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Monday Musings

Posted on: December 21, 2009 3:00 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2009 5:43 pm

---The Brett Favre meltdown that many predicted, including me, is happening before our eyes. Did he look old and beat down Sunday night or what? He looked shell-shocked, jumpy and not at all like he had earlier this season. And what about the exchange with Brad Childress? The coach wanted to yank him and Favre got into it with him and told him he's not coming out? Who the hell does he think he is? And how can Childress have any coaching juice when the player wins out? " We were up 7-6,” Favre said after the game. "Yeah, it’s not 70-6, but we’re up 7-6. So I said, ‘I’m staying in the game, I’m playing.’ I don’t know if it was exactly to protect me, or we had seven points, I’m not sure. That’s his call. But we talked it out."  If that were any other player, he would be ripped for being selfish. Not Favre. He's called a competitor. No, he's selfish. I might be right about his signing after all. If he doesn't win the Super Bowl, or get to the title game, it wasn't worth it. It was for Childress. He got a contract extension. Not bad for a coach who won't stand up to his quarterback. Who's the boss there anyway?

---The decision by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to onside kick in the fourth quarter with a 2-point lead might have been one of the dumbest coaching decisions I've seen. It isn't as bad as Bill Belichick's "Fourth-and-Jackass" call in Indianapolis, but it's close. Tomlin basically handed the game to the Packers, but Ben Roethlisberger bailed him out. I know he has a Super Bowl ring, but the verdict is still out on Tomlin in my book.

---The MVP race is over. In a span of three days, Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes to keep the Colts undefeated, while Drew Brees and Favre didn't play well in their team's losses. Manning will win it. It's a lock now. And he should.

---I hope people will back away from ripping Tony Romo now. The man has played well in December. His clutch throw to Miles Austin on a big third-down play in the fourth quarter was huge against the Saints. The Cowboys are lucky to have him. He is smart, tough and he is accurate.

---How does Jets coach Rex Ryan not know his team is still alive in the playoffs after their loss to the Falcons? Ryan said this: "We're obviously out of the playoffs and that's unfortunate." No, Rex. You're alive.

----The Saints have major issues at left tackle. Jermon Bushrod, who took over when Jammal Brown was lost for the season, isn't very good. DeMarcus Ware abused him Saturday night. They've covered him up a bunch with help this season, but that takes weapons out of the passing game. It might be time to turn to Zach Strief.

---The more I watch Vincent Jackson the more I'm impressed. It's hard to believe this is the same receiver who didn't put the work in early in his career. That was the knock on him. Teammates said he thought he could just get by with his natural ability. Jackson realized he had to put the work in. His speed makes the San Diego offense click. He had a good day Sunday against Leon Hall, one of the best corners in the league. It helps that Philip Rivers loves to throw the deep ball.

---Rivers is a mad bomber. Not bad for a guy who was said to have a suspect arm.

---When the Bengals lost tight ends Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht for the season in camp, and then didn't get anything from rookie Chase Coffman before he went on IR, they had a huge void at tight end. But J.P. Foschi is starting to emerge as a factor in the offense. He has 27 catches for 260 yards and two scores. He had seven catches for 82 yards against the Chargers Sunday. I still think that the Cincinnati passing game will be needed in a big way come playoff time. Foschi could be a big help.

---When Cleveland's Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards Sunday against the Chiefs, it backed up one of my all-time drafting rules: You can find running backs anywhere. Harrison was a fifth-round pick in 2006. All he needed was a chance, but that was stunted by the Browns getting caught up in "Name-itis." That's the disease teams have when they get sucked in by a name player, who isn't the same player he once was. That was Jamal Lewis for the Browns. Harrison runs hard and he might be a keeper. You can find backs. Let them run wild for five or six years and then find another. They aren't quarterbacks.

---Tank Johnson is playing well for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a force against San Diego at defensive tackle.

---Julius Peppers' impressive outing Sunday night, which included a sack and three pressures and a domination of Bryant McKinnie, only backs up my thinking about him. He's a wonderful talent who plays only when he wants. That game was his chance to show he was worth a big contract. So he played like a force who should be the highest-paid defensive player in football. Why not more of that?

---Chad Henne threw three interceptions for the Dolphins, but I still like the way he plays. He has that gunslinger feel. Hey, Favre is the all-time leader in interceptions thrown. The great ones take chances. Henne has that look to him.

---Cowboys corner Mike Jenkins is having a great season. He's been by far the best player in the Dallas secondary.

---The Jaguars have no points in the fourth quarter of their last four games. They are 1-3. Is there any doubt they need a new quarterback? David Garrard can't get it done in crunch time.

---Name to watch in Seattle: Steve Keim, the Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel. He would be a great hire.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 9:30 am

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Phil Rivers is no Ben Roethlisberger, until he actually wins something hold off on the love fest

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 7:59 am

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Totally agree! If you look at the replay had not the Steeler grabbed the ball early ... the Steelers would have had the ball, sealed the game and everyone would have been patting Tomlin on the back for a great coaching call!  Tomlin is a superb coach ... which will be proven as he continues to win down the road!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2009 7:52 am

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The difference is this, if Manning was asked by his coach to leave the game he would do.  It's called professionalism.

Farve's o-line wasn't getting it done and he was getting knocked around pretty good.  I'm guessing Chill didn't want to see him injured in a game that will probably not mean anything in the playoff seeding.  Farve only has one speed, full out, he's not ever going to let up when he's in the game and his line was putting him in harm's way.  Fix it this week and live to fight another day.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 7:23 am

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Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 7:20 am

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ok i really think you guys should lay off farve so ya he hasnt been doing as well as he has been ya they lost , so what it is not the fault if they lose a game c'mon he's had a great season his numbers are spectacular, ot long ago he was being considered as an mvp canidate. he has proved he can still play the game as an elite QB so lay off him.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 4:04 pm

Prisco is a MORON!

Once again Prisco, you proved that you are a grade-A, 100% moron. Were you even watching the Vikes game the other night? Why would a coach decide to take out a future Hall-of-Famer, current MVP candidate, and star like Brett Favre with a 7-6 lead in the first-half? Where do you get off saying Favre is selfish? Chilly is a moron just like you and if Belicheck or Tomlin decided to take out their quarterback with a 7-6 lead in the first half, they would be summarily ripped and called out for poor decision making. You Prisco, are just as guilty of being an idiot as Chilly is. Chilly's supposed "Kick-Ass Offense" was ultra-conservative, lacked the necessary adjustments to get stars like AP and Harvin the ball, and furthermore lacked the creativity that is needed to get said star players involved. You should know all about lack of creativity Prisco, you write a column everyday. Good luck with your ultra-conservative, uncreative career as a sports writer -- if that's what you claim to be.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2009 12:42 pm

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Regarding Favre refusing to come out of the game, I'd want a player like that on my team.  You want a QB or any other positional player to have that kind of passion and competitive spirit.  It's up to Childress though to make known who is in charge.  He could've and should've made Favre sit down.  Not because Favre was playing terribly, but to possibly provide a spark for the team.

All the blame belongs with the O-line.  They didn't provide pass protection and didn't open up holes for the run game.  Favre played as good of a game as he possibly could with the protection he was getting and all the dropped passes and fumbled ball after a catch.

Why are you giving a pass to the coaches and the play calling?  That is to blame for much of their defeat.  Yes, the Panthers defense came to play and worked hard to get pressure on Favre.  How come you didn't point out that Peterson only had 12 carries? 

Maybe changing out the QB that night would have made a difference, but don't portray the loss as Favre's fault.  It's anything but his fault.  After being sacked four times and being pushed around alot, he continued to go out there and take the hits and make plays and lead his team.  Where were the other players on offense?  Where were the coaches?  WHERE WERE  YOU?

Like someone else posted, you're like "a bad accident that you know you shouldn't look at but can't take your eyes off".  All season you have looked for anything negative to write about Favre and the Vikings, but mainly Favre.  You have been waiting all season for anything to happen you could use to write negatively about, whether it was correct or not.

You sir (using the term very loosely) are an A$$HOLE!  Why don't you take a rest for about a week or two or a year and then come back and write an article that is worth reading.  You are the 'old and broken down' man, not Favre.  He's doing just fine.  His O-line has failed him.  And moreso, his coaches have failed him and the team.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2009 12:15 pm

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Amen brotha!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2009 10:43 am

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Couldn't agree more MTank50. The Vikes will finish at least 12-4 and have the #2 seed.
They'll get a chance to rest for a week and then open at the Metrodome where they are
7-0 and have blown teams out, even good ones like Cincy.

Even if they have to go on the road in the playoffs, it'll be at the Superdome where the
Saints just showed vulnerability against a team (Cowboys) that the Vikings are certainly
the same caliber as.

Prisco and others should not be talking about a Favre meltdown, but rather they should be
talking about how he escaped three sacks on one play, hit players between the numbers,
and watched them either drop passes or fumble away big plays.

If anything, Favre was one of the few Vikes to show up on Sunday night. Hardly a meltdown.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2009 9:54 am

I'm Pete Prisco and I KNEW this would happen

Pete Prisco knows everything.

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