Are there less sons of professional football players in the NFL than in other sports? The other night the Giants played a game where Bruce Bochy was managing his son, who was pitching to Tom Gordon’s son, it was all quite incestuous. Obviously the case of a father and son on the same team (see the Griffeys) is extraordinarily rare, but in baseball it seems like fathers at least coach, or coach against their sons on a somewhat regular basis. This is something else that doesn’t necessarily happen in the NFL. It’s so hard to be an NFL head coach it seems like being a player is almost a disadvantage? Oh, you weren’t a graduate assistant under a Bellichick protege and then a “quality control assistant” during your twenties? Sorry, back of the line with your Pro Bowls and Super Bowl rings. It’s certainly better to be related to an NFL coach if you want to coach than to play the game professionally. If you grew up watching pops draw on napkins, you can ride that all the way to glory, or to the head job with the Jets. YOUR CHOICE.
The question is, is it smart to coach kids, or is it just better to interfere with the actual coach from the sidelines? Certainly no one can just let their child be coached, right? You must have some opinion, so why not offer it up in an official capacity? Of course, you could be a terrible coach, in which case, you probably want to save the other 12 youngsters and just ruin your own kid with your terrible theories and techniques. A real conundrum, not unlike trying to figure out the National Football League, a sport where the Saints can lose to the Browns, yes those Browns.
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- Grossy, 3-2
- DC, 5-5
- Kraft, 4-6
- Big Dub, 4-6
The “Ken Griffey Jr.” Pick of the Week: Grossy, Philadelphia +3
Well, this could be my only lead of the year. If you remember my pick, I talked vaguely about poor defense for both teams (that happened!) and then I made some arbitrary comments about just taking the points when in doubt. That’s ANALYSIS. I also said I don’t much like Foles, which is still the case after Darren Sproles strapped the team on his back Monday night. Sproles and the refs put on quite a show. I’ve always been fond of Sproles, for fantasy purposes, going back to his SD days, but watching him play regular football is still quite entertaining.
The “Pete Rose Jr.” Awful Pick of the Week: Kraft, Tampa Bay (-6)
Kraft, as the resident expert on all horrible Florida football, gets judged quite harshly on these games. As a professional handicapper, he’s expected to have all the hot tips on the Bucs and Jags. If there is going to be a week where Jacksonville doesn’t get outscored by 11 TDs in the 2nd half, I expect Kraft to have his finger on the pulse. Now, I’m not so sure. I guess he didn’t see Austin Davis coming. Then, who did?
The 3-PT D.A. of the Week: MATT CASSEL!
Eli ONLY threw two interceptions this week (not bad, kiddo!) and really I couldn’t do that to him every week, though the humor of it I think would have eventually settled in. We are running out of time to enjoy Matt Cassel. The Vikings have themselves in a really awful PR spot right now with the AP situation and it might appease the fans and take some attention away from the negatives if they just said, “Hey Look, Bridgewater!” Also, Matt Cassel is terrible and shouldn’t be a starter in the league. It was a D.A. symphony from Cassel, who threw 4 INTS (1 returned for a TD), was sacked six times, and managed to complete barely 50 percent of his passes. Checking the abacus, that’s about 50 D.A. points. BOOM.
The Return of the Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top 10.
- Denver, 2-0. Great Regular Season Team.
- Seattle, 1-1. 1/2 free pass for getting Gates’d.
- Carolina, 2-0. Great D. High Water Mark.
- Philadelphia, 2-0. Awful D. Great “scat” back.
- Cincinnati, 2-0. Sanu over Dalton?
- Buffalo, 2-0. For laughs, High Water Mark.
- Houston, 2-0. Still laughing, High Water Mark.
- San Diego, 1-1. They beat Seattle!
- New England, 1-1. They beat the Vikings!
- Arizona, 2-0. Wins against the Giants don’t count.