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God Tells Kurt Warner To Stay In Arizona & To Keep Boldin In The Fold!

4 Mar

God’s no fool.

When God speaks, it’s a good idea to listen.  For anyone who’s been willing to listen, Kurt Warner has been telling them that God will let him know what to do with the next chapter of his amazing life.  First, God told Kurt Warner not to retire.

Now, God’s giving Kurt some pretty good advice on how to use his leverage during free agency.  Kurt and his wife visited the division rival 49ers recently and in response Arizona immediately bumped its offer up for Warner.

Warner has instructed his agent to counter and it’s being reported that part of their counter involves Warner willingly given up two million dollars over two years to help the Cardinals re-work Anquan Boldin’s contract. 

God knows his football.  God knows Kurt doesn’t belong in San Francisco running Mike Singletary’s run oriented attack next season.  God also knows that good receivers make good quarterbacks and vice versa.  And so for that reason, God apparently told Kurt Warner to offer up bucks to help retain Boldin.

If the Cardinals have truly turned a corner, they’ll figure out a way to keep Warner and Boldin happy.  Nothing would make Warner feel better about coming back than knowing he was returning with a full arsenal.  Looks like God is working hard to make sure that happens.

My guess is he’s got some serious money riding on Warner capping his career with a second Lombardi trophy, but what do I know God doesn’t talk to me…

PS – Note to Anquan.  If this all works out, might be a good idea to get Kurt a little something and thanking God might be appropriate too.

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Another Amazing Week In Sports, Politics & Nonsense!

24 Jan

What an utterly amazing week to be alive to blog!  Unfortunately, other obligations AKA my paying job, got in the way of being able to write too much.  I realize that given these uncertain times I should feel lucky to have a good job.  And I do.

I also feel lucky to have this blog and to be able to present my thoughts on the week we all just got through together. 

Here goes!

Another Giants’ receiver gets shot!  Seriously what are the odds of the guy who replaced Plaxico Burress on the Giants roster also getting shot so soon after Burress accidentally capped himself?  Better than back to back Big Blue championships, I guess.  Here’s hoping Taye Biddle gets better soon.

Jeff Kent – when you look at his numbers even after accounting for the slugging era he played in, they are very impressive for a second baseman.  As a Mets fan, I saw quite a bit of Kent in the 90s.  He never struck me as a Hall of Famer.  Maybe that early impression is what keeps me from seeing him as Cooperstown-worthy now…

Alonozo Mourning – Zo has once again decided to retire.  Somehow this one feels more real.  After battling through kidney problems and leg issues through the years, I think he’s done.  Does anyone remember how limitless the Charlotte Hornets future looked way back when they had the young versions of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson playing for them?  Maybe the young & current version of Chris Paul will deliver on that long ago promise for the franchise that fled Charlotte for New Orleans…

Brian Schottenheimer – I don’t get it.  What’s the big deal whether he comes back to the Jets as their offensive coordinator?  In three years with the Jets, Marty’s son has produced the 25th, 26th and 16th ranked offenses in the NFL.  This gets him serious consideration for the head job?  And this merits the Jets’ brass losing sleep over whether he’ll be happy to return?  Maybe it’s just that they figure if they keep Shottenheimer and the current offense in place the odds are better Brett Favre will return?

Rex Ryan – Maybe it’s cause he’s a twin and I have twins.   Maybe it’s cause he’s Buddy Ryan’s son and for some reason I always found Buddy entertaining despite my being a Giants’ fan.  I don’t know.   But, for some reason, I like Rex Ryan and feel like he’ll do a nice job with the Jets.  If nothing else, his press conferences are already better than Eric Mangini’s.

Goodbye Guantanamo! – The new president carries through on his promise to close Gitmo.  Good riddance!  Call me crazy but simply “disappearing” people just doesn’t seem real American to me.  Feels like we all ought to have more faith in our system than to resort to that kind of third world dictatorship kind of move.

Goodbye Torture! – Barack Obama delivers again!  Nice first couple of days for him by the way.  So far so good, but we’ve got a long way to go.  Thanks to President Obama, now the US will not be allowed to torture suspects anymore.  Another good move. America should not tolerate torture.  Beside not being in keeping with our constitution, it’s not all that effective.  How about just making them sit through a full episode of the “Color Honeymooners”?  Yikes!

Pope’s On Youtube – He’s got his own channel there.  How long til he’s got his own development deal with some cable channel?

Mark Ivaroni Fired – Is every NBA franchise going to fire their head coach this season?  And will it make any difference in Memphis anyway??  Especially when you hire Lionel Hollins for the THIRD time to coach your franchise.  What’s he going to do different this time??  Third time!  I’m not making this up!

New York’s Got a New Senator – And it’s not a Kennedy.  Would have been poetic to see Caroline Kennedy take the seat her uncle once held.  But, after her disastrous couple of weeks in the spotlight think we all learned why she’s stayed private all these years. You know, uh, you know….

Manny Ramirez – Being a pain in the ass can cost you a lot of cash.  Now, not even the Mets are interested in one of the game’s very best hitters.  As a Mets’ fan, I’m very worried about the pitching rotation and just don’t think they have enough hitting.  Manny could go a long way toward solving half their problems.  Course, he’d add a whole other set in the process but that’s just Manny being Manny.

Mark McGwire  –  Not only does his brother Jay introduce him to roids, now he outs him.  Would I love to be a fly-on the wall at the McGwire family reunion!

Herm Edwards Fired – Had to see this coming when the Chiefs brought in a new GM.  And although Edwards isn’t saying it, I will.  Clark Hunt has a lot of nerve firing Edwards after signing off on the youth movement that put the Chiefs at 2-14 last year.  If Edwards had known he had just one year to work with, maybe he’d have rethought going young.

Who’ll Bail Out The Veteran NFL Coaches? – Maybe it will be the Chiefs who are rumored to be pursuing Mike Shanahan.  It’s amazing to me to see all these young guys getting hired for head coaching jobs this year while big names like Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher may be sitting out next season. 

Let’s take them and a few others case by case:

Mike Shanahan – Not surprised KC would want him.  After all, they had to play against him for so long and know how good he is.  Am surprised that he’d go somewhere so quickly after Denver, especially without being able to have Denver-type control.  Really thought that once again he’d replace Wade Phillips.  This time in Dallas.  If Jerry Jones were smart and Shanahan were interested, he’d make sure history repeat itself.

Jon Gruden – Tampa’s entire roster seems to be dogging him in the press, but you have to believe he’ll get another chance.  When he does, he’ll win again.

Marty Schottenheimer – All Brian’s dad ever has done is win.  Ok, not in the playoffs so much.   Still, I don’t buy he’s not one of the top 30 coaches in the pro football world.  Don’t see Norv Turner really lighting things up in San Diego either…

Bill Cowher – he strikes me as the least interested in coming back this year.  Still, think the Jets blew it by not overwhelming him.

Dan Reeves – He wants back in.  So much so that at age 65 he’s interviewing for the offensive coordinator spot for the 49ers.  Like Marty Schot, he’s another guy who has done nothing but win.  Unfortunately, both he and Marty may never get a crack at a top spot again.  Here’s hoping they both do.  The ultimate of course, would be to see Reeves get another team to the Super Bowl only to watch them get crushed by Marty’s first ever Super Bowl team. 

Denny Green – I’m just throwing him in here.  I haven’t even heard he wants to coach again.  But, with the Cardinals going to the Super Bowl, it’s worth noting that Green brought in some of the guys who have gotten them there.  You may have heard of one of his guys.  Kurt Warner??

Deep breathe!  Think that was everything I wanted to get out.

Thanks for taking a look!

Keep It In The Family NFL Head Coaches! Which Father & Son Duo Are The Best?

7 Jan

It’s not always a bad or good thing when a child follows in their parent’s footsteps career-wise, but it’s not an uncommon thing.  All over America and for all different reasons, sons and daughters follow their parents into the same profession.  Everywhere that is, except the NFL.

By my unscientific count, there have been exactly four father/son combos that can proudly proclaim that each man had made it to the mountain top and served as an NFL head coach.

The four families (that sounds vaguely like a mob reference, right?) are the Shulas, the Moras, the Nolans and the Phillips.  Each man and each family had a different story and differing rates of success. 

Here’s how Full Contact ranks them on their COMBINED body of work from worst to first:

#4 – THE NOLANS – Dick (Dad) and Mike (Son)

Three Division titles total.  All from Dick’s San Francisco tenure (68-75).  Dick Nolan was about a .500 coach for San Fran, but he did manage to capture 3 straight division crowns.  After that, he had three straight losing seasons and was let go.  Next stop for Dick was New Orleans in 1978, which of course is a death sentence for any coach.  And actually, in context Dick did pretty well, going 7-9 and then 8-8 in his second year (which must have been a minor miracle).  Unfortunately, in Nolan’s third year, the Saints got off to an 0-12 start and Dick Nolan was finished as a head coach.  Interesting side note, Nolan was a master of the tie game.  During his eight years in SF, his teams tied FIVE times.  Tying that much, even Donovan McNabb would know the overtime rules!

Mike Nolan has the unique pleasure of actually having coached the same NFL team as his dad.  Not only that, but Nolan, coached San Francisco in a suit much like the coaches of his dads’ generation did.  Unfortunately for Mike Nolan, his three and a half years with the Niners much more closely resembled his Dad’s last three years in Frisco rather than Dick’s glory days.  Mike finished with nothing but losing records and a .327 winning percentage.  In fairness to Mike Nolan, he is still young and he may yet coach again in the NFL as a top man.  If he does, perhaps he can improve the Nolans standing on this list.

#3 THE PHILLIPS – Bum (Dad) and Wade (Son)

Two Division titles.  One by Bum and one from Wade.  Both coached multiple teams and both sport over .500 records during their combined TWENTY years in the head spot (yes, I know two of those years Wade was a head coach for only a few games on an interim basis).

Bum Phillips was a charismatic character who in the late ’70s built his Houston Oilers into a serious threat to Chuck Noll’s Steeler Dynasty.  The Oilers never quite managed to “kick the door down” as Phillips insisted they would, but they did have good success.  The Oilers won 10 or more games in four of Phillips’ six years in Houston with only one losing season.  In ’78 and ’79, they won two playoff games each year before ultimately being booted from the tournament.  Plus, the Oilers had Earl Campbell and Phillips has to get some points for that alone.  I’ve never enjoyed watching anyone else run as much as Campbell.

Anyway, in ’81, Bum Phillips left Houston after ’80’s 11 win campaign, to take over…  New Orleans.  I think you know how the rest of this story goes.  After two four win seasons, Phillips got the Saints to mediocrity by going 8-8 in ’83 and 7-9 in ’84.  But, it didn’t last.  In ’85, Phillips left with the Saints at 4-8.  He too, like Dick Nolan, never coached in the NFL again after handling the ‘Aints.  It’s a pity cause the guy could coach.  He won at a .611 clip in Houston and still managed to end his career about .500 (82-77) despite coaching the Saints. 

While it took his dad some time to get his first top job, Wade got his first opportunity at a much younger age and it was courtesy of his father.  He went 1-3 in 1985 finishing up for Bum in New Orleans.  Wade’s first real opportunity wouldn’t come around until ’97 in Denver.  A respected coordinator, the move to the top spot was a bit bumpy, but he did manage to go .500 in his two seasons in Denver.  In, ’98, Wade took over in Buffalo and went 10-6.  He followed that up with an 11-5 campaign the next year.  In 2000, he went 8-8 and was gone.  Not a bad run, but he’s probably still most remembered in Buffalo for needlessly pulling a successful Doug Flutie out of the starting QB role come playoff time for Rob Johnson, who flopped.  In ’03, Wade was the interim guy again in Atlanta and went 2-1.  Then, came Dallas and we all know how that’s working out.  His great first regular season (13-3) in ’07 ended in crushing playoff underachievement.  And this past season, the Cowboys who were favored by many to reach the Super Bowl, went 9-7 and didn’t even make the playoffs.  Yet, Jerry Jones still has back.

Our conclusion?  Dad was the real deal, he just shouldn’t have gone to New Orleans.  Wade?  He’s a great coordinator, but no more.  No matter what Jerry Jones thinks…

#2 – THE SHULAS – Don (Dad) and David (Son)

This one was the pick that was toughest for us.  Clearly, by the numbers, the Shulas own this competition.  There’s back to back Super Bowl Championships.  A perfect season.  Several other Super Bowl appearances and about a gazillion wins and division titles.  But remember this was about the best father/son combo.  We’re looking for a father and son team who both could coach.

Don Shula is clearly the most accomplished head coach on this list.  He had success in both his stops – Baltimore and Miami.  He got his first shot at the young age of 33 and made the most of the opportunity to coach the Colts from 1963-69.  He went 11-1 in ’67 and ’68 saw him go 13-1 before losing Super Bowl III to Joe Willie and the Boys.  In Miami, it only got better.  The Fins were AFC Champs three years running from ’71-73 including those two back to back Super Bowl titles.  Shula coached for 33 years, 26 of them with the Dolphins.  He won over 300 games.  Won at a .678 clip for his career (surprisingly he was more successful in Baltimore at .725 versus .659 during his longer stint in Miami).

It’s fair to say that Don Shula’s last ten years in Miami where his most mediocre despite the presence of one Dan Marino.  It’s perhaps even fairer to point out that at the height of his relative mediocrity, three of Shula’s last ten teams won ten or more games.

Speaking of mediocrity, some hate to fall to that level while others curse that they never managed to attain it.  Such is the case with Don’s son David.  Like his father, David Shula got his first coaching job at a really early age.  Unlike his father, David was clearly not ready.  In five years in Cincinnati (92-96), David Shula’s teams went 5-11, 3-13, another 3-13 and then jumped up to 7-9.  In his last year, the Bengals started out 1-6 and that was the final nail in the coffin.  David Shula never got another shot.  My guess is that he never will.  The only defense I can give is that Cincinnati in the early 90s was probably as bad for your coaching career as New Orleans was in the 70s and 80s.

Don Shula is one of the great coaches of all time.  David Shula, well…. He probably got his first shot too young cause of his family name and was also put into an losing situation in Cincy.  No one was going to win in that town with those teams.  But that all taken into consideration, the Shulas must go down as the second best father/son duo.  David simply did not do enough to merit ranking them number one despite all of his father’s achievements.

So who’s # 1?  How about these guys!

#1 THE MORAS – Jim (Dad) and Jim (Son)

Four Division titles.  Jim Mora (the Dad) is probably most remembered for his classic line “playoffs?!  You’re talking about playoffs?!” that is nicely re-purposed for comedic effect in a current beer commercial.  But, Dad Mora could flat out coach.  Sure, he had a tendency to overload himself and implode which resulted in self-inflicted wounds to his career, but the guy was a winner (at least in the regular season).  AND, he won in places where people just didn’t win.

Going through this post, New Orleans has come up several times as a coaches grave yard.  Jim Mora WON in New Orleans.  He did so at a .557 rate no less.  In Mora’s ten plus years with the Saints, his teams routinely made the playoffs.  In fact, by the early ’90s, some viewed the Saints as likely Super Bowl material.  This was astounding stuff.  No one had ever had that much success in the Big Easy.  Mora lead squads won 10 or more games four times between ’87 and ’92.  The Saints were actually a force in the NFL.  After ’92, the Saints got decidedly mediocre until a 2-6 start in ’96 and Mora’s unbalanced reaction got him removed.

In 1998, Jim Mora took over the Colts and went 3-13.  In year two, Indy went 13-3 and won their division.  In 2000, Indy went 10-6.  They followed that up with a 6-10 season and that was it for Mora’s head coaching career.  (Check out the pattern of Mora’s Indy W-L record, it’s oddly dyslexic from year to year:  3-13, 13-3, 10-6, 6-10). He finished up with 125 victories at a .541 winning percentage when you factor in his time in Indy.

Of the sons, Jim Mora is tied with Wade Phillips for the most divison titles: ONE.  Jim Mora (the son) took over the Falcons in 2004, another franchise that destroys good coaches, and surprised everyone by going 11-5 and winning their division.  That’s as good as it got, year two was 8-8, and 2006 was worse at 7-9.  Then, Mora made some noise about other coaching jobs he’d be interested in and Arthur Blank let him go for the very wise choice of Bobby Petrino.  Then, Michael Vick, went to jail and the whole think collapsed.  (Shockingly the Falcons have recovered very quickly from all this).

Anyway, back to Jim Mora the son.  Many people felt he got kind of a raw deal and that he was actually a quality coach.  Apparently, the folks in Seattle felt that way and named him the Seahawks coach in waiting.  Now that Holmgren is gone, we’ll find out what Jim Mora can do in his second stint at the top.  For the sake of the Mora family honor, let’s hope he keeps them at the top of this list…

Hope you enjoyed this post and would LOVE your comments on our rankings!

Why I’ll Never Root For The Bengals Again!

20 Aug

Despite being a committed Giants fan, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Cincinnati Bengals.  I mean I even thought the striped helmets and uniforms were cool when everyone else found them silly and tacky.  Whatever…

My affinity for the Bengals goes way back to the Ken Anderson days.  I rooted for Anderson, who should get more consideration for Football’s Hall of Fame, as he almost delivered Super Bowl glory before falling to the 49ers as they began their rise to glory.  A few years later and with Boomer Esiason at the helm and Ickey Woods doing his shuffle, I once again rooted for the Bengals to upend the Niners.  They missed it by thismuch…

Since that near miss, it’s been almost all down hill for the Bengals.  Their fans have been forever stuck with a clueless and cheap ownership led by Mike Brown, the son of all time legend and team founder Paul Brown.  A few years back, Mike Brown hired Marvin Lewis and things headed in the right direction.  Mediocrity under Lewis has after all been a true improvement over the other post-Sam Wyche coaching regimes.  Anyone remember David Shula??

Under Lewis, things have looked up.  Carson Palmer even fell into their laps.  I’m pretty sure the Bengals even got a top notch new stadium, which was probably paid for by the taxes levied on their long suffering fans.  All seemed good in Bengal Land.

Then, came the arrests.  Something like 10 Bengals in 14 months or vice versa got arrested.  The team took steps, cut some players and made big statements.

One of those statements was that wide receiver Chris Henry would never again play for the organization.  Of course, that was all before their two starting wide receivers got hurt this spring training.  Now comes word that Chris Henry is back.  And presumably better than ever, but the question is at what?

Chris Henry has been suspended by the league at least twice and will have to sit out four games before being able to suit up this year for Cincy.  He’s also been arrested about five times during his Bengal tenure.  Way back in July, Marvin Lewis put his chances of returning to the team at basically zero.

Guess we ought to give the Bengals credit for trying hard to clean up their act.  It lasted for about a month.

For all their problems, the Bengals are a talented team and Lewis is a talented coach.  What the organization hasn’t really accepted, however, is that their players’ problems with the law are keeping the team from fulfilling its potential on the field.  With Henry back, the Bengals are embracing mediocrity.  They should have passed on Henry and let him go on to be some other team’s problem.

Look, this is America.  Everyone deserves a second chance and we love to give them.  All told, thanks to Cincinnati, Chris Henry has had about five of them.

And now the Bengals have one less fan.