I'm not a good evaluator of running backs ... or let's put it this way, I get too caught up in the blood and guts of it, the passion. And I forget the important corporate issues such as blitz pick-up and ability to adjust to the passing game, on the go, and playbook proficiency. And of course, speed. All the desire in the world won't take a tenth of a second off a guy's 40 time.
I see so many runners who get through a game smoothly, making the correct reads, running through a hole if it's there, falling down when they get tackled. And at the end of the game they have their 80 or 90 yards, and at the end of the season, 1,000, and they haven't done a single thing to inspire anything but mild interest.
But I'll get emotional about the backs who run with emotion. I just wish the league were kinder toward them.
Where is Mike Bell now? Recycled in
"They like to be employed," the coach said. "They get more enthused about the job when they find out they've actually got a check coming in."
Ooh, that's a cold one.
Here's another former Bronco hero who's dropped off the face of the earth --
Traded to Cleveland the next season, put up good numbers his first year, on a losing team that nobody watched, playing behind a mediocre offensive line. Starting to burn out last year, and then traded to the Giants, where he is third man in. Does anyone still remember what he did three years ago? Could he still do it if someone slapped him on the back and said, "We want you to be what you once were?" Who knows?
Right now I can't think of a runner who plays with the passion of the Cowboys'
It's a theory, but how come nobody else does it? What would happen, for instance, if the Chargers would give the opponent a heavy dose of their big hammer, 237-pound
And I'm sure Barber would be happier with his role if he were the featured back, able to show what kind of stats he could really put up, given that status.
"He's so versatile that he's a perfect guy to finish a game for you," says
I'm sure these are perfectly logical reasons. It just makes me a little sad to see three guys who throw so much passion into their work handed less than they deserve in return.
Well, it's official now. It's policy. FoxTV will
"Look, we're now living in a different world," he said. "People look forward to a certain game all week. There's excitement at the beginning, a tingle. They don't want the action slowed down by a bunch of stupid names and faces across the screen."
But those names and faces tell me who's on the field.
"To me those lineups are antediluvian. I am sick and tired of seeing them at the beginning of the action."
Antediluvian. "Of and relating to a period before the Deluge, hence antiquated," according to my old Webster. Or, to use the word as a noun, "one who is very old or behind the times, an 'old fogy.'"
That's me. An old fogy. Just as I was at the start of Fox's presentation of Tampa at Indianapolis, because I wanted to know about a Colts' lineup containing many positions in doubt.
I tried telling that to David Hill, but I could tell I was losing ground when I got around to names such as Utecht and Keiaho. For years network people have been telling me that only wackos and purists, for which I qualify on both counts, care about people such as that. There are storylines to set up, keys to the game, stars to plug, plus other thrilling events.
"You want to know who's in or out?" Hill said. "The announcers will give you that in their stand-up. I don't want the screen cluttered up with that."
But the announcers did
Random thoughts: How could the Vikings run for all those yards on the Bears? Only yesterday I heard myself asking that. Comes the dawning of a new day and an answer arrives. Look at their front four that started the Super Bowl. From left to right,
Lining up against the Vikings last Sunday were Ogunleye,
I haven't gotten a whole lot of looks at every team, but the two best DEs I've seen so far are the Chiefs'
Good quote about the Patriots'
How could the Dolphins have let him go? When they drafted