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Let's not forget that beer and alcohol corporations are some of the NFL's biggest sponsors, and instead of trying to do anything about alcohol education for their players, the NFL does nothing and then when something like the Cowboys' latest debacle occurs, instead of doing anything about it, we all get to talk about the NFL just sits by. I was watching Sports Reporters earlier, and then they mentioned the exact same issue about how many times we've seen drunk driving with NFL players and nothing's done, but there's a single player who has a gun incident and it's a massive problem. Damn hypocrisy.
I liked Goodell at first, he ruled with an iron fist and did a lot of things right. But this far into his tenure I think he's just gone too far.
I never liked Goodell.
I'm all in favor of promoting player safety and such but his way of enacting such things is to strong arm NFLPA instead of working with them. I realize he works for the owners but as the commissioner of the NFL his first priority should be teams and players that make the NFL what it is. As well as respecting where the roots of what the game of Football is when changes are made to the rules. The ref thing was just another example of how he, and many of the owners, just don't care about the integrity of the game.
He and the league office have gotten into the habit of scapegoating and strong-arming players in a way that is completely unacceptable to me as well.
The 18 game schedule thing is just absurd and I'm proud to say the owner of the Steelers said as much.
Unlike many owners, the elder Rooney is staunchly against expanding the regular season to 18 games, which is an issue in the current negotiations. Many players feel that would be too punishing to their bodies and would significantly shorten their careers.
"I would rather not get the money" than expand the regular season, Rooney said.
"You have a system that works, so why add them?" he said. "Now the people usually say, 'The preseason doesn't work.' Well, look at the preseason as the preseason and try to work that out. Don't say you're going to start messing with the full system."
- From The Los Angeles Times
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And I would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations to the Raven's fans of the world. Your free from Cam Cameron's play calling at last.
Gary, thoughts on the Ravens firing Cam Cameron and replacing him with the QB Coach, Jim Caldwell?
The timing is a bit odd. It sort of reminds me of when Billick fired Jim Fassel and it resulted in a 13-3 record. We did lose to the Colts that year at home without them scoring a touchdown. The only difference is how late n the year it happened. You don't typically see this from a winning team, much less a 9-4 team.
Another thing that is odd is Caldwell hasn't called plays since he coached in college, so that's a big question mark. Harbaugh's influence in the offensive gameplan is sort of an unknown commodity, as he made a name for himself as a Special Teams and Defensive position coach. So I'm not really sure. Typically teams respond well to this sort of thing, and we'll need to in order to keep pace in the AFC, with games against Denver, the Giants, and the Bengals to close out the season. I feel safe saying that a 1st Round bye probably isn't in the cards for us this season, given how this game tonight is going and who we have left to play.
Though, with how the defense has been playing, I wonder if the only reason DC Dean Pees still has a job is because of the injuries on that side of the ball. It has been just as underwhelming, if not more.
Caldwall didn't call plays in Indy when he was the head coach? I thought he was their OC, or is he a defensive guy? I've forgotten, but I had thought that he was an OC.
Assuming the Patriots don't choke away a four TD lead here, the Pats move up to second in the AFC and if the Texans lose again, the Pats get first, which probably means that a first round bye isn't going to happen for the Ravens this season.
Dean Pees isn't responsible for how awfully the defense has played this season because of how many injures there have been (although I think that he could've done more with them), but they have been bad. We'll see, but I think it's easier to fire your OC than your DC in this situation as if you fire your DC, the defense might start thinking that you've completely lost confidence in them, and that can't be good for any of them.
The Texans are once again getting exposed don't think I'm going to watch this game anymore. It's no longer interesting now, and the Patriots have a big enough lead.
You guys still have to play the 49ers, but I thought this game would at least be competitive, so I don't know what to say about that one on Sunday night...Well, any given Sunday. Jacksonville should be an easy win, and Miami is a game they SHOULD win, but it's a divisional game so I don't know. They're being dominant at the right time though.
Houston has Indy twice, a very hot team and Minnesota. I would expect them to respond well, but I could see them going 1-2 down the stretch. If the Patriots can have success running the ball on Houston, I see no reason why Adrian Peterson can't. The team is extremely talented, but they don't have winning in their blood. Schaub has no playoff experience, their defense seems to play worse every week. Even if those things go well, Denver would have to lose twice as well, which is unlikely given they play Cleveland and KC. I guess it's good we're playing them at home this week, but I have no idea what to expect for that game...no clue.
Of course Pees is responsible, he's in charge of the Defense. You take injuries into account, but this team doesn't make excuses. We practically invented "Next Man Up", John Feinstein wrote the book on that. What I'm saying is that the injuries are the reason his job might not be in jeopardy.
And I can't agree with which coordinator is more damaging to fire, as it means you've lost confidence in either side of the ball. The defense has pride, they aren't BAD, as they've kept us in games in key spots, but they only have glimpses of domination.
Yeah, AP > Stevan Ridley, so I think the Vikings can definitely win that game over the Texans. Luck's Colts have shown a lot of resilience this season; I know that the Titans aren't a great team, but the Colts looked out of the game this week and then came back to win. The chances of the Ravens getting a first round bye are probably slim as it requires all three teams ahead of them to stink up games.
The "Next Man Up" thing just isn't at all present for the Ravens this season. I would've thought that the Ravens would've had someone decent to back up Ray Lewis (clearly you can't have a true replacement for him), but there's been no one to step into that void.
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Actually, an important thing for the Patriots is that the deep ball, which we got two TDs on, seems to be back in play for us. I wonder what we're going to do once Gronk is back and we'll have five players that we need to get the ball to.
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I still don't know what to think about the Texans. They got wrecked by the Packers in a game very similar to tonight's game (which to me, wasn't much of a surprise because I looked at the Packers game, and realistically, we're a better version of the Packers, so I wasn't too worried about tonight's game), but then game back to wreck the Ravens the next week.
Perhaps the Texans are that team which looks awesome in the regular season against almost everyone, but the very best passing teams in the league just do too much for the Texans to cope and the Texans capitulate in those games.
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Adam Schefter just said that the Ravens debated firing Cameron in the offseason and then again as recently as after last week's loss to the Steelers, so I guess that they'd been thinking about firing him for a while. I still think that this is the wrong time to fire him because even with two losses in a row, the Ravens are still a good team and are in the poll position to win the AFC North, so this just establishes that the Ravens have no confidence in the offense, and by extension, Joe Flacco.
In fact, I've thought that Flacco's been getting better and better and better, even though certain games this season haven't shown that, and he's been moving up by QB ranking. I'd put him somewhere between 8th and 10th overall for QBs at this point, which is quite good, especially considering that Brady and Peyton are a touch above everyone else most of the time, and then Rodgers and Brees are up there as well.
I'm still not sure where I'd rank Andrew Luck, RG3, and Cam Newton as we haven't seen consistency yet, although they're all very young, so you can completely forgive and accept that. Both Luck and RG3 have far surpassed my expectations of them for this season, and on the other hand, I had the Panthers as a wild card team. Cam's not really responsible for a lot of their losses, but he could've done a lot more to help them out.
Then you have our secondary, which had a ton of depth at the start of the year...and it's a good thing it did. Losing Lardarius Webb was a big blow. That guy is a top CB in the league IMO, and has a ton of versatility. Asking Cary Williams to play man-up against a teams best WR is probably too much and he's been picked on this year. He's a good player though. Jimmy Smith has been hurt, and honestly I don't like the cushion he gives those he lines up against. The guy made a name for himself at Colorado for being an in-your-face CB, jamming people at the line. I don't see enough of him doing that. I'm not going to say he's a bust as a First Round pick as he doesn't have enough games under his belt, but he's had some growing pains. Bernard Pollard is a hell of a player at SS, and Ed Reed is Ed Reed. Corey Graham was a great pick up and has impressed me a lot.
The defense has been patchwork this year and it shows. The idea that Josh Bynes (a player I do like mind you) would be signed off the practice squad and play significant time on a RAVENS DEFENSE...a PRACTICE SQUAD player, is something you just don't see. Not on a team with the defensive history we have. It'll be interesting to see how effective Suggs can be with his biceps injury, as well as Lewis. We actually sort of need him now
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Yeah, you sort of contradict yourself with your thoughts on Flacco . I agree, he hasn't gotten WORSE.
I think the Caldwell hiring in the offseason meant the writing was on the wall for Cameron. I thought he was on a short leash then and it's obvious he sort of was now, in reality.
Yeah, um, there's no way that I could name virtually any of the replacements for the Ravens this year. Who played in place of Ellerbe against the Redskins?
Pollard injures people, so that's always good. As much as I like Ed Reed, Ed Reed hasn't been Ed Reed this season. Webb's loss has been huge, there's no doubt about that.
I'm okay with signing practice squad players to the offensive side of the ball, but yeah, not on the defense. You don't even really see that on teams without a great defensive history. Is there really time for Suggs and Ray Lewis to return though? I know that Lewis is supposed to return next week, but if he plays a game or two (if he does, will he really be in any shape with having been off for that long?), you don't know how well he'll hold up
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I don't know how things work in Baltimore and no one really thought Cameron was going to last past this season, but I would like to see more consistency with having your QB work with the same OC for a long period of time.
The best QBs work well with any OC, although you can question whether Peyton's really ever had an OC, and Brady seems to do about half of the OC work himself, so I don't know on that front.
The fact that Flacco hasn't regressed is a positive, but the fact that the offense stutters at times and doesn't always put up 20+ can be a problem. I know that the offense has been more consistently putting up points than previously under Flacco, but we're still getting the games where the defense has to bail Flacco out.
Do we actually know how good or bad Caldwell is an OC though? I don't really know, especially as you said that he hasn't been an OC since he coached college, so I'm kind of confused. Is this really going to be a positive move for Flacco, especially midseason?
The whole showing the starters at the beginning of the game is sort of pointless with a lot of defenses, especially ours. There's so many rotations that go on with the Defensive Line, then you have your Nickel and Dime packages that might see different DBs and LBs out there. To answer your question though, I believe Ayanbadejo and McClellan filled his roll. When Jameel McClain got hurt you then saw Josh Bynes out there.
Pollard has found new life here. He had an awful reputation with the Texans as a DB. It just goes to show you what good talent and a good scheme around you can do. I like the way he plays the game, even though he's a bit too hotheaded at times.
Reed has been Feast or Famine in some situations because he gambles going after the ball. Since he's become older he's become less versatile. And when he does get his hand on the ball, I almost have a panic attack because the guy refuses to go down. The last time he got his hand on the ball he actually took the ball away from his own body to fake out someone trying to tackle him...almost like he was like a magician. So bizarre.
Ray was back to practice this week, as was Suggs. Suggs was a game-time decision but did not play. I could see them both playing this week against Denver. They could both be limited, but Ray Lewis and the word "limited" don't really belong in the same sentence...that guy never takes plays off, so not sure.
There was consistency, both in stats and record. But there's the things you see on paper and the things you see with your own eyes. Some of the playcalling is just mindboggling at time, and Cameron just doesn't make the proper adjustments a lot of the time.
The best QBs work with the best OCs. It doesn't really work this way. People have made quite the handsome dollar off of being associated with both Manning and Brady, and haven't had the same level of success elsewhere. That's because they're the two best ever at the position probably. Flacco isn't that. I'm also willing to bet he'll never be that.
I think the consistency issue is related to gameplanning. At least, that's how the organization sees it, otherwise they wouldn't have bothered making this change.
The move wouldn't have been made if they didn't have confidence in Caldwell. The guy knows the game. But it IS a question mark, not going to lie. I think he's auditioning for the job for next season.
Yeah, some teams have certain players out there almost every snap, but most switch people in and a lot. This isn't Madden where you're trying to get all of your starters to play every snap, because if people did that in real life, most of them would start getting injured and fatigued fairly quickly, barring supermen like Ray Lewis.
I did not see that play with Reed, so I'll have to check it out.
I know that they were both back to practice, but in a big game like this, where it could potentially decide whether or not the Ravens can get a first round bye, I had thought that if they were able, they'd be out there on at least some plays. As a result, I'm kind of confused on where they are at the moment.
There's no denying that Cameron has done an awful job this season. Passing when you should run and running when you should pass are just the most obvious of his flaws, but yeah, overall, the playcalling has been poor.
I mean, I'm sure that Josh McDaniels is a decent OC, but he couldn't hack it as a head coach in Denver. Regardless, his career has been built upon Brady being Brady, and when he didn't have Brady, it didn't happen, but when Brady didn't have McDaniels, it still happened for Brady. Yeah, plenty of guys have made a lot of money because they were part of Peyton or Brady's offensive staff, even though they didn't really do very much.
I'm not sure if the consistency issue is all down to Cameron's bad playcalling, or if the Ravens are just using him as a scapegoat. Even with questionable playcalling, NFL-caliber athletes should be able to make plays, so I don't know.
I don't have that much confidence in Caldwell, but if he has had an affect on Flacco this season, it has been positive, so there's that. I don't know whether he's any good at being an OC, but we'll find out in the next few weeks. It can't really be worse than Cameron, so it'll probably be a positive change.
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I guess that there is one thing we could learn from Ryan Mallett this week. He will never be our starter unless Brady gets killed. On the interception he threw, it was there for the receiver to catch, but it was a little off to the side and then it bounced off the receiver's arm for a pick, so not entirely Mallett's fault, but the accuracy isn't there if we needed to rely on him in a pinch.
I really wonder what we'll do in the next few seasons when we do need to start looking for a replacement for Tom. Maybe we'll trade up and get some awesome looking guy in a few seasons or find another semi-hidden gem like Brady, although the chances of ever finding another Brady are virtually nil.