Monday, October 6, 2008

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days!

According to Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN, Marvin Harrison should just pack up and go home to Philly. Appearing as a guest host on the Tirico and Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio today, Kirk had this to say during a recap of the Colts "comeback"versus the Texans yesterday:

"Marvin Harrison has jumped the shark."

I know that several people at ESPN have been quoted this year stating that Marvin is done, as noted previously in this blog, as well as a local so-called columnist for the Indianapolis Newspaper Monopoly.

I will admit that at 36 years old, Marvin is not the receiver he was in his prime. However, I am not ready to send Marvin walking either. Marvin is still a great possession receiver and can still beat defenders downfield as evidenced yesterday when he had a sure touchdown if Peyton had only thrown the ball better.

He has lost a step, no doubt, but he is also still recovering from knee surgery. Marvin still draws the top defenders many times, so getting open deep will force him to either run better routes or shorter routes.

Marvin's numbers ARE down this year, but they are on par with his numbers from last year prior to his injury.

2008 - 4 games, 17 receptions, 164 yards, 1TD, 1 fumble lost.

2007 - 4 games, 17 receptions, 231 yards, 1 TD, 0 fumbles.

The 17 receptions this year is tied for second for Colts receivers with Anthony Gonzalez.

The Colts also have Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark on the roster. Also, Peyton has not helped matters by under throwing passes, passing to Marvin while he's well-covered, or passes that will get him decapitated. I have also seen Marvin open and then Peyton throw to another receiver.

The team as a whole has been playing like crap. Peyton is still recovering from his knee surgery and the O-line is still a work in progress. When the team finally starts firing on all cylinders and Marvin is left out of the offense, then we can start debating whether he has "jumped the shark" or not.

Marvin will not go to the Pro Bowl this year, but when I need a catch on 3rd or 4th down, Marvin is still the receiver I would look to go to first.

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Blogger Lom Henn said...

Good work, Zinglebert. Nice to see the stats back up our observations--namely, Marvin doesn't look washed up.

The decrease in Marvin's yardage is more just a product of the offense's general slow start than it is anything he's doing. Assuming he stays healthy, let's see how his numbers look after a few more games.

And I used to like Kirk Herbstreit.

October 7, 2008 at 1:23 AM  

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