I’ve selected a trio of topics that the Miami Herald writers have dredged up this week.
First is QB Kyler Murray, who will NOT be available when the Dolphins pick at #13. In order to get this kid, the Dolphins would need to trade (i.e., sacrifice) some players and picks. Is Murray worth it? Nope. You can’t grow overnight. He’s a great athlete, but far too short to be an NFL quarterback. Players like him are very used to be the hottest player on the field during their college days, then they come into the NFL and get a rude awakening.
It’s no secret that the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving every year, and that the Dolphins are already set to play in Dallas. The Cowboys have 8 home games, so we have a 1/8th chance of playing on Thanksgiving Day. I am against this. My regular readers know that I read a lot into the schedule, and especially the subtle advantages that the schedule makers give to some teams and not others.
For example, every team is required to play a Thursday game. The last 4 seasons, New England has had all 4 of their TNF games at home. The Dolphins have had all 4 of their TNF games on the road.
That disparity goes unnoticed by the Competition Committee and Stephen Ross each year, but not by me and my readers. I do not want to make it 5 years in a row of road games on a Thursday.
PLUS…sometimes the NFL doesn’t even count the Thanksgiving Game as TNF. Last season, a couple of teams the six teams who played on Thanksgiving also had to play their normal TNF game on a different Thursday. TWO Thursday games in the same season? No thank you!
Bob Costas was removed from the Super Bowl coverage. Greg Cote of the Herald gave a poignant sob story about Costas that almost brought tears to my eyes and— sorry, I cannot continue this joke any longer with a straight face. Did anyone notice Costas was gone? Did anyone care? Bob was removed because he kept putting down the NFL and pointing out the dangers of football. THIS JUST IN: Any player who doesn’t like the danger can walk away. At any time. No penalty. They have college educations and can enter any field they want. If you’re worried about dangers, then quit.
Don’t keep playing and collecting your million-dollar paychecks, your endorsement deals, your free perks. Don’t do all of that and then LATER get mad at the league for not pointing out the injury risk. No one feels sorry for you if you already reaped the rewards, and THEN LATER decide to speak up. Where was your concern when you were collecting those checks? No one feels sorry for you now. Except Bob Costas.