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NFL Unfiltered Week 3: Green Bay Packers get hosed, MIchael Vick, and more!


The NFL landscape is forever changing.  And today, the trend is to put the game back in the hands of the quarterback. That isn't wise?

Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan  are just the latest to be "unleashed" even though neither has done enough to warrant that kind of responsibility.

Ryan is 0-3 in playoff games. Flacco might not have any playoff wins himself were it not for a terrific defense, a very good tailback and a competent coaching staff.
Michael Vick photo: BleacherReport.com
Still, coaches continue to make the poorest philosophical decisions as if running the football is somehow illegal.

The point is there are less than seven teams in the entire league who go into every game committed to running the football.

If historically great, one-dimensional teams like the 1984 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots weren't good enough, you can't expect quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Matthew Stafford to buck the trend.

What the pundits can't or won't say

-Despite his own assertions, Eli Manning is not an elite NFL quarterback, with the exception of three or four times a year he looks like one.

-I blame Cam Newton's struggles on head coach Ron Rivera.  He's coaching like he thinks Newton is in a video game.

-Even Jason Garrett can (almost) look smart when the Cowboys run the football.

-It's easy to forget Randy Moss hasn't really tried since the end of the 2009 season.  In his current role with the 49ers, he could play another two years.

-Alex Smith just isn't accurate enough to ever be considered really good.

-Christian Ponder is as quick as any quarterback in the league. He's Doug Flutie-like.

-Surprise, Joe Philbin!  As the up man in a punt formation, Tim Tebow took a direct snap and gained 5 yards on 4th & 3. The amount of money being stolen by many coaches is criminal.

-DeAngelo Hall has mostly been a disappointment.  He carries himself like Deion Sanders but plays like Izell Jenkins.

-Up two scores in the 4th quarter Adrian Peterson gained 8 yards on 1st and 10.  The Vikings then ran two straight pass plays and were forced to punt.  Leslie Frazier is another guy who occasionally wins in spite of himself.Photo: espn.go.com

-It's obvious players are being coached to play beyond the whistle. One of these replacement officials needs to show some onions and toss somebody. That'll stop the nonsense.

-Lost in the disgust over the blown call at the end of the Packers/Seahawks game is the fact M.D. Jennings showed why selfishness leads to losing.  In perfect position to bat the football down, he instead opted for the ESPN highlight.

-The same people who are piling on the replacements referees won't ever criticize a coach or general manager with similar vigor.

-The Texans became dangerous once they realized Matt Schaub is not Dan Marino.

-I like Steve Young, I really do.  But is every good effort on Monday Night Football the best you've seen in a long time?

-Rest in peace, Steve Sabol.  Your contributions to the NFL are immeasurable.

Top 4 this week (rankings disclaimer: my top four will always feature two AFC teams and two NFC teams).

1.  Houston Texans
2.  Arizona Cardinals
3.  Atlanta Falcons
4.  Baltimore Ravens

Earl Myers is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area.  He closely follows North America's four major sports leagues but just about any sporting event gets his attention.  His goal is to provoke a little thought in his readers.

Contact Earl at emyersiii@gmail.com

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VIck photo: Bleacher Report

Packers/Seahawks photo: espn.go.com