Week 13 Viewer's Guide: What to watch in Niners-Seahawks, more
The Titans have been on a roll since handing
The problem for the Titans is they are playing a team that seemingly can't be beat, no matter how many times it looks as if they are finally going to suffer their first defeat. Indy has come from behind to win so many times recently that it almost defies explanation. One of the keys has been their opportunistic defense led by AFC Defensive Player of the Month
I know many of you will be watching Cowboys vs. Giants in the late slot. Understandably so. The Giants are absolutely desperate for a win coming off their miserable performance on Thanksgiving against the Broncos. The Cowboys, meanwhile, have a brutal stretch of games coming up and December hasn't exactly been
But I'd advise you to check out the Niners-Seahawks game if you can, and not just because I am making my debut on Fox as the color commentator alongside veteran play-by-play man
Yes, the Vikings have lost once, but my eyes tell me Minnesota is the best team in football. I recognize the Colts are undefeated and the Saints just walloped the Patriots, but I think the Vikings would have a great opportunity to beat either team on a neutral field. They have no weakness, except maybe their defensive backfield, though I think even that will be minimized once cornerback
One of the great phrases in the NFL is that father time is undefeated. But both
Both of these wild-card hopefuls are hard to figure out. The Ravens have enjoyed a breakout year by
The Packers seem to be back on solid ground after a midseason slide in which they couldn't block anyone and quarterback
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The main motivation is no doubt financial and I don't blame anyone for leaping at the chance to attain lifetime financial security. Secondly, I really don't think many coaches get into the business with the dream of being an outstanding coordinator some day, though many end up finding a comfort zone in that role and staying in it. The natural tendency in most walks of life is to want to be the guy calling the shots and having the final say.
It depends somewhat on a player's contract or status with their team. More often than not, the player is going to lean towards playing because it is often difficult for them to recognize if they are not playing up to par. Plus, again depending on the player, the coaches realize that 80-90 percent of one player may be better than 100 percent of his backup, so they encourage the injured player to gut it out for the best interests of the team, even if it may not be in the best interests of the player.
Defenders look for it and try to time it. The problem is that offenses have adjusted so that they now have a number of ways to use the head bob. They can snap the ball a full count after the center's first head-bob, which is customary, but they can also call "Silent 2" and wait to snap the ball a full count after the second bob. There is even a "Quick Silent" in which the ball is snapped as soon as the center bobs his head. Confused yet? The point is it is much more difficult to time than you may realize.
Yes. As a player, I only had 10 roundtrip flights for the entire season, including preseason games. Now, between calling college games, NFL games and taping a show for the YES Network in Connecticut on Tuesdays, I am on a minimum of four flights a week and often more, not to mention train and rental car travel. But I'm not complaining. I love what I do and realize how fortunate I am to once again make a living through football.
I don't think he will, but if he did his motivation would be two-fold. One would be financial as he would probably get paid a great deal by Browns owner