Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Sep 2010

MMQB: Week 3 Full of Feel-Good Stories

This week: PK runs down the "Redemption Song" playlist from Vick to Leon, works in an Omaha Nighthawks reference, reveals Peyton Manning's argument against the 18-game schedule, and lets us know that someone done messed with Kareem McKenzie's Wiki.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 27 Sep 2010

19 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2010, 11:22pm by Never Surrender


by hbh_uk :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 10:43am

"If you won't trust your kicker, Dallas, and you certainly don't when you won't let David Buehler attempt a 46-yard field goal and instead go for it on fourth-and-two, then why didn't you cut him last week and sign a trusted vet?"

This is so frustrating: PK has a reasonable point (in this case: David Buehler is probably not an accurate kicker), then undermines the point by using terrible evidence.

TMQ is annoying, but at least he understands that going for it on 4th-and-2 from your opponents' 29-yard line is not a vote of no-confidence in your kicker.

by The Powers That Be :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:14am

Sadly, PK is not alone in this. Everyone, from the announcers during the game to the talking heads after, took the decision to go for it as a vote of no-confidence in Buehler. I would hope my team would always go for it in that situation.

Also, of course, the idea that Dallas would cut Buehler, even if they replace him as FG kicker, is ridiculous.

Also: "Houston,... a team we all thought was top tier." Huh?

by JIPanick :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 4:48pm

As a Cowboy fan, if having an inaccurate kicker is what it takes to make Wade play aggressively, I say bring on Vanderjagt '06.

by S.K. (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:09am

I found it initially encouraging that he highlighted Mike Smith's call to go for it on 4th and 6 from the 37... but then he called it a "gamble" and said that it went against logic. Bah.

Especially frustrating when Smith laid out the reasoning behind the call so clearly.

by Mello :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 9:10pm

His reasoning was little more than feeling lucky gambling. IMO, he overestimated his chances of converting and the chances of the punt going in the endzone.

by BadAxe (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:18am

Nice of Peter to show his stunning lack of understanding of the geography of the rest of the country. We poor bumpkins in flyover country do appreciate his suggestion that the federal government spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail no one wants or needs outside the northeast corridor.

by RickD :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:21pm


Saying "no one wants or needs" is a bit of an exaggeration, no? There are all sorts of medium-length routes that could benefit from high-speed rail.

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 3:04pm

EVERYBODY benefits from railroads, because every railroad will take cars and trucks off the road, reducing congestion, pollution, and highway repair bills.

by Never Surrender (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 1:54pm

Yes, PK would do much better if he observed something like FO's rules on discussing politics. It's embarrassing to watch him flounder like that.

by BadAxe (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 2:07pm

Yeah, realized that after posting. My bad.

by Never Surrender (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:22pm

Believe it or not, that wasn't intended as a jab at you. I'm not quite that passive aggressive, even on the internet. :)

by bubqr :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:42pm

I liked B.Edwards beard. And if there wasn't rule n°1 I might go further with PK's analysis of it but hey.

And yeah : "l. Bernard Pollard. A bruising hitter he's always been. In Houston, he's become a defensive leader and a tackling machine on the level of DeMeco Ryans. Fifteen more stops Sunday against Dallas."
Yeah, tackles sure are a good way to measure safety play, and pass defense overall (that texans Fearsome secondary !). Maybe, just maybe, if QBs weren't completing passes right and left when facing Houston, he'd be making less than 15 tackles...

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 3:05pm

I agree. Where does a fat slob like King get off criticizing anybody's appearance?

by The Hypno-Toad :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 3:41pm

A truly amazing beard. It was on its way to becoming my favorite sports beard, supplanting Baron Davis circa 2007.

by Nathan :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 7:16pm

I'm a Pats fan and even I liked the beard.

by lester bangs (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 3:56pm

Peter King: I think there is no official in sports who loves to hear himself speak more than Ed Hochul.

I heart irony.

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 6:31pm

You notice that Tim Tebow was the third quarterback Sunday? That's a nod to the fact that Orton's running the offense so well that Josh McDaniels doesn't think there's any point right now in taking Orton off the field to throw the Tebow change-up at the defense.

So PK praises McDaniels for trading up to draft Tebow in the first round, and then praises McDaniels more for making Tebow the inactive 3rd string? This is like RaiderJoe praising the Raiders for both hiring Lane Kiffen and then firing him later.

by tuluse :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 6:43pm

Food decision then, food decision now.

I have to say I experience a large amount of schadenfreude at any failure Tim Tebow has, so I'm enjoying this quite a bit. Isn't the real story here that McDaniels thinks Brady Quinn is better than Tim Tebow right now?

by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Mon, 09/27/2010 - 6:47pm

Moeaki was hurt half the time at Iowa. The guy is legit....when he's on the field. If he miraculously stays healthy in the NFL Hawkeye fans have reason to gripe since he rarely went 2 minutes without an owie