Who says that Week Nine, The Good, the Bad and the Fugly, has to only be defense? We make our own rules here!
Spoiler Alert! the video has nothing to do with this week’s good. It is just good.
Jaylon Smith, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
You remember Smith. He was all but guaranteed to be a first round pick. While playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, he suffered what I can only describe as a horrific knee injury (and they wonder why players opt out of playing in these all but meaningless Bowl games…but I digress) with a torn ACL and nerve damage.
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He fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the draft, to #34. It was a loss of about five million, give or take. Fourteen months after he was drafted, Smith could not lift his right foot by himself. There was talk that he should consider another profession and the Cowboys made a big mistake drafting him.
Fast forward, last season, Smith tied for 13th in the NFL with 121 tackles, four sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Slow forward to Monday Night Football, where besides the Black Cat trying to find his way off the field, Smith was doing all he could on the field. It appeared that every Cowboys’ defensive play, Smith had a hand in it. He finished the game with 12 total tackles and .5 sacks. For the season he has 68 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defended.
Smith is good. His recovery is even better.
This isn’t just the defense. Maybe it was the preseason hype. Or maybe it was promoting a running back coach to head coach. Could it be that in Week Nine against a quarterback making his NFL debut, behind an offensive line that can politely be called porous, two weeks after trading their WR1 to San Francisco, with a coach whose first predilection is to run the ball, they allowed a team who was averaging 17 points a game, to score 24 points and win the game 24-19.
There is a lot going on in Cleveland. Right now all of it is bad.
Jermaine Whitehead, Newly Unemployed
Whitehead has anger issues, may be the understatement of the day. He was released by the Green Bay Packers in 2018 after he was ejected for slapping an opponent in the face mask.
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Now he is released again, after a Twitter rant that was filled profanities and threats. His Twitter account was suspended before he left the locker room.
Yes, he played with a broken hand. Yes, he was posturized by rookie tight end, Noah Fant. And yes, social media had some choice words for him. But his response wasn’t rational or even logical.
And now he is out of a job. That’s fugly and unfortunately he has no one to blame but himself.
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