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15
Jan
08

Dallas Cowboys: Will They Keep Jason Garrett or Wade Phillips?

According to a report on ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have asked Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to be their new head coach after they fired Brian Billick for being out of his league and living on undeserved accolades from years ago. Word on the street says that Garrett has yet to make a decision.

I have a feeling he won’t have to: Jerry Jones will offer him the head coaching job with the Cowboys if he will stay on, firing Wade Phillips in the process.

Now, this is all on gut feeling and I know there are others out there who feel the same way, especially after the Cowboys became the first top NFC team to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs in modern-day NFL history. Someone has to pay for that, and the top man has proven himself to be, like Marty Schottenheimer, a postseason loser.

Phillips is now 0-4 in the playoffs. Marty has won five games in the postseason, but he has had 18 chances – and two of those wins came with Joe Montana and Marcus Allen playing together for the Chiefs. I have those games on tape and I am pretty sure they just stopped listening to Marty in order to win. If that was the case, Schottenheimer has not won a playoff game on his own merits since 1990. That’s only 18 years, right? Yeah, he’ll get another chance real soon. Madness.

Even Phillips has admitted that he was surprised to get another shot at being an NFL head coach after his sessions of futility while masquerading as the head coach of the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills made it abundantly clear – apparently to anyone not named Jerry Jones – that giving Wade Phillips command of an NFL team is simply to watch the Peter Principle play out before your eyes. It is a waste of the talents of people like Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, and no one wants to see Owens all teary-eyed. (By no one, I mean everyone except Cowboys fans; and I especially mean fans of the 49ers and Eagles.)

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The article linked to in the previous paragraph talks about Norv Turner, the first-year head coach in San Diego, who is going to give an excellent example of an entire team displaying the meaning of the Peter Principle when the Chargers visit New England this weekend to play the undefeated Patriots on their home turf, Gillette Field.

Still, hats off to Turner for getting his team into the AFC Championship game. He has made some great calls in these playoffs and pretty much everything has panned out very well for him. Color me surprised, but happily so. I love being wrong about someone sucking. I want everyone in the NFL to be great. How could you not, as a fan?

Anyway, read what 41 Miles To Freedom says about the hiring of Wade Phillips in Dallas back in July of last year and you’ll get a glimpse into the thought processes that can sway an otherwise sound mind into the illogical notion that, “Hey, maybe Phillips will do just fine.”

So, now Jerry Jones has two choices, really. Both of which will cause him at least a measure of stress and losing face. He can keep Phillips and lose Garrett in the process; a decision that will bring the ire of intelligent football fans from throughout the Lone Star State. Or, he can cut Phillips and make Garrett his new head coach; in effect admitting that he should probably have hired Garrett instead of Phillips last year.

While the second option will placate the fans, at least for now – such a fickle bunch are they – perhaps Jones is smarter than we know. It is entirely possible that, like the four other head coaches mentioned in this piece, Garrett will not be a good head coach and Jones knows this. After all, not many people have been around football and management as long as Jones. (Don’t bring up the obviously insane Al Davis.)

Still, Garrett would only have to be better than Wade Phillips to be the better choice and that can’t be all that hard. Phillips seems to have brought the fun back to the Cowboys and Garrett is given tons of credit for bringing their level of play up a notch. Solution: Keep both, but have Phillips as a sort of team leader / cheerleader-type thing.

This story should be interesting however it plays out.

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17
Dec
07

Purple Jesus vs. Da Bears

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With under an hout til kickoff in the Bears at Vikings Monday Night Football game, the Yardstick favors the Vikings by one touchdown. Rookie sensation running back Adrian Peterson – known to some as Purple Jesus – who gained just three yards last week against the 49ers, has decided he will again wear a brace on his knee, which was injured earlier this season.

Even though Peterson missed a couple games with his knee injury, he needs just 118 yards this evening in order to regain the NFL rushing yards lead. His 6.1 yards per carry by far exceeds that of any other starting back in the NFL.

Peterson said the brace did not affect his ability to run, rather the corner blitzes the Niners threw at him were the reason for his poor production. The Bears will throw much of the same at him this week, so it will be very interesting to see how the Vikings adapt.

You’ll be hearing the name Adrian Peterson more tonight than most any name in any other game. Why? In a weird, little twist, the Bears also have a pretty good running back playing tonight. His name? Adrian Peterson.

Get your picks in for Week 16.

16
Dec
07

Upset Week in the NFL

Lots of upsets this week, starting with the Thursday night game when the Houston Texans beat the Denver Broncos 31-13, then continuing last night when Shaun Hill stepped up in his first NFL start to lead the 49ers to a 20-13 victory over the Bengals. The Yardstick had called for three- and seven-point wins for the Broncos and Bengals, respectively.

Today, the trend went on.

The Panthers beat the NFC West-champion Seahawks 13-10, an indication of the weakness of the NFC West division in general. Then, the Miami Dolphins scored on a 64-yard toucgdown pass by Cleo Lemon in OT to beat the Ravens and grab their first victory of the 2007 NFL season. Should Billick be fired?

In Pittsburgh, in the wind and snow, the Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball down the throats of the supposed best defense in the NFL and beat the Steelers at Heinz Field 29-22, making things very interesting in the AFC North, as Cleveland held off the Bills 8-0. The Browns and Steelers now have 9-5 records at the tyop of their division, with Pittsburgh having a leg up in tiebreakers.

Oh yeah, and Brett Favre is now the leading passer in yardage in NFL history, surpassing the record owned by Dan Marino today in a winning effort as Green Bay manhandled the Lambs in St. Louis.

14
Dec
07

Saturday NFL Action

There is only one NFL game tomorrow and that is the only reason to watch it. The Bengals at 49ers game probaly won’t be one of those classic matches that make you call your buddies to make sure they are watching it. No, these two teams have been huge disappointments for their cities, their fans and even some people who’ve never even heard of them until now.

The brass at Niners headquarters should understand that they need to change their offensive philosophy if they want Alex Smith to succeed at the quarterback position in San Francisco. The brass at Bengals HQ must understand that the head coach of their team has lost his way with the players and they need to get someone in there who can bring this group together while they still have all the talent they now possess at key positions. Oh yeah, and a little defense won’t hurt, either.

Easy for me to say from the comfort of my mental Learjet, I know. As it stands, the crew at the FanYard believe the visiting Bengals will win this game tomorrow. The Yardstick favors them by six points.

24
Oct
07

Week 7 NFL Recap: FanYard vs. Pyle of List

These were some kinda crazy games, and we both made a couple very nice calls here. Read more to find out who between us made the better picks in NFL Week 7. Remember, like the Yardstick, we have to pick the correct NFL team and we want to be as close as possible to the amount of points that team wins by, without going over with our pick. Jon from Pyle of List is our fellow combatant. See what he thinks of Chris Berman.

BB: Patriots by 14 over Dolphins:

JP: Pats by 11 over Dolphins:

The Pats could only manage a 21-point victory over the finless Dolphins even after Ronnie Brown went down for the season? I can only imagine that Belichick has not been able to sleep a wink over his decision to sit Brady for a while in the second half. Unconscionable. One more notch on the Yardstick.

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BB: Saints by 3 over Falcons:

JP: Saints by 7 over Falcons:

Juuusst a little bit over by Jon here, as the Saints marched over the backs of the Falcons by six points, not seven. So close, but still, I know he’s smilin’ at the fact that Joey’s back. BB up by two.

BB: Cowboys by 6 over Vikings:

JP: ‘Boys by 10 over Vikings:

Can you say, “Right on the money!” I knew you could. Jon gets two for a direct hit and we’re tied up, just like that.

BB: Giants by 7 over 49ers:

JP: Giants by 1 over 49ers:

Apparently Jon has more faith in the Niners than the FanYard players who help us find the Yardstick. But no one thought it would go this badly. Giants get an 18 point win, and I get one more point.

BB: Ravens by 3 over Bills:

JP: Bills by 4 over Ravens:

Color me impressed with this pick. Jon was almost bang-on again, as the Bills beat the Ravens by five at home. Tied up again.

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BB: Steelers by 5 over Broncos:

JP: Steelers by 14 over Broncos:

No winners here, as the Broncos surprised the Yardstick, me, Jon and even themselves, with their third last-second field goal victory; it is the only type of win they have had all year.

BB: Eagles by 3 over Bears:

JP: Bears by 1 over Eagles:

Another nice pick here by JP, as the Bears won on an amazing final drive by Brian Griese, who called his own plays.

BB: Titans by 2 over Texans:

JP: Titans by 4 over Texans:

Yes, there was a ton of field goals in this game. Normally that is boring, right? Right. Except that this is the exception that proves the rule, at least in the fourth quarter.

BB: Bengals by 6 over Jets:

JP: Bengals by 3 over the Jets:

Almost bang on again, but the seven-point win by the Bengals is still good for one more precious point.

BB: Redskins by 6 over Cardinals:

JP: Cardinals by 6 over ‘Skins:

The two-point win by the Skins was not enough for points here, as they almost gave the game away in the second half.

BB: Seahawks by 7 over Rams:

JP: Rams by 3 over Seahawks:

I am not sure about the Rams making the playoffs anymore, man. They’ll have to play a little bit better if they want to save this season, that’s for sure. Meanwhile, the 27-point win in Seattle was overshadowed by a huge sale at Nordstrom’s and you can notch another point for Blake and the Yardstick.

BB: Lions by 2 over the Buccaneers:

JP: Lions by 6 over Bucs:

Jon’s call almost brought him within a point here, but I’m sure he’s gonna be happy with the one point he gets for almost exactly predicting this touchdown victory for the squad of miracles.

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BB: Chiefs by 2 over Raiders:

JP: Raiders by 2 over Chiefs:

Now this, friends, was a nice, exact call to make, going against the favorite and taking a road dog while hitting the margin of victory right on. The Chiefs’ two-point win has them sitting in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. I am fine with being proven wrong about old Coach Hermie and I’ll take the two points, but I am pretty sure he is just elevating me enough to bring me down.

BB: Colts by 4 over Jags:

JP: Colts by 13 over Jags:

Nice call, JP, thinking the Colts would want to prove something. Well, they proved something all right. That they can play football very good and that Del Rio’s job was in jeopardy at the start of the season for good reason. Why is it that coaches seem to relish in making the worst decisions possible when playing the Colts? I guess Peyton really does screw with people’s minds. Maybe I should be giving the credit to Manning for the idiotic play-calling of Herm Edwards and Bill Billick for the lack of logic in their game plans against the Colts in last year’s playoffs, too.

Week 7 Points –

BB: 9
JP: 6

Total points –

BB: 30.5
JP: 23

Week 7 Record –

BB: 10-4
JP: 10-4

Overall Record –

BB: 46-25
JP: 42-29

22
Oct
07

Those Damn Hot Chicks

In our contest against the NFL predicting hotties over at Hot Chicks Hot Picks, we have fallen behind by one game after the second week. In Week 1 of this battle of the sexies, the ladies tied us up. We were helpless in our efforts to get ahead and both ended up with seven correct.

How this works is that ALIKAT pulls herself away from fighting with her bathroon contractors long enough to go through all the weekend’s NFL games and, using a point spread, pick the winners of each. We use the Yardstick and, depending on what you, the FanYard community has said en masse about the outcome of each game, make our picks using the same numbers as her.

If she takes Oakland to win, minus two points, but the Yardstick actually says Kansas City will win by at least two points, we would take Kansas City to win by at least two. Since the opposite side of the line she is using would be Kansas City plus two, we would take that side and go against her Oakland minus-two pick. This happened in one of the games this weekend, and the Chiefs did win by two. Perfection.

Unfortunately, it does not always work that way. In the Giants vs. Niners game, she had the Giants to win, minus nine points. The Yardstick for that game said that New York would win by seven or more. Since her line said nine, and ours said seven, we took the other side, which was San Fran plus nine points. Well, of course, the poor Niners offensive woes continued and they were whupped. The final score was NYG 33, SF 15. Add nine points to the Niners and we lose. Subtract nine from the G-men and they still win. Unnastand?

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Those are two of the seven games we disagreed on and the Dallas / Minnesota game was a tie. The others:
1) The girls had Tennessee -1.5 and the Yardstick was set at a one-point Titans win. They won by two one a last-second record-breaking eight field goal by Roberto Bironas. Notch one for the chicks.
2) Chicks were taking the Redskins to win by at least 10, while we had them by just 6. That meant, we took the Cards plus 9.5 points, and when the Skins won by just two. Boom!
3) The Saints had the ladies in their pockets with nine points to shave, but they could only manage a 6-point victory. The Yardstick suggested just 3, so we won another point.
4) With Cincinnati getting 6.5 points taken away, this was a tough pill to swallow. The girls jumped on it and we had a Yardstick of 6 for the cats, so we passed. They won this battle.
5) The Seahawks had to win by more than eight for the girls to get a win and they won by 27! We saw at least a 7-point win, but it was not enough, and was the tie-breaker.

Last week’s score:
TheFanYard – 7-6
Hot Chicks – 7-6

This week’s score:
TheFanYard – 7-6-1
Hot Chicks – 6-7-1

Tomorrow we see how FanYard did in our competition with Jon from Pyle of List.

18
Oct
07

Week Six FanYard vs. Pyle of List Results

Well, I am back on top after using the Yardstick as my guideline again this week! Still, the lead is not a comfortable one at just 4.5 points after six weeks. Back to Pyle of List for the Week 7 predictions, coming up this weekend! See the original NFL Week 6 Picks by clicking that link behind you.

BB: Ravens by 6 over Rams
JP: Ravens by 4 over Rams

Ravens win by 19. Winner: Blake. I called a shutout, but the Ravens allowed a field goal. Still, the Yardstick was closer than Jon’s call.

BB: Chargers by 7 over Raiders
JP: Chargers by 2 over Raiders

Chargers win by 14. Winner: Blake. The Yardstick of seven was halfway to being right on.

BB: Bengals by 5 over Chiefs
JP: Bengals by 6 over Chiefs

Chiefs win by 7. No winner, even though the Yardstick for this game had begun to fall, and was down to three by kickoff.

BB: Bears by 3 over Vikings
JP: Bears by 1 over Vikings

Vikings win by 3. No winner. Adrian Peterson won this game almost single-handedly.

BB: Patriots by 7 over Cowboys
JP: Patriots by 11 over Cowboys

Patriots win by 21. Winner: JP, and the Yardstick had even fallen by game time to six. No more doubting the Pats, mmm’kay? And next time little TO says to get your popcorn ready, he means to add, “- and go rent a movie, cuz I got nuthin’ for ya.”

BB: Titans by 3 over Bucs
JP: Titans by 7 over Bucs

Bucs win by 3. No winner. If only we’d known about Young’s quad and not forgotten about Garcia’s heart.

BB: Browns by 6 over Dolphins
JP: Browns by 7 over Dolphins

Browns win by 10. Winner: Jon was not only closer, but the Yardstick had also fallen for this game by kickoff, to five for the Browns.

BB: Jags by 3 over Texans
JP: Jags by 3 over Texans

Jags win by 20. Winner: Both!

BB: Seahawks by 5 over Saints
JP: Saints by 1 over Seahawks

Saints win by 11. Winner: Jon. Nice call by JP. Unfortunately, the game put me to sleep shortly after kickoff and I have not bothered to see what happened.

BB: Packers by 3 over Redskins
JP: Redskins by 3 over Packers

Packers win by 3. Winner: Blake. Dead on Yardstick for this game!

BB: Eagles by 5 over Jets
JP: Jets by 8 over Eagles

Eagles win by 7. Winner: Blake, even though the Yardstick had fallen to 3 by kickoff.

BB: Cardinals by 3 over Panthers
JP: Cardinals by 4 over Panthers

Panthers win by 15. No winner.

BB: Giants by 7 over Falcons
JP: Giants by 1 over Falcons

Giants win by 21. Winner: Blake. Wow, the best looking player in that game for Atlanta was Harrington and they’ve benched him because his receivers suck. Oh, and Tony Kornholer says he bets offshore all the time.

Week 6 Points-
BB: 5 1/2
JP: 3 1/2

Total Points-
BB: 21.5
JP: 17

Week 5 Record-
BB: 8-5
JP: 7-6

Overall Record-
BB: 36-21
JP: 32-25