Schultz: Thoughts from around the NFL in Week 6

Chris Schultz
10/15/2013 1:48:52 PM
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I know, I know, in NFL football winning isn't just the main thing, it's the only thing. But how about Buffalo Bills QB Thad Lewis coming off the far end of the bench and pushing an established Cincinnati Bengals team into overtime?

I thought it would be an easy Cincinnati win but the Bills are better than their 2-4 record. And you would have to think coach Doug Marrone will take the points over the touchdown next time, but you live and learn.

In New England, Tom Brady once again showed why he is the best of the best. After his interception on the late Hail Mary attempt you look at his body demeanor and conclude it is over. Then he gets that look of determination back and in a little over a minute and 70 yards, the Patriots are 5-1. If the Saints are ever in that position again, I doubt they will play passive on offence and work to eliminate timeouts vs. time on the clock for the opponent. You live and learn again.

I always look forward to Sunday Night Football as the combination of Al Micheals and Cris Collinsworth is smooth and enjoyable to bring into my football world. Tony Romo may just have the best skill set of pocket movement without panic , I don't think anyone is worth the money that top players get but you see why if the market can afford it you can pay Romo some of it because some of the thing he does you can't teach.

Robert Griffin III is not the same. Collinsworth had the great observation that RGIII has one dominate read and then the next one is not smooth in transition. Which leads me to Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski is in a very difficult situation. All the talk about his practice ability should be taken on to the football field right now are true. Players notice player and conclude if you're not ready then why do you look ready each and every day? But Grownkoski has two injuries: a back that kept him out of his senior season at the University of Arizona and has been injured twice, and a broken forearm that has been broken twice in the same spot. If he comes back and gets hurt again in any of those two areas the chance of healing 100 percent diminishes again.

Then he will get tagged as "injury prone" and that eliminates value; the thought being if you can't stay healthy you can't play. And on the other side, there are younger players at his position that are improving every day that are a lot cheaper. Tough position.

In Houston fans cheered when Matt Schaub was taken off the field with an injury. It takes a special type of human being to cheer when another man is so physically punished that he can't get back on his feet. I can only hope they don't have the ability to reproduce.

Finally, the San Diego Chargers put together four drives of 10 plays or more in their win over the Colts. The offensive tackle combination of DJ Fluker and King Dunlap are monsters! Danny Woodhead, at 5'8" and 200lbs, amazes not only on perimeter runs but in between the tackles and through the area that people don't come back from: the interior. The Chargers are a contradiction of immense physical size and power with a separate talent level of undersized speed and quickness. All of a sudden the AFC West, which originally had one good team in Denver, now has three with Kansas City and the Chargers as well.

Chris Schultz

Chris Schultz


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