Jeremy Shockey Fights with Drew Brees, Ends Up in Dog House

Jeremy Shockey isn’t exactly the most well-liked guy in the league. He pretty much ran his way out of the Giants and became a controversial figure in the playoffs because he was out with a broken leg and there were questions whether or not he’d be there to support his team during their games. The Saints traded what seemed like was too much to acquire him in the off-season and have been rewarded with, well, nothing. Kevin Boss is completely outplaying him, and what’s worse, Shockey’s supposedly already hated on his own team. It’s gotten so bad that Shockey was even benched in the 4th quarter against the Falcons on Sunday for missing an assignment earlier in the game:

Facing third-and-10 from the Saints’ 37-yard line and still within two touchdowns, Shockey failed to pick up a rushing Falcons defender, forcing Brees to unload a quick dump-off pass to him in the left flat to avoid a sack.

Not only did Shockey miss the block, he missed the ball, dropping it with a half-hearted effort that spurred Brees to sprint toward him and emotionally voice his frustration. The animated discussion continued on the Saints’ sideline.

Shockey took the blame for missing the assignment and really took some verbal abuse from Brees after the play. It was kinda cool to see a badass like Shockey get undressed by a cool customer like Brees — it shows who has the respect and who runs the team. It’s unfortunate that Shockey has been so useless for them when he was supposed to be another offensive weapon. Now he’s just another talented player that isn’t performing. Too bad there aren’t any pictures or videos available because that was awesome.

Video: Kevin Boss Hurdles Eagles Quintin Mikell, Jeremy Shockey Who?

As the season goes on, Kevin Boss has become more and more of an integral part in the Giants offense. Eli goes to him on 3rd downs and has made him a favorite red zone target as well. Perhaps it’s this type of athleticism that has instilled confidence in Boss:

He’s no Knowshon Moreno, but that hurdle job was pretty sweet. Of course, as John Madden said, if the big man hurdles and fumbles like Brandon Jacobs, then he’s a dumbass. If it works, then it winds up a highlight. Whatever, I’ll take that play a million times.

Worse QB Situation: Raiders or Lions?

The Raiders sure have found plenty of ways to provide us with laughs this season, centered largely around the dysfunction of the organization. At least the team was competitive under Lane Kiffin — now they’ve become an embarrassment without him. Their dysfunction has been so distracting that it’s even made many of us forget the fact that the Lions are still winless, and that the Bengals and Chiefs have fewer wins. The Bengals are in dire straights because Carson Palmer is hurt. The Chiefs are pretty horrible, but Tyler Thigpen did put together a productive game last weekend. And that’s what leaves us with the Raiders and the Lions.

Detroit entered the season with interception and yardage machine Jon Kitna as their quarterback. He has a back injury and is done for the year. Backup Dan Orlovsky, despite lacking a sense of space on the field, at least kept the team competitive the past few weeks. Unfortunately for Detroit, he’s now out with a thumb injury. They were forced to sign Daunte Culpepper earlier in the week who hasn’t played all season, and their other option is Drew Stanton — a second year player who their coach said would “embarrass” himself if he played. The Raiders are down to backups after starter JaMarcus Russell is now being deemed as doubtful because of knee tendinitis. That might not be a bad thing considering Russell threw for a paltry 31 yards last weekend. Or maybe it might be considering the backup options are Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo. So, which team has the worse QB situation, Raiders or Lions?

Video: Brandon Marshall Planned a White Glove/Black Panther Touchdown Celebration, Stokley Saved the Penalty

Brandon Marshall isn’t exactly the sharpest crayon in the box. You might remember he hurt his arm in the offseason slipping on a McDonald’s bag … so he says. He’s also been known to celebrate wins by going out and getting DUIs. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t surprised to see that he was about to execute a pre-planned touchdown celebration late in the 4th quarter of the Broncos/Browns game. The Broncos had just scored the go-ahead touchdown and left the Browns little over a minute on the clock to come back. A 15-yard penalty for celebrating the touchdown definitely would have hurt Denver’s chances of keeping Cleveland out of the end zone. Luckily Brandon Stokley was sharp enough to realize the game was too close to mess around with celebrations and convinced Marshall to hold off on his plan. The move paid off. So what would we have seen if Stokley never stopped him? Marshall explained after the game:

Just like Brandon Marshall … always using his head and putting the team first. Why am I not surprised? I can’t imagine what his teammates would have done if he had cost them 15 yards in that close of a game. Time and place, Brandon. Time and place.

Video: Mike Jenkins Wusses Out on Tackling Giants RB Derrick Ward

Like many of you, I saw the Giants manhandle the Cowboys on Sunday. Their first three touchdowns came on passes by Eli Manning, but the running game got the last two. Absolute man-child Brandon Jacobs bowled some people over to make it 28-7 — something not unfamiliar for Jacobs. But it’s the final touchdown scored by the Giants that leaves the total blackeye for the Cowboys. As pointed out by NFL Primetime, check out this absolute phantom tackle job by Cowboys rookie cornerback Mike Jenkins. He’s the guy at the top of the screen wearing #31 that completely avoids contact:

I don’t even want to think about what type of criticism he’s going to take in that locker room when they watch the game film. Unless he had a dislocated shoulder and broken arm at the time, there’s absolutely no excuse for wussing out like he did. Check that, there’s absolutely no excuse for pussing out on a hit that badly. That is just horrible. Maybe he had the Giants giving the 9?

Trent Dilfer Hammers the Browns for Decision to Bench Derek Anderson

ESPN manages to pack their website full of every video known to man, yet they somehow let Trent Dilfer’s verbal assassination of the Cleveland Browns fall through the cracks on Monday. Speaking from the NFL Live set, the one-time Browns QB lashed out on the organization for their decision to bench Derek Anderson and start Brady Quinn at quarterback. Here’s what he offered on one of the late SportsCenters:

I understand the stats and I understand the perception that this might be Derek Anderson’s fault, but it is wrong. This on so many levels shows the dysfunction of the Cleveland Browns. The first thing is you don’t change quarterbacks when you’re a bad football team, you change quarterbacks when you’re a good football team and your quarterback is holding you back. And more importantly, this is an organization that has proven that the public opinion sways their decision-making — and you can’t do that as a National Football League organization. You can’t let the public’s opinion sway you one way or another, especially big decisions like this. I understand that Brady Quinn’s an Ohio kid, I understand that they want to fill the seats, but what’s best for the organization is to stick with Derek Anderson — the guy that went to the Pro Bowl for you last year, one of the leaders in the locker room, and just makes you a better football team in the long run.

Florio at PFT saw an early version of this verbal assault on the 6pm ET SportsCenter in which Dilfer also went off and added even more examples of why it’s a bad decision. I agree with Dilfer’s analysis that Braylon Edwards has let Anderson and the Browns down with his drops, and it hasn’t helped that Kellen Winslow hasn’t made it onto the field too much this year. At the same time, I thought it was a bad decision to give Anderson a contract extension in the first place. I felt all along that Anderson played well at the beginning of the season last year before teams had film on him and that he only padded his stats against the league’s worst defenses. As the season went on, Anderson’s yardage totals and completion percentages dropped tremendously, and his interceptions went up. Translation: he became Derek Anderson again. While I think Brady Quinn will be a good quarterback and I think the Browns should have made the change weeks ago, I’m all for any analyst calling an organization “dysfunctional.”

Nice to See the Raiders Showed Up

When I saw the 2006 Raiders play, I was convinced it was the worst offense I had ever witnessed in the NFL. While that Art Shell/Tom Walsh 2-14 squad ran out one of the worst offenses ever, the 2008 Raiders run by Tom Cable might actually be in the same category. The Raiders offense we saw on Sunday against the Falcons was in a word, pathetic. In case you missed it, the Raiders lost to the Falcons 24-0. They had -2 yards as a team at halftime. They finished with just 77 yards of total offense and only three first downs. They threw for just 10 yards and ran only 34 offensive plays, keeping the ball for fewer than 15 minutes in the game. It’s not even funny how bad they were on Sunday — and that’s coming from a Bengals fan. OK, as if the final stats weren’t bad enough, these comments from the Raiders were:

Interim head coach Tom Cable said the Raiders had their best week yet of practice and preparation. They apparently saved their worst for the game itself, losing 24-0 to the visiting Falcons on Sunday.

“During the week, we look like we’re a Super Bowl team,” strong safety Gibril Wilson said. “We come out there and we’re damn near the laughingstock of the league, and it’s ridiculous.”

“We did have a good week of practice,” cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “Everybody was excited about the opportunities that Atlanta was showing us on film. So it did kind of come out of nowhere.”

I sure hope they were talking about the defense having a good week of practice because there’s no way I could imagine that offense ever appearing to execute like a good team. I hope Al Davis is satisfied for firing Lane Kiffin, who at least got some respectability out of the team. Davis is getting what he deserves.