For a sport that has had the tenuous nickname “The No Fun League” for many years, the crying out over what Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson did on Sunday afternoon shouldn’t be surprising.
Late in the first half of the game against their division rivals, the New York Jets, after hauling in a touchdown catch Johnson celebrated by forming his hands into the shape of a gun and pretending to shoot himself in the leg like Plaxico Burress. The celebration didn’t stop there as he then put his arms out like an airplane (the Jets celebration) and proceeded to crash to the ground.
Obviously, the celebration that Johnson did cost his team a 15 yard excessive celebration penalty. It’s the outrage after the game last night and into today that is almost insane. People are calling for the Bills to release Johnson because of mimicking the Plaxico shooting, saying it was a sick gesture. Those people are not helping the perception of the NFL.
As football players that are being paid for what they do well (in most cases), they should have more freedom after scoring a touchdown or completing a great play. After all, they are entertainers even as athletes.
Texans’ Leinart out for season
In a strange and perhaps cruel twist of fate, the Houston Texans’ Matt Leinart will be out for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. Leinart, who was all but run out of Arizona, thought he was being given a second chance to show that he could be an NFL quarterback with the season ending injury to starter Matt Schaub.
In jumps Murphy’s Law and before Leinart could show anything, his season is over. Now he is relegated to waiting another season for a potential chance to show that he can perform in the NFL. As for the Texans, they are left scrambling looking for QB help.
Just last week, they signed free agent Kellen Clemons. Now with Leinart out of the mix, T.J. Yates is left to lead the team into a potential playoff spot and Clemons to back Yates up. Head Coach Gary Kubiak came out today and said the club will be looking for a veteran quarterback to bring in to help the rest of the season. Please everyone, refrain from mentioning Brett Favre.
Chargers’ Norv Turner feeling his seat getting hotter
If ever there were a fan base that wanted a new head man before the season started, it was San Diego Charger fans. After a 4-1 start to the 2011 season, some fans thought the team may have finally turned a corner and learned to play from the opening game.
For Chargers fans, reality quickly set in with a loud thud. The Chargers are now in the midst of a six game losing streak and sharing last place in the AFC West with the woeful Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers now seem to be mired in a funk that will surely have team brass thinking of a coaching change.
During their week 12 loss to the now suddenly good Fighting Tebows, Norv Turner found a new way to bring a loss to the team. With time running down and a chance for maybe Philip Rivers to sling one into the end zone a couple times, Turner decides to run the ball and kill the clock. This allowed the game to go into overtime where the Broncos would ultimately win the game on a last second field goal.
The lack of a killer instinct in a coach is a good way to no longer have a job, and it sure looks as if that is the way things are looking in San Diego.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a mess
Philadelphia fans do not appreciate ineptitude from their sports teams, and right now that is what they are getting from their beloved Eagles. The team is an absolute train wreck with no end in sight.
Michael Vick has struggled to stay healthy this season, and when he has been healthy, he hasn’t had that same magic he did a season ago. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is constantly in Andy Reid’s doghouse for underperforming or missing team meetings. Reid himself is hearing cries for his head from Philly fans.
The Eagles are now 4-7 after losing to the New England Patriots in week 12. Tom Brady picked apart the Eagles secondary like there was no one in the defensive backfield even playing. So what has happened in Philadelphia this season to have them fall so far?
There was pressure on the team before the season ever started because of personnel pickups like Nnamdi Asomugha and Vince Young. The so called “Dream Team” hasn’t been the dream they were hoping for in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s definitely been more of a nightmare that all fans wish would end.
Steve Johnson photo courtesy of thegrio.com. Matt Leinart photo courtesy of helmet2helmet.net. Norv Turner photo courtesy of blogcdn.com. Andy Reid photo courtesy of nflsfuture.com.
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