2004 Week 1 Awards
Emmitt Smith Award - Top Offensive Performer
Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals
It's only fitting that the man whom this award is named for should win it in the opening week of the regular season. For being what some call a washed up player, the 35-year-old Smith had the best offensive performance of any former Gator, rushing for 87 yards on 16 attempts with 1 touchdown. Considering the dismal performance of the Cowboy backs, only combining for a total of 71 yards rushing, you can bet the Cowboys are questioning their decision two years ago to let Emmitt go.
Jack Youngblood Award - Top Defensive Performer
Peterson led his team on defense this week with 6 tackles and 7 assists against the Buffalo Bills. Not only did he lead his team in tackles, but he was also in the top 5 in tackles for the NFL in the first week. Peterson continues to show why he's a consistent performer at the linebacker position.
Mr. Two Bits Award
It was difficult to choose between Andra's performance for the Browns and Darrell Jackson's for the Seahawks, but after careful consideration, Andra won out. His 3 tackles, 4 assists, and 1 interception against the Ravens helped his team to a convincing victory. The fact that I once had a class with him at UF and found him to be a very likeable guy played absolutely no part in my decision.
The Red Zone
Caldwell's 36-yard TD catch wins this category hands down. He broke wide open in coverage to give his team a 17-13 lead over the Texans in the third quarter. The Chargers went on to win 27-20, with Caldwell gaining 65 yards on 4 receptions.
I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown….
While Grossman's season debut wasn't completely horrendous from a numerical standpoint, going 16 of 35 for 227 yards, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble, his playmaking decision with 18 seconds to go in the game against the Lions cost his team any chance of winning. Instead of throwing the pass away, Grossman tried to float the ball to David Terrell in the corner of the end zone, but was picked off by Bracy Walker, sealing the 20-16 victory for the Lions.
That's Why He Ended Up In Tallahassee….
Johnson spent a good portion of Sunday's game against the Redskins on his back watching the clouds float by in the sky. Granted, some of his problems can be attributed to the lack of protection given to him by his offensive line, but maybe if Johnson learned to remove the lead from his feet he might be able to avoid some of his pursuers. His 24 of 37 for 169 yards passing performance led his team to the cellar of the NFL's offenses. It looks like Chris Rix has learned his passing skills from Brad Johnson himself.
Calling Dr. Pete
Zach Piller, Tennessee Titans - Bicep, will miss 3-5 months & might be placed on IR
Lito Sheppard, Philadelphia Eagles - Thumb, probable to play in week 2
Travis Taylor, Baltimore Ravens - Groin, day-to-day, out for a month
Gerard Warren, Cleveland Browns - Strained pectoral muscle, day-to-day