News and Notes Heading Into Week 7

Kickoff for Week 7 is now less than 48 hours away, and with it came some breaking news on Friday, the biggest of which had to do with some big injury notes out of Jacksonville.

* Jags QB Bryon Leftwich did not practice on Friday, and word is he may miss Sundays game with the woeful Texans with an ankle injury. The ankle injury is on his left ankle, the same one that was hurt last season that caused him to miss five games. Word is that Leftwich took normal snaps in practice on Wednsday and Thursday, but had soreness in the ankle, and was to have an MRI on Friday. He is listed as questionable on the teams injury report. This is important news since the Jags are the favorite in my opinion to be the top wild card in the AFC. He is fragile, as is shown by the fact he has been injured in three of four seasons as the Jags starter. David Garrard, who came in last season and threw for 4 TD’s and 1 pick in 7 starts for the Jags a season ago, would be the starter Sunday against the Texans.

* The 20-year old loser who posted an internet threat about “dirty bombs” in seven NFL stadiums was arrested and charged on Friday with federal charges. He could face up to five years in prision. This moron, whose name is on the wire stories, but I will not mention, is a grocery store clerk, who amuses himself by posting these types of threats, and did it on about 40 sites. I don’t care if this guy is an alter boy, throw the book at him and watch him sweat in prision. He won’t get jail time from what I have read about him and the case, but I at least hope they make him some sort of an example to all the scums of life who get their kicks by posting these types of things on the internet.

* A report says that the reason that Jim Fassel was fired as Ravens offensive coordinator was that he was not working all that hard, and was pressing too hard to get another head coaching job. Brian Billick, who is a good friend of Fassel, said that firing him was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do. Maybe Brian ought to watch his back, because if his team does not get things turned around and keeps dropping games, it may turn out that he and Jim can watch games together – from the stands.

* A popular website this week reported that former Bears and Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt could get a look at becoming the next Pittsburgh Steelers head coach if Bill Cowher walks away after this season. My one question to this – why? Wannstedt is a bad NFL head coach, and had to jump ship in the middle of an awful season when the Dolphins were struggling. I have said from the word go that there is already a perfect fit for the Steelers head coaching job if Cowher leaves after 2006 – current offensive coordinator Ken Whisehunt. There is no one else out there with as much experience as Whisenhunt when it comes to dealing with players on the roster like Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Parker. He would be the perfect guy to take Cowher’s place in 2007 if Bill steps away.


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One Response to “News and Notes Heading Into Week 7”

  1. Rockwell says:

    Matt…

    You are just trying to make things interesting right? The Vikings win in Seattle?! Sure, the Vikings are great at upsets this year. But the fans in Seattle are LOUD! They are the difference.
    Also, I do think the Bucs are better than their record and will play the Eagles to a very close game. However, the Bucs don’t have upset in them two straight weeks in a row. Not yet. The Eagles won’t be complacent this week.
    You are right about the Stinker Bowl in Miami. But logic (where does that come in with these two teams?) dictates that if Harrington is so rotten that he will hand the game to the Pack. Favre may be reckless, but he can still pull it out if he gets some blocking. But you are right… with so much imperfection… this is difficult to predict.
    (For all of my picks, see: “The Office Pool”.)
    Good luck.