Sunday, December 30, 2012
The coaches of these teams view today a little differently. Today could be the last day they have jobs with their current organizations. You see, the Monday after the last day of the regular season is known as "Black Monday". Every year there are an abundance of NFL teams that are going to make a change with their head coach will do it on this day.
As I write this at 9 pm on Sunday, there are already rumors flying around the internet about which coach's are going to be fired (right now I've heard Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns, and Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs will both be fired tomorrow).
One name that has also come up in reports is current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Now, as a former Lions fan, I am used to a new coach every two to four years. To be honest though, I figured that Schwartz would get at least one more year at the helm of the Lions (after all, he did just sign an extension recently). He did guide the Lions to a 10 - 6 record and a birth in the playoffs last season. The Lions have gotten considerably better than what they were when he inherited them (keep in mind though he inherited a team that had gone 0 - 16 the year before).
I imagined the Lions would make a change with at least one of their coordinators this off season, and Schwartz would enter the 2013 season on "the hot seat" and have to answer questions about the stability of his job all season long. Then, after another disappointing season he would be fired and a new coach would be brought in. The Lions organization and all of their fans would then get way too excited about the team's chances before the team turns in another lackluster season in 2014. That is typically how this roller coaster of an organization operates.
So, whether it's this Black Monday or next year's Black Monday when the Lions fire Jim Schwartz, I'd like to give them some advice for their coaching search. Don't go with an "up and comer" coach. Every year there is a new offensive or defensive coordinator that everyone believes is ready to step and and become a great NFL head coach. The Lions have tried that in the past and it hasn't worked (remember Marty Mornhinweg and Rod Marinelli?). Remember, Jim Schwartz was a successful defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans when he got the head job with the Lions. The thing to keep in mind is that some people are just going to be coordinators, and there is nothing wrong with that. Mornhinweg has done a great job with Philadelphia and Marinelli is doing well guiding the Chicago Bears defense. And I'm sure that Schwartz will get a job next year as a defensive coordinator and be fantastic.
The point is, the Lions have been such a horrible organization with a terrible reputation that there is no way a rookie head coach could come in there and be successful. They need a guy that has won in the NFL as a head coach. They'll probably have to overpay him to come to Detroit, but never the less, they need him to come in and bring a breath of fresh air...because right now, that air stinks.
Posted by Matt Musk at 6:31 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Posted by Matt Musk at 5:58 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
When I heard the news that he only had a few days to live (kidney failure), I decided to sit down and do some research on the man and was amazed at what I learned.
Posted by Matt Musk at 6:00 PM
Monday, October 8, 2012
|Leave Matt Cassel Alone!!|
I agree with Eric Winston in the fact that they are people, and I understand that he was upset because his quarterback (who hasn't been playing well all season and people are calling for him to be benched) just sustained a concussion and he heard people cheering. That would make me upset too if I thought that people were glad that a friend of mine was hurt.
BUT, would he have felt the same way if one of his teammates had sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco so hard that it knocked him out of the game and the Chiefs fans cheered? I doubt it...he would have felt that they were just being die hard Chiefs fans and were cheering a good effort from them. He can't take his frustration on a lackluster season out on the fans. The fans are still out there supporting your under performing team. If Eric Winston and the rest of the Chiefs would just worry about themselves instead of complaining about the fans, then perhaps they would have a better record than 1 - 4.
Posted by Matt Musk at 6:24 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
If the Detroit Tigers win the World Series...will Jim Leyland do it?
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is 67 years old. He has been involved with professional baseball in some way for the past 49 years (he's been the manager of the Tigers since 2006) and the Tigers are widely considered to be the favorite to win the 2012 World Series. Everything is wonderful...right?
Not exactly. Once the 2012 playoffs end for the Tigers (hopefully with them hoisting the World Series trophy), Leyland's contract will be up. The question for me isn't if Leyland wants to manage anymore, because I'm sure that part of him does. It's will the Tigers want him to manage. Sure he took them to a World Series in 2006 and a post season birth in 2011 and now 2012, but his teams overall have underachieved in my opinion.
Even if the Tigers do win the World Series, why would they give a man who is turning 68 years old on December 15th another contract extension? He can't be in the best health (see picture above) first of all. Why not let him bow out gracefully? If for some reason the Tigers don't win the World Series, they will still be a top contender for it next season and there will be a lot of quality managerial candidates on the market this winter (except for Terry Francona...nice pickup Cleveland) who would love to guide the Tigers next year.
With or without a 2012 World Series championship...I think that we are seeing the end of the Jim Leyland era in Detroit.
Posted by Matt Musk at 6:11 PM
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Personally, I was worried that this team might underachieve. Cabrera was just coming off of winning the Triple Crown and the team had caught up to and then passed the Chicago White Sox in the last week of the season. I wondered if they would look past the Oakland A's.
As I watched the game tonight, it became clear to me that they weren't looking past anybody. Aside from a lead off home run from Oakland's Coco Crisp, the Tigers were in control all night long. Verlander gave up only 3 hits over 7 innings and struck out 11 A's while Benoit and Valverde each pitched scoreless innings.
The thing that surprised me the most tonight was that the Tigers won this game without any production from Cabrera of Fielder. When these two guys start hitting (and they will hit), the rest of the American League had better watch out. The Tigers have the look and feel of a World Series team.
Posted by Matt Musk at 7:53 PM
Friday, October 5, 2012
It hasn't been done since Carl Yastrzemski did it back in 1967.
This is an amazing accomplishment that happens only once in a lifetime. In my opinion, winning the Triple Crown is more than enough to earn Cabrera the MVP award in the American League as well.
Unfortunately, there are many writers and the "experts" at ESPN that don't agree. They feel that Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout is more deserving of the award. From what I've read, they feel that Trout's W.A.R. value is higher than Cabrera's. Quite honestly, I feel that this argument is total B.S.
W.A.R. stands for "Wins Against Replacement" and it basically means that Mike Trout means more to the success of the Angels than Cabrera means to the Tigers. W.A.R. ratings are part of Sabermetrics, which is the specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. It is what the movie "Moneyball" is all about.
I don't want to take anything away from Mike Trout...he's a phenomenal player who had a great year. He is a very young player who has a terrific future ahead of him. He is not the most valuable player in the American League this year though. If he continues to play like he did this past season he will be...but not this year. 2012 belongs to Miguel Cabrera.
Posted by Matt Musk at 7:00 PM