Sage Rosenfels is a former 12-yr NFL quarterback who writes, does radio, and podcasts concerning the NFL and school soccer. Discover him on Twitter @SageRosenfels18.
It was a loopy week within the NFL, each on and off the sector.
Between exhibits of army help and patriotism, peaceable protests, a taxpayer-funded political stunt, Jerry being Jerry, Trump being Trump, a Manning homecoming, and a wild video of a revered NFL coach, I used to be mentally and emotionally exhausted once I went to mattress Sunday night.
Oh, and there was some unbelievable soccer, too.
Listed here are my ideas on what occurred on the sector in Week 6:
Aaron Rodgers: Greatest Packers QB ever?
I tweeted Sunday that whereas Brett Favre was simply inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame final yr, he is already simply the second-greatest quarterback in Inexperienced Bay Packers historical past.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to play with Brett for the Vikings in 2009, his greatest season as an NFL quarterback. The issues I received to witness that yr have been unimaginable. It was the most effective season I’ve ever seen from a quarterback. We additionally had a supremely gifted workforce. Favre had many robust rosters throughout his greatest years in Inexperienced Bay, two of which ended up within the Tremendous Bowl.
Rodgers does not have these forms of gamers round him. There is no Reggie White or Charles Woodson on this protection. He has turned teammates like Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, and Jordy Nelson into recognized NFL names. He hasn’t had a profession like Favre’s but, however I consider he performs the sport at a better degree than Favre did over any prolonged interval in his profession.
The Sunday afternoon recreation was the whole lot the NFL hoped for. Dak Prescott, a part of a gaggle of spectacular younger quarterbacks who’re a pleasure to observe enhance every week, placed on an distinctive efficiency for Dallas. On the finish of top-of-the-line video games of his profession, he took a knee and watched how an ideal quarterback will get it finished on an enormous stage.
Rodgers has develop into so good in finish-of-recreation conditions that there was a serious Twitter debate about whether or not Dallas’ coaches ought to have left him with much less time. Ought to they’ve taken a knee as an alternative of scoring so quick? Might they’ve prevented scoring for a play or two after which simply run it in on fourth down?
Certainly, they left Rodgers with an excessive amount of time. He hit a wonderfully positioned again shoulder fade to Adams on the primary play, and the Packers have been off to the races. He beat the Cowboys by spreading the ball round. He even tucked the ball and ran, breaking a few arm tackles for an 18-yarder that put Inexperienced Bay in hanging distance.
As soon as it was first down from the 12-yard line, it might’ve been shocking if Rodgers did not discover somebody for a landing in the course of the subsequent 4 performs. That is the expectation all of us have of him. He constructed that fame, and he made it look straightforward Sunday. Once more.
Longevity a priority for J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt is nice for the NFL in each method. But, in what could possibly be an alarming sample, he’ll have missed nearly all of an NFL season two years in a row. Final yr, it was again points, after which surgical procedure, that stored him off the sector. Anybody who has performed soccer, and has had a again situation, understands how worrisome this may be.
On Sunday, Watt fractured his knee and can want season-ending surgical procedure. Gamers who compete at extraordinarily excessive ranges, and who play the sport violently like Watt, typically break down, leading to shortened careers. He performs as onerous and reckless as anybody within the league, and we might have already seen the perfect of his skills.
Bob Sanders, Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann, and Bo Jackson are 4 others that had their greatest years early of their careers and did not play lengthy due to accidents. Let’s hope Watt comes again stronger and higher than ever. His impression on the Texans and the Houston group is immeasurable.
The Giants are completed
In the event you mix one of many worst offensive strains within the NFL, an getting old quarterback with restricted mobility, and injured receivers, you might have the New York Giants‘ offense. Even when any of those change in a single day – they usually will not – you continue to want all three to enhance to have an efficient offense.
The offensive line is not good; that is not a surprising revelation. However its incompetence is compounded by Eli Manning‘s lack of ability to flee the pocket to create performs. He merely is not, and by no means actually was, a playmaker outdoors of the pocket. In 2017, that is the best way the most effective quarterbacks are getting it completed.
Rodgers, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, Prescott, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, and Alex Smith are among the many hardest quarterbacks for defenses to cease. Even Tom Brady, who now has a weaker line, is getting hit extra typically. Eli is the improper quarterback to have when your O-line is leaky.
Throughout Eli’s greatest years, between 2006 and 2011, his offensive line was as constant as any in current NFL historical past. Snee, Seubert, O’Hara, Diehl, and McKenzie have been mainstays for Massive Blue for the higher a part of six years. This merely does not occur within the NFL anymore resulting from accidents and free company. Since that group started to retire, Manning’s recreation hasn’t been the identical.
His strengths are maximized when he has a reputable operating recreation, and time to throw the ball with play-motion and drop-again ideas. He can outsmart a protection with an excellent staff round him, however Manning is not the kind of quarterback to hold the offense. That is the place he is totally different than his brother Peyton.
Eli has by no means been a man who tries to regulate all the recreation like Peyton. Two brothers with two totally different talent units, and 4 Tremendous Bowl wins between them.
The Chiefs are for actual
Soccer is the last word workforce recreation, and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are the NFL’s greatest all-round workforce.
No opposing membership appears ahead to dealing with them. They’re scary good on all three ranges of their protection. Their offense has a operating recreation, unfold ideas often utilized in school, and a quarterback who has had a rebirth. Let’s not overlook about particular groups, as Tyreek Hill continues to scare kicking recreation coaches across the league.
This workforce has only a few weaknesses, and, because the season progresses, Andy Reid will do nearly as good a job as anybody at overlaying up its flaws whereas maximizing its strengths. Offense, protection, particular groups, teaching, and an unimaginable house-area benefit are a recipe for postseason success.
I can not think about the Chiefs not being within the image in late January. Everybody assumes Smith will probably be gone subsequent yr, and I feel that is getting forward of ourselves. In 2004, when Philip Rivers was drafted to exchange Drew Brees in San Diego, Brees, motivated by the snub, performed at a Professional-Bowl degree for the subsequent two years earlier than blowing out his throwing shoulder, lastly opening the door for Rivers.
Smith is the right quarterback for this offense. His in depth time within the unfold system beneath City Meyer in school and decade of mastering conventional NFL offensive ideas have made him the poster baby for what future “unfold coast offenses” can appear to be. Think about gamers like Marcus Mariota, Prescott, Wilson, and Watson operating a system just like what Kansas Metropolis is executing.
Velocity, energy, and elusiveness make a harmful mixture. That is the Kansas Metropolis unfold coast offense.
Empathy over judgment
Lastly, I need to acknowledge the unlucky state of affairs with former Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster.
I performed for Chris in 2004 in Miami. He was initially employed because the tight ends coach, and was thrust into the offensive coordinator position on account of Norv Turner taking the top teaching job in Oakland in February. We struggled that season for a myriad of causes, and the whole employees was fired.
The primary begin of my profession, within the final recreation of my fourth season, was with Foerster as offensive coordinator and play-caller. The primary play he referred to as was a seventy six-yard landing cross to vast receiver Chris Chambers. Foerster believed in me as a participant to start out the sport with taking a shot. I’ll take one other shot and guess that he’ll overcome the demons that obtained him to this spot in his life.
Habit is an actual factor, and no participant, coach, or human must be merely thrown to the aspect due to it. I hope to see one other chapter within the ebook of Foerster’s life. We anticipate NFL gamers and coaches to be robots, however, on the finish of the day, they’re flawed people identical to everybody else.
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