• The Water Cooler: Week 7


    -First Jamaal Charles and now Arian Foster. RBs approaching 30 are already nearing their expiration date, but when they’re also coming off of major surgery, with each having a checkered injury history, it’s tough to imagine any scenario that would see either return to anything resembling their past glory. Foster and Charles are both Hall of Fame talents who will come up short of enshrinement thanks to their injury issues.

    -Just remember 49er fans- the alternative is Blaine Gabbert.

    -Great QBs aren’t always great, they’re just great when they have to be. Blake Bortles is certainly nowhere near the “great” discussion at this point in his career, but in what was clearly his shakiest game of the season, he saved his team’s epic meltdown with a great throw/catch to Allen Hurns. The numbers aren’t great, but his rate stats have all improved markedly from his rookie year. The fact that he’s a Jaguar causes us to downplay his development by roughly 63%. Between Bortles, Hurns, Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas, and TJ Yeldon, that’s an awfully nice corps of young skill players to build around.

    -Stefon Diggs was a 5-star talent when he chose to attend Maryland over nearly every other major program in the country. Durability concerns caused him to fall to the Vikings in the 5th round of this year’s draft, but talent-wise, there’s no reason to question his breakout.

    -At various junctions yesterday, the Jaguars, Colts, and Texans combined to allow 96 consecutive points.

    -I don’t want to sound callous, but I hope there’s an injury that can explain Andrew Luck’s performance.

    -Can we finally give some credit to Ryan Fitzpatrick? He’s not on an offense that requires him to sling the rock, but his later career development is a bit reminiscent of Rich Gannon. An INT% of 3.3 is still too high, but his performance and leadership has put the Jets firmly into the playoff discussion. New England may now be 7-0 and have a game in hand against the Jets, but let’s not quite hand them the AFC East just yet.

    -They may be 3 back of Cincinnati heading into next week, but after treading water without Big Ben in the lineup, and a schedule that has 4 of their next 5 games at home (Cin, Oak, Cle, bye, @Sea, Ind) a win over the Bengals feels like it could be the start of a major run for the Steelers.

    -Welcome back Darren McFadden. Fantasy players will be scrambling to pick him up and put him in their lineups this week, only to realize in a few weeks that he’s still Darren McFadden. But he did look awfully good yesterday in an otherwise borderline unwatchable game.

    -In the Sunday Ticket age, it is absolutely brutal to only have 2 game options during the 4PM window.

    -Ryan Mathews totaled exactly 1 carry following his 63 yard TD run early in the 3rd quarter. When asked about it after the game, Chip Kelly, Philly’s offensive dictator, explained that RB Coach Duce Staley is actually in charge of the RB rotation. Way to teach accountability Chip!

    -As of this writing, exactly how are Ryan Mallett and Greg Hardy still employed?

    -I’m still gathering my thoughts, but want to give all of you the opportunity to chime in below. Yesterday’s live stream of the Jaguars-Bills resulted in an average of 2.36 million viewers with 15.2 million at least sampling the game at some point. Do you think the NFL is encouraged by the results of yesterday’s live stream? What were they trying to learn from the experiment?

    Comments 21 Comments
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Comments:

      The Pats are 6-0, not 7-0. Maybe we'll be 7-0 in 72 hours, but not yet.

      I agree with the comments on only two late games.

      I can't speak about Hardy, but with Mallett it's likely that they just don't have anyone else available for backup.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      The NFL wanted to see how many international hits it got (about 5 million, according to Peter King).

      I think that Luck is still hurt. His throws are sailing much more than they used and it seems like he is playing through pain that is altering his motion. They also have less juice on them.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Biggie got his wish. Joe Lombardi was fired today along with the OL coach and Asst. OL coach.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      Biggie got his wish. Joe Lombardi was fired today along with the OL coach and Asst. OL coach.
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Amy View Post
      Comments:

      The Pats are 6-0, not 7-0. Maybe we'll be 7-0 in 72 hours, but not yet.

      I agree with the comments on only two late games.

      I can't speak about Hardy, but with Mallett it's likely that they just don't have anyone else available for backup.
      Thanks, I forgot they had their bye, and who wants to fact check?

      I can speak on Hardy. The Cowboys are enablers.

      As for Mallett, find a backup. It's not like he's doing them any good by missing flights. Isn't this his 2nd missed flight this year? Find someone... ANYone, who will put team over self. If O'Brien hasn't already lost the team, he will by continually excusing his immature behavior.

      Think they regret letting Fitzpatrick walk?
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      To be serious, I hate to see a guy lose his job. However, allowing seven sacks is unforgivable. Even last season I was calling for Lombardi's ouster. That offense has been anemic after the first quarter. Teams make adjustments and the Lions fail to react. The offensive line looks lost out there. They have no idea where to go or whom to block. It's embarrassing.

      The interesting thing is Jim Caldwell - about two or hours prior to this breaking - stated no changes to his staff were coming.

      This means someone above the CaldwellBot made this call. I wonder who it was. Mayhew? Mrs. Ford? Bill Ford Jr.?
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      All I know is that I love that there is a guy named Jim Bob Cooter in the league and I love it even more that he is the new OC in Detroit.

      Yes, it is same James Robert Cooter who climbed into a house, stripped to his underwear and got into a strange bed. Man, sometimes the truth is better than any fiction that could be written.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian Williams View Post
      Thanks, I forgot they had their bye, and who wants to fact check?

      I can speak on Hardy. The Cowboys are enablers.

      As for Mallett, find a backup. It's not like he's doing them any good by missing flights. Isn't this his 2nd missed flight this year? Find someone... ANYone, who will put team over self. If O'Brien hasn't already lost the team, he will by continually excusing his immature behavior.

      Think they regret letting Fitzpatrick walk?
      Mallett was a head case as a Michigan freshman. It appears he has not done much by way of growing up.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      All I know is that I love that there is a guy named Jim Bob Cooter in the league and I love it even more that he is the new OC in Detroit.

      Yes, it is same James Robert Cooter who climbed into a house, stripped to his underwear and got into a strange bed. Man, sometimes the truth is better than any fiction that could be written.
      Jim Bob Cooter takes over as OC. TE coach Ron Prince takes over the OL. Devin Fitzsimmons takes over TEs.

      Now if we could just bring back Joe Cullen...
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Hardy can get to the QB. I think Jerry thinks this is still like the times when his superbowl players where snigffing rails of coke the night before the game. Hence, Hardy can stay.
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Bill O'Brien would like to cut Ryan Mallett, is being overruled by GM Rick Smith.
    1. Matt Kocsan's Avatar
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      graveyard for Cleveland QBs....
      http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015...r-quarterbacks

    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      So, not a ton of people watched the Bills/Jags game:

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ernet-numbers/

      Joining Pats fans (read article), I am also shocked.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian Williams View Post
      I can speak on Hardy. The Cowboys are enablers.
      Yeah, no excuses for the Cowboys here. We all knew Hardy was batcrap crazy even before he decided to beat up his girlfriend.

      This means someone above the CaldwellBot made this call.
      You know, I kind of miss the CaldwellBot.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      So, not a ton of people watched the Bills/Jags game:

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ernet-numbers/

      Joining Pats fans (read article), I am also shocked.
      Astonished. Stunned. Amazed.

      Bemused?

      Yeah. That's about right. However, I would be curious to know - via a truly knowledgable source - if applying the traditional television ratings model to a webcast has any merit. Somehow, i doubt it.

      Lots of big businesses out there have keen interest in seeing the NFL fail as an online game broadcaster.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian Williams View Post

      I can speak on Hardy. The Cowboys are enablers.
      I think many people, including the media, are overreacting with regards to Hardy. The incident itself is only being blown out of proportion because of Hardy's past. The guy is a little whacked, but you have to be at least a little whacked to be an effective pass rusher.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
      You know, I kind of miss the CaldwellBot.
      Get help. Get help now.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian Williams View Post
      Bill O'Brien would like to cut Ryan Mallett, is being overruled by GM Rick Smith.
      Looks like Bill O'Brien won out.

      http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13...b-ryan-mallett
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by hobbes27 View Post
      I'm wondering if the media turned this into something it wasn't, in that Smith's answer wasn't "no", it was simply "not until we find a replacement".