Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Sep 2013

Mandatory Monday: Bold Predictions

Actually, the predictions are at the end. And they are not that bold. Instead, you get my thoughts on failed quarterback prospects, Browns kickers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young albums.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 03 Sep 2013

14 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2013, 10:37am by LionInAZ


by Will Allen :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 8:17am

"Our House", and "Teach Your Children", are fully worthy of the Senator Blutarsky guitar treatment.

by LionInAZ :: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:37am

Inadvertant comment, deleted.

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 10:50am

I'm surprised Tanier doesn't realize that cutting Tebow is classic Belichik misdirection. Tebow will be resigned on Saturday, start on Sunday, and destroy the opposition.

Surprised being spent, he will then be released one more time... until the day he is needed again.

The man with no sig

by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:16am

Of course that is after much speculation on his inclusion on the injury report with a sprained groin.

by zenbitz :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 6:22pm

FTFA: "Ted Ginn may be the most important player no one is talking about, as he fixes two of the Panthers biggest 2012 problems: a second receiver opponents actually care about, and a return man who doesn't fumble."

Uh, after watching him on the Niners for the last couple years - Yes on Two, No on One.

by Ryan D. :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:52am

The Panthers have a Steve-Smith-or-nothing offense right now, so any kind of option that keeps teams from triple-teaming Smith is a win for the Panthers. If that means taking three or four play-action bombs per game to Ginn streaking up the sideline, so be it. That should also open up some space for Greg Olsen in the middle of the field, and maybe some running lanes for Deangelo Williams. With the Panters' terrible right side of the offensive line, they definitely need to keep the opposing safeties deep if they want to have any chance of running the ball.

by BaronFoobarstein :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 9:21pm

So that's the first actual video of Clowney playing I've ever seen. Especially at the beginning that was astounding. Every time he goes to his swim move he appears to phase out of normal space, pass through the blocker(s) and appear behind the line. I was left wondering how much of that is him dominating the opposition and how much of it is the blockers afraid to even try.

by grady graddy (not verified) :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:34pm

I think it is a bit bizarre that this article contains three scattered misunderstandings/factual inaccuracies about Raiders special teamers. Taiwan Jones is a CB now and no longer a RB, though he'll mainly see playing time as a gunner. Josh Cribbs was not kept off the field in preseason by injury, in fact, he was on the field returning kickoffs often enough to manage two muffs in addition to a fumble. Finally, while the Raiders save about three hundred thousand by cutting Kluwe, he was in Allen's apt words "outpunted" by King; quality dictated the decision, not frugality. If they went with Kluwe it would have been predominantly for his experience as a holder. Given that there is also the issue of King having long term upside, I don't think cost had anything to do with it, and none of the reporters who follow the Raiders do.

Now, I don't mind Mike Tanier ignoring the Raiders (I enjoy both MT and OAK), but ignoring them AND writing about them isn't the best combo, IMHO. I seriously doubt he would make three mistakes as obvious as these if he were writing about either of the other 4-12 teams from 2012.

by andrew :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:16am

Only 7 coaches who have won a superbowl?

Obviously you mean as a head coach (Bellicheck, Coughlin, Shanahan, Harbaugh, McCarthy, Payton and Tomlin.)

But several have won as a player: Ron Rivera, Leslie Frazier, and Jeff Fisher. Ironically all three for the '85 Bears.

by coboney :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 6:53am

Winner sauce doesn't graduate from playerhood to coach hood.

I mean just look how the winner sauce worked for Mike Singletary!

by drobviousso :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:16am

Winner sauce actually transubstantiates into fail sauce upon retirement, and vice versa. Just look at The Har-bros.

by LionInAZ :: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:40am

Mike Ditka being the exception that proves the rule, of course.

by tomdrees :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:15am

The "Special Teams Hall of Fame" is great, but unfortunately led me to Google Dave Meggett. DO NOT GOOGLE DAVE MEGGETT.

by ViciousChickenOfBristol (not verified) :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:00pm

Granted the Pats receivers may be better than expected (though all we have to work on is preseason, so take that with a grain of salt), but is it anything more than wishful thinking to say that their defense is "pretty darn strong"?.

That is an honest question to pats fans.