Week three saw the hot seat cool off for some and heat up for others. Two surprise teams remain undefeated Chicago and Kansas City. Michael Vick continues to impress while the man most responsible for him being in Philadelphia returns to the city that has shown him anything but “Brotherly Love”.
1. Does the firing of offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye officially put Mike Singletary on the hot seat? According to Singletary he made the call to release Raye who was in his second season as coordinator. The offense has scored 38 points in three games (second worst in the NFL) due to an inconsistent play from quarterback Alex Smith and the wide receivers. The one mainstay in the offense has been running back Frank Gore, who hasn’t dazzled out of the backfield but leads the team in receptions. As for Singletary, he has a little rope here, for one he’s playing in the NFC West where any of the remaining teams in the division can become unraveled at anytime. Most importantly, Singletary has the total trust of the Niners brass and he hasn’t lost the lockerroom, the day that happens expect “Samurai” Mike to fall on his sword.
2. Are the Kansas City Chiefs for real? As long as the offense continues to go through Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones while Matt Cassel gets his self together they’ll be in every game. Charles and Thomas are 7th and 10th in the NFL respectively and have been the cataylsts for an offense ranked 17th in the NFL. But eventually the Chiefs are going to need Cassel to get on board the Chiefs passing attack (for lack of a better term) is ranked 29th. Dwayne Bowe, explosive rookie Dexter McCluster and tight end Tony Moeaki give Cassel more than enough options. The Chiefs young defense is ranked 13th in total yards per game giving up 12.7 points per game. I’ll wait to see how the Chiefs fare in the next two weeks with road games in Indianapolis and Houston.
3. What’s going on with the Giants and Chargers? In Sunday’s contest against the Tennessee Titans, the Giants looked as undisciplined as I’ve ever seen them. They are getting killed against the run despite being ranked #10 in total defense. The situation with Brandon Jacobs isn’t going to get any better, it would be wise for Tom Coughlin to nip this potential powderkeg in the bud. Other than that I can’t see the Giants falling too far out of the NFC East race. As for the Bolts, I’m hearing that they start slow but both loses came against non-playoff teams. The Chargers are moving the ball and for the most part holding opponents to modest numbers. Maybe it is a slow start but I still feel that quarterback Phillip Rivers isn’t 100% comfortable with his supporting cast other than Antonio Gates. Upcoming games against the Raiders, Chargers and Rams will give us a better look at this team.
4. Will Donovan McNabb perform well in his return to Philadelphia? He wants to show the fans and media more than the Eagles brass. I’m curious to see how the Eagles approach defending McNabb. I listened to Andy Reid speak about Donovan yesterday and I felt he was uncomfortable about facing McNabb from an emotional standpoint. I’m sure McNabb feels some of that as well. I know I do.