Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.
It was a good week for ...
1. Broncos fans: You're enjoying this, right? More to the point, you guys appreciate what's going on here, right? You're in a golden age, rooting for a team with a quarterback surging toward his sixth (sixth!) MVP award and a legit defense that makes Denver a balanced juggernaut. The prohibitive Super Bowl favorite.
It was a bad week for ...
1. Broncos scoreboard operator: Perhaps caught up in all the euphoria and good fortune mentioned above, the scoreboard guy at Mile High angered Peyton Manning with some questionable directorial choices when the home team had the ball. Scoreboard Guy's family should just start planning the annual memorial golf outing right now.
2. Jake Locker:Jake Locker is the NFL's version of Mr. Glass, and Ken Whisenhunt decided he can't coach while crossing his fingers anymore. As Wess noted Thursday, Locker is set to join the "bridge" club along with other not-quite-the-answer guys like Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Orton and Michael Vick.
Family is about loyalty
Love how Hawkins really sells it with the deep sigh followed by, "Good luck." Just killed me.
¿Dónde está Wembley?
Seriously, what could go wrong with the Mettenberger era?
I've seen into the future ... a scoreboard tells me I'm midway through the third quarter of the Titans' game against the Texanson Sunday. I ... I see ... a wizard ... no ... a Whiz ... he looks to be in pain ... like he's contracted Zimmer's kidney stones. But that's not it. Whiz's discontent is rooted in the sudden realization he turned over his season, and maybe job security, to the 178th pick in the draft. I'm reading his mind now ... I believe I can make it out ... yes, there it is ... "I've made a huge mistake."
Football Baby knows all
Dameshek's infant son has a skill that will make him the most valuable commodity since Biff's sports almanac.
Glorified G(reen Bay)
Several Packers players attended the Pearl Jam concert in Milwaukee this week, but nobody had more fun than Matt Flynn. While Aaron Rodgers watched from a private box, Flynn kept it real with the other diehards on the floor. Eddie Vedder rewarded Flynn's loyalty by donning a No. 10 jersey for part of the concert.
And now, invoking my right as a 34-year-old white dad, here are my top 10 essential Pearl Jam songs:
What The What?
"Kenneth Tarr became so overly excited while watching football that he headbutt the glass front-entrance door, which subsequently shattered," the Plainsboro Police Department stated in a press release.
Tarr was charged with criminal mischief and released. The busted door will cost $500 to repair. That's a costly DeMarco Murray first down.
Quote of the Week, Part I
*"We was flying high going into that bye and now we like the scum of the crop right now." *
Quote of the Week, Part II
"Not to sound off my rocker, but (Austin Davis) -- in my mind -- can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. (Brian) Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."
A-Rod, Romo, oh no
We're some Tebowing and a unicycling Bieber away from a societal implosion here.
Dockett on troll duty
Hero of the Week: Mike Zimmer
(If you just read that while squeezing your thighs together as tight as possible, know you are not alone.)
Until next time ...