Falcons Ryan Not an Elite Quaterback,Although Bank Statement Claims Otherwise

Atlanta Falcons Starting Quarterback in 2013
Atlanta Falcons Starting Quarterback in 2013

If a player’s bank statement was the best indicator of rank,Matt Ryan would easily be included among the elite. His five-year deal is the seventh richest contract in the NFL and the fifth among quarterbacks, according to Spotrac.com. But elite based on money as a measure of greatness is a country club ideal—that mentality does not work at the NFL level of play.

In football a quarterback gets labeled elite because of touchdown passes, wins (typically playoff wins, but huge clumps of regular-season wins can get a player to the elite level), a sort of moxie on the field that few have, and drive after successful drive, leading a team in every facet of the game.
Drew Breese is elite. So are Tom Brady, Payton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. But that’s where the list ends for quarterbacks playing the game. The problem is there’s no clearly defined way that lays out a course for how a quarterback becomes elite.

Matt Ryan on the field in 2008. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Matt Ryan on the field in 2008

After a seven-year audition as first-string quarterback, Ryan needs to step up or step aside. Author Blank and the Atlanta Falcons are just throwing money away on Ryan when they could draft or trade for a better quarterback. This franchise needs to wake up and check back into the world of reality.

Coming into the NFL a player has the dream of one day winning a Super Bowl ring. The faithful fans of Atlanta want to see their Falcons in a Super Bowl in the near future. After all, the team has not played in a Supper Bowl game since 1998 in Miami, Florida under the filed   leadership of Chris Chandler, who is long gone from the league now.

Well, Falcon players and coaches it’s  time to raise up and get back to the Super Bowl. After watching Ryan play  in the 2013 season, I would simple say he is clearly not the player the team needs to win the  Super Bowl. It’s  time to find a new starting QB.

The falcons rewarded Ryan with a new contract of $103.75 before the start of the 2013 campaign, paying him like an elite QB, but he has failed to show that he is an elite player on  field. Listen to the sports media or watching the sports shows on television or joining a conversation people talk sports, however few believe he is an elite. This is also a feeling shared by former teammate Tony Gonzales.
“Matt an excellent quarterback,” Gonzales explained, as reported by Seth Wickersham in ESPN The Magazine.“But he’s not elite. He’s this close. He’ll get there, but he has some learning to do.”

Ryan is coming off a horrible 2013 season, where he threw 26 touchdown passes and committed 21 turnovers. This veteran quarterback could not hit the broad side of a barn in 2013 if his life depend on it.  However, he was great throwing the ball to the players on the other teams. It was this type of play that frustrated Falcon fans and caused the organization to miss the playoffs last season.

Now the question is how long will the Falcons wait on Ryan to develop into the player, the organization him on the field  in order for this team to return to the Super Bowl game.

Many of the faithful fans are sick of waiting on Ryan and Atlanta to become a Super Bowl Caliber team. So the organization better move fast or cut their loses with Ryan.

As the 2014 draft has come and gone, it’s saddens me that the Falcons missed their opportunity to pick up a  quarterback, as there where many talented quarterbacks in this draft. The organization could have simple made a deal with one of the other NFL teams, to move up in the draft to snag a quarterback. Instead the higher-ups choose to fill a defensive need in their first draft pick of 2014.

A seven-year wait is long enough for any fan of professional football to see his team make the Super Bowl, so it time for Ryan to show his elite play  on the gridiron and lead the Falcons to a Super Bowl victory. Or Blank needs to show him the door and cut his lose, if he is unable to make a trade for him. Ryan needs to remember that his actions on the field speak louder than his excuse in the media for not getting the job done.

Atlanta needs to replace Ryan soon so the team can get to and win a Super Bowl. There are a lot of great quarterback around the league that would make a good replacement for Ryan. Some journalist in the media have mentioned Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers as a replacement for the veteran  quarterback if Atlanta where to make a trade for him. While the recent draft had a number of excellent signal callers available. Maybe the Falcons should have taken a quarterback as one of their draft needs in 2014.

Ryan really needs to member that actions on the field speak louder than words. He needs to improve his play to become an elite quarterback or face the options of a backup role,being traded away from the ATL or being cut from the Falcons all together. And as a football fan I like cut him optionand finding a new quarterback.





New York Jets Gain Great Value for Tajh Boyd in Round 6 of 2014 draft


Tajh Boyd  NY Jets  Quarterback out of Clemson University great late round value for New York Jets in 2014 NFL Draft. Photo Courtesy of  www.wikipedia.com.
Tajh Boyd NY Jets
Quarterback out of Clemson University great late round value for New York Jets in 2014 NFL Draft. Photo Courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.com.

The Jets did not meet everyone’s expectations during the 2013 season. Some sports writer’s predicted a third-place finish in the AFC East before the 2013 campaign got underway last season. Others had predicted a 5-11 season record, however the Jets did better than that.

Finishing 8-8 in what many consider a weak AFC Eastern division dominated by the New England Patriots, left the Jets sitting home for the third consecutive year in 2013 watching the playoffs on television.

Tajh Boyd scrambles during a 2013 game vs. the Maryland Terrapins Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Tajh Boyd scrambles during a 2013 game vs. the Maryland Terrapins Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

With the NFL draft in the rear-view minor the New York Jets selected Tajh Boyd, in the 6th round as the 213 pick over-all.The rookie quarterback is happy   he  is a Jet while he looks to silence his critics and show he can play in the NFL.

One of the reasons he wasn’t picked earlier may have been Boyd’s low arm slot. Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee is trying to get him to change that, Boyd explained to the press during Jets minicamp this spring.

As a Tiger, Boyd was a strong leader and willing public face of the program. In  Clemson’s up-tempo offense last season, Boyd threw for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The previous year, those numbers were 3,896, 36 and 13. And as a sophomore: 3,828, 33 and 12.

The newly acquired signal caller is  eager to learn the Jet’s system going into training camp this summer. He now  sits dead last on the organization’s  depth chart at  QB. Boyd faces two major challenges this off-season to avoid being cut from the Jets roster. First Boyd will need to earn a roster spot. The second challenge is he will compete for the 3rd QB slot, a backup roll with current third stringer Matt  Simms. If Boyd can land this developmental  third string spot on the roster he can red shirt a season, just as he did in 2009 at Clemson.

The former Clemson star stands 6-1 and weights  222 pounds. There are questions about his height and how it might limit him in the NFL. He did not line up under center  for the Tigers and will have to adjust to a pro-style offense with the Jets’ West Coast system.

His biggest asset is his arm strength, which Ryan and Jets general manager John Idzik got to see at Boyd’s pro day.

“I think he brings some important things, including arm talent,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said, according to NFL.com. “At his pro day, he put on a show. He’s as athletic as can be. He reminds me of Troy Smith when he came out of Ohio State. At this point in the draft, to get a guy with that arm talent and athleticism is pretty exciting.”

A few media reports have surfaced saying that the Jets  coaching staff may try Boyd at different positions on the field besides quarterback during training camp. One such report implies Boyd could be looked at as a running back by the Jets coaching staff.  However, the former Clemson star has his heart set on playing QB for the team.

During a recent interview with the press Head Coach Rex Ryan addressed the issue of Boyd maybe playing a new position.


. , “I really like the late-round passer”

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan.


Rex Ryan Jets head coach had special connection with Clemson University, as son Seth Ryan provided some information to dad on Tajh Boyd. Seth was a freshman walk-on for the Tigers football program. Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons.
Rex Ryan Jets head coach had special connection with Clemson University, as son Seth Ryan provided some information to dad on Tajh Boyd. Seth was a freshman walk-on for the Tigers football program. Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

We’ll see,”Head coach Rex  Ryan told the madia recently . “Right now, it’s 100 percent quarterback, but we’ll see as it gets going. Certainly he’s got the running skills and all that type of stuff we saw in college that you might consider doing different things with him, but right now it’s 100 percent quarterback.”

Asked about branching out, Boyd was quick to say in a recent interview with reporters: “I can’t see myself playing another position.”

While at Clemson, Boyd saw plenty of action out of the pistol and arrives at Florham Park with ample read-option experience. Play-caller Marty Mornhinweg was  fond of the Tiger last season — too fond — and might find a way to dip Boyd into a subpackage. That said, the fleet-footed Michael Vick is a far superior option for any funny stuff.

Boyd signed his first professional football contract with Jets , The Post and Courier confirmed in its online edition of the newspaper prior to the start of Jets minicamp.

The first-year quarterback  will earn $2.3 million on his first four-year contract, including a $78,680 signing bonus.

Only the signing bonus is fully guaranteed up-front, but if the rookie remains on the Jets’ roster, Boyd’s 2014 salary is $420,000, increasing  each ensuing season to $510,000, $600,000 and $690,000 in 2017 if he stays active.

Now this is a choice I absolutely love. After the 2012 season many considered Boyd  a 2nd round prospect if he came out. He stayed for the 2013 season and some below average performances really hurt his stock. When the game tape gets worse than expected and then you don’t have the prototypical measurable statistics for the place, you start to drop.However he has one of the better arms in the draft, apparently he put on a clinic at his pro day. Add in his natural athletic ability and getting a player with this much talent in the 6th round of the draft represents unbelievable value if you ask me. He is a fantastic leader and competitor and I fully expect him to stick with the team. It’s a pretty exciting choice in my opinion.

Boyd was a great late value pick for the Jets, while the organization hopes that down the road Boyd can have the same impact on the N.F.L. as he did in college.



A Vision of Splash to Success

Competitive Summing: My time spent as a completive swimmer, I met many challenges in and out of the pool./ Photo courtesy of Pixabay@www.pixabay.com.
Competitive Summing:
My time spent as a completing as a swimmer, I met many challenges in and out of the pool./ Photo courtesy of Pixabay@www.pixabay.com.

The vision to in vision the splash to success is not an easy road for every competitive  swimmer. But when I look back at my time as a competitive  swimmer I have many great memories of time spent in the pool.

My typical day was long and began very early like around 5:30 a.m. The sun sleeps as the desolate city streets await the morning rush hour. Driven by the inexplicable compulsion I would enter the Forest Park Swim Center inching my way toward the cold dark locker room, I would slip into my still damp drags suites and make a mad dash through the chill of the morning air, stopping only to grab pull-buoys and a kick-board on my way to the pool.  The pool artificially warmed to fifty-five degrees; the temperature differential propels the spooky ambience of a werewolf movie. Next come the shock. Head first immersion into tepid  water sends my heart racing with a quick set of warm-up laps. As I finish, the coach emerges from the fog. He offers no friendly accolades, just a rigid regiment of sets, intervals, and exhortations.

Thus starts another workout—4,500 yards to go, then a quick shower and five-minute drive to school. Then it’s back to the pool; the afternoon training schedule features an extra 5,550 yards. Tomorrow it all starts over again. The goal is to cut my times by anther tenth of a second. The end goal is to do that tiny, unexplainable difference at the end of the race that separates success from failure, greatness from mediocrity. Somehow I accept the pitch–otherwise; I would still be deep in my mattress, slumbering beneath the blankets. In this sport, the antagonist is time. Coaches spend hours in specialized clinics, analyzing the latest research on training techniques, and experiment with workout schedules in trying to defeat time. Yet there are no shortcuts to winning and workouts are agonizing.

I took part in my first swimming race when I was ten years-old. My parents, fearing injury, directed my athletic interests away from football and into the pool. Three weeks into my new swimming attempt, I somehow persuaded the coach to let me enter the annual age group meet. To his surprise (and mine), I pulled out an “A” time. I furthered my achievements by winning “top 16” awards for various age groups, setting club records, and being named National First Team All-American in the 100-Butterfly and Second All Team in the 200-Medley. From that point, I  moved up to the Senior Championship level, which means the competition now included world-class swimmers. making the finals was difficult from here, as I was aware–at this level,  one measures  success  by mere tenths of a second. In addition, each new level brings extra requirements such as more weight training, longer weekend training sessions, and more travel away from home. Time with friends is increasing spent in the pursuit of the next swimming goals.

Sometimes in the solitude of the laps, my thoughts transition to events in my personal life. “My grandmother reoccurrence of cancer, which had spread to her lungs. She had always been driven by good sprites and independence, but suddenly my family had to  except that she now faces a limited timeline.”

Then I few weeks later, I learned that my grandfather who lived a good distance from me had stomach cancer. He had successful sugary but my family knew back then that a full recovery was not guaranteed.”  When I first learned they were both struck with cancer, I felt as if my goal, to cut my times by fractions of a second, seemed irrelevant, even ironic, given the urgency of their goals: to prolong life itself. Yet my family has learned to draw on each other’s strengths for support–their fortitude helps me overcome my struggles while my swimming achievements provided them with a various sense of victory. When I share my latest award or triumph story  with them, they smile with pride, as they had stood on the awards stand.  A grandparent is the only one who would  understand what the medals mean to them.

My grandparent’s strength has shored up my determination to succeed.  I have learned that, as in swimming, life’s successes often come in small increments. Sometimes even the act of showing up at a workout when your body and psyche feel like it  separates a great result from a failure. The difference between success and failure is defines  the ability to overcome strong internal resistance. I know that by consistently working towards my goals–however small they may be-I can do whatever I set as my goal, both in and beyond the swimming pool.

Jets Fans Have Spoken Loud and Clear on Jets Signing Michael Vick

The New York Jets fans have spoken out loud and clear without stuttering over the signing of Michael Vick.

Michael Vick: Michael Vick warming up in 2009 as a Philadelphia Eagle. Photo courtesy of www.wikipedia.com
Michael Vick:
Michael Vick warming up in 2009 as a Philadelphia Eagle. Photo courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.com

A large majority of the team’s faithful fan base are extremely upset over this dog-killing quarterback being on the Jets roster. This past spring, Vick inked a one-year 5 million dollar deal with the organization signing as a free-agent after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles. As reported by the press he will compete with Geno Smith for the starting signal-caller job.

Heading into training camp this summer the Jets’ look to improve last seasons campaign of 8-8 after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2013. Jets owner has explained to the press that his team must improve in 2014 because 8-8 just is not good enough.

Fans in the Big Apple who are loyal to Gang Green are angry over Vick being on the team’s roster. Some long time faithful fans have commented on the Jets Fan Page and Facebook that they will not support or follow the team as long as Vick’s a member of their team. Some fans have even turned their season-tickets back in to the orgaination in protest of Vick being part of the 2014 squad.
It seems the Jets missed the memo on Vick back in 2007 issued by the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons dropped Vick like a bad disease off their roster after  a court  convicted him on federal charges of financing a dog-fighting ring on the property of his Virginia home.
Even if he is sorry about what he did I don’t think they should let him back in the league . He had plenty of money, and what he did was just cruel. Sure, he can have a second chance at life or what he wants to do, but the NFL no. These are people who we look up to and although we all make mistakes, not everything is fixable with “I’m sorry, and I’ve learned my lesson.” He paid only part of what all those animals paid. A life is a life no matter what, and those dogs felt great pain. Plus it’s not worth it for the NFL to take him back. Too much negative publicity around him and his age is not going down.

New York signed Vick  this spring, however a petition is circulating attempting to prevent him from taking part in Jets training campus of SUNY Cortland. This petition has over 26,000 signatures (and counting) on the petition to keep Vick off the college campus because of his dog-fighting past.

“I love SUNNY Cortland, and cannot abide welcoming this sociopath onto our campus with open arms,” The Change.org petition read (WARNING: There’s a photo of a mutilated dog on the site). “We need to stand by what is right as a university by barring him from the grounds. I don’t want him anywhere near my beloved college or community. We MUST send the message that we won’t be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done. If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes.”

It’s addressed to Erik J. Bitterbaum, Cortland’s president, with the goal set at 35,000 signatures. It was discovered by various sites including FoxSports.com after being posted.

The Jets need to go back to the drawing broad on this player decision. This QB is poison to his current team and the league itself. Vick’s career is   over as he should have gotten banned for life for his actions and role in the dog-fighting attempt he was a big part of.

It sad to see the Jets sacrifice their fans for Vick, just to keep the team under a media microscope and focused on the organization. Maybe one day hopefully soon the organization will realize what a bad choice, signing Vick really is. Winning is important at the professional sports level for organizations and coaches but not at the cost of departing fans who promise to never follow your team again. Get a grip Jets and come back to reality and dump Vick while you still can.

The fans have spoken loud and clear without stuttering so be smart and listen up before the franchise looses all the loyal fans and the team is playing to empty stadiums. The message is crystal clear the fans dislike Vick and do not want him on the team.