Monday, March 29, 2010

The Epitome of Class

In case you've been living under a rock, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been making even the Cincinnati Bengals blush with recent their run ins with the law.  And in case you're still living under that rock, that's pretty damn hard to do, seeing the as the only difference between the Bungles and actual convicts is an all-orange alternate uniform.

But that's exactly what the Steelers have done.  First it was genius Ben Roethlisberger.  Here's a guy known for being a complete idiot off the field.  In 2006, the he crashed his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet, resulting in a broken jaw and nose.  Last summer he was accused of sexual assault at a casino in Las Vegas.  You'd think after dealing with two examples of poor judgment the man would have matured a bit and learned to avoid similar situations.

Hahaha. WRONG.  Ben Roethlisberger was (allegedly) at it again down in Georgia, accused of sexually assaulting a 20 year old college girl in a story that is getting fishier and fishier by the moment.  I'm not gonna judge based on that (yet), but when you are a two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback,you have got to be a complete moron to be partying with college chicks in the off-season.  Yet another example of a bonehead taking this game and this league for granted.  As a result, Big Ben will not be headed to the Steelers voluntary off-season camp.  Supposedly this is to keep any distractions away from the Pittsburgh practice field.  But seeing as Roethlisberger's been accused of sexual assault twice in the last few years, there's no way in hell that upon the qb's return those distractions will be gone, nor is there any way in hell that the

In fact, there will be plenty more distractions to come, and these have NOTHING to do with Big Ben. That's because sextin (see above picture) Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes faces an allegation of assault after throwing a glass at a woman and hitting her in the face at an Orlando nightclub. [Also allegedly] Holmes then offered to pay her so she wouldn't press charges. Jesus Steelers, just stay out of the damn night clubs!

Just a quick thought before I wrap this up...the Patriots are the most hated team in the NFL (100% fact), but they never dealt with any of this in the Holy Hooded One Era. Even if Roethlisberger or Holmes don't face any charges, the Steelers have to lay down the law here, because these two clowns put themselves in idiotic situations (and are getting paid damn good money). You gotta keep the ship intact. Coach is King, and players are just pawns.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Back to the Bench Brosiff

Not so breaking news: The New York Jets sign former San Diego Charger LaDanian Tomlinson.  Whoop dee friggin doo.  I know I wasn't exactly timely with this update.  But at Loudmouth Football, we wait for big stories.  This is not one.

Look, I think it's cute what Rex Ryan and the Jets are trying to do: to win Jersey B a Super Bowl for the first time in over 40 years.  And in stealing two of the more talented players from the San Diego Underachievers (Antonio Cromartie for practically nothing, and of course, Tomlinson), the uninformed football fan could argue not only that Gang Green had the NFL's best off-season, but they are one huge step closer to bringing home the Lombardi trophy.

But here's some actual breaking news: YOU'RE DEAD WRONG.

When a car salesman sells you what seems to be a nice car for cheap, something's up.  Unless he's Al Davis.  99 times out of 100 it's a case of damaged goods.  That's why you check the CarFax.  And these once great Chargers are exactly that: DAMAGED GOODS.

Yes, the Jets got Antonio Cromartie for practically nothing (a 3rd round pick, potentially a 2nd if he performs).  There's no denying the man has exceptional talent, as Seminole fan Old Man will tell you, as would his 2007 stat-line (10 interceptions).  But since in the two years since he's only had 5 interceptions (as well as 5 paternity suits...), and in his last game (ironically against the Jets) the man was dogging itA lot.  He's cheap for a reason.

Tomlinson's in the same exact boat as Cromartie.  As much as I hate on the guy, the stat's don't lie: from 2001-2007 he was a beast.  He was a hell of a running back and an outstanding receiver; and you could easily make a case that in his heyday, Tomlinson was the most complete running back of all-time.  But the key word remains WAS.

Ladanian Tomlinson's career ended (at least as we know it) when he disappeared to the sidelines following the opening series of the 2007 AFC Championship game against New England.  Sure, he had tweaked his knee going into the game.  But Charger QB Philip Rivers had a knee that looked like this (torn ACL) and PLAYED THE WHOLE GAME.  For that reason, despite all the numbers, I'll always consider Tomlinson a coward.  Bruised knee, bruised ego, whatever...if you want to win a Super Bowl, you play no matter what the cost.  Just ask Ronnie Lott.  Regardless, after that game L.T. became an old man overnight. Numbers don't lie folks.  Over the past two years his rushing total has dropped from 1474, to 1110, and finally 730 yards last year.  Meanwhile his yards per carry have fallen off the face of the earth, going from 4.7, to 3.8, to 3.3.  He hasn't had an 100 yard game since October 26, 2008.  And in Tomlinson's last game (also against the Jets) he looked like absolute crap.  12 carries for 24 yards?  3 receptions for 0?

And despite being the last witnesses of this withering old man, Jets fans are still EXTREMELY optimistic that this guy can match the man he replaced: Thomas Jones.

What the hell?

Forget the fact that Jets fans are actually optimistic. How do you replace a 1,400 yard rusher (Jones) coming off his best season ever with an run down pinto (Tomlinson)? How do you get youth and quality depth at the position (2nd year Shonn Greene now considered the workhorse) by signing a guy who's just one year younger (Tomlinson is 30, Jones 31) yet has almost two years more mileage than the man your replacing (Jones has 2280 career carries, Tomlinson 2680)? How are you being cost effective by signing a guy with half the yards of your back in 2009 for $200 thousand more (Tomlinson got a 2 year contract from New York for $5.2 million, while Jones settled in Kansas City for 2 years at $5 million? How do you replace a guy that by all accounts was one of your team's leaders?

The answer is don't...unless you're an idiot. The sooner Jets fans get that into their heads, the less disappointed they'll be in 2010.


Would You Rather...?

Thanks to our anonymous friend's record-breaking comment on PG Train's most recent post, there's been a lot of buzz in the Loudmouth community surrounding Rex Grossman (or as we like to call him, "America's Easiest Target").

As a Redskins fan, I obviously had some strong opinions about the signing, which I forced you to listen to here. But one thing that our commenter surprisingly did was make me question those opinions, and I began to wonder whether Sexy Rexy was actually the right fit in D.C.

I thought about this for a while, and after questioning myself as a Redskins fan, I finally found an answer.

Hell no.

In fact, I compiled a list of people that I would rather have at quarterback than Rex Grossman (in no particular order).

Jason Campbell
Peyton Manning
Drew Brees
Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady
Philip Rivers
Matt Schaub
Donovan McNabb
Michael Vick
Ron Jaworski
Vince Young
David Garrard
Joe Flacco
Ben Roethlisberger (if we keep him out of bars)
Tommy Maddox
Carson Palmer
Kurt Warner
Matt Leinart
Brian St. Pierre
Ryan Fitzpatrick (for his IQ)
Matt Ryan
Sonny Jurgensen
Joe Theismann
Doug Williams
Mark Rypien
Brad Johnson
Patrick Ramsey
Antwaan Randle El
Kyle Orton
Matt Stafford
Matt Cassel
Chad Henne
Pat White
Alex Smith
Matt Hasselbeck
Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass (if he can make that pitch)
Tom Tupa
Paul Gallant

I'm sure there are some that I forgot. But no Cowboys.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hey Rex, Welcome to the Party

To respond to the understandably concerned PG Train, suicide watch may be going a little too far. After Danny Boy just signed Rex Grossman to back up superstar incumbent Jason Campbell, I'm on "banging-my-head-repeatedly-against-the-wall-while-praying-for-Darrell-Green-to-come-back-and-play-every-position-and-drinking-myself-to-death-with-green-beer" watch. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Have a St. Patrick's Day worthy of Jimmy McNulty.


Hail to the Redskins...?

The Redskins ended their search for a backup quarterback today when they signed former Super Bowl QB Rex Grossman to a one year deal.  This move will one day go down as arguably the greatest signing in the proud history of the 'Skins.

Obviously I'm kidding.  But it's painful (hilarious) to watch Footsteps Falco suffer through arguably the worst off-season in recent memory as a Redskins fan (which is really saying something) especially when the team goes out and signs this clown.

Normally I would defend former Florida Gators (and believe me I've had my work cut out for me with all the "busts" the past decades).  But Rex Grossman is the epitome of crap.  He's awful.  Just awful.  I mean I've seen the guy play in person just once (2006 against New England in Foxboro), and it was BRUTAL.

Before the game even started, the Patriots were in Rexxy's head. And when game time swung around, the Gross-man made mistakes that would have made a pee wee QB cringe.   5 Rexxy turnovers later, and a mediocre Pats squad escaped with a 17-13 win over da Bears.  

Somehow, those Bears made the Super Bowl that year, even with an idiot at QB.  But lo and behold, the Gross-man found a way to blow it against the Colts, becoming the first Gator to ever blow a game against Peyton Manning.  It only took Chicago a few more years to realize Rex was an awful QB. 

I know Washington is trying to rebuild, and they definitely started off on the right track by bringing in Mike Shanahan.  But by signing loser running back Larry Johnson to spell eternally injured back Clinton Portis, and then signing Grossman to compete with Jason Campbell, Daniel Snyder and the Redskins brass clearly half-assing it in free agency.

Look, I know we've all hated on Snyder before for just signing big names for big money every off-season, but come on.  Where's the effort?  Do you really want a running back with an attitude problem and a QB with a suckitude problem to rebuild this team from the ground up?  I'm sure Footsteps Falco would simply respond "Hell No". In the meantime, he's on suicide watch.


Happy St. Patties Day!

We Irish know more about anything than you fools anyway, so whoop it up. But don't drink yourself to death Rams fans, you guys aren't that bad...

Actually...maybe it's not such a bad idea.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dan Snyder Apparently Has Costanza's Wallet

Real quick one here...I just need to vent for a little. As a Washington Redskins supporter (and therefore completely biased observer of the free agency period), I've been subjected to terrible decisions by the front office for years. I didn't want to do this, but if you want a good laugh, here's something for your viewing pleasure:
  • Jason Taylor
  • Adam Archuleta
  • Deion Sanders
  • Jessie Armstead
  • Brandon Lloyd
  • Albert Belle
Sorry, I'm an Orioles fan too. The 'Skins spent insane amounts of money for these guys, and they all underperformed. Jury's still out on Haynesworth.

But this year, Snyder and company are riding the bench and watching while the biggest names on the market are getting scooped up by other teams. Peppers, Dansby, Rolle, Kampman, Clifton, T. Jones...all gone. Oh, but they "ponied up" for Maake Kemoeatu and Artis Hicks. Apparently they're so money and nobody even knew it. Basically, what I'm saying is that the front office has done nothing.

The real question here is if Snyder's boys always make bad decisions and overpay for guys who should be keeping the bench warm for the important people, why am I so upset that they're clinging to everything in their wallet like George Costanza?

I'm a 'Skins fan. We're always pissed off.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

First Cutler, Now Peppers?

How has the Cutler deal worked so far? Peppers isn't gonna be any better.

Over the past few days there have been some major free-agent signings. According to, Julius Peppers, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby, and Antrel Rolle have all been signed since the free-agency began on March 5th.

The Chicago Bears moved to sign Peppers, as well as Chester Taylor, quickly. The Peppers contract could be worth up to over 90 million dollars over six years, with 42 million in guaranteed money. That is absolutely ridiculous. Peppers is leaving his prime (heading into is ninth season as a defensive lineman), and the Bears waste that money on him? The Bears have been solid in the over-hyped player market these past few years. First they trade for Jay Cutler last year, and now they give all their money to an aging defensive end in a long term contract. Lovie Smith is gone by this year.

Vanded Bosch was signed by Detroit. Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 3rd and 4th round pick. The Miami Dolphins agreed to give Karlos Dansby the highest paid linebacker contract worth up to 42 million dollars in 5 years. Antrel Rolle was signed by the New York Giants.

With the upcoming draft, especially it being full of quality defensive players, why are teams going out and signing big names, most of which are old? It baffles me that teams can be this stupid.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Sucks to Be You, Dude

In what is believed to be an unprecedented move for media of all kinds, I am going to make a bold move and say something to support Jake Delhomme (not Marky DuBois).

He deserved better than this.

The PG Train said he should have been cut earlier (after that '09 playoff disaster), and he might be right. This is a guy who's struggled to stay healthy over the last few years, hasn't showed the ability to lead a team under pressure, and at age 35, has already spent a couple years in the twilight of an NFL QB's career (for guys not playing in Minnesota).

But let's not forget where he came from. Delhomme was an undrafted free agent that played in NFL Europe, rode the bench for five years with the Saints, and ultimately found himself starting for the Panthers. He had solid seasons from '03-'06, including that miraculous run to the Super Bowl where he threw for 323 yards, 3 TDs and no picks.

His stint with the Panthers ended yesterday, and I can't find anyone who likes the guy right now. We're supposed to react like this for top picks like Joey Harrington, Robo-QB or the incomparable Ryan Leaf, not for guys like Delhomme who came into the league with absolutely no expectations.

He went from nothing into a star in the NFL. It's a shame that he had to go back.


Are you even surprised?

Breaking News: Detroit Lions sign WR Nate Burleson to 5 year, $25 M deal.

Only Detroit would make this kind of deal.  5 years and $25 M to an 8 year veteran who hasn't played a full season since 2004?  Who re-hired Matt Millen?


It's about time Carolina...

Breaking News: Carolina Panthers release QB Jake Delhomme

Can someone explain to me how this guy got a 5 year extension this offseason (he's still owed $12.5M after ) after an amazing 6 turnover playoff effort against Arizona to end the Panthers 2008 campaign?  And that's not even the biggest reason to cut this amateur.  You all heard Steve Smith.  The dude's ugly!


Way to stay classy San Diego

Breaking News: New York Jets trade 3rd round pick to San Diego Chargers for Antonio Cromartie.

As one of the biggest Jet haters around, I would like to extend both my middle fingers to the San Diego Chargers for once again ruining everything.  First you blow the divisional round against New York (almost resulting in a Jet or Colt Super Bowl win) and now you only want a third round pick for a guy as freakishly athletic as Antonio Cromartie?  Jesus, as if the Jet defense isn't good enough.  Revis and Cromartie at corner?  I don't think you can get much better than that.  I don't care if Cromartie has struggled the past two years, because having a guy like Revis on the other side will only make him better.  Disgusting.


Tebow Is No NFL Caliber Quarterback

Sure Tim Tebow has won. Sure Tebow has broken many records, has a Heisman Trophy, won a National Championship, etc. Sure Tebow will go down as one of the greatest college players to ever play the game, but the game of college football and the game of the NFL are completely different.

May I remind everyone of the SEC Championship game this past season? Without weapons like Percy Harvin, Tebow looked like an average quarterback.

I’ve got one player that comes to mind when I hear Tebow’s name: Byron Leftwich.

Leftwich was a winner at a much worse school, was more accurate than Tebow, was as tough as a left guard, and much, much smarter than Tebow. Where is he now?

Leftwich had a horrible release, and that cost him. He could never change it. How much better can Tebow fair? It’s just not likely, especially when he is taking on four separate coaches to change his motion inside 3 months. Tebow’s accuracy is already mediocre at best, and he could make it worse.

Tebow is too slow to be any threat as a runner. The majority of linebackers in the NFL are faster than him, and all of them are bigger.

What’s left? A very athletic kid with a strong arm. Talking purely as a passer, Michael Vick and Tebow are not any different.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for Tebow in the NFL. I think he would make an incredible tight end or fullback. I have no questions about his work ethic and heart because it has been on full display the past few years. But the quarterback position is at a premium as of now, and I don’t believe Tebow has tools to play.

I think a team should take a shot on him, try to develop him at quarterback, but not by sacrificing any of their day one picks. If a team drafts Tebow because of a need at quarterback, they are doing the wrong thing. Athletically, as a football player, Tebow has the value for a draft pick, but that value is not there at picks 1-3.


And So It Begins...

Its 1:21...and the salary cap is definitely dead in 2010.  May god have mercy on us all.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Haters hate...but Winners Win


Why does everyone hate on Tim Tebow?

Some say he can't be an NFL Quarterback...

Some people are sick of hearing what a good person he is...

Some think that good guy act IS an act...

And some people, like "amazing" Jaguars lineman Uche Nwaneri,  think he just sucks

"5. He cant throw. PERIOD.
"4. He cant read any coverage other than probably cover 2 or man cov. PERIOD (the only cov. in college lol).
"2. He doesnt know how to take a snap from center, nor is he even comfortable enough to.
"1. HE CANT THROW. and thats really something you either have or not, never seen a qb who couldnt ever throw, just all of a sudden be able to throw just because hes now in the NFL."

Seriously...when talking about a guy whose won the Heisman, two national titles, went 36-5 as a starter,  comments like this are just idiotic  This is a guy who scored over 50 total touchdowns IN HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR ALONE.  This is a guy who is the epitome of hard work and dedication.  This is absolutely a guy that EVERY NFL team should want.

Yes, I'll admit I'm a Gator fan.  I'll also admit that Tebow's talents don't necessarily translate to the next level (right away). And he does need to work on the mechanics of his throwing release, as well as taking snaps under center.  But how the hell is drafting this guy, a man who will likely work harder than 90% of players already in the NFL, a bad move?  This is still a damn good QB with a good arm, good accuracy, and who also happens to run like a bull. 

Yet people still think Tebow's a risk because he's too much of a project.  Dumbasses.  This is the same league where Andre Ware,  Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Joey Harrington, Jamarcus Russell, and Ryan Leaf, arguably the greatest player in NFL history, were all taken WAY HIGH in the first round.  Yet at the time, none of them were considered all (despite none of them performing anywhere close to Tebow's level in college).  And then they crapped themselves in the pros.  How is drafting a guy like Tebow (likely in the second round) as a project pick a liability when you compare him to the aforementioned clowns?

And you know all this nay-saying is only making Timmy work that much harder.  The kid's got some fire!  See what he said to doubter Mel Kiper Jr.:

"You tell me this," Tebow said to Kiper during the radio exchange. "What do you think I need to do to be an NFL quarterback? You tell me that."

Unfortunately, Kiper didn't give Tebow a direct answer to his direct question.

"You're just too good with the ball in your hands not to think, Could he be Frank Wycheck? Could he be Chris Cooley? That's why," Kiper said. "You're too good, doing what you do, Tim, running with the football."

[...]To which Tebow replied, "The quarterback has the ball in his hands every play."

BOOM.  A stunning left hook from the Gator.  Look folks, by no means am I saying that Tim's going to be a hall of famer (I'm not saying he isn't either but hey), but give the guy a good team with a damn good QB to learn from (a la Tom Brady) and he's going to be a solid starter in the NFL 3-4 years down the road.  He's got a great work ethic, is uber-competitive, has the potential to be an amazing leader, and will do anything to win.  Sounds like a keeper to me.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What's Wrong With the Combine

NFL scouts, GMs, and coaches, if I could just have you form a line in orderly fashion and stare straight into this little red light. Great. You have now forgotten everything that you know about the future pros that you are about to see (the best of the best of the best, sir), and your opinion of them will be determined by the drills they run in the next few days.

It might be an exaggeration, but this is the biggest problem with the NFL Combine. It may as well be Agent K erasing football experts' memories on the first day, because year after year we see decision makers get too caught up in the numbers that these athletes post in Indianapolis.

There are examples of this every year. Last year, it was Terps receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB ran a 4.3 40, but anyone that watched his game film could've told you that he runs poor routes, has average hands, and is good for at most a couple big plays a day. And this is coming from a Maryland fan.

Today, Taylor Mays of USC ran an (unofficial) 4.24 40, jumped 41 inches, and impressed scouts across the board with his freakish athleticism (and by the way, he's 6-3, 230). If Al Davis was still capable of basic human functions, he'd be salivating right now. Mays' numbers will have him vaulting up the draft boards, and don't be surprised if NFL GMs forget the sloppy technique and too-risky playing style that dropped Mays out of the projected first round in the first place.

Don't get me wrong, the Combine has its benefits. It can help teams discover lesser-known college studs like Pierre Garcon, and can provide the right scene for NFL minds to get to know great all-around guys like Myron Rolle. All I'm saying is don't be turned off by things like Dexter McCluster's worse-than-expected 40 time, when we know from watching him play in college that he can be the next Sproles/Faulk-type back.

If teams rely too much on Combine and value 40 times over field vision and agility, bench press reps over a natural strength and motor, and vertical leap over the ability to play a ball in the air, then I guess Ted Stryker is right.

Just ask the Raiders.


Overtime Rule Change Is a Joke

A couple days ago, I stumbled across this story on It is amazing that this is a legitimate topic of concern for the NFL. Apparently not giving Brett Favre a chance (after 60 minutes filled with chances) to win the game is not completely fair.

Who would’ve known?

According to the AP, the new overtime rules will allow both teams to possess the ball “unless the first team scores a touchdown.” Now, this might not seem like that drastic of a change, and I could understand if this were the only time an offense got a chance to possess the ball. But we must not forget that there were four quarters just played where both teams had ample opportunity to win the game. If anyone is complaining that it is only fair that both teams get a shot to score in overtime, then just win the game in regulation.

I guess the actual root of my frustration is that the game of football is evolving, and in my opinion not for the better. I know the NFL is a business, and as a business, ratings matter. Now, high-octane offenses are what drive ratings up. If I were a defensive player in the NFL, I would be embarrassed and insulted. Instead of a coach putting trust in their defense to make a stop, they are only concerned with stopping a touchdown, not a field goal. It is absolutely ridiculous. The tough attitude which has made pro-football such an incredible sport is quickly fading, and this is just one step in that direction.

My opinion might be somewhat biased because I am a purist. I love the whole “stop-the-run, run-the-ball” mentality. The greats of the past did not have any “5-yard cushion” rule. Lynn Swann is still one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game. Likewise, those teams that have won incredible overtime finishers (not to mention those that did not get the ball first), are some of the greatest teams to play the game. Why should the overtime rule even be considered for change because of its so-called lack of fairness?

I believe it was Chuck Noll who said, "Just win, baby."


Can a running back get a damn job?


This may or may not be former-Bronco/Titan/Bill Travis Henry......

Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, pretty much all running backs anywhere near their 30s have yet to be resigned, or just flat out got cut.  Just take a look at this list of big names on (or about to be on) the open market:

When in their hey day (remarkably, not that long ago), these backs were among the best in the league.  Just goes to show you how short the life of a running back is.  Also proves the point that the days of every-down running backs are just about over.  If your team doesn't have two capable backs, either A: your stud running back will turn into a Pinto overnight or B: you have a horrible team.  And finally, it's just another example of the business side of the NFL.  You lose a step, and you're out.

Case in point: Laanian Tomlinson.  He had 15,000 yards from scrimmage and 150+ TDs in San Diego.  But after two seasons with under 1,100 yards rushing, not to mention being sidelined with a "bruised ego" in the 2007 AFC Championship game (while his QB Phillip Rivers played on a torn ACL), he got the pink slip.  Just goes to show you that the NFL is no country for old men...

Unless you're a 40-year old egomaniac attention whore from Mississippi.  You all know who.


Monday, March 1, 2010



In case you didn't notice (because obviously you did) the legendary site that is loudmouth football has been MIA for the past 6 weeks.  The PG-train made some horrible playoff picks, and after seeing both the Jets and Colts advance to the AFC Championship game, hid in a fall-out shelter waiting for the aftermath of a potential Jet or Colt Super Bowl.  Disgusting.

Luckily, the Jets went down in the AFC Championship game, the Colts lost the Super Bowl, and the Saints (bandwagon created courtesy of Loudmouth Football and never really disbanded) took home the NFL title.  For a man who thought the world as he knew it was at an end, these have been some damn refreshing  developments since returning to the real world.

Anyway, in case you didn't notice, not only did the site get an extreme makeover, but it became an official dot com.  That's right children, this site's as legit as Plaxico Burress's jail sentence.  Not only that, but we have an actual staff with some regular contributors.  Dominic "Old Man" Marino returns, as does D.C. native Jason Krakower, who we know as "Footsteps Falco".  Keep checking out the site for news on the NFL Combine and free agency over the next week.  We'll be back to our old petty, insulting ways in no time.  So keep on stopping by, and as always...MY WORD IS LAW.