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Monday Musings

Posted on: October 26, 2009 6:39 pm
 


---The Cowboys giving outside rusher DeMarcus Ware a six-year contract extension for $80 million shouldn't come as a surprise. He's the NFL's best defensive pass rusher when he's healthy. He hasn't been as dominant this season, although he did get two sacks against Atlanta Sunday to give him four for the season. Ware has been playing with a foot injury and it clearly has affected his explosiveness. Giving him $40 million in guarantees is well worth it. I'd much rather pay an edge rusher like Ware than an inside player like Albert Haynesworth.

---You hate to see any player suffer a season-ending injury. But it's even worse when it's a classy player like Jets running back Leon Washington. He suffered a broken fibula against the Raiders, which likely puts him out for the season. The sting there is that Washington is in the final year of his contract and has been negotiating for a while with the team. He even missed part of off-season workouts because he was not happy with the talks. It will be interesting to see how the Jets handle the talks now that he's coming back from a severe injury.


---The Cleveland Browns are horrible on offense. But the coaching doesn't help. Early in their blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, quarterback Derek Anderson hit Mohamad Massaquoi for 22 yards to the Cleveland 49. A facemask penalty gave tacked on 15 and gave the Browns a first down at the Green Bay 21. So what doe the Browns do? They bring in Josh Cribbs to run the Wildcat. He gains one yard and takes the Browns out of a rhythm. They did end up getting inside the 10, but they settled for a field goal. Stop messing with any offensive groove. Let the quarterback play. Is it any wonder why the Browns stink on offense?

---There were three return touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 27-17 win over Minnesota. When that happened, I turned and told Alex Marvez from Foxsports.com that had to be some sort of record. It was. It marked the first time in NFL history that a game featured three return touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the fourth quarter.

---The Steelers need to get the ball to receiver Santonio Holmes more in the passing game. They used him on reverses a couple of times against the Vikings, but he needs to get the ball more in the passing game.

---Take a look at how far back Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson is off the line of scrimmage when he lines up. It gives him a huge edge getting out for his pulls. I mentioned it to Hutchinson after the Steelers game and he said that's not the case. Steve, it is. But you get away with it because you're as good as you are.

---Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford announced Sunday that he will have surgery on his injured shoulder and then declare for the draft next April. It's the right thing to do. But let Bradford be a lesson to all who think they should go back to school when they have a chance to be a high draft pick. Go when it's time to go. You can always go back and get that degree. It looks like Bradford has fallen behind Washington's Jake Locker on some draft boards to be the first quarterback taken.


---I still don't believe Vinny Cerrato. Until I hear it out of Dan Snyder's mouth, I don't believe Jim Zorn is safe. Cerrato hopes it stays that way. It's better for him.

----The stat sheet from the Dolphins-Saints game will read that Darren Sharper returned a Chad Henne interception for a touchdown. But the reality is the interception goes to Ted Ginn Jr. He dropped the pass that fell into the hands of Sharper. He has to make that catch. Henne stood in the face of a blitz and fired a rocket into Ginn Jr's hands, but it ended up as a Saints touchdown. It wasn't Henne's fault.

---One of the worst calls I've witnessed made by an official came at the end of the Dolphins-Saints game. With Miami down six, they were driving to a potential game-winning score. But after Henne hit Greg Camarillo for a 7-yard gain to the New Orleans 49, he was called for an illegal-forward pass as the ball came out of hands when he reached for the sideline. The ball was knocked out. It resulted in a 5-yard penalty, which made it second-and-8. Two plays later, on fourth down. Tracy Porter picked off Henne and returned it for a touchdown. Is it a different game if the penalty isn't called? We don't know for sure, but the officials blew that.


---The Vikings had a first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 1 Sunday. Why didn't they run the ball four times with Adrian Peterson? The Vikings ran Peterson once, threw two incomplete passes, and settled for a field goal. The Steelers players I talked to in the locker room were shocked at the calls. So was I.


---San Francisco coach Mike Singletary did the right thing going to Alex Smith. It's clear Shaun Hill isn't the answer. He can't throw it down the field. Smith can. The rest of the season should be used to find out if Smith is the long-term solution. If not, they need to get a quarterback in the draft.

 

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Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2009 8:47 am
 

Monday Musings

pete, take another look at the play. greg was trying to stop the clock. he just got caught. that's all



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2009 7:18 am
 

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Yeah and don't forget about his infatuation with the other Manning too.  How many interceptions did precious Eli throw?  He must drool whenever he watches the NFL Network and they show the Manning brothers commercials over and over again.



Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2009 1:06 am
 

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I wouldnt go as far as saying or implying that there was anything "fishy" going on with the replay system not functioning during the Saints' challenge. However, from the moment that happened, I kept waiting for the announcers to update us that even if they got it fixed, there would be NO REPLAY allowed for the remainder of the first half. Then, if it was fixed, they could resume using it in the second half. But that never happened. And it would have been the right thing to do.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 9:40 pm
 

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Can't blame you there Whitestar.  I remember when you guys were as bad as any old Saints team, you and the Colts (remember, they used to call them the "dolts" in my local paper.) before Manning and Brady.  Wasn't really that long ago.  Anyway, nobody said anything bad about you guys but, then again, nobody said anything good either.



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 9:27 pm
 

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"The ball was knocked out!!   If that is what you see, get your eye's checked soon because your not even close!!"

Why do I suspect that the one person in 5 pages of posts that agrees with Pete Prisco is Pete Prisco under an alias?



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 8:18 pm
 

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---One of the worst calls I've witnessed made by an official came at the end of the Dolphins-Saints game. With Miami down six, they were driving to a potential game-winning score. But after Henne hit for a 7-yard gain to the New Orleans 49, he was called for an illegal-forward pass as the ball came out of hands when he reached for the sideline. The ball was knocked out. It resulted in a 5-yard penalty, which made it second-and-8. Two plays later, on fourth down. picked off Henne and returned it for a touchdown. Is it a different game if the penalty isn't called? We don't know for sure, but the officials blew that.Nice defense of Camarillo's dubious 'chuck' (and I'm not biased - I used to live in a town called 'Camarillo') But not one mention of the bogus "Tripping"&nbs
p;call that negated a Vikings TD to take a late lead over the Steelers? - on a block by Jeff Dugan that SIs Peter King called "a textbook roll block" - a call so lame that Mr. King said his colleages at NBC (Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison) were "apoplectic" (do you know what it takes to get Coach Dungy 'apoplectic' ?)

After having seen both plays and calls, its easy to see why Mr. King gives commentary on nationally televised programs while Prisco remains a "blogging I-95 homer".



Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 6:21 pm
 

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Camarillo reaching for the sideline! I don't think so. But everyone is entitled to an opinion. mine is that the officials made the most enlightened calls I've ever seen. My guess is that Camarillo thought that the zebras would be as gullible as Prisco.




Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 6:13 pm
 

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Dude you are making it seem like favre was turned away and being taken down by 6 guys and looking at a different receiver when he threw that ball to chester taylor. It was a normal screen pass and the pass was slightly high. Taylor still should have caught it regardless. and what you said about how he shouldn't have thrown it because there was 6 guys in his face, THAT'S WHAT A SCREEN PASS IS YOU NUMNUTS! the linemen come off their block so obviously there will be pressure, that's what happens on 90% of screen plays. it was a normal play but favre threw it just a little high and taylor missed it. that doesn't happen and we kick a field goal to tie it, if not score and win.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2009 5:44 pm
 

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Yeah, I don't know what Prisco is thinking here. I would want to check the video to be absolutely sure, but I don't recall Camarillo getting upset at the call either, or even objecting to the penalty in the least. He took a chance, got busted, and it cost his team 5 yards. It wasn't a bad call.



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 4:39 pm
 

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Joe Thomas was a standout multi-sport athlete in both high school and college and was heavily recruited for D1 sports (great basketball player, too). Just a fan who watched him play.

He could probably do a better job than either current Cleveland QB. Go Lancers.


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