1. How about a round of applause for Andy Reid? The job he’s done in Kansas City validates him as one of the better coaches in the NFL over the last decade and a half. He’s taken a team that was 2-14 the year before he arrived and turned them into legitimate Super Bowl contenders, with ALEX SMITH as his quarterback. In his almost 4 seasons with the Chiefs, Big Red is a very impressive 41-20.
Last night in a huge game on National TV, the Chiefs used an impressive defensive performance to beat their AFC West rival Raiders. Do I think they have enough to beat the Patriots in the playoffs? Probably not, but they don’t necessarily have to play New England as someone else could knock them out. We’ll see what happens, but Reid should be given credit by the Philadelphia faithful as we have for other athletes/coaches that have left town. I’m not going to say we took Reid for granted, (it was best to move on for everyone), but I don’t think we give him enough credit as being a really good coach here for a long time. Especially after watching Chip and Doug P these last 4 years.
2. Raise your hand if you thought Matt Barkley would have success as the starting quarterback of the Bears the last two weeks. I actually bet against the Bears and Barkley specifically in my weekly locks the last two weeks. Give him credit, he’s a couple of drops in the end zone away from being 2-0. He hasn’t set the world on fire, but he’s shown enough to likely get the remaining starts for Chicago for the rest of the season. I still would bet my house that he’s not a starting franchise quarterback, but he has the opportunity to show teams that he’s competent enough to be a strong number 2 or a part time starter for a team looking to groom a young quarterback.
3. Amazing what a difference a few months makes. Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota had very different starts to 2016. We remember how fast the Wentz Wagon was rolling after three straight wins to start the season. He looked like a seasoned veteran who was dicing up the NFL. Philadelphia had finally found it’s quarterback. Two months later, he’s in the middle of some serious struggles. Meanwhile, down in Nashville, the Titans are competing for a division title and the chief reason is Marcus Mariota.
Early in the season, I watched him play in back to back weeks against the Raiders and the Texans. He was terrible. Didn’t look like a successful NFL quarterback. Fast forward those same two months and things are much different. Caught myself watching him against the Packers and thinking “What if”. I know that Wentz is still a great prospect, but Mariota is a very intriguing player. Unlike a lot of other quarterbacks who have the ability to run, Mariota uses his running as a weapon, but the runs are normally called plays, not unscripted freelancing when protection breaks down. He never seems to take a big hit either, he’s a very smart player. He’s also making all of the necessary throws, something he didn’t look confident doing in the 1st quarter of the year. Will be interesting to see how the Titans finish the season and how Mariota handles the pressure.
4. The Dallas Cowboys are the favorite to win the NFC and advance to the Super Bowl. And it’s my worst nightmare. I remember the 90’s. The Eagles were a good team for a lot of those years and would even beat them in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, it wasn’t the team in green winning the Super Bowl. Twenty years later, they have a talented, young team that seems primed to own the NFC for the foreseeable future. Want a reminder how annoying Cowboys fans are? Take a look at this asshole. A fresh tattoo that says “Super Bowl LI Champions” with the Cowboys star in the middle
— Jordan Garnett (@jordangarnett) December 6, 2016