By Guest Columnist – Jean-Paul Bergeaux
Things I know.
The pundits are proving they don’t know anything… again. Vikings, Cowboys, Steelers, Bucs and Chiefs. Yes it’s just the first two weeks, but the Vikes and Boys look bad. The Bucs and Chiefs weren’t supposed to win more than 4 games. The Steelers were supposed to be lucky to come out of week 4 at 2-2. There is a lot of football left to play, but the start isn’t looking good for many preseason predictions out there.
Brett Favre looks like he has aged 10 years in 10 months. Is this the same Brett Favre we saw last season? Did someone body snatch Brett? Or is it that being 40 has finally caught up to the incredible Brett? Yes he didn’t go to training camp, but he didn’t go to training camp last year and didn’t have a season in the Minny offense under his belt. That can’t be the only issue. Did everyone see the video of him entering the stadium before the last game? He looked like he was dragging himself down the hall. Brett just looks tired and old.
Mike Vick cannot “win” the starting QB job from Kevin Kolb. There is no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia. Mike Vick looked great, but Andy Reid has been clear. They are developing Kevin Kolb to be their long term solution at QB. Mike Vick cannot win the starting job. There is still the possibility that Kolb could LOSE the starting job if he doesn’t perform well for a long period of time. All that Mike Vick has done is, maybe, shorten Kolb’s leash.
Things I think I know.
The Cowboys are not coached well on offense. People seem to forget that the Cowboys offense has been one of the most heavily penalized teams since Wade Phillips took over in 2007. Many would blame fun loving Wade Phillips for the sloppy play, but the defense doesn’t seem to have these problems, so maybe it’s Jason Garret? One thing is for sure: If it doesn’t improve, the good ship lollypop that is called “The Dallas Cowboys” may be in for a long voyage.
Joe Flacco has accuracy issues. There was a lot of angst among Baltimore fans for saying this last week, but it continues to look like Flacco sometimes just can’t put the ball where it needs to be. He has a great arm, but that’s not the question. Maybe it’s a fundamentals issue that a QB coach can work with Flacco about. He certainly is able to make some very accurate throws sometimes too. However, on other occasions, Flacco is floating or diving a pass into the ground. Maybe he just needs to be more consistent with his feet and body placement. If it doesn’t improve, he’ll have a ceiling on how good he can be.
The Lions are a better team than expected. Yes, they are 0-2. But they have been playing pretty well and have been closely competitive in both games. Even without Matt Stafford this week, the Lions were exciting to watch and it is clear that they are collecting talent. (Javad Best anyone?) They have a lot better team than they did just a few years ago and just need to learn that intangible edge that it takes to win.
Things I know I don’t know.
Has Mike Martz really improved Jay Cutler that much? Don’t forget that Jay Cutler had some up and down games last year too… but… so far so good for Cutler and Martz. Cutler has a QB rating over 100 in both games and appears to be making better decisions. Against the Lions, that wasn’t a surprise, but against the tough Dallas defense, it should be. There are lots of games left to find out if Mike Martz really has “fixed” Cutler.
What to make of the Patriots, Ravens, Jets and Bengals? In week 1, the Patriots thumped the Bengals, while the Ravens physically beat down the Jets in a close game. The world was crumbling for the Jets and Bengals and the world was roses for the Pats and Ravens. And then week 2 happened. The Jets embarrassed the Pats and the Bengals edged the Ravens. All four of these teams were playoff teams last year and maybe that’s all this means. Did the Bengals just get lucky with an INT throwing Flacco? Were the Jets just having an off game on Monday night? Are they all four good teams and they just played each other tough?
Have the Houston Texans finally learned how to win games on a regular basis? The Texans have had a good team for several years. They just couldn’t seem to consistently win the easy games and pull out the tough ones when they were close games. Blown leads, failed comebacks, big let downs. Well, they didn’t blow the lead against the Colts and pulled off their FIRST overtime win in team history against a tough Redskins team. Are they past this now? Are they in position to make the playoffs, maybe even win the AFC South?
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