Passing yards by Kevin Kolb in the first 28 minutes of his debut as Donovan McNabb's successor Sunday against Green Bay: 0.
He finished his abbreviated day 5 of 10 for 24 yards, leaving in the second quarter after a hit by Clay Matthews resulted in a concussion.
With the news that Brady signed a four-year, $72-million contract extension with the Patriots (he'll play out the final year of his existing contract this year, and the new one runs from 2011 through 2014), a few thoughts occurred to me. One: This is the first time in Brady's career he's earned more than Manning in average pay. Two: If he moves ahead of Manning, it'll be for about 15 minutes, because the Colts will make Manning a higher-paid player, most likely sometime this fall.
Three: This is very good news for Drew Brees, whose six-year contract runs through 2011. Why? He's been more productive than both Manning and Brady over the last four years (passing yards from 2006-09: Brees 18,298, Manning 16,939, Brady 12,089, though that's obviously asterisked by Brady missing 2008), and the Saints offense called by Sean Payton is certainly going to give Brees a chance to keep things that way.
It's always hard to chart the worth of players, but I thought it would be fair -- to illustrate Manning's financial dominance over the position in recent years -- to illustrate how much the three best quarterbacks in football have made since 2004. Since then, each quarterback has won a Super Bowl; until Brady signed his new deal the other day, each quarterback had signed one new contract (not include redo's for salary-cap purposes) in that period.
|Note: Brady's new money in 2010 will push this figure up significantly. As soon as I find out exactly what the contract is, I'll let you know.|
Arizona and St. Louis met in St. Louis Sunday, and if anything tells you the transient nature of the football business, it's how the quarterback depth chart for each team has changed in nine measly months.
If you can honestly say you knew who those two number three Ram quarterbacks were, then I think you need to go to NFL 53-Man Roster Rehab.
Interesting week in the training-run department -- seven miles on Martha's Vineyard last Monday, six down St. Charles Avenue on a brutally humid Thursday morning (I don't know how anyone runs outside there; it was intolerable), and on Saturday morning, eight in Central Park (in 86 minutes).
That Central Park run I owe to former SI publicist and friend Karen Dmochowsky, who took me on the 6.2-mile loop and gave me a living history of the park and the neighborhoods it abuts. Shameful that I lived in New Jersey for 24 years and never spent more than a few cameos in that fantastic park. On Saturday, there was a bike race, a four-mile running race and hundreds of runners. All passing me and Karen, because I was holding her down like an anchor.
Best reaction by a passing motorist: Running on the outskirts of Edgartown on the Vineyard, a guy in a passenger seat rolled down the window and yelled, "You can start running anytime now! HAAAAAAAAA!''
The aforementioned runs are for the half-marathon I'll be running Oct. 2 in Bristol, N.H., benefiting two charities: the Wounded Warrior Project, which cares for our most seriously injured soldiers as they transition from war back to society, and Feed the Children, which feeds a lot of children, and their families too, all over America. I'm asking those who can afford to give $10 ($5 to each charity, or $10 to one of them), or more than $10 if you're so inclined, by going to http://www.runpeterkingrun.com/ and clicking on the links for each charity's fundraising page.
If you're anywhere in the eastern Massachusetts/southern New Hampshire/Rhode Island/eastern Connecticut area, and you're interested in a good night of football talk, I've got a proposal for you. For a $50 donation to the cause, you can join a two-hour chalk talk with five people who've covered the game, collectively, for longer than you've been alive.
On Thursday, Sept. 23, I'll be joined by NBC's Bob Neumeier, Ron Borges and Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald, and Albert Breer of The Boston Globe at the Harpoon Brewery in South Boston at 7 p.m. We'll take your questions, and the superb folks at Harpoon will be serving of their fine products -- gratis.
I've got 60 spots available. If you'd like to come, make your $50 donation at www.runpeterkingrun.com and e-mail me at email@example.com, with the name the donation was made under, and e-mail address. Once we confirm that you've donated at least $50, you'll get a return e-mail from me thanking you, and you'll be part of the fun on the night of the 23rd.
So make your donation today if you're anywhere in the reach of this column. And if you're a New Englander and want your Patriots dissected, or you want any of the other 31 teams in the league put under the microscope, pony up $50 and we'll have a great night together.
Most NFL players learn to hate fantasy football, because fans run into them in restaurants or airports or wherever and implore them to be more productive for their fantasy team, or they grill them for information on that week's strategy, so the fantasy GM will make the right lineup moves. But Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew hosts a Fantasy Football show (Friday, 7-9 p.m. EDT, Sirius Radio), is in a Sirius league, writes a fantasy column for SI.com on Fridays and has his own drafted players on his show to tell them they better play well. "I'm a cutthroat owner,'' Jones-Drew said the other day. "I'll call you out on my show.''
Jones-Drew had the first pick in his draft recently -- and took himself. His lineup: Himself, Matt Forte and C.J. Spiller in the backfield ("I'm trying to trade for Arian Foster,'' he said), Eli Manning and David Garrard (had to take the guy handing him the ball in Jacksonville) at quarterback, and a strong receiver group, including Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall and Brent Celek.
Jones-Drew gave his own team 98 rushing yards and 15 through the air Sunday in the 24-17 win over Denver. But no touchdowns. He'd better start scoring, or his owner could dump him.
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