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Posted on: November 16, 2009 5:56 pm

---I know people are raving about Maurice Jones-Drew going down at the 1-yard line instead of scoring late in the Jaguars' victory over the Jets, and I liked it too. But I think the Jaguars should have tried to score a touchdown with a sneak with 20 seconds left, rather than wait to kick a field goal on the last play. Why risk a bad snap? I know it's an extra point, but anything can happen. Jones-Drew made the right decision, and coach Jack Del Rio was smart in telling him to do it, but after that let the clock run down and then sneak it in. If not, then you kick the field goal. It was a risky decision to put it on the final kick. By the way, the Jaguars are 5-4 with a soft schedule that just might get that team into playoff contention. If they make it, it would be an amazing job with that young roster.

---I'm starting to think Reggie Wayne is every bit as good as Marvin Harrison was in his prime. That touchdown catch he made to beat the Patriots Sunday night was amazing. What's even more amazing is that he called the audible on that play. The play call was a fade, but Wayne tried that earlier in the game and it was well defended. So he looked over to Peyton Manning and shook his head. "I did my C.C. Sabathia and shook him off," Wayne said. He gave Manning the signal for a slant. He ran it inside and Manning threw a dart that Wayne pulled in for a score. Sensational. Does Wayne ever get his due for being a great receiver?

---Word is some Patriots players were grumbling to the Colts players about Bill Belichick's decision to go for the first down late in the game on fourth-and-2 rather than punting. The defensive players weren't happy, even if they didn't say so in the locker room.

---Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is struggling. He has 10 interceptions in the past five games. Ryan is doing more on offense than he did last season, but he doesn't look as sharp. Ryan has to get it going in the final seven games. With Michael Turner out for a couple of weeks with a high-ankle sprain and Jerious Norwood already on the sidelines, Ryan will have to do even more. Jason Snelling will take over as the lead back. He is more of a grinder than a breakaway threat.

---When you watch the Cincinnati Bengals defense, one of the players who constantly shows up is defensive end Jonathan Fanene. He had two sacks of Ben Roethlisberger Sunday and seemed to be in the backfield a lot. He is an effort player who makes the most of his abilities. He isn't a pure speed rusher, but he knows how to get to the quarterback. The Bengals have done a nice job up front after losing Antwan Odom for the season.

----Keep an eye on Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne. Since taking over for Lofa Tatupu, he has been a pleasant surprise. The guy has a nose for the football.

---I guess with Jon Gruden signing a long-term deal with ESPN it means he isn't coming back to coaching. That's one less out-of-work coach that current guys have to worry about. But there are still plenty, including Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren.

----The Panthers take a big hit in losing left tackle Jordan Gross. He is their best offensive lineman. Gross suffered a broken ankle in Carolina's victory over Atlanta Sunday.

---So the end of LaDainian Tomlinson's career is a little premature. Tomlinson ran well against the Eagles Sunday and showed real pop.

---With a defense that was having all kinds of problems stopping the Chargers, why did Eagles coach Andy Reid opt for a field goal down 14 on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter? I think that was a bad decision.

---Beanie Wells is starting to look like the back the Cardinals thought he might become when they drafted him in the first round. He runs with power.

---The Bengals are bringing in Larry Johnson. That's a decent move, if he has his head on. They need a runner to help Benson out. He might borrow a page from Benson. Stay focused and shut your mouth and good things can happen.

---Who knew Bud Adams even knew what giving the finger meant?

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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:05 am

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agreed, what makes this comment extra funny is favre's old enough to be her husband probably. wait till he hits the big boys in the playoffs and gets his ass lit up, you will be praying for tavaris faster than percy harvin can turn a 2 yard screen into a 50 yard gain

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:36 pm

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He threw and completed three deep balls over 40 yards.  One of them was over 50 yards.
Get over yourelf dude. He played the Lions. My grandmaw could've thrown those balls with all the time he had.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2009 10:06 pm

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God knows one thing Brett Favre doesn't need is another nut hugger.  He's not perfect, he has some flaws just like any other player.  Why can't someone give his OPINION about what those are without people like you getting bent over it?

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2009 8:20 pm

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---I guess with Jon Gruden signing a long-term deal with ESPN it means he isn't coming back to coaching. That's one less out-of-work coach that current guys have to worry about. But there are still plenty, including Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren.
Oh god no, they signed Jon Gruden to a long term deal?!?!

Freaking so sick of listening to him go on and on about personal storys about equipment managers or coaches with titles along the lines of assistant DE coach ...

He adds nothing to the play by play, just giving a random story or saying "That's good" or "That's bad" after a play..

Was hoping it would have been another case of getting rid of the dead weight like all of the worthless opinion guys in the monday night footbal booth over the years..

Gets sickening because he talks over them calling the game so he can spew the random stuff more often then not..

Painfull news..

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2009 7:50 pm

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on the MDJ thing, is running it in a better option?  what about a bad exchange there or QB fumble?    the QB fumble at the 1 probably happens at a greater % than the missed extra point (essentially).

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2009 7:12 pm

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Maybe you're waiting for another article this week, but I haven't seen anything regarding Favre, except in your grade for the Vikings.  In your video comments last week, you went out of your way again to jab at him, which was that until you saw him throw a deep ball you weren't going to praise him.  Well, guess what?  He threw and completed three deep balls over 40 yards.  One of them was over 50 yards.

With enough games this season and enough criticisms from you, a trend has developed.  Favre seems to answer your remarks with great performances.  After you called him over and worn out after Pittsburgh, he comes back the next week and throws 4 TDs against the Packers.  Then this week after you say he can't throw the deep ball, he comes out yesterday and lights up the Lions with several deep throws.

So, please keep criticizing him week after week.  Maybe Favre is reading or listening to your comments and then using it as motivation to put up MVP-type performances.  Plus it just gives a good reason to come on here and blast you yet again.

Before I get alot of responses that Manning is MVP and Favre isn't....please read my message again and carefully note that I said he's putting up MVP-type performances.

Until next time...

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:34 pm

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My wife Steph and I met you Saturday night in Indy at Champs, just wanted to say it was nice to meet you.  The Colts game was one of the best games I have ever seen.  Peyton and Wayne are unreal.  Great article, I totally agree about MJD, only the fantasy nerds, which I have to admit I am, thought it was not a smart play.   He seems to be a guy that gets that its about winning not stats.

I will continue to read your articles.  Again, great to meet you.   

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:29 pm

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Does Wayne get his due?  No, because he was overshadowed by Marvin Harrison, fair or not.

And now that Harrison is gone, most (if not all) want to anoint Anthony Gonzalez as Peyton Manning's next "great" receiver.  The problem with that is that he hasn't done much compared to Wayne, and he's been injured for almost all of this season.

I guess they're banking on Gonzalez's potential.  That's nice, but Wayne still has plenty left in the tank.  He's had two bad games this season, but the rest have been excellent.  Wayne is clearly Manning's go-to guy, and should remain that way for a couple more years.

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