Below are the Cowboys defensive numbers and ranks in terms of EPA per game since 2010 (year before Rob Ryan took over).
EPA PG* NFL RANK
2012 -5.3 28th
2011 -1.8 20th
2010 -1.7 27th
*Net PPG contributed by defense above league avg.
all im saying is if you spend one off-season rebuilding and overpaying the defense for Ryan with CBs that can play both press and off-man, and produce in blitz situations. then blow it away because he was the easiest scapegoat. it just lacks consistency and im failing to see the plan here.
Do you think garret should be gone?
Seems like every season there is a new sacrificial lamb that must be slaughtered to keep up the mirage that things can get better. first it was wade phillips, then terrel owens, then terrence newman, and now rob ryan. I dont think firing the head coach after just firing the d coordinator is a smart move at this point. But the pressure is on Garret now. 16-16 over the last two seasons isnt going to cut it. I still have a bit of faith in Garret's cowboys if they can stay healthy and sign a few more Bruce Carter type players. But I still think jerry really dropped the ball by not seriously recruiting sean payton
Honestly you guys are going to run into the Al Davis problem. Jerry Jones needs to step aside and just collect his winnings.
By the way I am partial owner of a championship winning team
The only publicly owned team is the packers there bud
I know but I'm ok with that. It's still fun to have a share of your team
Patriots, broncos, packers, Seahawks
I have the first three also. I honestly can't decide who I think will win the Falcons-Seahawks game, an indecision somewhat based on my feeling that it will be the last victory of the season for either of them.
Broncos & 49ers will win in blowouts ...
Everyone thinks the Pats are a sexy pic but its not like the Texans don't have talent on both ends & won't make adjustments. I think they will slow this into a possession type game and that usually ends in a Pats loss.
Matt Ryan has been on fucking fire. So who is hotter? His arm or the Seattle pass rush. I'm still betting on the Seattle pass rush. I am so sick of hearing about the fucking Redskins field. The Seattle defense destroyed RGIIIs knee not the god damn field.
I am also leaning toward the Falcons, mainly because the Seahawks are flying coast-to-coast for the second consecutive week, they're missing one of their key defenders, and I have a feeling the officiating will favor Atlanta (specifically, the match-up between the Falcons receivers and the Seahawks corners). I'm not terribly confident in this pick, but it's probably how I will go in my straight-up office pool.
problem is the Seattle is good at slow balling the game and have you seen Turners stats the 2nd half of the season? fukkin horrendous.
Did the Seahawks really fly back to Seattle? I would think they would have found somewhere to practice in the SE area of the country. The 49ers did the same thing this year, I think. May have been last year. Maybe they had to go back to Seattle because it's easier to get players treatment for various things, but it seems like something they would really try to avoid.
The officiating is a good point. That's what will decide that game if the refs don't let the Seahawks play their physical style and call the game ticky tacky the hawks are done
Atlanta has trouble stopping the run on first down, and is prone to giving up big plays. Two things the Seahawks excel at. But u can't underestimate Matt Ryan and the atl offense and if the Seahawks come out like they did last week on the road. They can be looking at the same 14-0 hole again. But right now the Seahawks are without question the hotter of the two teams. If u take just the second half of the season, their records would look something like this
Seahawks, 7-1, +161
Falcons, 5-3, +43
The nfl epitomizes a what have you done lately mentality and right now the Seahawks are definitely getting it done
How can anyone put any eggs in Matty Ice's basket until he's proven something. Like anything of importance.
I think its more about the Falcons getting it to Gonzalez to beat the Hawks pass rush.
It always seems to me that he is trying to be too fancy with all his match-ups and substitutions. This type of defense will always end up getting beat by quality QBs like Brady and Manning, that can run effective hurry-up offenses that keep the defenders on the field and not allow substitutions. Brilliant defensive coordinators then have to waste time-outs to get the right personel/packages in.