I have this problem when it comes to sports. When I sit there and watch a game, or many at one time as we all do on football Sundays, I stew and think of some weird stuff. I usually blurt them out, and while many people agree with my thoughts, they often come from out of nowhere. If they understood the conversation that was going on with the sports analysts in my head, people would think I was perfectly normal, but instead, I have been tabbed as weird.
So I will start putting them here. Instead of thinking about stuff waiting for my one big story, I’ll just share a few of the musings tumbling through the ol’ Wayniac’s noggin like Space Mountain (I can’t imagine there is too much light in there).
MONDAY’S RANDOM THOUGHTS
Does Tom Coughlin make it through the 2015 season?
One week after mental lapses cost them a huge prime time game against the Cowboys, the Giants collapsed in the fourth quarter yet again. This time it was at home and to yet another team they needed to beat if they were to believe they were contenders.
Eli Manning and Coughlin get the blame for the Cowboys game, but back-to-back fourth quarter losses usually puts the head coach under close scrutiny. Especially when there was a pivotal Julio Jones “catch” that bounced off the ground and wasn’t even challenged. I know, I know, the head coach doesn’t always have the best angle, but when was the last time the eye in the sky got fired before the head coach did?
Coughlin’s made his living off of two Super Bowl runs. In 12 years with the Giants, he has only made the playoffs five total times, and aside from their championship runs, they are 0-3. He’s been to the playoffs just once in the last seven years (that’s one less than Rex Ryan’s stadium sharing New York Jets, and that’s some serious food for thought), he’s finished under .500 the past two seasons and by the looks of their start to this season, they are heading down the same path.
If the Giants keep losing because of mental errors and lapses in the fourth quarter, Tom Coughlin may be heading to the Shady Acres Retirement Home a bit earlier than he wanted.
Can the Saints really be that bad?
Last week, many anointed the Tampa Bay Bucs as the worst team in football. They were demolished by a Tennessee Titans team that is not heavy on NFL talent and Jameis Winston looked lost as an NFL quarterback. I thought I saw him wind up like a pitcher on one deep throw for crying out loud.
This week, the New Orleans Saints made Winston look like the most improved player in the NFL. Rob Ryan’s defense is atrocious, but it has been aside from his Nawlins debut season. The offense was the source of concern and that’s not good.
Sean Payton looked out coached, and the offense looked confused. Drew Brees was under constant assault and he was rarely hitting anyone in stride or in places where they can make those big, exciting New Orleans plays that we have come to expect.
That being said, they found themselves in a position to actually win this game, but instead coughed up the ball and basically gave it to the Bucs. Sloppy errors and an underperforming Brandin Cooks — who was supposed to be the next great thing in NOLA with the departure of Jimmy Graham — led the Saints to their sixth straight loss at The Benz.
Think about that. Their home dome has brought so much pride to that city, it was once one of the most feared places to have to go and play. Now, they can’t even win there.
Speaking of Jimmy Graham…
There were a lot of jokes made at the expense of the final play of Super Bowl XLIX and none was funnier than this:
So if I were Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks offensive coordinator that threw together a game plan that demolished the Denver Broncos one year earlier in the Super Bowl, I would come out with a mission this season. That mission would be to show that my offense was just as lethal as it has always been and that one bad play wouldn’t haunt the team.
The Seattle Seahawks started out on the right foot. They went out and traded Max Unger and the 31st pick in the NFL Draft this offseason to bring in one of the best offensive weapons in the league. The Seahawks had always been a run first team, partially because no man in the game wants a yard more than Marshawn Lynch, and partially because their receiving core has always been a bit slim.
Enter Graham. One week prior, Martellus Bennett scorched the Green Bay Packers for five receptions, 55 yards and a touchdown. It only made sense that Bevell had Graham targeted twice in a prime time game against one of their biggest rivals.
How is that possible? Jimmy Graham is a better receiving weapon than Bevell has ever had since he took the helms in 2011, and in turn he keeps him out of the game plan? What can he possibly be thinking? It makes no sense. It wasn’t like Graham fell out of the sky and landed in their lap. They traded a two time Pro Bowl offensive lineman (which I hear is very important for a run based team) AND a first round pick for him. You would assume they wanted Graham there.
Now, they expect Graham to stay in and block? Graham had one flaw in his game and that is his (pretty much) complete inability to stay in and block. Someone has to be held accountable for this, no? Either Pete Carroll or John Schneider, whomever was responsible for the trade, or Bevell — who may only know how to throw the ball when YOU SHOULDN’T!
Graham is a game changer. And when you lose two tight games in the fourth quarter to start your defense of your second straight NFC banner, said game changer needs to get his chances to CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. Right now the Seahawks deserve to be 0-2, but they shouldn’t necessarily be there. Wake up, guys, you’re better than this.