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Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 7:22 pm
 

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 21, 2008 11:37 pm
 

49ers vs Lions - The Perfect Game!

OK...not to gloat.

But the 49ers put together an effort on offense, defense and special teams. It wasn't the "Greatest Show on Turf." JTO did not throw for 300+ yards. It was a solid effort put forth by the WHOLE team. That's right! The epitomy of football. It's a team game. Let's start with the QB. J.T. O'Sullivan. He had 2 TD's and no INT's...NO fumbles. The line did a better job of protecting him this week...only 1 sack allowed. JTO spread the ball to 8 different receivers. Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries. So much for Martz passing more than rushing. The mix was 24 pass and 39 rush. Sounds like ball control to me. Let's move on to defense. 4 sacks, 2 INT's, 2 forced fumbles. These are stats you would expect to hear from the Pittsburg Steelers defense. Yet, the 49ers did to the Lions what a good team would be expected to do. Jon Kitna never looked comfortable. Lion studs Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams were shut down by the 49ers secondary. Nate Clements and Walt Harris were on lockdown. OK...so the special teams didn't do anything spectacular, but they didn't do anything to throw the game away. The more I see Allen Rossum play, the more I like him.

From start to finish, this was bad news for the Lions. By the end of the 1st half, the 49ers were leading 21-3. The Lions couldn't establish a rhythm. Again, it's very shocking because they own weapons like Johnson and Williams. This should've been a high scoring affair. It should've been a shootout. The final score should've (and could've) been 31-30. But the Lions were held to 13.

The defense showed tonight something that we haven't seen from the 49er defense for the last 3+ years...the ability to control the game. The 49er offense was never in any pressure to win the game. They secured the lead early and the Lions never threatened. Alright, we're talking about the Lions here. They are clearly a team in chaos. But there is one thing that is said about good teams. THEY MUST WIN THE GAMES THEY SHOULD WIN. It's one thing to win games against the tough opponents. But they definitely need to win the easy ones.

The 49ers showed they are capable of doing that today.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: 49ers, Lions
 
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.

 
 
 
 
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