Jean-Paul Bergeaux’s List of Things for Week 16

By Columnist Jean-Paul Bergeaux

Things I know.

Congrats Panthers, you are the #1 pick. Playing in the only division in the NFL with three winning teams doesn’t help, but this team is really bad. Their defense is OK, not good, but middle of the road, but their offense is abysmal. Horrid. Now the question is who the best pick will be for the Panthers. Will Andrew Luck come out? Is he the best pick? They need help on offense, that’s for sure. They also will need a new coach, that may not be official, but it’s for sure as well.

Green Bay is a scary team. No they are not running well, but they are winning and winning big. Most people don’t realize this, but they have the highest point differential in the NFC (141) and are second only to New England (174) in the NFL. That means that when they get on a roll, look out. And when they struggle, they lose in close games. Watch out NFC, this may be a wild card team after next week, but they are dangerous. They have a chance to make a statement and get on one of those rolls against the Bears and force a second Packers-Bears game in the wild card round.

Tampa is building a talented young team. The Bucs have the youngest team in the NFL that has around 20 rookies, 5 second year players and 10 third year players. The reason it’s “around” is because and don’t agree. But that’s beside the point. The Bucs are a young team and they are winning. They have a shot to make the playoffs next week if they can take out the Saints in New Orleans and get some help. Even if they don’t make it in the playoffs, they are building on each win and have a lot of young players learning how to win in the NFL. Who would have thought Freeman would grow up this fast?

Things I think I know.

Kansas City deserves the AFC West division crown. Many were calling the AFC West to go to the Chargers weeks ago. Fugedabowdit. No one was expecting the season that KC has had, but there is no doubt that they are a winning team that deserves the AFC West division crown. They have been competitive in nearly every game this year except when Matt Cassell was out with an appendectomy. With Jammal Charles, Matt Cassell and Dwayne Bowe making up their offensive triple play, the Chiefs are pretty balanced on offense and are 11th in defensives points allowed.

Matt Ryan is not the next [insert Hall of Famer] yet. Many have been saying that Atlanta’s “Matty Ice” is the next great quarterback in the NFL. Some have even compared him to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and even Joe Montana. Why? He is not carrying his Falcons like a “great” quarterback does. Michael Turner is. The greats step up when the run game fails. The greats step up when defenses double cover the best WR and TE on the team. Matt Ryan has not proven he can do that yet. Matt Ryan is a good quarterback, no doubt. In fact a very good quarterback. But he has not yet risen to even Phillip Rivers or Aaron Rodgers level yet. They have the ability to carry their teams in a way that Ryan has not yet proven.

Houston needs new coaches. It’s not that Gary Kubiak is a bad guy or that he may not make it somewhere else, but the Houston Texans have hit a wall. They are regressing after finally getting a winning season last year. Particularly they need better game planning and schemes. Kubiak may or may not be making those decisions, but he chose the people that are if he isn’t. It’s time to put a new leader in charge of this talented team. Coaching matters and in this case, the team is under-performing because of coaching.

Things I know I don’t know.

Where will Mike Singletary land? Singletary is a good motivator and seems to have the right demeanor for a head coach, but something is wrong. The guess is that the Xs and Os are off. Singletary was never an offensive or defensive coordinator before ascending to a head coaching job. He went straight from a position coach to head coach. Will he get another head coaching job? Or will he drop down to a defensive coordinator position and get some experience behind the right head coach? It’d probably be in Singletary’s best interest to go look for a coordinator job behind someone like Andy Reid, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton or the like. A Coach that can mentor him some.

Will Tim Tebow be a good NFL QB ? He sure looked good in the Broncos win over Houston. Throwing for over 300 yards, rushing for a TD and showing the same poise that he carried in college makes you wonder. The next question is whether he will be given a shot in Denver with whoever the new coach will be. Or will he have to either wait out his contract or get traded to another team? This is going to be interesting and keep some interest up in Denver early next year.

How does New England do it? First they put together a defense with players that, well, are pretty green. Now they are producing a running game with players that no one wanted. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead aren’t just gimmicks, they are really producing a running game for New England. Neither one was drafted and Woodhead was picked up after being discarded by the Jets earlier this year (and because Kevin Faulk went on IR). Woodhead is averaging 5.3 yards a carry and BJ GE is averaging 4.3 yards a carry for 824 yards so far. Is this coaching? Is this luck? Is this a stellar scouting department? All of the above?

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