Overall, the sixth Sunday of the 2013 NFL season was odd. How odd, exactly? Let us count the ways.
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Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Oct 14, 2013
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Oct 07, 2013
Stoves are hot. Ice is cold. Water is wet. Rocks are hard.
At a young age we learn the basic adjectives associated with basic things. They’re committed to memory, and are then embedded so firmly that an instant cognitive response takes place whenever the item is mentioned, to the point that its essence is associated with the description. That does this, or feels like this.
It’s all rudimentary work of the mind to connect simple items with an action, feeling, or texture, and it’s not even given a moment of thought. But think about it now, because if you think Tony Romo isn’t clutch — if you don’t think he can meet the definition of a word that can be manipulated to suit your purpose — then your treating him like the stove, ice, or water.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Sep 30, 2013
There’s a number we need to always keep in mind while attempting to quantify Peyton Manning’s greatness this year. No, it’s not the already lengthy list of counting stats, or the one remarkably still round number in the interception column.
The number is 37.
One of the great divides between fantasy football and reality football is that even when everything else is crumbling and every pillar is falling, a player can still have a decent and sometimes even great fantasy day. This is mostly achieved through the magic of garbage time, with the player in question accumulating all his yards and touchdowns long after the game stopped mattering.
Examples: Cecil Shorts had a career high 143 receiving yards today even while his Jaguars were beaten behind every woodshed by Seattle, and last week while the Redskins were getting pumped 38-20, Robert Griffin III still passed for 320 yards and threw three touchdowns.
Today in Carolina during a historic throttling, every Giant vanished.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Sep 20, 2013
Alex Smith does not have a strong arm. Alex Smith does not throw deep. Alex Smith remains isolated to short, high percentage throws. Alex Smith is a — wait for it — game manager.
There are well known are accepted facts about Alex Smith, especially that last one which has often taken on the form of an insult over the years, for whatever reason. When we call a quarterback a game manager, we’re really saying that while he may not be able to complete the necessary spectacular throws to win his team a game, he’ll rarely ever force a throw and make a crushing mistake to lose one. As a direct illustration last night during the Chiefs’ 26-16 win to move to 3-0, Smith wasn’t Michael Vick. He wasn’t and never will be the sort of quarterback who will have a career high run of 61 yards, but then also turn the ball over three times (elsewhere in remarkable Vick Thursday numbers: he had more rushing yards in the first quarter than several teams have…in total).
No, he’ll just stay steady, and never do anything even remotely dangerous. That’s why he set a career high of his own last night with 10 rushing attempts, averaging 3.3 yards per carry, because something >>>> nothing. And that’s why he didn’t complete a single pass on a ball that traveled more than 15 yards down the field.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Sep 18, 2013
In a passing league where passing wins games and the emphasis is therefore on those who catch and throw passes (and defend them), taking a running back with a top five pick is a poor idea at best, and catastrophic at worst. Factor in the fleeting life span at a position where death comes around age 30, and the strategy gets even more grim.
To take a running back with a top five pick, he needs to be truly exceptional, which was the label consistently given to Trent Richardson in the spring of 2012, when he was eventually taken by the Browns with their third overall selection after they traded up and gave the Vikings three other picks.
And now just over one season later, he’s gone.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Reaction on Sep 17, 2013
The easy crutch for Ben Roethlisberger this season will be his offensive line, a unit now missing center Maurkice Pouncey, a crucial anchor. And indeed, that line is weak, and the quarterback was hurried and forced to scramble often last night during a 20-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
But there’s a simple expectation for a quarterback playing in such a situation, especially one with Roethlisberger’s history: make throws and hit targets when you’re given the opportunity. That’s a concept this particular quarterback is still struggling with.