Packers Did the Right Thing…for Everyone
Following a shocking home loss to the previously 2-win Cardinals, the Packers announced they were firing head coach Mike McCarthy, who had previously won a Super Bowl in the 2010 season in Green Bay and has an overall record of 126-77 But it became obvious over the past year and a half that McCarthy had grown stale in GB and that change was likely coming. The Packers are now 4-8-1 and the playoffs simply aren’t happening. Moving on from McCarthy is the right thing for many reasons. One, it allows the Packers to formally get a head start in vetting candidates. One would imagine they cast a wide net from previous head coaches to first timers (current coordinators) and perhaps college guys. It also allows McCarthy to vet his next opportunity, before the pool of coaches increases. McCarthy hasn’t forgotten how to coach and simply needs a new opportunity.
They are who we thought they were
Three examples of where media may have jumped the gun in certain cases
- Colts lost 6-0 to the Jaguars. Perhaps playoff talk was a bit premature?
- Browns looked lost vs the Texans. Houston is a very good team, but Cleveland was been walking and talking with a lot of swagger lately.
- Chase Daniel threw 2 interceptions and made countless mistakes for the Bears in an overtime loss to the Giants.
The CFB Playoff Committee Got It Right
If we are talking about the four “best” teams, there’s no doubt Georgia is one of them, but how can you minimimalize wins and losses and keep Oklahoma out of the playoffs. The Sooners beat every team on their schedule, after avenging their only loss to Texas in the Big 12 title game. Ohio State’s 29 point loss to 6-6 Purdue (who notably lost to Eastern Michigan) carried too much weight to keep them in and UCF’s lack of big wins compared to OU kept them out.
The UCF Dilemma
I am officially retired from defending UCF and the Group of Five. It is exhausting. Let’s clear the air on the narratives from the haters.
- UCF is not capable of snapping their fingers and joining the ACC or Big Ten. It doesn’t work that way. The conference needs to invite them.
- UCF schedules their non-conference opponents 4-5 years in advance. At the time they signed the UNC game, UNC was near the top of the ACC Coastal division. Not UCF’s fault that the bottom fell out in Chapel Hill.
- UCF won 25 games in a row. For two straight years they went unbeaten in the regular season. That means something. Whether SEC fans want to believe it or not, it’s an amazing accomplishment and UCF would win 8-9 games in any major conference. They are a very good football team and I hope they beat LSU.
- “Motivation factor” isn’t a real thing. If LSU loses, it’s not because they “weren’t motivated”. It’s because UCF belongs with the big boys.
Moment of the Weekend
The moment of the weekend is Jalen Hurts. With all due respect to his incredible story and Alabama’s amazing comeback, I’d like to focus on something else…
Following the 2014 season, the board of administrators at UAB made the decision to disband the football program. Two years later, they won countless fights with the school and the team was reinstated in time for the 2017 season. The 2018 season concluded Saturday with an 10-3 record an Conference-USA Championship. Next up is the Boca Raton Bowl against MAC champion Northern Illinois, for the chance to win the school’s first bowl (0-2)
Bad beat of the weekend
In a game scheduled due to earlier postponements resulting from a hurricane, North Carolina State faced East Carolina on Saturday. NC State had a 58-0 lead in the final minute, when ECU decided to kick a field goal as time expired to lose 58-3. The under/over on the game was 60.5. Rough. But than again, if you actually bet on this game, you probably deserve to lose. More importantly, WHO KICKS A FIELD GOAL DOWN 58-0?!
!! of the Weekend
hold up did i just witness Mario Hezonja STEP OVER GIANNIS ANTETOKOUMPO⁉️ pic.twitter.com/a8koDgWWPd
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 1, 2018