Archive for January 15, 2010

It may have taken over 6o minutes for Adams to make a good play but boy did he make it count

As I watched in awe last Sunday night as the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers racked up the points (in their NFL Wild Card game) like a serial offending drunk driver I couldn’t fail to notice one man looked to be having a nightmare of Elm Street proportions.

Cardinals defensive back Michael Adams simultaneously looked lost at sea, was paddling upstream without a paddle and was in charge of his own proverbial rudderless boat (not sure where all the oceanic references are from).

Play after play he was either committing a defensive penalty, getting burned by the likes of Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley or getting substituted.

After some plays I just wanted him to get hurt so he wouldn’t have to come back on the field to be victimized by Aaron Rodgers.

The result of Adam’s lack of coverage skills – the Packers mount a mind-blowing comeback and we go into overtime in the highest scoring NFL playoff game in league history.

Green Bay won the toss, and with scores standing at 45-45, it looked like it was going to be a case of first team to get the ball would go 80 yards for the winning score.

Aaron Rodgers took the reins at the start of the drive and began to move the ball, but a huge holding call on Calais Campbell forced the Pack into 3rd and long.

Back goes Rodgers into the pocket, and out of nowhere comes the one man curse, the Frank Spencer of the NFL, Michael Adams the blitzing demon defensive back.

Adams managed to administer the perfect hit on Rodgers, which dislodged the ball, that was subsequently plucked from the air by Karlos Dansby and returned for the winning score.

This to me was the personification of never giving up. Adams must have felt so bad after 60 minutes of ‘hide behind your hands’ football ineptitude, that he channelled all his energy into that blitz that shattered the dreams of thousands of Wisconsin residents.

Could this be the start of a second dream run for the Cardinals? You know what I wouldn’t put it past them, and I would’t put it past Adams doing something game changing against the Saints this weekend.

Its the 49ers v Broncos at Wembley in 2010 - Not exactly my dream matchup

In 2007 we had the New York Giants team that went on to lift the Superbowl, In 2008 we had offensive fireworks as the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints trading touchdowns like they were right hooks in a ring, and in 2009 we were treated to future Hall of Fame bust owners Tom Brady, Randy Moss and coach Bill Belichick.

In 2010 we have Kyle Orton and Alex Smith and two teams that have combined for JUST 2 playoff wins combined in the last 10 full NFL seasons (a 49ers Wild Card win in 2002 and a Broncos Divisional round win in 2005).

Yes the 49ers have a stud running back in Frank Gore, and a WR with big ‘potential’ in the shape of 2009 1st round draft pick WR Michael Crabtree, but their defense is pretty grotty aside from Patrick Willis.

As for the Broncos they have a Bears reject at quarterback, a Pro Bowl WR who seems to be a petulant liability (Brandon Marshall), a defense that ranked 26th in the league in rush defense.

Bottom line this is my least favourite matchup of teams that will make the pilgrimage to London, England.

When I say least favourite I mean in a 2010 exciting and meaningful game context.

I do appreciate the history of both teams, having grown up watching Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Tom Rathman, Roger Craig, John Elway, Steve Atwater, et al.

I just have to say I am not exactly blown away by a Kyle Orton short passing game versus a similar activity delivered on the sacred Wembley turf.

I have to admit I will pay extra attention to the free agency moves of the Mile High crew and the Goldrush fanatics, and their subsequent draft picks.

I just have a feeling that unless both teams do some significant off-season roster pimping then we could be in for a rather dull 16-10 sort of game where it becomes a festival of field goals.

Using an analogy from the wrong sport I do wonder if the NFL has scored an own goal with these two definitions of mediocrity.

I wonder if you think like me and would have rather seen someone like the Indianapolis Colts up against the Green Bay Packers? This from a Redskins fan!