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Posted on: October 12, 2009 5:08 pm
 

 


---We've heard a lot of talk this past week -- thanks to Ray Lewis -- that the NFL protects the quarterbacks too much. I don't believe it. Never will. They make the league go. So when the Titans were called for two late hits on Peyton Manning Sunday, he was asked about it. "I’ve never asked for a call, I’ve never clapped when they’ve made a call,” he said. “I clap when we get the yards because of execution. The first one, I’ve had that hit before to the knee. I don’t know if I have to validate it or not, but I’ve got to see the doctor after this and get treatment. Obviously when you plant that left knee it’s in a vulnerable position, I wear that brace for that reason alone, hopefully it protects me there.” Manning said he expects to be OK. Kyle Vanden Bosch hit Manning low, which led to the flag and the questions. Later on the drive, Jacob Ford hit Manning late. Both were good calls. The Titans didn't think so. Lewis probably doesn't think so. But the league does the right thing protecting these stars.

---Watch out for the Philadelphia Eagles offense. And I'm not just talking about the return of Donovan McNabb. The emergence of rookie receiver Jeremy Maclin, who had two touchdown catches against Tampa Bay, gives the Eagles two speed players outside. He joins DeSean Jackson in as fast combination of receivers. Maclin had six catches for 142 yards against the Bucs.  McNabb will put up some big numbers now that he's healthy.

---The more I watch the Minnesota Vikings, the more impressed I am with the growth of receiver Sidney Rice. He's playing with much more confidence than last season. Some of that has to do with Brett Favre, but I also think it's the natural progression for a third-year receiver.

---Sometimes you wonder what coaches are thinking. The Carolina Panthers had a first-and-goal from the 2 in the second quarter of their 20-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. So what do they do? They run it right up the middle four straight times. How about some creativity? They were stuffed on fourth down, although they did recover a fumble for a touchdown. The only player who can recover a fumble on fourth down is the fumbler, and that didn't happen, so they turned the ball over on downs. Predictability is a curse. Always.

---I played high school football with the father of Colts linebacker Clint Session, so I've kept a close eye on his career. Session has quietly developed into a quality linebacker. He might not have prototypical size or speed, but he knows how to get to the football. He's perfect for the Colts defense, a run-and-chase player who has the smarts to play the position. Against the Titans Sunday night, he almost had a pick six off a Vince Young throw, but didn't quite pull the ball in.

---The sack specialists finally showed up Sunday. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers had two, Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley had 1 1/2 sacks and Dallas outside backer DeMarcus Ware got his first sack of the season after getting 20 last year. It's on you, Shawne Merriman.

---The Cardinals have issues at right tackle. Former first-round pick Levi Brown -- who they picked in favor of passing on Adrian Peterson -- has been awful. He gets whipped on a regular basis. The problem is they don't have anybody capable of taking over.

---Denver beat the Patriots Sunday in large part because they had a 98-yard drive to tie it. Great drive. But on that drive, the officials made an error. They called a taunting foul on Brandon Meriweather, but the flag came before the taunt. I think the real reason the official threw the flag was because he thought it was a shot on a defenseless receiver. But the ball was tipped, which could have changed that call. Officials have to give the defender the benefit of the doubt there. Once the flag was out, the official changed his call to taunting, which Meriweather did do. But the flag came before the taunt. The league has some explaining to do, although one of the announcers did say there was another flag in the middle of the field. We never saw it.

---Vince Young was 0-for-3 in his relief role of Kerry Collins. What I didn't understand was that when the Titans got the ball back with just over a minute left in the game and three timeouts, they ran the clock out. Why not let Young work on the two-minute offense? Here's why? Jeff Fisher doesn’t want to open up a quarterback controversy. The Titans have to draft one early next spring.

---I keep saying it, but I think it happens. The Atlanta Falcons will give more and more of the offense to Matt Ryan. And they should. He's a star. He threw for over 300 and two scores against San Francisco. That is going to be a sick offense. Falcons and Saints come up in a couple of weeks on a Monday night.

---Mike Singletary and Falcons guard Harvey Dahl jawed on the sidelines Sunday. Not a shock. Dahl, as I wrote this summer, is the nastiest -- some would say dirtiest -- player in the league. He's a self-made player who doesn't back down from a fight, or starting them.

---One of the major questions in Cincinnati before the season was the offensive line. That group has played really good football. Led by left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who moved from guard, they had a nice game against the Baltimore pressure defense Sunday.

---Derek Anderson, two completions in 17 attempts? Can it get any worse?

----It's hard to believe after all that Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker has been through that he would violate team rules and miss a game. Sims-Walker has fought through a bunch of injuries to become a starter, coming off three big games, and yet he was forced to sit out Sunday's game with Seattle when he violated team rules Friday night, which probably means he missed curfew. Can you be that dumb? Even if he plays, the Jaguars still don't win. But you have to be smarter than that.

 

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Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2009 11:51 am
 

Monday Musings

The problem with the Merriweather play was that the officials didn't explain why the second flag was thrown.  Usually they explain all of the flags thrown, but they threw 2 flags and called taunting when the closest flag was thrown before the taunt.  It just leaves you to scratch your head a little, even if you do hate the Patriots and want every call to go against them.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:35 pm
 

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---Denver beat the Sunday in large part because they had a 98-yard drive to tie it. Great drive. But on that drive, the officials made an error. They called a taunting foul on , but the flag came before the taunt. I think the real reason the official threw the flag was because he thought it was a shot on a defenseless receiver. But the ball was tipped, which could have changed that call. Officials have to give the defender the benefit of the doubt there. Once the flag was out, the official changed his call to taunting, which Meriweather did do. But the flag came before the taunt. The league has some explaining to do, although one of the announcers did say there was another flag in the middle of the field. We never saw it.

As you say, the announcers during the call of that play you hear that a second penalty flag is thrown.  Just because you didn't see it doesn't mean it wasn't there, what did the announcer see if not another flag?  The simple explanation is that the first flag was thrown for either unnecessary roughness or pass interferance or something along those lines, but upon discussion with the other refs, it is decided it wasn't a penalty, so it was picked up.  The second penalty was thrown after the taunt, and was for the taunting, so in effect the first penatly was 'picked up' leaving only the taunting penalty.  The ref did not necessarily change his call. 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2009 5:56 pm
 

Monday Musings

We've heard a lot of talk this past week -- thanks to -- that the NFL protects the quarterbacks too much. I don't believe it. Never will.

But the league does the right thing protecting these stars.


I think the real reason the official threw the flag was because he thought it was a shot on a defenseless receiver. But the ball was tipped, which could have changed that call. Officials have to give the defender the benefit of the doubt there.

So let me see if I understand this correctly...it's not ok for a defender to hit a quarterback late, but if they hit a defenseless receiver they deserve the benefit of the doubt?  Where's the consistency?  Personally, I hate the way they protect quarterbacks, the Brady rule is a joke.  This is football; it's violent, physical, and sometimes guys get hurt.  That's the nature of the game.

By the way, the crown of Merriweather's helmet connected with the back of Royal's head.  That's helmet to helmet.  So if the official was going to call a penalty there, that would have been correct.  And although the flag came out clearly before the taunt, Merriweather did lean over and taunt Royal, so he deserved a penalty for that, too.

All in all, the officials made the right call, even if they didn't exactly follow procedure to get there.


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