Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen
Amid all the National Felon League talk about woman beaters, baby beaters, and druggie players, there is an diabolical plot brewing in the background of all these stories, and because I know how the large corporations work, I realize that corruption in sports is prevalent almost as much as it is in politics. In the case of Adrian Peterson there is a much larger sub-plot brewing here.
But first, lets address my personal opinion and thoughts on his recent child abuse allegations. Let me preface my comments by saying that I do support corporal punishment, I support physical discipline upon children (not in excess), it is certainly vital in society. I endured several “whippings” with all sorts of objects including rulers, belts, extension cords, and many other objects. But there are multiple angles in which we must look and evaluate Adrian Peterson before judgment is handed down.
Physical abuse is far different than physical discipline. Adrian has publicly described his upbringing and why he personally feels that “whipping” his child is needed. The entire country is split down the middle in regards to this matter, where some feel it was excessive, others supported Adrian claiming similar tactics were used in their upbringing as well. The first thing we need to draw attention to are the marks that were left on the child’s legs. There were several identified “slashes” that appeared from a photo released up and down his legs. Now before we condemn him as THE ABUSER, let’s pump the breaks. Myself, being a fellow fair skinned male, knows the ease in which marks show up on a fair toned body. In other words, a hard foul in a pick-up game could look a lot worse than it actually felt. If all we are using the pictures as our only tool to assess Adrian as an abuser, than that is not enough.
The second theme that I have heard uttered frequently over the past two weeks has been an emphasis on the child’s age. In my youthful opinion it is imperative that a child receives an adequate amount of discipline as soon as they are able to comprehend right from wrong. Adrian is attempting to establish the tone for his son and understands that once a child reaches a certain age, physical discipline will no longer be efficient. So although the force behind the punishment may be in question, intent cannot be.
Without diving too deep in Peterson’s personal life, there also lies a cultural issue here that may be purposely ignored. The mother of Adrian’s son is a Caucasian woman. I am highlighting this not to say discipline is not accepted across racial demographics, but to highlight that Adrian's joint-custody of this child impacts the level of leniency that he may have been allotted under the care of his mother. What this means is that the black child lives with his white mother for the majority of the time and merely visits his father at times. We do not know the extent that his mother uses physical punishment, but we can assume that the parenting styles of Adrian and his white ex-wife could indeed be far from the same. Thus giving Peterson the notion that he feels he must make-up for time not spent with his child--which could lead to excessive punishment at times.
Let’s rewind the tapes to the Jerry Jones/Adrian Peterson phone scandal. This is what was said on the phone
Jerry: "Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen”
[Possibly in response to Adrian saying he would like to be a Dallas Cowboy]
Jerry: "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."
Little by little major sponsors of both the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson are attempting to remove/cut ties with the organization and superstar. This will inevitably lead to the roster cut of Adrian. Although Peterson may be arguably the most valuable player on any given team, sponsorship money trumps all, and if enough Companies withdrew their sponsor dollars in the team, the Vikings will part with their star running back. There have been reports of other baby mothers (of children fathered by Adrian) who are popping up sporadically claiming their child was also abused. Could Jerry Jones be behind this hiring a private investigator looking into Adrian’s Past? This would be the power move that could land him in a Cowboys uniform next year. The Panthers have utilized their “exempt” clause on Hardy and it is possible under the new player behavior rules that Peterson could also be placed on the exempt list. The Adrian Peterson abuse scandal must be monitored closely, because not only does a career hang in the balance, but a possible franchise merger may be in the making behind the scenes.
Russell Wilson brought the Lombardi trophy back to the North western part of the country and for the first time we have a head coach who won both a Superbowl and College National Championship. But the champagne from Super Bowl toasts typically causes hangovers the following season, and it is rare for a team to cultivate the motivation to repeat. The 49ers have been on the brink of championship for the last few years, but have taken both external and internal punishments. With a series of injuries and suspensions this may be a down year for the younger Harbaugh. The Arizona Cardinals will host the NFL Super Bowl this year, and will have all the momentum heading in and throughout the season. With the return of their rising superstar safety, their All-pro corner, the Cardinals defense will rank among the top in the country. The Rams strive to break even in the toughest division in the NFC, and possibly the league. With no Quarterback, limited options at receiver, and an unproven ball carrier, the Rams should be doing a nose dive for the rights to Jameis Winston.
Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
There has been no indication that the Seattle Seahawks will suffer a Super Bowl hangover. The number one defense lost two of the veteran leaders but were easily replaced with youth and athleticism. The Legion of Boom lost Browner who did not contribute to the Super Bowl win anyways. Russell Wilson has looked exceptionally sharp in preseason, and Percy Harvin is fully healthy which really makes this team scary. Having a Percy Harvin type of player on a defensive dominant team gives some added balance to Pete Carroll's offense this year. The only slight hesitation I have in crowning this team a repeat champion is the health of Marshawn Lynch over the duration of the season. If Christian Michael can equal 75-85% of the production that ‘Beast Mode’ gives this team, Seattle will be playing in the championship once again.
Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
There has been a lot of incoming hype surrounding Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals defense. Larry Foote and Kevin Minter will lead a ferocious defensive front, who managed to earn the only win in Seattle in years. The secondary only got stronger adding the veteran Cromartie and the return of the ‘Honey Badger’. The only potential setback would be the play of Carson Palmer. Does Palmer have enough in the tank to lead this team to a Super Bowl hosted at home in their own stadium. The ball carrying duties have been assigned to second year pro Andre Ellington, who is expected to shoulder the offense throughout the season. We can only hope that Carson does not waste away Larry Fitzgerald’s few remaining productive seasons.
San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
The 49ers are in a bit of a mess right now. Bowman is out, the Pro Bowl Lineman held out the majority of camp, Aldon Smith is suspended until November, and McDonald is up next. They lost Carlos Rogers, Frank Gore is 31 years old, and Donte Hitner, I mean Whitner is setting the tone in Cleveland. If Colin Kaepernick does not display sheer flawlessness at the QB position, then San Francisco is done this season. Coach Harbaugh has consistently produced since he first stepped into the HC role a few years ago, but every dog has his day. This team has plenty of talent, but the hinges to this machine are coming loose with potential to collapse.
Saint Louis Rams (3-13)
The Rams are considerably done after losing Sam Bradford, again? No this is not deja-vu, this is simply the story of the Rams since the drafting of Bradford. Shaun Hill will take over a remedial offense which really only produced Zac Stacy as a small hope for the future. There are plenty of weapons surrounding the back-up QB; Jared Cook had success last year in the red zone, and Tavon Austin is an unopened present waiting under the tree. One thing the Rams do not need to fret about is the d-line. From Quinn to Chris Long, opposing QB’s will be ridding themselves of the football rather quickly. If Quinn and Long do their job then Janoris Jenkins and T.J. McDonald should both be Pro Bowlers by season end. Besides, what else do they have to look forward to?
Its tough to say Tavon showed flashes of greatness last year, not even glimpses. There were about 5 plays that come to mind that really displayed all the God-given ability that Tavon truly possesses. But on a team where the Quarterback position is in flux, and there is no perennial deep threat teams will be keying on Austin. Luckily, whoever is taking snaps under center this year will receive a “watered-down” playbook. A limited playbook will mean an emphasis on the short and intermediate passing attack which will favor Tavon. One thing that teams can not game plan for is his return ability.
No mind-boggling decision here, with Frank Gore over the 30 mark and officially beginning his decline in his career. So what better player suited to take over the reigns in Northern Cali then the powerhouse back Carlos Hyde. Not only is he durable enough to withstand the punishment from the NFC West defenses, but he is a versatile back who can be utilized for Colin in the passing attack. 49ers will be in good hands once Coach Harbaugh takes the handcuffs off of his rookie running back.
The Seahawks will compete along with the Packers, Falcons, and Saints for the rights to the Superbowl crown. I'm not a believer in this dynasty, and even great teams hardly repeat, not in this league. I expect the Seahawks to advance deep in the playoffs losing to most likely the Saints. Though they'll be back as long as the core remains, the Rams will be in the hunt for the 1st pick in the draft. Everyone else can be chalked to mediocrity.
AFC West Predictions
After the embarrassment that Peyton exhibited in the Super Bowl, he intends to seek revenge to the fullest. After breaking records last season, building the most prolific offense of all time, Manning failed to put up double digits in a championship dismantle. San Diego gave the Broncos trouble in both meetings and in the playoffs being one of the only teams to solve the puzzle that is Peyton Manning. Is Philip Rivers capable of leading a team deep in the playoffs? Andy Reid’s KC Chiefs made a huge splash going on a half season winning streak which came to a harsh end by the hands of Andrew Luck in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will Jamaal Charles be enough to carry the load of this team? The Raiders have been a model of atrocity for Oakland fans. Dennis Allen will attempt to manifest some old veterans on both sides of the ball to put out a decent football club on the field. How long will Matt Schaub be the starter for this group?
Denver Broncos (14-2)
Perfection; at this point that is all that Peyton desires, at 16-0 season followed by a second super bowl would be enough for him to hang up the cleats. Despite the success of this roster over the past few seasons, John Fox and Elway performed a major overhaul shipping out Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, and adding Emmanuel Sanders, Demarcus Ware, and Aqib Talib. The only aspect of the team that may have declined is special teams. Montee Ball now assumes primary ball carrying responsibilities in the most prolific offense in NFL history. The key to ending up in Arizona in early February will be the team’s defensive grit.
San Diego Chargers (10-6)
Last year, San Diego gave Denver all it could handle--expect no difference this season. Philip River’s two favorite weapons (not named Antonio Gates) continue to get better and add a year of experience. The defense is two deep at every position, and may have one of the fastest defensive fronts, which will be needed to compete in a division with Peyton Manning. Their ability to apply pressure to the QB will foreshadow the length of their Super Bowl run. Brandon Flowers comes over from Kansas City and not only provides depth to the secondary but has an edge on other offenses in the division. They drafted two elite collegiate defensive backs in Jason Verrett and Chris Davis, who expect to contribute this season. It is as simple as this, the Chargers go as far as Philip Rivers takes them.
Oakland Raiders (8-8)
Oakland has the opportunity to finally enter back into relevance. They have announced that they will be starting rookie QB Derek Carr, who has shown much more promise and poise than his brother did with the Houston Texans in his preseason debut. Derek has a lot more around him than his brother did over a decade ago. This Raiders offense for the first time features two legitimate starting running backs in Maurice-Jones Drew and Darren McFadden. Although many claim McFadden to be a bust, he has proven to be effective when healthy and touted over a 5 yards per carry average twice in his career. The defensive unit is old and lethargic and looks like a group you would see playing NFL bingo rather than defense. With Justin Tuck, Lamar Woodley, Charles Woodson, and Antonio Smith if they can somehow get opposing offenses off the field they may have a glimmer of hope this year. But chances are this is just phase two of a rebuilding franchise.
Kansas City Chiefs (5-11)
I can confidently say that despite Alex Smith’s contract extension, I do not imagine the Chiefs winning more than 6 games max in the AFC West this year. The catalyst to the entire team last year was the production from Jamaal Charles. But with the loss of Pro Bowl tackle Brandon Albert (Dolphins) and the make-shift changes that Andy Reid has had to apply to the offensive line do not expect the same amount of success from the run game. Dwayne Bowe has not solidified himself as a clear #1 wideout in the NFL. He has shown flashes of potential, but from a consistency and statistical standpoint his stats mirror the average number two wideout on a team. Defensively, the line remains in tact, but the secondary has seen changes from the departure of veteran Brandon Flowers. The Chiefs winning streak was as durable as it was due to the way they were winning, which was on the ground. By not allowing teams to be successful in their aerial attack, Andy could ground and pound the clock away winning multiple lower scoring games. With questions on the offensive line and the secondary expect the Chiefs to take a small step back and mimic their former Kansas City selves.
Keenan Allen; He immediately rose from the darkness of the San Diego depth chart last year and emerged as not only the most impactful receiver but the most consistent. He was successful in stretching the field, he was successful in the red zone, and his 8 touchdown receptions led all rookies. Not to mention he is only the 5th rookie since 2000 to have over 1,000 yards receiving. If Ladarius Green can pick up where he left off, Keenan will see a number of single, man to man coverages and Philip Rivers will have no choice but to make this guy a pro bowl receiver.
The linebacker from Buffalo has had a decent preseason. He picked off Aaron Rodgers, and that alone is a tall task that many have not been able to accomplish, even the better veterans in the league. The message sent here is Kahlil will be a terror all over the field. He has the potential to be that rare hybrid of pass and run defending linebackers. He will help in the creation of a young, athletic core of linebackers, mixed with a veteran defensive line. If Justin Tuck and Woodley can keep lineman off of the second level, Mack should flourish under Dennis Allen. Depending on how quickly Mack comprehends the NFL game, will determine how fast the Raiders rise to relevance in the thick AFC West.
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