NFL Weeks 3 and 4 Analysis

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This NFL season has started like a see/saw.  The games are going up and down and up and down. The only undefeated team is the Chiefs and they typically start off like that but falter in the end. In my book, Andy Reid is probably one of the top five coaches in the NFL and he has the ability to develop really good squads but it’s been hard for the Chiefs to get over the hump in recent years.  Hopefully, that will not be the case this year.

I realize fans are saying they are tired of the politics that’s going on in football but at the end of day, the players have a constitutional right to exercise their rights in the platform they chose. The are other problems NFL players need to address with the owners and the two biggest issues are the lack of guaranteed contracts and long term health insurance.  The players really should focus on taking a stand on those two issues.  It is my opinion that their causes have merit and warrant speaking out about but the players have to be careful about how they chose to be heard.  I applaud Jerry Jones for kneeling with his team before the National Anthem, because it showed unity and the Saints followed suit last Sunday.

The media has done a poor job of reporting the kneeling/not standing for the National Anthem. The media turned what Kap did into something negative, instead of placing a positive spin on the matter and highlighting the issue of police brutality against people of color.  However, Kap has to own that he came across angry and in some instances negative, which didn’t help his cause.  I purchased season tickets to the Titans games and no amount of kneeling, hats on or off will cause me to not attend games or burn my tickets.  I don’t care what politics are taking place on or off the field, I paid for my season tickets to see a football game and that’s exactly what I’m going to do, even if I’m the only person in the stands.

I will only analyze a few of the games because for the most part, things have been all over the place the past four weeks.

Week 3:

Patriots vs. Texans – The Texans should have won the game but this came down to experience from Brady and Belichick.

Week 4:

Patriots vs. Panthers – This came down to the Panthers proving to themselves that they can beat the Patriots after their Super Bowl debacle.

Week 3:

Seahawks vs. Titans – Allowing Mariota to be a dual threat will increase the Titans odds of winning. Oddly enough the Seahawks rallied back but the Titans defense held them off.  Russell Wilson was amazing in this loss.

Week 4:

Texans vs. Titans – The Texas manhandled the Titans 57 to 14. The Titans defense must tighten up and Mariota needs to be allowed to play his game.  Stop forcing him to become a pocket passer.  Additionally, the Titans offensive line must create openings for D. Murray.

Week 3 and 4: The 49ers, the Chargers, Browns, Giants, it is what it is.  The 49ers will be changing coaches and general managers in two years.  The Chargers need to return to San Diego.  The Browns should have retained RG3 to help this young kid and the Giants to get some help for Eli.

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NFL: Week 2 Analysis

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I’m not going to analyze all of the games because this is just week 2 and teams are still getting the cobwebs out. Of course, there are some obvious problems with several teams across the league that are not performing as well as expected and I’m going to talk about a couple of them.

Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers:  It’s obvious that the Seahawks management let a lot of their best players go because of money and it’s showing on both sides of the ball.  They barely beat the 49ers, one of the worst teams in the league.  Russell Wilson just put that game on his back and probably said to himself, “HELL NO, there is no way we’re losing to one of the worst teams in the league.”  John Lynch was quick to say that Kap would have been fired regardless of him opting out of his contract. Clearly Lynch was another bad hire by the 49ers management and he should fire himself.

Patriots vs. Saints:  All of the sportscasters and writers were quick to point out how great Tom Brady is and how quickly the team bounced back from the thrashing by the Chiefs.  People, they played the Saints who is in need of a new owner, head coach and defensive coordinator.

Bears vs. Bucs:  Da Bears are in need of a new owner, head coach and players.  This team has done nothing but lose since they fired Lovie Smith. Karma is a bitch.

Chiefs vs. Eagles:  This was the best game of the day because of the defensive pressure exhibited by both teams.  The Chiefs running game is clicking and it will only get better.  It is my opinion that Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL and there are only a few.

Titans vs. Jaguars:  The Titans must allow Mariota to be a dual threat because he will stretch the defense and create plays for the receivers and backs.  The Jaguars have a good team but there’s a problem at the QB position and it’s possible that Bortles just needs to calm down and play his game.  Time will tell.

Panthers vs. Bills:  It is my opinion that the Panthers are another team that let a number of good players go, especially on the offensive side so now Cam is back to having to do it all.  It is totally unfair to expect the quarterback to do it all because all it does is lead to injuries and a short career.

Broncos vs. Cowboys:  The Broncos defense is unmatched by any other team in the league.  The media needs to stop with the chatter that Zeke became frustrated and stop trying, that’s nonsense.  Zeke was shut down by the Broncos, end of story.

Bengals vs. Texans:  I’m a big proponent of the coach and management supporting their quarterback through difficult times and that’s what the Bengals have done for a number of seasons with Andy Dalton but his abilities have been an issue for some time.  Also Marvin Lewis has been the coach of the Bengals for 14 seasons and the time has come for him to show some mental toughness and move on from Andy Dalton or he’s out of a job.  By the way, his next quarterback is not currently on the bench.  He needs to go out and get Kap or RG3 in that order.  The people talking about the team not getting Kap are stupid and need to shut up and focus on winning.

The rest of the games were business as usual.

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Football is Officially Here!!!

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Football season has officially kicked off and people are rooting for their favorite teams but the reality is most of the teams will be as bad as they’ve always been. Normally, I would do a blow by blow of each game but it’s too early in the season because the first game is really about getting the cob webs out with the exception of a couple of teams.

For instance, San Francisco fans just need to accept that fact that the four (4) years they had with Jim Harbaugh are a distant memory and things have gone back to the ten (10) years prior to him being hired. Another team is the Giants, if they don’t shore up that offensive line Eli will continue to be mauled. I was surprised by Cleveland’s tenacity against the Steelers.  It’s obvious why Brock Osweiler lost his starting position and should never have been anywhere but with the Broncos working on his skills.  It will be interesting to see how the Browns do this year but I like the fact that Coach Jackson is allowing the QB to be a duel threat because that can work to the team’s advantage.  I’m a big supporter of the QB moving out of pocket and being allowed to maximize his full potential.  This staying in the pocket is just nonsense and keeps the game stuck in the past.

The biggest surprise was the thrashing the Chiefs gave the Pats. Tom Brady didn’t throw for a single touchdown in the game, which is very surprising.  That being said, I want to remind everyone that this has happened to the Pats before and they still game back and won their division.  This season maybe the beginning of the end for 40-year old Brady.  Honestly, it’s time for him to go home and let a younger QB take over that roll.  Boy-bye, please take several seats!!!

The San Diego Chargers moved out of San Diego to Carson, California and to a sprinkle of fans as did the Rams. Southern California is not a football town so Rams go back to St. Louis and Chargers go back to San Diego.  It doesn’t matter that the Rams won, they will not fill any stadium in Southern California, new or old.

 

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The Genie is out of the Bottle: Only the League can put the Genie Back

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I’m sure my readers are perplexed about this title and wondering what the heck I’m referring to. Well, I’m referring to the lack of competitive spirit that is rampant across the NBA.  Take the San Antonio/Rockets game five, what happened to James Harden, who’s being touted as the next MVP, really?  Is that what an MVP looks like in the NBA nowadays?  Unfortunately, the answer is yes that is what an MVP in the NBA looks like today.

Sportscasters are saying that Harden’s performance was lackluster, he didn’t show up, was the real James Harden kidnapped and the list goes on but at the end of the day the problem is bigger than James Harden. Don’t get bogged down in heaping negative comments on Harden about his lack of play.

With the exception of LeBron James, and a few honorable mentions like Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Kawahi Leonard, the NBA lacks players that have a true competitive spirit. The reason for this lack of competitiveness is most of the players in the league today are one and done in college. Therefore, what fans are being forced to watch are young men who are not coachable, lack a competitive spirit and don’t know how to win.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, are players that spent three (3) years or more in college. Magic and Bird brought their rivalry to the league and it made for great basketball history but we don’t see that any longer.  Michael Jordan won the National Title as a freshmen and he spent two (2) more years in college but never won the title again because it’s hard.  Those additional years give players a competitive spirit; they’re taught how to be a team and how to strive for success against the odds.  NBA fans are forced to watch microwave basketball players.  They’re in college for a hot minute, come to the NBA and perform like freshman college player for years.

They spend more time on social media than they do working on their craft and that’s because they don’t understand the fundamentals of basketball and you only get that from time and coaching. Today’s players are drafted into the NBA and told to use their athleticism to win a championship for a team, well that’s not working very well at all.  Instead, fans are watching teams fall apart if they get behind.  We’ve only seen the Cavaliers fall behind and come back.  That’s because of LeBron James and although he came into the league out of high school he had a different group of players to mimic and that’s why he’s the last of the Mohegan’s in the NBA.

It’s time for league to realize that they have got to put the “genie” back in the bottle or the games will continue to get worst and the game will lose more and more fans.

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Professional All-Star Games: A joke or what?

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Fans have been asked to PAY and sit through “All-Stars” games for the NFL, MLB and the NBA for far too long and get nothing in return. The attendance at the NFL Pro Bowl saw decreases through the years when it was held in Honolulu but attendance increased when it was held in Glendale, Arizona and Orlando, Florida in 2015 and 2017, respectively. I am not a fan of the NFL Pro Bowl because there is too high of a propensity for players to be injured playing in a game that doesn’t mean anything.  With respect to the NFL Pro Bowl, it is my recommendation that the players be given a lettermen jacket and a check.  Stop requiring the players to play in a game that could result in them having a career ending injury.

The MLB All-Star game was a joke initially because there was no incentive to win and if there was a tie, the game could end in a tie, which resulted in fans crying foul. In an effort to prevent tie games and provide additional incentive to win, MLB reached an agreement with the players union to award home-field advantage for the World Series to the champion of the league that won the All-Star Game.  After several extensions it was agreed that awarding home field advantage to the winning league would remain in place until 2016.  Starting in 2017, home field advantage in the World Series will go to the league championship team with the highest regular season win-loss record.  I wonder if this change will cause the game to go back to having tie games and the players not having an to incentive win.  Only time will tell.

The NBA All-Star game is a total joke and something needs to be done sooner rather than later. Fans spend a lot of money during All-Star weekend and are not getting a return on their investment.  The skills contest, 3-point shooting and dunk contests are absolutely horrible.  Why don’t more players participate in the contests? Why are only four players participating in the dunk contest?  Yet, during the “joke” all-star game several players are dunking like crazy?  Why didn’t Steph Curry and James Harden participate in the 3-point shooting contest?  The all-star game is supposed to be the elite of the elite in the league and they should give the fans something to cheer about.  Instead, they are boring people to tears and charging fans a fee to see them be the Harlem Globetrotters.

Some fans of the game are saying the players are afraid to lose because it could impact their brand. Really, I thought being a competitive basketball player was their brand and more importantly their job. If that’s truly the case, these players are selfish and don’t need to play in the All-Star game.

Fans pay to see a competition, not men patting each other on the back and feeding each other’s egos. If this continues, my recommendation is to give the NBA All-Star players a lettermen jacket, a check and let them be on their way as well.  There is no need for fans to pay to see weak performances.

 

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John Lynch hired as the new GM for San Francisco: Was this a good hire or is it Failing Upward?

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From the moment the York family wrangled the 49ers from Ed DeBartolo, Jr., they have made one bad decision after another and the most recent hire of John Lynch as the General Manager will be yet another bad decision. John Lynch, a Fox analyst, who has zero NFL front office or NFL administrative experience retired from the NFL as a player over next six (6) years ago and I’ve seen nothing in his current job to indicate he has the capacity to rebuild the team back to its winning ways.  What is he bringing to the table exactly?  In light of the fact that Trent Baalke was a complete disaster and wasn’t fired until the team was driven completely into the ground, one would think that the Yorks would hire someone that will command respect, NOT!  The 49ers need a complete overall in terms of the coaching staff.  The team needs a head coach, offensive and defensive coordinators and the list keeps growing.  How is this guy with no previous work experience going to create a winning environment for the team?

Apparently, Lynch has a relationship with Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to be the next 49er head coach, so I suppose Jed York is thinking that this will help bridge the gap between the two positions since the Harbaugh and Baalke relationship tanked. Please, whatever the relationship is between the two it will sour and Jed York will be back looking for a GM and a coach.  Kyle Shanahan is the offensive coordinator for the Falcons but at the end of the day, I don’t believe he has what it takes to be a head coach in the NFL at this time in his coaching career.  At what point with will these NFL owners not hire people to “fail upward”?  Seriously, John Lynch has about as much of a chance of making this team successful as Kyle Shanahan has at being the head coach.

Somebody hand me a bottle of “Pinot Noir” because I am going to take several seats and watch this disaster unfold.

 

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NFL – As the Coaching Carousel World Turns

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There were six (6) head coaching slots open at the end of the 2016 NFL season, five (5) of the vacancies were terminations.  Gary Kubiak of the Broncos said “see you later” for health reasons and you can’t blame him for that.

The Los Angeles Rams hired 30 year old Sean McVay, which is a decision that will come back to haunt them just like the decision to move to Los Angeles.  I want even bother to expend a lot of time in this blog discussing how ridiculous this coaching hire was.

Josh McDaniels chose not to accept the head coaching job at the 49ers and thank goodness he did because he certainly wasn’t right for the role.  Let’s not forget he went to the Broncos and tried to implement the same system Belichick has in New England including cheating and failed miserably.  As a matter of fact, not one of Belichick’s disciples has been successful outside of the New England system so NFL teams need to stop interviewing anyone that’s in the Belichick system.

The San Diego Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as their new head coach. Lynn has been coaching in the NFL since 2000 starting out with the Denver Broncos so it’s possible with time he will be successful.  In order to be successful, he will need to establish a running game and not depend on Philip Rivers to solely pass the ball and win the game because that’s not going to happen.  San Diego’s defense is not horrible but it needs work. I’m not even going to discuss the move to Los Angeles.

The Denver Broncos hired Vance Joseph, who has a defensive mindset and that’s what the Broncos are about.  Joseph has been coaching in the NFL since 2005 and prior to that he was coaching on the college level.  This may be the best NFL hire yet but time will tell.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Doug Marrone as the new head coach.  He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 – 2014 and his record for that season was 6 – 10.   If he doesn’t go in the get rid of the talent that’s on the team, this could be an opportunity for him to prove that he can actually coach.

The Buffalo Bills hired Sean McDermott. He’s been in the NFL in some form of coaching capacity primarily since 2001 with the Philadelphia Eagles under the tutelage of Andy Reid.  McDermott could be the second best hire because he was tutored by Andy Reid.  Also, Buffalo has a lot to talent that he will need to vet, including the QB situation with EJ and Tyrod.

The 49ers are still looking for the right fit and it’s not going to be easy for them because the problem is a historical one.  Jed York is looking for a head coach that fits his civic minded mindset with great coaching abilities and that person will be difficult to find but not impossible.  He is looking for a Pete Carroll type coach and the pickings are slim in the NFL.  Also, the coaches at big colleges no longer view a head coaching job in the NFL as glamorous or the place to be.  Rumor has it that the plan is to hire Kyle Shanahan, son of Mike Shanahan, boo hiss if the rumor is true!!!  By the way, Mike Shanahan was successful because he had John Elway and Terrell Davis.  Once Elway retired, the Broncos promptly fired Mike Shanahan so they knew he wasn’t right fit for them in a progressive environment.

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NFL RECAP: WEEK 15

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THIS IS WHAT THE CHARGERS STADIUM WILL LOOK LIKE IN LOS ANGELES IF THEY LEAVE SAN DIEGO

The owner for the Chargers better think long and hard about relocating that team to anywhere in Los Angeles. There may be a smattering of Charger fans in Los Angeles but it’s not enough to relocate the team.  It amazes me that these greedy owners want to be Jerry Jones and build outlandish stadiums so that they can charge higher ticket prices for everything.  News flash: Los Angeles has plenty of venues for concerts, conventions etc. so don’t bank on that to help defray the cost of the stadium.  Also, you’re looking at an empty stadium.

Rams vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 24 to 3. Surprise, not!!!

Dolphins vs. Jets: Dolphins won 34 to 13. Bye Ryan Fitzpatrick.  This will teach the Jets organization and any other franchise not to put your team in the hands of a journeyman QB or pay attention to employees (i.e. players).

Titans vs. Chiefs: Titans won 19 to 17. This was a surprise.  Both of these teams keep fighting.

Steelers vs. Bengals: Steelers won 24 to 20. Typical dogfight between these two teams with the Steelers coming out on top.

Lions vs. Giants: Giants won 17 to 6. The Giants have improved from their very shaky start at the beginning of the season.  It will not amount to anything in the playoffs.

Colts vs. Vikings: Colts won 34 to 6. The Vikings defense has completely disappeared.  This loss is more about the Vikings coming apart than the Colts actually winning.

Jaguars vs. Texans: The Texans won 21 to 20.  The Jaguars should have won this game but as I have said in every single recap the Jaguars losses are related to coaching, not the lack of quality players.  The coach has been fired.

Packers vs. Bears: The Packers won 30 to 27. This is a big rivalry so I expected a good game.

Browns vs. Bills: Bills won 33 to 13. RG3 did fairly well for a first time.  It’s possible the team could win next season if he remains healthy and the Browns defense turns around.

Eagles vs. Ravens: Ravens won 27 to 26. This was a good game.

49ers vs. Falcons: Falcons won 43 to 13. The Falcons fast past offense has been too much for most clubs and since the 49ers don’t have a defense there was no hope for them.

Saints vs. Cardinals: Saints won 48 to 41. The team with the must touchdowns won, yuck!!! No defense displayed by either team.

Raiders vs. Chargers: Raiders won 19 to 16. Phillip Rivers threw another interception that cost the Chargers the game.  He is just not a critical thinker.

Patriots vs. Broncos: Patriots won 16 to 3. The Broncos defense shut down the Patriots offense but in order to win, the offense has to generate points.   That being said, Seimen is a young QB so the media pundits just need to take several seats and allow this young man to come into his own.

Buccaneers vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 26 to 20. Dak and Zeke played their game and won. Word to the wise, don’t mess with a winning formula.

Panthers vs. Redskins: Panthers won 26 to 15. The Panthers defense appeared.

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NFL RECAP: Week 14

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MEDIA PUNDITS, PLEASE HAVE SEVERAL SEATS!!! THERE IS NO QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY IN DALLAS, UNLESS JERRY JONES HAS A DESIRE TO SEE THE TEAM GO BACK TO IT’S LOSING WAYS!!!!

Let me start by saying, enough of the media pundits trying to start a quarterback controversy in Dallas because Dallas lost to the Giants. Jerry Jones can be a fool if he wants to and put Tony Romo in and end up out of the playoffs as quickly as Romo came into the game.  Let’s face it people the fact of the matter is Romo has NEVER gotten the Cowboys past the first round of the playoffs, even when he was healthy and young so stop kidding yourselves.

Now for the recap:

Raiders vs. Chiefs: Chiefs won 21 to 13. This win came down to coaching.  Andy Reid is a better coach than Jack Del Rio.

Steelers vs. Bills: Steelers won 27 to 20. The media pundits are wondering if Rex Ryan will bench Tyrod Taylor and my question is why?  The problem with the Bills is Rex Ryan he’s just not a very good coach.  Therefore, he should bench himself.  Please take several seats!!!

Chargers vs. Panthers: Panthers won 28 to 16. Philip Rivers threw three interceptions in this game as he often does in most of his games.  What’s interesting is that the media pundits consistently give him a pass but they will malign Cam, Osweiler, Kap and Rodgers any opportunity they get.  The media likes Philip Rivers because he throws a lot of passes and has a lot of yardage.  I would rather have a QB that makes less throws, is a critical thinker and wins games. Philip Rivers is not that quarterback.

Bengals vs. Browns: Bengals won 23 to 10. I’m sure Coach Lewis wishes he had Hue Jackson back as his offensive coordinator and Hue Jackson maybe wondering why he left.  My recommendation to Hue is to stay the course because the Browns have not been any good since Bernie Kosar was the Browns’ quarterback and that was almost 25 years ago.

Bears vs. Lions: Lions won 20 to 17. The Lions have done a good job of coming back from the ashes to end up as a playoff contender.  Do you think the Bears owner misses Lovie Smith yet?  If not, he should.

Texans vs. Colts: The Texans won 22 to 17. The media pundits wanted the Colts to win so badly because they love to badmouth Brock Osweiler because of his contract.  Really people, give the kid a break this is his first real opportunity and he’s had really solid performances.  As for Andrew Luck, he’s prone to concussions and should not be in the league any longer for health reasons.

Vikings vs. Jaguars: Vikings won 25 to 16.  Once again the Jaguars played a solid game but could not come away with a win.

Cardinals vs. Dolphins: Dolphins won 26 to 23. These two teams from a statistical perspective were fairly evenly matched.  Palmer had two interceptions, Tannenhill had one and both kickers missed field goals so this game could have gone either way.  Unfortunately, Tannenhill was hurt in this game and maybe out for the remainder of season.

Redskins vs. Eagles: Redskins won 27 to 22. What has happened to the Eagles defense?  The Eagles have imploded after starting the season off so well.

Broncos vs. Titans: Titans won 13 to 10. Mariotta is really coming along nicely.  He will be a very good quarterback if he remains healthy.  Siemen still needs work.

Jets vs. 49ers: Jets won in overtime 23 to 17. The 49ers had this game won but the defense gave up 23 points.  The 49ers need a defensive coordinator and a lot more.  The truth is the team has reverted back to what it was when Eddie DeBartolo’s sister sued him and took the team.  Since DeBartologate, the team’s only success came under Jim Harbaugh.  I can’t say it enough times, get rid of Trent Baalke.

Packers vs. Seahawks: Packers won 38 to 10. The Packers were thrashed by the Bucs and came back to do the same thing to the Seahawks.  Russell Wilson threw five interceptions, which is something he has never done.  Well there is a first time for everything.  Also, the Seahawks have a tough schedule so this was probably fatigue.  The Seahawks next two games are at home and the last one is in San Francisco.  I predict the Seahawks will win all three of their remaining regular season games.

Falcons vs. Rams: Falcons won 42 to 14. The Rams fired Jeff Fisher after this loss, which is interesting.  Jeff Fisher has never been a good coach.  Had the Rams paid careful attention to his football resume they would never have hired him.  Regardless of whether Jeff Fisher or someone else is the coach, this organization is doomed in Los Angeles.

Saints vs. Bucs: The Bucs won 16 to 11. The Bucs are on a role and part of that is because their defense has been firing on all cylinders.  As for the Saints, as long as they rely on Drew Brees to win their games  they will continue to lose games.

Cowboys vs. Giants: Giants won 10 to 7. The Cowboys are batting 0 wins against the Giants this season.  Regardless of what the media pundits are saying this was a very good game and a good learning opportunity for Dak and the Dallas offensive line.  The Giants defenders brought a quick pass rush to Dallas’ offensive line, which proved to be difficult for the offensive line to defend against.  Hopefully, after studying the game film they will be ready for any team bringing a pass rush in future games.  Otherwise, it’s one and done for them in the playoffs.

Ravens vs. Patriots: Patriots won 30 to 23. Belichick “jedi mind tricks.”

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NFL RECAP: Week 13

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Cowboys vs. Vikings: Cowboys won 17 to 15. This was a very good game.  The Vikings defense is ranked fourth in the League so for the Cowboys to score 17 points reflects just how good the Cowboys offensive line is.  Also, the Cowboys defense really stepped up. The Vikings did a good job on defense as usual but as I’ve stated in earlier blog recaps the loss of Norv Turner dealt a blow to the chemistry of the team.  It is my opinion that he should have discussed the possibility of resigning with Coach Zimmer before resigning.  Norv Turner’s behavior was extremely unprofessional.

Chiefs vs. Falcons: Chiefs won 29 to 28. The Chiefs are slow and steady.  What I like about the Chiefs is that they just keep plugging away during a game and more often than not they come away with a win.  The team’s success can be attributed to Andy Reid and his coaching staff.  It’s very hard to win in the league and that’s why a good coaching staff is critical.

Dolphins vs. Ravens: Ravens won 38 to 6. This was the surprise of the day.  The Ravens shut the Dolphins running game down and once that was done, the Dolphins were done.

49ers vs. Bears: Bears won 26 to 6.  Okay, I could say the weather was horrible and that’s why the Bears were able to come away with a victory but it’s more than that for the 49ers.  When Jim Harbaugh was coaching this team, they won in cold weather so this is about coaching or shall I say a lack there of.  Kap was benched but Gabbert didn’t do much better.  The Bears are horrible but the 49ers are worst.  The 49ers have been horrible since Harbaugh was fired and it’s not going to get any better; unless they get a new defensive and offensive coordinator.  The team needs a new coach but it’s stupid to have three coaches sitting home doing nothing but collecting a paycheck. First, Jed York needs to fire the GM, Trent Baalke because the truth is the team is in this debacle because of him.  Second, if the Bengals are stupid enough to fire Marvin Lewis, the 49ers should hire him as the defensive coordinator.  Third, make Lane Kiffin an offer he can’t refuse to become the offensive coordinator.  Kiffin is not ready to be a head coach but he can and will turn the offense around.  Look at what he has done with Jalen Hurts at Alabama.  Kiffin has had some challenges during his coaching career such as being fired by the Raiders and USC but who hasn’t.  The Raiders and USC fired him from the head coach position because he wasn’t good in that role.  It is my opinion that Kiffin is better suited for the role of an offensive coordinator, not a head coach.

I have been a big supporter of Kap but at this juncture Kap needs to do some soul searching about whether or not his passion for the game is still there or is he better suited for the causes that he has taken on. Kap was a much better QB when he had weight on and when he was not distracted.  He has done a wonderful thing for the country by forcing people to have conversations about police brutality and the treatment of African-Americans and people of color, which he is to be commended for that.  However, at the end of the day, when someone is paying your salary, you are required to perform and meet a certain standard and Kap hasn’t had the success he had under Jim Harbaugh.  It is my opinion that he can bounce back but he will have to redirect his energy, remove distractions out of his life and refocus his passion for the game.  Kap is a very talented and hardworking QB and he has what it takes to get back to the QB that took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and two conference championships but he will have to do some real soul searching.  Having said that, the 49ers will have to take big steps in the coaching department to help whoever the QB is for the team.

Eagles vs. Bengals: Bengals won 32 to 14.  The Eagles defense disappeared.  Wentz had 60 passing attempts and 36 completions for 308 yards.  Dalton had 31 attempts 23 completions for 332 years.  Clearly, Dalton’s much more methodical approach to passing the football garnered more success.  These teams that primarily focus on the QB just passing the ball have caused the game to be so awful and unwatchable.  Wentz is a rookie QB and there is absolutely no reason for him to be required to make that many passes in a game.  Then fans have to sit and listen to the idiot commentators wax philosophical about the passing game of the QB, it is just plain stupid.  The Eagles were a much better team at the beginning of the year than they are now.  If Marvin Lewis is not fired by the Bengals, if will be important for him to go out and find a new offensive coordinator because that is their biggest problem.  The best offensive coordinator out there right now is Lane Kiffin and the team that gets him wins.

Texans vs. Packers: Packers won 21 to 13.  Snow and icy conditions, the Packers should have won.  That said, Osweiler is accustomed to playing in those conditions having started a few games in Denver but it still takes some getting used to.

Rams vs. Patriots: Patriots won 25 to 10. Did Jeff Fisher really think starting Jared Goff would change anything?  It’s a rhetorical question.  Fans in Los Angeles have already started grumbling about not being able to watch games from other conferences now that there is a team in Los Angeles.  I said that would happen as soon as the Rams arrived and my words have already started to ring true.  As for the brew, ha, ha that Eric Dickerson has created, boy bye!!! No one cares if he stands on the Rams sidelines or not.  Surely, he didn’t think that he could make derogatory comments about the organization and he would be welcome on the sideline?  My guess is he hasn’t gotten over how he was treated by the Rams eons ago so he’s using this as a vehicle to continue to be the victim.  I have always questioned the hiring of Jeff Fisher when there are better coaches out there like Tom Laughlin and Lovie Smith but clearly he is liked by the media and the Rams organization so for now he’s not going anywhere soon.  Therefore, Eric Dickerson can become comfortable with not attending Rams games.  Besides, when they weren’t in Los Angeles he wasn’t attending Rams gams so there shouldn’t be a difference.

Lions vs. Saints: Lions won 28 to 13. The Lions defense shut Drew Brees down.  Since the Saints rely solely on Drew Brees to win they will continue to lose.  No defense translates to losses when you come up against a team with a fairly good defense.

Bills vs. Raiders: The Raiders won 38 to 24. The Bills self-destructed on defense and allowed the Raiders to score 38 points and win the game, which is just ridiculous.  Neither of these teams will make it out of the playoffs but the Raiders will give their fans something to cheer about going into the post season.

Redskins vs. Cardinals: Cardinals won 31 to 23. The Cardinals defense still gives up too many points and is not the same unit as last year but they did a good job of shutting down the Redskins rushing game.  Neither one of these teams will make it out of the playoffs, if they happen to make it to the playoffs.

Giants vs. Steelers: Steelers won 24 to 14. The Giants were no match for the Steelers defense or the offense.  Eli will still throw picks and the offense will continue to self-destruct.  The Steelers are the Steelers.

Buccaneers vs. Chargers: Bucs won 28 to 21.  Philip Rivers had two interceptions in the game with the most critical one coming in the fourth quarter, which cost the Chargers the game.  Rivers is the same QB that threw four (4) interceptions in the fourth quarter in the game against the Dolphins in November.  What amazes me about the commentators when they talk about Rivers they always find something flowery to say about him regardless of what he does, hmmm?  Rivers is not a bad QB but he’s not a critical thinker, he panics when the team is losing and takes it upon himself to do whatever which almost always ends up disastrous for the team.  Winston on the other hand remained composed and focused on turning the game around.  The Bucs won as a result of his critical thinking.

Panthers vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 40 to 7. Would the outcome of the game been different if Coach Riviera had not made the decision to keep Cam out of the game for the first play because he wore a turtleneck and not a tie? It is highly unlikely that the Panthers would have won the game but it would have been a more competitive game.  The Panthers were not going to beat the Seahawks because the owner chose money over the team.  The Panthers lost a lot of key players to free agency, including Josh Norman who was key to the success of the defense.  If the defense was last year’s team the Seahawks would not have scored 40 points.   A team can’t give up 40 points and expect to win unless the QB is racking up points against the other team and that’s not going to happen against the Seahawks.  Coach Rivera should have come up with another way to punish Cam for not adhering to the team dress code. This debacle rests squarely on his shoulders, not Cam’s.  Honestly, I didn’t even realize that Cam wasn’t starting but based on the body language of the QB on the first play, I made that statement that he was about to throw a pick and that’s exactly what happened.  Come on, putting an untested QB in for one play and expecting him to be successful wasn’t a good coaching decision.  Pete Carroll has made some stupid decisions that have costs the Seahawks games but he would NEVER make a decision like that.

Colts vs. Jets: Colts won 41 to 10. I’m amazed at the commentators coming out now and writing about how the Jets should not start Fitzpatrick, seriously?  I said that before the season started when the Journeyman was holding them hostage for money.  Coach Bowles should never have taken anything Brandon Marshall had to say into account.  You can’t allow players to run the team and that’s what the coach and management did.  Fitzpatrick’s stats were out there in plain sight, he’s a backup QB and nothing more and that’s why he’s remained in the league for so long.  He has never held another team hostage but he saw how vulnerable the Jets were and he took advantage of them so shame on the Jets management and coach.  Additionally, the Jets defense was non-existent last night.  As for the one touchdown Petty threw it was a gimme.  The Jets have a lot of work to do over the summer.

 

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