Ranking the NFL Coaching Hires

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Adam Gase (and his eyes) during his introductory press conference on January 14 (Credit: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post)

The 2018 NFL regular season closed with a bang as 25% of the teams in the NFL were in need of a new head coach before the clock hit midnight.  Unfortunately this is nothing new, as multiple coaches are fired by the end of each season, as they do not meet expectations, or their relationship with the team is not good (sometimes both of these things are true). Continue reading “Ranking the NFL Coaching Hires”

The Greatest Dynasty of All-Time

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Tom Brady (#12) and Julian Edelman (#11) celebrating winning Super Bowl LIII (Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

The New England Patriots have now won 6 Super Bowls since 2001.

Simple, concise, a model of success.  In the NFL, there is no other parallel, and if you look closely, although the other four major sports have some worthy challengers, this run takes the cake.

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Patriot teams that missed the Super Bowl

 

Belichick and Brady in 2010. (Photo: Damien Strohmeyer for SI/The MMQB)
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As the Patriots prepare for their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2001, this year’s team is set to etch it’s place in history.  As eight Patriot teams before them have had the same opportunity to do so since 2001, there are also teams that never made it this far. Continue reading “Patriot teams that missed the Super Bowl”

Brady & Belichick versus Wade Phillips

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Wade Phillips has been coaching in the NFL for a LONG time.  Phillips has been a defensive coordinator for 8 teams in the NFL (including Denver twice) since 1981, and has been coaching in the NFL since 1976.  The current Rams DC best accomplishment was being the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in 2015, who had one of the stingiest defenses in the history of the modern NFL. Continue reading “Brady & Belichick versus Wade Phillips”

What winning a conference title on the road means in the Super Bowl

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For the first time since the 2012 season, the Super Bowl will feature two teams that won their respective conference championships on the road.

Super Bowl LIII will be the second time in the 21st century the road team in each conference championship game will face off for the Lombardi Trophy.

This made me want to do a bit more digging.  In general, how successful are teams that were on the road and won their conference championship in the Super Bowl?

The answer? Very. Continue reading “What winning a conference title on the road means in the Super Bowl”

3-point underdog wins AFC Championship Game

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The QB is too old

The coach is past his prime

Gronk is done

Not enough weapons

The defense is AWFUL

Sony Michel? “He sucks! He blows!” (link)

Kyle Van Noy? “You suck. And if it wasn’t for this team you’d be covering punts in Detroit. You suck!” (link)

2018 Draft? “Bill Belichick’s moves could pay off down the line, but it’s hard to get excited now.” (link)

Well folks, those are just a few of the superlatives used to describe your 2018 AFC Champions. Continue reading “3-point underdog wins AFC Championship Game”