What have you done for us lately…
…or the phrase coined by the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Jerry Glanville, who said and I'm paraphrasing here: the NFL stands for "Not For Long." This clearly describes the patience of the owners and fans of the National Football League.
So, this is week two and it's time to look into, "what have you done for us lately" since you were a free agent or worth trading for?
We'll also see who should be looking for their baseball cap for some time on the bench.
Finally, who is winning the battle of the
What have you done for me lately since you were worth trading for or picking up as a free agent?
Another good week for
Drew Brees (Quarterback, 6-0 209,
What Brees does best is play within himself. He won't make many bad decisions
and is the perfect guy to spread the ball around to all the weapons available on
offense. Brees has an adequate arm when his shoulder is healthy, won't panic
under pressure and has good escapability. He does what it takes to win which he
has at all levels. It looks to me like he has picked up where he left off in
Fortunately for Drew, he was facing the Packers defense and could get away with a few early mistakes.
Ryan Longwell (Kicker, 6-0 202,
He throws a touchdown pass to put the game into overtime against
In Ryan's real job, the Vikings got an accurate and consistent kicker; he's a
career 81% in field goals. Another benefit he brings to
Antonio Bryant (Wide Receiver, 6-1 196,
Antonio has made an immediate impact on the Niners. With the improvement of Alex Smith, Bryant has benefited. In week two against the Rams, he caught 4 balls for 131 yards and a touchdown to secure their first win of the season.
Bryant came out of the
If he continues to use his athleticism, explosiveness and very good hands he'll have a great year. He can run good routes, runs well after the catch and makes big plays.
Keyshawn Johnson (Wide Receiver, 6-4 214,
Keyshawn made an impact in week 2 even though the Panthers lost to the
Vikings. With Steve Smith out,
Johnson has the size and strength to be effective in the league even as he gets older. He's still a physical presence and is respected as a big time weapon. He may not be able to run by defenders, but he can muscle them and is very crafty using his hands and body to get open. Keyshawn is still willing to go over the middle and is very good near the goal line.
Who should be looking for their baseball cap?
Chris Simms (Quarterback, 6-4 220,
The lefty looks like he has no confidence and is putting so much pressure on himself to make plays instead of playing within himself. In some cases, a QB with a big arm or one that can bide time in the pocket, can get away with it, but Chris isn't one of those guys. He has an average arm and is making bad decisions because of the pressure he's putting on himself and getting from outside sources.
When you throw the ball over 50 times for 300+ yards, you'd expect to score a touchdown in there somewhere; however, the effort didn't produce the results. He's not getting much support either, as their running game is anemic. There is talent though and maybe Chris just needs to keep the ball underneath and let Galloway, Clayton and Williams, run after the catch.
Trent Cole (Defensive End, 6-2 236,
The single big event that caused the Eagles to lose the game against
Now, I don't believe
Kerry Collins (Quarterback, 6-5 245,
Kerry has been a solid pro but it's time for him to be a solid back up. I'm a firm believer in letting the rookie learn for a year or so, but in this case, the lack of production by the offense under Collins combined wth Vince Young's ability as a weapon leads me to this decision.
Let Vince learn the speed of the game. I'm sure against
Aaron Brooks (Quarterback, 6-4 220,
With Brooks hurt and the Raiders in a rebuilding mode-at least that's what they should be calling this year let's see if Walter is ever going to be an NFL quarterback. He's a big kid with a strong arm for that vertical passing attack. Andrew doesn't have the mobility Brooks has but maybe he'll provide some leadership and get the team going all in the same direction.
Brooks is talented but some time off may help him get re-energized and focused to be a spark plug later in the season.
Dominic Rhodes (Running Back, 5-9 203,
Dominic is a solid back up to Joseph Addai, at least in my opinion. Addai has
shown the ability to be a factor in the offense and
This is a no brainer…he gets his team to hang around in a game with the
2. Sean Payton,
They're 2 – 0 and have been able to get the ball in the hands of their weapons. Even when Bush didn't have the rushing numbers he had an impact in the passing game. Right now everyone seems to be on the same page and heading in the same direction. The schedule gets tougher and there will be more distractions this week with the return to the Superdome…we'll see how they fare.
3. Mike Shanahan,
See you after week three!