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.
Yeah no doubt. The exact moment they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, he was fired. I wonder how long they have been waiting to do this?
He coached them to a Super Bowl win and 9/13 years into the playoffs. You could argue that was mostly because of Rodgers and maybe even in spite of the coach.. but I think that's unfair. If you are going to blame him for the bad times, you have to credit him for his part when times were great.
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.
Yeah, I think a lot of players are very aware of the salary cap situations of their team, mostly because a lot of players on the field are trying to get that big contract with their agent and so they have to negotiate their value vs what the team can afford to pay them, when it comes that time.
And if you are a Packer, you are very aware that a large chunk of your team's money, more than any other team in the league is going to the QB.
There are instances where QBs take less money on purpose, or where the staff convinces star QBs to take a little less, just for this reason, so they can take that leftover and put talent around them to help them win. Which is smarter in the long run; winning gives you endorsement deals which can be worth WAY more than the few million a year you give up, especially if you become a multi year Super Bowl winner, like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning (two QBs that have taken a pay cut at some point to help their team).
Since the Packers are so used to making the playoffs (they have 9 of the last 12 seasons) I doubt they will play much better with an interim coach or even a new coach for the rest of this season, as that last game guaranteed them to have no chance getting a wildcard spot. So really, what's the point?
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.
Sucks for McCarthy. Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best in the game. But odd as it sounds, he should have been paid less, if they wanted to win.
Blow hard Stephen A. Smith finally got what was coming to him after all this time of talking crap about the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, he has been wrong before. But maybe never like this. He gave the Cowboys 'zero chance' of winning against the 10-1 Saints. And yet, Cowboys pull off perhaps the upset of the year and put in maybe their best defensive game of all time, to beat the Saints 13-10 and go 7-5 on the season.
He was rendered speechless and then humble, but only for a few minutes. At the end, his persona kicks back into high gear and he of course doubles down on his hate:
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.
Lol never bought into the conspiracy theory that games can be rigged like that. There's just too much on the line, as both of these teams are vying for a #1 seed in the playoffs, trying to get their first Super Bowl win in forever. Though I'm sure out of thousands of NFL games over the years that maybe a time or two what you're saying has definitely happened.
I think the hype was pretty heavy on these two teams already. You have 2 of the 3 league MVP candidates in that match up (Patrick Mahomes and Todd Gurley (the other being Drew Brees)).
Another interesting thing.. this game was supposed to be played in Mexico City. But due to last minute issues with the venue there, they had to cancel that and host it in the LA Coliseum instead. Couple that with LA dealing with the wildfires, and you can get the picture of how these teams had to scramble to get their game plan and head right for this match up, which may have lead to why it was so crazy. Maybe if things weren't as hectic leading up to the game, maybe it would have been like 27-24 or something, with better defensive scheming.
Colin Cowherd did a pretty good job talking about the last minute scramble:
I have yet to watch the replay of Alex Smith getting hurt, and I don't think I will. (I heard it was terrible to see). As soon as I heard the news, I thought the Redskins season was over. And I still think that. Being a Cowboys' fan, I don't want to see Colt put this team on his back and right the ship. But I have to admit, it is at least somewhat possible, in spurts. Like you said, it has happened before.
Though if I had to guess, the Redskins will only get 2 more wins the rest of the year.
If the Chiefs/Rams bout wasn't the best Monday Night Football game ever, I would really like to know what is. Rams took it 54 - 51. That's 105 total points, the most combined points scored in any Monday Night Football game, ever. Out of 773 of them to that point.
Here are some more crazy stats from the game:
1001 total combined yards (891 passing) in the game. 14 total touchdowns. 56 first downs.
Goff went 31/49 for 413 yards and 4 TDs. Zero picks. Passer rating of 117.1.
Mahomes went 33/46 for 478 yards, 6 TDs and 3 picks.
Of any team in the history of the NFL to score at least 50 points, they all won, 216-0. So Chiefs made history in a bad way there.
This game was the 3rd highest combined points scored in ANY NFL game, ever.
What's even more impressive to me though is this game didn't come out of nowhere. Everyone expected and hoped this would happen, though most didn't think it would be this high scoring. Both of these teams were 9-1 going in and 2 of the best 3 teams overall in the league. It was billed as the 'game of the year' even before kickoff. So that just makes it all the more interesting to me that it surpassed the hype.
Usually these games settle into a surprisingly low to middle of the road scoring defensive battle, and become something of a letdown. But even though this was an offensive scoring fest, you still had 3 defensive scores and some really big picks and turnovers being made. So it wasn't that each team just laid up on defense either.
Curious if you think another MNF games bests this one. If you didn't have a chance to watch the game, or just want to watch the highlights, here you go:
Chiefs vs. Rams Week 11 Highlights - NFL 2018
Well, after the first game with the Cowboys having Amari Cooper, I gotta say.. Cooper is worth a first round pick. But the Cowboys shouldn't have done it. Now they are 3-5 after an extremely embarrassing loss to the Titans. And their season is definitely over. Even worse, their QB Dak Prescott looks inept and they likely need to move on from him and draft another QB, and soon. But since they just gave away their first round pick, good luck with that.
Very disappointed in the Cowboys all around this year. I'm a fan still, but damn man. They need a lot of change to happen to be any kind of relevant again.
The Cowboys just added a new wrinkle to this question of going for it or not in OT. Watching that week 5 game vs the Texans made it very clear just how short 10 minutes really is. If you have any kind of methodical drive whatsoever, you are going to run 3-6 minutes off the clock. Which means each team really only has 1 solid try and scoring a touchdown. Maybe 2 if the defense makes a good stop.
So I was feeling pretty nervous and conflicted about the clock situation when Dallas had the ball on the Texan's 42 (Dallas got the ball first) and it was 4th and 1 with only 5:40 left on the clock.. and they decided to punt. They felt they could give the ball away, stop Houston with time left on the clock, and score at least a FG for the win, even though they just went for a 4:20 drive themselves. Pretty nonsensical to me.
I think this is the opposite of making too much of a ballsy play, like Indy did. This is making a way too safe call, that ended up biting them, as Houston had a crazy 49-yard catch by DeAndre Hopkins that lead them right into field goal territory anyway.
Dallas could have won by showing some courage and understanding the clock was not on their side. They also seemed content with the knowledge that if time ran out, they at least got a tie. So in that case, a tie to me would have been worse than a go for it loss.
What's your take on that one??? Here's the highlights from that game:
Cowboys vs. Texans Week 5 Highlights