Thursday, March 04, 2010


One of the smartest men I know is a fellow named Jay Foonberg.  Jay's a Chicago guy but he hides out in Beverly Hills now.  He has a number of "Foonberg's Rules".  

Not so long ago he came up with "Foonberg's First Rule of Technology"  as follows: "If it's obsolete."

The same thing can be said for fans' perceptions of NFL defensive players.  By the time we know who they are, they're in their downward spiral.  It might be a slow downward spiral like Ray Lewis' or it might be rapid, like Ed Reid but, once we know who they are, they're overvalued.

All of which gets me to Julius Peppers.  Loved him as a two sport athlete in college.  Loved him as an NFL one dimensional pass-rusher.  Do not want to see him overpriced in Orange and Black. 


At 9:27 AM, March 06, 2010, Anonymous Jason said...

Chicago also violated the over 30 running back rule with Chester Taylor. They should have tried to upgrade their offensive line more. With the inenvitable 5 WR formations in the Martz offense Cutler could be out by week 5 with the ghost of Orlando Pace watching his back.

At 7:20 PM, March 06, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Well, CTaylor has really only been the tailback on a regular basis for one of his 8 seasons but your point is still well-taken. Mike Martz retro-show could be an expensive half season before it blows up.


At 7:24 PM, March 07, 2010, Blogger Rocky Cola said...

Defensive backs or safetys maybe an exception to the rule.

Deon Sanders, Lester Hayes, that guy on Pittsburgh with the funny hair?? Bob Sanders, etc...

At 12:26 PM, March 08, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Bob Sanders is the perfect example of the Foonberg Rule. Early '07 he becomes the "missing piece".

Deion may be a true exception because of the baseball/freaky thing but even at that, he was pretty much just a kick-runner when the worship reached its height.

Lester actually worked out like Sanders (except he was a corner). Key post season picks, conquered stuttering, waived.

TroyP Foonberged two years ago and has been the queen of IR since.



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