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    Week 3 Thoughts

    So far 3 weeks have gone by and while some things remain what people thought they would be, some things have definitely changed. I decided to write down my Week 3 thoughts after following my two favorite teams through this week, the Saints and Steelers.

    Quick Thoughts
    Matt Schaub is becoming the quarterback the Texans thought they had in David Carr: The Texans were ridiculed for trading a 1st round pick to Atlanta for Matt Schaub but now it seems that the Texans got the better end of the deal. Schaub is playing very solidly in Houston and Atlanta is left without Michael Vick and stuck with either Joey Harrington or Byron Leftwich, whichever they choose to play since Harrington does not look good. Schaub kept Houston close to Indianapolis this week and they ended up losing by six, and did that without their best receiver and a depleted secondary. While I doubt Schaub will become an elite quarterback, he will be a solid second-tier guy and the Texans have finally found their franchise QB.

    Fountain of youth found in Green Bay? So far Brett Favre is having one of the best seasons he has ever had and it is coming without a running game and hardly any big name receivers aside from Donald Driver. One thing that Green Bay's game against San Diego showed me is that Green Bay has stepped up to be one of the better teams in the NFC and San Diego has taken a free fall with the departure of Marty Schottenheimer and Wade Phillips. I am calling it now, the Packers are making the playoffs.

    This is Eli Manning's year.: Everybody has been waiting for when Eli Manning will finally develop into the quarterback the Giants thought they drafted (kinda) in 2004. Each year he has teased fans of the New York football Giants but this year he seems like he has finally got it together. He's playing with a hurt shoulder and really does not have many targets to throw to yet is still getting it done. It seems like he has finally got it together and is looking good.

    Jason Campbell is the next Doug Williams.: I don't know what it is but I really like Jason Campbell. I like his pocket presence, I like his arm, and I like his demeanor. He plays smart and does not make many stupid mistakes. He's the game manager that the Redskins need. He will begin to develop more once Joe Gibbs and his man crush on Mark Brunell departs the Capitol City. Hopefully for 'Skins fans, this will be Gibbs last year as the NFL has clearly passed him by. His future lies in watching cars race as fast as they can around a circular track.

    New England is winning the Super Bowl. “They are who we thought they were... Go ahead and crown their ass.” After seeing how they have just demolished everyone they have gone against I do not see how anyone can think any differently. Their only challenges, it seems, lay in the AFC and that will be either Pittsburgh or Indianapolis. Their first true test as a team comes Week 6 against Dallas. Whoever the Pats face in the Super Bowl will be blown out. The only way they will be stopped is with a few season ending injuries to key players, which the only person I see that happening to is Dante Stallworth. You might as well as go ahead and crown them.

    The Big 3 – LT, LJ, and Steven Jackson – are not fantasy studs this year. While that is a Cpt. Obvious statement if someone would have told me that LT and Steven Jackson would not have been racking up fantasy points I would have told them give themselves a swirly. However, all three of the big 3 running backs are playing worse than Brittney Spears VMA performance. I do not think LT will continue putting up dismal stats but I am not so sure about LJ or Jackson.

    Conference Thoughts

    AFC

    The AFC East, other than the New England Patriots, is a combined 1-8 and that is only because the NY Jets and Miami Dolphins faced each other this week and someone had to win. That's pathetic. Miami is a mess. Buffalo got bit on the behind by the injury bug. The Jets have some talent. They have either the poor man's Reggie Bush or Reggie Bush is the poor man's Leon Washington, I haven't decided yet. One thing is for certain is that Kellen Clemens is the future QB in for the J-E-T-S.

    I had Kansas City pegged for one the first pick of the draft but that does not seem to be the case. I still think they will pick in the top 5 and that sometime during this season Larry Johnson is going to have a meltdown of some sorts. I am also expected another quotable Herman Edwards press conference coming up real soon too. Dwayne Bowe is looking like he is going to be the real deal at WR.

    It seems that the dubious honor of getting the first pick will go to the fans of Flipper: The Miami Dolphins. That head scratching move of drafting Ted Ginn Jr. with the No. 9 pick in the draft seems to paying off dividends. The defense seems to be aging like wine that wasn't stored properly. Maybe they will draft someone that could actually make an immediate impact on their team this time around. I have a hard time seeing Miami winning a game this year, which I know will happen sometime this year, which more than likely will come Week 16 against New England since the Pats will more than likely play their starters for the first half. Only if Miami had kept Jim Bates on as head coach when they fired Dave Wannstedt.

    I was wanting to watch the Oakland-Cleveland game this week to see if last week's Derek Anderson was the real deal or a one game fluke. And what I thought was correct: it was a fluke. Brady Quinn is still going to be the future of the organization. That's all I have to say about that.

    Speaking of that debacle of a game, I really like Josh McCown as the quarterback for the Raiders. I don't know why but I do. The Raiders need someone who can move in the pocket and neither Culpepper nor JaMarcus Russell are able to do that very well. Also, it seems that the decision by Al Davis to hire Lane Kiffin is paying off. I like what Lil' Kiffin is doing over in Oakland.

    Pittsburgh will win the AFC North. Mike Tomlin is doing a great job in Steeltown and seems to have picked up right where Bill Cowher left off.

    The decision to hire Norv Turner to coach the San Diego Chargers is one of the biggest boneheaded moves in the history of the Chargers. Why didn't they just hire Jim Mora if they wanted to throw away this season? I'm thinking Ron Rivera gets the job next year. I doubt the Chargers put up with another year of “Stormin” Norv Turner as head coach. While Turner is a crappy coach, one of the biggest losses the Chargers suffered was the departure of Wade Phillips. Phillips' defense was one of the reasons for the Chargers success the past few years and replacing him with Ted Cottrell was also a boneheaded move. I think the Chargers FO was on a meth binge when they did the hiring this offseason.

    What happened to Denver? They used to win most home games and not get blown out. This is not the Denver team I am used to watching. I am sure Mike Shanahan will get this team back in shape.

    Jacksonville continues to be an enigma.

    I feel sorry for the Buffalo Bills. First it was Kevin Everett, now it's J.P. Losman and Paul Posluszny. I think it's safe to say that they will be picking in the top 10 this year.

    NFC

    Dallas looks like the team to beat in the NFC. They just demolished the Bears Sunday night. While I do not think the Bears are that bad, nor do I think the Cowboys are that good, Dallas did establish itself as an extremely physical team that will rough up their opponent and then kick them in the butt with their offense. Since I am talking about the Cowboys, Marion Barber is quickly establishing himself as the go-to back. He is vastly outplaying Julius Jones and is just the better runner. Marion “the Barbarian” should be the #1 back with Jones as a change of pace. I also like what Wade Phillips is doing with that defense, they are playing an extremely physical brand of football that will pop you in the mouth.

    I like that the Giants showed that they had a pair in their come from behind to win against the Redskins. Their pass defense still sucks, though.

    Something is rotten in the city of Chicago. Rex Grossman is terrible and Lovie Smith is either stubborn or blind or both if he does not see it. While Brian Griese won't demolish the competition, he is a smart QB that won't kill you with dumb mistakes. I know if Grossmen is pulled he will never be put back in but he is too inconsistent and a team as talented as Chicago needs to have a smart QB starting for them. Look at Baltimore when Trent Dilfer was behind center. That is what Chicago needs (not Trent Dilfer but a quarterback like him) and that is what they have in Brian Griese.

    Just when you thought things were starting to look up in Motown, Donovan McNabb, with all of pressures put on him because he is a black quarterback, knocks Jon Kitna and Co. back down to Earth. I think Detroit fields an incredible offense but their defense needs a lot of work, especially their secondary where I can't name you a starter off the top of my head since Dre Bly left. The Lions are an improving team and this past Sunday showed that they still have plenty of work left to do.

    It seems as Project T-Jack is about to be shut down. Tarvaris Jackson looks terrible as a quarterback. Although Kelly Holcomb will never get any comparisons to John Elway, he is a hell of a lot better than Tarvaris Jackson and should remain as Minnesota's QB for the rest of the season. It will have to be up to Brad Childress to admit if he has made a mistake or not so we'll see how good his pride tastes soon enough when it comes time for him to swallow it. I also think I am the only Mewelde Moore fan on the planet and think he is a pretty good compliment to Adrian Peterson. Not as good as Chester Taylor is but there are worse out there.

    What's up with St. Louis? Marc Bulger gets a contract extension and then decides to play like Akili Smith. Steven Jackson is having a hard time running the ball and their defense doesn't look like they would be able to stop a pee-wee football team. Just when I thought things would be looking up in the Show Me State, St. Louis drops a big turd to Tampa Bay and also drops to 0-3.

    Who saw this coming from the Bucs? I expected Atlanta to suck hard this year but Tampa Bay looks like the team to beat in the NFC South. Carolina is playing tough football, but I don't think they have the personnel to make it all the way. Could it be that Chucky saves his job this year by taking the Bucs to the playoffs and winning the NFC South? My money says “yes”.

    MNF

    Tennessee is a team that is worth it's weight in a coach. Jeff Fisher, while the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, is also one of the best coaches in the NFL. He called one of the best games of the season against the Saints and it showed. His team did not give up defensively or offensively. Vince Young and Jay Cutler look like the best QB's out of the 2007 draft class.
    New Orleans will pick within the top 10 this year. Their defense is atrocious. Their offensive line sucks. Their receivers, aside from Marques Colston and Lance Moore, couldn't catch a cold. A few quotes by the immortal Jim Mora sum up the Saints in how they have played the last few games:
    "We were terrible, absolutely terrible! It was an embarrassing, shameful coaching and playing by the New Orleans Saints. I couldn't be more upset, and those players in there ought to be upset." "We gave it away. We gave them the friggin' game. In my opinion, that sucked. ... We got our ass totally kicked. Holy crap. I don't know who the hell we think we are when we do something like that!" "We couldn't do diddly-pooh offensively. We couldn't make a first down. We didn't run the ball. We didn't try to run the ball. We couldn't complete a pass. We sucked. We sucked. It was a horseass performance in the second half." It just took three quotes from that beloved figure in Saints history to sum up the Saints. I think that is the most Jim Mora quotes ever used in a write-up.
    Getting back to the Saints, I thought Kendrick Clancy would help the run defense but not playing him and Hollis Thomas at the same time is a huge coaching mistake. Still having Devery Henderson be the #2 WR is also a coaching mistake. The Saints pass defense is worse than the Giants, which says leaps and bounds. I liked the addition of Jason David but now it looks like I was just as wrong in thinking that as the Saints FO was in signing him away from the Colts. David Patten should be the #2 with Lance Moore, who has velcro hands, at the #3. It will be a long season being a fan of the black and gold, and trust me I am that (although a fan of the Steelers as well, which will be explained only through a PM.) The Saints just suck. The only way we will get positive yards is with the pass but our O-line sucks and Brees is having to run for his life every time he drops back to pass much like The Dude ran from the giant pair of scissors in The Big Lebowski. I kind of wish Jim Mora was still coach so at least I would be entertained by the press conferences after the game instead of Sean Payton doing his best Bill Belichick impression. All I have say is this: Jim Mora won head coach of the year his second season, Jim Haslett won it his first season, and so did Sean Payton. Take of it what you will after knowing both previous head coaches histories.
    Here's an interesting statistic that compares Haslett and Payton:

    2000...went 10-6 (won Coach of the Year)

    2006...went 10-6 (won Coach of the Year)

    2000...won first playoff game ever

    2006...went to NFCCG for first time ever

    2001...went 7-9

    2007...

    It hurts to be right: I hated the decision to hire Sean Payton as head coach. And I still hate it now. I wanted Jim Bates and if you look in the Saints thread you will find I am not talking out of hatred for the current Saints head coach or just because I am upset because my team sucks worse than the Raiders did last year. Sean Payton calls too many gimmick plays that go for no to negative yards. He is a poor play caller as his history will attest to. He will go by the way side as many previous Saints head coaches do. I hate being right but this time I really hate being right. I also hated the addition of Robert Meachem and would have prefered Posluzny or Greg Olsen. Although Puz is out for the year and Olsen is in and out of the Bears current line up, either or would have better than Meachem. The Saints front office from last year to this year is night and day. The Saints have more cleaning up to do than Cinderella did in the Disney movie. No doubt entering a bye week 0-3, especially after a heart-breaking loss will do that to you. I have nothing good to say about the organization that I follow more than the Steelers.
    Last edited by diabsoule; 09-25-2007, 10:15 AM.

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  • #2
    just a small correction, houston traded 07 and 08 2nd roundersfor Schaub, not a first

    good writeup though




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    • #3
      Originally posted by comahan View Post
      just a small correction, houston traded 07 and 08 2nd roundersfor Schaub, not a first

      good writeup though
      I know but I chose only to include what is immediate now and that turns out to be better than what the Falcons got.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
        Who saw this coming from the Bucs? I expected Atlanta to suck hard this year but Tampa Bay looks like the team to beat in the NFC South. Carolina is playing tough football, but I don't think they have the personnel to make it all the way. Could it be that Chucky saves his job this year by taking the Bucs to the playoffs and winning the NFC South? My money says “yes”.
        I'm a pretty enthusiastic Buccaneer fan who can sometimes border on homeristic, but even I didn't expect the Buc's to start the season 2-1. I truly expected the Saints to rise to the top of the NFC South for successive years. I guess the whole, first to last, last to first thing is kicking in like it did last season.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
          I know but I chose only to include what is immediate now and that turns out to be better than what the Falcons got.
          gotcha.

          im glad we swapped picks, we got amobi! such a beast :P

          anyhoo, continue on and ignore my ramblings.




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          • #6
            With the first selection in the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select...



            The DeSean Jackson Family!!!

            seriously though, I am with you on the Jim Bates for head coach bandwagon. He held that Dolphin team together as an interim coach when they were terrible

            Also, the Panthers are not playing tough football. They are playing soft football and just lucked into playing the Falcons and Rams

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            • #7
              LMAO@desean jackson family


              Diabsoule im wondering if you see Brees getting on track at some point this yr how he was last yr, or will it never happen and he look lost all year long





              Originally posted by Scott Wright
              I guarantee that if someone picks Cam Newton in the Top 5 they will regret it.

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              • #8
                Titans coaching did a good job in all but one area - redzone offense. Some of it is execution, but most of it is play calling. WR end around in the RZ? ummm, ok. To get in the RZ 4 times before half and only score 10 points with a mobile QB and a power back is just bad.

                The only redzone play that really worked was that bootleg passing TD. Surprise surprise. Every RZ play should be designed for VY's dual threat, but most were boring predictable rushes between OG and OT, or vanilla passing plays. I just don't understand how you don't try VY in 4 wide shotgun close to the goalline, it's basically a gimme TD.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LonghornsLegend View Post
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                  Diabsoule im wondering if you see Brees getting on track at some point this yr how he was last yr, or will it never happen and he look lost all year long
                  Unless the O-line magically returns to last years form he's going to have a long season, along with the rest of the team. Defenses just don't respect our Offensive line and are teeing off on him, they're getting pressure most of the time with only 4 down Linemen. The interior is collapsing, so there's no where for Drew to step up in.. and being a shorter QB his field of vision gets disrupted easily when there's pressure right up the middle.

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                  • #10
                    How did the Saints' defensive line do against the Tampa Bay Bucs' offensive line last week?

                    Yeah, they didn't do too much today, but the Titans have one of the best offensive lines in the league (and the most underrated). And against the Colts, the offensive line played well and Manning got rid of the ball of course.

                    So I'm wondering how they did last week, I didn't get to see much of that game. They Saints defense desperately needs the front four to generate pressure, to help mask the pass coverage deficiencies of the back seven.
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                    • #11
                      great write-up! fun read.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Geo View Post
                        How did the Saints' defensive line do against the Tampa Bay Bucs' offensive line last week?

                        Yeah, they didn't do too much today, but the Titans have one of the best offensive lines in the league (and the most underrated). And against the Colts, the offensive line played well and Manning got rid of the ball of course.

                        So I'm wondering how they did last week, I didn't get to see much of that game. They Saints defense desperately needs the front four to generate pressure, to help mask the pass coverage deficiencies of the back seven.
                        Pretty much par for the course they couldn't get much pressure on Garcia, and if they did manage to gain the edge they couldn't finish the play. As Garcia did a great job of eluding the rush, and getting the ball out quickly.

                        There were 2 pretty big plays where I thought our Ends were blatantly held. One play were Will Smith was dragged down after gaining the edge, and another where Charles Grant clearly had his facemask grabbed and shoved to prevent him from getting to Garcia neither of which were called but there's no use going back and crying now.

                        There's really no phase of the game this team is playing well in, they can't stop the big play passes, can't stop the run, can't wrap up and tackle, can't run the football, can't block, can't stop turning the football over. It's just that kind of a year where everything goes wrong. Last season everything Payton & Brees touched turned to gold, and now all is going to ashes.

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                        • #13
                          I'd wait till next week before I predict anything about the NFC South.

                          Whomever wins out of the Panthers and Buccs will end up in the NFCCG mark it down.

                          The NFC South will have 6 years running with a new division champ and a conference championship game.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Auron View Post
                            Pretty much par for the course they couldn't get much pressure on Garcia, and if they did manage to gain the edge they couldn't finish the play. As Garcia did a great job of eluding the rush, and getting the ball out quickly.
                            Good point about Garcia's elusiveness and abiity to deliver a ball outside the pocket.

                            There were 2 pretty big plays where I thought our Ends were blatantly held. One play were Will Smith was dragged down after gaining the edge, and another where Charles Grant clearly had his facemask grabbed and shoved to prevent him from getting to Garcia neither of which were called but there's no use going back and crying now.
                            From what I've seen, the refs have been abysmal this year in calling holding penalties on offensive lineman (tackles specifically). Dwight Freeney drew his first holding penalty of the year in Week 3, if you can believe that, when the Texans' Salaam nearly tore his head off.
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                            • #15
                              JR moved pretty well in the pocket while in college. havent seen a minute of PT in the NFL, so let's wait and see what happens before coming to the conclusion that McCown is better suited to be the Raiders starting QB.

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