Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Dec 2012

Mandatory Monday: Here's the Clincher

Episode 13, in which the Chargers are declared "reliable surrender chipmunks."

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 03 Dec 2012

9 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2012, 3:47pm by RickD


by Insancipitory :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 8:26am

If your sister is a fiesty 24 y/o Carrie Fisher-looking space princess a certain amount of smug satisfaction is justified. And if that's wrong, right is overrated.

by DGL :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:53am

I believe Mike is the only Monday-morning football commentator I would trust with the word "banal".

by Dean :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 12:37pm

Banal is a difficult word?

by Insancipitory :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 2:24pm

Now consider Sean Connery reading it as part of a Jeopardy catagory.

by young curmudgeon :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:46am

I think he might mean "un-prepossessing" rather than un-presupposing.

by wr (not verified) :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:47am

"Too many satellites were launched from Cape Flacco".

Snortgiggle. But yes, it is a mystery why they wouldn't
give the ball to Mr. 4th and 29...

by Podge (not verified) :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:59am

The opening section was beautifully written Mike.

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 12:10pm

"On Sunday, he took a safety for intentional grounding in the end zone on a play that started at the 17-yard line."

It was a terrible call, the throw clearly crossed the line of scrimmage.

"If Kaepernick’s first receiver was not open, he just ran for daylight or tried to force the ball."

Really, several times he climbed the pocket or moved to find space while progressing through two or three reads. The four dropped passes didn't help and the line, Iupati in particular, was pretty mediocre. They surrendered nearly constant pressure and failed to open holes for Gore, which was where the game was really lost.

It's also not Kaepernick's fault that the niners sometimes get so over reliant on gadget play nonsense, I'm sure anyone can guess which play I'm thinking of. The niners' offense was at its best yesterday when Kaepernick was dropping back to pass, blaming him is the obvious but incorrect choice.

by RickD :: Tue, 12/04/2012 - 3:47pm

"Kiss your sister once, and you are Luke Skywalker. Do it twice, and you are Caligula."

Love it.