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NFL 2010..One Roller Coaster of a Season!

The 2010 NFL Season had more ups and downs than all the roller coasters in Cedar Point combined!  We love roller coasters and since the NFL season had just as many thrills and chills, we thoroughly enjoyed these past months on the gridiron.  Here are just a few of our favorite highs and lows….

High Points:

Michael Vick’s comeback! 

This is no doubt the “feel good” story of the year.  Vick’s phenomenal performance after being incarcerated on dog fighting charges and being relegated to back up behind both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb could truly be a movie script.  The perfect ending may have to wait, though.  Only a Super Bowl Championship seems like the larger than life finale fitting Vick, Andy Reid and the Eagles.

Ndamukong Suh PAT attempt 

In early November in a game vs. the NY Jets, 307 pound Ndamukong Suh, a rookie tackle for the Detroit Lions, lined up for the extra point attempt after the starting kicker got injured.  While he missed the extra point, the sight of Suh making the attempt was definitely a highlight of the 2010 season!

Celebration dance by B.J. Raji 

In the NFC title game vs. the Bears, Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji intercepted a Bears pass and “ran” 18 yards for a TD.  His hula hoop-like dance was one of the most amusing, fun moments of the playoffs!  Click below to see Raji in motion.

The Chicago Bears

The Bears made it to the NFC title game, despite the preseason prediction by most pundits who beleived they were a below average team with little hope.  In 2009, they went 7-9 and had failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year.  The Bears ended the 2010 season at 11-5.  Some people believe that luck was a big factor in their winning season, as they faced a number of back up QBs and a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team in the playoffs.  In Week 1 against the Lions, a Detroit TD was overturned by a little known, controversial call with just a minute to play, giving the Bears the win.  Lucky or not, it was good to see the Bears return to the playoffs once again!

Aaron Rodgers 

The Packers’ QB finally emerged from Brett Favre’s shadow.   His stellar play this season earned the Packers a Super Bowl Championship, but nearly as important, gave Rodgers the recognition he deserved.  During the regular season, he earned a passer rating of 101.2 – the third best in the NFL.  He also ranked third in rushing yards by a QB.   In the post season, Rodgers had a passer rating of 109.8 and showed his composure and exceptional ability to read defenses.  What we love most about the Aaron Rodgers 2010 story is that in addition to being a great QB, he seems to be a genuinely good guy as well!

Low Points:

Mike Shanahan   

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan started a streak of behavior in October that slowly spiraled into a complete lack of respect for veteran QB Donovan McNabb by the end of the season.  Trailing by 6 and with less than 2 minutes left in a game against Detroit, Shanahan benched McNabb and put in back up Rex Grossman.  On the next play, Grossman fumbled the ball, Detroit returned it for a TD.  After that fiasco, most coaches would have tried to apologize for their poor decision.  But Shanahan went in front of the media and awkwardly tried to explain his decision by first claiming he benched McNabb because he didn’t feel he could run the 2 minute offense.  His statement was perceived as a criticism of McNabb’s intellectual ability by many in the public, so Shanahan changed his reason, stating that he actually thought McNabb didn’t have the physical endurance to effectively run the two minute offense.  Later, he modified his statement once again and claimed McNabb was suffering from sore hamstrings.  The tension between Shanahan and McNabb was quite evident.  Later, with only 3 games left in the regular season,   Shanahan benched McNabb in favor of Rexman and actually publicly demoted him to 3rd string.  The Redskins had a myriad of problems this season.  But it appears that Shanahan chose to focus on McNabb rather than recognize other issues hurting the team, including the coaching staff and their poor decision making over the course of the season.

Peyton Manning’s streak of INTs

11 INTs over a three game span brought forth criticism about Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning.  Some questioned his age, while others questioned his ability.  Manning had to deal with a porous offensive line, a slew of injuries to his receiving corps and no running game all season.  Despite his 4700 yards of passing this year, Peyton could not carry the team alone.  But to question Manning’s ability is absurd and short sighted.  It was one of the low points in the season for us, but Manning himself seemed unscathed by his critics.  That focus and drive makes him one of the game’s all time greatest QBs!

Vince Young meltdown 

In a game vs. the Redskins, Young injured his hand.  When Titans coach Jeff Fisher put back up Kerry Collins in, Young became agitated and a childish tantrum ensued.  He paced the sidelines, swearing and mumbling to himself, and then tossed his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands as he stormed into the locker room at the end of the game.  That day was his last as the Titans’ starting QB.  Owner Bud Adams recently announced that Young will not be on the roster next season.  He will either be traded or released. 

Inconsistent fines by the NFL 

The NFL established a reactionary, subjective policy early in the season in response to a number of head injuries.  While we applaud their efforts to protect players, this policy fell short and needs to be revamped before next season.

Super Bowl XLV seat fiasco  

In the most technologically advanced and extravagant stadium in the history of football, Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium came up short on the most important day for the NFL.  400 fans attending the Super Bowl were unable to be seated because their seating area was not completed in time.  The seats were valued at $800 and the NFL issued a refund of $2400 to each of those affected.  Fans had the option to watch the game in the $350 “Standing Room Only” section or on monitors in the North Field Club.  Despite these allowances by the NFL, fans were understandably upset.  There is no excuse for incomplete seating areas in a venue like the Super Bowl!

New York Jets Tripping 

The Jets Strength and Conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, admitted he intentionally tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll as he raced down the sideline on punt coverage.  Alosi’s role in the NFL was to help players become physically stronger and healthier, yet he showed a complete lack of judgment when he tried to trip an opponent running at full speed.  Alosi was subsequently fined and suspended by the Jets.  Later, the NFL levied a $100,000 fine against the Jets.  Alosi announced his resignation from the team January 31st.

The NFL’s decision to postpone the Eagles vs. Vikings game 

In late December, the NFL postponed the Eagles/Vikings game because of a predicted winter storm expected to dump 18 inches of snow on the city.  Since when does FOOTBALL get postponed due to weather?  This isn’t soccer and the NFL set a bad precedent by postponing the game when both teams were in the city and capable of playing.  Vince Lombardi must have turned over in his grave!

We hope you have enjoyed our review of our favorite ups and downs of this past season.  It truly was an exhilarating ride, but like any good roller coaster, seemed much too short!

NY Jets Tripping Incident Exposes the NFL’s Double Standard

During Sunday’s Jets – Dolphins game, a disgraceful incident involving a Jet’s assistant coach occurred.  Sal Alosi, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Gang Green STUCK HIS KNEE OUT AND TRIPPED Miami Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll as he ran down field.  Carroll was running at full speed to cover a punt and went crashing to the ground after being tripped. He was in obvious pain and was assisted by medical personnel until he gingerly walked off the field.

The incident was caught on tape and shown and discussed during the TV broadcast.  Immediately following the game, the 33 year old Alosi admitted he intentionally tripped Carroll and issued an apology.  On Monday afternoon he issued yet another tearful apology at a press conference.  Later in the day, the Jets announced Alosi would be suspended for the remainder of the season without pay and levied a $25,000 fine against him.

Personally, I feel Alosi got off easy.  The fact that the Jets did not fire him is disappointing.  As the Strength and Conditioning Coach, Alosi is fully aware of how easily an injury can end the career of an NFL player.  It is his job to help players become physically stronger and healthier, yet he set out to intentionally hurt Carroll.  What kind of organization wants an employee with such little integrity on their payroll? 

When questioned about why he tripped the Dolphins “gunner”, Alosi offered no explanation, other than basically saying he wasn’t thinking when he did it.  Really?  Carroll was simply running punt return coverage and had nothing to do with the play.  He was not carrying the ball, nor was he a threat in any way.  If he had been returning the punt and Alosi was caught up in the heat of the moment, he could at least use that as an excuse.  It would still be a dirty move, but it could be somewhat understandable given the intensity of football.  The fact that Carroll had nothing to do with returning the punt and Alosi felt the urge to trip him is much more disturbing.

At a time when the NFL is trying to portray itself as an organization that makes player safety a priority, it seems only natural that they would weigh in on Alosi’s actions.  Yet, after the Jets suspended Alosi and fined him, the NFL said it does not plan to take any additional action.  Instead, they plan to issue a memo reminding teams of the rules about maintaining an appropriate distance from the sidelines.  A memo!  How harsh!

This season the NFL has come down HARD on hits that they deem illegal.  Many of these hits are questionable and it seems as though players have been fined and punished for simply playing aggressively.  Most of these “illegal” hits are not done to intentionally inflict harm, but Alosi’s attempt at tripping the Dolphin’s player WAS INTENTIONAL.  Why isn’t the NFL getting involved in this situation?  Time and again they feel it necessary to fine player’s exorbitant amounts of money for debatable “illegal” hits or, even more ridiculous, “excessive” celebration.  Yet in this case, they are virtually silent.

Alosi’s suspension and fine from the Jets simply does not go far enough.  A coach has a position of authority on a team, whether he is the Head Coach or just a Strength and Conditioning Coach.  In the NFL, it should be considered a privilege to hold such a position.  When a coach sets out to intentionally harm a player, it shows a complete lack of character.  If the NFL TRULY cared about player safety the way they assert, they would ban Alosi from the NFL entirely.  Instead, they have decided to accept the Jet’s punishment of Alosi and merely issue a memo. 

Apparently, there is a double standard in the NFL.  If you are a player, aggressively trying to make a play and the NFL judges it to be excessive, the NFL slams you with fines and suspensions.  If you are a coach and intentionally try to hurt an opponent, you may get a paper cut from the memo sent out by the NFL.

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