Monday Recap – 9/9/13

Let the veteran signings begin…

Article 30 of the current CBA is titled, “Termination Pay.” This article outlines that any vested veteran (a player with 4 years of NFL service) who is on a team roster for its week 1 game and is cut, is entitled to “the unpaid balance of his Paragraph 5 Salary for that League Year.” Essentially, that means that any player with 4 years of service that is on a roster for a team’s week 1 game has his salary guaranteed for that season. A player is only entitled to this one time in his career.

This leads to a lot of veterans not having homes for week 1 and then miraculously getting workouts and signed after a team has played its first week game. There will be an influx of veteran signings over the next week because of this.

Injuries are part of the game…

The Steelers put C Maurkice Pouncey, LB Larry Foote, and RB Larod Stephens-Howling in injured reserve today. Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert gashed his hand and will miss some time. Patriots WR Danny Amendola has a groin issue that is worth monitoring but it’s not like you can trust the New England injury report anyways. There are varying reports on Pats RB Shane Vereen. He may have a dislocation or a fracture depending on the source and could be out for a few weeks. Lions RB Reggie Bush dislocated his thumb and pulled a groin but racked up almost 200 yards from scrimmage in spite of it. Panthers G Garry Williams was carted off with an ACL and MCL tear and will miss the rest of the season. Giants CB Prince Amukamara looked decent before being the victim of helmet-to-helmet friendly fire that left him with a concussion.

Injuries are a part of the NFL. One of the most underrated aspects of the NFL by fans is the depth of a roster. The best General Managers and architects of rosters build the deepest teams, not just load the roster with popular names. With the current CBA, we’re seeing the middle class being excluded from the league. Teams are willing to pay good players but to pay the top-tier guys, someone has to take a pay cut. The end of the roster is already being paid minimum salaries so they can’t go any lower. Therefore, teams go younger and cheaper with the 2nd tier guys to allow them to sign big time contracts like Rodgers, Ryan, Romo, and Flacco. While it’s important to keep a good player, the rest of the roster is going to suffer because of it.

Roddy has a tip for his fantasy owners…

 

 

Shane Vereen is the new “Joker” of the Patriots offense…

 

Teams don’t like to be predictable but when discussing targets and Tom Brady, his favorite receiver is whoever is open. Vereen is a versatile back who is a great receiver and understands route running. His hands are good and he’s no slouch running the ball, either – 14 rushes for 101 yards vs. Buffalo Sunday. Vereen was going to be a big part of this offense going forward in numerous ways.

The difference between perception and reality…

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know I despise mainstream stats. Interceptions can come of  balls that bounced off receivers hands. The defensive back could have been out of place on the play but gets a favorable stat anyways. The quarterback is dinged for a good pass. A good or bad offensive line can affect a running back or a QB’s yardage. A defensive end can get a sack on a blown snap or on a QB that holds the ball too long. In baseball, there are 162 games to weed out a lot of the luck and make those type of statistics more accurate. 16 games in the NFL is not enough of a sample size for those type of statistics to factor out luck and trend more towards a true representation of skill.

The same can be said for the outcomes of games. Every weekend we see teams get outplayed and still win games. Or we see a bad team that beats a top ranked team. It’s the “Any Given Sunday” theory. But after the fact, as fans, we only see the “W” or the “L” that gets recorded in the standings. Wins can mute the criticism that should be vocalized and losses can amplify the detractors.

This is why teams focus on process and try to block out what outsiders say. If the process is a good one and it’s consistent, then the results are consistently good.

QB recap from Sunday…

From what little I’ve seen of the games from yesterday, I’m not sure I agree with all of these assessments but it’s a good place to start.

Some great observations from Sunday here…

Mike Tanier offers a fantastic article that gives some great insight from multiple games on Sunday.

Arian Foster is one of my favorite people on Earth…

This article written by Foster about “6 Things I’ll Teach My Daughter” is a must read. He’s a good football player but an even better human being who gets life.

Finally, Jim Harbaugh…

Fast forward to the 1:40 mark here. This is Harbaugh discussing the “head slap” given by Clay Matthews to Joe Staley on Sunday. Harbaugh has the polished delivery of a veteran comedian.

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