Broncos, 49ers experience impressive turnarounds
The first four weeks of the NFL regular season are in the rear view mirror, which makes this a good time to look at some compelling stories.
Yes, Josh McDaniels has done a fantastic job getting his Broncos to play both smart and hard for him after an offseason full of controversy. And, like everyone else, I list
Admit it. You still don't know much about the majority of the starters in Denver's front seven. Do the names
To be fair, the Broncos stellar secondary is loaded with proven performers like
Every week I get e-mails, tweets and phone calls to my show at Sirius NFL Radio asking why more people aren't talking about the New York Giants. I'm sure this won't satisfy the G-men's fanbase, but the lack of focus is actually the ultimate compliment. That's because the Giants playing well is pretty much expected given what they have done the last couple of seasons.
Unlike other teams that play down to inferior opponents, the Giants just play their game and win by double digits. They attack early and often and take the fight right out of opponents. And they do so while overcoming all sorts of injuries that would be a useful crutch or excuse for a lesser-run franchise.
Most 49er fans fell in love with this franchise because of their aerial efficiency during the heyday of
There is no denying that this team has taken on the personality of its intense and detail-oriented coach
They still lack an elite playmaker on offense when
Their line scored big points in my book when I saw how many of them were in the end zone within three seconds of Gore's long touchdown runs against the Seahawks in Week 2. That showed me how much passion they have for the game and how excited they were about Gore's plays, two qualities that should serve them well throughout the season.
I wasn't 100% sure about Flacco until I saw him in person on Sunday against the Patriots. I am now completely on board. This guy is going to be a full-fledged star, even if stardom isn't a priority of his. Flacco is so unassuming and reticent about life as a starting quarterback, and a top ten one at that, that he is kind of the anti-
I know the nickname Joe Cool" has already been bestowed on Montana, but watching Flacco on Sunday led to the same thoughts. His arm strength was a given ever since he did the spring workouts for scouts last year at Delaware. What the brightest football people couldn't know for sure was the poise he shows in the pocket, even when under duress.
Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan got most of the attention last season, and rightfully so, but I wouldn't be surprised if Patriots defenders were more impressed by Flacco after Baltimore and Atlanta in back to back weeks.