The Saints go marching in
Let the debate begin. Who will be the MVP? Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. After seeing how easy both of these quarterbacks make it look on a weekly basis, I'm convinced that these two have now dethroned Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. For a decade the debate was between Brady and Manning. Now the candidates are different. Drew Brees made the Giants look like a terrible team by himself. Now I know that he has great players to throw to, but you have to have a good quarterback to get the ball to them. Everyone is now expecting and wanting a rematch of the Saints and the Packers for the NFC Championship in January. I wouldn't mind seeing that. It's better than seeing LSU play Alabama again for the BCS Championship. New Orleans doesn't seem to have any problems scoring points, but their defense needs to get back to their championship ways if they are to even get to the NFC Championship game. Ever since winning the Super Bowl two years ago the Saints defense has been ineffective to say the least. But I'm still impressed by the offensive onslaught they continue to put out.
The fall of Ndamukong Suh
I was one of Suh's defenders. He brought a style that was right at the line of being called dirty, but to me it didn't cross that line. However, as I was watching the Packers begin to run away with the game on Thanksgiving. I noticed that there was a fracas happening near the line of scrimmage. Sure enough, Suh was in the middle of it. But what I saw on the replay was Suh stomping on a Packers lineman's arm. Immediately I thought there was no way I can defend this guy anymore. He has crossed that line. You don't step on or kick a guy. That in football is a big no-no. Suh' explanation afterwards was even worse. Trying to say you lost your balance and ended up stepping on the guy's arm was pretty pathetic. The tape doesn't lie. You tried to convince yourself that you did nothing wrong, but in the end you're the one who needs to face the facts. You even met with the commissioner Roger Goodell a few weeks ago to talk about what you can and can't do on the field. And you requested the meeting. You're lucky you were only suspended for 2 games because there were a lot of folks that wanted to gone for a much longer time. Tone it down and don't talk anymore.
We have our first coaching change
A few weeks back I said that the Miami Dolphins were going to be the first team to fire their head coach. Yeah, I got that wrong. Jacksonville finally let go Jack Del Rio. What was strange is that at the same time owner Wayne Weaver announced that he was selling the team. Now I'm not going to get into the conversation about the Jaguars future in Jacksonville. Honestly I don't see it anymore. But I was a bit perplexed by the timing of the firing. You have less than half a dozen games left in a lost season. Now was the best time to let Del Rio go? Of course giving the ultimatum of getting into the playoffs or lose job wasn't a good idea. And neither was the idea of letting QB David Garrard go just before the season started. If you want to win, don't announce that and then let Garrard go to save some money. That doesn't really give any of your fans a sense that you want to win. Alas Del Rio was let go after 9 seasons on the job. It's amazing to think that one of the leagues youngest franchises has only had two head coaches throughout its history. Now they will be looking for their 3rd, but this time with a new owner and maybe a new city to play in.