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What Eli Manning Being Benched Really Means

Yesterday evening, the New York Giants announced that they were going to bench Eli Manning and start Geno Smith. Everything about this points to the dumpster fire that this organization has found itself in.

This season, Eli Manning has had little to no help with three top receivers out, no real running game, a weak offensive scheme, and a lousy offensive line.

But let’s not pretend he was playing well. In this new age of quarterbacks, Manning’s suboptimal athletic ability has hindered his performance over the last few years. He is a statue in the pocket, and at age 36, his mundane 3-and-outs were really getting old. As a QB, you are supposed to be the leader of the team. It seems as though he has quit on this team, something I can’t blame him for doing.

 

Numbers Never Lie

This season, Manning was 16th in completion percentage, 15th in passing yards and 24th in total QBR. Not horrible, but not great either. He threw for 14 TDs and 7 Interceptions, and had seven fumbles this season. A net touchdown to turnover ratio of 0. Lame. Not all his fault, but he is at least a third of the problem. As they say, Father Time is undefeated.

At 2-9, the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention and should be in full tank mode. Due to the pedigree and résumé of Eli Manning, he should have been given the option to “play it out” if he wants to—yet was not, as McAdoo dealt the final blow to the Giants offense, season, and hopefully, his job.

 

Webb Up?

So, now the Giants can play their 3rd round pick Davis Webb, who they stupidly picked instead of addressing the team’s needs. Nevertheless, due to the high round pick, Webb is presumably the next “face of the franchise,” so the Giants should give him a shot.

Except, instead, they’re playing Geno Smith. Sigh.

The Giants need to ask themselves, why the hell is Geno Smith even on our team, let alone an NFL team? Over his five-year career, he has played two seasons of “meaningful” games for the Jets. He threw 25 total TDs, 34 INTs, and had a 58% completion rate along with a broken jaw along the way.

Geno is a bad quarterback, an incompetent leader, and has no place playing these last five games—that duty should be left to Webb. The Giants drafted him so damn high, so what was the point?

While the Giants should be in full tank mode, aiming for a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL draft, they can’t even tank the right way. These five games should be an opportunity for Webb to show us what he’s got—to see if there was any legitimacy in taking him in the 3rd round.

 

Show the Idiots the Exit

Instead, the Giants need to focus on the legitimacy of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo which, unfortunately, there is not much of.

Let’s acknowledge that Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese should have been fired long before this move was made. The fact that they were both employed by this team at the start of the season should have given everyone cause for concern. Now that it’s unfolded, the fan base feelings about their fates are pretty unanimous. For the second season in a row, Reese has failed to address the offensive line. Other than Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh, there has been no legitimate replacement for the 2011 Super Bowl squad.

So, what about those “weapons” that everyone raved about during the draft? Yes, Evan Engram is indeed an excellent player. It’s not the fact that he was taken that upset me—it’s who the Giants didn’t take that upsets me. Unfortunately, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down early in the year, and that really put the nail in the coffin. Overall, Reese has miserably failed at constructing an offense that can win games at the highest level. He is to blame, and he should lose his job at the end of the season. But, so should McAdoo.

McAdoo wasn’t dealt a great hand, yet his offensive “scheme” has utterly failed (again), and it’s even more apparent now that without Odell, the offensive is abysmal. Just like the Packers, the Giants poor game plan was veiled by Odell’s great talent, as Green Bay’s was with Aaron Rodgers. Now that those two are gone, the respective offenses are struggling mightily.

The Giants are 28th this year in total offense, and a pathetic 31st in points per game, just ahead of the dreadful Cleveland Browns. Not to mention, they have played 11 games; only four times have they scored over 20. Ben McAdoo’s game plan is a joke, and he too needed to be fired at the end of last season…but since that didn’t happen, let’s say the end of this season.

 

Eli’s Fate

Now that Manning has been benched, for his sake, he should ask for a trade. A young up and coming team with a mediocre O-line isn’t a team for him—that’s more of a Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz thing. Perhaps a team like the Jaguars, with Tom Coughlin running the show, and a great running back and great defense, would be a better fit for him. Or maybe the Broncos with their solid running backs, excellent receivers, a good defense and a wise head honcho in John Elway, would be a better fit for him than the poorly run, train wreck of a team called the Giants.

 

Where Do We Go from Here?

First off, bench Smith. Play Webb. Next, fire McAdoo and Reese at the end of the season. After, try to shop Manning—if there are suitors, move him. If not, do not cut him. The Giants can then use him to mentor their potential new QB that they might draft. The draft priorities are the same as they were last year because they were not addressed. Quarterback, offensive line, running back and linebacker. It really shouldn’t be hard to find a hole in a wall—let alone a GIANT one like this.

 

What are your thoughts on the benching of Eli Manning? Please share your comments below.

 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U. Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

What are your thoughts on the benching?

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

 

The Giants’ Disappointing Season

Hello Giants fans! SO glad to see you again.

I know it’s been hard. But now, you’re likely feeling the way I felt before week one even started: hopeless, confused, upset and angry.

But c’mon guys, did you really think we could win with no O-line?

Now at 0-5 with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall out for the season, I guess we can’t lean back on the “weapons galore” narrative anymore. Eli Manning has been inconsistent, throwing for 1338 yards, 8 TDs, and 5 interceptions. The Giants’ main struggles have been on offense. While they’re ranked 14th in total offense, they’re ranked 30th in rushing yards per game, and 28th in points. Due to their offensive struggles, their defense has been on the field more, leading to their more recent struggles as well. They’re much worse defensively this season, ranked 28th in total yards allowed and 24th in points allowed. The loss of Johnathan Hankins has also hurt their run defense, as rookie Dalvin Tomlinson hasn’t yet caught up to speed.

While the Giants are currently 0-5, they have lost their last three games by less than one possession, which points to the coaching. Ben McAdoo has been absolutely horrendous. From play-calling to personnel decisions, McAdoo has shown sheer incompetence and should be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, despite the Giants’ playoff appearance last season.

As for Jerry Reese, he should have been fired two years ago. His lack of care for offensive linemen, linebackers, and running backs has bled the Giants’ offense dry and has forced Eli Manning to make up the difference—something he is too old and too slow to do.

Reese and McAdoo’s stance on Ereck Flowers is also appalling. The guy is apparently a bust and should be released altogether if not benched. Both Reese and McAdoo have overstayed their welcome, and it’s time for them to go.

So, where do we go from here?

Tank the season. Play Evan Engram at wide receiver and make him and Sterling Shepard primary targets, allow their stocks to rise, and get the most out of them. As for Davis Webb, give him a shot. And while I know Eli Manning will continue to be played, there’s really no point in him doing so.

The next two opponents the Giants will face are the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. For those of you who think we can go 11-5 and squeeze into the playoffs, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not going to happen.

What is more likely for the Giants from this point on is that they’ll probably go .500. In my opinion, that will be worse for them than going 0-16. Because if they go 0-16, they can hope for a top pick and grab one of the top QBs in the class, as well as rebuild their horrible offensive line. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg have been effective, but Bobby Hart, John Jerry, and Ereck Flowers need to go.

With that being said, ownership must clean house. It’s time for some new voices, and it’s time for Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese to take a hike. It’s time to hire a coach who can bring discipline to the Giants locker room, and it’s time for them to hire a GM that understands the need for a solid offensive line, as well as good linebackers who is willing to build through the draft and free agency.

Whether you agree or disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

NFL QB Rankings

FullSizeRender.jpg 2.jpeg5 tiers of NFL Quarterbacks

Tier 1- Superstar

Qualifications can include:

  • Can singlehandedly win games despite inconsistent performance from offensive line, receivers or running backs
  • Can play well in any situation and does not need elite playmakers- can win with “no names”
  • Consistently shows up in the big moments, few weaknesses
  • Rarely to blame for a loss

Players who fit the criteria: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees

 

Tier 2- Star

Qualifications can include:

  • Can lead a team to victory with a just a single elite playmaker
  • Can win with subpar offensive linemen, receivers and running backs
  • Usually shows up when needed, seldom cracks under pressure
  • Once in a while to blame for a loss

Players who fit the criteria: Derek Carr, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger

 

Tier 3- Franchise

Qualifications can include:

  • Very talented player with star potential who can help a team win games
  • Not the single reason for a win, needs a few playmakers on offense
  • Not experienced/developed enough to be considered a star yet
  • Occasional inconsistency, sometimes the reason for a loss
  • Reliable in most cases and many teams would be happy to have this QB
  • Can be considered “elite,” or has potential to be

Players who fit the criteria: Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Alex Smith

 

Tier 4- Middle of the Road

Qualifications can include

  • Being a game manager
  • Can make plays but not the overwhelming reason for team success or failure
  • Frequently streaky, plays like a franchise QB and a fringe QB throughout the season
  • Helps a team win with great playmakers
  • Risk averse
  • Probably not on your fantasy team, age and attrition could play a factor too

Players who fit the criteria: Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Manning, Trevor Siemian

 

Tier 5- Fringe Starter

Qualifications can include:

  • Getting old
  • Not consistent at all, extremely streaky
  • Has potential but has not reached it
  • In and out of lineup
  • Can only win with great playmakers
  • Could be cut, not a solidified starter at all

Players who fit the criteria: Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, Blake Bottles, Case Keenum, Jared Goff, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Tom Savage, Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Jacoby Brissett

 

Full rankings (at this moment):

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Andrew Luck
  6. Derek Carr
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Philip Rivers
  9. Kirk Cousins
  10. Russell Wilson
  11. Cam Newton
  12. Jameis Winston
  13. Marcus Mariota
  14. Dak Prescott
  15. Carson Wentz
  16. Matthew Stafford
  17. Alex Smith
  18. Sam Bradford
  19. Tyrod Taylor
  20. Joe Flacco
  21. Teddy Bridgewater
  22. Trevor Siemian
  23. Eli Manning
  24. Carson Palmer
  25. Colin Kaepernick
  26. Andy Dalton
  27. Blake Bortles
  28. Brian Hoyer
  29. Josh McCown
  30. Bryce Petty
  31. Jay Cutler
  32. Jared Goff

*Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kaizer and Pat Mahomes have not taken enough snaps to be counted yet

**Injuries do not play a role in these rankings

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Why the NY Giants Season Will Be a Disappointment

Last season, the New York Giants were solid, going 10-6 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2011. With a great defense led by the newly signed Janoris Jenkins, Oliver Vernon, and Damon Harrison as well as returning players in Landon Collins, Jason Pierre Paul and Johnathan Hankins, they were able to dominate that side of the ball for most of the season.

The Giants were 10th in fewest total yards allowed, 3rd in fewest rushing yards per game allowed, and 2nd in fewest points allowed.

On the offensive end, things were different. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were back, yet the very ineffective offensive line and poor running game made it extremely difficult for them to match the defense’s productivity. They were eliminated in the Wildcard round by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, as Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard had their worst games of the season- at the worst time.

Fast forward to this season. The Giants decided to sign WR Brandon Marshall, something many (including me) believe is a boom or bust move. But when draft time came around, they decided not to take a running back or an offensive lineman, and instead took a “tight end” in Evan Engram.

Then, in round 3, they decided to add a 4th QB to the depth chart in Davis Webb, instead of a desperately needed running back. Yes, the offense has a plethora of weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, but how effective will they actually be?

With really no improvement in the offensive line, you can expect similar results from last season on the offensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Giants were ranked 17th in passing yards per game, 29th in rushing yards per game, 25th in total yards, and 26th in points scored. Pretty bottom of the barrel.

So, what can we expect this season?

Due to the difficult schedule, I see the Giants going 8-8 this season and missing the playoffs. When you look at the Cowboys and Redskins, they do not possess the same talent defensively, but they have few problems on the offensive line.

Paul Perkins is a solid running back, but he is not a difference maker who can propel the Giants to the post season. I know, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and probably Evan Engram are super talented wideouts. The only problem is, Eli Manning will have to rush a lot of throws due to the little protection he has on that line, which will lead to more interceptions and eventually more sacks too.

No, the offensive line is not glamorous or exciting. But if you want to win games in the NFL, you are going to need one. And unfortunately, the Giants have failed to fill their holes on the line from last season, and will likely fall short this season.

Will the Giants make the playoffs this season? 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and Miami Hurricanes football and basketball. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Grading the New York Giants’ Draft  

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Team needs prior to the draft: OL, RB, TE, DL, LB

1st round pick (23rd overall): Evan Engram, WR/TE, Ole Miss

Standing at 6’3” and 235 pounds, Engram is certainly a talented player with tremendous ability. Running a 4.42 and showing off a 36” vertical at the NFL combine, his speed along with his athleticism make him a matchup nightmare. However, his inability to effectively block as well as his lack of height for his position makes me think he is more of a wide receiver. With four lethal weapons on the field, the Giants’ potential in the passing game is high. However, the Giants went for flash and flare and ignored evident holes on their O-line and in their running game. With offensive linemen Ryan Ramczyk and Cam Robinson on the board, along with running back Dalvin Cook, I certainly question this move—not to knock Engram, because he can be special, but to knock Jerry Reese for blatantly ignoring the Giants’ dire needs and going for the “sexy pick” instead. Hopefully, Engram can show off his speed, because Eli may not have that much time to get rid of the ball!

 

Scouting report via A.R. Smith Scouting

Engram is a super athletic four-year starter from Ole Miss. He has the speed and agility be a threat against all defenders on any area of the field. Engram has naturally soft hands and displays great concentration on hard catches but struggles mightily when asked to catch through contact. Defenders often are able to separate the ball with simple contact. Engram doesn’t use his size to box out defenders nor does display the toughness to out muscle defenders at the catch point. Engram isn’t a great route runner. He was able to rely on using his speed to run away from slower defenders at the college level. Ole Miss also did a great job putting him in position where he could combine his speed with natural leverage, such as running an out route vs. a defender lined up towards the inside. He needs to learn to break down and explode out his cuts using his natural burst rather than running round routes. Engram also struggled when contacted during his routes. Even the slightest shove will throw him off his path and he takes too long to regain balance and is sometimes eliminated from the whole play. Engram has the vertical ability to compete for the ball at the highest point but in limited opportunities he didn’t show enough consistency. As a blocker he shows good effort but he needs to learn to keep his head up and rely on his arms to make contact first in order to whiff less. He also needs to gain strength to be able to block NFL defenders. While he does a good job driving his legs, his base can be a bit wide initially giving him less balance. After the catch Engram relies on his speed rather than attempting to elude defenders in the open field or break tackles. Engram is a TE with a super high ceiling. Passing teams will be able to line him up at all receiver and TE positions effectively. He needs to gain strength as well as sharpen his route running to become a better player. He’s a high upside early 2nd rounder.

Grade: B-/C+

Who I would have taken: Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin

 

2nd round pick (55th overall): Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama

This guy is impressive on and off the field. He was offered an academic scholarship to Harvard, but chose to play football at Alabama instead—a good decision. At 6’3” and 310 lbs., Tomlinson can certainly fill the starting defensive tackle position which is vacant due to Jonathan Hankins’ exit. I love any defensive player who comes out of Alabama; they’re the best of the best! Tomlinson’s strength and ability to stuff the run can really bolster the Giants’ front four. While they need a linebacker, it is certainly the next best option since Hankins left. He will not necessarily be an immediate starter, because he will need to compete with Jay Bromley and Michael Thomas, but I think he will beat them out and be very effective this season.

Grade: A-/B+

Who I would have taken: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

 

3rd round pick (87th overall): Davis Webb, QB, California

We really needed a quarterback, and thank goodness we took one—oh wait, we have one. He’s 36-years-old, not 42. Eli Manning has a solid 3 to 4 years left of being a very good quarterback. No, he isn’t Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but last season he threw for over 4,000 yards while completing 63% of his passes on 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. This is Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion who does not need to be replaced for another few years. There was absolutely no need to take a quarterback this early, especially since we needed a top tier running back in this class, and yet again we passed on it. Next year’s quarterback class is supposed to be loaded, and no matter how much potential Webb really has, I don’t know if he’s really the guy we can mold into a franchise quarterback. Plus, weren’t we supposed to resurrect Geno Smith’s career? I’m not saying Webb can’t be good, because he can be, but it is not the right place or time to have him join the team. And while Webb has a lot of arm strength, he struggles with accuracy—something that’s very concerning when your job is to be accurate.

Grade: D

Who I would have taken: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

 

4th round pick (140th overall): Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

Gallman won the National Championship at Clemson and ran a 4.6 at the combine—pretty middle of the road for his position. He knows how to win, having played with NFL-caliber players and against NFL-caliber opponents at Clemson.

Grade: B+

 

5th round pick (167th overall): Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State

Scouts say that Moss reminds them of Robert Ayers, so essentially the guy could come in on first or second down to give JPP or Vernon a breather. Late round pick, so not much to lose here.

Grade: B

 

6th round pick (200th overall): Adam Bisnowaty, OL, Pitt

Reese finally realized he forgot that our biggest need was our offensive line. Good thing he realized this late.

Grade: A+

 

Overall draft grade: C+

Overall, the Giants had a slightly underwhelming draft. They took talented guys, but really ignored most of their core needs, waiting until the 4th round to pick a running back, and until the 6th to take an offensive lineman. They were ranked 27th in offensive efficiency last season, so taking one offensive player who will play in the first three rounds is unacceptable. They absolutely should not have taken a quarterback unless he is as good as Eli right now, because the fact is, Eli is still playing well and the next guy in line is probably someone in the next couple of classes. Reese is banking on the hope that Erick Flowers will improve and not be as much of a liability as he was last season, as well as on the hope that Webb can be molded into the next franchise quarterback. Hopefully, they’ll get their guys ready for opening night, and I can’t wait for Giants football this fall!

 

DISCLAIMER: Scouting Report on Evan Engram was written by @AdemiSmithScout. Share your feedback with him on twitter.

 

Image via http://nypost.com/2017/04/27/giants-snare-ole-miss-pass-catching-tight-end-with-23rd-pick/

 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a 12th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants and the Yankees. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

NFL Playoff Predictions 2017

The regular NFL season has ended, and the fields are getting set for the playoffs. Who will lead their team to victory?

As an avid New York Giants fan, I sincerely hope they can win the Super Bowl. They have an amazing defense, and can really give offenses trouble. However, I see too many problems on the offensive line and anticipate that they might not be able to adequately protect their quarterback Eli Manning.

We all know what happens when Manning gets pressured—he either falls down (regardless if there is contact) or he throws an interception.

That being said, here are my playoff and Super Bowl predictions:

 NFC

 Wildcard

Packers beat Giants 24-13

Seahawks beat Lions 20-16

Divisional

Cowboys beat Packers 34-31

Falcons beat Seahawks 26-17

Championship

Cowboys beat Falcons 31-27

AFC

Wildcard

Raiders beat Texans 23-13

Steelers beat Dolphins 31-14

Divisional

Patriots beat Raiders 27-16

Steelers beat Chiefs 23-20

Championship

Steelers beat Patriots 30-24

Super Bowl

Cowboys beat Steelers 28-24

What are your predictions?

Image via NFL.com

About me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a  12th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants and the Yankees. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN2. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Remove Helmets to Protect Heads?

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Why has nobody proposed to the NFL, and tackle football leagues everywhere, to completely get rid of helmets? Now I know this might seem like a crazy idea, but here are some reasons why it might, in fact, be a good one. 

We have heard many proposed solutions to the concussion crisis in football such as improved helmet technology, harsher penalties/fines for hits to the head and even to have players target their opponents’ knees rather than their heads. The movie Concussion starring Will Smith explored the concussion issue including the development of CTE, a debilitating disease affecting many ex-NFLers that results from repeated head trauma. I ask, have we been ignoring the most obvious solution this whole time? 

Getting rid of helmets might sound like a radical change in football, but let’s look back to the early days of NFL football. The issue of concussions and other problems related to blows to the head was not nearly as big a problem back then as it is today. Back then, it was more of a “ground and pound”  type of game, whereas today, in a passing league, highlights are generated from “big hits,” which more and more players seem to desire being a part of.

In rugby, where they do not wear helmets, the concussion rate is 75% lower, and possibly even more given that many NFL concussions are not reported following week 12.  Please click this link to see the recent study.

But today, the better the helmets, the more motivation it gives players to tackle with their heads. Oftentimes, when a teammate scores or makes a big play, players head butt each other or whack each other with their helmets. Of course in these instances, players have no intention of hurting one another, but every blow to the head counts. In rugby, a no-helmet sport, do you hear about the concussion issue? One might argue the concussion epidemic has only increased because players have motivation to hit with their helmets and not their bodies. But doesn’t it make sense that players wouldn’t lunge into their opponents or even their own teammates with their heads if they didn’t wear protective headgear? Do you really think most people are brave enough (or stupid enough) to bear the pain of spearing someone in the head with their head if they had no protection? I don’t think so. In basketball, you don’t see players celebrating while butting heads. They jump and bump and high five one another, but avoid anything that could contribute to injury. In my opinion, requiring football players to wear helmets gives them the “OK” to knock their opponents in the head with their own heads.

 In 2016, four weeks into the NFL season, there have been a handful of concussions, most notably to Cam Newton. In week one, we saw him get rocked in the top a couple of times with only one penalty called. Most recently, we saw him enter concussion protocol after a week four blow to the head vs. the Falcons. This is clearly an ongoing problem-not just for Cam Newton, but for everyone. 

I’d like to hear your thoughts about this controversial issue. 

About me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a  12th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants and the Yankees. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN2. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).