NFL Week 4 Notes: 2008
September 30, 2008 10:42 PM
Week 4 notes on the National Football League
1) Congratulations J.T. O'Sullivan, you've mastered the 27-step drop! Dropping back that far ensures your receivers have plenty of time to complete their routes and get open for one of your bullet passes. My 49er insider tells me J.T. will practice the 15-step drop this week in an effort to get rid of the ball quicker.
2) Cheerleader of the week: Amanda Lofland of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Picture speaks for itself doesn't it? Cheerleaders kick ass.
3) The New Orleans Saints killed the San Francisco 49ers. Lance Moore and Robert Meachem burned the 49er secondary for over 200 yards and 3 TDs. Drew Brees was his usual MVP self and Deuce McAllister made his presence felt in a big way, by helping control the clock and pick up tough yards.
4) Thank God Lane Kiffin finally got fired. Hey, professional NFL beat writers, next time leave the "Lane Kiffin is coaching his last game with the Raiders" and "getting fired any moment" blather at home. Next time wait for the coach to actually get fired before talking about his firing.
5) My current Top 5: New York Giants, Tennesse Titans, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints.
6) Another guy I don't want to hear anything else about: Vince Young. He's a backup quarterback now and doesn't warrant any more press than any other backup QB. Where are the articles about Mark Brunell or Jim Sorgi? Where's the ESPN spotlights on Billy Volek?
7) Sean Payton was fined by the league for criticizing the officiating in the Denver game last week. This whole business with coaches and players getting fined for criticizing officials (both the NBA and NFL do it) is stupid. I mean, what's the point? To preserve the image of the league? As in, if the coaches don't say anything, then it didn't happen? Smacks of corruption behind the scenes. If the officiating process is not an open book, then don't we have to question everything else too?
8) I like the audio design of CBS games. I've been noticing for a few years, they seem to capture the crowd noise better than FOX. It feels more like you're really at the game.
9) Fantasy tip: Deuce McAllister is back, so get him on your team.
10) I don't believe Steve Young and Emmitt Smith could like each other any less. They share post-game duties on ESPN after Monday Night Football, and the tension is always visible. Young pretends like Smith isn't even there, and Smith alternates between seething and laughing. They should spend less energy trying to hide it and use the natural animosity for more riveting television. They could be the Siskel and Ebert of NFL analysis.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! The Saints are awesome! Colston hurt, no problem. Shockey in surgery, no worries. Saints overcome all obstacles.
2) Saints stat of the week: 1343. Drew Brees's passing yards ths season, leads the league, on pace to set a new NFL record.
3) How great was it to see Deuce McAllister in the game, pushing the pile, picking up extra yards after being seemingly stopped, catching screen passes, running through heavy traffic, delivering hits, bouncing off defenders, eating the clock at the end of the game, and of course, flying over the pile into the endzone on 2nd and goal.
4) One big reason to get Deuce in the game plan is because it forces defenses to respect the running game, which opens up the passing game. As evidenced by the many passes that went longer than 30 yards. Here's an interesting tidbit: on two of the long TD passes in the first half, it was Reggie Bush in the backfield, not McAllister. Was the 49er defense respecting Bush's running skills?