Posted: Monday December 19, 2005 1:24AM; Updated: Monday December 19, 2005 11:59AM
Ten Things I Think I Think
Chris Simms completed 21 of 34 passes for 155 yards in the Bucs' 28-0 loss to the Patriots on Saturday.
1. I think these are my quick-hit thoughts of Week 15:
a. There will be better days for Chris Simms. Lots better. Tough kid. More accurate than I remember him being at Texas. Not a finger-pointer. Apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.
b. Third-round draft pick of the year: New England cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Three times he jarred a potential reception loose from a Bucs wideout, including a key fourth-down pass to Joey Galloway in Patriot territory in the third quarter. Physical, gritty, cocky little 5-9 ballplayer.
c. I am a week late, but kudos to Bob Gretz, an old friend and a member of the Kansas City Chiefs' broadcast team, for a call I heard on The NFL Network the other night. A great call. When Kansas City was driving for a third touchdown last week, already ahead of Dallas 14-10 in the second quarter, the Chiefs took out fullback Tony Richardson on a likely passing down at the Dallas 10, keeping a much lesser blocker, Larry Johnson, in the game. Gretz said he couldn't figure out what the Chiefs were doing. Richardson should be in the game. Seconds later, Dallas linebacker Scott Fujita steamed past Johnson, strip-sacked Trent Green, Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears ran downfield with it and the Cowboys went on to score the go-ahead touchdown. It was a 14-point turnaround, keeping Johnson in the game, and Gretz called it.
d. Anybody have any idea who the MVP is?
e. Remember how we've bashed the Viking drafts for a long time? Made fun of the Dontarious Thomases and Kenechi Udezis?
f. The Colts' loss to San Diego ended at 4:21 p.m. EST. By 6:07, quotes from seven 1972 Dolphins players, plus coach Don Shula, were in my e-mail, from the Miami PR staff. Efficient, to be sure. But does that team have to be so publicly joyful every time the last unbeaten team loses a game, keeping the legacy of the only unbeaten NFL team ever intact?
g. Hope you got a lot of money for that in-uniform FedEx commercial, Joe Montana, because you look absurd.
h. How are the Bears going to win in January with that offense?
2. I think Dan Reeves will coach again, and I think he hopes that'll be in 2006. "The only thing [Dan and I] discussed was the consultant's job, not a coaching job,'' Houston owner Bob McNair told me the other day. "I didn't call him to see if he would coach again. I called him to get another set of eyes on our football team." I'm hearing Reeves thinks he'd look very good in Ram colors.
3. I think this is what I liked about Week 15:
a. It happened very fast, and I don't think it was replayed, but Corey Dillon made a block on a blitzing Derrick Brooks with the Patriots backed up at their goal line in the first quarter that: a) may have prevented a safety; b) allowed Tom Brady to complete a 32-yard pass. Plays like that win games.
b. That stretch sweep to the left that the Chiefs run behind Willie Roaf is the state-of-the-art rushing play in football right now.
c. When's the last time two running backs combined for 387 yards in one game? That's what Larry Johnson and Tiki Barber did Saturday.
d. How great is the voice of Bernie Kukar, the ref in Buffalo-Denver? "The ruling on the field is a touchdonn!'' "First donn!''
e. Romeo Crennel ought to win some award for being 5-9 with that ballclub.
f. Drew Brees beating Peyton Manning in a game like that. The guy's got some guts. He almost handed the game away once or twice, but hung in and made a couple of clutch throws down the stretch. How about the 54-yard pass to Keenan McCardell on third-and-nine from his own 9? What a big-time throw.
g. You watch Lovie Smith at work and you think: This is the kind of guy, the kind of straight-line guy, who I'd like to run my business.
h. Quentin Jammer played a good game for San Diego too.
i. Ho-hum. Three touchdowns, no picks for Matt Hasselbeck. Seattle's won 10 in a row for the first time ever.
j. How do you figure Washington 35, Dallas 0 in the third quarter?