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Before revealing this week's truths, I figured you might enjoy reading some of the random e-mails I have received from fans of the column.
Thanks for the help with New York's blitz package. Drew said it really helped him with his third-down reads. We had Strahan guessing all day.
-- Coach P
What up, dog? When you going to show me some love in your column? If I ain't in the column this week, you just a hater! I ran for a touchdown, threw a touchdown and caught a touchdown. Give it up for ya boy!
The Silver and Black needs you. The offer is still on the table. Plus you get control over all personnel decisions, including signing George, if that's what you think it will take to win. Let me know.
I have some free time this week. We're taking a break from filming. Figured you might want someone to snuggle and watch football with this weekend. I promise not to push you about a commitment. We can just remain friends with benefits. Call me.
Being the foremost authority on all things NFL does have a few perks. OK, here are 10 more NFL truths:
10. Marc Bulger's injury isn't what helped the Colts rally from a 17-0 deficit and spank the Rams by 17 points. St. Louis' defense is responsible.
First off, the ease with which the Colts rallied was very, very impressive. You should've left Indy's "Monday Night Football" victory convinced the Colts are the best team in football.
You also should've left the game convinced that it's foolish to drop eight defenders into coverage and never pressure Peyton Manning. The Rams, like many teams this season, decided to try to slow Indy's offense with a passive defensive scheme that took away the long ball.
The strategy opened up monster running lanes for Edgerrin James and freed Indy receivers for underneath routes. It also made the Rams' defenders embarrassingly soft. They couldn't tackle. The first defender almost never tackled James. Watching the Rams play defense was painful.
Even if Bulger had remained healthy, the Colts were going to come back and blast the defenseless Rams.
A defense has to occasionally blitz Manning and knock him to the turf.
9. Indy's second-best defender, second-year safety Bob Sanders, is nearly as important to the Colts' defense as Dwight Freeney.
USA Today's Jarrett Bell was the first person who told me that I'd love Sanders when I got a chance to study him.
Sanders is the second coming of Blaine Bishop, the undersized, hard-hitting Pro Bowl safety for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Sanders is a sure and deadly tackler. He's just 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds. He hits like Ray Lewis.
Indy linebacker Cato June, who has five interceptions this season, is going to receive quite a bit of hype for Indy's defensive turnaround. June is a fine player. But Sanders might be the best player in the league at his position.
8. Minnesota's "Love Boat" is in no way a symptom of what's wrong with the Vikings on the field.
People are having too much fun beating up the Vikings and head coach Mike Tice over Smoot Dogg's pleasure cruise.