Joe Knows...umm...what does Joe know?
If you enjoy watching Joe Theismann expose his lack of intellect on MNF, may we suggest you peruse his written offerings as well?
In a recent column in espn Insider, Theismann lays claim to a discovery that he says no one else has talked about yet. The discovery that WR's have become the new alpha males on NFL teams. That now, when you talk about team leaders, WR's are the "engines" of the teams.
"Now, when I talk about the engine of an organization, I'm talking about a guy who gets the team going and without him the team wouldn't be nearly as good."
The examples he gives are Steve Smith, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Plaxico Burress, Tory Holt, Anquan Boldan, Chad Johnson, Hines Ward, Andre Johnson and Javon Walker.
Certainly, a guy like Steve Smith is widely recognized as the "engine" in Carolina. The argument could probably be made for Holt in St. Louis. But Terrell Owens in Dallas? Moss in Oakland? Johnson (this year) in Cincy? Certainly, his examples present plenty of room for debate. But the most suspect part of his column is this:
"The reason this sudden change has taken place is because of the change in offensive rules. It's vitally important to have a very good receiver on your team because they've been set up to be the true game changers on the field and it isn't as important to have a great quarterback to be successful. "
Really? Quick look at the QB's of the Division leaders in the AFC: Manning, Brady, McNair and Rivers. Even Joe can't argue that Manning and Brady are GREAT. McNair has been widely credited with being the key ingredient in the Raven's new offensive competency. And Rivers is having an INCREDIBLE first season as a starter. Oh, and not ONE of the "engines" that Joe mentioned plays for any of these teams.
Over in the NFC, the current leaders are Dallas, Carolina tied with N.O., Chicago, and Seattle. Dallas has gotten great play out of Romo. Does anyone (besides Joe) care to argue that since he took over, HE is the "engine", and not Owens? Anyone, anyone? Ok. Chicago didn't have a player on Joe's list, and we all (even Joe) know that the D is the "engine" in Chitown. In Seattle, when they are healthy, Hasselbeck and Alexander are the driving force. The Saints signed Drew Brees in the offseason and he is having a great year, and while rookie Marquis Colston has been great; Brees has been the difference. That brings us to Carolina. And this is the one team that I think Joe is right about, and it was proven while Steve Smith was injured.
Obviously, great receivers are a key ingredient to a winning team. But the idea that if you have a very good receiver and an average QB you enhance your chances to be a winner, or that the trend is that WR's are now the "leaders" on most teams is close to stupid.
I think Joe has somehow misconstrued the diva behavior of many WR's and has equated it with being a leader. Look at the teams on top of each division. Not only do almost all have a very good QB, but very few have players Joe listed as engines.
This is an open plea for ESPN to please keep Joe's low football IQ confined to MNF. Allowing his insights and "discoveries" to proliferate in other mediums and outlets could be construed as cruel and unusual punishment. Please ESPN, we have done nothing so bad as to deserve this! How dare you take my money at Insider and then wrap a sloppy turd in an ESPN logo and call us even!