Audibles From the Long Snapper: NFL Edition

So before we get to the Weekend of the Wild Card, I figured I'd weigh in on the happenings around the league over this past week.

Leslie Frazier is a solid choice for the Minnesota Vikings but I wonder if they interviewed any non-minority candidates.

The Raiders went undefeated in their division and finally looked like a viable organization.  So of course the owner, who looks like he's on display in a wax museum, sent a damn fine head coach like Tom Cable out the door.

Giants fans clamored on local radio for the firing of Tom Coughlin (John Mara soundly kept him).  But were the Giants really willing to fire a great GM like Jerry Reese to bring in Bill Cowher?  By the way, I believe William Cowher might need to hurry if he wants back into the league because the jobs they are a goin.

Titans owner Bud Adams selected Jeff Fisher over Vince Young.  Fisher needs a quarterback and there's a pretty good one currently relegated to the backup role in Denver.

I simply don't understand Jerry Jones bringing back Jason Garrett as head coach of the Cowboys.  It strikes me as another sign that Jones is not a capable football man.

So the solution for the Houston Texans to their perpetually disappointing seasons was to keep Gary Kubiak and bring in Wade Phillips to run the defense?  Why not bounce Kubiak to offensive coordinator and bring in Marty Schottenheimer to run the whole thing and that way you can guarantee disappointment?
The Carolina Panthers are going to draft Andrew Luck and whoever takes that job, most likely at a reduced rate, is going to be very happy he did.  (On a similar note, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett needs to stay in college another year and learn how to deal with a collapsing pocket.)

If Jim Harbaugh becomes the next coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he'll still be taking over a crappy team without a quarterback.  Which Harbaugh should be used to.  It defines his entire NFL career.

Here's why Marvin Lewis is back in Cincinnati: nobody else wants the job.  What coach would embrace getting into twice-a-year fights with Pittsburgh and Baltimore, two of the best organizations in the league?

Mike Holmgren isn't really waiting to hire Marty Mornhinweg, is he?  Does he not remember when Marty took the wind against the Bears in overtime and lost the game moments later?  I thought that was the kind of decision that put you on the Physically Unable to Head Coach Ever Again (PUHCEA) list.

The only crazier coach keep than Kubiak is Norv Turner in San Diego.  What point is that organization trying to prove?  Because the point they are currently proving is that you can have one of the league's best offenses and defenses each year and still be terrible.

Newly empowered Broncos VP John Elway says he can't imagine a coach that would not want Tim Tebow.  Let me aid him.  Imagine, John, a coach who would like a quarterback that can do more than toss screens and bombs to wide open receivers and run kinda slow around the left end.  Imagine a coach who thinks that a quarterback requires more than biblical passages under his eyes to beat defenses that aren't the horror show they set up in Houston.

From the Arizona Republic, John Skleton wants a shot to start for the Cardinals next season.  Let's rank the worse "Handlings" of the past few years:  (3) BP and the oil spill.  (2) Tiger Woods and the tagging of every skank in North America.  (1) Ken Whisenhunt and the post-Kurt Warner quarterback position.

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  • First!

  • Let me be the FIRST to say I wholeheartedly agree with you on Tim Tebow. I am not a fan.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I will throw my own flag on myself. False start, replay FIRST down.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The whole anti-Tebow sentiment is unfounded. For those who aren't old enough to remember, Tebow is almost physically identical to a young Big Ben and much more mature than the Steelers QB. I'm with Elway on this one.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    We'll see.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Blogfader....Nice post...can't disagree with anything you have said!!!

    We might as well change the NFL to " As the World Turns"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Ha. lobo? Is that you? Are you Ok?

  • In reply to willrice51:

    I totally agree....HOW DID NORV TURNER KEEP HIS JOB??

    I guess it's ok to mail in the first half of the season (you're in San Diego which is German for Whale's Vagina), as long as you make the playoffs. Hey Norv, you didn't. Pack em up. That move is a stupid as the powder blues.

  • In reply to jmcyclone:

    Maybe the same way Ron got his after destroying the University of Illnois football program.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    And the same way Ron lost his after bringing the Bears D back to dominance.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Earl Bennett says he'll be good to go on the 16th.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    TY for actual Beqars news.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Finally. Thank you.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Per Leslie Frazier's hiring, whether they did or didn't interview a non-minority candidate is moot. Because Frazier IS a minority, they weren't required to.

    Per Jason Garrett's hiring,

    A)The Cowboys WERE required to dance to the Rooney Rule.

    and

    B) "Prime Time" Sanders was absolutely POSITIVE that Garrett would NOT be retained ("I know Jerry")after the affront to NFL football that was the Dallas-Arizona game.

    Screw the NY Media. Talk about a herd of honking geese. This is, what? At least the THIRD time those clowns have clamored for Coughlan's head, including BEFORE he led them to a Super Bowl win. Look around, Bozos, you COULD be writing about the return of Norv Turner or Gary Kubiak! Tom Coughlin is the Poster Boy for "The New York Media Needs a Protologist to Find It's head.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I have had all the Neon I can take. He is out there.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Deon seems to be wrong about everything.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That, of course, should read "Proctologist".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'd forgotten about this rule tweak.

    Today's Trib:

    "Beginning with this weekend's NFL playoff games, there's a new overtime rule for scoring.

    If a team kicks a field goal after receiving the overtime kickoff, the opponent will have a chance to match that field goal or score a touchdown to win the game. If both teams kick field goals, or the first team fails to score, the game reverts to sudden death.

    If a team opens overtime with a touchdown drive, the game will be over."

    I was always a proponent of Sudden Death under the "Hey, your defense is paid to make plays too and you CAN score on defense so this rule ain't broken."

    The NFL version of O.T. STILL beats the snot out of what the NCAA does.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    There are going to be a lot of late Late Games with this new rule. Still don't know if I like it or not. Seems like a good way to injure more players - on that new 18 game schedule....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Good one. Agreed. Or is that a-greed?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    My understanding is that the new rule only applies to playoffs games, although there is a chance that it will be adopted in the regular season in the future.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Playoffs only, so far.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Did not know that, sir. I like it more now.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    This one's sure to stir up some controversy: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0106-pompei-bears-chicago--20110105,0,1487536.column

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    "How much you spend is not nearly has important as how you spend it."

    Dan Snyder's picture is on THAT inspirational poster.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Here we go again.

    "There are examples of teams that spent big but lost big this year. Among them are the Cowboys, Redskins, Dolphins, Lions and Texans."

    Right, so my assertion is that it's not how much you spend, but who and how it's spent.

    That's like saying I have a cold and I got it from touching that one door handle over there. Attributing our success this year to a brilliant strategy of FA spending is absurd, and discounts things like injury luck (for us and our competitors

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cowboys-They are a crap shoot and they can go either way. They did lose their starting QB for most of the year.

    Reskins-I agree with you on that one.

    Dolphins-Henne is not the answer. I saw him plenty when he was at Michigan and he is an average QB at best. Kyle Orton would be a major upgrade. Dolphins could turn it around with a few changes here and there.

    Lions-Stock way up. They could very easily have won 3 or 4 more games this year. They are learning how to win. Watch out, they will be a very strong contender in the North next year and if Stafford stays healthy, it would not surprise me if they won the North a year or two down the road.

    Texans-They have a loooong way to go and I'm with you on them, major bust.

    Queens-You left them out. Remember they sent the 3 stooges to throw rose pedals at the Brett girls feet and then had to up the ante for him. Then they gave up a draft pick for Moss and promptly cut him. I would be very surprised if the Queens recover from the Favre debacle under Frazier. Stock waaay down and I'm predicting the Queens land up in the North cellar far at least 2 more years.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Al and GP, this is for you two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTSenwUnbMc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LOL. But don't call me "Shirley"!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    LOL

    RichRod was projected to have a top 10 recruiting class.

    Guess what?

    Yesterday, about half of those verbal commits pulled out and are headed elsewhere.

    Brandon should have dumped RichRod in November and given the new guy a fighting chance. Unless he announces Harbaugh, which he won't because he can't - he just put the Wolverines into the wilderness for - oh - about the next decade or so.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Champ teams are built through the draft. History shows/proves this. It will take a couple of years to see how the cost of Cutler has affected us - but we'll never know who the two first round and the third round guys were. If they were spent on the offensive side of the ball, that's some juggernaut we'd have built around Orton. Cutler has the arm, but has he used that deep ball to great effect in two years? I haven't seen it. I expect interceptions and wildly thrown balls when I see him put it up there, rather than a Marino-Duper or Montana-Rice hookup.

    I haven't seen Julius Peppers in two weeks. I was watching the games, I know he was on the field, but I didn't see the money. I want to see that $91 million every single week. I want it up in my face on highlight reels. Draft well so you don't have to rely on reaches. How much top end football has Pep got left in him? Urlacher? Kreutz? Garza? Izzy? Briggsy? Peanut ? What then? We write a cheque for a billion dollars and buy a new team? Nope, we've got Jerry pulling the trigger. If Cutler doesn't win us a superbowl this year or the next, then he has cost us dearly. That was Lobo's two guards and a beastly WR to put around Orton, leading passer for most of this season, until he got shafted for the second time.

    Angelo was blessed from on high that we had no injuries other than at FB this year. Just a *few* more and his crappy paper thin roster would have been exposed. GB have 13 on IR and look like one of the top two teams in the NFC even now. You take 13 of our starters off the roster and where would we be? . The last 7/8 years have to be taken into consideration. He didn't draft the heart and soul of either the offensive or defensive units. No passes for Angelo, no matter what happens. Any success will come in spite of him.

    If we win a superbowl with this squad (and I don't believe that's possible without an OL - point me at a SB winner without an OL), then Angelo will just be Rex Grossman in the Arizona Miracle, walking around clapping guys on the back saying well done. Yeah, they'll be thinking, no thanks to you buddy.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Cable gone!!!! Who cares? Really, who cares?

    Frazier & Vikes. He won't be able to stop the fall of the Queens. Maybe he can slow it down by a game or 2 next year but he will be a casualty after failing miserable at finding a QB that can make his team competitive over the next 2 or 3 years.

    Tom Coughlin. Damn fine head coach.

    Marvin Lewis. Who cares?

    Gary Kubiak. Who cares?

    Tim Tebow. With God, all things are possible.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Yo MB, word has it around here that it was recently your B-Day. To that I say Happy Late-B-Day. Mines coming up on the 17th, same day as Muhammad Ali, THE Ben Franklin, Jim Carrey, and my now-fiancee. Although my fiancee is 4 yrs younger than me(I know, I'm a cradle-robber, sue me). I'll be turning the big 3-2.

    And bear-down, folks. I'm headed to bed.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Thanks ben. Happy early Bday to you sir.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Good read Uffi, thanks. In hindsight, I think the money Manu and Taylor made could have been better spent else where. I would have loved to have seen what Kahil Bell could have done with a whole season in Taylors role. I don't think his production would have been any less than Taylors. Manu was a huge waste of dinero, period. Am I wrong?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Manu manu manu was coming off knee surgery...just sayin. On most of Forte's and Taylors big runs/td runs Manu is sealing off the inside or kicking his guy out. His pass blocking has been the main issue. Really struggled against outside speed rushers in the first half of the year. Marked improvement since then. Okay boys, let me have it, but watch the tapes first!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks johnny. Had kinda those thoughts in the back of my mind but still unsure if he's doing much more that what Dez would have given us?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    DEZZZZ!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Isn't it clear to see that Jason Garret set himself up for that Job. He clearly contributed to Wade Phillips downfall. Once Wade was gone, the Offense surprisingly uplifted itself.

    Cable was let go for one reason. Al Davis did not want to pay the man his dues. Couple of days before Cable was about to get a Bonus and extension he was let go. STRANGE.

    Cowher wont do any good back in the NFL. NO NFL Head Coach has won a Superbowl with two different teams. COWHER STINKS

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    If that stat is true, that's an interesting point. But going as far as saying Cowher stinks is silly.

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    Au Contraire. Cowher will pour himself into the job if given an opportunity. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes any job, including one most coaches would think twice about. I think he would be great in Cleveland. Who better to make the Browns great again than Cowher? That job would be perfect for him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The man who predicted the Bears would lose their last four games. He has Deon's crystal ball.

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    Al Davis is undead.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    is he or is he?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Nice. Oddly enough, a zombie Al Davis might actually look more alive. Sort of like a zombie Larry King.

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    I never seen the upside to Cowher. What makes him a Great Coach where everyone is in a rush to get him?

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cowher

    Win-Loss Record 149-90-1
    Winning % .623

    * Super Bowl XL victory (2005)
    * 2 AFC Championship victories (1995, 2005)
    * AP NFL Coach of the Year (1992)
    * 2

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "History" was the answer to your question btw. The stats are freebies.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    True. But if he came back and won a Super Bowl with a second team, he'd be the first to do it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Im pretty sure Manumaluena gaines 5 pounds per quarter this season. He must be stashing big macs in his gym bag.

    Im fine with him being huge if he can block, that Ole' job he was doing in GB isnt gonna cut it folks.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wrong on Taylor. You know that if we don't make the move for Taylor then Forte breaks his leg in week one. If Taylor had the same number of attempts Forte got then you'd see a different picture. He's being judged on a smaller sample which Doc will tell you is not a fair comparison. Take the same number of runs from Forte, the ones up the middle - and judge Forte on that. How good would he look? We'd be calling for his head. Manu has impressed me as a receiver the two times he's gone downfield, but as a blocker, I don't get it. Kellen Davis should be out there.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I never really got this. A. The Defense is SUPPOSED to be equal to the Offense, but we all know that the NFL has been trending for making it easier for Os to score, ratings, etc, so I can understand how this rule may try to adjust to the apparent disadvantage for defenses.

    However, statistically speaking, the team who gets the ball first in overtime doesn't automaticlally win, not even close. I'm a bit lazy right now to dig up the stat, but I think who ever won the coin flip in OT won about 50% of the time, so why change the rule? Oh ya, ratings.

    I'm all for seeing how it unfolds this year, but I'm very tentative about implementing the new rules long term, esp in the reg season.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I never understood why Norv Turner. Not real sure why the dis for Marty S. Yeah he never got to the Super Bowl but the guy has a 200-126 record, made the playoffs 13 of the 21 years he coached. Had only 2 losing seasons in 21 years. Tebow too early to tell. The guy is a player with a ton of heart.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    two words Murph... AJ Smith.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Shottenhiemer is one of my all time favorite coaches. I would have loved to see him come out of retirement and coach for any team. In my opinion I think he is one of those coaches that contributed in making the NFL what it is today.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Craig Krenzel had heart. So did Henry Burris. Cade McNown? Meh.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxR9qYSHt8U I'm Back!

  • In reply to tkfay:

    That video never gets old. What a beast? What a man?

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Oh look, it's Mister ARodgers in drag.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    totally... nice spelling of Jersey.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MB-

    Everything is good man, finally settled in to my new gig. I laughed a lot at the thought of his ear falling off in a presser.

    Good stuff man.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I would like to see all Employee's hire because of experience and the content of a mans character, never because of the skin color.
    P.S. This statement has absolutely nothing to do with politics.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Al Davis "cut the Cable" ? That is soooo Raidas.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Really? Your first post is comparing Tebow to Rapenburger?

    While they're on opposite ends of the morality spectrum, tebow has a looooong way to go before even being thought of in the same light as a QB. I don't know what style of offense Miami (OH) ran, but I gotta believe it ain't Florida style

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The while wasn't supposed to be there. Damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I expected Denver to go to the SB this year - Tebow is the higher power's gift to football, is he not?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Higher Power?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Trying not to be offensive.

    Ok, God's Gift To Football.....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I know... I was being a heathen, questioning the existence of said power.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Smite him!! And me, I guess!! :)

  • In reply to sjvl:

    God can't bless Denver if they don't start Tebow.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Not true.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sorry Trac. There's no such thing as a font for sarcasm. The whole thing with people busting on Tebow for his faith is tired and stupid really. The will to believe cannot be coerced, so why punish someone one way or the other for it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    New thread.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    with the annoucement that Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford, can we draw the logical conclusion that Harbaugh isnt going anywhere?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    with the annoucement that Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford, can we draw the logical conclusion that Harbaugh isnt going anywhere?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The Charger locker room is a joke. They resent the organization they play for. Resentment will not breed success on any level. Not when you are playing against cohesive teams with singular goals.

    Tim Tebow has a stellar work ethic, and is comitted to winning. I like hungry. Hungry is a good ingredient for every member of every team. Starter, maybe not. Pushing a starter, absolutely.

    The Texans are a team that has no cohesive football philosophy. When your principles change on a dime, your abiltiy to acheive success dwindles.

    I hope Toub gets an interview (hate to see him go - love to see him rewarded). I think he has earned it.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    "Oh when the Saints, go limping in..."

    Chris Ivory to IR. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush still not very lookin' sharp.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:
  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I thought Thomas was on IR as well.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    So, the good news just keeps comin' for them.

    At this point. their running game would seem to be on a par with the Packers', no?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I'm so glad that Lovie has taken himself off the hot seat. Not because he's the best available but two great reason come to mind.

    1) Continuity with coaching staff is worth an extra win or two given the same talent. The only exception to this rule is if the incoming new coach is an obvious upgrade over the last one or there is a dire need for culture change within the franchise. Neither of which seems to be the case with Chicago. Say what you will about the drafting skills of Angelo or the in game coaching of Smith the Bears do NOT need a culture change. The players are happy and loyal to the Bears because Angelo likes to reward his own first and Smith doesn't sell them out to the media.

    2. The Bears do not have a history of bringing in top tier coaching when in the process of rebuilding. Wanny, Jauron and Smith (when he was a new hire) were not names like Cowher or Fisher are currently. So I doubt we would have gotten someone appreciably better than Smith if he ended up getting fired.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Agreed. Again.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    All you have to do is look at Oakland's "coaching carousel" to prove THAT theory.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    While I completely agree with #2 Buck, on #1... I give up.

    Irish help me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Timing is everything and the looming work stoppage worked in Lovies favor. Both Lovie and Jerry need to thank their lucky stars that Peppers was a free agent. But for that, Ginny would be entertaining the likes of Cowher had he wanted to stay in Carolina.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly Al.

    Oh, and have you guys seen this ridiculousness: http://www.komonews.com/home/video/111892554.html

    Hellooooooo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHWEZ_IjcSk

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That kid has got mad skills. But ya notice how that news story would make a great drinking game. You have to take a shot everytime the reporter says "balls". Heh heh.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    That kid could be me someday if he works hard at it. I bet he can dance too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That kid was really entertaining to watch. MB, here's a great string of insults in one scene.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQ0LX4LZ6c

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There is a time and place for everything. The Rooney rule served it's purpose. Get rid of it, throw it in the shit can, its insulting.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/06/rooney-rule-looms-over-harbaugh-hire/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish was last seen blowing Christian Okoye

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Blowing himself?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish's hours are from 9 PM to 4 AM PST. We have all day to tool with you, MB...

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I have oompa loompas monitoring the blog while I sleep.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It does all depend on the guy coming in though. It's all well and good for us to make cracks about Lovie's IQ and say that he costs us games out of sheer stupidity using his little red hankie alone. But for an organization that continues to employ Ted Philips and Jerry Angelo, you have to wonder which clown they'd bring in next. Is Lovie a smart HC ? No, he isn't. But who's next ? The next guy might have a bigger red nose, even longer shoes and more orange hair.

    Angelo needs to be taken out back, thrown down the stairs and double tapped. No question.

    I'm guessing defensive end for his first pick. Somebody with a hip problem.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    JESUS

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not that this actually means anything until next year, but interesting nonetheless: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/22199/strength-of-schedule-in-2010-and-2011

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    During PS, I saw Chester Taylor's value. A swingback guy who could line up in single back sets and execute the screen - which I figured was going to be the Martz equivalent of the off-tackle trap play.

    Except - the REAL off-tackle trap play works better with Forte, esp. if we get the seal block thrown properly. MUCH better.

    So then we had an awkward situation - Taylor became our short yardage back. Uh-huh. I mean, we coulda used Wolfy for THAT, he could have snuck between people's legs in the pileup. That was a whole lotta useless.

    Manu - is a fat dork who has a very slow mind. Like Corky slow. By the time he figures out what blitz is coming and what the fuck he might consider doing, the rusher is past him.

    Both were wasted money. I contend, and still do, that Kellen Davis would have fared better on EVERY assignment that Manu was given. And woulda caught several passes that Manu dropped. He is truly Manofmoolah, because outside of maybe Sarah Palin, I can't think of anybody who got a job that they were less qualified to have than Manu yet got paid more.

    Manu's money shoulda went towards paying for a speed coach for Freddie Barnes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice GP.

    I disagree about Chet though. I just don't think he has been used. At all.

    They continue to give the ball to matty right up the gut, where he summarily finds the closest lineman's ass to burry himself in and fall down and/or get tackled. The only time they use chet is in obvious single back sets when the d looks at each other going,

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    would=could

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Forte's last few games don't support the lineman's ass theory. Don't confuse last year's subpar runs with what he's doing now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What about Kahlil Bell? Last Year he ran the ball strong. I would like to see him take more snaps than Taylor.

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    you baffle me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Al Davis is still looking for the next John Madden. Sorry Al, they don't make em like that anymore. Sell the Team, move to Hawai and get some sun.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And don't tell me that working for Darth Vader didn't hasten Madden's exit from the coaching profession.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't think Taylor was wasted money. I mean, sure, he hasn't done shit on the field. But he seemed to be a vital part of the Vikings and we got him for way cheaper than they got Berrian.

    And don't tell me I'm wrong. Look at the Vikings' record last year with Taylor vs. this year without. THERE'S NO OTHER EXPLANATION.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    He wasn't a waste of money, we're paying Hester twice as much. Omelette gets paid how much again ? HE's one of the highest paid Bears. Omelette and Manu = waste of cash.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Keep in mind that this year Forte's production is up and his carries are down. Chester is a big part of that. The Manu signing is the real bust. Dez should be in there. He's a better blocker and receiver. It would make my day if Manu is inactive for our playoff game, but I doubt that's going to happen.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Dez as FB, yes. Can block, can dodge out into the flats, beautiful. I love the I-formation, it's the essence of football for me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well said GP. Forte and Taylor are identical in my eyes, yet genius Lovie said "Okay Ches, you're the FB guy now, you're the grinder..." WTF?

    He's Forte's backup, he's not complementary to Forte the way Michael Bush would be.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Jeff beat me to the Cable question... I meant to ask this the other day and forgot.

    I just don't get it. The guy might not have the pedigree, and he seems to like assaulting his own people, but from what I can see he's turned that club back into a dangerous squad in two years. Much more than most NFL coaches could or have done.

    I guess we just chalk this one up to another of crazy Al's ridiculous moves.

    Man that dude is frightening on so many levels: http://shegivesgoodsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/AlDavisIsAGhoulorisittheotherwayaround1.jpg

    Wonder if he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OK, I RESENT being called "crazy" and by MB, of all people!
    TALK about "The pot calling the kettle black"! I mean you have to be....

    Huh?

    What?

    Oh, Al DAVIS.

    I see.

    Well. THAT'S very different.

    Never mind.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ha

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I dont believe Cowher comes back next year. He obviously wants big money. I doubt an owner will be willing to committ 7-10 million a year for potentially a half of a season or less if there is a lockout.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cable stopped the bleeding, that's all. Hugh Jackson will do fine replacing him and may take the opportunity to move out some of the disgruntled players on the team that probably needed to go anyhow. This is not a bad move, nor is it a great move but I think Hue Jackson definitely adds more upside to the Raiders than if Cable had remained.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Don't think that's a fair assessment Trac. He did a helluvalot more than stop the bleeding. That team went from the toilet bowl to somewhat of a contender. That's not luck and that's not status quo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ok, maybe he did more than stop the bleeding. I'll grant you that. That's not the reason Davis canned him anyway. Davis thinks he's assembled the best team money can buy and any decent coach would have won more than 8 games this year. There may be some truth to that but then again maybe not. Wait and see MB, this team has some fine talent and they will continue to get better under Jackson. Don't get me wrong, I think Cable has done a decent job. I just don't think he did a great job. Al's looking for someone to coach his team that can do a great job. That's all.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    I always have a hard time agreeing with player comparisons like that. Maybe after a few years in the league you could talk about it but not after 3 games. Big Ben had the luxury of being drafted by a Championship caliber team with a whole lot more talent the Tebow has. I would be interested in seeing how Tebow develops down the road but it's waaay to early to be making those kind of comparisons Chi.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    agreed. I think it's safe to say that alot of people want Tebow to fail because of his beliefs which is weird because the majority of people, over 70% i think, identify themselves as Christian. Not to mention he's a good kid. I just don't get the hate. I can't stand the hype but i don't hate the man and i certainly don't yearn for him to fail. Our society is weird like that. The majority of people love great comebacks and stories of beating the odds but a lot of people secretly and not so secretly love seeing people fall short and fail in sports and in life. Time will tell if he makes it in the NFL. Plenty of awesome college QB's could never cut it.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    I think Al Davis has it, perhaps falsly, that Harbaugh is strongly considering Oakland. That is the only reason why I see he would let Cable go.

    Harbaugh's wife has made it clear she wants to stay in CA. San Fran is nice, but they dont have a QB, surprisingly Oakland looks like the more talented team.

    The old coot might have something up his sleeve. Whether or not Harbaugh is any good is another story.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    good point

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Harbaugh would be committing career suicide to go work for Al Davis. You go to work for Al Davis if your other option is not being in the NFL.

    I wonder how it feels to be Tony Sprano right about now. You know your boss is kissing somebody else's ass to replace you, before you get axed.

    Stay classy, fish.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Maybe the Tuna is getting tired of the guy wearing sunglasses all the dam time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tebow and Warner have a music video - "Onward Christian Quarterbacks"

  • In reply to kenbill:

    "Every screen is sacred, Evvvery screen is good ... but when a screen is waaasted, Coach gets quite irate."

  • In reply to kenbill:

    And two hours later, we get to the blog ...

    You've got really high standards Jeff. Jerry Jones has three super bowls. Give me that kind of incapability in my owner any day of the week.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    And abolishing the death penalty failed by one vote in Illinois? I hope that weighs heavy on each of their hearts for a long time to come.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Of course Davis might also have it that John Madden is coming back to coach Oakland so who knows. Im pretty sure Davis is convinced its 1970 as evidenced by his wardrobe.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    If I was Al Davis, I'd be funneling all of my money into trying to find some kind of time machine or fountain of youth salve... I'm waiting to see a fucking ear or finger just drop off at his next a press conference.

    Yesh.

    DM! howzit going man?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    For the playoffs:

    [DOCTOR]

    He seems to be completely unreceptive.
    The tests I gave him showed no sense at all.
    His knee reacts to pain; the dials detect it.
    He hears but will not answer the call.

    [TOMMIE]

    See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.
    See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.

    [DOCTOR]

    There is no chance, no untried operation.
    All hope lies with him and none with me.
    Imagine though the shock from isolation,
    When he suddenly can penetrate and rush and see.

    [TOMMIE]

    See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.
    See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    WHO sang that song GP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Daltrey? Tommy?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It would be complete if you included the logical NIN conclusion: Erase me (from the roster)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I thought Hue Jackson already got the job?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wolverine?

  • In reply to willrice51:

    He'll be fine. His head is in the right place, no drink, no drugs, he's strong, mobile, determined, he'll be good.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    But will he be "better" than Orton? That's the million dollar question.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Nice post Jeff. Just one comment. I think Jerry Jones problem with coaches over the last decade is himself. It seems to me he can't keep his hands in his pockets when it comes to letting the coaching staff do what's best without his 2 cents thrown in. He comes off a total control freak to me. But hey maybe these days, since he built that stadium with most of his own money, he has a right to be.

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