It's a new week, friends, and that means we’re throwing the doors wide open to you and your questions, comments, complaints, rants and one-liners here in the Shutdown Mailbag. You know the drill here: unburden your football soul via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @jaybusbee. Now, gather ‘round. We're talking taunting, specifically the see-ya-wouldn't-wanna-be-ya touchdown run of Seattle's Golden Tate on Monday night, and whether a taunting rule could have nullified the touchdown.
I don’t see much difference in what Golden Tate did from the chest-thumping celebrations the Rams were doing over Russell Wilson after every sack. Tate has admitted his mistake, and I don’t think it will happen again from either him or his teammates.
I am sick of watching this stuff. It's all about showboating. Add a penalty to the idiots dancing after a routine sack or tackle Just play football guys. Remember, the kids learn from watching these "professionals."
I go with Possum here; I'm not a big fan of taking points off the board for a simple taunting penalty. Why? Because YOU CAN'T GET A CONCUSSION FROM TAUNTING. Seriously, the hurt feelings of professional athletes matter about as much to me as the grooming habits of dogs in Saskatchewan. Sure, throw a penalty flag to be applied after the touchdown. Throw the guy out of the game if it's egregious enough. But taunting alone shouldn't be cause to nullify a touchdown.
Why didn’t the Eagles draft Geno Smith? They hired Chip Kelly to have a fast-paced offense, and Michael Vick isn’t getting younger. Explain that to me, please.
Well, technically speaking, you don't need a mobile quarterback to run Chip Kelly's offense, you just need someone who can get rid of the ball in a hurry and has a number of options. From that standpoint, the guy the Eagles picked five slots before Smith, Zach Ertz, was an All-American tight end and fits the bill. Down the line, though, the Eagles might regret passing on Giovani Bernard or Kiko Alonso more than either of those other two.
As for the quarterbacking situation: look, we knew Vick wasn't going to be around forever; the NFL ages you in dog years. (Sorry. But you laughed.) Nick Foles appeared, and still appears, to be a capable replacement. We shall see if either of them still has all their limbs attached come January.
Re. Deion vs. Megatron: Deion Sanders was known for knocking down the ball and intercepting, not for his ability to tackle. Calvin Johnson is known for going up and catching the ball at the highest point possible. Johnson is a couple inches taller and has a higher vertical than Sanders, which means Johnson would still catch the ball.
I agree with Daniel on this one. Megatron is bigger and taller than Deion, meaning all other elements being equal, he wins on a jump-ball pass. Thing is, not every pass is a jump ball, and that's where Deion's own athleticism comes into play. Anything less than a ball thrown on Johnson's fingertips, and Deion's grabbing it and taking it back for six. If Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball, Deion has no chance. Matthew Stafford, who passes with abandon but with all the precision of someone whipping a bowl of spaghetti at a wall? Yeah, it could get a bit messy there. Madden and EA Sports need to take up this challenge immediately.
You want to read some pro- and anti-Redskins letters? Nah, me neither. Instead, we close with a little Halloween cheer. You may have seen these perfect baby coaches:
Precious, aren't they? And just like the real thing, they're so cute they'll smile while you change their diaper. Inspired by baby coaches, we took to the Twitters to ask you who you'd dress as, and here are some of the (printable) best results:
Me, I'd go as Richard Sherman, and lurk in the bushes waiting until some poor dumb teenagers try to pelt my house with eggs. Then I'd lay 'em out, crossing-route-style. And you?
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Enjoy the games, everybody!