Brad Johnson Is Old, Experienced
October 24, 2008 at 09:54am by Scott • 3 Comments »
Most of the pre-game chatter is about how a 40-year old Brad Johnson is going to do against the Buccaneer defense. Did I mention Brad was 40? The Tribune makes an easy AARP joke and the Dallas Morning News is already interviewing Brooks Bollinger to make sure he’s ready to go in case Johnson gets distracted by a Denny’s early bird special or something and leaves the stadium.
For his part, Johnson is treating this like any other game and not giving any kind of sentimental significance to it just because it’s the Bucs.
“I’ve been away from Tampa for almost four years, and I am really just looking forward to playing the game, not really caught up in the emotions of a different team I have played for,” said Johnson, in his 17th NFL season. “The players I played with really aren’t there, as a whole, anymore.”
Mickey Spagnola, a writer for Dallascowboys.com who sounds like he should own a pizzeria, thinks Johnson is getting too much of the blame for the Cowboys being so crappy against the so-much-crappier Rams.
Some life these backup quarterbacks have. Don’t start a game in 22 months, then on top of that, don’t get sufficient protection, much help from your running game, your defense caves in on you and special teams, geesh. But everyone is quick to point out how poorly you played when you passed for 71 more yards than the starting quarterback who beat you and got sacked two less times while throwing 15 more passes.
Yeah, Johnson was intercepted three times, but two of those are hard to put on him if you want to look at them realistically. Now if you want to pile on so you can basically, say, ‘See I told you this guy wasn’t any good,’ so be it. Close your eyes if you must.
This guy has almost convinced me that Johnson is going to be better this weekend than he was last weekend. He knows how to study film and learn from his mistakes. And I’m going to go out on a limb and say that their offensive line is going to protect him better than they did last week when he was sacked three times and “hurried” eleven. Whereas last week was about the offensive line, this week is going to be about the defensive line. If they can get pressure on Johnson around all those sides-of-beef they call offensive linemen — real pressure, not that no sack bullshit they hand last week — they’ll win.
In injury news, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Cadillac Williams all practiced yesterday. Williams took snaps with the scout team and pretended to run like Marion Barber. B.J. Askew, Maurice Stovall and Warrick Dunn were held out, although I expect Dunn to play. And so does he.