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So When Does Belichick Apologize?

In Football Stuff on January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Bill Belichick

This week Richard Sherman apologized for his post game outburst during his interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews. Still it appears to be a hot topic in the world of sports reporting. To me it wasn’t that big of a deal and I didn’t have an issue with Sherman. The person I had the biggest problem with after Sunday’s championship games Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s assertion that Broncos wide receiver intentionally tried to take out Aqib Talib of the Patriots. I felt that was a pretty low for a coach to make that kind of accusation against a player.

Pick plays or “rub routes” are not that uncommon in football and are used more often by the Broncos and weird enough the Patriots. There was no call by the officials on the field and the play did not appear malicious. But according to Belichick “I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open….” and he followed up with “I’ll let the league handle discipline on that play. … That’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” Well the league officials made their ruling and decided that there was no ill intent on the play.

There is a history between Welker and Belichick as Welker was a Patriot for six seasons prior to playing in Denver this year. His departure from New England was due some problems with negotiating his new contract. In a lot football fans minds it appeared to be sour grapes after a game against one of his former standout players. Maybe Bill was just being a sore loser or maybe he legitimately thought that Welker was being dirty. With almost a week gone by and a chance for the league to rule and him to see the tape, it’s time for Belichick to be classy and apologize to his former player.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
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The Lions Go With Caldwell

In Football Stuff, Michigan Sports on January 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

Jim Caldwell

The Detroit Lions will introduce their 26th head coach. Former Colts head coach and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will try to do what no man has done in 56 years and make the Lions a winner. The Lions apparently missed on former Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt. Caldwell beat out freshly booted Gary Kubiak (Texans) and Mike Munchak (Titans) to take over Detroit. Not sure if this head coach will work out for the Lions but at least he has a resume that makes you believe he can fix some of the problems with the team. That being said I do have my concerns.

Caldwell has the kind of background that the team says that they were looking for. He is a former head coach who is offensive minded. His Colts teams had two winning seasons before being fired for a 2-14 season. That last losing season most will give him a pass for due to his star quarterback not playing the entire season. The team also had plenty of injuries throughout the team and who has won in the NFL with Curtis Painter under center? The belief is that he could a good tutor for Matthew Stafford. Caldwell is a long time quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. The fact that a big part of his resume is that he coached Peyton Manning and not sure how much credit a coach gets for his development.

Caldwell does get a lot of credit for pushing the 2012 Ravens offense to the Superbowl after taking it over at the end of that season. His mentoring of a young Joe Flacco is believed to be the difference in their season. In 2013 Caldwell was not able to follow up on the success. Baltimore finished 26th in total offense this season. They were 30th in rushing and 18th in passing offense. That can largely be attributed to the offseason fire sale that the organization went through. Ray Rice was never 100% and Flacco really didn’t have a lot receiving options.

It appears that any of Caldwell’s shortcomings in the NFL come with extenuating circumstances. He is spoken extremely high of by former players and coaches that he has worked with. One of the major issues with the Lions last season was discipline. Being a disciple of Tony Dungy, Caldwell definitely get this team in line. Hopefully he can push Detroit in the right direction with some wins in the playoffs.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
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Any Choice Would Have Been Good for Saban

In Football Stuff on December 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Nick Saban Bama

Friday it was announced that Nick Saban has signed a long term extension with the University of Alabama. This pretty much ends all possibility that he will be the coach of the Texas Longhorns. Already the highest paid coach in college football Saban just picked up a fat raise. Now credit the speculation of him going to another school with helping make even more money than he already does. No matter decision Nick Saban made he was going to win. There were no bad options.

Let’s say that Nick would have been the replacement for Mack Brown at Texas. Texas is one of the more legendary programs in college football history and it not that far removed from its past glory. Money was not definitely a problem for school that would have paid Saban probably even more money than he just got on the deal he just signed. Texas is a magical place for high school football and he would have had first pick of any recruit from the state. After being the only coach to win two national titles at two different schools has only been by Saban. Why would he not consider trying to add another program to the list?

Staying home at Alabama was also a very good option. Saban has built the Crimson Tide to a constant national championship contender each year. This season if it were not for a crazy play he would be playing for another national championship this season. Not having to deal with a conference like the Big 12 that is unstable and playing in the king SEC conference is always a plus. Saban knows his roster that is deep with All-Americans that he has stocked and ready for major runs in the future. Schools like Florida, Georiga and LSU get ready because your nightmare is still here.

Written By
Keith B Holt
Follow on Twitter @Kholtjr