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A case for Pete Carroll as NFL coach of the year
If there one seeming certainty in an NFL season in which the Colts can beat the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos and then lose by 30 at home to the Rams, it this Andy Reid as coach of the year.
The case for Reid appears almost airtight.
A year after the Chiefs went 2 14 and endured some of the worst that an NFL team can experience including the suicide of a player in the team parking lot Reid has Kansas City humming along at 9 0 in his first year there after leaving Philadelphia.
Read (Reid?) any www.officialteamusahockeyjerseys.com/Blake_Wheeler_Usa_Jersey.html early projection of the NFL awards, and it seems like a done deal.
But here a thought: Why not Pete Carroll?
OK, so a Seattle guy touting Carroll might seem as predictable as a Miley Cyrus National Enquirer cover.
But it also hardly a controversial call with Carroll leading the Seahawks to a 9 1 mark, and coaching a team that by the end of the weekend could have the best record in the NFL.
While Seattle is playing host to Minnesota as a two Brian Rafalski Olympic Jersey touchdown favorite, the Chiefs are traveling to Denver, where danger usually lurks with or without Peyton Manning.
Obviously, there remain lots of games to be played for this to be sorted out.
And those who think the Chiefs whose statistical profile paints a picture of a team that has often been getting it done with mirrors are due for a stumble still have time to be proven right.
Kansas City has seven games left to Seattle six. Four of those games for the Chiefs are on the road, beginning with the trip Sunday to Denver. In an odd bit of scheduling, five of Kansas City remaining games come Blake Wheeler Olympic Jersey against AFC West foes home and road with the Broncos and Chargers and a game at Oakland.
The other two are far from gimmes at Washington and home against Indianapolis.
Seattle, meanwhile, definitely will be favored to win five of its last six games, and depending on what happens between now and then, might also be favored in the one game it was assumed all along it would not be at the 49ers on Dec. Percy Harvin and a healthy offensive line, the Seahawks have it legitimately in their grasp to become just the sixth team in NFL history to finish 15 1 (the only better record, in a 16 game season, being the 16 0 of New England in 2007).
Only two of those six coaches won what the NFL regards as its coach of the year award, the one voted on through The Associated Press. Mike Ditka won in 1985 with the Bears and the Patriots Bill Belichick won in 2007. (Winning instead of Bill Walsh, officialteamusahockeyjerseys.com/Jamie_Langenbrunner_Usa_Jersey when he coached the 15 1 49ers to the Super Bowl in 1984, was Seattle Chuck Knox, who led the Seahawks to a 12 4 record in the season when Curt Warner was lost for the year in the first game.)
That history illustrates what often at the heart of these debates specifically, whether to reward the coach of a team perceived to have overachieved, or a coach of a team that was predicted to be good and lived up to the billing.
Many in the profession would argue the latter is the harder coaching task.
Voters in all sports, though, usually trend toward favoring the former, rewarding the coach whose team goes from a losing season to winning.
In trying to judge something so subjective and nebulous as who did the best coaching job, it often the easiest route Jamie Langenbrunner Olympic Jersey to take.
Of the past 10 NFL coaches of the year, seven fit the bill of having led their team to a winning record a year after it had a losing record. None won the Super Bowl or even got there. The other three all went to Belichick, in 2003, 2007 and 2010 a year he did not reach the Super Bowl.
The officialteamusahockeyjerseys.com/Brian_Rafalski_Usa_Jersey Seahawks, to be sure, were expected to be good.
Still, it hardly been a straight line, with Harvin yet to play, Sidney Rice out for the year, the offensive line issues, etc.
Carroll likely doesn care much Lovie Smith would surely give back his 2005 award for a Super Bowl title and a job right now and a vote for either Carroll or Reid can be well justified.
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings
or so kickoff, a large chunk of the crowd at Gillette Stadium should be too lubricated to remember that Welker ever played in New England. The rest can do what they please. They've earned that right by purchasing a ticket.
The "why" in the Welker jumping to Denver saga is the most important question. Not that anyone can take back, or change, the past. But it's important to understand why Welker left and why the Patriots lowballed him after franchising him for $9.15 million in 2012.
Welker suffered a concussion last week against Kansas City but has been cleared to play. If anything, this week's game footballsredskins.com/Authentic-Brian-Orakpo-Jersey will help both sides move on past their bitter, break up.
This week's "Peyton vs. Satan" matchup won't actually have Brady and Manning playing against each other, they're playing against each other's defense. That dominance of New England's defense over the years is one key reason why Brady is 9 4 against Manning and Foxborough has been Manning's personal House of Horrors in January over the years.
Welker's departure was part Welker, part Bill Belichick and part Patriot Way. In all every divorce, the ultimate fault lies with the people involved. No one forced Welker to leave New England. He left on his own accord and did have a counter offer from New England on the table. That offer from the Patriots [$10 million over two years plus incentives vs. $12 million over two years from Denver] was both significantly below his market value and what it would have Brian Orakpo 2XL Jersey cost New England franchise him again [a 20 percent mark up over his 2012 salary.]
Then there were the issues that Welker himself brought to life after he left town. According to Sports Illustrated, Belichick "got on him in a way he never had before, admonishing him in front of the team" last season. "It was just kind of hard," Welker said at the time. "One of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him . . . But he does it to everybody, it's the way he is."
After posing for the cover of SI's NFL preview, Welker said it DeAngelo Hall 2XL Jersey was the Wrath of the Hoodie that was still on his mind. "When I'm answering questions from the Denver media, I'm not worried about what the Broncos' people are going to think," Welker infamously said last August. "I'm worried about what Belichick will think. Isn't that crazy?"
There's little question the Broncos are better off with Welker this season. Denver is 9 1 and Welker leads the team with 61 catches and has logged 648 yards with nine TDs.
In March, the following words appeared in this space as the NFL prepared for free agency:
"Welker is not your typical 31 year old future Hall of Fame slot receiver who made 118 catches last season. He's 's target of choice in all the toughest situations. There will be always be a substantial market in the NFL for Tom Brady's favorite target, especially when you can take him away from Tom Brady."
The only people who weren't surprised when Welker left New England and landed in Denver were the insiders and experts who dutifully via State Run Media and other outlets propagated the Kraft Administration's party line that the free agency market for Welker was soft.
Turned out the market for Welker was soft as 's right arm.
That leaves us with the "Patriot Way" as the final, and perhaps most sinister culprit.
Brady restructured his contract in the offseason and, at least on the surface, got nothing in return. Welker was the first of Brady's Binkies/Buddies to be shown the door in the name of not overpaying for anyone one position.
Of course, the Patriots busted the bank to keep and in the fold for a long time, banking on re making the game by having two dynamic tight ends at Brady's disposal for the indefinite future and discarding fully the need for a big name, costly, deep threat wide receiver.
The slot guy was, as they say, expendable, especially with readily available and going nowhere. The numeric matchup between Welker vs. Edelman/Amendola this season is virtual push. But the Patriots dearly miss Welker on third down situations this season. The Patriots are converting 35.6 percent of their third down attempts 10 games into this season. They hit on 48.6 percent of their third down attempts in all 16 games in 2012.
Rolling Stone's well crafted mix of facts and conjecture about Hernandez left readers with the impression that Urban Meyer was a co conspirator in the murder of Odin Lloyd and Bill Belichick drove the getaway car. Absurdity aside, the Patriots obviously knew Hernandez had problems in his past and were convinced and/or fooled he had moved beyond his thuggery.
And that's where Welker's departure really hurts. So much it is rooted in vanity, on both the side of the Patriots and Welker. Belichick dissed him, or did whatever he did to sour Welker, because he could.
Even Minnesota running back wasn't impressed. "I love . "So they kind of baby the quarterbacks, but the running back we're like every other player. We get hit and that's what it is."
5. [tie] Panthers [7 3; 6]: Were leading Patriots 24 20 with one play to go Monday night. , playing his third season in the NFL and fourth as a pro, and the Panthers are quite legit.
5. [tie] Patriots [7 3; 4]: Lost in Monday's mayhem: Right tackle was fined $15,750 this week for a leg whip of Panthers defensive end . There was no penalty called on the play. This just shows the refs didn't have it in for the Patriots Monday night, but rather were just replacement level incompetent all the way around.
7. Colts [7 3; 7]: If the season ended today, and the Colts would have the first round bye, along with Kansas City.
8. The Bengals will be a threat in January and will get any home footballsredskins.com/Authentic-Deangelo-Hall-Jersey field tie breaker against the Patriots, if it comes to that.
9. 49ers [6 4; 9]: has ceased to be a deep down field passing threat.
10. Bears [6 4; 11]: After 110 minute rain/storm delay, Bears clawed their way past Ravens last week 23 20 in OT. It was the third time the Ravens have been delayed by weather or lack of power in the past year [Super Bowl and opening week at Denver].
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