Little Green Stickers

This one is not sour grapes, so don’t accuse me of it. I think the Patriots loss to the Jets exposed a need for a rule change in the NFL.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don’t need a lot of help to read a defense. But if they want help, or their coach wants to give them some, that option is there.

The same goes for any mediocre quarterback, or any defensive play caller such as Ray Lewis, Clay Matthews, or a bum who happens to be the best middle linebacker on a bad defense.

The coaches have time to talk to one player via radio before the ball is snapped so the team can adjust its formation or the play call.

Why are special teams excluded?

Patrick Chung may have made the call for New England’s fake punt on Sunday, there has been some confusion as to what happened on that play.

Why can Brady have a radio to hear from Belichick but Chung (who, as the personal protect man on the punt, is the “quarterback”) can not?

Time to put a little green dot on the personal protect man’s helmet, as well as his counterpart on the return team. It probably wouldn’t have changed this week’s playoff game, but we have the technology, why not use it?

My 2011 NFL Draft Wishlist

Just so you know where I’m coming from.

Picks the Pats Have:

17, 28, 33, 60, 74, 90, and their 4, 5, and 6.

Picks I want them to use:

At least #17- the fourth round. Don’t really care if they want somebody in the last two or they trade them…

What I want in a perfect world:

If they make seven picks, just for example. I want three players distributed between defensive tackle, defensive end and pass rushing outside LB. Whoever works for Bill works for me so long as “whoever” isn’t a high second rounder at HB that gets released in four years and goes on a blunt ride in STL with his Glock 9mm. I also want two tackles and a guard. Not three offensive linemen of Dante’s choosing, not a bunch of sixth round fat tight ends who he turns into serviceable starters in a year and a half. Two tackles and a guard.

Why do I want these things?

For two reasons. First of all, the game is won and lost in the trenches and I was reminded of this in the most painful and lasting way imaginable on Sunday. Secondly, and this is particularly directed at the offensive line, competition isn’t just good. In the NFL it is vital. I don’t know if Logan Mankins is coming back, I hope he is. But whether he is or is not, there is nothing wrong with putting a talented group of guys together in camp and saying, “hey, show us who wants to play. We want to dominate the line of scrimmage, which five guys will do it?” (Oh, and I want Matt Light in a plastic bag at the bottom of Crocker Pond) Continue reading

IF!!! We’re Going to Play 18 Games…

I’m not necessarily saying the NFL should go to an 18 game schedule. To me, I think it’s tough to tell these players they have to play 18 games from now on, because some have said that it’s not feasible, and I feel like it’s a tough thing to claim if you’re not in their shoes. The game has gotten more and more brutal for years, so maybe 18 games isn’t a great idea.

But as Chris Tucker once said, follow the rich white man. The owners want more, so eventually, no matter how hard they have to screw labor, they’ll get more.

The question then to me becomes, how do we take an 18 game schedule and make it more interesting? How can this change become more beneficial to fans? I’ve kicked this idea around a lot lately and while I’m revamping the schedules of entire leagues, I thought I’d throw this one out there. (Didn’t want the NCAA to feel special).

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Why Not Everybody?

The Tostitos “National Championship” game on Monday was one of the best games I’ve seen in a long time. I had to work the next morning and I got into bed at halftime with the game on my laptop and figured I would be asleep before the game returned.

I was riveted. It was incredible. As an avid sports fan from a non-college market, I want to be a fan of college football. But the lack of a playoff is killing me. And the thing that kills me is, we could fix it.

There were 35 bowls held this football season, this includes the BCS (Which Portnoy likes to call “Beyond Common Sense “) bowls and everything. Thirty-five games that provide participating schools with purses ranging from $325,000 to $17mil. BCS advocates make a big deal out of the fact that the bowls provide a destination for players and fans and a satisfaction derived from winning a bowl game.

I don’t dispute those claims (although I do wonder how important it is to some of the players who win the R+L Carriers bowl). I also don’t want to do away with the bowls we have today. I say the NCAA can make the bowls participate in a Darwinian competition for the teams their sponsors covet. Continue reading