4 Downs With Chris Schisler Presented By @Yogolaada

Chris Schisler

This is my third installment of this type of article; I will try to award the prime performance. I will say after the absolutely awful finale of HBO’s True Blood, I have never been so ready to give Sundays to football.

First down:
Sam Bradford suffered another major injury and will miss the entire 2014 season. I spent much of the offseason suggesting the Rams should find another answer at quarterback. Part of this was because I’m not a Bradford guy, the other reason was he gets injured so easily. Committing to Sam Bradford is like committing to a cracked egg on the sidewalk. It might eventually cook but I would not recommend eating that metaphorical egg. Bradford missed much of the 2011 & 2013 seasons due to injury. The Rams backup for the often hurt Sam Bradford is Shaun Hill. Hill is a veteran back up and is not a bad backup . St. Louis can’t be all that excited about Hill though. In the toughest division in football the Rams had an uphill battle in front of them before the injury. Now a team that has a lot of talent has an even rougher road to the playoffs.

2nd Down:
The Ravens don’t have a legitimate backup quarterback. Tyrod Taylor has reached his low ceiling and Keith Wenning is unbelievably raw. Joe Flacco better remain healthy, or the Ravens are in real trouble. What shocks me about Taylor is his inability to make decisions and read coverages. The guy is a professional clipboard holder, he has plenty of time to work on the mental parts of the job. Taylor is horribly inaccurate. He is a glorified running back who can make the occasional nice pass. Seriously Joe, take care of yourself.

3rd Down:
Mike Ditka has a strong (but abusively stupid) opinion on the Redskins nickname. This following is part of an interview response he gave for RedskinsHistorians.com . His comments have made it all over social media and the internet. I read these comments in a USA Today article by Nate Scott (Just making sure to give credit where it is due).

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”

While I admit there is no intent by Daniel Snyder to offend with the nickname, is Coach Ditka really naive enough to say there is not a legit gripe about the nickname? I love how he throws the word liberals in their like its such a bad thing. I am fairly liberal, I admit but this is such an utterly tone-death statement. Indian is just as offensive as redskin; it is a word made up by white people to make them the Cowboys bad guys. I am not a huge proponent of the name change. I too have some reverence for the Washington Redskins rich history. However it is a problem to many for a legitimate reason. “Manifest Destiny” of the white new America led to genocide of many native Americans; we took them off their land. Even I am beginning to wonder if we can morally allow them to keep the nickname, in our nation’s capitol of all places. I don’t have a problem with Ditka’s opinion. That he is entitled to. I have a problem with the poorly constructed argument. Sometimes being politically correct is better than being a dick.

4th Down
Kirk Cousins is a better quarterback than Robert Griffin III. Last year the Redskins offense did better when Cousins relieved the injured RG3. This preseason Cousins looked dramatically better. I will admit Cousins has played against back ups. Though RG3 has played awful regardless of the competition he played against this preseason. Because Griffin III gets hurt a lot, we have a fair sample of Cousins in regular season play. I’m sorry Washington Cousins is better. Robert Griffin III has unbelievable talent and potential, but is a project. Giving him the starting job, without earning it helps nobody.


  • 1st down: I always liked Bradford, although this series of injuries is probably going to cost him his job in St. Louis. 2nd down; In this salary cap era, it’s tough for any team to have a quality backup QB, but I’m surprised the Ravens didn’t do more to address the situation the last couple of off-seasons. 3rd down: I’m tired of talking about Washington’s team nickname. I think it’s offensive, but whatever. 4th down: Neither QB has been consistently good enough to supplant the other, and Washington has more invested in Griffin, so he gets the nod, for now. Keep writing, Chris!

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