Random Shots - Week 4
by Joe Bryant
September 26th, 2012

Hi Folks,

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 too many hours watching, reading about and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I keep relatively sane. Here's hoping it has a tiny bit of value for you. Let's go.

Pic of the Year so far goes to Smiling Brandon Lloyd.

That's a nice way to kick this off...

Our friend Adam Schefter had this news item: Former QB Fran Tarkenton said Broncos LB Joe Mays "should have been suspended for one year." for his hit on Matt Schaub that knocked Schaub's helmet off and damaged his ear.

Lighten up, Francis.

And yes, I've been waiting like a year to use that one.

I love Sunday Night Football and I love Michelle Tafoya. But I didn't know she had a Super Bowl ring...

Learn something every day.

Footballguy Steve Schumpp had this one for me this week. "You mentioned the irony of Andrew Luck ending up with a horseshoe on his helmet, but kudos to my non-football watching wife for pointing out the irony of Peyton Manning moving from a Colt to a Bronco." Nice.

I'm not going to give it the credit of even reposting a link here but the league should be ashamed of the NFL "anthem" of Ceelo spoofing the classic Blitzkrieg Rock from the Ramones. Weak.

Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden is older that Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers who is in his seventh season. Wow.

Believe it or not, the Mannings aren't the only parents with sons playing in the NFL. Nice pic of Chandler and Arthur Jones' parents proudly supporting both sons on the sidelines from Week 3.

Football Nerd info that you may already know: The NFL has a kind of cool system for allowing teams to designate Team Captains. You've probably seen the patches on the jerseys below.

Brian Strickland of Panthers.com had the full scoop. "The NFL began recognizing captains in 2007. For each year a player is a captain, he's given a gold star. Once he reaches his fifth year as a captain, the "C" is upgraded from white to gold."

I also think it's interesting how most teams designate Captains for the year but some name them weekly. And some like the Jets don't have official Captains at all.

Texans fans are finally getting some satisfaction compared to their more popular brothers to the North...

Matt Schaub With Hair

vs. Ben Affleck

Why do I notice these things?

For a guy going the other way with hair, this is Dan Carpenter before:

And now:

Try to keep up.

Good news: The Bills led New England after 30 minutes. The Bad News: NFL games are still 60 minutes long...

Houston listed 20 players on the Injury Report Friday. With 19 of them probable. Shades of Jeff Fisher...

October's here which means Halloween isn't far off. I love this non football picture of a Halloween costume parents built around their child's wheelchair. Go Buster.

I've ripped on Panthers owner Jerry Richardson here for being hard to get along with. During the labor negotiations with the players last year, Richardson was reportedly one of the "hawks" drawing a hard line against the Union. I said back then the only thing worse than not having an NFL season would be not having a season because of the Carolina Panthers.

Last week, Judy Battista wrote in the New York Times that Richardson and Jets owner Woody Johnson were "dug in" and not wanting to agree to a deal to get the Regular Officials back on the field.

Just as I'm writing a smart aleck shot about Richardson, I see the ESPN feature on Panthers TE Greg Olsen and how Richardson not only offered the use of his plane to help Olsen's wife with a medical emergency during her pregnancy, he accompanied them to the hospital and helped in ways that amazed the Olsens. Probably a good example that there's often more to a person than what you read.

Tom Brady seemed as surprised as anyone to score a rushing touchdown Sunday...

Former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams caused some buzz when he attended Sunday's game in St. Louis as a spectator. Fun tweet from @RotoPat: "Kill the head."---Gregg Williams ordering a beer at the Edward Jones Dome."

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio had a nice line on the number of hits Michael Vick has taken this year: "It's Philly, you expect to be whacked. But that's ridiculous."

The Kansas City Star newspaper normally doesn't print the word "Redskins" when writing about the Washington Redskins. I normally avoid it too. Wondering what you guys think about that? I'm not overly politically correct and I don't have any personal connection to the issue. It just seems wrong to me though.

Entering Week 4, everyone had an opinion on the demise of the then 2-1 Philadelphia Eagles. Everyone talked about turnovers but the glaring stat for me was that through the first three games, their #1 WR and their #1 TE had failed to find the end zone.

Here's the difference between being a Falcons fan and being a Chiefs fan this year. The Falcons trailed in last Sunday's game and it was the first time all season they'd been behind. The Chiefs have yet to run a play this season when they were ahead.

Let that sink in.

The Regular Officials were back and quickly reestablished intimacy...

Of all the teams in the league that ought to be ready for a Wildcat offense, wouldn't the Jets be near the top of that list? Yet they appeared baffled by San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick.

On that note, the 49ers had nine different players with a rushing carry Sunday. Not sure what that means but it makes for a goofy looking box score.

If you want a picture of pinpoint quarterback accuracy and a receiver that's in tune with his QB, this will do.

Miami's 258 pound RB Jorvorskie Lane rumbled in for a score Sunday. I didn't see that coming. Apparently, neither did the league. When I clicked on Lane's player link from the NFL.com box score, I get the "The page you requested was not found." message. I like this guy already.

Sweet catch by the Jaguars mascot. His name is Jaxson de Ville. Because I know you guys need to know this stuff.

Denver's John Fox now has 83 career coaching wins. That's 3rd among active coaches. And one ahead of Tom Coughlin. Would you have thought that?

Washington's Brandon Meriweather and Aldrick Robinson had a nasty pre game crash Sunday. That kind of luck usually happens to Browns players.

ESPN's John Clayton with an interesting stat this week: The Houston Texans are 8-0 over the last 8 games with Matt Schaub and they've outscored opponents over that stretch by 160 points. They're not just beating people, they're smashing them.

Jets coach Rex Ryan gave his team Monday off this week. "Victory Monday" as an off day is usually reserved for the Monday after a win. But Ryan said he wanted the players to "to dig deep and look down at themselves." Didn't the Jets already take Sunday off? And aren't most people looking down on them already?

Carolina's Cam Newton said all the right things after the lost Sunday. "There's no finger pointing in this game, especially not on this team," Newton said. "So if you expect me to point somebody out, or do this, if anything you can point the finger at me." That's fine.

What's not as fine is Newton reportedly making the team bus wait on him as he sat in the locker room after the game.

ESPN's Ed Werder posted this on his Twitter feed: "@Edwerderespn: Cam Newton held up team buses for long time while sitting in locker room alone and setting record most lotion applied post shower. Nfl"

I'll leave that one alone.

The good news: Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck threw four passes that resulted in touchdowns Sunday. The bad news: Two of those touchdowns were scored by the Texans.

I'm trying to cut down on the epileptic seizures I was causing with all the GIFS, but couldn't resist Bengals DT Domata Peko celebrating a sack Gangnam Style.

Falcons coach Mike Smith seems like a pretty nice guy. Most of the time...

From the "Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words" department, Arthur and Mike...

I said last week I worry about Washington QB Robert Griffin III staying healthy enough to last in this league. Some asked what I meant. this is what I meant.

Interesting stat sent to me by Footballguy Rich Jackson: Tony Romo has 80 career interceptions and 10 of those have come in 2 Monday Night Football games.

With that said, the "Bench Romo" talk is as ridiculous as the "Bench Vick" talk. Relax.

Fun moment as the Eagles retired Brian Dawkins' number Sunday night. He looked like he could cover Victor Cruz.

If you're near a TV where NFL Films "A Football Life" is playing, you'll do well to stop and watch. Wednesday night's episode about the 1995 Cleveland Browns was incredible. I wanted to puke watching the clips of Art Modell welcoming Ray Lewis to Baltimore. But there's more to it than ripping the heart out of a city and slinking off to Baltimore. It was as much about Bill Belichick and the amazing staff he assembled including Nick Saban, Scott Pioli, Eric Mangini, Mike Lombardi, Ozzie Newsome. And as a bonus, we got this sweet pic of Jim Schwartz.

I'm not sure why, but I seem to love the players everyone hates. Jay Cutler is one of those guys for me. His latest issue that has some people all to pieces over is choosing to ignore his offensive coordinator Monday night. The reality is that this kind of friction between players and assistants is not unusual. But when it's Cutler, it's front page news. The post game news conference was classic with Cutler deadpanning, "I don't have to sit by him the whole game, do I?"

Total non issue.

On an equally serious note, Tom Brady couldn't find his helmet Sunday.

An old one but a good one for the non football fun pic of the week.. Be the guy on the left.

Here's a great example of what's wrong with me: Kansas City's Jamaal Charles rips off a fantastic touchdown run and what I catch is Matt Cassel whiffing a block.

The Lions just gave up another special teams touchdown...

To explain the difference between Football and Baseball, I could write a bunch of words. Or better, just give you Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout.

Amazingly, Trout wasn't the only player in on it.

SI.com's Peter King had this interesting blurb in his always excellent Monday Morning Quarterback this week:

"When the negotiating team for NFL officials and league negotiators finished their work last week in the Times Square offices of the law firm Proskauer Rose in Manhattan, the weary group passed another group of men and women in business attire, headed into the law firm for what appeared to be high-level meetings of some kind.

"Who are they?'' one of the members of the NFL Referees Association asked an attorney.

"The NHL guys,'' the attorney said. "They're next up."

The last time the Cardinals were 4-0, Gerald Ford was in the White House and the Cardinals were in St. Louis.

Even the Cowboys Cheerleaders took a beating Monday Night.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is awesome. Imagine how good he'd be if he kept his eyes on the ball?

Here's how tough it is for Buffalo. Scott Chandler celebrates a touchdown in the stands and finds himself in the clutches of a Raider fan.

Interesting stat. The Cowboys are 122-122 since the start of the 1997 season.

And here's another question for you while I'm thinking of the Cowboys. Would you rather have a high upside / high downside QB like Tony Romo or would you rather have a steady but average QB?

I'll take a Romo type all day long.

Music note of the week. Regular readers know that Manchester Orchestra is my favorite rock band. Bad Books is a collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. They have a new album out this month and "It Never Stops" is one of the singles.


or Manchester Orchestra, Colly Strings is a classic. It's low quality but here's what it sounds like live with the emotion from Andy Hull.

"My curly hair and a voting booth,
Confessingly, this is the first time I've loved you,
And God I mean, God I mean it, I hope that I mean it

'Cause like dying young, idols got the best of me,
Well don't stop calling, you're the reason I love losing sleep,
And the building collapse, we'll shop one for something"

And one more live song. A double shot of "Deer" and then "Pride". It's an absolute car wreck at the 7:45 mark live.

We're pulling for Colts coach Chuck Pagano who's battling Leukemia. God Speed, Coach. I love how interim coach Bruce Arians is handling things in Indianapolis. The team is symbolically leaving the light on in Pagano's office. But they realize emotion only goes so far. "The one thing that I think we have to be very aware of is not getting over-excited, over-hyped to try to do something extra," said Arians. "We don't need to do anything extra. We just need to play, coach every day and prepare like we have and not get caught up with snot bubbles and tears. They don't beat anybody."

The Wall Street Journal reported some NFL lineman think the new Nike jerseys are unflattering.

San Francisco guard Alex Boone, who complains that his stomach hangs out the bottom of the jersey, said it makes him feel self-conscious. "It makes me look fat," he said, "and I'm not fat."

When Boone's wife first saw him in the new garb, he reports, "she said, 'It looks like you ate a small baby.'"


Jets owner Woody Johnson said he thought a Presidential win for Mitt Romney was was more important than a Jets winning season. I don't doubt he thinks that. But I don't think I'd say that out loud where Jets fans could hear if I were him.

Think the big guys aren't athletic? This is 330 pound Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin.

Week 4 Hard Luck Awards.

And the Nullified Touchdowns:

STL RB Steven Jackson right tackle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty.

ATL QB Matt Ryan pass to TE Tommy Gallarda for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty.

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

That'll do it for this week, Folks. Thanks to Footballguy Doug Drinen 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 ball with whatever you're doing in your life. Love your neighbor and stick together.


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