Far be it from me to revel in another man's misery, (unless that man coaches the Minnesota Vikings...) but McCarthy is finally doing the right thing and benching Daryn Colledge.
I've called for Colledge's benching several times. Even after two decent performances, I can't say I was ever confident in his ability and felt his whole game was a house of cards that was ready to tumble at any moment. Unfortunately, that moment came in spades on Thursday night. Colledge gave ample ammunition to critics who say he looks lost in pass pro and brings absolutely nothing to the running game with a putrid performance against the Cowboys. While Brett is taking a fair amount of heat, including from yours truly, for his performance against the Cowboys, going back and watching the game again (as painful as that is..) shows that Favre actually had more than a chance for a big play on his first interception. Jennings clearly has a step on the corner and a good angle to beat the safety, if Farve is allowed to throw at full strength, but Colledge's matador impression allows inside pressure at the last second, which ruins Brett's ability to step into his throw, resulting in the pick. Is it the best read for Brett to make on that particular play? Probably not. But there was more than a chance for a completion, and it was early, so it's not the worst shot he's ever taken downfield. But because of Colledge, there was no chance. (For some visual evidence, feel free to head over to NFL.com and look at the game highlights, at the 31 second mark...)
Coston has been more than adequate at right guard, and Jason Spitz will bring some much needed aggression and attitude to the left side of the line. Hmmm... Spitz in for Colledge? Where have I read that before? I feel like someone was saying that a few months ago...
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