October 25, 2012
Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez most overrated: survey
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
It's been another fun week for New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
A day after a poll commissioned by Forbes magazine found he was the ninth most-disliked NFL player, Sanchez was voted the second most-overrated NFLer in a Sports Illustrated survey of more than 180 players.
At least he wasn't voted the most overrated player on his own team.
That's because Sanchez's backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, was found to be the No. 1 most overrated NFLer -- in a landslide. Tebow got 34% of the votes.
But of course there's a yin for every Tebow yang, and if you recall in the summer, the NFL Network's annual survey of players listed him 95th out of some 1,700 players.
Sanchez and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo each received 8% of the SI vote, with Sanchez ahead by a hair.
GRIFFIN GREAT TO WATCH ... EXCEPT FOR FOES
TV cameras caught New York Giants defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell chuckling last Sunday, after one of Robert Griffin III's magical plays.
Griffin, the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback, had just completed a dart on fourth-and-10 after eluding a strong pass rush from Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Fewell appeared to be mock-chuckling, as in, "How the hell am I supposed to dial up a play to stop that?"
Fewell said Thursday that was exactly right.
"Well, if I did what I wanted to do ... I don't think it would be made for TV," Fewell told New York reporters.
"You know what? That kid was amazing Sunday. I just had to shake my head. I don't know how ... he escaped JPP. He ran around, what seems like forever, and then he threw a laser beam right to the tight end's chest. I don't see that very often from quarterbacks, normal quarterbacks."
Just as impressive, Fewell said, was Griffin's speed when he decided to run.
"The guy, he is a very fast football player. He is the fastest player on the field. When he takes off, it just seems like he's driving and everyone else is humping it.
"If I was a fan, I would want to watch him. I know as a coach, I don't want to watch him."
When someone mentioned he has to do it only twice a year for the next 10-15 years, Fewell said: "I won't have any hair, huh?"
EAGLES DEFENCE SELF-SCOUTING
New Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had a message Thursday for those who believe all his charges need is smarter, less-predictable game-planning.
"Every defence is going to have a base where they're going to be predictable," said Bowles, whom head coach Andy Reid promoted from secondary coach last week after firing Juan Castillo.
The Eagles (3-3) play host to the NFL's last undefeated team, the 6-0 Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday.
Castillo was roundly criticized for his predictable, vanilla defensive schemes that opposing teams were exploiting by the time the the fourth quarter rolled around each week.
"No matter what team you're on, or what coach you have, everybody's going to have a scheme," Bowles said. "Our scheme is the wide-nine. You know that going in. You play as hard as you can and you keep your base core and, game plan-wise, you try to adjust and tweak some things as you see fit, if that fits the game plan.
"If it doesn't, you always come back to your core. So, it's not as much as being predictable; it's just trying to get your playmakers in better position to make more plays. I don't think that's unpredictable or predictable. It's just getting to see what your guys can do best, and letting them do it."
The Eagles had a bye last week, and Bowles explained that that is when coaches do intensive self-scouting.
"You get to see a lot of things that you're doing wrong and right, and you try to fix the things you're doing wrong. I don't think it was more or less of us being unpredictable. It's just more or less of us correcting the things that we need to correct that people are taking advantage of."
HILLIS AN EL CAMINO?
On Wednesday, Peyton Hillis compared himself to fellow Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles like this.
Hillis said Charles was a Ferrari and he was a 1972 El Camino.
Asked Thursday if Hillis was right, Charles said, "He's kind of right -- compared to me, he's like a big truck to me, a big monster truck. And I'm more like a Lambourghini."
Er, do you even know what an El Camino was, Jamaal?
"No. What is it?"
Well, a reporter explained, it was a hybrid car-truck -- essentially a car with a truck bed on the back. A mini pickup of sorts.
"Somebody cut a car and then they added a truck on the back?" Charles said, laughing.
It probably was not one of the models Chevrolet had in mind went it lumped its brand in with baseball, hot dogs and apple pie as icons of America, in that old TV commercial ditty.
NELSON LIMPING FOR PACKERS
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' arm is hotter than Hades these days, but he must be wondering what in heaven is happening to his receivers.
Greg Jennings announced Thursday he's having surgery next week on his nagging groin injury.
And Jordy Nelson missed practice after injuring a hamstring on Wednesday. Nelson is not expected to practise Friday.
The Packers play host to Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon.
OTHER INJURY UPDATES
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon would give Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins an even more dangerous offence if he could just get healthy. Garcon, who has played in two games, said Thursday he has a "plantar plate tear" in the bottom of his right foot but hopes to avoid surgery ... Garcon's teammate, linebacker London Fletcher, saw a neurologist for a "balance" issue. His streak of 231 consecutive games played is in jeopardy Sunday in Pittsburgh ... There's an outside chance St. Louis Rams wideout Danny Amendola might play Sunday in London, England, against New England. His shoulder injury is healing faster than expected, and he practised on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday ... Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (sore ribs) practised "way more" this Wednesday than he did seven days earlier, head coach Pat Shurmur said ... The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) on injured reserve with a designation to return, which is the new rule that allows each club to activate one player per season from IR. Smith, the Jags' career tackles leader with 1,084, hasn't played all season. He'd previously missed only three games since 2004.
IT'S NOT EASY
Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, on the difficulty of getting all defenders up front to remain in their proper gaps in stopping the run: "It's hard. Forrest Gregg used to say, 'If it was easy, people would walk off the street and do it.' "
CBS' news magazine show, 60 Minutes, will profile Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan. The native of Pakistan immigrated to the United States with almost no money, yet came to own the Illinois-based auto-parts giant Flex-N-Gate Corporation. He is the NFL's first minority owner.