Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.
Ya know, there is a lot to unpack here …
Actually, there isn’t. Just wanna fit in with all the douche-ness of those who use that annoyingly overused phrase now – almost to the level of “it is what it is” or “everything happens for a reason” or, the absolutely most moronic opener to any sentence, “at the end of the day …”
Seriously, though, there may be a few things to unpack after all.
For starters, any of the dopes out there who think Nick “Flower Child” Sirianni’s inspirational takes had anything to do with the Eagles beating Detroit … just take the rest of the season off. Because any semblance of brain mass you had already has.
Good grief, Eagles fans. Grow up, grow a set and stay the course with a take, any take, more than the knee-jerk reaction to next goddam positive play. The head coach is a goof, and you know it. Own it, deal with it and move on. Stop with the wishful thinking. It’s embarrassing.
Speaking of embarrassing, what gives with Minnesota? The Vikings have a frontline running back, a terrific receiving tandem and reportedly a defensive genius as a head coach. Their “weak” link is a quarterback whose passer rating challenges the greatest throwers of all time. So, how the eff are they 3-4 now, losing to a Dak-less Dallas on Sunday night to boot?
Not sure the New York Jets are better with Mike White instead of Zach Wilson at QB, but the former Western Kentucky signal-caller and his NYJ mates were looking sharper than any No. 2 overall pick in an overpriced suit with White’s 400-plus yard passing day and his blacked-out mates winning Sunday.
Interesting to see the Chargers’ Justin Herbert come back to Earth while facing a Bill Belichick defense. The kid remains light years beyond what size-a-like/sort of Trevor Lawrence will be, but … still, interesting. (Note: a lifelong Clemson fan here … but Herbert – not Lawrence -- always had the better goods.)
It’s easy to see why people like Carson Wentz as a player and a person … but, man, do people eff up with morphing the two. It’s not just in Philly. It’s everywhere … and it’s insane. People, he’s Checkdown Charlie – i.e., Sam Bradford. With better athleticism (thanks to Sam’s injuries) and far less throwing ability.
Many may do a double take at the idea Carolina would be willing to part with Christian McCaffrey in a trade for Houston QB DeShaun Watson, but – reality check – the Panthers RB has been tissue-paper-soft with injuries ever since becoming romantically linked with model/man killer Olivia Culpo.
Told you so about Dolphins QB Tuo Tagovailoa when he was still at Alabama. Guy has a candy arm and, unfortunately for him, a china doll body. Frankly, for me, he rates well below his younger brother, Taulia, currently at the University of Maryland. Like, not even close.
Hey, if we’re gonna lump Penn State’s James Franklin to any big-time college opening, how about a pro gig – like, say, Houston? David Culley certainly looks like a one-and-done there. That way Franklin can follow his PSU predecessor Bill O’Brien there, kinda like Butch Jones did Brian Kelly at Central Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.