NFL 2019: Divisional Weekend!!

I feel like Isaac Hayes' life and death in and around the Church of Scientology got really buried.

Rat Boy wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

Marshawn Lynch spoke to the press after the game. That's the post.

I'm seeing a whole lot of white people say "Mentals" and "Chicken" in concert with the national title game and while as a white man I shouldn't be offering such suggestions to black people, but you might want to, if you'll forgive the baseball analogy, change your signs.

that was a weird Popeye's commercial

So we're going to skip over Antonio Brown's latest? Guess we are all just getting numb to it.

I think he's out of the NFL, so, yeah, don't much care. He's clearly f-ed in the head now. He can go away.

TheGameguru wrote:

So we're going to skip over Antonio Brown's latest? Guess we are all just getting numb to it.

Numbness + if you feed the troll it keeps on growing.

I have negative interest in anything AB does unless it's on the field.

jowner wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

So we're going to skip over Antonio Brown's latest? Guess we are all just getting numb to it.

Numbness + if you feed the troll it keeps on growing.

I have negative interest in anything AB does unless it's on the field.

I saw AB's name in a headline and that's all I needed to scroll past it; I didn't know what he'd done because I didn't read it, and, now that I've looked up the story, I look forward to scrolling past more stories in the future. He's done, and who knows what kind of stupid desperate sh*t he'll do now after his money runs out and he doesn't know what to do.

Yep. I saw AB’s face in a Twitter post but kept on scrolling. Seriously could not care less about him.

One picture describing Mahomes' absurdness perfectly.

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I've been laid up after surgery and have been enjoying watching the games. I have been happy at how fairly evenly matched the teams were until this past weekend. What I found most amusing is all the teams i picked ended up in the Division playoffs. Then I had to decide which of them I wanted this past weekend. I think I have settled on SF and KC which is rotten as they are playing each other. Though the Titans are running strong for me to. It is always entertaining watching sports when on narcotic pain medicine LOL. No matter what, I am enjoying good football. As for individual players antics, I decided long ago that you cannot change a persons base personality and some flaws are far worse than others. I try to ignore them unless it is really rotten like wife beating etc.

Stephen A today was talking about how folks connected to both Dave Duerson and Seau were telling him how struck they were by the similar types of behavior they observed with their situation. Stephen A talked about how those two hurt themselves and that all he could think about was, "What if AB hurts someone else?"

Celebrities acting out is one thing (boring, don't care).

People with actual mental health issues is no joke.

Yeah, it's unfortunate that it really seems like AB has been hit in the head one too many times. That one hit from Burfict was not good at all and it truly seems like he hasn't been the same since, if not earlier.

Stefanski denies the report about submitting gameplans to the analytics department, though basically every other word that's come out of his mouth since being hired has been in support of the analytics department. Almost like they're the ones deciding on his hiring.

Interestingly, no denial about the weekly hours-long meetings with ownership.

Time will tell, but my money is on the reports at least being within the neighborhood of the reality.

Its totally not out of the scope of reality, for any team. You can't tell me that doesn't have the hubris to think it should be reality. And it wouldn't have to be just NFL owners.

Bears hire Bill Lazor to be the new offensive coordinator, which will undoubtedly rank among the least inspiring hires that will happen for the 2020 season.

Lazor is best known for being the offensive coordinator in Miami in 2014-2015 (where he badly mismanaged the relationship with Ryan Tannehill) and being the Bengals OC in 2017-2018 (ie. Dalton's post-Hue fall from grace).

If Lazor thought Tannehill was not a good QB (something he reportedly complained about to everyone in Miami), boy is he going to enjoy trying to make something of Trubisky.

I don't know what the Bears are doing here.

Funny, that's exactly how I feel about Ryan Pace too!

Panthers hired a new OC: Guy named Joe Brady? Anyone heard of him?

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*Legion* wrote:

Bears hire Bill Lazor to be the new offensive coordinator, which will undoubtedly rank among the least inspiring hires that will happen for the 2020 season.

Lazor is best known for being the offensive coordinator in Miami in 2014-2015 (where he badly mismanaged the relationship with Ryan Tannehill) and being the Bengals OC in 2017-2018 (ie. Dalton's post-Hue fall from grace).

If Lazor thought Tannehill was not a good QB (something he reportedly complained about to everyone in Miami), boy is he going to enjoy trying to make something of Trubisky.

I don't know what the Bears are doing here.

Recency bias with Tannehill now suddenly in the AFC Championship game someone on the Bears looked at who was within a few degrees of separation and bingo Lazor is going to turn Trubisky into Tannehill.

garion333 wrote:

From Barnwell's article today:

The Texans, on the other hand, came out with the exact plan you would have expected and never wavered. Mahomes was the best quarterback in the league against zone coverage during the regular season, and the Texans had success in their regular-season win over the Chiefs by playing more man coverage against Kansas City's weapons.

You'll never guess what Andy Reid did during the bye week: He loaded up all kinds of man-coverage beaters and figured the Texans would never adjust. He was right. The Texans stuck with man coverage and watched Kelce set back rookie defensive back Lonnie Johnson's career with the sort of game we'll associate with Johnson for years. With the Chiefs repeatedly isolating Kelce on the backside of plays and daring the Texans to leave Johnson one-on-one against their star tight end, Kelce caught 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Kelce also drew two pass interference calls for 43 yards against Johnson in coverage. The only respite the Texans had from Kelce came when the star tight end briefly sat out after halftime with a hamstring tweak.

Circling back around to this bit. I've watched a bit of the all-22 on this game, and I wish I had time to make a montage of Texans defensive backs lining up like press corners, and then getting absolutely no hands on the Chiefs receivers (except, sometimes, downfield in the forms of PI and holding grabs).

Playing press man is the way to slow down the Chiefs offense, but not if you've got a secondary that couldn't press a button.

KC dialed up a bunch of man-beaters, it's true, but a lot of them weren't even targeted with throws. You don't need to beat the press with scheme when the guys can't press. It's not even that they were trying and then getting burnt. They were hardly even trying.

Look at this. Texan defenders right up on the line of scrimmage in the face of 4 receivers. How many of them get even a finger on their man? Just Bradley Roby (#21) and only a little. This is what almost the entire game looks like. Texans defenders lining up in the face of Chiefs receivers, then putting zero press on them:

It's not totally accurate to say the Texans never tried to adjust, they just failed miserably when they did. This play has them showing man coverage, then bailing out into a cover 3 right before the snap. The Chiefs run 4 verticals, which makes the read come down to the two inside routes. One of the shallow defenders carries his guy upfield, and covers him decently well. The other - Watkins - runs free, thanks to the shallow defender having to cover the back out in the flat. The deep center safety, Justin Reid, is oblivious to Watkins. We see Bradley Roby abandon his guy in reaction to the throw and chase Watkins long before Reid reacts. Reid is so fixated on Hardman that he never sees anything else:

Luke Kuechly just announced his retirement.

He's only 28 years old.

28 and had his brain scrambled three times on the field.

Real downer to hear Kuechly is retiring but also sobering. The NFL breaks people.

Luck and Kuechly, in the same offseason.

I think this is maybe what the kids these days call "a sign of trouble".

Rat Boy wrote:

Luke Kuechly retires.

Well, it explains something about why he was off this year.

Shame, he's such a good player.

Rat Boy wrote:

Luke Kuechly retires.

Jesus. I'm not sure I can deal with all of this change.

Good for Luke for walking away with his health. But, man, what an offseason. And what a brutal game.

Great player, and good on him for making this decision while he still can.

Here's a picture of former Twins pitcher Pat Mahomes and some kid:

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Spoiler:

It took me far too long to realize that Patrick was Pat's son. I just thought it was interesting that they had the same name.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Here's a picture of former Twins pitcher Pat Mahomes and some kid:

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/8PD9rMu.jpg)

Spoiler:

It took me far too long to realize that Patrick was Pat's son. I just thought it was interesting that they had the same name.

Yet he played football...

I honestly thought Kyler Murray would of played baseball also. Then again I keep forgetting how marginal baseball has become despite the huge money.

It's kinda at odds with the other thing going on in this thread on this page. Some players are quitting the game early once the NFL really does it's number on their bodies yet some players with legit other options are still opting for the NFL.

NFL doesn't have a minor league to toil in for five years. You can get paid straight out of college and be set for life. It's also hella fun compared to baseball.

garion333 wrote:

NFL doesn't have a minor league to toil in for five years. You can get paid straight out of college and be set for life. It's also hella fun compared to baseball.

Kyler Murray got $35m guaranteed in the NFL.

The #1 overall picks in the MLB draft in the last four years got about $7m to $8m signing bonus each, and have been in the minor leagues their whole careers so far.

If Murray is any good, he'll cash in again with his 5th year option and start negotiating his 2nd contract while some of those guys are still scratching to even make an MLB roster.