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2018 NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Round 01/05/2019 and 01/06/2019

Old 01-07-19, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca View Post
But it is the Bears fault for not cutting him when he had 4 kicks hit the crossbars in the regular season.

Robbie Gould would have made that kick.

Maybe they might win the NFC North again if the Packers are still a mess and the Vikings offense continues to struggle.
Yeah, my earlier statements only pertained to the playoff game loss. During the regular season, Cody Parkey had missed 7 field goals (77%) and 3 PAT (93%). Surprisingly, none of those misses ended up impacting the outcome of a game, which was probably why Chicago never pulled the trigger on the kicker position. However, they will need to re-evaluate that again this off season. If they want to move on from Cody Parkey, they will probably have to eat some money because he was signed to a 4-year deal with 9 million guaranteed in 2018.

Is Robbie Gould better than Parkey right now? Absolutely. But he was also extremely shaky when he was let go by the Bears. In fact, Gould was quoted in saying that the firing was the best thing to happen to him because it forced him to re-focus and re-dedicate himself to the trade, and that got him to where he is today.

Next season, Chicago will be playing a first place schedule and have to face a ton of playoff teams, including the Chiefs, Cowboys, Saints, Eagles, and both LA teams. So it's no cake walk for them to repeat as NFC North winner again, but they should still have a good chance if they make the right adjustments and stay healthy.
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Old 01-08-19, 08:37 AM
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Not really. In this case he was clearly shooting for the moon on the kick. They don't push themselves that much on the sideline.
But they do practice long kicks up to and including their maximum range before the game. Claiming that an extra kick can cause leg fatigue (or even substantially increase the likelihood of injury) for a kicker is like claiming that extra passes do that for a quarterback. In other words, that is silly. This is all kickers do, and the challenge is especially mental as they have time to think about it. Considering how absolutely critical field goals are, how many important games come down to a single kick of the football in the closing seconds, it is not only not "stupid" that coaches can do everything within the rules to try and throw a kicker off of their concentration, it is advantageous. It adds drama and intrigue for fans.

Seriously, that missed/blocked kick is and will always be the single most memorable play of the game. To the extent that anyone even remembers this game years from now, it will overwhelmingly be because of that kick. I don't see how this is a bad thing, honestly.
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Old 01-08-19, 05:15 PM
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Is it me or has kicking in the NFL become much more of a crapshoot these days? I don't remember all these poor kickers across the league 15-25 years ago. Today, teams are afraid of even cutting poor kickers, because it seems like the replacement talent just isn't there.
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Old 01-08-19, 05:24 PM
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Someone has ticket prices before/after the Eagles won. NO ticket prices went down, LA tickets doubled. Cowboys effect.
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I hope there is snow for Pats vs Chargers and no mangina shemale beach weather with sunny and clear skies
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Old 01-09-19, 07:38 AM
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Wentz is a much better QB when healthy.
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That's the dilemma that the Eagles face for their long-term decision. Is Wentz injury prone? The only reason I say that is because a big part of his game is that he can elude the passrush, so he will take more hits then a Brady/Brees who are more pocket QB's. Now Wentz is no Michael Vick who always looked to run more times then not, but how will his overall game be affected if he is forced to stay in the pocket more? I still think the Eagles lose to the Saints on Sunday (I firmly believe nobody is beating the Saints in New Orleans with that crowd noise in the dome), but if Wentz somehow miraculously gets the Eagles back to the Superbowl, it will be real interesting to see what they do.
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^ It would absolutely be a miracle if Wentz got them back to Super Bowl considering he’s on the bench.
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Old 01-09-19, 01:26 PM
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^ It would absolutely be a miracle if Wentz got them back to Super Bowl considering hes on the bench.
I meant to type Foles.
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Old 01-09-19, 02:42 PM
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It's not like Foles is that old, I don't think he's even 30. In today's NFL, quality QBs play till their 40.

If Foles somehow gets the Eagles to the Superbowl, I'd keep him and trade Wentz for a host of draft picks.
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If Foles somehow gets the Eagles to the Superbowl, I'd keep him and trade Wentz for a host of draft picks.
File that under the "Should happen, but never will" folder. It's uncanny how successful Foles has been... Wentz has been statistically very good when he's not hurt... but he's always hurt, so...
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Next season, Chicago will be playing a first place schedule and have to face a ton of playoff teams, including the Chiefs, Cowboys, Saints, Eagles, and both LA teams. So it's no cake walk for them to repeat as NFC North winner again, but they should still have a good chance if they make the right adjustments and stay healthy.
Well, to be fair, only two of their 16 games are due to them finishing in 1st. The other 14 opponents are the same 14 opponents that everybody else in the NFC North will play next year. 6 division games, 4 games vs NFC East, 4 games vs AFC West, plus two teams based on order of finish.
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