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Justin Herbert needs a more open offense

NFL

A few fleeting remarks about the NFL while I dust off my resume for a run at the job of special teams coach of the Dallas Cowboys:

 
  • Speaking of coaching jobs that should be open, how long will it be before the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching position is available? And what’s the opposite of “Comeback Kids,” anyway?
  • Justin Herbert has looked like a star in the making for the Chargers so far, but if you look at that ill-fated “hook-and-lateral” play at the end, he was forced out of the pocket to his left and had to deliver the pass about a second too late, forcing the rushed lateral and muff. The timing was off just a bit. Too bad, I've loved that play since the Dolphins used it against the Chargers so many years ago.
  • I’d like to see the Chargers open up their offense for Herbert just a little. Of course, I said the same thing about that offense when he was at Oregon. What's the point of having that big arm if you don't use it?
  • Did you notice I didn't call them "Los Angeles" Chargers? Too soon, I guess. They're still San Diego to me.
  • So just put Nick Foles in the bullpen where he belongs. Baseball has taught us that some guys are starters and others are relievers. Foles is a reliever -- maybe even a closer. Just leave it at that, OK?
  • It’s one thing for Drew Breeze to get old, but quite another for him to show it so painfully every week.
  • I did not have Josh Allen penciled into the MVP race, but for some reason I love seeing him do well.
  • That reminds me, I’ve never seen so many pass interference calls fuel last-minute drives. And most of the time, they were good calls. I applaud NFL officials for having the nerve to throw the flag in this era of “let the players decide the game.” They can’t decide the game if the zebras don’t keep the game clean.
  • I’m not sure the Seahawks are sustainable Super Bowl candidates with that defense they are putting out there. And when MVP candidates seem to be judged on how many games their team wins, Russell Wilson’s candidacy may not be sustainable, either. That defense is doing to cost them some games -- especially with the injuries mounting up.
  • So tell me again, who is this Nick Mullens guy?
  • At 2-1, the Cleveland Browns are over the .500 mark. That’s the first time such a miraculous thing has happened since 2014.
  • Philip Rivers threw his 400th touchdown pass Sunday. Doesn’t it seem as if he’s thrown 4,000 interceptions?