NFL 2016: Week 1

I've lol'd about five times reading this thread and we're only 1 page into the season.

Football is family.

Whenever Carolina kicks a field goal, I still expect John Kasay to run on the field.

It's easy to see so far why the Broncos felt comfortable cutting Sanchize loose. Siemian looks prepared to play.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons
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Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints: Oakland Raiders
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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Cowboys
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sigh.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins: Pittsburgh Steelers
This is probably the only matchup I have feelings about. Mostly because I can't see how the washington football racists will win.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers: Los Angeles Rams
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons
Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints: Oakland Raiders
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins: Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers: Los Angeles Rams

I have NO IDEA what OAK, LA, or DAL will be this year. I just know I want all of them to suck but I'm picking all of them to win Wk 1.

Collinsworth describing green dog blitzes. Nice when a network color TV guy actually knows something.

Carolina burning timeouts like they're firewood.

Well... game in Denver comes down to 50+ FG. Seems about right.

Andy Lee got the high snap down well. Not on him.

Trevor Semen (I DON'T CARE IT'S FUNNIER THAT WAY) looked significantly better than I expected.

"MMD Surprised By Semen"

wow. Half those hits on Newton would have gotten folks ejected if they were on Manning, Rodgers, Brees, or Brady.

http://deadspin.com/the-broncos-went...

Siemian looked calm and collected. Don't know how long it'll take for defenses to adjust on the fact that he's basically Alex Smith. You know, you don't have to cover deep at all.

Carolina lost this game because of poor coaching. I love Riverboat Ron for his riverboating, but his coaching staff continues to show that they aren't great at second half adjustments. Carolina moved the ball at will in the first half, but the Broncos adjustments in the second half shut them down.

Maybe I shouldn't say poor coaching so much as WADE PHILLIPS IS AMAZING.

Paleocon wrote:

wow. Half those hits on Newton would have gotten folks ejected if they were on Manning, Rodgers, Brees, or Brady.

http://deadspin.com/the-broncos-went...

Yeah, those noncalls are bad.

I apologize for missing this last month, but it's a Barnwell article that, well, the title says it all: Is Blake Bortles a budding star or a future flameout?

Note: I hate Barnwell being at ESPN where he has to keep bringing up QBR.

This is scary:

Going back through 1990, there have been 37 quarterbacks drafted in the first round who threw at least 500 attempts over their first two years in the league. The ANY/A+ stat calculates adjusted net yards per attempt and then normalizes the statistic for the era in which it was played; by that figure, Bortles is tied for 29th among 37 qualifying passers. He's tied with Jeff George and Christian Ponder and ahead of the likes of Kyle Boller, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Leaf. The only first-rounder with a worse ANY/A+ over his first two years to turn into a successful pro quarterback was Alex Smith.

Even worse, the guys directly ahead of Bortles are also disappointing: It's a list that includes Brandon Weeden, Cade McNown, Sam Bradford and Rick Mirer. The next guy by the statistic is Donovan McNabb, and the Jags would be happy if Bortles ended up having McNabb's career, but he's one of the few success stories lurking at this level of recent history.

garion333 wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

wow. Half those hits on Newton would have gotten folks ejected if they were on Manning, Rodgers, Brees, or Brady.

http://deadspin.com/the-broncos-went...

Yeah, those noncalls are bad.

It wasn't just the non calls. It was insane that he took that last hit and was never checked. I'm sitting on my couch looking at him wince, stretch his jaw and basically trying to pull it together from a TKO and nobody on the broadcast even mentions the word, "protocol"? I know announcers are in the tank for their corporate masters but come on. We're all thinking it.

And then the NFL today says that sideline spotters discussed the situation while the officials huddled on the two flags and agreed no need for checking him out. Yep, nothing to see here!

The intersection of race, power, money and violence in that one scene was amazing.

Top_Shelf wrote:
garion333 wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

wow. Half those hits on Newton would have gotten folks ejected if they were on Manning, Rodgers, Brees, or Brady.

http://deadspin.com/the-broncos-went...

Yeah, those noncalls are bad.

It wasn't just the non calls. It was insane that he took that last hit and was never checked. I'm sitting on my couch looking at him wince, stretch his jaw and basically trying to pull it together from a TKO and nobody on the broadcast even mentions the word, "protocol"? I know announcers are in the tank for their corporate masters but come on. We're all thinking it.

And then the NFL today says that sideline spotters discussed the situation while the officials huddled on the two flags and agreed no need for checking him out. Yep, nothing to see here!

The intersection of race, power, money and violence in that one scene was amazing.

Exactly. I spoke with a very pro NFL coworker of mine this morning who said that there is no way he would let his son play football. I posited that it has almost become modern Mandigo fighting.

It's not like Cam is having problems remembering what happened in the game.

Between multiple flagrant fouls not being called on the Broncos for cheap shots and Cam not being forcibly tossed into the concussion protocol on the sideline when it seemed pretty damn clear he needed to be, it was a less than stellar evening for the NFL's "safety initiatives". I mean, I will admit I was pretty fervently rooting for the Broncos in that game, but even I think the Panthers were screwed by the refs. There were several times 15 yards and a first down should have been given to Carolina.

I'm not unhappy with Carolina's performance last night. It was more good than bad (and there were plenty of bad moments). A few plays here and there -- and certainly a straighter kick at the end -- and Carolina takes the red-eye back to Charlotte with a 1-0 record.

Denver's headhunting last night was inexcusable. That the refs only called one is indefensible. That the Broncos did it in the first place -- and those m-----f-----s were launching themselves helmet-first at Cam's head is ...

... I'm so f-----g mad still, 12 hours after the game ended, that I lack the vocabulary to describe it. I thought the league might do something after The POS Giants WR Who Shall Not Be Named launched himself into Josh Norman last season in full view of me, you, god and every red-blooded American watching that football game. Joke's on me, right?

So, my revised list of NFL Teams That Should DIAF, in order:

1. Those headhunting orange and blue horsef*ckers
2-27: No one
28. Washington (#HTTRacists)
29 (tie): Saints, Falcons
31: Everyone who's not Carolina

F*ck the Broncos. F*ck Denver. F*ck John Elway's huge teeth. F*ck Melonhead for making me have to DVR every NFL game this season so I can FF all of those ads with him and his dopey brother.

#KeepPounding

The National Football League claims their "unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant" and other staff saw no signs of a concussion in Cam Newton. I'm fairly certain everyone with a keyboard and a microphone who watched that game last night is calling BS and wondering how the National Football League defines "unaffiliated." Or "neurotrauma." Or "consultant."

*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

It's so cute people think Chip Kelly is a coaching upgrade lol.

I wish you Eagle fans could have Jim Tomsula for a year. The wailing would be epic.

You young folk are hilarious

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich...

TheGameguru wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

It's so cute people think Chip Kelly is a coaching upgrade lol.

I wish you Eagle fans could have Jim Tomsula for a year. The wailing would be epic.

You young folk are hilarious

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich...

Rich Kotite's Eagles coaching career:
1991: 10-6
1992: 11-5
1993: 8-8
1994: 7-9

That must have been so terrible.

Kotite was a disaster for the Jets, but once again, trying to pass off an above-.500 Eagles coach as the worst thing ever.

Let's put it this way: to find an Eagles head coach who accumulated as much of a win-loss deficit in their career as Jim Tomsula did in one season, you have to go back to Marion Campbell in the early '80s.

You all have no idea what bad head coaching really looks like.

Usually you see teams get away with one of those hits a game. 5, on a QB, is ridiculous. I can't decide if it was pro Denver / home team or anti big, running, QB reffing.

Anyway, I'm surprised that Carolina doesn't have more dink and dunk plays up it's sleeves. You would have thought that they would have learned that 5 seconds to develop plays aren't going to cut it against that D.

EvilDead wrote:

Usually you see teams get away with one of those hits a game. 5, on a QB, is ridiculous. I can't decide if it was pro Denver / home team or anti big, running, QB reffing.

Probably a bit of both. Mobile QBs get their butts kicked more than pocket passers, because . . . they can defend themselves? The lack of calls last night was inexcusable regardless, but it's not like it's unheard of to have more mobile QBs not get calls. Last night's was just way the hell more egregious than usual.

*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

It's so cute people think Chip Kelly is a coaching upgrade lol.

I wish you Eagle fans could have Jim Tomsula for a year. The wailing would be epic.

You young folk are hilarious

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich...

Rich Kotite's Eagles coaching career:
1991: 10-6
1992: 11-5
1993: 8-8
1994: 7-9

That must have been so terrible.

Kotite was a disaster for the Jets, but once again, trying to pass off an above-.500 Eagles coach as the worst thing ever.

Both coaches had some talent on the team when they took over and failed miserably. In Kotites case he only got the chance because the owner disliked Ryan.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

Usually you see teams get away with one of those hits a game. 5, on a QB, is ridiculous. I can't decide if it was pro Denver / home team or anti big, running, QB reffing.

Probably a bit of both. Mobile QBs get their butts kicked more than pocket passers, because . . . they can defend themselves? The lack of calls last night was inexcusable regardless, but it's not like it's unheard of to have more mobile QBs not get calls. Last night's was just way the hell more egregious than usual.

There's also the pressure from this being the first game of the season and on at primetime. They were probably told to limit penalties so as not to slow the action down.

TheGameguru wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

It's so cute people think Chip Kelly is a coaching upgrade lol.

I wish you Eagle fans could have Jim Tomsula for a year. The wailing would be epic.

You young folk are hilarious

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich...

Rich Kotite's Eagles coaching career:
1991: 10-6
1992: 11-5
1993: 8-8
1994: 7-9

That must have been so terrible.

Kotite was a disaster for the Jets, but once again, trying to pass off an above-.500 Eagles coach as the worst thing ever.

Both coaches had some talent on the team when they took over and failed miserably. In Kotites case he only got the chance because the owner disliked Ryan.

I live near Cleveland.

/thread

TheGameguru wrote:

Both coaches had some talent on the team when they took over and failed miserably. In Kotites case he only got the chance because the owner disliked Ryan.

Yeah, and it would be fair to call the job he did "not very good".

But that's not remotely in the class of Tomsula, or Marty Mornhinweg, or any of the other true dumpster fires.

garion333 wrote:

I live near Cleveland.

/thread

Cleveland loses with coaches good and bad alike. Just as one man cannot turn back the tide with a teacup, no coach can shut down The Factory.

garion333 wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

Usually you see teams get away with one of those hits a game. 5, on a QB, is ridiculous. I can't decide if it was pro Denver / home team or anti big, running, QB reffing.

Probably a bit of both. Mobile QBs get their butts kicked more than pocket passers, because . . . they can defend themselves? The lack of calls last night was inexcusable regardless, but it's not like it's unheard of to have more mobile QBs not get calls. Last night's was just way the hell more egregious than usual.

There's also the pressure from this being the first game of the season and on at primetime. They were probably told to limit penalties so as not to slow the action down.

Yeah, I get that but you call the first one for a penalty and the rest don't likely happen. At least warn the D that they will be penalized if it continues.