Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sleepy Eyes

Better late than never, Eyes in the Backfield is up for week two. Here's a sample:

Week one couldn't have turned out worse for the Horse, and as a reward, the football gods have granted us a virtual rematch, only with a team that is slightly better than the one the Colts just turned into winners. Only this time we get to play them in THEIR loud dome. Bad things happen when you don't win at home! Here's what to watch for this week:

1. Watch for Saturday on Sunday . Jamey Richards blew a key block on 4th down in the 4th quarter of Sunday night’s game, and the line protection was screwy all night with several players missing assignments. Saturday has been practicing all week despite a knee injury that is supposed to keep him out up to 11 weeks. If he plays, it’s a sign of just how bad the line was on Sunday. He is currently listed as probable .

2. Watch for the pitch vs. the stretch. The Colts added a new wrinkle as a concession to Manning’s sore knee. Instead of running stretch plays, they ran a nifty pitch left. The play was fairly successful, but lacks the play action possibilities that came with the classic stretch play. More stretch plays could signal that Manning’s knee is feeling better.

For 16 more thing to keep an eye on, check out the full article. I'll check back in later today with a post about Jeff Saturday and one of the coolest photos I've seen.

All joking aside: VY has serious issues. I don't believe that all depression is necessarily chemical (some is), but I believe anyone who plays a sport where he takes frequent blows to the head, runs the risk of developing physical disorders that manifest themselves emotionally. Or maybe he's just a huge drama queen who needs to act like a man, who knows. At any rate, this news is disturbing. Also, shouldn't VY be suing the pants off his shrink? Should she really be telling the club he thought of suicide? And should the club be telling the cops and the press? Isn't there some kind of confidentiality involved? How did this info become public? Can someone fill me in on the law here?

ESPN's PowerRankings

FO has a new look and this piece scares me with its comments about Harrison's 'twitch reflex'. Is that a real thing?


Shake'n'bake said...

Harrison caught and secured the ball, he just wasn't holding it tight enough to keep it in after the CB got a full windup and connected perfectly on the ball. It was just a great defensive play. Marvin went 8 for 76 in the game. He's fine.

Deshawn Zombie said...

I agree that he didn't look 'rickety' but he did drop a deep ball that he should have caught.

Anonymous said...

Forsett is slated as the return man. It won't be a "variety" of guys. And from what I've seen of him, he looks more than capable. The Colts think so too, obviously. I think 50 passes is the key to winning this game, actually. Think Green Bay 2004. We may not run it once in the first quarter. And I definitely think we will win this one. Probably by a lot. Saturday will make the o-line issues disappear.

jc said...

Doctor/Patient confidentiality disappears the minute the word suicide is mentioned.

Federal law.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately....they have to tell the authorities if you plan to kill someone ELSE as well.


Deshawn Zombie said...

Forsett is the return man unless he flubs a kick. I don't think he'll have a real leash. Maybe he's capable, maybe he's not. It's best not count on guys you pick up off the street and expect greatness. Everyone was all happy about Roby like three weeks ago too.

JC-how does that give the team the right to release the info to the media? Do police have the right to release that?

Deshawn Zombie said...

that should say "I don't think he'll have a real long leash".

Obviously, I don't think he'll have a real leash either. That would be counter productive for a return man.

Deshawn Zombie said...

The all passing strategy is interesting. A lot may have to do with what Saturday feels is easier on him (if he plays).

jc said...

I suppose it doesn't give them the right to make it public.

How does that help the team/fanbase/NFL to know one of the young stars (even though he sucks) of the NFL is a depressed headcase?

But it IS a shrink's legal, moral also, but definitely legal obligation to notify authorities of a suicidal patient.

What they do with it is subjective I guess.

Deshawn Zombie said...

That was really my question: The shrink has the responsibility to tell the cops, sure. But what gives her the right to tell the team, and what gives the team the right to tell the public. Doesn't Young have some rights?

Fischer never wanted Young. He doesn't want him now. That much is for sure.

Christopher said...

I too noticed that aside in the FO article. I do realize that, statistically speaking, an N=2 is meaningless, but consecutive games lost due to Marvin fumbles concerns me.

Anyway, for those who are too lazy to check the article, it claims that the ability to hold on to the ball is one of the first things to go in older WRs. It specifically says it goes before the legs do. Any opinions on that?

Also, what did Bill Polian have to say about the game in his radio show?

Deshawn Zombie said...

The Polian corner is basically a written recap of the radio show:

Anonymous said...

The Marvin thing is stupid. It says they lose their ability to "catch and secure" the ball quickly. Marvin has that ability, in fact, he secured it so quickly that he already had it in one hand instead of two. And the Charger game he ran all the way across the field before fumbling. So, that's not the issue. The issue is securing the ball when he's getting hit, which he isn't doing. If he puts both hands on the ball either time, he hangs on to it. Age has nothing to do with that. Maybe it's overconfidence or he just doesn't see the guy coming up behind him.

Deshawn Zombie said...

I tried to check the exact wording again to check if 'twitch reflex' is even a real thing at all. I'm not sure it is.

FO's site has gone back in time about 2 years with the update, so I'll have to check later.

Bob M. said...

FO's new site is wonky to say the least.

Marvin is fine--maybe not the Marvin of 2002 or so, but there are not many better than he is in the league. 5? 6? 8? That's still damn good. And the DB made a perfect hit on the ball--I often wonder why it's not done more often--probably because it weakens the tackling technique. If a guy's heading down or not a threat to bust a lot of tackles (like 88), then you wrap one arm on him and go for the ball with the other. Maybe THAT's why aging WRs might have that rap, though I never heard of it before.

RE: VY, The team is a total wildcard here--they are not a legal part of the patient/doctor/cops information triangle. If the shrink told you or me, I could tell anyone I wanted; so could the team. But my understanding is that the shrink told the Tites and the Tites told the cops. Which seems to be crossing the line of legality.
Please lay off VY for a while. Ridicule his arm, his on-field decision making, his overblown hype, even his mom, but not his psychological/emotional state. It's like making fun of a guy with cancer because he has cancer. Or Tourettes. (which CAN be funny, for like, five minutes, but then you feel like crap.)

This might end up like the GB game about 4 years ago or Denver in 2006--isn't that the one in which Manning-to-Wayne was devastating but Den clawed back near the end with about 200 yards rushing?

Oh, and 18-1! 18-1!