MMQB Mailbag: Sanchez's troubling performance; Chiefs' savvy drafting
The Ravens are one heck of a team -- with a strong organization to back them up
Philip Rivers really has to work on his anger issues on the field
The Colts should consider deactivating Bob Sanders until the playoffs -- seriously
Ten Things I Think I Think about last night's memorable games:
1. I think the Jets are in big trouble on offense. Big trouble. That wasn't a franchise quarterback on the field for the Jets in the 10-9 loss to Baltimore; that was a liability. The worrisome thing for the Jets, to me, is that Mark Sanchez has to be shaken by the game last night, and now the staff has a short week to get him ready to face the dominant team in the division, New England.
2. I think Don Banks had it precisely right in his story this morning on SI.com, that the score might have been 10-9, Baltimore, but it didn't feel anywhere near that close.
3. I think if I'm Dustin Keller, I'm going to Receiving Basics 101 this week. He's the last-minute goat from the evening at the Meadowlands. Are you kidding me?
Recapping: Fourth-and-10, Jets' 31, Jets down 10-9, 41 seconds left, last gasp. Sanchez threw an out route to Keller near the right sideline, and instead of diving or reaching for the orange marker at the sideline, he stepped out of bounds a foot in front of it. You've got to do anything to get to that marker -- dive, stick the football out, anything.
I heard the Jets' radio replay of the play this morning on our Sirius Radio show. "Dustin Keller was wide open and stepped out of bounds a foot shy of the first down!'' said Jets play-by-play man Bob Wischusen, incredulously. That's how I feel watching the replay this morning -- incredulous.
4. I think it's amazing the Jets couldn't/didn't expose the weak point of the Ravens -- their secondary -- all night. Longest pass play of the game for New York: 13 yards. Just another worrisome thing about the Sanchize.
5. I think the Ravens are one heck of a team -- with a very strong organization to back them up. How about secretly moving Marshal Yanda from guard to right tackle? How about the impact play of Tom Zbikowski, whom all the other teams found holes in before the 2008 draft? How about defensive coordinator Greg Mattison getting Rex Ryan-like pressure on the passer all night?
6. I think the Chiefs are very happy they didn't have a chance to let Darren Sproles break the bank in free agency. Because Dexter McCluster is a lot cheaper -- and five years younger. McCluster's 94-yard punt return for a touchdown was immediate Sproles-type impact.
7. I think the recent drafts of the Chiefs -- pre- and post-Pioli -- paid off big last night. Four No. 1 draft choices (Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson) were the top four tacklers in the 21-14 upset of the Chargers -- 12 tackles and six, six, six, respectively. As much as we've criticized the regime of Carl Peterson and Bill Kuharich, they should get some credit for the great play of Johnson and Dorsey last night.
8. I think Philip Rivers has to work on his anger issues on the field. He often looked like a 9-year-old on national TV. That angrily-kicking-the-football stuff doesn't help you win games.
9. I think you're all wishing you took Jamaal Charles a round earlier in your fantasy drafts, aren't you? Eleven carries, 92 yards, 100 yards from scrimmage, one touchdown. There will be more than 12 touches in the future for this poor man's Chris Johnson.
10. I think the NFL could do worse things than thinking about two or three of those Monday-night doubleheaders. ESPN should consider pushing for that in the next TV contract.
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