Who Wore It Worst? 17 Browns or 08 Lions

Its the worst a team could possibly go in the NFL 0-16. The 2008 Detroit Lions were the first team in league history to accomplish that feat, and now they have company. The Cleveland Browns are now part of history.

Now that the Browns have also gone 0-16, the question is, which team was worse? Out of the 2008 Lions and the 2017 Browns, which was the worst team in league history?

Lets start with the Lions. This team was actually primed to make a possible playoff run at the beginning of the season, after a building block 2007 season. There was an obvious quarterback problem, and five Lions ultimately took snaps under center throughout the season.

Speaking of the quarterback position, the lowlight for that season was made by Lions qb Dan Orlovsky scrambling out of the end zone for a safety in Minnesota.

The only real star power that the Lions had on the offensive side of the ball was second year receiver Calvin Johnson. 2008 was the only season where Johnson led the league in touchdowns. The rest of the offense was dismal, ranking 27th in the NFL in total offense, 30th in rushing, and 24th in passing.

Defense, surprisingly, was also a struggle. For the average football fan, I dare you to name one player on the Lions defense that season. They were last in the league in total defense, giving up 517 points in 2008. In fact, many people regard this defense as one of the worst in league history. They gave up 6.4 yards a play, and had only four interceptions. FOUR!

Three times the Lions allowed more than 40 points, including an embarrassing 10-47 thrashing against the Titans on Thanksgiving. To be fair, they deserved to go winless.

Now to the Browns. The Browns have been bad for a long time, going 4-25 the previous two seasons. So it wasn’t a huge shock to see the Browns struggle in 2017. Their 1-31 mark the last two seasons is the worst in NFL history. The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.

The Browns lost by double digits nine times, and lost twice in overtime. For 15 of 16 games, Cleveland went with rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer struggled immensely throughout the season, throwing 22 interceptions.

On offense, the Browns are 27th in the NFL, 26th in rushing, averaging just 14 points a game. Six times throughout the season, the Browns scored 10 points or fewer.

Interestingly enough, the Browns didn’t have a horrible defense, ranking 12th in the country. Five times in the season, the Browns defense held their opponents to 20 points or fewer, but obviously losing.

In debating the worst team of all time, they’re both tough, or in this case, extremely bad. However, I do believe the Lions take the honor in this discussion, due to the fact of their defense. So there ya have it, cheers to you Lions.

 

Advertisements

It’s Time For Garrett To Go

Another season for the Dallas Cowboys, that had so much hope and optimism just three months ago, is gone.

After a fifth home loss of the season, following a 21-12 defeat to the Seahawks, one that solidified the Cowboys playoff aspirations, I couldn’t be the only one with this thought: Jason Garrett has got to go.

The Seattle loss is one that will haunt Garrett and the Cowboys for a long time. Failing to give Ezekiel Elliot the ball on first-and-goal at the 3, or second-and-goal at the 2. A game that Dallas should have won, and would’ve kept the playoff hopes alive going into week 17.

The Super Bowl drought will continue, and heck, even the NFC championship drought will continue. In seven years under Garrett, the Cowboys have won one playoff game. For certain teams that may seem like progress, but for the Dallas Cowboys.

Coming off a 13-3 campaign in 2016, a year that saw Garrett win Coach of the Year, fans expected nothing less than a repeat as NFC east champs. However, from the Zeke suspension, to the poor clock management against the Packers, or the blowout losses at home to the Eagles and Chargers, 2017 was one of the more disappointing seasons in recent Cowboys memory.

As Dallas prepares to take on the Eagles in Week 17, if the Cowboys lose, it will be Garrett’s fourth 8-8 season, which should be a fireable offense.

I’ve always supported Garrett since he entered as interim head coach in 2010, however his negatives are starting to outweigh the positive. His coaching in 2017 in the second half was atrocious, as Dallas gave up games against the Packers and the Rams. While Zeke was suspended, Dallas was outscored 72-6 in the second half during a three game losing streak.

However, it will be this Seattle loss that will hurt the most in the off-season. With everything on the line, they fell short. Much like the three straight winner-take-all games in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Yes he’s a nice guy, but I’d rather have a mean guy like Mike Ditka who wins ballgames.

Crown The Patriots Already For 2017

In life there are certain realities that we must to grip with. There is death, taxes, winter, soccer and so forth.

 

One of those realities in the world of sports, are the New England Patriots. I am declaring right now, a month and a half before the Super Bowl is even played, that the Patriots will again be the world champions.

 

Last night I was arguing with my friend, who, bless his heart, is a Vikings fan. Being a Vikings fan is signing a lifetime contract that you will be excited every season, be heartbroken, and come back the next season.

 

The argument was in fact very stupid and silly. My friend was giving me his sure assurance that the Vikings will win the Super Bowl this season, and he gave two reasons.

 

One, because of the fact this Super Bowl will be played in Minneapolis at the Vikings home stadium.

 

Two, BECAUSE THE VIKINGS HAVE CASE KEENUM.

 

Him giving his sure blown confidence in Case Keenum, who I didn’t even know was in the league in 207, gives me that much more of a surety that the Patriots will win.

 

I told him that I will give him my left foot if the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

 

The Patriots are not my number one team. Ever since my birth, I’ve been a diehard Cowboys fan, that’s right, America’s Team. However, I’m a huge Tom Brady fan, and Gronk is my favorite player in the league.

 

There are certain football fans in the country right now that don’t agree with my bold, but that not bold, prediction. I have two things to say to you. First, you’re a delusional football fan. Second, Tom Brady.

 

Over the last 16 seasons, the Pats and their quarterback from Michigan, who I still think is running his 40 yard dash at the combine, have given the rest of the league little to no chance.

 

Five Super Bowls in the past 16 years, and honestly, they should have at least eight.

 

Last year’s Super Bowl against the Falcons was a perfect implication. Down 28-3 in the second half, and still finding a way to win.

 

And frankly, in the year 2017, there are just no teams worthy to take down the almighty empire which is New England.

 

Vikings? With Case Keenum? I’ve already gone over that joke, and his name is still Case Keenum.

 

The Rams? Their head coach looks like he should still be hazing kids in a frat in college, let alone be coaching against the greatest head coach of all time.

 

Eagles? Three weeks ago I’d say they’d be in the Super Bowl at least, but not anymore (insert tear emoji).

 

Steelers? We already saw the product of that game. Argue all you want about the call made last week, but the fact of the matter is, the Pats own the Steelers. Also, Tom Brady is 2-0 against Big Ben in the playoffs.

 

Honestly, the biggest mountain the Patriots may have to climb is Roger Goodell, who’s probably cooking up another scam against Belicheck.

 

Brady is the greatest, Belicheck is the greatest, Gronk is the best tight end in the league, they are unbeatable in the playoffs in New England, there you go. The Patriots will win the Super Bowl again.

Welcome to Miami, Brevin Jordan

With early signing coming on Wednesday, the Hurricanes added several top name prospects. One of those players that will no doubt become a household name in Miami, is tight end Brevin Jordan.

 

Jordan was rated the number one tight end in the country by ESPN.

 

Since the early 2000’s, the Hurricanes have produced many tight ends that went on to have successful NFL careers. Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr, Greg Olsen, and now David Njoku.

 

Though the majority of early signees for Miami came from South Florida, Jordan comes from Las Vegas. Jordan was an elite player for powerhouse Bishop Gorman, racking up more than 1,000 receiving yards his senior season.

 

In 2017, Jordan also helped Bishop Gorman win their ninth straight state championship, while recording 13 touchdowns on the year.

 

Jordan is one of only four in the early signing class for Miami that isn’t from the state of Florida. The four star tight end turned down offers from Alabama, FSU, UCLA, USC and many others.

 

Though Jordan has the size of past Miami great tight ends, his speed and dual threat ability is what really drew in the Canes . Often times at Bishop Gorman, they would utilize Jordan and line him up as a receiver, creating difficult situations for defenses.

 

With Miami losing senior Christopher Herndon IV, Jordan will be expected to make an impact as a freshman in 2018. Joining Jordan at the tight end position, will be other recruit Will Mallory from Jacksonville. Mallory will most likely redshirt his freshman year.

 

If Mallory isn’t an option in 2018, Jordan will be paired up with Michael Irvin II. Irvin started the ACC championship game after Herndon was injured against Pittsburgh.

 

Irvin and Jordan are similar in size, with Jordan being an exceptional blocker having played linebacker in high school.

 

Though several of the early signees will be attending Miami in the spring, both Jordan and Mallory’s high school won’t allow early graduation.

 

 

For Hurricanes, Orange Bowl Brings Fond Memories

As the Hurricanes prepare to take on Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl on Dec.30th, this game may be new to these players and some of the coaching staff for Miami, but playing in the Orange Bowl has shaped the Hurricanes and their history.

When the Canes take the field against the Badgers, it will be the tenth time in school history that Miami has played in the Orange Bowl, first since 2004.

The Hurricanes have appeared in the third most Orange Bowls, behind Oklahoma and Nebraska.

In fact, the Hurricanes played in the very first Orange Bowl in 1935 at the old Miami Field, as the Canes lost to Bucknell 26-0.

From 1935 to 1951, the Hurricanes played in three Orange Bowl’s. Then in the 1980’s, Miami appeared in three Orange Bowl’s in a five year span.

Appearing in 1984, as most regard as the most important game in the program’s history, when the upstart Hurricanes upset Tom Osbore’s Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30, securing the school’s first national championship.

Not only did playing in the Orange Bowl mean playing in a big bowl game, or playing in front of their home fans, but several times the game also included national championship implications.

From 1972 to 1994, the Orange Bowl decided thirteen national championships. Three of the five times Miami won college football’s ultimate prize, it was in the Orange Bowl.

Miami and Nebraska meeting in the Orange Bowl was a regular occurrence in the 80’s and 90’s. From 1984 to 1995, the Hurricanes and Cornhuskers met four times in the Orange Bowl, with Miami winning three of those games.

Miami hasn’t made an appearance in 13 years however, as they met FSU in January of 2004, defeating the Seminoles 16-14, with that being the only time those two programs met in a bowl game.

Hurricanes fans will tell you some memories of the Orange Bowl if you ask them. Many remember Ken Calhoun’s miraculous play to tip away Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill’s pass on a two point conversion, to seal Miami’s victory in 1984.

Others may tell of when Vince Wilfork literally destroyed FSU’s Leon Washington, and then Xavier Beitia missed yet another field goal, as Miami downed the Noles.

Finally, watching Gino Toretta or Steve Walsh throwing touchdowns in 1988 and 1992, as Miami captured national championships.

Miami returning to the Orange Bowl for the first time in over a decade is creating quite the hype as well. Ticket prices have already surpassed $300, more so than the 2016 College Football Semi-final edition in Miami between Clemson and Oklahoma.

Defensive Back U Has Bright Future At Miami

With Wednesday marking the two day fiasco that is the early signing period in college football, the Miami Hurricanes are welcoming many to their family in the next few days.

17 of the Canes 20 commits in Storm18 will sign their national letter of intent on Wednesday, with more making their decision on National Signing Day in February.

As of now, the Hurricanes currently own the number four recruiting class in the country, behind Ohio State, Texas and Georgia.

Even with the loss of Josh Jobe, who flipped and signed with Alabama, the rest of the Hurricanes defensive backs are already looking good.

Though most of the attention of the recruiting class is turned to five star running back Lorenzo Lingard, three defensive backs have caught the eyes of many. Al Blades Jr, D.J. Ivey and Gurvan Hall will look to add on to the legacy at defensive backs for the Canes.

Blades is one that stands out to Miami fans, frankly because of his name. He will be the fourth player from his family to wear the U, with his father Al playing for Butch Davis from 1998-2000. Two of his uncles, Bennie and Brian played for Miami in the 80’s.

Blades comes in as a taller cornerback at 6’0, but being on the lighter side at 170, having won a state championship playing for well known St.Thomas Aquinas.

Gurvan Hall is another one signing on Wednesday, and he’ll be attending Miami in January. Hall is a nominee for Mr.Football in the 8A class, coming out of Palm Beach Gardens.

Hall, with his hard hitting tenacity and knack for finding the ball, reminds some of Sean Taylor. In fact, Hall has expressed desire to wear the number 26 for the Canes. Hall also will be rooming with Lorenzo Lingard in school.

D.J. Ivey is one more that will compete for playing time in the fall, and also will join Hall in January in Miami.

Ivey, what he lacks for in size, makes up for tremendous speed that allowed him to shine while playing at South Date.

Its no secret Miami has a rich history of defensive backs. Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Antrel Role and Phillip Buchanon have all worn the U.

Tomorrow, these three players, will sign their letters of intent, and will be ready to carry on that tradition.

 

Legendary Night For Kobe, Lakers History

For 20 seasons, from 1996 to 2016, Kobe Bryant would enter the Staples Center, and give the Laker faithful the kind of performance that left them amazed, and wanting to come back for more.

On Monday night, the future Hall of Famer came back to the house that he helped build, for one more celebratory moment. This time, it was the Lakers honoring him, as opposed to Bryant honoring not just the franchise, but the city that he played for, when he was on the court.

During the Lakers matchup with the defending world champion Golden State Warriors, a ceremony was held to retire both of Bryant’s jerseys–No. 8 that Kobe wore for the first half of his career, and also No. 24 that he wore for the second half.

Bryant became the 10th player in the history of the legendary franchise to have his number retired, and the first player in NBA history to have new numbers retired by the same team.

Drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 draft, Bryant came right out of high school in Philadelphia, and was originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, before being traded to the Lakers.

Prior to his coming to Los Angeles, the Lakers franchise was in rebuilding having been knocked out from the playoffs the year before, and seeing their championship drought reach eight years. However, that same summer, the Lakers also added big man Shaquille O’Neal from the Orlando Magic. The two would be the building blocks for a future dynasty.

Head coach Phil Jackson joined in 1999, having just coached Michael Jordan and the Bulls to six NBA championships. The next three years saw Kobe and the Lakers reach new heights, winning three straight Finals.

Shall left LA in the summer of 2004, but that didn’t stop Kobe or the Lakers, winning two more championships in 2009 and 2010.

When you think of a career defining moment for Kobe Bryant, not just one memory can come to mind.

For some it was the buzzer beater to beat the Suns in the playoffs in 2006, or his alley-oop to Shaq against the Blazers in game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.

Bryant retired as the third leading scorer in NBA history, and only Wilt Chamberlain scored more points in a single game than Bryant’s 81 point performance against the Raptors in 2006.

All of the 20 seasons he played, Bryant looked up in the rafters in Los Angeles and saw the numbers of Magic, Elgin, Wilt, Gail, Kareem, Shaq, Worthy, Jerry and Wilkes. Now, the numbers 8 and 24 will look down on the future of the league, and the future of the Lakers