By: Bob George/BosSports.net
October 11, 2005

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He booted three field goals in Super Bowl III, but spent most of his career as a Denver Bronco. Jim Turner helped the Jets make history during what was his best year from a field goal percentage standpoint. He hung around with the Broncos long enough to participate in Super Bowl XII, nine years after his first such experience. Between 1968 and 1973, he never missed an extra point. Turner kicks the ball straight on and it floats end over end down to about the two-yard line.

Jim Mora Jr. thinks Tom Brady should go into the Hall of Fame. When? Right now. "We might as well induct him right now, that's where he's going!"Ě, says the Falcon coach.

Now Tom, are you going to meanmouth this guy for talking about the Patriots?

Dallas versus Philadelphia, subtitled the "Dealing With High Maintenance Wide Receivers Bowl"Ě. In this game, Drew Bledsoe won both the battle and the war.

Meanwhile, can't the NFL designate an official spanker to take care of Keyshawn Johnson and Terrell Owens?

There's something simply not right about the quarterback situation in Buffalo. Kelly Holcomb has no right to be outperforming J.P. Losman.

But against Miami, everyone will take it.

They gave up 52 points on Sunday. The Saints could really do well to come home. And not to San Antonio.

Nice to see Benjamin Watson catch one for a change. And he took it to the house, no less.

Did Clinton Portis deserve to get booed in his return to Denver on Sunday? He was traded for Champ Bailey, it's not like he defected as a free agent or anything.

Geek of the week: Shut up, Keyshawn.

Mike Martz needs this time away from football. For both the good of the Rams as well as he himself. Get well soon, coach.

And he needs to come back as an offensive coordinator, not a head coach.

If Vinny Testaverde leads the Jets to the playoffs, scholars will have no recourse but to sit back, scratch their heads, and wonder what to make of it.

Included in those thoughts: How far has Vinny set back quarterbacking?

Peyton Manning did it right. Take your lumps as a rookie and just learn the game. Alex Smith, take note. You saw the results of the Peyton Way firsthand.

Brian Billick knows how fleeting Super Bowl fame and fortune can be.

Sorry, Falcon fans. Matt Schaub did well, but you really have a one-man team.

Congratulations, Corey Dillon, on surpassing 10,000 career rushing yards. Glad you did it as a Patriot.

The worst thing Houston can do is to give up on David Carr.

Jim Plunkett won two Super Bowls despite his humble beginnings as a top draft pick somewhere in the northeast corner of the United States. Hold on to Carr, Texans.

It's no shock that a battle between Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith, who were once opposing defensive coordinators in a recent Super Bowl, ends with a final score of 20-10.

Sooner or later, the Cardinals will get it. We think.

Back to school: The last time the Little Brown Jug went up to Minneapolis, a ground ball had just gone through Bill Buckner's legs.

How quickly things change. The Patriots went from beaten and destitute one week to sole possession of first place the next.

It's fun to watch Jacksonville as long as they still have Jimmy Smith, the last of the original Jaguars and the last surviving Jaguar to have played in the 1996 AFC Championship Game at Foxborough Stadium.

The Patriots? Three left. Vinatieri. Will Mac. Brown. Four if you count Bruschi.

One undefeated team left standing. The team with the hot new defense. Now it's really time to worry about the Colts.

Brett Favre seems to play great on red-letter days of his life. 52 points on his 36th birthday. Not bad, birthday boy.

If you can pronounce Eric Ghiaciuc (Cincinnati center), you should have no problem with teammates such as Kaesviharn and Houshmandzadeh.

What's this? The Patriots are on a current two-game win streak in Denver, a place where they never seemed to be able to win.

Miami committed 18 penalties against Buffalo, a team record. Enjoy practices this week, you lucky Dolphins.

Greg Jones of Detroit reminded everyone out there to finish plays and never stop until you hear the whistle.

100 wins for Jeff Fisher? Has he turned 40 yet?

Remember him: One of the forgotten veterans down and through the years was quarterback Charley Johnson, who spent nine seasons as a Cardinal and two as a Houston Oiler before finishing his career with four nice seasons in Denver. He would spend his Bronco days sharing quarterback duties with Steve Ramsey before the two of them would hand the job off to Craig Morton and begin the "Orange Crush"Ě era. Johnson had three of his four best statistical years during his Bronco tenure, reaching his peak in 1974 with a passer rating of 84.5 and completing 55.7 percent of his passes. He was in the league for 15 years and went largely unnoticed outside his rooting areas, but fans in St. Louis and Denver remember Johnson well.

So, what does San Diego do one week after clobbering the Patriots at Gillette? Lose at home by 2 to Pittsburgh? Does that peeve you the Patriot fan a bit?

Want some good reading? Check out Management Secrets of the New England Patriots by Dr. James Lavin. Just for good measure, he has two volumes out there. They're the kind of books where you'll pick them up, read them, and you won't want to put them down. It's a pleasant subject, the Patriot success story, and it's presented in a way which will both entertain you and educate you.

Okay, Patriots, you have the New England sports stage all to yourselves. The other world champs have been deposed. Time to make like 2003 and turn 2-2 into 14-2.


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