Predictably, the sky has been falling in New England since the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots were beaten rather soundly by the Chiefs in the Thursday night season opener.
Anyone writing off Brady and the Patriots, who play at 0-1 New Orleans on Sunday, should do so with caution. Based on the Saints defense allowing Minnesota’s Sam Bradford to complete 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards with three TDs last week, Brady could be in for a big day Sunday.
Girard, who had a wonderful sarcastic side — he once appeared in a promo late within a Yankees telecast deadpanning, “After the game, Yankee highlights, Met highlights and tomorrow’s racing results” — didn’t countenance stupidity.
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The thing to know about the Seahawks’ first-round pick is that they currently don’t have any picks on Day 2, so it makes the most sense for them to look to trade down a bit and pick up a second- or third-round pick to help address potential needs on the offensive line, defensive line and secondary. If they do deal down, Davenport should be a prime target to address a need at defensive end if Michael Bennett isn’t brought back, which he seems to expect. That is, if someone earlier than here doesn’t fall in love with the big edge rusher first.
For a reported crowd of 700,000, perhaps that’s a relatively small number of transgressions.
Plus, maybe Philadelphians should be given high marks for their improved behavior. As the AP notes, “Thursday’s parade was tame in comparison to impromptu celebration that broke out Sunday after the Eagles’ defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. In the hours after the Super Bowl victory, fans overturned a car, shattered storefront windows, ate horse feces, collapsed a hotel’s awning and hit the police commissioner in the head with a bottle.”
Why was no team trying to sign or even work out Colin Kaepernick? He was too much of a distraction. Why were equally- or less-accomplished quarterbacks getting signed ahead of him? They weren’t distractions. Why did players need to stop protesting at games, why did teams need to get said players under control? Why did segments of the public want the entire issue to go away? Distractions. You can’t concentrate on the game, survive as a team and win with distractions like that.
Yet, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. And, arguably, no collection of players immersed themselves in the issues they were protesting, and the issue of protesting itself, more so than the Eagles.