In Defense of Jay Fiedler
It's 2016. Six 20-year-old sophomores from Quinnipiac University treat hangovers in their dorm. They decided to dust off the PlayStation 2, figure out how to get an A / V cable into a flat screen TV, and pull out the best sports video game known to man.NFL Street.They've set up a pickup game where 40 […]

Jay fiedler

It's 2016. Six 20-year-old sophomores from Quinnipiac University treat hangovers in their dorm. They decided to dust off the PlayStation 2, figure out how to get an A / V cable into a flat screen TV, and pull out the best sports video game known to man.

NFL Street.

They've set up a pickup game where 40 random NFL players are spawned, and there are only two quarterbacks. Michael Vick and Jay Fiedler. Naturally, Vick is the first QB to leave the board, which leaves me wondering, "Who is Jay Fiedler?"

Final score: 36-0. Fiedler has four TDs. It's time for Google.

I looked at the statistics, and the only word to describe this man's career is respect. He entered the league in 1995 as a 24-year-old rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles and did not make an appearance for three years.

Sounds like a career save, right?

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Well, if that was the case, this article wouldn't be happening.

Fiedler was cut off by birds after the passage of three years, but that's not all she wrote. He won a try with the Minnesota Vikings where he would face five other players for the third position behind. Randall Cunningham and Brad Johnson.

He would make five appearances for the purple and gold, throw seven assists in total and get cut a year later. He would be picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a replacement for the 1999 season, but that's where the 28-year-old's career would take off.

Fiedler saved Pro Bowl QB Mark Brunell for 15 games. He would have a shot at his first start in the NFL in Week 17, four years after entering the league.

He filled out the stat sheet, throwing over 300 yards and a touchdown en route to a win. Most people were shocked at the numbers, but if you look at Fiedler's career numbers at Dartmouth College, you'd say you've been expecting it from the start.

At small school in the Ivy League, Fiedler set school records for touchdown passes (58), passing yards (6,684) and total offense (7,249 yards). Fast forward to the turn of the century, and some starting work is within reach.

The Miami Dolphins finished 1999 with a 9-7 record, but would undergo major changes in the following offseason. Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino would call him quitting after 16 years in Miami, and head coach Jimmy Johnson has stepped down citing burnout as the main reason.

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Enter the powerful couple of head coach Dave Wannstedt and quarterback Jay Fiedler. That's right, Jay Fiedler inherited Dan Marino's job prior to the 2000 NFL season.

He would lead the Dolphins to an 11-5 season, winning the AFC East, posting a 57.1 completion percentage, over 2,400 passing yards and 14 touchdowns.

The following year, at age 30, would be his best, again leading the Dolphins to an 11-5 record. His numbers were impressive, putting up a 60.1 completion percentage, throwing over 3,200 yards and totaling 20 touchdowns.

These were Fiedler's two great seasons with Miami, in 2002 he started 10 games for the Endings and made 11 appearances. He was injured in a Week 7 game against Buffalo, but would return to lead the Dolphins to another winning season. They would go 9-7, with Fiedler totaling a QB record of 7-3, over 2,000 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2003, things were almost identical.

Fiedler went 7-4 as a starter, passing over 2,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Still solid numbers, but this is where Father Time takes over.

In 2004, at the age of 33, Fiedler and the Dolphins started 1-6. This ultimately made Dave Wannstedt Fiedler's bench for AJ Feely. After this season, both Fiedler and Wannstedt would be in Miami.

Regardless of how it ended, you have to give them credit for what they did after inheriting this team of two Hall of Famers. Fiedler had a career 36-23 record with the Ends, over 11,000 passing yards, 66 touchdowns and made two playoff appearances.

Fiedler was bouncing back into the league in an attempt to come back, but only saw the field twice as a member of the New York Jets. He would be retiring in 2008 with a shoulder injury, but now I can't help but wonder what he would have done if he had had the chance to start earlier in his career.

I guess this is just speculation, but I know he deserves a lot of respect. Coming from a college that produced very little success in the NFL, only making an appearance three years into his career and having only one start to prove himself at the NFL level, Jay Fiedler is the poster player for making dreams come true.

So if you and your friends are about to play NFL Street and Jay Fiedler is available, you better get ready to fire up the scoreboard.


This is a beginners guide to football betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting spécialiste with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about football.

I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the spécialiste, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but évidemment the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting professionnel with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about . I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the professionnel, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster mail course. It is a free mail course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an professionnel ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A football accumulator is a series of solo bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the correct score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal 90 minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an professionnel football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but oui the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher.

The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a football betting spécialiste with a long history of placing bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about . I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the professionnel, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster email course. It is a free email course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an expert ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A football accumulator is a series of solo bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the acceptable score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an professionnel bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but évidemment the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment. Getting your way with the bookiesSomething you will encounter when you start football betting is a range of different online and offline bookmakers. All will have their own way of dealing with things and all will want you to work with them differently. This can seem daunting but we’ve written up a guide on what to look out for and how to state your case if you think a bookmaker has wronged you.

There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a terrible idea ! The second thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as hard as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad emploi and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free email course.

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