Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? Who will have a more successful NFL Career

This year’s 2015 NFL Draft condundrum–Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?

Winston–Heisman trophy winner. Strong arm. Said to be a good leader on the field. Questionable decision maker on (interceptions) and off the field (alleged sexual assault, crab legs stealer).

Mariota–Heisman trophy winner. Smart. Solid arm and good scrambling ability. Humble leader. Can he translate his talents though from running the Oregon spread system to the NFL?

And that last question on Mariota is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Winston as the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft in Chicago. And if you believe the latest rumors, Mariota will follow at No. 2 if the Browns give up two first round picks to Tennessee to move up. A few years from now however, Browns management may be needing to “duck” out-of-town for mortgaging the future on a system QB.

If it came down to selecting on character there is no doubt Mariota would be the pick. I met and interviewed him two years ago at Pac-12 Football Media Day. Not a great interview, but you could tell he was a good kid. Smart yet confidently quiet. The type of guy you would have no problem allowing your daughter to date.  Running a quick passing, limited decision-making, scrambling, spread offensive system he was a winner.  But that was in college.

Unfortunately history dictates spread quarterbacks don’t fare as well at the NFL level. This goes back to some of the first to emerge and become highly drafted spread QB’s such as Andre Ware and David Klingler. Both failed miserably. In recent years the most successful spread QB’s include Cam Newton (Panthers), Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Alex Smith (Chiefs). You can say they are solid but not QB’s that you would expect to lead their franchises to regular Super Bowl titles. Those that have been underwhelming or failed of late include the likes Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Blaine Gabbert (Niners, formerly Jaguars) and Brandon Weeden (Cowboys, formerly Browns).

Quarterbacks coming from colleges that run more conventional offensive systems clearly have shown greater success over the years. Andrew Luck (Colts), Russell Wison (Seahawks), Matt Ryan (Falcons), Joe Flacco (Ravens), Matthew Stafford (Lions) and Nick Foles (Rams, formerly Eagles) have all outshined their spread counterparts.

So who will have a more successful NFL career? History dictates it will be Winston. If, and it’s a big if, he can stay out of trouble off the field.  He is the best trained to become a franchise quarterback. Doesn’t mean Mariota won’t have success–just means he has a steeper uphill climb.

If it was up to me, I would choose neither. Too many questions for both to put the future of one’s franchise upon their shoulders.

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown IS the Karate Kid!

Sep 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs over Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning (5) during the first half at Heinz Field. Brown was flagged on the play. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

On so many levels Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s karate kick on Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning was hilarious and the play of the day on the first NFL Sunday.

Brown, a proud Central Michigan Chippewa alum (like your’s truly–Fire up Chips!), went to leap over Lanning but sometime in mid-flight determined he wasn’t going to be able to clear the punter. At that point he just decided to go with the Karate Kid Daniel LaRusso crane kick. A tremendous shot that resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Well worth the yellow flag and the fact it happened to a punter who I don’t consider a football player to begin with–even better.

Of course a clever YouTuber out there put together a hilarious Mashup to the Karate Kid. Antonio-san!

This Mortal Kombat version wasn’t bad either.

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 13

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have one new team enter the Top five and we honor them with their cheerleaders. Enjoy!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): Yes they needed a bad rule and Jim Schwartz’s emotions to bail them out against Detroit but as they say a win is a win.

2. FALCONS (2): While remaining No. 2 Atlanta has been struggling needing comebacks against both Arizona and Tampa Bay the last two weeks.

3. RAVENS (4): Fourth and 29? No problem. Just get the ball to Ray Rice.

4. NINERS (5): How many teams can be good, change quarterbacks in midseason and actually get better?

5. PATRIOTS (NR): Pats have won five straight and while the offense is continuing to roll along the defense is also getting better.

Dropped Out: PACKERS

BOTTOM 5:

1. CHIEFS (1): It’s so bad for KC that the players are getting autographs and pictures taken with opposing team’s players.

2. JAGUARS (2): It took Chad Henne to come into the game to get the Jags their second win of the season. If they don’t watch out they’ll lose the No. 1 overall pick.

3. RAIDERS (5): Bad news is Oakland has lost four straight. Worst news is they’re getting blown out.

4. EAGLES (NR): Really strange to see how far the Birds have fallen.

5. PANTHERS (4): For a night Cam Newton reverted to first year Cam Newton.

Dropped Out: BROWNS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 12

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have one new team enter the Top five and a new number one in the Bottom 5. We honor that team with their cheerleaders. Enjoy!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

Top 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): ): Despite needing overtime to beat the Jaguars the Texans hold onto the top spot facing Detroit on Thanksgiving day.

2. FALCONS (2): Matt Ryan throws five interceptions and the Falcons still win.

3. PACKERS (4): Green Bay rallies to beat Detroit to return to their rightful place at the top of the NFC North tied with Chicago.

4. RAVENS (5): Special teams leads Baltimore to a big divisional win over Pittsburgh.

5. NINERS (NR): Aldon Smiths 5½ sacks and Colin Kaepernick’s surprisingly good play leads to the Niners blowout over the Bears. Now bring on the QB controversy.

Dropped Out: BEARS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (2): And the losing streak reaches seven.

2. JAGUARS (1): The Jags overtime loss to Houston takes them out of the top spot.

3. BROWNS (3): Cleveland fights in the overtime loss to the Cowboys. One wonders if that same fight can result in a win against the injury depleted Steelers.

4. PANTHERS (4): Another lower team coming up short in an OT loss to Tampa Bay.

5. OAKLAND (NR): When you don’t have a run game it’s pretty difficult to win as the Raiders are ranked 31st in that category.

Dropped Out: JETS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 11

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have a new No. 1 in the Top 5 while the Bottom 5 stayed the same. To commemorate the new top team we salute their cheerleaders which have been featured here on multiple occasions!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-3): Houston returns to the top spot winning a defensive battle in Chicago.

2. FALCONS (1): Atlanta loses first game by not being able to cover Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

3. BEARS (2): Defense will keep them in every game but they’ll need a healthy Jay Cutler to score points.

4. PACKERS (5): Green Bay returns from the bye on a four-game winning streak and a big clash with division rival Detroit.

5. RAVENS (NR): While it was against Oakland, Baltimore seems to be returning to stride posting up 55 points.

Dropped Out: NINERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (1): Jacksonville losing ways will continue Sunday at Houston.

2. CHIEFS (2): It’s so bad the Chiefs are celebrating touchdowns that turn out not to be touchdowns!

3. BROWNS (3): Cleveland was on bye and I’m pretty sure no one noticed.

4. PANTHERS (4): Coming off a win over the Redskins, Carolina returned to form in a blowout loss to Denver.

5. JETS (5): The Jets are so bad they have reduced their coach to tears.

Dropped Out: NONE

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 10

href=”http://twitter.com/Gunther_Graham”>Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. A couple of changes in the Top 5 and shifting in the Bottom 5. Thanks to the Houston Texans cheerleaders we dedicate this weeks poll to those serving in our country. Thanks for keeping us free and also a thank you for the Texans cheerleaders! God Bless America!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5

TOP 5:
1. FALCONS (Last Week-1): A run game and defense were the keys in the win over Cowboys.

2. BEARS (2): The 51 points they scored against the Titans were the most scored by a Bears team in 32 years.

3. TEXANS (3): Just steady as always with Matt Schaub throwing two touchdowns and Arian Foster running for 111 yards and a score in the win over Buffalo.

4. 49ERS (5): Niners come off a bye with a tune-up versus the Rams before the following week showdown with Chicago.

5. PACKERS (NR): Green Bay heads into their bye week on a four game winning streak.

Dropped Out: GIANTS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (1): Their 1-7 start ties the worst in franchise history.

2. CHIEFS (2): After four turnovers in the loss to the Chargers they now total a league worst 29 which have led to 104 points.

3. BROWNS (4): Cleveland continues to have issues getting touchdowns after settling for five field goals in a loss versus Baltimore.

4. PANTHERS (3): Snap a five game losing streak in win at Washington.

5. JETS (5): If a team could lose during a bye week it would be the Jets.

Dropped Out: None

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 9 And Cheerleaders In Halloween Costumes

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. The Top 5 stayed stable with some shuffling in the Bottom 5 and a first time appearance by my awful New York Jets. We celebrate this list with NFL cheerleaders in costumes. You’re welcome and Happy Halloween!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. FALCONS (Last Week-1): Dominant win over the Eagles scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions.

2. BEARS (2): Bears are a shaky No. 2 needing a field goal as time expired to beat the Panthers at home.

3. TEXANS (3): Houston rolls off the bye week with what should be an easy win versus the Bills.

4. GIANTS (4): Yes they blew a 23-0 lead to the Cowboys but this team seems to find a way to always win.

5. 49ERS (5): Alex Smith couldn’t have played any better in the win over Arizona.

Dropped Out: None

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (1): They lost again but at least they competed with the Packers for three quarters.

2. CHIEFS (2): KC commits four turnovers to a league leading 25 in the loss to the Raiders.

3. PANTHERS (4): A valiant effort falls just short in Chicago.

4. BROWNS (3): Cleveland wins a ugly one over the Chargers but the Browns will take whatever wins they can get.

5. JETS (NR): After being humiliated at home by the Dolphins it’s time for the Jets to give the ball to Tim Tebow and play for a better draft pick.

Dropped Out: Raiders

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 8

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. As always there was some shuffling but the No. 1’s stayed the same and in honor of the 49ers getting back into the Top 5 we give you you a “hair raising” photo of some of their cheerleaders!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

1. FALCONS (Last Week-1): Atlanta comes off the bye remaining No. 1 but a tough test at Philadelphia coming up on Sunday.

2. BEARS (3): Jay Cutler actually shows toughness and the Bears defense continues to carry this team in the win over the Lions.

3. TEXANS (4): Houston returns to form after Packers loss with an impressive win over the Ravens.

4. GIANTS (5): Eli Manning continues to show that he can get it done in the clutch.

5. 49ERS (NR): Sporting the leagues best pass defense the Niners take down the Seahawks and look to take control of the division on Monday night against the Cardinals.

Dropped Out: RAVENS

BOTTOM 5:

1. JAGUARS (1): An awful season only gets worse with the news Maurice Jones-Drew will be out for possibly an extended amount of time with a foot injury.

2. CHIEFS (2): Brady Quinn is now the starting quarterback. Like that is going to help this terrible team.

3. BROWNS (4): Another week, another loss. All hopes for this franchise turn to the new owner.

4. PANTHERS (5): The 1-5 start results in the firing of the GM but it’s not Cam Newton’s fault, right?

5. RAIDERS (3): Raiders win, Raiders win. Ok it was only against Jacksonville.

Dropped Out: None

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 7

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. A new number one in both polls. To celebrate we give you a Tennessee Titans cheerleader in pink whose team dropped out of the Bottom 5.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. FALCONS (Last Week-2): Barely got past Oakland at home but as the only unbeaten team in the NFL they have earned the No. 1 ranking.

2. RAVENS (4): Deserve to be here but not sold they can stay with the season ending injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb.

3. BEARS (5): Chicago rolls off a bye week into a Monday night showdown with the Lions.

4. TEXANS (1): Houston comes back to reality with a loss to the Packers but still in full control of the AFC South.

5. GIANTS (UR): The GMen returned to Super Bowl form with their dominant win over the 49ers.

Dropped Out: NINERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (2): How bad are the Jaguars? They move into the bottom spot while being on a bye week.

2. CHIEFS (3): No matter who the quarterback is this team is awful.

3. RAIDERS (4): Give the Raiders credit for competing in Atlanta. Should beat Jacksonville Sunday.

4. BROWNS (1): Coming off their first win the Browns get a new owner and force Mike Holmgren into retirement.

5. PANTHERS (NR): Wonder if Cam Newton can snap out of his sophomore jinx season at home versus Dallas? Probably not.

Dropped Out: TITANS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 6

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. Most changes are in the bottom half and ironically enough we honor this week the Jaguar’s cheerleaders!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): Not a great performance against the Jets but enough to hold onto the top spot.

2. FALCONS (2): Amazing to think it’s the first time in franchise history they have started 5-0.

3. NINERS (3): Offense was explosive against the Bills. Lets see how it produces against the Giants.

4. RAVENS (4): Not an impressive showing against the Chiefs. To maintain this spot they’ll have to play better against the Cowboys.

5. BEARS (NR): Just like the old days, the Bears are getting it done with defense.

Dropped Out: Cardinals

BOTTOM 5:
1. BROWNS (1): Offense seems to be improving. The defense is another story.

2. JAGUARS (3): Not that it matters but the bye week comes at the right time after a 41-3 loss to Chicago.

3. CHIEFS (NR): You know things are bad when the fans are cheering that their QB is hurt.

4. RAIDERS (5): Good news is Oakland is coming off a bye. Bad news they have to play at Atlanta.

5. TITANS (NR): Not going to win much when the defense is giving up over 36 points per game.

Dropped Out: Colts, Saints