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Posted by Chris Liss at 11/28/2006 8:33:00 PM
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Matt Millen's Future
Rumors are once again rampant that Matt Millen's days in Detroit are numbered. But according to Nicholas Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, that may not be the case. One has to wonder what must go wrong in Detroit for William Clay Ford to fire Millen. Since Millen took over in 2001, the team is 23-68, including a ridiculous 5-40 on the road. They've wasted high draft picks on Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and apparently Mike Williams. Blame continually gets thrown on the quarterback (Harrington) or the coach (Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci) while Millen seems to get off scot-free. He may have been a great announcer, but he clearly has failed in this endeavor. It's time for Millen and the Lions to part ways.

Posted by Michael Beller at 11/28/2006 12:15:00 PM
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Replay 101
I'm always amazed NFL coaches don't really seem to get how to use the NFL instant replay challenge.

Here's an example of a bad judgement call. In Week 11, Colts head coach Tony Dungy didn't call a challenge on a fumble return for a touchdown by Dallas. Replays showed Dallas linebacker Kevin Burnett was touched down during his return of a Marvin Harrison fumble for a TD. Dungy said he didn't get a good view of a replay before the Cowboys got off the next play and killed any chance to challenge. But he should have made the call without even looking at the replay.

Why? Whether or not to challenge shouldn't always be about if the camera shows it may be overturned. Instead making the correct call to challenge should often be about the risk-reward of whether a call is overturned. In this case, the Colts had to know it was a close call if Burnett was down before getting up to run to the end zone. The upside is a game-changing play that would have saved them six points. The downside was losing a timeout and a possible chance at another challenge. If the Colts thought they had even a 10 percent change to win the challenge, they should have gone for it. The risk-reward was huge. Six points possibly off the board. I'll leave it up to some stats geek to figure out the exact formula, but clearly the coaches don't get the general principle.

An example of a good judgement call was in Sunday's Arizona-Vikings game. Minnesota challenged a Chester Taylor fumble at the goal line. It was returned 99 yards for a touchdown. Even without the replay everyone knew it would be close. The risk-reward was huge. Challenge it no matter what. The Vikings lost, but it was a good call to challenge. It may have made a difference if Arizona's last pass of the game had been caught.

Here's some other rules:

* Challenge early and often in the first half. First half timeouts rarely matter. Burn them at will.

* Almost always challenge a play in the second half if it results in points on the board. Even if you think there's a small chance it could go your way. How may times have we seen announcers say for sure a challenge will go one way and then it doesn't? You just never know.

* Don't try to save a challenge for late in the game. The odds are low you'll face a situation that needs one later on. If something is urgent, like points on the board, or a first down, call the challenge.

* Throw the flag. Throw your headset. Make a scene. Make sure you get your challenge in.

Posted by Peter Schoenke at 11/27/2006 3:09:00 PM

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Vick Real vs. Vick Fantasy
The dismissing of Vick as a fantasy option just because he's struggling for the Falcons is starting to get a bit tired. SI called him a big fantasy dud this morning because he was 9 of 24 for 84 yards and no TDs. Did anyone even look at the rushing totals? That's a week from a QB I'll take every time. In standard scoring, that's 20 points total. In a week where he definitely struggled in the passing game, he was the ninth-best fantasy QB using common scoring. Not really dud-like when you look around the league and see what other QB studs did this week, is it? On the season, Vick is the fourth-best fantasy QB, and considering where he was probably drafted, he and Drew Brees may be the best bang for the buck at the position this season.

Posted by Tim Schuler at 11/27/2006 11:21:00 AM
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Kiwanuka's Non-Tackle
I think all the people calling Kiwanuka's catch-and-release on Vince Young are missing the real story. Let's re-create... it's fourth down. He wraps up the quarterback. He goes in low, because god forbid he hits Young anywhere near the helmet. He sees Young start a throwing motion, but can't see him release the ball because his head is down. He DOESN'T drive Young into the turf, because if he had, Tennessee would surely get fifteen yards and a first down. If Young HAD released the ball and Kiwanuka HADN'T let up, he'd be the goat of the century anyway. I'm all for protecting the quarterback. Hell, I'm a Jets fan. I had to watch Vinny T and Brooks Bollinger last year -- I know it's worthwhile to the NFL to keep marquee guys in the game. But I think the notion of protection has gone way too far... Clearly, Kiwanuka was afraid of what would happen if he'd actually completed the play. That's nuts. The defenders need a reasonable amount of leeway to make a clean tackle on the quarterback -- and in today's NFL, they don't have it.

Posted by Charlie at 11/27/2006 9:15:00 AM
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"AIR"-izona Cardinals
Yes, the Cardinals certainly aired it out on Sunday. They threw the ball 51 times, compared with just six runs. Can anyone remember such an imbalance in an NFL game? I can believe 51 runs and six passes, maybe on a terrible weather day, but 51 passes and six runs?

The Cardinals obviously felt that their league-worst rushing offense couldn't run the ball at all against Minnesota's league-leading rushing defense, so they didn't even try. What must Edgerrin James have felt -- he touched the ball six times on a day when the Colts' new running back (Joseph Addai) scored four touchdowns!

Posted by Ted Rossman at 11/26/2006 9:12:00 PM

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