Philly’s Perfect Pitcher

For the second straight year, a sophomore backup QB in September is making serious noise in December. This time it’s Nick Foles, who’s climbing statistically over the league’s best passers while willing the Eagles back into playoff contention

What a day. What a weekend. And it’s not over: Game of the Century(Link) tonight in Seattle: Saints (9-2) at Seahawks (10-1), and the only thing up for grabs is home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs when both of those teams view the road as kryptonite.

There will be time to get to that. Lots to cover before then, including:

1. If the season ended today, Houston would have the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Question is, who will be coaching Teddy Bridgewater?

2. An officiating snafu roiled the end of the Sunday night game. Just what the NFL wants: Robert Griffin III’s trying to redeem himself, and the Monday morning headlines are all about Jeff Triplette.

3. Nick Foles will never throw an interception the rest of his life.

4. Jacksonville’s 3-1 in the last month. The bronze statue of Gus Bradley outside EverBank Field will be unveiled this morning at 11.

5. Denver’s most recent four foes are a combined 32-16. Next four: 16-32. The Broncos have a one-game lead for AFC home-field over New England, and they don’t play a winning team the rest of the way.

6. So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance Dept.: Tom Brady set the single-season touchdown record of 50 in 2007. After 12 games that year, he had 41. After 12 games this year, Peyton Manning has 41.

7. I’m not saying the Jets have a problem at quarterback or anything, but Geno Smith’s last touchdown pass was three days before the start of the World Series, and Rex Ryan wouldn’t commit to yanking him after the latest debacle Sunday.

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8. The Mike Tomlin discipline for his bizarre or calculated (doesn’t matter which) pas de deux on the field in Baltimore Thursday will be discussed inside 345 Park Avenue today, with a decision likely by Wednesday. I expect a heavy fine, but no suspension or loss of draft picks. What has to happen is real enforcement in the six-foot white-striped “No Fly Zone,” which coaches and players shouldn’t be in during game action. It’s a penalty. Call it.

9. The Colts essentially won the AFC South Sunday. Actually, their magic number now is one—one loss by Tennessee or win by Indy clinches the division. With the Titans at Denver Sunday, that shouldn’t take long.

10. Detroit’s reward for earning the third seed in the NFC playoffs—if that’s where the Lions end up, and it’s no lock—would be one of the most rugged roads to the Super Bowl ever. Consider this possible slate: a Wild Card home game against San Francisco, a divisional game at New Orleans, a championship game at Seattle. Who survives that?

Now, a little bit of a different lead to the column, featuring a trip into a subject I’ve never been able to cover.

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“We are a necessary part of the game. We’re not a necessary evil of the game. We have a role to play, and our role is truly to not be recognized.”

—NFL referee Gene Steratore, on the place of officials in the league.

Give me a few paragraphs before we get to the current events of Week 13.

Among the educational experiences I’ve had in 30 seasons covering the NFL, what I did between Nov. 11 and 17 ranks with spending a week in the life of the Green Bay Packers in 1995, being embedded on a four-day Dallas Cowboys pre-draft scouting trip in 1991, and being inside the Denver Broncos’ team meeting the night before the AFC title game eight years ago; it’s a bit ahead of draft-room experiences in many places, as recent as last April in St. Louis. Last month I trailed Gene Steratore’s officiating crew—one of 17 seven-man officiating teams in the NFL—for a week, for a three-part series that will begin Wednesday at The MMQB. I’d have to put this story right behind that Packers week. That week was a trip. Mike Holmgren had to spend 20 minutes one day chastising two rookies for keeping a lion in their apartment and telling them that if the lion wasn’t gone by the next Monday, they would be.

Gene Steratore has been an NFL official since 2003. (Patrick Semansky/Getty Images)
Gene Steratore has been an NFL official since 2003. (Patrick Semansky/Getty Images)

But this week with the officials … this was unique. Throughout the week—Monday evening and Tuesday morning with Steratore, Tuesday night with field judge Bob Waggoner, Wednesday with back judge Dino Paganelli, Thursday with head linesman Wayne Mackie, Saturday at the officials’ pregame meeting at their hotel and Sunday at the Ravens-Bears game—I kept saying to myself, I didn’t know that. Well, no kidding. We typically know very little about the lives of officials or the inner workings of the jobs they do. The linguistic shorthand they use (“UNR” for “unnecessary roughness”) and the way jobs change just before the snap of the ball (the head linesman has the slot receiver, but if the slot receiver goes in motion beyond the quarterback, the head linesman switches to the innermost receiver on his side) become dizzying to keep track of. Poor Steratore. In a week, he answered a hundred questions from me approximating, “Why did this happen?” Because so many elements of officiating are hidden under rocks. We’re not supposed to know how the sausage gets made. I hope in this series to shine a light on so many things about officials’ lives and jobs that you don’t know.

I’ll give you an example that just reared its head Thursday on the controversial Mike Tomlin play. Did you know that before every game, the head linesman asks the head coach: “Who is your get-back coach today?” That, of course, made me ask Mackie on the day I spent with him, “What in the world is a get-back coach?”

“Every team designates one man on the sidelines to keep the coaches and players back from the field,” Mackie said. “Usually it’s an assistant coach, somebody like the strength and conditioning coach or the assistant strength and conditioning coach. And if I’m having an issue keeping people back, I tell him, and he has to handle it.”

That six-foot-wide white stripe on the sidelines, called the “No Fly Zone” by some crews, is supposed to be free of everyone during the game. But as you saw Thursday night, the enforcement of that is too lax. There were several breakdowns when Tomlin strayed too far on the stripe and actually had his right foot on the field, forcing Baltimore kick-returner Jacoby Jones to slightly alter his path. Pittsburgh’s designated get-back coach didn’t do his job. The two officials on Clete Blakeman’s crew running the sidelines following Jones, line judge Ron Marinucci and field judge David Maslow, should have flagged Tomlin for unsportsmanlike conduct (amazing they didn’t see it, or chose not to flag it) and didn’t do their jobs. Tomlin, of course, erred by being so far out. Those kinds of mistakes cannot happen in games, and if they do, cannot go unchecked. I anticipate both of those officials will be downgraded for missing the call, and Tomlin, of course, will be disciplined.

Now you know what the “get-back coach” is. I hope I can educate you about a few other officiating things this week. Check out The MMQB Wednesday through Friday for my series, and for our videographer John DePetro’s inside look at the lives and jobs of these officials.

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Nick Foles has thrown 19 touchdowns without an interception so far this year. Earlier in the season, Peyton Manning set a record with 20. (Michael Perez/AP)
Nick Foles has thrown 19 touchdowns without an interception so far this year. Earlier in the season, Peyton Manning set a record with 20. (Michael Perez/AP)

Nick Foles is one of the stories of the year in the NFL.

Passer rating through 13 weeks: Nick Foles 125.2, Peyton Manning 115.3.
Touchdown-to-interception differential: Nick Foles plus-19, Tom Brady plus-11.
Interceptions thrown: Nick Foles 0, Matthew Stafford 14.
Yards per attempt: Nick Foles 9.14, Tony Romo 7.14.

Perhaps most significantly, the Eagles are 5-0 in Foles’ complete games.

So the Eagles are tied for the lead in the NFC East with Dallas this morning at 7-5—though Dallas holds the tiebreaker—and Philadelphia can thank Foles for that. Since he wrested the job from an injured Mike Vick a month ago, the Eagles are 4-0 and Foles has been close to perfect. For the season he’s a 63 percent passer, with 19 touchdowns and no interceptions. It’s December, and that’s right: no interceptions.

Well, no interceptions that have stuck, anyway.

On Sunday, trying to get some insurance for a 24-21 lead with four minutes left, Foles had a 2nd-and-7 at his 34-yard line, and he faced a heavy rush. Instead of throwing it away, Foles floated one down the middle of the field into coverage. Cornerback Patrick Peterson picked it off—and there went the Foles streak. But a late flag came flying, and Tyrann Mathieu was called for holding wideout Jason Avant.

“Man, horrible throw, horrible decision,” Foles said from Philadelphia an hour after the game. “When I saw the flag and heard the call, I said, ‘Thank you God.’ I learned my lesson there. But that’s what I try to do: I build a database with decisions like that, and I learn from them. If I get that same look the next time, I’ll make a different throw, or I’ll throw it away. The good thing about it is, Coach has confidence in my decision-making.”

I wondered if Foles looks at his gaudy stat line, ever, and whether he ever thinks, I can’t throw an interception. Wouldn’t that thought naturally occur to you? It would to me. Maybe that’s why I’m not an NFL quarterback. Well, that, and a few other physical reasons.

“No, I don’t think about it,” he said. “You can’t. You throw the ball into some tight spaces, and if you’re going to say, ‘Don’t throw an interception,’ there are throws you wouldn’t try to make. In the NFL you have to try them. I’m not afraid to make a mistake. As a quarterback, you can’t be. One of the things that’s helped me in this position is my parents taught me attention to detail. And if you’ve done all the work and play one snap at a time and do the best you can on every snap, you’re going to be confident enough to make those throws.”

Foles is not an athletic quarterback, which everyone can see. But this game showed he has the kind of functional athleticism that works even against an aggressive and quick rush such as Arizona’s. On the first Philadelphia touchdown of the day, Foles used the Cards’ aggressiveness against them. He fake-pitched left to LeSean McCoy, who entered the game as the league’s leading rusher. When McCoy runs left, Foles moves to pitch left and most of the line runs left, what’s the defense going to do? Follow McCoy. But Foles held the ball, scrambled right, and found rookie tight end Zach Ertz (well-covered, to Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ credit) for a six-yard touchdown strike. “I knew they’d flow to what we were doing with that fake pitch,” said Foles, “and Zach was right where he should be.”

Foles said he appreciates how magnanimous Vick has been, both in the quarterback room and publicly; Vick has said Foles should keep the job because he’s playing so well. “One of the most dynamic quarterbacks in NFL history is also an incredible teammate,” Foles said. “He helps me every day.” He thinks he’s proven you don’t have to be a Vick to succeed in the Chip Kelly offense, and who can argue with him?

I don’t know if the Eagles, who will have to beat Dallas in Week 17 and probably need other help before then, can win the division. I do know Foles has given Kelly and GM Howie Roseman a lot to think about after the season in draft prep. Maybe Philly ignores the strong crop of quarterbacks in the 2014 draft, re-signs Vick at a reasonable, incentive-based wage, and goes with the same three passers next year: Foles, Vick, Matt Barkley. The physical toll of the position has shown this year, with Vick and Foles being out for periods after big hits. Kelly might figure he needs three he trusts to make it through a 16-game season.
“I feel I’ve played well, but not as well as I can,” Foles said. “I’m 24. There’s still a lot of growth in my game. I need to improve a lot of things, especially my game management. But I think everyone tries to overanalyze the kind of quarterback that’s best for this offense.”

It’s a moot point now. Foles, a clear No. 2 on Labor Day, is one of the most important players in the league as the NFL heads into the final quarter of the season.

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DrewS
DrewS

From Philly and love Nick Foles. Everybody is looking for the next great QB in the draft. You can end up with Peyton Manning or you can end up with Ryan Leaf. That wasted number one pick can set your team back 3-4 years. It's not the big rookie contract which is a thing of the past but the time you waste trying to determine if the QB is the real deal. Can the Eagles win a Super Bowl with Foles, who knows. Is Flacco in Baltimore that great. How much better is Flacco over Foles. Certainly the skills sets of Wilson, Kapernick, Breeze, Luck exceed those of Nick Foles. I really don't know if a slow footed QB with a good but not great arm can win it all. It would seem the time for game manager QB's to win a Super Bowl has come and gone. I'm willing to give up the next three seasons to find out if Foles is the one.

capsize284
capsize284

Miami was right to go for it on 4th down.  Every team in the league should go for it in that situation.

mg87
mg87

Regarding heartbreaking, last-second sporting decision:

Last year in Soccer in England a pretty similar thing happened during the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League. Leicester won the first game 2:1 and was awarded a penalty in the 94th minute in the second game (score was 2:1 Watford at that point).

Take a look what happened then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_655WeSlBhM

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

I can't believe I actually took the time to read all 329 (to this point in time) comments to Peter's article above.

john174
john174

Hey PK, anyone who talks as much about drinking beer as you do really has no business making judgements about people who smoke pot. just how many people have died from a THC overdose anyway? And now,  how many every month die due to alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, etc? just saying you might want to rethink your attitude

raput76
raput76

who cares is the coach is European-American or black? I am so sick of the new racism....give it a rest, King

TomGrant
TomGrant

I can't wait to read more fascinating revelations about the referees.  I'm mean, Get Back Coach--who knew?  Actually, everyone except Peter King, apparently.  I just don't see how someone who makes their living watching football could not know about that.  Sort of makes you wonder what else he's missing.

berdosux
berdosux

Ok I know this is being picky, but I hate it when you do your "non-football" thoughts of the week, and then all it is is FOOTBALL talk.  Maybe put non pro football talk? 

GregAtkin
GregAtkin

I love PK i like his style, his tone his insight. But he has to become more objective.he despises Dallas. He isn't looking forward to seeing aspecial on one of the all-time greatest defensive line-the Dallas '90 D-line. Why?  Cause they didn'thave a cute nickname OR because they destroyed his pet teams in the northeast.   PK ignored the Dall-Redskin game a few weeks ago to watch the Red Sox.

C'mon . ThisCowboy team is the greatest of all times having won all 9 games in their respective super bowl title  years by double digits. No team was even close.  They handled the mighty 49ers in 92 and never looked back. They annhilated HOFer qbs Young ,Farve, and Kelly.  No lastsecond FGs , no tuck rules. They just smashed people

PK despises them yet constantly chirps up Miami and those horrible jets who were in his "fine fifteen just a few weeks ago. 

PK needs more perspective.

woodpro34
woodpro34

Really admire your work Mr. King, but your comparison of Megatron to Rice is pretty much plagiarism of Bill Simmon's Grantland masterpiece of 2 weeks ago, whether you know it or not.

gary7
gary7

Now you know what the “get-back coach” is,   um hey genius everybody over the age 10 who has watch NFL films knows this, numerous videos of coaches yelling where is the get back coach (Sorry Sabols, he must never watched one) and the "I kept saying to myself, I didn’t know that. ....Finally after all these years you hit the nail with the hammer

BhagwanRajneesh
BhagwanRajneesh

“What’s left of what used to be Dennis Miller sucks.”

Jon8
Jon8

Tonight: Seattle 41, New Orleans 21.

If I were Shanahan, other than looking for a new job or checking my retirement portfolio, I would have thrown my red flag as far out onto that field as I could throw it! I would not have cared that I was out of timeouts! Triplette, who has always been one of the worst Ref's in the NFL, with several controversies on his record, could not have ignored the flag and that would have allowed me (Shanahan) to try and get the situation straightened out!

Diversity by any other name is still affirmative action!

Tom52
Tom52

good one mentioning Rhett ellison as a goat. However you missed Adrian Peterson on your offensive players of the week. he ran for 211 yards. I think that should qualify.

wholesaler1972
wholesaler1972

No mention of the record-breaking Josh Gordon? Glad to see you did a Brett Favre update, though.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Not A more thrilling finish than Auburn Alabama PK? I guess youre forgetting your beloved Patriots losing the Super Bowl (not to mention the only perfect season since the Fins) on a velcro top-of-the-helmet catch by David Tyree of the NY Giants. But nah, youre right...a college game sure beats that...{smirk} 

jhymas25
jhymas25

Bears fan here. I don't think they're making the playoffs, which is disappointing. But I find all the praises heaped on Josh McCown to be interesting; he is putting up fantastic stats to be sure, but the offense does not seem to be any better and may actually be worse. Just with the most basic measurement of ppg, Cutler holds a 27- 26 advantage. This counts the ravens game for Cutler and the Redskins game for McCown. If you throw out these two games Cutler holds a 29 - 23 advantage. As I said, pretty shallow analysis but something needs to be added to the conversation other than merely stats. All this talk of McCown being a better option at QB is just not passing the eye test to me. Very grateful for a competent backup after the last few years of horrid ones, but Cutler seems to make the offense as a whole better. Anybody know where stats to measure offensive efficiency adjusting for opponent can be seen for each week? (As far as I can tell, football outsiders only shows for the entire year)

Also to hear Mel Tucker as a head coaching candidate is kind of funny. He's running a defense that is currently ranked 17th on football outsiders (through week 12) after being 1st at the end of last year. Injuries are a part of that but the defense wasn't playing well early in the year either. 

Earl52
Earl52

Family time on thanksgiving? Not if you're an employee of the nfl with its 3 games which leads to players, coaches, stadium employees, extra policemen, etc all having to miss time away from their families, never mind the season ticket holders and fans who must choose between family and football. Kind of hypocritical to bash retail establishments for being open isn't it?

seamillguesthouse
seamillguesthouse

Again my Chargers are not worth mentioning.

Bolts fans are now  looking forward to 2014 season.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

If nine of your "non-football thoughts" are going to be about football, you should probably change the heading to "my non-NFL thoughts  of the week".  Not sayin', just sayin'.

stagger
stagger

"The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor.

Ricardo Baca, a blunt-speaking man..."

Very punny Peter.

jeff_jo
jeff_jo

Auburn’s Jordan-Hare stadium is at 85.5W, 32.6N. Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium is at 92.3W, 38.9N. If you go north from Auburn to get to 38.9N, as Peter describes, you are 369 miles due east of Mizzou, not 445. That’s about a 21% error, Peter. But the result depends on which you do first: going south from Mizzou, you end up 399 miles due west of Auburn. That’s closer to your result, only a 12% error. :)

And in the NFL, however you do something similar with Cincinnati and Indianapolis, the likely winner of the AFC North lies 46 miles to the south of the likely winner of the AFC South.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

I realize that Nick Foles does not run a 4.3 40 and doesn't have the fast twitch quickness of a young Mike Vick or RGIII or whomever.  But I think it's unfair to call him "unathletic".  He is certainly athletic enough to move the pocket, scramble away from pressure, and make occasionally runs when the defense gives it to him.  He ran 9 times for 47 yards last week, a 5.2 average, numbers Trent Richardson will kill for right now.  And how "unathletic" can a guy be who was offered basketball scholarships by Georgetown and the University of Texas?

andruid
andruid

I don't see why the end of the Auburn-Alabama game is such a big deal. As soon as I saw they were going for the field goal, I started shouting: "That's a big mistake. What about the runback?" Here are some examples of field goals returned for touchdowns [http://www.nfl.com/history/randf/records/indiv/misc]. Despite Nick Saban's claims to the contrary, not going for field goals like this is a well-known fact of football life. You didn't see Belichik make this kind of mistake.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

I wonder if Peter King understands that NFL referees get paid six figure salaries.

So being impressed that they use expressions like UNR for unnecessary roughness is kind of goofy.

Over one hundred thousands dollars.

For being a referee.

They should be NFL encyclopedias. End of discussion.

JoseFigueroa
JoseFigueroa

Hey Peter,


Stop overreacting to the latest fad. I don't know how you have the Eagles 4 spots ahead of the Cowboys when they have the same record and Dallas beat the Eagles in Philly (held them to 3 points) and knocked the latest boy wonder out of the game. Plus the Cowboys are undefeated in the division. Be objective please.

woodson26
woodson26

@raput76 Yep....and why are players drafted, signed, traded, and cut from teams? because of performance, not the color of their skin...and that is how coaches should be judged

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

@GregAtkin 

They beat teams with stright up execution.  No Trick plays, no uneven formations, teams across the field knew what they were gonna do and still couldn't stop it.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@GregAtkin First off its that everyone in the COUNTRY outside of the actual city of Dallas is tired of hearing about the Cowboys.  Second I would've watched the Red Sox win the world series rather than the HORRID game that would be Dallas vs Washington.  Look its the fact that in those days the Cowboys were a GREAT football team.  We all know that.  We get it.  What we get sick of is you all NEVER let ANYONE forget it.  That and every single freakin YEAR we have to hear how you would go to the Superbowl if Tony Romo wasn't your QB.  Tell you what I am a Vikings fan.....Trade you Christian Ponder for Tony Romo.  Now Romo is not your QB go to the SB with Ponder.  Dare you.  If you take that offer it will prove that while Romo is no Troy he may be better than many out there.  I hate Dallas.  I have reason.  I grew up in Houston so I hate Dallas.  From Minnesota so I hate Green Bay too.  In the end I hate Dallas more than Green Bay because of obnoxious can't face reality fans.  Personally I wanna see a doc on the 85 Bears D.  Or the old Steel Curtain with Jack Lambert.  

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@woodpro34 : like there haven't been 1254 other writers who have thrown Rice's and Johnson's stats in their column in the last month for the same reason?

gary7
gary7

@woodpro34 he knows it, probably tells young woman at the coffee shop he is a GM 

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@BhagwanRajneesh I thought Miller was GREAT on MNF but, i realize that i'm in the 5% or so of the football-watching world that could put together his metaphors and comments without google in front of me.  That said, he's a shill, sell-out, phony, waste of air time these days.  Very sad.

GregAtkin
GregAtkin

@BhagwanRajneesh No the NFL sucks. There's going to be a wikileak expose on fixed games soon. Horrible officiating. the cap has created a mish-mash of mediocrity.

gary7
gary7

@Jon8 so Fred"The Head" Davis would not have dropped the ball on a average hit and Garcon would not have the ball taken from him like a mugger taken a purse from a 90 year old woman , the REDSKINS and Scamahan have more excuses than Peter King when he plays coach/GM like who should be starting at QB (Matt Flynn for the Bills a few games back, when he was on the roster for a week) Maybe King can become the GM for the Skins just to show even Vinnie Cerrato know more than this guy

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Full disclosure - Im the most miserable Jets fan you know, and would like to complain right now that you didnt dump on them enough this week. Yes, really. (God they SUCK!! SHOOT ME!!!!)

blynder
blynder

@seamillguesthouse 

I don't agree.  I think there is some worth in mentioning the Chargers - it's a different year for them.  They have some talent issues they need to address - particularly on defense.  They are still "in the hunt" for that final wild-card spot.  They have games against Denver and KC yet to come. They could be the 6th Wild Card (Yes, it is a long shot); but that would be something to see!  Especially for the AFC W, which was the "worst" division last year....

josef918
josef918

@jeff_jo Ah, but are we considering traveling along great circles only, for the shortest distance, or simply moving east-west along lines of latitude?  I don't think this will make up the difference but we must be sure.  These things matter!

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@ruggerrick9 I'd be willing to sacrifice a chicken to Jobu if it would get TRich to explode for the rest of the year like people thought he would coming out of college.

JPM
JPM

@andruid You absolutely shouted no such thing.

Mike26
Mike26

@andruid Don't forget - he also went for the field goal with his PUNTER/long-range kicker, NOT his full-time kicker.

SkeeterSkier
SkeeterSkier

@JoseFigueroa I'm a Cowboy fan, and I really don't care where a writer "ranks" my team. If it were my column, I may have ranked the Eagles (the team I detest more than any team on the face of the planet) a few spots ahead as well.

The REALLY COOL thing about the NFL is that teams make it to the post-season based on records, not polls. You've got 4 more weeks to curl up in your Cowboy pajamas and root for them to win...just like I'll be doing.

I'll never understand the nitpicking that goes on about who's ranked where when it just-doesn't-matter. 

KelubTX
KelubTX

@JoseFigueroaI totally agree. Plus the entire Cowboys' post being about how unfair Thanksgiving is... Yet nothing about the Lions having the same advantage in their write-up. At least he mentioned that Tony Romo should maybe, possibly, potentially, be in the conversation for MVP - but only if Nick Foles is too.

I'm glad to see some light being shed on the officiating, but there's still too much reverence placed on the referees. The officiating has been TERRIBLE this year. Just TERRIBLE. Yet no one wants to talk about it unless egregious mistakes are made. When the small mistakes continue to be made without anyone pointing them out, the large mistakes will eventually be made. You can't criticize the officiating without someone saying you're being a sore loser or acting like it's a social taboo. I clearly see it in games I have 0 interest in the outcome of. It's not bias. It's just people being bad at their jobs and no one being willing to discuss why they've digressed and what needs to be done to improve it.

I've been reading Peter's MMQB articles for over 10 years, but something about this year has just been sub-par. Used to be I could expect more depth to his articles, but the past year or two it seems like he just regurgitates the same talking points that everyone else mindlessly uses.

daved1015
daved1015

@SemperFiDTM   Geno is named the starter again this week to boot . Rex is going down with the ship.    Geno can't hit the broad side of a barn right now if he was standing right on front of it 


duckfan59
duckfan59

@Mike26 @andruid Why would he? His regular kicker was 0-3 from shorter distances and had one blocked.
I just think he should have tried the Hail Mary and if it doesn't work you go to OT. (yeah, I know, there's still the chance of an interception returned for a TD but at least with your offense on the field you have some athletes out there to tackle someone, unlike the field goal unit which is just O linemen, the kicker and the holder.).
Think Saban wishes he coul;d go back in time and NOT have that 1 second put back on the clock?  That made it even more absurd. That play would not have happened but for the clock adjustment.

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