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I'm surprised more teams don't take flyers on CFL quarterbacks more often
CFL QBs are guys who can't make NFL camp 90 man rosters and CFL teams won't let them out of their contracts during the season, which partially overlaps, most importantly during training camps.
I built my arm up through my adolescence going out nearly every day through the summer and playing pretend I was pitching Game 7 of the World Series, throwing a tennis ball against a stone wall. Those were the days.
But they have a lot more experience running an offense. If you need someone to hit the ground running, you might be better off with a first-string CFL guy than a third-string NFL guy who doesn't even get any reps in practice.
So, at what point does Atlanta transition from going for the TD to ensuring they don't turn it over and get the FG? At what point does SF say "they're too likely to get this touchdown" and give up the score intentionally to keep time on the clock?
At what point does SF say "they're too likely to get this touchdown" and give up the score intentionally to keep time on the clock?
Question: When in 2014 the 49ers move as far away from San Francisco as Washington is from Baltimore, are they going to remain the "San Francisco" 49ers?
I was surprised yesterday to learn that Cameron Wake played in the CFL. Since, A) I haven't really followed the NFL for 6 or 7 years, and yet I was quite familiar with Wake being a key Dolphins player, so I assumed he had been there for several years, and B) I did watch more CFL games than NFL games during Wake's tenure in Canada.
I was surprised yesterday to learn that Cameron Wake played in the CFL.
The San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara?
Why shouldn't Tom Coughlin be fired?
My WAG is that the talent disparity between the NFL and CFL is greater than it was back in the Warren Moon days because there are more teams, there are practice squads now (which began in 1989), and teams typically carry 3 or 4 QBs, where back in the day they usually only had 2 IIRC. There are probably some 100 QBs employed by the NFL right now, whereas back in the 80s you probably had 50-60.
Maybe gone: Joe Philbin, Tom Coughlin
I could be wrong on this as well (since I wasn't around then), but I think the CFL isn't quite as big in Canada as it was in the 70s and 80s. I'm sure that has had an impact on the quality of player in the CFL as well.
In fairness, Ray, Coughlin wasn't handed a very talented team and the numerous injuries to the offensive line took their toll on Eli. Did anyone think this squad would do better than 9-7?
Potential NFL coaches:
Who is the Eagles OC? Looking it up, it's Pat Shurmur; that's less interesting.
Sometime after the Cowboys returned to Dallas after their loss at Washington last Sunday, quarterback Tony Romo received an epidural injection to relieve pain and reduce inflammation related to the herniated disk in his lower back, according to sources.
Why would the Cowboys do this if they weren't trying to get Romo on the field for Sunday's game?
If I'm a team that desperately needs a defensive coordinator though (cough, Redskins, cough), I'm snapping that guy up as fast as I can possibly hit speed dial on my phone.
He doesn't know jack #### about offense, but he knows how to coach up a defense about as well as anyone on the planet.
Agree with Ray. I think Rex Ryan is actually a pretty good coach, but he's a poor fit/worn out his welcome with the Jets.
Miami at about 60% to get the 6 seed sounds about right to me.
I like Football Outsiders and do check out Advanced NFL Stats every now and then.
Greg Schiano almost certainly will be back (unless he pulls a Petrino)
Jon Gruden and Bill O'Brien will definitely be coaching in the NFL next year.
I wonder why the networks and basically anyone in the MSM who covers the NFL doesn't first cite to broad playoff odds.
Probably because (in this year's case) Steelers fans don't want to hear that their team has practically no chance. Or perhaps to put it better, the network executives don't want Steelers fans to be told that this last game doesn't really matter.
They're 7-8 but their point differential is a whopping -110. Only the Raiders (barely), Indigenous Persons, Jaguars and Texans are worse.
Cowboys have signed the 41 year old Kitna.
When Jon Kitna heard the Cowboys needed a third-string quarterback after Tony Romo went down with a back injury, he picked up the phone and gave Jason Garrett a call.
“I think he was gung ho,” Garrett said. “He actually reached out to us.”...
“My comment back was, ‘Are you serious?’ He said, ‘Absolutely,’ ” Garrett said. “He was excited about it. He spoke to his family about it, and it just made sense to us. We’ll see what he’s able to do here today and over the next couple of days and see how well he functions.”
There are seven late games all of which could be important. I can't remember that happening.
I have to think that is intentional on the NFL's part.
Also, when did they scrap the Saturday game?
Attorneys for the St. Louis Rams have filed a tax appeal with the state of Missouri, seeking a refund of about $400,000.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams have also asked the state to forgive an additional $445,000 in unpaid taxes. So far, the state has refused to give any money back to the NFL team.
The Rams have contested tax assessments before - they've filed six appeals since 2008, amounting to $4.7 million at face value.
The Post-Dispatch reported that the appeals began after a state audit in September 2008, when the Rams were told that the team owed nearly $1.4 million in unpaid taxes on luxury club memberships. The Rams protested that assessment - the first of the six appeals.
Maybe 2-3 years ago? They quietly phased it out - I'm not sure of the reasoning.
No better defense to shake the rust out against than Chicago's -- worst run defense in the league (they allow 5.4! yards per rush) and fewest sacks in the league. They should be able to run it to ease the offensive load on Rodgers, and when they do pass Rodgers isn't likely to be pressured as often.
When did the NFL network and Thursday night games start up?
They probably don't do both (at least after the second Saturday in December) to avoid overexposing the league.
The last Saturday game, I believe, was a Christmas night game which in all probability was scheduled more because of the holiday than because of the day of the week.
It's too bad that they can't re-assign one of the AFC wild card slots to either the Saints
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