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  1. Just heard Jamie Dukes on NFL Network say that we will win. Was a little surprised to say the least. I don't normally care about people's predictions, but I really am starting to get worn down by the amazing amount of Packer love at the moment. Its just no fun watching or reading about how you are going to get beaten. It feels like '07 again!
  2. —QB Matt Ryan led the NFL with 1,336 passing yards and tied for second with 15 touchdowns on third down. For the money down, that is just amazing. That is why Matt Ryan is elite.
  3. There’s only one genius in a hoodie On the day his latest fallen protégé got the Denver boot, Patriots coach Bill Belichick put a foot up the nether regions of Rex Ryan and the hated Jets for all the world to see. Hours after Josh McDaniels was fired less than two seasons into his reign of error as the Broncos’ head coach and brutally exposed Belichick wannabe, the real thing reminded us that his brilliance can’t be so easily replicated. That’s what the Monday Night Massacre over the self-proclaimed best team in football will do for a man in a hooded down jacket. In a 45-3 dismantling of the Jets that was so comprehensive, Ryan’s twin brother, Browns defensive coordinator Rob, probably experienced severe stomach pains while watching in Ohio, the Patriots took control of the AFC East, the race for the conference’s top seed and a rivalry that until Monday had seemingly been trending south. It’s still too early to draw conclusions, but the notion of Belichick and the Pats reaching a fifth Super Bowl in 10 seasons – and winning a fourth – seems more plausible by the week. In a stark contrast to the Jets’ Week 2 victory over the Pats at New Meadowlands Stadium, New England (10-2) dominated on all levels. The Pats were more physical, more disciplined and better prepared than Ryan’s Jets (9-3), and Belichick’s fingerprints were all over a blowout that resonated across the football universe. Another resounding message was delivered two hours before kickoff, when word broke of McDaniels’ dismissal. The 34-year-old coach was a former Pats assistant who seemed obsessed with imitating his mentor, from the hoodie heavy sideline attire to the overbearing autocracy to, some suspect in the wake of a cheating scandal that helped seal his fate, the clandestine videotaping of opponents. After landing the Broncos gig on the strength of the Pats’ record-setting ’07 season – a Tom Brady(notes) production, with Randy Moss(notes) and Wes Welker(notes) as co-stars – and a year of surprising productivity ’08 campaign with Matt Cassel(notes) filling in for the injured future Hall of Famer, McDaniels carried himself like a Belichickian figure. The catch was, he hadn’t bothered to accomplish anything in his own right. Belichick, by the time he took his second head coaching gig in New England, had led a previous team (the Browns) to the playoffs and, as a longtime Bill Parcells assistant, had won Super Bowls and was established as the most successful defensive strategist of his era. McDaniels acted like he had that kind of street cred, immediately clashing with franchise quarterback Jay Cutler(notes) (who he traded three months after taking the Denver job) and soon getting crossed up with Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall(notes) (who he dealt to Miami after his first season). He won his first six games, including a victory over Belichick’s Patriots, and acted like an entitled savant. Then adversity struck, and McDaniels proved unable to handle it. All of the qualities he thought made him so impenetrable – an inflated sense of self, a staunch refusal to tolerate dissent, the constant need to flex his power – proved to be his undoing. Without a strong general manager to help him grow into his job, McDaniels made mistakes (like trading halfback Peyton Hills and draft picks for third-string quarterback Brady Quinn(notes)) and soldiered on as though his plan was beyond reproach. On Monday, he was officially informed by the Broncos that his Belichick impersonation had bombed. He wasn’t the first copycat criminal to get read his rights, either. Eric Mangini tried to be Young Belichick after getting hired by the Jets in ’06, feuding with his mentor for effect, and lasted three seasons. Upon getting a surprising second chance with the Browns in ’09, he was such a destructive dictator that he survived to coach a second season only after a stripping of his power (with Mike Holmgren coming in as owner Randy Lerner’s well-compensated football czar) and may be gone altogether in a few weeks. Charlie Weis, Belichick’s former offensive coordinator, got a taste of this medicine during his disappointing stint as Notre Dame’s coach, too. The one prominent Patriots powerbroker who experienced instant and sustained success after leaving to take a high-profile job is Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, New England’s former scouting director. Not coincidentally, Dimitroff approached his new gig without the domineering bluster displayed by the aforementioned Belichick disciples, assuming a media-friendly stance and running the organization with an even-keeled temperament. Dimitroff focused on emulating the less obvious but more important elements of Belichick’s formula, things that have to do with keen talent evaluation and assembling a roster full of players who buy into a proven system, and skipped the grandstanding. After a rocky start as Kansas City’s general manager, Scott Pioli – Belichick’s former right-hand man with the Pats – has adapted his approach, allowing untested coach Todd Haley to assume a larger public profile and tempering the paranoia and secrecy within the organization. Again, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Chiefs are one of the league’s most surprising success stories this season. It helps that Pioli, unlike McDaniels and Mangini, was a highly accomplished personnel executive who doesn’t need to fake his expertise. The bottom line, as Belichick learned long ago, is that winning tends to validate almost any leadership style, be it abrasive or passive. By staying true to one’s personality, the prospect of creating a comfort zone that facilitates organizational success increases, and whenever an NFL coach or executive finds sustained success, imitators inevitably will follow. The problem is that, while some obvious stylistic traits are easy to replicate, true genius doesn’t translate from coach to coach quite so seamlessly. A wise protégé would sense the difference and focus on forging his own path, one that jibes with his personality and philosophical orientation, rather than getting caught up in fashion choices and chest-beating and compensating for insecurities relating to lack of experience by demeaning those around him. Perhaps McDaniels has begun to learn those lessons the hard way, and if he’s fortunate enough to get another head coaching job, I hope he’ll approach it with more humility and authenticity than he did in Denver. In the meantime, he can digest the implications of the Monday Night Massacre like Ryan and his twin brother and everyone else in the business. Most glaringly, that there is only one true and rightful Hoodie, and his power is very, very real. Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=ArbKtiK35pXyMeD_hJimTtZDubYF?slug=ms-footballneversleeps120610
  4. Yes, yes and more yes. The Saints and Giants both went on to win the Superbowl either that same year playing over here, or the year after. Something in the water
  5. Desean Jackson! Did you see the Jaguars game? Man, Jackson may have put up some numbers but he had some bone headed plays that would have hurt the team if they weren't playing the Jags. Jackson is good but no way is he better than Roddy at this point. I like Miles Austin as well, but he has had just one good season to date (with a pro bowl QB), I don't see why he should be placed higher on the list than Roddy, who has had three good seasons (first with journeymen QBs, second with a rookie QB and the third in a season where the offense suffered multiple injuries to starting QB and RB). My list; 1. Andre Johnson 2. Randy Moss 3. Reggie Wayne 4. Roddy White 5. Larry Fitzgerald 6. Wes Welker 7. Brandon Marshall 8. DeSean Jackson 9. Chad Ochocinco 10.Miles Austin
  6. I don't really understand this way of thinking when Bill Pollian is constantly talked about as being a HOF GM - either he is doing a terrible job and only Manning is holding that team up (as seems to be suggested) or he is providing Manning with the pieces he needs to work with to win, the same as NE are doing for Brady. Also, Cassel went from a team that was 16-0 to a team that was rebuilding. I say wait a few years and see how Cassel is then, Pioli obviously believed in him enough to bring him over from NE. Personally I understand that Manning will (rightfully) go down as one of the greatest ever, but I would always have Brady first just because I would have more faith in him leading my team to the Super Bowl.
  7. The fact that one of those comments cam from Kiper worries me a little, I don't really think he is the most reliable of Draft experts. Having said that, I have read an awful lot of similar things about Jerry - he was a very underrated defensive prospect and there were a fair few comparisons to Sapp. I can't wait to see how he performs. **** it, can't this season start already?!?!
  8. Watched it, a Duff own goal was not a nice way to go down. Chin up though lad, it could be worse. You could be like me and have to suffer the extraordinary pains of being a Forest supporter. Look at it this way though - at least next year you actually have a chance to win some silverware. As for the Falcons, the year I got into the NFL and started supporting the Falcons was the last year Vick played. At the end of that season Forest were stuck in League One with no hope of going anywhere and Vick got caught on Dog Fighting charges. This year Forest just survived a relegation fight and the Falcons blew everyones expectations to smitherenes and got to the playoffs. I am grateful that I am a supporter of the Atlanta Falcons. Very Grateful.
  9. I actually thought it was pretty funny, even if it was just him venting about his hatred for the Falcons. Dude knows we are a good team though...
  10. Who knows right now? Most people on these boards felt that last years wasn't great immediately after the draft and only really felt good about it when the season got going. I feel great about this draft and our future, but I haven't forgotten how good everybody thought the Chief's draft was last year and look how that turned out. Anyway, I voted 'Time will tell'.
  11. Thanks, but I managed to watch the 1st 2 rounds on the internet (although not through nfl.com - bloody useless *****) and have followed the rest today.
  12. Grimes - 2 years pro Houston - 2 years pro Jackson - 1 year pro Owens - Rookie Middleton - Rookie And Von Hutchins (don't know off hand) It seems like the FO didn't really like the CBs that they inherited, evidenced by the 3 CB picks in 2 years. A lot of potential I think, but a bit more experience might be pretty useful and I don't think we will have a great CB core this coming season.
  13. Liked that he said they already had him in place as their 3rd round pick and that everything seemed to be falling into place for them so far. They have a plan and so far they have drafted good players (I assume) in need positions. Good thing I am not GM, I was clamouring at the bit to trade up and draft Maualuga after he fell into the 2nd round. I suppose we would have missed out on Moore and Owens then. Probably much better for the team.
  14. I agree that in the Cover 2 that seems sensible, but wasn't Boley dropped because he didn't play the run well? I may have got that wrapped round my head, but either way I like Harris and I definately feel that we need more depth at the LB positions.
  15. I think it would be fair to say that in the late rounds almost allof the teams draft based on the BPA philosophy, so if they think a RB is the best then perhaps... Not sure why people get so aggressive though. On the other hand we do have 2 reserves with a lot of potential, so ca't really see the point. LB on the other hand, we certainly need depth at.
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