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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

RIvera was never going anywhere. Just wishful thinking.

JR will hire a GM who is agreeable to this and really anything else. Similar to Hurney. Or I suppose everyone could take a 180 and do things differently than they have for a decade+, but I would be suprised.

I expect the best people to be put in place. If it's Rivera so be it but no other opion has higher expectations.

The guy I do question is Chud...are we really keeping him?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

We could have been 9-7 if we had only pulled out the first Atlanta game and Chicago. We could have been in playoff contention if we had won just one more game. The KC, Seattle, and Dallas games come to mind.


My comment is not directed specifically at you, but whenever I see comments about how close we were in several games, I remember that it works both ways.

Case in point...our last game at NO. If the official makes the right call on the Olsen fumble, that is quite possibly a 14 point swing in the outcome of the game, and we likely lose. Every close game typically has one or two plays you can point to that determine the outcome. I don't think that is valid evidence of how close we are to being a good team.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

My comment is not directed specifically at you, but whenever I see comments about how close we were in several games, I remember that it works both ways.

Case in point...our last game at NO. If the official makes the right call on the Olsen fumble, that is quite possibly a 14 point swing in the outcome of the game, and we likely lose. Every close game typically has one or two plays you can point to that determine the outcome. I don't think that is valid evidence of how close we are to being a good team.


You're right and that's why I hesitate to make statements like this. Perhaps I was just trying to be optimistic (which I'm usually not).

As further evidence to support the idea that we are a decent team...Bill Polian said in an interview that he felt like RR and staff did everything right in the first Atlanta loss, the Chicago loss, and the second Tampa Bay loss. He said that it was individual players who were to blame who didn't execute on the field.

Based on his expert analysis, I'd say that pretty good evidence that Rivera himself did ultimately affect positive growth in this team, even if some of his players let him down. I'll be the first to admit that there have been plenty of losses that RR could share in some of the blame...

But you have to think that with more experience, more time to prepare the team (conditioning and scheming), and hopefully some good personnel moves (depending on the new GM) those kinds of losses will become wins on the near future.

Still, in the NFC you needed to win 10 games. In reality, you are right...we weren't that close.


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