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Posted: Friday August 15, 2008 12:57PM; Updated: Friday August 15, 2008 5:16PM
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Frankly Football (cont.)

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Frankly speaking

• Packers coach Mike McCarthy to the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aaron Rodgers' debut: "I thought Aaron did a number of solid things. There was a lot of productivity on offense. I didn't like the start of the whole offense as a unit with the first [two] series. We had a false start, had a mental error that resulted in a sack and had the dropped ball for the interception. But I thought other than that I liked the tempo, I thought the productivity was there."

It's is going to take some time and there will be a few bumps in the road for Rodgers, but as long as he can get the ball to the best set of yards-after-the-catch wideouts, he will make the offense function well. The real challenge comes Week 1 when the speed of the game will change greatly and the schemes will be complex.

Brett Favre to the New York Daily News: "I hate to study and, at times, I hate to practice, but I love to play. I know I need to study, I know I need to practice. I know how important it is, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. The question I have to ask myself is, am I willing to do that? The answer is yes. There's no substitute for Sunday."

As Bill Parcells used to tell me, the reason we are in the business is for the sounds of silence when you win on the road in the NFL. Look for Favre to be in shotgun and spread offense for the early part of the Jets' season. The Jets have to give Favre freedom to change plays -- it is one of his greatest assets as a player.

If I ...

• If I were looking for a wide receiver, I would call the Saints about the availability of Devery Henderson, since Meachem is starting to emerge. Henderson, who has a one-year contract worth $2 million, would be a good addition.

• If I were the Cincinnati Bengals, I would be happy with the way Chris Perry ran in the first preseason game, and would make sure he was running with the No. 1 group this week.

• If I were the Dallas Cowboys, I would spend less time with Hard Knocks and more time having special teams practices. That is the one area of the team that does not look very solid.

• If I were a Cowboy fan, I would hope that Adam Jones can make plays returning kicks this season. For some reason, there is a belief that Jones is a shutdown corner, which he isn't. Jones will always get beat on double moves and he struggles to be consistent. If he can give them a legitimate punt return, then the trade will have been worthwhile.

Taking a knee

My prayers and best wishes to Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel and his family. Bugel left the team earlier this week to be with his daughter, Holly, who is battling cancer.

Read more from Michael Lombardi at http://www.nationalfootballpost.com.

 
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