Jean Fugett’s Week 6 NFL Recap



Jean Fugett’s Week 6 NFL Recap

By Jean Fugett; thanks to Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell

WalterFootball.com is proud to partner with former Redskins and Cowboys tight end Jean Fugett, Jr. Esq. Fugett grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Amherst College. He was the last pick of the 13th round in the 1972 NFL Draft. Fugett made the Cowboys as a backup to future Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Fugett eventually became a starter for Tom Landry’s Cowboys and started in Super Bowl X. He made the Pro Bowl in 1977.

As a free agent, Fugett went from being the lowest-paid starting tight end to the highest-paid with the Washington Redskins. While playing for legendary Redskins coach George Allen, Fugett attended law school at George Washington University at night.

During and after his playing days, Fugett worked with CBS, the Washington Post and other media. He went on to serve as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, founded a Baltimore law firm and partnered with Fanfone in Europe.

After the death of his brother Reginald F. Lewis in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black-managed business in the world at the time. Fugett has served on committees with the NFL Players Association and on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter.


WalterFootball.com would like to thank Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and senior vice president/executive producer of media Larry Michael for connecting us to Fugett. Now, let’s let Jean take over.


Week 7 NFL Picks

Patriots at Jets (Patriots -3.5) Jets to Cover. Pats have trouble in division.

Chargers at Jaguars (Chargers -7.5) Jags to cover. Could this be the week?

Bengals at Lions (Loins -2.5) Bengals getting tougher; Underdogs? I don’t think so.

Bills at Dolphins (Dolphins -7.5) Bills cover again and could win.

Bears at Redskins (PK) DC gets running game going this week and wins BIG.

Cowboys at Eagles (Eagles -2.5) These teams are not that close (3 points). Cowboys EASY.

Rams at Panthers (Panthers -6.5) Still don�t believe the Panthers are real. Rams win.

Bucs at Falcons (Falcons -7) Does anybody really care about this game? Bucs cover.

49ers at Titans (49ers -3.5) Titans in an upset. 49ers famous for taking games off.

Texans at Chiefs (KC -6.5) Chiefs keep rolling. Who again is the QB for Houston?

Browns at Packers (GB -10) Browns cover. Pack hurt and cannot block the Browns.

Ravens at Steelers (Steelers -2) Steelers win picking on young Raven DBs with play action.

Broncos at Colts (Broncos -6.5) Peyton comes home; need I say more? Irsay looks bad…

Vikings at Giants (Giants -3.5) Vikings rebound with new QB and beat shell-shocked Gmen.




Week 6 NFL Recap

I want to start this week by sending our condolences to the Minnesota Vikings family and to Adrian Peterson personally. As much as the Vikings wanted to play for Peterson, it was clear that the team was too burdened because of the death of Peterson’s son last week. Not many teams can grieve and compete in the next game after the death, and that is what happened when the Vikings got blown out at home last week by the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers’ win was a mirage.

This year will go down as one of the most interesting seasons ever in pro football. I think I read somewhere that the NFL is on pace to break many scoring records this season and it is due to the rules which now, more than ever, favor the offense big time!

Last week, many teams had difficulty running the ball. Some teams practically abandoned the run, passing almost every play. The way holding is called on offensive linemen today makes it virtually impossible for an offensive lineman to stay in front of an agile defensive lineman. Run blocking is far more difficult than pass blocking.

In the NFL, players are grabbed and held on every play and penalty calls for holding have become, shall we say, selective. NFL officials, in most cases older men, cannot keep up with the speed of today’s NFL game. Referees cannot see all of the players in action.


Former Redskin and Cowboy tight end Jean Fugett was a Pro Bowler in 1977 and a starter in Super Bowl X.

During every play, there are 10 or 11 one-on-one battles that could, in the end, become the decisive game-winning play.

Consider the plays with defensive backs and receivers. Every game, defensive backs have to see how far they can go before the official actually calls a penalty. Defensive backs don’t know how holding is going to be called from week to week.

One of the most critical skills an NFL player can learn is the art of holding without being caught.

Baseball is moving closer to remote control umpiring and next year for the first time ever will allow – like football – certain kinds of appeals with video review.

I wonder when we will see NFL officiating totally automated by drones? In the NFL drone program, not only will scoring plays be reviewed, every play will be reviewed. All of them will be reviewed by someone at a remote location, that’s why I call it a drone program. Officials will not have to be on the field. They will use the TV feed and to call a penalty. I saw a play last week where a penalty happened right in front of the official, but he was looking the other way. If the official had his head turned the other way, perhaps a flag would have been thrown and a team would not have scored. That is frustrating to the fans to see something on TV that the referee missed!



AFC

You have New England at 5-1 and Miami at 3-2, so in terms of losses, the Patriots only have a one-game lead. It looks like Tom Brady is still alive. The rest of the division probably will not make the playoffs but will be entertaining. Buffalo will play everybody close.

The Titans, even though they’re 3-3, are the talk of the league and now trail the Colts by one game. Nobody knows who Tennessee’s head coach is or who starts at quarterback. Yes, this team is the real surprise in this division, although the Houston Texans are surprising in how poorly they are playing. Jacksonville shocked everybody by giving Denver a closer game than expected last week.

Cincinnati, at 4-2, has a one-game lead over Baltimore and Cleveland at 3-3. Pittsburgh finally won a game. We talked about how a team can win seven straight; Well, the Steelers have that kind of leadership at the coaching and quarterback positions. It is matter of the breaks starting to go their way, and maybe that will start to happen this week.

Two teams undefeated are 6-0 and tied for first in the AFC West – who would have thought that! After the Titans, the next surprise of the year has to be the Chiefs, because nobody expected them to be 6-0. Oakland deserves credit and nobody thought they would have won two games and played as well as they have at this point in the season.

The Raiders were in the game with Kanas City until the end. I think Terrelle Pryor will be a good NFL quarterback. Denver going to Indianapolis this week is a game everybody wants to see because Peyton Manning is going home.



NFC

In the NFC West, it will be a battle until the end for Seattle and San Francisco, but St. Louis and Arizona have proven they can win, so the division will be tightly contested. The winner could be the team with the best division record.

Detroit and Chicago are tied in the NFC North. The Bears are going to have a tough test on the road in Washington this week. The Lions had a tough test on the road at Cleveland last week. Detroit stunk up the first half and then came out and won the second half. You have to wonder which Lions team will show up each week. If it is the team that played in the second half with Reggie Bush, Detroit is going to be difficult to beat. Green Bay suffered some devastating injuries, losing two wide receivers last week. Nevertheless, the Packers won on the road, which is the real test in the NFL. If Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, Green Bay will be in contention in every game. Minnesota has changed quarterbacks this week. Good luck, Josh Freeman.

Tampa Bay is now 0-5 and out of it. Atlanta at 1-4 is not looking good. The play each other this week and who knows what will happen? If Carolina did not have the gift of a grieving Vikings team last week, the Panthers would be 1-4 and would have qualified the NFC South as the worst division in football, but they did win. Now, Carolina is only one game away from being .500. New Orleans still enjoys a two-game lead over Carolina even after the Saints lost to New England in the final seconds.

In the NFC East, the leaders are at .500 with Philadelphia and Dallas both 3-3. The Cowboys going on the road to play the new Eagles will be a good game. The Giants are 0-6, and yet they are only three games out of first place. If the Giants start winning now, they can get back into contention. Remember, New York won it all two years ago with a 9-7 record. The Giants would have to go on a 9-1 run, so they are definitely down for the count and are getting close to being counted out, but the New York football Giants are not dead yet.

Now, let me go look up who coaches the Titans…



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