Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/7/12
As football fans, every week there are a handful of things that make us scratch our heads, roll our eyes or shake our heads in disbelief. We colloquially call them “WTF” moments.Here are a few of my WTF takes from week 13. Let’s give a little love to Mike and Kyle Shanahan for RG3’s stellar play.Monday night, sensational Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III put together another scintillating performance, and did it against the defending Super Bowl champions nonetheless.  The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner accounted for 235 yards of total offense and engineered the game-winning drive that he capped off by throwing the go-ahead touchdown.With as much credit as RG3 deserves – and it is a lot, he has been nothing short of outstanding – how about we save a little for Mike and Kyle Shanahan for the work they have done designing, implementing and coordinating the Washington offense.Yes, the Redskins’ offense is based upon the familiar zone blocking running scheme and play-action, roll-out passing – for which RG3’s athleticism, strong arm and ability to quickly process information mesh perfectly – but the Shanahans have added more elements to their offense that make use of their QB’s unique skillet.The Redskins sold the farm to draft RG3 and now they are making good on that trade by putting their rookie QB in a position to be successful, and thus, make their team successful. Shanahan is not running the same offense he ran in Denver, in San Francisco or in Los Angeles; he is drawing from different sources of inspiration and coming  up with brand new things we have never before seen in the NFL. And, in doing so, has the Redskins playing meaningful football in December for the first time in a long time.That’s what good coaches and good coaching staffs do – they make use of their players’ skill sets and put them into the best position to succeed. Good coaches do not come in with a rigid plan and then force each player into a predetermined role; they do not try to fit square pegs into round holes.  WTF? The pistol? Pure awesomeness.WTF? Rookie quarterbacks are not supposed to do this!Rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson each led their teams on game-winning drives in road games on Sunday.Luck has engineered five fourth quarter comebacks in his first 12 NFL games! Wilson has led three.Luck has been as good as advertised this year and he demonstrated it again on Sunday as he led the Colts on a game-winning drive in Detroit. It was the fifth game-winning drive Luck has engineered in his first twelve career stats, a mark that ties a NFL record.What may be most impressive about Luck, however, is a trait that un-coachable. The 23-year old has a short memory; he does not allow mistakes to shake his confidence or alter the way he plays. Luck threw three picks on Sunday against the Lions yet brought his team back by leading touchdown drives on Indy’s final two possessions. The Colts went from down 12 with three minutes left to winning by two when the clock read zero.Wilson led scoring drives of 93 and 80 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime to hand another NFC North team, in this case the Chicago Bears, a loss on their home turf. On the final two drives, Wilson accounted for 47 rushing yards and 118 passing yards.   Luck and RG3 were drafted to be “the guy” by their teams. Wilson was drafted as a developmental player who was not expected to start (or probably even really compete for the starting job) after Seattle spent big bucks on free agent Matt Flynn this past offseason. Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll saw something in Wilson and named him the starter before the end of the preseason. So far, Wilson is making Carroll look very smart.In the wake of tragedy, the Chiefs played their best game of the season. In the basement of their division after having lost eight straight games, the Kansas City Chiefs are in the driver’s seat for the number one overall pick. Their head coach and general manager are on the hottest of hot seats. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, 25-year old Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher….well, I don’t need to explain what happened. If you’re reading this, you know. In spite of all that happened, or maybe because of it, the Chiefs played their best game of the season in a 27-21 win over Carolina on Sunday.Said Kansas City owner Clark Hunt, “It's been a rough 24 hours for our family and the entire organization. We have so many guys on the team and the coaching staff who are really, really hurting.”The team was, without question, playing with heavy hearts. Whether they drew their inspiration from the memory of their deceased teammate, or Ms. Kasandra Perkins, or the couple’s now-orphaned 7-month-old child or a combination of the three is, at this point, largely irrelevant.  The bottom line is that the Chiefs stood tall in the face of tragedy and did themselves proud. For that, they deserve our applause.One win, no matter how inspired, is not going to change this team’s season. However, the manner in which they handled what was an unimaginably difficult situation deserves nothing but the utmost praise and foremost respect. Hats off.This is not a “WTF” moment, but it was more than worth mentioning here.WTF was Bob Costas doing talking gun control on Sunday Night Football?Growing up I used to enjoy listening to Bob Costas do play-by-play for NBC Sports’ coverage of the NFL, NBA and MLB.  I can still hear Costas’ call of Michael Jordan’s epic series-winning shot against the Utah Jazz in game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals;“Jordan…open…(swish)…CHICAGO WITH THE LEAD!!!”Sunday night, as I was watching NBC’s halftime show during the Cowboys/Eagles game, I was left wondering, what happened to that Bob Costas?The Bob Costas I saw Sunday night (and, frankly, have seen for the last few years) is a pompous and sanctimonious elitist who foolishly and unnecessarily elected to use the large audience of the NFL’s marquee telecast to spout off on topic unrelated to the game of football.Whether or not you agree with Costas’ stance on firearms regulation is not the point. The point is that it was unbefitting of Costas to use the forum that is Sunday Night Football to pontificate on this issue. Football is one of the (few) uniting forces in today’s America and Costas insidiously used it to raise a divisive topic.  Football fans are not tuning in to hear Costas’ political opinions; they are tuning in to watch a football game. During halftime, fans want to see highlights from that day’s games, injury reports, fantasy updates and some analysis of the game they are watching. Costas’ weekly “commentaries” segment was ill-conceived from the get-go and, if NBC is going to subject its viewers to these pretentious ramblings, they better darn well be about football.There are appropriate and inappropriate ways for sports broadcasters to discuss a tragedy; Costas chose the latter.  NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus needs to remind Costas that Sunday Night Football is not the place for him to share his political views.
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