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Lucky Losers: Take Ten

Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:20 pm
 
The thrill is gone. Indianapolis hasn't clinched the No. 1 draft pick, but if you watched the Colts lately you know the polls are about to close.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I mean, if you're not going to have Peyton Manning you might as well have Andrew Luck, right?

People ask how anyone could repeat what happened in Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers replacing Brett Favre, and I tell them to call Bill Polian. The Colts' vice chairman all but admitted the Colts are going for broke when he said he has Peyton Manning's approval to choose a quarterback high in the draft.

Gee, I wonder whom he had in mind?

Polian will be scouting at Stanford this week but insisted "it has nothing to do with any choice we've made." Yeah, sure, and if you believe that I'll sell you tickets to the Knicks this weekend.

Anyway, the race is on for Landry Jones ... provided, of course, he declares himself eligible for the draft. Or maybe it's Matt Barkley. I'd like to see both stay in school for another year, but the teams below don't. Yeah, I know, St. Louis isn't in here, but I'm confident the Rams won't be among the bottom feeders when this is sorted out -- not because they play with Sam Bradford but because they play in the NFC West.


5. Washington. No one out there needs a quarterback more than these guys, and I'm surprised Mike Shanahan hasn't contacted Brian Griese yet. Or maybe Bob Griese. Someone, anyone is better than what they have now, and what they have is an offense that can't run, can't pass and can't score. In Washington, that's what is called a balance of trade deficit. Shanahan thought he could make a player out of John Beck, but he must have been thinking of Jeff Beck. So now it's back to Rex Grossman, and fasten your seat belts, Washington. "There's no guarantee that we can win another game," defensive tackle Barry Cofield told the Washington Post. "It could get ugly. It could get historically ugly." Don't say you weren't warned.

Next loss: Dallas. When he faced these guys late last season, Grossman threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns ... and lost, just as he lost in Dallas in September.

4. Minnesota.
I liked how the Vikings were operating with Christian Ponder. Then I watched Monday Night Football. Now I wonder if we can call on Dr. Gregory House to do the operating. Man, oh, man, do these guys need help.  They won't have a shot at Luck, but they could at Jones or Barkley. Still, they're invested in Ponder, so look for them to spend a high draft pick on an offensive lineman or defense. Or look for them to trade it for a cluster of draft picks to spend on offensive linemen and defense. The Vikings think they have a franchise quarterback in Ponder. They better know by next April.

Next loss:
Oakland. Just lose, baby.

3. Carolina. 
Unless Matt Millen takes over as GM, the Panthers aren't drafting another quarterback. What they should do is take a high pick and mortgage it for a package of draft choices in return ... then spend every one of those choices on defense. The Panthers can win with Cam Newton; they can't win a defense that leaks like the Andrea Doria.

Next loss: at Detroit. Nick Fairley and Cam Newton hold Auburn reunion in Panthers' backfield.

2. Miami.
I swear, the Dolphins can't win for losing. Or is it they can't lose for winning? Anyway, they've blown their shot at Luck by winning their last two games and acting like an honest-to-goodness pro franchise. Not only did they smoke Kansas City at Arrowhead, they blew down the odds by beating anybody at home. So it was Washington. There are no Barry Bonds' asterisks here. Nevertheless, I'm sure they can pull together for the stretch run south, and here's why: Of Miami's last six games, five are against opponents with winning records. The exception? Philadelphia ... and it's in Miami. Hallelujah, there goes that homefield disadvantage again.

Next loss: Buffalo.
Injuries mounting for Bills. Dolphins working on Sun Life win streak of one. Tony Sparano home still on market. Some things shouldn't change.

1. Indianapolis.
Earlier this year someone asked if Polian was such a genius that he somehow manuevered the Colts into the position they are now. I laughed then. I'm not laughing now. The Colts are a team on a mission, and the mission is not only possible; it's downright responsible. You do what you do for the good of the franchise. Forget those stories about the Colts canning coach Jim Caldwell. The guy should get an extension for setting up Indy the next 10-15 years. The last time I saw a race this easy to call Secretariat was running the Belmont. Admit it, people: The game is over. All together now: "You're number two ... you're number two ..."

Next loss:
Carolina ... in two weeks. No truth to the rumor Polian will take his team during the bye to work out at Stanford.













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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

They are simply tanking it on purpose, no doubt about it in my mind. They should be fined or like others have said have a draft lottery !



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:43 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

Time to put a stop to the praising that's been heaped over Bill Polian for the past few years, I guess. Sure, he did find gems like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but generally speaking, the man has been a disaster, wasting high picks on failed o-linemen, weak running backs and worthless cover players.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:47 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

This season, for the first time in my 20+ years of being a Redskins fan, I decided to actually root for the team to lose. I mean, it was completely doable with comedy at QB and all the NFC East games. I hated making the decision, but it was for the good of the team. I would have always been sad about the circumstances, but if we could have gotten Luck we would have at least had a giant step forward heading into the next 12ish years. But what do we do? We go out and win several games that we weren't even remotely expected to win. Then, for some reason, about 1 month too late, we revert to the offense that every Skins fan knew was there the whole time. It would have taken balls for the front office to make a decision like this, but it would have been the right decision. Hopefully we can put together a few good drafts and get an offense in the next few years before we lose all the talent that is stuck on our defense.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:40 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

You are a complete idiot. Your statement " I'm confident the won't be among the bottom feeders when this is sorted out -- not because they play with but because they play in the NFC West" is complete east coast bias. The forty niners have beaten Phily, NYG and Cinci. The Seahawks have beat NYG and Baltimore. Arizona just beat Phily. If you can pull your head out of your arse long enough to tell me again how bad the NFC West is again, please attempt to do so.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:54 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

"2. Miami. I swear, the can't win for losing. Or is it they can't lose for winning? Anyway, they've blown their shot at Luck by winning their last two games and acting like an honest-to-goodness pro franchise. Not only did they smoke Kansas City at Arrowhead, they blew down the odds by beating anybody at home. So it was Washington. There are no Barry Bonds' asterisks here. Nevertheless, I'm sure they can pull together for the stretch run south, and here's why: Of Miami's last six games, five are against opponents with winning records. The exception? Philadelphia ... and it's in Miami. Hallelujah, there goes that homefield disadvantage again.

Next loss: Buffalo.
Injuries mounting for . Dolphins working on Sun Life win streak of one. Tony Sparano home still on market. Some things shouldn't change."

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I'm an avid Miami Dolphins fan, however, I'm also pretty realistic in my pessimism of the 2011 season.

The Bills game is very winnable for Miami while the Dallas game away on Thanksgiving is probably the next realistic loss.

The Bills are heading south in a hurry and they likely will not get any better heading to Miami.

The improvements the Fins have made to win the last two games happen to be in areas that play right into the Bills biggest weaknesses.

The defense is getting more results into a man to man instead of the soft zone which was scrapped after the Giants game and the running game is starting to play better.

Buffalo's passing game has struggled badly against press coverage and their defense cannot stop the run.

Miami is going to pound the rock on them with two capable backs and they are going to aggressively attack the weak Bills tackles which cannot hold down the pocket long.

Miami's D will press the WR and disrupt the timing of quick routes which leaves the Bills with just attacking via the TE (miami's weakness) and through the ground via Fred Jackson.

Miami's D is not particularly weak against the run and their offense can run the ball.

Unless the Bills stack the line and force Moore to pass against their aggressive DBs then I don't see how they come up with enough opportunities to beat Miami at home.

It appears the Fins have played much looser since they won their first game and their players no longer are making the mental mistakes that cost them victories in the Browns & Broncos games.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:37 am
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

If they don't want to lose, you'd think they'd at least show a little bit of heart.  I know Manning is great, but losing him is no excuse for the D getting rolled for 60 points.




Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

If Polian is such a genius having his team tank the season, why'd he sign Manning for five years at $90million knowing that Peyton had a neck issue?



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

If this isn't proof the NFl needs a draft lottery I don't know what is.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

Not awful, they have good RBs in Addai, Carter and Brown.  Good WRs in Wayne, Garcon, Collie.  Good TE in Clark.  Defense is mediocre, but not terrible.

When Collins couldn't cut it, the Colts did not try again.  David Garrard was available, they passed.  They went with Painter who can't find any of the slew of good receivers he has.  They simply did not try.

Yes, they gave up after loss 6.  

But Luck is overrated.  



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Lucky Losers: Take Ten

I have sympathy for someone who has to come with up several articles every week.  I also have sympathy for people who wander into dribble like this.  If the NFL got to the point of even suspecting that Indy did something like this they'd make them wish they'd stayed in Baltimore.   I'll give Mr Judge the benefit of the doubt and assume this is tongue-in-cheek because if it isn't he needs to take some time off.



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