Going rogue and talking NFL

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 21, 2011

Terelle Pryor

Terelle Pryor

IOWA CITY, IOWA, (BASN)–This is the article in which I go rogue and not talk boxing. Terrell Pryor episode shows the cooperation of the NFL and their minor league also known as college football. Pryor sitting five games is nothing but a sop to college football but let be blunt, it is not as if Pryor will start game one since he is already missing preseason. So NFL plays hero to college football for punishing Pryor for, you know, acting like a pro, by selling his property for tattoos and money. But isn’t really a punishment when Pryor chances of playing was slim to begin with, so call this a useless gesture that plays well but means nothing.

The real story behind all this is how college football or I should say; major college football has become satisfied with being the minor league to the NFL. Much of the corruption we have seen can be traced to college football acting much like their NFL partners with coaches receiving multimillion dollars contract but then corruption and college football have gone hand in hand. The big boys have managed to do something that even the NFL never attempted, they have set up a system where half of teams are essentially ineligible to win a championship and many conferences are shut out of making the big bucks in the major bowls. The NFL has found that the strength of their league is tied to the weakest of their teams and the NFL is the only pro league where every team makes money. The NCAA major conferences have found that when the big boys win like Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama or Southern Cal wins, big bucks followed. So they have set up a system opposite of the NFL by encouraging most of the money to flow to the major conferences.

I like Donovan McNabb and I wish the Redskins experiment succeeded but it was a case of a quarterback stuck in the wrong system. McNabb is one of those players who not only represent the sport well on the field but off as well and in my estimation; he had a Hall of Fame career. Last year, Redskins as a team sucked with no solid receiver, no running game and a defense that leaked so one can’t be a miracle worker with a bad team but McNabb was not McNabb of the past.

Here are few stats, McNabb has thrown twice as many touchdowns as interceptions, and when you consider that Bret Farve would retire as the NFL quarterbacks who threw more interceptions as any other quarterback, you might become more impressed with a quarterback who threw interceptions sparely (he is fourth all time with the lowest interception percentage all time!) and he is third on the active lists when it comes to winning percentages among active quarterbacks. (Wouldn’t you like a quarterback who won 65% of his game as a starter?) The Vikings are built to win now and McNabb gives them a chance in what should be one of the NFL toughest divisions. And the Redskins are depending upon former Miami Dolphins John Beck and former Bear Rex Grossman. Hmmm, need I say more?

Could this be the year that the Indianapolis Colts decline? Peyton Manning is one of the NFL greatest quarterbacks but at 35 and recovering from a neck surgery, how much longer can he maintain his present standards? The Colts have been a team that depended upon finesse and with Manning acting as a coach on the field; the Colts were one of the better offenses over the past decade. Often Manning found his path to the Super Bowl blocked by Tom Brady and the Patriots but in 2006, he finally won his Super Bowl but it wasn’t easy. He had to overcome an 18 point deficits to lead the Colts over the Patriots and then defeated the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl. Somehow, one gets the feeling that this year, the inevitable decline will begin.

Wonder if the Broncos are glad that they did not trade Kyle Orton? It is obvious that Tim Tebow was not ready and Brady Quinn is your other option; so what were the Broncos thinking?

Finally, noticed that Vince Young is now an Eagle? Will be interested if Andy Reid can resurrect his career and sitting behind Michael Vicks, Young will be watching another quarterback similar in style. Young, like Vicks, is a great athlete learning to be quarterback. Vicks last year learned to be a quarterback as he improved his accuracy and showed that he could use all his weapons. Plus with Young as back up, you will have a quarterback with a similar style; a quarterback who can pass but also make things happen with his legs. And while many want to declare Young a failure, they often forget that Young won 30 out of 47 games he started. So it is not like he was a total bust but there was no doubt that Young suffered from immaturity but maybe under Reid, he might learn to mature and develop the talent he was blessed with.