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I was partially right here. They didn't have enough, and defensively they weren't very good, but the Dolphins did defeat the Packers and the Jets on the road before losing their last three games.
Carolina did finish with the worst record (2-14). Rookie quarterbacks need time to develop, but so far it doesn't look like Jimmy Clausen is the answer.
Peterson finished with 1,298 rushing yards, sixth in the league but still his lowest total as a pro. It wasn't close to the year he and the Vikings were capable of having.
I missed on this one. Everything went wrong in San Francisco. The team underperformed. The coaching staff failed. It all fell apart. The former No. 1 pick's career may be salvageable, but not with the 49ers.
Sure enough, Fox won't be back in Carolina. He was a pretty good coach, going 71-57 before this year's debacle, with a Super Bowl appearance in his second season. He was never able to get over the hump and string together winning seasons though.
Mason has entertained thoughts of retiring in the past, but he played like a receiver who has at least another good year left in him. Mason played every game for the eighth straight season and caught at least 60 passes for the 11th straight year.
The Week 4 matchup, a 17-12 Redskins win, was one of the more memorable games of the season. It marked the highlight of the Redskins' season as well. All facets of the game were really on point for that brief moment. Then we saw a complete team collapse and the head coach unfold as well.
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-- I don't think Bill Cowher will be coaching next season. Looking at the openings, it is highly unlikely he would leave his broadcasting chair to take any of the jobs available.
-- I'm not as concerned with the Chiefs as most others are. The Charlie Weis situation shouldn't be a distraction. If the head coach were leaving, sure, that would be a major problem. But Weis, the offensive coordinator, isn't getting fired. He's not in any trouble at all. He's merely taking another job. And it's not even another NFL job. It shouldn't affect the players, and it shouldn't affect Weis' ability to call plays.
I'm not worried about the Chiefs' Week 17 loss, either. They already had the division wrapped up and had no shot at a first-round playoff bye. Playoff-bound teams that have little or nothing to gain usually don't prepare very well for their finale. If the Chiefs lose to the Ravens, it won't be because of Weis' move or what happened against the Raiders.
-- Now that Brett Favre's career is realistically over, I hope people will dwell on all his great achievements as opposed to the negatives from this year. Where does he fit among all-time NFL greats? I'd call him the No. 1 competitor; he came to play every single week. From a durability standpoint, he gets the nod as the best ever. His career didn't end the way it should have, but few players get to choose how their career ends, and the majority of the time no one really remembers how somebody's career ended anyway. For example, who remembers that Franco Harris' career ended with the Seahawks? Or Earl Campbell ended his career with the Saints? Or Tony Dorsett with the Broncos? What people remember is the greatness players achieved. With that said, Favre is always going to be remembered as a Green Bay Packer.