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Flacco after signing his 100 million dollar contract

Flacco after signing his 100 million dollar contract

We all know the value placed on the Quarterback in today’s league, however are they actually worth shelling over 100 million dollar contracts. You don’t win the Super Bowl by being good on one side of the ball. Only complete teams can take home the ultimate prize and with a salary cap of $120 million some teams are giving about 17% to their QB position alone. Now franchise quarterbacks will get you in the playoffs consistently, but that also keeps your draft stock towards the bottom of the first round as well. That means you have to be really lucky drafting the right personnel in order to eliminate possible deficiencies. Also if your franchise Quarterback happens to get hurt(this is football people), your team is suddenly the worst in the division **wink wink Green Bay**.

Packers fans watching their season coming crashing down

If you take a look at Super Bowl champions the past few years, there is usually a Quarterback who is playing above his contract. Here are the list of Super Bowl winning QBs the past 10 seasons, only 7 names! All of these Quarterbacks listed weren’t getting SUPERSTAR money, but they were playing at a superstar level.

*Tom Brady X 2 (=’03,=’04)* WAS PLAYING ON A CONTRACT JUST OVER $30 MILLION, IT WAS HIS FIRST CONTRACT FOLLOWING HIS ROOKIE DEAL. HE SIGNED AN EXTENSION AFTER THESE TWO SUPER BOWL WINS, IN 2005, FOR AROUND 48.5 MILLION GIVING HIM ABOUT $12.5 MILLION/YEAR, EXTREMELY MODEST FOR A THREE-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION.

*Eli Manning X 2 (’07,’11)* SIGNED AN EXTENSION IN 2009

*Big Ben X 2 (’05,’08)* SIGNED AN EXTENSION IN 2008

*Peyton Manning (’06)* WAS PLAYING ON A 7 YEAR/98 MILLION EXTENSION FOLLOWING HIS ROOKIE DEAL IN 2003. MAKING AROUND 14.5 MILLION/YEAR, NOT DETRIMENTAL TO A TEAM’S CAP.

*Drew Brees (’09)* SIGNED NEW MEGA CONTRACT IN 2012

*Aaron Rodgers (’10)* WAS PLAYING WELL ABOVE AN EXTENSION HE SIGNED IN HIS FIRST YEAR AS A STARTER FOLLOWING HIS ROOKIE DEAL. SIGNED NEW MEGA CONTRACT IN 2013

*Joe Flacco (=9112)* SIGNED NEW MEGA CONTRACT IN 2013

Now let’s take a look at the highest paid QBs in the league.  You’ll be surprised by the names on this list and how all of these guys are getting paid more than Tom Brady.

*Aaron Rodgers $22 million/year (5 years/110 mil signed 2013)

*Joe Flacco $20.1 million/year (6 years/ 120 mil signed 2013)

*Drew Brees  $20 million/year (5 years/100 mil signed 2012)

*Peyton Manning $19.2 million/year (5 year/96 mil signed 2012)

Tony Romo $18 million/year (6 years/108 mil signed in 2013)

*Eli Manning $16.25 million/year (extension in 2009 6 years $97.5 million)

Philip Rivers $15.5 million/year (extension in 2012 4 years $93 million)

Matt Schaub $15.4 million/year (extension in 2012 4 years $62 million)

Mark Sanchez $13.5 million/year (extension in 2012 3 years $40.5 million)

Sam Bradford $13 million/year (6 years $78 million signed in 2010)

*Big Ben $12.75 million/year (extension in 2008 8 years $102 million)

Matthew Stafford $12.25 million/year (6 years $73.5 million signed in 2009)

*Tom Brady $11.4 million/year (5 years $57 million extension in 2013)

*Denotes Super Bowl winning QB

Pretty remarkable, right? Tom Brady is one of the only QBs deserving of $20 million/year, but instead restructures his contract to keep his team competitive. How is he rewarded? Welker doesn’t get resigned and he’s left with a group of misfits on Offense. However the point is Brady gets it, unlike most of these other Quaterbacks who are just out for a payday regardless of the negative effects on the team in the long run. Specifically, Peyton Manning signed the biggest deal of his career following major neck surgeries. I get that he was the most coveted free agent of all time, but it really limits your team’s ability to improve anywhere else.

Manning is aware of all the critics and haters, so why wouldn’t his main goal be to win more Super Bowls. By taking on a boatload of a contract, Manning showed that he is just out there for himself. He is already making a ton of money off of sponsors: Papa Johns, Direct TV, Buick?? Peyton Manning, one of the best commercial athletes, doesn’t need the money. As a result, this Denver team isn’t making the Super Bowl. They have a nice offense but aren’t going to be stopping anybody on defense. I think they’ll get eliminated in the divisional round…..again. “At least he got all those records”-Peyton supporters

The NOODLE! Look away Broncos Fans

The biggest contract up there without a Super Bowl ring on his resume is Tony Romo. He just signed a 6 year extension for over 100 million, which would mean he is going to be 39 at the end of the deal. He is about to have back surgery and is notorious for late season/game collapses. The Cowboys defense was abysmal this season and they could use all the help they can get. They do have the benefit of being the richest franchise in the NFL but are limited thanks to Jerry Jones, GM/Owner/Wannabe Head Coach/Motivational Speaker/Narcissist/Living in the Past/Visionary/Puppet Master/Forever in debt to the Vikings and Herschel Walker/More importantly indebted for life to Jimmy Johnson/Jimmy Johnson Fan/Still Misses Jimmy Johnson/The guy who fired Tom Landry/Mr. Ego/71 Year old Man but I used to play football at the college level/Did you hear I played football once, I was a RB & Offensive lineman in my day…….Jerry Jones everybody!

JERRY JONES!!!!!

If we follow this trend, then we have a lot of intriguing Super Bowl picks based off of this theory. In the AFC: Cincy- Even though we have talked about how much we are against Dalton leading this team to the Super Bowl, they are stacked on both sides of the ball and special teams. If Dalton were to somehow get hot ala Flacco last year, this team could cruise to the Super Bowl. Indy- Andrew Luck is on the 2nd year of his rookie deal and big paydays are in his future, but this team fits the mold of recent champs.  NE-Brady’s modest salary allows the team a lot of flexibility, and they find ways to get it done. They went to the Super Bowl with the worst ranked defense! KC- Alex Smith’s new deal is nothing special, but I don’t think he is a Quarterback who will ever got hot unless he gets in a time machine and trades spots with Aaron Rodgers the night of the draft and sweated out that first round on National Television.

Birth of Aaron Rodgers, Photobomber extraordinaire

In the NFC there are four teams as well: Seattle/San Fran- For the same reasons as Indy, but both teams have way better defenses and running games. Russell Wilson is in his rookie deal and I’m sure he’ll have a nice payday eventually.  This theory really suits Seattle and San Francisco the most, if either of them win the Super Bowl it has a lot to do with their ability to build a complete roster without being constrained by a major QB contract. Philly-Nick Foles, rookie deal. Carolina- Cam is another player on his way to getting a big deal, especially if he makes a run during the Playoffs(SO WIN NOW).

Let’s look at the franchise QBs in the playoffs- Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rodgers

Manning- Discussed above- see defense

Brady- Discussed above, like their chances of getting to another Super Bowl in a wide open AFC.

Brees- A team that is good on both sides of the ball, the only problem is they let home-field advantage slip away. Terrible road team and Brees has never won a playoff game on the road.

Rivers- Questionable defense and its pretty unrealistic they make it to the Super Bowl and win. I guess crazier things have happened.

Rodgers- A team that relies on drafting and developing players. They have a lot of holes in their defense, the addition of a running game makes this Packers team different than the past few years. They could get hot like 2010, and if they continue causing turnovers could end up in the Super Bowl totally defunking all of this time I spent writing this. **OF COURSE I’M ALL FOR THIS ONE ACTUALLY HAPPENING, HELLLLLOOOO***

How can you blame these players for wanting to get paid as much as possible anyway? The Owners are the ones making all the money, but refuse to hash it out accordingly(like smart businessmen). These huge Quarterback contracts aren’t good for the league and I’m sure they cause some tension in the locker room amongst players. Maybe these issues will be worked out during the next strike/CBA. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy high scoring games and coming up with theories on Super Bowl contenders.

Randall “Stiltz”

 

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Here we go from Kansas City, let’s see if the Colts can come out swinging. This couldn’t be a worse matchup for the Colts  in my opinion . Once the Chiefs get a lead they are hard to come back on. Great defense and special teams, plus a running game that wears out a defense. On top of that, the Colts have been terrible in first halves this season and are constantly playing from behind. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game was over by halftime.

First possession for the Colts results in a three and out, thanks to a stingy Chiefs D on 3rd and 1. McCluster with a nice punt return. Chiefs are moving the ball with ease. Jamaal Charles with a beautiful run for the touchdown, wow! 7-0 Chiefs

Colts with another three and out. Luck’s pump fake looks a lot like Big Ben’s, you think it’s almost impossible for them to maintain control of the ball. The Colts don’t really take any chances on offense. It wouldn’t be a big deal if they were able to move the ball with their running game, but that’s not the case. McCluster able to recover the muffed punt, the Colts could have used that.  The Colts D was able to tighten up and force a three and out against the Chiefs. TRich sighting on the Colts third possession of the game. Colts deciding to go with the no huddle and are able to pick up their FIRST first down of the game.

The Colts are are slowly making their way down the field. A horse collar penalty keeps the Colts drive alive on third down. TRich has been hit behind the line of scrimmage on every single one of his attempts so far. Luck nearly intercepted on the 1 yd line by Flowers. Colts settle for the FG, but he pulls it left. 7-0 Chiefs

Couple of uneventful possessions in a row. Griff Whalen, WR for the Colts, refusing to go down. I like the way he’s playing out there. Whalen again making things happen after the catch. Dan Dierdoff is atrocious and I hate listening to his games. There are hundreds of retired players/coaches but very few broadcasters that are bearable to listen to. How is that possible? The Colts finally get on the board with a FG. 7-3 Chiefs

The Chiefs cough up the first turnover of the game, and the Colts capitalize on a long td by Brown off a check down. 10-7 Colts. The Chiefs offense hasn’t done much since the first possession. The Colts able to get a FG off their next possession and push their lead up to 6, 13-7 Colts. The Chiefs are finally able to get the ball done the field right before halftime, but miss a fg. Halftime: 13-7 Colts

The Chiefs pass rush has been non-existent during this game and it’s not what you’d like to see from the Chiefs defense right before the playoffs. If the Chiefs don’t get their pass rush going in the second half, Luck will pick them apart. The Colts have done a good job taking care of the ball, against a Chiefs team that has thrived off turnovers all year. It should be a good second half in KC.

Second half starts well for the Chiefs with a long return by Davis. Robert Mathis forcing a popup ball which is picked off by the Colts. The Colts again making things happen off turnovers, Donald Brown shedding tacklers on the way to a touchdown. 20-7 Colts. This is when Chiefs fans should start to worry. The Chiefs have a hard time coming back against anybody once they’re down by over 10. Let’s see how the Chiefs handle this, maybe they can get the crowd back into this.

Chiefs aren’t able to get anything going and go three and out. The Colts D must smell blood, Bethae has made two enormous hits today on Bowe/Charles. The Chiefs defense really needs to get a turnover to spark this offense/crowd back up.

Trent Richardson must have some sort of record of getting hit behind the line of scrimmage. He does not look explosive at all. A lot of fantasy football owners nodding their heads in agreement to that one. Defensive holding penalty gives the Colts a fresh set of downs. TRich again getting blown up at the line of scrimmage. Between the turnovers and penalties the Chiefs are beating themselves today. The Chiefs still aren’t getting any pressure on Luck, and the drive ends with an incompletion….OR does it, Poe with a taunting penalty to give the Colts 15 yards and a first down. Wow, Reid is laying into Poe as he makes his way off the field. Luckily, Reid’s mustache provides a nice spit flap to keep the damage at a minimum.

The Colts continue to drive down the field and even TRich is getting some yards now. Colts are burning a ton of time off the clock with this drive which can be described as sloppy as best. Brown finally put back into the game and he gets a nice 5 yard carry. Chiefs hoping to hold them to a FG here. Big third down, D Johnson is going to think a lot about this play later. Luck almost threw a pick six to Johnson just now on a little screen to TRich. Colts with a FG to stretch the lead out to 16! 23-7 Colts.

Davis with another big return, the Chiefs need to score quickly.  Let’s see if they are willing to take some shots down the field. If Charles wasn’t tripped up on the 2nd down screen attempt he had a ton of daylight. Third down the Chiefs need to make something happen. Play action, Colts blow it up and get the sack. The fans aren’t happy the Chiefs are lining up to punt. The question with Smith is can he lead his team back from a large deficit, and the answer continues to be NO. This is only a two score game, and a long drive here by the Colts would certainly put it out of reach.

End of the third quarter and it’s 23-7 Colts. Let’s take a quick look at who the Chiefs/Broncos have actually beat this season.  The AFC West ended up having a nice draw with the AFC South/NFC East as the two conferences. Both the Chiefs/Broncos swept the NFC East. The Broncos lost games to the Colts, Patriots, and Chargers. The Chiefs have lost to the Broncos twice, and the Chargers. Neither team beat anybody worth writing home about.

Back to the game, the Colts bringing TRich out for a 3rd and 1 attempt. Of course, he doesn’t get it. I couldn’t think of a worse person to bring out on a third and 1 attempt with how his season has played out. The Chiefs start off their drive with a huge run by Alex Smith. The Chiefs still have a ton of time in this game giving them their opportunity to run the ball which they continue to do. The Chiefs have a nice drive going, and Smith throws a terribly under thrown ball to Fasano. Colts with the interception in the endzone. That’ll do it for the Chiefs comeback.

Whalen continues to make plays after the catch for the Colts. Not only is he picking up first downs but he is staying in bounds and the clock is just melting away. Chiefs able to get a stop, Chiefs really need to get a quick score here if they want to have a chance at winning this game. Chiefs slowly moving the ball down the field, but the drive ends after Smith’s third turnover. Smith’s fumble marks the end of this one. Thanks for coming by during this game. It looks like Ush chose wisely with the Colts. Disregard everything I said about this matchup!