MMQB Mail (cont.)
Now for your e-mail:
FAIR ENOUGH, BUT ... "As always, I love your columns. They are must-reads every Monday for me. That said, you are an interesting contradiction. You lament our over-use of Blackberries, iPhone, Twitter, and the need for constant information (totally agree, by the way) yet hold the charity voting on Twitter. Some of us refuse to enter the Twitter world. Then you applaud Houston GM Rick Smith's meditation, yet criticize a gentleman for taking two plus hours and just being quiet. Some of us don't need a dark closet to meditate and think about who we are and our place in the world. Some of us do that while "staring" at others. You should try it sometime. Perhaps that's what your running is for. I happen to think that if more people took two hours every now and then to enjoy a coffee without doing anything else, the world could very well be a better place.''
--Marc, Granger, Ind.
Many people called me a walking, talking contradiction (and worse) over just this point. Fair. But do you really think sitting for two hours and 46 minutes and doing nothing but pondering the world in a Starbucks is the same thing as a football GM meditating for 15 minutes in his closet? I don't. If Rick Smith sat in his closet for almost three hours each day meditating, and I owned the Texans, there's a good chance I'd be looking for a new general manager pretty soon. I'm not saying we should navel-gaze. I could well be wrong, based on the amount of you telling me I'm an idiot over this, but I find it odd for someone to sit in a Starbucks for almost three hours, staring straight ahead.
HE'S DOWN ON BRADY QUINN, AS IS DENVER, I WOULD ASSUME. "You briefly mentioned Brady Quinn's terrible play in your MMQB column. I understand that he is pretty much irrelevant at this point, but I just cannot get over how bad he is. I don't think he could hit the side of a barn if it were more than 10 yards away. Has he over-developed himself, physically? He seems way too muscular to be winging footballs. I am trying to think how he could have gone from pretty decent at Notre Dame to just horrific in the NFL.''
I don't know, other than to say the Broncos have liked the adjustments Quinn has made in his game in the offseason. He slowed down his manic delivery, for one thing. But he obviously has to play better than he did Sunday night to have a chance to ever see the field in Denver.
HE DOESN'T LIKE TONY DUNGY. "What's with the media's love affair with Dungy? He finds it hard to be around people who use profanity... but is perfectly comfortable mentoring someone, who is perfectly comfortable murdering living creatures for sport? Yeah, the F-Bomb is much worse then strangling or electrifying a poor animal. Nice of the media to give Dungy a free ride on that.''
I disagree with Tony on the Rex Ryan-cursing-on-HBO being a league issue. But I also disagree with the hundreds of you over the last couple of years who have wanted to ban Mike Vick for life. I believe once a person has paid his debt to society and then can be rehabbed -- and the Vick story is still being written -- he should have a second chance. You're not going to convince me I'm wrong, and I'm not going to convince you that you're wrong.
IT MAKES SENSE, WAYNE. "Here's my theory on why the Vikings only played Tarvaris Jackson one series: I think they know Brett Favre is coming back and want to try to improve Sage Rosenfels' trade value. Makes some sense, right?''
Certainly does. I thought of that too, and it's certainly possible. But I think regardless of what the future holds for Rosenfels, the Vikings need to get Jackson as many snaps with the first-team offense as possible in this preseason. He's thrown only 21 passes since the 2008 season, and even if Favre were returning, how can you be sure he's going to last the season? It's incumbent on them to get Jackson time with the guys he might have to play with at some point this fall.
REVIS, SCHMEVIS. "Peter, I have no sympathy for athletes who holdout when they have a contract. Darrelle Revis is complaining that he'll "only" make $21 million over the next 3 years. A huge portion of this country is trying to figure out how to keep from becoming homeless, and you're suggesting the Jets should give Revis another $20 million to make him happy? The Jets should donate $20 million to a charity that helps working Americans and tell Revis to go to hell.''
Duly noted. You are not alone.
NEVER GOT IT PUBLISHED, OR FINISHED. "Hello Mr. King, thank you for your columns, they're a great read to start off the week. I'm writing to you, though, to inquire about something else; in a few columns written in the months leading up to his stroke, Dr. Z alluded to a memoir he was writing. I was wondering if you by any chance knew what the status of that project is, and if you could share it if you did.''
--Paco Kang, Boston
Sure. Paul was in the process of finishing the memoir when he was struck by the strokes in November 2008, and also in the process of finding a publisher. I know it was frustrating to him to not have gotten it done on either end. The next time I speak to Linda, I will ask if there's been any progress on that front.
APPLES, ORANGES. "Ben Tate is a bigger loss than the Patriots losing Ty Warren for the season? They don't have any outside linebackers who can set the edge and Warren is probably the best run-stopping 3-4 end in the league. Huge loss for the defense. Come on now.''
--Kevin, Foxboro, Mass.
What I wrote was that Tate was the "biggest loss of the preseason weekend.'' Warren was hurt early in training camp with a hip injury that resulted in him being placed on injured-reserve late in the week. He never played in the preseason. I agree that the loss of Warren is bigger for the Patriots than the loss of Tate to the Texans, but I think you can see the difference there.