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Published Oct. 23, 2008

He said it

"I've met with coach, the president of the organization, team captains, individual players, we all seem to be in one accord. But it's up to the coach to make the final decision on his lineup this week. If he makes the right decision, I think we can be out of this terrible slump we're in."

Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown, left, on a Cleveland radio station last week, imploring the Browns to replace QBDerek Anderson with Brady Quinn

Not the start they had envisioned

The record looks just plain weird. The Colts are 1-2.

This is the same franchise that has started each of the past three seasons at least 7-0.Who would've thought that the Colts couldn't wait for a bye week already?

"I think now, maybe, it's a good thing," QBPeyton Manning said. "I hope it's a good thing. I hope we can turn it into a positive."

Maybe the Colts will turn it around and make us look like fools, but they are starting to look like a team that just, all of a sudden, got old. Injuries are crippling this team, but that's what happens to old teams. You have to wonder if coach Tony Dungy held on one year too long.

The Colts aren't the only team with a surprisingly disappointing 1-2 record. A look at some of the others:

New Orleans Saints

After the Saints beat the Bucs in Week 1, didn't you have the feeling they were the favorites to win the NFC South? The offense is just fine with Reggie Bush and Drew Brees. The problem is the defense is allowing just about 28 points a game. Defenses usually don't get much better over the course of a season.

New York Jets

Wasn't Brett Favre supposed to be the answer for Gang Green? True, the losses have been to New England and San Diego, two pretty good teams. But these are games Favre was brought in to win. And it doesn't get any easier today with 2-1 Arizona coming to town.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers were on a lot of Super Bowl lists before the season. They got back on track last week but have more work to do before they get back into the mix of teams with legitimate championship aspirations. You hate to pick on the guy, but is coach Norv Turner the problem?

Minnesota Vikings

Today's Packers-Bucs game will tell us how good the Packers are. So maybe the Vikings still have a shot in the NFC North. But then again, the Packers rolled the Vikings in Week 1. Maybe we all jumped the gun one season on how good the Vikings would be.

Chicago Bears

After the Bears beat the Colts in Week 1, you thought, "Okay, the Bears are back to the team they were two seasons ago." But then you realize that the Colts might not be that great and that Kyle Orton is still Chicago's quarterback. After the Bucs carved up the Bears defense, don't be surprised to see teams attacking Chicago's pass defense.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks won a game after dropping their first two, but the bad news is the NFC West, a division the Seahawks have owned in recent seasons and figured to win easily this season, is better than expected. The Cardinals and 49ers are improved, and the dreadful Rams, the one team Seattle defeated, isn't on the schedule every week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Led by David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew, this team is too good to be 1-2 - and they were a 51-yard field goal from being 0-3. The Jaguars passing game is ranked 25th in the league.

Not calm after the storm

You have to feel sorry for the Houston Texans. The season is off to a rough 0-2 start, but it's understandable. Many of the Texans players are living in hotels because their homes are too damaged from Hurricane Ike. Some players don't have power, and even essentials such as gas and food are sometimes difficult to find. "Our problems are minute compared to the problems that are going on around the state of Texas," said Texans coach Gary Kubiak, above.

The Lions' den

When the Lions fired team president Matt Millen, left, last week, the first thought that came to mind was, "What took you so long?" The Lions were a mess under Millen. They were an NFL-worst 31-84 during his seven-year tenure. That's at least 10 more losses than any other team in that span.

Meanwhile, coach Rod Marinelli, right,isn't exactly tearing it up, either. The Lions are 10-25 under the former Bucs assistant.

For now, the Lions front office will report to executive vice president Tom Lewand, probably for the rest of the season. But there are two names to keep an eye on as far as who could take over as president next season.

One is Eagles GM Tom Heckert, who grew up in Michigan. The other is a bit more intriguing - former Steelers coach Bill Cowher. The Lions might be able to get Cowher to return as coach if they gave him total control over player personnel. Then again, there are rumors Cowher could return to coach where he once played - Cleveland - if the Browns decided to fire Romeo Crennel.

Forever young

Gee, doesn't it seem like only yesterday that Steve Young was playing for the Bucs? Hard to believe he has been out of football nine years already. The 49ers will retire Young's No. 8 in a halftime ceremony Oct. 5 when the 49ers play the Patriots. Just to compare, Pats injured QBTom Brady was drafted the year after Young retired. Young was a two-time MVP and was a Super Bowl MVP with a record six touchdown passes when the 49ers crushed the Chargers in 1995. "It's a tremendous honor, there's no question about it," Young said about his number being retired. "For all the things we've enjoyed, and all the accolades, this might be the best thing of all."