OTC: Is MU’s Franklin Still Hurt? / Chargers’ GM Calls Out Ryan Matthews For Chronic Fumbling

“Typically in the game if, in the past, my shoulder’s hurt and I throw in the game, I don’t feel it. But this is a little different because I feel it. And I think that’s really been killing my confidence because I’ve been not trusting myself with being able to make throws or put something on it.”
James Franklin, Missouri’s junior quarterback, Columbia Tribune
GH: This quote from Franklin this week has Mizzou Nation in a dizzy tizzy. Is Franklin hurt? Has his accuracy and ability to throw the deep ball been compromised by his shoulder injury? Should Corbin Berkstresser, the redshirt freshman backup from Lee’s Summit High, be given a chance to throw to MU’s talented but under-performing wide receiver crew? Gary Pinkel thinks not. Read on.

“I’m not giving up on [James Franklin]. I’m not. Historically, even going back to Washington and Don James, our quarterbacks have had remarkable second-year seasons. I still think James can have a great year.”
Gary Pinkel, Tiger Talk, 980 AM

“Having confidence not just from the players but from the coaches, that definitely helps. Because when you go out there, they’re calling plays, that’s one thing that you know, that they believe in you. It helps with more confidence in yourself and to be able to go out there and perform better.”
James Franklin, on Pinkel publicly stating his support for Franklin, Columbia Tribune
GH: Franklin mentions to word “confidence” too often for my taste. I want my quarterback to ooze confidence like a Hardee’s Monster Thickburger oozes grease. Franklin appears to be looking for reasons to be confident. Success breeds confidence. Franklin could use a large sampling on Saturday at Central Florida.

“I do think you’re running the risk of his career ending at Missouri. Sit him down if he’s not healthy!”
Soren Petro, on MU’s James Franklin saying his shoulder still hurts as much as it did the week he sat out, 810 AM
GH: Franklin’s career as a quarterback is likely to end with his last game at Missouri no matter what his injury status. He doesn’t look like a future NFL player. If he’s hurt, sit him. If he’s healthy enough to play, he needs to play well…or sit him.

“I’m largely told that I’m a [Missouri] homer. You’re kidding right? Most people think I’m just a giant MU homer.”
Kevin Kietzman, to a caller who asked why he is so critical of Missouri, 810 AM
GH: I know the first words I’ve always thought of to describe KK are, “Mizzou homer…”

“We’re going to go in this week with a chip on our shoulder.”
Andrew Wilson, Mizzou defender, on the Tigers’ attitude heading to play Central Florida, 980 AM
GH: I don’t know where Mizzou got this chip that Wilson mentioned. Is it from the splinters in their backsides from the paddling Georgia and South Carolina gave their new SEC brothers? Leave the shoulder chips to the writers and go down south and play some error-free football for a change.

“I’ve been saying it and I’ll keep saying it – this is a lot better for Missouri than it is for A&M. They’re in the right division at the right time.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Has anyone else noticed that the SEC East looks to be turning out to be better than the SEC West? If A&M can beat Arkansas in College Station this Saturday, they have a chance to be at least the second-best team in the West. Who would have thought that in August?

“Missouri’s got sweet uniforms! They are sweet!”
Dan Hawkins, former Colorado head coach, Sirius XM 91
GH: Will MU debut yet another version of their controversial new look at Central Florida? If you think the Tigers’ threads have been daring this season, check out the Wisconsin/Nebraska unies from Adidas that they’ll wear for their 7:00 PM kickoff in Lincoln. They’re calling them throwbacks but with a Back To The Future twist. Maybe Bo Pelini will arrive at Memorial Stadium in a DeLorean. [Are these Adidas unies the the real reason Osborne is retiring?]

“I don’t think it’s going to be Trev Alberts [who replaces Tom Osborne]. He oversaw a program that dropped football.”
Blair Kerkhoff, 810 AM
GH: Alberts was an All-American defensive end at Nebraska and is currently the AD at UNO – where he made the unpopular but fiscally sound decision to drop football. Petro mentioned that he had heard reports that Alberts dropped the UNO football program in a devious effort to sabotage UNO in order to enhance Nebraska’s walk-on program. This is the kind of nonsense from talk radio that gives sports talk radio a bad name.

“If college football needs a czar in the next two years, I think Tom Osborne would make a great choice.”
Mark Packer, Sirius XM 91
GH: Osborne is 76 years old. I think Dr. Tom is one of football’s greatest offensive minds – but his day was yesterday. If college football needs a czar, let’s hope they can find one who is a bit more tuned into this century and where college football is headed.

“[Pressuring Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez] is definitely going to be a priority. I mean, let’s face it, he’s a soft kid. .. It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there to me. He still can’t throw. I’m just going to say it. He still can’t throw. He’s not going to beat us with his arm.”
David Gilbert, Wisconsin defensive end, prior to the Badgers trip to Lincoln, ESPNWisconsin.com
GH: Bret Bielema, the Badgers head coach, thought so little of Gilbert’s verbal assault on the NU quarterback that he has said his defensive end will not be starting the game. I kind of enjoyed Gilbert’s smack talk – especially the descriptive “skipping rocks” visual. Maybe Gilbert has a future as a writer.

“It’s 1 a.m. Can’t sleep. Came back out, popped open a Summer Shandy and rewatching K-State/Oklahoma on the DVR. Oklahoma leads 3-0.”
D. Scott Fritchen, of PowerCat.com, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: I am glad there are journalists out there with this kind of sleep-depriving dedication. I am not of this ilk but I damn sure am impressed by it.

“I am very concerned, and it has to stop. I believe you can improve in ball security. And no one works any harder in trying to get better than Ryan [Mathews]. However, if it continues he will play less.”
A.J. Smith, Chargers’ GM, on the Chargers’ running back’s 11 fumbles in barely two seasons, San Diego Tribune
GH: The Chargers’ personnel boss trading up 16 spots to draft the former Fresno State back 12th overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Read on.

“Let me cut to the chase on chronic fumblers. Here’s my view on it … Extremely talented players like Ryan get multiple opportunities to improve. What happens to fumblers is, first, they play less. Second, if it continues while they’re playing on a limited basis, then you don’t play for a while and you get to sit and think about it. Third, when you get the call to go back on the field and the fumbling continues, then you will be somebody else’s fumbler.”
A.J. Smith, San Diego Tribune
GH: How often do you hear of a GM publicly call out one of his high draft picks in this bold of a manner? Coddling works for some but I have always favored a swift kick in the ass to get results from a football player. Time to take the diapers off, young man.

“I hold out hope that the dark cloud following him dissipates. The kid missed half his rookie season with an ankle injury, had offseason wrist surgery that year, missed two games last year with a calf strain, broke his clavicle on his first preseason carry this year … Good grief, Charlie Brown. And then the fumbles.”
Kevin Acee, columnist, San Diego Tribune

“I dig Mathews. I’ve rarely seen a player so honestly wear his yearning to be better. I’ve rarely been as impressed by a young talent, nor as perplexed by the paradox of the same player’s inability to stay on the field or hold onto the ball. I really hope the leash he’s on doesn’t choke his potential.”
Kevin Acee, columnist, San Diego Tribune
GH: Columnist can be fans too. I like how honest Acee is here with his feelings about Mathews. He is rooting for the running back but I don’t see that being a barrier for him to write honestly about Mathews. Columnists who attack their job as non-fans rarely write with the passion I need to finish reading their work.

“2 out of every 3 people say they haven’t purchased a product off an athlete’s endorsement in the last 2 years.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: I am definitely in that two-thirds majority. I cannot think of an item I have purchased because I saw any celebrity was promoting it. The fact a celebrity is in the ad makes me immediately think their excitement over the product/service is deceitful. How about you?

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31 Responses to OTC: Is MU’s Franklin Still Hurt? / Chargers’ GM Calls Out Ryan Matthews For Chronic Fumbling

  1. omar epps says:

    you need a football czar you look no further than Mel Tjeerdsma

  2. P says:

    Gilbert will sit out the first play……just one. I’m pretty sure that Beilma has been preaching what Gilbert said over the past week. Martinez does not do well under pressure, not many QB’s do, but he is really exceptional at performing poorly under pressure with horrid decision making. I think the onus is Nebraska’s O-Line to keep him clean so he can make plays.

    The alternate uni’s are ok but I’m glad they’re only one game.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Those alternate uni’s that NU and UW are going to wear suck out loud.

      • Fred Flintstone says:

        Agree 1000%.
        MU’s uni’s (especially that “thing” on the helmets) suck just as bad.
        Uni’s don’t make you badass, your play on the field does.
        Always take substance over symbolism my friends. MU never learned that.

        • harley says:

          i agree on the uniforms guys. Just another distractionthis offseason for the team. They do look
          bad but i’m sure they made millions wearing them.
          And also…remember this too was about money…
          they now have a new uniform to sell to fans…and
          thats extra money for mu.
          Unfortunately money playing a bigger factor in
          college athletics. With colleges across the nation
          facing cutbacks by state and feds…they need every dime
          they can get.. mu is no different.

          • Kyle Rohde says:

            I think it’s more about appealing to fickle high school kids than anything – any little recruiting advantage you can get helps. Same reason there’s a lot of people hoping KU dumps Adidas as soon as possible and goes back to Nike. Lots of kids play AAU/high school ball with Nike affiliated teams and don’t want to switch.

  3. chuckart says:

    “2 out of every 3 people say they haven’t purchased a product off an athlete’s endorsement in the last 2 years.”
    Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
    GH: I am definitely in that one third minority. I cannot think of an item I have purchased because I saw any celebrity was promoting it. The fact a celebrity is in the ad makes me immediately think their excitement over the product/service is deceitful. How about you?

    I think you misread that. You would be in the 2/3 majority. Your quote says 2 out of 3 HAVEN’T purchased based off an endorser.

    Still, the fact that 1/3 have tells me that this country is still full of idiots.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Thanks, chuckart. I did misread Rovell’s tweet. Got it fixed.

    • harley says:

      chuck…i don’t know where you get that info. I’ve seen research that
      athlete endorsements are a big part of consumer spending.
      Would nike spend tens of millions on tiger…would national advertisers
      who have focus groups/research/buying attitude surveys at their
      disposal pay the millions of dollars for those athlete endorsements
      of players like jordan/rogers/theisman/brady etc. if they didn’t
      reap a huge financial reward. These people know what they’re doing
      or they would not invest the money.

  4. Bill says:

    7 p.m. kick on the Huskers game, Greg.

  5. Smartman says:

    If Franklin doesn’t feel confident Pinkel shouldn’t. This is SEC football, not rehab at Valley Hope in Boonville. No reason I see not to hand the controls over to Berkstresser. He’s a big kid with big balls and a bigger attitude. He gives the team more dimension.

    Endorsements, product placement and sponsorships are all bullshit. Just look at WD40. Everybody probably has a can or two or three around the house. In terms of high sales versus low ad spending it ranks #1 in the world. Why? Because it works! Only starfuckers at ad agencies and big companies buy into the hype. I love me some Jimme Johnson but I’ve got no problem going to Home Depot, Sutherlands, Menards or True Value. Who ever has the lowest price for what I need gets my business.

    The uni thing is getting out of control. Cher changes clothes less often. How long before we see some pink uni’s for breast cancer month?

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      Does the University of San Francisco have a football team?

      • Smartman says:

        No, but they have a lesbian intramural shooting squad called Militia Etheridge.

      • Husker Bill says:

        It did up until 1952. Actually had some great teams. Haven’t played football since. Here’s a blurb from Wikipedia.

        The 1951 University of San Francisco Dons football team,coached by Joe Kuharich, went undefeated, with a record of 9-0, and the team produced ten future NFL players (Ollie Matson, Gino Marchetti, Bob St. Clair, Dick Stanfel, Ed Brown, Lou Stephens, Burl Toler, Joe Scudero, Roy Barni, Mike Mergen, Merrill Peacock, and Ralph Thomas). Five became NFL Pro-Bowlers, and Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, and Bob St. Clair later were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame—a record for one college team. The team also had another first; Burl Toler became the first African American official in the NFL.[121] Future NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle played a role as the Dons’ Athletic Publicist. At the height of their success, the team experienced one of the greatest snubs in college football history. Due to the team having two African-American star players, Ollie Matson and Burl Toler, they were not invited to play in any of the college football bowl games hosted by the SEC (Southern Conference).[122] This resulted in the team being invited to the Orange Bowl without Toler and Matson. The team refused the invitation. Guard Dick Columbini said “‘No, we’re not going to leave ‘em at home’ … ‘We’re going to play with ‘em or we’re not going to play.’”[121] As a result of the team’s refusal to play in the Orange Bowl, the USF Athletic Department was forced to drop its football program in 1952, due to a deficit in department funds.

        • Todd McNair says:

          are they affiliated with the City College of San Francisco? I know that school has sent quite a few transfers on to bigger programs.

          • Juan De Guzman says:

            no. City College is a two year public school. Famous FB grads include OJ Simpson.

            USF is a private Jesuit university, similar to Rockhurst.

    • Steve says:

      They already wear pink gloves and shoes in the NFL and auction them off for charity. Same with the pink bats in MLB. Pink jerseys would be no big deal.

    • Lou Brown says:

      I like Jimmy Johnson too, but that extenze shit doesn’t work.

  6. PV_Pathfinder says:

    Those Wisconsin uniforms will be less than flattering on the stout fellows on the O-line.

  7. Kyle Rohde says:

    That poll by Rovell was idiotic and only put out to support another unsubstantiated theory of his. Nobody admits they are influenced by advertising. Nobody. But somehow, companies keep investing billions a year in it and I have a good job in that industry, so somewhere it’s affecting somebody. And it pays for TV, sports, newspapers, magazines, most websites and a lot of other things, so clearly, it works.

    Greg, I’ll be checking out those uniforms in person tomorrow with my Husker wife, and I’ll be wearing my WI colors. Can’t wait to see all the people from WI experiencing Lincoln for the first time!

    • Will says:

      The consumer pays for all of it Kyle. You must work in the mail room.

      • Kyle Rohde says:

        Indirectly, of course, but thanks for the insult!

        • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

          So let me get this straight…a KU guy, married to a Husker, wearing Wisconsin’s colors?

          Walking identity crisis.

          • Kyle Rohde says:

            Ha – not really. I’ve got a clear hierarchy established:
            - Cheer for KU always
            - Cheer for Wisconsin in any game they play, unless it’s against KU.
            - Cheer for Nebraska in any game they play, unless it’s against KU or Wisconsin

            Since KU doesn’t regularly play either of the other two, and my wife only cares about Nebraska football, it’s only once a year when I have any kind of conflict.

  8. Larry Mondello says:

    Greg…I believe that you have this backwards:

    GH: Has anyone else noticed that the SEC West looks to be turning out to be better than the SEC East? If A&M can beat Arkansas in College Station this Saturday, they have a chance to be at least the second-best team in the East. Who would have thought that in August?

    A&M is in the West. The East looks better than the West this year.

  9. Joe Blow says:

    If A&M can beat Arkansas in College Station this Saturday, they have a chance to be at least the second-best team in the West. Who would have thought that in August?

    How does beating an insanely disappointing Arkansas team in their home stadium make a 2-1 A&M close to the second-best team in the West? Unlike Mizzou, they’ve had a very gentle entry into the SEC, and have lost their only test so far. They’re currently 5th of 7 teams. There are quite a few teams that have a better grip on second-best team in the West than A&M..

  10. KC KID says:

    About product endorsements by “celebrities”, How about the shilling these sports radio guys do? Jeez…….is each one of you a fatass on some drug to work the weight off?
    And apparently NONE of you have a car payment and are driving free cars. Who the hell signs Clinksdale or lesser announcers to drive a Suburu?
    I love the fact that as long as 810 is getting income from a particular restaurant, bar or entertainment venue, mortgage provider, etc….that that is the GO TO place for months in their on the air chit chat… Once the income stops coming in, you never hear about that place again.
    These guys must go out for free to anyplace they want to eat, not pay for a car or bar bill. Good for them….but don’t tell the rest of us to hit these businesses when you really don’t care about them or have to pay for their services….It gets old.

    • Steve says:

      If only running a radio stations was free. Any business in town can feel free to send me a check and I will tell everyone I know how great the business is.