My last year coaching college basketball my team finished 26-4. One of my claims to fame that season… I would always know when the other team quit on the court. I would call timeout, look at my players on the bench and say, “Guys, they just packed it in, they are done!” After the timeout we would usually go on a 10 to 18-point run. Now, some teams didn’t quit but when they did, I knew it right away. Some teams have already quit on their coach in the NFL.
Here are 5 things the Sports Whisperer learned about week 9 in the NFL.
#5) The Giants and Broncos quit on their coaches:
The New York Giants lost to the LA Rams 51-17 and the Denver Broncos lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 51-23. The Giants were ranked #2 in defense last season and the Broncos defense was known as “The No Fly Zone.” The Eagles were up 31-9 at halftime and the Rams were up 48-10 going into the 4th quarter. Both NY and Denver have a ton of talent on defense and they underachieved greatly on Sunday. This was not game planning this was two teams not listening to the coach’s message and quitting on he field. I expect both Ben McAdoo and Vance Joseph to be fired at the end of the year.
#4) Jameis Winston hasn’t matured since college:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston as the number 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Winston has underachieved immensely. Despite having an offensive head coach (Dirk Koetter) and elite WR (Mike Evans) and a very good running back in Doug Martin, the Bucs are 2-6. Winston has 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year in 8 games. After aggravating a lingering shoulder injury, Winston never left the sideline in the second half against the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs lost 30-10 and Winston taunted Saints defensive player Marshon Lattimore. When Lattimore tried to push Winston’s finger away WR Mike Evans blindsided Lattimore and now Evans will be suspended for 1 game. Winston is not a leader, and he is not an elite quarterback. He doesn’t lead on or off the field and I am tempted to call him a bust as the number 1 overall pick. What he did on Sunday, was classless and immature and he hasn’t evolved since college.
#3) Who are you buying stock in the Kansas City Chiefs or the Dallas Cowboys?
The (5-3) Cowboys defeated the (6-3) Chiefs Sunday 28-17. The Chiefs have now lost three of their last 4 games and the Cowboys may be without running back Ezekiel Elliot because of a domestic violence charge. The NFL is looking to implement a 6-game suspension and Elliott’s lawyers are looking to plea bargain the penalty down to about 3 games.
When I think of quarterback Alex Smith I hear the Mötley Crüe’s song, “Same Old Situation” When the Chiefs have the lead Smith is a very good quarterback, when he is trailing and must pass, he is terrible. If Smith is under center the Chiefs will never win a Super Bowl. The team can’t count on him to carry them in the 4th quarter. If I am head coach Andy Reed, I make the change and start building for the future with the rookie out of Texas Tech, 10th overall pick Patrick Mahomes.
#2) Why didn’t the Houston Texans sign Colin Kaepernick?
The Texans lost rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson for the year due to an injury. The former Clemson national championship set a rookie record for most touchdowns after 7 games with 19 (Peyton Manning is 2nd on that list with 9 TD passes.) On Sunday, Houston lost to a terrible Indianapolis Colts team 20-14. Tom Savage was 19-44 for 219 yards and a touchdown. Coming into this game the Texans were last in the league protecting their quarterback. 43% of the time Watson went back to pass he felt pressure. Houston needs a read option quarterback who can scramble. Their offense line is terrible and they traded away three time pro bowl left tackle Duane Brown to Seattle. Colin Kaepernick could have been a very good temporary solution. The Houston Texans’ owner, Robert McNair is a very big Donald Trump Supporter. He is also the one who said in an owners meeting, “Players can’t kneel, we can’t have inmates running the asylum.”
#1) It is time to take the New Orleans Saints Seriously.
After starting off the season 0-2 the Saint have now won 6 games in a row. On Sunday they thoroughly dominated the Tampa Bay Bucs 30-10. In there 6 game winning streak they have forced 12 turnovers and rushed for over 140 yards per game. Alvin Kamara has been outstanding as a duel threat both running and catching the ball from the running back position. This is not the Saints team we are used to. They are winning with a balanced offensive attack and their defense is flying to the ball and causing turnovers.
The Carolina Panthers have their swag this year. They are 6-3 and should be a playoff team.
Packers are 0-3 since Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury.
The Titans are 5-3 despite having the worst offensive game plan week in and week out. Their offensive scheme is sophomoric at best. Marcus Mariota is winning despite head coach Mike Mularkey.
The Jets can’t even lose correctly. The more games “gang green” wins, the less chance they have of getting a franchise quarterback in next years draft.
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5 Power Rankings
#5) New England Patriots (6-2)
#4) New Orleans Saints (6-2)
#3) LA Rams (6-2)
#2) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
#1) Philadelphia Eagles (8-1).
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