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Nick Saban Made a Gutless Call
The Dolphins had 4th and less than a yard on the Jets' five-yard line last night, trailing 10-7 with two minutes left, and Saban elects to kick the game-tying field-goal.

Did he not realize that Ronnie Brown was averaging six yards per carry? Why go for the tie when there's one possession left for the opposing team, and they only need a FG to win it? It's inconceivable that you would have so little confidence in your team to get less than a yard, but still expect them win in overtime.

The Dolphins had an excellent chance of making that 4th down conversion, and if they made it, they'd have been able to run the ball three times, run the clock out, and get either the win or the tie.

To top it off, the Dolphins are mathematically eliminiated from the playoffs, so why not play aggressively and go for the win?



Posted by Chris Liss at 12/26/2006 3:11:00 PM

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Too Many Playoff Teams?
In years past, I often wished the NFL would expand the playoffs to seven or eight teams per conference. This season, I find myself wondering if six teams per conference is too many. I know that the NFL prides itself on parity, and I love the fact that any team can win on any given Sunday, but this year I fear that some playoff teams will be mediocre at best.

It's possible that there will be two 8-8 teams in the NFC Playoffs, including one potential division champion. It's not impossible for a 7-9 team to make the playoffs in the NFC. In the AFC, we could see two 9-7 teams in the postseason. All of the teams still mathematically alive for the playoffs (Denver, Cincinnati, the Jets, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Tennessee, the Giants, Green Bay, Carolina, Atlanta and St. Louis) have been bad at several junctures during the season and good at others, making them mediocre football teams.

I realize that parity is a good thing and I also realize that this season might be an anomaly. I think that this situation bears watching so that it does not become a trend. The NFL Playoffs are supposed to be a place for only very good teams. The NFL Playoffs are unique among the four major professional sports in their one-and-done finality, and their integrity should be protected by allowing only the best teams into the postseason. I realize this is a subjective point, but if too many 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 teams find their way into the playoffs, it will be time to reduce -- not enhance -- the number of playoff berths.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 12/25/2006 9:35:00 PM

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Action Jackson
Is there a Big 3 again next season, but this time Stephen Jackson takes Alexander's place after LT and LJ? You don't hear as much about him, but I bet he's won a ton of leagues this year. He's over 2,100 total yards, and unlike Tiki, he gets scores too. Minus a few TDs, he's very, very close to Johnson, and young too. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have in that #3 spot next year.

Posted by SHOE at 12/25/2006 8:38:00 PM
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