By: Monte Perez
There were a lot of surprises in Week 2 in the NFL. If you were in a Survivor pool, you probably took The New Orleans Saints or the St. Louis Rams…. Stop at a Whammie!! Shocking losses for Both Franchises. The Cleveland Brown coming off an embarrassing opening loss to the Jets (31-10) defeated Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Manziel played well enough to win but all the Manziel supporters ask yourself this question… when was the last time Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady threw 15 times in a close game. If Manziel is so good why didn’t he start over Josh McCown? Here were the two former Heisman Trophy winners stat line: Johnny Manziel: 8-15, 2 TD passes and 172 passing yards.
Marcus Mariota: 21-37, 2 TD Passes and 257 passing yards.
I believe that Manziel can make plays, but he is nowhere near an elite quarterback.
The common theme for this week is coaching… both good and bad. Here are 5 things we learned about week 2 in the NFL. I am going with 5a and 5 for the Ryan Brothers.
#5A) The time has come for Rob Ryan- The Saints are 0-2, last week they lost 31-19 to the Arizona Cardinals. This week they lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs 26-19. Jameis Winston was 14-27 for 207 yards and had 1 passing and 1 rushing touchdown. You can’t lose to the Bucs at home when they are starting a rooking quarterback! This is Ryan’s 4th team since 2008. Last year the Saints were one of the worst defensive units in the league and they are continuing on the same path. I don’t think New Orleans is ready to move off of Drew Brees or Sean Payton. If the Saints keep losing, Ryan may get fired, yet again, before week 8.
#5) Rex Ryan just shut up! – There is an old saying, “Don’t talk the talk… if you can’t walk the walk” From the time Rex was hired by the New York Jets, he has been obsessed with the New England Patriots. The Buffalo Bills gave up 40 points to the New England in a loss at home. Ryan is now 47-51 in his coaching career. Tom Brady had 38 completions, 466 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Ryan can’t blame Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez on this one. I have been saying it for years, when a well coach team faces Ryan they exploit his blitz packages. Ryan is the classic bully that likes to talk trash, but he got punched in the face again by the Patriots. Rex, you have never been to a Super Bowl as a head coach, stop talking about it and just be about it. I guess when you have an under.500 record as a head coach you have to talk about other things besides winning. I have seen this act when he was the Jets coach. There are no more excuses for Ryan. New England is now 22-2 against Buffalo in its last 24 games. Rex Ryan’s squad has committed 25 penalties in the first two games. No surprise here, his teams are always undisciplined. The Bills have a plethora of talent on both sides of the ball. If Rex doesn’t start winning he will be on the hot seat.
#4) Is it over for Tom Coughlin- The Giants lost to the Atlanta Falcons at home by the score of 24-20. The Giants were up 20-10 going into the fourth quarter only to squander the lead. Yogi Berra once said, “Its Déjà vu all over again.” The Giants led late last week against the Dallas Cowboys, only to lose in the last minute. This is the 3rd straight year that the Giants will start the season 0-2. I didn’t think Coughlin deserved to come back and coach this team after last season. The Giants have not made the playoffs 5 out of the last 6 seasons. He is simply not getting it down. They hired a new offensive coordinator last year and a new defensive coordinator this year. When is it Coughlin’s fault? The Gmen are the first team in the history of the NFL to lose their first two games of the season after being ahead by 10 or more points in the 4th quarter. If the Giants don’t make it to the playoffs Coughing will be out of a job. The only good news for New York Fans is that this division is still wide open. The Redskins are unproven. Sam Bradford looks horrible with the Eagles and Tony Romo will miss time do to a fractured left clavicle.
#3) The Chiefs give the game away on Thursday night– The Chiefs were up 14-0 against the Denver Broncos, only to lose 31-24. Kansas City had 5 turnovers during this game, 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions. Late in the first half and late in the 4th quarter Alex Smith threw 2 horrible interceptions. The Chiefs had success blitzing Peyton Manning but inexplicably didn’t blitz Manning on the last few possessions of Denver’s 4th quarter scoring drive. With the game tied up, instead of taking a knee and playing for overtime, Andy Reed called a running play with: 27 seconds left and Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball. Denver recovered and scored a touchdown. This was one of the worst losses I have ever seen during the regular season. Manning is now 13-1 against the Chiefs. Kansas City will never win a Super Bowl with Reed and Smith as a coach/quarterback combination. Their defense is elite, but Smith and Reed’s play calling will always cost them in big games.
#2) Chip Kelly has a lot of questions to answer- If I hadn’t watched either live or on film, almost every Chip Kelly coached game, at Oregon and with the Eagles… I would think this Philadelphia team is horribly coached. Their offense looked horrendous against the Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas won 20-10 but it wasn’t that close. Philly scored late on a meaningless touchdown but couldn’t move the ball all game. The Eagles had 7 rushing yards and were 2-11 on 3rd down conversions. DeMarco Murray seems to be getting hit in the backfield on every rushing attempt. Sam Bradford, who many experts thought would thrive in this system, looks timid and passive. Kelly is a very good coach but sometimes you can’t do everything successfully when running a team. Bill Parcells and Mike Holmgren were great coaches but struggled tremendously in making personnel decisions. Is Kelly over his head? Maybe… but he knows offense. In college he was 33-3 in the PAC-12 and in his first two years in the NFL the Eagles have been in the top 5 on offense. It has been a horrendous start, there are already rumors circulating that Kelly will be offered the world to coach the Texas Longhorns next year. The NFC East is primed for the taking for any team that gets hot. Giants are 0-2, Dallas is 2-0 but will be without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for at least 6 weeks. If Bradford struggles next week, look for Mark Sanchez to come off the bench. Bradford has always been labeled as a great talent who can’t stay healthy. Philly fans will settle for average to good right now because he’s been atrocious. There were 24 quarterbacks who ran for more yards than the Eagles did as a team on Sunday. The Eagles are in a must win situation next week against the New York Jets.
#1) The Packers continue to roll at home- Green Bay was 8-0 at home last year and if it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers injury late in the season, they might have went to the Super Bowl. They suffered a huge loss when Jordy Nelson had a season ending injury in pre-season but Rodgers hasn’t missed a beat. Green Bay defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night 27-17. Jimmy Graham only had one reception that is not getting it done if you are the Seattle offensive coordinator. He should be targeted a minimum of 8-10 per game. Rodgers continues to be the best quarterback at home. Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at home since 2012. Rodgers was 25-33 with two touchdown passes and 249 yards. Eddie Lacy left the game with an injury but James Starks stepped up big time rushing 20 times for 95 yards.
No disrespect to the Patriots but I have the Packers and Steelers meeting in the Super Bowl
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