Tag:Andre Johnson
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:07 pm

Divisional Round Matchups: Suggs vs. Brown

Texans left tackle Duane Brown vs. Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs -- Brown has been one of the better left tackles in the league. He has really improved in pass protection. Suggs is a force off the corner. He tends to get sacks in bunches, so Brown can't allow him to get going. If he does, it could be trouble for T.J. Yates.

Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody vs. Texans center Chris Myers -- If the Texans are gong to run the football, they have to move Cody off the line. That means Myers. He is good at taking the nose where he starts to go. But if Cody is playing him head up, it could be trouble for Myers to move him. He isn't that strong.

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Packers left tackle Chad Clifton -- The last time the Giants played the Packers, Pierre-Paul had a big day against Marshall Newhouse, who was playing for the injured Clifton. With Clifton back, the Packers have to feel better about the pass protection. He is good at it. But he isn't a great run blocker.

Packers corner Tramon Williams vs. Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks -- Williams usually takes the team's top receiver if the Packers play a lot of man. They used him some on Nicks in the last meeting, and Nicks beat him for a long play. Even though Victor Cruz had a better season, Nicks is still the Giants top receiving threat.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow vs. Patriots coach Bill Belichick -- Belichick has had two weeks to prepare for Tebow and the Broncos' gimmick offense. That will give him a big edge on Tebow. What does Belichick throw at him that will be different from the last meeting? I bet it's a lot. How well Tebow handles that will go a long way in determining if Denver can move the football.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham vs. 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis and others -- Graham is a huge part of the Saints offense. His ability to stretch the field as a tight end almost mandates a safety covers him, but word is the 49ers will try and handle him with Willis, one of the league's best cover linebacker. But you can bet the 49ers will also put a safety on him in other situations.

49ers defensive end/tackle Justin Smith vs. Saints guard Carl Nicks -- Smith is a 3-4 defensive end, but when the 49ers go to a sub-package, they put Aldon Smith next to Justin Smith, and he moves inside. That could put Justin Smith him on Nicks, one of the best guards in the NFL in a lot of passing situations. That's force vs. force.

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey vs. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski -- At times in his career, Bailey has played a lot of man coverage on tight ends. He is used to it with Antonio Gates in his division. I would imagine that the Broncos would put Bailey on Gronkowski some in this game in man coverage. I know I would.

Patriots corner Devin McCourty vs. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas -- The Broncos have one real receiving threat, and that's Thomas. He is coming off a 204-yard receiving game last week against Pittsburgh. McCourty is a good player who had a bad year. He isn't a great man cover player, and was torched some early playing it, but he might be asked to come up big here. Kyle Arrington might also spend 

Texans receiver Andre Johnson vs. Ravens corner Lardarius Webb -- Johnson didn't play in the first meeting. This time, you can expect him to challenge the Baltimore corners down the field. Webb, who has had a good season, will likely spend a lot of the day on Johnson. That's a tough challenge for any corner.

Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:10 pm

Monday Musings

----I like Cortland Finnegan. But after closely watching what led to his fight with Andre Johnson Sunday, I think he was wrong. He put his hands into Johnson's helmet and hit him in the face. Johnson is one of the most mild-mannered players I've ever interviewed. I imagine it takes a lot to get him riled up. Finnegan did that -- and more. Finnegan is a self-made player who probably thinks he has to do anything and everything to get by, but he pushed too far on this one. Both players were fined $25,000, which is a little light. I think one or both should have been suspended. What if Johnson's punch caught Finnegan in a spot where it killed him? Then what? What if that was Terrell Owens beating on Finnegan? I bet there would have been a suspension. It was an ugly scene that warranted a suspension, maybe two.

---Why was Peyton Manning in at the end of Sunday night's disaster against the San Diego Chargers? That makes no sense. The game was decided. I heard Cris Collinsworth applauding the fact he was in the game. I think it was dumb. What if a player rolls on his knee? The Colts were down 19. They weren't coming back. I didn't like that move at all.
By the way, too much was made of his grimace while throwing just before he was getting hit. That's his face on almost all of his passes. Watch.

---Falcons coach Mike Smith was little more low-key following his team's victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday. He had reason. Smith was battling a nasty virus that had him in severe pain in his sinus area. When I saw him after the game, he looked bad. I did shake his hand. If I get sick, I'm billing the Falcons for my prescriptions.

---I've been a critic of Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel in the past. But I have to give him his props now. He's playing well. Cassel has 22 touchdown passes and four interceptions. He has a passer rating 99.7, which is fifth best in the league. It's hard to argue with his results so far. It helps that he has Dwayne Bowe at receiver. Bowe had had 13 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-24 win at Seattle. Bowe is the third receiver since 1990 to have 13 catches, 170 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in a game. The others are Jerry Rice and Jimmy Smith. I saw Smith do it. That was truly special. It came against the Ravens defense that led Baltimore to the Super Bowl in 2000.

---If you're looking for a Pro Bowl right tackle, take a look at Atlanta's Tyson Clabo. He's playing good football. He's a smart player who knows all the tricks. He's also feisty and doesn't back down. He held Clay Matthews to three tackles and no sacks in Sunday's game. Clabo should get some Pro Bowl consideration.

---How does Chris Johnson get only seven carries for five yards with a rookie quarterback making his first start on the road? That is mystifying.

---Best wishes to Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger as he begins his fight against cancer. Heimerdinger is a tough coach. He will need to be. I watched my mother go through cancer treatments. It's brutal. Mike, here's hoping we see you back on the sidelines soon.


Category: NFL
Posted on: October 27, 2008 5:02 pm

Monday Musings

For the past couple of years, I've been a big proponent of Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson being one of the NFL's best.

And I've taken a lot of crap for it.

Anyone want to argue now?

Johnson leads the league in catches (56) and yards (772). In the past three games, he has 32 catches for 462 yards and two touchdowns.

Early in his career, he was hurt by poor line play and bad quarterback play by David Carr. Then he was hurt some last season, which limited his time on the field.

Now he's getting good quarterback play from Matt Schaub and the line is holding up enough for him to make plays down the field.

It helps that Owen Daniels has emerged as a quality tight end and Kevin Walter is the perfect compliment on the other side.

Andre Johnson is a star.

I've been telling you guys that for a couple of years.

Quick hitters

---Situational coaching pet peeve of the week goes to Sean Payton again. I don't like the decision to take the safety at the end of the Saints' 37-32 victory over the Chargers. Punt the ball away. The reason? By taking the safety, the Saints gave the Chargers a chance to win the game with a return of the free kick or the Hall Mary into the end zone. If they punt the ball out of bounds, the best the Chargers could do is tie it -- unless they went for two, which was unlikely. You never give a team a chance to beat you with one play, if you don't need to do so.

----The Rams are excited about their young receivers, a group they call the Teen Squad. They're called that because they all have numbers in the teens. They are rookies Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton and first-year player Derek Stanley. Avery is the best of the group so far. Drafted in the second round out of Houston, he came into the league with blazing speed. After being dinged early, he has come on the past three games. He had 14 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He has six for 163 Sunday against the Patriots.

---Tampa Bay defensive end Gaines Adams is emerging as force off the edge. He has explosive speed and when he comes off the edge he does so with great speed. He had two sacks against the Cowboys and one of them he got out of his stance before the tackle even moved. He has star written all over him.

----There has been nothing but praise for San Francisco coach Mike Singletary's decision to send Vernon Davis to the locker room after his stupid personal foul late in the team's loss to Seattle Sunday. I have a different take. I think it was grandstanding on the part of Singletary. Here's a guy who is an interim coach and now he gets national attention for his toughness. I don't like it. He showed up the player. That won't be received well in the locker room. It's one thing to give him an earful, but to treat Davis like a scorned child was too much. I ask this question: Did Singletary get through his entire career without a stupid personal foul? Didn't think so. He knows better. But, hey, it sure did bring him a lot of attention.

---I owe Joey Porter an apology. I rated him as the league's most overrated player in 2007. He was then. Now he's not. Porter leads the league with 10 1/2 sacks and is on his way to the Pro Bowl. He's playing with fire.

---San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell is doing a terrible job. His unit is last in the league in pass defense. Teams do what they want throwing the ball against them. Wonder if his job is in jeopardy?

---Cleveland defensive tackle Shaun Rogers spent Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. He couldn't be blocked. Rogers has been a force inside this season and could be headed to the Pro Bowl. He's been a nice pickup for Cleveland.

---Don't you get the idea that the Browns would have made the move to Brady Quinn if Derek Anderson struggled? The Jaguars thought so. They actually looked at preseason tape of Quinn just in case. Anderson played well, so it appears he will keep the job for a while now.

---I'm torn on the horse-collar rule. I understand that it is there to prevent catastrophic injuries, but how do you ask a tackler who is grabbing for anything to simply let go? The call in the Cowboys-Bucs game at the end of the first half led to the game-winning touchdown. The Bucs stopped the Cowboys on third-and-12 from the Tampa Bayir 49 with 47 seconds left. But Ronde Barber was called for a horse-collar tackle. Automatic first down. Three more penalties later -- including a questionable personal foul call on Cato June -- and the Cowboys had their touchdown. The horse-collar rule just doesn't seem fair sometimes.

Category: NFL
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