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Postby shushu » 14 Mar 2019, 03:11

Nick Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide said in a recent interview "success is not a continuum". So true. It is one thing to create a winning football team, and another to keep it winning. Each and every week it changes. The NFL creates a unique interest of not who is "the best", but much more who is "the best this week". I cant believe the Dallas Cowboys gave up 40 first downs and 625 yards of offence to the Saints. I didnt think they would win and logic says the Saints would move the ball. But 40 first downs? At first I didnt believe what I thought I was hearing and when I saw it in print I figured it was a misprint. But it is the truth - 40 first downs allowed which is 10 per quarter. Are there reasons for what has to be classified as a major breakdown? Yes and they are genuine. Just like last year the Cowboys cant stay healthy. Of the 12 starters that were to be every-play players, only four now remain. On offence your absolute key component is the quarterback and on defence if you lose one particular player, its not as easy to define as it affects everything. When Dallas lost Sean Lee at the middle linebacker position they fell apart. It truly shows the value of Lee in that you dont know what you have until its gone. I honestly believe that in modern football it is not the best team that wins as much as its the team that can stay the healthiest the longest or get healthy at the right time that wins. When Dallas started the season their defensive line was DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer. All that remains is Ware who is not 100 per cent. With 6 games left Dallas has a winnable schedule but confidence through this bye week must be low. 40 first downs, an NFL record is an amazing accomplishment for the Saints and an amazing concern for the Dallas Cowboys. On Incognito So Richie Incognito spoke and I dont buy it and wish it would go away. I was fortunate to play five years of Division I football against excellent competition. 12 years of pro football in both leagues and Im finishing my 15th year following football as closely as I can for TSN. I have never heard any player say what Incognito said to Martin in a private message. I have heard plenty of moments involving threats, race and every possible subject. But they were in the heat of the game or more often practice and they were very short bursts and completely within the reality of the intensity of the game. I dont buy it. I do feel, as many others so, that the analogy of this was a domestic situation gone public but for those who may think this is the norm, it is not. The locker room can be a rough place but it also is an intelligent place. Both extremes can exist at any given moment. Jonathan Martin should not have left the Dolphins and I sense he has had enough of football and thats okay. But the source is Incognito, and the reality is his values and personality are abrasive. That is putting it mildly. Roaring Lions In Detroit the Lions are in control of the NFC North. Green Bay has to wait for Aaron Rodgers, Chicago has lost twice to Detroit this season already and the Vikings are re-building. And there is a discussion that Calvin Johnson should be the NFL MVP in 2013. I have no problem with that. Sometimes in football its very easy to define why you win or lose. On offence if you can keep both safeties off the line of scrimmage because you have a receiver so good that you must play deep coverage you are going to move the ball with a good or even average running back. Detroit has that with Johnson and now Reggie Bush. Many talk about the physical gifts of Calvin Johnson, but theres not enough talk about the fact he is a very good receiver. Pattern runner. Catches everything. Blocks effectively. His value to Detroit is that he influences even the best NFL defences which does make him a viable MVP candidate. More Than Their Record I was watching the Monday Night Football game and thinking that that was a pretty good 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneer team. I often talk about opportunity in football. Recognizing it is Step 1 and taking advantage of it is Step 2. Often it is about players that dont but when it comes to Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, you know that he is. Jon Gruden had the perfect comparison when he connected him to Joe Flacco but Glennon at this point may have a better arc. His throws are, well, pretty. They look good. Fast, hard, accurate and parallel to the ground when needed. Glennon is going to put on a bit more weight, continue to lead and establish himself this year as the present and the future of the Bucs. Carl Nicks is one of the best guards in football. When he played beside Donald Penn the Bucs had the best left side in football but now Penn is injured and you cant see it happen. I know many have said fire head coach Greg Schiano and it is an easy argument. But now I say wait and play the season out. Heart of the Eagles In Philadelphia the future is Nick Foles. Sixteen touchdown passes and one interception for a quarterback in his second year is not luck. It is understanding offences and directing everyone. Understanding defences and reacting correctly to all of them. Philadelphia has exceptional speed and this is without Jeremy Maclin so with that speed you must have a good deep ball thrower with time. Foles is an excellent deep ball thrower and left tackle Jason Peters and No. 1 pick Lane Johnson will provide the time. The NFC is a wide open division. Both the Redskins and Giants at 3-6 have to win all seven of their remaining games to get to 10. The Cowboys and Eagles are 5-5 and need to win five of six to get to 10. 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Both had to wait out a rain interruption lasting nearly five hours before taking comprehensive third-round victories to join Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1986), Patricia Hy-Boulais (1996-97) and Daniel Nestor (1999) as Canadians who made it into the second week of a major.Philadelphia, PA ( - Martin Brodeur finally decided to hang up his pads this week, a decision that was hardly surprising considering the future Hall of Famer has nothing left to prove on the ice. The big question now is whether the longtime face of the New Jersey Devils plans to spend his post-playing career in the Garden State or if hell make his new home in St. Louis a permanent one? The 42-year-old goaltender ended his magnificent career as a member of the Blues and is following up his retirement announcement on Thursday by immediately joining the Blues front office as a senior advisor to St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong. But, is Brodeurs decision to take the job in St. Louis a sign he is still bitter about the way things ended in New Jersey, or is the advisory position simply a stop-gap before he eventually transitions to front office work for the Devils? Lou Lamoriello, the Devils longtime GM and the man who drafted Brodeur in the first round way back in 1990, doesnt seem worried that his former franchise goaltender will choose St. Louis over Newark in the long run. To hear Lamoriello explain it, Brodeurs decision to take on a role in the Blues front office is simply a case of the veteran fulfilling a commitment to a club that gave him one last shot at manning an NHL crease. Lamoriello has said hes made a standing offer for Brodeur to join the Devils front office whenever he was ready to retire from the game, and the goalie couldve accepted the offer right now. He could have come back even now if he wanted to, but this is something he and I talked about, Lamoriello said. He made a commitment to St. Louis. They gave him a chance and players asked him to stay, so hell travel with the team and be in the coaches meetings with players. He might even find out whether he likes this business or not, who knows? But, until Brodeur himself chimes in and gives credence to Lamoriellos take on the situation, there will continue to be speculation that the legendary goalie is snubbing the Devils. Most of this drama stems from the way Brodeur left New Jersey, a franchise he won three Stanley Cups with while rewriting the NHL record book over a consistently great 21-season run. In the end, however, it was pretty clear Brodeur was unable to end his time with the Devils on his own terms. The club made a splash at the 2013 NHL Draft by acquiring Cory Schneider in a blockbuster trade with the Vancouver Canucks, a move which signaled the beginning of the end for Brodeurs playing days in New Jersey. Brodeur and Schneider had a fairly even share of net duties during their one season together with the Devils, with the younger netminder making 43 starts to Brodeurs 39. Although Brodeur boasted the better record -- 19-14-6 to Schneiders 16-15-112 mark -- the new kid on the blocks season was superior to the cagey veteran in just about every other way.dddddddddddd Schneider boasted a 1.97 goals against average and a solid .921 save percentage during his debut campaign with the Devils, while Brodeur struggled to a 2.51 GAA and .901 save percentage. Flash forward to the present and Schneider is still sporting a .921 save percentage this season while making 42 of New Jerseys 48 starts. Brodeur, meanwhile, had a 2.87 GAA and .899 save percentage in seven appearances with the Blues, a team that counts itself among the best defensive clubs in the NHL. Although it was obvious both last season and in 2014-15 that Lamoriello made the right decision in choosing the present over the past, it never seemed to sit right with Brodeur. To his credit, the always honest Brodeur made it known he wasnt happy about being forced to share starts with Schneider. Some folks would call his attitude selfish and they wouldnt be wrong, but it was more complicated than that. After all, having a bottomless supply of confidence in his abilities is one of many things that made Brodeur perhaps the greatest goaltender of all time. Simply agreeing with public opinion about Schneider being the better option in net for the Devils would not have been consistent with what weve come to know and love about Brodeur. And its hard to blame Brodeur for not taking other peoples opinions about his play to heart. Long before Schneider arrived in Jersey, the critics declared Brodeur should call it quits, only to watch as the cagey veteran proved himself still worthy of an NHL starting job. One of those junctures came as recently as the spring of 2012 when Brodeur anchored the Devils run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Heading into that postseason the majority of us covering hockey believed Brodeur was too old to get it done in the playoffs anymore but he proved us wrong. This week, however, Brodeur finally accepted the inevitable and called it a career. But just because he eventually arrived at the same conclusion as Lamoriello did when opted not to re-sign Brodeur last summer, doesnt mean he is over the perceived snub. Maybe we should believe Lamoriello when he says everything is hunky dory with him and Brodeur. This could turn out to be a case of much ado about nothing if this summer Brodeur cuts tied with the Blues and takes a job with the Devils just like Lou said he would. Then again, if Brodeur keeps his post with St. Louis into next season it will become increasingly difficult to take Lamoriello at his word regarding this situation. Like everyone else, the hockey media loves a conspiracy. So, until Brodeur gives us a real reason to stop speculating theres a rift between him and Lamoriello this story isnt going anywhere. ' ' '
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