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Just The Sports: Poking Fun At Peter

Just The Sports

Monday, August 07, 2006

Poking Fun At Peter

Another reason to love the return of the NFL is it also brings a return to the imbecility of Peter King, Monday Morning Quarterback.

This is why Gary Kubiak is the best thing that ever happened to Carr:

The other day, Carr threw a pass into a coverage scheme that he and Kubiak knew right away was the wrong pass at the wrong time. Terrible decision. Instead of soft-pedaling his criticism, which is the way Carr has been treated for four years as the Disappointing Golden Boy of Houston football, Kubiak offered this gem: "You've been in the league four years and you make that throw? There is no way you can make a throw into coverage like that!''

Unless Kubiak sprinkled a few choice curse words in those two sentences, what he said is pretty tame by coaching standards. I wonder what he says after Carr fumbles a snap: "Dammit, David, you cannot fumble like that!" Nothing about the exchange between Kubiak and Carr suggests Kubiak is the best thing that ever happened to Carr. Try again, Peter.

Also, Peter King has fallen into the trap that snares many after a coaching change. Those who follow the team closely, media and fans alike, are so convinced that a new coach will result in a massive change of philosophy in a team that they look for anything in the new coach that is different from the old one to feed their notion and exaggerate the difference between the two.

What really separates Dom Capers from Gary Kubiak in their handling of David Carr is their background. Capers was a defensive coordinator and Kubiak was an offensive coordinator so of course Kubiak will be more hands-on since he feels working with the quarterback is where his expertise lies.

The real problem the Texans suffered from was in not hiring a competent offensive coordinator the first go around. All smart defensive coordinators when given a head coaching gig know they will need a brilliant offensive mind to cover up for what they do not feel comfortable doing. When the time came for the fledgling Texans to hire a man to lead their offensive game plan, they picked Chris Palmer for whatever reason. Palmer had been a quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots under Bill Parcells in 1996 when the team went off the Super Bowl. But that bit of success was far in the rearview mirror when 2002 rolled around.

At that time, he was coming off being fired as head coach of the reborn Cleveland Browns after leading the team to two years of mediocrity. In his first year, he was trusted with a #1 draft pick franchise quarterback named Tim Couch. The results were less than spectacular and bring up the question why he was trusted in the same situation with David Carr. The Browns' offense was ranked 31st in both years in yards and points and the team went 5-27. Palmer is now a quarterbacks coach under Parcells working with Drew Bledsoe like in 1996. Hopefully, Parcells will know Palmer's limitations and will keep his responsibilities to a minimum.

2. I think this is the best way to put in perspective how significant it is that Pittsburgh has had two head coaches since 1968: In the last 38 years, Pittsburgh and New England have each had two head coaches likely bound for the Hall of Fame -- Chuck Noll (already in) and Cowher in Pittsburgh, Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick in New England. Remaining head coaches for each team during that span: Pittsburgh, zero; New England, 12.

That was the best way you could come up with? Really? That's sad because that doesn't tell me anything about any sort of advance Pittsburgh teams have over New England teams. Maybe if you would have compared the records of the two teams over the last 38 years, then I could see how significant it is to have a long-tenured coach. But you didn't so now I have to look it up myself. It's not a perfect measure, but it's a start.

Pittsburgh: 334-227-2 (.595 winning percentage)
New England: 279-287 (.493 winning percentage)

Now that puts it in a little better perpsective.

c. I honestly think Jason Varitek is a bigger loss to the Red Sox than Manny Ramirez would be.

And that is why Ramirez has 5.4 wins above a replacement player and Varitek 2.4.


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