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Three-way QB battles rarely effective

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Three-way QB battles rarely effective

Very rarely do three-way QB battles work. Receiving one-third of the reps through off-season OTAs (organized team activities) and then during training camp is not the ideal way to prepare two young quarterbacks trying to prove themselves nor a veteran looking to grow for an NFL season. Its also difficult on a locker room who has their own opinions on who should be leading their football team.

The Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins are two teams looking to dispel the three-way QB battle debate as training camp fast approaches.

My co-host Zig Fracassi and I caught up with RBKR specialist Leon Washington of the Seahawks on SiriusXM NFL Radio to get his thoughts of how the battle is unfolding in Seattle.

Ill tell you what now, its a battleIts a battle, Leon said, Tarvaris Jackson, Im telling you what man, Tavaris has turned it onHe has turned it on and has not made this easy.

Jackson is coming off his best NFL season statistically as he heads into his seventh year as a professional. Many considered Jackson a raw prospect when he was drafted 2nd round by the Vikings out of Alabama State in 2006. Playing last year with a torn pectoral muscle Jackson was able to win seven games while completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Jackson is only 29 years old, has led a team to the playoffs in the past and should be embarking on the prime years of his NFL career.

This offseason, Seattle signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn of the Packers to a three-year, 26 million deal, 8 million of which is guaranteed Flynn in 2012. Its hard to imagine Flynn holding a clip board for that type of money. The Seahawks also drafted Russell Wilson from Wisconsin in the third round, who head coach Pete Carroll declared, hes in the competition, he showed us enough, after the teams recent rookie mini-camp.

Carroll continues his mantra of promoting competition, but could he be adversely affecting his team early in the 2012 season until a decision is made? The Seattle locker-room is already evaluating the situation as it is unfolding and picking their leader.

Leon Washington assessed the situation further and weighed in on the new additions at quarterback by stating,

On Jackson: To me, right now, Tarvaris looks the best, thats just my opinion right now.

On Flynn: You can tell his swagger. You can tell he came from Green Bay where a great lineage of QBs comes from thatthat philosophy, that system.

On Wilson: Man, wow -- if hes three inches taller, I mean, he possibly could have been the best QB coming out in the draft. That kid has it all. He puts the ball on the money, has swagger in the huddle and commands respect as a rookie.

Leon finished the interview with, I cant speak for coach Carroll, but it is a battle right now. Whoever comes out of this on top, its gonna be right for the team.

Most head coaches like to decide on their starting quarterback by the third preseason game. Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin recently told the Palm Beach Post that's the case because that is when the starting offense plays most of the game.

Conceptually, a three-way quarterback battle may be right due to fairness, but is it properly preparing the team at the most critical position on the field? Lets wait patiently as Seattle and Miami prepare to settle this debate once and for all.

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998

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Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

An off-day did nothing to slow down the 1998 National League MVP as Sosa collected his second straight 2-homer game May 27 of that season.

He went deep in the eighth and ninth innings of a Cubs' 10-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field, driving in 3 runs. 

The first homer - off Darrin Winston - was an absolute blast, traveling an estimated 460 feet. The second shot was tame in comparison with only 400 feet as a recorded distance.

In a matter of two games, Sosa raised his season OPS from .930 to .988 and his slugging percentage from .521 to .577 thanks to a pair of 2-homer contests.

Fun fact: Doug Glanville - former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst - was the Phillies leadoff hitter that day in 1998, collecting three hits and scoring a pair of runs.