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What We Learned: The NFL Regular Season

1) Andy Reid and Rex Ryan are just photo-negatives of each other

Andy Reid is quiet and studious. Rex Ryan is loud and brash. And they’ve both lost their locker rooms.

It doesn’t matter where the shit-talking came from, there was far too much of it.  While the media didn’t do Reid and the Eagles any favors with that “Dream Team” bullshit, they fell victim to believing it largely because Reid failed to keep the Eagles grounded in reality.

With the Jets, all the shit-talking came from the Jets themselves.  The word is starting to get out that Rex Ryan is all talk that he can’t back up. With all the crap that team spewed about how they were the team to beat, they ended up in the same place as the Eagles: 8-8 and playing golf in January.

Even if you don’t think their respective team quit on them, they certainly had pain-in-the ass wide receivers who did. Some people say Santonio Holmes may have quit on his team late in the last game against the Dolphins. Those people clearly haven’t been watching Jets football; Holmes has been a non-factor for quite some time. In Philadelphia, the obvious problem child was DeSean Jackson, or as I like to call him “Punk Bitch Vagina Face.”

This is what happens when you can't back up your smack-talk.

2) Defense apparently is now illegal

Consider the following: this season saw 2 quarterback s with 5,000 passing yards, 8 more with over 4,000 (including rookie Cam Newton), and 7 more mediocre-to-shitty ones with over 3,000 (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, Rex Grossman, Alex Smith, and Tarvaris Jackson –  and that doesn’t include the 3K season posted by rookie Andy Dalton).

3) Bill Polian somehow went blind

The former vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts, the man who built that franchise around Peyton Manning, apparently didn’t see the infrastructure collapsing. He thinks the reason he got fired was for not having a back-up for Peyton Manning.

Bill, the reason you got fired was because the team got old, can’t run, and can’t play defense. Manning didn’t affect any of that. Since football is the ultimate team sport, there is no way  team should be so defined by a single player that it literally melts away the second that player is missing.

4) The NFL has some franchises that are in trouble

Stop and think about this: Where would the franchises in Jacksonville, Buffalo, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Diego and St. Louis be if the NFL did not do revenue-sharing? Discuss amongst yourselves.

5) The “Dream Team” moniker is a kiss of death

What do you do with a season that started with such promise, delivered none of it, but yet ended on a positive note? In Philadelphia, the standard operating procedure is “find someone to blame.”

Blaming Andy Reid is easy. The irony is that the same media which points a collective finger at the coach used that same finger to type all the bullshit hype that destroyed this team.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ascribing the bullshit season the Eagles had exclusively on the crap the media spewed, but they own a part of it. Inasmuch as the team owns not meeting expectations, it was the media who set those unrealistic expectations in the first place.

Once the label “Dream Team” was hung around the organization, they were dead.

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9 comments on “What We Learned: The NFL Regular Season

  1. Bobby Charts
    January 5, 2012

    Agree it a lot of it!

    And yes some franchises are in trouble.

    Love the Rex Ryan clip too funny.

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  2. sportsattitudes
    January 5, 2012

    Defense is illegal in the NFL. Rules are geared for offense and we certainly are seeing the fruits of that decision this year. Indeed, some of that offense might not be featured in certain cities if the revenue plate was not passed around evenly. As for the Eagles…I agree the national media started, maintained and eventually crushed the “Dream Team” angle. Even if it never left Vince Young’s lips, ESPN had them teed up for that title. To the credit of the local media, they immediately recognized a) that title was going to be a noose around the franchise’s neck and b) kept their wits about them and promised no more than an NFC East championship was a lock.

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  3. Speaking of no defense, what in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in college football this bowl season?

    Okie St 41, Stanford 38?
    Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38?
    Baylor 67, Washington 56?

    And then there’s West Virginia putting up 70 on Clemson. Nice work, Tigers. No wonder the SEC doesn’t give you a second look. We don’t need another Vandy.

    All these crap video game like football contests make me long for another 9-6 LSU Bama game.

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    • JW
      January 5, 2012

      It makes me yearn for that Penn State-Iowa game from a few years back where the final score was 6-4.

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  4. brief22
    January 5, 2012

    What you said about the ‘Dream-Team Monkier’ is solid. I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated all about this. Heat are a dream team, and don’t win the finals. Eagles are a dream team, finish 8-8. It is a kiss of death.

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  5. The Eagles situation couldn’t possibly be any less of Reid’s fault. The easy thing to do is call for his head but the reality is there were so many premadonnas on that team they probably have fucking notebooks of the lyrics to what would eventually become “Like a Virgin”.

    Defense IS illegal. There’s NO reason for the stats to be that much higher this year.

    I think the Saints would probably still be around but the Rams would have been toast about two years after that super bowl loss

    Meehan

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    • JW
      January 6, 2012

      The dirty little secret about the Saints: They are getting paid by the state of Louisiana to stay in New Orleans, but those payments stop next year, and the Superdome’s 40 years old and its lifespan was significantly shortened by Hurricane Katrina.

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  6. sportsglutton
    January 6, 2012

    The fact the Reid still has his job doesn’t surprise me, but anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to have Vince Young as the safety net for when Vick goes down should be fired on the spot.

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    • JW
      January 6, 2012

      True, but what about the guy who put big money in Michael Vick in the first place?

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