Rebuttal Argument -Ivonid12

It’s not Just the Quarterback Y’Know


In America today, the most watched sport is easily football. Millions tune in every week to watch some of the greatest athletes in the world battle it out to win the game and ultimately, the Lombardi trophy. The players that get the most press, attention, and credit is easily the quarterbacks, as most ignore the other ten positions on the offensive side of the ball, and eleven on the defensive side of the ball. For many, the quarterback is a must have to win in the NFL, and if you don’t have a franchise guy elite guy, don’t even think about winning. After all, they control the offense, who the ball goes to, and how a play is made. The position is easily the most debated in talks of football, and will continue to be so. Analysts continue to argue the notion that franchise quarterbacks are the reason teams win football games, since the great ones are the reason their teams win football games.

Even though many say a great quarterback is important for a team’s success, it is most definitely not the end  all be all for a football team. So much goes into a football team, that it is foolish to say that the only reason people win is because of the quarterback. Football is regarded as the most team oriented sport, as single players cannot win you football games in contrast to the MLB, NBA, and to some extent the NHL. There have been plenty of teams in the past that have won, or appeared in Super Bowls, and have not had a franchise guy. For example, the 2015 Denver Broncos’ quarterback was a washed up, 39 year old Peyton Manning, who only threw 9 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. To make matters worse for Manning, he was benched midway through the season for his back up, Brock Osweiler, and yet Manning returned for the playoffs and “led” his team to a Super Bowl. Most who watched the game praised Manning as he retired weeks after, but ultimately knew it was the defense that carried the football team. The Denver defense was ranked first that season, and earned a first round bye for the playoffs, cruising their way to a championship. Another great example of a team lacking a quarterback but ultimately winning the Super Bowl would be the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, would also had a liability at quarterback. Trent Dilfer split time with other quarterbacks throughout the reason before starting the playoffs, yet the Ravens still reached the Super Bowl and ended up winning it in 2000.

When it comes to football teams, coaching is just as important as your players. Whether it is the head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator coaching can be more important than the players actually playing the game. Even the special teams coach can help win football games. Great coaching can really elevate a quarterback, and over the many seasons played, has proven to be true time and time again. For example, recently drafted quarterback Jared Goff was terrible his rookie season under then head coach, Jeff Fisher. After Fisher was fired, and the Los Angeles Rams then hired Sean McVay, Goff has produced as one of the best quarterbacks in league last season, and this season as well, as the Rams are currently 8 – 0. In this case, surely the coach should recieve more credit, as without him, the Rams most likely wouldn’t be in the position they are in today. Even though McVay’s amazing contributions are on offense, defensive coaches elevate a team just as much. Another example of this would be Vic Fangio, current defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Before coaching for the Bears, Fangio was on the 49ers, and elevated the team’s defense to a Super Bowl appearence during the 2012 season. Although they lost that Super Bowl, without Fangio the 49ers probably don’t appear in that Super Bowl, considering their quarterback situation was great with then starter Colin Kaepernick. Now with Fangio on the Bears, they are also a top defense in the NFL. The Bears are currently 4 – 3, fighting for a division title versus the Minnesota Vikings, and are once again somewhat weak at the quarterback position. Coaching is extremely important in the NFL, and with offenses producing more than ever, having a great coach is very important.

When it comes to a quarterback’s needs, besides coaching, their most important need is the offensive line, easily the most underrated position in all of football. The quarterback definitely needs good receivers to throw to, and a running back to run the ball for him, but the offensive line can make or break a quarterback. The quarterback needs time to throw the football and a bad offensive line will not provide that. A great example would be the Giants of recent seasons, who have given up the most sacks in the league at times. Their team is undoubtedly great in terms of talent, but their offensive line is terrible, and the whole team has suffered because of it. They are currently 1 – 6, and their season is currently done for.

The NFL is easily the most team oriented major sport in the world.  Teams in the NFL require so much from coaching, to defense, to offense, and  even managing to be great, while no other sport can say that. Ever player has their job to do, and the teasm that do their jobs the best, are the ones that win the most. A great quarterback can make your team better, but if the rest of the team isn’t good then the team will suffer. Whether it’s the MLB, NHL, NBA, or soccer, no other sport requires every aspect of the the team to be great to be successful. The NFL can.

Robust Verbs – Ivonid12

The Paragraph:

There is a huge problem in Vancouver with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can to stop the addicts. The problem is that there is a large crime rate due to the addicts. It is obvious that addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day lives. Daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain because of the fact that they are using. By heroin users being addicted, they will do whatever they have to do to get their hands on the drug. The types of crimes committed are those of breaking and entering as well as stealing. There are no limits to where they will go to retrieve this drug so that they can feed their addiction. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin. It is only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. By providing the drug, these addicts will be off the streets, which in turn will prevent them from committing minor street crimes. This will also keep the heroin users out of the hospital. It is pointless that the hospitals have to deal with people that want to use bad drugs or unsanitary needles and find themselves being unable to afford hospital bills and hard to cope without the drug. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible. This will in turn fix the city  but not the addiction that these people face.

New and Edited:

Vancouver is currently in a heroin crisis, as addicts to the drug are increasing the crime rate within the city to support their habits. Addicts inherently have a hard time completing daily tasks, such as their job or relationship, and are spending time committing crimes to fuel their addiction. The “free heroin for addicts” program in Vancouver’s goal is to provide heroin for those addicted to stop them from committing crimes. The program is also trying to limit the amount of addicts in the hospital, mainly because they are reluctant to help people that don’t want to help themselves. However, the program provides a band aid from than an actual fix, as the program keeps them addicted.


Open Strong – Ivonid12

When you think of American television, the NFL is the first thought that comes to mind to most Americans. It is easily the most watched television in America, and has basically became a holiday for most Americans. It has brought us so many great moments of entertainment, and memories of great games that most of us will remember and argue for the rest of our lives. With football, and any sport, there will always be a debate about some topic. Who is the best quarterback, who is the best team in the league, should a team make a replacement at linebacker? However, an aspect of the NFL that isn’t debated as much as it should be  is why doesn’t the NFL consider defensive players when it comes to MVP voting? Year in and year out a quarterback, and in some cases a running back, always get MVP, but why do defensive players almost never receive votes?  Elite defensive players are in many ways more valuable than a good quarterback and should be considered every season for MVP.


Casual – Ivonid12

Here’s what I have so far

Hey professor I could really use some help with this.

Since I’m researching the relationship between the value of a dominant defensive player versus the value of a great quarterback, I think the cause and effect relationship is crucial to my thesis. We THINK the quarterback is easily the most important and best player on the field at all times, since he is the person who touches the ball the most. But actually, it’s a great DEFENSIVE PLAYER, that can elevate the greatness of a team, and create opportunities for both the quarterback and defense.

Another thing I want to talk about about is how easy offense is to come by in the NFL so why aren’t great defenses more valued in the game today? Most analysts and the media always give credit to the quarterback or offense, but the defense is just as responsible. The goal to win the game is to score more points than the other team, however, it is just as important to stop the other team from scoring.

I guess one of the biggest problems I have is explaining what I want, but to make it understandable to the reader. Football is one of, if not the most in depth sports in the world, so making my argument understandable can be challenging.  What I may know or believe about football may not be  understandable to who is reading.

Definition – ivonid12

Unjustly Valued


What will it take for another defensive player to win MVP? It seems as though the seasons through the NFL progress, quarterback after quarterback is named MVP, with defensive players never even getting consideration. Ever since Lawrence’s Taylor’s MVP winning season, there has never been another defensive player to win after, and only  one other  player before him, Alan Page in 1971, to win the MVP award since 1957. While the NFL gets more offensive by the year, and defensive players have to adjust constantly to produce results, defensive players fall further, and further out of the public eye. With constant rule changes per season, altering catch rules and how you can hit the quarterback, defense is being valued less, and offense is valued more. Sadly, the current state of the NFL means this probably won’t change anytime soon.

One of the central questions posed recently by those who debate sports, is whether or not defensive players should be valued more since offense is easier than ever to come by. Since we are in the 2018 season currently, offense is as common as ever, as of before  week 7’s games, there are three teams averaging 30+ points per game, and another ten average 25+ points per game. Compare that to last season, and offense has clearly increased, as not a single team averaged over thirty points, and only eight averaged 25+ points per game. While the season is still young currently, and averages are likely to go up and down, the recent increase is undeniable, and more sustainable compared to last year. Mark Maske of The Washington Post states in his article “For the NFL there is no such thing as too much scoring” how offense through week 6 is at an all time high, and offense is at its easiest to come by. He states “The 4,489 points, 504 touchdowns and 328 touchdown passes recorded league wide thus far are the most ever, in each case, through six weeks of an NFL season” meaning that offense is at an all time high. It has also  shown no signs of slowing down as of now, but many believe, such as the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent that, “They will adjust. I think as we start getting into that real playoff run, we’ll start seeing the points normalize itself.” With all  these stats, opinions, and records in mind, the value of great defensive players should increase.

First of all, defense players have a harder job than ever in the game today. With a new catch rule, constant pass interference calls, and  a now more strict roughing the passer penalty, no wonder so many more points are being scored, and even the best defensive players are having a hard time. With all the new additions of these rules, however, a player that still performs despite all these limitations,  surely must get some consideration for Most Valuable Player Honors. With the current system in place, guys that are great now, are really great compared to a lot of great players before their time, yet they still get little to no consideration for MVP.

Second of all, that one, great, future hall of fame defensive player can not only change the outlook of an entire defense,  but help the whole team as well. When you have a player that is that dominate at that position he plays on defense, he helps the rest of the entire defense play better meaning he’s most valuable. A great linebacker who plays the middle, can command the defense, cover receivers, and help tackle the quarterback or running back. A great defensive back can lock down parts of the field single handedly, forcing opposing offense to play around them and target another part of the field. Let’s not forget a dominant edge rusher, who can set the edge in the run game, as well as sack the quarterback and apply pressure leading to more turnovers and more opportunities for the offense. There have been great examples of players like this in the history of the NFL, and yet they never even sniff the opportunity to win that most valuable player trophy.  For example, a corner like Deion Sanders, is considered by many to be the greatest ever, as he always locked down the opponent’s best receiver when asked to, and even provided value in the return game, as he held the record for most kickoff and punt return touchdowns in NFL history, until it was recently broken by Devin Hester. Deion Sanders never even won an MVP award even though you could tell, he was the best player on the field. Another great example would be Ray Lewis, who is also considered the greatest at his position and has never won an  MVP even though he essentially ran the whole defense. As the middle guy, you tell your teammates to adjust, what the play is, and what they need to do to succeed, and while he was the first defensive player on the cover of madden, he never won an MVP award. As for an edge rusher, an amazing example is one that is occurring this season with Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears. The Raiders foolishly traded their best player in Khalil Mack off their team, and are now the worst team in the league. The Bears on the other hand, now have one of the league’s best defenses, and are at the top of their division likely to head to the playoffs. With Mack’s  presence, the  whole defense has performed better, going from a good defense last season, to an elite defense this year. This is a great example of how a defensive player  can shape the whole outlook of a team, and the previous examples are guys in the hall of fame such as Ray Lewis, and Deion Sanders, who won super bowls because of their play. Yet continuously year in and year out, an offensive player wins the MVP award.



Maske, Mark. “Analysis | For the NFL, There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Scoring.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 17 Oct. 2018,

“NFL Team Points per Game.” NFL Football Stats – NFL Team Points per Game on,



Safer Saws – ivonid12

Source 1

In the article “If Table Saws Can Be Safer, Why Aren’t They?”, it is explained why most people don’t want to buy a safer table saw, considering how expensive it will be with the new SawStop technology.

“Young says consumers won’t want to pay for the SawStop technology, which could add $100 – $300 in costs”

This is a opinionated claim, as people would rather bet on themselves, than pay more money for something they feel like they can prevent.

Source 2

In the article “SawStop Sues Bosch over new ReaXX Table Saw and its Flesh-Detection and Blade Braking Tech”, the post claims how SawStop is suing other companies for possible trademark and patent infringement. It also details their previous  failures.

“First, Gass tried to get power tool brands to license their technology, but they declined to. ”

“Then, since manufacturers wouldn’t license SawStop’s technology voluntarily, Gass lobbied for federal regulations that would force power tool manufacturers to do so.”

“Then SawStop sued brands for allegedly boycotting his technology.”

These are all factual claims as they all state the process that SawStop has been through for people to use their technology.

Source 3

In the article “Bosch Tools SawStop Lawsuit”, the article provides the reasons to why SawStop isn’t favored by companies, as there are many business reasons as to why.

  • The additional cost to manufacturers to implement this technology is estimated to be between $150-$200 per product, an amount that will be passed on to the consumer.
  • Gass (SawStop) is asking for 8 percent licensing/royalties on the wholesale price of each saw sold, a figure that many manufacturers view as near-extortion and monopoly position. This fee would also be passed on to consumers.
  • “False positives” or “nuisance trips” produce downtime and expenses. False positives can trip on common materials such as moist wood (think freshly delivered pressure treated lumber).
  • A false trip mandates replacement of the brake mechanism which is an expensive piece (~$59)
  • A false trip mandates replacement of the saw blade, since it is unknown whether the carbide teeth may be jarred or broken loose – creating a hazard. As most pros know, blades can be upwards of $100 each
  • During a braking event, carbide teeth could be thrown through the blade opening
  • Existing Underwriters Laboratories document ANSI/UL 987 includes provisions for maintaining safe distance from saw blades and instructions for proper use.
  • The “court is out” on how a high-impact braking mechanism will affect smaller jobsite table saws.
  • Consumer choice can dictate whether this technology, and its associated potential issues and added cost, will gain widespread acceptance by consumers
  • A low percentage of the 30,000 annual (U.S.) table saw injuries are due to contact with the blade – most are from kickback.

This is a factual claim, as the reasons are clearly stated as to why companies do not like safety requirements on their products.

Source 4

In the source “Table Saw Injury Lawyer”, is provides sources to where you can seek legal help for any table saw injury including SawStop. They also provide stats to how many are injured per year.

“Every year, there are over 40,000 table saw injuries, resulting in more than 4,000 amputations. Table saws cause more injuries than any other woodworking tool.”

This is a factual claim, as they provide a clear statistic as to how many people get injured per year.

Source 5 

In the source, “Table Saw Facts at a Glance”, offers information about current table saws, as well as SawStop such as technology price and where to find them.

    • SawStop introduced a saw for the benchtop table saw market in March of 2015. The saw weighs 79 pounds and retails for $1299, compared to other benchtop table saws of similar size, weight and features, (but for the injury mitigation system) selling for $500 – $600
    • SawStop saws are currently available in the marketplace to any consumer who chooses to purchase them.
    • SawStop technology mitigates the hazard of a spinning saw blade when a human hand or finger touches the blade by jamming a braking pawl into the saw blade, thus stopping the blade in milliseconds and destroying the blade.

Visual Rhetoric – ivonid12


( 0:01) The room is completely blacked out, with what appears to be a canvas, that is also black, with a spotlight shining on it.

( 0:02) A woman appears at the end of the room and walks up to the canvas with a marker to draw on it. Her face is half covered by her own shadow.

( 0:03) The video cuts to a man who is now drawing on the canvas as well. The words shown are “You can’t sit here”. He seems to be writing “LAME”.

(0: 04 – 6) Two other girls draw on the board as well as one other dude.

(0: 07) The canvas shows up with a ton of writing on it.

(0: 08 – 28) Those who wrote on the canvas all explain something and speak to the camera. They all seem to be frustrated while talking and seem to be explaining something.

(0: 29) The video ends with #BeMore.