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08 Jan 2018

Monday Morning Digest: The Specter Hanging Over the NFL Playoffs

If you read just one article this week that makes the Patriots sound like the Romanov Dynasty, make it Seth Wickersham's piece. But if you read just one article that's self-aware about making the Patriots sound like the Romanov Dynasty, make it Digest!

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 08 Jan 2018

5 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2018, 1:25pm by big10freak


by jtr :: Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:46am

>But a coach [Gruden] who is famous to casual fans and solidifies the Raiders' national "brand" as bad-boy mavericks who make their own rules

Wait, what? We're talking about Jon Gruden, not Ken Stabler here. Nobody thinks Gruden is a badass, he's been a glorified cheerleader for his whole broadcast career. And the Raiders are hardly mavericks for signing him; just about every team with a coaching vacancy in the last decade has at least given him a call. The only thing the Raiders did differently than those other teams was throw a bigger pile of money at him than anyone else would.

by dryheat :: Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:49am

Think Boy Band "Bad Boy". Gruden has that "menacing" grimace.

by morganja :: Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:53am

That is it exactly! Great description.

by morganja :: Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00pm

"It was the equivalent of replacing the turbocharged engine in your sports car by selling the car and having Nick Foles pull you through town in a pedicab."

That was awesome!

by big10freak :: Thu, 01/11/2018 - 1:25pm

Whole article was great.