The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
By Eric Judd
Chicago 3 – Indianapolis 38
Andrew Luck. Yes, he is as good as everyone said he was. And even better. I can only come up with, perhaps 4 teams that WOULDN’T, in a heartbeat, trade their QB for Luck, right now. And another 4 that would give it serious thought. He might not (yet) have the weapons around him to compete for the AFC, but no matter what happens, Jim Irsay has himself the most important piece to build around. And he’s got him for less than half of his competitors. Indianapolis will, very quickly, have one of the best teams in the AFC South, just as the wheels start to fall off in Houston.
Rams Big Men. Poor Sam Bradford. Other than a certain #12, no recent #1 overall pick has had the pedigree or the expectations of Sam Bradford. He’s going to end up like David Carr. All the skills in the world and no time to use them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sam Bradford as a inexpensive backup in the next 5 years. He can’t stay healthy because he is constantly under duress. If Fisher and his staff can’t put together an offensive line that can give Bradford more than two seconds to do anything, they will be back to square one as a franchise. No QB, Steven Jackson, while a beast, has steel belts sticking out of his radials. The defense on the other hand had their hands full with a makeshift Colts o-line and a bunch of backups. No pass rush. Sloppy Containment. Something needs fixing, and quick. On the bright side, if Janoris Jenkins can stay out of trouble, the Rams might have found themselves a steal in round 2.
Andrew Luck. Someone please help this guy. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Extreme Makeover: QB edition. Someone. This guy is going to be the face of the NFL for the next decade. That could be a problem. It has absolutely nothing to do with his on-field ability, his skills as a football player, or his personality…well, maybe a little. He’s a goofy looking guy. He’s part chipmunk and part band-nerd. He might be the next great “field general”, he also looks like he’s had a swirly or two is his life.
Il brutto secondo
The NFC West and the Screen Pass.
A recently leaked memo from an unnamed NFL coach: “To the other 27 teams not in the NFC West, a quick piece of advice. Throw more screens. They can’t stop them. They know they are coming. They can see them develop. They just can’t do anything about it. Trust me.”