Quick takes on the events of the week:
Holmgren told me 13 months ago how he's coached in the northwest, west and midwest, and that being part of one of the traditional eastern franchises really appealed to him. Cleveland's more Midwest than east, obviously, but it's one of those traditional NFL cornerstones with great history and rabid fans that appeals to him.
And the owner,
Now, looking ahead, the Browns need an answer at quarterback. With
With Cleveland playing better the past couple of weeks, it's not a slam dunk that Holmgren will come in and clean out the coaching staff.
I say unfortunately because any team that starts 0-6, losing its sixth game by 59 points, and then goes 7-1 with the one loss a fourth-quarter toughie to the undefeated Colts, has to be a sentimental favorite. But the conference record is the most important of the potential tiebreakers, and with two weeks to play, Jacksonville (6-4), Miami (5-5), the Jets (5-5), Pittsburgh (4-6) and Houston (4-6) all stand better than 4-7 Tennessee.
"What I told the team last week is, 'Stranger things have happened,' ''
The reason Belichick got killed and Tomlin's simply taking heat is simple: Tomlin's logic, faulty though it may be, did not prevent a Pittsburgh victory. New England didn't convert the fourth-and-two and ended up losing. When a daring play works, it's a smart play; when it doesn't work, it's dumb. I still don't think Tomlin's call was a good one, but the Steelers saved his bacon.
-- Left tackle
-- I think New Orleans made the right move in signing a young tight end,
-- And I think they have to do just what
At Heinz Field on Sunday was
But what drove Mike Holmgren crazy when he coached was Favre sometimes over-audibling.
I'd heard at one point this season that offensive coordinator
But that look on Favre's face, and the monotone of his voice ... that's why I think this isn't over. I think no matter what's said to smooth this over, there's going to be some residue the rest of the way -- and it could be a factor in whether Favre returns to the Vikings in 2010.
Now onto your e-mail for the week:
The Week 17 Sunday night game is picked by the league's scheduling czar,
Whereas in Weeks 11 through 16, FOX and CBS can block games from being flexed to Sunday night, the Week 17 decision is made with only one thing in mind: What game will get the most eyes nationwide? And right now, my guess is that game will be Dallas-Philadelphia. But there's one asterisk there: It's possible that both teams could be playing Sunday night with playoff spots clinched if the Giants lose earlier in the day at Minnesota. So let's see how this weekend's games play out first before making that call.
No. Not at all. I'd say there are five contenders:
I've had 30 or 40 people comment on this, and I buy what Romo said -- that he's not reading the papers. The Cowboys as a team were shown a videotape of Tony Dungy's comment saying they had no chance against the Saints.
I love Shelburne, by the way, Scott. Been there three or four times, and you live in an absolutely lovely spot. Well, there is food laid out for us -- sandwiches, wraps, a couple of different kinds of soup, bagels and a veggie platter, among other things. Coffee, tea, drinks. No beer, sad to say. But if you think I say dumb things, then I'd really be a fool postgame with a couple of beers in me.