Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
For those of you out there questioning my use of a soap opera title sequence from 1965 – and not the one referenced in the title – give me a second, there is a method to the madness.
Week 1 ended with a bit of a thud on Monday night. Thankfully Chris Berman has been put in a box and shipped to Bristol to do what he does best – call baseball games? The biggest takeaway came from M&T Bank Stadium.
Joe Flacco was simply outstanding against a strong Bengals defense. The biggest difference I can decipher from 2011 Flacco and this year’s incarnation – through one game at least – is the Delware alum’s willingness to change plays at the line. Flacco called a combination of waggles, play-actions, and reverses while remaining true to the Ravens bread and butter - a power running game led by Vontae Leach and Ray Rice. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, the Ravens went no-huddle on 21 of 58 snaps. Keeping the play calling duties out of Cam Cameron’s hands can only be a good thing. Flacco remains on the cusp of the first tier of fantasy quarterbacks, but the gap has closed after his commanding Week 1 performance.
Unlike his fellow AFC North brethren, Brandon Weeden did not enjoy an auspicious opening week for the Browns. Put simply, he was freaking terrible. Considering the Browns only lost by a point after starting their quarterback’s rating was in the single digits, it’s not surprising some in the dawg pound are calling for Colt McCoy. As Mike Florio wrote yesterday, McCoy will become the most popular man in Cleveland if Weeden continues to struggle. Florio argues McCoy should’ve been traded in order to alleviate the pressure on the 28 year-old rookie. I fail to understand this line of reasoning. McCoy’s 26, not 36. While keeping him around may have been a distraction during the preseason, Pat Schurmur won’t be around much longer if one of the two quarterbacks can’t play.
Speaking of atrocious Week 1 performances, what up, Ryan Fitzpatrick. A segment of Bills fans have begun pining for Tarvaris Jackson – this week’s sign of the apocalypse ladies and gentleman – but unfortunately for them Chan Gailey stated the former Seahawk still isn’t ready to assume backup duties .Yes, Fitz was bad, but for the quarterback desperate out there, you could do worse than the Harvard man in Week 2. Fitzpatrick faces a Chiefs defense that he torched one year ago and this time the Bills are at home. What could go wrong, the Bills fan says to himself while violently rocking back and forth.
We end our trip through the land of the signal callers with the desert’s favorite whipping boy come hero Kevin Kolb. John Skelton is out for at least two weeks, which gives Kolb time to win back the starting gig in Arizona. Unfortunately Week 2 of his redemption tour stops in New England. If you have the option Fitzpatrick is the clear choice ahead of Kolb as a QB2. Look for a Victor – Jack type relationship to emerge between Skelton and Kolb in the coming weeks – bam, Young and the Restless reference in your grill.
And now the links part of the links post:
- Awful news out of Phelam, Alabama yesterday as authorities indicate one of three victims in a triple homicide is the brother of Bills DT Marcel Dareus. [PFT]
- Yes Chris Johnson had a terrible Week 1, but his offensive line didn’t help him out at all. Johnson owners shouldn’t panic just yet according to K.C Joyner. [ESPN]
- Chan Gailey confirms Fred Jackson’s timetable for return is three to eight weeks. C.J Spiller owners will have to ride the wave until Freddie returns, though Spiller is still worth a play at RB2 when Jackson is back. [BuffaloBills.com]
- Raiders coach Dennis Allen is “very hopeful” Denarius Moore will play against the Dolphins. So is Carson Palmer. [CSN Bay Area]
- J.J Watt says the Texans D doesn’t miss Mario Williams. Ouch. [NFL.com]
- It was hard not to notice the word “Heart” scrawled on RG3’s warmup shirt on Sunday. Apparently Griffin was covering up the Nike checkmark because of his deal with adidas. Roger Goodell ain’t happy. [ESPN]