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Packers Fans Greet Brett Favre with Shower of Boos at Lambeau Field

The big question leading up to Sunday’s game between the Packers and Vikings at Lambeau Field was how the fans would receive Brett Favre. We got a sense before the game because Favre was booed during warmups, but the most severe reaction from the fans was reserved for the actual game. Listen to the audio and video of Brett Favre getting booed by Packers fans and see his reaction:

You could tell that Favre was hurt by the negative reaction from the fans and that it bruised his ego. He may have walked out of the game with four touchdown passes and a win on the scoreboard, but I still think he’s the loser. Whether it’s late in the regular season or not until the NFC Championship game, Favre is going to let his team and fans down eventually. And what does he get out of all of this, a little revenge in his childish game? The only winners here are the TV networks who got tremendous ratings boosts and possibly Brad Childress if he gets a contract extension because of a successful regular season. Honestly Brett, what did you really think would happen after you told the fans you wanted to come back and stick it up their bleeps? Favre is still the loser in the end, no doubt about it.

Rex Ryan Has No Sympathy for Your Injuries, Dolphins Fans

Rex Ryan Jets Rex Ryan has talked more than his share of crap since becoming the head coach of the Jets. The “big old joker” had a war of words with Dolphins LB Channing Crowder in the offseason that ignited more hatred between the Jets and Dolphins. Suffice it to say, he’s not letting up in the second matchup between the teams. When asked about the Dolphins being without cornerback Will Allen, Ryan showed no sympathy saying “boo hoo hoo”, while referencing his own team’s injuries. Joey Porter was unhappy with Ryan’s response and here’s what Rex said in return:

“I don’t feel sorry for them losing Will Allen. Obviously, I don’t like it for any player to be hurt, but if they’re looking for sympathy because Will Allen is out of the game, well, we’ve got Kris Jenkins out, and we’ve got Leon Washington out for the season, two guys that are Pro Bowl players.

“No disrespect to Will Allen, but I don’t think he’s going to make a Pro Bowl anytime soon. He’s a decent player, but whatever.”

The good thing about guys like Ryan is that he speaks his mind and doesn’t mix his words. I’d much rather have guys who are truthful than guys who lie and mislead. So what if he has a big mouth? He takes the blame when his team doesn’t perform well and he does nothing but express confidence in his boys. Plus, he’s right — injuries are a big part of the game and everyone has them. The only thing else I could ask for is a steel cage match between Rex and either Crowder or Porter. Maybe Porter since Crowder’s too hurt to play in this one. Now that would be one hell of a match.

Nothing Wrong with Reggie Bush or Maurice Jones-Drew’s Comments

Reggie Bush Maurice Jones-DrewBoth Reggie Bush and Maurice Jones-Drew are taking some heat for comments they made this week. Funny, aren’t the two always grouped together? Anyway, Bush responded to a question on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio as to whether or not the 6-0 Saints could go undefeated. His answer was what you would expect: “Yes. I do think we have the players, we have the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, we have the coaching staff, we have the players.” Not that anyone outside of the ’72 Dolphins and sorta the ’07 Patriots have a clue what it takes, but what’s wrong with Reggie’s comments? Why shouldn’t he have confidence in his team and expect them to win all their games?

On a related note, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was asked who he thought the best team in the league was. His answer was exactly what I would expect: “I think the Jaguars are. We have a lot of young guys who are starting to get their feet under them. You guys expect me to say anybody else? That’s a very honest answer. I’m a fan of the Jaguars. I’m one of those fans, regardless of what the team does, I still love them. Each week, I think they’re going to be awesome.” Players should take pride and have confidence in their team. Why shouldn’t they believe in themselves and their teammates? I don’t see anything wrong with either player’s answer. In fact, if they’d answered with anything other than “no comment,” I’d probably have been disappointed.

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Albert Haynesworth’s Impact on the Defense Is Enormous

albert-haynesworth-redskinsThe Redskins played the Eagles on Monday Night Football, losing 27-17. Washington’s defensive line performed pretty well, getting to Donovan McNabb for three sacks and several other pressures. At one point the MNF crew displayed a graphic showing how much playing alongside All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth helps everyone else on the line; much like a good cornerback, a good defensive tackle’s stats usually aren’t that impressive. Haynesworth however is so dominant he requires extra attention from the offensive line and that frees up other defenders with one-on-one matchups. As they pointed out, when Haynesworth was with the Titans, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch had 35.5 sacks in 58 games including two 12 or more sack seasons. This year, Vanden Bosch doesn’t have any sacks.

Meanwhile, playing alongside Haynesworth in Washington this year, Andre Carter has 6.5 sacks through 7 games. Carter did have 10.5 sacks two years ago and 12.5 sacks in ’02 with the 49ers, but he’s on pace to blow past his season highs. Any coincidence he’s enjoying this much success this year? Of course not — Haynesworth gets tons of attention on the line and Carter’s taking advantage of it. The bottom line is that unlike quarterback, running back, linebacker, or wide receiver, it’s hard to measure the success of a defensive tackle using his statistics. As we’ve come to see, while Haynesworth’s stats aren’t blowing you away, his impact has been tremendous. Now if they could only get some freaking production from their offense they’d be set.

Jake Delhomme’s Extension: Worst NFL Money Ever Spent

So if your quarterback turns the ball over six times to help you lose your biggest game of the season — the divisional round of the NFC playoffs — how would you reward him? With a five-year contract extension of course! Carolina’s choice to hand Jake Delhomme $20 million guaranteed this offseason was some of the worst money spent this side of Darrius Heyward-Bey’s contract. Now I’m not going to say I thought Delhomme was completely done after that game — he did lead them to a 12-4 season and he had a history of performing pretty well in the league — but there’s no way I would have rewarded him monetarily after that garbage game. What’s worse is that Carolina’s financial commitment exacerbated the problem because they didn’t pursueany good alternatives at quarterback, making the season a waste.

Jake Delhomme threw three interceptions against the Bills adding to his comedic total of 13 through six games, not to mention two lost fumbles. Delhomme is quite simply having a nightmare season and it’s not going away. I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy wound up setting records with his horrible year if Carolina doesn’t make a change soon. It’s unfortunate because this team was 12-4 last year and they have a lot of talent on the offense; you could put a number of other quarterbacks under center for this team and see tremendous results. There are only so many breakdowns between him and the receivers, and only so many tipped balls that you can make an excuse for. As if it weren’t already abundantly clear it is now: Jake Delhomme is singularly the problem in Carolina and he is no longer an NFL quarterback. They need a change desperately. As they say in AA, Carolina, the first step is to admit you have a problem.

Attention San Francisco: Alex Smith Still Is Not the Answer

alex-smithAfter all the talk about a changing of the guard in the NFC West that would feature the Cardinals dropping off and the 49ers seizing the division we’ve seen a reversal take place since week one. The Niners have tanked their last two games while the Cardinals have won three straight, including impressive wins over the Texans and Giants. Making matters worse is the 49ers made a quarterback change from Shaun Hill to Alex Smith. Hill’s win-loss record had been solid despite his inability to put up stellar stats, but since he hadn’t helped the team move the ball and they were down 21-0 at the half, they decided to go to former top overall pick Alex Smith.

Smith sparked the offense while the defense finally started putting the clamps down on Houston’s offense, but it was too little too late — they lost 24-21. Many people in the Bay Area will be energized by Smith’s emergence considering he threw three touchdown passes to Vernon Davis. While there’s no way to say he didn’t do a good job bringing his team back in the game, fans must temper their excitement. The difference between coming in midway through a blowout to spark a team in a loss and starting a game and throwing three touchdowns that matter is immense. That’s the difference between Kyle Boller going 16/31 with two touchdowns against the Packers in garbage time and throwing for just 108 yards with two turnovers when he started the following week. That’s the difference between Byron Leftwich looking good in relief of Big Ben last year and stinking when he’s “the guy”. So if San Francisco decides to go with Alex Smith next weekend at Indy and the Colts have a whole week to pick apart his weaknesses, he’s going to be toast. Temper your excitement, 49er fans, and remember that this still is Alex Smith we’re talking about.

Reggie Bush Would Own in the Long Jump

The Saints/Dolphins game on Sunday was high scoring and extremely entertaining. First the Dolphins jumped in front 24-3 midway through the second quarter and they appeared poised to pull a big upset. Drew Brees was intercepted twice and Ricky Williams had busted out with two touchdown runs; the game seemed to be following Miami’s blueprint for a win. Things began to change right before halftime when Drew Brees sneaked in a touchdown while everyone was expecting him to spike it and that made it a manageable 24-10 game. Things went back and forth in the 3rd quarter but the Saints took over in the 4th quarter, outscoring Miami 22-0 to win it 46-34. The highlight was this Reggie Bush touchdown run off a double reverse where he leaped for the end zone from the 6. Watch Reggie Bush go airborne on this crazy leaping touchdown:

This isn’t the first time Bush has been featured for some of his awesome highlights on the field. It’s not too surprising considering the guy runs at near Usain Bolt speeds. Bush may take heat for his inability to run between the tackles but he sure is awesome when you get him in open space.