Random Shots From Week 9

Joe Bryant with the notable and/or humorous side of Week 9

Hi Folks,

We do a ton of insightful, thoughtful and serious features here at Footballguys with smart people thinking deeply for you.

This is not one of those features.

This is Random Shots and it's a few pages of me downloading my goofy and dysfunctional mental hard drive that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about, and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I manage. Here's hoping it has some value for you.

We'll see. Now let's get to it.


Browns This Summer:

Browns Today:

First Gardner Minshew is benched. Now Baker Mayfield with the John Candy look.

No-Shave November is off to a rough start.

Hat Tip: Memes Of The NFL

One of these is not like the others...

Hat Tip To Ian McCuistion


I think it's safe to say the Bengals have a "type"...

Hat Tip: Memes Of The NFL

Jimmy Garoppolo is now in the conversation for MVP consideration?

After a good game against the Cardinals?

I thought Week Two was when we massively overreact...

Patrick Mahomes II with a picture of leadership.

Brian Hoyer, Welcome to 2019.

First, it was Jacoby Brissett and then Hoyer. And without T.Y. Hilton.

Frank Reich is just showing off now.

Game recognizes Game.

Cool moment after the Patriots - Ravens contest.

I think we've figured it out.

Hat Tip: Phil Alexander

Oh, Chicago.

Hat Tip: Clayton Gray


Maybe it's the uniforms? Matt Moore looking smooth here.

Cheetah gonna Cheetah.

Tyreek Hill has ridiculous speed.

Hockey Fans are...Different.

Imagine what Sam Darnold could do if you gave him an entire season?

All red zone interceptions are terrible.

Some are more terrible than others.

This was one.

For a guy like Derrick Henry to be this big and this agile just seems unfair.

It's like the super good looking guy in your class who's also really nice.

NFL Head Coaches make a ton of money. So I don't feel too badly for them most of the time.

But I feel kind of bad for Adam Gase.

I have the same kind of feeling for Sam Darnold who makes a lot more money.

He may never shake the ghost thing.

I want to know who in the Jets organization thought it would be a good idea to mic up their young quarterback.

Mike Tomlin: Never In Doubt...

Hat Tip: @NFL_Memes

I like to think I'm pretty good at predicting football.

I'd be lying if I said I saw this coming.

Steven Nelson doesn't even need cleats.

Lambeau Field West?

Miami Mood:

But a few hours later, reality set in...

The passing of the baton.

Christian McCaffrey is having one of those years. You just knew as the tackler closed in he'd still score. Other backs would go down at the one-foot line but everyone knew McCaffrey would get in. It's his time.

Hat Tip: Brian Sumner.

Siri, show me "how not to tackle"...

That's a lot of rushing yards right there...

Michael Badgley is so Chargers.

I'm a free agent fan. It's just easier for me to do my job that way.

But I was pulling for Carolina after this.

Deshaun Watson was asked how he healed so quickly from his eye injury last week.

He credited the Spicy Chicken Sandwiches from Popeyes.

When you're on top of the heap like Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, you do whatever you want.

I'm still on my kick of how the Red Zone is hurting fan's understanding of the game.

Special Teams are important. And trick plays are fun.

Seriously. Who thought this was a good idea?

Daryl Worley totally wrecking my "If cornerbacks could catch they'd be wide receivers" theory...

Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers get their best receiver back and they do this?

That made for a fun email box Monday morning.

It's a cruel game sometimes.

Because I know you guys need to know this kind of thing:

It's happening.

Brandon Allen quarterbacked the Broncos to a win Sunday.

Rob Harvilla said, Allen "looks like he’s sixth on the 'Interpol replacement bassist' depth chart".

That's kind of harsh. Sixth?

While we're being harsh. This is hard for me to watch.

I so hope Vinatieri can win a big game at the end with a walk-off field goal and wrap up an amazing career.

Meanwhile, mood for Green Bay...

This guy is probably oversized for a soccer player but he's got the flop part down.

Denzel Ward, what are you doing?

I miss Cam Newton.

But he lives on with us this year through stuff like this:

What if...

Here's the question.

Is it this?

Or this?

That's the beauty of the NFL Season. We'll see.

You young folks never had the joy of watching Merton Hanks. I miss that guy.

I complain about all the things the league gets wrong.

To be fair, they nailed this one.

Matthew Judon crushed the Sunday Night intros with "Body By Taco Bell"

It's not a new thing for him. Back in 2016 he said, he planned to splurge on some Taco Bell once he got his first NFL paycheck.

“I like Taco Bell,” Judon said. “I mean, obviously I’ll have way more money than I’ll know what to do with, but while I’m pondering what I’m going to do with my money I’ll be eating a chalupa or something.”

ESPN ran a nice story Sunday morning on twins Devin and Jason McCourty. I like how they both just have “McCourty” on their jerseys.

This one never gets old.

How, Dallas? How?

Hat Tip: Memes Of The NFL

Music note of the week. If you like the Black Keys and Jack White (how could you not like the Black Keys and Jack White?) I bet you'll like The Pack A.D.

"Making Gestures" is so good.

ESPN's College GameDay killed it in Memphis.

Lee Corso as Elvis was one thing. Bringing in Memphis legend Jerry "The King" Lawler took things to the next level.

Here's the video:

You may have had a rough weekend. I'm hoping it wasn't as bad as Red Glitter Florida State Guy.

Deshaun Watson winning fans in London.

Gardner Minshew could have done without London though...

Jamal Adams seemed offended the Jets would discuss trade offers for him.

He apparently thinks he's on the level of Tom Brady and Aaron Donald saying their teams would never consider dealing them.

Randy Moss threw up this graphic and said: "Calm Down".

I'm the last guy to defend Baker Mayfield. But Philip Rivers is 37. Mayfield is 24. I was a lot "smarter" and better at #leadership at 37 than I was at 24...

More Miami Mood:

This is just mean.

Oh, Philip Rivers

Amari Cooper continues to crush the Pre-game.

Cody Latimer, not so much.

Wrapping with this one.

I posted this on Twitter a few weeks ago and people seemed to be interested so I thought I might share here.

Here's a short video with a bit more.

And let me be clear right up front. This is not about me.

God's blessed me with a ton of things and I've had a boatload of help along the way. Including folks like you giving us the time to read our content and purchase our Footballguys Premium Subscriptions. Thank you.

With that said, I'm working on this deep and complex theological construct I'd like to share with you.

I call it, "Act like you give a damn".

It's not really complex. It's pretty much just that. Walk your talk.

The biggest disconnect I see today for people of faith is our actions often don't line up with our words. We say we care. I say we care. But I often don't act like it. Ten years ago, I set out to change a tiny bit of that for me. My Dad and I built this goofy 12,000-pound barbecue trailer with the even goofier idea of asking a few questions:

"What if the best BBQ in town was served for free to our Homeless Folks?"

"What if instead of the stale bagels or out of date stuff from the grocery, they got the dignity of the good stuff?"

"What if instead of food that was one step short of the dumpster, what if we brought them our 'first fruits'?"

So that's what we do.

You may not know this about me but I'm as into BBQ as I am Football. And part of why I love BBQ is it's the ultimate "Redemption" story. Real BBQ is made with the cheap and tough cuts of meat like a Pork Shoulder or a Beef Brisket. Back in the day, the rich man got the tender pork chops while the poor man was left with the tough shoulder. But through sweat and time and ingenuity, the poor man discovered how to cook the shoulder low and slow and turn it into something better than the pork chop. BBQ is alchemy. It's magic. It's a miracle. It's redemption. It's the Gospel. Where the cast-off is raised up and redeemed. And for a lot of our Homeless Folks who've been effectively told by society they're "less than", there's something sweet about serving them the best BBQ in town.

It's a lot of fun and it's super rewarding. If you're ever in Knoxville, Tennessee on the last Wednesday of the month, shoot me an email at bryant@footballguys.com and come join us.

But you don't need me or Knoxville. I can pretty much guarantee there are opportunities to help in your town. You don't have to go across the world to do a mission trip. You can do good right in your town.

Rock on. And Give A Damn.

Thanks to Footballguys Keith Overton, Clayton Gray, David Dodds, Ian McCuistion, Brian Sumner, and Phil Alexander for the help on this one. If you've got a Random Shot of your own, send me an e-mail at bryant@footballguys.com.

Thanks for playing along and I hope you make the most of whatever you're doing in your life. Love your neighbor and stick together.

Peace and Grace to you.


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