I’m a man and I’m not afraid to admit that I was horny for Aaron Curry. My sincerest apologies to the lady members of the Arrowhead Pride for being so kachino, as my latino sister-in-law often reminds me, its just that there is no better way to describe it. Curry is big, strong, fast, athletic, tenacious and I wanted him badly…yep, horny says it all. As much as this is true I couldn’t help but feel a few things nagging at me as the draft drew closer and closer which I dismissed as being the small and very manageable cravings for the likes of Crabtree, Monroe and Smith. I would later discover that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
As the dust settled and the alcohol dried up some clarity returned where there once was only beer and sorrow. A quick inventory of the situation uncovered it wasn’t just a bad dream, day one was complete and all we had to show for it was somebody named Tyson Jackson…. Not that I don’t know who he is, I just always considered him to be a player who would soon be lost amongst all the other “not Aaron Curry” defensive players drafted on day one.
Its several hours later now and the nagging is back but this time it feels a little different, I realize it’s the twisted and often insane reality of college football grinding on me, not a bunch of “if-only” players we could have had in he draft.
“What the hell happened with Rey Maualuga!?!?”
One team passing on him is a mistake, practically every team passing on him is an indication. I think only the Panther’s and Cowboy’s didn’t get a shot at the big time Linebacker from USC…..but wait a minute there were a few of them from that school, the others were drafted, why not Rey? He was the stud after all?
I’m a die hard USC fan, I’ve seen every play that defense made every season Rey was on it, how come I don’t know the answer to that question? Oh yeah…I just realized, I do.
At USC Rey Maualuga was a gambler. He was able to take chances and make the big plays thanks to the superior talent that was there to get his back if he didn’t make that big hit. Big hitting doesn’t win games, being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there does and there’s not much glory in that.
Sorry my friends humor me another paragraph or two.
I’m not going to try to sell you on Aaron Curry being another Rey Maualiga, at least I don’t think I am anyway. What I do know is that Wake Forrest beat Navy in a bowl game last year ….Yeah, Navy. Their signature regular season win was against ….Clemson?
I’m a big-time Pac-10 homer so read this opinion with that knowledge ; The SEC is the toughest conference in college football.
In the SEC they play the game smash-mouth style and down in the gridiron trenches. I’m not trying to suggest that the best teams come from the SEC, only that they have the toughest competition from within their own conference. The SEC is the proverbial “unstoppable object” in their run based offensive strategy and the “unmovable object” on defense.
OK folks, let me tie it all together finally….and in just one sentence;
We don’t need a playmaker on defense…we need an every play maker.
Players like that don’t come from USC, not very often anyway, and even less often from schools that polish their defenses against the “massive” offensive lines of the naval academy. (Note sarcasm)
I think you all get my point now, Tyson is an SEC hound and we all wanted a glamorous celebrity. I get it now, or at least I’ve sold myself on this load of crap I’m now feverishly shoveling your way. I think I may have Scott Pioli figured out, he's trying to build a team, not just sell tickets.
Let me respond to a few of your comments in advance;
Yes, I am just trying to feel better about the Jackson pick, and its working.
No, I don’t think big time playmakers are always overrated…only when they are the entire game plan instead of just being the difference makers.
No, I don’t have a bunch of stats, specs, and numbers to regurgitate so I can appear to know more than I actually do, I leave that to you number crunchers…go ahead, sink my ship with your facts. All I’m offering is a hunch backed up by about fifteen years of love for college football and hatred for the SEC.
Let me end with some words from my good friend Oscar Wilde;
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”