The Four Day Football Whirlwind That Was
With so much going on in the world of pro and college football since Saturday there was no way I could decide on just one thing to write about so without further ado here are my thoughts on the weekend that was:
Saturday night New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had me shaking my head on a regular basis but in a good way. For three hours I was amazed at the pin point precision throws he was making as he carved up the Detroit Lions defense. It was a performance that was nothing short of amazing.
I feel bad for the voters in this years NFL MVP race because whether you pick Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers or Brees you’re wrong even though you’re right. Good luck with that voters.
Admittedly I didn’t watch much of Monday’s BCS National Championship Game between LSU and Alabama. After their regular season field goal fest, why would anyone want to sit through another yawner? Yes, I understand that defense is extremely important but you can still have a great defensive game while having a 21-17 outcome.
Was Alabama the best team on the field Monday? No question about it. What they accomplished defensively both last night and this season was nothing short of historical. Were they the best team in the country? Yes. With all that said, I still don’t think they deserved to be playing for a championship last night. I’m sorry Alabama but as far as I’m concerned you had your chance against LSU back in November and you lost. I know it was by a field goal in overtime but you still lost. Period. Oklahoma State should have been playing LSU last night. End of story.
In last week’s column I touched on what the Raiders should do in regards to Hue Jackson’s future as their head coach. Today newly hired Oakland General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced that Jackson was being dismissed after just one season as head coach. Jackson lead the team to an 8-8 record that included a 1-4 finish and the team missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season.
While I disagree with the decision I completely understand why it was made. As is common in the business world, when new ownership takes over a company they let go of the current people and bring in their people to guide the company in their vision.
The Raiders hiring of McKenzie is no different. He comes from a Green Bay Packers background which is completely different than the “Raider Way” and he wants to bring in his people to to steer the franchise in his image. Raider owner Mark Davis gave him that authority and McKenzie plans to execute it.
After guiding the Denver Broncos to a 29-23 overtime victory in Sunday’s wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Tim Tebow has earned the right to enter next year’s training camp as the starter regardless of what he does this weekend at New England.
I know Tebow’s pulled off some of the ugliest performances in recent quarterbacking history but he also went 7-4 as a starter and helped Denver get into the postseason. If he wasn’t playing for the Broncos I would be rooting for him on a regular basis to keep defying the naysayers.
That being said, if you’ve read any of my previous columns you know how I feel about the Patriots so for this week only my rooting interests are completely behind Denver. Come on Timmy! I know you have another miracle left in you!
Thanks for stepping into the clubhouse.
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