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  1. Rockroi

    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    This is the worst thing to happen to the Patriots since the 13th bulb on the North-side end zone needed to be replaced. Seriously, who gives a fuck? I mean, I get that many in the media have a special set of pearls set aside for them to clutch when something like this happens. I hear that Rob Parker has the vapors. But are we really THAT "outraged" that a billionaire, octogenarian bachelor may- just may - still want sex or sexual contact and ... maybe doesn't really want all the other factors that go into that, like having to listen to 20-year old women blather on and on or alimony etc. This is funny and kind of silly.
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    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    But the Pats have had 2 weeks before and have lost in the big game and other playoff games. IT happens. I honestly think that this team had great play-makers that could follow directions. Flowers, High and Gilmore were the anchors at the three levels and they had van Noy and Jason McCourtry making other big plays along with Harmon and Devon McCourty. Every Pats player on D seemed to be in it. Flores is going to get huge props here because not only did his D WORK, but it seemed like his guys bought into it; that they loved being out there. Loved doing it. The Chargers, Chiefs and Rams were the #3, #1 and #2 in DVOA. The Pats D was extraordinary when it mattered most. McVay is getting destroyed right now all over the place and there is some truth to this. He called an extremely pedestrian game without any of his risk taking; he never innovated their game-plan and never was able to raise his team's performance to the next level. Also, Jared Goff was unprepared for this game; he looked helpless out there in one of the worst performances by a QB in Superbowl history along with Jim Kelley getting pants by Washington DC, Jaworski getting haing 4 turnovers or Ben Riothlesberger winning despite being Ben Rothlesberger (passed for 123 yards and 2 picks; what a fat fuck). That's on McVay, at least in part. But this guy is like 33, he took a terrible team to the playoffs and now the Superbowl. But this is another reason why this all goes back to being a Belichick masterpiece. He brought this 21st century offense back down to 1977; McVay could not adequately answer the way Peterson did last year. There is nothing like this guy. And it was not some crazy pin-your-ears-back blitzing; they wore the Rams out in every facet of the game; they gashed Goff and then slammed the Running Backs. This D crushed it against the #2 O in the league and did it GOING AWAY! If you EVER want to make the "Its-Belichick-not-Brady" argument, this would be the centerpiece of that argument. Brady had a mediocre day and Belichick's D bailed the O out. And that game plan worked.
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    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    "I know what it's like to lose.... Last year the Pats lost a Superbowl when they hung 33 points, 600+ yards and lost a Superbowl that they could have won. Instead, they had nothing to show for phenomenal season. And add in Brady's "What are we doing this for" comment in response to the still baffling benching of Malcom Butler made anyone think that maybe MAYBE it had finally all caught up to the Pats. Their utterly arrogant head coach, their head-strong QB and that crazy fraud of a trainer. Also, Gronk pretty much retired. ....To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless... Then they lost some truly baffling games. When their opponents were motivated -Patricia's Lions, Vrabel's Titans, the Jags (who lost in the AFC Championship game in 2017), the Steelers (who lost the AFC Championship game in 2016), Miami (just because) - the Pats lost. And then to turn it on when it mattered the most. The Chargers were the proverbial "Team-Nobody-Wants-to-Play-in-the-Playoffs" and the Pats dominated them inside and out. Then to go on the road and beat - in an utter dog-fight - the League MVP and the highest scoring team in the NFL and just pound out that win was utterly unbelievable. And then to go from 600 yards and 33 points in 2017 to 13 TOTAL POINTS in this Superbowl... what the fuck? How did that happen? ...It’s frightening... If there was one constant in this season, it was how immense the Pats D turned it up in these playoffs. And in this Superbowl it punched the Rams O in the mouth and the Rams could never put a full drive together; they seemed unable to get off the run; unable to put into place anything besides play action. Even when they found their stride, they could not live up to the moment. Other than Suh and Cooks, the Rams as a whole seemed swallowed up by the moment. And to some degree, so did McVey. I'm not saying McVey made and BAD decisions, but he certainly never made a decision that was good enough to overcome that offensive sputter. The Pats D faced the #1 and #2 offenses in the NFL in the two championship games and held both scoreless in both first halves. ...Turns the legs to jelly... And Jared Goff sucked. He sucked out loud at almost all times. Even when he finally seemed to put things together, it was short lived, ultimately sealing his team's fate with a terrible pick into the arms of the best defensive player on the field tonight, Stephan Gilmore. He ended up with a QB rating of 57.9, which seems about 55 points too high. Meanwhile, The Rams running game was shit; Gurley is either hurt or comatose; he seemed like he was running in gravy and Anderson seemed like he at all the gravy. ...I ask you, to what end?... This may have been the worst Superbowl of the Century if not longer. And yet the Pats did just enough to win; it was the lowest scoring Superbowl ever; it was also their greatest margin of victory (10 points). And in doing so they, once again, made an entire nation hate them. ...Dread it... But in a way... didn't everyone sort of know how this was going to end? That somehow, someway you would have to sit through this again? Brady throwing it to Edleman (easily the MVP on O); having Gronk just Gronking it up at the most pivotal time? Having Gilmore stuff it when it mattered most? And Dark Hoodie slapping high five at another team's utter inability to live up to the moment? ...Run from it... I know people are sick of it, and believe me when I say this... you should be. If this were the Yankees, Jets or Lakers or ... I don't know... Penguins - I would fucking HATE THIS! If there was some pretty-boy who was married to a Supermodel and was making some insufferable documentary about himself and he just kept on winning and winning and winning; and they had this hermit as a head coach who seemed to be either cheating or making you wish YOUR team would cheat - I would hate them too. I get all that. And you have been waiting on them to lose the way you waited for Tyrion to kill Tywin and for SOMEBODY to kill Cersei and Jaime. But there they are, Still. Fucking. Here, ...Destiny arrives all the same... The Patriots are the greatest football franchise of all time. I want you to think about this- The Steelers made their first Superbowl win in 1974. The Bradshaw era ended in the 1980s but that team won their last SB in 1979. In 1995 the Steelers made it back to the Superbowl with a new head coach and completely different team. The distance in time between the Steelers' SB #1 and that 1995 SB was 21 years. The distance in time between the Pats FIRST SB win in 2001 and this most recent one is 17 years. Its only FOUR YEARS SHORTER than that distance for the Steelers. But that Steelers team from 1974 bares ABSOLUTELY NO RESEMBLANCE to that 1995 team; that 2001 and 2018 teams have a few things in common, but most notably are Brady and Belichick. ...And now, it's here... I won't spend much time on this because the game was so eminently forgettable, but much of that was because Belichick rendered the Rams entire team a non-entity, Goff looked like David Klingler out there; Todd Gurley, like Ron Dayne; CJ Anderson looked exactly like CJ Anderson. That team could not move, or even get out of its own way. The Rams D played great, but it was gashed throughout the game and especially when it mattered most. And that is almost entirely on Belichick. In many ways, this was the culmination of his entire coaching career that started with winning games 13-3 and now stands here today in much the same way. ...Or should I say, I am..." And standing alone is the only human being- living or dead -who has ever won 6 Superbowls. Its as if there was some Gauntlet out there with 6 stones in it that with a snap of his finger he could render everything that came before meaningless. Everyone who has ever played this sport- from the lowly special teamer all the way up to Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice and Jim Brown - is behind this one guy; this run-away force who has been to a Superbowl MORE THAN 50% OF THE TIME! He is the best football player who has ever lived. And he is now in the rarefied air of rarefied air- is he the best to ever play a sport? But That's another story. For me... I counted them out 10 times this season; hoping to just make it to the AFC Championship game. But now to win this way, at this time, when the twilight is the only light I should be looking at, Instead its another title, when I really don't need anymore. I have said this next part a few times- I am only on these boards now because of the NFL thread. The HBO series is out-right bad at this point and I have stopped pretending that Martin is doing anything akin to actually writing the books. But I stay here for one reason- so that the people that I tormented for YEARS can give me my comeuppance for every mean, divisive, arrogant, evil, silly, homer thing I have ever said about the Pats. So that all the times I cheered too loudly or puffed up my team too much that somebody would be there to stick it back in my face. Believe me, I'm not here to see if the Starks somehow prevail over the Lannisters. That ship has sailed (or not sailed depending in what part of the metaphor we are attached to). I'm here only to give the people who have put up with me the chance to take their shot at me. I would have deserved that. And this team ... keeps me waiting. Its absurd. Its a thrill. Its so much fun, nobody would ever, could ever deserve it. This will never happen again. That's because it should never have happened to begin with. But somebody snapped his fingers and so much of what mattered in football disappeared. But I'm still here.
  4. Rockroi

    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    Okay, an additional 10 mil IS significant (though it only brings the number of total cap % to around 4% higher than the Pats'. But, yeah, 10Mil is significant. (by contrast, the Pats only have about $660K for Josh Gordon on the suspended list and Isiah Wynn at $2mil on the IR list). But it gets worse for Seattle when you include Dead Cap hits versus the Pats: Here are the PATS top 3 dead-cap hits (not including IR above) Shea McClellin OLB $1,908,334 1.06 Alan Branch DT $1,000,000 0.55 David Harris LB $625,000 0.35 That's $3.53 mil or 1.96% of the cap Now... here are the Seahawks dead cap hits: Michael Bennett DE $5,212,500 2.93 Jeremy Lane CB $2,500,000 1.41 Richard Sherman CB $2,200,000 1.24 That's $9.91 million in dead cap for a whopping 5.58% of the cap. Okay, that right there is a GIGANTIC difference in the two teams. The When you include Thomas its like 16 million differential and around 3% of the cap; when you expand it to ALL dead money and ALL IR Seattle has $15mil in IR money v, $7..7 for the Pats and in Dead money, the Seahawks have an astronomical $22 mil to the Pats $10mil. So, ON THE FIELD< the Pats and Seahawks have a lot of similarities; but OFF the field, the Seahawks have a lot more baggage than the Pats. And its expensive.
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    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    Also, Brady's number is misleading; included in his salary is $5 mil in "incentives"; these are all counted against the cap EVEN IF Tom does not hit the incentives (SPOILER ALERT - he didn't). So he's actually paid LESS than Wilson, but the cap number- which is the only relevant issue here - is substantively equal between the two.
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    NFL 2019 Super Bowl: the restless shade of Mike Martz

    This is demonstrably untrue. For starters- and to back kal's point- Wilson and Brady have almost identical cap hit. - Wilson is $23M; Brady $22Mil. But otherwise? The Pats have more money tied up in their Top 10 paid players than the Seahawks: Russell Wilson $23,786,666 13.38% of cap Bobby Wagner $13,600,000 7.65 Doug Baldwin $11,800,000 6.64 Duane Brown $8,250,000 4.64 K.J. Wright $8,200,000 4.61 Justin Britt $6,166,666 3.47 Tyler Lockett $4,446,688 2.5 Bradley McDougald $3,333,333 1.88 Justin Coleman $2,914,000 1.64 Shamar Stephen $2,581,250 1.45 TOTAL: $85,078,603 47.86% of cap Tom Brady $22,000,000 12.21 Devin McCourty $11,935,000 6.62 Rob Gronkowski $10,859,375 6.03 Dont'a Hightower $9,695,305 5.38 Stephon Gilmore $8,887,500 4.93 Marcus Cannon $5,956,250 3.31 Stephen Gostkowski $5,000,000 2.77 Julian Edelman $4,071,078 2.26 Adrian Clayborn $3,937,500 2.18 Dwayne Allen $3,880,000 2.15 TOTAL: $86,222,008 47.84 Its only about a million dollar difference but more to the point there is not a gigantic spending differential between the two teams; nor would you expect it. The two teams are very very good; the Pats are, frankly, one penalty away from losing in the AFC Championship game. And the Seahawks- like the Pats - are pretty consistently in the playoffs. If there is a line of demarcation difference its that the Pats have at the #3 spot- who would you rather pay $11 mil to: Doug Baldwin or Gronk? And then look at Gilmore, the supposed best CB in the NFL; he's paid $9mil. Would you rather play Gilmore 9 or Britt and Coleman 9 mil? I think the difference is that the Pats have been able to put in HUGE talent at relatively cheap prices. Oh, and avoided injuries (knocks on wood). I think that the Pats DECIDE to spend and they get a discount for certain people because those palyers know 2 things: 1. They will compete for a title. Setphon Gilmore could never hope for that in Buffalo; 2. They knew their NEXT contract (with another team) will be HUGE; this was the draw for Revis. But this does not answer the question- how have the Pats maintained such incredible success over the last decade. Or two. I think salary cap manipulation is a factor, but I think they spend their money in the right places. But an unhappy byproduct of that is you lose people like Chandler Jones. Jones is currently a $15.5 mil hit against Zona; NOBODY on either team is paid that much except the QBs. That's the downside. And as reductionist as this is, the Pats have Brady and they have Beliechick (and probably a lot of PEDs and some tapes of various offensive alignments of other teams). And that does a lot.
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    NFL 2019: Wild Card, Mitches!

    This was one of the best games I have ever watched. I honestly thought the Pats only had a legit shot at winning when they scored with like 35 seconds legit to go in the game. That field goal made me question even THAT. And even when they won the coin flip (Slater always calls heads), I thought that the momentum had swung. And then Tom Brady - King of the Andals and the Roynar and the First Men - went three-for-3 on third down and became the first QB in NFL history to win three overtime playoff games (all memorable - The Snow Bowl in 2001, the 2016 Superbowl, 2018 AFC Championship game). The pats 36 first downs (to KC's 18), and went a mesmerizing 13 for 19 on third down (KC: 4-for-9), racked up 524 yards of O (KC just under 300) and utterly dominated TOP 44 min to 21 min. The major reason the Chiefs were in this game was because Brady threw two costly picks (kinda becoming a trend). But none of that ultimately mattered. Mahomes and KC was money on O and boarder-line hapless on D; again, taking out the INTs, they couldn't stop anything and the Pats did whatever they needed to do. Pats had well over 100 yards rushing and were unstoppable when it mattered most. The Pats D played an exceptional first half, a far too shaky second, but they rattled Mahomes enough to keep that O under wraps until the end. Tom Brady is the greatest football player who has ever lived. I think the Rams will be a different team with Gurley and they will have a D that will give Brady fits. They can also stop the running game. But maybe this is just a year where Brady gets that 6th Infinity stone...
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    NFL 2019: Wild Card, Mitches!

    I did not expect this. I mean, I guess I could have envisioned the Chargers just ... Chargering all over the place. I could see Rivers just imploding. Also, the Chargers D played right into the pats' hands; Brady kills Zone defenses and the multi-DB packages were ideal for running-back-heavy play-calling. I get all this. But the Chargers were just ... terrible. For starters, the Pats owned the Line of scrimmage; allowing Michele to get 5.6 yards a carry and well over 120 yards carrying; White had 15 catches; the O-line were able to block, clear open spaces on screens and handle an under-sized Charger D. Meanwhile, the Pats D held the Chargers running game to 19 yards on 10 carries; Rivers was gun-shy the whole game and reduced to whining to the ref's about phantom non-calls. Almost all of Rivers' stats came in garbage time (which was sometimes late in the 3rd quarter). Pats out-coached the Chargers which seems predictable given that Belichick had more post-season coaching games than Anthony Lynn has total games. Also, home field came up big as the Chargers had multiple delay--of-game penalties and generally were out of since all day. This was in some ways the most surprising drubbing of the playoffs. Oh, and Brady was an utter force. 34 on 44 for over 340 yards passing, a TD and over 100 passer rating. Completely stone cold out there. In the regular and post season, Pats are something like 66-1 when they have a 100 yard rusher (10-0 in the playoffs). Oh, and I think the Chiefs are still going to win, even though Maholmes' tendency to throw across his body can't be sustainable.
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    NFL 2019: Wild Card, Mitches!

    So... like there is this tag line every season right before the post season where the fucking morons who say they know things about football find a team that has not humiliated themselves 3 weeks in a row and they say, "Nobody wants to play THAT team in the playoffs!!!" And it was said about Chicago, Baltimore, the Chargers and Seattle. People said that over and over again. Well, three of those four teams lost and the one that won beat another team they said that about. It was hilarious. Started with Houston which just imploded for 60 minutes against Indy. What a shit show. Deshaun Watson sucked so hard it made me long for the days of Matt Shaub, posting an amazing 69.7 passer rating. He would have been the worst QB who played this week, but for the fact that the Ravens are still here. Anyway, the texans have completely squandered JJ Watt's career and now will do the same for Watson and Clowney. My favorite part of the game was that 45 minute period where it seemed like Watson forgot how to throw forward. But he had 76 yards rushing! Yeah, that's a bad thing. Meanwhile Dallas played a pretty good game and held off a late rally from Seattle to win their game. Nothing particularly hilarious or stupid happened in this game, much to my chagrin. I hate the fact that Russell Wilson seems to be tied to the Seattle sinking ship, but that's what you get for being good and well compensated. I then watched Lamar Jackson make a fool of himself. Wow. That was impressive. To start a playoff game after benching a former Superbowl winner and then play 4 whole quarters with barely a competent moment was miraculous. At one point in the game, the Ravens had as many penalties (3) as they did first down. Jackson had 14 completions, most at the very tail end of the game, and a pick and three fumbles, losing one. He was a train wreck. They started doing a clock count between his completions. The remainder of the Offense played only moderately better, while the D played solid. And its not like the Chargers played really well; they almost chocked it away in the second half. But they played well enough to allow another team to lose the game to them. The major story here was Harbaugh's decision NOT to bench Jackson for Flacco and I think that in the long run this was the right choice. Maybe not on the field- the ball boy could have played better than Jackson. But if Flacco benched Jackson he PROBABLY was still not going to win the game, but even if he won, he would have not only alienated Jackson, but possibly the rest of the team. And for what? For Flacco? A guy who will not be back? Don't see it. Harbaugh was probably right in the long run for the non benching, even if it was not right in the short run. And then another playoff game was decided by a kicker fucking up. Great tradition. I feel for Chicago; Trubisky played great; Foles played like shit; the Eagles running game went 1.6 yards a carry. So, of course the Eagles won. Part of that was that too many Chicago drives end in field goals instead of TDs. That is how you lose playoff games. Well, that and a field goal kicker that poops himself when it matters most. Anyway, quick prediction: I don't think the Pats have enough to beat even the Chargers. I think the D is bad; the offense is far too limited with basically a solid running game, Edleman and half-a-Gronk. I think the Chargers are not blessed nor a team of destiny; I just think they have more talent. I think the Chargers dedicate themselves to stopping the run and actually dare the Pats to beat them with a broken Gronk, a slot receiver and whatever parts of Patterson and Dorsett they can assemble. The Pats season and perhapse the dynasty ends with whimper, not a bang.
  10. So, another regular season is in the books; another year where a largely unimpressive Pats team is the #2 seed because most other teams in the NFL are mortally wounded by shear incompetence. The Pats beat a Varsity-level Jets team...okay, JUNIOR Varsity-level Jets team. They gave up mid-way through Week 9. I don;t even know if there is a joke there but that seems largely what happened. The Pats have all the tools necessary to lose in any stage of the playoffs at this point. The have the D to lose in the Divisional round; the lack of talent on O to lose at the Conference game and the shear lack of overall ability to lose in the Superbowl. I think Brady-Belichick have all the abilities to outlast any of the wildcard-week-end teams (except maybe SD), and will lose valiantly to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. In other news, the Ravens defeated the Browns so the Steelers don't make the playoffs. The only thing disappointing about the Steelers not being in the playoffs is that I don't get to watch the Steelers be humiliated in the playoffs. More thoughts on terrible coaches later. Its the Saints Superbowl to lose and they look great. I had hoped the Rams would make it work but I do not think that is going to happen. Chicago honestly played all-out so they could play a terrible Eagles team. Impressive. Speaking of impressive, somehow, someway, Josh McDaniels is the front runner for the Packers head coaching job because apparently ever NFL owner has a picture of Bill Belichick hanging in a dungeon inscribed with the words "Thank you, sir; may I have another" written in Eric Mangini's blood. How could they do that knowing what he did to the Colts? Speaking of the Colts- fucking well-done in making it to the playoffs after a 1-5 start; outstanding work by Frank Reich and Luck. Alos great work by the Jags for imploding after they beat the Pats. Great job, fuckwads. At least TJ Yeldon and Leonard Fornette did not work too hard. Anywhoo... here is how mind-numbingly terrible the NFL coaching situation is. HERE ARE YOUR FIRED COACHES: 1. Hue Jackman. No, wait, that's not his name. Hue Jackman probably knows more about NFL pass rushes. 1. Hue Fuckwad. There, that's better. Hue Jackson was such a terrible coach that the Bengals hired him. He was then a prominent figure in their two losses to the Browns, his former team, and his desperate need to ingratiate himself to his former players (who hated him) at the expense of his current ones (who will hate him shortly). I feel bad for Jackson. Or Fuckwad. Not sure anymore. 2. Mike McCarthy: Already fired after he failed to keep Aaron Rodgers' feelings from getting hurt. Also failed to keep his arm, neck, shoulder, legs and head from getting hurt. McCarthy lived off his rep for at least 4 seasons as the guy who was coach when the team got around to starting Rodgers. And Rodgers may be on the back-nine of his career. Great work in stringing along Favre for all that time. THANK GOD I do not root for a team that kept around a Hall-of-Fame QB for too long at the expense of a young stud... whew! Any way: here who has been fired in the last 48 hours: 3. Todd Bowles: In a statement, the Jets Front Office stated they had fired Todd Bowles for not having the ability to overcome the deficiencies caused by the Jets Front Office. 4. Dirk Koetter: What a useless slob. Just take all that talent and flush down the Tampa Toilet. A true "Tampa Two." But what is 100% more hilarious about his firing, is that the Buccaneers released a statement saying that whomever they hire as head coach must be resigned to starting Winston at QB. That is the cultural equivalent of buying a house that has a tenant, Charles Manson and then being told that if you buy the place you HAVE to take Manson. Its a package deal- take this shitty team AND its completely self-absorbed QB! Who probably sucks! Great job! 5. Vance Joseph: Clearly no longer having the time of his life. I don't know; the Broncos are paying the tax on those years where they somehow had a great D and the highest paid QB almost ever. That will continue to bite you in the ass in the form of Dead Money of which the Broncos have like $26 Mil for 2018. By contrast most playoff teams have between 10 and 14 (though the Saints and Chiefs have slightly over 20 each). I think Joseph was only a marginal coaching talent, but he did get his team to play against the Steelers, Seahawks and Chargers, three playoff teams. Still probably a good firing. 6. Adam Gase: This guy. Gase looks to me like the guy you give the job to because you are mildly afraid if you don't he'll beat you up. Considering that fuck Tenanbaum was still there, I would not have put that past them. What a piece of shit organization rotting from the inside out. And not just because they beat the Pats on a fluke last-second play to ruin the Pats chances of a 1st round bye. But fuck that too. I also am not sure about Gase. He's not a great coach, but what are they hoping for? They are still stuck with Ryan Tanaehill and that terrible line. Everything about that team screams front office dysfunction and not coaching issues. 7. Steve Wilks: This one makes sense only if you forget that the team is the Arizona Cardinals, who blow. The Cards' Dead Cap is GIGANTIC! I thik its the highest in the league- its a shade under $40 mil! To give you some idea of how jaw-droppingly incompetent that is, the team's ACTUAL salary is $100 mil. So the Cards have dead money = to FORTY PERCENT of their roster! The list includes (I swear): Sam Bradford $10,937,500 (that’s SIX PERCENT OF THEIR ENTIRE CAP!!!); Tyrann Mathieu; $9,300,000 Carson Palmer $6,625,000; Jared Veldheer $3,250,000; Andre Smith $2,457,500 and Jamar Taylor $1,062,132. And somehow this is Wilks' fault? After one season? No seriously... how? 8. Marvin Lewis: Sometimes the most obvious things still surprise you. The Cincinnati Bengals fired coach Marvin Lewis after 16 years; second longest only to Belichick among current coaches. Lewis went 0-7 in the playoffs, the worst record by an NFL coach. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990. 2018 was his third straight losing season. He is a walking ad for mercy killing. Still... he DID lose the Red Rifle earlier in the season and may have been more competitive had Dalton been healthy. And that way he could have grabbed for that always elusive, EIGHTH consecutive post-season loss! Dare to dream, Cinci. Dare to dream. So, apparently, while he was out the door, Lewis left some good stank on his departure by endorsing... Hue Jackson!!!! No, not that one - the one who coached the Browns this season! That fuckwad! That's right, AFC North - we have come full circle - the Bengals just fired their coach to maybe pick up the former head coach of the Browns who was fired along with his O-coordinator who was the former head coach of the Steelers! All we need is somebody to realize John Harbaugh is a fraud and we could wipe out that whole division! Which brings me to this... How in God's name does that nitwit Mike Tomlin still have a job? He lost that team in September, won games on the sheer talent of that lineup, and then lost utterly winable games just in time to watch the Browns cave in their only legit chance to make it to the playoffs. And Tomlin has shown utterly no ability to keep a hold on that team or get guys to buy into any system. And his still has that fat ball of bacon grease as QB. Also, Matt Praticia still has a job. And that job is "Making Bill Belichick's legacy seem more unassailable." Both Grudens - still employed. Riverboat Ron, somehow, still employed. Eight men - 25% of the league - have been canned and I am not at all convinced that they got the right 8. Join me later when I try to lie to myself and make a compelling case that the Pats will win the Superbowl.
  11. So, Pats lost another one this week. Last week, I could handle it a little- Miami found the horse-shoe and didn't choke on it as they have in the past. The Pats were the better team so I could sort of get over it. But this week against the Steelers the Pats did not deserve to win. They were utterly dominated a the line of scrimmage; the Pats O-line was so discombobulated and dominated that they were holding and false-starting starting to the tune of 14 penalties- the most for a Pats team in years. Brady... was... probably bad. His line looked decent 25-36, 279 YDS, 1 TD, but a killer INT at the end of the 4th quarter that set up the Steelers final score (Brady's first red-zone INT in 2 years) and that last drive, Brady missed an open James White in the flat. Also, why wasn't Gordon on the field on that last play? Reasons? So, this is what the decline looks like? The D was bad at times, but kept the Steelers from scoring which is their traditional MO; the Pats O could not do anything. And penalties, penalties, penalties. The bottom line is that the Pats have to win on the road and the Pats cannot win on the road. They will host a division playoff game and may actually lose, but even if they win? How in the world are they going to win on the road when they have not done that all season? Fuck, they lost to the LIONS for God's sake! I feel that the Pats are going to wrap up the meaningless division next week, a final meaningless game, then play at home Wildcard week-end against the Ravens, probably win and then get slaughtered by whomever they face in the Division round. Fun times. I have been seeing this coming all season and now I am just here to take it square in the jaw. MAYBE the Pats get something on track next year, but this year seemed destined for futility from the start; actually from BEFORE the start- the off season was mealiness for the Pats with no big signings. That lead to a panic move by trading a 5th for Gordon (which seems like the right move). Edelman has been good; the loss of Amendola has been much bigger than we thought, and Gronk looks mentally and physically cooked. The running game is hot or cold; the D utterly pedestrian. And Brady seems old. He seems like a guy who is seeing ghosts back there; he makes bad throws, is a hair off on his timing and is not gunning it the way he used to with the confidence we had come to expect. MAYBE the Pats throw something together next season for one last hurrah, but right now it seems like that sound we heard was that window, finally, closing.
  12. Without going into detail, my guess would be the heart but ...no clue really.
  13. Rarely have I seen the Pats so desperate to lose a game before. Clown show,
  14. Rockroi

    NFL 2018 IV: A Hue, A Cry and now Goodbye

    Or.... .... you think McDaniels (or another head-coach-in-waiting) is available. Though I tend to agree with Dante Gabriel that if you think the team quit on McCarthy, you have to pull him.
  15. Rockroi

    NFL 2018 IV: A Hue, A Cry and now Goodbye

    McCarthy fired. I like how this thread started with Jackson being KO'd and ends with McCarthy getting canned. One last thing though- I think a solid argument could be made that Rodgers has been underwhelming this season- he does not make the in-stride throw anymore. He does not thread the needle anymore. He is missing open receivers. There was a peice this apst week that illustrated this. There is a greater-than-zero-percent chance that Rodgers is as responsible for the Packers mess as anyone. I still think McCarthy was horrendously overrated. This will likely be a good firing.
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