As a human being, yes. He's one of the nicest guys I know. As a strategist, no. He made what I think was the wrong call against the Chargers. Down by four, fourth and goal on the seven, going for the TD was, I believe, the wrong move. He had all his timeouts left and a chance to get the ball back (which they did) and win the game on a kick.
The odds on a TD are too great, especially the way the flow was going.
So why, Steve asks, didn't I devote some ink to the matter? Sometimes, when you write a day later, these things get overwhelmed by other angles, such as
But if you want to complain about strategy, here's one that no one at all touched on, mainly because success blunted a foulup. Giants-Cowboys, end of the first half. The Cowboys' 20-play drive is winding down, and they're on the New York two, second down, goal to go with 1:53 left. The Giants had two timeouts remaining and they should have used them. You know Dallas is going to score, either seven or three, and they're content to let the clock run. The Giants could have gotten the ball back with a lot more than the 47 seconds they had left.
It's the most common clock butchery in football, but since the Giants scored anyway, all that was forgotten. But not by me.
I think I know what Tony meant. Strategy changes, game to game, but any attempt to try to coach emotion into the players is bound for failure. So on an emotional level, he coaches all of them the same way. I like that. The fiery speeches and inspirational stuff don't work much after high school. I think the best motivation the players can have is to see their coach calm and in control, and most important, appearing to know what he is doing.
Still on that subject, well, sort of,
I don't like it in Dallas. The line's too long, since that's the prayer capital of the NFL. You'd have to wait all day behind the Dallas fans. Giants in Green Bay might offer you a shorter line, since the Wisconsin folks are an earthier group. But the place to pray, when the Giants were on the road was, in the old days, L.A., home of the Rams. No line at all. You'd step right to the front. Prayer ain't very big in Los Angeles.
How do you defend against
Is it possible to maintain an effective rush for 60 minutes, asks
Use the kind of defense, says
Oh, here's a good one from back-to-back e-mailers, each with the same angle. Tight end
I just looked at my chart. I've got one pick in the Chicago game on a pass intended for the tight end, Shockey, and three against the Vikings, and all went for TDs. I didn't chart the fourth one in that game because when a contest becomes a blowout, my charts become meaningless and I back off. But I'll take your word for it. Sure, part of it is Shockey's fault, and when three go for TDs in the same game, I'd have to ask for more of a show of life from him.
Should they trade or can him? Nope, too much $$$ invested. There must be a job available. Stables could use a new groom. Butler's getting kind of old and he could use a little help in the pantry. Gentleman who trains the pack of foxhounds is having trouble with his vision, and a new pair of sharp eyes might be just the ticket.
Toot-toot, here comes the Hall of Fame Express, and with it, the usual round of preguntas as the enshrinement meeting draws near.
Could this be a big Hall of Fame year for offensive linemen, asks
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Merci, mon ami