Posted: Tuesday November 14, 2006 3:16PM; Updated: Tuesday November 14, 2006 3:43PM
With the Chargers tied for the AFC West lead, few can question San Diego's decision to give Philip Rivers the keys to the offense.
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Peter King will answer your questions each week in Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition.
Three quick questions:
1. Is anyone bashing San Diego GM A.J. Smith for his drafting or personnel acumen now? His faith in Philip Rivers makes him front office Guru of the Year.
2. Is anyone in the Drew Bledsoe Fan Club doubting the move to Tony Romo? Romo's the first Dallas quarterback since Troy Aikman in 1993 to have three straight 250-yard-plus passing games ... and he's done it in his first three NFL starts.
3. Is anyone doubting the Eric Mangini hire now?
On to your e-mails:
THANKFUL FOR THE RUTGERS COLUMN, WITH AN ASTERISK. From Jordan Bridal of Ottawa: "Thank you for all your great writing over so many years. The story on Rutgers reminds us all of the power of sport, which you nicely reinforced the whole way through. On its own, that article would be one that I show to kids entering sports someday. The power behind such an uplifting story, including your paragraph about 'not viewing money as your god,' was poignant and an excellent summary of the emotion that not many people or experiences can capture. Unfortunately, it was diminished by your statement later in the same article stating that 'Trevor Pryce deserves an extra playoff share if the Ravens win the AFC North.' To go from one extreme to the other in the same article just shouldn't happen.''
Wow. Good catch. And you're right. It was a flippant comment. I should have praised him for doing his job, not offered him more money for doing the job he's getting paid handsomely to do.
MORE RUTGERS HAPPINESS. From Joshua Hilst, of Clemson, S.C.: "Thank you so much for your story on Rutgers. You captured perfectly what those of us who have been more moved and inspired by college football in recent years feel about the pro game. So often lost in an age of professionalism, super celebrity halftime shows and billion dollar franchises, is the sheer joy of victory, the inexplicable triumph of the underdog that nothing can buy or replace. Despite being a Clemson Tigers fan, I have cheered Rutgers this entire year and could not be enjoying it more.''
THE CROWD OUT THERE THINKS SABAN'S OVERRATED. From Emilion of East Windsor, N.J.: "Peter, you base all of your writing on facts and your football knowledge, so it really surprises me that you bought all the hype and keep bringing up Nick Saban as a top-five NFL coach. I'll take Belichick, Cowher, Reid, Shanahan, Dungy, Holmgren, Fisher and Fox any day over Saban. That's eight far more accomplished NFL coaches. I'd even argue in favor of Gruden and Billick over Saban.''