Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday October 22, 2007 6:16AM; Updated: Monday October 22, 2007 12:16PM
Quote of the Week I
"It's just not good enough. Not good enough coaching on my part, not good enough by the assistant coaches, just not good enough by the players. And I'm tired of giving the same speech.''
-- New York Jets coach Eric Mangini, on blowing a 13-point lead in Cincinnati and losing for the fourth straight Sunday.
First time in a year and a half that I've seen Mangini semi-blow his cool and be testy.
Quote of the Week II
"How about Reggie Bush today? He was unbelievable. You hear all the crap he's taking for not running downhill, but that guy competes more than many people I've ever seen in this league.''
-- New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita, after Bush caught a 4-yard touchdown pass, pile-driving the final two yards through two Atlanta defenders.
Quote of the Week III
"Everyone around here is so afraid to say the word 'rebuilding.' Why? Why not just call it what it is? We're rebuilding. We all know what's going on around here.''
-- Miami defensive end Jason Taylor, after the Dolphins, then 0-6, dealt Chris Chambers to the Chargers on Tuesday, the trading deadline.
Quote of the Week IV
"I'd like to welcome Joe Theismann, watching from his living room with steam coming out of his ears.''
-- Jimmy Kimmel, during a guest appearance in the booth of last Monday's ESPN game between the Giants and Falcons. Theismann got dumped by ESPN in favor of Ron Jaworski after last season.
About three months of uncomfortable silence followed in the ESPN booth.
Stat of the Week I
The incompetence of the Miami Dolphins front office cannot be overstated. At least the incompetence between 1998 and 2003.
In the six drafts beginning in '98 and ending in 2003, here's a rundown of the players still with the team:
Miami had 59 picks total in those six drafts -- 46 used to draft players, and 13 used to trade for 10 other players (Tyrone Wheatley, Kevin Gogan, Jim Druckenmiller, Alonzo Mayes, Matt Turk, Ricky Williams, Jeff Ogden, Cade McNown, Jay Williams, Sage Rosenfels). They traded two ones and a four for Ricky Williams and a four in return and traded two sixes for McNown.
Zero for 59! Astonishing.
Want to know why the Patriots are (Matt) Light years ahead of the Dolphins right now? It's the base of home-grown fifth- through 10th-year veterans -- the guys who should be the bedrock of a good team -- that New England has and Miami doesn't. Brady, Light, Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, Ty Warren, Dan Koppen, Eugene Wilson. Nine Patriots from those six drafts suited up for New England's win at Miami on Sunday. No players from those six drafts suited up for Miami.
"It's a big reason why we are where we are right now,'' Jason Taylor (Miami class of '97) said the other day.
No. It's the big reason.
Stat of the Week II
Entering the season, Tom Brady's career passer rating was 88.4.
After seven weeks of 2007, Brady's season passer rating is 137.9. The NFL single-season record is 121.1, set in 2004 by Peyton Manning.
Imagine playing almost half a season, completing 74 percent of your throws, with 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions.