Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the NFL’s annual firing/hiring season commences with Black Monday, a day for press conferences, packed bags and largely expected developments that have been signaled for weeks.
One game does not a career make, and Johnny Manziel is only 22, making him the youngest starting quarterback in Browns history. But he certainly didn’t provide the spark that Cleveland was after in benching the struggling Brian Hoyer, and his performance was so dreadful and devoid of highlights that it effectively obscured how badly the rest of the Browns played.
The Packers are peaking at the right time of the year, and Arizona is losing steam while it continues to lose players on offense. And what is now clear is that the road to the Super Bowl will almost certainly lead through Green Bay, rather than the Cardinals’ home stadium in Glendale, Ariz., site of Super Bowl XLIX in February.
In the season’s first seven weeks, when all was right with the world in Dallas, the Cowboys won six consecutive games and raced into first place thanks to a dominant running game led by DeMarco Murray, a much-better-than-expected defense and a healthy dose of an efficient and productive Tony Romo. But on Sunday at home against the surging Arizona Cardinals, in a game that could set the tone for the Cowboys’ second half, Dallas had none of those at its disposal.
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we catch our breath in the wake of a wild Week 5 that started out ugly but wound up producing a host of fantastic finishes and dramatic comebacks. This week's highlights include a meaningful win in Detroit for the Bills, a significant rally on the part of a Saints team on the brink of oblivion, and the largest road comeback in NFL history.
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest an eventful Week 4 in the NFL, including Teddy Bridgewater's impressive debut in the Vikings' 41-28 win over Atlanta and the return of the Packers' high-powered offense.
Brian Hoyer has done nothing to lose the Browns' starting job this summer (he's slated to start Cleveland's second preseason game on Monday night), and Johnny Manziel to this point hasn’t done enough to win it.