A great win by the 49ers in Detroit on Sunday was overshadowed by the utter stupidity of Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
After what 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh admittedly said was a hard handshake between himself and Schwartz after the game, the Lions head honcho proceeded to chase Harbaugh towards the tunnel bumping players, coaches, team personnel and a defenseless puppy along the way (all but the last part is true but if their was a puppy on the field I guarantee you he would have bumped it). What Schwartz did yesterday is indefensible and ridiculous. Sure Harbaugh was aggressive in his post game meeting with Schwartz.
This doesn’t give Schwartz the right though to chase Harbaugh around the field like a 5-year-old. Jim, you are the leader of your team. If you can’t show composure and maturity after a tough loss how do you expect your young team to keep their cool in the face of adversity? Schwartz’s next action needs to be a heartfelt apology to the 49ers, Harbaugh and his own team on Monday. Anything less is inexcusable and will set a bad precedent for the remainder of this season and beyond.
2002, 2002 and 1999. That is the last time the 49ers, Raiders and Lions made the playoffs respectively. They are a combined 14-4 on the season and each are in excellent position to make a run at a playoff spot. It’s great to see three of the NFL’s marquee franchises restoring their former glory all in the same season. Even Jim Schwartz can’t overreact to that last statement.
The lack of turnovers were key and the defensive stop to seal the win late in the fourth quarter was tremendous. What I take out most from the Giants victory yesterday, however, is the play of their offensive line. This is a unit that has performed like a shell of the offensive line that was among the best in the league from 2006-10. Coming into the game the Giants run game was averaging a meager 83.8 yards per game and had already allowed 14 sacks.
Compare that to 137.5 yards per game on the ground and only 16 sacks allowed in all of 2010 and you see how steep and dramatic the drop off was going into yesterday’s game against Buffalo. Well, I won’t say their offensive line is back to its 2010 form but they are moving in the right direction. 122 yards on the ground, three rushing TD’s by Ahmad Bradshaw and a clean Eli Manning jersey (no sacks allowed) is a start. If you want to be a pessimist you can bring up that Buffalo has only four sacks on the season and entered the game allowing a healthy 138.4 rushing yards per game, good for 29th in the NFL. If you are a glass half full type of person, like me, you can harp on the fact that the strong performance by New York’s o-line came despite the absence of their best lineman, Chris Snee, who sat out with a concussion.
Can we talk about how good Jimmy Graham is? And not from a Fantasy perspective, even though I am very happy he is on two of my three teams this year. This guy is easily on pace to put together the best season by a tight end in NFL history. On the season, Graham has hauled in 39 passes for a whopping 620 yards and three TD’s. That puts him on pace for 104 catches 1,653 yards and eight TD’s. Sure eight touchdowns for a tight end is not abnormal but his projected yards receiving would shatter the current single season record for a tight end, held by the great Kellen Winslow (Senior not Junior), of 1,290 yards. He also would eke out the single season receptions record over Tony Gonzalez, who posted 102 catches in 2004. While there is a long way to go before Graham captures both of these records, if he does, we will have to once again redefine the ever-evolving tight end position.
Quietly, ever since the Giants stunned the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII due largely to a ferocious pass rush, there has a been a theory in NFL circles that you can rattle Tom Brady if you hit him a few times. Maybe it’s the hair style he chooses or the fashion he sports but either way the belief is that if you hit Brady he won’t hit back. Well yesterday he smacked the Cowboys down to a 2-3 record with a beautiful 10-play 80-yard game winning touchdown drive after getting pummeled by the Dallas defense for much of the game. NFL pundits, be careful next time before you call a first ballot hall of fame quarterback soft, questionable hair style or not.
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