With first-round WR talent coming out of Stillwater, OK almost in consecutive years, it was inevitable that Justin Blackmon and Dez Bryant would be compared to one another. The best way to sum up the situation was that Blackmon was like Bryant, but without the baggage.
Well, the airlines must’ve sent that baggage to be deterred in North Korea or something for months, because it arrived and was reunited with Blackmon Sunday in the form of a DUI.
He pleaded not guilty in the case yesterday. He has a misdemeanor of possession of alcohol on his record now and could be entering the league on suspension. The District Attorney says no plea bargain will be offered, and Blackmon’s breathalyzer showed not one, not two, but three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Can he change his plea to “not guilty, just sloshed?”
“Blitzed” would be a great descriptor for a football guy if he played on defense. “Bombed” would work, if he were a deep threat, which he’s not. I guess he POSSESSED too much alcohol in a body-catch? Okay, that’s a stretch, and not a good one at that. Maybe he was just in a religious fit and had been “taking a LOT of Communion.”
Poor Jacksonville. They keep completely whiffing first-round choices. They took Blaine “Street Magic/Gridiron Tragic” Gabbert last year. He played like a 9 month old with an erector set would. In 2008, they nabbed Florida DE Derrick Harvey, good for 2 sacks a year. In ’03-05 they had QB Byron Leftwich, WR Reggie Williams, and WR Matt Jones. They simply have not drafted a true impact player in round one in…..ever. Not in the first round, anyway. Sure, they’ve drafted some great talent but not at those positions. Their best first-round pick was probably the first one they ever had and used on Tony Boselli. Take away any position with the word “tackle” in it, and they’ve busted on the pick.
THAT is as much a reason why the Jags have largely been perennial cellar-dwellers as anything. Former Head Coach Jack Del Rio had them playing well on the defensive side despite ever having an elite pass rush OR an offense that could ever do too much in the air. That’s actually an accomplishment, and it will be very interesting to see what the man does in Denver as their defensive coordinator with a proven pass rusher on BOTH sides – Elvis Dumervil on the strong side and Von Miller on the weak.
In short, the Broncos appear to be that team that Del Rio tried to build in Jacksonville but failed. Another Del Rio – Jack’s son, Luke – completes this strange circle by deciding to attend Oklahoma State this fall…as a quarterback.