Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday September 17, 2007 1:54AM; Updated: Monday September 17, 2007 1:01PM
The Awards Section
Offensive Player of the Week
Cleveland QB Derek Anderson and Cleveland RB Jamal Lewis. "Romeo was great last night,'' Anderson said via cell phone after the game, speaking of coach Romeo Crennel. "Calm, reassuring. I think he thought we'd go out and play really well today.''
But this well? In the long NFL history of the Browns, which dates to 1950, they'd never had a game in which a back ran for 100 yards, a quarterback threw for more than 300, and two receivers exceeded 100 yards. In the 51-45 win over Cincinnati -- which could well have its worst defense in recent years -- Anderson was 20 of 33 for 328 yards. Lewis, who has so much dirt shoveled on him that I think if you watered him he'd sprout buds, had the best running day of the season: 28 carries, 215 yards. For one Sunday, there was joy in Mudville.
Defensive Player of the Week
Indianapolis SS Bob Sanders. "They decided I was the guy they wanted to put in the box,'' Sanders said after the usual battle royale with the Titans. "It's fine with me, but I want people to know I like to cover too.'' Sanders' day in Nashville: 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback pressures. No ifs, ands or buts about it: Sanders has been the best defensive player in football over the first two weeks of the season.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Chicago PR Devin Hester. Adding to his legend, Hester burned the Chiefs with a game-breaking 73-yard touchdown return five minutes into the second quarter, giving Chicago a 14-0 lead. And on CBS, Phil Simms summed up perfectly what America was feeling right about then. "I believe if you kick it to Devin Hester, you're crazy,'' Simms said. The next punt from Dustin Colquitt went spiraling out of bounds. Once burned, forever shy.
Coach of the Week
Houston's Gary Kubiak. Before Sunday afternoon, the Texans had never been 2-0 and had never scored 34 points (their total at Carolina) in a game. Credit Matt Schaub for the life-preserver he's thrown this franchise, and credit Kubiak for having the gumption to trade two second-round picks for a mostly unproven quarterback and then jamming his offense down Schaub's throat in one short offseason. All Schaub's done is complete 72 percent of his throws and become the leader David Carr never was in Houston.
Goat of the Week
The entire Cincinnati defense. For a multitude of sins. For allowing the moribund Browns to score 51 points. For allowing 41 points and 365 total yards in the first 39 minutes. For not touching Lewis on a 66-yard touchdown run. For making Anderson look better than Kenny Anderson. Just a ridiculous performance by a unit that will doom this playoff contender to also-random.
Stat of the Week
During the offseason, the Saints and Reggie Bush were sure he'd learned enough about the NFL to conquer his anemic yards-per-carry rookie season. Through two games, it looks like Bush is talking a better game than playing.
Comparing his 2006 and 2007 rushing numbers:
Stat of the Week II
In the first two games of the season, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson has 68 rushing yards on 35 carries.
In the first half of the fourth quarter Sunday, Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis had 68 rushing yards on four carries.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Of the many twists to Spygate, here are my two favorites:
On Friday, with the mayhem of the commissioner's charges swirling around the league, and in particular New England, the New York Jets added one nice little postscript. They worked out punter Josh Miller, cut by the Patriots exactly four weeks earlier. Did they grill him for information on how soft the Patriots like their K balls to be worked in? Who knows? Just another little needle to contribute to the rivalry.
Ever hear of Steve Scarnecchia? He's the New York Jets director of video operations. Two interesting points on his resume: He's a former video man for the Patriots. He is also the son of New England assistant head coach Dante Scarnecchia, Belichick's right-hand man. And you wonder why we think the Jets might have some blood on their hands.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Last Wednesday, 7:41 a.m., New Jersey Transit train, Upper Montclair to Penn Station in Manhattan, seated in a two-seat bench seat, on the way into the city for our first HBO Inside the NFL taping of the year. Three stops down the line, at Bay Street in Montclair, a 35-ish woman sat next to me, a bit out of breath and with wet hair, and I tried to ignore her as I typed away on my laptop. The trip normally takes about 40 minutes. On this day, there was a delay just past Newark, and the trip took 65 minutes.
The woman took out a rectangular makeup kit and set it on her lap. When she opened it, I saw it had two ledges that folded out, and she had maybe an 18-inch square mass of makeup on her lap. Tight space. Our shoulders were in contact; the makeup case is touching my left leg. Eye sticks, creams, mascara things, nail polish, emory boards, and a bunch of things I know nothing about.
First she rubbed cream into her hands and up her arms to the elbows. Then she moisturized her face. Then she did all the coloring around her eyes, whatever that is. Then she did her eye lashes. Then, with the train packed and in standing room mode, she opened the nail polish vial and did her nails. Bright red. With a wicked smell, of course. Then she blew on her nails so they'd dry. She had some time because the train was just leaving Secaucus for the city, so then she took some gel out of the case and massaged it into her hair.
Total makeup time: about 50 minutes.
All I could think of was, if there were a shower on board, she'd take one. (Click here for Page 5)