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Monday Musings

Posted on: December 28, 2009 12:14 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2009 12:14 pm
 

 
---I can't believe the outrage over the decision by Colts coach Jim Caldwell to sit down his starters against the Jets with a 15-10 lead in the second half. He didn't have to play them at all, but he did. I wouldn't have.  That's the right of the coach. All those fans of teams that the game impacted need to shut their mouths. If their teams had taken care of business along the way, they wouldn't have needed the help of the Colts. I keep hearing integrity of the game stuff, but that's absurd. We know the Colts have clinched the No. 1 seed. Caldwell could have started all backups, and nobody should have said a word. The Jets can now get into the playoffs with a victory against the Bengals. That's why the Steelers and Texans and Broncos might not be happy. Too bad. The Colts don't need to apologize to anybody. It's about winning the Super Bowl. Not going undefeated. And for those of you trying to throw fuel on the fire by implying that Peyton Manning wasn't happy about the decision, I don't think that's true. I talked to Manning after the Colts beat the Jaguars 10 days ago, and he was much more concerned about the playoffs than an unbeaten season. And he meant it. The Colts had the right to do what they did. It's happened before and it will happen again. What if the Patriots rest Tom Brady this week at Houston because they'd rather have the No. 4 seed than the No. 3 seed? Isn't that the same thing? You do what's best for your football team, the rest of the league and their fans be damned.


---The talk of Bill Cowher to Tampa Bay makes sense. The Glazer family loves going after big names. Remember the Bill Parcells pursuit? They traded away a bounty of draft picks to get Jon Gruden. And Raheem Morris hasn't exactly wowed them. But I have to say this: Why did you hire him if you're not going to give him a fair shot? The Bucs have won back-to-back road games, including beating the Saints Sunday. And they've played much of the season with a rookie quarterback. I'm not sure Morris is the next great coach, but I think he deserves another year.

---Never thought I'd say this, but I think Eric Mangini does as well. The Browns have won three consecutive games. They're playing better. And if Mike Holmgren's top option is to replace him with Marty Mornhinweg -- the league rumor -- I don't think that's any better.

---Now that the Packers have solidified that offensive line, watch out for them in the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers has been on fire. The Packers play a meaningless game at Arizona this week and might play there again the next week. Rodgers had had a great season, proving once again that the Packers made the right decision when they jettisoned the selfish old man last year. Rodgers is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in his first two seasons as a starter. Not even the egomaniac old guy did that.

---For the past two seasons, the same problems have hurt the Jacksonville Jaguars. They can't pass the ball well enough and they can't rush the passer. You can't have that in a passing league. They have to get a new quarterback. And despite the public talk by the staff backing David Garrard last week, don't believe it. The Jaguars will draft a quarterback early if they can next spring. The organization made a mistake giving Garrard a big contract two years ago. He is due to make close to $10 million next season. If he doesn't take a pay cut, he will be gone. The Jaguars brass now knows it can't win a Super Bowl with him as their quarterback. The problem is they don't have a second-round pick, traded away last spring for the right to draft starting corner Derek Cox, who has played well as a rookie. That means they can't address their top two needs in the first two rounds. Quarterback or pass rusher? The quarterback cures more ills, but the Jaguars have 14 sacks in 15 games. I'd still go for the quarterback.

---You have to feel for Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. He suffered a severe neck injury last spring when the Cowboys practice facility collapsed and then had an emergency appendectomy Sunday before the Cowboys game with the Redskins. DeCamillis is a good guy who has kept a good attitude through it all. When I saw him this summer during camp, he couldn't shake my hand because he still had issues from his neck surgery. Here's wishing one of the good guys a speedy recovery.

--The Bengals will have to play the rest of the way without Rey Maualuga, who suffered a broken ankle in Cincinnati's victory over the Chiefs Sunday. Maualuga has been playing well for the Bengals, and he will be missed. He's been a solid player against the run who had improved against the pass as the season went along.

---The Rams will pick first in the draft. Take a quarterback. Forget all the talk about Ndamukong Suh going first to the Rams. It's time to take a quarterback first -- if there is one they like.

---Speaking of quarterbacks in next year's draft, I still think Washington's Jake Locker will change his mind and enter the draft. He might be the first player picked. Why go back to school?

---I hate to say I told you so -- no, not really -- but I told you the Wildcat would be dead by the end of the season. Where is it? What has happened to it? It's like those Members Only jackets. Both came, looked good for a while, and then disappeared. The Wildcat is dead. Amen.

---I'm not sure the Dallas Cowboys aren't the best team in the NFC. One coach I talked to thinks the Cowboys are the best team, especially the way they're playing now.

----Still think Tony Romo is overrated? Didn't think so.

---Seattle has to replace Matt Hasselbeck. He looks old and washed up. He threw four picks in each of the past two games. They have to draft a quarterback. But who does the drafting now that Tim Ruskell is gone? If they're smart, they get a football man who came up through the scouting ranks. Somebody like Steve Keim of Arizona or Eric DeCosta of the Ravens.

----The Saints, like I've said many times, are flawed on defense. With so many good offenses in the NFC playoffs, that will hurt them in a big way. Charles Grant, one of their defensive ends, does nothing. The Bucs moved up and down the field on them Sunday. So did the Redskins a month ago, and they can't score on anybody. The Saints have three weeks to fix it. Would it shock you to see them lose next week at Carolina? If they do, the NFC Playoffs will probably go through Minnesota. Can you hear the media crying already? New Orleans or Minneapolis in January?

---I think Gary Kubiak has saved his job with the Texans. They have a lot of talent on that team. If they don't make the playoffs next season, he will be gone. That's a certainty. They do need to fix the secondary.

---Watching the Cardinals-Rams game, Arizona better hope their tackles play better in the playoffs. Jeremy Bridges and Levi Brown struggled against an injury-depleted Rams front.

 

 

 

 

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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:22 pm
 

And a few Musings why Prisco is an Idi*t

1)  The wildcat stopped because Ronnie Brown got injured.  You cannot plug anyone into this system and have it work.  Brown knew how to execute it and other teams ran the 'direct-snap' and not the Wildcat as they did not have the personnel to run it properly.  It will be back next year now sit down and shut up.

2)  Philadelphia is a lot better than the Cowboys right now.

3)  Eric Mangini does not deserve another chance.  If talent jumped up and bit him he would make talent sit the bench.

4)  The Colts are pussies for benching Manning and the girls.  And don't pull that crap Manning does not care - in his competition with Brady and in the annals of quarterbacks in history this guy would LOVE to have an undefeated season up there.  Everyone in the nation saw this in his face on the sidelines - you must be blind.  Yes people get injured so you pull the stars when the game is locked.  I am a Dolphins fan so I am glad the girls took their doll and sat on the bench.

5)  Tony Romo is a second tier quarterback who folds in the clutch.  Just wait - it will happen again this year.  He is the Cowboys quarterback for lack of a better option.

6) Cowher?  Fine.  As long as no one ever gives Wannstedt a head coaching job again.  He was truly awful.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:02 pm
 

Monday Musings

I'm tired of Prisco and other reporters saying crap like "the superbowl is all that matters". It is true that an undefeated season without a superbowl doesn't mean much (like my Pats), but an undefeated team with a superbowl matters a lot.  Quick, who won the superbowl 16 (or any other number) years ago?  Now who is the only superbowl winner to go undefeated?  Which question is easier to answer?  That alone tells you how important it is.  And that was 37 years ago!  Doesn't mean anything my @ss.  And it isn't like the Colts have a great history in the playoffs after "resting" their starters.  They should have gone for it.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:01 pm
 

Monday Musings

Hey, as a Charger fan I'm delighted.  The more distraction and turmoil in Indy, the better.  I just wonder what Norv will do next weekend against Washington with absolutely nothing to gain.  I hope he keeps them sharp, as they enter a bye week (just like Indy).  



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:56 pm
 

Monday Musings

Locker wouldn't be the 1st QB picked. Or the 2nd and maybe not the third let alone the 1st player picked. You and Todd McShea are the ONLY ones who think that's even remotely possible. The NFL Advisroy Council wouldn't even commit to him in the 1st round.







Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:51 pm
 

Monday Musings

What happened in Indy yesterday was an absolute disgrace to the game of football. It was bush league in every sense of the word.  I am not a fan of the Colts but all year I have thought that the only team that could beat the Colts was the Colts and that is what happened yesterday.

I honestly think the Colts organization is trying to have some control over who they might see in the playoffs.  I guess good strategy but it sucks for the rest of us and for football.

Also, what is with the "they dont owe the fans anything" attitude of this article.  Maybe they should try having success in front of an empty stadium then.  That really bothers me.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:46 pm
 

Monday Musings

I'll share my rant on the ' decision to tank the game yesterday, not really addressing the concerns of fans, or other aggrieved fans of teams whose playoff hopes hinged on a loss. Not to beat the phrase to death, but Herm Edwards was right - You play to win the game. It is extraordinarily difficult to establish and maintain an air of confidence, and a tradition of winning. The line between supreme confidence and self doubt is very thin. As soon as you play not to lose, or not to get hurt, then you immediately start thinking about things other than the task at hand, and you are doomed as a result. I think the Colts' decision goes right to the integrity of the game. The look of the players on the sidelines said it all - they didn't like it one bit. And let's be honest, the Colts had many games this season where they pulled a rabbit out of their hat to secure a victory. It's not like they were dominant on both sides of the ball all season.

Here's why I think it was bad for everybody concerned:

- The confidence and momentum of the team, as described above. Suppose they come out and try hard next week and lose? The team goes into the playoffs with no momentum. Suppose they lay down again next week? Then they have a bye week, then they have to re-start the machine and get their timing back. Again, difficult to do.
- Fantasy football has been the growth engine of the NFL for the last seven years, and on the weekend most FFLers are playing their championship, the most prolific offense shuts it down. I think there are a lot of pissed off FFLers out there right now.
- Gambling, while not acknowledged by the NFL, is clearly a part of the game, and is second to FFL as reasons for it's growth in popularity over the years. When teams start engineering and manipulating the outcome of games, you start drifting into Tim Donaghy territory.
- Playoffs - If the Jets get in, then a more deserving team will not have made it in, simply because the rest of the league was unfortunate enough to have played the Colts when they were trying.
- The fans - The fans hate paying good money to watch pre-season games. Well, that's what they got yesterday.
- The NFL - Making history brings fans into the fold that might be deemed more "casual" than hardcore fans, kind of like the Tiger Woods effect. The possibility of the Colts trying for an undefeated season would have brought in more viewers who wanted to be a part of history. They league could have a very anti-climactic end to the season next week, should the
beat the in the early game. Then the will rest players against the Jets in the Sunday Night "Flex" game, and TV ratings will plummet.

I realize that the Colts are entitled to do whatever they want, by virtue of winning 14 in a row, but I think no one was a winner as a result of their decision yesterday.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:41 pm
 

Monday Musings

What a foolish post.
Playing the backups doesn't mean you automatically lose the game.
What if Manning gets hurt in one of the playoff games? Would you rather have the backup QB (and others) at least have taken some snaps?  Do you whine when backups play in the pre season?  Do you think it should be agains the rule in baseball to bring up AAA guys in September to see how they fare in the Bigs and give some other players a rest?
Would you feel the same if the Colts had lost their first game and won the rest of them?  No, clueless fans would have been demanding that the studs get some rest once the top playoff spot was locked up.  The only people who should be whining are ones foolish enough to have bet on the game or have some bet about an undefeated season.  I like Indy and thought the coach did the right thing.  Even if someone thinks differently, they could at least make an intelligent arguement.

Only a true moron would say that the Colt "Intentionally didn't try to win the game".  Only a true moron would say that playing backups and resting starters for the playoffs "defeats the purpose of sports".  Hey Fool, the purpose of sports is to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS, not to set records. 
You probably cried when they let RB James go because you were attached to him as a fan.


Molly Hatchett
Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:36 pm
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Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:35 pm
 

Monday Musings

Amen, brother.  They should refund the portion of the game that they didn't try to win.  Don't forget all the fans who pay for Sunday Ticket and cable/satellite costs.



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Monday Musings

      
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What's best for the football team is going undefeated and winning a Super Bowl. What you're suggesting is not "best" for the football team. Maybe you think the Colts should not play Manning during the playoffs so that he won't get hurt for next year! This is football. You must not even have a favorite team if this is the way you feel.

Here's may take:

It's a disgrace. And a mockery of sports. Unless you somehow are awarded the championship and receive a Super Bowl ring for losing to the Jets, there is no excuse. Forget how unfair it is to fans and players for a second, even though not trying to win on purpose is worse then any last second loss for a fan or player. People pay money to go to these games and see these teams and players. There is no reasonable excuse for this behavior. It's a slap in the face to sports and anyone who cares about them. What's the point of even having sports if winning is not the goal? I don't need to hear crap about resting the players. If anything this strategy has had a NEGATIVE effect in the past. Inexcusable. Deserving of protest.

Caldwell said a perfect season was never a primary goal....I bet creating unnecessary distraction and dividing the fan base weren't either.

It's sad, because the Colts Organization had been so good in recent years. But intentionally not trying to winning historic games is unforgivable. It really is. It defeats the purpose of sports. Even as a lifelong fan, I couldn't care less if the Colts win the super bowl this year.

If you think the Colts did the "right" thing, then someone simply told you it was the "right" thing. As if it was written in a law book or religious book or NFL handbook or something. But it's not, not the purpose of sports, not what sport is, and not what it's suppose to be.

What it is you cheer for as a fan -- that's the "right" thing.


      
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