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I’ve considered myself a “Knapp apologist” in that I spent most of 2004 and 2005 defending Knapp, his play-calling and his offense. But that has changed this year. Basically from week to week, I don’t know whether I’ll be defending Knapp or trying to execute him. But there is little doubt in my mind, that from a play-calling and offensive management standpoint, 2006 has clearly been Knapp’s worst...

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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 13

As I’m sure a few of you noticed, I didn’t have power rankings up for last week. Mainly because it was a short week and the holidays kept me from the update, but I think it was sort of a blessing in disguise. Mostly due to the ineptitude of the Falcons season, I’ve really gotten bored with doing the power rankings. Not to mention my predictions have really soured since Week 5 or so. So I’m not going to do one...

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Game #10 at Baltimore Ravens Review

This was a very frustrating game as it could be very well titled “A Tale of Two Halves”. The first half had both sides of the ball play extremely well. The second half saw our o-line fall apart, the defense get tired and Allen Rossum getting exploited again as a starter. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Dunn (15/52), Vick (6/54), Norwood (3/2), A. Jennings (1/-4). Outside of Vick running, there was nothing...

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Game #9 vs Cleveland Browns Review

This was just sad offensively. I thought the defense played very tough despite the injuries. Allen Rossum isn’t a starting corner by any means and did give up some key plays but the fact that Cleveland only got 17 points wasn’t bad. At any rate- Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Dunn (21/73), Vick (7/74), Jackson (1/2). Outside of Vick running, there was nothing there. Only 7 of Dunn’s carries went for...

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Mentally Tough

We’ll see just how mentally tough this football team is down the stretch of these last six games. Mental toughness is one of those terms you hear a lot in football, but you don’t know exactly what it means. I’m not sure I have a great grasp of the term myself. But I personally define it as a team/players/coaches that play at their best when their backs are against the wall. They don’t make a lot of mental...

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Vick should step up or step out, Pt. II

As I stated in my previous blog, I believe Vick needs to step up or step out. But at the same time, I realize that the likelihood of this team trading or cutting Vick after this season is about the same as it would be to occur tomorrow. It’s just not going to happen. So while I truly believe that Vick doesn’t have to look much beyond the mirror in order to assess why this team has been so inconsistent, I also realize that...

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Game #8 at Detroit Lions Review

This one was a tough one to stomach watching again but I made it. The first half of the game was just weird. Vick was deadly accurate putting 12 of 13 passes right where he needed to. On the other hand, he also put the ball on the ground and threw a bone-headed interception which directly led to 14 of the Lions 17 first half points. In the second half, he wasn’t as accurate but still accurate enough if the wide receivers could...

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Vick should step up or step out

The simple truth is Michael Vick is not living up to his contract. Is it unfair that he is the highest paid player in NFL history? Perhaps, but that doesn’t matter. Fairness has no place in football or business. The simple fact is that you as a player and/or agent negotiated that contract, and you’re now obligated to live up to it, or the simple reality of the NFL will catch up to you. And that reality is that you will be...

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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 11

I apologize for the tardiness on this column, for it was a busy week at work. Week 10 Results Predictions: 8-8 Blowouts: 1 of 3 correct Non-blowouts: 11 of 13 correct Season Totals Predictions: 83-61 Blowouts: 11 of 32 correct Non-blowouts: 889 of 112 correct Not since Week 5 have I had a winning week. That’s not good. It is growing clear to me that these rankings are not designed to correctly predict winners. That was never...

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Game #7 at Cincinnati Bengals Review

Still in catch up mode but we’ll see how fast we can get there! Okay, this was another great Vick performance and some interesting things also happened on defense. When we got pressure on Palmer, the coverage was better, the passes weren’t as accurate and good things happened for the most part. I don’t there’s any doubt as to how big of a key getting pressure is to our defense. Here’s what I saw: Offense:...

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