It's always so hard to tell if a star rookie is going to play out in the long run. I think Doncic will definitly be a good fit for the Mavs, but I don't know if he'll be able to take the place of Nowitzi. Hopefully he jumps in and starts making some serious plays. The Mavs definitly need a good spark right about now.
BearDown Wrote:Yea, it just seems so disrespectful to me. It would be one thing if the Packers went five straight years with a losing record and management got fed up with it, but not with the record he's earned throughout the years.
Just out of curiosity, what do you think of Aaron Rodgers as a quarterback? You being a true Bears fan, do you think he's over paid for what he produces?
So awesome! Thanks for sharing that, afterwards I would have never watching it. I can NOT stand Stephen A. Smith. He's extremely condescending, thinks he is better than all the people that both come on to the show, as well as all the people he's talking about. There's just been way too many times where he was talking smack about a player that didn't deserve it.
It's stuff like the video below.. He actually thinks he's more important than the players. I'm sure you've seen it, but just for good measure:
BearDown Wrote: I'm an avid Bears fan, but even I can't believe how crappy the Packers treated McCarthy. They didn't even give him the dignity of finishing the season out and offering him the option to resign or be let go. It just seems a little petty, especially for all that he's done for their franchise.
That's what bothers me the most about this. The Packers are definitely the only team I actually root for to win. To see them treat McCarthy like this really puts a bad taste in my mouth.
It's like they did it this way to shun him.. They knew what they were doing and how everyone would perceive this.
I think the Packers backed themselves into a corner by giving Aaron Rodgers that 4 year, $134 million contract extension. $100 million of that is guaranteed. So that's $33.5 million every season, just for your quarterback.
Drew Brees makes $24.5 million per season, by comparison. That difference of almost $10 million a year could go to putting a lot more talent around Aaron Rodgers. Instead, he decided to take the biggest paycheck in NFL history, and now his team is suffering from being young and inexperienced. I don't think that was a smart move by Aaron, he should have asked for less money, strange as that sounds.
It was also dumb for the execs, and anyone who was responsible for making that deal. I think they had to fire McCarthy because they overpaid Rodgers and now they need an excuse for why they aren't as good this year. I think they are hoping a new coach + 1 more year for the rookies makes them energized and noticeably better.
You bring up a very interesting point. I've never thought of athletes/teams that way. So do you think the rest of the team thinks this way too? As in, do you think it's the consensus *amongst the players* that Rodgers takes up too much of the budget, so that's why they can't bring on better players? And not in a "we deserve more money too" kind of way. Specifically from the point you bring up.
The Green Bay Packers have fired head coach Mike McCarthy. He got word just hours after the pretty embarrassing home-turf loss to the Arizona Cardinals. I'm super surprised they didn't at least wait a little longer until after their season ended, or even wait until the next day. McCarthy has always seemed like a good coach to me. Yeah, the Packers most definitely needed something to jolt their systems back into winning gear, but I'm sure passing the buck to the coach is always the right move.
In all honesty, I think it's the players. They've just gotten lazy.. The Packers are the type of team that most everyone considers a "good team", and I feel like that just got to their head and became the norm. Once that type of thought becomes unanimous, this is the result.
The Packers President, Mark Murphy said, "The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately. Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers."
Offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin will be the interim coach while they search for McCarthy's replacement. I wonder how that will play out. It'd be pretty cool if they all the sudden became successful. But again, I think it's the players. Hopefully this will be what it takes to turn things around. A well known coach all the sudden getting fired after 13 season is a pretty effective tool for causing players to perform. Or maybe it will end up having the opposite effect?
This game was insane! I absolutely love seeing all-out brawls like this, makes the sport so much more fun.
I'm really upset that I missed this game now.. But these two teams just fall into that "background noise" category for me so I didn't think it would actually turn up anything interesting. If I would have known it was going to be a 100pt+ game though, I would have watched it just to see the dynamics. That's a whole lot of scoring going on.
Makes me wonder if there was a sort of mutual agreement between teams to get the scoreboard to that. Like keep the game just even enough that it's not in favor of one of the other, but rack up the points so it builds alot of hype around the two teams.
The Washington Redskins ran into some bad luck last Sunday. Alex Smith broke both his tibia and fibula in his right leg when Houston's J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson sacked him late in the third quarter. Everyone on the field knew Smith was done for the year as soon as it happened. His ankle was visibly twisted and the look on his face said it all. So where does this leave the Redskins? They are just barely hanging on to the NFC East lead by a 6/4 thread as it is, and now they've lost their best offensive weapon. I don't think this is necessarily a death sentence for them, but it's not going to be easy to keep themselves afloat.
So now all their faith for this Thanksgiving's day game against the Cowboys is resting in the hands of Colt McCoy, who has been with the Redskins as a backup QB for the last five seasons. And interestingly enough, McCoy has been is a very similar situation before and came out with a win. This will be the same location (AT&T Stadium) and opponent he faced back in 2014 when he took over for Robert Griffin III, who was recovering from a dislocated and fractured ankle. That game ended with McCoy completing 25 of 30 passes for a total of 299 yards, and an overtime victory for the Redskins. It would be pretty awesome if that exact same thing happened this year.
I'm really hoping McCoy puts up a good fight against the Cowboys. It wouldn't be fun at all to see him get out there and flop.
Jon Gruden is having a fire sale. He got rid of his best defensive player, Kahlil Mack, to Chicago for a first rounder. Michael Crabtree left for Baltimore. And now Amari Cooper, a former 1st round draft pick (#4 overall) just a few years ago by Oakland, has just been traded to the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a first round pick in the 2019 draft.
Is Gruden a genius here, selling off pieces that he doesn't exactly 100% like for his team, in exchange for a handful of 1st round picks? Or is this just a dysfunctional mess? The Raiders are 1-5 at this point in the season, well on their way to getting a top 5, perhaps even the #1 draft pick next year just on poor record alone.
Gruden signed a $100 million, 10 year coaching contract. That's absurd to me. Though I think the amount of money and length has more to do with the timing of the Raiders franchise.. they are about to move to Las Vegas in 2020.
All of this seems like the Raiders do not care in the slightest about this season. And maybe not even next year. This is all a long term set up play for future and potential success for 2020 and beyond when they play in a brand new city and brand new stadium in Vegas.
Granted Amari Cooper wasn't really a star player, putting up #1 WR stats every week. Cooper has a bad rep for dropping passes and is a fairly inconsistent and unproven so-called 'elite' wide receiver in this league. So the fact that the Raiders got a #1 for him I think was smart. And for the Cowboys to pay that for Amari, while they passed on Calvin Ridley in the first round of the 2018 draft, is dumbfounding to me.
I really hope the Cowboys see something in Amari that makes them feel he is a better fit for Dallas and Dak, than Oakland and Carr. But I just don't. I can't help shake the fact the Cowboys could have had Dez Bryant lined up alongside Calvin Ridley every week, and instead ended up with Allen Hurns and Amari Cooper. .. Here's hoping Michael Gallup continues to turn into a true #1/2. And that Brice Butler can elevate things as well. As good as Cole Beasley is, he is no #1 or #2, just a great #3.
"Gruden signed a $100 million, 10 year coaching contract."
Wut.... : / That's insane. That is more than majority of coaches in the NFL make, right?
As for everything else; Maybe the owners/management are setting up to do what the Cheifs/Andy Reid did a couple years ago with cleaning house, getting a whole new team, and adding Alex Smith.
I don't know enough about this coach to think he's that smart though. What Andy Reid did was amazing. It kind of looks like they're doing that, just a little out of order.
Either that or they are getting rid of all their star players so they can start fresh in Vegas. That would be a stupid reason to drop your star athletes though.