Jewish Journal

Jewish NFL Year in Review

by Jeremy Fine

February 7, 2011 | 8:11 am

The Super Bowl is over (finally). My heart was broken weeks ago. So now it is time to look back at this year’s NFL season. For the Jews it was…okay. We gained a few new Jews, that is a huge positive. Unfortunately, no one really stood out. Our only real chance at a Pro Bowler was David Binn and he spent the year on IR. Here is how everyone did. Tomorrow we will announce this years Player of the Year.

David Binn - San Diego Chargers - Long Snapper/C

The former Pro Bowler was out entire season. Not much to say except maybe he is the Chargers good luck charm as they failed to make the playoffs. Hopefully, Binn can recover from his season-ending hamstring injury.

Greg Camarillo - Minnesota Vikings - WR

We did not find out he was Jewish until mid-season, but we are super happy to have him aboard. He is a solid NFL receiver. Camarillo had 20 grabs and a TD for a team that had qb issues all season. His numbers are not great, but neither are anyone elses. He is a nominee for PoY.

Julian Edelman - New England Patriots - WR

We expected BIG things from Edelman. He was clutch in 2009, but not really in 2010. He only hauled in 7 receptions all year, 3 of them in the final week of the season. Not good for a pass happy offense. He also added 1 grab in the playoffs and 2 rushes for 14 yards in the regular season. His biggest contribution came on punt returns where he took back a punt for TD in 21 tries.

Antonio Garay - San Diego Chargers - DT

He big man had 38 solo tackles and 10 assists. More impressively he got to the QB 6 times for a sack. Solid season for a guy who has had trouble finding a home. Garay is nominee #2 for PoY.

Adam Goldberg - St. Louis Rams - T/G

Goldberg started all 16 games. Most importantly he helped with much needed protection for new QB Sam Bradford. Steven Jackson had a good amount of success this year as well. Goldberg was a big reason why. Nominee #3.

Kyle Kosier - Dallas Cowboys - G

Kosier dealt with several QBs this season. Unfortunately, Tony Romo went down early on. Kosier started 13 of 16 games. Was solid again.

Erik Lorig - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - FB

The biggest surprise of the season, simply because he got drafted. And this 7th rounder made the team. He moved from DE in college to FB in the pros. He played in 9 games and started 1. He only had 1 reception but it was for 10 yards and a first down. The FB didn’t get any carries, but we are excited about his potential.

Taylor Mays - San Francisco 49ers - SS

Before the season all I did was praise Mays. And there were moments where the kid shined. But he did not get the playing time I thought he would. He had one of the top plays of the season, catching a ball in the back of the end zone on his tippy-toes. He had 31 tackles and 7 assists. Also, Mays forced a fumble and had a TD on the season. He is nominee #4. Once he gets consistent he will be scary. We predict he will live up to expectations…On a side note it is his birthday today.

Igor Olshansky - Dallas Cowboys - DT

Olshanky was last year’s PoY. His numbers were down. No sacks and only 17 solo tackles. He did have 21 assists. He still start all 16 games for a broken down Cowboys team, so that was impressive. But he won’t be repeating as TGR PoY.

Adam Podlesh - Jacksonville Jaguars - P

Podlesh ranked 13th in the league with 43.8 yards per punt. He had 7 touchbacks, 15 fair catches, and 26 inside the 20 in a total of 57 punts. He played all 16 games and didn’t fumble once nor did he let up a TD. Podlesh is nominee #5.

Sage Rosenfels - New York Giants- QB

Sage joined a new team but barely got any snaps (as QB). He was the field goal holder. He played in 12 games for the G-Men. He did not throw any pass attempts but saw a few snaps in week 9 but they were all kneel downs racking up 3 rushes for -3 yards. Poor Sage.

Geoff Schwartz - Carolina Panthers - G

The Panthers flatout stunk up the place. It wasn’t Schwartz’s fault as he had a pretty solid season. It was not an easy task blocking for horrendus QBs. He started all 16 games and had 3 tackles (assuming his QB fumbled). Schwartz is one of the few players the Panthers don’t need to replace.

A reminder that tomorrow we will post the player of the year. The nominees are:

Greg Camarillo
Antonio Garay

Adam Goldberg

Taylor Mays

Adam Podlesh

And Let Us Say…Amen.

-Jeremy Fine

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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