Monday, August 28, 2006

Curious George

In a curious move, the Man in The Yellow Hat signed George... again.

It's official.

While the Raiders' press release says Jeff George "has been with the Chicago Bears for the last two seasons", this is a little like saying Paris Hilton has been with the Chicago Bears the last two seasons, based solely on the fact she had a highly publicized relationship with Brian Urlacher for a short while.

After all, George's stats show he hasn't thrown a pass during a regular season game since 2001. Five years is longer than the time period elapsed since the Raiders were last in the Super Bowl.

What can this mean?

Well, if O-coordinator, Tom Walsh, wants to install a vertical offense, why not have another strong-armed QB? As former Coach Gruden once said, George made throws in practice I have never seen anybody make anywhere, anytime.

Problem is, George doesn't tend to win. In George's previous tenure with the Raiders, he had a season ('97) in which he threw 29 TDs and only 9 INTs. I'll take a 3:1 TD to INT ratio any day, and twice on Sundays. But the Raiders' record in '97 you ask?

You guessed it, 4-12. Sound familiar?

The only conclusion one can reach is since Aaron Brooks once won the NFL's Strongest Arm Contest following a Pro Bowl by launching one 73 yards in the air, and Andrew Walter is the heir apparent gunslinger... the writing is on the wall for Tuiasosopo.

Tui has started exactly two games in his five year career. Tui tends to get hurt (as in always) when he does start.
Tui is a dink-and-dunk, West-Coast-Offense style QB...

Walter started exactly no games in his first year. Walter missed the last preseason game because of shoulder problems - a recurrent theme for 'em. Walter has the potential to sling 'em like Lamonica...

George is experienced, and "experienced" in the way another George - BLANDA - is, as in O-L-D. Looks like Walsh wants to run his vertical game no matter whether the QB is Brooks, Walter, or George.

Will Jeff George pull of the type of Miracle MVP season Blanda had as a relief pitcher in '70?

Here's hoping that by season's end, George's stats look exactly the same as they do now: no passes thrown since '01... and that the Raiders just had him in to give Walter's shoulder a rest for a short time.

Otherwise we'll be asking, what ever happened to Just Win, Baby! ?


Blogger Calico Jack said...


Who knows? If George doesn't impress the coaching staff over the next 7-10 days, we might be waiver hunting for another emergency, gunslinging QB. There is no guarantee that Curious George will even make the final roster.

I think your post hit the nail on the head as far as Tui. He is a fish out of water in the vertical passing attack. What is the point of having him around? Al Davis would clearly prefer to roll the dice with a 38 year old known for his strong arm than stay with the status quo of dinkem, dunkem Tui.

Is it possible that Tui and Pouter are being packaged for a trade with a team like Tampa? Or do you think Tui is facing a date with the grim reaper?

The final, cut-down 53 man roster should be very interesting.

August 28, 2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CJ: I think the Turk is coming for Tui. Given his propensity to get injured in real games and that everyone seems to report he has never been a good practice QB, what is the real value in keeping him? The offense runs differently with him behind center.

He's got a low $ contract, but ask yourself, how much trade value is there really for Tui?

Not much, methinks...

Tui and his brother have NFL bloodlines and are by all accounts good guys. I wish them well, wherever they might land.


August 29, 2006 3:38 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I agree, I think it's all about the vertical game, and about hedging against a worst case scenario, as we saw with the Jets last year.

If Walter continues his troubling injury trend, and Brooks is admittedly one hit away from being sidelined (like every other QB), then that third slot can be viewed as a crucial piece of the insurance puzzle. I hate to say it, but if that day came, then George to Moss might be more effective than Tui to Moss, at least in this offense.

Maybe Paris Hilton should suit up? She could go head to head against my buddy Matt Leinart on Oct. 22.

August 29, 2006 10:37 AM  
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RT: Matt Leinart has already moved on to fathering illigitamate children without the ass-istance of Ms. Hilton.

Here's the link

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