Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 9/21/12

 

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 

Giants 36 @ Panthers 7

 

By Eric Judd

 

@EricJuddTSHQ

 

 

 

The Good

 

Can’t cut THIS!

Andre Brown. Andre Brown has single-handedly killed any hope I had of an Adrian Peterson, rookie year-like win in my decade-old fantasy football league. David Wilson was my supposed to be my trump card. Ahmad Bradshaw was going to get hurt (check) and David Wilson was supposed to sweep and perform, providing the defending Super Bowl Champion an, as yet unseen facet to their offense propelling them into the playoffs only be unceremoniously shat upon by the upstart Arizona Cardinals on their way to multiple Lombardi trophi….nuh…wha…drool…what? That same dream, AGAIN?! ******* Oh, well. So, (nearly) everything has gone according to plan, other than Andre Brown has usurped David Wilson and I don’t expect Brown to give up his featured role, even when Bradshaw returns to his semblance of health. Brown runs with power and quickness, and seems to be the ideal fit in the Giants backfield. My bigger concern, is what is going to happen to Wilson? Do you cuts ties with a first round pick after one season? That’s seems to be what Caughlin has done.

 

 

The Bad

 

Damn you, Lex Luthor

Cam Newton. Oh Cam. Cam, Cam, Cam. You weren’t very super this night. 3 picks?! All night long, Newton was forcing throws and relying on his athleticism to save him from his own bad decisions. Cam, that isn’t going to work in the NFL. Not even Super-Cam has the arm to throw the football through coverage. I don’t mean into tight coverage. I mean, literally through the torso of an opposing player. This game was a huge step back for Newton. Admittedly, I am not Cam Newton’s biggest fan. I don’t think he is a great NFL quarterback. I am hard pressed to give him a “good”. At times, however, I catch glimpses, glimpses of potential. And I begin to wonder. Could the Read/Option, Spread Option, Triple Option (whatever you want to call it) work in the NFL? Is the option successful at the collegiate level because you only need one or two elite level athletes to run this gimmick offense, or is it because college defenses are not sophisticated enough to stop it? What makes the option so prevalent in college and such a flop in the NFL? Watching Cam Newton, and RG3, or De’Anthony Thomas at Oregon, or Denard Robinson at Michigan, makes me wonder; if a GM, and a franchise, were willing to invest the draft picks and the money to fill their offensive skill positions with option-type, NFL-caliber players, could they succeed? Or are the players in the NFL too talented, as a whole? Are they too experienced? Are NFL players, rookies and veterans, too experienced to abandon their assignments or to play out of position, to forget their role and the defensive scheme in place to allow option football to work? From an analytical standpoint, I believe the option COULD succeed in the NFL, as long as the necessary components were better, proportionally, or at least, better coached, when compared to college football. The problem is, finding the elite of the elite is already every NFL GM’s Lost City of El Dorado.

 

 

The Ugly

 

Eric’s Fantasy Team = Rotten Milk

David Wilson. Ouch. So this is what Tom Caughlin’s doghouse looks like. First round pick David Wilson, after fumbling away his chance at starting in week 1, should have been a shoe-in to start in the Giants’ week 3 game against Carolina on Thursday night. Instead, he gets one carry, for minus-2 yards and is never heard from again. Caughlin continues to uphold his tough demeanor by benching his first round pick. You have to wonder, exactly when he will. If ever, remove Wilson’s cone of shame. You can be certain, however, that it won’t happen any time soon, with Andre Brown putting up numbers like he did on TNF.


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