Fan Q&A: Cowboys chances, how much longer for Brady and the Rock in 2020

Here are your questions answered by yours truly.  You may not always agree with my response, but I promise I will always respect your inquiry of my knowledge by giving you honest reasons and thorough explanation as to why I feel the way I do.  You can participate in the weekly Fan Q&A by emailing your questions to beastman757@gmail.com

Do you think Dallas will make it as far if not further this year?

I don’t think the Cowboys will win 13 games like they did last year.  They appear to have a tougher schedule and you can make the case the other teams in their division got better.  That doesn’t mean Big D won’t contend for a championship because they definitely have the offense to do it.  If the season were to start today I would pick Dallas to win 11 games and make it as far as the NFC Championship game.  Dak will make more big plays downfield and with a healthy Darren McFadden it will give them the options to limit Zeke’s carries and preserve him for a bigger load late in the season.  There are huge questions marks on the defensive side of the football.  Dallas drafted some talented players, but will they be able to make a contribution so early in their careers or will inexperience get the best of them?  Vegas has the Cowboys winning 9.5 games (over/under) and around 9-1 odds to win the Super Bowl behind the Patriots.

How much longer will Tom Brady play?

My answer may surprise you.  I think there is a good chance this is Brady’s last season.  Here are my reasons why:

  1. Gisele– Gisele Bundchen is the breadwinner in the Brady household.  The supermodel expressed that she wanted her husband to retire after this past Super Bowl and she has leaked to the media that Brady allegedly played with concussions.  Tom has made it clear he wants to play as long has he can, however his wife is a bigger influence on his decision to continue playing despite him dismissing her desire for No. 12 to hang it up publicly.  Remember Brady skipping out on the White House visit at the last minute?  That was because of Gisele.  Don’t under estimate the power of persuasion this woman’s beauty possesses on top of being the mother of Tom’s kids.
  2. Jimmy Garoppolo– The fact that the Patriots held onto Jimmy Garoppolo says a lot about the future of Tom Brady. If New England wanted to trade Garoppolo there were plenty of suitors who had the ammunition in draft picks to pull the trigger and make the deal.  The Pats opted not to meaning Jimmy G is going to get paid.  Garoppolo does not want to sit on the bench forever (he will be entering his fourth season) and while he is under contract he has expressed a strong interest in wanting to be a starter, yet he remains a good citizen (for now) in Foxboro which may allude to the fact he knows his time is coming.
  3. Bill Belichick– When we speak of the Patriots dynasty it will always be linked to Brady and Belichick. You can’t have one without the other….or can you?  Detractors of the New England franchise won’t label each as the G.O.A.T. because they will only give the edge to the quarterback play or the coaching, not both.  So this is where ego comes into play.  Belichick can launch himself into a new stratosphere if he could win a championship with another QB.  Belichick is more likely to achieve that scenario as opposed to Brady going the route of Peyton Manning and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy while riding off into the sunset in an unfamiliar uniform.  In my mind Brady was better than Manning, but Tom is not the plug and play quarterback that Peyton was.  I think it would drain Brady mentally and take the fun out of the game for him to go somewhere else, learn an entire new system and team culture after having the luxury of familiarity for two decades.

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Will Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run for President in 2020?

This is not as outlandish as it sounds.  No matter how you feel about our current Commander in Chief you have to admit his election has forever changed the political landscape.  There have been quite a few celebrities that have been voted into office, but up until this year none went straight to the White House without having prior experience as a government official.  I think the Rock’s campaign would do well with voters.  It has been established that he is second to none when it comes to speaking into a microphone live in arenas at max capacity.  He could appeal to America’s youth because of his career in the WWE and action flicks.  Given his Samoan/African Canadian heritage he would have the opportunity to build a multi-cultural coalition.  Yes he is Hollywood, but also has some conservative views which might attract some people on the right.  Now will it actually happen?  I don’t think so….at least not next election cycle.  The Rock has won a national championship in college football, he’s been pro wrestling’s biggest superstar and is currently a leading man in Tinsel Town.  So why not add President to his resume?  The Rock announced his candidacy for the Oval Office on Saturday Night Live with Tom Hanks as his running mate.  Given the venue I doubt it has any real validity.  Rock is only 45; he is in the prime of his acting career.  Unless he truly has a patriotic itch it makes no sense for him to throw his hat into the ring for Decision 2020.  I view this as a publicity stunt (similar to what Hulk Hogan did in WCW after Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota) in order to suggest that he should be cast for a POTUS role like Martin Sheen or Kevin Spacey.  Click here to see Rock’s big announcement. Odds Shark currently has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at 100-1 odds to win the presidency in 2020.  Click here to see where he ranks among the other contenders.

Covering the Bases: OBJ, Rookie Linemen, EIU QBs, McCloughan’s Mouth, and the Playmaker’s Prediction

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Cover This

When you make video game-like catches it is only fitting that you appear on the cover of the NFL’s most coveted hand-eye coordination product played by the majority of those who still live in mom’s basement.

Odell Beckham Jr. beat out Rob Gronkowski to be the Madden 2016 cover boy.  The Offensive Rookie of the Year, who probably made the most impossible catch ever witnessed in a nationally televised football game, will aim to start this season healthy and with the return of Victor Cruz we could see No. 13 re-write the record books.

Oh yeah I guess we have to mention the Madden Curse.  Most of those guys that were “cursed” happened to be running backs that flamed out after so many carries which happens to plenty of guys that have never been on the box of the popular EA Sports game.  OBJ isn’t going anywhere unless it is further up the ladder of NFL stardom.

Divided Lines

What if tragedy had not taken place and La’el Collins was drafted in the first round?  Brandon Scherff was ranked as the highest lineman on most big boards, but would the Redskins have been more inclined to trade the pick knowing that they could still land either Scherff or Collins with a later selection?  And what about the Giants?  They likely land a better player in Collins as opposed to having to reach for Ereck Flowers.

Instead Collins joins the Dallas Cowboys, a team that already has the best offensive line in football.  Jerry Jones signed this man at a discount price which also adds insult to injury.  Either way you slice it the top three rookie prospects on the offensive line are playing in the NFC East. Of the three who will have the better career?  Collins probably has the best chance to be a Pro Bowl player, not because Scherff and Flowers are necessarily less talented, but more due to the fact of who he is playing alongside with.

Alumni Weekend

If Tom Brady’s four game suspension stands after the appeal process it will mark the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks from Eastern Illinois University will square off against one another.  Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo are separated by 11 years from their time at their alma matter, but you could make the case that they are already forever linked.  Romo’s success as an undrafted free agent put EIU on the map and gave Garoppolo additional exposure that automatically enhanced his draft status.

Outside of the Panther faithful in Charleston, IL there probably aren’t too many people eager see this match-up which was supposed to be Brady’s first and maybe only appearance at AT&T Stadium.  Saints head coach Sean Payton is the only other EIU quarterback to play in the NFL and that was with the Bears in 1987 as a replacement player during the strike.   Former Redskins, Broncos, and Raiders head coach Mike Shanahan also played under center for the Panthers, but his playing career was cut short due to injury.  Former Minnesota Vikings head coach and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive assistant Brad Childress is also a graduate of the school.

Great Scot!

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan is pumping some life back into the front office and he is doing so without making outlandish free agent signings attached to bad contracts that Washington was previously known for under Daniel Snyder’s regime.

Yes McCloughan has made some very solid off-season moves, but when I say he is pumping life back into the front office I’m referring to his passion and humor.  Snyder, vilified in the nation’s capital, has about as much personality as a dead fish.  Bruce Allen the former GM and current team president is hardly the man his father George Sr. was who talked more trash about the Dallas Cowboys than any modern day fan when he coached the Skins in the 1970s.

McCloughan attend a Washington Capitals playoff game praising their “out of control” fans.  He’s already comparing draft pick Matt Jones to Beastmode and he was recently quoted saying that outfielder Bryce Harper would make a better safety than cornerback given the fact that he’s white.  With the exception of Jerry Jones what other GMs do this?  I can’t wait to hear what this man says next!  Hopefully this is McCloughan’s normal behavior and not the bottle talking (he’s a recovering alcoholic) because with these type of statements he should be a media darling and a fan favorite if he can turn the tide in DC.

Unlike Mike

We are only halfway through May and already Philly fans are annoyed with Cowboy nation ranting and raving over their high profile rookie acquisitions.  While there is some uncertainty in the City of Brotherly Love as to where the Eagles might finish this year a familiar enemy thinks they will take back the division.

The Playmaker, Michael Irvin, the biggest homer when it comes to his former team, is rolling with Philadelphia to beat out his beloved Cowboys in the NFC East.  The man whose career ended at Veterans Stadium while Eagles fans cheered him being carted off in an ambulance cites the decision by Dallas not to bring back DeMarco Murray leaving him to sign with Philly as the main reason why Big D won’t retain their division crown.

Irvin was very critical of the organization he spent 12 seasons with for not forking over the dough to re-sign the NFL’s leading rusher.  He felt it sent a bad message throughout the locker room that someone went out and performed at the highest level only for the team to think that the performance wasn’t worthy of being rewarded.  Even with the Cowboys offensive line that features three Pro Bowlers, the Playmaker agrees with others that “you can’t just put anybody back there”.

The more I think about it it isn’t that surprising to see Irvin feel this way.  After all he didn’t have a winning season in Dallas until Emmitt Smith was the featured back.  The Cowboys of the 1990s also had a great offensive of line, but in 1993 the games Smith didn’t suit up for because of a holdout or injury they lost.  When he was on the field they won every contest including the Super Bowl confirming Irvin’s reluctance to embrace running back by committee.  If the Cowboys get off to a fast start or Philly stumbles out the gate no one will be shocked if Irvin changes his tune.