By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
The Cowboys Will Not Beat Green Bay
SAN ANTONIO — You heard this first (at least from this quadrant of the world). The Dallas Cowboys will lose to the Green Bay Packers 42-38 on November 29, 2007 at Texas Stadium. The offense will be more balanced and Terrell Owens will NOT be the focal point of the scoring but Da Boys will lose the game not because of an ineffective offense or an inability to not stop Brett Favre.
Nope when they lose the game it will come on this one call: “Ball on the Packers’ 42 yard line. It’s third and long. The Packers come out in a four wide set with Jennings in the slot. Favre gets the ball. Rolls to his left. He’s got a man open. It’s Jennings streaking down the seam. Touchdown Green Bay! Roy Williams misplayed the route and had his body turned to the outside instead of playing the ball.”
That one play will come with probably a minute or two left on the clock. All day Williams will have been picked on. Terrance Newman will blanket Donald Driver. Anthony Henry will be moved to his traditional spot and Wade Phillips will move Kenny Hamlin to the free safety position in a nickel or dime package to try to give over the top help for Williams. Yet in the end results it won’t matter.
Williams will be burnt again by his lack of fundamentals and instead of the Cowpokes going out with a win off of a stellar defensive effort, Williams will be burned at a crucial time when the Packers are in desperation mode and everyone in Texas Stadium knows it. The ole’ gunslinger will pull a play from his backside. Phillips will do everything he can to implore to his troops that playing smart down the stretch will be crucial.
Everything possible will have been talked about during the week prior to the game but it will be for naught. Williams simply will not play smart football because in his mind, the only way to play smart football from the strong safety spot is to try to make the big hit and that way of playing style will lead to the big play that gives the team a loss.
If that seems harsh then look at Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. There were at least two crucial scores or plays in which Williams was involved in and one of them included a Jason Campbell to Calvin Cooley hook up that led to six points.
Spread out with Cooley in the slot, the Washington Redskins did the same thing to the Cowboys’ defense that the New York Giants had done and that was make Williams cover the tight end. To say that Williams is no match for that position is an understatement. It has been proven time and time again that Williams lacks the skills necessary to be an effective defensive back in space. The whole league knows it.
And that is exactly why the Cowboys will lose to the Packers in two weeks. When a wide out is in the slot, Williams doesn’t have the skill sets necessary to back peddle and keep his man in front of him and to his inside position. If lowly fish hacks like myself know this to be true, you best believe that a talented NFL player like Jennings and Farve know it all too well.
TAYLOR STORY HAS SOME MAJOR HOLES The passing of Washington Redskins’ safety Sean Taylor is indeed a tragedy not only in sports but in life. Every day someone loses their life in a robbery or some other violent crime and this one is no different.
However what also needs to be brought out is that this case has some serious questions that need to be answered and investigated by the media. Many of these questions will not be comfortable and may seem to be insensitive to the family or Sean’s fans however as one football insider pointed out this morning, this story must be covered like that of the Michael Vick saga.
With that said, I have some serious questions of my own about this whole ordeal. Here are my questions that I believe need to be asked if the public wants true understanding and also my own suppositions: 1) If this is a robbery, how did a robber with a handgun get into a house that is in a gated community? TWO WORDS. INSIDE JOB. Yes I firmly believe that somebody in Taylor’s camp was a part of this tragedy. More on why in the next supposition.
2) Taylor’s house was broken into eight days ago and nothing was taken. How can that be a normal act? AGAIN MY ANSWER IS REVOLVING AROUND AN INSIDE JOB ANGLE. NO ROBBER IS GOING TO BREAK INTO A MULTI-MILLION HOME IN AN UPSCALE SUBURB AND LEAVE A KNIFE ON THE OWNER’S BED WITHOUT PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAYOUT OF THE HOME.
3) Why are the police investigating this as a random robbery and not the motive mentioned above? MY ONLY ANSWER IS THAT THEY WANT TO NOT JUMP THE GUN AND ASSUME SUCH A SCENARIO. HOWEVER AS POINTED OUT, HOW CAN THEY NOT. THIS CASE IS HIGHLY UNCOMMON.
4) Who should the police be looking at as suspects in this case? TRY EVERYBODY IN TAYLOR’S INNER CIRCLE. FROM THE GIRLFRIEND TO HIS COUSINS TO HIS BOYS. ANYONE WHO WAS STAYING IN THE HOUSE, WHO HAS EVEN BEEN TO THE HOUSE AND WHO MAY HAVE HAD A SQUABBLE WITH TAYLOR OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS SHOULD BE A SUSPECT BECAUSE AGAIN, THIS CASE IS JUST TOO UNIQUE.
5) What kind of message is this case sending out to the youth who are now listening/reading the reports? IN MOST CASES THE KIDS WHO SHOULD BE LISTENING TO THIS MESSAGE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. TAYLOR WAS 24 YEARS OLD BUT THE AVERAGE AGE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES WHO HAVE HAD TROUBLED PASTS OR HAVE HAD LINKS TO VIOLENT PASTS BECAUSE OF INVOLVEMENT WITH GANGS IS ABOUT 22 YEARS OLD AND MOST DO NOT REACH 30. MANY DIE BY A GUN. IN TAYLOR’S CASE, WITHOUT SAYING THAT HE WAS A GANG MEMBER, BECAUSE HE HAS ASSOCIATED HIMSELF WITH A VIOLENT CROWD IN THE PAST MAY HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO THAT SAME STATISTIC.
There are hard questions that the media needs to push for answers. Journalists cannot swallow their pens and tape recorders because they fear they may insult the family. This is not a robbery or an attempted robbery; nothing was ever taken. This is a murder or a vendetta and the roads to this crime are filled with evidence of Taylor’s past discretions.
Sean Taylor may have been a troubled young man in the past and recently he has tried to live his life to the fullest as a father and as a pro athlete. Yet the tragic resolution of this story is that his past has caught up with him and his “inner circle” may be the very culprit that has done in him.
This wasn’t a robbery attempt. it’s too calculated. this was someone with a vendetta to hurt Sean and his family and they have succeeded. The real tragedy may come out that someone that he knew was the very person who either killed him or played a major part in him dying trying to defend his home; a home that he opened up to either a murderer or the accomplice of that murderer.