Wednesday Morning QB (Week 7)

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In the world of sports, forgiveness is a funny thing as athletes can easily get second or third chances as long as they are good enough to earn those chances.

It has happened more and more in recent years as the private lives of athletes become more public.

There is little escape for many athletes as everyone is now a reporter with a phone in their hands.

One slip-up can cost an athlete in a big way, as Manziel learned last week, even if it is a small mistake that many regular people make on a daily basis.

On the other side though it exposes those athletes who put on an act as a proper role model, and make a lot of money off of that image, only to truly be into some terrible things.

Whether it was Michael Vick operating a dog fighting ring, Aaron Hernandez being involved in a fatal shooting, or Ray Rice beating up his wife.

They expose these things and let people know that these players are not to be admired and are to be seen as the real people they are.

The new publicity also exposes those players who are great role models as the ones who keep a lower profile and are not reported on, mainly because good news rarely sells, are the people that we want to be.

Those players whose biggest week is essentially going to charity functions or hosting a great birthday party, see the dress up party that Russell Wilson hosted.

Despite the good or bad acts that players do nothing really matters outside of the white lines of the field.

Players who have done some pretty bad things find redemption if they can produce on the field.

It is a great thing and a not so great thing as people deserve second chances but sometimes the quick forgiveness is not such a great thing.

The tolerance for these actions is shrinking though as Rice was just reinstated a few weeks ago and no team seems to be in a rush to get him back.

Rice was one of the top backs in the NFL before video surface of him knocking out his then fiancée after a night out.

His acts caused the NFL to create a domestic violence policy under which they suspended Rice indefinitely.

He was cut by the Ravens and has not played in the NFL since as teams don’t want to take the chance of the blow back from his signing, but more importantly don’t want to sign an aging back.

That doesn’t mean players haven’t received some second, or more, chances this year with the biggest one coming with a team that seems to always take a chance on players with off-field

Greg Hardy is one of the most talented pass rushers in the game using his size and intensity to strike fear into quarterbacks.

He also might be one of the dumbest players in the league for the things he does off of the field that continue to get him in trouble.

Last year he was accused of domestic violence and communicating threats after a woman he was seeing at the time claimed that he had thrown her into furniture and threatened to kill her.

After trial he was convicted and sentenced to 60-days in jail and 18 months probation but an appeal resulted in the charges being dropped after the woman didn’t show up to the jury trial for Hardy’s appeal hearing.

Hardy was placed on the exempt list for the rest of the 2014 season and was later suspended 10 games.

He appealed the suspension after the Deflatgate trial and the suspension was reduced to four games.

In all of this the Carolina Panthers released him allowing him to sign a one-year $11.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys who were willing to give him a second chance.

He spent the first four weeks of the season out of football but kept busy making a music video that claimed that he will never get played by a woman again along with showing strippers and weed in the video.

Then this week Hardy was shown on the sidelines smacking a clipboard out of the hands of a coach and arguing with teammates.

The Cowboys have gone on record in stating that they want to sign him to a long-term contract even after those outbursts.

Something has to be questioned though as Hardy is not making good decisions off of the field and one has to wonder if something else is just around the corner.

As is with the sports world though as long as he can play owners tend to forget about everything as long as they can produce on the field.

Many will wonder what the limit will be for the Cowboys as Hardy may, or may not, do something else that puts the question in the minds of many, what bad things have to be done to keep a player off of the field.

Fifth Quarter:
(Thoughts on Week 7 in the NFL)

Uncertain Future
Arian Foster was just getting back into form after an injury delayed the start of the season but now he has gone down again tearing his Achilles as he will miss the rest of the season and putting his entire career in questions

JPP Returns
It has been an interesting year for Jason Pierre-Paul who injured his hand while handing fireworks on the Fourth of July and after losing his right index finger will finally return to the field after the New York Giants signed him to a one-year deal

New Generation
The NFL continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to sports and access as they hosted their first online game with the London game being broadcast on Yahoo as they try to find ways to reach a new generation that rarely watches TV

Paying For Sleeping
In a week of bad decisions by players Ryan Mallett was maybe the worst after he missed a practice earlier in the week and then missed the team flight due to traffic and was then cut by the Houston Texans


Key Scores:
Seattle Seahawks 20 – 3 San Francisco 49ers
– the matchup was slightly different from before as these two teams used to fight for the top of the division and now are fighting to stay out of the basement as the Seattle Seahawks took the win and the Niners once again struggled to put up any offence

Jacksonville Jaguars 34 – 31 Buffalo Bills
– In the first game broadcast online was a thriller and a thriller for the English fans as the Jags and Bills went back and forth in this game before the Jaguars took control near the end and won the game in their second trip across the ocean

Washington 31 – 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– Kirk Cousins is proving why Washington decided to go with him over Robert Griffin III as he led Washington to a comeback win that included a go-ahead touchdown pass with 24-seconds left that handed the Bucs the loss

New York Giants 27 – 20 Dallas Cowboys
– The Cowboys continue to struggle without their best two players as they fell further behind in the division race after a special teams breakdown gave the Giants the go-ahead score and kept the Cowboys at the bottom of the division

Next Week:
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots (Thursday October 29th; 8:30 pm ET)
– The Dolphins are on a role after changing coaches with two straight wins and a new attitude under Dan Campbell but all of that comes under their toughest test as they look to shock the NFL world by handing the Patriots their first loss of the season

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams (Sunday November 1st; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Niners need a win and need one bad but they will take on a team that has stepped up against their own division and hopes to do so again as they try to find their way to the top of the division with another good win

New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints (Sunday November 1st; 1:00 pm ET)
– Both teams are better than their record suggests and they are both very much in the fight for their divisions as the Giants hope to stay on top of the NFC East while the Saints try to move to the top of the NFC South

Green Bay Packers vs, Denver Broncos (Sunday November 1st; 8:30 pm ET)
– It will be the feature matchup of the night as two undefeated teams face-off with only one able to keep the winning streak alive as Aaron Rodgers goes up against the league’s best defence

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