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  • Brandon 10:18 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink  

    Backup quarterback "packages"? 

    Maybe I’m just having a memory lapse in my old age, but since when have these alternate quarterback "packages" we’ve seen this week become popular? Yesterday we saw Kurt Warner come in for a few series because it became apparent that the team needed to score fast. Apparently they have a quarterback that is good at scoring fast and one that takes it easy. Then, tonight I see Kerry Collins coming in for a "package" where the Titans have very little time to score. How are these old men the guys that can help the team score faster? Isn’t that the idea of the game…score as fast as you can? I mean once you have a good lead you can take it easy and run, but you’re still trying to score always. What’s next? Matt Cassel comes in for a quick strike package because Brady is too slow? Peyton Manning takes a spot on the bench with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the team down by 5 while Jim Sorgi cruises down the field for the lightning speed score? Maybe the Bears should feature the Brian Griese package 95% of the time and put in Rex Grossman when they need to throw an interception or fumble.

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    • Matt 12:32 pm on September 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      On a barely-related note, I’m pretty sure that during every single NFL game I’ve watched so far this season, an announcer has referred to a defensive player as “the quarterback of the defense.” It seems to be the new vogue term. Pay attention, kiddies, because it works this way in politics too: When you hear the same exact term bandied about by many different people, it’s usually because someone has told them (or “strongly encouraged” them) to say it. Methinks the NFL has decided to increase fan interest in the defensive side of the ball. Mealsothinks the NFL would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids.

    • Dan 3:40 pm on September 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The Kerry Collins thing was not a “package” situation at all, Vince Young went back to the locker room because of an injury suffered a few play before. And the word during the Cards game was that Leinart was benched for ineffective play (although apparently not ineffective enough to keep him from still being the starter).

      I like the Griese / Grossman package though, sounds like you’re taking a shot at someone’s hygiene when you say it together.

    • Brandon 4:30 pm on September 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      In the Cardinals situation, I’m going based on what Coach Whisenhunt said:

      “Matt is still our starting quarterback, that was just a package for Kurt that we will use in the future because Kurt is good at it. But Matt is our starter.”

      In the Titans situation, I thought I remembered hearing John Madden or someone mention something about a Kerry Collin’s package because he was able to make quicker decisions and could therefore lead the team to a quicker score.

  • Brandon 9:45 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink  

    2007-08 NFL Bye Weeks 

    Well this weekends games are nearly over (and it looks like New Orleans is going to be 0-3 at this rate), so it’s time to begin thinking about BYE weeks. You might have forgot about these during the draft, but now it’s time to see how badly you’ve screwed yourself when you realize that you have both starting runningbacks out on the same week. Here are the weeks and the teams that have bye’s. Hopefully your team survives till week 11 and is still in contention!

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  • Matt 9:36 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink  

    Good gravy, the Saints suck 

    Tonight’s game has been my first opportunity to witness the 2007 edition of the New Orleans Saints, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Drew Brees has led his team to a grand total of one first down so far. The defense might as well not even be on the field (OK, so as I’m typing this they just picked off Vince Young). I’m hearing some long "O" sounds from the crowd, and they’re not saying "Deuce" this time. Just think about how bad the Saints have to be playing for New Orleans fans to boo them.

    Granted, the Titans are pretty good, and Fisher’s a top-notch coach who’s smart enough to take advantage of a reeling, frustrated football team, but this has been a slaughter so far. It shouldn’t be this easy to decimate a team that almost made it to the Superbowl last season.

    I hate to say it, but I feel like I’m watching my Bills right now.

     
    • Brandon 9:49 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think I made some comment about the Saints if they played bad again this week to the Titans? Was it something about trading Brees for Jay Cutler or Eli Manning or something? I would strongly consider such a trade at this point.

    • Justin 11:32 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I have Brees and Bush on my money league team. I don’t think I’ve ever been so vulgar in my life as I have been on the 2 times I’ve watched the Saints this season (tonite and the opening game vs. the colts). I have put Brees up for trade in my league and I’ve got Bulger up on the trading block too (we start 2 QBs bc it’s only a 7 team league). Bulger and Losman (my back up) both scored negative points for me this week and Brees has 1.5 in the 4th quarter…I wasted 2hrs of sleep on that bum. Anyone else feeling the Brees pain?

    • Chris 5:12 pm on September 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I thought I made the best decision of the draft when I drafted both Brees and Colston .. enough said

  • Brandon 8:01 pm on September 24, 2007 Permalink  

    The injury bug strikes 

    While there were some great fantasy performances from players this past weekend, there were also quite a few injuries to key players that you should be aware of so you can start planning for next weekend. You can also see a summarized version of these on our Injury Report list:

    Deuce McAllister (RB-NO): DEUUUCCEE! That might be the last time you hear his name this season, as preliminary reports are saying that he has a torn ACL and will be out for the year. While the team has not put out an official report, it appears that Reggie Bush might be trying to shoulder the load by himself for the remainder…which is not good for anyone involved. The Saints looked terrible again last night and I’m not sure Bush is the right running back to carry the ball 30 times a game. Stay tuned for an update on this situation, but in case you were curious, the Saints next running back in line is Aaron Stecker (if you’re a Deuce owner, snatch up Stecker as quickly as possible just in case).

    Steven Jackson (RB-STL): This was probably the most high profile and troubling injury of the weekend, until we heard about Deuce’s. Jackson suffered a partial tear of his left groin (I never understood some of the terminology with groin injuries) and will miss at least one week. Although I’m not a doctor, a tear (partial or not) of the groin does not sound like something that will disappear after one week of rest. The Rams have looked terrible this season and this injury won’t help them. Rookie Brian Leonard took over for Jackson when he left the game and is worth a pickup in leagues of all type…especially if you own Jackson. The Rams have lost a few offensive linemen though, who along with Jackson’s injury, force us to downgrade everyone on the Rams offense.

    J.P. Losman (QB-BUF): Adding to the insult of a pretty good beat down at the hands of my Patriots is the injury to JP’s knee. Losman sprained his knee in the game this weekend and is expected to miss at least 2 weeks. You shouldn’t have been starting Losman, but just in case you were, rookie Trent Edwards will start for the Bills the next few weeks. If you’re looking for an emergency starter (your league starts 3 quarterbacks and there are 12 teams or something), you could start Edwards…but I wouldn’t.

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  • Matt 9:19 am on September 24, 2007 Permalink  

    Lee Evans: Nothing more than a spot start from here on out 

    I can’t think of the last time a guy who was drafted as a #1 WR in most leagues has seen his fantasy value fall so far so fast (without injury). Against Denver, the Bills showed that when they can, they prefer to run the ball, which makes sense given Marshawn Lynch’s power and speed. Against the Steelers and Pats, they showed that really good defenses can simply overwhelm them.

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