Taylor vs Pavlik – Is JT saying he’s going to lose ?

September 28, 2007

 JT seems visibly nervous during this video. Near the end he makes a comment about being at 164lbs and how he was thinking about going up to the next weight class, but  “I might be sticking around and getting my belts back”

 Does that mean he’s conceded to losing them ? Very odd statement to make in my opinion.

Grossman out, Griese in

September 25, 2007

It’s now being reported by the Chicago Tribune that Brian Griese will be starting for the Bears this Sunday against the Lions.  Finally, many Bear fans prayers have been answered and Lovie has finally seen the light — or at least been forced by someone above him to make the change. Whichever it was, it’s a step forward.

No one expects Griese to come in and light up our passing game. I’d be satisfied if he just managed to avoid making the big mistakes that Grossman has managed to make on a consistent basis. God knows he probably has some rust on him by now, but I’m pretty confident that he can’t be worse than Grossman.

It takes a special QB to manage getting a sub 25 QB rating in 4 games last year. He had a 23.7, 10.2, 1.3, and the holy grail 0.0 rating. All in one season, and we still made it to the Super Bowl despite his many mistakes. I even hear some fellow Bear fans say “he led us to a Super Bowl”.  Silly… but it gets said all the time.

Countdown to Taylor – Pavlik

September 25, 2007

So now just under a week away from this fight, Taylor’s angle seems to be renaming himself the “Junkyard Dog”. He was “Bad Intentions”, and it was believable that he could have bad intentions…. But unfortunately he wasn’t able to really follow through with making them mean much in the ring – Corey Spinks managed to go the distance with those bad intentions.

 It’s almost laughable to rename yourself the “Junkyard Dog” while training in the Poconos. And in an article on HBO, you have Steward and Lewis trying to pump up the Poconos camp as a deciding factor. They keep saying that no one who’s trained there with Emmanuel Steward has lost. Of course, Emmanuel Steward trains with alot of guys who are the favorites and big name fighters already.

The true factor in the fight is whether or not Taylor truly listens to Emmanuel Steward for a change. A junkyard dog is out of control. What Jermain Taylor needs is to be a good listener and follow Steward’s strategy. Junkyard dogs don’t have strategy, they bite, maime, and kill.  Do we really believe that Taylor is a Junkyard Dog ?

 In the press conference before his fight with Spinks, Miranda and Pavlik were on the undercard. Both fighters made comments to obviously stake claim on fighting Taylor next — as the fight was billed appropriately “The Right to Fight”. So when Taylor reached the podium he said “I don’t do all this talking — ‘I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that.’ I will walk up to you and punch you in the mouth!”

Isn’t ironic that right now he’s doing alot of talking ?

Just cause you call yourself a “Junkyard Dog”, doesn’t mean you are. But it might indicate that you are trying to convince your own self that you are.

It’s now obvious to me that this fight is going to be an instant classic. Taylor is taking this bout seriously. So seriously that he’s now doing whatever he can to pump himself up, which has to result in something far better in the ring than what we saw against Spinks.

 If Pavlik tarnishes the Poconos as a training camp, it might just be haunted by the “Ghost” for years to come.

Everyone have enough of Rex yet ?

September 24, 2007

Sorry… just had to post that picture of Rex doing what he does best.

Before the Kansas City game, I had a heated discussion with one of my friends about Rex Grossman. I pretty much stated that I believe that although he has sufficient physical talent to be in the NFL, I didn’t believe that mentally he was performing at a level that could win us a Super Bowl. I even compared him to Mike Tomczack of Bears teams past, who was seeing a shrink to deal with being in the NFL.

Fast forward to after this last game against the Cowboys and I’m sure that there are alot more Bear fans ready to give Grossman the boot. I’m tired of hearing about how well he did early in the season last year. Does everyone forget that the scouting report on the Bears at that point was — stop the run and the Bears offense is incapable of scoring. Well… Doesn’t anyone remember teams designing game plans based on that line of thinking ? Stacking the line with 8 men in the box ? Guess what ? That makes it alot easier to pass and since you have 8 players defending against the run, you end up with 4 players defending against the pass. So does anyone else think it’s possible that a gameplan like that might make it easier for someone to be successful passing the ball ?

Of course that gameplan changed about midseason and it became we need to get after Grossman as he’s looking like a MVP Quarterback. Suddenly, Grossman’s weakness — pressure — is revealed. Now you got a guy who managed to get a 0 QB rating in one game, and became pretty much useless.

What made that portion of the season even more annoying is that everyone, including Lovie, were waiting for that MVP guy to return, and pretty much made passing our main focus instead of running. In the Championship game, Thomas Jones ran for like 120+ yards and everyone was talking about Rex Grossman’s 1 drive for a TD. Then… in the Super Bowl with horrible conditions Lovie decides to “pass” against the #2 pass defense, instead of “running” against the worst run defense in the league. I still don’t understand it, and apparently no one can explain that to me, even to this day. Was it ironic that the Colts “ran” the ball instead of passing ?

Ok.. I’m done with that rant. But I think everyone is getting closer to being on the same page now, and my prediction of Griese being the starter withing 6 games is well on track.

Even Madden and Michaels last night were talking about “long term”, which to me is ridiculous. We don’t have to abandon long term goals. Is it possible that what Rex needed all along is to sit on the bench and watch how someone like Brian Griese prepares and plays the game ? I mean, he was a Pro Bowl QB.. no ? What is the shame in that ? Now Griese is 2 years older, and probably rusty… Grossman is a complete head case… and we are 1-2.

Thanks Lovie.

Steward and Taylor call Pavlik Overrated

September 22, 2007

I’ve always respected Emmanuel Steward and he’s probably my favorite analyst when he does commentary on HBO fights because he’s usually spot on. He’s usually not the type to talk badly about a fighter, but in this case he’s actually come out and called Pavlik overrated and is basically saying this fight is going to be simple for Taylor. I’ll say that based on his knowledge of the sport, his comments and my respect for his opinion are the only reason that I would think that Taylor has a chance.

However, Steward himself knows that Taylor has a penchant for not listening to his instructions during a fight, and in turn making fights much closer than they need to be. I’ve even seen Steward in the corner seemingly at wits end with Taylor not listening to him.   I’ve heard Steward make comments about Taylor not listening to him in fights during other HBO broadcasts where he does commentary.

If Taylor listens to Steward, I think that he probably has a far better chance of winning the fight. But, do any of us believe that will happen ?

Steward makes note of Class A fighters that Taylor has been fighting, but we all know he’s looked pretty much lackluster in doing so. I really kind of wish they’d have matched up Corey Spinks with Pavlik first to really pump this fight up even more. I think we all know that Spinks would be pulverised by Pavlik. Then… everyone would realize that calling the Spinks win anything but the crap that it was, would be a ridiculous statement.  Luckily for Steward, that fight never happened so he can try and convince people that Spinks was a Class A opponent and going the distance with him was a victory in anything other than as a statistic.

Forget Mayweather vs Hatton , this here is going to be the fight of the year. Pavlik vs Miranda was a fan’s fight, and Pavlik is going to be considered a premiere fan’s fighter after taking out Taylor.  I will truly be interested in what Steward has to say about Pavlik after the fight. I think it’s possible that Steward might drop Pavlik after this fight if he doesn’t listen.

I also highly doubt that Steward is truly underestimating Pavlik, but I think it’s highly possible that Taylor truly is.

Rex Grossman – Mental Midget

September 15, 2007

I am surprised by the reaction that many Chicago Bear fans are having to Ron Rivera’s comment about Rex Grossman being a “mental midget”. I am a Chicago Bears fan, but I happen to be fully in agreement with Rivera’s assessment of Grossman.  I’ve seen alot of people attempt to discredit the comment by saying that Rivera is basically just a linebacker coach now, so obviously he’s not exactly progressing in his own coaching career. But…. I think if you watched the game against the Chargers, you’ll notice that the team pretty much followed Rivera’s advice — pressure Grossman — and got exactly the results that he predicted they would get. Can’t argue with reality.

Take into account Rex’s career to this point. He’s obviously had a great deal of trouble with consistency and undoubtedly is a far less effective QB when forced to make quick decisions. Rex is capable of being an NFL QB obviously, but when under pressure he’s no Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, Peyton Manning, or even Brian Griese.  He’s not very good at improvising, and I’d say that mental aptitude would play heavily into that particular aspect of a quarterback.

My prediction is that by the end of the year, if not sooner, there will be many more Bear fans that agree with Rivera on this comment. Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, but in the end the truth usually comes out.

Bears – Is the Grossman charade over yet ?

September 11, 2007

 I know it’s just the first game of the season, and the first game is not always the best indicator of what’s going to happen in a season. But… I think I have seen enough of Grossman to know that he’s mediocre at best. He’s very prone to fumbling the ball and in many cases can’t get off a decent pass unless he’s completely unpressured. It’s a rarity to see him get off a good pass when he’s under any kind of pressure. That’s not the kind of QB that’s going to win us a superbowl.

 I think that Rex Grossman has talent, and can play in the NFL. I just don’t think at this point in his he’s a guy who’s going to lead a team to win a Superbowl. So do we tolerate Grossman’s mediocrity/inconsistency for another year or make the decision that we have potential to win a Super Bowl this year with a more qualified QB — Griese. 

With the devastating injuries in the first game of the season, the QB position becomes even more important now.

  Brian Griese please. Need I say more ?