Random notes around the NFC East: Dez’s “maturity,” Donovan’s Twitter account, Redskins TE woes, and the Giants’ interest in Vonta Leach

Cowboys

• During the 2013 draft, there was a lot of talk about guards being drafted highly, and whether or not there was value there. A common thing for people to say about highly rated guards was “Well if he’s Larry Allen then hell yeah you’d take him that high.” Here’s a rare video of Allen chasing down a linebacker after an INT. His athleticism was incredible. Comparing a guard prospect to Larry Allen is like comparing a QB prospect to John Elway. You just don’t do it.

• Former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus went on 105.3 the Fan last week and said that Dez Bryant had the worst background he had ever seen. I’m not sure if dallasnews.com cut the article off because the rest is behind a paywall, or if the article is limited to just two quick blurbs by Broaddus, but I would have loved to have heard more.

Dez Bryant is in a weird spot right now, although a great one. He had an absolutely ridiculous 2nd half of the season last year, and people are beginning to think he’s among the elite WRs in the game, or at least on the cusp of that status. Additionally, although the offseason isn’t quite over yet, Bryant has so far managed to stay out of trouble during the downtime for the first time in his career. This has led to weird praise for Dez for “growing up,” although to be fair, it’s not like Dez himself is the one saying he’s reformed. Still, in the (amended) words of Chris Rock, “What you want, a cookie? You’re not supposed to (get in trouble every offseason)!”

DeMarcus Ware aside, Dez Bryant might be the best player on the team, and he’s only 24. However, while it’s fine and good that Bryant is keeping his pants pulled up and he’s not running up 6 figure tabs at Dallas-are jewelers, let’s take it slow with the maturity thing until it’s demonstrated over more than just 75% of an offseason.

• Phil Costa is engaged to Brooke Hogan, Hulk’s daughter. Wait a second! Brooke Hogan just got engaged, married, and divorced to some guy in a span of like 3 months, all in 2013:

Eagles

• As I noted last night, the Raiders would have drafted Matt Barkley if the Eagles hadn’t traded up ahead of them in the 4th round.

• Donovan McNabb is on Twitter. In my opinion, he’s a must follow for fans of any team, for gems like this:

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You’re not doing it right, Donny.

…or maybe he is.

• Tommy wrote about Bradley Fletcher. I’m a big fan from what I’ve seen in OTAs and minicamp so far.

Redskins

• Some guy named Walter E. Williams wrote one of the dumbest articles I’ve ever read that seems to be getting a lot of attention for it’s awfulness. It’s on… you know… the name “Redskins.” Williams goes the “Where will the changes end” route. There’s endless idiocy, but my favorite part is the parallel he draws to smoking, as if not allowing people to smoke on an airplane is a terrible thing.

• The Redskins were bad against TEs last season, according to Rich Tandler of Real Redskins (via Football Outsiders). Rich mentions some reasons why the Redskins may or may not improve in that department, and I’ll add one. The Eagles and Cowboys are loading up on TEs, and seemingly want to make that a big part of their offensive game plans.

Giants

• My thoughts on David Wilson as a kick returner in 2013, from last Friday.

• This is a little old, but FB Vonta Leach’s agent listed the Giants in the “top 3″ of teams vying for his services, although the Dolphins seem to be the most likely. I’ve been pushing for the Giants to sign Leach since the 4th day my blog was live, so obviously, I like the fit. However, I just don’t see how the Giants can get it done under their cap.

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25 Comments

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  3. The program dates back to 1966, and it’s a great way for the NFL to show appreciation to folks who risk a lot more than concussions and torn ACLs, pretty much every day of the year.

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  11. Jernst says:

    To Donovan McNabb: (in my best Walter sobchak voice) “shut the f$&k up, Donnie!”

  12. davimcg says:

    “Some guy named Walter E. Williams?” Walter E. Williams is a Nobel prize winning economist and a syndicated columnist. Dr. Williams does not do dumb. Take a look in the mirror.

    1. He did the shit out of dumb in that article, and he did not win a Nobel Prize.

    2. NYG_Slater says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……………….I’m sorry…..Nobel prize? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      He most certainly is NOT a Nobel laureate. I had the pleasure to read a few pieces by Williams today, he is an extremist nutcase- uber conservative/libertarian. Occasionally, he is on the Rush Limbaugh talk show as a guest host……psycho.

  13. NYG_Slater says:

    Wow, just wow. Dr. Walter E. Williams is a “distinguished” professor of economics at George Mason. I’m stunned. That article was beyond idiotic,

    “If these people are successful in banning the use of Indian names for football teams, you can bet the rent money that won’t end their agenda. Our military has a number of fighting aircraft named with what busybodies and tyrants might consider racial slights, such as the Apache, Iroquois, Kiowa, Lakota and Mescalero. We also have military aircraft named after animals, such as the Eagle, Falcon, Raptor, Cobra and Dolphin. The people fighting against the Redskins name might form a coalition with the PETA animal rights kooks to ban the use of animal names.”

    Falcon, Eagle, Iroquois, Apache, Redskins………one of these terms is not like the others.

    1. fillyfan says:

      Congratulations. You are officially on the PC bandwagon and have dutifully expressed your disgust/indignation.

      Actually, your comment and Jimmy’s are what’s “beyond idiotic.”

      Did you actually read the article in it’s entirety or are you just passing judgement based on what others have said about the article?

      Dr. Williams is not saying that Indian tribe names and “Redskins” connote the same meaning. Is it possible his point may be that weapons systems named after Native American tribes could easily be considered offensive because they “imply” Native American tribes “killed” people. Where do you draw the line on what a name can really mean? Is the Colorado “Avalanche” offensive to someone who may have lost a loved one in same?

      The point of the article, in it’s entirety, was to show how, when we as a society fall into the group-think trap without thinking through an issue dispassionately/objectively on our own, even if it’s a trivial/small matter at the time, we could end up with unintended consequences down the road.

      “The issue here is not smoking but tyrant strategy.”

      Specifically, regarding the Redskins name, there are not an insignificant number of Native Americans who have no issue with the name and are actually proud of the reference to their heritage/history. Further, why would you pick a “derogatory” name for a team of which you want to be proud?

      I take it you have a problem with “Yankees” since it is actually often used as a derogatory term in other countries?

      1. Throughout American history, slavery was abolished, African Americans were allowed to vote, segregation ended, etc etc.

        And now there’s a black president. By Williams’ logic, abolishing slavery started a dangerous chain reaction that led to the advancement of equality.

        It’s not “tyrant strategy.” It’s progressiveness.

      2. NYG_Slater says:

        *”The point of the article, in it’s entirety, was to show how, when we as a society fall into the group-think trap without thinking through an issue dispassionately/objectively on our own, even if it’s a trivial/small matter at the time, we could end up with unintended consequences down the road.”*

        No, just no. What you just said may be true, but it is neither applicable to this debate (redskins name) or is the thesis of Dr. Williams.

        First, there is not any groupthink occurring in regard to the redskins name debate. There are two very different sides that are arguing for very different outcomes. We are not ignoring alternative ideas or viewpoints for the sake of minimizing conflict–we are having a dialogue and both sides are sharing their ideas.

        Second, the point of the article is VERY VERY clear. It is in the title, “Banning ‘Redskins’ name would be just the beginning”. His thesis is also very clear, (and dumb)

        “There’s a move on to prohibit Washington’s football team from calling itself “Redskins,”….This is the classic method of busybodies and tyrants; they start out with something trivial or small and then magnify and extend it.”

        From there, his entire rambling, incoherent mess of an article is a giant rant about 2nd hand smoke, the US progressive Income tax system, and that the National Transportation Safety Board wants to outlaw ” any amount of alcohol in the blood while one is driving.”

        His article is trash, from start-to-finish.

        While Williams never mentions it, his title and thesis refer to a slippery slope idea. Or that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect. His redskins example? We change the redskins name, and pretty soon we start changing names of “apache” helicopters and the Philadelphia “eagles” etc…

        He never acknowledges the differences between words like Apache or Redskins. The term redskins is a racial descriptor, a slang identifier based on a ethnic groups physical appearance–their skin color.

        Words like Apache, Eagle, Dolphin are nothing like “redskins”. His article fails to address or explain this idea. Furthermore, he just assumes there is no middle ground, and that once we start changing team names like redskins, it’ll be the beginning of something horrible! Catastrophic even! Like the ban of all animal names (LOL)!

        Williams article is dumb.

      3. NYG_Slater says:

        “Dr. Williams is not saying that Indian tribe names and “Redskins” connote the same meaning. Is it possible his point may be that weapons systems named after Native American tribes could easily be considered offensive because they “imply” Native American tribes “killed” people.”

        I’d argue that naming weapon systems after native american tribes is offensive. Imagine if we fired Yiddish missles, or drove African American Tanks. There would be an uproar. But name them after Native Americans groups, an ethnic group without the social or political clout/power, nobody notices the disrespect.

        Yet finally, when someone notices and speaks up against the disrespect, we are called tyrants by people like Williams.

        1. Funny how the “anti-PC” brigade are always the one with the most power, but act like victims.

      4. CrackSammich says:

        I don’t get why it’s so hard to understand that naming teams after pejorative descriptions of a people and their culture can be offensive to the people it’s negatively describing. It’s not a slippery slope–just don’t be a dick.

      5. Bill says:

        Yeah, um, isn’t the “slippery slope” one of the most well-known logical fallacies? This guy just based an article around it.

      6. Bill says:

        Heh… “PC bandwagon”

        Look pal, you have the right to be a dick all you want. But we have the right to call you out on it.

        You also have the right to lament the “PC bandwagon” and the horrible injustice of those that would call you out on being a dick. But just don’t expect that to be a valid point to anyone outside of the small circle of Rush Limbaugh mouth breathers that think like you.

  14. Phillyboijr says:

    McNabb on Twitter is equal parts pure comedy and pathetic.

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