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Monday Musings

Posted on: January 4, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2010 6:40 pm
 


----Jim Zorn was fired Monday. Did you hear? Now it's Mike Shanahan time. When does he sign the $10 million per year deal? Tuesday? He's on his way there. I think Shanahan is a good hire, so long as he has no influence in the football decisions. We know that Mike Shanahan the GM did in Mike Shanahan the coach in Denver.

----The hiring of Buddy Nix as general manager in Buffalo might seem odd considering he's 70, but talking to league personnel his reputation as a scout is very good. The Bills need that. Plus, it wasn't like Russ Brandon was going to hire a real general manager. That would take away from his power.

---The NFL didn’t do the Jets any favors by scheduling them for the first playoff game this weekend after playing the last game of this past week. Maybe they feel guilty for what the Colts did when they laid down against the Jets two weeks ago.

---The Patriots will be hurting without Wes Welker for the playoffs, but Julian Edelman is a mini-Welker. When you close your eyes and watch him, you'd swear it was Welker. The loss of Welker will hurt, but as long as the Patriots have Randy Moss to take coverage and stretch the field, they will be fine in the passing game. Moss is the one they can't replace. They can replace Welker.

---It's too bad Welker got hurt in a contract year. But the kid loves the game and you can bet he will be diligent in his rehab. He'll be fine. His speed isn't what makes him go anyway.

---There are a lot of people rushing to bury the Bengals after what happened Sunday night against the Jets, but let's not forget that this team was a fumble away from taking the lead late at San Diego a few weeks ago. They can play with anybody. The last game is no indicator.

---Some scream that former Raiders punter Ray Guy should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Maybe, but he's not even the best Oakland punter ever. That's current Raiders punter Shane Lechler. He has better numbers than Guy across the board. Lechler just finished an amazing season, averaging 51.1 per punt, just shy of the NFL record of 51.4 held by Sammy Baugh, a 69-year-old record.

---Where has Willis McGahee been all season? He ran for 177 yards and three scores against the Raiders after having little impact this season playing behind Ray Rice. McGahee looked explosive in his runs, including a 77-yard touchdown run.

---How's this for a change at the top: All four bye teams from last season failed to make the playoffs. The Steelers, Giants, Titans and Panthers will all be watching the playoffs. That's the NFL way.

---Cowboys owner Jerry Jones makes himself available in the locker room after every game. Most writers make jokes about him doing so, but I think it's great. He is candid. He doesn't back away from the issues and he gives a good quote. Would they rather he not be available? I'll take it when I can get it.

----After Tim Tebow impressed so much against Cincinnati, the talk about his draft stock was bound to increase. But don't get fooled. That was a heck of a game, but how many times did he have to read the field? And what about that motion? And those feet? Look, he's a great college player. But there are a lot of flaws. I'd take him in the fourth round and work with him. I wouldn't waste a pick in the top three rounds. He's a project.
 
---There is a lot of talk that Jack Del Rio will be fired in Jacksonville. It's not happening. Del Rio has three years left on his contract at close to $5 million per season and his assistants just re-upped. This was a rebuilding year. If the Jaguars wanted to dump him, they should have dumped him after last season. There is some truth to the report that Del Rio isn't on great terms with owner Wayne Weaver. Del Rio doesn't put in the time that Tom Coughlin did when he was in Jacksonville, but who would? Del Rio gets another year. David Garrard will not. That's the problem with that team. They can't throw it well enough to win. And then Garrard basically called out his receivers last week, saying the team needed another threat. They could use one, but wouldn't they all be much better if Garrard wasn't throwing to them?

---The word is the Cleveland Browns are going to hire former Seattle, New Orleans and Miami general manager Randy Mueller. Why? Go get some new blood. It makes no sense.

----The Wildcat is dead. The Wildcat is dead. With a few exceptions, the offense is gone. I told you.

----My first impression of Cowboys Stadium is this: Wow. That scoreboard is incredible. And the experience is crazy. Where else can you see pole dancers -- OK, they're not quite that -- in the end zone during games. Say this about Jones: The man knows how to put on a show and make money.

----JaMarcus Russell is a bust. It's official now. When you're not better than Charlie Frye, you are a bust.

---Is Josh McDaniels still a genius? Didn't think so.

----Jay Cutler has played well the past two weeks. Where was that all season?

----Watching the past couple of weeks of games with backups tells a very sobering story. The backup quarterbacks aren't very good. Now you know why the league does everything it can to protect the star passers.


---Tom Cable and his staff will find out their fates out next week. I'd be shocked if they are back.

 

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2010 9:18 am
 

I kinda hope IT IS dead

Man, I almost hope the Wildcat is dead, so we don't have to read Prisco bitching about it week in and week out and predicting its imminent demise seven times a year!

Dude's as repetitive as a 3-year-old who's just learnt a new word.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Monday Musings

I liked your post calling out Prisco on his Farve "melt down" comments. And with a chance to acknowlege his mistake for dogging Farve all season long via his Monday power rankings,  all he can say is, "he now has a week off to rest his forty year old arm."  And that would be the 40 year old arm that just passed for 33 TD's  against 7 INT's (second only to Tom Brady all-time for most TD's to INT's) C'mon Pete, man up for once and give the legend that is #4 his props. He's earned it!




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Did you actually watch the games?

"The backup quarterbacks aren't very good."
OK, we all know from the last couple weeks that Painter is terrible.  But Hoyer wasn't that bad.  In fact, he was really good in his first series.  Either you didn't watch the games and just assumed poor performance, or you were watching a very different game than the network analysts, who pointed out more than once how the Patriots' offense didn't seem to miss a beat with Hoyer in there...



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Monday Musings

Go get some new bloodIn the Power Rankings this week, you say that Jim Haslett should be coaching the Bills next season.  Is he new blood?  Or did you somehow forget that he coached the Saints and Rams?

Hypocrite.



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Monday Musings

When you close your eyes and watch him, you'd swear it was WelkerHuh?  It is pretty hard to watch someone play football with your eyes closed.  Unless you are fantasizing.  So, either Prisco is quite dumb, has transparent eyelids, or really, really, in stalkerish way, "likes" Wes Welker/Edelman. 



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 10:54 am
 

Monday Musings

"The Wildcat is dead. The Wildcat is dead. With a few exceptions, the offense is gone. I told you."

Really?  The Jets killed the Bengals with the Wildcat on Sunday night.  Cleveland has run it effectively with Josh Cribbs the last few weeks.  The Dolphins still use it very well when Ronnie Brown is healthy and running it.  I'd say the Wildcat is alive and kickin, and will continue to do so until teams can stop it.  It's not going to be the primary offense for anyone, but it will persist as a change-of-pace to give opposing defenses one more thing to prepare for.



"Jay Cutler has played well the past two weeks. Where was that all season?"

Jay Cutler has had Devin Aromashadu (sp?), a receiver he can trust, to throw to the last two weeks.  Where has that been all season?



"The NFL didn’t do the any favors by scheduling them for the first playoff game this weekend after playing the last game of this past week."

Moot point.  Jets played Bengals in both games.  If anything, the quick turnaround gives the Jets an advantage--they maintain their momentum from that 37-0 thrashing of the Bengals and the Bengals have less time to watch film and figure out how to prevent getting whooped again.



"(Welker's) speed isn't what makes him go anyway."

Welker is so good because of his elusive quickness after the catch that allows him to get YAC in traffic, turning 4-5 yard catches into 8-10 yard gains.  If he loses that ability by not fully recovering from his knee injury, then he will be significantly less effective.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 10:53 am
 

Monday Musings

"The Wildcat is dead. The Wildcat is dead. With a few exceptions, the offense is gone. I told you."

Really?  The Jets killed the Bengals with the Wildcat on Sunday night.  Cleveland has run it effectively with Josh Cribbs the last few weeks.  The Dolphins still use it very well when Ronnie Brown is healthy and running it.  I'd say the Wildcat is alive and kickin, and will continue to do so until teams can stop it.  It's not going to be the primary offense for anyone, but it will persist as a change-of-pace to give opposing defenses one more thing to prepare for.



"Jay Cutler has played well the past two weeks. Where was that all season?"

Jay Cutler has had Devin Aromashadu (sp?), a receiver he can trust, to throw to the last two weeks.  Where has that been all season?



"The NFL didn’t do the any favors by scheduling them for the first playoff game this weekend after playing the last game of this past week."

Moot point.  Jets played Bengals in both games.  If anything, the quick turnaround gives the Jets an advantage--they maintain their momentum from that 37-0 thrashing of the Bengals and the Bengals have less time to watch film and figure out how to prevent getting whooped again.



"(Welker's) speed isn't what makes him go anyway."

Welker is so good because of his elusive quickness after the catch that allows him to get YAC in traffic, turning 4-5 yard catches into 8-10 yard gains.  If he loses that ability by not fully recovering from his knee injury, then he will be significantly less effective.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 10:43 am
 

Monday Musings

"The Wildcat is dead. The Wildcat is dead. With a few exceptions, the offense is gone. I told you."

Really?  Because Cleveland has used it effectively the past few weeks with Josh Cribbs, and the Jets killed with it using Brad Smith against the Bengals Sunday night (how does 3 carries for 91 yards grab you?).  The Dolphins are the best team in the NFL at running it when they have Ronnie Brown, they only stopped because he got hurt.  This offense will not be a full-time thing in the NFL ever, but it's here to stay as long as teams keep being effective with it.


"The NFL didn’t do the any favors by scheduling them for the first playoff game this weekend after playing the last game of this past week"

The Jets will play the Bengals Saturday, the same team they just played Sunday, so that's a wash as far as time is concerned.  And I would argue that a quick turnaround is good for the Jets--maintain their momentum and give the Bengals less time to watch film and formulate a game plan to rebound from that drubbing they received.

Come on Prisco, make some coherent points here. 



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:22 am
 

Monday Musings

Hey Cowboy Colt Pete, is this an attempt at humor when you write:

 When you close your eyes and watch him, you'd swear it was Welker

Hell, when I close my eyes and "watch" anyone, I most definitely imagine it someone other than Wes Walker, thats for sure!



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:19 am
 

Monday Musings

Good point, Wolf. Remember that Prisco is one of the many, many sportscasters who worship at the altar of the NFC East. With all the compelling stories and notes that could be told about the other 28 teams this season, look how often the CBS writers, Fox analysts, NBC night games, and ESPN focus on the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins and Eagles (and of course the Pats/Colts/Steelers). I know they are big markets and that many of these people are based on the East Coast. but that's no excuse to ignore the rest of the league.

Prisco is just following orders on coverage. Nobody will read musings about the Kansas City Chiefs, but since sportscasters love the NFC East, they assume everyone else does too. Get ready for Giants Watch 24/7.


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