NFL: Week One Comments

The first week of the NFL has been is almost completed and I have a few comments. Let’s start with what I think is possibly the boneheaded move of the decade – dumping Peyton Manning for Andrew Luck. (I’m not saying that Andrew Luck is not going to be a great quarterback. He may be. I’m saying that we have seen “great” college prospects flame out time after time. These great college prospects sometimes don’t live up to expectations. Peyton Manning is not a prospect. He may be the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. He still has a couple good years left in him, in my opinion.) I’ll go ahead and admit that I did not understand why the Denver Broncos opened the game in a traditional offensive set. I also didn’t understand why they tried to establish the run. Anyway, by the middle of the second quarter they were playing Peyton Manning football. Peyton Manning was in the shotgun and it was beautiful to see, unless you are a Steelers fan. Peyton Manning began to slowly and methodically take the Pittsburgh Steelers apart. If there was any rust, I did not see it. On the other hand, Andrew Luck, rookie quarterback, anointed by some observers as a future Hall of Famer (Tom Waddle, on the NFL network, just yesterday labeled Andrew Luck as a “potential” future Hall of Famer – craziness), did not have a Hall of Fame debut against the Chicago Bears. He threw one touchdown and three interceptions. He had a passer rating of 52.9.

Jay Cutler, quarterback for the Chicago Bears, had one of those games that simply make you want to shake your head. He started off terribly. He began the play well as the game wore on. Robert Griffin, III, may be as good as advertised. He threw with accuracy. He ran well in the pocket (and outside of the pocket). Washington Redskins fans should be excited. Cam Newton was not spectacular in his season opener. Carolina fans might be scratching their heads.

Michael Vick did not look sharp as he threw four interceptions. Brandon Weedon also threw four interceptions in an extremely ugly game. The offenses were so inept it was very difficult to evaluate the defenses. I’m not sure what happened in the St. Louis Rams versus Detroit Lions game. It seems that Jeff Fisher’s Rams are gonna play some defense this year. By the way, Tom Brady is still really good as the New England Patriots dismantle the Tennessee Titans. I have to ask, where was Chris Johnson, again?

Finally, I’d like to say a few words about my Dallas Cowboys. They didn’t suck. Seriously. I had no idea what to expect. In my opinion, one of the reasons for completely eliminating the preseason is that it is absolutely useless for fans to try to evaluate how their team is going to perform in the regular season. Coaches are evaluating young talent and new plays. so it is really difficult if not impossible to figure out how the first-team offense and defense are going to play. Tony Romo was sharp. (I still don’t understand this interception he threw.) DeMarco Murray, if he can stay healthy, will become one of premier backs in the NFL. I’m still not sold on Kevin Ogletree, who had a monster game. Most importantly, the defense did not completely collapse in the fourth quarter. The secondary held up extremely well, but it was only one game and it’s the New York Giants and it’s early in the season. The New York Giants at the beginning of the season are completely different than the New York Giants at the end of the season. Over the next two to four weeks, the New York Giants will figure out how to tighten up their defense and how to run the ball a little bit more effectively. They really didn’t look all that good against the Dallas Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys are a work in progress. The question is whether they can continue to improve. Can they tighten up their offensive line? Can they increase their quarterback pressure? Can they truly begin to shut down some of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this is going to be a fabulous season for the Dallas Cowboys. If…

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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