NFL 2010: Black & Fiction (Part 4)

By Michael Louis-Ingram, BASN Associate Editor
Updated: September 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (BASN) — Well, I have some good news…and some bad news.

The good news is that football is on its way (actually it’s been here since July, but my Cable system won’t provide me with my Canadian Football League fix — BOOOOOO Time Warner Cable!)

The bad news is that we’re gonna hear another season’s worth of bullshit from the talking heads who serve up a main course of disrespect along with a bitter side dish of fantasy.

For years now the concept of “best man plays” has been buried by disinformation, misinformation and pure-d propaganda; and always centered at the most important position in all of American sports — the quarterback.

Because unless that quarterback looks a certain way, he can’t possibly be an NFL quarterback. If he’s white and can run, he’ll be “praised for his intelligence to avoid the rush and show his mobility.”

If he’s Black and can run, he’ll be criticized for “not standing in the pocket” or “showing a lack of patience.” Whenever a compliment is given, it always seems left-handed in nature (“he’s letting his natural ability take over”). Suffice to say, it can be a wearing on the psyche to expend so much energy — to perpetuate so big a lie.

Lets us not forget it wasn’t that long ago that the National Football League placed unspoken quotas on the number of Black players that could be on the field at one time; and you definitely couldn’t be a quarterback on offense or defense.

If weren’t for the sheer force of talent coming from the American Football League (i.e. Marlin Briscoe at QB, Willie Lanier at middle linebacker) the NFL wouldn’t have relented on their modus operandi…

But it is a new season, and in The Deuce & Dime it is time to separate Black from fiction (at least from the QB position) by providing real facts and real analysis about those selected, traded or trick-bagged into playing something other than the spot they should be playing; along with predictions for who does what to whom (in 25 words or less per team).

Over the next week, the following will list the QBs for every NFL team; with special footnotes for the Brothas to better understand why the NFL really does not want the Black QB to be a symbol of success (stats include starting won-loss record, touchdown/interception ratio, completion percentage, career passer rating, post-season record and any awards given.

All stats courtesy of

Yesterday, we examined the NFC North. Today, we look at the NFC West.

WEST (The Streets of San Francisco will be littered with confetti; for the division, at least…)


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – It’s your division to lose, Mike.


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – It’s your division to alibi, Pete.


ARIZONA CARDINALS – Ken, listen to me when I tell ya – the boy (Leinart) ain’t shit!!!


ST. LOUIS RAMS – Book it – WR Brandon Gibson will be a star this year; Philly should never have traded you…


CARDINALS: DEREK ANDERSON (16-18, 46/45, 52.9, 62.7, one Pro Bowl); Matt Leinart (7-10, 14/20, 57.1, 70.8) Max Hall & John Skelton are the listed backups.

RAMS: SAM BRADFORD (hasn’t done a fuckin’ thing yet) A.J. Feeley (7-8, 27/29, 55.9, 69.6) Thaddeus Lewis and Keith Null are the listed backups.

SEAHAWKS: MATT HASSELBECK (63-54, 164/111, 60.1, 83.3, 4-5, 3 Pro Bowls); J.P. Losman (10-23, 33/34, 59.2, 75.6) Charlie Whitehurst is the other listed backup.

49ERS: ALEX SMITH (16-24, 37/43, 56.3, 69.2) David Carr (23-56, 65/81, 59.8, 75.2) Nate Davis & Jarrett Brown are the listed backups.

Overview: The 49ers will take away from the East Coast bias in a big way this season as Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and company will stomp their way through the Mild, Mild West. Alex Smith has the best tight end this side of Tony Gonzalez in Vernon Davis and the progress of backup Nate Davis may force David Carr to head elsewhere. Hasselbeck is okay, but his analyst brother Tim ain’t shit with his scrub ass, disrespecting Black quarterbacks…

The effort to protect Leinart and not say he is a bust when Vince Young’s win percentage of 67% jumps out at anyone who can read. Who is the real fucking bust?

The old standard was three seasons being a fair amount of time to properly assess whether a player would make it or not. Well five fucking years later, Leinart is being mollycoddled by the Muthafuckin’ Mouse and league talking heads who seek to protect him because he’s the right color.

Leon Washington will show everyone in Seattle what a true star tailback is; and piss off the Jets while doing it; as long as Pete Carroll’s duplicitous ass doesn’t screw him out of a starting spot.

Finally, I will be very surprised if Bradford does not help Brandon Gibson become a 75 – 90 catch receiver in his first season (well, likely the other way around).

Unlike a lot of prima donna ball catchers, Gibson left a Washington State team that lost all their games his senior season. He’s tough, smart, tenacious – and knowing what it’s like to lose will only intensify his desire to win at the next level; Gibson will be one of the very few who will more games in his first full pro season – than he did in college.