Fracassi is a Sirius/XM Sports update anchor and also hosts shows on NFL Radio both during the season and the off-season. Fracassi was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his surprises and disappointments, talk about the RG III situation while also touching upon other things that are NFL-related.
PH: Going into the last few weeks of the NFL season, who have been the most surprising teams/players? Why?
ZF: Surprise players: Bears QB Josh McCown. Never demonstrated much earlier in career, but, has an 11-1 TD/INT ratio and has kept the Bears above board in playoff chase. Will go back to bench when Cutler comes back and understands that. A true team guy.
TE Jordan Cameron of the Browns. No matter the QB, Cameron's excelled. 3rd year man from USC has emerged w/72 catches for 825 yards and 7 scores. Excellent value for a middle round pick a couple of years ago.
Surprise team is the Chiefs, to a lot of people. With a successful HC in Andy Reid and a steady QB in Alex Smith, KC seemed poised to be a wild card contender, especially w/several Pro Bowl players off a 2 win team. The fact they have double digit wins is an eye opener.
PH: Who have been the most disappointing teams/players? Why?
ZF: Teams that are surprisingly bad: Green Bay and Houston. Packers were 5-2 and in 1st when Aaron Rodgers went out. Now, they're at .500. Amazing how one player can make that much of a difference in a team. So much for that "next man up" mantra. Also can't believe how bad the Texans fell. Injuries, inconsistent QB play and former HC Gary Kubiak's mini stroke seemed too much for this supposed contender to overcome.
PH: In your opinion, what do you think is going on with Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III? He certainly has not been the same player he was last season?
ZF: The Redskins made an interesting decision shutting down Robert Griffin III. Some have said it's a mockery. I don't seem to have an issue with it. As HC Mike Shanahan said, Robert was taking an awful lot of hits, which seems to be an indictment on the offensive line, as well as RG3 not being as mobile as he was in his rookie year. By letting Kirk Cousins play, Washington could get a gauge as to any value Cousins would have to another team. Imagine: a 4th round pick being traded for a higher selection, w/the QB play in the NFL average to below average.