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We do a ton of insightful, thoughtful, and serious features here at Footballguys with smart people thinking deeply for you.
This is not one of those features.
This is Random Shots and it's a few pages of me downloading my brain that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about, and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I manage. Here's hoping it has some value for you.
We'll see. Now let's get to it.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. And I hope this was not your Thanksgiving dinner experience...
And thanks for all the kind well wishes to me and my family. Much appreciated and we had a sweet time. You folks rock.
Oh, Kirk Cousins.
Running back Alexander Mattison could see it unfolding and did what he could to help.
Afterward, Cousins said, "Just got under the wrong guy."
I could probably wrap this one up right here.
But I won't.
Cris Collinsworth better watch out. Brees looked smooth on that slide.
C’mon Drew. Don’t make it look so easy. https://t.co/5S3jsqjlWB— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) November 26, 2021
Side note - Comeback Of The Year is easily Drew Brees' hair.
Tony Romo had fun with the overtime coin toss.
Which got me thinking. Do the players get to decide what to call?
Why do I wonder about things like this?
Mike Glennon getting the start because of someone else's neck should be the most ironic thing I read today.
Raiders spoil the Cowboys' Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/3Nqbbzrkqn— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2021
Dallas game in one picture.
This game pic.twitter.com/aqY5aQch1C— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 26, 2021
Yes, I'm twelve.
Cornerback Trevon Diggs' son won Thanksgiving.
This is the real strength of Tom Brady. He works hard and he's smart. But lots of QBs are smart and work hard. Brady has the advantage of a massive mental database of reps on the field plus talent plus a great team. And he's taken great care of himself. That's a strong combination.
On a play action pass, Fournette doesn’t leave the fake handoff entirely empty-handed.— Kinnu Singh (@ByKinnuSingh) November 25, 2021
“Cover-2,” Brady tells him.
Even with his back turned to the defense, he already knows the coverage.
It’s a simple reminder of what fans don’t see:
Brady’s genius lies in the pre-snap phase. pic.twitter.com/1TFHp04ivi
So much for my theory about picking games based on how sharp the players dress pregame...
My favorite part of the Ohio State-Michigan game was that middle school standoff in the tunnel.
Ohio State and Michigan in the hallway pic.twitter.com/RYz1vGzm6d— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) November 27, 2021
My second favorite part is the Ohio State helmets where Coach gives them the little sticker apparently for every day they show up to practice.
Lots of talk about coaches leaving jobs. I'm all for people being paid the money they're worth. I'm a capitalist. But I also get there's more to it than just money. Especially with coaches. This isn't like the free-agent relief pitcher going on the market to the highest bidder. By definition, a coach is a relationship builder investing in the player's lives. It's complicated.
Does any darling team have more media excuses made for them than the Rams? Aaron Rodgers with a broken toe out there juking Jalen Ramsey on a touchdown run and all the talking heads were fawning over the valiant efforts from a "beat up" Matt Stafford and Odell Beckham Jr.
Who's with my friend, Kyle?
Hey Kyle, how many players have you drafted or picked up this year that have landed on IR? pic.twitter.com/eSOO0JLUwI— Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) November 28, 2021
Thanks to Footballguy Clayton Gray for that one.
When defensive linemen dream...
â€¼ï¸ BIG MAN INT â€¼ï¸pic.twitter.com/iKIcPAd6oF— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) November 28, 2021
There are lots of things I don't understand.
But why every player doesn't wear a mouthpiece is high on the list.
Vea wasn't getting much sympathy from his coach.
The Steelers playing defense today. pic.twitter.com/fesdz38Mp6— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) November 28, 2021
More on that.
The Steelers have held 9 of their 10 opponents under 30 points this season.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 28, 2021
The Bengals have scored 31 points... in the first half.
It's still early of course, but thus far Odell Beckham Jr appears brittle and underwhelming. I'm shocked. I mean who could have possibly seen that coming?
Maybe let's dial back that "Cam Newton is a CHEAT CODE" talk for a minute.
Now that's how you throw the challenge flag.
Mike Vrabel tosses the red challenge flag in disgust. pic.twitter.com/Lta1G5QKLB— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 28, 2021
The weekly highlight from Basketball Footballguy, Steph Curry.
This Steph pass ðŸ˜³ pic.twitter.com/zpdwRrlAm3— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 28, 2021
Odell Beckham Jr reportedly fielded offers from the Rams and Packers before choosing Los Angeles.
Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams did not mince words when asked before the Rams - Packers game last week if he'd talked to Beckham.
king tae pic.twitter.com/bKswEHpzpO— CheeseheadTV ðŸ§€ (@cheeseheadtv) November 28, 2021
Thanks to Footballguys Clayton Gray and Jordan McNamara for that one.
Keith Smith does not skip triceps day.
Music Note Of The Week is an old favorite. John Craigie is the epitome of West Coast chill.
"You tried to drown your sorrows
"You shouldn't have taught them how to swim
"And now you are right back where
California is a great song.
It's that time of year...
The time of year where agents for college football coaches change their names to "sources."— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) November 28, 2021
I've been a Roethlisberger apologist but I think it's finally time in Pittsburgh.
I expect it'll be a lot like this:
The Steelers when they have to move on from Big Ben pic.twitter.com/NOv3MuR5tl— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) November 28, 2021
For context. This was Roethlisberger when he was younger.
My buddy, and die-hard Steelers fan Sigmund Bloom said it well: "Last year he started looking like a quarterback who was afraid of getting hit and when you are afraid of getting hit, you’re not Ben Roethlisberger anymore."
Former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley making business decisions...
Lincoln Riley taking a close look at SEC schedule... pic.twitter.com/XYq1vHtpQz— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 28, 2021
Aaron Donald in Green Bay last Sunday. I'd be frustrated too if I got all the hype for being a physical defense and then got pushed around for 40 minutes.
Uh oh. The Patriots may have some receivers...
The Agholor Philly Fan clip is easily in the Random Shots Hall Of Fame. Jalen Reagor gave it new life Sunday.
I'm just going to drop this right here...
Recap of the Browns-Ravens game.
Ravens vs Browns first half recap: pic.twitter.com/4pOyvPJmCp— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) November 29, 2021
FOX ran an "NFL EMERGENCY ALERT" about the Eagles being back. Funny, but not great timing before the Giants game.
Not as fun is they're now apparently in trouble with the FCC for not being serious enough with Emergency Alerts.
This is why we have to put "Do Not Eat" on the box of Tide detergent pods.
Thanks to Footballguy Bruce Henderson for that one.
God Bless Steeler Fans.
Obituary of a 76-year-old Pittsburgh-area man says he passed away "after a long bout with the Steelers."— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 25, 2021
“Wayne Olexa was at his home with family when the Steelers went into overtime against the 0-8 Lions and that was all he could take."
(via @WTAE) pic.twitter.com/J2SMpcoiP0
Wrapping with this one.
49er full back Kyle Juszczyk tried to leap over half the Vikings team Sunday.
Here ya go man pic.twitter.com/eyLX6JANwq— Sergio C (@Checko2) November 29, 2021
He was juussst a bit short and the Internet did what the Internet does.
Believe in yourself like Kyle Juszczyk believed he could leap over four defenders from the five yard line.— M.G. (@MarcasG) November 28, 2021
Juszczyk with the perfect reply.
The key is to believe ðŸ˜‰ https://t.co/TFmjFleWWr— Kyle Juszczyk (@JuiceCheck44) November 29, 2021
I know that sounds goofy but I'm completely convinced he's right. Success takes all kinds of things like talent and effort and work and perseverance and determination and much more. But it starts with belief. Believe in yourself. And here's another angle I mentioned a few weeks ago with Matt LaFleur and Mason Crosby: Don't be so hesitant to believe in others. Don't be reckless, but don't hesitate to be "that person" for someone who needs some support. Sometimes people believe in themselves because someone else believes in them. Be that person.
Thanks to Footballguy Phil Alexander for that one.
That'll do it this week. Thank you for being with me on this goofy journey.
Peace and Grace to you.