Was the Lord’s name really in vain? You tell me….
You may not know this but this was the first year that I adopted an NFL team as my own.
A definite oldie (look @ that resolution!!! YIKES!) but a goodie
Props to Marion Barber for the effort on this 2 yard gain.
No man should have to run that far, away from that many tacklers, for that short a gain…EVER
Another week, another slew of NFL games that deserve commentary for stuff on and off the field….Let’s dive right in, shall we?
- These Thursday Night games have to go. Week 1 was interesting for a half but since then? Blowouts. Nothing but blowouts. These matchups aren’t competitive! And I know these look cool on paper, being divisional matchups and all but once one team gets up two touchdowns, there are no adjustments made or not enough made..I say they abolish the Thursday night games and go back to how it used to be…Give us our games on Sunday and Monday from Week 1 till Thanksgiving….and then play Thursday games from Thanksgiving on. I don’t need 12 weeks of subpar weeknight football and I don’t want to worry about volatile fantasy football results either …If I wanted to see terrible team sports on weeknight, the Knicks season is forthcoming….
- Should the Niners have kept Alex Smith? Short answer? No. Longer answer? Kaepernick may get a little squirrelly with the ball sometime but Alex Smith couldn’t beat the Packers like Colin did in the playoffs. Smith versus the Seahawk defense? No thank you. Alex looks good with top flight talent around him but if it’s all on his shoulders to move the ball down the field, he’s not capable of getting the job done…Media types? Stop the madness. Just Alex Smith has one good game on national TV, you want to crown him as lord and host?
- I watched that Patriot blitzkrieg of the Bengals and I came away more upset at Marvin Lewis’s team. Yes, Belichick had his guys come out with intensity and New England got up quick on Cincinnati but Marvin Lewis HAS to be better prepared for that. He has to know…that to be taken seriously as a contender in the league…to be considered favorites in the AFC North…they had to put the Patriots back on the mat. They had the talent on both sides of the ball and Hue Jackson had some calls at the ready for the Pats and their vaunted secondary. They were running the ball at a decent clip as well but when they had some spots to take shots, the gun backfired…the clip fell out…or their aim was faulty. And I can’t help but keep the blame finger pointed @ Marvin. Personnel (Gresham, ugh…) and gameplan (why no aggressive gameplan from the start on defense?) are two things he’s in charge of and he let Bill Belichick’s team Electric Slide up and down the field…SMH
- The Tennessee Titans have got to be kidding me with that performance versus the Browns. Up 25 and they lost? I thought all the praise for Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego guaranteed the Titans would turn it around in short order but they keep finding ways to lose. That offense should be better and that defense isn’t doing enough even though they’ve got one of the better defensive minds on staff. Oh well…what am I upset about anyway? The division was giftwrapped for Andrew Luck from the beginning so expecting any of the other teams (Houston & Jacksonville included) to be any competition was foolish on my part.
- The Jets haven’t reached pitiful status yet but they surely put up a Patriots vs Kansas City type of performance versus the Chargers Sunday. There are a few problems for them (lack of talent @ WR and in the secondary, spotty QB play and uninspired play-calling) which affect the few things they can do right (defend the run and running the ball..) As we saw this weekend, Mike Vick will NOT be the savior he was in Philadelphia, so Jets fans better hope things get better for them. I can easily see them losing their next 5 games. EASILY. And firing Rex Ryan will not turn this thing around. They might as well let him ride the year out while scouring the waivers and practice squads for talent.
- LOL @ Jim Caldwell’s Lions. How a 3-2 team that has so much going for it can find a way to lose to a Kyle Orton-led Buffalo Bills team is baffling. I know Jim Schwartz laughed his head off @ each missed FG and each injured player limping off the field. We’ll see how Detroit looks going forward…all that talent that’s on paper isn’t on the field like we all thought. Can Caldwell scheme these guys up and get them on the right track?
- Seattle was looking forward to Dallas and mailed that 2nd half in versus Washington but can we get some more praise on Russell Wilson’s (Proud owner in the BTFL!) plate? He doesn’t have the stats of the elite passers of our days but he rarely makes bad throws, can do you dirty in and out of the pocket and has put some plays on film this season that are top ten worthy…Every team that needed a QB and passed on him should hang their heads very low like sweet chariots but we have to admit that the combination of Russell, Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell (the offensive co-ordinator) is a top trio in this league. But keep your eyes to the horizon for Seattle…Marshawn won’t be back because Seattle won’t pay him with Russell deserving a raise. Plus the Seahawks have to let a few other top talents walk in the offseason because they’ve maximized their value with stellar play on the field…Reloading that roster is a concern for next season and beyond. For now, let’s enjoy Russell and what he does for the rest of the season.
- …I’m all for NFL stars getting work after their careers are done but I need these former player commentators that go on network TV or the NFL Network to get some INTENSIVE training behind the scenes. Whatever it takes…public speaking, English classes, speech therapy, an emphasis on diction and pronunciation..SOMETHING. It’s almost like the networks are setting these guys up for failure! So you’re saying I’ve got to get my post game commentary/analysis/highlight breakdowns late on Sunday night from LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Irvin, who are NOTORIOUS for butchering standard English?
I’m almost at a point now when I think back to the days of Emmitt Smith and wonder was he really that bad? (Spoiler: He was..)
- Jacksonville is getting more pub for its pool and its mascot than the product on the field…smh. Blake Bortles and Gus Bradley are a start but they need more and more talent on that roster to be relevant. Byron Leftwich must be rolling over in his grave…
And like the Oregon Ducks chances at winning the National Championship, I’m done…
Another week, another slew of NFL games that deserve commentary for stuff on and off the field….Let’s dive right in, shall we?
- Saints decided to run a fake punt with Thomas Morstead down 14 while on the comeback trail….
New Orleans was getting their butts handed to them by the Dallas Cowboys, of all teams…So I can’t say I understand stalling the comeback attempt by calling a fake punt that as obvious as grey hair on Rob Ryan’s head. You want to make a comeback? You put the ball in Drew Brees’ hand, put Jimmy Graham, Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston out on pass routes, have Pierre Thomas in to block and you make it work, no matter the down or the distance….Let me find out Sean Payton’s out here making 2011 Jason Garrett type decisions on the sidelines…Is the world still on it’s axis?
- Please help me understand how Michael Vick makes the Jets better? I understand Vick at his best is a wonderful memory, but that man is not currently employed by the New York football Jets. The man who is currently employed by the Jets is an injury-prone mobile QB with a pretty thrown ball, spotty accuracy and hamstrings made out of Twizzlers. He might make the highlights look good after losses but how will his insertion into the lineup lead to wins? Have you seen their upcoming schedule? @SD, home to DEN, @ NE, home vs BUF, @ KC and home vs PIT before a bye…If one incorporates this past week’s results, the Charger, Bronco and Chief games are clear losses. Clear. New England is a toss up. Pittsburgh looks to have too much firepower on offense to lose and who knows how Buffalo responds to Kyle Orton?…Stop the madness. Let Geno work through the growing pains of being a 2nd year QB. But people need to start questioning some other things in regard to the Jets. Woody Johnson sitting on 21.2 million bucks when some money could’ve been used on some skill players? Could Marty Morninhweg be @ fault, considering no QB has blossomed under his tutelage? Rex Ryan has developed how many offensive stars via the draft? ZERO?
- Pittsburgh losing to the Buccaneers? Tomlin definitely got caught in a letdown game. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Tomlin didn’t respect the potential effort of the team coming into Pittsburgh to play his Steelers. The offense, for the most part, showed up on the stat sheet but the defense is still too spotty to be trusted at this point in the season. ..One of my pet peeves with NFL teams is playing super conservative when up late in a game and Pittsburgh did this on Sunday. When up by any amount of points and you need a 1st down to ice the game, PASSING IS AN OPTION! What a novel concept! I understand being close to your own goal line, the potential disaster of a pick in that situation but there are dozens of high percentage pass plays that you can call that can get you small chunks of yardage. 3 straight runs and a punt do not a drive make! ESPECIALLY when the Tampa Bay defense KNOWS that’s what you’re doing! Switch it up people! Running right into the backs of your offensive line to burn clock and play safe cost you, Pittsburgh, and this might be that loss that keeps you out of playoff contention!
- Steve Smith was more lucky than good vs his old team…actually MOSTLY luck. Let’s not get out of control and think Steve really worked his former employers over like Jerry Rice or something. A tipped ball that wasn’t even aimed in his direction and a backpedaled parabola to the back of the end zone does not spell S-K-I-L-L to me. I’ll commend Steve for his ability to translate will and determination into production on the field but that’s about where it stops. Carolina didn’t have anything for the Ravens in the backfield, Cam included, so Steve need not puff up his chest TOO much…but the quotes are too much, though…LOL
- Kirk Cousins was a hot mess last Thursday. He looked good with a clean pocket but was clearly rattled after Niles Paul got his eggs scrambled on a helmet to helmet hit down the seam in the 3rd quarter. He’s a backup QB. Nothing more needs to be said about that. The media spent two weeks building this guy up and trying their hardest to get RGIII out of town but sometimes the best defense to the haters is to not even play. Cousins reminded many of Rex Grossman and that’s not who you want to remind ANYONE of. ANYONE.
- The Patriots whipping @ the hands of Wally the Walrus and those pesky Kansas City Chiefs is more an indictment on the “Patriot Way” than Tom Brady falling off of a cliff, talent wise. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick got cocky in believing that Tom would see them through regardless of personnel and he can’t do it that way consistently anymore. At his worst, you get a game like Monday night, where no one looks open, the line is leaking like a cracked coffee mug and it all looks like a dumpster fire the closer you look at it…..But Bill and Bob needs to be held accountable for their consistent draft day misses and their inability to groom offensive talent as well spend money for anybody over the age of 30 @ the WR position. Randy Moss leaving didn’t help. Letting Welker go didn’t help. Letting Brandon Lloyd go didn’t help. Trading Mankins didn’t help. Hernandez was an unfortunate situation but there’s got to be more bullets in the chamber after he got let go. Chad Johnson was a dice roll that didn’t pan out. Relying on a hobbled Gronkowski and super scrappy Julian Edelman isn’t gonna cut it against top talent. It might get New England through the AFC East because…its the AFC Least…but if Denver, San Diego or Kansas City come to town again….it’s goodnight Irene. And I don’t even KNOW an Irene….So somethings have to change in New England going forward…Maybe the offensive co-ordinator has to tweak some things on his end but a lot of change has to come from GM Belichick…He can’t rely on smoke, mirrors, mystique and videotape to get wins anymore. You need talent.
- Hussain Abdullah’s penalty for this:
was unnecessary but I understood why the refs through the flag…they saw the slide and chucked that yellow but once Abdullah’s helmet hit the turf…they knew they done effed up now (like Bill Duke said.)
- Last but not least, I didn’t put a commentary up last week because of browser crashes and a few other unfortunate events but you know I couldn’t let this slide even if I wanted to…This stands up a week later…
CAM NEWTON, WTF IS YOU WEARING?
And on that fashion faux-pas, I’m like Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa’s marriage…done here