Keeping the Passers Protected

Ten Things I Think I Think

1. I think this is what I liked about Week 11:

a. Great point by Raiders beat man Steve Corkran: “Matt McGloin went from camp arm in late April to Raiders starting QB on Sunday. No way anyone saw that happening.”

b. Great quote from Manish Mehta in the New York Daily News, from Jets defensive rookie stalwart Sheldon Richardson, asked about teammate Muhammad Wilkerson: “I don’t feel like Mo’s the best defensive player in the league—I am. I’m dead-ass serious.” I thought vets kept rookies in their place?

c. Joique Bell: Heck of a backup back.

d. Calvin Johnson can make every catch, he can toe-tap, and he can lay out. But you knew all that. Andre Johnson’s close. Brandon Marshall’s a physical force like they are. A.J. Green, who drops too many, is excellent too. But Calvin Johnson’s the gold standard of NFL receivers.

e. Matt McGloin to Rod Streater. Beautiful throw.

f. McGloin to sixth-round rookie tight end Mychal Rivera for a picture-perfect in-stride touchdown. Even better.

g. Great goal-line stop by Buffalo strong safety Aaron Williams to stop a Jets rushing TD when Jets-Bills was still a game.

h. So Nick Foles wasn’t a big star Sunday. He also didn’t make a big mistake.

i. The quiet and terminally underrated Marques Colston, setting the Saints’ record for receiving yards. He has 7,923 now.

j. Nate Garner and Sam Brenner. Meet your new Miami center and left guard, at least for the time being. They were good enough to help the Dolphins beat San Diego.

k. Congrats to the extra guys for a huge play at Cincinnati. Undrafted linebacker Jayson DiManche blocked a Cleveland punt, and rookie Tony Dye, just promoted from the practice squad Saturday, ran it in for a touchdown. Cool stuff.

l. A 31-point quarter against Cleveland. Now that’s something I didn’t think would happen to these Browns. Defensive and special-teams touchdowns helped.

Talk Back

Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday’s mailbag.

2. I think this is what I didn’t like about Week 11:

a. The Steelers’ throwup uniforms. I mean, their throwback uniforms.

b. If Dan and Art Rooney look at those prison uniforms and do anything but wretch, I’d be stunned.

c. Please don’t humor the Steelers by giving your Steeler fan friend one of those things for the holidays.

d. The Washington secondary.

e. The Washington passing game: 26 yards in the first 35 minutes.

f. What in the name of quarterback competence is Robert Griffin III doing throwing that wasted Hail Mary with the game on the line on a third down late in the fourth quarter? Just not a smart play. Not smart at all.

g. I bet NFL Network’s excited about the Falcons hosting the Thursday nighter this week.

h. The First Half Geno Smith.

i. The Second Half Geno Smith.

j. Live by the Stafford, die by the Stafford.

k. The 49ers complaining about the Tony Corrente call. Watch it again. It’s a call that has to be made in today’s game.

l. Dumb play by Corey Liuget, the San Diego defensive tackle, whose clear roughing-the-passer penalty against Ryan Tannehill was a sign he has to get his aggression under control. Very, very good young player. But you can’t go hurting your team like that.

3. I think this is the moral of the story in the Ed Reed-being-cut-by-Houston-after-making-$5.4-million-for-275-mostly-invisible-snaps debacle: It’s okay to pay for a name and leadership in a veteran player who is far over the hill … but base the pay on performance. For Reed, the Texans were a gold watch before retirement. But instead of Swiss Army, he was a Rolex, and after his recent dip in performance with the Ravens, Houston just paid him too much. In a tight-cap era, with too many stars on defense to pay already, Reed, at his age, was too luxurious.

4. I think the American sports media fired Greg Schiano too early.

5. I think running back Bobby Rainey deserves a load of credit for sticking with it and taking advantage of his opportunity in Tampa Bay, after the Bucs’ myriad running back injuries. That was a Greg Schiano  grind-it-out running performance by Rainey, 163 yards on 30 carries, with two touchdowns. Schiano loves to grind teams down with his backs. But this performance, to me, also says a lot about the Falcons. Rainey is not fast. He’s not a Bettis-type tackle-breaker. The Atlanta defense has much to answer for this morning.

6. I think you may never hear it from Ben Tate, because he’s not the kind to talk about his pain. But the man has four cracked ribs, and he got crunched solidly by the Raiders three or four times Sunday, including one accordion tackle that made me cringe. Nineteen carries for 88 yards, in this dirge of a Houston season … pretty impressive.

7. I think just when you think you can get Drew Stanton warming up in the bullpen, Carson Palmer responds with impressive football. I’m told he’s now feeling comfortable with Bruce Arians’ deep-strike offense, and 30 completions and 419 yards looked pretty comfortable Sunday at Jacksonville. Good to see Michael Floyd becoming a strong alternative to Larry Fitzgerald, finally.

8. I think the defection of the Braves to an Atlanta suburb 12 miles north of town said the Falcons made the first deal downtown, and the city wasn’t going to make two of them. I was in the first event ever at Turner Field (not called that on the night of the Opening Ceremonies of the ’96 Olympics), and it’s amazing to me that it’s already aged out.

9. I think to clear up some of the confusion—and there has been much of it—over who has the authority to increase the regular-season schedule from 16 to 18 games, the league must get approval from the players to do so. Article 31 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement states it clearly: “The League and/or Clubs may increase the number of regular season games per team above the standard of sixteen (16) only with NFLPA approval, which may be withheld at the NFLPA’s sole discretion.” That comes up occasionally, and you should have that in your informational hip pocket.

10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:

a. What a great thing Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean did Friday night in Bloomington. Late in a game against Samford, during a timeout on the floor, Crean grabbed the arena microphone and praised retiring referee Ed Hightower (36 years as a Division I ref, with 10 Final Fours) thusly: “He has not only been one of the best officials, but one of the classiest officials.” Goosebumps on that one. Hightower shook hands with each coach and the game went on.

b. Also on that three-man Hightower crew, as a warmup to his ref stint Sunday at Soldier Field: Gene Steratore.

c. Duke is 8-2. The football team.

d. Please don’t wear those uniforms again, Northwestern. They hurt the eyes.

e. I’ll ask you nicely, college football: Stop with the timeout after first downs. Some of these games … interminable.

f. Headline someone at CNN would like to have back after the state of Illinois was ravaged by more than 50 twisters: “Tornadoes touch down in Illinois; Bears game interrupted.”

g. Coffeenerdness: Bring the maple oat nut scone back, Starbucks. Don’t make me beg.

h. Beernerdness: I had no new ones this week. I simply must try harder.

i. One postscript to all of your email, texts, tweets, actual mail and phone calls following the death of our Golden Retriever, Bailey: What touched me the most, and in one case brought me to tears, were the four of you who said you were either going to get a dog at your local shelter or seriously considering rescuing a dog as a tribute to Bailey. Wow. Happy dog ownership. There is nothing like it. Thank you.

Who I Like Tonight

Patriots 20, Panthers 16. There’s a lot to like about the Panthers’ defense, which is allowing a league-low 12.8 points a game and is coming off a stifling of the 49ers. But that San Francisco contest was the first “welcome to relevancy” game the Panthers have played in a while, with a nation’s eyes on them, and now they have to do it again against a team and quarterback that are experts at these high-profile affairs. With Shane Vereen’s return adding to the weaponry, I like Tom Brady to outplay Cam Newton, who has posted a couple stinkers in a row (56.5 completion percentage, one touchdown, three interceptions).

The Adieu Haiku

And then there were none.
Buoniconti pops champagne.
Perfection is safe.

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377 comments
BenderIrish
BenderIrish

Hey King, nice comments about the Colts. You do know they have had a terrible run of injuries and still win! Oh, by the way they've also beaten your #1, 2 and 8 of your top ten! Shut up!

Gs1
Gs1

Typical corrupt journalist. How about showing the picture the instant Brooks hit Brees? The split second before Brees subsequently started to duck. Not as clear as you say it is. An ethical journalist would have shown the sequence of photos & let the people make up their own mind. Even better yet, how about putting the pictures side by side with the more obvious clothesline on Kaepernick and contrast why one got called but not the other? Good thing you don't cover politics or the real news.

miltonmarkowitz
miltonmarkowitz

Dear Pete,

Talk about the Steeler prison attire. They did that twice last year. You would think the Rooneys would have learned a lesson and acquiesced to the Steeler Nation and burned the uniforms but there was too much retail inventory leftover and they refuse to take the markdowns. Hope we don't have to suffer another embarrassment next year and be subject to more public ridicule

son of lee
son of lee

the refs were so biased during the saints/niners game. from greer's hang gliding act when he basically hung onto the WR in mid air (injuring his knee as he came down), to vernon getting held in the endzone, to jed collins late hit on brown and kaepernick getting sacked by his neck. all of those calls were plain to the half-sleeping fan watching the game. if the refs called one of those plays...we may have a different outcome, but instead the only close call they choose is the game-defining penalty on brooks forced fumble.

son of lee
son of lee

what did you think about the sack on Kaepernick by HIS NECK? nobody is mentioning the back injury to tarrell brown caused by jed collin's diving-knee to his back sooo late after the tackle had been made. That absolutely should have been flagged, and should have pushed them back. Instead, they get a 1 yard TD plunge the next play.

gregc
gregc

You can repeat a lie all you want but that won't make it true. Brooks hit on Bree's was legal and it was wrong to reverse the play. That bad call took a sure win for the 49ers and turned it into a loss.

The refs got it wrong and Peter King is wrong too.

workinOvatime
workinOvatime

Can we please stop with the kaikus? It's like watching your dad say "hey dawg, how's it hangin??." It's embarrassing. 

EP1
EP1

I like how, now that he is winning, Cam Newton has seemingly matured and has grown since his days of sulking and being a bad leader (when he was losing). Just like how it was reported that Dez Bryant has matured because he bout PS4's for 4 people at walmart. ha... those are sure signs of maturity I tell you what! I hope the Panthers continue to play well, I really do. But lets see how mature Cam is when they either dont make the playoffs or they lose in them.

seamillguesthouse
seamillguesthouse

Again Peter King is full of himself saying that  the Drew Brees  call was THE RIGHT CALL. .../.CASE CLOSED .

Looks like a lot of former players disagree including quarterback Steve Young. 

Dolphins1972
Dolphins1972

beat Miami on a Thursday night. NO. The game was on monday. Glad that your beloved Patriots didn't have the refs on their side for the first time

Serena
Serena

So wait a second defenders can't tackle QB's around the knees, can't tackle them around the head and now according to Peter can't tackle them across the chest? 

Why not just red shirt them and make any contact with them whatsoever punishable by a 3 game suspension, that is what it is coming too if Peter thinks that the Brees sack was a justifiable penalty  

Drake59
Drake59

King claims that Brooks tackle was an "obvious" call .  His gross error of what is a penalty and what is not has been washed away with too many fancy buffets and a no host bars. That in no way was a penalty. Not even in this pathetic watered down version of NFL football. Tell Joe Montna and Kenny Stabler, Steve Young Roman Gabriel that is a penalty.. really a sickening call .. gutless and wrong.

mikep435
mikep435

i thoroughly enjoy peter king's columns but i frequently disagree with his opinions. I watched that sack of drew brees several times and it looked like brooks'  arm was on brews' collar bone. as a fan of good tough defense it seems to me that the rules are totally unbalanced in favor of the offense.

OK
OK

Goodell's Chief Spin Doctor: Patriots 20, Panthers 16

"With Shane Vereen’s return adding to the weaponry, I like Tom Brady to outplay Cam Newton, who has posted a couple stinkers in a row (56.5 completion percentage, one touchdown, three interceptions)."

The Game's Actual Result: Panthers 24, Patriots 20

Final Play: The White Quarterback throws the game's only interception in the Panthers' end zone. 

The White Quarterback, after starting 23 for 26, finished 6 for 14 with the game's only pick.

Passing Stats

Cam Newton

19 for 28, 209, 3 TD, 0 INT

The White Quarterback

29 for 40, 296, 1 TD, 1 CHOKE INT

Which Patriots will Goodell's Chief Spin Doctor blame for the loss?

The offensive line, for not protecting The White Quarterback?

The receivers, for not catching each of The White Quarterback's passes?

The running backs, for not gaining the necessary ground yardage to take the pressure off The White Quarterback?

The defense, for allowing the non-white quarterback to throw his third touchdown pass of the night with less than a minute left in the game?

The Patriots coaching staff, for failing to develop a proper plan for The White Quarterback?

Just who will Goodell's Chief Spin Doctor blame to defend The White Quarterback?

Sdwalt
Sdwalt

Lots of SF fans upset, if your team would have played better, you would have won.

djbake6798
djbake6798

As a Niner I understand the call (they way over protect the qb- especially superstars)- but what gets me is Brees didnt see Brooks coming and actually stepped towards Brooks and ducked (changing the target). I know it's a bang bang play and it was high and it was very violent- but it's football.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

I'm unclear on why you have a section for Special Teams Player of the Week. Don't you and the other Hall of Fame voters teach us every year that there isn't a place in the game for special teams? 

NeedARealGM
NeedARealGM

"With 3:18 left and San Francisco up by three in a crucial game between the Niners and Saints, linebacker Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble, which the Niners recovered. The problem was the sack, and the mechanics of it"....and that, my friends, is why the NFL will never again be the great game it once was....like it or not, agree or not, the NFL as we know it is over. 

Mulva
Mulva

I disagree with the Ahmad Brooks call and Peter King's description of it. 

 Sure, a "clothesline" to the neck sounds like a personal foul, but it wasn't "clothesline". Brooks had his arm out to hit and WRAP UP Brees. He didn't propel himself or use his helmet as a weapon. He used the "heads up" method to try and wrap him up with his arm while his helmet/shoulde rpads were not used as a weapon.

I thought it was a bad call in real time, on replay and I still do even with PK's biased account.

And I'm a Broncos fan so no dog in the NFC fight...

KirkNewsted
KirkNewsted

I agree on the Ahmad Brooks call, but the niners should have kept the ball.  The penalty shouldn't affect possession.

KirkNewsted
KirkNewsted

"The more the NFL can hark back to a simpler day, a muddier day, the better."

But play a Superbowl outdoors in New York?  Never, says Peter King.  Hypocrite.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Had to to just laugh at Drew Brees sheer arrogance to act like he has a right (at all) to have some sort of "chip" on his shoulder over the NFL sanctions of his cheating team, the Saints.  Here's a chip for you, Brees, you whiner, YOUR TEAM CHEATED and got busted.  Stop whining, stop acting like you were the victim and play football fairly and honorably.


Pathetic cheaters. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

"....Week 11 made it clear again: The QB is sacred!"

Incorrect. The QB is NOT sacred. However, the ratings and TV revenues ARE sacred. Evidence: What were the TV ratings for Packer games before the Aaron Rodgers injury? What are they now? What were the TV ratings for Patriots games before the Tom Brady injury in 2009? What were they after? The NFL's protectiveness of the QB's is nothing more than protecting the "goose that lid the golden egg". Fans watch games to watch TD passes being scored. Fewer TD passes = lower ratings = reduced advertising revenue. This is the same reasoning behind tightening the rules protecting WR's downfield and limiting contact by DB's in pass coverage. Please don't confuse concerns over TV revenue with concerns over players health. They're not the same thing. They're not even close!

Jon8
Jon8

As I have said for many weeks, the Jets are overrated! I also believe the Panthers are overrated!

The Redskins and the Falcons need an off-season, top-to-bottom-overhaull!!

DavidMManzi
DavidMManzi

Doesn't anyone realize where the Steelers got their throwback uniforms? They stole them from the Three Stooges who wore them in the episode "Three Little Pigskins." But the Stooges wore them better. No contest.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

You kill two flies, yet "relocate" a ladybug? Thats textbook speciesism Peter. For shame.

GustavoRodriguez
GustavoRodriguez

How in the world umpire Corrente saved  or protected Brees AFTER the bam-bam play was over?

Does the league think that kind of penalties will be preventing those kind of plays from happeningin?


rickberk
rickberk

Peter, you were in Grand Rapids and went to Ruby Tuesdays looking for local beer?  That's weak.  Should have gone to HopCats.  50 local craft brews on tap. You'd have been in heaven.

sedeibel
sedeibel

You find irony in the '10 things' section. See 1i where he says Colston is "terminally underrated" yet omits him from 1d. where he's talking about the great receivers. I'm thinking...he's underrated because of people like you Peter!! Not a media darling = underrated.

ReddickHarris
ReddickHarris

Mr. King, I read and enjoy your column all the time, whether or not I agree with you, which I do most of the time. I enjoyed your paen to Bailey and I shared your sorrow. I have shared my life with four rescue dogs, two of whom I have had to put down. I stayed with them until the very end and held them in my arms as they took their last breaths. Each one was/is different and brought so much pleasure to our lives.Thank you for sharing Bailey with us.

There is another rescue dog wanting for you.

I am a supporter of the Beagle Freedom project. You should check into it.

Thank you.

Reddick Harris


stianv83
stianv83

@Serena Look closely at Brooks' shoulder and where it is. In case you don't know your anatomy, the neck starts at the shoulders, and go up to the jaw.

mjhellund
mjhellund

@Serena Check your glasses and take another look at the photograph, ma'am.

Goon
Goon

@OK I'm sure you hear this a lot, but you're an idiot. 

JPG
JPG

@OK "The White Quarterback" - ?

Can we please keep racism out of the story.

Please.

Gs1
Gs1

@Mulva King also fails to mention the more obvious clothesline on Kaepernick that wasn't called. That was a true clothesline.


MatthewWayneWilson
MatthewWayneWilson

I think the Ninerz should be investigated for cheating after your coach praised a player for a hit on the QB that was deemed illegal. What's the difference between that and paying a player a few bucks for an illegal hit?

kingma183
kingma183

@RomarioDelLago  It is amazing how ignorant you are!! The Saints were not santioned for cheating.  Drew Brees is a man of incredibly high character, all he does is give back to his community, and last time I checked there is no report whatsoever of Drew not playing football "fairly and honorably".  Being upset about a call is one thing, but you have no right to make false accusations and act like you know the least bit of what you are talking about!

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

@Jon8 Jets aren't over rated, everyone thought they would suck this year.  They have played over their heads at times and played their way out of the top 5 draft pick they deserve.

cozmikrebl
cozmikrebl

@SemperFiDTM  To be fair though flies are hard to relocate unless you have a lot of time and patience. Sadly they are on my 'kill list' as well. Brown reclusive spiders residing on the ceiling on the other hand, those are fun to do battle with while trying to capture/release.

George
George

@rickberk True that

but then king wouldn't have been able to savor their healthy and super nutritious deep-fried four-way sampler.

Gotta' keep up that pk no-neck look, ya' know!

:D

Serena
Serena

@mjhellund Look where initial contact is made, what do you want the defender to do let Brees go when Brees' knees collapse?

OK
OK

@JPG

Only if your willing to overlook the blatant racism that is The NFL's Chief Spin Doctor at SI.

SportPage
SportPage

@kingma183 @RomarioDelLago Drew Brees lost any right to call himself  "a man of incredibly high character" when he first claimed there was no such thing as bounties in the Saints locker room, and then afterward claimed he knew nothing about it.

Jon8
Jon8

@Jerkzilla @Jon8 

If the Jets do not make the Playoffs, and I believe they will not, then they have flopped and Ryan should be fired!

kingma183
kingma183

@SportPage @RomarioDelLago and by the way obviously he would claim there was no such thing as bounties in the locker room if he claimed he knew nothing about it.  The only question is weather or not he was lying about it.  And I'm guessing you have no evidence suggesting he was

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