What the Texans should do with the first pick in the draft

With the NFL Draft a mere three weeks away, nobody seems to know how this draft will play out. The Houston Texans have been very coy with their intentions on what they plan to do with the first pick in the draft. NFL analysts have been shuffling players in and out of the top spot and there has also has been discussion that the Texans could trade out of this spot. This is a franchise that is not as bad as their 2013 record would indicate and very well could have quick turnaround in 2014. Newly appointed head coach has ties to UCF coach

The choice is simple; O’Brian should select Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick. Clowney has all the intangibles of a hall of fame esq player and can make an impact with from day 1. A team can never have too many pass rushers and the pairing of Clowney with JJ Watt would be a quarterback nightmare. While Clowney’s work ethic has been called into question on numerous occasions, Watt and locker room leader Andre Johnson would light a fire under Clowney forcing him to be great. Clowney’s imposing size and freakish athleticism (he ran a 4.5 40) are so grand that he is drawing comparisons to Hall of Fame great Bruce Smith.

O’Brian is a quarterback guru and has not fallen in love with this crop of signal callers in this year’s class. By taking Clowney, the Texans would boast one of the best defensive lines in all of football.  Derek Carr could also slip to the Texans at pick 33 if they decide they  want to go with a signal caller. 

National Signing Day

For every college football junkie, player, and coach, the beginning of February will forever be synonymous with the pandemonium that is national signing day. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the college recruitment process, national signing day is best described as an extravagant circus of controlled chaos in which high school football recruits across the nation determine the future of their athletic and academic careers. National signing day takes on different forms of life for the likes of players and coaches alike as it marks the end of a grueling recruitment process that could potentially make or break a football program.

For the nation’s top recruits, national signing days serves as a momentous and joyous occasion as they begin to enter the gleaming national spotlight for the first time in their young lives. A lifelong football career built upon dedication, skill, talent and success on the field has in turn rewarded these kids with the opportunity to attend any university of their choice on a fully paid athletic scholarship. High schools across the nation proudly display their athletes in ceremonious fashion allowing the player to take center stage as he makes decision. With the simple signature of a letter of intent, a 17-18 year old kid takes his first steps towards adulthood, instilled with the eagerness and ambition to make themselves, their community, and their families proud of their decision. 

As a college football coach, national signing day is a day long battle of extreme anticipation as the decision of a teenager holds the future of his program in the balance. For the most part, a recruit’s decision has been made up long before national signing day having already committed their allegiance towards a specific university making national signing day a formality to make it official. There is however the ever looming possibility of every coach’s nightmare in which a recruit backs out of his original commitment and signs with a different school. A players flip flop on his commitment would come at great expense of the coach staffing as they watch months sometimes years, of valuable time spent recruiting this player amount to nothing. It’s almost inconceivable to think of, but the decision of a teenager weighs so mightily upon the future landscape of college football that every signed letter of intent is directly correlated to the success and job of every coach in the nation.

National Signing Day

For every college football junkie, player, and coach, the beginning of February will forever be synonymous with the pandemonium that is national signing day. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the college recruitment process, national signing day is best described as an extravagant circus of controlled chaos in which high school football recruits across the nation determine the future of their athletic and academic careers. National signing day takes on different forms of life for the likes of players and coaches alike as it marks the end of a grueling recruitment process that could potentially make or break a football program.

For the nation’s top recruits, national signing days serves as a momentous and joyous occasion as they begin to enter the gleaming national spotlight for the first time in their young lives. A lifelong football career built upon dedication, skill, talent and success on the field has in turn rewarded these kids with the opportunity to attend any university of their choice on a fully paid athletic scholarship. High schools across the nation proudly display their athletes in ceremonious fashion allowing the player to take center stage as he makes decision. With the simple signature of a letter of intent, a 17-18 year old kid takes his first steps towards adulthood, instilled with the eagerness and ambition to make themselves, their community, and their families proud of their decision. 

As a college football coach, national signing day is a day long battle of extreme anticipation as the decision of a teenager holds the future of his program in the balance. For the most part, a recruit’s decision has been made up long before national signing day having already committed their allegiance towards a specific university making national signing day a formality to make it official. There is however the ever looming possibility of every coach’s nightmare in which a recruit backs out of his original commitment and signs with a different school. A players flip flop on his commitment would come at great expense of the coach staffing as they watch months sometimes years, of valuable time spent recruiting this player amount to nothing. It’s almost inconceivable to think of, but the decision of a teenager weighs so mightily upon the future landscape of college football that every signed letter of intent is directly correlated to the success and job of every coach in the nation.

NBA Fashion

Up until this point all my blogs have been about the nature of sports, but the recent trend of NBA players displaying their outward fashion tastes has gotten so ridiculous that I feel the need to address it has to be addressed. Now I’m not sure if you guys are aware but ever since 2005 the NBA has enforced a strict dress code requiring their players to dress in business or conservative attire while arriving and departing a scheduled game, on the bench while injured, and when conducting official NBA business (press interviews, charity events, etc.). Now since these guys are paid quite handsomely, one could assume that players would opt to wear the finest qualities of suits in order to look as professional as possible. While several players choose to go with the simplistic look, many of the superstars have been “expressing” themselves with bizarre and baffling attire.

Take a look at Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook as he enters the stadium for a regular season game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

This outfit is so heinous I don’t even know where to begin to comment on it. I guess I’ll start with the metallic excuse of a shirt. It honestly looks like Westbrook is wearing a coat of armor or a tin vest over a sweatshirt. I can no find no practical use for this shirt as a function part of any wardrobe. And Russell, what in the world could you possible need that Euroesque man purse for? I mean what can you honestly be carrying into an arena with a locker full of equipment already in place.

Now Westbrook is a repeat offender of this “fashion forward” trend but he’s certainly not alone as superstars across the league have been showing off their new digs before games and during postgame interviews

Here’s a nice little montage of fashion don’ts courtesy of the NBA’s finest. You would think that with a multimillion dollar salary that surely they could do better than the monstrosities your about to witness.

 #fashion #NBA #ESPN #Westbrook

College Coaches

As the newly appointed head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly faces the daunting challenge of tailoring his high powered, high tempo offense to fit a NFL scheme preparing to square off against more formidable and intimidating professional defenses than he is accustomed to at the college level. As a rookie head coach in the NFL, Kelly’s time is preoccupied with newfound trials and tribulations as he prepares to coach in what has become one of the nation’s most cutthroat and unforgiving industries. One thing Kelly will not be burdened in his first season with the Eagles is the impending sanctions he left behind at the University of Oregon. In the wake of a potential scandal, the University of Oregon football team  finds themselves in the midst of serving a two year self-imposed probationary period for recruiting violations that occurred during Kelly’s tenure as head coach.

Kelly, who is accredited with reviving the Oregon Ducks football program to the pinnacle of the sport, follows in the footsteps of former rival Pete Carroll as dominating college coaches who chose to leave their beloved universities in the midst of impending NCAA sanctions. Of course college football is no stranger to rule violations or controversy as its past is marred with stories of powerhouse football teams who forwent the NCAA rulebook and paid high priority recruits in order to secure their commitment. The SMU Mustangs, Miami Hurricanes, and USC Trojans come to the forefront of the pay for play discussion, as each program rose to national prominence and acclaim by demonstrating the ability to sustain success by acquiring the top recruits year after year. After the glory days of these tainted programs fade, the inconvenient truth of these scandals surface forcing the program into a state of infamy being remembered more for their transgressions than their excellence on the field.

What’s particularly troubling about the recent wave of NCAA violations is the fact that the coaches who are supposedly accountable for the programs actions, are getting off scott free while their programs face the brunt of the punishment.  Like Carroll, Kelly had turned away multiple NFL head coaching positions throughout his historic run at the helm of the nation’s top tier program. Both had cited their love for the game and more specifically for the kids they coach and ultimately mentor into adults as the primary reasons as to why they didn’t want to coach at the next level. That love and respect for the game and their players seemed to vanquish all too quickly as both opted to bolt for the NFL the second the NCAA threatened their programs with sanctions.

 What gets lost in the midst of these controversies is the fact that the student athletes are the ones who are ultimately getting punished for their coach’s wrongdoing. When Carroll moved onto greater pastures in the NFL, USC was hit with a two year post season ban denying many players Carroll recruited the ability to peruse a national title. These coaches owe more to their programs and their athletes; they deserve to serve the deration of the punishment with their teams or not coach at all throughout their probationary period. With Oregon’s future in question, Kelly has the chance to shine bright under the professional lights proving once again that college coaches prevail in making a mockery of the sport.