QB Recap: Week Two

23 09 2009

NFC East Quarterbacks

It was a pretty disappointing week for the NFC East.  I have talked to numerous fans and nobody really seems happy – even the winners.  Which fans do you think should be the most upset?

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS:

The Washington Post ran an article on Monday entitled, “The Agony of Victory.”  This was referring to the Washington Redskins’ narrow victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.  Tampa Bay is speculated to be the second worst team in the NFL and Washington was heavily favored to beat them by a large margin.  Fans hoped that the Redskins would want to make a statement in this game – due to an embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay in 2008 and the need to improve on their performance from last week.  For anyone who saw this game, I don’t have to say much about it.  Washington never scored a single touchdown the entire game.  It isn’t that they look horrible; it is that they can’t seem to get the job done.  Next week they play the absolute worst team in the league.  Could they possibly lose to Detroit?

NEW YORK GIANTS:

The Giants are another team that struggled in the red zone.  They made several long drives down the field and only to walk away with field goals.  This is exactly what you don’t want to see if you are a coach (or a fan)!  They also did a lot of passing which isn’t their usual style.  Why was the running game so ineffective? Like the Redskins, the Giants also won their game on Sunday night.  Still, they are 2-0 so I think their fans should stop all that whining and count their blessings!

DALLAS COWBOYS:

To be totally honest with you, I thought for the most part my Dallas Cowboys looked great on Sunday.  They were on fire in the red zone and the Defense did a great job holding the G-men to field goals.  They lost the game because of mistakes “they” (i.e. Tony Romo) made and not because they were beaten.  So who cares about that?  Nobody.  If you lose, nobody cares why.  Is Dallas a better team than Washington?  I definitely think so.  Do they have the same record?  You better believe it.  Romo better clean up his act pronto!

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:

Only Philly gave us an example of a traditional “ass-whopping” this week.  That is when you are seriously outmatched and you go out on the filed and make a fool of yourself.  New Orleans ran all over their defense and without McNabb, Philly didn’t have the horsepower to compete offensively.  When will McNabb be back?  Will he be at peak performance?  Would Vick have done any better if he could have played?  Philly fans are seriously worried.

 

I know I’m mainly focusing on the NFC East teams this week, but I need to give a quick “shot-out” to Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez.  At different ends of the career spectrum, they both showed they could get the job done.  It gave me something to admire in a week with many disappointments.

 

QB TIP: When was the last time you bought a gift for your “biggest fan”?  If you are giving it for no reason, any gift (and I do mean any gift) should please your mother.  You can keep it as simple as flowers, a card, or even just an unsolicited phone call.  You will never get more “bang-for-the-buck” than when gifting your mom.  A little bit goes a LONG way.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

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QB Recap: Week One

15 09 2009

“They are who we thought they were!” I sometimes have to remind myself that people usually turn out to be EXACTLY who we thought they were.  Kanye West proved that in his not-so-shocking stunt at the VMAs this weekend, where he simply reminded us that he is the same unstable egomaniac he always was.  Really, why is everyone so surprised?!

I can’t tell you how many fantasy football articles pointed out how unlikely it is that Drew Brees (NOR) or Adrian Peterson (MIN) would put up the kind of big numbers they had in previous years.  I’m not sure what their scoring rules are, but in my league six touchdowns for a QB is a good thing.  Actually, hold on let me check my scoring rules – ok turns out 180 yards and three touchdowns is pretty dang good for a running back too!

Week One was filled with many things I could have seen coming, but these are a few more of my favorites.

-Carson Palmer (CIN): He definitely is who I thought he was!  Watching him play was like running into your ex that dumped you, just to find that he put on 60 pounds and is now living out of his car.  Boy, did I dodge a bullet by swearing off this guy!

-Donovan McNabb (PHI): This guy gets hurt more that my five-year-old riding without his training wheels.  I knew Vick had hit a gold mine in Philly.  I could not imagine that McNabb would stay healthy two seasons in a row.  Did that fool actually break a rib in Week One?  Yes, he did.  We’ll see how long he is “down and out” in coming games.

-Jay Cutler (CHI): I tried to warn all the Washington fans not to lust after Cutler.  He was no better than Campbell in my opinion and would sorely disappoint.  All I can say is – when you’re right; you’re right.  Who gets a new franchise QB just to watch them throw four interceptions in the first game?  Only in Chicago, baby

-Tom Brady (NWE): I think I saw Tom Brady throw a game winning (perfect) TD pass on Monday Night Football.  If I didn’t know better, I would think he was almost as good as – Tom Brady.  He may not be back to his original form, but he is definitely still “who I thought he was.”

 

What did you see this week?  The floor is open…leave it in the comments.

 

WEEK ONE QB TIP: Want to tell someone who loves you that you “are who they thought you were?”  If you don’t have the nerve to say it yourself – look for the long rectangular cards in Hallmark.  They have lots of words on them and are guaranteed to make most women cry.  All you have to do is sign your name!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.





Clinton Portis

9 09 2009

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My kids went back to school today and I (like many parents) took numerous pictures this morning of them all dressed up in their brand-spanking-new first day of school outfits.  Clinton Portis seems to know the power of a fresh new outfit and he wears his various costumes to press conferences just to provide Washington fans with some entertainment.  I’m not a Washington fan, but I do find these antics amusing.  You have to be really comfortable with yourself to go out in public looking that foolish.

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I personally have a hard time recommending that you buy clothes for someone as a gift.  It is very easy to get both their style AND/OR size wrong.  I tried this once and the gift failure is a story my friends still tease me about to this day.  How could you go wrong when giving someone a plain collared black shirt?  Good question, but here’s the answer.  Apparently, Banana Republic cuts their shirts really small AND many of their shirts are designed in a more cosmopolitan style so they don’t work well for guys who aren’t into fashion trends.  The recipient (let’s call him “Jack”) accepted the shirt and claimed to like it.  He even told me he wore it once, but that was before another male friend informed me of the Banana Republic sizing issues and the extremely high probability that my shirt gift was on its way to Goodwill.  I questioned Jack, but he said it “fit” and that he “liked it”.  I knew that wasn’t true, but just on principle I asked that he wear it so I could see it.  I’ve seen Jack maybe 30 times since then, but have never seen the shirt.  I’ve seen many collared shirts on him.  I’ve seen many black shirts on him.  I’ve just never seen my super styled, super tight shirt – and I never will.

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Don’t let this happen to you.  Skip the clothes unless the recipient picked them out in advance.  Coats are one exception to this as they require less of a style and size match.  I know many of you will try this anyway, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

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Joe Gibbs

10 08 2009

Joe Gibbs

Are you ready for some football??!!  I sure am!  I can not remember a time when I have been so excited to watch a preseason game.  Last night’s “Hall of Fame” game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans allowed me my first taste of this year’s NFL season.  In this game, I caught a peek of the Trent Edwards and Terrell Owens chemistry (looks promising) and Vince Young throwing for a touchdown (yes, he also threw an interception but I’d rather look on the bright side).  There was something rare about watching this game, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until now.

Living in the DC metro area, you get to see a lot of the Redskins.  I have never been a Redskins fan, but I may know more about them than I know about my own team (the Cowboys).  This was a little more interesting during the Joe Gibbs’ era.  There was something about Joe Gibbs’ presence that made me feel like I actually knew him.  Some coaches just have that personal quality (like Tony Dungy) and others definitely seem more like distant sports personalities (like Bill Parcells).  Neither style is right or wrong, but I’d definitely rather live next door to Gibbs than Parcells.  And like it or not, I had to live through Gibbs’ Hall of Fame career because Washington channels don’t give you any other choice.

If you don’t have Direct TV, you are stuck watching whatever games are available in your market.  For me that means I am watching the Redskins or Baltimore when my favorite team and/or fantasy quarterback are playing in other games.  It really sucks!  Every year, I wonder aloud if I should get rid of my cable (which works great) and switch to satellite just to gain access to every game through NFL Ticket.  I ponder it all year long, but ultimately don’t do anything.  One great gift story sent to me recently explained how one man’s wife gave him the NFL Ticket as a birthday present.  Like me, they already had cable.  She had to call the cable company and cancel the service.  Disconnect and drop off all the cable boxes (and remotes).  Call Direct TV and schedule an appointment.  Make sure she timed things right so there would be minimal TV access downtime.  Be home to get set up for Direct TV.  Be home another day when it wasn’t working correctly and it had to be fixed.  Then she had to actually pay for the NFL Ticket package.  Finally, she put a green and yellow bow (he is a Packers fan) around the remote and gave the gift to her husband.  Lucky for her, he was on work travel the week she accomplished all this, otherwise it would be really hard to surprise someone.  Needless to say, he came home super surprised and very grateful.  He said this was hands down the nicest (and most useful) thing anyone had ever done for him.  So think about doing this for a sports fan you love (maybe even yourself).  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.





QB Weekender

8 08 2009

Here’s your dose of weekend fun!  Check out these cool tricks from NFL.com Fantasy Files.  Let me know which one you think is the best.  My vote is for Chris Chambers.  And remember not to try this yourself (especially the Maroney trick).  It’s the weekend, but let’s NOT get crazy!

 

 

THE TRICKS

Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins): Breaking down walls

Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins): Double play

Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints): Back breaking

Marc Bulger (St Louis Rams): Hitting target

Chris Chambers (San Diego Chargers): Three-peat

Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers): Ringing the bell

Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots): Jumpin for clunkers