Flip-flopping coaches, surprise 3-0 teams ... little's predictable in NFL
Before we turn our attention to Week 4 and the Armageddon that will be the
OK, so coaches are changing their minds faster than ever. Sometimes in a matter of hours. We get it. And in most of the above-mentioned cases, I happen to think the correct call was made upon further review. But that's an awful lot of reversed calls in a very short time. As it turns out, everything that happens in the league seems reviewable. It's making it difficult to form opinions that stay operative longer than the next news cycle. You can't say the NFL is a week-to-week proposition any more. It's day-to-day. Maybe minute-to-minute. So stay tuned.
Last year at this time, we still had a whopping seven teams with unblemished records -- one each in every division except the NFC West, which was topped by the 2-1 49ers. The Jets, Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Giants, Vikings and Saints all started 3-0 last season, and five of those made it to 4-0 (everyone except the Jets and Ravens).
What do Kansas City, Chicago and Pittsburgh have in common beside their 3-0 marks? Well, they all missed the playoffs last season. So there's that. But based on 2009, a 3-0 start isn't an automatic ticket to the playoffs. Only five of the seven fast starters made it to the postseason last year. Denver squandered a 6-0 start, of course, and the Giants wasted their 5-0 getaway. Both finished 8-8 and out of the money.
Then again, Seattle stealing
That's essentially the same maddening characteristics we saw out of the Redskins during the
Staying healthy and productive has been the challenge for McFadden, but he's finally looking like the player who might have been worthy of the fourth overall pick in 2008.
Sometimes you do have to grade on a curve when it comes to NFL kickers. They're all going to hit their slumps from time to time, but if you can ride out a bad month or so, you may wind up getting years of quality service from him. I still think the Cowboys gave up on
But that said, the Chiefs were a revelation in Week 3. I had visited their training camp this summer and thought I saw the makings of turnaround in the early stages, but we might have to accelerate that timetable. And while I hate the comparison game when it comes to young, impressive players, it was hard to not think of
In the preseason, I thought Kansas City had six- or seven-win potential in 2010. But a 9-7 or even 10-6 record is looking more possible all the time.
Naturally, Vick and his boffo 10 quarters of work with the Eagles first-team offense is all anyone wants to talk about in this still-young NFL season. Kolb remains on the sideline, while McNabb muddles through early on in his new career as a Redskin, and prepares to return to Philadelphia this weekend for the biggest must-see Eagles game since
But just days later, after two impressive performances in wins over AFC East rival Patriots and Dolphins, Sanchez is generating honest-to-goodness MVP buzz. His three touchdown passes apiece against New England and Miami were career highs, and the Jets offense once again looks to be in the hands of a promising young franchise passer.
Right now the Jets probably wouldn't trade Sanchez even up for anyone. I mean, other than Michael Vick.