They’re Here To Stay
From beginning to end this wasn’t the greatest game of the week. If you watched it you would know that. The referees had no control. It wasn’t that the players were fighting constantly. The refs just couldn’t get a grip on the calls they were making. Too many times they went under the hood to review plays that seemed to take forever. They made football boring. With all that said the Arizona Cardinals proved that they belong in the conversation of who will be a contender in the NFC. Seattle was given an opportunity to come back and win the game, but Arizona held tough and answered when they needed to. Instead of running out the clock around the two minute mark, Andre Ellington decides to run down the sidelines for the clinching touchdown. That put the Cardinals up by ten and didn’t look back. Arizona plays host to Cincinnati next week and they should be looked at as the favorites in that game as well. Their defense is as good as anyone else in the league and Carson Palmer is playing like an MVP. Lets see how far they can take this.
So Long Rob Ryan
I figured that Rob Ryan would have been fired after last season, but that didn’t happen. He was given another chance. Now after giving up 47 points to the Washington Redskins, he’s now out as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. In the Saints two previous games, they gave up 49 to the New York Giants and 34 in overtime to the Tennessee Titans. Both of those were at home. The boiling point came with the game against Washington. They really didn’t want to play any defense and didn’t help the offense when they were scoring points in that game. With Ryan’s ouster that means a new voice will be leading the defense. That person is Dennis Allen who was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders a few years ago. Anyone frankly would be better than Rob. Going into their bye week they’ll have some extra time to sort it out. Lets see how that works out for them.
Going Out On Top
Is this really how we’re going to remember Peyton Manning’s last pass? A four yard completion to the running back. Why am I bringing up the possibility that we’ve seen the last of Peyton? Because he was benched in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. This after throwing four interceptions. Denver announced a day after the game that Manning is suffering from a plantar fasciitis injury and won’t be available for the next game. In steps Brock Osweiler. I’m not saying that Peyton will never step on the field again this season, but do you honestly see him playing again next year? Would the Denver Broncos want that and do they expect it? This isn’t as sad as watching Joe Namath play for the San Diego Chargers or Brett Favre play for the New York Jets. Yet Peyton if he tries to play next year more people will equate him with those two. He is in a class pretty much by himself. No one is going to take that away from him. It would be nice to see him go out in a John Elway kind of story, but not everyone is that lucky.