|Posted by Radatz on January 8, 2018 at 1:40 PM|
Pardon the late post, but yesterday was a busy day worthy of skipping out on (most of) the game broadcasts. You see, my son got married! And the date (Jan. 7) was also Mom's 100th birthday (hope she and Dad saw the wedding somehow), my Name Day, and Christmas on the old (Julian) calendar. Kinda cool. I did manage to check the radio or tv during a few lulls in the day's action and report back to my son (possibly the only other person in the place who was interested).
And on to football. I've been arguing for years that the 'athletic QB' movement is an illogical fad propelled by college trends and politics. This weekend was another example of the futility of that strategy in the NFL, despite some of the winning QBs providing a boost by running the ball. Hey, nobody ever said 'immobility' was an advantage. But ultimately the position is all about air ball.
JAX 10 BUF 3: The Bills probably got screwed on the pick with half a minute left, but that'll be just another excuse for Tyrod, one that Bills fans will flock to. Bad luck. Peterman's fault. Whatever. Truth is, Taylor put on an exhibition of why he's not the answer at QB. With him Buffalo plays college ball, and it ain't working. His PR this year wasn't too bad at 89, but in the scheme he runs his yards/game are lower than, e.g., Brady's have ever been (excepting 2000 and 2008 of course). This year it was 186 y/g. Not enough. And on this day, Bortles, in another regressive performance that saw him make some great clutch throws but also toss a bunch of random buzz bombs to invisible targets, not only passed more accurately than Taylor but also outrushed him. Buffalo had McCoy, not 100% but still effective. They still lost. It wasn't 'Saxonville', it was a lousy offense. Bortles ran for an incredible 88 yards, but Jacksonville still put up just 10 points. Find me the last 3-0 game. Must be one somewhere. Probably involving Buffalo.
NO 31 CAR 26: Cam is finally taking some heat this year and he responded late in this game, but it still wasn't enough. His defense held Kamara and Ingram to pocket change yardage. He threw for 349 yards at 60%. No picks. Yet he still finished behind Brees in passer rating despite Brees tossing a pick. Maybe on any other day it would have been enough, but it wasn't on this day. Cam must've felt like the college genius who loafs and cruises all year and then crams for the final only to find that despite pulling an 88 he finished last to the grunts who studied all year and got 98. He will only improve when Carolina stops treating him like the irreproachable franchise. That won't happen, for all the wrong reasons. His PR for the year was 80.7. Let's see... Tom Brady (e.g.) has never finished that low in 17 years. Nor has Drew Brees in 14 years. Nor Matt Ryan in 10 years. PR ain't everything, but QBs whose highlight reels are dominated by back flips into end zones don't win a lot of trophies. Case in point.
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