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Tim Tebow

“Dude, I’m sure, I’m totally into girls.”

 

Mediocre: of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad.

I think this fits Tim Tebow to a tee (pun intended).  Tim Tebow is not a good quarterback.  His completion percentage is awful and he cannot throw the ball downfield.  However, I think he would probably make a decent third-down back in the NFL or maybe a possession receiver.  Put all of this together and I think you have a perfectly mediocre football player.

Tim Tebow is the Derek Jeter of the NFL, but without the talent.  I’ll be the first in line for the Jeter-haters.  He’ll endorse any product that flashes him the cash and he is beloved by almost everyone and I’m not sure most of them can tell you why.  I find that annoying.  That is my personal problem, I admit.  However, I can admit that Jeter has talent.  He has hung around for about 20 years and he has reached some very lofty personal accomplishments.  Tebow is just not that guy.  I don’t see him reaching any sort of major milestone.

I live in the state of Florida.  I hear about Tebow all of the time.  If you think the media is obsessed with him where you live, you outta come doawn to northeast Florida, it’s nuts.  Tebow played high school football for Nease HS even though he never went to school there.  Tebow was home-schooled for all of his pre-college years.  You know what they say about hom-schooled kids, they are big time weirdos.  I can only assume that Tebow is no different.  However, Tebow was a beast at Nease and continued his roll at the University of Florida.

I’m not going to debate Tebow’s dominance in college football.  He was the man at Florida in the same way that Charlie Ward was the man at Florida State.  The same way in that Danny Wuerffel was the man with the Gators.  All three of these guys (and the list goes on) were great in college.  However, none of these guys really projected as NFL talents.  Wuerffel never really accomplished anything in the NFL and Charlie Ward took his talents to the NBA and never even bothered trying to make it in the NFL.  Ward was too short and didn’t really have the throwing skills that would translate into NFL success;  sound familiar?

Since arriving in the NFL in 2010, Tebow has picked up the annoying reputation as a “winner”.  People said the same shit about Trent Dilfer.  This is basically a word for a white guy that generally is not very good at what he does, but his team does pretty well anyway.  Tebow is this guy.  Tebow has a record of 8-6 as a starter.  That’s borderline playoff level in the NFL and is quite possibly the least anyone has ever done to be labeled a “winner”.

Statistically, as a passer, there is just not a lot of good you can say about Timmy.  He led the NFL in fumbles in 2011 even though he only started 11 games.  He completed only 46% of his passes which is something he really should be embarrassed about.  That is shameful.  He was very seldom asked to thrown the ball down field, and while throwing only short passes, still fell below the half way mark.

Since 1980, only 20 QBs have thrown at least 270 passes and completed less than half of them.  Some of the guys with better completion percentages than 2011 Tim Tebow are: Bubby Brister, the rookie version of Kerry Collins, and the legendary Joey Harrington.  In fact, his 46.5% completion mark is the WORST in the NFL since Rusty Hilger’s big year in 1988.  That’s right, Tim Tebow is the least accurate quarterback of the last quarter century.

Tebow is a dynamic running threat.  No one can deny that.  He ran for 660 yards last season.  I think that actually sums him up about right.  Tim Tebow is a running back that can get you between 500-900 yards a season if you play him in the right situation.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I am Detroit Lions fan and they could really use him at RB since they already have a real quarterback.

What really grinds my gears about Tebow is just how much you are forced to hear about the guy even though he’s just not that good.  He has made it so I just don’t watch ESPN during the NFL season.  That may seem extreme to you but it was just much easier to go about my day-to-day if I cut down my Tebow intake.  Check out this really annoying quote from what I assume is a very annoying advertising strategist (most soulless job in the world?):

“He’s become an icon; he’s bigger than football, I can’t see him beating New England (on Sunday) but I didn’t see him beating Pittsburgh, either. But that’s the thing with this guy — he keeps defying logic. Everybody keeps waiting for him to fail but it doesn’t happen. He has the kind of marketing potential that could put him in the Tom Brady or Peyton Manning category.”

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are icons and Hall of Fame quarterbacks.  I know this is from an advertising standpoint and not totally based on his skill as a player, but seriously, how bad does this guy have to play for people to stop talking about him?  I would assume that they are plenty of attractive, white, Christian men in the NFL, why am I not hearing about them?

Tebow is a tough guy to write about because there really are not a lot of statistics on the guy just yet.  He’s only been around for 23 NFL games.  On that note, I will say this:  Sure, he may turn it around and continue to “shock the world”.  However, I think there’s a much larger chance he follows the career path of Kordell Stewart.  Flashes of excitement tied to his versatility.  Then someone will really hand him the starting QB job and we’ll see that he’s really lot that great in large doses.  We’ll see.

 

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Mark Brunell

Once a quarterback GOD, Mark Brunell holds onto footballs for kickers so that the ball won't fall over.

Mark Brunell was a special kind of player.  I know it’s a little bit early to say “was” since the dude is still playing, but he is certainly past his prime.  When Brunell was at the top of his game he sported a cannon for an arm and a sprinters gift of speed and agility.

Brunell played his college ball at the University of Washington.  While a pretty good college QB, he was not a constant at QB for the Huskies.  He split time with a couple of other guys, but was part of some great teams that featured the legendary Lincoln Kennedy.  Brunell left UW and was part of one of my favorite NFL Drafts ever in 1993.

The 1993 Draft featured top picks Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer.  Brunell didn’t get selected until the 5th round when he was selected by the Green Bay Packers.  Here are the QBs taken in the ’93 Draft:

1. Drew Bledsoe

2. Rick Mirer

58. Billy Joe Hobert (Hobert often started ahead of Brunell at UW)

118. Brunell

192: Gino Torretta

216: Alex Van Pelt

219: Elvis Grbac

222: Trent Green

Not a bad draft, actually.  Anyway, back to Brunell.  Mark went to Green Bay in the fall of 1993 and spent two years sitting on his ass behind Brett Favre (seriously, how many lives can that guy ruin?).  Despite throwing only 27 passes in his two years with the Packers, Brunell was in demand around the league.  He was traded prior to the 1995 season to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 3rd and 5th round picks.  Brunell was the club’s starting QB from 1995 to 2003 and set almost every team record you can think of.

Brunell was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Jags and was actually named the MVP of the 1997 Pro Bowl.  The Jags were competitive during most of his time as QB, highlighted by a 14-2 season in 1999 in which the club lost in the AFC title game to Steve McNair and the Tennessee Titans, 33-14 on their home field.  Ouch!

Mark eventually lost his job to the slowest QB ever, Byron Leftwich.  He was traded to the Washington Redskins and started a few games for them early in the 2000’s.  He has spent the last four or five seasons as a back up QB for Drew Brees in New Orleans and sex-maniac, Mark Sanchez with the Jets.

A few quick career highlights:

  • 14-2 season in 1999
  • Led the conference in yards in 1996, he could really air it out.
  • He loved getting sacked.  He led the league in sacks a few times.  He just craved that contact.
  • Owns the NFL record for most consecutive complete passes (22) in a single game.

In addition to his action on the field, he’s got a few things going off of the grid iron as well.  According to an anonymous tipster, Mark’s daughter is pretty hot.  She was named Miss America’s Outstanding Teen back in 2008.  He and his wife also have three sons who we can probably assume, are not as hot as their sister.

Mark declared bankruptcy last season which is surprising since he’s earned over $50M playing football.  He lists that he does have over $5M in assets, but he also owes over $25M in liabilities.  This would explain while he is still attempting to play in the NFL even though he turns 41 later this year.

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Deion Sanders the Baseball Player

Modesty?

This post is about Deion Sanders the baseball player.  He is not to be confused with his alter-ego football player.  Deion the football player was electric.  He went from sideline to sideline with relative ease, picking off passes and running back kicks.  However, Neon Deion received a lot of pub for playing two pro sports.  And while that is totally impressive, he was nothing more than a mediocre ball player.

Sanders was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 30th round of the 1988 draft.  He played in the minors for the Yankees while playing pro football with the Atlanta Falcons and really living up to his “Prime Time” nickname.  Honestly, I think Deion was probably rushed to the big leagues in 1989 when he made his debut with the Yankees.  This is back when the Yankees were a total train wreck, and the electric Sanders could create a little buzz around the team.

In his two years in pinstripes, Sanders hit a paltry .178 with 5 homers and 9 steals in 180 at-bats.  Following the 1990 season, the Yankees released Deion, making him a free agent.  The Yanks were concerned that by splitting his time on baseball and football, he was not progressing as a player.  Fair enough.  The Atlanta Braves took a chance on him and signed him prior to the 1991 campaign.

Prime Time took his 4.1 40-yard-dash time to the Braves and had his best years as a ball player.  In 1991 he sucked, posting an OPS+ of only 68.  However, in 1992 he enjoyed his best season as a pro.  He appeared in only 97 games for the NL champion Braves, but still found time to lead the National League in triples with 14 (Huge).  Sanders also swiped 26 bases and hit over .300 for the only time in his career.

In the 1992 NLCS the Braves were in the midst of a big series (obviously) and Deion decided to play football the same week.  Nice.  For this, he was criticized by professional idiot, Tim McCarver.  Tim thought it was a strange decision (I happen to agree) for Deion to leave his baseball team during the playoffs to play in the NFL.  Deion took exception to this and reacted in the following manner:

Classy.  Deion never recaptured the magic on the diamond that he had in 1992.  Maybe karma caught up with him.  He bounced around a bit, playing with the Reds and the Giants before finally bowing out for good after the 2001 season (his first appearance since 1997).

Here are the career totals:

  • .263 batting average
  • .319 OBP
  • 80 OPS+
  • 39 HR
  • 186 SB

For the most part though, Deion is remembered for his attitude.  An attitude that for some reason flew in the NFL but not in MLB.  He was a pretty effective 4th outfielder during his prime, but that was about it.  His speed could change a game, even in baseball.

This is most people’s problem with Deion.  He really seemed to be in business for himself at all times.  He was a tremendous athlete, a mediocre baseball player, and Hall of Fame football player, and a petulant child.

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Dolphins RBs: Dan Marino Era

Terry Kirby coughs it up.

Dan Marino is, without question, one of the biggest dogs to ever suit up in NFL history.  He was blessed with an absolute canon of an arm and a smile that could melt your heart.  He also played opposite a young Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: PEt Detective.  Dan Marino is a legend.

However, if you had to find a chink in the guy’s armor it is that he NEVER won a Super Bowl.  During his prolific 17 year NFL career, the great Marino appeared in only ONE Super Bowl and that was when he was 23 years old and in his second NFL season.  Some think he just didn’t have the heart, others blamed it on bad luck.  It’s hard to prove any of those theories, so I’m going to highlight something we can prove:  Marino played with an abundance of mediocre running backs.  Peep this:

  • Tony Nathan (1983-1987):  Nathan was one of Marino’s first backs in Miami, and was actually with the club before Marino arrived for the 1983 season.  He averaged over 4.5 yards a carry while playing with Dan, but never racked up more than 700 yards in a season.  He topped out at 685 yards during Marino’s rookie season.  Nathan had a good college career at Alabama and has bounced around the college ranks and NFL as a running backs coach.
  • Lorenzo Hampton (1985-1989):  Hampton was a first round pick of the Dolphins following their Super Bowl appearance.  The club recognized the need for a running game and thought Hampton would be the answer.  They were wrong and it would not be the last time.  Hampton peaked with 830 yards in 1986 but was done by 1989 with a yards per carry rate below four.
  • Sammie Smith (1989-1991):  Another first round pick (ninth overall) to go poorly for Marino and the Dolphins.  Smith was very talented and put together a great college career at Florida State.  However, he was at FSU in the late 1980s (presumably on cocaine the entire time).  He ran for 831 yards in 1990, but that was about all he ever contributed as he was out of Miami after the following season.  In 1996 he was busted with cocaine (FSU, man) and spent seven years in prison and it’s hard to succeed in the NFL when you’re in prison.
  • Mark Higgs (1990-1994):  Higgs was not drafted by the Dolphins, but signed as a free agent prior to the 1990 season.  He topped the 900 yard mark twice while in Miami and was of the better backs to be paired with Marino.  He wasn’t much on average though, never once averaging four yards per carry.  Sadly, Higgs was a total dud out of the backfield as a receiver, never once catching more than 16 balls in a single season.  He has since started his own business and coaches HS football.
  • Terry Kirby (1993-1995):  Kirby is one of my favorite Marino backs.  Kirby actually had a pretty decent career, spending his first three years in Miami.  He rushed for only 1,035 yards in those three seasons, but was a terrific weapon as a receiver.  In fact, he caught 75 balls during his rookie season and 66 in his final season.  He is the brother of mediocre baseball player, Wayne Kirby.  What a family.
  • Bernie Parmalee (1992-1998):  The longest tenured Marino back, Parmalee was only a starter for two years.  He topped the 800 yard mark twice as he made a decent duo with Terr Kirby in 1994 and 1995.  He would stay in Miami for a few more seasons, primarily as a back up and totaled just under 2,000 yards in his seven seasons with the Dolphins.  This past February he was hired as the tight ends coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Karim Abdul-Jabbar (1996-1999):  Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the only 1,000 yard rusher to ever team with Dan Marino.  This should tell you just how anemic the running game was during Marino’s career.  The hilariously named Abdul-Jabbar was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round out of UCLA (not be confused with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).  He ran for 1,116 yards in his rookie season, but got those yards averaging just 3.6 a carry.  In 1997, his second season, Abdul-Jabbar led the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns (BIG).  However, his career was over two years later.  He has had at least three different names in his lifetime, recently changing it because he was sued by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  I’m not making that up.
  • Lawrence Phillips (1997):  Phillips played only a half season with Marino in 1997.  He is notable on this list though because it’s when Marino’s career was coming to a close and the Dolphins were desperate.  Phillips had a shady history legally before joining the Dolphins but they needed some pop.  He provided only 44 yards and was in the news constantly for being a son of a bitch.  During his career and after, the talented Phillips has been arrested numerous times for violent offenses.  In 2009 he was sentenced to 31 years in prison.
  • Cecil Collins (1999):  Lawrence Phillips Jr.  Collins had a TON of problems while in college, so much so that he was kicked out of LSU.  Still, the poor Dolphins needed a running game, so they took the talented Collins in the fifth round of the NFL draft.  He ran for over 400 yards as a rookie during Marino’s final season.  It ended up being Collins’ final season as well.  The winter of his rookie season, he broke into a woman’s house to “watch her sleep”.  This stunt, coupled with previous charges landed him in prison for 15 years (he’s due out in 2014).

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Pro sports has a long standing tradition of turning its former players into its future managers and coaches.  It started back in the day with the role of the player/manager.  Some athletes across all sports have excelled in this role, including the great Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics.  However, greats like Ty Cobb have struggled mightily in that position.

The focus of this Top 10 List is on former players who have gone on to become managers or head coaches in their sport.  You won’t find guys like Joe Torre on this list.  You also will not find greats like Casey Stengel or Sparky Anderson, two guys who didn’t do a lot as players but are Hall of Fame managers.  This list will feature only guys who have been mediocre as both players AND as managers/coaches.  Enjoy!

10. Lloyd McClendon (.244 career hitter / .430 W% as manager):  McClendon could very easily be higher on this list, but I thought he was a great guy to leadoff for this group.  McClendon was a decent hitter during his eight big

Lloyd loses his shit.

league seasons, retiring with an OPS+ of 94.  However, he was your typical, mediocre National League fill-in player.  He would pinch-hit and he could play multiple positions.  His highlight was a player came in the 1993 NLCS when he was forced to start and responded with a .727 AVG and a home run before the Pirates went down to the Braves.  McClendon’s last season as a player was in 1994 with the Pirates.  He returned to the Steel City in 2001 as the Pirates manager and promptly guided them to their first 100 loss season in 16 years.  None of the McClendon led Pirates clubs finished higher than 4th in the division and he was fired in the middle of the 2005 season.  I’m totally sure how he kept his job for that long.  Say what you want about the Mad McClendon, but the guy could really throw a tantrum.  In 2001, McClendon was arguing with the 1st base umpire and ripped the base out of the ground and ran off of the field with it.  He was fined $1,000.

9. Vinny Del Negro (9.1 ppg as a player / About to be fired by the Bulls):  Del Negro was a painfully average basketball player.  For the most part, Vinny was a bench player.  He put together a decent run in the mid-1990s with the David Robinson-led San Antonio Spurs, averaging 14 a game during the 1995-96 season.  When Vinny called it quits as a player in 2001-2002, he had career averages of 9.1 ppg and 3.2 apg.  Not exactly an all-league sort of player.  The circumstances that led to Vinny being named a head coach in the NBA are a bit fuzzy.  Let me put it this way, the guy must have some dirt on several higher-ups in the NBA.  Del Negro managed to turn his job as a radio commentator into a front office position with the Phoenix Suns.  Then, prior to the 2008-09 NBA season, Del Negro was named the head coach of the Bulls despite having ZERO coaching experience.  All he’s done since then is put up a total record of 82-82.  His Bulls teams have gone 41-41 in both seasons he has coached.  In many ways he is perfectly mediocre.

8. Herm Edwards (9 seasons, zero Pro Bowls / .422 W% as NFL coach):  Herm Edwards is probably best known for his

Intensity.

awesome soundbites as an NFL head coach.  His postgame comments were hardly mediocre, but really, the guy never got great results.  As a player, Edwards was a pretty decent defensive back and spent the bulk of his NFL career in Philadelphia with the Eagles.  Edwards peaked as a player during his first two seasons, picking off a combined 13 passes in those two years.  However, he never reached those heights again and was out of the league after nine seasons.  Edwards then worked his way up the coaching ranks and was hired as the head coach of the Jets for the 2001 season.  Herm put up a pair of 10-win seasons, but that was pretty much it.  After a 4-12 season with the Jets he was fired, only to be quickly hired by the Chiefs.  He had a 4 win season in KC and a 2 win season and was canned after the 2008 season.  He has one of the worst winning percentages in the history of the NFL for someone who has coached in at least 100 games.  Ladies and gentleman, Herman Edwards!!  Get excited!!

7. Hal McRae (3 All Star games in 19 seasons / .458 W% as manager):   Hal McRae might be the best player on this list.  He was a pretty good hitter in the 1970s and 1980s spending most of his time as a designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals.  He retired with over 2,000 hits and a .290 average.  However, he was very limited defensively and was never really a guy you were afraid of.  He wasn’t exactly the star of any team he played on.  McRae retired as a player at the age of 41 and was hired to lead the Royals as manager only four years later.  McRae did okay in Kansas City, posting three winning records in four years (including the strike shortened 1994 season).  McRae was known to flip his lid from time to time as a manager and never led a team of his to the post season.

6. ML Carr (10 ppg in 10 seasons / .293 W% as coach):  ML Carr is one of the worst coaches in NBA history.  He took the Boston Celtics franchise and ran the baby right into the ground in the mid-1990s.  Carr put together a mediocre first season as coach with a 33-49 record, narrowly avoiding the humiliating 50-loss mark.  In his second season, the Celtics went 15-67 and Carr soon found himself out of work.  Since then Carr has spent some time working in the WNBA.  Don’t let him tell you this was a lateral move.  As a player, Carr was decent.  Never known as a scorer, he was a decent defensive player.  Carr led the league in steals in 1978-79 while playing for the Detroit Pistons.

5. Gary Kubiak (5 starts in 9 NFL seasons / 31-33 as a coach):  Gary Kubiak started a mind-boggling 5 games in 9 NFL seasons.  Dude barely got off the pine.  Kubiak spent his entire career, after being drafted in the 8th round of the NFL Draft, backing up John Elway.  So, we can’t really blame him for staying on the bench.  In his limited action, Kubiak posted a pretty dismal QB rating of 70.6 and threw 14 career touch downs.  Since “retiring”, Kubiak has been the man calling the shots for the Houston Texans.  In his four seasons there, Kubiak has not seen a lot of improvement, winning between six and nine games each season, including a high of nine in 2009.  For some reason, Gary and his wife have given each of their three boys a first name starting with the letter “K”.  Hopefully none of their middle names start with K.

4. Jim Zorn (67.3 QB rating / 12 wins in 2 seasons as a coach):  If Jim Zorn had been able to hang in there as a coach for more than two years he would be much higher on this list.  As a player, Zorn was painfully mediocre and it’s entirely possible that he used up all of his favors and luck by staying in the NFL as a player for 11 years.  Zorn spent most of his career in Seattle with the Seahawks before making cameo appearances with Tampa Bay and Green Bay.  Zorn has the distinction of leading the league in interceptions and times sacked in separate seasons and threw 30 more picks than TDs for his career.  Zorn was named the head coach of the Redskins before the 2008 season.  He led the Skins to a disappointing 8-win season in 2008 and then followed that up with a 4-win season, making him the most obvious fire in the history of organized sports once the season ended.

3. Ron Washington (414 hits in 10 seasons / Did cocaine while managing the Rangers):  Ron Washington was a utility

Cocaine is one hell of a drug.

infielder as a player.  He was a regular for the Twins in 1982, but spent the rest of his career as a back up for five different clubs.  When Washington was done as a player in 1989, he retired with an OBP below .300 and an OPS+ of 79, meaning he was about 21% beneath your average player.  Yikes.  Washington emerged as a big time managing prospect while working in Oakland.  He was hired before the 2007 season to lead the Texas Rangers.  He has a .496 winning percentage in Texas and was said to be on the hot seat before this season started.  Then, before the 2010 season started, it was revealed by Washington himself, that he did cocaine last summer while managing the Rangers.  Somehow the guy has kept his job.  I don’t understand.

2. Sam Mitchell (8.7 ppg in 13 seasons / .452 W% as a coach):  Sam Mitchell ranks high on this list due to his longevity.  He was never considered a “good” player but stuck around because he was good buddies with Kevin Garnett.  Sam was a member of the first ever Minnesota Timberwolves team and averaged 13 points a game during his first two years in the league.  He also found time to lead the league in fouls during his second season.  Mitchell was reliable, seldom missing time due to injuries and played on some damn good teams in Minnesota and Indiana.  When his playing days were over, Mitchell worked as an assistant and was eventually hired to lead the Toronto Raptors.  Mitchell clashed a bit with the Raptors star Vince Carter.  This helped lead Carter to (I believe this) tank on purpose and force a trade out of Toronto.  Either way, the Raptors never won more than 47 games with Mitchell and when he was fired after 17 games in 2008, he was 33 games under .500 as a coach.

1. Phil Garner (16 seasons, 99 OPS+ / One playoff appearance in 15 years as a manager):  Phil Garner is blessed with on of my all-time favorite nicknames, Scrap Iron.  “Scrap Iron” worked primarily as an infielder during his 16 seasons as a player.  He spent most of his career with the Pirates and Astros.  He was named to three All Star teams and played until he was 39 years old.  Garner was never really great at any one things, but could play all over the infield and wasn’t a total zero at the plate.  When his playing days were done, Scrap Iron moved to the bench for good.  He got his first job managing the Brewers in 1992.  That season the Brewers won 92 games.  No Garner-led team has won that many games in a season since then.  Garner actually hung in Milwaukee for seven more seasons after than and posted a losing record in each season, but never lost more than 93 games.  He really just kept doing enough to NOT get fired; until, ya know, he was fired.  Garner was fired in 1999 and was hired to manage the Tigers in 2000.  Scrap Iron lasted only two full seasons in Detroit and was fired after starting 0-6 in 2002.  He took the 2003 season off, but in 2004 he was hired to manage the Houston Astros.  It was in 2005 that Garner led a team to the playoffs for the first time.  Sadly, he was right back around the .500 mark the next season and sucked the year after that.  In 15 years as a manager he has a mediocre winning percentage of .483.

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Jay Schroeder

Jay avoiding no one.

This post is in response to the one that procedes it about Steve Beuerlein.  In that post, Alex referred to Jay Schroeder as “Jay who” and I take offense.  I think everyone knows that Jay Schroeder is best known as the quarterback for the Raiders on Super Tecmo Bowl, a team that features the immortal video game hero, Bo Jackson.  Being linked to Bo in video game lore is probably the best thing that could have ever happened to Schroeder.

Jay Schroeder was first drafted as a baseball player by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979.  Not only was he drafted, he was  a top prospect, going third overall in that draft.  He was chosen ahead of guys like Andy Van Slyke and Tim Wallach.  Jay was then a third round pick of the Washington Redskins back in 1984 out of UCLA after starting only one game while in college.  I’m not totally sure how that happens, really.  He was thrown right into the mix as a rookie with the Skins, starting nine games in that initial season.

Schroeder took some lumps that rookie season, but earned the starting job his second season.  That season Schroeder made the Pro Bowl and led the Redskins to a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC title game.  Schroeder threw for over 4,000 yards that season, but threw just as many interceptions as touchdowns.  He actually finished the season with a QB rating of 72.9, which has to be one of the worst ratings ever for a QB that still made it to the Pro Bowl.

Jay guided the Skins to an 8-2 mark in his third season but injuries prevented him from playing down the stretch or in the playoffs.  Doug Williams took over Jay and led the Redskins to a Super Bowl win in the postseason and that was it for Schroeder in Washington.  Jay was traded in the offseason to the Raiders.

The Raiders and Schroeder had some ups and downs while he was running the show out west.  In 1990, the Raiders went 12-4 behind Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson.  Schroeder finished the season with a QB rating of 90.8, easily the best of his career.  However, in their first playoff game, the Raiders lost to the Buffalo Bills 51-3 and Schroeder threw five interceptions.

Jay bounced around a bit towards the end of his career.  He played for the Raiders for two more years, then had stints with the Bengals and the Cardinals before calling it quits.  For the past few years, Schroeder has enjoyed the high profile job of assistant coach of a high school team.

Apparently, you can also pay Jay to come and talk to you about his Christian faith if you want to.

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Reggie Bush

This guy is one hell of a football player!!

Let me get this out-of-the-way right now.  I know two good things about Reggie Bush that are not at all mediocre:

  1. He’s a Super Bowl champion.  Nothing wrong with that.
  2. He’s one of the greatest college football players of all time.  I fully admit this.

However…

Bush has been a disappointment as a pro running back and can only be described as mediocre.  His fans will site his athleticism and speed.  Others will defend Bush by saying that he has great hands and is a real threat as a receiver out of the backfield.  I will contend that the NFL is full of great athletes.  They are everywhere.  As for the hands out the backfield, isn’t the same thing true out of most third-down backs.  I know the guy is young, but seriously, he looks a hell of a lot like a third down back in the NFL.  Reggie Bush is not a feature, first string running back.

When the Houston Texans selected Mario Williams over Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft, many crushed the Texans for “passing on the next Barry Sanders.”  As a Barry Sanders fan, I knew that statement was crazy.  However, I did think that Bush would be an All Star.  It hasn’t played out that way.  Williams has grown into a force in Houston while Bush has never rushed for 600 yards in a single season.

Since coming into the NFL, Bush has rushed for 1,940 yards, a tick below 500 yards a season.  In that four year span, LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for over 5,000 yards, ditto for Thomas Jones.  In fact, over that time period thirty-eight (38) NFL players have rushed for more yards than Reggie Bush.  Here are some of the all-world running backs that have managed to pick up more rushing yards than one of the NFLs “most exciting players”:

  • DeShaun Foster
  • Maurice Morris
  • Justin Fargas
  • Cedric Benson
  • Ryan Grant
  • Rudi Johnson
  • Matt Forte (in only 2 seasons)

Fans of Bush will point to the fact that he’s a terrific receiver, which is true.  However, to balance things out, I’ll look at total yards (rushing and receiving) to see where Mr. Bush ranks amongst the NFLs best running backs.

Bush gets a pretty big bump up the list because of his 1,934 yards receiving.  However, it’s not enough bump him out of the mediocre territory.  Since the start of the 2006 season, 19 other running back have more yards from scrimmage than Reggie.  Some of those players include:

  • Chester Taylor
  • Ronnie Brown
  • Larry Johnson
  • Willis McGahee
  • Marion Barber

All of the guys ahead of Bush on this list are pretty good players.  I just think that when you can point to this many players that are more productive than one individual, that player (Bush in this case)  cannot possibly be considered a star.  Yet, Bush gets plenty of publicity around the league and has one of the best selling jersey’s in the game.  What exactly is it about this guy that makes him so damn popular?  It cannot be what he does on the field, but cause that would make absolutely no sense.

Bush was obviously the running back chosen in the 2006 Draft.  While comparing Bush over the past four years to other RBs who may have more seasoning could be considered unfair, here are some other running backs chosen along with Reggie in the 2006 Draft:

  • Reggie Bush 2nd:  1,940 rush yards 28 TDs
  • Laurence Maroney 21st: 2,430 rush yards, 22 TDs
  • DeAngelo Williams 27th:  3,850 rush yards, 36 TDs
  • Joseph Addai 30th: 3,525 rush yards, 43 TDs
  • LenDale White 45th: 2,349 rush yards, 24 TDs
  • Maurice Jones-Drew 60th: 3,924 rush yards, 54 TDs

By looking at the results, one could argue that Bush is the worst running back on this list and at the very best, he’s the 4th best back from the 2006 draft class.  Quite frankly, Bush is more of a celebrity than a football player.  He’s best known for who he is dating and for doing a shit-ton of illegal stuff while at USC.   I’ll take results over tabloid headlines any day.  Take that, Reggie Bush!

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