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  1. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    Meh. Russel Wilson's Defense was the major part of Seattle's explosion. He has still only been able to experience a portion of Brady's success. And are we going to argue that the Packers are not a well-run organization? They are a great team and front office; have had stability and foresight over many other teams. Again, much like I don't think Rodgers should get a big bump merely because his head coach was only "above average" I don't think Rodgers should get a bump because his team was only "In the Top Five" over the last 10 seasons.
  2. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    Yeah, this is where I can't really comment because it will sound like I am bad mouthing Belichcik. (Also, like all fans, Belichick has a picture of one of my children pasted on the ceiling of his office with her name, school schedule and whereabouts so if I get out of line he knows where to go... but I've said too much). What I can I say, "Yeah, but Bill Belichick is not THAT good of a head coach?" That's not happening. What I am saying is that not every other QB should get a "bump" because their head coach was only "above average." Belichick does a lot to give Brady the chance to succeed. Belichick opens Brady's window to success wider than most other coaches do their QBs. But are other coaches a drag on their QBs? If so... don't we think Rodgers would have said something? Remember, this is Aaron Rodgers who has not spoken to his parents IN YEARS. The guy has opinions. And then you have to factor in just how much of Belichick's success is from Brady (1 playoff appearance in the 7 seasons Belichick has had - 5 in CLE and 2 in NE - without Brady). That's an old discussion. I think even if we "handicap" Brady with Belichick the guy performed beyond the bounds of what we would expect in this day and age. That should keep him as the GOAT for the foreseeable future.
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    Its certainly possible. Rodgers' numbers are incredible; his TD to INT ratio is otherworldly - 297 to 72; its a 4.125 TD to INT ratio. That is absurd. Brady's is also other worldly - 456 to 152 (exactly 3). Rodgers' career passer rating is better (104 v 97). And I have already commented on Rodgers' post season numbers. This is all great. But Rodgers has a problem. What year did Rodgers enter the League? You would think, "Oh, they won the Super Bowl in 2010 so... 2007... 2008? Aaron Rodgers was drafted in 2005. He was a bench warmer to Favre for three seasons. That just puts him THAT much further behind Brady's career accomplishments (4 SBs v. 1 .... for now). Rodgers has been to TWO Conf championship games (v ELEVEN for Brady). Rodgers is a tremendous QB but he may just not have enough time to catch up to Brady. Do we all think Rodgers will go to FIVE more Superbowls between now and the end of his career? And win three of them? He may be capable, but winning ONE Superbowl is REALLY HARD! This is not to say that Rodgers- talent wise - is not as good or better than Brady, just that in a GOAT discussion, this will be said and it hurts Rodgers' chances. Also, time is a PITA. Not that Rodgers is going to get old tomorrow, but his weapons will have to fight through injuries, salary cap and trade issues as well as plain all drop-off. Also... I think his coach is bad. Mistakes will be made. There are just no guarantees in this league and as time marches on, things start slowing. Again, not to say Rodgers will get old tomorrow, but things change and usually not for the better. Regardless, I think Brady is the QB GOAT for right now (Montana, btw, was stupid good). Rodgers has some climbing to do. Right now, he's behind Brady, Montana, Elway and probably Manning (Peyton). After that its anyone's guess. And don't forget the Marty Schottenheimer Chiefs; under Marty (a figure of tragedy if there ever was one) the Chiefs were "one and done" FIVE times and in the two years they went deeper, the Chiefs were 3-2, making it to one Conf championship game (where they lost to the Bills) to bring Marty's KC Chiefs to a impressively terrible 3-7 in the playoffs. The Chiefs are a constant reminder that being in the playoffs is not an indication of relevance.
  4. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    God... I want to support this... I do... But I can't blame anyone for just HATING the Pats and shaking their heads in exasperation if they make it to ANOTHER Superbowl. I mean, Tom Brady will be playing in his ELEVENTH AFC Championship game. Think about this. Brady has been a started since 2001; if we take out 2008 (injury) that means that if Tom Brady is your starting QB your team has A SEVENTY THREE PERCENT CHANCE of making a Conference Championship game. Which is great if Brady is your QB. If not ... its like hearing "Nominees for Best Actress" and then shake your head as you hear that Meryl Streep was in this movie you never saw or heard of but, somehow, miraculously, has yet another nomination. I can't blame people if they think "Not her... again" just as I cannot blame ANYBODY who watches a football game and thinks, "Not them again..." Not to say that the Pats or Streep do not deserve to be there; the Pats do (and so does Streep, but that's a lot more subjective) its just that people HAVE to be sick of it by now. I cannot ask people to root for something they are sick of. If Rodger Goodell has to hand Brady the Superbowl and/or MVP Trophy I might ... reach the peak...
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    So, I think one story that has flown under the radar has been how FUCKING TERRIBLE the Chiefs played. Look, of the 4 games this weekend, 2 home teams won (Pats, Atlanta) and two lost (KC and Dallas). Dallas lost but played a FUCKING GREAT game. Seattle and the Texans lost but they sort of should have. The Chiefs looked like ass. The Chiefs, as I stated in my prediction, sort of back-into that #2 slot though still finished 12-4 in an ultra-competitive division. But this game? The Chiefs started the game with a tremendous opening drive; 6 plays, 55 yards, all plays for positive yardage - 7, 7, 21, 7, 8 and 5 yards. The play calling was imaginative, fresh and moved the ball every play. These were KC's scripted plays- the ones they decided to run ten days ago. After that? Well, Andy Reid had to start coaching and well... things got repetitive. I have no book of stats to back this up but how many KC plays looked like this: Line up, double back set, Smith under center, send WR in motion, snap, play action to Hill, roll out the TE and FB to the right, Smith rolls out to the Right, option read, TE turns up field, look down field, short, dump pass to the FB for 4 yards. Line up, 2 WR to the Left with TE wide to the left, RB and FB with Smith in the shotgun WR in motion, snap, play action to Ware, option read, TE darts up field, QB looks up field, rolls to the right away from WR and dump pass to FB for 4 yards. Line up, full back field, double TE set, Kelce motion right, option read, hand off to Ware for two yards, FIRST DOWN! Line up, I formation, double WR set, TE in the slot, motion WR, hand off to Ware, up the middle for 3 yards. Line up, double back set, Smith under center, send WR in motion, snap, play action to Hill, roll out the TE and FB to the right, Smith rolls out to the Right, TE turns up field, look down field, incomplete pass. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. EVERY FUCKING PLAY takes 2 hours to run; the clock runs and they take all 40 seconds to get the play in, lined up, called and then run. Every drive takes 7 minutes, plays come in late, and KC semeed to take EVERY SECOND of the play clock .... AND THEY WERE BEHIND! No, really, can we try throwing down field? Is that too much to ask? CAn you get a p[lay in and THROW THE FUCKING BALL!?!?!?!?!? Here is the actual play calling from the Chiefs after the TD: 1st Down A.Smith pass incomplete deep right to S.Ware. 2nd (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short middle to T.Kelce to KC 25 for 13 yards. (WOW!) 1st and 10 at KC 25 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short right to S.Ware pushed ob at KC 29 for 4 yards. 2nd and 6 at KC 29 (Shotgun) C.West right guard to KC 29 for no gain (R.Shazier). PENALTY Holding, 10 yards, enforced at KC 29 - No Play. 2nd and 16 at KC 19 (1:44 - 1st) (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short right to D.Harris [J.Harrison]. 3rd and 16 at KC 19 (1:35 - 1st) (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short left to T.Hill to KC 28 for 9 yards (A.Burns). 4th and 7 at KC 28 -- PUNT 1st and 10 at KC 25 S.Ware up the middle to KC 28 for 3 yards 2nd and 7 at KC 28 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short left to T.Hill pushed ob at KC 35 for 7 yards (J.Harrison). 1st and 10 at KC 35 (8:08 - 2nd) A.Smith pass short middle INTERCEPTED by R.Shazier 1st and 10 at KC 20 S.Ware left guard to KC 23 for 3 yards. 2nd and 7 at KC 23 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short right to T.Hill 3rd and 7 at KC 23 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short left to S.Ware. 4th and 7 at KC 23 PUNT 1st and 10 at KC 16 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short right to T.Hill to KC 20 for 4 yards (B.Dupree). 2nd and 6 at KC 20 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete deep right to C.Conley PENALTY on PIT-R.Shazier, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at KC 20 - No Play. 1st and 10 at KC 35 (Shotgun) PENALTY on KC-Z.Fulton, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at KC 35 - No Play. 1st and 15 at KC 30 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short left to J.Maclin. 2nd and 15 at KC 30 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short middle to C.West to KC 38 for 8 yards. FUMBLES, RECOVERED by PIT. 1st and 10 at KC 24 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short right to C.Conley. 2nd and 10 at KC 24 (Shotgun) S.Ware up the middle to KC 23 for -1 yards. 3rd and 11 at KC 23 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete deep middle to T.Kelce. 4th and 11 at KC 23 PUNT 1st and 10 at KC 21 A.Smith pass short right to S.Ware to KC 18 for -3 yards. 2nd and 13 at KC 18 A.Smith pass incomplete deep right to C.Conley. PENALTY on PIT-R.Cockrell, Defensive Pass Interference, 20 yards, enforced at KC 18 - No Play. 1st and 10 at KC 38 (Shotgun) S.Ware up the middle to KC 41 for 3 yards. 2nd and 7 at KC 41 A.Smith scrambles up the middle to KC 45 for 4 yards 3rd and 3 at KC 45 (Shotgun) Direct snap to S.Ware. S.Ware up the middle to PIT 47 for 8 yards (Sweet Jesus, the Wildcat!) 1st and 10 at PIT 47 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short middle to T.Hill. 2nd and 10 at PIT 47 (Shotgun) T.Hill left end pushed ob at PIT 39 for 8 yards 3rd and 2 at PIT 39 (Shotgun) PENALTY on KC-A.Smith, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 39 - No Play. 3rd and 7 at PIT 44 (Shotgun) A.Smith sacked at 50 for -6 yards (J.Harrison). 4th and 13 at 50 PUNT 1st and 10 at PIT 46 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete deep middle to T.Kelce. 2nd and 10 at PIT 46 (Shotgun) A.Smith scrambles right end ran ob at PIT 41 for 5 yards (2:09 - 3rd) Timeout #1 by KC at 02:09. 3rd and 20 at KC 44 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass deep right to J.Maclin to PIT 36 for 20 yards (Only play of 20 or more yards this game for KC) 1st and 10 at PIT 36 C.West left end to PIT 37 for -1 yards 2nd and 11 at PIT 37 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass short right to C.Conley pushed ob at PIT 30 for 7 yards (R.Cockrell). 3rd and 4 at PIT 30 (Shotgun) A.Smith pass incomplete short middle to A.Wilson. 4th and 4 at PIT 30 Field Goal How many of those drives were assisted or resuscitated by a penalty? Where was the KC offense? After the game started, and Andy Reid had to coach an offense, that offense ... died. What were they doing? How come they weren't doing anything different? Why not sun SOMETHING besides "short pass rto the FB" or "short pass to Ware" or "short incomplete pass." That team was ONLY in that game because that D solidified in the Red Zone. The Steelers could have had 42 points instead of 18. But that offense was putrid. I think Alex Smith is incapable of getting anywhere else. He could not read the Steelers or take advantage of any match-ups. Whenever he scrambled, he was just LOOKING to dump it off or throw it away. He had nothing this game. The BEST plays for the Chiefs were Steleers penalties, including the helmet-to-helmet on Conley. I think I was afraid of a paper-tiger. The Chiefs were eminently overrated and showed it last night. The Steelers have issues (got to get into the endzone and Rothlesberger has been playing very sloppy as of late), but the Chiefs got their ass kicked up and down the field and they were utterly incapable of changing their destiny on O. TL;DR Andy Reid and Alex Smith Andy Reid-ed and Alex Smith-ed up this game. And Kelce is a tool. bag.
  6. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    Wait... THE BROWNS CUT DION LEWIS! They traded for him and then cut him? So did Indy...
  7. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    I think a lot of people could die waiting for Belichick to retire. I think that there is a MUCH greater chance that Belichick retires AFTER Brady, than the other way around. I think that when Brady leaves THAT may be the chance McDaniels uses to leave. I do think, though, that everyone in the Pats organization loves Josh. Ownership, the QB and the HC. I think he has a great rep and that he knows football. I think that the environment at Gillette is very conducive to be a coach and that ownership may be very pleased to slip in Belichick 2.0. I think he knows how other organizations work and operate and knows that what the Pats do is special. He probably doesn't want to go to a place that resembles a clown college. Not to say that's what happened with the 49ers; just that may be an encouragement to Josh to stick around until Belichick leaves. Belichick has given almost no hint of when he'll be done. The closest he did was in NFL's "A Football Life" when he said that he doesn;t want to end up "like Marv Levy" and coach until he's 80. Belichick loves football and loves football players so I would bet that he sticks around for a bit.
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    Again, you could say the EXACT same thing about Belichick, only replace Parcells for the "non-Belichick" jobs, and Belichcik was sort of worse because he resigned as the Jets HC .... AFTER ONE DAY! People literally wrote that they thought he was having a mental breakdown. I'm not saying you're wrong that maybe McDaniels is not going to be a great HC. But the flip side is that this guy has won a SB, and has the unqualified confidence of both Tom Brady AND Bill Belichick who are both utter control freaks. He has done a lot with this offense outside of just "THROWTHEBALLTOGRONK!" and I think he can do more. He got the Denver job when he was wayyyyyyy too young and not ready for that sort of responsibility (again, much like Carroll). I think he has a chance to be a quality coach.
  9. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    And don't forget, he traded a 4th round pick for Laurence Maroney, a RB who gained all of 36 yards for the Broncos!
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    Pfft... thanks Obama .... Okay, fair point. Rooney is fine. But he is a powerful owner and he has the ability to influence the league a great deal. Also, it would appear that Deadspin shares my theory on Travis Kelce Why anyone would consider Josh McDaniels Bill Belichick for a head job is beyond me. Some folks don't have temperament for a leadership role. Why anyone would consider Josh McDaniels Pete Carroll for a head job is beyond me. Some folks don't have temperament for a leadership role. I'm not picking on you, but I will say that I thought the same thing initially, but then I sort of thought about coaching history. Much like Belichick and Carroll, McDaniels was a very successful coordinator in a very well-known system who then became a head coach at a very young age, And failed miserably. And with McDaniels it was worse- he had an honest-to-God scandal (Spygate II). Like Belichick, McDaniels returned to his prior "master (Parcells/Belichick)" and then had continued success. I don't know if McDaniels will be a good fit as a head coach, but he's no worse than anyone else out there. I also don't know if McDaniels is withdrawing because he won't get the job and does not want to linger OR if he does not like the job. Recently a list of "possible new head coaches" was generated by the League and McDaniels name was not on it and the league stated that McDaniels was not a likely candidate because he was in-line to get the Pats job when it was available. I will say this: if the new 49'ers Head Coach does NOT have GM-powers, that COULD be a tell-tale sign that McDaniels didn't want the job. Belichick INSISTED that when he came to NE that he gets the GM powers to make his HC life easier (with obvious success). I would not be surprised if Belichick said to McDaniels that he would need to be both HC and GM and that if he was not promised that, then he should walk. But I'm speculating.
  11. NFL Divisional Playoffs: 3 games and Brady

    This is definitely the most exciting round of boarder-on-boarder arguing I can remember in a while.
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    Oh, and Jerry Porter! I forgot about Porter and his "indefinite suspension" that lasted 4 days. God, if this team were anywhere else but in Pittsburgh everyone would hate them. They are Dallas with a worse climate. All those titles, power and obnoxious owners and still they somehow avoid the constant rage of everyone. Sure, that ONE season after Big Ben raped a drunk chick had a completely consensual relationship with a woman who was not black-out drunk in a bathroom, but other than that... ... I mean could you imagine if Belichick ran onto the field? (Though, I will say, Belichick of all people defended Tomlin saying: “Yeah, I’ve been blown up a couple times,” he said. "There’s one play in particular where I was kind of watching the pass rush of the front and the ball was thrown. I didn’t really follow the ball that quickly and all the sudden the guy caught it and was right on top of me and ended up under the Gatorade bench." “Obviously if you’re watching the ball, it shouldn’t be that big of a problem. But if you’re trying to watch something else… Obviously we have to give the officials and the players room to play. Sometimes that just happens where you get guys caught up a little bit on the sideline. But yeah, I saw the play last night. I was like, ‘Oh my God, yeah.’ That could easily happen to any of us. It’s a good lesson, I have to be careful.”)
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    Dick. That and the complaining about the head sets in 2015, even though the NFL- not the Pats - are the ones who handle the head sets. Idiot. I will say that the Pats are at a sincere disadvantage without Gronk. Last two match-ups against the Steelers 2015: 5-94, 3TDs 2016: 4-93 1 TD So, in two games that's 9 catches 187 yards and 4TDs off the board. And Bennett looked slow on Saturday so he has to step up. I still think the Pats should win but its going to be a hard game.
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    Oh, and Travis Kelce can such a bag of dicks. He BLATANTLY pushes the CB to draw a 15 yard penalty (that only through shear will didn't cost the Chiefs); he drops a pretty important pass before that and then he bitches and moans about the penalty on the two-point conversion. And he's not shy about it (the big baby): "Referee No. 51 shouldn't even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again," Kelce said. "He shouldn't even be able to work at f---ing Foot Locker." "For it to end like that, with the referee literally taking it out of our hands, that hurts," Kelce said. "You try to play this game with integrity, right up until the point I blatantly pushed another player after the whistle bloew, like the fucking punk thug that I am to the end of the whistle, and when the refs want to take over the game and make it their own platform, there's nothing you can do about it. ...That was horses---, flat out." You fucking shit. Look... I can't absolutely say that I have not seen worse holds NOT called... but it looked an awful lot like a hold. Harrison reacted like it was a hold. It looked a lot like a hold. And those SHOULD get called. Now, let me ask people this: if Travis Kelche were African American- especially after his push on the CB - would the fallout against him be worse? I'm not taking a position really; I just feel like givin that shitty push and then his bitching, I feel like he would be hearing it a lot more if he were black. I could absolutely be wrong, so I want to get other people's opinion. It Travis Kelche showing some white privileged here? Or is it too early to tell?
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    I feel almost like Green Bay doesn't bother with the other side of the ball. Their corners are overwhelmed, they are not getting a great pass rush and they win. Excuses be damned- Rodgers just does it all. Running game? Why? The Packers had a total of 87 yards on the ground and of those 12 were Rodgers' (GB had the second-lowest rushing total of any team this week - Steelers led with 171, Cowboys had 138 rushing yards, Houston 104, Seahawks 101, Falcons 99, Pats 98; only KC had fewer with 61). Defense? Dallas had 429 total yards; most of ANY team this weekend; Atlanta had 422, GB had 414, Pitt 389, Pats 377 and then everyone else had a lot less. Turnovers? Who needs 'em?! Of all the winning teams, GB forced the fewest turnovers - ONE! Pitt forced 2, Atlanta 2, and the Pats forced 3. Good coaching?! Really? At one point I thought I saw Mike McCarthy reach for the "Reset" button on his PS4. (Okay, fine, I'm being cruel, but you get my point). Aaron Rodgers' numbers were: 28/43 for 356 yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT and a passer rating of 96.7. Dak had a better game, but now when it mattered most. Nobody can make that last throw except Rodgers. Not Brady, not Rothlesberger, not Brees, not Manning I, Manning II, Post "neck surgery" Manning; the bionic cyborg melding of Brett Favre and Dan Marino. Nobody. And forget the fact that he never doubted he could make it. He never doubted it for a second. Atlanta is going to have to score on nearly every drive; because to Araron Rodgers everything else doesn't matter.