My football related thoughts of the week

With the playoffs now behind us and the SuperBowl teams set, here are my thoughts of the week:

COACHING CAROUSEL:

  • I didn’t see Jon Gruden (aka Little Chuckie) getting fired in Tampa Bay and then being immediately replaced by Raheem Morris.  I can’t help but wonder if this was calculated so that Gruden wouldn’t be able to find another coaching job since most of the vacancies have been filled or are on their final interviews.
  • With the Steelers in position to win their record SIXTH  SuperBowl ring, will Cowboys owner Jerry Jones rethink his decision to keep Wade Phillips around?  It’s hard to play catch up, Jerry.
  • Is the newest trend in the NFL to hire assistants?  I know we had a lot of new first time coaches last year but this year we’ve got a bumper crop – Spagnuolo (Rams), Schwartz (Lions), Morris (Bucs), McDaniels (Broncos), Caldwell (Colts), and presumably Rex Ryan (Jets).  Not a single team has hired a candidate with previous HC experience (except maybe Seattle with Jim Mora).  Nearly 20% of HCs next year will be first timers.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

  • Congrats to the Cardinals for heading to the SuperBowl for the first time in their team’s history.
  • Teams that are envious: Saints, Lions, Texans, Jacksonville, and the Browns.  They’ve never been to the holy mecca of football.  There’s always next year… or at least that’s what they’re telling themselves.
  • Larry Fitzgerald is a BEAST.  Didja know he went to Pitt?  They turn boys into men in that city 😉
  • I can’t help but think that the Cardinals are ‘Pittsburgh West’ since they have HC Whisenhunt and AHC Russ Grimm – both came through the ranks under Cowher.
  • For whom does the bell toll in Philly?  Andy Reid?  McNabb?  Lots of playoff appearances with no hardware to show for it doesn’t bode well for either of them.  The Philly fans are going to call for their heads.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

  • Defense wins every time.
  • Apparently, the NFL is mad that the Steelers multimedia folks were playing ‘party music’ while Willis McGahee was on the field with a pretty serious head/neck injury.  I made the comment that he’s going to hate ‘that song,’ which was CCR’s Down on the Corner for the rest of his life due to the negative connotations he would have with it.
  • Willis McGahee is resting comfortably at UPMC with movement in all limbs, but severe neck pain (various sources). 
  • Troy Polamalu is amazing with the way he can read rookie quarterbacks.  He eats them for breakfast. 
  • Notice that Roethlisberger avoided throwing ANY passes that would be in the same hemisphere as Ed Reed?  Smart cookie.
  • I was a bit disappointed that the Steelers O-line let a one-armed man (Terrell Suggs) get to Roethlisberger twice.
  • If the Steelers had lost, Mitch Berger would have forfeited his life in the Steel City after that horrific kick just for the eye rolling alone when he got booed.

OFFICIATING:

  • I think that the refs should have a ‘mission control’  during the playoffs with the head of referees, Mike Pereira, should there be a questionable call that can determine the outcome of a game.  Notable calls during both games: the ball out of bounds in the NFC game, and the mystery pass interference call that led to the first Ravens touchdown in the AFC game.
  • Buh bye Bill Carollo.  This was his last game as an official – he’s retiring.

Bring on the SuperBowl – I’m ready!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DarcKnyt
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:31:58

    I’m ready too. Sad, but ready. Next weekend had NO MEANING for me now. None.

    It’s just one weekend of no football… then we gear up for the Big Daddy of games the weekend after. It’s Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd) that I’m dreading the most because that means it’s going to be six long months before the Hall of Fame Game in early August. At least I’ll have a newborn around to distract me for most of the time – I have excellent timing! 😉

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  2. Allison
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:11:03

    Yes BUT what size fruit of vegetable is your kid now?? 🙂

    That’s an entirely different post, goofball. Stay tuned!

    Reply

  3. DarcsFalcon
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:36:08

    Well, we do have my son’s Madden ’07 for the Wii – that kind of helps me a little to get through the dry spells. Sort of.

    I’m hoping Pro Football Talk and the NFL Network will get me through it. Hopefully, I’m too distracted by the baby to notice.

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