With the Giants enjoying a bye week, I thought it would be a dull week for this fan.
Right off the bat, there was the Plaxico Burress suspension. Burress is a terrific WR and a tremendous force last year, playing injured most of the season and putting up big numbers.He’s also a showboat, constantly taunting defenders , and perpetually unhappy about his contract. Since he had just inked a lucrative contract with a $11 million signing bonus I had thought he ‘d finally happy.No such luck. Apparently, the Giants are settling the dispute by docking him for one game rather than two but I don’t think this is the end of the matter. Some people seem to court unhappiness and just cant cope with prosperity ( More about T.O later) and I don’t see Burress with the Giants much longer than the 2009 season. I give the Giants credit for finally taking him to task even at the cost of being without him in a dangerous away game. It will be interesting to see how they do against Seattle next Sunday without Burress.
On a happier note, who’d have thought that the Giants would be alone atop the NFC East with both Dallas and Philadelphia losing this past weekend. The upset of Dallas was a shocker, the Philadelphia loss less so since they were without the injured Brian Westbrook.I watched the entire Dallas-Washington game , most of Philadelphia-Chicago and yesterday’s OT thriller when Pittsburgh nipped Baltimore.
Dallas- Washington: After the way in which the Redskins stumbled against the Giants in Week 1, most people , myself included, didn’t think they had a prayer against the Cowboys. Yesterday, they were a completely different team , particularly QB Jason Campbell and the new coach Jim Zorn. Campbell was on the mark all day, patient in the pocket,not forcing his throws and finding the open receiver time and again. Zorn was focused and aggressive in his playcalling, quite a different man from the conservative, tentaive rookie on weekend 1. Everything seemed to click, the passing game, Cinton Portis’s running and the solid defense. Only three teams can make into the playoffs from any one division and with Dallas, Washington, Philly and the Giants all in the NFC East, one of them is unfortunately going to fall short. I’m not going to read too much into the Giants week 1 victory over the Redskins ; every game is going to be a dog fight. What is it with Dallas? Seems like they should be running away from the rest of the division with all the big names they have; instead they wind up losing at home to the Skins. As good as Romo is , he’s got to shoulder much of the blame, as he committed mistakes in each of the last two games. No doubt their pandering to T.O’s demands for the ball, screwed up their game plan as Marion Barber and Felix Jones were almost shut out of the offensive game plan.As good as T.O is , he’s been a disruptive force wherever he’s gone. He’s a major reason why people love to hate America’s Team.I’m not a Cowboy fan, quite the opposite, but I do hope they read him the riot act and tell him to stop whining.
Defense: The Giant defense is good and justin Tuck is one of the best linemen around. I also realize that they are still trying to overcome the loss of Pro Bowler Osi Umenyora but… they appear , to me, to be solid rarher than outstanding. They do not appear to me to be flat out dominating as Chicago, Baltimore and Minnesota are ( I haven’t yet watched the Tennessee Titans).Perhaps that will happen as the season wears on. I do like the Giants coaches mindset of giving playing time to many different players giving them valuable reps and building on the team concept.
Stray thoughts: I was very impressed with the Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco, even though the Ravens lost.Great arm, amazing poise for a rookie starting just his third game and that too against one of the top defenses in football. If he keeps this up, the Ravens , with their awesome defense, figure to advance deep into the playoffs.
The Tennessee Titans do look like they belong on top the Power rankings. I wonder how far the Cowboys will fall.
A real shame about the way Oakland coach , Lane Kiffin, is being kept dangling. Apparently, Oakland owner Al Davis has been trying hard to undermine his handpicked coach , and get him to resign so that he doesn’t have to pay him the rest of his salary. Kiffin may not be a good coach but he doesn’t deserve to be disrespected the way he has been. Hope the situation is resolved soon, if not today.
Al Davis was at one time a shrewd wheeler dealer and a good judge of talent. Lately , his selections haven’t been so good. Comedian Chris Rock opined about John MCcain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate,that” It was such a bad pick I thought Al Davis made it.”
Says as much about Al Davis as it does about Sarah Palin.