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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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16
Dec
07

More NFL Week 15 Upsets

As I mentioned earlier, there were a ton of upsets this week. The early week games, the early Sunday games, and then the late afternoon and evening games today kept the dogs howling. There were just three afternoon games today, but the one that will have everyone talking is the Eagles at Cowboys game, where the Eagles walked into Texas Stadium and handed Dallas just their second loss of the season, beating the home team 10-6. Tony Romo had an awful day, most likely due to the fact that the Jumbotron kept showing his new girlfriend, Jessica Simpson, in her white and pink Cowboys jersey. I’ve never wanted one so bad.

The Packers are now tied at 12-2 with Dallas for the NFC lead. Dallas owns the tiebreaker, but need to maintain their placement or else the NFC Championship game could go through Green Bay. Not a friendly place in late January.

In the evening game, it was the Washington Redskins at the Giants. With Todd Collins starting for the first time in 10 years and 2 days – the longest time between starts for a quarterback in NFL history – Joe Gibbs and his team weathered a horrible day for the G-men and came away with an 18-point win, 22-10, keeping them in the NFC playoff berth hunt. Eli Manning threw 34 completions, the most since Joe Namath threw 36 in 1967. To be fair, his receivers looked like high school first-timers most of the night, dropping at least eight, if not ten, passes that should definitely have been caught. Jeremy Shockey went down with a broken leg in the game.

As one might expect, the FanYard crew had the Yardstick for each of these games favoring the losing squad. A rare bad day / week.

14
Nov
07

NFL Questions & Answers: Rest of the 2007 Season

1) Will the Patriots go undefeated?
Yes, the Patriots will go undefeated. Have you seen them play this year? Anyone else? No one even comes close, although Pittsburgh could put up the best fight…just because they do that sort of thing.

2) Will the Dolphins win a game?
Well, let’s see who they have coming up: At the Eagles this week, loss. At the Steelers on MNF, yeah right. A-ha! This might be it! At home on December 2nd, against the Jets. That is the one game this season that Miami has a chance in. You see, Kellen Clemons could be the second coming of Cleo Lemon. In which case the Dolphins might win with John Beck. It would be cool, though, to see a Cleo Lemon / Kellen Clemons duel. Try saying that sentence three times, real fast-like.

3) Will Ricky Williams get stoned before the end of the season?
The answer is yes, people. Real stoned.

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4) What will be the biggest Yardstick of the year?
December 16th, when the New York Jets visit the New England Patriots. That will be the biggest Yardstick, maybe for the next 50 years. I am thinking that game could end somewhere around, oh…79-3 in favor of the Patriots, to take them to 14-0 on the season. If Belichick runs up the score against Hall of Fame coaches like Joe Gibbs (and I don’t think it is wrong to do so, either), he will run that score like it is a marathon against his former friend-now mortal enemy, Eric Mangini (formerly Man-genius). Videogate fall-out. Tom Brady will throw nine touchdowns and run for two more. The Pats will go for two twice and make it both times, in the final 6 minutes of play. There will be no handshakes following the game.

5) Who is better, Packers or Cowboys?
It doesn’t matter. It’s the NFC.

Let’s hear what you think. Make a comment, don’t be shy. Belichick would do it!

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