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NFL Reflections

Posted by JoAnn on October 19, 2009

Week 7 Reflections

Saints Alive! Dolphins Be Warned.

Dolphins had a bye this weekend, so not much to report. The good news is, Henne has had two good games and seems to be doing what he needs to do: nothing fancy, just don’t lose the game. He’s playing well, Tatasbut the verdict is still out. If the Dolphins want to beat the Saints this weekend, they need to keep Reggie Bush and Drew Brees off the field. The best way to do that is to run the ball, eat the clock and dominate time of possession while scoring on each drive. It’s what the Dolphins do best.

WildCat This!

There has been much discussion in the past week and a half about the Wildcat offense and whether or not it’s a gimmick. It didn’t help that Jets linebacker Calvin Pace whined about it after losing to the ‘Fins. He called the formation nonsense. To which Channing Crowder kindly pointed out that the Dolphins “Nonsensed their ass all the way up and down the field.” Well put and to the tune of 110 yards, I might add. Look, is the wildcat an unconventional formation? Of course. Is it a gimmick?  Absolutely not, unless you’re the team getting embarrassed by it. The wildcat is an offensive formation, that if you have the right personnel, can be a great offensive threat. If it were a gimmick, you wouldn’t have so many teams adding it to their playbooks, college and pro. Miami has two phenomenal running backs, one with a steady throwing arm. They have two versatile quarterbacks. Right now, no team in professional football has a better team to run this formation than the Dolphins, though others are trying. But my point is this: Just because it’s fairly new and being used a lot now by a team, doesn’t make it a gimmick. Let us not forget that a forward pass wasn’t always part of the game. I’m sure it, at one time, was called a gimmick.

Cold Reality for Sanchez

Speaking of the Dolphins and Jets, it’s inevitable that when it comes time for the Dolphins to play the Jets again, this time in New York, people will speculate that the Dolphins will stumble because it’s a warm weather team. Did you see Mark Sanchez‘s performance against Buffalo this weekend? Five interceptions in the unseasonably frigid October. Henne played college ball at Michigan. And grew up in Pennsylvania (Unrelated tidbit: Henne graduated from the same high school as Kerry Collins.) But I digress. Sanchez is a California boy. I still can’t figure why New York thought he would be a good fit for them in the long run. Weather may be a factor, but maybe not in the way New York hopes.

Remember the Titans? They Don’t.

Three teams are going into week 7 without a single win: St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Truly pathetic in a league with a salary cap designed to keep things competitive. It’s especially sad in the Titans’ case, after the beatdown they received this past weekend courtesy of the New England Patriots. It really makes you wonder how a team could fall so far from one season to the next.

Open Letter to Washington Redskins Coach

Dear Coach Zorn,
I hear Wal-Mart is hiring.
Best wishes,
Jo

Coach Q.B. Controversy Is At It Again

This is the second and last time I plan to talk about Browns Coach Eric Mangini. Dude needs to pick a quarterback and stick with them. Geez! He pulled this same tap dance when head coach of the Jets. Look, I get that your options are pretty gimpy, but unless you can acquire someone else, those are the options you have. You need to name a quarterback and then let them play enough games to properly evaluate them. Playing duck-duck-goose with your quarterbacks is a horrible way to manage a team.

Really McNabb? You Realize Your Getting Paid Millions to Play this Game, Right?

Someone needs to get Donovan McNabb the “Idiot’s Guide to Football.” (I’ll even help you out. Here’s a link: Amazon: Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro.) Yes, Donovan, games can end in ties. And sorry Donovan, but each team only gets 3 timeouts in a half. So when you’re trying to score with seconds left in the first half of a game, don’t like the defensive formation and want to call a timeout to evaluate, it’s best to first evaluate if you have a timeout available. Of course, I don’t entirely blame McNabb for this one. Andy Reid clearly lost his clock-management mind when he called two timeouts following incomplete passes that stopped the clock anyway.  I really don’t know who wanted to lose more yesterday: Reid, the Bills or Mark Sanchez. Each of those did all they could to tank their team. Reid and Sanchez were successful.

Silver Lining for Jim Zorn

In honor of Coach Zorn, I bring you some press conference highlights. As the husband so poetically stated, he is a Coor’s Light commercial in the making. For the second video, skip to 39 seconds in. That’s where Bill expects the Coors Light guys to grill Zorn for buying beer that’s not Coors Light.

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NFL Reflections

Posted by JoAnn on September 28, 2009

Week 3 reflections … this was not fun.

Pennington Out with Shoulder Injury

Pennington at 2009 spring training

Though the Dolphins haven’t officially said yet, it appears Quarterback Chad Pennington is done for the season with a dislocated shoulder. To say I’m disappointed is a total understatement, but it’s the reality we have in Miami and one we unfortunately have to live with. That brings Chad Henne, former Michigan quarterback, to take charge of Miami’s offense. Since day one, I’ve stated that Henne is overrated and will likely disappoint, but time will tell. I could be wrong. For the sake of my Dolphins, I hope I am. Some folks said I was an idiot when I said Brady Quinn would be a bust. Did anyone see the Browns play Sunday? But I digress. Pennington has been great for Miami. He’s provided stability, confidence, poise, excitement and leadership. Unfortunately, Miami and its fairweather fanbase never truly embraced him. They cheered him when he was winning, but were always ready to bench him in favor of youth. Now, they’ve had one brief look at Henne, and are throwing up their hands crying the season is over. One of my biggest pet peeves is fairweather fans. Every city has them, but Miami’s seem to be in excess. A sportswriter once wrote that Miami doesn’t deserve the Marlins because of the way the “fans” treat their baseball team. I think the same could be said about Pennington. Miami didn’t deserve him. Now they have to live with Henne. For the sake of my Dolphins, I hope Henne quickly improves because he’s going to be under center this season.

Who called Mangini a Genius?

Speaking of the Browns, who’s idea was it that Mangini should be a head coach? The Browns owners seem to be working their way through the Belichick coaching tree. Maybe they should come up with a new strategy.

Throwback this!

So again speaking of the Browns, I’m not a fan of the throwback uniforms, especially since it’s just another way for the NFL to make money by selling more jerseys. This past weekend, we saw the New York Jets wearing the old New York Titans uniforms and the Tennessee Titans wearing the the old Oilers uniforms from when the team used to be in Houston. Basically, you had the ghosts of Titans past channeling the ghost of Titans present. So that made me realize, the Baltimore Ravens could never really pull a throwback uniform game, because they were once the Cleveland Browns. I don’t think today’s Browns, which are considered an expansion team since the original team was sold and moved to Baltimore, would take too kindly to a bunch of Ravens in their old uniforms. Quite the quagmire! That would be kind of fun to see. Dear football czars, if you insist on these throwback jersey games, can we please make one of them a Browns v. Ravens showdown. Pretty please.

Ochocinco & Co. Shock Steelers

I  thoroughly enjoyed the Bengals v. Steelers game. Sorry Pittsburgh fans. Actually, that’s a lie. I’m not sorry. I loved every nailbiting second.

Jeers to Michaels and Collinsworth

So the stellar NBC crew calling last night’s Indy v. Arizona game had me defending Peyton Manning. For years, sports analysts said Manning could not be considered a great quarterback because he never won a Super Bowl. While I disagree with that because it takes an entire team to win a Super Bowl (As Dan Marino well knows), but whatever. Well, Manning got his Super Bowl victory in 2007. Fast forward to last night’s game and you have Michaels and Collinsworth debating whether you could consider Manning a great quarterback because he only won one Super Bowl. **Head hits table** Really, guys? Please. Greatness isn’t always measured in Super Bowls. (DISCLAIMER: If you’re a Steelers fan, please avert your eyes.) Ben Roethlisberger is a good quarterback. Very good. But he’s not great. He has two Super Bowl rings. But that doesn’t rank him among the elite. In fact, his first Super Bowl victory came with the lowest quarterback rating (22.6) ever logged in a Super Bowl by a winning quarterback. He “redeemed” himself in Super Bowl XLIII, but he has played with some great players.  Nevermind the fact that he didn’t win the MVP award in either Super Bowls, which is odd since they seem to bend over backwards to give it to the quarterback (ref Super Bowl XLII). He’s had two chances and come up short both times. So while I think Roethlisberger has earned his fair share of accolades, if I was choosing between him or Peyton Manning to lead my NFL team, I’d take Manning every time. So to that I say BOOOOOOO to NBC and its crack commentators for making me defend Manning. Will you analysts ever be satisfied?

Speaking of Manning

Peyton Manning’s commercials have really disappointed me so far this year. I’m bummed about that. I don’t like him on the football field, but man, he made some funny commercials!

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