Odd ‘n Ends

by Tommy Lawlor  –  http://www.ScoutsNotebook.com

I’ll be starting my draft review posts this upcoming week. For now there isn’t one pressing topic so I thought I’d touch on a few things.

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I keep reading that Marc Bulger is a QB that the Cardinals should go after. Really? The last time Bulger posted good numbers was 2006. That was the last year that Mike Vick played for the Falcons. Vick went away to prison. Bulger just went away. Let’s look at his numbers since then:

2007 — 11 TDs, 15 INTs, 58.5% Comp., 70.3 QB rating
2008 — 11 TDs, 13 INTs, 57.0% Comp., 74.0 QB rating
2009 — 5 TDs, 6 INTs , 56.7% Comp., 70.7 QB rating

He sat on the Ravens bench for all of 2010. Listen, I realize that numbers don’t tell the whole story, but that is 3 years worth of mediocre play followed by a season as a backup. What on earth makes anyone think that Bulger is ready to come back and play at a high level now? He’s 34 years old. This is nothing like the Kurt Warner situation. He was a great QB through the end of 2001. Injuries ruined his final 2 years in STL. He was okay for the Giants before going to Arizona and having a major rebirth. Kurt never posted mediocre numbers when healthy. And that’s exactly what Bulger did from 2007-09. I do think he’s fine as a backup, but starting? I don’t get that idea.

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A few people have asked my take on the lockout. I don’t want to get into everything. The legal stuff goes way over my head. Initially I thought there was zero chance of any missed games. I couldn’t see any way the owners and players would be that stupid. Now, I’m starting to wonder. It is still early enough that we can avoid that situation, but we need the 8th Circuit Court to rule reasonably quickly. The players and owners will react to however the court rules and that is when things should really point in a certain direction, as far as I can tell. The negotiations that have taken place recently were meaningless because both sides want the court to rule and give one of them some leverage. This is what scares me. Instead of focusing on a solution the sides want leverage so they can hammer the other side with it. That doesn’t bode well. I hope Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are able to keep this situation from really getting out of hand. My confidence in that goes down each time one of them talks, especially Smith. He’s too bombastic with his comments.

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Should someone take a chance on Tiki Barber? I’d be hesitant to. He was a really good player, but that was several years ago. The baggage he brings is also annoying. He wasn’t beloved in the Giants locker room. You can tell that by Antonio Pierce’s comments. And Pierce was a leader and respected team player. In the last few years Barber is getting in trouble for a variety of odd things. He’s not a criminal, but you still have to question if this is a guy you want around. In my mind you can be high maintenance if you are a great player (or if you are Megan Fox). Barber isn’t a great player. I’d pass unless he was a perfect fit for my team.

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I’m not sure what to make of the Washington Redskins. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan did a good job with the draft. Instead of adding just a couple of players they moved back and back and back and added a lot of bodies. That team needed an infusion of youth. Time will tell if the players they picked were the right ones. I do think they had the right approach.

Now Shanny is pushing the notion of John Beck as his starting QB. Is this something he truly believes or is this just something Shanny is doing to keep attention away from a move he wants to make? Beck doesn’t seem like a guy that Shanny would want as his QB. Then again, McNabb seemed like an ideal fit and we saw how that turned out.

I’ll be watching to see how quickly Shanny and Allen move to get rid of McNabb and Haynesworth. Forget about value. Get rid of them and move on. Don’t let those guys be a distraction to the team. Shanny is said to be a very vindictive guy, someone who keeps mental scoreboard at all times. Will he want to make life miserable for McNabb and Big Al? I wouldn’t blame him for feeling that way, but the prudent thing to do is focus on the 2011 Skins and dump the excess baggage.

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It sounds like ex-Florida CB Janoris Jenkins will go to play at North Alabama in 2011. He was booted off the Gators by new coach Will Muschamp. Jenkins has top flight talent. He should dominate at the D2 level. He’ll be at the Senior Bowl next January and can rebuild his image with a good showing on and off the field. It would also help if he’d quit failing drug tests.

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