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Twitter is a wonderful tool when used properly and it allows fans and media alike to receive up to the second information and takes about your favorite players, teams and newsworthy information.  On my Twitter account, there has been plenty of activity about some apparently controversial takes so I decided to explain in longer than 140 characters what the rationale was.

Some of them are pretty self-explanatory, while some need further evaluation.

On this particular tweet, former NFL scout Greg Gabriel says that “If a college kid quits on his college team, he will eventually quit on his pro team.”

My rationale is that the NFL has leverage over its players and almost always over players wanting to enter the league.  In cases such as LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffery, these players decided to skip their meaningless bowl exhibitions in the hopes to stay healthy for the NFL Draft.

These two guys have been great representatives for their respective schools and they’re making a decision for their future, for their own benefit.  We go to college to prepare ourselves to get a better job to have a better future.  Neither of these players is paid anything to play for the better part of three years in college and they’ve put together a resume where assuming that they don’t get hurt, they are going to have high paying jobs as football players.

If the NFL looks down on them for making a decision for themselves, it simply shows the antiquated, dictatorial type of thinking from entitled executives that see players as nothing more than labor.

This was probably the most controversial tweet from the weekend.  Several Dallas Cowboys fans weighed in and some of them have legitimate points regarding quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot.

The case for Ramsey is simple.  He plays a tougher position than Elliot, who’s certainly great, and he’s often on an island, on a bad team with no help.  Ramsey has been simply amazing and has exceeded anyone’s expectations and is currently one of the best defensive backs in football.  On a terrible team without any semblance of a pass rush.

Dak Prescott plays a tougher position and has been very good, but he has shown chinks in his armor and ultimately the league will catch up to him somewhat.  There is no “catching up” to what Ramsey does.  He’s great now and will get better.

As for expected Offensive Rookie of the Year Ezekiel Elliot, he’s one of the very best running backs in the NFL for certain.  Fortunately for him, he plays behind the best offensive line in the NFL and he’s often untouched for four and five yards past the line of scrimmage.  Put him on Jacksonville with that offensive line and I believe most people would have a completely different view of him.

The AFC South is the NFL’s worst division and it’s not even close.  If the Chargers, Bengals, Saints, Panthers, Eagles and Bills were able to play six games against three of the other teams in the division, they would have records equal to the division leaders (8-6) or better.  Outside of maybe Philadelphia and Buffalo, each of those teams mentioned has better quarterbacks than the division leaders and better rosters as well.

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler got a horrible tattoo on the inside of his arm when he was at Arizona State University.  ASU is the school with the largest enrollment in the United States and it’s also widely regarded as a party school, without much focus on putting out great scholars.  Osweiler’s tattoo artist misused an apostrophe (likely due to the direction of the quarterback) which makes it so much more awesome.  The only thing more ASU would be if he would have had some sort of emoji permanently branded onto his person.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are the most accomplished combination in NFL history.  Four Super Bowl titles, six appearances and multiple awards have been a small display of their dominance that now goes back more than 15 years.

Meanwhile, Gus Bradley, who was fired following the Jaguars 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans finished his career with a 14-48 record, the worst winning percentage in NFL history for a head coach that’s coached 60 games.

Blake Bortles has been the butt of jokes this season as he’s significantly regressed and together the team has found ways to blow games on a weekly basis going back three years to when the former UCF standout was drafted third-overall.

If there was a true anthisesis of Brady and Belichick it would be Bortles and Bradley.

Here a tweeter suggests why Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon would be a bad fit for the Jacksonville Jaguars next year.  After covering him for two years in Tampa, he has a very low upside, is wildly inaccurate on deep passes and has virtually no mobility.  There’s a reason why he’s a backup and he is actually worse than Blake Bortles.  At least with Bortles, it’s boom or bust.  Glennon doesn’t have the low floor of the Jaguars starter, and certainly not the potentially high ceiling.  To put it simply, Jacksonville would be better off with Bortles, knowing that if he bottoms out you get a top pick.  If he plays well, you’re better than Glennon.  Either way, it’s better to bed completely awful than be mediocre, if you’re not going to be good.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell complain via Twitter about being fined by the NFL for a handshake.  Defensive end/linebacker James Harrison chimes in about Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot jumping into the Salvation Army pot at AT & T Stadium and not receiving a fine.

The only reason the NFL didn’t fine Elliot is because it’s the holidays and it would have made them look horrible.  Usually, that doesn’t dissuade them, but this is the rare instance where they used their better judgment.

This takes me back to the “Dirty Birds” days with Jamal Anderson.  They look awesome!

Why won’t Chargers owner Dean Spanos make these their regular jerseys?  He’s about to move the team, one would think the least he can do is make some of the remaining fans happy.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.