|pt+A11:B95||Roethlisberger will have surgery today to trim torn meniscus in left knee. Hurt making a tackle on a pick|
|ba||lb Suggs may have bicep tear which would put him out for the year MRI today|
|cl||fs Poyer has a lacerated Kidney & concussion. Will likely be put on IR|
|SD+3 dv, PT-7 MI, OK pk KC, CN NE-9|
|SF16 BF45||S LeSean McCoy scored 3 TDs leading BF to the win.|
|1-5 4-2||Kaepernick got very little help and was very rusty. He led the team in rushing.|
|BF Taylor 17/26 179 20 McCoy 19/140 3 TDs. Clay 5c 52y|
|Kaepernick 13/29 187 10 8r 66y Smith 3c 76y TD|
|JK17 CH16||Bortles hit Benn for a 51 y TD with 29 seconds on the clock to win the game.|
|2-3 1-5||CH got out to a 13-0 lead but Bortles led JK back with 17 points in the 4th Q to win.|
|JK Bortles 20/33 271 11 Ivory 11/32 TD Hurns 5c 74y|
|CH Hoyer 30/49 302 00 Howard 15/34 Meredith 11c 113y|
|LA28 DT31||Rams moved to LA but left their D in Saint Louis. LA allowed Strafford 4 TDs .|
Cards @ Saints
Cards QB Warner had just another day at the office. Against one of the most improved Ds in the league he went 29-33 for 379 yards and 5 TDs without a pick. The Pack had no answer for Warner. They blitzed him and he picked man to man coverage apart. They rushed 3 and kept 8 in coverage and he found holes in the zones. The O line protected Warner for the most part and sub WRs did well to make up for the loss of WR Bolden.
On D, the Cards and the Pack allowed the score board to look like the something out of Pinball Wizard. Neither D could put consistent pressure on the others QB. The Pack was so focused on Warner that they allowed RB Wells 6.5 yards per attempt. They were lucky that their O was putting up so many points or Wells would have had more than his 14 carries. If the Cards are going to have any chance to stage the upset the D is going to have to play like they did last year in the playoff run to the Super Bowl. The passing game of the Saints is … Read more at FryingPanSports
There is no question that the window for the Ravens to win another Super Bowl is closing. The D is getting older and there are still questions on O. The Ravens will be different but there is serious doubt that they will be better or worse than in 08.
The D will be a little younger. The Ravens jettisoned their expensive and injury prone pro bowl CB Chris McAlister and brought in FA Domonique Foxworth. He had better work out because they are spending 27 million for the next 4 years with over 16 mil guaranteed. The other corner will be ex Raider Fabian Washington. Samari Rolle who was a starter came back on a backup contract and will be the key replacement. FS Ed Reed is older than dirt but played at a high level last year. He had better be just as good this season. The SS spot is up in the air. The Ravens have their fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed that Dawan Landry can come back after missing all but 2 games from a neck injury last year. There isn’t much behind him so he had better get well soon.
The linebacking will get new … Read more at FryingPanSports
Are teams better off with first time coaches
By Bill Smith
Up until a couple of years ago, NFL owners that were in need of a coach overwhelmingly chose older guys with previous head coaching experience. Then in 2007 things seemed to change. First time HCs seemed to be in vogue.
Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator of the Jaguars from 2003-07. He was not exactly a young first time HC but a first time HC none the less. He was 47 when he was selected as head coach for the Atlanta Falcons. In his first year he led the team which had been 4-12 to the playoffs in 08 and a 11-5 record. He and rookie QB Matt Ryan also helped erase the stain that Mike Vick had caused to the franchise.
In January of 2008, the 1-15 Miami Dolphins hired Tony Sparano as head coach. He had coached the O line for the Cowboys and had 3 years as assistant head coach. He led one of the most inept teams in NFL history to 11-5 and the AFC East championship. Sparano had help. Bill Parcells joined the team as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations … Read more at FryingPanSports