It happened. Fernando Torres scored twice against Nordsjælland and the world seemed to be awash once again with talk that ‘Torres is back’. How many times Chelsea fans, pundits and commentators have uttered those crippling words, I’ll never know. A bit of perspective people, this was against the worst side in Chelsea’s group, who ended up being without their 1st and 2nd choice centre-backs, and Torres took full advantage of this. Yes, you’d have to give him his dues when you say he did work hard all night, sniffing out chances and opportunities to run in behind the defenders whenever he had the chance. But this was against a very poor side. The Torres of old would have had this menacing edge to him in games of the greatest important, with two games in particular sticking out, Man United away when Liverpool won 4-1 and he terrorised Vidic, and Real Madrid at home when Liverpool won 4-0. Those were games which showed what sort of a striker Torres now. But now Chelsea fans have to wait for minnows to come to town, before we see anything like that old Torres.
So after Week 13, where we saw 3 rookie QBs stage late 4th quarter victories for their sides, it certainly does seem that this year is well and truly the year of the rookie quarterback. The rookies have taken the league by storm this year, turning their sides fortunes around almost immediately, and have taken 3 of them to the brink of the play-offs. Of the 5 rookie QBs, not forgetting Tannehill & Weeden who have also started promising in the NFL, Wilson, RG3 and Luck are the ones that have stood out.
After Week 12 of the NFL season finished last night, I had a think about what teams are in line to have some major changes to their side, whether it be with coaching personnel, starting QBs or any other issues. After looking through the conference standings, and having a think about certain sides’ performances when I’ve seen them this season, I came up with 5 teams which really struck me the most as needing changes.
Firstly, there was the Chargers. At 4-7 after Week 12, this is a side where changes are inevitably going to happen. Norv Turner is in his 6th season as Chargers head coach, but this season you’ve seen that the pressure is getting to him in regards to his job. After snapping at the media a few weeks ago when asked whether losing but playing well was acceptable, it does seem as if his days were numbered. Granted, it was a ridiculous question to ask after what had been a close game against the Buccaneers, but some coaches would have perhaps laughed off that question, but Norv clearly showed that he’s in no mood to be joking around right now.
After Sunday's 0-0 draw against Manchester City, Rafael Benitez was asked in post-match interviews and his press conference, what he needed to do in order to win over the fans. Benitez was booed unanimously by the Chelsea faithful after he was introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd before the start of the match. The boos only subsided after the PA announcer mentioned there would be a minutes applause for Dave Sexton, the former Chelsea manager who had passed away in the hours before the game. The announcer said, 'we have some bad news for you Chelsea fans'. Many thought he was referring to Benitez.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez stated in his news conference yesterday, that Chelsea veterans Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard look set to leave at the end of the 2012/13 season. There's been much speculation since the season started that these 2 England internationals would be on their way, with contract talks seemingly stalling. Both have said how bewildered they've been that the club has let contract talks go down to the last year of their respective contracts. In the past, Lampard has always had his contract renewed with 2 years left, but now it seems as if the club is prepared to let him and Cole leave.