The Designed Rush column covers all NFL action through Sunday each week. Of course, with the exception of Week 17 and the postseason, there's this pesky thing called Monday Night Football. Which means there are possibly significant developments and storylines left uncovered. Enter The Designed Rush Redux.
Disconnected Observations From The Niners Self-Implosion
-That the Saints aren't winning pretty in their first two games shouldn't be an overwhelming concern for New Orleans fans. For starters, it was the Saints M.O. in 2009 to find ways to pluck wins from the ether when either they didn't bring their A-game or the opposition jumped way out in front on the scoreboard. Recall wacky comeback wins the team posted last season in games against Miami and Washington. It's a trite cliche, but it's true that great teams just win ways to eke out victories. That New Orleans is showing an aptitude for generating tough wins even as the offense has struggled against two solid defenses
-As soon as Reggie Bush went down with his fractured fibula, the ESPN announcing team exhausted its supply of furious hyperbole in making it seem as though it were a crippling blow to the New Orleans offense. While Bush played well in the Saints postseason run last year, there are few times where it seems like he's instrumental to the New Orleans attack. Then again, in the 10 games Bush has missed in the last three seasons, the Saints are 7-3, averaging 32.7 points per game.
- The rage Mike Singletary has been known to display in the locker room and in interviews manifested itself magically on Monday night when he thought the officials were ignoring a timeout call in the second half. There needs to be some sort of NFL Coach Skills Competition held the week of the Pro Bowl. A scream-off between Singletary and Tom Coughlin could be the highlight of the event.
- Through two games Michael Crabtree has three catches for 44 yards, while Darrius Heyward-Bey has hauled in seven passes for a not particularly staggering but still superior 91 yards. The solemn code of knee-jerk punditry dictates that I coyly introduce the idea that Crabtree is actually the bust without actually committing to the idea. I could sell a series of instructional tapes on being a NFL troll.
NFL Player Tweet(s) Of The Night
And once again all we do is win win win win.
One thing about being a saint, when you got the man upstairs behind you you can't lose. WHO DAT
Let's see: here's a player who's still on the PUP list invoking DJ Khaled after his team pulls out a win and saying God intercedes on their behalf. We may just find a way to dislike these Saints yet.
Delicious Bundle Of Gripes
- Braylon Edwards was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of DWI. No doubt he's jealous of all the attention Vincent Jackson's been getting. Perhaps not the best practice of his to emulate.
- Bill Belichick on Randy Moss' incredible one-handed touchdown grab against the Jets: "It was a terrific catch, but we've seen that play in practice maybe a dozen times." Of course, Belichick knows how rare that is, having seen your team's practice as well. Woooo, three-year old Spygate references!
- Browns center Alex Mack claims that former teammate and current Chiefs defensive lineman Shaun Smith grabbed Mack's genitals during a play on Sunday. A shame, as we could have seen our second "something extra" penalty enforced since the preseason.
- Jeff Fisher is now claiming his benching of Vince Young on Sunday was "kind of a one-time thing." I bet that kind of instills confidence in his starter, unless of course he turns the ball over more than once.