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  • Week 1 Write up

    As always monday night's thoughts will be posted after the games in an addendum.

    Slightly different format to previous years, really only because I can't remember how I used to do it and can't bother to look it up.

    Week one and 17 are pretty much the same, you can't take much from it, all it shows is a glimpse of what we might see later on down the road, so take this analysis with as much salt as you would a final week performance or even the pre-season, first week helps set a tone for a team, but doesn't make a year.

    Seattle v SF

    For the longest time I've been a big defender of Alex Smith, I thought he was mishandled from the first day and all he needed was some stability both in the coaches above him and the players around him. I'm starting to come round to the fact that he just might be terrible.

    Don't get me wrong, not having your primary receivers in training camp with you isn't going to do much for improving chemistry and the Seattle defense did play relatively well, but Alex Smith was out of sync with everyone else on the field and at times looked down right lost. Forget the crap about his hand size and to an extent forget his past. This is his year, and if he can't put it together in the next three weeks or so I think that's it for his career as a starting quarterback.

    Colour me surprised at the performance of a Pete Carroll NFL team. I didn't like the hiring and didn't like him as a coach but he put together a very solid game plan against what was supposed to be a 49ers team taking the next step and it appears he has the team buying into his philosophy which was a big issue in his past. The question here becomes can he keep it up and can the team remain cohesive and cooperative through some adversity.

    Young QBs
    It was a pretty terrible day for the future (or would be future) signal callers; Matt Ryan looked flat and failed to lead his team to a victory over what was a very good Steelers defense, Matt Moore threw three picks in the redzone in a very winnable game against the Giants, Bradford was somewhat inconsistent in his first start, Stafford went down after what was looking to be a strong performance, Kolb retired after looking very poor indeed and neither Henne nor Trent Edwards looked like future starters either.

    Passing league we may be heading for, but it looks like defensive backs are reaping the benefits.

    Philly and Carolina had the same issue today
    It was difficult to predict how well Kolb would go against what can be a dangerous green bay defense and his early jitters were no surprise, what was however was the distinct lack of help from Andy Reid's play calling. Fair enough when given the opporunity players have to step up, but 6 designed run plays in the first half when you know a defense is going to blitz is not what you call a wise decision.

    Once Vick came in the defense were forced to be more honest after he gashed them on broken plays with his feet but Reid again muddled his clock management.

    Conversely in Carolina there was a tale of two teams, the first half showed intelligent mix of run and pass plays, the Giants weren't able to simply rush after Moore or stack the box and the Panthers lead at half time after an a great throw and catch to Smith.

    The 2nd half once behind, Fox all but abandoned the run game. He called pass plays one after the other and most of them called for intermediate to deep routes, no screens or dump offs and Moore, like many QBs facing the Giants simply couldn't handle the pressure. The stupidity was compounded by the calling for 3 straight pass plays in the redzone from the 5 yard line the final of which resulted in an INT.

    Houston
    Looks like after them being perennially picked to make the leap to the playoffs it might finally be time. It took a monumental effort from Arian Foster to overcome the Colts and Peyton still made sure it was a real fight right to the end and yes as I said it's only the first week. But this game will mean more to the team as far as confidence and chemistry than it will in the record. Finally getting the monkey off their back after such a long time of coming so close (rosencopter incident) and faltering will do wonders for the team's mindset.

    New England
    Was it ever really in question whether new england would be competitive? Their offseason rundown usually comprised of Moss being disgruntled, Welker being hurt, their Running Backs being nobodies, and their secondary being just plain not up to scratch. Turns out it was all for naught as Brady, Welker, Moss and the Pats defense were up to task against the Bengals.

    I don't think it matters who pulls on a jersey as long as Belichick draws breath and is on that sideline the Patriots will be competitive and after the way the rest of the AFC East looked today they'll be right in the mix.

    Pathetic Player of the week
    Alex Barron: to give you an idea of how bad he is, the Rams traded him for Bobby Carpenter a player they then cut before the end of the pre-season. He's the most penalised player in the NFL over the last two years, 2nd place is former Cowboys tackle, Flozell Adams.

    Jerry Jones can draft, trade for and buy as many running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, cornerbacks, safeties and pass rushers as he likes but until he builds an offensive line he'll never get that ring he covets.

    For those who haven't seen the pathetic excuse for a game that occured between Washington and Dallas Romo threw a perfect pass to Roy Williams to win the game in the closing moments of the the divisional clash, only to have it called back for Alex Barron who decided to try and bear hug rather than block on the final play. Genius.

    Quick hits
    The NFL teams seem to be taking the offseason media attention to head injuries very seriously. Moore was pulled after feeling groggy from an Osi Umenyiora sack (which is why Clausen came in).

    Bradley and Kolb both retired from the game against GB at half time. Foolishly the Philly coaching staff allowed Bradley back on to the field just two plays after he wandered around looking like a drunk after colliding with Ernie Sims.

    After the horror stories shown I've read from guys like Merril Hodge, and Dan Morgan I'm glad this is getting more emphasis.

    Bradford deserves more praise than he'll get for his performance today, sure he was a little up and down, but he's throwing to guys who wouldn't be starting for just about anyone else in the NFL, without the best offensive line and he was facing a very good pass rushing defense.

    The ruling that disallowed a touchdown from Calvin Johnson needs to be clarified for officials, players and fans. I didn't necessarily agree with the call, but he didn't exactly complete that catch perfectly either.

    Still for all the foibles, poor play, bad prospects and boring moments I did realise something today and that's that the only thing worse than slightly boring NFL is no NFL. I don't care what it takes, they need to fix the issues they're having with the CBA the offseason is long enough without there being a strike.

    Place holder for the MNF double header


  • #2
    didn't exactly complete the catch? What the **** else does he have do to? He got two feet and a knee down! I've seen people fumble the ball inches after breaking the plain and it counted, but this somehow isn't a catch?

    This isn't following the rules, this is raping the game of football for a goddamn profit margin!

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    • #3
      by rule it was called exactly right.

      http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/pos...call-was-right

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      • #4
        Originally posted by *** Ork Wang View Post
        by rule it was called exactly right.

        http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/pos...call-was-right
        I can't believe you're actually defending this. Nothing anyone ever says about it will remove that W from the records, but you can't seriously be arguiing that that call looked and felt right to you.

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        • #5
          it is right according to the rule. if the rule is appropriate is another discussion, but according to the rule, i felt it was right.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by *** Ork Wang View Post
            it is right according to the rule. if the rule is appropriate is another discussion, but according to the rule, i felt it was right.
            Why is it for another discussion? Thats a dumb thing to say, were all here to discuss things so lets discuss.


            I dont care what the rule says he had the ball controlled in 2 hands then he was palming it with one and set it down to get up and celebrate.

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            • #7
              no, because people are saying the Refs ****** up. they didnt. blame the rulebook, the refs made the right call, and according to the rules it was not a catch. if it shouldve been, is something else

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              • #8
                He had control of the ball in his one hand, it was secure and under control, he got 2 feet down and a knee

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                • #9
                  but he lost it going down. it does definitely not look like he was letting it go voluntarily, he makes a weird hand motion just as it hits the ground, making the ground jarring it lose.


                  i mean would you rule it a catch if it was outside of the endzone or an incomplete pass because the ground jarred it lose? it wouldve been ruled the latter.
                  Last edited by Gay Ork Wang; 09-13-2010, 06:05 AM.

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                  • #10
                    It was definitely the right call. Its right there in the book and we've seen it tons elf times over the past few years. Is the rule itself stupid? Yes. It definitely is. He clearly had possession in the end zone, that should be the play right there.


                    Originally posted by Scott Wright
                    Terrellezzzzzzzz Pryorzzzzzzzz!
                    Originally posted by njx9
                    do i tell you when to flip the burger?

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                    • #11
                      It was the right call, but the rule needs to be worked on, which was more my point.

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                      • #12
                        A guy who catches the ball in the air, comes down with two feet, has the ball in one hand with possession, then goes to the ground and falls on his ass, and still maintains possession... that is a catch. End of play. When he turns over and puts the ball on the ground to use the ball to get up, and then the ball squirts out... doesn't ******* matter. Play is over. It's a TD. The rule is ******* awful and just cost the Lions a win. I hate seeing ******** calls enforced on ******** rules. Why? Because that will happen in the playoffs or the ******* Super Bowl and a team that doesn't deserve to win will win, and a team that doesn't deserve to lose, will lose.

                        Does anyone understand the tuck rule? I still have no ******* clue how they ruled Tom Brady's fumble an incomplete pass when he ******* pump fakes, gets sacked and fumbles at the same time. Is it a tuck rule because he's Tom Brady? Like a roughing the passer because after Brady had his knee tore up, now no one can go near His feet? The Ravens got ****** over on a horseshit roughing the passer call last year because competition committee has more ******* rules that prohibits football from being a contact sport. You wanna stop the QB from getting hit? Make it 7-on-7 and forget all this ****.

                        The NFL has become convoluted with rules on top of rules on top of rules. It's made the game worse. The competition committee needs to take a ******* break, or start disposing of the 10 thousand rules on how to make a ******* catch. What ever happened to just having possession and two feet in? Or a but? Or a knee? Or a forearm? What happened to that? It was so simple back then. There was no confusion. There were no ******** reversals. You catch the ball, have possession, have two feet down, a knee down and a butt down... and that's not enough? WTF is wrong with people? It's common ******* sense.
                        Last edited by BigBanger; 09-13-2010, 06:36 AM.
                        Originally posted by Scott Wright
                        I honestly believe Reggie Bush has turned into exactly the type of player I envisioned.
                        Originally posted by PossibleCabbage
                        I would like it if there were more successful black Quarterbacks in the NFL...
                        Originally posted by bearsfan_51
                        iamcandian lives in a cabin in the Yukon Territory and writes letters to railroad barons about the price of hard tack.
                        Originally posted by GatorsBullsFan
                        I could possibly see Matthew Stafford Dropping out of the 1st round
                        Originally posted by GoRavens
                        Tahj Boyd has the best fundamentals of any QB in this class, I think his game translates great to the NFL.

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                        • #13
                          I can't approve of this thread. NO TEBOW!!!!! He was in the wildcat!!! Did you see his thighs? Gliding to ferocious first down runs and pass play trickery? He was tearing the swamp lands of Jacksonville up, like he has for the past 4 years. Amazing talent. The ******* wildcat packages!!! That Josh McD sure knows how to draft. Genius. Tebow? God.
                          Originally posted by Scott Wright
                          I honestly believe Reggie Bush has turned into exactly the type of player I envisioned.
                          Originally posted by PossibleCabbage
                          I would like it if there were more successful black Quarterbacks in the NFL...
                          Originally posted by bearsfan_51
                          iamcandian lives in a cabin in the Yukon Territory and writes letters to railroad barons about the price of hard tack.
                          Originally posted by GatorsBullsFan
                          I could possibly see Matthew Stafford Dropping out of the 1st round
                          Originally posted by GoRavens
                          Tahj Boyd has the best fundamentals of any QB in this class, I think his game translates great to the NFL.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BigBanger View Post
                            A guy who catches the ball in the air, comes down with two feet, has the ball in one hand with possession, then goes to the ground and falls on his ass, and still maintains possession... that is a catch. End of play. When he turns over and puts the ball on the ground to use the ball to get up, and then the ball squirts out... doesn't ******* matter. Play is over. It's a TD. The rule is ******* awful and just cost the Lions a win. I hate seeing ******** calls enforced on ******** rules. Why? Because that will happen in the playoffs or the ******* Super Bowl and a team that doesn't deserve to win will win, and a team that doesn't deserve to lose, will lose.

                            Does anyone understand the tuck rule? I still have no ******* clue how they ruled Tom Brady's fumble an incomplete pass when he ******* pump fakes, gets sacked and fumbles at the same time. Is it a tuck rule because he's Tom Brady? Like a roughing the passer because after Brady had his knee tore up, now no one can go near His feet? The Ravens got ****** over on a horseshit roughing the passer call last year because competition committee has more ******* rules that prohibits football from being a contact sport. You wanna stop the QB from getting hit? Make it 7-on-7 and forget all this ****.

                            The NFL has become convoluted with rules on top of rules on top of rules. It's made the game worse. The competition committee needs to take a ******* break, or start disposing of the 10 thousand rules on how to make a ******* catch. What ever happened to just having possession and two feet in? Or a but? Or a knee? Or a forearm? What happened to that? It was so simple back then. There was no confusion. There were no ******** reversals. You catch the ball, have possession, have two feet down, a knee down and a butt down... and that's not enough? WTF is wrong with people? It's common ******* sense.
                            okay, now tell us how you really feel.

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                            • #15
                              it just really reminds me of the tuck rule, while not as important, basically same thing

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