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WEEK #13 NFL BLACK QUARTERBACK BY THE NUMBERS REPORT 2014
By:-Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
OAKLAND,CA-BASN Last year African American quarterbacks reached for the stars with success. One weekend on the grid-iron ten Black quarterbacks started and garnered a 7-1 record with two injuries and two no decisions in week number seven. That was history but the American Sports media did not notice nor report it.
THE HISTORY CONTINUES
This week’s games Seattle vs. San Francisco Thursday Night Game
Chicago vs. Detroit Thursday Day Game
Oakland vs. St. Louis
Cleveland vs. Buffalo
The Washington Football Club vs. Indianapolis PROTEST GAME
Carolina vs. Minnesota
New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh
Cincinnati vs. Tampa Bay
New York Football Giants vs. Jacksonville
San Diego vs. Baltimore
Tennessee vs. Houston
Miami vs. New York Jets
* Black Quarterbacks- *1) 8-4 Russell Wilson- Seattle Seahawks- This west coast rivalry moved up another notch as the Hawks brought the heat to Levi’s Stadium to defeat the 49ers in a knock-down drag-out battle in Northern California. The Seahawks continue to win under the direction of The Field General, Russell Wilson who guided the Hawks to a 16-0 first quarter lead. The Seattle Seahawk Legion of Doom shutdown San Francisco. Cornerback Richard Sherman spied Colin Kaerpernick all night. Sherman’s reward was two critical interceptions. The Aqua Bird D-line stopped the Niners full back Frank Gore for only 28 yards rushing. Wilson keeps his team in the game so they can win in the fourth quarter. He continues to defy all of the naysayers with victories. This game was old school football as the two teams beat up each the first quarter. Wilson (15-22 for 236 yards and one touchdown) made two outstanding plays in the second half with three San Francisco linemen came after him he made that patented spin move to escape to throw a Seattle game winning touchdown. Running back Marshawn Lynch (20 carries for 104 yards) carried the Aqua Bird offense to their eighth victory. Seahawks win 19-3.
*2) 7-5 Colin Kaepernick- San Francisco 49ers- There is something wrong with this team. They are now fighting for their playoff lives. The Niners started out strong in the first quarter keeping the game close by allowing one touchdown and two field goals the first half. The Cherry and Gold offense could not be found. This has become a growing problem for this team. It seems as if head coach Harbaugh is keeping Colin Kaepernick in the pocket forcing him to throw inside the tackle box, which is not Kaepernick’s strong point. Colin got sacked four times and threw two critical interceptions. Frank Gore could not get his motor started. He only had 38 yards for the night. On Monday the San Francisco owner apologized to the fans via twitter for the team’s poor performance, which does not bode well for head coach Jim Harbaugh. Seahawks win 19-3
*3) 4-4 Teddy Bridgewater-Minnesota Vikings- Mr. Bridgewater could be the most improved Black quarterback in the NFL. The Rookie has taken control of this team and they are winning again. He has stabilized the Minnesota Viking offense and guaranteed a bright future in the Midwest. He showed his maturity when the Vikings received the ball with two minutes to go before halftime. Bridgewater calmly went down the field and passed to wide receiver Greg Jennings for a touchdown and a 28-6 lead to seal the deal. Bridgewater also took care of the football with no fumbles and no interceptions. The Special Teams scored 14 points on two blocked punts for touchdowns. Vikings win 31-13
*4) 2-2 E.J. Manuel-Buffalo Bills-DID NOT PLAY
*5) 2-8-1 Cam Newton- Carolina Panthers- They played in the freezing cold of Minnesota and nobody wanted to be there, especially the Cats. The Viking special teams helped the purple and gold to this victory with two blocked punts for two touchdowns, the first in National Football League history. This season is over for the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton (18-35 for 194 yards and one touchdown) who was sacked four times and threw another interception for the eighth straight time a team record. The Panther executives did not give Cam Newton the weapons at the wide receiver position for him to succeed this year and it shows. Newton’s various injuries have hampered his mobility this year. Minn. wins 31-13
*6) 1-8 Geno Smith- New York Jets- Mr. Smith had his best game of the year but it was not enough for the New York Jets to beat the Miami Dolphins. The Jets took the early lead and also took command of the first half. The N.Y. defense helped Smith by shutting down the Miami offense giving up only a field goal. Gang Green employed the running game the whole first half with Chris Johnson (17 carries for 107 yards) and Chris Ivory(16 carries for 62 yards) carrying the load. The Jets went into the locker room like Hulk Hogan but they came back on the field like Wimpy and they needed a hamburger-quick. Offensive line coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had a plan to get the ball out of Geno Smith hands promptly with trick plays like reverses, screens, sweeps, and short passes. It worked the first half but the Fish got wise the second half. The Jets could not capitalize in the 4th quarter on a Darrin Walls interception that put the ball in Miami territory. New York could have cut the Fish with a field goal but Nick Folk pulled the ball missing wide left. The Miami Dolphin linebackers stayed at home until they could see which side the New York Jets running backs headed. The Dolphins employed different blitz schemes to confuse the Jet offensive line, it worked. The Fish got back in the game with the improving quarterback Ryan Tannehill (25-35 for 235 yards). Like Smith, it was game management time for the Aqua Fish who tied the game at 13 all. Miami would go ahead 16-13 on a field goal from Caleb Strugis at the two minute mark of the fourth quarter. This was after Tennehill engineered a four minute drive down the field to the Jet 18 yard line. Geno Smith had one more chance to pull this game out with a minute left. It ended with his one and only interception of the night with 36 seconds left in the game. Miami wins 16-13
*7) 1-2 Michael Vick- New York Jets- DID NOT PLAY
*8) 0-4 Robert Griffin III- The Washington Football Club-DID NOT PLAY The Washington Football Club changed quarterbacks and that did not help as the Indianapolis Colts crushed the Burgundy and Gold from the capitol city. It was suppose to be the battle of number one drafted quarterbacks. It would not happen, Griffin was on the bench while Andrew Luck burned the Washington defense for five touchdown passes. This game changed momentum after Washington quarterback Colt McCoy fumbled the ball for a Colt touchdown in the third quarter on the twenty yard line. IT’S ALL OVER for THIS TEAM Colts wins 49-27.
I AM NOT A MASCOT- CHANGE THE NAME- CHANGE THE MASCOT- maybe the team would start winning if you change the name.
Also PLEASE DO NOT USE FEDEX until this company stops supporting Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Club’s team name. The corporate name of FedEx should be removed from the stadium. TOTAL 25-39-1 WEEK 2-3
Black Head Coaches- 4
7-5 Mike Tomlin- Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers could not get the job done against the New Orleans Saints. The Teflon Curtin let the Saints run all over them in the 2nd half. The Steelers started out correctly with two first quarter drives that ended in Shaun Suisham field goals instead of Pittsburgh touchdowns. This kept New Orleans in the game. Drew Brees and the Saints got their motor started with three straight touchdowns and the lead which they never gave up. Brees threw five touchdowns and 257 yards. The Saints now share the lead in the NFC South division with the Atlanta Falcons who have the tiebreakers. Both teams have a losing record 5-7. The Steelers took away tight end Jimmy Graham by double teaming him on short passing routes so Mr. Brees just threw to the other receivers for big gains. The Steelers have to find a rushing game if they are going into the playoffs. The Black and Gold got behind early and could never catch up. Running back LeVeon Bell carried 21 times for 95 yards but that was it not enough to beat New Orleans. Big Ben Roethlisberger did not have a great day either and it cost Pittsburgh a chance to take the lead in the AFC North division. Big Ben threw for over 400 yards and two touchdowns but his two interceptions hurt the team. Steelers had big second half but not enough to overcome first half blunders. Saints win 35-32
8-4 Mr. Caldwell- Detroit Lions- The Detroit Lions played their annual Turkey Day game against their conference foe, the struggling Chicago Bears. The Lions are in the thick of a playoff race as they share the lead in the NFC North Division for at least two days defeating the Chicago Bears. The Lions did not start the game well giving the new Monsters of the Midway a 14 point lead. The Bears dinked and dunked their way down the field the first two drives and converted on Lion turnovers. Detroit Lion Wide out Calvin Johnson returned to the lineup (11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns) after a stint on the (I.R.) Injuried Reserve List and played well with the shorter Bear corner defender against him. Quarterback Matthew Stafford could see this and took advantage hitting Johnson to continue drives in the second and third quarters. In the third and fourth quarters, running back Joique Bell ran all over the Chicago defense with 23 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns. The Detroit Lion defense woke up in the second period and terrorized the Bear quarterback Jay Cutler forcing him to make numerous mistakes with three sacks and two interceptions leading to Lion scores. Detroit scored 17 unanswered points in the first half and then14 more unanswered points in the second half to win this game. Lions win 34-17
8-3-1 Marvin Lewis – Cincinnati Bengals- A very ill Andy Dalton on the first play of the game threw an interception and this game would be a wild one all day. Dalton (19-27 for 176 yards and three sacks) would throw two more INT’s and the Bengals could not get a solid drive started. He also rushed for one touchdown. Many Bengal fans wanted to know why Dalton was on the field. The Bengals pulled out all of their bag of tricks with a flea flicker by wide receiver Mohamed Sanu passing to another receiver A.J. Green for a first down. With each passing week that tie game with the Carolina Panthers in week six begins to loom larger and larger. The Bengals are in first place with four weeks left. This was crazy. Both teams would intercept each other time and time again, both teams played sloppy, but it kept the Tampa Bay fans in the stadium. Head coach Marvin Lewis played all of his cards right, throwing a challenge flag with under two minutes remaining, which is illegal. He could not find an official to call time out and did not want the Bucs to run the next play. So it was the second best thing. The Cincinnati coaching staff must have known they had two time outs left and could stop play on the field. A very wacky finish just as it started. Bengals win 14-13
3-8-1 Ron Rivera- Carolina Panthers-Latin Head Coach-SEE ABOVE Minn. wins 31-13
2-10 Lovie Smith- Tampa Bay Buccaneer- The Tampa Bay Bucs had the Cincinnati Bengals right where they wanted them with the ball, time running out and driving for the winning score. It all came crashing down and completely undone on one play. Head Coach Lovie Smith made a critical error leaving 12 men on the field. This has been the macrocosm of Tampa Bay’s season. The Bucs could only muster two field goals and one touchdown. Josh McCown had a pedestrian day with 15-30 for 190 yards with one interception and two sacks. Running back Doug Martin (18 carries for 58 yards) tried to help the Bucs to another victory, it was not enough. Bengals win 14-13.
TOTAL 28-30-2 WEEK 2-3
Black General Managers-6
8-4 Detroit Lion Martin Mayhew- SEE ABOVE Lions win 34-17
7-5 Baltimore Raven Ozzie Newsome- The Ravens must have forgotten they were playing the lightning striking San Diego Chargers and Phillip Rivers. The Ravens had control of this game until the fourth quarter when the wheels fell off. The San Diego Chargers scored 21 points the fourth quarter with a game winning touchdown to Eddie Royal from Rivers (34-45 for 384 yards and three touchdowns) with 38 seconds left. This was a stunning defeat for the purple and gold who could have taken the lead in their division. Baltimore wasted four drives with field goals by Justin Tucker. Joe Flacco (19-31 for 225 yards and two touchdowns) could not complete Raven drives. Flacco also ran for one touchdown in a wild offensive game. In the second half the Baltimore defense stayed in the locker room permitting the San Diego Chargers great comeback. This was a fantasy football fans dream and what the NFL wants. Pinball football without defense, this was it. Oh, to long for the good old days of muddy fields, great tackles, and stifling defenses. Chargers win 35-34
7-5 Buffalo Bill Doug Whaley- The Bills must be circling the wagons playing for their hero, retired quarterback Jim Kelly who is battling throat cancer. This team will not quit and whoever plays them next week better be prepared for battle. It was a defensive struggle the first half battle with the Cleveland Browns scoring only a field goal, the lone score of the first half. Both teams bend but never broke. The Buffalo Bills would step it up in the second half with outstanding defensive plays. The Bills stopped quarterback Brian Hoyer with two untimely interceptions. There was also a Johnny “Football” Manziel sighting. Manziel came in for Hoyer in the fourth quarter and rushed for a ten yard touchdown. That would be it for the slumping Cleveland Browns. Cousin MarQueis Gray (only kidding) (2 receptions for 72 yards) guided the Bills with key running plays putting Buffalo in scoring position both times. As defensive end Jerry Hughes strips the ball for a Buffalo defensive touchdown. Kyle Orton (17-30 for 190 yards with one sack and one touchdowns) just played a ball controlled offensive game managing the clock. Bills Win 26-10
6-6 Houston Texan Rick Smith- The Tennessee Titians could not decide which quarterback they wanted to start or play the complete game. It would cost the men of many blue hues. The tandem (Locker and Mettenberger) committed too many errors with three interceptions, one fumble, and three sacks. This made it easy for Houston to win this game. Texan quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (24-36 for 358 yards) returns to the starting lineup and throws for six touchdowns as he spreads it out to all of his receivers for franchise record. Houston wins 45-21
3-9 The New York Football Giant Jerry Reese- Big Blue fans are not happy with this team because they lose to the worst team in the NFL, The Jacksonville Jaguars. The Giants went into halftime with 21-3 lead. Running back Rashard Jennings (21 carries for 91 yards) guided Big Blue with a ground attack and two touchdowns in the first half. This also was the tail of two Eli’s, the good Manning of the first half and the bad Manning of the 2nd half. The Giants lost the ball too many times to win this game. Manning (24-34 for 247 yards and one touchdown) lost the ball twice on fumbles and then wide receiver Larry Donnell (5 catches for 55 yards) lost the ball on a big drive to take command of the game. The Jags capitalized and scored keeping them close. Jacksonville also muzzled rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr.with seven receptions for under 100 yards. This season is over and it might be time to blow up Big Blue for 2015. Jacksonville wins 25-24
1-11 Oakland Raider Reggie McKenzie- It has been 20 years since the Rams and Raiders played each other in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Back in those days the Raiders wore their throwback jerseys with shining SILVER numbers and the Rams wore old gold ram horns on their jerseys. My, my, my, have things changed. The Rams moved to Saint Louis, Missouri while the Raiders went back to Oakland, California. The Rams won the Super Bowl in 1999 and that’s been it. The Oakland Raiders have not been on the radar screen since their return to the Bay Area and this year they fell off the face of the earth, winning their first game of the season last week. The first quarter the old Raiders showed up with penalties, overthrown passes and no ground game. The Black and Silver gave up three St. Louis touchdowns in the first quarter. Second string Ram quarterback Shaun Hill torched the Raiders with 10-12 and 168 yards and two touchdowns. IN THE FIRST QUARTER. Oakland went three and out four times before getting one first down. It would go downhill from there. At halftime it was 38-0. Shaun Hill ended the game with 13-22 for 182 yards and two touchdowns. This was the highest points allowed all year in the first half. Derek Carr (24-39 for 179 yards) reverted back to his old self, with three sacks and two interceptions. The Raiders could not stop running back Tre Mason (14 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns). Veteran quarterback Matt Schaub enters the game for Derek Carr in the fourth quarter and completes his first pass. The Raider crossed the 50 yard line for the first time all day. It did not matter because Schaub lost the ball on a fumble. The second possession Schaub throws an interception for a touchdown as the Rams move to over 50 points. This was the worst defeat since 1961 when The Oakland Raiders lost to the Houston Oilers 55-0. Rams Win 52-0.
TOTAL 31-37 WEEK 3-3
Black Ownership -0- This is a Black Eye in the NFL pun intended. Black ownership should be addressed by The National Football League.
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