Monday’s are prized possessions for my blog, because the texts get sillier, the emails get nuttier and today I swear to God that 90% of you think the Bills are better than the Jets and that the Raiders are going to win the Superbowl – though the Raiders were pretty impressive! So they have that coaches fan approval rating thing on ESPN, #2 is now Chad Gailey where 95% of you think that Chad Gailey is great! This is a guy who was a disaster in Dallas and is 22-28 lifetime in the NFL. You’ve got Hue Jackson, where 92% of fans think Hue Jackson is awesome! By the way, people thought Lebron was a bum yet 82% of you think that Pat Sherman is a wizard! You guys think he’s Lombardi!
Yet Belicheck is now at 54%, another good coach Rex Ryan is at 53%, Pete Carroll is a 33% and he’s significantly ahead of Andy Reid, who is 119-74-1 and has a winning playoff record! Ohh man you gotta love fans! At least we all agree on this though…that Todd Haley guy is not working out in Kansas City, haha!! Chad Gailey people!! The guy is Lombardi …wow, it’s amazing what I’m hearing…clearly its overreaction Monday.
Now here’s something that I won’t overreact about. Listen, speaking about overreacting…remember last year when Michael Vick went all out against the Redskins? They beat them like 59-28 and Vick had like 4 TD’s and ran wild and he’s always been “occasionally spectacular” But after that Monday night football game, the emails I got were ridiculous! I received hate mail for 2 weeks. I mean, it was just absolutely ridiculous, I said “folks put on the brakes, have some perspective! Don’t blow just because the wind blows” it’s a Monday night football game; it’s the only game on television so we go nuts on Tuesday morning.
I basically told people “listen, I’m never going to let Michael Vick be my $100 million dollar quarterback. On and off the field I don’t love his judgment, he runs too much and passes too rarely, he’s too small, he doesn’t read defenses after the number one receiver is covered – even he acknowledged that last week, and he’s just got a history of dumb decisions, though he’s “spectacular” on some days.
Yesterday – a year later from that Monday night football game, it’s all comes true. He is just too small, he is occasionally spectacular, and there is no question when he’s on the field that Philadelphia is a better team but I’m not spending a $100 million dollars on him! There is just no way that I’m doing it. I want my Brees, my Brady and my Manning, I want my guys in the pocket as the NFL has become more increasingly violent…I just don’t want my quarterback out there!
The NFL is about 90 years old…no NFL running quarterback has ever won the Superbowl and that’s when the game was slower and defensive linemen were 240 lbs. Now they are 320lbs and can run a 4.6 and can bench press a Delaware. I don’t want my quarterback running around. Sal Palantonio said the big issue in Philadelphia was this “…this is the big headline, that they have given $100 million dollar contract to a quarterback who can’t stay on the football field and who is now 1-4 in his last 5 starts with a completion rate of 58%, taken 13 sacks and has 6 turnovers in those last 5 games. 1-4 Michael Vick in his last 5 starts!”
That was Sal Palantonio on the Mike & Mike Show this morning on ESPN radio. That’s it! But that’s always been the story on Michael Vick, but yet we fell in love with him because of that Monday Night Football game because he’s “occasionally spectacular” They say Michael Vick is nice, quiet but that he is rather small in height. He’s probably my height, about 5’11 and weights like 208lbs. Has tiny hands, tiny feet, tiny frame. Question, do you want the tiniest quarterback in the league taking the most shots? Answer is no!!
Good God, Big Ben can barely stay healthy and he’s gigantic! He’s got a big old balloon head, he’s 6’5, weighs like 260lbs and he’s always banged up! You could fit Michael Vick in Big Ben’s pocket. Then Vick comes out and says that he just doesn’t get the flags! “Every time I throw the ball, I’m on the ground! Or get hit in the head and I don’t know why I don’t get the 15 yard flags like everybody else do. But hey, I’m not going to complain about it, I’m just making everyone aware of it. The ref has to do their job – and I’m not blaming the ref by any stretch. So, let’s not get it twisted here. There is no reason for me to go into a big dissertation about why I’m not getting the calls. The refs have got to do their job as well so…”
But a lot of that is because Michael Vick is just small. It goes back to my “Shaquielle O’Neal” theory where everybody is like “ohh everybody’s getting fouled by Shaq” yah but Shaq gets fouled more than any other player but you couldn’t notice it because he was so large. Michael probably doesn’t get hit anymore than Big Ben does, like I mean the Steelers’ offensive line is no good especially at the tackles. But the truth is that Big Ben takes a lot of shots that don’t really bother him. Yet all the shots bother Michael Vick because he’s a small athlete. So this is why I would never make Vick my franchise quarterback.
I will tell you though that on an overreaction Monday where everybody is going nuts! That it was a nice win by Buffalo, not a shocking win to be honest, but it was mildly surprising. I sorta had New England at #7 in my power rankings. If you can’t get people off the field – and New England can’t, then you can get beat by any team with a capable quarterback in this league, clearly Buffalo has got a capable quarterback. I don’t think Fitzpatrick is great, but he’s certainly capable. He’s certainly better than the bottom 8 – 12 of the quarterbacks in this league.
So, not shocked by it, surprised mildly – but not shocked by it at all, people…New England is over-rated! For the sake of the blog, I’m a homer for the Patriots – I had them at #7 in the league last week. Heck, they can’t get anybody off the field! Now, Jet fans were freaking out this morning “oh we’re terrible” Not necessarily, but the Jets have 2 things going on that are not good. They’ve gotten older defensively and they are not very dynamic offensively. That means the Jets are going to be in a lot of close games – they can’t pull away from better teams and they’re not going to be this brick wall which they were years ago with Rex Ryan. So the aging of their defense – and its really not as good as it was 2 years ago, don’t kid yourself! It’s not.
So the aging of the defense and the lack of robust running game and dynamic skill people means that the Jets are going to be in a lot of close football games. They’re going to be like a better version of Miami – winning 19-17 a lot and yesterday they were on the road and lost and didn’t get that Sanchez TD call late. But the Jets are nonetheless still a great football team.