My Two Cents
Panthers offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave resigned last week because he couldn't stand coach George Seifert's meddling in the play-calling. But after he quit only four games into Carolina's season, who's going to hire Musgrave down the road?...
In the past two weeks Ravens quarterback Tony Banks has not led a single touchdown drive in 26 possessions against Cleveland and Jacksonville defenses that were rated 21st in the league when they faced Baltimore. How can coach Brian Billick keep the scatter-armed Banks in the lineup and look his defense in the face?...
He's never mentioned among the elite, but when Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas is healthy—as he was on Sunday, in a two-sack performance against the Redskins-he's among the top five in the league at his position.
An AFC scout on Broncos rookie running back Mike Anderson (above), second in the conference in rushing after six weeks.
"He's tough and disciplined. He gets the handoff at a perfect depth and hits the hole exactly where he should, with no wasted motion. He keeps his pads low and runs hard, with great drive from his legs. He had two knocks on him entering the draft, but they turn out to be advantages: One, he was a 26-year-old rookie; two, he didn't play in high school and spent time in the Marines before playing in college [at Utah]. He's smart and mature, and he doesn't have a lot of wear on his tires. He's going to be a good player for a long time."
The biggest disappointment of the first six weeks is Oakland rookie kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has missed all four of his field goal tries from beyond 40 yards.
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren couldn't make Jon Kitna into a proficient NFL quarterback, so he benched him before last week's game against Carolina. Holmgren has got his work cut out for him with Kitna's replacement, Brock Huard, too. Look for Holmgren to deal for a quarterback this winter (the Rams' Trent Green?) or draft one next April ( Virginia Tech's Michael Vick?).