Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Malcolm Floyd or Donte Stallworth?


Malcolm Floyd is a name you hear kicked around often when it comes to solutions to the Ravens’ subpar passing game. It’s interesting to observe how much higher the stock is for Floyd in the court of popular opinion than the recently signed Donte Stallworth. However a closer look reveals some interesting statistics.

Both will be 29 years old on opening day in 2010 (Stallworth is 10 months older). Floyd has 97 career receptions totaling 1,597 yards and he’s hit paydirt 9 times in his career. Despite sitting out a season due to suspension, Stallworth has 296 catches for 4,383 yards and 32 scores.

During his workout with the team Stallworth had a blistering 4.4 time in the 40 yard dash. Now one must keep in mind as pointed out by SI’s Peter King this week, that the Ravens clock players on a surface that is historically about two-tenths of a second slower than the surfaces normally used to time players, such as that at the scouting combines.

King reported that Stallworth’s time was “the fastest time recorded on the turf by the club.” However, I was told that the Ravens have witnessed, “maybe one or two [other players who beat that number] but the time is accurate and [Stallworth] was smoking.”

For those who can’t wrap their heads around Stallworth due to his involvement in a DUI manslaughter, let me ask you this: What is worse, a DUI manslaughter or obstruction of justice in a double homicide?

I seem to recall that Ray Lewis was allowed to return to work in 2000 after paying a $250,000 fine for pleading out after that infamous double murder in Atlanta following Super Bowl XXXIV – a still unsolved crime.

What might have happened to Lewis in today’s NFL?

Can you easily envision a Ravens franchise without that Super Bowl XXXV win?

How might that have affected the club going forward?

You see sometimes when players get a second chance they deliver.

4 comments :

Jerry B said...

TL: the Ray Lewis trial analogy is not a fair comparison. Lewis was wrongfully charged in that incident by overzealous prosectors seeking recognition with a "high profile" defendant. I watched the entire trial as an interested attorney and, after ALL the victims' friends who were eye witnesses at the altercation testified that Lewis was "not involved", the prosecution had no choice but to drop the murder charges against Lewis in return for a "technical" plea to "obstruction of justice"! ALL defendants who stood trial were ultimately found "not guilty", but I don't know that I would characterize the crime as "unsolved" as it appeared that the verdicts resulted more from the ineptitude of the prosecutors than the innocence of the defendants (think O.J.'s murder trial for example!)! Anyway, at this point either Stallworth or Floyd appears to be an upgrade, but given a choice, I'd opt for Floyd, not because of Stallworth's legal problems, but because he's probably a better receiver......

Tony Lombardi said...

Jerry, I respect your opinion in general and certainly as an attorney. And while I would agree with pretty much everything you said as it relates to Ray, if I'm a family member of the victims, I would see the murders as unsolved and unresolved.

Clearly Ray was guilty of at the bare minimum poor judgment that at least indirectly resulted in two deaths albeit not by Ray's hand. That was my point...that Stallworth's bad judgment, not to hand his keys to someone else resulted in a death...one that as I've written before may have happened even if the driver was lucid.

Ray made good on his second chance in a spectacular way on and off the field. I hope the same for Stallworth.

However the purpose of this blog was to point out that Stallworth if he is remorseful and turns his life around will be a big bargain. Comparing all the stats and the price, Stallworth brings better value than Floyd in my opinion and it's really not even that close.

Mike, Monkton said...

Tony:

RE: "I seem to recall that Ray Lewis was allowed to return to work in 2000 after paying a $250,000 fine for pleading out after that infamous double murder in Atlanta following Super Bowl XXXIV – a still unsolved
crime."

I am not so sure the crime is unsolved. I think the jury heard the story of two guys who started a fight, beginning with breaking a bottle over someone's head, and tragically paid for it with their lives. I think the jury knew that Ray's boys did the stabbing. I think the jury just didn't think it was murder. I do not believe Ray killed anyone.

He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong people.Then he made the huge mistake of leaving the scene. We would all like to think we would do the right thing in that situation . . . .

As you say - he got a second chance and seems to have made better decisions since.

Jerry B said...

TL: "Unresolved" relative to the victims' families.....yes! "Unsolved", probably....NOT!!! That a "guilty" verdict was not rendered doesn't mean that it is "unsolved". Like I said, just refer to the O.J. Simpson murder trial that resulted in an acquittal of someone who was later sued and tried in a civil action where the verdict based on a "preponderance of the evidence" as opposed to evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt" favored the plaintiffs! However, the more important point vis-a-vis "repentance" is well taken.....