NFL smartest player poll seems stupid

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NFL smartest player poll seems stupid

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

While browsing the latest issue of SI I happened upon the players NFL poll. This week's question: Who is the smartest player in the league? Here are the results which are based on 282 player responses.

...Ooo-kay.

I know that this was a 'smartest on the FIELD' thing. But let's rewind real quick to Wednesday's conference call with Peyton Manning.

Reporter: Hey, Peyton. On maybe a subconscious level, do you think you and Tom Brady have pushed each other over the course of the last decade?
Manning: Thats probably a littleyou mentioned subconscious, thats pretty deep for me. Im not sure Im that much of a thinker. I dont have the ability to answer that kind of question. Im not really sure.

Just sayin'.

The Fast Facts footnotes are also interesting.

"Of the seven QBs named (brother Eli not among them), only three (Manning, Brees and Tom Brady) received more than one vote. Seven linebackers and 10 defensive backs were cited.... Not a single running back, kicker or punter received a vote; tight ends and D linemen were represented solely by Tony Gonzalez and Albert Haynesworth (one vote each)."

Some quick analysis:

-- Eli: Well. You're probably used to it by now.

--Brady: Everybody hates the pretty girl. It's your burden to bear. Sorry, Tommy.

--Brees: How quickly they forget. Sadface.

--Running backs, kickers, and punters: Running backs get their bells rung quite a bit so this one isn't so surprising. And most guys probably forget that kickers and punters even exist until those special teams units run out onto the field. Oops.

--Tony Gonzalez: You supports PETA; I like animals. But I didn't get to vote so who's Tony's secret admirer? Tom Brady, perhaps?

--Albert Haynesworth: You voted for yourself.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.