Mark It down: Damon Amendolara Declares Joey Galloway "Not Good"
Three weeks of any NFL season is a short period of time. The NFL season can certainly be divided into fourths, and each quarter of the season can have its own distinct identity.
A given team can appear dominant and Super Bowl worthy in a season's first quarter and proceed to do an about face and stink up the joint in the remaining three quarters.
The same can be said for a given player. Small subsets of time in the NFL season can appear vastly different in terms of a player's performance. With that said, assessments of a player's worth to a given team, however low that value may proceed to become, are hard, if not foolish, to make based on three football games.
Especially the first three football games of a new season.
Not so for 98.5 The Sports Hub's Damon Amendolara. On his nightly show this past Monday night, Amendolara (or "D.A." as he is commonly referred to) declared Joey Galloway's season complete.
D.A. went on many negativity-induced tangents throughout the evening where he stated that Galloway "has been a work in progress all season long" and is "not good anymore."
"All season long." So three games is an eternity in this day and age? D.A. also stated that the season was "a month old." It was a rainy Monday night and the Red Sox's season is virtually meaningless until playoff time, so D.A. apparently was in need of something to discuss.
Joey Galloway was that topic last night, and exaggerating how far into the NFL season we are was D.A.'s mechanism for attacking Mr. Galloway.
Thus far, Galloway has not produced. D.A. is correct in his observation of this fact. With that said, I won't go as far as some of the callers from Monday night's show and say that Galloway will be a "stud" wideout, nor will I even say he'll be a significant contributor to the offense.
What I will say is that it's far too early to judge Galloway and his ability to be a part of the New England Patriot offense. Give the man time. There is no need for premature negativity-filled tirades on the radio.
Other receivers such as Jabar Gaffney typically didn't contribute until the late weeks of each season. The same could happen with Galloway. As Tom Brady has said time and time again, this is a complicated offense and it takes time for the receiver and quarterback relationship to mature.
In no way is this article's purpose to state that Galloway is or will become a great receiver again in his career. D.A. could be correct and Galloway could be another Reche Caldwell (although to be fair, Galloway's expected role in the offense was never close to what Caldwell's was).
The purpose of this article is to document D.A.'s clear cut proclamation on Sept. 28 that Joey Galloway is finished, and this author's opinion that D.A.'s proclamation was extremely and potentially embarrassingly premature.
At season's end, should Galloway be a true bust, a phone call or two to pat D.A. on the back is warranted. I, for one, would like to think D.A. will be wrong on this one.
Should Galloway proceed to "get it" and begin contributing in some fashion, I am calling on Patriot fans to barrage D.A.'s evening radio show with call outs of his premature conclusions related to Joey Galloway.
Laugh at D.A.'s expense. Label him as arrogant. It will be warranted due to how confident he was on the radio last evening with regard to Galloway's career being finished.
More than likely, Joey Galloway will be OK, but not awful and not great, either. This is all he should be expected to be at this stage of his career. An OK performance by Galloway over the 16-game season is certainly much more than D.A.'s expectations will ever allow for.
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