Talk and thoughts within some organizations that isn't intended to be open for discussion in a public forum.
Denver: Oh what a 4-0 record can do for a
team, nothing could be finer than Jake Plummer in
Denver. Not too bad for a guy that was
hearing the jeers from the fans through training camp and into the first
two-weeks of the regular season.
For Plummer, it was really just a
point of getting accumulated to the offensive scheme and the players that
"We have had a good couple weeks,
but we also know and believe that we have a long way to go before we are a good
team. I have to make better decisions and be more consistent in what I do,"
Plummer said. "As a team, I am not really used to being in the position we are
(in Denver) in. Having the opportunity to
come to Denver and play within an offense that I
believe I am a better fit in has been a blessing."
Diego: Wide receiver David Boston may
have returned to the team following a one-game suspension by the team, but by no
means has the player and organization kissed and made up.
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer is
not too happy with the carefree attitude that
Boston has possessed prior to the
suspension and thereafter. Discussions have taken place within the Chargers
organization as to what course of action the team will take with the moody wide
According to our ears in
Diego, the Chargers are seriously
considering invoking a clause in Boston's contract that stipulates just
cause by the team to act accordingly in suspension or termination of the
player's contract if he is in breech of acts detrimental to the team and
organization. The team would still face all salary-cap ramifications from
releasing Boston, but they believe there would be
possible recourse in securing some of the signing bonus he was paid by the
Detroit: The Lions may have lost the game
Sunday to the Denver Broncos, but within the Detroit organization, the positive results
in the loss have many believing the team is definitively headed in the right
The defensive line remains a
concern according to our voice in Detroit. Head coach Steve Mariucci is not
pleased that the line has been unable to generate a pass rush, which would take
pressure off an already suspect defensive backfield. Overall, the line play has
improved, but in the words of the head coach, "We have a long way to go before
we are a good football team, but we have begun to see some positive
Another area of concern for the
team is the speed at the linebacker positions. Outside of rookie outside
linebacker Boss Bailey, the linebackers (Earl Holmes, Barrett Green, and Wali Rainer) have been slow to fill the holes, giving the opposition too many
second-and-short yardage situations.
Cincinnati: A win is a win for the Bengals,
but none is sweeter than a victory over the Cleveland Browns. Sitting at 1-3,
the Bengals are a much better team than the record indicates. Having lost close
contests to the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers in the week prior to
defeating the Browns, it was only a matter of time until the Bengals would break
into the victory column.
As one member of the
Cincinnati front office proudly put it us on
Tuesday, "Coming into the Cleveland game, we knew that we could beat
them. Looking at them (the Browns) on tape, they are not physical, they do not
play with heart, and they make many mistakes. Come to think of it, they looked
like this organization prior to Marvin Lewis coming aboard here (in
Pittsburgh: The tale of the two-headed
Steelers reared its head again Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. One week the
Steelers couldn't stop the run if their life depended upon it and the next, the
defensive secondary plays as if they were on a Siesta. There is always ‘that
team' that causes another a problem, regardless of the records,
Tennessee is that to the
"The way that we played is an
embarrassment to this organization (Pittsburgh Steelers) and the fans," one
front office member stated. "We have to play with attitude and fire, we did not
have that focus for the entire sixty-minutes Sunday and you cannot win in this
league playing that way."
"Another thing that we have to look
at is getting back to Steelers football, lets get dirty and physical. I think we
have all seen enough trick and gadgets plays for awhile."