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  1. What I dont understand is how does the NFL give Fitzpatrick a 91 QBR yet PFF gives Fitz a negative score? Its funny because Fitz game wasnt really great yet if you were to solely look at the QBR stats it would look like Fitz had the 2nd best QB peformance of all QB's on Sunday. 

    I guess the more accurate conclusion would be somewhere in the middle. 

    Guess it depends on the exact criteria ... I presume PFF is more situational?

    In QBR terms, missing on a dump off pass would be the same as missing on a Hail Mary, as both simply count as incompletions. But if my QB is missing on dump off passes regularly, I'd be a lot more worried than if he's missing on Hail Marys. 

    Similarly you can get an OK QBR while regularly throwing for 8 yards on 3rd and 10. Nice stats, but the result isn't what you want.

  2. i actually thought he took a dive on the interception that wasn't flagged for pass interference

    At first I thought he'd been pushed / tugged, but it was on the far side of the field to where I was. Guy next to me thought he just tripped.

    There was another play though, Smith and the DB going down the sideline stride for stride, and Smith looked like he altered his route to get out of the DB's way when the ball was coming, rather than fighting for the ball.

  3. What I like about this guy is that he seems to really understand this team has a long way to go.  Still a lot of room for improvement and winning games isn't enough - they have to keep getting better.

    In the game day programme, there was a great quote from Bowles, about how he isn't satisfied by anything other than wins. He doesn't care if they did their best, played their hardest and lost. Results are all that matters. So yes, the above is 100% consistent with that approach. He'll never proclaim the team as having succeeded until they win the Superbowl.

    Quite a contrast from what we've been used to for the past several years (and what Buffalo are enjoying now). :)

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  4. Anyone looking past the fins are in for a huge disappointment, I hope the Jets understand that. These guys are going to come out like a bunch of craz animals. They are 1-2 and they damn well know if they come home 1-3 the Soflo press are going to eat them alive.

    I'm sure they knew they'd get chewed up if they lost to Buffalo at home last week too ... didn't change a thing for them then either. :)

  5. Here's something interesting I found over on the NFLUK forum :


    As with the Madden curse for players, the International Series Games are looking like a curse for the Home team Head Coach. Look at the list below of coaches of the home team at Wembley and whether they survived the season...

    2007 Dolphins, Cam Cameron - Fired at end of season (1-15)
    2008 Saints, Sean Payton - Survived 8-8 season
    2009 Bucs, Raheem Morris - Survived 3-13 season (curse would not be beaten, see 2 years later...)
    2010 49ers, Mike Singletary - Fired after 15 games 5-10 (McDaniels visiting team HC also fired in season)
    2011 Bucs, Raheem Morris - Fired at end of season (4-12, his non-Wembley year he went 10-6)
    2012 Rams, Jeff Fisher - Survived 7-8-1 season
    2013 Vikings, Leslie Frazier - Fired at end of season (5-10-1)
    2013 Jaguars, Gus Bradley - Survived 4-12 season
    2014 Raiders, Dennis Allen - Fired after Wembley game! (0-4)
    2014 Falcons, Mike Smith - Fired at end of season (6-10)
    2014 Jaguars, Gus Bradley - Survived 3-13 season
    2015 Dolphins, Joe Philbin - ?
    2015 Jaguars, Gus Bradley - ?
    2015 Chiefs, Andy Reid - ?

    (This also shows that none of the 11 teams to have played as the home team at Wembley has yet posted a winning record that season)


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  6. Not for nothing, but Fitz has like no reps with Smith.

    Perhaps Fitz threw to the right spot, but not having reps with this kid he didn't realize how fast he is. Or perhaps Smith allowed himself to be pushed off his route, changing the timing of everything.

    Or perhaps yes, the ball was underthrown. 

    QBs underthrow passes all the time. They don't get benched for it. 

    2 passes to a rookie WR that missed all of camp, hasn't had reps with the QB, and the QB missed most of camp too... I'm going to go with both players involved need more time together. Neither needs to be benched because fans need to do a pee-pee dance over a respectable loss.

    Philly's DBs played a good game last week. The guy who had step for step coverage with Smith and was perfectly placed for the INT deserves credit for his play. He got on Smith's inside and positioned himself perfectly.

    Sometimes the other guys make plays. It happens. We just didn't make enough of our own.


  7. We've come out flat at home.  I hardly expect them to show up on a different continent at 9:30am their time. Expecting a brutal loss, but obviously I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised. 

    How did the Phins do at their home opener Sunday? They were 27-0 down at the half. Makes our 24-7 look pretty impressive. ;)

  8. There'll probably be a lot of English Fish fans, though. Dates back to when the NFL first started appearing on tvs in the UK.

    True, on the whole I'd say more Phish fans than Jets fans over here. BUT - there will be fans of all teams at the game, so a large part of the crowd will be at least "partially impartial" - they don't support either team but may prefer one over the other. Like if I went to Jags - Bills, I'd cheer loudly for the Jags. 

    And there'll be a fair amount of Scottish / Irish / Welsh fans, plus travelling fans for the continent too. Keep a look out for some interesting NFL-E jerseys in the crowd.

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