Iron Mike Ditka Weighs In On Week 10
Nov 16, 2009, 6:45 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:55 pm
It’s always a pleasure talking to one of the all-time greats, especially when that all-time great happens to be the one and only, Mike Ditka. After such an eventful weekend in the NFL, I knew we’d have plenty to talk about.
There was much made of Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th and 1 in the fourth quarter last night – a decision which ultimately cost the Patriots the game. Ditka understands why Belichick made the decision, stating, “I think he had a lack of trust in his defense to stop Manning, and I think he had a lack of trust in Peyton Manning to make a mistake. It’s not like they never do it – they’re a team that takes chances and that’s why they’re good.”
Last night’s match-up was clearly a battle between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. When comparing the two, Ditka knows where the differences are. “Peyton Manning runs that offense – he’s a coach on the field. As good as a quarterback as Tom Brady is, he has an offensive coordinator calling the plays. Peyton Manning does it all himself, so to say that because he doesn’t have 3 Super Bowl rings, that’s you go with.”
Dave Wyman was with me today, as he is every Monday – and one problem he has with the NFL these days is the excessive fining of players for hits on quarterbacks and wide receivers. Though Ditka agrees with Wyman that the game has changed since either one of them has played, there’s good reason why the rules became what they are today.
The Bengals proved their worth following with their second win over the Steelers this season. Ditka put it simply, “. The Bengals stole the Steelers identity yesterday. People underestimate that football team – they are playing with so much more toughness than ever before.”
“You got a lot of money tied up in these players, and they’re protecting them, but you have to be careful not to . Lombardi said it best when he said, ‘Football’s not a contact sport, dancing is a contact sport. Football is a collision sport.’ I understand why they’re doing it, but you gotta be careful because football is football.”
What do you think about Bud Adams’ flip-off? Would you take Tom Brady or Peyton Manning if given the choice? Bill Belichick’s decision? I’ll take your comments on all of ’em below!