Dan Wetzel

  • RG3 may be done in Washington, but he doesn’t have to be done for good

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Robert Griffin III has been benched in Washington, which means his career there is all but over.

    The writing was on the wall when Jay Gruden, hired as head coach in part because of his work with offenses in general and quarterbacks in particular, boldly called out RG3’s “fundamental flaws” a couple of weeks back. Rookie coaches don’t blast franchise quarterbacks unless the quarterback is not long for the franchise.

    Gruden smartly knew the only way to keep the rest of his locker room behind him was to call out Griffin for the lousy play and worse decision-making that players were seeing, and seething over, on film each week. It’s too easy for fans and media to see a frustrated DeSean Jackson pouting on the field and figure he’s a diva just interested in getting the ball. The truth is, he was wide open, repeatedly, and Griffin couldn’t find him.

    Washington gave up a ransom for the Heisman winner out of Baylor – trading three first-round picks and one second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams to select RG3 second overall. The fallout for that will sting for years. In the end, the Redskins got a guy who wasn’t close to comparable to first overall pick Andrew Luck.

    Now what?

    What’s next for RG3?

  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at AT&T Stadium

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jerry Jones has no inside information. He says he isn’t privy to any discussions, however serious they may or may not be, between the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on the possibility of their long-awaited fight occurring in 2015.

    Jones, standing inside the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room here late Sunday night, was only certain about two things:

    As a boxing fan, he wants the bout made. And as a businessman, he believes a mega-fight like that demands a grand stage on which to shine, and nothing will do the trick like his own AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

    If the fight is made, Jones promised an aggressive bid that would push the benefits of fighting in front of more than 100,000 fans, in a big media market, on the 50-yard line of  what has become in just a little more than five years America’s premier sports venue – home to a Super Bowl, a Final Four and the upcoming inaugural college football title game, among other things.

    Jones wants the fight at his place and he promised to take on what would be big money bids from casino interests in Las Vegas and perhaps Macau to get it.

  • Dan Wetzel's College Football Podcast: Rivalry Week

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    It's rivalry week in college football and the playoff chase has only served to amp up the stakes for a number of historic games. So Chris Vernon of ESPN Radio in Memphis returns to the Dan Wetzel College Football Podcast to break it all down here on Thanksgiving Week.

    Topics include:

    • Will the late-season fade of Ole Miss adversely affect Mississippi State's chance of holding onto a spot in the top four of the playoff rankings? And while we're at it, has there been a more brutal gut punch of a collapse of a season than the one the Rebels suffered? The team looked catatonic in getting run over by Arkansas.

    • Could Arkansas actually win another Power 5 conference?

    • Florida State struggles every week but does it deserve recognition for the fact each team it faces tends to play dramatically over its heads when going against the Seminoles?

    [ Listen to all of Dan Wetzel's college football podcast here ]

    • What can Ohio State do to jump one to two Big 12 teams and Mississippi State? Or do the Buckeyes need losses in front of them?

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  • Mentally tough Cowboys no longer 'panic' when facing big deficit

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – It was a frustration born of 8-8 and 8-8 and 8-8, of not making the few extra plays that win a few extra games that determine the difference between a trip to the playoffs and another infuriatingly average season.

    "I think we've always been tough," Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "I think being poised is what we've done a better job of … not really panicking when we're down at the half and then going and doing something about it."

    The music was blaring inside the Cowboys' locker room as midnight struck here and Witten spoke in front of his locker. A 31-28 come-from-behind victory against the New York Giants was assured, an eighth win was secured yet it's pre-Thanksgiving this time.

    "The first half scared me," Jerry Jones admitted.

    It does mean, they say, the mentality is different now. They're doing something about things.

    The whole team, really. It isn't easy buying into the Cowboys because … well, all those 8-8 seasons.

    "It's better than having seven," Romo said.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. stuns Cowboys defenders with 'ridiculous' one-handed TD catch

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – They were the two men with the closest view of one of the greatest catches in NFL history. The two men assigned to stop it, to stop Odell Beckham Jr., this outrageous New York Giants rookie receiver.

    They were the two men who figured, by the trajectory of Eli Manning's 43-yard pass that it would never be caught, especially after one of them damn near tackled Beckham. They were the two men who instead had to hopelessly, helplessly watch as the kid from LSU leapt in the air, contorted his body backward and reached his oversized, 10-inch hand into the Jersey sky to pluck the ball while he fell, hard, backside into the end zone.

    They were the two men improbably buried in a corner of the stadium the way Jimmy Hoffa supposedly once was in these parts, left staring at one of the MetLife Stadium big screens after the play for conformation that the impossible just possibly became possible in front of their own non-lying eyes.

    Eventually both defensive players did what everyone else around country did … watched the replay in wonderment.

    "Someone told me LeBron tweeted about it," Beckham said.

    Seriously.

    "It's pretty spectacular," Manning said.

  • 'The rebuttal' provides rare glimpse inside Tiger Woods' mind

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

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    Golf Digest, in the spirit of satire and winter magazine sales, let its iconic writer, Dan Jenkins, pen a fake interview with Tiger Woods in its latest edition.

    Jenkins is one of the funniest writers of all time, from newspapers, to magazines, to best-selling books, to Hollywood screenplays. He's 84 years old. He's covered more than 220 major golf championships. He's been a close friend to Ben Hogan, President George H.W. Bush and lots of other famous people not named Tiger Woods.

    For any number of reasons, he doesn't care much for Tiger, who, it should be noted, has for years steadfastly declined to sit down for a real interview with Jenkins.

    So Jenkins wrote a fake interview full of his trademark one-liners, often zinging Woods on rumored aspects of personality, i.e. he's a lousy tipper. Whether the jokes are funny are up to the reader.

    It was titled: "Not True, Not Funny."

    Both sides have their points.

    __________________

    Interesting.

    Who knows?

    This is at least … something.

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  • RG3's fall from grace as stunning as his meteoric rise to stardom

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    Less than two years ago some believed Robert Griffin III could change the way the United States was governed.

    Not just change the football fortunes of the Washington Redskins, not just change the bottom line for Nike or Subway or anyone else who'd jumped in with a pleasant, charismatic and dynamic quarterback, not just change how his position is played, in his case with 4.3 speed and an accurate arm.

    No, he could change American governance.

    RG3 was such an overnight superstar that when it came out that he – young, black, exciting – might be a Republican, political types wondered if he could serve as an outreach for the party into a pool of voters it rarely attracts.

    Griffin has never confirmed his political preferences, but it didn't stop some from believing that he could swing elections locally and federally, if not just become the candidate himself.

    "I think we will see RG3 run for office someday very soon," Sarah Davis, a Republican state representative from Houston, predicted back then.

    "We're focused on San Francisco," Griffin repeated, nine separate times.

    So he's got Bill Belichick's vote.

    And no one seems to like him anymore.

     

     

  • Dan Wetzel's College Football Podcast: Let's talk QBs

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com, Fox Sports 1 and the author of the book “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” joins the College Football Podcast this week. There is no one who covers the whole spectrum of football, from high school development and recruiting, through college and into the NFL draft, like him.

    [ Listen to all of Dan Wetzel's college football podcast here ]

    Topics include:

    • Chip Kelly and would he ever return to the college level. Or more accurately, why would he?

    • The trouble fans and some media have in assessing the willingness of coaching candidates to jump, and the value of specific jobs in both the hiring and recruiting process.

    • The change in how high major colleges are able to hire promising candidates, and why so many coaches are content staying put.

    • With that said, straight out speculation and predictions regarding whom Florida and Michigan will hire as their new head coaches, with a focus on the specific appeals of each job.

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  • Roger Goodell was right to drop hammer on Adrian Peterson; now NFL needs to educate

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    There was no way – no way at all – Roger Goodell was going to pass on the opportunity to come down stronger than a Texas judge.

    Certainly not on an issue such as child abuse, certainly not when so much of the public was rightfully aghast at Adrian Peterson unapologetically whipping one of his children with a tree branch, certainly not after Peterson escaped any meaningful legal punishment after agreeing to a plea deal in Montgomery County, Texas, and certainly not when the NFL commissioner is desperate for an issue to make him look strong yet caring.

    Goodell acted Tuesday in an entirely predictable manner, announcing Peterson is suspended indefinitely without pay via a hardened "open letter" to the star running back. Peterson will not even be considered for reinstatement until April and that will be contingent on “the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision.”

    So, April is the best-case scenario.

    “Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

    One thousand percent of childcare experts disagree.

  • Caldwell in prime spot with Lions thanks to Whisenhunt's pass and a lesson from Joe Paterno

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Dassault Falcon 900 was all set to go, fueled up and with a flight plan to San Diego in place. The Detroit Lions were ready to go pick up Ken Whisenhunt and hand over a roster that featured Ndamukong Suh anchoring the defense, and Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson the offense.

    This was in January, after the Lions had just somehow, someway missed the playoffs under head coach Jim Schwartz. They had a 6-3 record in mid-November only to lose six of their final seven. In each of those six games, Detroit led in the fourth quarter, often late. If they avoided blowing just half of those, they win the NFC North. Instead they kept imploding, the product of unforced errors and undisciplined play. It was a recurring nightmare and Schwartz couldn't survive, leaving behind a prime job in an unlikely locale.

    Over the past 56 seasons, the Lions have won just a single playoff game and that was in the 1991 season. They've had just one winning season since going 9-7 in 2000 and in 2008 famously finished 0-16. This is the NFL badlands.

    A coach, who desperately wanted the job, but watched the Whisenhunt jet saga without a pang of panic.

    Here's what's undeniable: