Frankly Frankel: September 6, 2014

06 Sep

Stephen Hill shows no class, the NCAA is up and arms over UCONN congratulating Mo’ne Davis, and the it’s the first Sunday of the NFL season tomorrow. Who’s excited for some J! E! T! S! JETS JETS JETS. This is Frankly Frankel on this September 6, 2014.

    • It was so great to have the NFL back on Thursday night. As per usual, the Seahawks dominated at home thrashing the Packers 36-16 in the seasons opening game. Here are some thoughts I had on the night:
    • Russell Wilson is the perfect game manager who when you need a big play, can reach into his bag of tricks and make a play. Wilson completed 19/28 passes for 191 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 29 rushing yards. His night was highlighted by one of the nastiest fakes I’ve ever seen. I feel awful for Sam Shields.
  • Despite holding out for a good portion of training camp, Marshawn Lynch didn’t skip a beat rushing for 110 yards. As a team, the Seahawks ran for 207 yards. I knew losing B.J. Raji would be a big deal, but the Packers D has to step it up because Aaron Rogers is that good.
  • I could not believe that Rogers didn’t test Richard Sherman once. He didn’t even look in his direction. I wonder how long that trend will continue going forward.
  • I feel like Aaron Rogers’ weapons keep regressing ever since he won the Super Bowl a few years back. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are solid receivers, but the Pack don’t have a true number 1.
  • The Packers week 1 loss does not bode well for the Jets, who will be awaiting Gang Green a week from Sunday at Lambeau Field.
  • The Packers will come out doing anything and everything to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start to the season, not to mention the fact Green Bay will have over a week to re-group, prepare, and rest.
  • Speaking of those Jets, the first real test in the regular season happens Sunday against the Raiders and rookie cornerback Derek Carr. If the Jets plan on being successful in 2014, this is a must win with the next 6 games coming against the Packers, Bears, Lions, Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots. You have to beat the Raiders. You just do, there’s no excuse.
  • I am dumbfounded that John Idzik did not bring in a proven veteran corner to come in and compete for a spot. It could not have hurt to see if Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel, or Dunta Robinson had anything left in the tank.
  • Instead, Idzik brought in Leon McFadden who had an atrocious pre-season committing a league high 8 penalties. Here was the breakdown: 4 holding, 3 illegal contact, and one pass interference. It’s almost comical that the Jets bring in the guy who was penalized the most. You can’t make this stuff up.
  • I do feel like the cornerback problems are being overblown. I have confidence in Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen to get the job done, and the rest of the defense is great. The Jets have the best defensive line in football with Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, and Muhammad Wilkerson, and the linebackers are solid as well with David Harris, emerging star DeMario Davis, Jason Babin, and Quinton Coples.
  • The Jets need to give Wilkerson a contract extension ASAP. The team spent nearly a decade trying to find a great pass rusher, and now that they finally have one, they’re being cheap about it.
  • I’m most excited to see the impact Calvin Pryor makes at safety. That guy is going to be a stud.
  • I also like the direction of the offense. For proven players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, the pre-season means next to nothing, but for unproven players like Geno Smith, it doesn’t count, but it matters, and I loved what I saw. Geno is a different guy. His confidence is through the roof, and I expect him to be significantly better in 2014.
  • One stat people overlook is that in games Jeremy Kerley played in last season, the Jets went 8-4. In games he missed, they went 0-4.
  • Aside from Geno, I expect the new additions Chris Johnson and Jace Amaro to make big offensive impacts.
  • My prediction for the game is: Jets 24 Raiders 14.
  • One player who won’t be playing for the Jets in week 1 since he was cut is Stephen Hill. Instead of taking the high road and thanking the Jets for the opportunity, Hill and his agent both showed no class as they were heading for the exits.
  • Then Hill told his side of the story, blaming the New York media for over-exaggerating his inability to catch the football. I watch the game, Hill drops more passes than any player I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason he’s earned the nickname “Stone-hands”. He has since joined on with the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
  • Jerry Jones loves himself some headlines, and this was a banner week for him. Jones signed Michael Sam to his practice squad and announced that Jimmy Johnson would not be included in Dallas’s Ring of Honor despite the fact Johnson helped win Jones 2-straight Super Bowls. While I usually despise everything Skip Bayless says, his column on the Jones, Johnson fiasco nails it. The article details how much they hated each other and the amount of disrespect there was. Pretty fascinating.
  • My Super Bowl Prediction: Broncos vs. Saints. I think Denver is better than they were last year, and I think New Orleans clinches home-field in the NFC playoffs.
  • There was some highly disappointing news in Major League Baseball this week when the Houston Astros announced they were firing Bo Porter less than 2-years after he was hired due to a rift in the organization. Porter never had a chance of winning as manager of Houston, as all of the teams big time prospects continue to develop (George Springer, Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Mike Foltynewicz, etc.). After watching this team closely in spring training, the Astros are a few-years away not just from being competitive, but from being serious contenders to win it all. It’s a shame that a great guy like Porter won’t get a chance to take Houston to the next level.
  • The NCAA cannot be serious. Following her standout Little League World Series performance, UCONN women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma called Mo’ne Davis to congratulate her. Davis had previously said her dream was to play college basketball at UCONN and this was a great gesture by Auriemma. Naturally, the NCAA has to jump in, ruin everything, and call this a “violation”. When is enough, enough? Maybe one day Mo’ne Davis is good enough to play basketball at UCONN, but that’s so far away it’s not even funny. Auriemma nailed it on the head. Here are some of his best quotes on the matter:
  • Via Hartford Courant: “Under normal circumstances, I would probably not know anything about her until she was in ninth grade. I have no idea if the kid is very good, kind of good, not good at all or a superstar or can even reach the basket. How is that a violation?” He continues: “So what does this mean? If a kid wins a swimming contest somewhere and is wearing a [UConn] sweat shirt and I call to congratulate her in seventh grade, is someone now going to say you are not allowed to do that? Well, why not? Isn’t that unbelievable? There are guys playing college basketball driving around in cars worth more than my house and we’re worried about a phone call to a little girl?”
  • Preach Geno, preach.
  • My New York Yankees thoughts of the week: It’s been the story of the season, win a dramatic game on Thursday, lose the next game on Friday. This team doesn’t know how to carry momentum from one-day to the next and the playoffs continue to fall further and further away.
  • Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of “Frankly Frankel” and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
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