Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On Zumaya, Pistons, QBs in NFL Draft and Russia-Canada Prediction

Didn’t you just know Joel Zumaya would be throwing bullets down at spring training? Didn’t you just know everyone would be raving about the re-vitalized, "Joel?" This is what we’ve learned about Joel Zumaya in the past: Just when you start trusting him, the other shoe drops. Seems like he has a long way to go re-earn the trust of fans in this town.

- The Pistons were 12-12. Since then, they have gone 9-23. Beating teams like New Jersey, Minnesota and Sacramento - all varying degrees of awful - doesn’t mean much. The danger would come if they were actually about to vault into some kind of contention for a playoff spot, which would have been the case last season. It’s unlikely to happen this year. Can you imagine? The last seed in the Eastern Conference just might have a .500 record? You’re seeing lately that Richard Hamilton does have gas left in the tank. Too bad he didn’t play consistently like this before the trade deadline. Maybe the Pistons would have been able to find a buyer for him.

- To me, Jimmy Clausen is a much better pro prospect than Sam Bradford. His arm strength is better, he played in more of a prostyle offense at Notre Dame and isn’t coming off injury.

Prediction: Russia 6, Canada 5. Ovechkin gets three goals. Hope I'm wrong. I am rooting for the Canadians.

My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press on the good and bad of the NFL combine

Caputo And His Boss video about Tom Wilson working for the Ilitches



Anonymous John said...

Jimmy Clausen is coming off an injury Pat, he suffered a bad turf toe injury during the Michigan State game and played through pain the whole season. It didn't heal after the season and he had to have surgery. As a result, he won't throw for scouts until ND's pro day.

Regardless, I think Clausen is an outstanding prospect. It's too bad that with all the turbulence of the last few years of Charlie Weis, so many people failed to realize how special of a talent of a QB he is. He literally kept his team in every game this year and its too bad he didn't have the team around him minus a couple great playmakers to let him really shine.

2:07 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Zoom-by-ya = I hope theyr are right but will believe it when I see it.

Canada vs. Russia = I hope you are wrong - but I will believe it when I see it.

4:50 PM 
Anonymous chris edwards said...

About Zumaya,it's always something with a silly non baseball injury.Jimmy Clausen is the best NFL ready quarterback.Others disagree because Notre Dame was mediocre.That was because the defense couldn't stop anyone.He should be the first QB drafted,but that remains to be seen.

9:18 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

True, but he did play last season, Bradford missed most of year. Colt McCoy won't throw, either. Clausen had great playmakers around him - Tate (sp) Floyd, but his defense never stopped anybody. Also, he didn't come through at the end of some games. Very impressive ball in person.

12:19 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I was wrong, but I'm not sure if it was because the Canadians were that good or the Russians that bad. Probably a little bit of both.

12:21 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Chris Edwards,
Say Zumaya is throwing the heck out of the ball first week of May. Do you believe he still will be first week of August? That's why it's difficult to stomach those "Zoom is back" after one day of spring training stories.

12:23 AM 

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