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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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19
Nov
07

Ravens to Fire Brian Billick?

At least, if they have any sense they will, which appears highly unlikely, all things considered this year. Coaching makes all the difference in football, more so than any other sport. This week, in Baltimore, the call should be very loud for a new head coach for the Ravens. You don’t often see teams lose games by such obvious bad coaching decisions as those made by Brian Billick and his staff that caused the Ravens to lose to the Browns on Sunday.

The Ravens went ahead with :26 seconds left. They should have gone ahead with :02 seconds left, but Billick called for a passing play on 3rd-down – this from a supposed offensive genius. The pass fell incomplete and the field goal unit had to come on and do their job with the clock stopped. If he had ran the ball, the Ravens could have used up the time on the clock, leaving nothing for the Browns to work with. That was clear to everyone watching the game except the Ravens’ coaching staff. The Browns were standing around pretending not to be paying attention.

That was his first mistake that cost them the game. He followed that up with another, which helped to seal the deal, at least with the football gods, who saw his play-calling and realized they could not let Billick win if he doesn’t at least act like he knows something about the game.

The next mistake he made was to kick the ball to Josh Cribbs on the ensuing kickoff. All the Browns kick returner had done up until that point was to run back five kicks for 165 yards. It wasn’t like everyone would be amazed if he ran this kick back for a touchdown to win the game. Well, that did not happen, as the gods wanted to take their time with this. Cribbs ran the ball back 39 yards to the Cleveland 43. Two quick passes and the Browns were set to kick the tying field goal.

That field goal itself became a story and Brian Billick must have been suffering as it took five minutes for the officials to decide whether or not the kick was good. It was, and Cleveland got the ball first in OT. Never before, in any level of football, had anyone ever seen a football go through the uprights and come back out, thus the ensuing confusion. Credit the officials for making the right call. And credit the football gods for flexing their might when, in the Sunday Night game, it happened again on Buffalo’s field goal against New England. Never before – twice in one day. Wow.

So, the Browns elect to receive the ball first in OT. It was here that the insanity of Billick became most obvious. Even Cribbs himself, after the game, had this to say,“Coach was like, ‘They’re not gonna kick it to you … they’d have to be stupid to kick it to you this time,’ ” Cribbs said. “I was preparin’ for ‘em to kick it to (Darnell) Dinkins. Lo and behold, they kicked it deep (to me), and I’m like … what’s goin’ on?

“I started shiftin’ back to catch the ball. The whole time the ball’s comin’ back, I’m like … what are you doin?’ ”

Cribbs worked over the Ravens for a franchise-record 306 kickoff and punt return yards today. That last one, in OT, he ran back 41 yards. The Browns kicked the winning field goal shortly thereafter, and Billick’s fate should be sealed in Baltimore. I have never coached a football game in my life, and I could see the man clearly has no interest anymore in preparing for the game or understanding what is happening on the field. Good-bye Billick. Thanks for the good memories and an excellent football book (which you apparently have not read for a while).

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01
Nov
07

Surprising Underdogs?

Early week breakdown of some of this week’s NFL games:

New England at Indianapolis – The Yardstick, as of Thursday evening has the Pats favored to win by at least a field goal. It looks like more people are believing the Colts will be able to stay with New England as the week goes on. Last I checked, the Patriots were favored by at least 6 points. I have a sneaking suspicion that this game won’t be nearly as close as some think. Undefeated Super Bowl champions as underdogs? That is something I never expected to see.

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Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions – Who, besides Jon Kitna, would have thought that the Lions would be favored in this Week 9 matchup at the beginning of the season? Amen to that. The Yardstick syas they should win this one by at least two points. What a fall for a Denver team that many had picked to be in the top few teams in the NFL.

Bengals at Bills – Another crazy, crazy situation. The Bengals have some of the best offensive players in the game, and the Bills…well, don’t. Yet there is no consensus on this game as of yet. That’s right, the Yardstick is reading EVEN as of this writing, and the Bills actually could win this game.

Seahawks at Browns – Aside from their 2005 season, when they got things together and went all the way to the Super Bowl, Seattle has been a horrible road team for a long time. Still, for the Browns to be favored on the Yardstick by three points has to be a pleasant shock to Browns fans all over this great, big world.

Those are just a few of the games going on this week, but the ones that caught my eye as possibly being a bit of a surprise for now. There’s still lots of time, though, and these Yardsticks will most likely change as Sunday draws closer.

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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

20
Oct
07

McGahee Hates Buffalo Singers, Too

Oh, man, this is funny stuff!

I presume most of you know Buffalo has a big hate-on for their former running back Willis McGahee, who now plays for the Ravens and returns to Buffalo this Sunday for the first time since they traded him. In an interview with Penthouse last January, McGahee put down the women, bars, weather and pretty much eveything else about the city of Buffalo and suggested the Bills should move to Toronto.

Well, now there’s a site dedicated to hating Willis, and there’s even a DVD you can buy and a song called Our Turn To Speak. I never read the interview as I look at Penthouse for the pictures, but McGahee is on my fantasy team and I’d rather have him than any Bill I can think of. Of course, I had to listen to the song and lemme tell you, I think it just gave Willis more ammo and me a headache.

At least, that’s my five cents on Buffalo’s beef.

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