THIS LIONS FAN WAS ENJOYABLE
If NFL Network just scrapped their unbearably awful programming and aired thirty-two videos like this on Monday, wouldn't be a far more popular network? It's fun to watch a fan start by telling us he's not upset and then slowly watch him descend into madness.
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Having long been a positive-grader in coverage, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs unsurprisingly continued on that front in this game (+3.2 coverage). Notable about his display, though, was the manner in which he made his impact against the pass, getting his hands to balls not only targeting his coverage but those around him as well.
Briggs logged one pass defense of a simple nature, reaching past fullback Zach Line who had settled just past the line of scrimmage to swap down a relatively harmless Ponder attempt. Later, though, Briggs came up with a more impressive deflection (Q2 4:28) by leaping to get a piece of a ball intended for Jerome Simpson on a route run a level deeper than his coverage.
His most disruptive – and most subtle – addition to this collection of coverage moments, came deep into the third quarter and helped keep points off the board. With Minnesota down three and driving, a third-down slant from the Chicago 10-yard line found its way into the midsection of Viking receiver Jarius Wright at the 3 – yardage that would be enough for a first down near the goal line. Briggs reacted to the throw and from his inside-out position, arrived just after the pass, swiping a paw at it as it settled into the WR’s belly and getting enough to rattle it loose.
It is just a matter of time before one of the major sports sites purchases PFF and ruins it.
RICK MORRISSEY ON MARC TRESTMAN'S CANDOR
This was a solid piece from Morrissey as he zeroes in on something that will surely endear Trestman to the Chicago media: he is not Lovie Smith.
Here’s what Trestman said about Jay Cutler’s fumble, which the Vikings returned for a touchdown Sunday:
“I think Jay would be the first one to tell you he’s got to do a better job of taking care of the football and recognizing blind-side pursuit in that situation. Because we ran a play which we thought, ‘It’s third-and-(nine), we’re in field-goal range, let’s get three [points] first.’ If we get more than three, that’s a good thing. But let’s come out of it with an incompletion [in the worst scenario], which we certainly could have had. Or a short gain. Or a big gain on the screen.”
Not, “Jay is our quarterback,’’ or “It’s not just on Jay, it’s on all of us.’’
Instead, an explanation.
Trestman is thoughtful. Not in the sense that he sends his wife flowers just because he loves her (maybe he does). He thinks. And he doesn't mind sharing those thoughts with the media and thus us.
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METS PITCHER MATT HARVEY ACTS LIKE DICK ON DP SHOW
Dan Patrick is as good as it gets when it comes to national media perspective. How he and the Danettes handled the interview made the hour as good as any they've done this year.