There comes a point where you have to ask the players on the teams you watch, root for, or spend time watching on TV: “DO YOU HAVE ANY PRIDE?” While all of my Gabber friends get to talk about winning games or at least being competitive, I draw the bottom of the barrel with Miami and San Francisco. Well, can’t run from it, gotta cover it.
Buffalo @ Miami. Anybody notice the storm clouds brewing, not to mention the empty seats? Miami lost 41-14 and proved that the offense is one-dimensional with a below average running game, and that the defense was highly overrated (and we all fell for it). It was like taking candy from a baby for Buffalo.
Rex Ryan went all Rex Ryan by sending former Miami Dolphins (Clay, Incognito, Carpenter, and others) to be the Captains for the coin toss, and it must have unnerved the Miami players or something. Any other team, and that would have fired em up – not Miami – they backed down.
There is a time that you can take professionalism and stoicism a bit too far, and this is directed at Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin. I’m sure that Joe Philbin is a nice, classy guy in real life, but this is football, and a coach has to be many things, not just professional and stoic. A coach has to inspire his players – and I’m not seeing that in Miami.
It appears to me that Joe is so far out of his element as a Head Coach that it’s almost embarrassing. When you as a coach get your ass kicked by a Rex Ryan team, then it’s time for some serious self-evaluation and soul searching. What is needed in Miami isn’t a “nice guy”, but a freaking disciplinarian!!!
How are you letting your players “free-lance” after just two games? Who is the defensive coordinator, and why isn’t he taking charge? Seriously?
But once again, who does this fall upon? Yep, ownership, management, and coaching.
Imagine what Belichick and New England will do to Miami. Good Lord…
San Francisco @ Arizona. If this isn’t rock bottom, it has to be seen from here. I’m seriously sitting here laughing at what the San Francisco 49ers have become. Bill Walsh is spinning in his grave, Eddie DeBartolo is shaking his head, and Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and all the great 49ers have to be wondering how this franchise has fallen into the abyss.
Now nobody in the world with even a centimeter of common sense even remotely thought San Francisco was gonna go into Arizona and win, but this was horrific even for the most hardcore of white wine sippers (translated: 49er fans).
Arizona won the total yards war 446-156. When is the last time that you EVER heard of a San Francisco offense having 53 net yards passing in a game? I can’t remember the last time that a 49er team was so offensively inept. Hell, Mike Singletary and Trent Dilfer were better than what I saw yesterday.
If I am the GM, the first thing I’m doing this morning is cutting three or four players – if for no other reason than to send a message and get players attention – it’s about more than collecting a paycheck – they have a responsibility to at least try. They have been outscored this season 93-45, only the Chicago Bears are worse, and they’ve at least scored one more point on offense than San Francisco has.
If I’m the owner, I’m canning the GM. Anybody remember the debacle in San Diego when A. J. Smith was the GM? What’s happening in San Francisco has to be approaching that. That’s the only explanation for what is going on there. The owner won’t fire himself (I wish Eddie D. would), but this GM had a lot to do with this situation. I sat there and watched Arizona receivers catch balls simply because the d-backs were just too small and too slow – it’s a situation that has gone on for years and nobody is willing to fix it.
It is time for every current player and coach on the 49ers roster to look in the mirror and ask if they are giving 100% or even 70% effort. There is no way that these guys are trying. Want proof: Arizona is up 38-7, the 49ers have the ball at their own one yard line and they run the ball – they gave up a safety. You mean to tell me that Kaepernick couldn’t sprint out and create some room?
Did I mention rock bottom earlier? Can Colin Kaepernick (9/19, 67 yards, 0 TD, 4 INT) be any worse? I believe that can be a good, serviceable QB in the NFL. Problem is that he’s just flat out regressed and he seems to be more committed to Twitter and being a “playa”. I firmly believe that this kid is not committed to improving as a QB. He’s achieved much and he’s satisfied with it, nothing else. But whose responsible? Jim Harbaugh couldn’t get through to him and if he can’t, I have to wonder who can. MUCH of it is on ownership, management, and coaching.
While I believe he needed a comeuppance and I believe he doesn’t necessarily care, it’s pretty clear that this kid has no more confidence either. #Storm7’s Offensive Line is absolutely killing him because they can’t block for the pass and even when they do give him time to pass he throws the ball to the opponent. How the hell do you get to pick sixes on the same play in the same damn quarter? But while he needs work, his owner and his GM have absolutely boned him and robbed him of a promising career.
Owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke have no concern regarding the fans – they simply don’t care. They got their billion dollar stadium and are charging OUTRAGEOUS prices for tickets and now they have reverted back to pre-Harbaugh days.
NFL Officiating. From the “Yet another hit to NFL credibility” department:
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m troubled by the accusations leveled by Cam Newton at Referee Ed Hoculi, who allegedly said when Newton thought he should have drawn a Personal Foul “Cam, you’re not old enough to get that call.” Hoculi denied it, but he clearly said something that got Newton’s attention and I don’t think Cam is going to level that kind of accusation unless he was sure he understood what he was told.
It got so bad that NFL Network had the VP in charge of officiating get on the TV and say he understands that the perception is there that this happens, but he tried to assure viewers that this is not what the NFL teaches. And now I’m reading that the NFL is going to investigate. Great, another 2000 page report that says nothing.
NFL, you need to get on top of this because the last thing you need is to be associated with what the NBA does.