Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.
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Manziel #HotTake madness
Yes, Johnny Manziel was awful on Sunday. But what was up with the instant funeral service for his NFL career this week?
In just the video above, you'll see Terrell Davis give Manziel an F-minus for his performance (this grade does not exist in modern academia), while NFL AM co-host Eric Davis went even further: "Mike Pettine's decision to put (Manziel) in is one of the worst coaching decisions of the last decade."
T.D. and Eric Davis were hardly alone. I can't even imagine what was going on at the Worldwide Leader. Actually, let's check in there ...
You get the point. Too many people seem ready to write Manziel off based on one miserable game. But I think this requires a more nuanced approach. Manziel better hope the Browns agree.
Tweet of the week
Receipt (noun): A written acknowledgment of having received, or taken into one's possession, a specified amount of money, goods, etc.
What The What?
Tom Brady is an intense guy on the football field. We've known this for years. You don't need to be a champion lip-reader to know he -- like many other athletes -- will sometimes express himself with profanity.
Some people believe this vulgarity should be hidden from the American public. The Smoking Gun reported this week that the FCC received three indecency complaints about Brady.
"Greetings," one Indianapolis (of course) mother wrote. "My 6-year-old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound. So why during the telecast is CBS going out of their way ... to show Tom Brady screaming the F-word on national TV?"
A Pennsylvania grandparent had a similar issue:
"(T)he camera showed multiple times Tom Brady on the Side lines (sic) yelling "F*." He said it multiple times and they showed it multiple times. My 8-year-old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that."
Brady offered up a fair response last week when asked about his salty dialogue: "It is (a great word), especially in the heat of the moment."
We couldn't agree more. Relax, grandma.
DeSean Jackson is the best
Quote of the Week, Part I
"Yes, I eat a lot. I'd eat a big sausage."
Quote of the Week, Part II
"J.J. needs to start paying me, needs to pay some royalties. You can't just copy somebody without paying."
A Very Angry Bears Fan Christmas
Hero of the Week: J.J. Watt kid
This kid closes his letter STRONG.
I was the most feared rusher in my league this year. I am sending you my autographed game jersey so you will know me when I am a famous NFL player.
Definitive Sub-Rob Lowe Power Rankings
It's been a weird season. It's only fitting that the year's most prominent advertising campaign featured Rob Lowe and a series of DNA-challenged doomed doppelgangers. I've probably tweeted more about this DirecTV campaign than the Titans and Jaguars combined. I believe that makes me qualified to offer the definitive Sub-Rob Lowe Power Rankings.
Note: There is the chance that DirecTV rolls out more sub-Lowes during the postseason, but those sorry beasts missed the cutoff date. Onto the rankings:
5. Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe
4. Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe
3. Far Less Attractive Rob Lowe
2. Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe
1. Super Creepy Rob Lowe
Until next time ...