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San Diego is a much bigger threat than Miami.  Miami is done.  Chargers have a very realistic shot at winning out, particularly given their history of finishing strong.  I know they've looked atrocious but I wouldn't put it past Norv Turner to save his job by winning out (which if they did, they'd make the playoffs).  Check out their schedule:

 

Bengals, Steelers, Panthers, Jets, Raiders

 

All of those games are winnable. 

 

The Dolphins play the Patriots twice, the 9ers once and division foe Buffalo.  I'm not even sure why they were considered in this article! 

 

As much as I hate them, it'd be foolish to sleep on the Chargers and their favorable schedule down the stretch.

1 year, 9 months ago on Fun with Playoff Scenarios

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In watching the interviews, I felt the Grigson presented himself as supremely intelligent and as a leader. Maybe my optimism is naive, but let me be.  It is my optimism and I'm enjoying the prospect of a new-look Colts team.

2 years, 4 months ago on Colts GM Grigson Shows Genius in 2012 NFL Draft | May

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Honestly, the thought of him playing in Denver petrifies.  Woody Paige (Denver Post) has suggested that Elway has offered an ownership share when he retires.  Compound that with a 5 year, 90 Mil. deal and we could have disaster because Manning's career and identity could be transformed into a Denver Bronco.

 

Lets say Peyton plays all five years of this contract, wins two super bowls, breaks every passing record and when he retires takes a front office position with the Broncos.  These things PROBABLY won't happen, but they could.  If this happens, Manning's legacy could be drastically changed. 

 

Whose jersey would he retire in?  Maybe it is still as a Colt, but I think that there would actually be discussion about it. That for me would be the most demoralizing thing of all.  I hope for Peyton's success, but I don't want to watch highlights of him in another jersey, or worse yet, see him go into the Hall in a Bronco's jersey.  I may be being irrational, but that's the job of a fan, right?

2 years, 6 months ago on On Manning, Pride, and Legacies | March

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Incredible... What an awful day to be a Colts fan... Tomorrow will be a day of reflection and thankfulness for everything that Manning meant to me, my family, the state of Indiana, and the Colts.  Thanks for everything Peyton, but today is a day of mourning.  One of the worst days in the history of sports for me.

2 years, 6 months ago on Peyton is Gone. | March

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@dmstorm22@Nate Dunlevy Sure, Down and distance as well as field position matter. For example, I didn't have a problem with the Time-out the Giants took when they were backed up inside the 10. As frustrating as a delay of game penalty is (inexcusable really) I understand taking the time-out deep in your own territory in the 4th quarter of a 2 pt game. 5 yards in that situation can be the difference between a safety and a sack.

When it is on the opposing teams 40 with 9 minutes left 3rd and 5 down 2 pts in the Super Bowl though, the TO seems to be worth an infinite amount more than the 5 yards.

Nate, do you have a link?

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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@kasey_junk But a lot of teams have charts and such on the sideline, right?

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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I always thought that coaches were meticulous about these sorts of things. Don't they have charts and assistants and the benefit of computers to spit out percentages and proper decisions? I know these coaches are brilliant and that there is so much going on in the game, but sometimes the game-time decisions of coaches really makes me scratch my head.

With that said, I'd love to see Nate or the guys at PFT look at the statistics and see the value of 5 yards versus a time-out :) Please, Nate?!

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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Has there ever been a post here about the value of time-outs in relation to taking a delay of game penalty?

As Nate pointed out, Coughlin was badly outcoached, and I think that there were a number of STUPID plays the Giants made that SHOULD have cost them the game. The one that really sticks out to me though is the time-out on 3rd and 5 from roughly the Patriot 40 yard line. They took the time-out...then subsequently got a false start penalty.

My question is, in that particular situation (down 2) at that point on the field at that time in the game, aren't you close to 4 down territory anyway if you get close? And if it remains 4 & 10 you punt. Either way you gain very little and lose a valuable timeout.

This all makes perfect sense to me, but it seems that coaches always try and call a timeout when the playclock runs down. I'd love to see thoughts on this!

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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