Ezekiel Elliott: Quitter or Not

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Ezekiel Elliott: Quitter

Everyone has a breaking point. The question is, where is your breaking point? Can we call Ezekiel Elliott, “quitter”?

Ezekiel Elliott quitter footage

This footage clearly shows Ezekiel Elliott could have easily peeled back and become part of the play.

True character is displayed when tired, stressed, or frustrated

Ezekiel Elliott quit, but claims he was frustrated when he quit on the play. But to be a “warrior” you can never quit.

Ezekiel Elliott is not a warrior

To be a warrior, you must have a switch that cannot be turned off.

The people who come out the backside of BUD/S Hell Week are warriors.

Military academies and the Navy SEALS don’t recruit “the best,” contrary to popular belief. The military elite recruit horses.

Why is BUD/S Hell Week only five and half days? Because at the end of five and a half days the Navy has eliminated the mules

Mules will stop going when they are exhausted, and their master cannot coax them any further–stubborn as a mule. Horses on the other hand will run until they die. There is no quit in a horse. The survivors of five and a half days will also run themselves to death.

As for military academies, many candidates endure four years of tyranny because the thought of quitting is so abhorrent they could never bring themselves to consider it. 

Ezekiel Elliott quitter

Ezekiel Elliott said that the video didn’t show who he really was. And that he was only frustrated. But your true character comes out when you think noone is watching, Or when you’re tired, exhausted, or frustrated.

Ezekiel Elliott quitter forever

This play will never leave the minds of some teammates. As a “superstar” of the team, and a “leader”, Elliott needs to pour in more effort on every play than everyone else. The offensive line can never quit. If an offensive lineman quits on a play, it shows up right away. And that offensive lineman is never seen again. These offensive linemen never play on Sundays.

Quitting on a play like this is like cheating on your wife. You may never fail again. But the stain will forever be there.

Offensive linemen who are sacrificing their bodies for his glory will never forget this play.

Never quit players

Jim Brown never quit on a play. And that is what he saw in Walter Payton. Walter Payton never quit on a play. And Jim Brown admired that.

One player that took never quitting to an extreme was Dick Butkus. With second left and down my two scores Dick Butkus once called a timeout. Why? “Because I had to his that tight end one more time.”

A mindset

To make it to the NFL is exceedingly difficult. For the majority of players the only reason they are there is because they won’t quit on a play. The elite college players that are considered for the NFL are so numerous that many times the difference between who makes it or not, is who won’t quit.

Ezekiel Elliott’s statement

What Ezekiel Elliott is saying with this play is, “I’m that good at what I do, run the ball, that nothing else I do matters.”

What the other players are hearing is, “At the end of the day, I don’t care enough to put everything I have on the line.”

 

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Mitch Trubisky, Did the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers Lose in the Draft to the Chicago Bears

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Did the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers Lose Mitch Trubisky to the Chicago Bears?

It’s early. Cool your jets. Don’t book your Super Bowl travel yet Chicago Bears fans. But after the first preseason week, it looks like the Chicago Bears knew what they were doing when they “stole” Mitch Trubisky from the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers.

Don’t lie, you didn’t see this coming. I sure didn’t. I predicted John Fox and Ryan Pace would be fired.

Wait one minute

Here’s a question: What what UNC head coach Larry Fedora thinking by not starting Trubisky earlier? What did Fedora see in Marquise Williams that prompted Fedora start Williams over Trubisky?

I was wrong, Fox doesn’t need to be fired. Fedora does.

Hot rookie quarterback statline preseason week 1

 

Player Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rate
Trubisky 18 25 72 166 1 0 103.1
Mahomes 7 9 77.8 49 1 0 126.4
Watson 15 25 60 179 0 0 81.9
Kizer 11 18 61.1 184 1 0 114.1

 

For comparison, Matt Ryan had a league high 83.1 QBR in 2016. Yes, these guys are good.

But they weren’t facing number one defenses, or the most complex defenses in the NFL arsenal.

However, for now they look promising.

Watch the tape and see the rest of the story. Trubisky looks sensational to Bears fans who are starving for a franchise quarterback.

While the other rookie quarterbacks look impressive, Trubisky undoubtedly looks like the best quarterback of the draft so far. Relax Bear fans, that is so far.

The Cleveland Browns Mitch Trubisky flirtation

The Cleveland Browns played ESPN and the Chicago Bears.

It was almost comical how the top three ESPN NFL draft analysts got played by the Cleveland Browns. Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Adam Schefter all did the Cleveland Browns bidding by spreading rumors, started by the Browns that they were going to take Trubisky with the number one pick.

Was Kizer the Browns guy all along

You don’t float these rumors to insiders unless you know you’re not going to take Trubisky. Was Notre Dame quarterback, Deshone Kizer, the Browns guy all along? Of course there are rumors to that effect.

By floating these rumors (Browns drafting Trubisky number one), you send teams, like the Chicago Bears, into a panic.

Most people thought the Bears panicked when they traded up to take Trubisky (a second round talent according to ESPN insiders).

That brings us to the 49ers.

The San Francisco 49ers draft coup or whiff

The San Francisco 49ers capitalized on the Browns rumor. They drafted the guy they wanted with the number two pick, Solomon Thomas, with the third pick. And got some draft choices from the Bears for their number two pick.

Problem is, the 49er still don’t have a long term solution at quarterback. Should they have taken Trubisky with the number two pick? Only time will tell.

 

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Jay Cutler, Adam Gase, Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins

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Jay Cutler, Adam Gase, Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins

Jay Cutler, Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins have gone to Vegas and spun the wheel. And it looks like the only one who could lose is Miami’s injured quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Jay Cutler has nothing to lose

 

Jay Cutler has nothing to lose. His income this year just went up about $9.5 million. He is reportedly going to make up to $10 million with the Dolphins this year ($7 in base and $3 in incentives). Meanwhile, the numbers that have been floated about his contract with Fox Sports as a color commentator was less than a half million.

Even if Jay Cutler is unceremoniously booted from Miami, he will probably step back into the booth next year for about the same amount of money as he was projected to make with Fox Sports this year.

On the other hand. if Jay Cutler and Adam Gase catch lightning in a bottle, and win ten games or more, beat New England at least once, and win a playoff game, Jay Cutler could make over $20 million in 2018.

Adam Gase has nothing to lose

Adam Gase has nothing to lose.

When a head coaches franchise quarterback goes down, the entire organization and city immediately starts looking to next year. The coach is given a mulligan in most cases.

If Cutler and Gase can wrack up a half dozen wins, Miami will blame the lost season on starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill’s injury, not Gase.

But, if Gase and Cutler have a successful season, Gase becomes the quarterback whisperer of 2017, and gets some more slack.

The Miami Dolphins have nothing to lose

The Miami Dolphins have probably started looking at 2018-2020 as their next best opportunity to put a winning team together. Their hope is that Jay Cutler can win at least a half dozen games and not embarrass the franchise.

But losing a dozen games or more could work in Miami’s best interest.

With that the fans can hopefully see a bright future with a shiny new first round quarterback from the 2018 NFL draft. The 2018 NFL draft promises to be loaded with pro ready franchise quarterbacks. Having a bad 2017 season wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan Tannehill does have something to lose

Ryan Tannehill’s injury came at a very poor time. Contract wise, he is up against it.

Bottom line: Tannehill will lose money, or be dumped.

The NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league. And Tannehill, by the end of the year will have spent the last 19 games injured for the Miami Dolphins. That is not the best way to justify your contract.

And with the number of top quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft, Ryan Tannehill will essentially become fish wrap. Oh, he’ll be a nice backup at some team for a 2018 rookie, but that is about it.

Ryan Tannehill’s cap hit for 2018 is about $19 million.

Meanwhile, take a look at Myles Garrett’s cap hit for 2018, about $7 million.

Garrett was the number one pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Miami tanked, took a quarterback with the number one 2018 NFL draft pick, they’d have a bargain at quarterback of about roughly $7.4 million. You have to take into account the dead cap price of Tannehill’s contract of $4.6 million. 19 minus 7 minus 4.6 gives you a $7.4 million savings.

Fickle fate benefits the Miami Dolphins

The quarterback class of the 2018 NFL draft is the key to the Ryan Tannehill and Miami Dolphins future

If the Dolphins win with Jay Cutler, good for the Dolphins, and Adam Gase, and Jay Cutler.

If the Dolphins lose, good for Jay Cutler, he walks away with $6.5 million more than he expected to make in 2017. Gase and the Dolphins win, they gets a shiny new rookie quarterback. Tannehill loses. His contract gets cut and he is a placeholder for the shiny new quarterback.

 

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How the Media got Colin Kaepernick Blackballed

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Media couldn’t be a bigger thorn in Colin Kaepernick’s side

The media circus that is Colin Kaepernick is killing his career. Regardless of whether you believe Kaepernick was right or wrong in his stance, many people want to see him play.

But first I’lll talk about those who don’t want to see him play.

Later, I’ll explain the very real reason a team cannot sign Kaepernick. And it is the media’s fault.

Two camps that don’t want to play Kaepernick

The first camp that doesn’t want to see Kaepernick play

The first camp that doesn’t want to see Kaepernick play is the group of American’s who, like, Kaepernick, are exercising their constitutional right. They’re voicing their opinion that Kaepernick is infringing on a sector of American where they can escape politics.

As a matter of fact, most Americans don’t agree with Kaepernick’s protest. Upwards of 70% of Americans disagree with Kaepernick’s stance.

Right, wrong, or indifferent, that cannot be ignored by the check writers, the owners.

Coinciding with Kaepernick’s protest was a down tick in NFL viewership. This doesn’t necessarily imply causal. But speaking as a mathematician, there is a correlation. There is no denying that.

Tobacco companies used this same argument for years. They admitted there was a correlation between smoking and cancer. But that didn’t mean that smoking caused cancer.

So, if you can believe smoking doesn’t cause cancer, then Kaepernick didn’t have any effect on NFL viewership.

The second camp that doesn’t want to see Kaepernick play

Another group that doesn’t want to see Kaepernick play in the NFL are Kaepernick supporters.

Huh? How does that work?

There is a host of non NFL political hacks who support Kaepernick that realize as long as Kaepernick doesn’t have the opportunity to play, they can feel outraged.

These people are disgusting opportunists. They’d rather see Kaepernick suffer and their cause forwarded than Kaepernick get the opportunity he does, or doesn’t deserve.

Two camps that want to see Kaepernick play

Haters and real fans: The first camp that wants Kaepernick to play

Some Kaepernick haters want to see Kaepernick play. Play him. Let him fail. Then laugh.

Some analysts believe that it is Kaepernick’s play that prevents him from being signed. These are true football fans that want to discuss football and not politics. They want to see Kaepernick play. They expect him to fail. Then the issue will go away and we can then talk about football. Which won’t happen because the same political hacks will then want to talk Ezekiel Elliott and domestic violence.

The sad truth of Colin Kaepernick

The sad truth of Colin Kaepernick is that he is toxic.

Rumors have flown around of about a dozen teams signing Kaepernick.

This is why a team can’t sign Kaepernick

If Kaepernick is a success. Great. But…

As soon as a team signs Kaepernick, how do they get rid of him?

Let’s say the Raven did sign Kaepernick. And he stinks.

Now what?

Can’t cut him. The political hacks will come after you for putting Kaepernick in a position to fail just so you could get him out of the league. You, the owner, will forever be known as the owner who destroyed Kaepernick, the US Constitution, and everything that is great about America. These people are professional hacks. They have their script and they are ready to attack.

In the end, because of the political hacks supporting Colin Kaepernick, it is easier to pass on Kaepernick than to be stuck with him.

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Myles Garrett in Camp Update

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Myles Garrett in camp update

Myles Garrett was the consensus number one pick of the 2017 NFL draft. Despite the ridiculous rumor that The Cleveland Browns might select UNC quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, with the first pick.

Yes, sanity prevailed (only for one pick though-the Chicago Bears took Trubisky, a second round talent, with the second pick) and the Cleveland Browns pick Myles Garrett.

So far we are hearing the right things about Garrett in training camp

Myles Garrett wants to be the best to ever play the game.


That is easy to say, but at the end of the day you have to work at it and make it happen. At the NFL level, God’s physical blessings won’t take you all the way. And there is always another guy willing to do one more rep.

But is Myles Garrett the guy doing the one more rep?

From the sound of it. So far, it looks like Myles Garrett is the last one off the field.

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I did mention God given talent didn’t I?

I don’t know when strength becomes superhuman. But I’d say that Myles Garrett is approaching superhuman strength.

A post about the number one pick

Without mentioning a controversy would be unconscionable. So we’ll stick a little controversy in here.

Evidently Myles Garrett was scene wearing Nike shoes…And he has an Adidas contract-GASP!

On the field

He seems to get swept up here. But hey, let’s pick apart everything. As a matter of fact, I don’t like the way he tied his shoes.

But here, yeah. That’s gonna work.

Best for last

He’s taking care of the fans. Who pay the money. That ends up in his bank account.

Myles Garrett update

Some, including me, were pretty hard on Garrett leading up to the draft. I was worried about his motor. I don’t know if the ghost of Cleveland Aggies past, Johnny Manziel, visited him at night and scared him. But Garrett seems to be running down a path that will take him to his goal of being the GOAT.

I’m not saying it is a sure thing. But he seems to know that he is a far way off from his goal. And, that it will take a lot of work to get there.

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