This week's opening:
The surprise team of the young season is the Minnesota Vikings, who already have more wins than in all of 2011. The Vikes opened 1-1, then posted three straight victories, including over San Francisco and Detroit, playoff teams from last season. What is Minnesota's secret? The Vikings threw out complex schemes and went simple.
Which raises the question -- has football gotten too complicated?
Nearly all teams now use multiple checks, "sims" and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Offenses have dozens of formations with hundreds of possible plays. Defenses have multiple fronts, personnel packages for every down-and-distance, complicated twists and rotating coverages. Yet for all this complexity, game statistics have changed only a little in the last half century.
Last week's headline and opener:
Offenses and scoring are out of control, so it's time to tweak some rules
Baylor and West Virginia combined for 133 points and 1,507 yards of offense. New England and Buffalo combined for 1,018 yards of offense. Two players had at least 300 yards receiving in the Baylor-WVU contest, four players at least 100 yards of offense for New England. A quarter of NFL teams are averaging at least 400 yards of offense per game. NCAA and NFL scoring are at record highs.
This weekend, the New Orleans Saints gained 474 yards, the University of Tennessee gained 478 yards and scored 44 points, Virginia gained 625 yards, the Akron Zips gained 629 yards and scored 49 points, NC State gained 664 yards. And all lost, because in the era of Xbox Offense, they didn't score enough.
So in a week we've gone from lamenting record offensive outputs to declaring little has changed. Did Peter King ghost write?
In the end, football is about how you line up and play.
Worthless cliche, maybe Dooze ghost wrote as well.
Does complexity accomplish anything? Sunday, no one at all from the Atlanta Falcons covered Santana Moss of the Redskins on his 77-yard touchdown catch. Maybe a simpler scheme would suffice.
That was why Moss got free in the secondary. Complex scheme. No other possible explanation. And one screwed up play out of 60 or so impugns the whole system.
Then there's the profusion of coaches. The Vikings employ 22 coaches, most in the NFL. Having 22 coaches sounds like having five girlfriends -- way too many to juggle. Players couldn't possibly relate to 22 coaches, while the coaches would engage in busy work by drawing up ever-more-complicated plans, in order to justify their presence.
True, each player must relate to all 22 coaches. QBs must waste time with DCs, DB coaches, D-line, Linebacker coaches, Tight end coaches, special teams coordinators....
And yes, coaches will "engage in busy work" because they have so much fucking free time each week. Also, he's choosing the Vikings coaching situation in an article THAT BEGINS BY PRAISING THE VIKINGS AND THEIR SIMPLE SCHEMES
What is Minnesota's secret? The Vikings threw out complex schemes and went simple.
The Vikings employ 22 coaches, most in the NFL. Having 22 coaches sounds like having five girlfriends -- way too many to juggle. Players couldn't possibly relate to 22 coaches, while the coaches would engage in busy work by drawing up ever-more-complicated plans, in order to justify their presence.
1st and 5th paragraphs of the article. Peter King did write this
The Raiders have 20 coaches, including an offensive coordinator, a senior offensive assistant, an offensive quality control coach and two offensive line coaches. Yet their offense is 29th-ranked and their record is 1-3. Maybe they would perform better with fewer coaches and simpler schemes!
Indeed, after all the team with the most coaches is employing simpler schemes so the obvious conclusion is get rid of coaches for simpler schemes. We learned that in algebra that if a=b and b=c then a=x right?
In Hall of Fame news, Drew Brees threw himself in, breaking the Johnny Unitas record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. If Brees were coming out of college today, is there any chance he would have stuck around long enough to become a star?
So true, he's only 6 ft tall, way too short to be given a shot at QB. There is certainly no one shorter than that recently drafted and starting in the NFL today:
For his first three seasons, Brees struggled to learn the NFL ropes, throwing 31 interceptions versus 29 touchdown passes. The news-cycle pace of life has accelerated so much, merely in the short time since Brees joined the NFL, that today, he wouldn't have had a career beyond his third season. Brees would have been benched, or waived out of football, before he blossomed.
Nailed it didn't he guy who had 19 TDs to 31 INTs his first 3 seasons?
Or guy who was 20 TD 22 INTs over his first 5 seasons (4 with actual pass attempts), no one even gave you a big contract or chance
But the key thing is the commercial deceives the audience. The league does not disclose that the "doctor" presented is a fake.
There are highly credible concussion researchers at Boston University, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere. So in a spot with real football players and a real NFL official, why was an actor falsely presented as a scientist? Perhaps no genuine, credible researcher was willing to toe the desired PR line. League spokesman Greg Aiello told me an actor was used "to ensure that it was an effective commercial." Truthfulness is effective; the purpose of phoniness is to deceive the public.
Anyone see that trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln movie? Turns out, THAT'S NOT ABRAHAM LINCOLN! It's an actor! There to deceeeeeive you. Turns out, civil war and slavery? All a myth. One that Spielberg and this actor are willing to foist upon an unsuspecting public.
Stats of the Week No. 1: Bears defensive back Charles Tillman has more career touchdowns (seven) than Bears wide receivers Earl Bennett, Dane Sanzenbacher or Alshon Jeffrey.
Charles Tillman also has more career touchdowns (seven) than Alshon Jeffrey has games played BECAUSE ALSHON JEFFREY IS A ME FIRST GLORY HOG FOOTBALL FACTORY BUM!!
or because he's a rookie... one or the other
Stats of the Week No. 6: In the last two games, the Bills' defense has allowed 97 points, 1,201 yards of offense and seven 100-yard performances.
I will lay off the Redskins D for at least a week... or at least the rest of this week
[Mario] Williams is giving Ryan Leaf a run for most overrated football player of all time,
What???? First, Williams was good with Houston (hence, how he got the massive contract) and overcame being panned for taken ahead of Reggie Bush and Vince Young which, if we went back to that draft knowing what we know now, neither New Orleans nor Tennessee picks either of them but Houston would probably stick with Mario. In fact, Haloti Ngata might be the only player in the 1st round they'd even consider picking instead but doubtful since he's a 3-4 NT and at the time they were running a 4-3. And Cincy pick Jonathan Joseph signed with Houston last year so no need to draft him. Anyway, SECOND, Ryan Leaf is not the most overrated of all time. No one thinks he was good. I'm guessing he's trying to say "biggest bust" or something about draft position since he brought in Ryan Leaf but a) Mario wasn't a bust in Houston (which numerous picks including Leaf have been with the teams that drafted them) and b) JaMarcus Russell anyone? Point being: horribly written/conceived/etc.
With 39 seconds remaining at Indianapolis, Andrew Luck dove for a first down at the Green Bay 4. Officials stopped the game for three minutes to review whether Luck made the first down, ultimately confirming the call on the field. A call on the field is supposed to be overturned only if it is obvious the call was wrong -- if you can't be sure whether the call was wrong, the original ruling should stand. How can several minutes of multiple viewings be required to determine if something is obvious? It's either obvious or it's not! If replay officials are looking at the play over and over and over again, then they can't be sure what happened so the call on the field must stand. The replay review booth should be limited to two viewings of the play.
Because multiple angles of a play would never be needed to see if/where a runner is down and where the ball is. And officials don't need to check arms, elbows, knees, butts, the sideline, the down marker and there certainly aren't other players in the way of certain camera angles as well. Time on the clock doesn't need to be checked. Never a need to zoom in or watch 2 different angles at the same time to determine where the ball was when certain body parts touch and of course you wouldn't need to watch those replays individually to determine which needed to be watched together.
Nevertheless for last Thursday night's Cardinals at Rams indoor game, Arizona placekicker Jay Feely wore gloves. Placekickers don't catch passes, and it was a balmy 70 degrees throughout the contest. If this is how Arizona players react when leaving their sun-drenched state, what's going to happen when the Cardinals play at Jersey/B on Dec. 2?
Who gives a fuck what the kicker does?
mister bacon love watching soccer. baseball is about as exciting as scratching my balls.
MisterTambourineMan you're not scratching your balls right, then.