Why Do NFL Owners Believe Cities should pay for their Insatiable Appetites for New Stadiums?

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The Rams left St. Louis, the Chargers left San Diego and now the Raiders are leaving Oakland all because these NFL owners are of the belief that they are “entitled” to new stadiums on the backs of the consumer and the city of their choice.

Enough of this nonsense, it’s time for the American consumer to say “my hard earned pay check” will not go into the pockets of greedy NFL owners.  All of these moves are about greed.  Let’s call a spade a spade neither of the teams mentioned above should have been allowed to move from their respective cities.  Los Angeles certainly doesn’t need two teams nor will it support two teams.  Los Angeles and its surrounding cities have too many things to do on Sunday mornings and afternoons, hence the reason it didn’t work for the Rams or Raiders years ago.  If the truth be told the Raiders have more fans in Los Angeles than the Rams and that’s not saying a whole lot.  As for the San Diego Chargers, San Diego who?

What annoys me about NFL owners is there “entitlement” mentality.  They believe they are “entitled” to new stadiums regardless of the cost to the city and the consumer.  They are making money hand over fist with television contracts, merchandise, ticket sales, concessions at the stadiums etc., yet they want more and more.  With respect to the three teams mentioned above there is nothing wrong with the stadiums they left.  As a reminder, fans don’t go to stadiums to spend the night, they go to enjoy the game, root for their favorite team and go home.

According to a comparison of NFL stadiums costs by conducted by Stadiums of Pro Football, which is not affiliated with the NFL, the last five (5) NFL stadiums costs the following amounts:

Stadium                    Team(s)              Capacity     Opened          Turf         Cost

Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Colts 63,000 9/7/2008 Fieldturf $720 Million
AT&T Stadium Dallas Cowboys 80,000 9/20/2009 FieldTurf $1.3 Billion
MetLife Stadium New York Giants/Jets 82,500 9/12/2010 FieldTurf $1.6 Billion
Levi’s Stadium San Francisco 49ers 68,500 9/14/2014 Grass $1.3 Billion
US Bank Stadium Minnesota Vikings 66,200 9/18/2016 FieldTurg $1.1 Billion

– See more at: http://www.stadiumsofprofootball.com/comparisons/#sthash.tCBY5qxp.dpuf

The 49ers are practically giving tickets away because the management and coaching is so bad. Of the teams listed, only the Cowboys and Vikings are truly worth watching and as we all know that can change quickly.  Go to the website listed above and checkout the entire list before you decide to purchase another ticket to an NFL game.

NEW STADIUMS NEED TO BE LEFT WITH MANY EMPTY SEATS

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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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Douglas Lee “Doug” Williams Nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Dear Hall of Fame Committee:

As an avid football fan, and graduate of Grambling State University, I am hereby nominating Doug Williams for consideration to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  My decision to nominate Doug Williams was based on a number of factors.  I am aware that each nomination is carefully reviewed by the committee to ensure that the person being nominated has “strong” credentials representative of the time the person spent in the League.  That being said, it is my belief that in some instances, consideration should go beyond the numbers on a page and that’s why I’m nominating Doug Williams.  Doug Williams should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame because he changed the game and he provided a point of reference for other young African-American men dreaming of becoming an NFL quarterback.

When Doug was drafted in 1978 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who didn’t become a football team until 1976, he was only the second African-American quarterback to be drafted by an NFL team, which was nine (9) years after James “Shack” Harris, another Grambling football player, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1969 to be an understudy.  Doug’s contribution to the game of football goes beyond “the numbers on a page,” which is based on what the player accomplished on the field.  Doug showed strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.  When he was drafted in 1978 to be the “starting” quarterback, not an understudy, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was only paid $120,000, which was well below what other white starting quarterbacks and twelve (12) backups were being paid.  In that season he took a hit that resulted in a broken jaw that caused him to be out the remainder of the season.  As with most quarterbacks he focused on his health and was ready to return the following season.  Coming off of a broken jaw in 1979 he lead a very young Buccaneers team to its first NFC Division Championship but lost the Conference Championship to the Los Angeles Rams, ironically, the team James “Shack” Harris was the starter for nine (9) years earlier.

Doug was the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers for five (5) seasons and of those five (5) seasons the Buccaneers made the playoffs three (3) times and that speaks volumes in my mind. After the 1982 season Doug asked for a raise that would give him a salary of $600,000 which Coach John McKay championed for but management refused to budge from their meager offer of $400,000, which resulted in Doug leaving the NFL and going to the newly formed United States Football League.  As a result of Doug’s departure the Buccaneers didn’t see another playoff season for fourteen (14) years.  Clearly, Doug as the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers made a difference and without him the team took a nose dive.

Coach Joe Gibbs recruited Doug to the Washington Redskins in 1986.  Coach Gibbs was familiar with Doug’s talent because he was the offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers when Doug was drafted.  As a result of Coach Gibbs belief in Doug’s abilities, Doug became the first African-American quarterback to start in an NFL Super Bowl.  As you may recall, the Washington Redskins were not considered to be the favorite, the Broncos were highly favored to win the Super Bowl under a very capable John Elway.  I recall this moment like it was yesterday, Doug went down and his leg was bent backwards and as a result he was taken out of the game for one play.  When he returned to the game, the lights went out on the Broncos.  He became the “first” quarterback in Super Bowl history to pass for four (4) touchdowns in a single quarter and four (4) touchdowns in a half.  He was the “first” quarterback to throw an 80-yard touchdown pass in a Super Bowl.  He set a Super Bowl record of 340 passing yards and he rallied the team back from a 10-point deficit, the largest at that time and scored 42 unanswered points, which may still be a Super Bowl record.  In addition to his record setting Super Bowl, it was capped off with him being named MVP.  Doug was the “first” African-American quarterback to be named MVP and he retains that title today.

Doug Williams epitomizes what the Hall of Fame is about and that is determination, the pursuit of excellence and a willingness to win.  Its Doug Williams shoulders that every African-American quarterback coming into the League after him has been standing on because he set the standard for them to follow and improve upon.  He showed them that through adversity and challenges, you can still come out a winner if you’re willing to work hard and give 100% no matter what the circumstances are.

As the committee goes through the selection process of approving the players for the 2018 Hall of Fame, keep in mind that the Buccaneers were a newly formed team when Doug was drafted and they were still trying to build a program.  Doug’s numbers represent a quarterback playing for a new team that had no idea about the importance of surrounding the quarterback with a strong offensive line, so that he wouldn’t be pounded more often than not.  His numbers do represent his willingness to win and his ability to win in spite of the situation.

Doug was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2001. Therefore, it is only fitting that he be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

Doug Williams Stats: The Numbers on a Page

PASSING
Year Team G Att Comp Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD TD% Int Int% Lng 20+ 40+ Sck SckY Rate
1989 Washington Redskins 4 93 51 54.8 23.2 585 6.3 146.2 1 1.1 3 3.2 46 0 0 2 10 64.1
1988 Washington Redskins 11 380 213 56.1 34.5 2,609 6.9 237.2 15 3.9 12 3.2 58 0 0 10 88 77.4
1987 Washington Redskins 5 143 81 56.6 28.6 1,156 8.1 231.2 11 7.7 5 3.5 62 0 0 7 53 94.0
1986 Washington Redskins 1 1 0 0.0 1.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 39.6
1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 307 164 53.4 34.1 2,071 6.7 230.1 9 2.9 11 3.6 62T 0 0 11 128 69.6
1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 471 238 50.5 29.4 3,563 7.6 222.7 19 4.0 14 3.0 84T 0 0 18 135 76.8
1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 521 254 48.8 32.6 3,396 6.5 212.2 20 3.8 16 3.1 61 0 0 23 194 69.9
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 397 166 41.8 24.8 2,448 6.2 153.0 18 4.5 24 6.0 66T 0 0 7 57 52.5
1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 194 73 37.6 19.4 1,170 6.0 117.0 7 3.6 8 4.1 56T 0 0 6 69 53.4
TOTAL 88 2,507 1,240 49.5 28.5 16,998 6.8 193.2 100 4.0 93 3.7 84 0 0 84 734 69.4

 

RUSHING
Year Team G Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Lng 1st 1st% 20+ 40+ FUM
1989 Washington Redskins 4 1 0.2 -4 -4.0 -1.0 0 -4
1988 Washington Redskins 11 9 0.8 0 0.0 0.0 1 4
1987 Washington Redskins 5 7 1.4 9 1.3 1.8 1 7
1986 Washington Redskins 1 0.0
1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 35 3.9 158 4.5 17.6 2 14
1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 48 3.0 209 4.4 13.1 4 29
1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 58 3.6 370 6.4 23.1 4 27
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 35 2.2 119 3.4 7.4 2 16
1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 27 2.7 23 0.9 2.3 1 7
TOTAL 88 220 2.5 884 4.0 10.0 15 29 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

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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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NFL RECAP: Week 12

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The recap is as follows:

Vikings vs. Lions: Detroit won 16 to 13. The Vikings have fallen off significantly since the start of the season and it’s my opinion the loss of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator has a lot to do with this melt down.  Yes, the offense was having some challenges prior to his resignation but he should have been asked to stay on for continuity.

Redskins vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 31 to 26. Truthfully, this game should not have been this close.  Dallas has some gaping holes in their defense and unless the holes are plugged, it will be difficult for the team to get out of the playoffs.  Three of the team’s top defensive players have been suspended for drug abuse.  Dallas does not have a pass rush and without that they will continue to give up points and the offense will not be able to outscore the other team.

Steelers vs. Colts: Steelers won 28 to 7. Andrew Luck is out with another concussion and Big Ben is back, enough said.

Cardinals vs. Falcons: Falcons won 38 to 19. The Falcons have the fastest offense in the league and the Cardinals defense/offense is not close to what it was last year.

Bengals vs. Ravens: Ravens won 19 to 14. The Bengals are suffering because they lost their offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, to the Browns.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Bills won 28 to 21. The problem with the Jaguars is coaching and probably a lack of financial resources from management to pay better quality players.  Gus Bradley was named the head coach in 2013 and the team has continued to regress.  I’m not a proponent of firing coaches unless they are just absolutely horrible and have been given a number of opportunities to turn the team around.  Bradley’s resume speaks for itself; he didn’t have the experience necessary to become an NFL head coach.

Titans vs. Bears: Titans won 27 to 21. The Bears receivers lost this game.  There were too many dropped passes in the end zone.

Giants vs. Browns: 27 to 13. The Browns need to focus on next season and use the next couple of games to work on schemes for next season.  The word is RGIII has been removed from injured reserve and will start in a couple of games.  That’s probably a good idea so that Hue Jackson can see what he’s bringing to the table.  Hopefully, it’s more than his Instagram girlfriend.

Chargers vs. Texans: Chargers won 21 to 13. Osweiler threw three (3) interceptions and there were two (2) fumbles by the running backs.  The Texans lost this game because of their mistakes.

49ers vs. Dolphins: Dolphins won 31 to 24. The 49ers need an offensive/defensive coordinator.  This was the team’s best game but a team can’t win if the defense gives up 31 points.  If the Bengals fire Marvin Lewis, the 49ers should hire him because defense is where he truly excels.  The 49ers need to hire Lane Kiffin as the offensive coordinator and leave Chip Kelly in as the figure head.  There is no reason to throw away more money because they made another bad coaching decision.  Do you miss Jim Harbaugh yet?  Also, it’s time to give Trent Baalke the boot.

Rams vs. Saints: Saints won 49 to 21. So what?

Seahawks vs. Buccaneers: Buccaneers won 14 to 5. Richard Sherman was burned by Mike Evans and the Bucs defense had Russell Wilson on the run all day.  The Bucs were firing on all cylinders and it was too much for the Seahawks.

Patriots vs. Jets: Patriots won 22 to 17. This is what happens when a team places its trust in a “journeyman” QB and listens to players instead of making professional decisions that are the best for the team.

Panthers vs. Raiders: Raiders won 35 to 32. This was the second best game of the day.  The Panthers defense is not what it was last year and that’s the team’s biggest problem. A team can’t give up 35 points and win.  The same thing goes for the Raiders.  The difference is the Raiders managed the clock better.

Chiefs vs. Broncos: Chiefs won 30 to 27. This was the best game of the day.  Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison picked the Broncos to win but I picked the Chiefs.  I chose the Chiefs because of the experience levels of the QBs and the Chiefs are slow and steady, which is the thing other teams have not figured out.

Packers vs. Eagles: Packers won 27 to 13. This was one of the Packers better played games.  The Packers defense showed up and that was the biggest difference in this game.  Rodgers didn’t have to throw pass after pass to keep the team in the game.  As a matter of fact, Rodgers and Wentz offense in terms of passing and rushing was fairly close.  Defense wins games.

 

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NFL RECAP: Week 11

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There were some surprising games in week 11. Jared Goff made his NFL debut but it was not enough to beat the Dolphins.  Another surprise was the thrashing the Redskins gave the Packers.  The Packers lost by more points than the 49ers, which is really surprising because the 49ers have the defense worst in the league. Dallas is making it harder and harder for me to keep them in the honorable mention category but I’m standing firm for now.  It is my opinion that the best teams in the league are the Seahawks and the Patriots.  Honorable mention teams are Dallas, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.  I’m adding another group and they are my X-Factor teams.  My X-Factors are: Miami, Washington and Oakland.

Now for the recap:

Saints vs. Panthers: Panthers won 23 to 20. The Panthers defense did a good job of stopping the Saints offense.  The Saints defense wasn’t bad either, which is unusual for them because more often than not the game plan for the Saints is just too out score the other team, which doesn’t work when you’re playing a team that has at a minimum a marginal defense.

Bills vs. Bengals: The Bills won 16 to 12. The loss of the Bengals offensive coordinator is clearly impacting the team this season.  It has nothing to do with Andy Dalton or Marvin Lewis but everything to do with not having the right offensive coordinator in place.  The Bills continue to be a surprise.

Steelers vs. Browns: Steelers won 24 to 9. No surprise there.  The Browns are rebuilding and it will take time.

Ravens vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 27 to 17.  This was the best game of the day. The Cowboys had not beaten the Ravens in years but the rookie QB with nothing to lose made it happen.

Jaguars vs. Lions: Lions won 26 to 19. The Jaguars have an okay defense which explains why the games they lose are close.  The offense is not bad either because they score points and keep the game close, it’s a matter of learning how to close and that may be attributed to coaching.  Time will tell.

Titans vs. Colts: Colts won 24 to 17. The Titans thrashed the Packers last Sunday but lost to the Colts.  These two teams were evenly match and so were the coaching game plans, which explains why the game was close.

Buccaneers vs. Chiefs: Bucs won 19 to 17. This was the biggest surprise of the day. The Chiefs are definitely the better team but that’s football.

Vikings vs. Cardinals: Vikings won 30 to 24. This game could have gone either way.  Sam Bradford is regaining in confidence after the sudden resignation of Coach Norv Turner, the offensive coordinator.

Bears vs. Giants: Giants won 22 to 16.  Jay Cutler sustained an injury in this game and is out for the remainder of the season.  This sums up the hapless Bears.  This is what happens when you fire the coach that’s winning. Remember Lovie Smith?  I bet the management is wishing they had him back.

Dolphins vs. Rams: Dolphins won 14 to 10.  Seriously did anyone think starting Jared Goff would change the Lambs, oops, I mean the Rams losing ways.

Eagles vs. the Seahawks: Seahawks won 26 to 15. The Seahawks are on a roll right now.  Russell Wilson is healthy and the defense is strong.  If Pete Carroll doesn’t make any stupid play calls they might end up in the Super Bowl again.

Patriots vs. 49ers: Patriots won 30 to 17. The 49ers went into half time 10 to 13 but as usual the defense self-destructed. There has got to be better clock management by the offense and the team needs a new defensive coordinator.  Missing Jim Harbaugh yet?

Packers vs. Redskins: Redskins won 42 to 24.  This was the worst game of the day.  This is what happens when a team depends solely on the quarterback.  The Packers need a good fullback to enhance their running game and to block in the back field.

Texans vs. Raiders: Raiders won 27 to 20. This was a very well-played game and the second best game of the week.  The score went back and forth and the Raiders receivers dropped several good passes throughout the game and still found a way to win.  This is the reason the Raiders are in my X-Factor category.

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