Stat of the Week
With Oakland considering releasing Terrelle Pryor (Alex Marvez reported Friday the backup quarterback will be cut if not traded), the nightmare that is Oakland’s history of drafting quarterbacks in the last decade of Al Davis’ life is alive and well. It’s frightening, how bad Oakland was at picking quarterbacks this century. Detailing the four passers Davis drafted among in the top three rounds between 2001 and 2011, and whom the Raiders bypassed while picking each passer:
|Year||Round-Pick||QB||How bad was he?||Player bypassed (overall pick)|
|2001||2-59||Marques Tuiasosopo||2 starts, 90 career attempts||WR Steve Smith (74)|
|2005||3-69||Andrew Walter||2-7 as starter, 3-16 TD-Int ratio||DL Justin Tuck (74)|
|2007||1-1||JaMarcus Russell||65.2 career rating. Out of NFL by 2010||WR Calvin Johnson (2)|
|2011||3-78*||Terrelle Pryor||56% passer, 3 career wins||QB Nick Foles (88)|
*Pryor was drafted in the summer of 2011 with a 2012 third-round supplemental pick. The third-rounder would have been the 78th overall pick in the ’12 draft, but the Raiders forfeited that pick by taking Pryor.
Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me
According to an official of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon series I met in Boston on Friday as the running community gathered for the Boston Marathon, Bill Belichick will run the Rock ’n’ Roll Half-Marathon in Nashville on Saturday. My guess is, with the long-range forecast for temperatures in the high 70s Saturday in Nashville, Belichick will be hoodie-free.
Minnesota special teams coach Mike Priefer had a good idea this month: He decided when his kicker and punter—Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke—reported back for the start of official (but not mandatory) workouts this spring, he’d have them go to TCF Bank Stadium, meeting with the University of Minnesota kicker and punter, and discuss the wind patterns and kicking conditions inside the stadium. Walsh and Locke went, took notes, and reported back to Priefer. It’s the first of several trips they’ll make to the stadium to research how to adjust their games, if at all, kicking outside for the next two seasons while the new Vikings stadium is being constructed in Minneapolis.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
It was good to be in Boston Friday, watching the city prepare for such an important, healing event—this morning’s Boston Marathon. In the Hynes Convention Center, where runners and their families were picking up racing bibs and going from booth to booth to shoe and apparel and nutrition companies, the mood was bright. The One Fund, which had a goal of $10 million for those injured and affected by the terrorist attack last year, has raised $70 million and is still going strong. The city was packed with joggers and walkers and people excited for the marathon to be back. I met a San Diegan, 64 years old, who was new to marathoning and was surprised to find out last year he qualified for Boston because he ran a qualifying time in his age group in a San Diego race. “I had to come,’’ he said.
It’s like everyone there says—no act of evil or people with evil intent will take away their race. Today’s going to be a great, great day in Boston.
Tweets of the Week
For those not understanding the buzz on Tom Savage: It’s not about what he is now as a QB; it’s about what he’ll be 3-4 years.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 17, 2014
Craig Sager get well asap!! Going to miss u this post season. Prayers sent up to u and the family!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 19, 2014
Sager announced last week he has acute leukemia and will begin treatment now. In his place, his son Craig interviewed San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich on Sunday’s playoff telecast, and the Spurs coach was quite classy. “We miss you,” Popovich said into the camera. “We want your fanny back on the court.”
So it’s Chad Quatre-vingt-cinq now
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) April 17, 2014
Last Thursday, Chad Johnson reached agreement with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. There, if he makes the squad, he’ll team with Cris Carter’s son, Duron Carter, to catch passes.
There is a weariness and frustration over Smith’s behavior that I’ve never heard involving any recent 49ers player. Until this week.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Kawakami believes Smith will not play for the 49ers in 2014.