So maybe I'll get to the 'teams doing well post' next week?
Fact is, this past weekend saw more than its fair share of craziness and controversy. I've got some strong opinions on it.
Which is good since, you know, I have this column.
Ballard & Coughlin vs the Very Mean Referees
A picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes those words lie.
Actually, back up. Let me be honest. I've looked at the picture of the Ballard TD/Non-TD a ton of times. The one thing which strikes me is how easy it is to see what you want to see in it.
Video, to me, shows multiple angles where it's close, but he appears out. I wish I could embed the video here but NFL.com still functions in the 1990s and won't allow that. If I get a chance tonight, maybe I'll pull it myself.
Multiple angles that all show a very close play where his knee appears to hit out of bounds. Maybe in bounds and out of bounds at the same time.
Looks to me, though, like it isn't a touchdown.
So then this picture emerges. And Giants HC Tom Coughlin is sick to his stomach.
Seriously, man. Get out more. Also, maybe talk to Eli about that stupid pick six he threw to Clay Matthews. THAT should make you sick.
First of all, it's a terrible angle. It's high, so we have no way of seeing if the knee is down or not. Saying anything else is just seeing what you want to see. It's too high to say it is or isn't down.
It's also straight on. A side angle might have shown the knee down in bounds but this angle doesn't. Again, if you want to see a touchdown here, you will. It's damned close.
It's not a definitive picture, however. It's a great picture because it creates controversy. It's not one that solves anything.
Hey, dismiss me because I'm on a Packers site but anyone here will tell you I'm no homer. I call them out plenty (undefeated Detroit anyone?). If it was completely obvious I'd happily call it out if just to rile the Cheeseheads up.
This is not a definitive picture. It's a great debate starter. It's a fantastic shot.
But its' beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Tebow to Jacksonville
I talked about this last night on The Hard Count but to me, it bears repeating.
Putting Tebow into Jacksonville's huddle does not automatically change what has happened in Jacksonville.
I'm not saying it 100% wouldn't have made things better. I don't know. What I do know is, aside from jersey sales, you can't definitively say it would have been better on the field.
What has happened in Denver is a very, very specific set of circumstances.
Sure there are parallels. Both teams have solid defenses for the most part. Both have at least one good running back. Both...teams.... wear uniforms?
Listen, I get the Tebow phenomenon. It's fascinating to watch and I have to say, I'm pulling for him. Denver is making things interesting.
Will it last? I really don't know. It's fun.
The truth is, John Fox had the balls to do something nobody else would have. He looked at Tebow and rather than try to fit him into an offense that he didn't have the skills for, he fit the offense to the skills Tebow had.
I just don't see Jack Del Rio doing that. That's not a knock on JDR. Plenty of coaches wouldn't. It goes against their nature.
The NFL may be a copy-cat league but it's also a 'the way it's been done before' league. Coaches and teams get set in their ways, do what works and keep doing it until they get fired. Sometimes even longer.
Just ask Mike Martz.
I find it very unlikely that Del Rio would change what he was doing completely, in the face of all logic, the way Fox did. Hell, I'm still blown away Fox did it and this type of offense he's running should be a dream for him.
'Run the ball? Have the QB run the ball? Run the ball again you say? SIGN ME UP' - John Fox, circa any year
Even if Del Rio did change things to suit Tebow, why assume it's just as effective? First of all, more than likely Tebow is put in during his first year. Maybe the Jags hold off but let's be honest—if your premise is Tebow saves the Jags, he's not doing it on the bench. There isn't enough patience for Garrard to flounder without making a change.
So Tebow gets thrown to the wolves earlier, in a tougher division and, I'm sorry, likely gets crushed. Because again, and I'll keep hammering this home, I don't buy that Del Rio goes all Florida offense on us.
If Tebow is struggling like he did against Detroit, but all the time, how long would the Tebow-glow last for a team?
Not long, I'd wager. I believe he'd have been labeled bust after his first year.
Would Del Rio had survived that?
Is this pure, unadulterated conjecture? Sure. That's my point, it all is. There is no 100% sure truth that had Tebow gone to Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be any better off.
There are too many moving parts to Denver's success to directly translate their success to the Jags.
Saying anything else is either wishful thinking or outright ignorance. Right Skip Bayless?
Flex Schedule Kerfuffle -Brady vs the Good of the League
Or to be fair, Bob Kraft vs the Good of the League.
Normally, Sunday night flex games are pretty much set about 10-12 days prior to a game. Yet we are still unsure what game we will be seeing on Sunday night for Week 15.
The odds on favorite is New England at Denver. Tebow vs Brady. Belichick vs Tebow. Wes Welker vs Tebow! Tebow, Tebow, Tebow!
All kidding aside about Tebow driven ratings, it's actually a pivotal game. The AFC East and West division titles could be up for grabs and there are tons of Wild Card implications as well.
So, no-brainer, right?
Tap the breaks, son.
CBS and Pats owner Bob Kraft have stepped in and thrown a monkeywrench into the works.
CBS protected the Jets-Eagles game (whoops) but now they want the Pats-Broncos game. Frankly, the network has no case. They already chose the game they wanted. That it's suddenly less noteworthy than another game is irrelevant. This was the whole point behind flex scheduling.
What, every week you're going to challenge the moving match-up because it was less interesting than a week or two ago?
More intriguing are the concerns of Kraft. Mind you, Kraft is one of those owners who I feel keeps the best interests of the League in mind. He fought hard for Labor peace and by all accounts is a fair and savvy owner.
According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, there is some concern that the teams would play late Sunday, take a late flight out of Denver and then play again on Saturday night.
You know what I say to that?
Boo FREAKING hoo.
The Thursday night games already screw plenty of teams up for that very reason. Hey, the Jets played late Sunday night and then headed to Denver on a short week for a Thursday night game.
So (allegedly) you're complaining for losing a whole DAY?
I say they flex the game to Thursday night.
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