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Let Them Play! Let Them Play!

Who doesn't love the Bad News Bears by the way?

Anyway, if I was calling the shots we'd send everybody home, I'd plug 3 quotes from coach Joe into my story and get home at a half-decent hour. That's just me. That's how I roll.

But I know one dude who must be hoping against hope they start 'er up again ... Baby Brother Palmer.

You know Jordan is rooting for it. First of all, he was slated to get some work. And with the field really rough now you have to think maybe Joe would just pull Brunell if they did begin to play again and give the final 26 minutes to Palmer.

Either way, rough outing from Collins - albeit against a great D - and you can't say he ran away with the competition now. Brunell is up for a lot of action against Jax - I don't think Jason will play - and if he does a decent job you have to think Joe would go back to his guy. At least history would say that would be the case.

Running game stunk again - but I'm still not making too much of that with all of the personnel out right now - and overall in the first half, when it mattered, neither team was great. Baltimore's defense bottled them up and Washington's defense was okay again, but the lack of pressure and inability to force a turnover by the starters is beyond ridiculous now. This is as weird as weird can be and it has to stop if they're going to be good. Takeaway ratio is about as telling of a stat as there is.

Thought Landry looked good, but Fletcher was off and Rocky and Taylor were both guilty on the TD pass. They over-pursued and their youth showed there. Rocky was really tough on himself and sat with one knee on the field for like 10 seconds after Mason scored, kicking himself. He's still a baby, but Taylor was back to some bad habits, and he went for the low-percentage kill shot on McNair on that scramble, too, when he should have just stuck him in the midsection and gone for the ball rather than aim so high.

O Line was overmatched at times - as expected given who is out - and Suggs ate up Heyer three times, got inside of him easily and got at Collins. They attacked the right side with success as well. Samuels and Kendall should make a huge difference - they need Chris back at fullspeed as close to Week 1 as possible - and this line was too good last season to fall apart in 2007. It will take a few weeks to get in sync, though, with a left side that has never played together for a single live snap.

Montgomery looked pretty good in there and I liked the way they were moving Griffin around from the right and left side. With him in there they were tough (the TD came with him off and Montgomery and Golston working together a lot). Not having Springs changes things somewhat, too.

Otherwise, not much to see here. They still haven't called it. Lights have flickered off a few more times. Just a light rain right now. A dude in a Steelers Randle El jersey ran out acrss the field, stopped on the logo at the 50 to drop to his knees and kiss it, then took off into the stands on the opposite side where he ran out of gas.

Dude stopped, panted, turned with his back to face the cop charging from the opposite direction, assumed the universal go-ahead-and-handcuff-me-right-bleeping-now pose and got hauled away in cuffs.

That's all I got.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 25, 2007; 11:31 PM ET
 
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