Players are are playing reactive and not proactive. I think teams have figured out that if you can slow play our defense you can use their aggressiveness against them, and now the defense is too worried about giving up big plays to play downhill. They just need to get it out of their system.
It actually means quite a bit. If you have never spent a day in the desert or understand what and how things go down over there shut your fugging mouth.
If you have zero knowledge of a chain of command or how mother fugging easy it is to keep it "in house" shut your fugging mouth. And, if you have no idea what it means for a young LT trying to bury his troops to get another bar shut your fugging mouth. I do, and the analogy works.
Yeah, Rivera's really looking to make his bones so he can move up to head coach.
Chandler didn't have his feet set properly. It has very little do with strength. And the way some of you comment about players makes me wonder what athletic marvel you've last achieved in your life. Wiping your ass with your off hand doesn't count.
When I sat down to talk with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last summer, I noticed a real change in him, a maturing man who seemed light years away from the Newton of his first two seasons.
Then again, as some of the recent NFL happenings have reminded us -- like Adrian Peterson -- the small glimpse into the players' football lives only gives us a chance to make snap decisions about who we think they are as people. But when I left the interview with Newton that day, I thought he came off as a more reflective quarterback, one more willing to take on the responsibilities of playing the marquee position in sports.
The notion that he was a player who didn't care, a quarterback who could only succeed in some gimmicked-up offense to take advantage of his legs, with a look-at-me attitude of a player who would never lead a team the right way seemed something he wanted to disprove -- and would disprove.
Fourteen months later, I think we're seeing just that, which is why we are watching a different Newton play quarterback. His numbers aren't outrageously gaudy, but Newton is playing one of heck of a brand of quarterback for the Panthers right now.
What is it that Dilfer said that was so wrong? He never knocks Cam or his ability at all and if you hear that it is because that is what you wanted to hear. He discusses the use of Cam and questions if it is sustainable. He mentions that he played for Shula and talks about his coaching tendencies. He even says that if you have a QB that is 6' 5", 240 lbs, and can run like Cam then maybe running him in those situations is what you should do. He said it is different, and he is right.
Look at this stat line and tell me it's not "different" :
Newton 17 Rushes, 107 yds, 1 TD
Whittaker 9 Rushes, 25 yds, 0 TD's
Reaves 8 rushed, 15 yds, 0 TDS.
That's entirely ignoring the real meat of his comments, in that he believed the coaching staff didn't believe in Cam as a passer to win with the game on the line. Which is not remotely true to anyone who watched the game. Did Cam run too much? Sure. Did the coaches not trust his arm? Hell no.
See, threads like this is why it's impossible to take the Huddle seriously. So much overreaction and focusing on irrelevant issues when the actual problems get completely overlooked because they'd require having more than rudimentary understanding of football.