All In All, Just Another Brick In The Wall

Dave TrembleyCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins exhales as his team runs out the clock against the St. Louis Rams during their game on September 20, 2009 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  The Redskins defeated the Rams by a score of 9-7.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)



As the events of each week’s action in the NFL unfold, a new layer of bricks is added to the construction of the season’s peculiar wall. For some, by the end of week six, the wall is large enough already that it becomes a source of knowledge, a place where the handwriting has become visible. Hence for fans, and fantasy football aficionados, the wall is a good thing, a place where the trends are clearly visible.  But for others, the handwriting on our emerging brick wall is not unlike the famous Pink Floyd song, “Another Brick In the Wall,” a wall of imprisonment, mental anguish, self inflicted agony.


 If you happen to be a Tennessee Titans fan, in the wake of a 59-0 shellacking at the hands of the Patriots, say hello to this wall. With ten weeks left in the season, you might want to load up on Kleenex at the supermarket because your wall is going the perfect place for wailing.


Last night, watching the Chargers lose to Denver, the wall of defenders for the Broncos was impenetrable, and the wall of protection for the Chargers as soft as paper mache. The Broncos pass rush poured over the Charger wall like Orcs in the Lord of the Rings.


A week ago, the Chargers released starting safety Clinton Hart. Last night, the safety that the Chargers didn’t release, Eric Weddle, got burned twice by Broncos tight end Tony Schefler, two horrific plays that both led to Denver touchdowns.  Great coaching job, there Norv Turner. You might have cut the wrong guy.


Hey Jim Zorn, see that wall over there? Stop squinting through your crewcut. You don’t need glasses to read that handwriting.


As good as the Williams Wall is at stopping the pass rush in Minnesota, I am now thinking that the Broncos are the better 6-0 team than the Vikings.


Carson Palmer, you have thrown seven interceptions in six games. It seems that you throw one every week. Do you have a clause in your contract where you get a bonus for throwing a weekly pick, or is there some kind of wall in your vision? You know, like walleye vision.


On a sidenote, fantasy guys, one thing that I noticed at the Vikings-Ravens game on Sunday, is that Brett Favre is clearly starting to develop a chemistry with receiver Sidney Rice, and not so much Bernard Berrian. By that I mean looking for Rice.


Humpty Sanchez sat on the wall. Humpty Sanchez had a great fall. All of Rex’s soldiers and all of his men, can you put Humpty together again?


The undefeated teams have put a nice protective wall around them, but the New Orleans Saints wall might be the least safe because the Atlanta Falcons are 4-1 and breathing right down their necks.  The Vikings are 6-0 but have let their opponents get back in the game three times in the 4th quarter: San Francisco, Green Bay, and Baltimore.  It could be that Minnesota’s perfect wall might be coming down in Pittsburg this week.


The winless teams have built a different kind of wall around them, one that needs tearing down. To the fans in Tampa and St. Louis, hang in there. If Pink Floyd can tear down their wall, so can your team.