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I really like what Buffalo has done on defense and they have a better offense than the Jets.
I am probably just a homer, but I think Detroit is probably going to be as good as they were last season, if not better. If that is good enough to make the playoffs, I don't know. But they had little turnover (return 21 of 22 starters) and have a young nucleus that should improve instead of regress.
Something I don't understand is why Joe Vitt has been coaching the Saints.
Of course, I'm following the Saints real closely with the TV copy and the coaches tape and all those other things.
Is that the all-22 tape? Because that's available to the public starting this season.
I get why the Saints would have him be the coach, he was Payton's right hand man. What I don't get is why the NFL allowed a suspended coach to be the interim head coach (once he returns from suspension). Which is probably quibbling since it seems that Sean Payton is still in charge:
That's because the salary cap isn't intended to create parity, it's intended to keep payroll costs down and increase profits to the owners, which it does.
So over that span 14 of 16 NFC teams have come close to winning it all, even historically bad franchises like Tampa and Arizona.
Here 10 of 16 have made the championship, two bad teams (Buffalo, Cleveland), three others semi-competitive, and one expansion team that is up and coming (Houston).
Seems pretty parity-filled to me.
I would have fired him just to avoid this situation. When a man has that much control despite being suspended, the whole system is out of whack.
Between the suspensions, the fine, and the loss of draft picks, it's inexplicable that they didn't fire him. How do you justify that? He's a good play-caller? Not good enough.
Because he won a Super Bowl, so Tom Benson loves him.
the indefinite suspension of their DC
Williams was gone already.
Sure, but lots of coaches have rings. He caused the loss of their head coach for a year, the indefinite suspension of their DC (who, granted, was really bad at his job, but no one seemed to realize that previously), the loss of another key coach for 6 games, and the loss of multiple high, extremely valuable draft picks.
Sure, but clearly Tom Benson doesn't want to lose him. His opinion is really all that matters.
Well, yeah, I get why he's still employed: the guy who signs the paychecks didn't fire him. I'm just saying he clearly should have. Super Bowl winning coaches get fired for going 9-7. Payton caused measurable damage to the franchise. Benson is an idiot.
This had me in tears: 2012 NFL preview in 16 animated gifs
Art Modell has died, which will probably not trouble too many of our Ohio-based NFL fans.
"I have a great legacy, tarnished somewhat by the move. The politicians and the bureaucrats saw fit to cover their own rear ends by blaming it on me," Modell said. "They built a new ballpark, a new arena, a science museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I couldn't get running water in the upper deck."
The Ravens now play in a lavish new stadium—as do the expansion Cleveland Browns.
How you feel about that punchline—and the $550 million of public money smoldering beneath it—is a pretty good test of how much of a schmuck you are. Today's obituaries mostly assume schmuckhood. The AP assures us that Modell was "beloved in Baltimore." Do tell.
That's really going to make Goodell look bad.
Are all the INTs Vick's fault?
Is Weeden already the worst first round pick of all time?
Replacement refs are brutal in Pack/Niners.
i don't know how coaches forget about this aspect of the game but you get reminded pretty quick when you cannot handle the line of scrimmage
san fran overwhelmed the packer o-line on that last series which i think is inexcusable
and the wisky o-line also got steamrolled
Smith is such a one read guy, he really just can't think on his feet. It's amazing when you consider he's a very bright guy off the field.
it's pretty telling that when san fran chose to play they could stop green bay pretty handily
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