Hello again everybody. We've got a Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl, a third team about to leave its market, and the head coach hiring cycle completed. Your questions or comments please. . . . .
I can't answer that with any certainty. But I think the answer is no.
It's a tough call. Plus you've got Chris Long in his first Super Bowl for the Patriots. It would be good theater to see Goodell in the grin-and-bear it mode. Kinda like when Georgia Frontiere accepted the Lombardi Trophy for the St. Louis Rams from Paul Tagliabue and told him: "This proves we did the right thing in moving to St. Louis." Tagliabue, remember tried to block the move to St. Louis. And only the threat of a lawsuit and more dollars via the relocation fee changed the outcome. But you have to balance that with the Evil Empire being the Evil Empire. You can rationalize away Deflategate easy enough. But Spygate? Illegally taping practices? That's still there at the start of this Patriots dynasty and remains an asterisk on their record in my book.
I can guarantee you that the referees will let a lot of things go. That's just the way officiating is in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs in general, No blood, not foul. And it works to the advantage of defenses. Now don't get me wrong, the Patriots have a very good secondary _ very underrated I think. One thing the Falcons have _ not unlike those Greatest Show Rams _ is multiple options. So I think that even if Belichick ad Patricia take away Julio Jones, there are enough other options in the passing game to move the ball for Atlanta.
I here you. There is a sense I think in Kansas City _ among the fans, not the team as far as I can tell _ that maybe the Chiefs have gone as far as they can go with Alex Smith. But to you think Romo or Cousins is noticeably better than Smith? And especially in the case of Romo, you have an injury factor that must be taken into account. It's not an easy thing. As I've always said, it's one thing to say you can do better than player X, but then you've got to go out and get someone at least as good, which is never easy. As for Smith's contract, he has two years left, with a cap number of $16.9 million in 2017 and $20.6 million in 2018. He's due a roster bonus of $2 million during each offseason. As far as I can tell, none of the remaining contract is guaranteed, although there is $7.2 million in unamortized signing bonus that would accelerate into this year's cap in a trade.
Couldn't agree more. It looks like chaos if you ask me. How is alienating three markets good for business?
I reserve the right to change my mind, but at this point have to go with the Evil Empire.
Yeah, I think they will. As loyal as the Raiders fans are, it makes you wonder how ugly it might get in the stadium from some of those Raiders fans.
Don't forget that Green Bay-Dallas game. That was a great game. But you're right. In eight of the 10 playoff games played so far, the closest contest was 13 points or fewer. Hopefully the Super Bowl will be different, but so far this has been a year of no drama in the playoffs.
Pretty unbelievable. Don't know what else to say. Again, LA has yet to prove it can support one team, much less two. And I'm not the only one who shares that opinion.
No, you can still tackle a player below the knees. Perhaps there's more of an awareness of the possibility of a concussion if you get kneed to the head trying to tackle low. But you're right. I don't think you see as many of those low tackles as you used to.
I think you've got to lump three teams in at the top of that list, not sure what order you'd have them on the medal stand: Arizona, Carolina, and Cincinnati. Arizona was a team that looked like a playoff team if you went by the numbers, but obviously the wins and losses didn't add up. So it makes you wonder are there chemistry concerns? Is there something missing that isn't obvious? Yes, Carson Palmer didn't play as well, and the Cardinals really need to start looking for a replacement. I thought they might make a run at Paxton Lynch in last year's draft. I think they need another game breaker at wide receiver as well. Carolina got caught very shorthanded at cornerback after letting Josh Norman walk. At the start of last season, they paid a big price, although the secondary got much better from what I could tell over the second half of the season. And of course, Cam Newton didn't play nearly as well in 2016. Very easy to see, and also obvious he was banged up at the end of the season. As for Cincy, they had a talent drain in losing some WRs (Sanu and Jones), had a brain drain in losing Hue Jackson, and of course, they were minus A.J.Green late and Tyler Eifert early early if I recall correctly. Sometimes the message just gets stale for a coach that's been with one team as long as Marvin Lewis. But I think it's more of a case that they need some better luck with injuries, and one more good receiver. Sorry for the essay
The league used to list attendance in terms of tickets distributed and in-house attendance (which would by simple match give you a no-shows count). But they quit doing that many years ago _ while the Rams were still in St. Louis but fairly early in their tenure here. So the league no longer makes that info available.
Wasn't aware the Rams were crowing about their Pro Bowl punter and long snapper. But Hekker is pretty good. Obviously, you need more than an elite punter to win in this league. Lots more.
Take a look at Arizona for example. They played in Sun Devil Stadium for all those years after the move to St. Louis, had tons of losing seasons, drew tiny crowds for many years. Then along comes University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006, along comes Kurt Warner, and suddenly they start winning. So although the league might be embarrassed about the clown-show of a season the Rams had in 2016, I don't think they're too worried about it, and I'm sure they're looking forward to the new stadium. I don't think the league is looking back.
Sorry, I can't give you his phone number. But you can always communicated with him on Twitter.
I think a lot of Rams fans, at least those from the St. Louis Rams days, feel the same way. They're hoping that Chris Long has a great game, but the Falcons pull out the victory.
Speaking of the MLS, I'm gonna say 55-45 MLS comes here when all is said and done.
No chance. He has crossed the Rubicon.
Oh, so the sanctions against the Patriots for stealing the New York Jets signals didn't happen? Oh, OK. I must have missed that. And just because the Herald cowered to the pressure and apologized for the story doesn't mean it didn't happen. I wish you could talk to Mike Martz sometime. Your naivety on this is funny.
Well, except the Desert Fox was stopped by Patton.
Martz wasn't fired at the time. And no, I've always gone by the Watergate theory _ at least two sources that you trust.