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Mailbag: Brees Not The Best

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

Brees is the best player quarterback in the league not to win a Superbowl but all that can change with his current New Orleans Saints team.

Going through my mailbag this weekend, I came across this suggestion from a reader that I felt was appropriate especially with the huge MNF game tonight between the undefeated Saints and the team of the decade: the Patriots.  Here is what he said:

Maybe you can do an article on the BEST NFL quarterback, Drew Brees.   He keeps coming back from big deficits every week to stay perfect on the season.  With his accuracy as shown in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVoqA-LKGb4, he can spread the ball around better than anyone else in the game.  He continues to shove the ball up his opponent’s asses.  So where’s the post on Brees being the best in the game?

-Johnny

Las Vegas, Nevada

The reason I haven’t done a piece on Drew Brees being the NFL’s best quarterback is because he’s not.  When discussing the league’s best QBs there should only be two choices:  1) Tom Brady 2) Peyton Manning.  Brees is remarkable and maybe the best of the rest but he cannot be seriously be considered the best overall.  It goes without saying that a

As great as Elway was not even he could not fend off the Superbowl stigma until he won his 1st Lombardi Trophy.

quarterback needs to win a Superbowl in order to be mentioned in the conversation.  Unfortunately it is how all great players, especially quarterbacks, are measured.  Too many magnificent quarterbacks before Brees succumbed to the Superbowl rule.  Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino just to name a few.  If John Elway couldn’t get a pass with his first 3 Superbowl appearances, all loses prior to his 2 wins, then Brees, who has yet to even make it to the Superbowl, will not be granted that privilege either.

Now Brees is in my Top 5 and is far superior to fellow 2-time Superbowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. So regarding the Superbowl rule he is an exception of sorts.  No one outside of Pittsburgh would pick Roethlisberger over Brees if they had the choice.  Brees is one of the few QBs who are irreplaceable like Brady and Manning.  He is quickly closing the gap between himself and the elite.  A win over Brady’s Patriots tonight on Monday Night Football may very well provide the Saints with the fuel needed to make Superbowl run.  Then Brees can look to eradicate the one thing that plagues his credentials.

As far as his place among the best in the game I would have to place him 4th overall.  The #1 choice is clear but in a tough decision I would have to place Favre over Brees right now.  Favre is playing some of his best football with far less turnovers than Brees.  Brees has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in half his games played this year.  The Saints are undefeated but the Vikings’ sole loss came at the expense of some convenient calls for the home team Steelers that ultimately took away the Vikings’ winning scores.  Favre and Brees are running a close race and a standout performance against the Patriots could propel Brees ahead of Favre but it’s unlikely.  This is vintage Favre we’re seeing and he’s looking a lot like the bayou brat who won a championship in the city Brees plays for.  See how that championship factor keeps working its way in the conversation?  If guys like Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien and Trent Dilfer have championship rings then it would be a crime if a talent like Drew Brees goes ring-less in his career.  Hopefully the Saints win it all this year because Brees truly deserves a ring.  I can’t think of anyone else in the league that is more deserving than Drew Brees.

Brees. Brady. Manning.  It’s all debatable but here are my top five quarterbacks in the game today:

1) Tom Brady

2) Peyton Manning

3) Brett Favre

4) Drew Brees

5) Ben Roesthlisberger

Attention: Mailbag Address Has Changed!

Posted in Boxing, MMA, NFL, Wrestling with tags on November 6, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

referee-cartoon_~FBCL0139What’s up guys.  I have a new email address to receive all your questions and comments.  So if you have something on your mind and want to share it then email me at dallasomalley@rebelref.com

Your feedback and questions have been awesome and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Also, we’ll be soon offering free t-shirts if your question(s) or comment(s) make my December mailbag.  Stay tuned for details.

Mailbag: Tossing the Pigskin

Posted in NFL with tags , , , on October 26, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
This is repulsive and paltry all at the same time.

This is repulsive and paltry all at the same time.

Dallas,

Love your columns so I figured I’d drop you a line and hope you’d comment. Are you as sick as I am of the throwback uniforms? Hey Commish, I get it it’s the 50th anniversary season. And I get the NFL is a business but stop trying to suck the fans dry with merchandise sales and get back to Football. Hey if I want to see the Broncos and the Jets duel it out I don’t want to feel as though I’m watching Oregon vs. Boise St on that god damn blue field. Enough is enough!”

– Super Dave

Chalmette, LA

I could not agree more, Dave. Roger Goodell does have a business to run but he can tone down the NFL Shop propaganda. He should be satisfied with the fact that his hard working American fans continue to spend their disposable income on his product during these trying times. You’re 100% right that all the throwback uniforms used for games is more about the commercial aspect than respecting the history of the game. Why else during those throw back games the first commercial you see during the break are the NFL Shop commercials showcasing “the average” fan in retro NFL apparel? It’s disgusting. While other major sports have seen their numbers decline over the past decade the NFL has grown exponentially. Apparently the NFL is not content with being the biggest sport in the land until they suck all they can out of the paying customer. Plus some of those uniforms are flat out hideous. Seeing them once was enough for me. It’s like you said, “Let’s get back to football”. Well put my friend.

There are a lot of teams that wish they had a guy like Bush to make big time plays such as this.

There are a lot of teams that wish they had a guy like Bush to make big time plays such as this.

Reggie (Bush) sucks. Pierre Thomas is coming up big after Deuce’s departure. Like Deuce, Thomas is a power runner you need late in the game. Reggie couldn’t take it up the middle if his life depended on it. The very few times he has done it the hole was big enough for my 80 year grandfather to run through without being touched. He has to have an open path to the outside to get any kind of yards. His big expectations didn’t last long. Instead of doing commercials with Jared for Subway I think he should be a spokesman for Butterfinger with the performances he’s been putting on lately. Pierre Thomas is an up and coming back and not a pansy like Reggie. He’s better than Reggie by a mile. He’s been taking more of Reggie’s playing time and Reggie is becoming expendable.”

-Louis

Picayune, MS

Bush has already been exposed as someone who cannot ever be an every down back with his style of running. I wouldn’t go so far as to say he sucks though. He is an exceptional athlete and Sean Payton has recently utilized him as a situational back. As the season rolls on, then the playoffs, watch how valuable of an asset he’ll become. Payton will work him into a role that will cause problems for opposing defenses. Just like today in the Dolphins game. Reggie on the reverse was golden and how about that 5 yard leap for the pylon? It’s those kinds of plays that will make people accept him as a role player. Those overhyped expectations that preceded him out of USC are rarely ever realized. Regardless he is still special player and certainly not expendable.

The real issue with Bush is that he appears to have gotten soft. That is the Kim Kardashian effect. Although Pierre Thomas is not the sole reason the Saints have a power running game this season. You also have to thank Mike Bell for that. Unlike other running back combinations, Thomas and Bell are sharing a more even split of the carries than more conventional tailback duos. With both Bell & Thomas the Saints have been able to not miss Deuce as much.

Mailbag: Brady Bashing

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Randy Moss knows the best has yet to come from Tom Brady and so should you.

Randy Moss knows the best has yet to come from Tom Brady and so should you.

I have a question to ask you people:  what are they putting in the water where you live?  I know there are plenty of haters out there for countless reasons and players but what is really going on here?  What am I talking about?  I’m talking about my boy Tom Brady.  I checked my mailbag and I was overwhelmed by the Brady hate mail.  I’m as big of a Brady fan as anybody so I’m perplexed at the crap spewing out of people’s mouths about him.  It’s not all Brady so I thought I’d share my mailbag and break it down for you all:

“Dallas, did you see Brady babying about a roughing the passer call. The defensive guy was apparently in momentum to tackle Brady. Brady let go then babied about the call…let the players play football. It is a contact sport. The reality is that he isn’t as good as he was…”

-Jeff

Oakland, CA

I did see the play unfold but I didn’t see Brady baby about anything.  Watch any game and just about every player with a hint of emotion running through his body will question, debate or alert an official regarding a call.  Also the referee saw it too.  It’s not like he threw the flag because Brady told him to.  Terrell Suggs was apparently pushed into Brady’s legs and reflecting on what happened to him its ok is he’s a little jumpy when someone lunges at his knees.  Brady didn’t see Suggs being pushed he just saw someone coming at his million dollar knees.  A foul is a foul and the referee saw a foul.  Plenty of times defensive players are called for ticktack fouls but rules are rules.  The rules are meant to protect the players and the Ravens are upset because they wanted to get to Brady so bad they can taste it.  He does that to your defense because he is so good.  Plus why is he not as good as he was?  He’s winning and every week standing in the pocket firing the ball like he did before.  He’s coming along nicely and if he’s putting up 278 yards and 2TDs against the famed Ravens defense at say 80%, then imagine what he’ll do when he’s 100%?  Football is not like riding a bicycle.  It’s going to take some time and he’s coming along nicely.  Shall I remind you Rome was not built in a day?

He could be 100% but he is a too-good-for-the-team-doctor jackass went his own way and FUCKED up like the celebrity he was trying to be instead of a fucking ball player!  If he was anybody else on Earth you would be saying the same shit.  He acted like a bitch that needs his own entourage of doctors. Whatever. Look, your boy should act like a ball player and not like a celebrity bitch. Case closed.”

-Jesse

Slidell, LA

Brady was in a position he was not accustomed to. He had never been seriously injured and he went for a little familiarity.  No one likes to be out of their comfort zone and people criticize Brady for going with a family doctor but the team doctors are employees of the organization.  Their main interest is that of the team and not of the player.  Team doctors aren’t the most moral of professionals so Brady thought he was doing something that was better for him in the long term.  I cannot fault him for that.  He seems to have done pretty well so far with his return.  You say he’s acting like a celebrity I say he took action of his own injury and more important his future after football.

I was honestly giving him a chance this year. I thought I have disliked him for so long let me give him a chance.  I did and even rooted for him.  That has gone out of the window.  My hatred has resumed full force…”

-Jude

Sarasota, FL

Why are you giving up on Brady?  He’s 3-1 and he’s looking better every day.  The only thing I can think is that this must be fantasy related.  We have become critical of players whose stats don’t shake things up in the fantasy world.  He’s not putting up touchdowns like he did in ’07 but he’s putting up the most important stat and that’s wins.  I read the backlash against him because of his fantasy let down but if you step out of that mind set for a second you’ll see he’s doing what he has always done…the only thing that matters and that’s winning football games.

Brett Favre has shot down criticism from his ’08 campaign with the Jets thanks to a stellar start to this season that includes a monumental win over his former team the Green Bay Packers.

Brett Favre has shot down criticism from his ’08 campaign with the Jets thanks to a stellar start to this season that includes a monumental win over his former team the Green Bay Packers.

“Didn’t he (Favre) take a snap for the Jets last season?  Maybe you should add that material regarding his not-so-great comeback season or mix-up with the Jets, compared to a new career with the Vikings. Perhaps Minnesota is more poised to make a Superbowl appearance than last year’s Jets but last season was lingering in my mind…so knock on wood Vikings fans that he doesn’t tear any more muscles, etc.”

-Aaron

Chalmette, LA

Favre was playing very well last season up until he tore the bicep muscle in his throwing arm.  It was simply a matter of not being physically healthy in regards to his fading down the stretch last season more precisely the last 4 games. His resurgence in the Monday Night game against the Packers proves that. Plus the Jets fiasco is almost an afterthought because after all Favre wanted to do since leaving the Packers is play for the Vikings.  The Jets mess was just buying him time to do so.  All the talk about Favre versus the Packers has rarely mentioned the Jets season.  He just jumped at the chance of playing football because he was afraid of sitting out a whole season.  Football is a year round job and if you lose the feel of the game then it can pass you by.  Favre wanted to play for the Vikings because it was an offense that he was familiar with and could jump in with few hurdles to jump.  The Jets scheme was completely different than what Favre was operating out of Green Bay for the previous 16 seasons.  He was clearly a fish out of water and since has redeemed himself yet again with a good start this season there is no reason to mention the Jets debacle.  We can excuse the 2008 season because he’s proven it was merely an obstacle in the road to Minnesota which so far looks like a genius move on Favre’s part.

Thanks for emailing me your comments and questions.  Keep ‘em coming.  It’s a long season so there will be plenty to discuss.  Good or bad, let’s hear it.  Thanks for the continued support and looking forward to answering more questions from my mailbag.