Still Winless: Buffalo (0-5), Carolina (0-5)
Still Not Blocking Anyone: the Chicago Bears offense
Still Unrepentant: James Harrison (Rant follows.)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been taken to the proverbial woodshed by media poobahs decrying his ‘take no prisoners’ attitude, specifically the fact that he somewhat proudly asserts that he is in fact trying to hurt people. While I get trying to protect players (as much as possible) from dirty hits, what the Cleveland is going on with people getting upset about Harrison’s attitude?
This is football. It’s not figure skating. This is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Those collisions go a long way to determining the outcome of a game. Hit a guy hard enough, and he might start making ‘business decisions’ (thanks, Deion) before venturing into enemy territory again.
Consider the following quotes:
“When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately – unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.” – Dick Butkus
“I don’t feel sorry for anybody out here. I really don’t.” – Hardy Brown
“Pro football will always be a game of hitting.” – George Halas
“When you have two teams that know what they’re doing, and two teams that have great athletes on both sides, then, usually, the game is decided by the team that hits the hardest.” – Don Shula
“When you lose the battle of hitting, I’m not sure you’re going to win the other battle either.”- Raymond Berry
“Well, the critical part of football is hitting the other man before he’s ready for it.” – Bill Walsh
Professional football is a violent sport, predicated upon physical dominance. The players are willing participants. There are no draftees here. There are no conscripts here. There are only men who understand that the shortest distance between two points might be through the next man.
James Harrison, you have nothing to apologize for. (Rant ends.)
The New York Jets have the best record in football right now. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. As a long-time Bears fan, I can remember a team that called it like they saw it, because, as the old saying goes,it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up. The Jets are backing it up.
The AFC South is insane. If Bill Parcells is correct, and you are what your record says you are, then this division is the best division in football, hands down, bar none. The scary part is that every team in this division is still trying to get all oars in the water and pulling the same way
Sam Bradford, Dan Marino. Dan Marino, Sam Bradford
Yes, I am saying that Bradford’s rookie campaign at quarterback is the finest that the league has seen since ol’ Number 13 laced ’em up for the Dolphins back in the day. The kid is utterly unflappable. He might not throw for as many yards as Marino did, but he’s every bit as fearless.
Yes, San Francisco finally won a game. No, it won’t be enough to save Mike Singletary’s job.
Speaking of jobs, can we FINALLY say that Norv Turner is past his sell-by date? It’s one thing when you’re mailing it in with a roster utterly bereft of talent (I’m looking at you, John Fox). It’s another thing entirely when your team should be dominating what is easily the worst division in football, when instead they find themselves at the bottom of said division. Two games under .500 after only six games? Pathetic. This team can’t hire Brian Billick soon enough.
There are four teams in the league with one win: Cleveland (no surprise), Detroit (no surprise), San Francisco (mild surprise), and Dallas. Before the season started, you could not have convinced any ten professional sports writers that the ‘Boys would be as bad as 2-3 after five games, to say nothing of their actual 1-4. Cue Dandy Don: turn out the lights, the party’s over…
Seriously, though, how many times will a Bears quarterback have to get sacked before Mike Martz changes the blocking schemes in his offense?
This just might be a different season for the Houston Texans after all. They are currently 4-2, and they have a bye week to prepare for Indianapolis. That will be the game that tells us what we need to know about them. Should they beat the Colts again, in Indianapolis, a game that the Colts desperately need to keep their division hopes alive, then we will know that the Texans are for real. This is the kind of game that division winners and playoff contenders win.
Andy Reid, quarterback controversy. Quarterback controversy, Andy Reid.
New Orleans confirmed their status as a playoff contender by thumping a pretty good Tampa Bay team. The Buccaneers had the look of a spoiler early, until the Saints rather rudely reminded them of their proper place in the pecking order.
The (expletive) Green Bay Packers (the author pauses to spit) are doing their level best to gift-wrap the division for my beloved Bears. They have dropped three of their last four, and it’s pretty indicative of where your team is when the only team you’ve beaten in the last month is the Detroit Lions.
Welcome back, Deion Branch.
Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports called it, during training camp. Brett Favre started whining about injuries before the season started, so that if the Vikings were dominant again, then he was courageous in overcoming adversity…but it the Vikings stunk out loud, it’s because he’s been playing through an injury that limits his effectiveness. What a photo-texting phony.
If you’d told me before the season started that the Indianapolis Colts would be 4-2 after six games, I’d have agreed with you. If you’d told me that both of their losses would have been in their own division, a division that they’ve treated like their own private wine cellar since Peyton Manning began fulfilling his destiny, I’d have made you a fairly substantial wager, and I’d have lost.
…aaaaaand I’m OUT like James Harrison just blindsided me…