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Joe Montana with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Here’s a cursed sentence: The AFC North looks like it might be the best top-to-bottom division in the NFL. The Ravens James Conner Jersey White , who looked doomed offensively a year ago, have abruptly coalesced into a highly-efficient scoring machine, and their defense — a habitually sturdy unit — is sacking opposing quarterbacks with extraordinary and alarming regularity. The Bengals look like the same deep, well-balanced squad that won the division two years ago, and are perhaps only one ill-fated jailbreak blitz from being 5-1, mostly on the strength of numerous gutsy late-game comebacks. The Steelers finally appear to be the Steelers again and the Browns, despite their 2-3-1 record, certainly don’t resemble the same woebegone team that lost 31 combined games in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. It’s a good-looking division, one in which I’d argue there’s no clear favorite. And the league ought to blow it up. At the very least, either the Steelers or the Bengals should be sequestered to the realm of independency or transferred to another division, because their semi-annual slugfest is getting exhausting. The teams met this past Sunday, playing to a 28-21 Steelers’ victory that was punctuated by an epic game-winning drive by Ben Roethlisberger, the 40th such drive of his career (among active players, Roethlisberger currently ranks third in game-winning drives engineered, trailing only Tom Brady and Drew Brees). But that wasn’t all. Indeed, there were intriguing storylines and cool happenings and stellar performances aplenty. Andy Dalton orchestrated a masterful late-game drive of his own, guiding the Bengals’ offense 75 yards in just over two minutes to pull ahead 21-20 with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. He made throw after gorgeous throw to A.J. Green, who spent his Sunday afternoon engaged in a compelling and tightly-contested duel with career-long adversary Joe Haden. Pittsburgh’s offensive line held the Cincinnati pass-rush sackless, and third-year receiver Tyler Boyd scored a pair of touchdowns, further establishing himself as one of the best secondary receivers in the NFL and etching his name on the ever-growing wall of Pitt standouts who have achieved or are actively achieving great success in the NFL. William Jackson, the cornerback the Steelers wanted in the 2016 NFL Draft, looks like a superstar in the making, while Artie Burns, the cornerback they ended up getting, bears not even a passing resemblance to a functional professional defensive back. You get my point. Sunday’s game was a good game. Of course, there was the requisite s%#t talking, the mild shenanigans after the whistle and — duh — the post-game controversy, this time the result of some needlessly violent and characteristically dopey thing Vontaze Burfict did on the field. I don’t even wanna waste too much of your attention dissecting this particular play because, if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve already seen it. Any one of Burfict’s manifold on-field transgressions can be viewed through the same lens, each frame carefully and meticulously scrutinized like Yinzer Zapruder film. It looks like Burfict probably lowered his shoulder and that he probably targeted Brown’s head, but I like Antonio Brown and I don’t particularly like Vontaze Burfict, so it’s difficult to offer any sort of subjective analysis. What I do know is that, if this report indicating that Burfict pointed at JuJu Smith-Schuster—who, if you remember, did this to Burfict last season — and exclaimed “you’re next!” after hitting Brown’s head, is accurate, he should be fined (again) or suspended (again) Womens Jerome Bettis Jersey , even though I know that a) the league won’t actually do this, and b) if the league would levy some sort of punitive charge against Burfict, it would be a fruitless endeavor. We’ve read this book, and the ending never changes. None of this is to exonerate the Steelers for their role in cultivating the wanton brutality that’s imbued this rivalry of late. Indeed, Steelers players are responsible for more than their fair share of on-field atrocities, and the Smith-Schuster hit against Burfict is just the most recent example: there was Ryan Shazier lowering his helmet against Giovani Bernard during the 2015 Wild Card game; there was Terrance Garvin ruthlessly detonating the defenseless Kevin Huber’s brainstem during a punt return; there was Hines Ward blind-siding Keith Rivers, shattering Rivers’ jaw and ending his season; there was the Carson Palmer hit. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Bengals blog that contains a more comprehensive list of slightly-less-notorious Steelers’ cheap shots. There’s no denying that both parties are culpable, and the same can be said for their fans. During the same Wild Card game in which Bernard was injured, Bengals fans threw garbage and beer at Ben Roethlisberger as he exited the field with a shoulder injury. The very next day after the JuJu hit, vendors in the Strip District began selling this shirt, which depicts Smith-Schuster standing over a motionless and concussed Burfict, with the word “Karma” looming above the now-infamous still-frame. Unlike, say, the Steelers/Ravens rivalry, the Steelers/Bengals rivalry isn’t one rooted in mutual reverence. I’ve heard play-by-play guys and color commentators refer to the Steelers/Bengals rivalry as being “a throwback” or “old-school” or some other similarly meaningless and antiquated qualifier that’s just intended to serve as blander, more digestible nomenclature and doesn’t really aptly encapsulate what these games usually devolve into, which is mayhem. And if the NFL’s core desire is to revert back to whatever version of itself it was in 1979, this is all fine. But if the NFL is truly interested in categorically evolving the fundamental aspects of American football — and I suspect that they are, which is plainly evinced, for example, by the strides they’ve made in revising the tackle rule (the benefits conferred by this particular directive are thus far nebulous at best, but I’ll digress) — then every Steelers/Bengals matchup represents a retrograde development in achieving this end. Vontaze Burfict’s shtick might’ve flown 30 years ago, but there’s no place for it in the modern NFL, and I say that not only as a Steelers fan, but as a fan of the sport of football. That’s a shame, too, because Vontaze Burfict is, in many ways, a perfect linebacker: he can stop the run, he can cover sideline to sideline, he’s good in coverage against tight ends, he’s generally a sure tackler, his football IQ is off the charts, etc. What do we do? Burfict has emerged as the foremost belligerent in this rivalry, so it feels like the obvious solution would be to, you know, remove him from the equation. However, if I’ve learned anything in my 20-some-odd years of existence Jerome Bettis Jersey , it’s that oftentimes the most obvious solutions are not the ones that the powers that be ultimately pursue. So, as a very labyrinthine way of solving the Steelers/Bengals problem, I’m proposing, formally, that the NFL split these teams up like a pair of schoolchildren who won’t behave. Moreover, I’m proposing a league-wide realignment, with each team being re-grouped intolarger divisions. I’m therefore proposing four mega-divisions, in which each team plays its division opponent once per season but operates by way of a never-ending series of home-and-homes. AFC East: Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New England, NY Jets, Baltimore, Tennessee, Carolina, JacksonvilleAFC West: LA Chargers, Oakland, Denver, LA Rams, Kansas City, Houston, Indianapolis, ChicagoNFC East: Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Cleveland, NY Giants, Tampa Bay, AtlantaNFC West: Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, Detroit, New Orleans, Minnesota, Green Bay, DallasThere you have it — we’ve fixed the NFL. We’ve destroyed numerous high-profile rivalries in the process, too. Whoops. Please implement this clearly well-thought-out action plan, Commissioner Goodell. Or else just suspend Burfict James Conner Jersey , whatever works. Over on Twitter, @SteelCityStar is posting highlights from the Steelers/Broncos game from 1988. Among the interesting things about that game is that it was Tony Dorsett’s last game. That got me to thinking about those frequent, but still odd swan songs wherein a player, long associated with one team, finishes his career with another. Even when those changes make some kind of sense- Willie Mays leaving the Giants, but doing so to come back to New York to play for the Mets, or OJ returning to his hometown to play for the 49ers it’s still odd. To illustrate how weird it can be, even when a player returns to his roots, here’s a trivia question for you. Against what team did Babe Ruth hit his last home run? That would be the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, he hit home runs 712, 713, and 714 in one day against the Pirates while playing for the Boston Braves. As I said, weird. Here’s ten of the weirdest in NFL history:10. Emmitt Smith with the Arizona Cardinals. Tangled up in this weirdness is this- not only is Smith on the wrong team at the end of his career, but the team is in the wrong city and the wrong division. That is, back in the day the Saint Louis Cardinal football club was in Saint Louis and in the same division with the Cowboys. Smith had a few years there with some measure of success, but he’s a Cowboy, a triplet for goodness sake.9. Tony Dorsett with the Denver Broncos. Already noted above, this was plenty weird. The man not only served, until Smith, as the greatest running back in Cowboy history, but early on in his career had helped to defeat the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. His success with team two was rather less than Smith’s with his team two.8. Johnny Unitas with the San Diego Chargers. As a boy I had a #19 Chargers jersey and a football card from this time in Johnny U’s career. The pic shows the old man sitting on the bench looking almost as beaten and dejected as YA Tittle bleeding on the ground of Pitt Stadium.7.As with Smith and the Cardinals, this swan song wasn’t merely pathetic. Joe had some success in Kansas City, and at the same time San Francisco enjoyed success with Steve Young, but still, Joe Montana is a 49er and should have stayed one. 6. Greg Lloyd with the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers have a long line of greats who played right outside linebacker, each of them tough, hard hitters. None was more terrifying than Lloyd. He was the embodiment of the Steeler’s defense tradition. He made other players black and blue, and it was just wrong to see him wearing black and blue.5. Joe Namath with the Los Angeles Rams. Broadway Joe became Hollywood Joe, but the curtain had already closed on his knees. The only career that had even a little rejuvenation was Joe’s acting career.4. Brett Favre, with the Jets, but especially the Vikings. As with the 49ers when they had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks on the same roster, the Packers were crowded with Aaron Rogers and Favre on the same team. I get that it needed to be done, but it’s still just weird.3. Bruce Smith with the Washington Redskins. Here’s a guy who accrued 171 career sacks playing for the Bills, and then spends 4 years gathering 29 more with the Skins. That’s some success; it’s just in the wrong uniform.2. Peyton Manning with the Broncos. Like the peasant suffering from the Black Plague in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Peyton wasn’t dead yet. He was just in the wrong uniform.1. Franco Harris with the Seahawks. So unnecessary, so petty, just so wrong. And so weird.Did I miss any big ones? Don’t include those who merely started with one team before finding success with another. Don’t include constant travelers like Deion Sanders. Let me know what you think.
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Come on stop being so negitive about clark yeah hes a soccer guy but he our soccer guy plus he not like his dad where he keep bad coaches longer then they should be there. Plus did i mentioned mahomes?
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