Praise for Mario, J-Co


We have recently run some nice entries on Mario Williams. On Christmas Day, the Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain added to Mario’s praise with an article that (gasp!) focused on facts and statistics to support his point.

You can read the article that compares Mario to other current (and past) defensive ends in the NFL by clicking here. See below for a very small taste:

Let’s start with sacks. Williams has 14, or one-half fewer than Seattle’s Patrick Kerney, who leads the NFL.

Williams has recorded 48 percent of his team’s sacks. No defensive end accounts for a higher percentage of his team’s sacks.

Williams is the only player in the NFL with at least one sack in his last six games. His 10 sacks during that six-game period are tied with Kerney for the league lead.

One of Williams’ former teammates, Jerricho Cotchery was also featured in a major article over the holiday week.

Cotchery, who signed a five-year, $19 million extension ($7 million signing bonus) during the off-season, is one of the few beacons of hope in this dark season. He has 74 catches for a career-high and team-leading 1,054 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. He had surgery on a broken right index finger and missed just one game.

For the sure-handed and deceivingly quick Cotchery, the fun begins after the catch. His 414 yards after the catch rank sixth in the NFL among receivers. He has two games in which he has caught two passes for 40 yards or more. His 13 receptions of 25 yards or more ties him with Terrell Owens (Cowboys) for second in the league behind Reggie Wayne (Colts).

Last week, the 6-foot, 207-pound Cotchery had eight catches for 152 yards (79 yards after the catch) and a touchdown in a 10-6 loss at Tennessee.

You should click here for some of our past articles mentioning J-Co

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3 Responses to Praise for Mario, J-Co

  1. old13 12/29/2007 at 5:07 PM #

    No surprises here! Nice to see their efforts recognized.

  2. Texpack 12/29/2007 at 6:28 PM #

    Thanks for the link. Didn’t read the paper on Christmas Day so I missed McClain’s article. John McClain was THE BIGGEST VY BOOSTER in the Houston media prior to the ’06 draft so an article like this from him tells you how much Mario has improved. McClain is also one of the most respected NFL writers in the country so this article will be noticed in other markets. Frank Bush, former Wolfpack linebacker, by several accounts has been important to Mario’s improvement this year, even though that doesn’t get mentioned in this particular article. Look for him to be a coordinator and/or get mentioned for some head coaching jobs soon.

  3. GoldenChain 12/30/2007 at 7:44 PM #

    RBush has rushed for less than 50 per game. He also averages less than 35 yards receiving, and now he’s hurt. VYoung, 69.5 rating and only two QB’s rate worse in the NFL, 9TD’s vs 17Int’s.
    I’d say Houston made the right decision.

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