The Morning Fix

—–Future Boy says: Hey Bob, I painted my car red and gold, including the windshield. Then I ran it into a silver and black garbage dumpster. Now my tachometer is stuck on 1873, which I am assuming is the number of yards gained from scrimmage by Jamaal Charles during the 2010 NFL season. But I could be way off–it might mean all-purpose yards instead. What do you think?

Bob says: Hey Future Boy, since you ran into a silver and black dumpster, I wonder if 1873 isn’t the year that Al Davis was born. I’m not sure Charles will approach that number, but it may be the total combined rushing yards of Charles and Thomas Jones.


Zach S says: Bob, what are your thoughts on the possibility of lengthening the regular NFL season? Would an 18-game season just increase the percentage of injuries? I am against it because it seems that a 16-game season keeps the competition tighter than an 18-game season would. I can see, though, that the teams would probably make more money on Sunday if they turned a pre-season game into a game that counts.

Bob says: I’ve gone back and forth on this subject in my mind and I’m still not sure I’ve made a final decision. Right now, I’m against increasing the number of games to 18. This is a decision that seems fait accompli at this point and it’s all about money. The league thinks two more weeks of games will bring more money from the TV networks and ticket buying public. The players would rather not, but if it means more money for them, they’ll agree to the expansion of the regular season. If I’m the NFL Players Association, increasing the schedule to 18 regular season games would require a major payback of some kind in the new labor agreement.

Answer Bob/Part #2 … Wednesday Cup O’

Dawson, Griese and Brees understand Purdue’s “Cradle of Quarterbacks” tradition.

“I look at the guys that came before me,” Brees said. “I didn’t know a lot about Purdue when I was first recruited by Purdue. In all honesty, I thought Purdue was an Ivy League school.

“It didn’t take me long to realize the strong quarterback tradition that Purdue has. I need to carry on that tradition.”

Dawson led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl IV, earning MVP honors. Griese guided the Miami Dolphins to three Super Bowls and won the last two (VII and VIII).

Brees was named the MVP of last season’s Super Bowl, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Dawson said. “The ultimate game in professional football is to play and win the Super Bowl. When you do it in magnificent fashion like Drew and the Saints did and what they had to overcome, it’s remarkable. It’s bragging rights. I’ve been bragging about this for the rest of my life.”

Purdue QBs: ‘Absolute legends’

That’s one thing that coach Tomlin talked to us about,” said inside linebacker James Farrior, who took the brunt of blame for the problem because he handles the defensive calls signaled from the sideline. “Listening is a skill, something you’ve got focus in on and learn how to do.”

Miscommunication was a major culprit last season when the Steelers blew five fourth-quarter leads, including cushions against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. It’s something the Steelers said was addressed — but not stressed — during voluntary workouts, which ended two weeks ago.

“Bad communication, that’s all it was,” cornerback Ike Taylor said. “That’s what happens. When you don’t communicate one down, it’s a play gone bad. For an offense, they can scramble and fix that. For a defense, when you don’t communicate, you don’t know what’s going to happen: somebody might go in the wrong gap, somebody in the secondary might go on the wrong call or the wrong read.

“A busted play; there goes seven points.”

Steelers defense concentrating on improving communication-Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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