Audibles From the Long Snapper: Ten Thoughts From Around the League

| October 21st, 2015



(1) Eli Manning was the best and worst player in the league on the FIRST TWO DRIVES of the Monday Night Football game. There’s never been a player like him in the league.


(2) After the first week of the season it became in vogue to question whether Tampa Bay made a mistake selecting Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota. In the four games since Winston has been undoubtedly the better player and Mariota has shown two features that worried many scouts: inability to absorb contact and lack of ball security. Interestingly enough, nobody has revisited this question in the national media. If Winston wants to know how he’ll be covered an an NFL quarterback, he should just call Cam Newton.


(3) Is Cincinnati the best team in football right now? New England and Green Bay are not good defensively. Carolina and Denver are not good offensively. Cincy does everything well. They’ll still lose in the playoffs but they may be losing that game in the division round instead of wild card weekend.


(4) You know what the worst development of the NFL season has been? The games stink.


(5) I don’t care what the stats say. Brandon Marshall has been the best wide receiver in football this year. He’s transformed the New York Jets offense.


(6) I don’t hide the fact that I’m not a Russell Wilson fan. But considering he has no offensive line and gets hit more than any quarterback in the league, this has actually been his most impressive season.

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(7) Simply didn’t see this kind of regular season coming out of Andy Reid. Reid’s MO has been building a solid roster and wasting it with postseason game mismanagement. It has NOT been losing ugly every week.


(8) What happened to all that Teddy Bridgewater love? Those preseason performances seem like ten years ago.


(9) Only one team in the NFL has a losing record and a positive points differential? Any guesses? Seattle is 2-4. They are +9 on the season.


(10) If the season ended today…

NFC Byes: Packers, Panthers

AFC Byes: Bengals, Broncos (Pats have played one less  game)

NFC Wildcard Match-ups: Vikings at Cardinals, Falcons at Eagles

AFC Wildcard Match-ups: Steelers at Patriots, Jets at Colts

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  • AlbertInTucson

    The Monday game was strange and ugly in so many ways.

    The Giants do a complete 180 after drive 1 and the Eagles win, GOING AWAY, despite turning the ball over 4 times.

    • MB30SD

      eli sucks. and he has to be one of the biggest doofuses in the NFL… besides his goofy-ass brother that is. It’s like they defy genetics. Elite athletes though. biology is amazing isn’t it?

      Btw, I googled “doofuses” to make sure I spelled it correctly (don’t get to use it enough), and they had the little ‘say it allowed’ verbalization thing. Made me lalz: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=doofuses

      Click that shit and see if you don’t at least giggle a little.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’m just glad my picture didn’t show up.

        • MB30SD


      • Irish Sweetness

        And is ti a “doozer” or a “doozy” ?

        • MB30SD


  • MB30SD

    I never got the teddy love… at ALL. smh (scratching my head)

    Loves me some bmarsh so much. loves you, misses you my maings. Too bad you’re the worst kind of lockerroom cancer there is and we had to cut your beautiful pass-catching ass.


    Ps. It’s pretty much too late now, but I still dream of having BMarsh, Anquan, Alshon (100% alshon), black uni, and a royal… or even an eddleman type. With matty in the backfield. Can you image THAT shit?! siiiiiiiiigh.

    • Never got the Teddy hype either. I’ve said it from the start. His ceiling looks like Alex Smith, and that’s like a hobbit ceiling.

      • BerwynBomber

        I would say it’s slightly better/improved Alex Smith if only because Bridgewater’s first year was damn near as good/efficient as Smith at his peak. But yeah, he is mostly a game manager/MOR guy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(4) You know what the worst development of the NFL season has been? The games stink.”

    For reasons not the least of which is that the Zebras…

    A) Can’t throw flags fast enough.


    B) Have a tenuous grasp of the rules.

    • Cormonster

      Add in tackling. From what I’ve seen, only about 10-20% of defenders actually know how to tackle consistently.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I agree with those who blame the bad tackling on the dearth of contact drills anymore.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Russell Wilson.

    26 Sacks in 6 games.

    That includes 4 by a team (The Bears) that had NO sacks until they met that Seahawk Offensive line.

    BTW, That sack rate extrapolates to 69 or 70 for the season.

    Be afraid, Seattle. Be VERY afraid.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Thursday night curse. They’re away. Get on.

      (I won’t be, but y’know, if you want …)

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(10) If the season ended today…”

    I so dislike that phrase, ESPECIALLY a mere 6 weeks into the season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(9) Only one team in the NFL has a losing record and a positive points differential? Any guesses? Seattle is 2-4. They are +9 on the season.”

    And they can thank Jimmy Clausen for THAT anomaly.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(1) Eli Manning was the best and worst player in the league on the FIRST TWO DRIVES of the Monday Night Football game. There’s never been a player like him in the league.”

    Eli had a LOT of help being awful Monday night, notably from his right tackle and the Giant Not-So-Special Teams.

    • BerwynBomber

      Would also add that his first INT was purely on the TE. If Uni had committed such a sin, this blog would have thrashed him for a week.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I believe that was Larry Donnell.

        • BerwynBomber

          I believe you’re right. And he’s not half-bad as semi-anonymous TE. But he totally let the LB steal the ball from him in that particular play and it kinda swung the entire game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The week before he made an OUTSTANDING catch in the end zone to beat SF.

          • BerwynBomber

            Larry Donnell giveth and Larry Donnell taketh …

          • AlbertInTucson

            Actually, I believe that was D’Amico Ryans who”taketh away”.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Who was last week’s hero …..

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(8) What happened to all that Teddy Bridgewater love? Those preseason performances seem like ten years ago.”

    It probably all comes back when he plays the Bears.

  • I’ve hears some in the media grumble Mariotta/Winston looks a lot like RG3/Luck almost half way through the seasons.

    Perhaps a bit too extreme on both ends, but I’ve heard it.

    • MB30SD

      waaaay too early. I like what (limited amount) I saw from mariott. As I’ve always maintained, winston is JaMarcus Russel 2.0. Dude is at least bipolar, if not outright batshitcray.

      Btw, you want a bday present? Here you are my maings: http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/get-ready-for-an-earthquake-nasa-tells-la/ar-BBmi4RR?li=AAa0dzB

      Stock up on yer standard zombie supplies yo.

    • BerwynBomber

      As with Blogfather’s (and AD’s for that matter) Cutty Love, I take his thoughts on Mariota with a grain of salt. He shot off more than a few tweets last year suggesting that Mariota was absolutely NOT an NFL QB. And given that, by all accounts, Pace went after him hard to give him the keys to the Bears franchise … that bit of history would definitely lead to a conflict of interest given where Blogfather’s heart is w/ Cutty.

      In terms of ball security, I don’t know about his fumbles (so maybe he is coughing it up all over the place), but his TD/INT rate is 9/5, which is not bad for rookie. In terms of his inability to absorb contract, again haven’t seen him enough to see if he, indeed, has RG3 disease, but that cheap shot he took in the pocket on Sunday could have happened to any QB in the league. Moreover, he played the rest of the game with grade II MCL sprain while wearing a brace and (from what I just Googled) intends to play this weekend even though he has not practiced.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Factually incorrect. Every tweet said the same thing: “Nothing he’s done in college shows he will be or won’t be a good NFL QB”. And nothing he’s done in pros resembles what he did in college.

        • BerwynBomber

          Factually dubious. I don’t remember you ever being on the fence about Mariota. You didn’t like him. .

      • Irish Sweetness

        He got sacked about 6 times I think last week. No man alive can play under that kind of pressure.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, I saw him take a huge sandwich hit (in the pocket) a few weeks back.

  • Andy Dalton in FF has been gold. Better than Rogers and Brady.
    What does that tell me?

    Dalton is no longer having “bad” Andy days like he used to. It used to be that he would be good for 4-5 stinkers a year where he becomes bad Rex.

    That’s no longer the case. He’s been pretty consistent this year, adding in a few late heroics.

    Andy and Cutty are the most improved QBs this year, IMO.

    Obviously, Peyton has to be the most disappointing thus far. Maybe Tannenhill, though I never expected much out of him. Bradford?

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, Tannenhill has definitely regressed, which is not a good look after signing a huge deal, as we can attest here in Chicago. But who knows. Maybe that interim HC can simply things and the Fish can salvage something.

      Cam Newton is getting a lot of love too. In fact, MVP race right now would probably be Brady, Dalton, Newton and maybe Julio Jones.

      Wouldn’t be shocked if Bradford was eventually benched in favor of Sanchez. Then again, Iggles now lead the NFL Least, so who knows.

      • Shoot, how about the dark horse, Devonte Freeman!

        I heard that the Fins’ former coach just inundated Tannenhill with a shit load of info that even Peyton in his prime would have trouble running.

        WRs didn’t even know how deep their routes would be from play to play. It was very complicated.

        The new interim coach is “old school” and wants to keep it simple. Feed Miller and throw only when they have too.

        Kinda reminds me of Tice taking over the Bears.

        We’ll see how it works, but this definitely sets Tannehill back, and he didn’t have much room for error.

        He can’t throw the deep ball, and everyone in the NFL knows it.

        • BerwynBomber

          Freeman? Pffffftttt … Forte still leads him by two yards.

          I kid, of course. The kid has definitely been a bit of revelation down there in ATL. But I also think, like SC Dave, we sometimes take Forte a little too much for granted.

          • Irish Sweetness

            So when does Matty give us 3 TDs in a game?

          • Does he even have 3 running TDs all year?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sunday was #2 on the ground.

          • BerwynBomber

            Hah! Dude’s such a slacker.

          • CanadaBear

            He’s scored 3 in six games. The last two years he’s avgeraged 11 TD’s.

      • Irish Sweetness

        That defense seriously fucked up Mariota and that line last week.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Some loon tried to stash AJ Green on waivers this week. I check out my waiver priority and whaddya know. Numero uno. Tee hee !

  • Pissed Off

    Eli manning is back and forth very often but he is great in big games.

    Mariotta is and will be better than Winston.

    If manning can hop in the delorean and Go back a couple years i think the Broncos are the best team otherwise my money is on ne….and it may well be anyway.

    Bridgewater is becoming who we thought he would….he is not surprising me. He can’t throw for a ton of yards if the team needs it and will be a 15 to 20 qb at best for his whole career

    • AlbertInTucson

      Peyton must be dreading thewhen the foul weather comes this season.

  • BillW

    Painful watching the Cubs get owned so thoroughly. There will be another day

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jefe, could you do a hook-up with a Broncos reporter? Let’s get a feel for why Bronco fans went south on John Fox ….

    • DaBearsBlog

      Know one well. Setting it up for Broncos game week.

      • Irish Sweetness

        For sure the Broncos will hammer us – Manning will have a rating over a hundred. Thirty north of where he currently is.

    • I think it was because Elway didn’t view Fox as a SB caliber HC.

      A wild card Wild Card HC, but not SB.

      And judging by last game, Elway might be factually correct.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Many believe Fox wanted out, not the other way around.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, I would have thought the same thing. I don’t believe that Fox isn’t a SB HC bullshit.

          Takes so many factors to come together to win a SB, especially a ton of luck. I’m all in on this front office turning this all around and making us a playoff contender… and putting us in a position, should all the factors line up, to get us to a SB and to win it. Allaboard!!

          • Have you seen “A TIme to Kill?” Remember that last season with Matthew McConnaughy when he tells the jurors to close their eyes?

            Well, I want you to close your eyes, and picture Lovie…white.

            Boom. Fox.

            Mind. Blown.

            I keed I keed (not really)

          • MB30SD

            I hate you… even on your bday. Aren’t you supposed to be out getting laid, instead of texting with me? Have I not taught you anything? SMH.

          • You did not need to teach me trying to get laid, that’s fo sho!

            Meh. Got laid earlier in the week. It’s “hump” day. Gonna reserve my mojo for the weekend since there’s gonna be a lot of halloween skanks out and about this weekend.

          • MB30SD

            fair enough.

          • CanadaBear

            Keep an eye out for all the kitty cats and the naughty nurses.

          • Scharfinator

            Halloween is the best.

        • Odd. At his age, I thought he would’ve been all in on trying to get a SB as fast as possible with a like-minded GM and loaded roster. (esp given Fox’s health scare)

          But Fox preferred to totally rebuild?

          Elway must be Jerry Jones level micromanaging if Fox wanted out of that gig.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Seems like they waved him out of Denver like they did Lovie from Chicago. Not a lot of teary fans out there yearning for the hey day of John Fox.

      • Johnnywad

        C’mon Butch.

        He’s coached in two Super Bowls since ’03. He lost on a last second field goal IN the Super Bowl to the Patriots. One of a handful of kicks that made Adam Vinatieri, a kicker, a goddam household name. This was what, a season, maybe two removed from taking over a 1-15 Panthers team. He was just there with Manning two years ago. That wasn’t coaching that lost that game. That was one team’s players kicking the shit out of the other teams players at every position on the field.

        To say Foxy can win a WC game but not the Super Bowl, is the crazy. I would argue he’s an excellent coach and has gotten more than the sum of the parts of this roster already. Adam Gase may get his shot, but I want to see what Fox does with three or four seasons.

        • BerwynBomber

          Valid points. My only concern with Fox is whether he has, to use some baseball parlance, “lost his fastball”. But we probably need a couple/few seasons to determine that.

          P.S. I think too much was made of the end of the regulation and OT playcalling. Questionable? Of course. But this a coaching staff that seems to be getting the most of out of it parts, especially in regard to Cutty. Hard to fault them this early in their respective tenures.

  • BerwynBomber

    A list of the most injured teams in the NFL. Bears are 4th. Cheese are 1st.


  • MB30SD

    this is awesome, but the ‘WHAT IN THEE HOLY FUCK’ moment comes near the end. It’s worth the wait.


    • NewBearInTown

      Love the outfit

      • MB30SD

        Holy cow NB. I thought I was seeing things. Was she the chief of police? hahaha

  • BillW

    Must congratulate the Mets. Saying they were the better team is a tremendous understatement. Cubs went farther than anyone expected but it doesn’t feel like they are even half way there. Work to do and I suspect Epstein has been at it all along

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Cubs Suck!

      • SC Dave

        Actually, they blow.

        But really, congrats to the Cubs on playing meaningful ball in October. It’s been a long time coming.

    • CanadaBear

      The Mets were no doubt the better team but everything, and I do mean everything, fell their way. Teams that win it all usually have a generous sprinkling of luck at the most opportune times. The Cubs had none in this series. Oh well, even with every break in the book they probably still lose this series.

      • it wasn’t luck that put kyle schwarber in left field to try and track line drives. it was joe maddon. it wasn’t luck that helped the best young rotation in baseball shut down the “best” young bats in baseball. it was their talent. it wasn’t luck that carried each of daniel murphy’s home run balls over the wall. i don’t know what the was.

        and to say the cubs got no breaks is to ignore wilmer flores’ shot that got stuck in the ivy and stole a run from the mets.

        saying they won because everything fell their way is cubs-fan-defeatist nonsense.

        cubs are good. mets were way gooder.

        • BillW

          I think what Canada meant is things going right at the right time. Murphy hit 50% of his season total HRs. And yes, difficult to handle line drives in the outfield are “luck” in that a batter never thinks “I’m going to hit a difficult to handle line drive to left field.”

          • oh please. then every hit is “luck” in that a batter never thinks “i’m going to hit a squibber off the end of the bat that sneaks under the glove of a diving shortstop.” “i’m going to hit a pop up behind first that drops in between three mets fielders because they aren’t familiar with the wrigley wind patterns.”

            actually, by your logic, home runs aren’t luck. because i’m sure many batters step into the box and say “i’m going to hit a home run right here.”

        • CanadaBear

          Murphy takes one off his shoe tops and it lands in the 2nd row inside the foul pole. Yeah that happens all the time. How many line drives did the cubs hit right at people? Every break fell their way. I didn’t say the Mets were lucky to win. Read what I wrote!

          • doesn’t happen all the time, but it wasn’t luck that put his bat on the ball. he adjusted his swing to follow the trajectory of the pitch. a real pitcher’s pitch, for what it’s worth.

            i read what you wrote. you implied the cubs lost because they didn’t get any breaks. i’m implying the cubs got shut down and they never stood a chance.

            “who needs luck when you practice as well as we do?” -Marc Trestman.

  • MB30SD
    • They beat him for 10 hours to confess his sins.

      I would’ve been there for the whole winter

      • MB30SD

        I would have killed every single one of those freaks, especially if they were hurting my brother. Fuck that stuff creeps me out. Wtf is wrong with people. Smh.

        Organized religion is (can be) baaad mmmkay.

        • CanadaBear

          You and I both feel that way but if your entire life is made up of this behavior, most people tolerate it. Hope they lock ’em up and throw away the key.

          • MB30SD

            scary shit canada. I just can’t even fathom a world where I just lay down and let a bunch of freaks spend 10 hours hitting me in my junk, and beat me bro to death.
            I mean, when does the fight or flight response kick in?! talk about brainwashing. sheesh.

  • The Yes Guy


    • BillW

      The Yes Guy is really a software experiment. A ‘bot with some intelligence that attempts to quantify the feel or mood of a blog and determine the proper time to interject.

      No doubt there would be marketing opportunities there.

      • The GP


        If you coded a bot, it would be a No bot.

        • The No ‘Bot


  • BillW

    Since it’s the bye week, shouldn’t we get a word from our sponsor (Burma Shave) at some point?

  • AlbertInTucson

    And now, by request, a word from our sponsor…

    Hitting the break a 3 and 3…

    …would surely have made us high!

    BUT, too many mistakes, so, instead they be…

    … just 2 and 4 at the Bye.


  • Sactowns#1

    Irish, my gambling brethren, you never chimed in on my Bills pick. Also, when is Jeff going to post about his abysmal gambling record this year?

    • he posts about it once a week. is that not enough?

      • Sactowns#1

        And I have not seen this weeks post. This weeks wagers start tonight.

  • AlbertInTucson

    New thread.

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