“There’s a lot of quarterbacks that it doesn’t happen right away for them in terms of winning championships and that type of thing. You don’t have to look any further than the Hall of Famers, (John) Elway and (Brett) Favre. The (championships) came late in their careers.
“They had some of the same issues that Tony’s had. They had some really great games and then they had some tough ones in terms of turning it over and that type of thing.”
POUNCEY POUNCES ON SUCCESS
Amazing, isn’t it, how quickly a little success can go to the head of some pro athletes.
For your listening enjoyment, we present Miami centre Mike Pouncey, by most accounts a player adept at his position and one doing a good job of helping rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill learn the NFL ropes.
But with the Dolphins facing the Indianapolis Colts this weekend and an unlikely battle of two 4-3 teams each with rookie quarterbacks, Pouncey had this to say when asked to compare Tannehill with Indy pivot and No. 1 pick overall, Andrew Luck.
“I think (Tannehill) is the best rookie quarterback in the NFL right now,” Pouncey said, according to FoxSportsFlorida.com.
And he didn’t stop there.
“I think he’s better than RG3,” Pouncey said, referring to Washington Redskins star rookie QB, Robert Griffin III.
“Their games are different. RG3 can throw, but he can also run. Tannehill is a smart quarterback. I think he’s going to be one of those elite guys like Tom Brady when it comes said and done. Just his composure. His leadership in the huddle right now is just phenomenal.
“I do see Tom, and the way he coordinates and runs his offence is the same as Tannehill does.”
Easy, big fella.
Meanwhile, the Tannehill-Luck element to Sunday’s game apparenlty markes the first time since the 1970 merger that rookie quarterbacks with at least three wins as starters face each other.
HISTORY AWAITS PEYTON
Sure, there is still the odd wobbly pass, but is there any doubt that Peyton Manning is back on the mark.
With three touchdown tosses and 305 yards through the air in the Broncos’ blowout win over New Orleans, it was Manning’s fourth consecutive with at least 300 yards and three TDs.
How impressive is that? It’s the second longest streak in history and if he can add one more this Sunday against Cincinnati, Manning will match the record of Hall of Famer Steve Young, who opened the 1998 season by hitting both marks in five consecutive games.
’BAMA GOOD, BUT NOT NFL GOOD
There’s no denying that the Alabama Crimson Tide make most of its NCAA football contests look like a men-vs.-boys battle.
The SEC powerhourse is the defending U.S. champion and the consensus No. 1 again this season at it rolls through an undefeated season thus far. How much respect are they getting? This Saturday, the Tide is favoured by 10-points over big rival LSU in a game that will be played on the road at Tiger Stadium, when of the toughest venues in U.S. college football.
Furthermore, coach Nick Saban routinely sees a handful of his players graduate to the NFL each year and with dominant linemen on both sides of the ball, the flow will continue.
There’s no denying ’Bama’s greatness on the college gridiron, but the praise got carried away recently when it was suggested, most recently by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, that the Tide could be competitive against some of the lesser teams in the NFL.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier told The Dan Patrick Show.
“I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favoured by a little bit.”
Gosh coach, you’re wrong on that one.
According to Vegas expert R.J. Bell, whose opinions can be found on website pregame.com, the Tide would be a minimum 24-point underdog — and that would be against the worst teams in the league.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who had a stellar college coaching career as well, agrees with the bookies.
“It ain’t even close,” Carroll told reporters in Seattle on Wednesday. “Alabama’s got a great team, but when you match up the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close.”
ULTIMATE CFL A-WAKE-NING
Another big season for Cameron Wake has resulted in the Dolphins defensive end being named the AFC defensive player of the month for October.
And the question is worth raising again: Is there a player not named Warren Moon that has had more success graduating from the CFL to the NFL?
Wake had three sacks in October, giving him 7.5 on the season but that’s only part of his story. The pressure he puts on opposing quarterbacks is as good as any man at his position in the league and Wake’s contribution is a big reason the Dolphins had a 3-0 month and find themselves in the unlikely position of contenders in the AFC East.
With a strong defence, much of the pressure has been eased on rookie QB Ryan Tannehill, who seems to be playing with more poise by the week.
Folks around the NFL are still talking about Wake’s 4.5-sack performance in Week 4.