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Bobby’s Thoughts on the Midway Point and Predictions for the Rest of the Season

November 7, 2009

– The New York Jets will not be making the playoffs this year, losing at home to the Dolphins last week is a huge blow, knocking the Jets down to 4-4 instead of 5-3. Their remaining schedule is tough enough to prevent them from getting in (they’ll basically have to go 7-1 or at the very least 6-2 just to get a Wildcard spot). Sorry, Rex Ryan, the Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl this year. Although I do expect to see a Sports Center clip of Ryan saying something crazy in a post-game news conference later this year.

– The Denver Broncos will not have a second half collapse like the Jets had last year, although they may end up with a record not quite as impressive as their current 6-1 record.

– What happened to Brandon Jacobs? It seemed like the media have totally forgotten about him and maybe for good reason. He has just under 4 yards a carry, just 2 TD’s and seems to be getting less carries as the weeks go by and is on pace for just over 1,000 yards, which isn’t that impressive really.

– Speaking of the Giants, they are not making the playoffs unless the Cowboys and Eagles implode, which could happen.

– The Cardinals have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, look for them to finish 9-7 or 10-6 which will be more than good enough to win the NFC West. Of course the Cardinals could easily end up 7-9 and miss the playoffs all together, this team is fairly unpredictable, but they do have an easier road than their closest competitor, the 49ers.

– If I were Jim Zorn I’d kick Dan Snyder in the nuts. Yeah, he’d get fired and possibly arrested, but wouldn’t it be worth it? The chances of Zorn being succesful in Washington with Snyder as owner is about the same as being successful as a  head coach in Oakland with Al Davis as owner. It just ain’t happening.

– If I were Philip Rivers I’d kick Norv Turner in the nuts. Yeah, he’s get fined and probably traded, but wouldn’t that be good for Rivers? Having Norv Turner as your head coach means you’re not going to get to the Super Bowl. Ever.

– Speaking of Rivers and the Chargers, I see San Diego fighting tough through the second half of the season, but it won’t be enough. With games against Philly, the Giants, Denver, Dallas and Cincy, I see the Chargers finishing 8-8 or 9-7 and just missing that last playoff spot (that spot is going to the Texans, who will make their first playoff appearance in franchise history).

– The Green Bay Packers are clearly at least a year away from being one of the better teams in the NFL as last week against the Vikings showed. They may make it into the playoffs but they’re not doing any damage if they get there this season. O-line needs to be improved, defense is still adjusting to a new 3-4 scheme, young players are still learning their roles, WR’s need to be more consistent. They may be really good next year, though. I will however have to change my Super Bowl prediction.

– What ever happened to Terrell Owens? Oh, that’s right, he went off to play for the Buffalo Bills which is like the NFL equivalant of being sent off to a Siberian prison. The less I have to hear of him, the better.

– Remember when former KC head coach Dick Vermeil said it was time for RB Larry Johnson to take the diapers off? It was true and funny then and it’s still funny now! And Johnson still needs to take those damn diapers off!! I think it might be too late actually.

– It’s almost like the defending SB champs the Steelers aren’t even playing this year, everyone is talking about the Saints, Colts, the Pats, the struggling Giants, the Ravens beating the Broncos. The Steelers are just quietly flying under the radar. The Monday night game in Denver could be bigger than a lot of people realize. If Denver wins, it could help them regain momentum and a possible #2 seed in the playoffs, but if Pittsburgh wins they in fact could end up with the #2 seed considering the relatively easy schedule they have the rest of the way. Huge game.

– If I were the Browns I’d consider firing Eric Mangini at the end of the season. I don’t see anything that he does that helps this team.

– The officiating in this league has continued to be a joke this year. I’ve given up posting weekly officiating posts. Just not worth it.

– You can just tell the media wants to jump back on the Cowboys bandwagon, but they’re a little scared. I’d be scared too with Tony Romo at QB and Wade Philips as head coach.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Good Way)

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) – This one is a no-brainer. New, inexperienced head coach, new QB, new coaching staff. No one picked them to start the season like this. So far, so good.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) – No doubt some picked the Colts to do well, but sitting right now at 7-0 with a new head coach, no running game, questionable defense and injuries is pretty impressive and pretty surprising. I guess Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – I thought the Bengals would be tough this year, but most certaintly didn’t see them starting off 5-2. With a bend but don’t break defense and a new ball-control offense the Bengals are finding ways to win games this year. Marvin Lewis is having one of his best years as a head coach so far.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Bad Way)

1. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – Another no-brainer, who would’ve thought the Titans would be 1-6 right now? No one. Losing Albert Haynesworth might’ve been a bigger blow to the team than previously thought.

2. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – Considering how good Carolina looked last year it’s pretty surprising to see them play this bad for most of the season this year. Maybe it’s time to find a new coach.

3. New York Giants (5-3) – The Giants have a winning record but considering how badly the team has played in the past month it’s a little surprising.

Super Bowl Prediction

Steelers/Saints

What We Learned After Week 5 In The NFL

October 16, 2009

09000d5d8134f4b8_gallery_600This will be Dick Jauron‘s last year as head coach of the Bills

Wade Philips isn’t a very good head coach coach.

The Jaguars are definitely not making the playoffs this year.

The Seahawks are suddenly looking like favorites to win the Stinker Division…Not really, but anything is possible at this point.

The party’s over in Tennessee, you can officially turn out the lights on this season. Wow.

Miami suddenly looks very much alive for a playoff spot.

Dolphins new starter at QB, Chad Henne, looks like a good fit. Pennington may not have a starting spot when he returns.

The Jets are starting to show some holes.

Tampa Bay might have the worst secondary in the league. Oh how times have changed.

Other Observations –

I’ve noticed some sports writers saying there’s less parity in the NFL than there has been in a long time because of all the undefeated teams right now in the NFL. I say, hold on right there. Most of the undefeated teams like the Colts, Broncos, Vikings and even the Giants could all very easily have at least 1 loss.

Looking closer at it, the Colts could easily have 2 losses with close games against the Jaguars (14-12) and Dolphins (27-23).

The Vikings would’ve lost to the 49ers at home if it weren’t for a hail mary TD pass from Favre with no time remaining in the game.

The Giants would’ve and should’ve lost to the Cowboys but Tony Romo self-destructed with 3 very costly interceptions.

If not for an 87 yard TD pass with 28 seconds left the Broncos would’ve lost in Week 1 to the Bengals. The Broncos also trailed both the Cowboys and New England by 10 points at home before somehow managing to come back to win those games.

With the exception of the Saints and Giants, more often than not these teams haven’t looked consistently great in any of their games. That’s not to say that the teams and fans shouldn’t be excited about their teams, but looking at it from an outsider’s perspective there seems to be more luck involved than less parity. It’s a long season and based on the actual on field performances of some of these teams I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them struggle to make the playoffs when all is said and done.

A Quick Power Ranking for Week 6
1. New Orleans Saints
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Denver Broncos
8. New England Patriots
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Atlanta Falcons

We’ll go more in-depth next week with the Power Rankings.

Who Has the Worst Pregame Show – ESPN, CBS or FOX?

September 8, 2009

Alright, it’s pretty apparent that over the past few years, ESPN, CBS and FOX have entered into a battle to see who has the worst NFL Pregame show. Let’s take a closer look.

ESPN – Sunday NFL Countdown

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Chris Berman does his best to move along this 2 hour  (2 HOURS? Seriously?!) snooze-fest. I feel for the guy, I really do. Let’s look at who he has to work with.

Mike Ditka – Former Bears coach and rasta-wig wearing knucklehead, this guy normally talks about TE’s a lot and that’s about it, you’ll forget what he’s said about 2 minutes after he’s said it. I like the guy I just don’t want to hear him tell me why Jason Whitten is such a good TE for the 10th time.

Tom Jackson – Long-time partner with Berman, Jackson loves to hear himself talk, you can just tell by his long-winded ramblings into nothingness. Informative? No. Always a sure bet to pick the Broncos? Yes.

Keyshawn Johnson – This guy is always laughing, smiling at Ditka, I honestly don’t know what the hell he’s doing on TV. I think he’s on there to mix it up with Jackson, whatever that means.

Emmitt Smith – Is Smith actually still with ESPN? I’m pretty sure they let him go, he wasn’t good enough for this show and THAT’S saying something.

Steve Young – Occasionally Young will something that’s opinionated and not cliched but most of the time he’ll look at the camera like he’s had too many concussions (which he has).

Cris Carter – You can just tell that Carter thinks he has more football knowledge  than the rest of the crew and maybe he does but it’s kind of hard to tell with his inane observations and opinions.
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Chris Mortensen – Really the only reason to watch this show, he’s probably on camera for about 10 or 15 minutes total, but amazingly in that amount of time he has more real information on the day’s games and players than the rest of the crew combined. Still not worth turning on ESPN, though.

CBS –  The NFL Today
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Like Berman, CBS’ host James Brown does the best to move along this trainwreck of a show. I can only imagine what Brown is thinking while the rest of these clowns are talking. Let’s take a closer look.

Dan Marino – You can just tell that Marino loves just showing up on the set, saying a few words and collecting a nice paycheck. I like Marino but on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of how informative he is I’d have to give him a 3.

Bill Cowher – The newest member to this crew, Cowher sits smack in the middle of the show but it’s almost like he’s not even present. Most of the time he’ll say stuff like “I really like this player” and he’ll be talking about Tavaris Jackson! Holy shit. At least he’s opinionated on the rare times he talks.

Shannon Sharpe – Can anyone understand what Sharpe is saying? I call him “Mr. Marblemouth” because it really sounds like he’s put as many marbles in his mouth as possible before talking. I don’t know what he’s saying so therefore he gets an incomplete.

Boomer Esiason – Is Esiason annoying? Yes. Does he have the best opinions and most information of anyone on this show? Yes, but that’s not exactly something to be proud of.

Charlie Casserly – This guy scares me. Where did he come from? I’m assuming he used to do hits for the mafia, but I can’t prove it. He’s NFL Today’s version of Chris Mortensen but probably not as reliable. He supposedly has inside sources, info, etc.

FOX – The NFL on Fox
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Aw, yes, the NFL on Fox, the original dummy pregame show. Thanks to the high ratings of this show (America, you’re really not that stupid are you?) CBS and ESPN have followed suit and copied Fox’s format. I don’t know who the host is of this show now that Brown has left but I’m assuming he’s doing the best he can. Let’s look at Fox’s “analysts”.

Terry Bradshaw – Bradshaw obviously gets off on acting like a hillbilly and saying stupid shit and people LOVE it. It’s a win win situation. I like Bradshaw but watching him for his opinions on the day’s games just isn’t a good idea.

howieturtleneckHowie Long – I call Long “The Professor”, not because he says informative stuff (sometimes he does) but because he looks very intensely into the camera while wearing glasses and using big words that you may have to look up in a dictionary. It’s almost as if he’s trying really hard to make you think he might be the world’s smartest man when it comes to football knowledge. Nice try, Howie, but I’m not buying it!!

Jimmy Johnson – Johnson is just another in a long line of NFL TV “analysts” that will say something and you’ll totally forget 2 minutes later he ever said it because it’ll be something like “Brady and this offense looks really good right now”. No shit?

Michael Strahan – I’m just assuming Strahan is missing his playing days already and wants some of that attention that he used to get as a Giant. I think it’s a pretty safe assumption.

Jay Glazer –  Fox’s version of Chris Mortensen. His sources seem reliable enough but he comes off as a total douchebag.

Conclusion – Three way tie, they’re all the SAME show. Each filled with the same cliches and stupid one-liners, give or take a few honest observations. If you already watch football and spend 10 or 15 minutes on the internet looking at NFL.com for stats and highlights there is absolutely no reason to watch any of these shows. The only decent pregame show on TV is the Edge NFL Matchup show, but ESPN, being the joke of a network it is these days, has the show on at like 2 AM, so good luck with that.