MMQB Mail (cont.)
Now onto your other emails:
IS SORGI READY? From John Hayes, of Spokane, Wash.: "You mentioned Jim Sorgi was a one-year starter in college and now he's spent five years learning behind Peyton Manning and Tom Moore -- sounds to me like he's an offensive coordinator in the making. Do you know if he's ever expressed any interest in moving into coaching when his career is over and are there other players who jump out at you could make a successful transition into coaching?''
Sorgi would be great at it, because you're right -- he's a smart guy who's soaked in so much from Manning and Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd that if he chose the coaching life he'd be off to a great head start. Here are my five great future coaches, if they chose that for a line of work:
Peyton Manning. Sweats the small stuff. Excellent communicator. Understands all the off-field crap that goes with it. I don't think he'd be a good head coach; he'd be a great one.
Mark Bruener. The Houston tight end is smart and studies the little things like a coach. Good demeanor and very hard worker.
Kurt Warner. Knows what it takes to improve and fight for a roster spot and then to succeed at the highest level. Likeable.
Charlie Batch. Good tutor to young quarterbacks, a sort of wise old owl of the position. A confident, self-assured guy, even when not playing.
Derrick Brooks. He's Tony Dungy Jr. There's not a player in football who combines intense effort, hard work, ability and football intelligence to be as good as Brooks. Natural leader.
EXPLAINING, PERHAPS, THE SHOWBOATING OF USAIN BOLT. From Anonymous, of Davie, Fla.: "You will rarely see a track and field athlete demolish a world record. They will break them, but usually don't try to put them out of sight as you might expect. Why? Simple. Most of them have lucrative bonuses from their shoe companies (or other sponsors) for breaking world records. So they have an incentive to break a world record, but not by so much where they can't do it again. This way, they can get multiple payments for breaking a world record if they do it incrementally instead of in one big chunk. As an example, if the world record for the 100 is 9.62 (or whatever it is), it makes more sense to run a 9.60, get the bonus for setting a world record, and then try to run a 9.58 the next time and get a second bonus. That will give you twice the payday than if you had run 9.58 the first time. The most obvious example of that is in the high jump or pole vault, where competitors stop jumping after they set a world record, instead of continuing to see how high they can go. No sense putting the record so high that they can't break it again.''
I did not know that.
INTERESTING CFL THEORY FROM A HOUSTONIAN. From Rob Martin, of Houston: "I saw an interesting article on CFL.com about Canadian Football League general managers and coaches signing players cut from NFL teams at the end of training camp to replace injured players after the sixth week of the CFL season. Do you think it would be a good idea for NFL teams to sign CFL players as injury replacements at the conclusion of the CFL season in late November since they would be in game playing condition unlike some street free agent?''
It is done already. The Bills and Chiefs and Chargers, for two teams, scout the CFL extensively and try to find prospects there. I can see it happening more this year because of the death of NFL Europa.
PROBABLY SO. GOOD CALL, METAIRIE. From Neal, of Metairie, La.: "Don't you think your little blurb about Reggie Bush's pre-season average is a little unfair? He had at least two runs of more than 10 yards called back on holds that had no effect on the play and one of the runs was stopped short by him scoring a touchdown. He hasn't had enough carries to really judge anything this preseason. With the exception of your blurb, every other thing written about his pre-season performance has been good. And to be clear, Reggie is looking great this preseason.''
You're right -- especially in light of his hurdling touchdown the other night. We should give him a few real games before making any judgments on him. Preseason, after all, is preseason. You try to look at it and get a sense of what you're seeing and what it means, but in the end, it's so hard to make any definitive judgment before the real games begin.
DENVER MAY HAVE SOME UNHAPPY FEELINGS ABOUT JOHN LYNCH. From Mark, of Denver: "When John Lynch hastily left the Broncos during the first week of camp, the feeling was that it had mostly to do with a lack of playing time. Unlike the Packers, Mike Shanahan simply released a popular teammate and community leader, at his request. Now he's with the Super Bowl-contending Patriots in the same type of situational role he didn't want in Denver. Do you think Bronco fans have the right to feel at least a little betrayed?''
No. His situation is nothing like Favre's. Lynch went from being a mostly every-down player a couple of years ago to one who was going to play less than half the time in Denver this year. It's easy to say a veteran should accept the same role where he is, but if you're Lynch, and you think you've had your playing time wrongly cut, you're probably going to want to leave, even if you're not going to play any more in your new place than you would have in Denver. Plus, if you're a smart 37-year-old player on your last football legs, wouldn't you want to play in a place with a defensive mastermind and a good chance to win a championship?