Football, Fútbol, Food: NFL GM's need quarterbacks to survive, and English soccer gets an American coach

Football, Fútbol, Food: NFL GM's need quarterbacks to survive, and English soccer gets an American coach


The NFL always has been and always will be a quarterback league. If you have a great quarterback, you can win a title, or multiple titles (Belichick with Patriots). No QB, probably no job long term (Belichick with Browns).

Mickey Loomis took over as general manager of the Saints in 2002. In the four years before Drew Brees, the Saints' record was 28-36. The Aaron Brooks and the Todd Bouman's of the world just won't get you to that next level.

Ryan Pace, the former Saints player personnel director, is learning this the hard way in Chicago. When Pace got the Bears GM job in 2015, he was anointed a rising star, a can't miss hire.

In 2015, the Bears went 6-10 with Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen under center. The 2016 season looks like a repeat of last season; a lot of losing. The Bears are 1-4, and Cutler's time in Chicago looks to be coming to an end. Pace will get some time to turn it around in the Windy City, but he had better land a QB quick.


English football will look a little different this weekend on the sideline. For the first time in the English Premier League, an American will run a team. Former United States National Team coach Bob Bradley took over Swansea last week.

Bradley led Team USA to the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup, and his squad ended Spain's 35-game unbeaten streak in 2009.

The 58-year old will have a tough job keeping Swansea in the EPL. The Swans sit in 17th place, and will be in a relegation battle all season. Bradley's first game in charge comes Saturday against Arsenal. The Gooners hold a 5-game winning streak, and are near the top of table in third.


Since my high school days, I've considered buffalo wings a food group. My obsession usually came with the fried variety, but that all changed with a BBQ explosion in New Orleans.

All the new joints in the area gave me a new craving; smoked wings. Yes, I still eat the fried, but smoked is my jam now.

Two places on my radar for smoked wings: Blue Oak BBQ and Moe's Original BBQ. Blue Oak serves theirs with ranch and they offer different flavors. I wish bleu cheese was an option with the wings, but they still are one of my favorite spots.

Moe's is tops in my book. The smoked wings platter comes with eight wings. Hello leftovers! They're pretty big wings, and the sauce they use is one of a kind. The mayonnaise-based concoction keeps me coming back almost every other week. Moe's other options on the menu are pretty strong also, but can't beat the smoked wings.

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