1. Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman possesses the most arrogant arm in the National Football League. The arm thinks it can find any receiver, in any situation, at any time. It truly has a mind all its own…and certainly has never minded opposing players being more likely to catch its throws than its teammates. In Washington on Sunday afternoon, Rex’s arm helped the Philadelphia Eagles save their season by tossing many balls squarely in their direction. The Eagles managed to catch four before Rex’s arm…and the rest of Rex for that matter…were shown the sidelines by Head Coach Mike Shanahan as the Birds eventually prevailed 20-13. Grossman can now – from the sidelines – work on the accuracy of his pre-season prediction the Redskins would win the NFC East. I have no idea what his arm has in mind. Neither does he.
2. You couldn’t turn on ESPN last week without hearing someone talk up the “huge” Thanksgiving Day Game between the undefeated Green Bay Packers and the undefeated Detroit Lions. Of course, the problem with this was we had just completed Week FIVE of the season. Oops. San Francisco 25, Detroit 19. Better yet, Lions’ Head Coach Jim Schwartz managed to break the golden rule of humiliating opposing coaches when the 49ers’ head man Jim Harbaugh came skipping across the schoolyard playground…umm, gridiron…to slap ol’ Schwartzy on the back and laugh in his face. You humiliate opposing coaches by going for two points when up by like thirty points or so…umm, like Harbaugh did in college for example. You do NOT humiliate opposing coaches at the handshake portion of the afternoon. Attempting it at that point only serves to humiliate yourself, which Schwartz did in stunning, career-defining fashion by chasing after Harbaugh like he had just taken his Legos from him. Look, Harbaugh’s act is well-known by now to anyone who has followed college and pro football. Have you seen him smile? Serial killer. Wait until he starts running up the score on folks. Good luck with that, NFL. Trying to keep “Happy” Harbaugh from breaking all coaching decorum “rules” both on and off the field. This should be great fun watching Harbaugh shake hands after every game the REST of his career.
3. It seems to me after six weeks of this season only one team has failed to expose major flaws…the Green Bay Packers. The defending champions don’t look like they are sitting on their laurels and it will indeed be difficult to wrest the World Championship from them. I don’t get into ranking teams but the Packers seem to be a clear Numero Uno, head and shoulders above the rest of the NFL. I don’t see their equal. Thoughts welcome.