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Monday Musings

Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:24 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2009 5:36 pm

---It's tough enough losing one key starter on defense for the season. But the Green Bay Packers lost two Sunday. The Packers lost corner Al Harris and outside linebacker Aaron Kampman to knee injuries. Both will have surgery and are gone for the season. Harris had played well in adapting to Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme, which featured more zone coverage. Kampman might be the key to the defense, his rush skills a vital part of that unit. Rookie Brad Jones will likely start for Kampman, although Brady Poppinga. Jones started for Kampman against the Cowboys and played well. Tramon Williams will take over for Harris. Jarrett Bush will move up to nickel corner. Capers has a real challenge now with that group of players, but he's always done more with less.

---There was some talk in New England Sunday that the time has come for the Jets to sit down rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Why? This is his team for the long run, so that accomplishes nothing. He is playing poorly, but he needs to work through it. Let him learn on the job. The Jets are 4-6 and their playoff hopes are all but dead, so let him play for the future. I'm not a big fan of the play calling of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. He needs to work on helping Sanchez more. It didn't help Sanchez that Braylon Edwards ran a soft route that led to an interception. He seemed to be jogging his route. Edwards also dropped a first-down pass.

---I heard more talk Sunday that the overtime rules need to be changed. That drum started getting banged again when the Giants beat Atlanta in overtime without the Falcons touching the ball. Here's an idea: Stop them. The Chiefs stopped the Steelers in overtime and then won it when they got the ball. The overtime system is fine. Don't change it.

---The Chargers released receiver Chris Chambers in part because they thought he slowed down. But Chambers looked good Sunday for the Chiefs with four catches for 119 yards. His 61-yard catch set up the game-winning field goal to beat the Steelers.

---I don't buy Mike Shanahan's interest in the Buffalo job. He'll talk to them, but I hear he doesn't like the quarterback situation. The ideal job for him would be Houston, but he'd be taking over for good friend, Gary Kubiak, and there is no telling if that job comes open. If it does I'm told he'd love to work with Matt Schaub. Shanahan is also eyeing the Cowboys and Redskins. Keep the Bears open as a possibility. Shanahan has two years left on his Denver contract.

---Mike Holmgren to the Seahawks sounds likely. He would take on a Bill Parcells role. But I don't think Holmgren and coach Jim Mora Jr. had a warm and fuzzy relationship when they were together. That will be an interesting situation to watch if Holmgren does take over. But let's not forger that Holmgren wasn't great making personnel decisions when he had that power in Seattle in the past.

----I've been a big proponent of Lions rookie quarterback Matt Stafford. He has it. We saw it Sunday. He threw five touchdown passes to beat the Cleveland Browns, the last coming on the game's final play -- with a separated shoulder. The kid is tough and he understands the passing game. The Lions have a keeper. His 422 yards passing were the most by a rookie in league history.

----Terrell Owens looked to be having fun playing in the Bills loss to the Jaguars. He had nine catches for 197 yards and a 98-yard touchdown catch. Where has he been all season?

---Peyton Manning went over 3,000 yards passing Sunday. That makes 12 consecutive seasons topping that number, which is an NFL record. It's expected now. The Colts have won 19 consecutive games, which is two off the NFL record of 21 set by the New England Patriots.

----The Ravens have had problems covering the pass all season long. Now they will have to do it without starting corner Fabian Washington, who is out with a torn ACL. Lardarius Webb, a rookie third-round pick, will likely take his starting spot. Webb is the corner of the future for the Ravens, but this might be rushing it a bit.

----The Steelers will bring in a quarterback with Charlie Batch out six weeks with a wrist injury and Ben Roethlisberger hurting with a concussion. The Steelers will consider somebody like Cleo Lemon or another veteran. They better hope Roethlisberger can go this week. If not, it's Dennis Dixon making his first start. Wonder if Byron Leftwich wishes he had stayed in Pittsburgh now?

---I love when sideline spats between coaches and players become a big deal. We had one in Dallas Sunday with Dave Campo and cornerback Terence Newman getting into it. The two had to be separated. It's heat of the moment stuff. No big deal. Campo gets feisty on the sidelines, so it's not surprise.


Category: NFL

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:01 pm

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The colts have won 19 Consecutive Games? How is that possible when the Colts went to the playoffs and the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Oh wait, you meant 19 Consecutive Reglar Season games, let's proofread a little CBS.  That is a BIG difference.

Postseason wins and losses are not counted in that statistic, just like postseason wins and losses aren't counted in a team's or coach's won-loss record over seasons and in mant other NFL record-keepinng stats.
If you don't like it, write to the NFL.
The Patriots 18 game winning streak, which the Colts just broke, and the Patriot's 21 game winning streak, which the Colts are chasing, do not include the Patriot's postseason wins, either.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2009 12:53 pm

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You should read the article again...Prisco wrote 12 CONSECUTIVE seasons

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2009 12:50 pm

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I'm a Colts fan and you are absolutely right.

Favre has 17 consecutive, but Manning has twelve consecutive to begin a career, and holds the record for that.
It's the same as the consecutive starts record, Favre has the most, Manning has the 2nd most, but the most to start a career (including rookie year).
However, Favre is 6 years, 5 months older than Manning, so it's likely Manning will catch or at least tie him eventually.
Manning can play for the Colts as long as he wants, we owe him that, and won't make the mistake Green Bay did.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 11:55 am


The auction system is the solution.  Google it if you're not familiar.  It's really the only fair way to decide a football game while still playing actual football, instead of that stupid penalty-kick-type format they use in college.  Coaches take turns bidding on how far into their own territory they're willing to start on offense.  Then play as normal. 

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 10:34 am

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The colts have won 19 Consecutive Games? How is that possible when the Colts went to the playoffs and the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Oh wait, you meant 19 Consecutive Reglar Season games, let's proofread a little CBS.  That is a BIG difference.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2009 8:31 am

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Very deceptive comment about the Chargers release of Chambers, Petey. The Cjargers primary reason for releasing Chambers was because they needed replacements on their D-line and potentially at linebacker. Then, the next reasons were a combination of Chamber's poor play, his salary, and the emergence of other WR's like Floyd and Nannee. They never said he "slowed down" as you imply. More half-truths from a half-wit. You should look for a job with the Raiders - you'd be a perfect fit.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2009 6:43 am

How to fix the overtime rules (Monday Musings)

There's no good way to run overtime. Any system that guarantees equal possessions will go on too long -- the college rules are tedious and a crap shoot. Any system that doesn't will be seen as unfair -- the NFL rules make it too easy for one team to play for a field goal.

Solution: Just abolish overtime completely. 

If the score is tied at the end of 60 minutes, the visiting team gets the W. You'll see a lot more excitement and strategy at the end of close games. For example, you'll see home teams going for 2 pt conversions late in the game to get an 8pt or 4pt lead and avoid the tie, or driving for a touchdown because being up by just an FG would be too risky. The networks would also like it, I suspect, because they don't have to deal with an early overtime game overrunning into a later game's kickoff. 

This rule would combine all the excitement of NFL sudden-death overtime with the fairness of involving every aspect of the game on both sides.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2009 3:59 am

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I'm happy Chris Chambers is producing for Kansas City.  He however did not deserve a roster spot on the Chargers.  He dropped way too many passes for us and we have the depth to fill any void dropping him made. 

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:47 am

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EEven though he's pushing total bs?? How can you hate a legend? What did Favre ever do to Prisco? I can't stand people like that....

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:17 am

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I can't agree with Prisco's view that the NFL should leave the overtime rules as is. Ok, if you can't shut down the other team you can't win. I get that but let's at least give both offenses a chance.  I find the college overtime rules much more entertaining to watch.

Shanahan is eyeing the Cowboys job?  I can't see a Jerry Jones, Mike Shanahan relationship ending well.  Their egos would be bumping into each other from day 1. 

Question for anyone. Prisco states that Holmgren didn't make the best personnell decisions and I've seen that comment elsewhere.  I seem to recall that Seattle gave Shaun Alexander an extension right before he tanked but they did have some great teams while he was there. Was he really that bad?

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