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Random Shots

  Posted 9/17 by Joe Bryant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


Hi Folks,

We do a lot of really insightful, thoughtful and serious features here at Footballguys with some very smart people thinking deeply for you. This is not one of those features.

This is a few pages of me downloading my goofy and dysfunctional mental hard drive that gets stuffed with way too many random items from 40 hours of watching and re-watching (God Bless TiVO) football every weekend. It's the only way I keep relatively sane. Here's hoping it has a tiny bit of value for you. Let's go.

Random Shots

Here's what happens when you sit an NFL Junkie down in front of multiple big screens with Sunday Ticket and fresh batteries in the remote.

A Twisted Look at The NFL And All That Goes With It

Note to Brian Dawkins. When you're on the goal line, and you find yourself covering Terrell Owens in one on one coverage, the correct pre snap adjustment is to call TIME OUT.

Former Giants TE Jeremy Shockey recently described the horror of attending last season's Super Bowl game. "I flew myself out on a five- to six-hour flight in a middle seat. I couldn't walk. I couldn't do anything", said Shockey.

Not the middle seat. Please, for the love of Pete Rozelle, tell me Shockey didn't have to suffer through the middle seat. No wonder he wanted out of New York.

Note to Tony Kornheiser - "Hola!"

Brett Favre was about as cool towards Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers as he could possibly be. Asked what he thought of Rodgers' Week 1 performance, Favre said, "The guy played well under a lot of pressure. And I'm not surprised by it. He's been there quite a while. I think he's got tremendous talent. He's watched, he's learned from me. And that's good and bad. He's also seen the bad side of me as well.

He's a bright kid with a lot talent and he's got a great cast around him and he's well coached."

Not sure how he could be any more complimentary of Rodgers, the team and the coaches there. Well done.

It was something like 275 degrees on the field in Jacksonville Sunday. And the Jaguars chose to wear their dark jerseys letting the Bills wear their white uniforms. That's beyond stupid.

You probably saw Dallas WR Terrell Owens talking about how the problem in Philadelphia was that Donovan McNabb had trouble with all the attention Owens received. That Owens got "too big" for Philly for McNabb to be happy.

#1. I can see that. #2. Terrell. Dude. Let it go. Live in the present.

On the ESPN Sunday morning show, the hosts all pick the game winners. Chris Berman picked Cleveland over Pittsburgh and said, "Why not"? Ummm. Maybe because the object of this lesson is to pick the winners?

Everyone saw Eagles WR DeSean Jackson make the boneheaded play Monday night tossing the ball away before he crossed the goal line. My initial reaction was to cut the kid some slack and say this would be something he'd learn from and would never do again. Until I saw the video of him from high school somersaulting into the end zone and fumbling at the goal line. I'm pretty sure that every athlete is allowed one and only one celebration fumble at the goal line for their organized football career. DeSean, you're on the list now...

Donovan McNabb was asked whether the game vs. the Rams was the first game he's been healthy in a long time. In his answer he said: "Actually I'm like wine, I'm fine like wine, I'm getting older with time."

Did you catch any of the Tennessee – Cincinnati game? The wind was ridiculous. Titans punter Craig Hentrich booted one that sailed 70 yards in the air. I could have kicked one 40 yards in that wind.

Do you know which offense currently holds the record for most consecutive games scoring at least 20 points? That would be your Arizona Cardinals with 10 games. Interesting.

I'm not a big fan of folks thinking they know more than the NFL General Managers. By and large, the GMs at this level are smart people making good decisions. But to this day I'm still stunned that Ted Ginn Jr could convince anyone he was worth a first round pick.

The Cardinals Kurt Warner started off the game with a 79 yard TD to Anquan Boldin. Warner hit his first nine passes for 221 yards and had 247 yards and two scores at the first half. He finished with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, the third time in his career.

Note to Matt Leinart: Find a comfortable baseball cap.

A QB that did not start off well was Atlanta's Matt Ryan. He missed his first eight pass attempts and threw two interceptions that Tampa Bay turned into scores. Note to Ryan: It'd be nice, but you can't play the Lions every week. That goes for you too Michael Turner. Call Canton and tell them to hold tight for a second.

Saints TE Mark Campbell had as many passes thrown to him (3) as did Jeremy Shockey. So much for saving the Saints passing game...

It's official. Joey Galloway is old. He's hit that point where every little nagging injury goes from "undisclosed" to "serious". Happens to the best of them.

I'm still liking that Aaron Rodgers.

But I'm starting to wonder a little bit about Kyle Orton. I think he needs the neck beard back. It's his weird and sort of scary version of the Samson thing. Not to mention the alternative to Orton is still Sexy Rexy.

C'mon Panther fans. Did you really think you'd be 2-0 without Steve Smith?

If I'd told you after Week 1 that Tyler Thigpen, Gus Frerotte and Kerry Collins would be starting quarterbacks in Week 3 would you have believed me? Wow.

The Titans may be better with Collins. The Chiefs don't really have a chance with Thigpen. And I can't believe the Vikings are giving up on Tarvaris Jackson this quickly after a summer of Brad Childress talking him up to be the next Steve Young. Anyone watching the games saw that the Viking receivers weren't doing Jackson any favors. If Visanthe Shiancoe didn't suck, and he catches the TD, that Indy game would have been way different. And what is this early talk about Frerotte being the starter for the rest of the year? Of the 32 starting QBs this Sunday, Frerotte has to be no better than #30. And you're naming this guy your starter for the rest of the season? In Week friggin 3? I feel for you Vikings fans.

Jacksonville linebacker Mike Peterson didn't sound overly concerned with Vince Young's troubles: "I don't know and I don't care too much about it. That's Tennessee's problem to deal with. I'm trying to get a win down here."

Braylon Edwards: Catch the ball.

Let's not get too excited just yet but I am loving this Titan backfield of Chris Johnson and LenDale White. White is not the guy that carries your running game. But paired with a speedster like Johnson, they're tough. That combo looks eerily familiar...

Has an offense ever fallen apart more quickly than the Bengals? They averaged 258 yards passing per game last year. Carson Palmer has 228 yards TOTAL passing this season. And it's not fluky stuff. He just genuinely looks bad.

New BlackEyedJoe.com All Name Team Guy: Green Bay running back Kregg Lumpkin. Lumpkin would have put him on the team but Kregg pushes him to starter material.

If a Seattle wide receiver ever made the cover of Madden, I bet he'd burst into flames during the first game.

You have to like San Diego's Darren Sproles. On that long touchdown run, I went back on the TiVO and counted how many steps he took: 755. Guy has a 24 inch inseam.

I realize this isn't going out on a limb, but Rams QB Marc Bulger won't make it through October. At 210 pounds, poor guy doesn't have a chance back there.

I can't get used to Dallas safety Roy Williams wearing #38. I saw Mike Jenkins on the field wearing #31, I thought, "Williams looks a lot quicker. And he's not grabbing guys by the back of the shoulder pads and then driving his knees into the back of their legs."

Raiders rookie running back Darren McFadden made a nice splash. He's not Adrian Peterson. But he's pretty darn good. And with Run DMC, he's got one of the best nicknames in the league. Never underestimate the value of a great nickname.

Eli Manning with a nice Brett Favre "I'm about to be sacked so let's throw it left handed to the receiver that's not really ready for the pass" Nice.

This is what it's like to be a Brown's fan: Cleveland is trailing 10-3 with 3:24 left in the game. They're facing 4th and 7 from the Pittsburgh 20. And they kick a field goal. Romeo, field goals are worth three points. Have another drink. If you're a Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, Colts or Steelers fan and you start to complain about your team – think about that for a minute.

I saw a guy in a Saints uniform that looked just like Robert Meachem catch a TD pass Sunday.

Some Ronnie Brown owner had the Chad Henne voodoo doll out Sunday. And he was workin' it.

1-6-ARI 6 (4:55) Brown left tackle to ARI 5 for 1 yard
2-5-ARI 5 (4:19) Brown up the middle to ARI 3 for 2 yards
3-3-ARI 3 (3:37) Henne pass incomplete short right to 80-A.Fasano
1-1-ARI 1 (3:31) Brown left tackle to ARI 1 for no gain
2-1-ARI 1 (2:51) Henne pass incomplete short right to 23-R.Brown.
3-1-ARI 1 (2:46) Henne pass incomplete short left to 18-E.Wilford.
4-1-ARI 1 (2:42) Brown up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

I told you the Patriots would be fine.

Gotta feel for Charger fans. That was as tough an ending as I can remember.

Here's the official version of how it went down from the NFL:

(1:17) Cutler pass incomplete short right to 28-M.Pittman. Play Challenged by Replay Assistant and REVERSED. 6-J.Cutler sacked at SD 10 for -9 yards. FUMBLES, declared dead at SD 10. Denver ball.

A few thoughts:

  1. The Chargers got hosed. But here's an idea – Don't give up 31 points in the first half.
  2. I have no idea why Mike Shanahan is lauded for a gutsy call to go for two. Given the ridiculous NFL overtime format, it was obviously the correct call. Especially for an offense that had been rolling like that. Bowing to the fear of criticism and playing for the tie is one of my pet peeves. You have a shot to win the game. You line up and win the game. And yes, I'd be saying exactly the same thing if they'd missed the 2 point try.
  3. The call makes a little more sense when you see where the ref was looking...

For the few that always yell at me - that last one was a fake photoshop And a little mean. Ed Hochuli is one of the best refs in the game. He was gracious enough to give us a nice interview a few years back and is a good guy. It was a human error and I bet that for as bad as the Charger fans feel, he feels worse.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is on the "deathwatch". "You go for a jog yesterday and you feel like it's paparazzi because the TV cameras are following you and they're asking you if you're still the coach of the Raiders," Kiffin said. "I felt like Brad Pitt."

Kiffin said he has not spoken with Al Davis in two weeks, saying, "As crazy as it sounds, I know as much as you guys know."

"Crazy" isn't exactly the word I'd use there. I said it a while back but it's more true each day: At some point you have to take the keys away from Al. And I love the guy. But the league steps in at some point.

Have you noticed the "Countdown to Patriots at Chargers" clock on the CBSSportsline NFL home page? It's XX days + away. Are we really that starved for good matchups that this one rates a countdown clock almost a month away?

I tried to write something about this but in the end, I realized the article from www.local6.com was better:

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley apologized Monday for posting an explicit photo of himself on his Web site.

Cooley accidentally revealed more of himself than he wanted when he took a picture Sunday morning while preparing for a game against the New Orleans Saints. Cooley wanted to show the readers of his popular blog some of the study materials the players were given by coach Jim Zorn.

Cooley, however, said he was studying in the nude, and he didn't examine his photo closely before posting it.

After the photo was removed, Cooley posted a message apologizing, saying that the picture of his genitals was "by no means our intention and we did not want to offend anyone. The picture wouldn't have been up for so long, but we were in the middle of winning a big game. Once again, this was a complete accident and we regret not reviewing the post more closely. Thanks."

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher was pretty straightforward when asked if his receivers would have trouble getting used to new left handed quarterback Chris Simms: "The receivers will continue to work with him. I mean the ball's obviously spinning a different direction but, it's brown and they have to catch it."

In the "making up for lost time" department, Broncos WR Brandon Marshall caught 18 passes Sunday. With Antonio Cromartie covering him. Wow.

Hard Luck Awards

  • CHI QB Orton 14 yard pass to WR Lloyd to the 1 (McKie TD)
  • CAR QB Delhomme 23 yard pass to TE King to the 1 (Stewart TD)
  • TEN QB Collins 11 yard pass to WR Gage to the 5 (White TD)
  • GB RB Grant 3 yard rush to the 5
  • GB RB Grant 3 yard rush to the 2 (Rodgers to Driver TD)
  • JAC QB Garrard 14 yard pass to WR Williams to the 5 (Jones-Drew TD)
  • IND QB Manning 58 yard pass to WR Gonzalez then 18 yard lateral to WR Wayne for Touchdown. Challenged and reversed. (Addai TD)
  • WAS RB Portis 4 yard rush to the 4 (Suisham FG)
  • NO QB Brees 11 yard pass to RB Thomas to the 2 (Thomas TD)
  • SEA QB Hasselbeck 6 yard pass to RB Schmitt to the 4
  • SEA RB Jones 3 yard rush to the 1 (Duckett TD)
  • TB RB Graham 2 yard rush to the 5 (Griese to Gilmore TD)
  • ARZ QB Warner 75 yard pass to WR Fitzgerald to the 4
  • ARZ QB Warner 3 yard pass to WR Patrick to the 1
  • ARZ RB Hightower rush for minus 1 yard to the 2 (Warner to Boldin TD)
  • NE QB Cassel 26 yard pass to WR Welker to the 5
  • NE RB Faulk 3 yard rush to the 2
  • NE RB Maroney rush for minus 1 yard to the 3 (Gostkowski FG)
  • NE QB Cassel 7 yard pass to WR Welker to the 1 (Morris TD)
  • NYJ RB Jones 8 yard rush to the 2 (Favre to Stuckey TD)
  • DAL RB Barber 11 yard rush to the 4 (Romo to Owens TD)
  • DAL QB Romo 32 yard pass to TE Witten to the 5 (Barber TD)
  • PHI QB McNabb 60 yard pass to WR Jackson to the 1 (Westbrook TD)
  • PHI QB McNabb 13 yard pass to WR Lewis to the 1 (Westbrook TD)
  • DEN RB Hall 10 yard rush to the 2 (Pittman TD)
  • DEN RB Pittman rush for minus 1 yard to the 3 (Cutler to Scheffler TD)
  • Charger fans and anyone playing against Denver QB Cutler and WR Royal

Sometimes it's better to just not know...


That'll do it for this week, Folks. Thanks to Footballguys Brian Sumner, Brad Overby, Keith Overton and Kyle Lebeda for the help on this one. If you've got a Random Shot of your own, shoot me an e-mail at bryant@footballguys.com.

Thanks for playing along. I hope you have a gas with whatever you're doing in your life. Here's to Football.

J