Bruce Arians’ offensive system is typically balanced, and that has proven true this season. After three games, Cardinals quarterbacks, plus Ted Ginn, have attempted exactly 100 passes. They’ve been sacked six times and scrambled/rushed 12 times. So, let’s just say, Arians has called 118 passes. He’s called 99 runs. That’s an incredibly balanced attack in the NFL these days, and it’s working. As a whole, they haven’t been world beaters in any particular category, but what they have done is utilized their weapons effectively.
That seems so simple, doesn’t it? Like, you’ve got these great players, so you should use them to make great plays — easy! Only, for whatever annoying reason, this isn’t Madden, and not all teams seem to do this. I think Arizona has.
The Green Bay Packers are perhaps the most mythologized team in sports. Their fans own the team, their stadium is a celebrated combination of history and modern amenity, and the team has won more championships than any other in the NFL. However, they are perhaps most famous for their scoring tradition, the Lambeau Leap. The Leap was born in 1993 when a Reggie White fumble recovery was lateralled to LeRoy Butler, who took it in for the score and jumped into the crowd.
One of the stranger traditions in the NFL, the Hogettes are a collection of cross dressers who appeared at Washington home games and raised money for charity. Their name and suinae image come from The Hogs, the impenetrable offensive line of the 1980s Skins teams that won multiple Super Bowls. While the Hogettes retired in 2012, they earned $100 million for the Children’s Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House, and March of Dimes.
The New York Jets are hardly the only team to spell out its name in a chant. Half the Big Ten has its own spin on this very same idea. However, the Jets fandom cannot be severed from the image of Fireman Ed inciting the stadium-wide cheer. Though he no longer performs at games, the chant lives on.