Fresh off a trip to a new BBQ place in downtown Sacramento that had some serious brisket and burnt ends, I drop my thoughts about this weekend in the NFL.
Seattle. From a selfish perspective, outside of Dallas I can’t find a more deserving group of players and fan base to end the season disappointed. When it became evident that they were going to struggle and lose, the frustration began and they acted out – something they have done repeatedly. Kam Chancellor said it best, it’s time for them to shut their mouths get back to disciplined football.
I heard from a talking head last night that part of the problem in their loss to Atlanta was the O-Line, a line of which Seattle spent only seven million dollars combined. A lot of talk about that subject last night, but what was Seattle going to do with all the key players and their contract demands? This was something I have been warning about with Seattle, particularly Dick Sherman, Michael Bennett, and I believe Russell Wilson. You can “get yours”, but in the long run it’s going to cost the team, and this season it caught up to Seattle.
But here’s the thing about Seattle going forward – they’ll be just good enough to dominate a decrepit NFC West where they were pretty much guaranteed four wins from the start – more if Arizona can’t figure shit out. Then out in the divisional round. They’ll win the NFC West again next season, but if they don’t address attitude and the o-line, it’ll be the same story 12 months from now.
Houston. As usual, the season ends in mid-January for the Texans, but that defense is pretty bad ass in my opinion and I think Coach O’Brien is a damn good coach. There’s no shame in getting beat by New England because Houston’s offense just wasn’t ready for that level of competition, particularly Belichick.
So where does Houston go? It’s seriously hard to tell there. Do you stick with Osweiler or do you give him a short leash and split reps with Tom Savage and work towards developing another QB? Do you bring more running backs in? Do you work on upgrading the DBs? Do you build depth across the board?
And what of J. J. Watt? What is his role going to be? Can he come back from his injuries? Or does Houston seriously consider making a move with him to get some offense?
Dallas. If there is a team primed for the future, this is it – provided they make the right moves this offseason, particularly on defense, and perhaps looking to replace Doug Free on the O-Line.
Did anybody have this team with a rookie starting QB and RB to win 13 games? They overachieved like crazy and were an Aaron Rodgers miracle away from taking the game to overtime and a probable win.
But then again, was anybody else wondering why Dallas wasn’t using Ezekiel Elliott more? The play calling was a bit off, or so it seemed to me.
I may be wrong, but what I see is a Dallas team in desperate need of defenders, and my guess is that Dallas will be out there dangling Tony Romo to any team that can help Dallas with their defense.
Kansas City. Groundhog Day. And hey, Travis Kelce, don’t even blame this loss on the zebras – that’s a cop out.
It’s the same shit every year with these guys – shitty start to the season, big time run in October-December, then the offense takes a dump in January in the Divisional round. Your defense holds Pittsburgh to zero touchdowns (six field goals), you score two touchdowns and you still freaking lose? At home? On a Sunday Night in the cold?
When the hell is Andy Reid going to change up? How many more years is it going to take for him to understand that his offense ain’t getting it? When are you going to open up the offense and get more imaginative? Seemingly way too conservative.
Not only that, you need to take a long hard look at #72 on the offensive line who almost every time I watch the Chiefs play gets burned to hurt Alex Smith’s blind side or he commits an ignorant penalty that costs the Chiefs.
I would hope that Kansas City also takes a hard look at adding offense and yet again DB’s.
Ignorant Prediction. Watch out for a Houston/Dallas trade – J. J. Watt to Dallas for Tony Romo and picks.