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  1. CHIP72

    NFC Championship: Rams @ Saints.

    If Robey-Coleman plays the ball, not only does he possibly make the pick, he also possibly returns the interception for a touchdown. It was a bad throw (or more accurately, a bad decision) by Brees.
  2. CHIP72

    AFC Championship: Patriots @ Chiefs.

    Nice to see the conference championship game version of Andy Reid that we know so well showed up today.
  3. CHIP72

    Hey Alvin!

    Kamara can go hang out with Simon and Theodore for the next few months.
  4. CHIP72

    NFC Championship: Rams @ Saints.

    I'm sure sports fans in St. Louis threw up a little bit when the Halas Trophy was given to Rams owner Stan Kroenke, a Missouri native who denigrated St. Louis right after the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.
  5. CHIP72

    NFC Championship: Rams @ Saints.

    Everyone understandably will talk about that bad no call on the pass interference on the Saints second to last drive where they kicked the FG, but if the Rams defender plays the ball instead of the receiver, that ball could not only have been intercepted but also returned for a TD. It was a terrible throw by Brees. Brees also had a couple other bad throws coming down the stretch that the Rams didn't take advantage of.
  6. CHIP72

    NFC Championship: Rams @ Saints.

    F Alvin Kamara and F the Saints! HA HA!!!
  7. CHIP72

    Are you rooting for Andy Reid now?

    No, I’m not rooting for Andy Reid now. He screwed up too many times with the Eagles for me to root for him.
  8. CHIP72

    NFC Divisional: Cowboys @ Rams.

    Play-action will likely be very effective when a team runs the ball as effectively as the Rams did against the Cowboys.
  9. CHIP72

    NFC Divisional: Cowboys @ Rams.

    The Rams' offensive line has really done a great job tonight.
  10. CHIP72

    Hall of Fame reveals finalists for Class of 2019

    It is somewhat ironic considering our discussion earlier in the thread, but one of the problems with the Pro Football HOF is that it overrewards guys who played on championship teams and underrewards guys who played on mediocre or poor teams. The top level teams almost by definition have more good players, but were/are all of them great? Some guys are more successful because they play with even greater players who make them look better. On the flip side, many mediocre or poor teams actually have a great player or two, but that player, especially if he isn’t a quarterback, usually can’t make his team good without getting better quality teammates and/or better coaches. Guys like Harold Carmichael and Bill Bergey, who both were legitimately really good, possibly HOF quality players, have had and will continue to have a hard time getting inducted because they didn’t play on any Super Bowl/NFL championship teams and generally played on mediocre or poor teams for much of their careers. Is it their fault their teammates, coaches, and/or general managers weren’t very good? What really makes me scratch my head is when a great player who played on a dominant offense or defense but not a dominant team doesn’t get in because his team’s weaker unit and/or historically dominant teams in their own conference prevented him from winning championships. To use an example, a guy like Randy Gradishar, Denver’s middle linebacker from the mid-1970s to early 1980s, still isn’t in the HOF, even though he was probably the best player on a defense that was arguably the best in the NFL for a couple years and pretty good many other years, had to carry its offense in many seasons, had a nickname (the Orange Crush Defense), and played in a Super Bowl (12, 1977 season; they lost to one Tom Landry’s best Dallas teams). Gradishar was named a Pro Bowler and/or All-Pro most seasons of his career, was considered one of the top two middle linebackers when he played, along with Jack Lambert, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1978. How can someone like Gradishar, or for that matter NO ONE from those Denver defenses, which included Lyle Alzado, Tom Jackson, and handful of other very good players, not be in the HOF? Not all the standout players on that Denver defense should be in the HOF, but 1-2 of them probably should be. There are plenty of similar examples from other teams. Excluding those types of standout players makes no sense. At any rate, there are a lot of guys who should be in or at least considered for the Pro Football HOF but won’t be because they had ‘bad taste’ in teammates, coaches, and general managers.
  11. CHIP72

    NFC Wildcard: Seattle @ Dallas.

    Seattle won a road playoff game against Miami in a significant upset in the 1983 divisional playoffs. (The Seahawks were 9-7 that season while the Dolphins went 12-4, and Miami also was AFC champions in both 1982 and 1984.) That was their only road playoff win while they played in the AFC.
  12. CHIP72

    Hall of Fame reveals finalists for Class of 2019

    Players and coaches are appropriately judged by different standards. Players can have great statistics, or in the case of offensive linemen, have a great reputation (as exhibited by All-Pro selections), and still be on teams that aren't successful because the team around them isn't good enough, or because they have to compete against even better teams that prevent them from having more team success. To use Dan Fouts and Dan Marino as examples, with both of them their team's defenses weren't very good for most or all of their prime years, and that made it much harder for their teams to be highly successful. (Having said that, I do agree quarterbacks play a bigger role than other players on their teams' success, and Fouts in particular has a somewhat shaky argument for the HOF, based on the fact that for a couple years the Chargers' defenses were still reasonably good and San Diego lost a couple of home playoff games during those years, one of which when their offense was held under 20 points.) By contrast, coaches' "statistics" are their teams' win-loss record. If a coach's statistics are not good, he ends up not coaching his team anymore because his team isn't winning enough. That's particularly true in the NFL relative to other levels of football because the disparity in talent between teams is much smaller than at the lower levels of the sport. As for the innovator angle, that's a subjective thing; one could arguably find football or sports innovation in many, many different places. Coaches aren't ultimately judged by how innovative they are however, they are judged by how successful their teams are. I'm willing, and more importantly the Pro Football HOF selectors are willing, to make exceptions for guys who are considered by almost everyone to be highly influential. That's why Don Coryell is a candidate to begin with; most other coaches with similar levels of success, like Dennis Green (similar number of games coached, slightly worse win-loss record percentage-wise, a 4-8 playoff record compared to 3-6 for Coryell), are not considered HOF candidates. The problem with Coryell's candidacy, and the reason why I brought up Sid Gillman, is that Coryell was highly influenced by Gillman, and Gillman was most recognized in his coaching career as being an innovator. (Coryell never coached with Gillman, but coached at San Diego State when Gillman was coaching the San Diego Chargers, and he and his team would attend the Chargers' practices to see Gillman's offensive system in action.) Additionally, though Gillman was not one of the greatest pro football coaches of all-time record-wise, he did coach his teams to one league title (the San Diego Chargers won the 1963 AFL championship) and five other division championships/league championship game appearances (1955 with the NFL Rams and 1960, 1961, 1964, and 1965 with the AFL Chargers). You still have to have a reasonably high level of success as a coach to make the Pro Football HOF as an innovator, and IMO Coryell (who I have high respect for; the Air Coryell Chargers were probably the most interesting team in the NFL and one of the highest-profile teams when I started following the NFL) doesn't quite meet that threshold in terms of his teams' success with the Cardinals and Chargers.
  13. CHIP72

    Hall of Fame reveals finalists for Class of 2019

    Even though he was a great offensive innovator and coached some great offenses (and also was a mentor for one of the all-time great NFL coaches, Joe Gibbs), Coryell never coached his team to a Super Bowl appearance, much less a Super Bowl win. I think he only ever won 3 playoff games in his coaching career. If someone were to induct an offensive innovator into the Pro Football HOF, the guy who should be (and actually already is) inducted is Sid Gillman, who influenced both branches of the West Coast offense - the deep, vertical passing game with a single back formation (Coryell, Gibbs, Al Davis) and the short, ball control passing game (Bill Walsh and his coaching descendants). Gillman also had a reasonably good head coaching career with the Rams, Chargers, and Oilers.
  14. CHIP72

    AFC Wildcard: Indianapolis @ Houston.

    The Colts have been playing very well since mid-October, winning 9 of their last 10 games. (The Texans themselves also have played well, going 11-2 since an 0-3 start.) While Houston has a very good defensive line and a dangerous QB in DeShaun Watson, I just think Indianapolis matches up well with the Texans.
  15. CHIP72

    AFC Wildcard: LA Chargers @ Baltimore.

    The Ravens played very impressively in southern California in the regular season game against the Chargers. The key to this game as I see it is how will the Chargers defense perform against Lamar Jackson. Jackson is so reliant on running the ball that one has to think teams will eventually adjust to him. The Chargers will be the first team to play a Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore team a second time.