Tag:Chargers
Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 7:22 pm
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Coaches On The Hotseat?

Coaches on the hotseat. Life is short for the players in the NFL. It's even shorter for most NFL coaches. We've already witnessed 3 head coach firings this season, Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders), and Mike Nolan (49ers). The teams below are sinking fast and their needs to be a scapegoat. So let's take a look at the rest of the potential free agent coaches for 2009.

Norv Turner - San Diego Chargers, 4-6 - The Chargers need to go deep into the playoffs. That's why Norv was hired. How do the Chargers figure that firing Schottenheimer and hiring Turner would be an improvement? After all, Norv, as a head coach, has always struggled getting to the playoffs.

Wade Phillips - Dallas Cowboys, 5-4 - Like the Chargers, this is another team with high expectations. Phillips' head coaching career wasn't much better than Norv's before arriving to the Cowboys. Again, why do owners/GMs hire coaches with poor track records and expect them to go deep into the playoffs?

Romeo Crennel - Cleveland Browns, 3-6 - after a 10-6 finish last year and missing the playoffs, the Browns have already reached their loss total from last year. When you go 10-6 and miss the playoffs, you might get a pass. What if you follow that up with a sub-0.500 finish?

Marvin Lewis - Cincinnati Bengals, 1-8-1 - Things could be worse. The Bengals could've actually been 1-9 if McNabb would known about "ties". The lack of urgency on McNabb's part gave the Bengals a non-loss. However, it also gave them a non-win. I'm surprised Lewis has made it this far. After all, 3 other coaches have already been fired this season. The Bengals rebuilt when Lewis was hired. They have 1 playoff appearance to show for it and they are on the verge of rebuilding again. Lewis' time is up and Mike Brown needs to go to. Oh wait...you can't fire owners. There couldn't possibly be any team in a situation worse than the Bengals. But then again...

Rod Marinelli - Detroit Lions, winless - I couldn't even honor the Lions with a numbered record. It doesn't matter. They are bad from the top down. The offense isn't bad with Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith with bright futures. But wasn't Marinelli brought in to fix the defense? The Lions gave up an average of 377 ypg in 2007. This year, they are giving up 401 ypg. And that's without Mike Martz's turnover prone offense to help them out. Matt Millen is gone. Now almost everything associated with Millen needs to go too. Even Rod Marinelli.

Sean Payton - New Orleans Saints, 5-5 - The Saints were a preseason favorite to win the NFC South. There were problems on the defense that were addressed by the drafting of Sedrick Ellis and the acquisition of Jonathon Vilma. But lately, the Saints are falling behind in games and forced to play catch up. Injuries have taken their toll on both side of the ball. I think Payton is the least likely to get fired out of the bunch. But their worst 2 losses came at the hands of their division rivals losing by 23 to the Panthers and by 14 to the rebuilt Falcons have you wondering how prepared this team is on Sundays.

Honorable Mention - Brad Childress - Minnesota Vikings, 5-5 - Childress is fortunate that the division lead is tied at 5-5. A win yesterday could've placed the Vikings on top of the NFC North. If the Vikings do not make the playoffs as a division winner or wildcard contender, then he will have to wonder why he didn't address the QB situation in the offseason.

Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) is about as lame duck as you can get and the Seahawks are paying for it with a 2-8 record.

Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:26 am
Edited on: September 8, 2008 12:36 am
 

An NFL Week 1 of Upsets

Panthers 26, Chargers 24 - Yeah...the Chargers are very upset that they lost this one, especially at home. The Panthers didn't even have Steve Smith.

Bears 29, Colts 13 - WoW! Matt Forte rushes 23 times for 123 yards. Of course, take away the 50 yard TD and he is only averaging around 3.5 ypc. Former defensive MVP Bob Sanders is supposed to prevent gouging runs like that. What a way to break in the Colts new stadium.

Falcons 34, Lions 21 - This was the league toilet bowl matchup, so I'm not sure we can call this an upset. Maybe we didn't give the Falcons enough credit toward their rebuilding effort. Big plays by Michael Turner AND Matt Ryan.

Bills 34, Seahawks 10 - OK, maybe this wasn't an upset. Many have the Bills pegged as a playoff dark horse this year. What's upsetting (at least to Seahawks fans) is that they beat the Seahawks by 24 points. Never overlook the importance of special teams.

Patriots 17, Chiefs 10 - Bottom line is that the Patriots won. The Tom Brady injury will upset as many fantasy managers as Patriots fans.

 OK...I know it's early. Every year on opening day some teams play to their expectations and some just fall flat on their face. I believe that the Chargers and Colts will turn things around. Teams like the Lions and Chiefs will continue to struggle. The Seahawks are in big trouble. What will the Falcons and Bills show us next week? Good luck to Matt Cassel.

Posted on: May 15, 2008 11:53 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2008 12:20 am
 

Spygate...IT SHOULD DIE...

http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story
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Spygate SHOULD die...only after the Patriots are punished for the infractions uncovered with the Walsh tapes. Pats fans will flame me for saying this but I don't care. The Pats and Pats fans alike claim that cheating is part of the game. The only problem with that statement is that the Pats GOT CAUGHT! Let's face it...if everyone DOES IT, why haven't any tapes surfaced of other teams cheating?

After reading the attached article, one thing stands out to me, the Pats taped 5 other teams' signals. So why is it over? Because there was no alleged "walkthrough". I think we have something just as valuable...the Pats cheated at least 5 other times. This is good for at least 1.25 million dollars in fines and no 1st round draft pick through 2013. The Pats should be punished for every one of these infractions. The opponents listed on the article include the Dolphins, Bills, Browns, Chargers, and the Steelers...all AFC opponents. With the exception of the Browns, all the teams listed affect the Patriots playoff scenario. There are 2 division rivals (Dolphins, Bills) and 2 playoff opponents (Chargers, Steelers). This should not go unpunished.

I am surprised that commissioner Goodell let this go so easily. He's done a good job of making examples out of players Chris Henry & Pacman Jones. What's so hard about this? Maybe Goodell doesn't want to offend his buddy Kraft. The bottom line is this, if you get pulled over for speeding, you get a ticket. If you get pulled over speeding 5 more times afterwards, chances are that you will get 5 more tickets. They don't stop issuing tickets just because you've already been ticketed once. This is not any different. The Pats have just got caught 5 more times for ILLEGALY taping signals and they should be punished 5 MORE TIMES!

So Patriots. There you have it. Just pay the price...and it will go away.

 
 
 
 
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