I ponder yet another year of the NFL and think back to my furthest memories of the game and compare them to now. I would have to say that the quality of play in the NFL Present day ( and football as a whole) has dropped down to an embarrassing level of play. (imagine the training world ruled by star trainers, and 24 hr fitness trainers).
I want to talk skill, heart, dedication, team connection and even the athletes themselves. I feel has taken such a down turn from even the nineties teams.
Core fundamentals are gone! Tackling is barely something that happens anymore. Take the hit on mcghahee it was great ( the knock out punch) put poor form! NO one wraps up anymore. No one can wrap it up anymore. Tackling is the fundamental aspect of the game ( the contact sport that requires collision) kind of like the big king in working out ! squats , deads! if you dont do them it shows.
I think so many of these athletes make it to the nfl on there paper stats but not on there raw skills! or technique. I think alott of that has to do with higher amounts of drug use , roids, gh, etc giving allot of athletes stats that look great, great forties, great bench, verticals super human. But those juiced skills dont create the all around amazing players that are born to control this game.
The players have just become out of factories and thats it. But there core fundamentals never were there to begin with .
Really how many amazing hitters , feared hitters , bullett tacklers are around today?
remember LT, jesus christ it was light lighting stricking in a viper with perfect technique! Pat swilling, derrick thomas RIP. Greg Loyd Steve atwater, Ronnie Lott (how laid christian okoye on his back twice in a game!) reggie white, you could just watch these guys the whole game and not take your eyes off them and watch rage, and destruction materialize in the form of hits! No days barely is like clumpy gang tackling!
I digress where is this going?
what an embarrassment to have yet another year of football where there really is no clear winner! any team could beat Anyteam! if the cards lost to detroit next week, or pittsburgh got smacked by the jets would you really be surprised. this is just a case of last man standing! and a stand that could take place at any of these teams if they got there shit together !
I will give the patriots credit for remaining as a team style of play!
It just pisses me off that there really is no clear best team in the NFL.
look back ten fifteen years! who could beat the cowboys in the nineties? the niners? greenbay? they deserved to win and if the had to play an extra game would win. Now take any team and face another team and you really never know what you get. !!!!!