I love Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays at Grantland (and also Chris Brown). Cool to see I'm not the only one who reads him/them.
MD2020: Agreed, between the long delay, the penalties, and SF doing zilch... I expected a lot better.
Crash: I think the Jags were 6-point underdogs, which looked like the best bet of the week. Amazingly they couldn't even cover with a non-Gabbert QB starting for them. What a horrible team.
Barnwell is the best football writer I have seen out there. He has nailed exactly what Panthers fans have been pissed off about for two years and two games with Rivera. He has no interest in coaching to the strengths of the football club at all. You can't coach like that.
Barnwell brought up an excellent point I never really thought have. The Panthers were up 3 with just under two minutes left at the Bills 21.It was 4th and 1, and the Bills were out of timeouts. Rivera said he briefly thought of going for it, but liked the idea of making the Bills having to score to win more. But even if you didn't get the first down (the odds showing that's might be 15-20% for Carolina), most coaches with a young QB or even a veteran don't think of going for the win there. He writes:
NFL teams approach situations. In a three-point game, the Bills are far more likely to try to get into field goal range and set up for an easy attempt that would force overtime without risking a game-ending interception; down six, they'll have no other choice but to be hyper-aggressive and try to score a touchdown.
And that's the issue with Carolina. They have an awful secondary to begin with that is banged up and even a good pass rush gets very tired in the 4th quarter, Truly Amazing that Rivera has learned nothing. As Barnwell says, he is coaching the team like he has never seen them play. Pathetic.
Edited by devilsrule33, 16 September 2013 - 10:55 AM.