By Conor Green
The Jets are 3-2. The Giants are 0-5. All the while, Ben McAdoo’s hair baffles and bewilders the masses. As the Joker says, it’s a funny world we live in.
No one knows what’s happening in the Big Apple. The Giants have quickly become the NFL’s horror-show dreamscape. They sport a winless 0-5 record and suffered a season-ending injury to their most marketable player, Odell Beckham. It couldn’t get worse for Big Blue.
On the flip side, the Jets, are the talk of the town. At least in a football sense. Their over/under before the year was 4.5. Miraculously, they’re only two wins away from hitting the over. This with one of the worst NFL rosters in the last ten years…At least according to an un-named NFL executive.
Around the NFL, the Chiefs remain undefeated after a prime time win for the second straight week. Why was Andy Reid ever fired? Who made that decision? Why did the Jets not offer him one-million dollars?
All he does is roll over competition year-after-year. His teams have won nine or more games in 13 of 18 seasons. And he’s headed there again this year.
That and the Patriots barely won. Tom Brady now has a possible AC joint sprain…. If New England doesn’t sort out some issues, Kansas City could skate to the Super Bowl like Chazz Michael Michaels. Or Michelle Kwan. Whoever you’re more familiar with.
- Big Ben’s Lost His Mind
Photo: Associated Press
When in a leadership position, it’s your job to set an example. As CEO of a company, after a bad quarter and an earnings dip, you exude confidence. You tell the world this was a fluke. “We’re going to put our nose to the grindstone and get things back on track.”
This gives your investors some confidence.
You don’t say, “Yeah we might be way over our heads. I have no clue what the hell I’m doing. Oh well!”
That’s leadership 101. But then again, they don’t really teach leadership in college anymore. They do teach beer and wine tasting though. I would know. I took it!
But after a thorough 30-9 demolition against the Jags, Ben bluntly said, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.”
I’m not a genius or anything.….But I dunno, that seems like something not to say in that situation. To me, that’s the hallmark of a guy that no longer cares. Maybe that’s just me. But I couldn’t see Tom Brady ever saying, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.”
That doesn’t give me confidence in the Steelers’ Super Bowl prospects this year. Maybe he was trying to be funny. But, I don’t think that’s the time and place for self-deprecating humor.
- Aaron Rodgers Defies Logic
Down three points with 1:13 to go and there was no doubt. There was a 100% chance the Packers would at least tie it up. I thought a touchdown was around 70%. That’s how good Aaron Rodgers is.
It wasn’t even surprising. It was routine.
Ball in Dallas territory, 3rd and 8, with no timeouts? No problem. Rodgers will just take off and pick up 18 yards on the ground.
Ball at the Dallas 12, 21 seconds left, still no time outs? No major. Let’s just run the same play twice in a row and get the hell out of here. Yawn. Touchdown Davante Adams.
Rodgers was probably thinking about dinner while in the huddle. Maybe he was pondering the price of oil, and why it’s steadily dropped over the last few years. Perhaps he was contemplating U.S. foreign policy and whether interventionist policy in the Middle East will prove beneficial in the coming years.
It seemed effortless for him to drive down the field. Bing, bang, boom. Game over. There’s very little the Cowboys, or any other team for that matter, could do in that situation. He’s the most talented quarterback in the history of the sport.
- Deshaun Watson Mania
Photo: Houston Chronicle
You know what I love? QBs that go out there and let it fly. No fear. Offenses today are overly revolved around dumping the ball off. Sometimes you have to take shots downfield.
In Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl, before the final drive, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis yelled to Brady, “Don’t turn it over!”
Former starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe shuffled into Brady’s eye line and responded, “Eff that. Go out there and sling it.” More quarterbacks need to adopt this mentality. An interception 50-yards down the field isn’t that big of a setback. Let it fly young fellas.
Against the Chiefs on Sunday night, Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien decided to be cheeky. After torching New England and Tennessee back-to-back weeks, he played it safe.
Houston struggled to move the ball in the first half, and for much of the first three quarters. You know when they finally made something happen? When Watson said, “Eff this, I’m going to sling it.” Multiple long completions to Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins put points on the board in a hurry.
Houston has a capable quarterback. He can make throws downfield. So what if he makes a few mistakes here and there. Let the kid take some shots. There’s about a chance it’ll be pass interference, a chance of a completion, and the rest is gravy.
I suspect after another 5 TD performance, in the face of a conservative game plan, the Texans will heed my advice.
- Matt Cassel – Leave Us Alone – We’ve Had Enough
The only person with a more baffling career arc then Matt Cassel is Michael Strahan. How in the world is Cassel still toiling around the NFL? He never once started a game at the collegiate level. Not once.
Yet, by the grace of some divine power, he wound up the #2 quarterback in New England in 2008. Mostly because Belichick didn’t want to pay another QB, and because Brady was an iron man. Well, of course Cassel enters at quarterback in game one that year. Just sort of nudges his way in. Though no one wants him there. “Hey guys, it’s me!….” I suspect divine intervention again.
They only stick with him because they’d rather have someone who knows the offense, instead of trying to teach a newcomer. He proceeds to take possibly the greatest team of all time, to an 11-5 record. Five wins less than the year before. Akin to taking a 9-7 team and making them 3-13. But because he won 11 games everyone genuflects.
With Brady, that New England team would’ve went 19-0. Hell, with Chad Pennington that team would’ve gone 18-1. Under Matt Cassel they missed the playoffs.
He starts for the Chiefs in 2009 and 2010, barely throwing for 3000 yards either year, proving himself to be a subpar NFL quarterback. But, instead of that being the end of the story, he’s still…..here. He won’t go away. He seems to play multiple games every year for one team or another.
My own personal hell would be to watch Matt Cassel throw against the wind on loop, play-after-play, for all eternity. Nightmares of wobbly passes and broken dreams.
Why can’t Matt Cassel leave us alone? We’ve all had enough. His lame duck throws breed contempt and dismay from all associated.
Oh, and he took part in the worst piece of quarterbacking in NFL history. Two years ago, he threw an interception and was flagged for intentional grounding……On. The. Same. Play.
As the great Randy Jackson once said, “It’s a no for me dog.”
- Local Love
The Jets and Giants are both bad teams this season. Which is really a shame. But the Jets are at least putting up a fight. They played tough with a Bills team that hung in against the Falcons and beat a Jaguars team that smoked the Steelers. They might not be the most talented, but they are a scrappy bunch.
The Giants have lacked any energy this year. Now they’ll come under the expected criticism. A lot of it starting with Eli Manning. Many have suggested the team move on from the long-standing quarterback.
But folks, this is who Eli has always been. He’s never put up gaudy numbers. He’s always made questionable decisions. And he’s always relied on a defense to make plays. If that’s not there, then neither are the wins. That’s always been the case.
They can move on from Eli and I’d have no problem with them making that decision. I’m not saying I agree with it, but I can understand it. Still, let’s not act like this is some outlier year. Eli’s been Eli. That hasn’t changed.
This week we don’t have a ton of high-profile match ups. The most interesting being Steelers at Chiefs. NBC gets saddled with the Giants. It’s one thing for the Giants to be bad….It’s another for them not to have Odell. Ratings killer.
All in all, it’s been a bad week for major networks. NBC with a lame duck prime time game. And FOX Sports has the World Cup rights……With the U.S. now a non-participant. Not a good week for the suits. In fact, in for the FOX suits, Tuesday was the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.