“When a team makes that many big plays in the passing game, I don’t think you’re going to stop them,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “You try to contain them. You try to create negative plays. We’ve got to pressure the quarterback. We’ve got to create some turnovers.”
McMichael has been a starter throughout his nine-year NFL career. He stands as one of the most productive tight ends of both his generation and Miami Dolphins history, having amassed 374 receptions, 4,080 yards and 24 touchdowns.
It’s pretty much official that the NFL has become a pass-happy league. There were 13 300-yard passing performances last week. Quite simply, running games are not essential. Teams might run a bit late in a game with a lead to kill some time, but other than that, most offenses are pass first and second. As an old quarterback, it’s a lot of fun to watch. You’re watching football and suddenly the points are really flowing. It’s often like a basketball game breaks out.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers remains on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season record of 5,084 yards passing. He leads the NFL with 2,944 yards, an average of 327.1. In Denver’s last game at San Diego, also on a Monday night, Eddie Royal became the 11th player in NFL history, and the second Broncos player (Al Frazier, 1961), to return a punt and a kickoff for TDs in same game, leading the Broncos to a 34-23 win.
Of the five players that lined up to Nate Kaeding’s right for a first-quarter kickoff in the season opener at Kansas City, only Donald Strickland remains on the roster.
“Really, it doesn’t matter how tightly you have the receiver covered,” said McDaniels of Rivers. “He’s probably the most accurate player throwing the ball 35 or more yards down the field that I’ve ever had a chance to coach against.”
Note the last word.