NFL morning after: Ryan Mallett shows he just doesn’t get it

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Maybe I should talk today about Tom Brady or Todd Gurley or one of the other great players who had a great day yesterday in the NFL, but I want to start by talking about a backup quarterback on a bad team: Ryan Mallett.

Mallett might be my least-favorite player in the NFL right now, because the players I don’t like are the ones who won’t do the work to get the most out of their natural talent. And there may be no one in the NFL who gets less out of his talent than Mallett.

The Texans’ team flight to Miami for yesterday’s game against the Dolphins took off without Mallett, because Mallett didn’t make it to the airport. Mallett explained that there was traffic in Houston, and he couldn’t get to the airport in time.

Do you buy that excuse? When you add up the players, the coaches, the trainers and the various support staff that travel with an NFL team, it can be 100 or so people. There’s no indication that any of them other than Mallett missed the flight. Did they all get to the Houston airport by hoverboard? Or did they get to the airport on time despite experiencing the same traffic in Houston that Mallett hit, because they — gasp — accounted for that traffic when they decided when to leave for the airport?

And, of course, stuff like this is par for the course from Mallett. After Mallett lost out to Brian Hoyer in the Texans’ quarterback competition in training camp, he no-showed a practice that week. When Mallett was at the Scouting Combine before the 2011 draft, he skipped a meeting with the Panthers after staying out late the night before.

Some players have such a drive to succeed in the NFL that they’ll do anything to make it. Mallett is not one of those players. It’s a shame because Mallett has a big arm and the talent to be a good NFL quarterback, but he just doesn’t have the mental makeup of a successful NFL quarterback.

Now let’s get past Mallett and move on to some of the good things from Sunday in the NFL:

We got a glimpse of the future of watching football on Sunday morning. Some day, streaming services — not cable, not satellite — will probably be the way we watch everything. On Sunday, with the Bills-Jaguars game in London streaming on Yahoo, we got a glimpse of that. I thought it was a good show, but there’s still work to do before the NFL would be ready to make streaming the primary way it shows all its games.

I was watching on my Apple TV, and I have good high-speed Internet from Comcast. For me, there was no buffering at all and a crystal-clear picture as good as I get when watching cable or satellite. Obviously, not everyone has a digital media player or high-speed Internet, and many users complained that on older computers or slower connections, the quality wasn’t as good. If you have a really slow computer or a really slow Internet connection, you wouldn’t be able to watch at all. That wasn’t a problem for me, but it would be a problem for tens of millions of Americans, and until the penetration of digital media devices and high-speed Internet rivals that of cable and satellite TV, it’s hard to envision the NFL showing many games online only.

But it’s coming some day. The NFL’s current deals run through the 2022 season, and you can bet that for the next seven years, the league will conduct more experiments with streaming games like the one it conducted yesterday. If it finds the right way to provide streaming games to fans, it’s possible that in 2023, the league will embark on a new contract with Netflix or YouTube or Hulu or some streaming video service that doesn’t exist yet, and that we’ll all watch all our football on the Internet.

Todd Gurley is the best running back in the NFL right now. Is it crazy to say that, just four games into Gurley’s NFL career? I don’t think it is. Gurley, the Rams’ sensational rookie, had 128 rushing yards on Sunday and is now averaging an NFL-high 110.5 rushing yards per game. Gurley has an unbelievable blend of strength and speed, and he’s also an extremely smart runner: Watch his 48-yard run against the Browns yesterday, and look at the way he scans the field, reads the defense and makes the decision to cut from the left side of the field all the way to the right sideline. He’s a special player just four games into his career, and he’s only going to get better.

Tom Brady was amazing against the Jets. Brady’s raw stats — 34-of-54, 355 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions — were plenty good. But the stats don’t even come close to telling the whole story. The Patriots’ receivers had some brutal dropped passes, and if they’d been caught, Brady might have had 10 more completions and 100 more yards. And that’s against a Jets team that probably has the best pass defense in the NFL right now. Oh, and on a day when starting running back Dion Lewis was injured and the Patriots’ backups combined for one yard on six carries, Brady was the Patriots’ leading rusher, with 15 yards and a rushing touchdown as well. Brady, who has 16 touchdown passes and just one interception, is playing at an incredible level this season.

Looks like Dolphins needed a coach who would kick them in the butt. When the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin after Week Four, I was a little skeptical of interim coach Dan Campbell’s tough-guy act. But there’s little doubt that Campbell has gotten results. The Dolphins were a mess under Philbin, but now they’re 2-0 under Campbell, with a blowout win over the Titans last week and a blowout win over the Texans yesterday. They’re a different team under hard-ass Campbell than they were under the soft-spoken Philbin. Now they face an enormous test with a trip to New England next week.

Harvard guy makes a bonehead play. Everyone talks about how Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is brilliant, with his fancy-schmancy Harvard degree, but Fitzpatrick may have made the dumbest play of the day yesterday: With the Jets down by seven and only a few seconds left, Fitzpatrick threw a completion to the middle of the field. The Jets had no timeouts, so the game ended with them trying and failing to get set to spike the ball. Fitzpatrick needs to know better than that: If you’re out of timeouts, you have to throw to the sidelines, not the middle of the field. I guess Football Clock Management isn’t on the syllabus at Harvard.

Maybe the NFL should consider divisional realignment. Do we really want to put an AFC South team in the playoffs? The Colts are 3-4 and playing so badly that Chuck Pagano may be fired before the season is over. But they’re also in first place in their division and likely to host a playoff game in January. Bad teams shouldn’t host playoff games. Switching from eight four-team divisions to four eight-team divisions would be a simple way for the league to avoid a situation like we’re seeing in the AFC South this year, where there’s a division without a good team, and therefore a bad team in the playoffs.

A big moment for Eric Berry. Berry, the Chiefs safety who battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, had his first interception since being declared cancer-free yesterday. That was the NFL’s best moment of the week.

109 responses to “NFL morning after: Ryan Mallett shows he just doesn’t get it

  1. For a guy who has mostly been horrible as a QB, you’d think Mallett would want to be on time, but I guess he just doesn’t care about his job.

  2. My favorite comment yesterday was from the commentator who told us that the Jets ran into trouble because they didn’t have any timeouts left because they didn’t use them all earlier in the game.

  3. Hold on, didn’t the media build Mallet as a great trade target because he was learning behind Brady and was learning the Belicheck-way? The media tried to convince non-Pats fans that your team should give a first round pick for him. Etc.

    Narrative Busted. Ok, now let’s move on to the next article about the “great” Bill O’Brien….

  4. If Brady doesn’t win MVP this yearnsomthi g is very wrong. Didn’t even mention the horrible state of the O-line right now as one of the factors why there is no other choice

  5. No mention of Kirk Cousins leading the Redskins to the largest comeback in Redskins history? You all should be eating crow right now. #YouLikeThat

  6. Fitzpatricks throw to the middle of the field was the right play. If Marshall lined up correctly they would have had one shot from the 30 to tie the game.

  7. .
    Swinging Gate 2 : ” Colts Go To Jupiter To Get More Stupider ”

    The Scene : The Colts battle back from a 27-0 deficit to close within 27-21 and are kicking off to the Saints with 3:05 left in the game. Chuck Pagano then gets a brainstorm, ” Let’s onside kick “.
    The following sequence then occurred :

     NEW ORLEANS SAINTSQ4, 3:050-0-IND 35 P.McAfee kicks onside 18 yards from IND 35 to NO 47, impetus ends at IND 47. M.Murphy (didn’t try to advance) to NO 47 for no gain.

    1-10-NO 47 (3:02) (Run formation) K.Robinson left end to NO 47 for no gain (B.Winn; J.Freeman).

    Timeout #3 by IND at 02:58.

    2-10-NO 47 (2:58) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short middle to M.Colston to IND 42 for 11 yards (D.Butler). PENALTY on NO-W.Snead, Illegal Shift, 5 yards, enforced at NO 47 – No Play.

    2-15-NO 42 (2:52) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to W.Snead to IND 47 for 11 yards (V.Davis; C.Anderson). IND-V.Davis was injured during the play.

    Timeout #2 by NO at 02:09.

    3-4-IND 47 (2:09) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to M.Colston to IND 27 for 20 yards (D.Butler).

    Two-Minute Warning

    1-10-IND 27 (1:58) D.Brees kneels to IND 28 for -1 yards.

    2-11-IND 28 (1:20) D.Brees kneels to IND 29 for -1 yards.

    3-12-IND 29 (:39) D.Brees kneels to IND 30 for -1 yards.

    END GAME
    .

  8. I think many believe the icing-on-the-cake for Chuck Pagano’s coming-out-of-the-NFL Party was his 4th-and-what-the-F!!! And many on the Team are performing as if they’ve still not recovered their equilibrium from the Fantasy Football being played only in the hallucinogenic mind of CP.

  9. Ryan Mallett showed the same level of commitment to his team and craft at his stops at the college and professional level. Not as big of a disappointment as Ryan Leaf but a similar waste of talent.

  10. I also would add a top-heavy Sunday schedule by the NFL to this list. Because of the lack of late game yesterday, fans with NFL Sunday Ticket or Red Zone Channel didn’t see much variety.

  11. Pretty petty jabs about Fitzpatricks college education. Jealous much??

    Maybe IF you had a Harvard education you would have realized it was not his mistake but Marshall’s lack of effort to get back to the line of scrimmage that kept them from having a shot at winning the game. There have been many games where Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other greats have thrown down in the middle due to soft coverage there and then spiked the ball to setup a more reasonable Hail Mary attempt to the endzone.

    After all the trash talked about Cousin the professional and classy things to have done was give him his due deserved credit for yesterday.

  12. When Mallett is working the drive-thru in 3 years he’s going to hate himself every morning for being the idiot who didn’t realize what he had. Hope he’s got a good financial adviser. Good one, right?

  13. Miami has played the Titans and Texans. They better beat these teams. But just like the Cardinals, Miami is overrated, blowing out the easy teams.

  14. It is wrong to say Mallet has talent. He can throw the ball hard, but that is it. You don’t throw the ball 200 mph on a running back screen. He doesn’t get that.

    No talent and no drive. Who thought this guy would be good? Oh yeah that’s right . . .

  15. Changing the rules just because the Colts suck and/or are whining again is always a terrible idea. They are directly responsible for dumbing down the game in so many ways to protect Peyton’s and Luck’s egos that it is pathetic. I am convinced you could write books about this. The division format is fine; the answer is for someone to beat that garbage team, or replace them with a deserving arena league squad.

  16. Adding streaming to their delivery method would be huge. Doesn’t need to be primary.

    If you have an old computer or slow internet then you shouldn’t expect a game many are watching to work. Those folks will have to deal with reality.

    I watched it on my phone for a bit then on my smart TV. It felt like a regular broadcast.

    The NFL needs to add streaming into the fold. So many people can’t be at a TV and would watch if they streamed.

  17. Right now there should be a massive reduction in force in Houston’s front office.
    Starting with Rick Smith, Bill ‘Foul Mouth’ O’Brien, Romeo Crennel, and the rest of the Hee Haw gang!
    After you take out the top and middle guys, grab Brian Cushing’s under achieving behind and Ryan Mallett’s too stupid to succeed butt as well, and cut your losses!

    We wasted two brilliant stars on our roster {Andre Johnson & Arian Foster} and soon to be a third {Watt} with pitiful coaching and mediocre supporting players, all because our GM is inept and we hire coaches with ZERO head coaching experience!

    Time for a change, and a BIG one too!

  18. I hate the Redskins but Cousins had a better game yesterday than Brady did. Brady is the best in the game right now, and maybe the best ever, but the obsession is borderline scary. I also have a pretty good internet connection and my Jags/Bills game was spotty too. I’d be OK with steaming games but to think football will leave network TV, ever, is a reach, at best.

  19. Mallett is the kind of kid who needs to go into the military to grow up and become responsible. Try telling your platoon sergeant you missed the 0630 PT formation because you were in traffic and see what happens. Or miss a flight to an Afghanistan deployment. He’s a classic immature slacker who would be sitting in a $500/month apartment getting stoned with his roommate on his Walmart paycheck if it wasn’t for his football skills.

  20. Not sure why the NFL makes such a big deal about streaming. I’ve watched college football, & SNF on my iPad (via compacts app) for 3 seasons now.

  21. Why not establish a rule where any team going to the playoffs must win at least 9 games regardless of division standing? That would avoid the possibility of the 8-8 (or worse) AFC South winner participating.

    You don’t win 9+, you don’t go.

  22. ill counter your “fitzpatrick made the worst play of the day” claim with charles sims fumble/ball toss at the end of the game. fitzpatricks play only was bad because marshall false started and got the 10 sec run off.

    sims straight up lost the game with that dumb attempt at a lateral.

  23. NFL will never change any policy that encourages mediocrity. Parity helps the fans of all the bad teams out there tune in throughout the season thinking the Jaguars and Redskins of the world have a hope of making the playoffs.

    Secondly, ever since 3 of 4 Colts balls were found to be under regulation pressure during Indy’s AFC Finalist banner game, Andy Luck has looked suspiciously bad. He was probably cheating his first several years in the league.

  24. Maybe the NFL should consider divisional realignment.

    You think?

    Baltimore: AFC East.

    Indy: AFC North.

    Miami: AFC South.

    Because, Geography.

    Dallas should be in the NFC West to face their true rivals, SF, but we all know that the NFL loves the Cowboy and Indian “rivalry.”

  25. It looked to me like he might have some drug issues when I was watching hard knocks. He looks like he might be getting high. Just saying. Addiction is rough. I’m not knock in him just saying he may need help.

  26. Only in a league that is literally desperate for QB talent can a clown like Ryan Mallett even still have a job.

  27. Re-alignment.. again.

    Every few years, there’s a division that.. well.. stinks.

    And all the press starts yammering about re-alignment. And then what happens, that division as a whole drafts early in every round, and as a whole, gets better. And then nobody talks about re-alignment again…. until it happens again.

    Sound familiar?

    It should….

    Remember a few years back when Seattle won the division at 7-9? Then what happened.. They drafted well, as did San Fran, and St. Louis and Arizona… and collectively they became a very tough division. They represented the NFC in at least 3 Superbowls since then.

    And (not) surprisingly… nobody mentioned re-alignment of the NFC west since.

    It wasn’t that long ago that nobody wanted to win the NFC east.. Yet nobody clamored about re-alignment then? “But its the Cowboys, and the Eagles, and the Giants! We can’t re-align them…!”

  28. Mallet is an idiot, but I would say the wife-beaters/child-beaters/violent criminals are my least favourite players in the NFL.

    Greg Hardy instantly comes to mind. Others too.

  29. Matt Leinart showed his cluelessness in many ways, like hanging out in hot tubs with teeny boppers, but at least he never missed a flight.

  30. Late for a team flight? Doesn’t show up for practice or comes in late? Anger issues? He’s a walking poster for substance abuse. The signs are there. He’ll be working at Walmart this time next year.

  31. The dumb play by the jets wasn’t Fitz’s completion…it was the lack of a timeout when the Pats got the 1st down w/1:45 left in the game!

    and Mallett is worse than Hardy?? Yes Mallett is a tool but that is ridiculous. Hardy is a complete DB

  32. “Switching from eight four-team divisions to four eight-team divisions would be a simple way for the league to avoid a situation like we’re seeing in the AFC South this year, where there’s a division without a good team, and therefore a bad team in the playoffs.”

    Problem is doing that you either kill the annual home and home or you have it so 14 of the games are divisional and you only play 9 teams all year.

  33. Harvard guy makes a bonehead play. Everyone talks about how Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is brilliant
    ………………
    Fitz is the reason why this Jets team is not a playoff team. Jets will finish 9-7 or 8-8 and Fitz is the reason why. The Bills have become the Jets under Ryan while the Jets have become last years Bills- everything in place except a terrible mediocre journeyman QB.

  34. 7-9 Seahawks beat the defending SB Champions in a playoff game. 7-9 Panthers did the same. It’s going to be like that…and every year (or so) the media and a few trolls will complain about it.

  35. Bill O’Brien and the others responsible for roster building in Houston can gain a lot of credibility by just cutting Mallett today. That will send a clear message.

  36. Wow…Harder to catch a deflated ball. I don’t remember dropped passes being a problem for Patriot receivers over the last….say…..6 years?

  37. Divisional realignment? I would like it shuffled EVERY year! I get tired of watching the same teams playing the same teams over and over. And the same teams going to the Super Bowl over and over.

  38. Please no more talk about Mallett. The discussion seems to imply that if he had showed up on time the Texans would be somehow better. Nope. Texas are terrible with or without Mallett.

  39. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Oct 26, 2015 9:01 AM
    Malletts first red flag came up when he left Michigan for Arkansas…

    Since I lived in Detroit at the time, I gave him a pass for that, as Carr stepped down, and the situation was so bad that one year when Denard Robinson was starting, former QB’s Forcier, Threatt and Mallett were starting elsewhere.

  40. “Todd Gurley is the best running back in the NFL right now.”

    After 12 years, Jeff Fisher finally has his next Eddie George (and then some). If he gets his hands on a franchise QB (something he hasn’t had since 2005), he will quickly be viewed as the NFL’s most underrated coach again. (For a five year span during the George/McNair tandem, Fisher was the winningest coach in the NFL.)

    Meanwhile, our Titans have Ken Whisenhunt. [sigh]

  41. The online game – I only got to watch the second half, but I watched it all on my phone, with only a couple of hiccups in the streaming. Fabulous picture, great sound. No issues at all. Watching on the PC will be even better (bigger screen). Now, we all know how the NFL does business – it will conduct extensive studies that will reveal the delivery method that fans hate the most, and then adopt that method. They’ll do something stupid like give broadcast rights to Yahoo! then make it only available on Verizon’s network. Or they will find the streaming service that costs the most, then give exclusive rights to that service and charge 4 arms and 7 legs additional fees for the game rights. However they do it, the only thing that is certain is that they will screw it up.

    I say again, do not, DO NOT, start all this “realignment because one division sucks” talk again. It seems to me that only weeks ago, the Panthers were being dismissed as legit contenders because they were in the NFC South, which is the worst division in NFL history. Now, it has been clearly revealed that the NFC East and AFC South are much worse, , especially the AFC South. But a few years ago the NFC West was the worst. It’s cyclical. Stop overreacting.

  42. If I was Rick Smith and O’Brien, I’d cut him. What exactly would be lost that you couldn’t get from a backup off the street? The only time he’s even looked average in a game was against Tampa, a defense that makes every QB that plays them look like Joe Montana. If you let him slide again on this after what happened in the preseason, you might start losing the locker room with other professionals trying to do their job.

  43. I don’t agree with the comment re: Fitzpatrick. The completion over the middle was a “chunk” play that got the Jets into position to make one last throw into the end zone. If Marshall had lined up correctly, they would have spiked the ball with 1 second left and still had the chance for 1 last play.

  44. Just make it that if you don’t have a winning record if you “win” your division then you don’t go to postseason and the playoff spot goes to the next in line wildcard team.

  45. I thought Fitz played well, and it was Marshall’s fault in not getting lined up properly for the spike. Even then, it would be a prayer to get a tying touchdown. If you want to talk about bonehead plays, look at EJ Manuel’s meltdown early in the Bills/Jaguars game.

  46. Ok, so Fitzpatrick is dumb for not attempting a 65 yard Hail Mary with 15 seconds to go vs a 40 yard Hail Mary with 2 seconds left?

    If Marshall got set in time, no one would be (stupidly) questioning his Harvard education.

  47. It’s fun bashing The Harvard Guy (i.e., Ryan Fitzpatrick), isn’t it? (wink!): Fitzpatrick tucks, he runs… he fumbles lol Great TV (wink! again)

  48. I propose realigning the Ravens in the AFC South – (let’s face it, the Browns/Ravens insane rivalry hasn’t materialized) and put the Colts in the North. I also like the idea if an entire division is terrible the “champion” shouldn’t be in the playoffs

  49. If you have division realignment as suggested then you either have:

    a) 14 divisional games each year with 2 non-divisional games each year meaning that you lose the opportunity for teams to play each other at least every 3 years (for conference opponents) or 4 years (for non-conference opponents) and the top seed is going to likely be determined based on how weak each division is.

    b) you eliminate home and home games meaning that the divisional play will be imbalanced with 1/2 the teams only getting 3 home games and the other half getting 4 home games.

    Right now with 32 teams it’s basically perfect. You have 6 divisional games, 4 games vs another division in your conference, 4 games vs a division outside of your conference. The final two games being the two teams in your conference that ended up with the same placement in their division as you.

  50. Divisional realignment to four 8-team divisions? Say hello to a lot more meaningless games in December. The upside of being able to win a crappy division is that those crappy teams still have something to play for, even if it’s probably a one-and-done in January.

    You also did not think through the impact on non-divisional games, which would nearly disappear, if every team still plays a home-and-home against its division rivals. You’d be left with just 2 non-divisional games on the slate, per year, instead of the current set of 10. At that rate, some electrifying young talent (e.g., Todd Gurley) might never get seen in person by a whole bunch of fan bases.

  51. I still think Mallett doesn’t get it, but in all fairness, the main North-South freeway in Houston was closed due to flooding, but it’s not like the whole city didn’t know that would happen, as the news has been warning the city about the storm for a week.

  52. I was at a patriots tailgate party yesterday and there was 1 jets fan there… you shoulda saw the look on his face when he knew the pats were going to win and the announcers were talking about Brady playing 10 more years LMAOOOOOOOOO

  53. bjwbrown2011:
    Perfectly stated. (Which points out there are too many teams, but obviously that’s not going to change.)

    Reseeding is the only practical answer. You’ll still get a weak division winner in the playoffs too often, but at least they’d have to play on the road and in the “wild card” round (which could be renamed “qualifying round”.)

  54. I have 50-50 FIOS internet in NYC, and I watched the game on my 8 gb ram PC, using a Samsung flat screen PC monitor that is 3-4 years old…the picture from London (not the commercials) had 10-20 seconds of blurry definition per every minute of the game…don’t generalize from your own experience…

  55. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says:
    Oct 26, 2015 10:27 AM

    I also like the idea if an entire division is terrible the “champion” shouldn’t be in the playoffs

    ————–

    Agree. Just make a rule that any division winner with less than a .500 record does not advance, and substitute the next team on the wildcard list from that conference.

  56. Mallett should be cut today, what a lame excuse. Anyone that has lived in Houston more than a few months knows you have to plan an extra 30 minutes, to account for traffic to get anywhere. When it is raining you need to plan even longer.

    Team Sucks, now Foster is done for the year time to start over. Cut Mallett now, Get rid of Rick Smith the last day of the season. then get rid of some of the bloated contracts on this team.

  57. Great column MDS.

    Ryan Mallett will be out of work in 2016. I’m surprised none of this behavior manifested itself in Foxboro.

    Gurley was great at Georgia. Hopefully, he stays healthy because he’s fun to watch.

    Tom Brady is the smartest quarterback I have ever seen. He makes great decisions and seems to know what’s going to happen before it does.

    The Colts will lose their next three games and go 8-8, at best and probably 7-9. If you win your division, you should get to the playoffs. I wouldn’t mind seeing the NFL seeding teams by record though and NOT giving them the #4 seed. They should get the #6 seed. That seems to be a decent fix.

  58. Maybe the Bucs should look for a coach like Miami got! Sixteen stupid penalties, surprise by an onside kick and lazy play calling on goal line offense. This loss was all on the coaching!

  59. The Texans coaches are clueless as seen in hard knocks. They cut better players. Hoyer is a journeyman who can’t win. Mallett wants it but sets behind this turd. If he gets cut – he will be picked up in a 2nd.

  60. Re Patriots – Jets:

    Why was Bowles burning clock with 2 min and all 3 timeouts left in the first half instead of trying to score, knowing the Patriots had the ball to start the second half. That made no sense. It also made no sense that Bowles didn’t starting calling timeouts at the end of the second half. The way it worked out Bowles would have had 45 more seconds to score a TD at the end of the game and tie it.

    Bad game management and I’m not seeing it called out anywhere.

  61. That wasn’t a bone head play by Fitz….you think the Pats were going to let them complete a pass on the sidelines? He made the completion and spiked the ball with 1 sec but Marshall didn’t was line up offsides and got caught moving as the ball was snapped…..if he didn’t get flagged the Jets would have had a chance for a hail mary…that was not a bone head move

  62. The year he came out for the draft, I heard one interview of him where he was speaking in ebonics, like Vanilla Ice or something. That told me all I needed to know about this guys IQ…

  63. We have a backup QB in Buffalo who works hard, but just doesn’t get it…. unless you get points for A) throwing it at the feet of your receivers (even in the backfield) B) Throwing it 10 ft over the head of your receivers or C) throwing to the other team…. I guess I wish HE had missed his flight!
    I’m hoping your idea of the Bills/Jags game was just the watching and not the game itself.
    Stupid coaching decisions and calls on both sides. Horrible QB’s. Terrible Refs. (Worst PI call eveeeer)
    Both planes should be have been stopped at the runway and made to stay in the UK.

  64. Four eight team divisions?

    Yeah – that will work

    If teams play home and home with the teams in their division that takes care of 14 out 16 games on the schedule.

    Play one game against the team in the other division of the same conference that finished in the same position the previous season and play one team in the other conference each season.

    Guess again

  65. I like the idea of Baltimore to the AFC East, keeps the AL east baseball city rivalries intact basically keeping year round fun banter.
    While it would a shame lose the Steelers rivalry, maybe the league could come up with a “rivalry game” each year to keep games like that intact. Division records don’t really win you your division. Take the 2010 Raiders who went 6-0 in the AFC west, but finished with an 8-8 record overall,so KC with an overall record of 10-6 won the division despite having a 2-4 AFC west record finishing 3rd in their division standings. Why play a team twice each year, if those games besides the W and L don’t really matter ,why not play once a year and find 3 other NFL team’s to play. A home and home doesn’t really matter ,kinda makes a game more special against a “rival” when it comes every other season at home.

  66. huggybear2014 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 12:16 PM
    Mallet was a 3rd pick for a reason. Now to trade for him, is the question mark.

    O’Brien keeping him is the failure.
    =======================================
    I see the point here and agree. BUT, Montana was a 3rd round pick, Brady a 6th. Sometimes it’s a crap shoot. Late picks turn out great, early picks don’t. It isn’t a perfect science.

    Having said that, I think Rick Smith picks names out of a mayonnaise jar.

  67. It was always dumb to go to 4 divisions anyway, and they need to put it back how it used to be. There once were divisions that had more teams than others, so that’s not an excuse for continuing this nonsense. Put back together the old AFC and NFC East, West, and Central with the obvious adjustments of leaving the Cardinals in the West and maybe shifting the Panthers to the East. I know back then, the worst you ever got for a division winner was 8-8, and that was pretty rare as I think it happened like twice ever. Three wild cards with the lowest seeded division winner playing the other wild card. That’s the way it should have stayed forever, but like everything else dumb that’s been done over the last few years, this is another. At least you can hang this one on the Tagliabue regime though. I still wouldn’t put it past Goodell to have been the main advocate for it, lol.

  68. I blame the NFL for Brady potentially playing another 5 years. All he wants to do is smash everybody. Watching my Dolphins yesterday I was thinking at halftime I wonder what the final score would be if Houston were playing the Patriots. This is a team that’s going to crush the meek. They are better than they were when they nearly went undefeated.

  69. Mallet is the new Cutler. All world talent and very weak mentally. I see him going to Chicago to continue the streak of disappointment.

  70. First I’d heard that Mallett had no-showed practice after being benched. That would have been it with some coaches so he’s lucky to still have a job. Then he misses a plane? Why hasn’t he been released yet?

  71. When the going gets tough, Mallet bails. He proved that when he left Michigan. He couldn’t get out of there fast enough to go to a much less demanding gig at Arkansas, where the team is so great he didn’t even really have to try most weeks; he just had to show up and give the ball to the real players.

  72. razzlejag says:
    Oct 26, 2015 8:42 AM
    Why not establish a rule where any team going to the playoffs must win at least 9 games regardless of division standing? That would avoid the possibility of the 8-8 (or worse) AFC South winner participating. You don’t win 9+, you don’t go.
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    You can’t do that because you might bar an 8-8 division winner who had a tough schedule and give their spot to a 9-7 runner-up from another division who had a softer schedule.

  73. So the four division eight team idea will have each team playing seven division games and 9 non division games and a bye. Hard to build a rivalry that way. Or the teams would play 14 division games and two non division games- not likely because most teams would never play head to head. Think of the Browns and Dolphins neither have made a playoff game in awhile and is a Browns/ Dolphins game a money maker the NFL would shoehorn in a regular season game?

  74. “If Brady doesn’t win MVP this year something is very wrong. Didn’t even mention the horrible state of the O-line right now.”

    You can say the same thing about Aaron Rodgers and the sorry state of his recieving corps right now.lost Jordy Nelson for the year,Davante Adams for the last three games,Cobb playing at 50% because of shoulder injury,Montgomery sprains his ankle last game and people wonder why the Packers are only scoring 27.8 ppg?all he has left is an old,slow James Jones,an under used tight end in Richard Rodgers and some never before used rookies yet he still has his team undefeated at 6-0,now that should put him in the MVP conversation for sure.

  75. billh1947 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 3:59 PM

    “If Brady doesn’t win MVP this year something is very wrong. Didn’t even mention the horrible state of the O-line right now.”

    You can say the same thing about Aaron Rodgers and the sorry state of his recieving corps right now.lost Jordy Nelson for the year,Davante Adams for the last three games,Cobb playing at 50% because of shoulder injury,Montgomery sprains his ankle last game and people wonder why the Packers are only scoring 27.8 ppg?all he has left is an old,slow James Jones,an under used tight end in Richard Rodgers and some never before used rookies yet he still has his team undefeated at 6-0,now that should put him in the MVP conversation for sure.
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    The defense has picked it up this year; the Pack is #1 in scoring D so far and they get back B.J. Raji and Morgan Burnett this week.

  76. Did you look at the weather in Houston on Saturday? We were in the middle of Hurricane Pauline with heavy rain and wind. Mallett’s excuse of getting stuck in traffic is valid. Mallett’s firing is an act of frustration on the part of Texans management. The team sucks – there is no team – and they’re creating sideshows to deflect attention from the real problems in Houston – Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith.

  77. packergator says:
    Oct 27, 2015 2:10 PM
    billh1947 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 3:59 PM

    “If Brady doesn’t win MVP this year something is very wrong. Didn’t even mention the horrible state of the O-line right now.”

    You can say the same thing about Aaron Rodgers and the sorry state of his recieving corps right now.lost Jordy Nelson for the year,Davante Adams for the last three games,Cobb playing at 50% because of shoulder injury,Montgomery sprains his ankle last game and people wonder why the Packers are only scoring 27.8 ppg?all he has left is an old,slow James Jones,an under used tight end in Richard Rodgers and some never before used rookies yet he still has his team undefeated at 6-0,now that should put him in the MVP conversation for sure.
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    The defense has picked it up this year; the Pack is #1 in scoring D so far and they get back B.J. Raji and Morgan Burnett this week.

    Even as a Pats fan I say absolutely Rodgers is in the running for MVP. I think that is a fact that true football fans can admit to.

  78. packergator says:
    Oct 27, 2015 2:10 PM
    billh1947 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 3:59 PM

    “If Brady doesn’t win MVP this year something is very wrong. Didn’t even mention the horrible state of the O-line right now.”

    You can say the same thing about Aaron Rodgers and the sorry state of his recieving corps right now.lost Jordy Nelson for the year,Davante Adams for the last three games,Cobb playing at 50% because of shoulder injury,Montgomery sprains his ankle last game and people wonder why the Packers are only scoring 27.8 ppg?all he has left is an old,slow James Jones,an under used tight end in Richard Rodgers and some never before used rookies yet he still has his team undefeated at 6-0,now that should put him in the MVP conversation for sure.
    __________________________________

    The defense has picked it up this year; the Pack is #1 in scoring D so far and they get back B.J. Raji and Morgan Burnett this week.

    Even as a Pats fan I say absolutely Rodgers is in the running for MVP. I think that is a fact that true football fans can admit to.

  79. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Hey he already has experience, dropping Michigan as soon as he heard Rodriqeuz was coming to town and putting in the spread.

    He couldn’t drop that program fast enough because he knew his QB play was in jeopardy.

    They made it clear he was number 2 and he did a number 1 on them for it. If he can’t be the center he will quit on you.

  80. Oct 26, 2015 1:16 PM
    Ryan Mallett keeps mising the 6 oclock news because he don’t know what time it comes on.

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    Now that there is puny. I laughed my arse off

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