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Prisco Rants

Posted on: October 15, 2008 11:14 am
 

 


I was thinking something as I watched the New York Giants lose to the Cleveland Browns Monday night: Is anybody any damn good?

Really? One week it looks like a team might be that special team, and then, wham, they lose.

Just when we're ready to put the NFC East champ into the Super Bowl -- why bother with the playoffs, right? -- three of the four teams lose last week.

The Cowboys are going in the wrong direction, the Redskins lost to the Rams at home and the Giants called the printers to stop printing playoff tickets just yet.

So who is good?

The Tennessee Titans are the only remaining unbeaten team, but I can tell you they won't go undefeated in the AFC South. They have two games with the Colts, one on the road at Jacksonville and another at Houston.

They're not that good.

Those 1972 Miami Dolphins will be popping that champagne early this season. Their undefeated season won't be challenged like the Patriots did last season.

Nobody is any good.

Yet. Somebody will emerge soon. It's usually in November when that happens.


---The Atlanta Falcons won't back down to anybody. They are a definitely a feisty bunch.

Nobody embodies that more than right guard Harvey Dahl.

The man is a madman on the field. Dahl will hold his blocks until the last possible second, sometimes even pushing past the whistle. That infuriates the opposition, leading to post-play scuffles.

Watch the Falcons play and you'll usually see Dahl in the middle things. He's the modern Conrad Dobler.

" He's nasty," Falcons center Todd McClure said. "That's the one thing that impressed the coaches. He stays after them. He gets them frustrated."

I asked McClure if Dahl's a crazy man off the field.

"He's kind of laid back and flips the switch when he gets on the field," McClure said. "He
came here last year and worked his butt off. That's why he's the way he is."

Dahl is a terrific run blocker already and once he learns the tricks of pass protection he very well could end up in Hawaii in a couple of years. Not bad for a guy who was cut as a non-drafted rookie by Dallas in 2005 and also let go by San Francisco the next year before joining the Falcons as a practice-squad player last year.

With rookie left tackle Sam Baker and second-year left guard Justin Blalock, the Falcons have the makings of a good, young line.

Dahl will make sure it's a mean one.
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Quick hits


---I hate squib kicks by teams late in games. Just kick the damn ball out of the end zone. Or cover one that doesn't. The Bears blew a game last week with the squib. Stupid.

---Wonder if there were any stories in the New York papers this week touting Eli Manning as being better than his brother? Didn't think so after Monday night. The fact that somebody is even thinking that is ludicrous. Eli is getting better. But he's no Peyton.

---The Steelers are publicly questioning the $5,000 fine levied at Hines Ward for a hit that wasn't penalized in the Oct. 5 game with Jacksonville. It was his second $5,000 fine of the season. Ward pushes the envelope when he plays. That's a fact. Some players on opposing teams think he's a cheap-shot artist. Maybe the league is just keeping a closer eye on him. The play he was fined for in the Jaguars game was on the first play of the game. He took a shot at Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson. Jacksonville defensive end Paul Spicer blasted Ward after the play and got a personal foul. I thought the Jaguars were going after him because of things he did in the two games between the teams last season. But I asked Ward after the game what happened, and he smiled? "They thought I hit their guy," he said, the smile widening. I guess he did. And the league caught him.

---So Arthur Blank is all for Mike Vick returning to the NFL when he's released from prison? But he doesn't want him on his team. You think? The Falcons finally have a quarterback who can make all the throws from the pocket in rookie Matt Ryan. Why would they want that run-around, don't-see-the-field Vick back? Not only that, there is a feel-good thing going on in Atlanta. Who wants the bad times to come back through the front door? I do think Vick, if he can play, should play somewhere. Not in Atlanta.

---I love it when a player doesn't get what he wants -- see Tony Gonzalez -- and they run to the media and bitch publicly. Hey, Tony, you aren't what you think you are anymore. You signed a contract a few years back, so the Chiefs can force you to honor it. It's that simple. Deal with it. Your team isn't any good, but that's part of the process of playing in the NFL. It's not all rosy. And shut your mouth. It will be interesting to see how he's received in the locker room this week after openly campaigning to leave those very teammates behind.

---I like the deal that Colts made to get defensive tackle John McCargo. He's underachieved since being a first-round pick by the Bills in 2006, but he has the tools to be a starter in Indianapolis. The Colts are thin at defensive tackle, with the retirement of Quinn Pitcock and the release of Ed Johnson (for off-field issues). When the Colts won the Super Bowl two years ago, they were helped by an in-season pickup of defensive tackle Booger McFarland. McCargo didn't start a game in Buffalo, but sometimes a change of scenery can be good for a young player. The guess he is that it will be.

----It's chic right now to say the Dallas Cowboys are crumbling before our eyes. That's simply not true. But it can be if Tony Romo's broken pinkie doesn't heal up in the four-week timetable the Cowboys have put out there. The Cowboys can't win for the long term with Brad Johnson playing quarterback. As long as Romo is on the field, all will be well with the Cowboys. If not, they're done. It's that simple.

---Last January, when the four first-time coaches were hired, there were a lot of people questioning those moves. They shouldn't. They've all done good jobs so far, the best being turning in by Mike Smith, who has the Falcons at 4-2. But Tony Sparano in Miami, Jim Zorn in Washington and John Harbaugh are all doing good jobs. Their success could open things up for more first-time coaches next January, men like Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

 


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Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2008 11:34 am
 

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We can all see reality show "Dallas" is back on T.V. with Jerry Jones playing Jock Ewing, T.O as J.R. and Tony Romo as the little brother Bobby.  But it is plain to see that this soap opera drama is doing more to boost interest in selling out those PSL rather than trying to win games.   The Roy E. Williams trade gave up too much for a mediorce WR who has only had one good season.  Both T.O. and Roy E. Williams want the ball, however Williams is a better downfield blocker than the "the Player".  It all goes to show you that Jerry rolled the dice trying to oust a hall of fame coach ala Jimmy Johnson has gotten him burned agained.  The Tuna was cooking up a championship caliber teams, all Jerry has cooked up are media and blog ratings!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 1:13 pm
 

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Brad Johnson was not the backup in that game, he threw for 2 touchdowns and 200 yards. He is the only guy on the Cowboys with a Superbowl ring. He crushed my Raiders.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2008 7:17 pm
 

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Troy is wrong.  He's obviously blowing off steam.  The NFL is a harder hitting game than it ever has been and the reason is simple.  The players are bigger, and much faster.  The additional rules regarding contact are necessary to the health of all players, including the hitters.  Many forget that neck injuries to defensemen is one of the primary reasons players are not allowed to lead a tackle with their helmet anymore.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2008 6:47 pm
 

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Well, the answer is 1.  Brad Johnson, back up QB.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2008 3:24 pm
 

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Voiceofreasoning, well said.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2008 3:23 pm
 

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Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! The same amount of  playoff appearances the Raiders have had in the last 4 years!!!! Am I right?Wrong, Brad Johnson beat the Raiders when he was with the Bucs. Stay behind your computer until you know what's going on. And what'sany of this have to do with the Raiders. Get a life.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2008 1:33 pm
 

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In regard to Prisco's "Quick Hit" or should I say cheapshot at Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu's comments about the essence of the game seem pertinent.

"I think regarding the evolution of football, it's becoming more and more flag football, two-hand touch," Polamalu said. "We've really lost the essence of what real American football is about. I think it's probably all about money. They're not really concerned about safety."

"They're taking the physical nature of the game out of the game," Polamalu said.  "It loses so much of its essence, and it really becomes like a pansy game."

Polamalu said that past NFL greats wouldn't be able to play the way that made them great in today's game.

"When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people," Polamalu told reporters. "Now, they couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money. They'd be paying fines all the time and they'd be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row. It's kind of ridiculous."

It's a violent game Prisco.  It's a shame that you don't appreciate that and only celebrate pansies and "pansy" style football.  So my recommendation is that you and Goodell go play "two hand touch" and let everyone else play real football.  The over emphasis on the offensive aspects of the game at the expense of the defense brought about by Paul Fagliabue really cheapens the game and the achievements of players.  Look at how the holding penalty is enforced now.  A guy has to get tackled before there is even to be a chance an official may throw a flag.  It's a joke.  If Prisco and his micro-managers have their way, then the game will be ruined. 

In an age where some professional athletes often appear apathetic and disinterested, it is refreshing to see the game played with as much heart and as much passion as Hines Ward. 

If you want to talk about cheap shot artist, you should begin and end the conversation with the HGH Thug Rodney Harrison.

Speaking of Patriots and drug abuse, why hasn't their OL Kaczur been suspended by the NFL?

 




Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 11:39 am
 

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Sorry, wrong.  I know that Brad Johnson has a SB ring as the starting QB in Tampa.  That's the only one that jumps to my mind right off.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2008 11:18 am
 

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Hmmmm, I wonder hom many players on the Cowboys actually have a Superbowl ring?

Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! The same amount of  playoff appearances the Raiders have had in the last 4 years!!!! Am I right?

Face it, Raiders fan, you can't talk for SHIT. You're team will be, and always has been, one of THE most pathetic franchises in sports.

Good day to ya'.




Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 8:46 am
 

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---The are publicly questioning the $5,000 fine levied at for a hit that wasn't penalized in the Oct. 5 game with Jacksonville. It was his second $5,000 fine of the season. Ward pushes the envelope when he plays. That's a fact. Some players on opposing teams think he's a cheap-shot artist. Maybe the league is just keeping a closer eye on him. The play he was fined for in the game was on the first play of the game. He took a shot at Jaguars linebacker . Jacksonville defensive end blasted Ward after the play and got a personal foul. I thought the Jaguars were going after him because of things he did in the two games between the teams last season. But I asked Ward after the game what happened, and he smiled? "They thought I hit their guy," he said, the smile widening. I guess he did. And the league caught him. Cheap shot artist!?!?! Hines Ward is the most unselfish player in the NFL, the ultimate team player!! He gives up his body on blocks for other wr's and rb's. This is just a "cheap shot article" and totallly underneath Prisco's usual opinions!!



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