December 12, 2005 |
As the Indianapolis Colts continue to prove there is such a thing as winning too many games too soon -- Tony Dungy is 13-0 and about to lead the league in second-guesses the rest of the regular season -- we pause to contemplate a top three that was unthinkable in August. NFL quarterbacks with the longest current winning streaks: 1. Peyton Manning, 13-0 after Indianapolis' 26-18 victory over Jacksonville Sunday. 2. Matt Hasselbeck, 9-0 after Seattle's 41-3 walk-though against San Francisco. 3.
December 4, 2005 |
Brad Johnson acknowledged this week he has been taking a beating -- from his two sons, at home playing in the snow. Since their dad took over as Minnesota's quarterback a month ago, defenses around the NFC don't seem to have anything on little Max and Jake. "I feel great right now," said the 37-year-old Johnson, who is 4-0 for the Vikings since replacing the injured Daunte Culpepper as the starter. "My arm's fresh. Legs are fresh.
October 13, 2003 |
Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice waited until the game started to run right through the Washington Redskins. Rice had a career-high four sacks, Sapp had two while avoiding any pregame antics, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke loose in the second half to beat Washington, 35-13, Sunday. All eyes were on Sapp before the game, because Washington's LaVar Arrington objected to Sapp's routine of prancing through the opposing team's exercise formations.
January 27, 2003 |
Brad Johnson had played in the Super Bowl before. Maybe not the games watched annually by millions of people, but the games he played in his imagination and on the fields of his tiny hometown, Black Mountain, N.C. "I've seen myself here before," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback said Sunday. "I've practiced this a thousand times with my father. I've visualized this and hoped that one of these years it would come true."
January 26, 2003 |
It's Super Bowl time, so we know all about Rich Gannon, the Oakland Raider quarterback, spectacular passer and fiery competitor. He is the NFL most valuable player, with a swagger to go with the honor. But what about the quarterback on the other team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Isn't it some guy named Johnson? Is that the same Johnson who played for USC and came out of El Toro High? Rob Johnson? Or are we mixed up?
January 25, 2003 |
The Raiders are facing a very smart, very reliable quarterback in Brad Johnson. He isn't spectacular, but he doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He's much more likely to take a sack than force a pass that leads to an interception. Because his offensive line isn't great, and the Raiders have a huge defensive line that can get pressure on the quarterback, Johnson will take a lot of three- and five-step drops and get rid of the ball. When he gets in a rhythm, he's dangerous.