Friday, September 19, 2014
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Reggie Bush hurdles a 49er

Former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush has performed this hurdle before. While at USC he jumped over a UCLA defender and ran into the endzone. But this is the NFL, where everbody is fast. When Bush landed he was instantly met by a 49ers defender.

Photo by Jeff Lewis

 

By Jason Lewis

Sentinel Sports Editor

Reggie Bush out for six weeks

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush will miss up to six weeks with a fractured fibula, which he suffered in the Saints 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

This injury could have a negative effect on the Saints passing offense because Bush has to always be accounted for as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

There were plays where the 49ers rolled their coverage towards the side that Bush was releasing to in an effort to double team him. That allowed other Saints receivers to pop open.

The Saints have the playmakers to make it without Bush for a short period of time.

The 49ers, on the other hand, have playmakers, but not difference makers.

Vernon Davis is a beast at tight end. Frank Gore is one of the best running backs in the league. Linebacker Patrick Willis was all over the field, racking up nine tackles, eight of them solo, and a sack.

Even with Pro Bowl players like them the 49ers cannot get out of their own way. Four turnovers against the defending Super Bowl champs has doom written all over it. Take away the turnovers and the 49ers win the game. But that is the difference between good and bad teams. The Saints are good, and they did not turn the ball over once. They are winners, the 49ers are not.

Players do not lose their job due to injury… except…

One unwritten rule in the NFL is that players do not lose their jobs to injury. A perfect example of that was back in 1997, when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon replaced an injured Elvis Grbac. Gannon and the Chiefs caught fire, finished the season 13-3, and held the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

Grbac was healthy for the opening playoff game, so he got the start over Gannon, and then lost the game against the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs did not follow the one exception to that rule. If the replacement clearly out performs the injured starter, then the replacement keeps the job.

That happened in 2001 with the New England Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe, the team played much better, so when Bledsoe was healthy the Patriots decided to stick with Brady. They went on to win the first of their three Super Bowls that season.

Well the Philadelphia Eagles went with the rule at first, naming Kevin Kolb their starting quarterback over Michael Vick. Kolb was knocked out of the season opener with a concussion. He played poorly in the quarter and a half that he played, and Vick has lit it up since taking the field.

But the Eagles had a change of heart and decided to go with the exception. In a surprising move, Eagles head coach Andy Reid changed his mind and has decided to go with Vick.

This is a surprise move because of what the Eagles have invested in Kolb. They drafted him to be McNabb’s replacement, which was their first mistake. There was no need to find a replacement for a quarterback who led the team to a Super Bowl and four NFC title games, and who was still in his prime.

The Eagles then traded away McNabb, their second mistake, so that they could hand the job over to Kolb. They spent the entire offseason training their quarterback of the future, and now they are going to scrap it over two games worth of football? After all the moves they’ve made for Kolb, they are going to abort that quickly?

The Eagles are making one mistake after another. They should have never drafted Kolb and kept McNabb until he was ready to retire.

The question is whether Vick is the starter until the end of the season, until he fails, or is this move just to give Kolb another week to heal from his concussion. If Vick lights it up again, will he get the chance to continue to start?

This is a strange story, and one that could have been avoided by simply giving McNabb the respect that he deserved.

Steelers D is carrying the team

Defense wins championships, and the Steelers have always prided themselves on that side of the football. To the tune of six Super Bowl titles.

This year is no different, and they seem to have nothing to worry about with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL’s code of conduct policy.

The thought was that if the Steelers could avoid falling into a hole over the first four weeks of the season, they would be fine when Roethlisberger returned.

Well they are sitting at 2-0, mostly because their defense has put the team on their back.

The Steelers started the season with Dennis Dixon at quarterback, and they released Byron Leftwich. When Dixon went down with an injury they had to play journeyman Charlie Batch.

It really did not matter who played quarterback against the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday, because the Steelers defense forced seven turnovers.

The Steelers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Baltimore Ravens before Roethlisberger returns. They can easily go 3-1, maybe even 4-0, without their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. This team could become the front-runner in the AFC when that happens.

Cowboys and Vikings 0-2

The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were supposed to be in the running for the NFC title, but the way it looks, neither team will make the playoffs.

It’s still early in the season, but neither of these teams looks like contenders.

The Cowboys seem like they lack discipline and the desire to win. A lot of that could be attributed to head coach Wade Phillips. It’s hard to imagine him lighting a fire under any player.

The Vikings problem is their passing offense. Quarterback Brett Favre looks nothing like he did last year. Part of that could be because of injuries at wide receiver, but part of that could be because of old age. 40+-year-old quarterbacks usually do not make it very far in the NFL.

Running back Adrian Peterson is running well, so they need to ride him until they can get their passing offense on track.

Moss growing on Revis Island

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had the bright idea to call New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss a slouch. Well, Moss may be a slouch who doesn’t always give his all, but that doesn’t mean point it out. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Well Moss did not take to kindly to Revis’ quote, so he ran a simple post patter, threw one hand in the air to signal for the ball, and then used that sole hand to catch a bomb from quarterback Tom Brady.

It was an amazing play. Moss had Revis beat from the line of scrimmage, and it appeared that he could have used his other hand to secure the ball, but he wanted to show Revis up even more by one handing the ball.

Revis’ ego, or his hamstring, is now hurt and he may miss the next two games.

Raiders bench Jason Campbell

The Jason Campbell era did not last very long in Oakland. He was benched at halftime of the Raiders 16-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Word is that if Al Davis has his way, which he will, then Campbell, who Davis called the next Jim Plunkitt, will be the starter. But if head coach Tom Cable has his way, Bruce Gradkowski will get the start.

For some reason Davis just does not like Gradkowski, and what ever Davis wants he gets. So look for Campbell to start again.

 

 

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