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Jerry weighs in on all things Hub related, and some from further away lands.

I had intended my last post to be a true collection of observations and random thoughts, and not quite so much a focused (yes, that’s about as focused as I get) look at the mental and physical health of Patriot Nation. But after I got several hundred words into the effort, I realized that most of my witty and insightful thoughts that I had been collecting, would best be saved for another day. Today, my friends, is that day.


How will Andy Reid fair in Kansas City? (
How will Andy Reid fair in Kansas City? (

What has now become known as “Black Monday” in the NFL, at times looks like a very strange game of musical chairs. How else do you explain why Kansas City and Arizona were fighting over the recently fired Andy Reid? While you’re thinking about that, please explain to me why were they fighting over Andy Reid? Yes, I get the part about 130 wins in 14 seasons, but if there was ever a man who needed to stay home and help to heal his family, it’s Andy Reid. If you want to leave the common sense out of it, then consider the facts that he has been labeled by some of his players as not being a good crunch time coach. Also he seems to be as adept at picking a quarterback as the Red Sox are at finding a shortstop. Of course, what is the one thing the Chiefs need more then anything else? You got it, a quarterback… What are the odds he brings Michael Vick with him? If he does then you can assume he’s not learned from his last few years in Philly.


What will happen when Belichick calls it quits? (elise amendola/AP)
What will happen when Belichick calls it quits? (elise amendola/AP)

When “that old man river” of Foxboro, also known as Bill Belichick does decide to call it quits, rumor has it that offensive coordinator and former boy genius, Josh McDaniels will take his place. At least that was one of the topic of conversations that was heard during bye week. The logic is that was why McDaniels had redrawn his name from consideration for any of the openings; especially Cleveland. For years the speculation in these parts was that Brady and Belichick would retire together. Now some people are figuring that Brady would stick around one season longer, just to give McDaniels a real QB to work with. If there is any truth in this, then you have to assume that Coach Bill plans on hanging in there for no more than two or three more years. I actually think Bill would make an excellent TV commentator. Seriously. He’s obviously very knowledgeable and loves talking football, I just don’t know if NBC would let him wear his hoodie……..


The circus continues in land of the Jets. (Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News)
The circus continues in land of the Jets. (Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News)

On behalf of Boston fans everywhere, I would like to thank the New York Jets organization for being so dysfunctional as to make the 2011-2012 Red Sox look like a well oiled machine. Rex’s tattoo of his wife was the icing on the cake. I have to say I’m skeptical the thing is real. It just seemed a little too large to have gone unnoticed to this point. “A source familiar with Ryan’s tattoos claims it’s been there for quite sometime…” I’m not sure who actually said that, but I shutter to think that there is a source out there that specializes in keeping track of Rex’s tattoos…. Seriously, I’ve said it before, I just don’t think he has what it takes to be a head coach. (Like maturity, maybe?) Both he and his brother Rob are great defensive coaches who will never be out of work for more than five, maybe ten minutes, but are not destined to be successful NFL head coaches. Yes, the Jets went  to two Conference Championship games in his first two years, but his inability to sustain and/or improve upon the team he inherited, makes me doubt his overall leadership ability.

Elite or not, Eli will have to be better in 2013. (Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)
Elite or not, Eli will have to be better in 2013. (Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)

Hopefully I have made it clear in past writings that I find the whole “elite quarterback” debate annoying. It always sounds to me like they’re applying for membership in their high school National Honor Society. But I can’t help but think, if Eli was Honor Society material, the Giants would be participating in the playoffs rather then watching them on TV. One of the qualities you have to demonstrate to get into the NHS is leadership, and Eli failed to demonstrate enough of it this season. The outstanding QBs like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, do that on a consistent basis and often drag undeserving teams into post season play. Will the Giants be back next year? Perhaps yes, but perhaps it’s time for them to reload and replace a few veterans. One way or another, they’ll need Eli to be a consistent leader. Only time will tell…


Jerry Ballgame

About Jerry Ballgame

The personification of "old school", Jerry Ballgame was born in the shadow of Dr. Naismith's peach basket, and baptized in that "Dirty Water." Designated by his "Uncle" Ted, to keep an eye on things, he's here to tell everyone what his view is like from the Hub of the Universe.

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  1. Eli might not make the Super Bowl every year, but he wins the ones they make… Consistency year to year would definitely be nice though. But it’s hard for me to get too fired up about the Giants. Two Super Bowls in four years ain’t half bad. Let’s see if Mr. Brady can win himself another one this year, now that he doesn’t have to beat the Giants.

    I otherwise think you nailed everything else in this post. Rex Ryan should be fired. He’s like a 13 year old. A dumb one.

  2. At the time it was 2 in 4, I’m gonna assume that they win Super Bowl 50 in 2016 (following the 2015 season)

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