2013 is shaping up to be the strangest season I can remember.
The Falcons, the #1 seed in the NFC last year, are 1-4. The Giants are 0-5.
Just 6 weeks ago we knew that the Raiders, Jets and Titans would be 3 of the worst teams in the NFL. There was simply no question about it. Now the Raiders are 2-3 and QB Terrelle Pryor has given them some sense of hope. The Jets are 3-2 and playing Rex Ryan football. Geno Smith is erratic, but has looked very good at times. The Titans have a very good defense. Gregg Williams is the best hire of the offseason.
The Bucs and Texans hoped to be playoff teams. Both were set with franchise QBs in Josh Freeman and Matt Schaub. Now Freeman is a Viking and many Texans fans wish they could say that about Schaub. He’s already set an NFL record with pick-6’s in 4 consecutive games.
The Steelers are in disarray. They’re 0-4. They’re old. Some people are starting to question coach Mike Tomlin. Shockingly, they are the worst team in the AFC North right now. They’re also the least talented. That’s crazy to say.
Denver has the best offense in the history of the NFL after 5 games. They make the 2007 Pats, 1999 Rams and 1998 Vikings look boring and unproductive. And this is with a 37-year old QB who had his neck operated on multiple times less than 2 years ago.
The surest sign this is the weirdest year ever…both Nnamdi Asomugha and Rob Ryan are on teams that have winning records. Neither guy has finished better than 8-8 (Ryan as a DC). If both make the postseason, the Mayans prediction may turn out to be true, just late.
As for the Eagles, the weirdness of 2013 doesn’t seem to mean much. 2012 was the crazy year for the Birds. That’s when things went bizarro and you just didn’t know what to make of it.
I can’t decide if I like the topsy-turvy NFL world of 2013 or not.
What about you guys?
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LeSean McCoy had 11 games of 20 or more carries in his first 58 games.
He has 3 such games in 5 appearances this year. It isn’t likely, but is possible he could match his previous career total of 11 games with 20 or more carries just in 2013.
While his touches have gone up, I don’t get the feeling that he’s being over-worked. Chip Kelly has him run from the spread set so much that there are plenty of times when he’s out in space with just 1 or 2 defenders. He’s getting a lot of work, but I don’t think he’s taking the beating that he would in a conventional offense.
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Trent Cole has 3 sacks in his last 21 games.
And yet…I watch him play and don’t come away shaking my head. He’s still a very good run defender. He gets pressure on a semi-regular basis. He’s just not getting home.
They say sacks come in bunches. I wonder if Trent is going to get hot and have 5 in 3 games or something like that. I certainly hope so. Drives me crazy to see such little production from a player I love so much.
One of the reasons I’m not ripping on Trent is that I do think he’s got value as a leader. He’s not necessarily a rah-rah guy, but is a great example for young players. Trent does whatever is asked of him. He does it with a smile on his face. He has never had great size or athleticism, but his work ethic is second to none. And young guys can learn from a guy like Trent. They can see how to prepare, practice and play. That’s a lesson that coaches can try to explain, but is best learned from other players.
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The Eagles let go of Safety Trenton Robinson from the practice squad.
No word yet on who they’ll add. I think Chris McCoy is still on the market. Would love to take a look at him. The Jags cut him from their roster and PS recently so he’s available as far as I know.