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NFL Week 13: All Hands on Deck

December 6, 2009

It’s Week 13 and no team has a bye this week.  And with all the controversy over injuries and the new concussion rules, there’s definitely an air of determination and desperation out there.  That’s even before we look at the developing playoff picture.  Here’s the picks for this week:

  • Chicago over St. Louis
  • Cincinnati over Detroit
  • Tampa Bay over Carolina
  • Oakland over Pittsburgh – Yeah, I might not have all brain cells on deck for this pick but neither did Heinz Ward questioning the toughness of Big Ben.
  • New Orleans over Washington – Who DAT?!
  • Miami over New England – Just ’cause.
  • Atlanta over Philly – The Vick experiment, being what it is for second chances, has brought nothing to the talent/depth on the team.  I think the entire Atlanta organization has a lot to still forgive and it won’t be today.
  • Indy over Tennessee – Still don’t think the Colts will go undefeated…but not feeling it today.  Especially after that dumb Martina McBride song.  Please. 
  • KC over Denver – Um, kinda obvious stilted pick.
  • Jacksonville over Houston – Maybe the Gators loss might motivate.
  • San Diego
  • Dallas over Giants – Great story on Countdown this AM about DeMarcus Ware and his family.  Kleenex, please!  I’ll share them with Eli.
  • San Fran over Seattle – see below about distractions.
  • Arizona over Minnesota – Yeah, crazy.  Bite me!

Monday Nite:  Ravens over Green Bay, 21 – 10.  Ravens continue to put the pieces back together.  Green Bay has numbers but fewer W’s than the numbers should say.  Scratching my head at that.

Now about distractions:   This Thursday, the Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell resigned and Holmgren has been talking talking talking.  But here are the facts: 

  • Holmgren was GM at one point, a position he demanded in his move from Green Bay to Seattle.  He failed.  Miserably. 
  • Holmgren handpicked Mora and then continued to coach as a lame duck.  Um, how Favre of you, Mike.
  • There are 5 weeks left in the season and while the Seahawks don’t have a prayer to make the playoffs, there are still games to play, decisions to be made.

All this lends me to hand out my Bad Move award to the Seahawks organization.  You don’t make moves like this in the season.  You salvage what you can out of the season by assessing your players and your coaches, addressing your greatest areas of need for off-season moves.  Again, off-season moves.  I see no sense in doing this besides creating a wide open, well-lit runway that Holmgren can see before other failing teams can go big with offers. 

My take:  Holmgren should’ve let the door hit him on the way out and some one should have locked up.  He left the team in a mess, had the worst coach transition ever.  Just keep on talking, Mike.  Some of us don’t want you back.  (As a coach, I must add because I have the utmost respect for the Holmgrens as part of the community.)

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