Wednesday November 5th, 2014

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  • The Cardinals are having a superb season, better than anyone could have imagined, considering the problems they had early in training camp with injuries, suspensions and more.  Bruce Arians’ team is (14-3) since the middle of last season.
  • An enormous amount of unrest around the Panthers.  GM Dave Gettleman is taking heat for player roster decisions, running off WR-Steve Smith, letting CB-Captain Munnerlyn and S-Mike Mitchell leave as free agents, and not addressing the LT situation with Jordan Gross’ injuries and then retirement.  And we haven’t even mentioned the Greg Hardy mess.
  • Waiting for someone to fill in the blanks on this 2-game suspension, reduced to 1-game for Lions defensive tackle CJ Moseley.  He was suspended and sent home from the team trip to London, England, after smoke alarms were set off in his hotel room, by marijuana smoke.  No mention if he was smoking or friends were.  He was suspended, given a plane ticket, sent home, but then reinstated.
  • They may be a .500 football team, but things are not going well with the Texans at quarterback.  Three weeks of second guessing has now led new coach Bill O’Brien to admit he is going to let an erratic Ryan Fitzpatrick fight off a challenge from ex-Patriots backup Ryan Mallett, to see who becomes the starter.
  • He is big and strong and making plays while taking shots.  Andrew Luck has taken the most hits of any QB in the league, but yet has had six games of 350-yards passing or more this year.
  • How lagging is fan interest in that market?  The Jaguars Sunday telecast against Cincinnati had 126,000-viewers.  The Patriots-Broncos game drew 129,000-beating the home team in its home market.
  • He is the quarterback of the future and the future is now, and Norv Turner admits Teddy Bridgewater is ‘work in progress’, learning on the job.
New York
  • The Giants are likely out of the playoff race at (3-5) and it will be the third year in a row Tom Coughlin’s team has failed to make the postseason, since he won his 2nd Super Bowl ring in the Big Apple.
New York
  • When the explosion hits, and Rex Ryan is ousted as coach of the Jets, does the collateral damage take out GM-John Idzik?.  Most people think it will.
  • Interim coach Tony Sporano’s (0-4) record is equal to Dennis Allen’s (0-4) start that led to a dismissal, but Sporano says his team has positives around it despite the mounting losses.  QB-Derek Carr is the most impressive of all the rookie quarterbacks playing this year.  Not overwhelmed, not throwing tons of picks, not rattled, and not beat up.
  • Love me-love me not, this love-hate relationship with Ben Roethlisberger and his offensive coordinator Todd Haley.  The Steelers have scored 94 points in the last two games; Big Ben has an NFL record 12-TDs in those outings, and the team is averaging a third best (413YPG) on offense.  Not bad for guys who feuded early in the season about play calls and no huddle packages.
San Diego
  • Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick, on IR, said what no one in his former lockeroom would say, “this team has hit rock bottom.”.  Chargers can still be fixed, with post bye wins over the lowly Raiders and Rams.  If they get to (7-3) they will still be in the postseason hunt, but the last five games might not allow them to get a playoff spot.
San Francisco
  • GM-Trent Baalke with strong comments, “things are broken”, making reference to a (4-4) record, erratic offense, injuries, and a malaise over the team.
  • Coach Ken Whisenhunt, tremendously upset at team chemistry, says he needs his team to ‘play angry’.  What he really needs is a quarterback to play well.
  • Reports everywhere that owner Daniel Snyder ordered the staff to play Robert Griffin III last weekend, coming off rehab for the ankle injury.  RG3 played pretty well, despite sacks and turnovers.  Snyder is no different than Jerry Jones, wanting things done his way, and not winning.
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