Hicks confirmed Tuesday that he will meet with Hart next week to discuss "what's best for the organization." Hicks said the meeting has been a yearly event, but when asked if he anticipated Hart returning for a fifth season as general manager, Hicks could not provide an answer.
"We have a gentlemen's understanding to sit down at the end of the year and see where we are going," Hicks said. "This has been going on for a while. It's not new."
Here are the week 3 turnover numbers, with the winners listed followed by the turnover differential in that given game. This week, the turnover winner was only 6-4-4, taking the record for the season to 27-10-9 or only 73% so far. 73% is the lowest win percentage I have seen since we started this bit in 2003.
ATL E, CIN +5, IND -1, MIA +2, TB +3, STL -1, PHI -2, JAX E, MIN +4, SEA +2, DAL E, NE -2, SD E, DEN +1
Records for teams that finish:
+5 = 6-0
+4 = 3-0
+3 = 3-0
+2 = 6-3
+1 = 9-7
Very unconvincing numbers so far. I assure you that it will get over 80% by the end of the year, like it always does.
And now, on to some quickhits from some of the NFL Games I reviewed last night:
New England 23, Pittsburgh 20
James Farrior looks tremendous for Pittsburgh…Rodney Harrison’s injury was sickening. He is done for a long time…Antwan Randel El’s stupid lateral to Hines Ward is the early leader for “dumbest play of the year”…Richard Seymour is not just good, he is dominant, and approaching great…Willie Parker was an undrafted free agent in 2004 if you were wondering where he came from…Both teams left plenty of points on the field with horrible red zone turnovers…Heath Miller will be a great TE for Pittsburgh. Big time blocker and catcher…Tim Dwight makes New England dangerous on special teams, too….
Tampa Bay 17, Green Bay 16
Al Harris is one of the more solid defenders on a defense without many…Cadillac Williams is great, but the rest of that Tampa Bay offense is very average…Left Tackle may cost the Bucs before long, if you consider Brian Griese getting hurt a huge loss…Tampa got the ball with 5:10 left and a 1-point lead and never gave the ball up again…Green Bay really didn’t look that bad on either side of the ball, except for turnovers. You will never turn the ball over 4 times in the NFL and win. Favre cannot take chances with this team. But, he can’t help himself…
Cincinnati 24, Chicago 7
Odell Thurman is a great looking rookie LB for the Bengals…The Bears DL is still very good and gets constant pressure on the QB while playing well against the run…Carson Palmer looks so comfortable in the pocket…Deltha O’Neal sure doesn’t look like that failed bit in Denver anymore…The Bears having Muhsin Muhammad is like a fish owning a bicycle, they really have no use for him and can’t get him the ball…Kyle Orton is realizing this is not Purdue anymore…After 3 Q, the Bears had more yards, but 5 turnovers…Thomas Jones looks really strong, and Cedric Benson is not even getting a look yet. Nor should he, I suppose…Chad Johnson is so good right now that it is scary…The Bengals are no joke…
Indianapolis 13, Cleveland 6
Dennis Northcutt had a great punt return called back. He has developed into a nice weapon…Rueben Droughns is running hard and keeping himself above Lee Suggs and William Green in rotation…Colts having a hard time being patient. The Browns never put more than 7 in the box, forcing Manning to take the short gains…Dwight Freeney is still unblockable…Dallas Clark did not make any tough catches, in fact, demonstrated some drops in the first half…Edge James is just an absolute workhorse now for the Colts. On one 3rd Q FG drive, he got the ball almost every play of 8 minute drive…With Braylon Edwards, Antonio Bryant, and Northcutt, the Browns have a decent WR group…In 3 games, the Colts have given up a total of 16 points!...Colts OL is very underrated. Manning never gets touched…
Philadelphia 23, Oakland 20
Lamont Jordan may be fine, but when I see #34 in Oakland colors, I am looking for Bo Jackson still…This Eagles defense is still the best in the business if you ask me, and it starts with Trotter and Dawkins…The Woodsen versus Owens battle was entertaining all day, and neither guy had a huge edge. In fact, Owens has had two good battles this season, after opening night with DeAngelo Hall…Warren Sapp very active…Raiders TE Courtney Anderson is another weapon made better with the Randy Moss deep threat. Kind of like Jermaine Wiggins last year in Minnesota…Eagles deep threat on Sunday? Bryant Westbrook, when they get him isolated against a LB it is too easy…Robert Gallery, solid RT, Penalty machine, though…Kerry Collins will still throw the “up for grabs” pass without warning…
Dolphins 27, Panthers 24
Do not like those Carolina Blue Jerseys…Frerotte threw it to Chambers 4 straight plays on opening drive…Ronnie Brown runs strong and scores 1st TD in NFL …What a performance by Frerotte in 1Q, Dolphins up 14-3…Ricky Proehl still a bigger target than Kerry Colbert? Why?...Unintentional comedy play of the day is the Panthers at the Dolphins 1, with Stephen Davis turning around to call timeout while Delhomme is trying to hand him the ball, and is subsequently mauled by a confused Dolphins defender who commits a face mask Personal Foul in the process…Wes Welker caught a kickoff with one foot out of bounds, using a rule that moves the ball to the 40, despite the ball being in bounds (I had no idea)…Chris Chambers burned Chris Gamble for big TD…Deshaun Foster not being used enough, I think…Steve Smith is quite the weapon when healthy…Zach Thomas still the centerpiece of Miami’s defense…Sam Madison has 2 PF’s in 2 minutes in 2nd half…Miami drive early in 4th is all Ronnie Brown, WOW!...Delhomme with killer INT at 2:00 warning to cost Carolina the game…
The Biggest game of the Day? That’s right Liverpool attempts to teach Chelsea (Chelski) another lesson in football …Wish us luck, we are going to need it…
Lebreton on the Congressional Hearings …
Aggies need more from their defense …
Texas A&M enters Big 12 play ranked last in the conference in total defense after allowing 493 yards to Division I-AA Texas State on Thursday.
"It starts with me," said defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, who added that the Aggies "have not gotten better-than-average play from any position. That's disappointing for me because I felt like we would be better at this point than we have been."
Coach Dennis Franchione backed his staff, noting that its 2002 Alabama team ranked third in the nation in total defense.
"I know what this group can do," he said, "and I'm not shaken at all."
A&M is young defensively, with five sophomores starting vs. Texas State. But the Aggies are experienced, returning nine players who started at least four games last season. Torbush said talent, leadership and effort are not the problem.
Forgive me, but, something must be said about this: The Brew Crew is over .500 …
Don't look now, but the Brewers are one game above .500 with five games to go, seemingly poised to end their string of 12 consecutive losing seasons.