Country or Football.


Should the Service academies allow players to go pro without serving obligation.

By Steve Samek

The Army- Navy game is one football fans always look forward to. The game is played by teams that hate each other on the field, but play for the same team off the field.

Though when the game is over most of these players go on to serve in the respected branch of the military for a certain number of years which can be outlined here. http://dopma-ropma.rand.org/military-service-obligation.html

Though last year Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the NFL draft. This made the Naval academy take a second look at its policy about deferring obligations until after pursuing a pro career. Reynolds was free to play in the NFL and pursue the obligation in the off season. https://www.fanragsports.com/news/ravens-wr-keenan-reynolds-not-impacted-dod-policy-change/

Now the order from 2016 was rescinded by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.  Now requiring two years of active duty military service before being allowed to turn pro. Enter Air Force wideout Jalen Robinette. The wide receiver was looking at going pro, being projected as a mid to late round pick. Though after the policy was announced Robinette went undrafted. He currently hasn’t gotten any offers. Robinette also has received an initial duty assignment for after graduation. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2017/05/01/department-defense-policy-athletes-air-force-jalen-robinette/101177766/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomsports-topstories

The NFL does have a list for military service. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2017/05/01/department-defense-policy-athletes-air-force-jalen-robinette/101177766/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomsports-topstories

Ben Garland of the Falcons out of Air Force is currently under this protocol. Reynolds and two other players Garrett Graham and Chris Swain are both on practice squads after the 2016 ruling. Though Graham has orders for his assignment. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/07/12/military-academy-athletes-can-now-go-straight-to-the-pros/?utm_term=.fb800b6b26d9

To me country comes first. Especially over sports. They signed up to go to these schools knowing the commitment. The know full well that the service academies aren’t sports destinations. Only 84 NFL players have come from military schools and the rest of pro sports aren’t much higher. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/07/12/military-academy-athletes-can-now-go-straight-to-the-pros/?utm_term=.fb800b6b26d9.

Plus, its only two years and there is NFL protocol in place. Though I think there are ways that they can play in the NFL while serving a commitment to the military. Having a pro sports career after the military is possible. Rodger Staubauch and David “The Admiral” Robinson each served the required two years before successful pro careers. So it isn’t not impossible for Robinette to turn pro,but he should wait after the two years are up.

Shutout to the NFL for going along with the decision also. By having him undrafted they made a statement about following the rules  and obligations.

 

 

 

Dallas’ Offensive Line Is the Reason the Cowboys Are Good

Unit paves way for rookies to shine

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by Donny Chedrick

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have taken the National Football League by storm this season. Two exciting, young rookies that have the Dallas Cowboys looked at as the best team in the NFL with a 9-1 record heading into Thanksgiving.

However, don’t let the flashiness of these young guns fool you, the secret to the Dallas Cowboys’ success will hit you square in the chest. A group compiled from left to right including Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zach Martin and Doug Free are the reason for the Dallas Cowboys winning ways in 2016. Continue reading “Dallas’ Offensive Line Is the Reason the Cowboys Are Good”

Three Reasons Why Mike Tomlin Should Be Fired

 By Kyle Dawson

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Pittsburgh media has started to get on the coaching staff of the Steelers, and rightfully so.

Coming off their bye week, the Steelers laid an egg in a battle for first-place in the AFC North in Baltimore Sunday, Nov. 6.

It’s the third straight loss for the Steelers, who may have been worse against the Baltimore Ravens than the first loss in the string, a road loss in Miami to a Dolphins team that at the time of the game in Week Six was 1-4 with the only win coming against the winless Cleveland Browns.

Scrunched between those two losses was a loss to New England without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had surgery for a torn meniscus the Monday following the loss to Miami, before being on bye in Week Eight.

Then this loss happened.

Roethlisberger returned in the loss to Baltimore and was abysmal before the fourth quarter.

The Steelers were favored entering the game against a team under .500 and on the road, a situation in which Mike Tomlin teams have not exceled in during his tenure as head coach.

It’s time for the Mike Tomlin era to end, whether now or at season’s end.

After all, “the standard is the standard,” and the standard for Steeler football is to beat the teams they should beat and compete for championships year in and year out.

Here are three reasons why it’s time to relieve Tomlin of his duties and wish him luck in his future endeavors. Let’s use some of his dubbed “Tomlin-isms” to explain why. Continue reading “Three Reasons Why Mike Tomlin Should Be Fired”

Carson Wentz Looks to Be the NFL’s Next Star

By Ty McEliece

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If you want to have a successful football team in the NFL, then you need a good quarterback. After losing Donovan McNabb (1999-2009) in his prime, the Eagles have struggled to find their next good field general.  Michael Vick (2010-2012) was expected to produce like he did for the Falcons but he didn’t live up to the hype.

Nick Foles (2013-2014) looked promising for a season but then slumped the next. Sam Bradford (2015) played like typical Sam Bradford. Granted both Foles and Bradford of those quarterbacks dealt with college football genius to NFL question mark Chip Kelly, they still didn’t produce like expected. Continue reading “Carson Wentz Looks to Be the NFL’s Next Star”

Josh Norman: To Be Considered the Best, He Needs to Cover the Best

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By Ty McEliece

As a player in the NFL, everything they do is watched, everything they say is recorded and everything they write is seen. For some, this can do wonders, while for others, it can really hurt.

Richard Sherman, for example, proclaimed himself to be the best corner in the league in 2014 and has lived up to his words. Contrastingly, Josh Norman had a great 2015 season with the Carolina Panthers, earning him a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins to make him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL Continue reading “Josh Norman: To Be Considered the Best, He Needs to Cover the Best”