Archive for December, 2012

Bears firing of Lovie Smith smart – he has that “un-it” factor

December 31, 2012

While I wish Lovie would have stayed on as coach for the Packers sake, canning him was the right move. There are certain coaches who will NEVER win the big game. Lovie is one of them. Why?

Lovie has that “un-it” factor. Some coaches have the “it” factor – and these coaches win big games. They embrace the big moments. The “it” coaches should be fairly obvious: Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Tom Coughlin, Mike Holmgren, Mike McCarthy (at times at least) – along with aspiring it guys like Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, Mike Smith and 2 of his NFC South counterparts Greg Schiano and Ron Rivera. (Yes, I think the NFC South will become the dominant division in the next year or two).  But many more coaches have the “un-it” factor. These are the people who stand on the sidelines at big moments in big games, like a deer in headlights. It is fairly easy to distinguish these guys simply by watching their faces on the sidelines. Who are the un-it coaches? Mike Sherman (classic), Bret Bielama (trust me on this…Arkansas will never with the big game), Jason Garrett, Marty Shottenhiemer, Norv Turner, Jim Schwartz, Lovie Smith, Brad Childress, Joe Vitt, Wade Phillips, Romeo Crennel. You know exactly what I’m talking about here. These guys are overwhelmed by the moment. Now, they are not necessarily stupid – in fact they may be really good at certain facets of their jobs – but they just aren’t going to lead well when it really counts and this lack of it-ness will directly rub off on the team. They will NEVER win the big game and as an organization, you are better off dumping them as soon as you realize this.

Incidentally, it is rare that an un-it person develops into an “it” person (because it’s almost an innate quality), though this can happen. I’m curious about Gary Kubiak – I’ve thought of him as an “un-it-er” for a long time but I’m wondering a bit if he’s coming around. Probably not. One interesting case study is Andy Reid, a guy who at one time seemed destined for full it-ness only to fall off badly to become fully un-it.

Incidentally II, there are also “it” and “un-it” players. Mark Sanchez comes to mind first when I think of un-it players. He is awful. Rex Ryan has tried to force it-ness on Sanchez when he just doesn’t have it. Awful. Aaron Rodgers, both Mannings, Brady all come to mind when I think of “it” QBs. RGIII, Luck And Russell Wilson are 3 rookies who have serious “it” potential. In fact, it was thoughts about the “it” factor that led me to post this spring that I wouldn’t be surprised if Russell Wilson ended up starting and being a good NFL QB.


Packers/Vikes Game Thoughts

December 30, 2012
  • Ugly loss. Just not happy about it. We could have used a bye.
  • I’m pissed that we lost but I have to say, I was kind of rooting for AP. The guy is one of the best RBs to ever play the game and if anyone deserved a record, it was AP.
  • Our D was awful today. We made a few plays but overall, we got outplayed and outcoached by the Vikes. Just terrible.
  • Rodgers was awesome today except for his fumble.  There is no question whatsoever about who the best QB in the NFL is. Rodgers is absolutely unreal.
  • Some of the officiating was poor today. I was frustrated with the call on the field for the Jones TD. They eventually got it right but only after the replay.
  • Christian Ponder will be a different player next week. He had a great game today (234 yards 3 TDs), but for whatever reason, I am absolutely convinced we’ll be looking at a meltdown by him of epic proportions next week. The Packers are going to be very angry and he’ll have no time to do anything.
  • Peterson will pose a real issue as he always does, but he is only half the puzzle for them offensively and if Ponder pukes it, we should be OK.
  • Nice to see Jennings show up here. He was really good today and a big reason we were even involved at the end there. Huge game by Jennings.
  • Even though Rodgers was awesome and Jeremy Ross had a fantastic game, I think we still missed Cobb. He just poses problems for defenses right at the line –  causing all kinds of problems for defenses when it comes to how they line up.
  • Next week, with our entire stable of WRs, we could be really scary. Again, it’s early and after losing a heartbreaker it may not be smart, but I just am very confident we’ll destroy the Vikes next week. I just wish we didn’t have to play at all.
  • Mason Crosby had a big game and I’m glad he snapped out of it. That was huge.
  • The awful part of this loss is that the Pack will now need to win next week and then may have to go on the road after that. That sucks.

Awesome comeback there

December 30, 2012

Just a clinic in passing. Rodgers is unreal.

This is a great drive

December 30, 2012

Keep it up fellas

Why did Rodgers hurry up there – Finley had a 1st down

December 30, 2012

Odd. But great play there.

Penalty on Tramon

December 30, 2012

That was a legit penalty. Stupid.

huge kick by crosby

December 30, 2012

nice comeback.

Um – that’s a TD

December 30, 2012

If they blow this call I’m going to be ticked off. Just ridiculous.

not good

December 30, 2012

this is kind of what i thought would happen. but it’s not over here.

Not good

December 30, 2012

Nice momentum we had but that fumble could hurt.