phillips.
The Chargers have been great statistically on both sides of the ball this season, but the main issue has been coaching and discipline which is why this job SHOULD open up. A.J. Smith is extremely difficult to work with for the Head Coach and he will sabotage your roster out of a personal vendetta with a player (Vincent Jackson). In a perfect world, A.J. would be shown the door at the same time Norv is let go, but I don’t know if that’s likely. A.J. is certainly a negative when considering this job, but the overall talent, the top 5 QB, and the relatively weak division they are in makes for a good situation for the right coach.
This team definitely needs a coach with a strong personality and someone who will command respect and implement a system of discipline and accountability. This team has a vertical offensive philosophy and I think their personnel fits this system extremely well (obviously, just look at the stats). For this reason, I don’t think one of the West Coast Offense guys would be a good fit despite the obvious geographic consistencies. Rivers could run any offense you asked him to, but the big, physical WR’s and TE wouldn’t necessarily fit the short passing game. They’re at their best when they’re stretching the field vertically and going up and making plays down field, not catching a 4 yard pass and turning it into a 30 yard gain.
Again, I have no clue where Cowher is considering or who he’s already ruled out, but I think he’d be a good fit here. Logistically, it’s doubtful though as his family is back on the east coast and he’s always had east coast ties. I also consider Tony Dungy to be a very good fit for this team but I have heard even less about where Dungy would consider coaching and I’m not even sure if he’s ready to coach again.
Leslie Frazier is certainly a possibility, as is Brian Billick as his offensive system would be a great fit for Rivers and the San Diego offense. Honestly, while I consider it as the overall #1 job, I don’t have the first idea who will end up coaching the Chargers. This one is as wide open as any job, but the Chargers better get it right. They have been very close to the SuperBowl for years and their window will begin to close, at least temporarily. With Rivers, the team will always be close to competing, but they’re going to run out of chances with this current roster very soon.
The NFL as we now know has taken a firm stance against violent and illegal hits against QB’s and defenseless receivers. After one weekend of a rash of helmet to helmet hits, the NFL decided to increase the enforcement of its already existing rules regarding illegal hits. Perhaps the most common offender this season is James Harrison as he was involved in two of the knockout hits against the Browns a few weeks and he has been fined $100,000 so far this season. Nick Collins of the Green Bay Packers is the latest victim of the NFL’s new rules enforcement after he knocked Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams out during their Sunday night game.
There were other big hits and incidental helmet to helmet contact (mainly Austin Collie) this past weekend. The Collie play was flagged, but the NFL determined it to be a legal hit and didn’t issue a fine on Kurt Coleman. But after reviewing the Nick Collins hit, they saw it as an illegal hit against a defenseless receiver and fined him $50,000.
There is no question that since the NFL announced that it would not only fine but suspend players who violate this rule, defensive players have significantly changed their behavior. You can debate the league’s decision to fine and suspend players for these hits and some will say it’s part of the game. I’m not going to get into that, other than to say that it appears that players have made a concerted effort to avoid helmet to helmet hits on defenseless receivers.
There have been a few fines since the new enforcement of the rules including James Harrison’s hit on Drew Brees. Harrison, his teammates and others were very unhappy with this ruling, but what they refuse to acknowledge is that Harrison lead with his head down as he often does and that’s why he was fined. You can say what you want but if you lead with your head down and can’t see your target, you’re going to get fined. Period.
Nick Collins doesn’t have a reputation as a head hunter or a dirty player, but after reviewing the play, he lead with his head and lowered his head. It’s going to draw a penalty every time. I understand that he’s trying to do everything he can to break up the play, and he had to run at full speed to get there in time, but you just can’t lead with your head and not see what you’re hitting. It’s going to get flagged every single time.
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2010 season with incredibly high expectations. After years of being tagged as the most talented team to never win a playoff game, Wade Phillips lead his team to its first playoff win in a decade. With an owner like Jerry Jones, who just built a $1B+ stadium and the SuperBowl being played there this year, the Cowboys placed as many expectations on themselves as any team probably ever.
This season, however has been nothing but a nightmare for Jerry Jones, Wade Phillips, and the Cowboys. After a 1-5 start, they’ve also lost their star QB, Tony Romo to a potentially season ending injury. But certainly the Cowboys would bounce back with a Halloween day victory over the struggling Jaguars. They should just be able to roll them over on talent alone, regardless of who is under center, right?
Well the nightmare season for the Cowboys may have just gotten worse. As I write this, the Cowboys are being destroyed at home by the Jaguars, 28-3. Many have been calling for Wade Phillips’ head for weeks, if not years, and while I have been unwilling to place all of the blame on him, I would have a hard time arguing that he should keep his job any longer. First let me say that Jerry Jones has no one to blame for this season except for Jerry Jones. He made the team basically a traveling circus in training camp, going from city to city. He insisted on bringing in a SOFT coach that he could completely control after a power struggle with the great Bill Parcells. So by no means do I feel the least bit sorry for Jerry. Not to mention, he’s a FRIGGIN BILLIONAIRE!!!
Many have speculated that the pending labor issues have saved Wade’s job to this point as no NFL wants to be paying 2 coaches while there may not even be football next year. I don’t think that’s the case at. At least not with Jerry. He is the George Steinbrenner of football and if there wasn’t a salary cap, he would run the team exactly like the Yankees. Money is absolutely no object to him as long as he has a winning team that is also compelling, dramatic, and entertaining. I’m not sure exactly why Jerry hasn’t pulled the trigger on Wade to this point other than he truly is one of the most “hands on” owners in NFL history. He is involved in the travel itinerary, roster moves, draft choices, game planning, anything you can think of. I think he is a great owner, but honestly I think this type of thing is working against his team. My personal feeling is that they would be far better off if he could somehow put his ego aside and let a football icon like he had in Parcells or Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden take complete control of the team. Now, this will never happen, but it’s honestly the best thing for him and his team.
With such high expectations on the team this season though, Jerry is just not going to take this complete and total failure lying down. Someone, and maybe multiple people are going to lose their jobs. At this point, at 1-6 and without your starting QB and a brutal schedule for the rest of the way out, why not as LeBron James would say “clear the decks and start over”? Especially when Jerry has been paying Jason Garrett the highest salary of any NFL coordinator for years so he could lock him up as the “Coach in Waiting”. Jerry may have changed his mind on annointing Garrett as the next head coach with all the high profile coaches sitting out there, but I honestly can’t see any harm in cutting ties with Wade Phillips before the team leaves the stadium and seeing what Garrett can do for the rest of the year. If he stinks, then go after a Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. If he turns the team around with everything stacked against them, then you have a decision to make, but it’s a better problem to have than the one he has right now.
No one knows what Jerry Jones will do. But I promise you that Wade Phillips is sweating like a whore in church as he waddles back and forth on the sideline just waiting for this game to end before Jerry comes down and fires him on the spot.
Oklahoma St. Star WR, Justin Blackmon
After watching former Oklahoma St. WR get into significant trouble with the NCAA and ultimately being suspended for his final season with the school significantly damaging his draft status, you would THINK that current Oklahoma St. star WR Justin Blackmon would’ve taken a few notes…. Well apparently not! Blackmon has been tremendous on the field this year for the Cowboys, but he may have just set the Guiness World Record for stupidity.
Blackmon leads the nation in receiving yards, touchdowns, and scoring and is absolutely lighting up opposing defenses. He honestly looks every bit as good as Dez Bryant who is currently playing on Sundays. But after seeing the trouble Dez Bryant was in with the NCAA last year and after watching NFL player Braylon Edwards get into hot water with a DUI earlier this season, Blackmon was arrested for a DUI after being clocked going 92 MPH in a 60 MPH zone in Dallas at 3:45 AM. Not only was he dumb enough to drink and drive, but he clearly wasn’t concerned with trying to conceal it either driving nearly 100 MPH! Oh, and to top it off, he was using a fake ID that night (not that we all haven’t done that…)
I mean seriously!!! WTF is wrong with these Oklahoma St. WR’s? Not only are you going to be drinking when you’re not supposed to be, you’re out at 3:45 AM during the week, and you go 30 MPH over the limit just ASKING to get pulled over! Look, I’m not at all trying to criticize a college kid for having a good time and throwing back a few beverages. But there is NO way that a player should be out like that during the week, driving, and driving recklessly.
To add yet another layer to the stupidity, when pulled over Blackmon told the officer that he was returning from the Cowboys Monday Night game at their new billion dollar stadium. Now, keep in mind that tickets to the new stadium for a Monday Night Football game are not cheap. So obviously the question must be asked…. how and where did he get the tickets from? Did a family member buy them for him? Did he save up for them? Were they given to him by an agent, a player, or the Cowboys?
Oklahoma St. is saying that the tickets were provided to him by a father of a former Oklahoma St. player and they’re confident that no NCAA violations took place. I’m not sure, but that doesn’t seem completely above board. If this person was considered by the NCAA to be a “Booster”, this would no doubt be a violation. So what is the real difference between that scenario and someone else who is associated with the program providing benefits to a current NCAA player? Obviously a NCAA investigation will take place and if any violations took place we’ll find out. But Blackmon will serve a one game suspension for his DUI and will likely continue to light up the opposition.
I just can’t wrap my mind around how Oklahoma St. WR’s continue to break new ground in the area of stupidity… I mean, are they focusing their recruiting efforts on some JUCO school for the challenged? Seriously, Justin Blackmon!? Seriously!? Someone teach these morons how to get through college and to the NFL and THEN they can F*CK up all they want…..