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Posted on: January 18, 2010 2:13 pm

---Norv Turner should not have tried the onside kick at the end of the San Diego-New York Jets game. He should have kicked off deep. He had a timeout and the two-minute warning. Let's say they pin the Jets at the 20. The Jets run two plays and then face a third-and-5 at the 25 with 1:45 left. They would run the play clock down and then run a play. If they don't get a first down, they punt. All San Diego needed was a field goal and they would have had good field position to get one. Even if San Diego stops the Jets' fourth-down run at the end, they have a long way to go with no timeouts to get the field goal. It was about field position. Turner blew it. Then again, he looked like he came unglued all day long. Did you see him run onto the field during the scramble for a fumbled kickoff? He was losing it. Not what you want from your head coach in a big game.

--Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking was right. The late throw for a score by the Vikings was classless. With the Vikings leading 27-3 late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings left the starters in and kept throwing and threw a touchdown with 1:55 left in the game. Brooking was the only Cowboys player to go to the Vikings bench and voice his displeasure. Dallas should have run their kickoff to the Minnesota bench and maybe somebody would have rolled up on coach Brad Childress. That was a bush-league move. By the way, what if Favre got hurt on that throw? That was brilliant, Brad.

---After Wade Phillips won a playoff game against Philadelphia, there was little doubt he was coming back. But in our let's-make-a-story era, there were some who wondered if he would. I never did. The Cowboys won their division. They won a playoff game. Now they have to take the next step next season. If not, then Phillips could be in trouble.

---I really do appreciate the great play of Jets corner Darrelle Revis. But have we gone a little mad when we say he might be the best ever. Did we forget about a guy named Deion or a guy named Champ? Revis is good. But it's getting a little sickening with the hype. Put him on Reggie Wayne this week and I say Wayne has a good day. That's my prediction, and I'm sticking to it.

---This is a great era for kickers in the NFL. But what they might really be a brand of choking dogs. Think about these playoffs. We had Shayne Graham choking in Cincinnati, then Arizona got away with a Neil Rackers miss that could have won the game with Green Bay by winning in overtime. This week, Shaun Suisham of the Cowboys misses two field goals he should make and then we close out with the all-time choke by Nate Kaeding, missing three, two inside 40, that from a Pro Bowl kicker. Maybe they aren't pressure kickers, but just kill it when it's not as pressure-packed.

---Why can't the Bills get a head coach? The word around the league is that coaches aren't exactly enamored with the structure of the front office. Even so, it is one of 32 head-coaching jobs. Somebody has to take it.

---The hiring of Jim Haslett by the Washington Redskins is a great move. Haslett can coach defense. He will make Brian Orakpo a star. Haslett has the right personality for coaching up defense. And if he gets that unit playing at a high level, he should get another shot to be a head coach.

---One of my favorite things about entering a post-game locker room after a playoff game is hearing coaches, staff and players tell us in the media how nobody thought they would have a chance. "Nobody respected us," players scream. I once watched the New England Patriots players file into the locker room at Heinz Field screaming that stuff. Then Richard Seymour said something along those lines. I told him his team was favored. What do you mean nobody thought they could win?

---Are the Saints a finesse team? They don't think they are. In fact, they get angry when asked about. But they are -- like it or not. And that's OK. You can win that way with the current NFL rules.

---With Mike Tice out in Jacksonville as assistant head coach, look for Dirk Koetter's offense to start looking more like he wants it to look. With Tice in the building, there were always different factions arguing about the direction of the offense. Tice and running backs coach Kennedy Pola were on one side, with Koetter and some other assistants on the other. Since Tice is a close friend of head coach Jack Del Rio's, it made for some issues when it came to running the offense. Koetter is a good coach who deserves the chance to do it his way -- with no interference.

---A healthy Sedrick Ellis makes a big difference in the middle of the New Orleans defense. He was active against the Cardinals and will be a big part of the Saints' efforts to slow Adrian Peterson this week.

---The Cardinals need to find a pass rusher. They don’t have one speed rusher who you have to account for on every down. That's what I would find in the draft if I were the Cardinals general manager. They also need help on the offensive line, perhaps a premium left tackle.





Category: NFL
Tags: Norv Turner

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2010 4:11 pm

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Score: even.

For the missed offensive pass interference penalty
on Drew Pearson. The Hail Mary.

In defense of Dallas, it was a moron who knocked
out the ref with a whiskey bottle, who was about
to calll it at the Met.

He was eventully nabbed.

The lore lives on..

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2010 4:05 pm


So has Prisco been fired yet?

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2010 3:42 pm

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I have the answer.  Next time Favre can yell over the line to Brookings and ask if it is okay if the Vikes try to score.  I think Pricko and Brookings must be butt related.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2010 2:40 pm

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ok let me get this right......your going to complain that teams sits starters to rest their players, and now , teams that play for 60 minutes. btw im goint to email this article by ol pete to minn vikings hq attn chillly to see what kinda moron pete is.....really classless. nice job pete!!!

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2010 2:20 pm

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Bush league? What, no team has ever scored 3 touchdowns in the last 3 minutes of a game?  You run a play when you have to.  I guarantee that if the Vikings had gotten the first down and the Cowboys couldn't have stopped the clock that they would have knelt on the ball.  But instead they scored the touchdown.

And NOTHING is as bush league as suggesting the other team should have intentionally injured the opposing coach.  That is BELOW shameful.

Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2010 2:14 pm

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Really how classy of Prisco to advocate hurting someone.  I read Pricko's musings on Oct. 20 of this year.  NO MENTION of the Pats running up the score 59 to 0 on the Titans. 

Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2010 2:00 pm

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Smitty ...I agree with you.  The Pats relentlessly ran up the scores in 07 to get the best offensive record and for TB to get the 50 tds and for Moss to get most tds and for BB  to get coach of the year and the undefeated season.  Thankfully the NY team brought that back to earth.  Moss was his usual complete jerky self with his response to the media about it "just shutting them up". PM did it too though and no one except one head coach called them out for running up the scores so PM could get his 49 tds. Just as soon as PM got the record they pulled their starters for the season. Prisco will get his digs in on Favre anyway he can and this was one that while he didn't blame Favre will help make him look bad.  Who knows why they did it.  Favre is two tds behind Montana for all time td record in the playoffs maybe Childress wanted him to have that record.  Other teams do it all the time.  Kicker from Dallas did it to get the field goal record.

Jimmy Johnson or Aikman or Jerry Jones could not say it was wrong because they put up 52 to 17 in the SB against the Bills in the 90's.  That's why they said they saw nothing wrong with it.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2010 12:42 pm

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I totally agree.  Advocating hurting someone on purpose is about as classless as you can get.  You score an extra TD at the end of a game, you may hurt someones feelings.  Wah Wah.  They'll get over it.  Physical harm is possibly permanent.  This guy doesn't deserve to have a job writing on a national website.  Fire him CBS.

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2010 11:51 am

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You advocate that the kicking team should run into and injure the coach?  That's a real classy act on your part.  On Keith Brookings,  as I recalled he was part of the Dirty Bird dance in Minneapolis years ago when they beat the Vikings for the Conference championship.  That was classy too. You should not use your privilege of having a giant public forum to advocate violence outside the boundaries of the sport. You are classless.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2010 11:49 am

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So adding 7 more points when you are winning by 24 when you are in your red zone is not classy but suggesting the losing team run their kickoff into the winning teams bench to try and injure a head coach is?

And really, does it matter if your team loses by 24 or 31?  Maybe if Brooking and the rest of the defense should have gotten a little more angry when they were down by 17, or 7 they could have made it a competitive game.

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