NFL 2018: Super Bowl 53

Whew, article at ESPN basically laying out how f-ing stupid Haslam is as the Browns owner. This bit was news to me:

After a few rounds of interviews, the brass voted. It was 4-1 in favor of Sean McDermott, the Panthers' defensive coordinator, a coach who had crushed his interview and was known to be open to new ideas.

Haslam voted for Hue Jackson, the former Raiders head coach and then-Bengals offensive coordinator. Jackson was a respected playcaller and teacher, especially with quarterbacks. Haslam told the group he felt Jackson could relate better to players. Jackson knew how hard it was to get a second chance as a head coach, and he was nervous about the rebuilding plan. He would later tell friends the team undersold him on the extremeness of the rebuilding plan, a charge that Browns executives found absurd, given the level of detail shared during the interview process.

DePodesta wrote Haslam an email arguing that the Jackson hire went against many of the characteristics of successful coaches they had discussed. Brown met with Haslam -- there's always a race to be the last one to talk to Haslam before a big decision -- and told him he thought hiring Jackson would be a bad call. "I hear you," Haslam said.

Then Haslam flew to Cincinnati and hired Jackson, who would report directly to ownership.

As someone who watched Hard Knocks solely for Browns dysfunction, I'm now disappointed.

Rat Boy wrote:

Derek Carr feuding with First Take's Max Kellerman. I can't even with the Raiders anymore.

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How did you not quote this part:

Marketing executives wanted employees to see how fans were engaging with the Browns on social media, so they projected the Browns feed onto a giant wall at the facility. It was like broadcasting talk radio over the entire building, and one day in particular, it was worse than that. One of the marketing staffers entered a search for #dp -- for Dawg Pound. The problem was, that hashtag carried a few different meanings, one of which triggered an array of porn to be broadcast onto a wall for the entire office to see for more than 20 minutes, until a tech employee killed the feed.

That is gold. I'm gonna use #dp for everything Browns related from now on.

Yes. For everything Browns related. That'll...that'll be my reasoning too.

I dunno, porn on the walls of a football team didn't seem that strange to me.

garion333 wrote:

I dunno, porn on the walls of a football team didn't seem that strange to me.

It's the way that it got there!

"Let's start a new fan club for our star QB. Baker's Browns Club! #bbc"

I’m liking Ricky Williams in Big Brother. In the last episode he won the Power of Veto, which lets him remove a nominee and forces the HoH to pick a new nominee to be one of three to be voted out.

So the guys that have been pretty much running things asked him to use it, because they are going to put up one of the women they are working with because they are paranoid. He said he would think about it.

Next scene is Ricky talking to the women they were working with and telling them what he was just told. My wife’s and my reaction was bewilderment as to why he would that.

Next scene is his diary room, telling us he decided to use the nod to freak everyone out and keep them shook up. He figures he will be the most calm and collected player, so he wants to keep the pot stirred.

And it worked. He doesn’t use the PoV, and now caps ensues. And no one is looking at him at all.

Otherwise, about all we got from him in the house was an eye roll when The Mooch said something about Trump. Otherwise, he’s seriously just chillin’.

Not sure what his chances are yet, but I’m rooting for him.

I would say that Big Brother talk might belong in its own thread, but anything to distract me from this Super Bowl is welcome right now.

Maybe I'll even watch the Pro Bowl! Holy hell I can't remember how long it's been since I've actually watched one.

Only bringing up Ricky Williams in relation to the thread. But I don’t think there is a need to post much more about it, unless he does something more interesting.

I have the skills competition recorded, and will watch that later tonight or tomorrow. Up in the air on the Pro Bowl. Mostly just want to watch more of Mahomes.

Still think they should make the Pro Bowl a flag football game. I think it would actually be a lot of fun to watch.

Jayhawker wrote:

Still think they should make the Pro Bowl a flag football game. I think it would actually be a lot of fun to watch.

They should make the Pro Bowl as crazy as possible, like the old celebrity all star basketball games MTV did back in the day. You're not going to get people to tune in for crap football, so you might as well make it gonzo football.

Exactly!

Rat Boy wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Still think they should make the Pro Bowl a flag football game. I think it would actually be a lot of fun to watch.

They should make the Pro Bowl as crazy as possible, like the old celebrity all star basketball games MTV did back in the day. You're not going to get people to tune in for crap football, so you might as well make it gonzo football.

They did Rock 'N Jock football. Exhibit A:

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I’m glad after a season of looking partly respectable (I still contend CLE wins that division if Jackson is fired last season) my Browns can go back to being the laughing stock of the league.

*Legion* wrote:

How did you not quote this part:

Marketing executives wanted employees to see how fans were engaging with the Browns on social media, so they projected the Browns feed onto a giant wall at the facility. It was like broadcasting talk radio over the entire building, and one day in particular, it was worse than that. One of the marketing staffers entered a search for #dp -- for Dawg Pound. The problem was, that hashtag carried a few different meanings, one of which triggered an array of porn to be broadcast onto a wall for the entire office to see for more than 20 minutes, until a tech employee killed the feed.

That is gold. I'm gonna use #dp for everything Browns related from now on.

Wow! That even tops the Jag Rag!

garion333 wrote:

Edit: I think that is kind of a like a "well duh!" Not exactly throwing long passes in 2 seconds. It feels like most of the deep ball throws seem like planned plays. Most of the time it's see if the slant or out is available then checkdown.

Joey Bosa

“I was there in two or two and a half seconds and it was long gone,” Bosa said.

At another point in the game, Bosa told Brady, “Stop throwing the ball so fast.”

On the sideline after another Patriots drive, Bosa told a teammate, “He really is ridiculous, how quick he can get rid of the ball.”

EvilDead wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Edit: I think that is kind of a like a "well duh!" Not exactly throwing long passes in 2 seconds. It feels like most of the deep ball throws seem like planned plays. Most of the time it's see if the slant or out is available then checkdown.

Joey Bosa

“I was there in two or two and a half seconds and it was long gone,” Bosa said.

At another point in the game, Bosa told Brady, “Stop throwing the ball so fast.”

On the sideline after another Patriots drive, Bosa told a teammate, “He really is ridiculous, how quick he can get rid of the ball.”

It will be interesting to see if the Rams try a 4 6 Defense in the first half and then switch to something different in the second half.. No lead is safe from Brady though so the pressure will be on the offense to match every score with their own score. The Brady that the Giants beat with their defense isnt as good as this Brady despite the age difference.

EvilDead wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Edit: I think that is kind of a like a "well duh!" Not exactly throwing long passes in 2 seconds. It feels like most of the deep ball throws seem like planned plays. Most of the time it's see if the slant or out is available then checkdown.

Joey Bosa

“I was there in two or two and a half seconds and it was long gone,” Bosa said.

At another point in the game, Bosa told Brady, “Stop throwing the ball so fast.”

On the sideline after another Patriots drive, Bosa told a teammate, “He really is ridiculous, how quick he can get rid of the ball.”

Aaron Donald, you're our only hope.

TheGameguru wrote:

It will be interesting to see if the Rams try a 4 6 Defense in the first half and then switch to something different in the second half.. No lead is safe from Brady though so the pressure will be on the offense to match every score with their own score. The Brady that the Giants beat with their defense isnt as good as this Brady despite the age difference.

garion333 wrote:

Aaron Donald, you're our only hope.

For me the most interesting matchup of the game is going to be the Rams ridiculously stacked/talented defensive line vs the Patriots O line that is somehow playing lights out lately.

* checks this thread *

Is it the Super Bowl yet?

* exits *

Tom Brady was not the first "TB12"

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There was an FBI raid this morning in the neighborhood where Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson lives, which led to one arrest.

His neighbor is the Penguin?

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The Washington Racial Slurs apparently believe that Alex Smith will miss the entire 2019 season.

For the man, this is such terrible news. He had his team at 6-4 and in the playoff hunt, and the team went 1-3 without him.

For the team, it really hamstrings their 2019. Not only do they not have Smith, they don't have his $20m of cap space. Worse, they only have $15m of free space on 2019's cap, well below the leave average. Besides extending Brandon Scherff, they don't have a lot of obvious slam dunk moves to make significantly more space. Josh Norman could be in jeopardy.

I have to wonder if this puts the team in the market for a rookie QB. Missing all of this year means Smith will be 36 before taking another snap. The cap situation means you're either looking at a rookie, or a cheap short term veteran.

Maybe if they change their name their luck will change too. Until then... f*ck em.

Watched the Pro Bowl last night, only because it was the season finale of the Mahomes Chronicles. The gameplay was predictably awful. The AFC romped for a win, mostly because they they tended to get closer to full speed than the AFC. Most plays felt like half-speed. Since there was constant rain, players really avoided contact.

Well, except for Jamal Adams.

No apologies: Jamal Adams, AFC triumph in rainy, casual Pro Bowl

Adams earned defensive MVP honors with an interception and a sack in the AFC’s 26-7 victory Sunday under a constant rain at Camping World Stadium, but four days earlier, he went viral when cameras caught him taking a break from signing autographs to blindside the Patriots mascot with a tackle after an otherwise non-contact practice Wednesday.

Again on Sunday, there was Adams still in regular-season mode, as he clotheslined AFC teammate and Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard as the two went up for a potential interception. Later, the NFC attempted a flea flicker, but as running back Alvin Kamara’s flip back to quarterback Mitch Trubisky floated too high, a blitzing Adams dropped Trubisky with one of the few real hits of the day.

NFC coach Jason Garrett actually threw the challenge flag, arguing the blitz was not allowed under Pro Bowl rules, only to be told it was not a reviewable matter; he then followed with a successful fake punt run by Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, immediately followed by a failed trick play where Vikings receiver Adam Thielen attempted a long pass that was intercepted by … Adams. Full-circle Pro Bowl craziness.

That sequence was a surreal, as Adams really blasted Trubisky on a day when sacking the QB required nothing more than two hand touch. The Thielen pass was funny, as he had a great day in the precision passing portion of the Skills Competition. This year they had one non-QB for each conference. Von Miller was the AFC choice. Theilen had 10 points , which more then a a few of the QBs. But in game, he tossed floater that was an easy pick.

As a Chiefs fan, the game delivered. Mahomes won offensive MVP by throwing a TD pass on the first drive, and feeding the ball to FB Anthony Sherman for a 1 year TD run. Sherman also had 3 catches for 92 yards, and they tried to get him a second TD at the end.

Late in the game it just got weird, as they let whoever wanted to play on each side of the ball play.

On one play, Mike Evens intercepted a Deshaun Watson pass, and then proceeded to pitch the ball back to keep the play alive, eventually getting it to Saquan Barkley, yes, also on defense, and he juked his way across mid field before pitching it agin for more yards. Later, Jalen Ramsey caught the last TD pass.

It wasn't a terrible time watching, even if the gameplay was terrible. There were no Patriot or Rams players, so that was a huge plus.

Was really bummed on Thursday, as I watched the Skills competition. Apparently, it was filmed too early, so none of the Saints or Chiefs were there in time to participate. It was mostly fun. Jim Kelly, the coach of the AFC, was having the time of his life, and that was awesome to see.