What's a quarterback supposed to do? Win, by being productive. By any measure San Diego's Drew Brees has done his job since coach Marty Schottenheimer made him the starter over rookie Philip Rivers in September 2004, which is why Rivers will be on the trading block come February. Here's how the winningest quarterbacks since the start of the '04 season stack up.
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1 - The Falcons' schedule down the stretch will kill their postseason hopes. Their next two games are on the road against strong playoff contenders-- Chicago and Tampa Bay--and both games come at the end of short work weeks; Atlanta plays next Sunday after a Monday-nighter, then on a Saturday.
2 - If coach Mike Mularkey is going to save his job in Buffalo, he'd better start communicating with his players better.
3 - The venom directed at Lions president Matt Millen reminds me of similar demonstrations directed at the Giants in 1978 that led to New York's hiring of G.M. George Young, who turned the franchise around. We'll see if Detroit owner Bill Ford remains resolute in his support of Millen if the fans' anger scars the Lions' final home game, against the Bengals on Sunday at Ford Field.
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