Week 1 of the NFL Season is almost in the books and there are a few things that I learned this weekend. When I blogged last week about my 20 guarantees for this NFL Season, I caught a little flack for a few of my statements but it looks like I might have been on point for most or all of the predictions that I made.
The opening week of the NFL season is usually full of intrigue. You usually have an upset, a team that gets destroyed, and a few players that take the league by surprise. This years opener was more of the same. The week will conclude tonight with two games on Monday Night Football which has become a staple over the last few seasons. Although week 1 is not complete, I want to give you my assessment of the opening weekend.
- The Offensive Line Play in the NFL is below standard. I saw more holding than I think I have ever seen in NFL games this weekend. I think offensive linemen have gotten too heavy, so they don’t have the footwork that they used to have.
- You might want to take the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll seriously. Yeah I know they beat up on the San Francisco 49ers but the Seahawks looked convincing in doing so. It is amazing what Pete Carroll has done with this team in such a short amount of time. I also cannot believe the resurgence of Mike Williams. I guess with a little structure any team can get better.
- Michael Crabtree quit on the 49ers. Watching Michael Crabtree run routes yesterday made me sick to my stomach. I am not a 49ers fan, but I can tell when a player is bull jiving when running routes. It won’t take long for Mike Singletary to get him in gear or he will be watching and not playing.
- Jason Garrett is the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL. This guy has weapons beyond weapons, but he is a gimmick play machine. The thing is he doesn’t have to be. He has the most potent running attack in the league but he is hell bent on passing the ball on every down.
- Chris Collinsworth has a man crush on Fat Albert Haynesworth. Collinsworth seemed to point out every time Albert did something wrong. It is apparent that Collinsworth had been instructed to point out Haynesworth’s bad plays and insubordination by someone at NBC last night. But Chris took it too far last night. Mr. Collinsworth if you were paying attention there were no defensive linemen in the photo, just linebackers and defensive backs. So Chris STFU.
- Arian Foster is no longer the best kept secret in the league. Well if you follow me on twitter, you would know that I have been saying for the past off season that Foster would be a monster this year. Foster came on strong at the end of last season and when the kid has an understanding of his role in the offense, he is deadly. He would have done more at Tennessee but they were going through a lot of transition in their coaching efforts while he was there.
- Michael Vick should be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It appears that every time Michael Vick gets a chance to play with the first unit in a role that is not the mockery of what has become the wildcat he does well. Vick rallied the troops as Philly was down big to the Packers yesterday and the Packers didn’t have a clue on how to stop Vick from being great. He just keeps padding the resume and soon enough the people of Philadelphia will be calling for him.
- The call against Calvin Johnson in the Detroit versus Chicago game was hideous. Make no mistake about it that was a catch and a touchdown. The ball came out as Megatron was trying to use it to push himself off the ground. The NFL needs to revisit that rule. I kept hearing official after official from the league office defend the rule but to be quite honest, they should fix that rule today before it screws another team tomorrow.
- The New England Patriots are for real again. That Patriots defense was fast to the ball. They looked young and energized and they have a few cornerbacks that are jaw dropping in coverage. If the offense can continue to maintain balance and the defense can continue to play that way. They will be the beasts of the AFC East.
- It doesn’t matter where T.O. goes, he will always get the worst media treatment possible. T.O. and Chad Ochocinco both headed in to get treatment with one second to go in the half. A lot was made out of it from reporters. T.O. gave what I thought was a solid interview and said all of the things a real team player says and does. It didn’t matter, ESPN is trying to make it something that it’s not. So get ready for the “this is only the beginning” feature on NFL live and pregame shows all next week on ESPN.
The rest of the opening week will unfold tonight and I am happy because I get a two for one deal with two Monday night games this week. If you aren’t feeling the NFL, you don’t have a pulse. To quote my man Damon Frenchers, It’s a great day to be alive!