… and you can tell everybody

Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of jokes over the years by the homies and myself for a number of reasons.

  1. In his peak as a quarterback in the NFL, we clowned this dude because we said he  looks like Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants.
  2. He’s always on instagram talking about how the “7torms are coming,” replacing the s with a 7. Dude, no.
  3. His ability to play quarterback has been on the same path like Aubrey Graham’s ability to finally make a quality album. It’s done. Over.

In the midst of the jokes that we’ve had about Kaepernick over the years, I can’t deny that in his absolute peak as a NFL player under Khaki god Jim Harbaugh he was really, really good but polarizing. Some for his ability on the field and his lack of going through progressions which is normal, I guess. Lots of it stemmed from people who couldn’t stand the fact that he wasn’t your “typical” quarterback in the league. People saw this guy as a thug and called him a douchebag because he wouldn’t wear a suit to press conferences, instead going with a sweater and beats by dre because that was comfortable for him.  Continue reading

Seattle wins the super bowl? What?

Back in August, I picked the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl, which most people were debating between them and the Seattle Seahawks. However, I added a disclaimer at the end of my preseason NFL blog:

 I can’t wait to come back to this in February, laugh about how wrong I was, and write a blog publicly apologizing to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks for not picking them to win it all.

WELP. I guess I gotta own up to it even though I sort of predicted it.

Uncle Pete Carroll,

I’m sorry that I doubted (well not doubted, I figured the Seahawks would win next season) you. I’m sorry that me, being a Seattle-area native picked against you even though you’re my favorite coach because we share something in common . I’m sorry that even though I was semi accurate, I’m completely sorry that I didn’t pick you in the beginning of the season even though I picked you to dominate the Denver Broncos on Saturday night on Twitter and even said it’d be by two touchdowns. I mean, it wasn’t, but you get the point.

Remember USC vs Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl, and the media coverage around that game? It was eerie similar to the coverage heading into this game. We knew that Denver’s offense was record-breaking all season long. We knew that Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, so naturally, it was “expected” for Denver to put points up on the board, just like how Oklahoma was supposed to beat USC (55-19 was the final score. SEE?)

Seattle’s defense was dominant all season long, and continued to show their dominance holding Peyton and the Broncos to 8 points. I was not expecting Seattle to score 43 points, let alone win a Super Bowl by 35 points and make Peyton Manning look like Jason White (see what I did there?). Pete Carroll joins Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win a AP national title and Super Bowl title, and the great thing about that? Carroll did it HIS way. Instead of changing his coaching style from the way he coached at USC, he enhanced it and he not only rebuilt Seattle with a bunch of guys who were 5th-6th round picks, he turned these guys into champions very quickly.

For the first time since 1979, the city of Seattle wins a major professional sports title, and as scary as it seems, they could repeat seeing how they’re still young and their core is there.

So congrats Seattle, embrace being on top of the football world now.

An Uneducated Guess: the QBs of the 2014 NFL Draft Class by Kyle Madson

I am not an NFL draft expert. I do not have the time or the resources to be an NFL draft expert. I don’t have film to study or a DVR to watch recorded games. What I do have are bits and pieces of games I watched on Saturdays, as well as a bunch of murky narratives I cooked up in my head, based mostly on the art of comparing current players to past players.

Therefore, I will be putting together several lists containing my thoughts on some of the top NFL prospects in the 2014 draft class.
The following is my less-than-educated take on the top 14 NFL quarterback draft prospects based on CBS Sports’ rankings. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and chase it with a shot of penicillin.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, JR
Bridgewater is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Given that he plays at a smaller school and isn’t the clear-cut best quarterback in this draft, he will likely be a force on Sundays. Plus, what he lacks in football abilities, he makes up for with an NFL-ready name.

Derek Carr, Fresno State, rSR
No. See: Carr, David.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, rSO
Johnny Football is the poster child for college stars whose on-field dominance is over-shadowed by his off-field escapades. If he can keep his head on straight, he’s Russell Wilson. If he can’t, he’s Todd Marinovich.

Blake Bortles, Central Florida, rJR
I watched one game of his and all Brian Griese would talk about is his athleticism. When athleticism and a big arm is all a quarterback has going for him, chances are it’s not going to translate to the NFL gridiron. Griese was throwing around names like RGIII and Steve Young. I see Jake Locker … at BEST. Teams shouldn’t bother drafting this guy.

AJ McCarron, Alabama, rSR
An average college quarterback that rode a couple of elite running backs, some dominant defenses and one of the best coaches ever to unparalleled success. Bottom line – he isn’t that good. Don’t get caught up in his intangibles – he’s basically Matt Cassel.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, SR
I haven’t watched this guy play one down of football, but he’s played four years at Eastern Illinois, which naturally means he’s going to be the best QB in this draft. For the love of all that is holy, take this guy with the No. 1 pick because he has all the makings to be the steal of the draft.

Zach Mettenberger, LSU, rSR
Stop it. Zach Mettenberger stinks.

David Fales, San Jose State, SR
Played in a pass-happy offense in a non-AQ conference. Mr. Fales, Colt Brennan is on line 1.

Brett Smith, Wyoming, JR
Never watched him, but Garoppolo already has the Cinderella story of the draft wrapped up. It’s probably time Smith start looking for work in a different profession.

Tajh Boyd, Clemson, rSR
I feel so bad for Boyd. I was so certain he was going to be a monster this year, enter the NFL and be Tom Brady. Alas, since I am always wrong, he turned out to be not as great as expected and will likely fizzle out in the League. Sorry, Tajh.

Aaron Murray, Georgia, rSR
My man-crush on Murray will doom him to the same fate as Boyd. His NFL ceiling has gone from Aaron Rodgers to Alex Smith.

Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), SR
I found myself scratching my head a lot watching Stephen Morris play quarterback. He isn’t ready for Sundays and will not be very good. However, he does have a big arm so he’ll stick around as a backup for awhile.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, rSR
No. He went to Virginia Tech. That’s a big enough red flag for me, and it should be a big enough red flag for NFL scouts.

Garrett Gilbert, SMU, rSR
My lasting memory of Garrett Gilbert is the 2010 National Championship game. Yuck.

If you have a question or comment, leave one on here or tweet me at @Madsports8 .

Predictions that’ll be so wrong, they’ll be so right

The beginning of the NFL Season is today with the Denver Broncos hosting the Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens (I thought the Super Bowl team always got a home opener on a Thursday night…… I’m still confused by this).

Yes, finally, the NFL is back into our lives. Even though Roger Goodell is taking the fun out of it with these ridiculous rules about how you can’t celebrate (my boy QB #2 for Texas A&M isn’t pleased for his future), it’s still the NFL. It’s back into our lives as Sundays are finally complete.  In a year of unpredictable events, I managed to give full predictions on everything except for All-Pro teams (Nobody got time to read that).  These are my predictions, and if I don’t pick your team, don’t feel bad. I’m a Jets fan. We stink on purpose. (Not really on purpose, but look at the Jets roster, then look at yours. My point exactly.) But here you go.

AFC Predictions:

AFC West:

1. Denver Broncos

Wes Welker came to Denver and brought “The Patriot Way” to Von Miller, huh?

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles (and his fantasy owners) will love Andy Reid, and captain checkdown’s president Alex Smith.

3. San Diego Chargers

Remember when there was debate about how Phillip Rivers was a top 5 quarterback? Man, man, man.

4. Oakland Raiders

Matt Flynn lost another job to a lightskin quarterback. Smh.

AFC South:

1. Houston Texans

But will they finally get over the “hump?”

2. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck won 11 games with no run game last year, and still lost Rookie of the Year to RG3 because he loses everything to him. See: Heisman 2011.

3. Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson said he’s gonna run for 2,000 yards again. *winks eyes* Okay, Chris.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

“Cecil Shorts is a terrible name.” – My cousin Chauntelle. Terrible name for a terrible team that is playing most of its games in London.

AFC North:

1. Cincinnati Bengals

I didn’t know Marvin Lewis still had a job until I watched Hard Knocks. Andy Dalton, it’s time to you know, yeah. *looks at his wife* I see. Take your time.

2. Baltimore Ravens

NO WEAPON!

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin should have asked his long lost brother Kevin Sumlin how to stop the read option.

4. Cleveland Browns

Brandon Weeden  isn’t bad, but he’s still my white #grandpa though.

AFC East:

1. New England Patriots

Murders and wild parties from your Tight Ends, while your future Hall of Fame Quarterback changes his hairstyle like the girls who say “new year, new me” every New Year’s. The Patriot Way is so great.

2. Miami Dolphins

People watch Miami games just to see Ryan Tannehill’s wife.

3. New York Jets

No receivers. Aging Defense. Hardly a quarterback. Mark Sanchez went from the golden boy to buttfumbler in a year. #GOAT

4. Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson is gonna blame God when the Bills win 4 games this year. Watch.

AFC Playoff Predictions:

1. Houston Texans 2. Denver Broncos 3. Cincinnati Bengals 4. New England Patriots 5. Baltimore Ravens 6. Indianapolis Colts

Winner: Cincinnati Bengals

#YOLO

NFC Predictions:

NFC West:

1. San Francisco 49ers

“I’m convinced Jim Harbaugh has sex with his wife in Khakis, a sweater, and his hat.” – Kyle Madson

2. Seattle Seahawks

The fanbase went from “WE GOT FLYNN” to “RUSSELL WILSON IS THE BEST EVER” in the span of 8 months.

3. St. Louis Rams

Let us pray that Sam Bradford can actually give the ball to Tavon Austin.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Carson Picks Palmer is the 2nd best QB Larry Fitzgerald has played with. Let that sit for a second.

NFC South: 

1. Atlanta Falcons

Matty Lukewarm Ice Ryan has one playoff win. Remember this.

2. New Orleans Saints

Breesus can’t save that defensive problem.

3. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton’s postgame interviews are better than most games on Sundays.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman dressed up like Michael Jackson’s thriller album, and found a way to throw an interception doing it.

NFC North:

1. Green Bay Packers

Aaron, since Ryan Braun was guilty…….. you gonna pay that guy your salary or nah?

2. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and ran for 2,097 yards the year later because he’s a supercoon.

3. Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler married Kristin Cutler, who had her fans attack me on Twitter because she was on a fake reality show and is never seen with their child. Makes sense.

4. Detroit Lions

Can Calvin Johnson play cornerback and safety, too?

NFC East:

1. Washington Redskins

RG3 got married to a white girl while having braids. Now, he’s the true #GOAT.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant hit his mom on Mother’s day. What a great son.

3. New York Giants

Eli Manning, that guy sure isn’t elite.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Too bad they have to play defense too.

NFC Playoff Predictions:

1. San Francisco 49ers 2. Green Bay Packers 3. Atlanta Falcons 4. Washington Redskins 5. Seattle Seahawks 6. New Orleans Saints

Winner:  San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVIII winner: 

San Francisco 49ers

When Jim Harbaugh wins the Super Bowl, he’ll proclaim to troll us all with a “who’s got it better than us” chant while it’s 25 degrees outside and the score of the game is 3-0.

MVP: 

Drew Brees.

When he throws for over 5,000 yards again and 48 TDs to push them into the playoffs, you’ll see why.

Comeback player of the year: 

Brian Cushing.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Cush stays healthy this year, and has over 100 tackles.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: 

Tavon Austin.

GET HIM THE BALL, SAM BRADFORD

Defensive Rookie of the Year: 

Ziggy Ansah.

Very raw, but at the same time, he’ll benefit from Suh and Fairley getting double teams.

Defensive Player of the Year:

Richard Sherman.

He talks a big game, but he can back it up too.

Coach of the Year:

Sean Payton.

I went back and forth with this one, but he’s the difference of the Saints being 6-10, and 10-6.

And that’s it. I can’t wait to come back to this in February, laugh about how wrong I was, and write a blog publicly apologizing to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks for not picking them to win it all. Leave a comment if your predictions are different than mine.

ME DOING THE MANZIEL

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