Week 7 Grades: Passing marks for Flacco, Rams; Edwards too erratic
But verbal acknowledgement only goes so far in a production-oriented business like professional football. Edwards dropped at least four catchable balls, including a couple thrown right on the money when he was wide open. Just as importantly, Edwards missed a hot read late in the game in which he was supposed to break off his route short after the Redskins came with an all-out blitz. That was a missed opportunity.
The Browns are having a tough enough time handling the ups and downs of the streaky
If Sunday's victory over the Dolphins was any indication, there's no need to worry about Flacco. The former Delaware Blue Hen had by far his best day as a pro, finishing 17-23 for 232 yards and a touchdown, no small feat on the road against a better-than-expected Miami Dolphins defense. The natives in Baltimore can once again breathe a sigh of relief, as it is looking more and more like the Ravens got it right with Flacco.
There will be more highs and lows, to be sure, and you have to expect that from a rookie quarterback. But Flacco has already done more than enough to ingratiate himself to his veteran teammates by keeping the Ravens in contention for a playoff berth in the AFC.
There are reports Jones gave his team a "tongue-lashing" after the game. I have now officially heard it all. That is like your parents getting angry at you for partying too much in college. First of all, what exactly did they think was going to happen when they sent you to the top-ranked party school in the country? And perhaps more importantly, what are they actually going to do about it now, after the tuition is paid in full? Are they going to ground you by sending you to your dorm room? The answers are that your parents, like Jones, had a sneaking suspicion this could happen and there really isn't a whole lot they can do about it moving forward.
Jones has probably read all the reports about his team lacking in discipline so he decided to give his best
Jones prides himself on his marketing prowess and his ability to consistently keep the Cowboys brand in the public eye. The good news is the Cowboys are still the talk of the league right now as usual. The bad news is it is for all the wrong reasons. There is no doubt it is a Hard Knock life in Dallas these days.
After the Rams ran roughshod over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, it is time to give Haslett and his charges some well-deserved credit. Yes, as I referenced above, the focus will be on what ills the Cowboys in the wake of their devastation at the hands of the previously woeful Rams. But that would be an injustice because it would take away from the outstanding performance by a group of men that seem revitalized by the fiery Haslett.
I don't often give coaches their fair share of blame when a team performs poorly because I am not prone to giving them a whole lot of credit when things go well. Players play, as the expression goes. In the Rams case, however, there simply is no other explanation. Haslett has effectively changed the mindset of all 53 men in the locker room. They now believe, which is in stark contrast to the latter stages of the Linehan regime. Isn't it amazing what a group of guys can accomplish when they truly have a conviction for what they are doing?
The Rams have all of a sudden gotten physical after their lines were taken to task earlier in the season. Now, the offensive line is busting open huge holes so
Line play, more than any other position group, can at times be a function of attitude and desire. It is pretty evident Haslett has injected both into the big men on both sides of the football for the Rams and that is the reason, more than any other, that they are now playing at a very competitive level.