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NFL Question Marks: Kubiak, Edwards, Jacobs and Reid

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Another week has come and gone in the NFL season and with that we are left with another midweek in offices across the country of did you see that?...can you believe that?...and WTF!!!  Let's dive into some of the bigger unbelievable moments and decisions.

Gary Kubiak vs. Winning

The Houston Texans came into the game against the Redskins on a high as they had just started the season by beating the division rival Colts and headed to DC for a showdown, one in which they were the favorite.  Washington took it to Houston for the first 3 quarters.  The Texans secondary couldn't stop the big play.  Then towards the end of the 3rd quarter, Houston started making their move.  They battled back and scored 17 unanswered points to send it to overtime, tied 27-27. 

Houston won the coin toss and obviously chose to receive.  The offense moved the ball straight down the field and stalled on a 3rd and 4 from the Washington 35 yard line.  The next decision that was made was Kubiak choosing to punt the ball after taking an intentional delay of game.  Houston went on to win the game.  Thanks in large part to a missed Redskins field goal from almost the same exact distance, as where Kubiak chose to punt.  But, initially the Redskins made the field goal to win the game, but Kubiak had called a timeout a second before the ball was snapped.

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First off, I know the Texans won the game.  The problem is that he won because a rookie kicker choked on a field goal, on the second attempt after making the first one.  He made the decision to punt based on thinking his defense would keep the Redskins' offense out of field goal range.  They didn't.  Why would you expect the defense to keep them out of range?  They have given up over 800 passing yards in the first 2 weeks of the season.  He also thought that his 42 year old punter, that hasn't showed any ability to manipulate the ball, would place to ball inside the 5 yard line.  He booted it clear out the end zone.

Here is what should have happened and I'll give you a two different options.  Both of which would have been better than punting in Sudden Death overtime from the opponent's 35 yard line.

1.  Go for it.  You have the #1 offense and you just need 4 yards.  Don't worry about it, if you don't get the first, because apparently you still trust your defense from that point on the field.  It would have been less than a 15 yard difference, if you didn't get it.  They couldn't stop your offense.  Schaub passed for 497 yards and Foster's last 3 carries went for 6, 11, and 6 yards.

2.  Kick it.  You had this long, drawn out kicking competition in the preseason.  It's like you are second guessing your own decision.  You have sent Kris Brown out in past years to try 57 yarders with the game on the line.  But, the guy who beat out Brown, you don't trust with a 53 yarder in a tied game?!  Did you keep the wrong kicker? 

Winning the game masked the problem here. I know it worked out by default, but when the game is on the line, you have to give your team the opportunity to take it and not have it fall into your lap because of a fluke icing the kicker.

Andy Reid vs. Indecision

In the offseason, the Eagles changed the face of the franchise from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb.  McNabb took the Eagles to 5 NFC championship games and 1 Super Bowl.  The reason they gave for the change, was that they wanted to go younger at quarterback. They wanted to go with Kolb who had better team chemistry and came up with his younger offensive teammates.  You have to be dedicated to this move if you are going away from a franchise quarterback.

Now let's flash forward to the future.  No, not 2012, nor 2011, let's stop at week 2 of the 2010 season.  That's when the team scrapped the plan of "Kolb's Team".  But wait, they wanted to go younger.  So, does that mean that Mike Kafka, the rookie is now running the team?  No!  It's the 30 year old Mike Vick.  The same Mike Vick that spent 2 years out of football, while serving a prison sentence. 

Don't get me wrong.  I love watching Vick play football.  But, you didn't change the whole face of this franchise for Vick. you did it for Kolb.  All the decisions you made were for Kolb.  Vick looked good against a strong Green Bay team.  He looked awesome against the Detroit Lions.  You changed the whole makeup of your team based around 1 man.  He plays one half of a football game and suffers a concussion and you change the team makeup again?  Why wouldn't you let Kolb play this week and see if he is the leader that you planned for?  If he isn't, then you look stupid and your decision making is called into question.  But, what if he looks great?  Vick isn't going anywhere this season, he's under contract. 

You should have let it played out.  Now you have destroyed Kolb's confidence because he has lost his job to a half of concussion played football.  Way to base your team's future on the performance against the Detroit Lions.  This is the NFL!  Not Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators team, where you just sub in different quarterbacks and the face of your franchise changes from week to week and year to year.  (I think you should start the redshirt freshman Kafka next year but maybe make a different package for senior Kolb and the you can bring in a wildcat package for the Graduate's Assistant, Mike Vick.)  Okay, so I'm laying on the sarcasm kind of thick but you can see the complete bush league status of the last 3 quarterback moves for Philly.

Braylon vs. Logic

Braylon Edwards has looked like he fixed his dropped passes problem this year.  He's been catching everything and especially in the redzone.  He looks like he's 45 years old with the beard but he's playing like his old self on the field.  Edwards has had his share of run-ins off the field.  Most notably, punching Lebron James' girlfriend at a bar.  I'm sorry, did I say girlfriend?  I keep getting that little guy confused for his girlfriend because he is always on Lebron's jock and he acted like he wanted James to defend him.  MAN UP!  Fight your own fight.  I would have hit him too... Sorry, I got sidetracked. 

The point I'm trying to make is, I thought that he got his self together and went on a Ricky Williams type of getting to know yourself trip in the Australia outback and that's why he came back with that same jacked up beard.  He proved us wrong the other night when he was pulled over for driving drunk and tested twice the legal limit.  It's always stupid to drive drunk.  Just ask Donte Stallworth and the family of the man he killed.  What makes it worse is the pure ignorance in this case.

Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, has personally funded a program called "Player Protect".  The program allows team members to call in for a free anonymous ride without any type of questions or discipline.  Pure stupidity is the only reason that you would not make the free call for the free ride with no consequences.  To make matters worse, Edwards is still on probation for punching Lebron's lil lady.  I'm sorry, I couldn't leave this week without another little jab. 

Brandon Jacobs vs. Menopause

Brandon Jacobs has been on a steady decline the last few years.  He's a 6'5, 260 lb monster back that should be just running over the defense.  He has decided to try a play more like Barry Sanders instead of Earl Campbell the last few years.  He needs to quit dancing and hit the hole with authority.  Anytime Jacobs has been questioned about losing his starting job, diminishing skills, or anything of the sort, he has lost his temper and blown up at the media.

The most recent blowup didn't happen with the media until it happened on the field.  Brandon Jacobs was upset, it was probably the menopause so don't blame him.  During his latest tantrum, he said he tried to throw his helmet into the bench but it got stuck on his finger and flew 10 rows deep into the stands.  The funny part is, the guy who got the helmet didn't want to give it back.  It took several members of security coming over before he finally gave it up.  Now, back to Jacobs, he seems to always be whining now when the media ask him about any of his issues.  Instead of working on using his God given speed and size, he works on his excuses and deflection.

If Brandon doesn't start hitting the holes and having a mass attitude adjustment, then I would try to get a 6th rounder or whatever I could get for him.  It's not hard to find a running back in the NFL.  Personally I like the 3rd stringer for Giants, DJ Ware better than Jacobs anyway.  So, let this be the excuse for finally moving the world's biggest baby and turn the ball over to Ahmad Bradshaw and DJ Ware.

That's my two cents on the 2nd week of the NFL season. See you next week, where I'm sure someone will have done something stupid and I'll beat it into the ground until I feel I've vented for everyone who was upset by it.

Look for NFL Gameday on Sunday mornings, bringing you the matchups and what to look for in each of that week's games. - Jayson Braddock

Jayson appears on Sports Radio 790 AM in Houston, TX once a week as the football insider on the Dylan Gwinn show. He's a graduate of the Sports Management World Wide Football GM & Scouting Course and has been mentored by former NFL player / executive John Wooten and Sporting News.com NFL Draft Expert Russ Lande. His work is mostly appreciated by die-hard fans interested in every little detail about their team and not just watered down mainstream talk.

 

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