Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Nov 2005

The Lords of Discipline

Slate subtitles this article "Coaches and broadcasters peddle an easy solution to every problem in football." Apparently, discipline and swagger go hand in hand.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 09 Nov 2005

8 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2005, 9:07pm by Craig B

Comments

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by Noble (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 12:24pm

Link's busted, Aaron.

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by admin :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 12:33pm

Fixed.

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by charles (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 12:40pm

But while military observers can turn to the likes of Seymour Hersh for deeper explanations of armed-forces fiascos, football fans are stuck with the likes of Joe Buck.

preach

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by Israel (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 12:48pm

But while military observers can turn to the likes of Seymour Hersh for deeper explanations of armed-forces fiascos, football fans are stuck with the likes of Joe Buck.

...and gratuitous.

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by Yuri (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 1:28pm

1) WE NEED TO GET MORE PHYSICAL!!! It's time someone explored this topic

2) I am not sure I agree with this:

In reality, penalties and turnovers happen for a vast number of reasons, many of which are beyond the control of the guys on the field. Refs make crappy calls. Ray Lewis causes fumbles. Wind knocks down passes. Cleats get caught in turf. Blind hands grab facemasks unseen.

SOME bad things happen by chance. But most are the player's / coaches fault. SOME (e.g., offensive and defensive holding) are not "dumb" penalties in many case as alternative could be worse. But most hurt the team.

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by Soulless Merchant of Fear (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 5:07pm

"WE NEED TO GET MORE PHYSICAL!!!"

Oh, I love this one. "He's a physical football player." As opposed to a mental one?

"Davis breaks into the secondary...he jukes the corner...the safety closes in...and uses the power of his mind to freeze Davis in place!"

Y'know, I would pay to see that. Imagine teams recruiting powerful psychics as free safeties. Passes deflected by telekinesis...the giant helmets they'd wear to cover their freakishly oversized heads...

GET ME PETE ROZELLE! THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

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by tom (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 8:17pm

Good to see Herman Edwards knows how to relate to his players through the medium of inspirational metaphor. How long exactly do you think it'll be before an NFL head coach compares himself to a nun again?

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by Craig B (not verified) :: Wed, 11/09/2005 - 9:07pm

See, this is why FO underrates the Atlanta Falcons. Classic lack of discipline.