* The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Tim Tebowto the New York Jets in exchange for two draft picks.
* The NFL announced that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton would be suspended for the upcoming season without pay due to his team’s bounty program, which began when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was hired in 2009. Williams has officially be suspended indefinitely, while the team’s GM Mickey Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season. Also, the Saints will be fined $500,000, too.
* Finally, beneath the Tebow trade and league ruling on the Saints – the San Francisco 49ers resigned quarterback Alex Smithto a three-year contract. According to the Associated Press, Smith will earn $8 million per year with $16.5 million guaranteed.
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Sunday was a busy day across the NFL, but also one that featured a great deal of surprises.
Here are a few thoughts on some key issues that have been discussed by fans, talk-show hosts and bloggers across America on Monday.
Patriots-Cowboys: This was indeed an epic contest that featured two teams going in completely different directions.
With roughly four-minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and Dallas leading New England by a whooping three-points, head coach Jason Garrett elected to run the ball three times, as well as punt on fourth-down, which set up the heroic Tom Brady,who led the Patriots to a game-winning touchdown.
Dallas should have won this game, especially since they forced the Patriots to turn the ball over four times, (two interceptions, two fumbles), but instead, they imploded and handed their opponent another easy “w.”
New England’s offense gassed Rob Ryan’s defense, while Garrett took the ball out of his quarterback’s hands during the team’s final few drives, and put the weight of the contest on rookie running back DeMarco Murray’s back, which probably wasn’t the right decision.
Overall, it wasn’t a pretty game for either team, but an important victory for the Patriots and another heartbreaking loss for the Cowboys.
Sean Payton’s Injured Leg: This was indeed an accident, but again, something you don’t see every day, right?
Saints tight end Jimmy Grahamcaught a pass from quarterback Drew Breesand then collided with head coach Sean Payton, who tumbled to the ground on the team’s sideline. Payton was then assisted to the team’s bench and doctor’s identified his injury – a torn meniscus and fractured bone in his left leg, which was repaired on Monday.
Although, while reports have stated, Payton won’t be able to put pressure on his left leg for roughly eight weeks, one might wonder if this particular accident will propel the Saints downward?
My answer… No!
Brees discussed his coach’s injury with reporters on Sunday, but didn’t seem concerned. The Saints are too good of a football team to let a minor issue, such as a Payton’s injury get in their way, especially against the winless Indianapolis Colts.
Harbaugh-Schwartz handshake: This was bizarre and strange at the same time.
I can’t recall the last time two coaches sparred with one another after a game concluded, but I am convinced that San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to rub his nose in Jim Schwartz’s face after his team’s fifth win of the season.
I expect the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to fine both coaches for acting inappropriately.
Besides it being a Tuesday, we can still say, this month is flying by, right? Whatever, agree or disagree, February is slowly approaching the mid-way point. So, have a wonderful day and welcome to the Daily Noontime!
With Thanksgiving 2009 in the books and Black Friday literally complete on the East Coast, I thought I would take some time to not discuss yesterday’s three awful, pathetic and un-enjoyable NFL games, but look ahead to Monday evening’s marquee match-up between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.
When the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I literally circled this particular game. I told everyone I knew that this would be the game of the season, but little did I know my prediction was going to be correct.
I know the Saints are a very talented team, but with a record of 10-0, I just wonder, how good is this particular squad? Are they the best team in football or is this just a big fat, no good, rotten joke?
Beginning the 2009 season, the New Orleans Saints took on two sub-par and below .500 teams, the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. Now don’t get me wrong, but when I saw Drew Brees torch the Lions secondary, my jaw literally touched the kitchen floor. He threw 6-touchdowns that game and I believe someone in the media world wanted to hand Brees the 2009 MVP trophy following his week-1 performance. Sounds like a great plan, why don’t we hand him a super bowl ring too?
Two weeks later against the Buffalo Bills, the Saints slowly began to show every NFL fan that maybe, just maybe, they aren’t that powerful or the best squad. They struggled to take an early lead against a Bills team that was still recuperating from their week 1 hic-up against the New England Patriots. The Bills throughout this game seemed poised and ready to stop the Saints, especially when trailing at halftime, 10-7, but instead, the winds and fortunes of Ralph Wilson Stadium blew in the direction of the black and gold. The Saints 17-points in the 4th quarter possibly shows that being held out of the end zone for two strait quarters means the Saints are indeed beatable and not the best team.
Believe it or not, half of the games the Saints played in so far have either a 3 or 0 in the box score for various quarters. Against the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons the Saints were unsuccessful in punching in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter and when facing the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers, they were unable to put points on the board in the opening quarter or get off to their usual roaring start.
So what does this all mean?
Simply, the Saints are beatable, but lets not forget that Drew Brees is a top-3 quarterback in the league, Sean Payton is still establishing himself as a quality head coach and Greg Williams has not been calling the plays on defense for even one year. The offense has been spectacular, putting up loads of points in the past few games, especially against the Buccaneers, but when putting pressure on Brees is when the Saints falls off the tracks.
As for the Saints defense, they have allowed close to 20 points a game, roughly 330 overall yards of offense and nearly 115 yards on the ground. Their defense has improved this season, but as of recently, cannot always be trusted.
I admire the fact that all Saints fans are acting exuberated, but having a 10-0 record doesn’t mean anything at the moment unless these players and coaches are holding a Vince Lombardi Trophy in the air. Being undefeated is great, but in this modern day losing sometimes can teach more than winning. The Saints 2009 season has been wild and crazy at times, but also very nerve-racking too. Squeaking by the Panthers, Dolphins and Rams shows they do have flaws and once again, are not the best team.
All in all, Monday night’s contest will be a great one, but just remember, the Saints are not an amazing 10-0 team and certainly are beatable.