I did coke for the first time in a long time and I'm incredibly yakked out right now. There, I said it. Mods, infract and suspend me, just leave my post alone. Don't censor your posters, as they are the life of this website.
So get ready for my longest post in a long time. I apologize for the tagents.
I went to the KC vs SD game. It was like 65 degrees, so, southern California by like I am, I was naturally freezing my ass off. But I paid attention to a few matchups in particular.
-Brandon Albert absolutely owned Jyles Tucker all day. To be quite frank, Tyler Thigpen didn't really have to move his feet at all today, and the times he did, it seemed like he easily escaped San Diego pressure. Thigpen's a scrappy son of a gun. I'm very interested to see what he does the rest of the season, now that teams have some tape on him.
-Antonio Cromartie is terrible, but I'm not sure it's all his fault. I never saw Cromartie play closer than seven yards off the receiver he was supposed to be guarding, and SD had him playing a lot of zone. He has trouble reading the quarterback when he has two offensive players in his area. Meaning, he gets looked off easily. He chases the outside receiver inside too often when the inside receiver is coming back in. Kid has a lot of work to do in cleaning up his coverage. He's really not that good without Shawne Merriman being in the quarterback's face on every play and forcing errant throws.
-The PI call at the end of the game on KC was BS.
-Philip Rivers' arm is painfully weak. When he throws the out, I swear it takes the ball forever to get there. Rivers' greatest strength comes in his ability to read defenses and look safeties and linebackers off. He is excellent at this.
-I was extremely impressed with Kansas City's young safety duo. Both fly to the ball in run support and have good range playing the deep half of the field in KC's Tampa Two scheme. KC's young corner's got abused today though.
-I have endzone seats. Considering that I am an offensive line coach, this is very pleasurable for me, as I get to pay close attention to the offensive lines and their schemes. I have to say, SD's offensive line is still very good at run blocking. LT, injured or not, was clearly not running with the same vision that he used to have. I've had season tickets for the past three years in these endzone seats (although this is the first game I've been to this year), but the difference in running style was painfully obvious. LT ran with some of the best vision I've ever seen. He literally used to see cutback lanes before they opened up, a beautiful thing to watch. This year, something's off. Like I said, it's not 100% the foot injury. He's just not seeing the field like he has in previous years.
-Conversely, I hope LJ gives a 100% effort for the Chiefs when he comes back. The Chiefs offensive line isn't bad by any means. TBH, Albert and Waters already look like they're forming into a formidable combo.
-I loved the move by Herman Edwards to go for two. You're 1-7 and you're away. You've got nothing else to lose this season. Give your players the opportunity to make big plays and see if they come through in the clutch. That's what football is all about, after all. Fantasy football really has ruined the average football fan's idea of what a "good" player is. I don't care how many stats a guy can put up in garbage time or against garbage teams. The film is the only way you can tell if a certain player has the "it" factor. And all the "it" factor is, is how a player responds in the clutch. Big time players make big time plays in big games. Front runners do well when everything's going well, but take a dump when their team needs them the most.
-I love how Pittsburgh and Indianapolis use incredibly similar players Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders in completely different ways. They both really are two fun players to watch.
-Learn about The Secret
. I swear, if anybody is an example of it, it's the Giants. To sum it up for you guys, I'll say this: in sports, success brings confidence and confidence brings more success. The Giants know
that they are better than everyone else. People who doubted how good they would be this year were fools. Football, like basketball, is very much an EFFORT game. And your effort is a reflection of your attitude. If you have a group of men who are focused on the same goals and buy into the program, their effort will reflect it. Subsequently, their play will reflect it as well.
-To further that, I'll say this: people can hate on Eli all they want about his consistency, but I can tell you this about the guy: he has made a habit of coming through in the clutch, when his team really needs him. My dad is a Giants fan, so I've watched Eli's maturation quite closely. He's not a guy that's going to wow you with his precision and consistency, like his brother. But to be quite honest, if the game is on the line, and we're in a pressure cooker situation, I'd take Eli over his brother.
-I'd also like to take this time to make a tribute to the city of San Diego. You really are America's Finest City. You have the most beautiful women and people with the most laid back personalities. I literally saw two or three groups of people lighting up blunts and joints in the smoking sections of the stadium without getting hassled by security or the police. Fans weren't rude or obnoxious to Chiefs fans. It really was a large gathering of people who just wanted to have a good time. People, learn to not take life so seriously. Especially when it comes to sports. You may make fun of your girlfriends and wives for how seriously they take their soap operas and stupid reality TV shows, but realize that sports is just our male version of those things. I wasn't kidding when I said ESPN is really E!SPN. Sports is supposed to be our entertainment - our escape we have from the daily grind. So everybody do me a favor and stop taking it so seriously.
Two random quotes for you all to read and think about
: "The more I see, the less I know for sure." - John Lennon
"To live and not to breathe is to die in tragedy." - Billie Joe Armstrong