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AfricanMaster
1/1/2007     
Member Well,
It is that time of the year. The Holiday season is over with and now we can get to the NFL playoff season. Here are the brackets. Give us your predictions.

Round 1:

AFC Wildcard
Indianapolis(home) vs Kansas City
New England(home) vs Jets

I have the Colts and New England Winning the wildcard games. I almost went with the Jets because they beat them earlier in New England but hoping past playoff experience will mean something.

NFC Wildcard
Giants vs Eagles(home)
Seattle(home) vs Cowboys

I have the Eagles and Cowboys winning


On another note, I see BIll Cowher retiring.


I think Baltimore will win the Super Bowl.Phillip Rivers is good but I think he will have problems in the playoffs. Then you have to worry about Marty ball too. I see Steve McNair getting his first ring.

Anyone wanting to just give their Super Bowl pick can.




Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 12-31-06 @ 8:38 PM
Post #16681 Back to top ▲
1/1/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Well,
It is that time of the year. The Holiday season is over with and now we can get to the NFL playoff season. Here are the brackets. Give us your predictions.

Round 1:

AFC Wildcard
Indianapolis(home) vs Kansas City
New England(home) vs Jets

I have the Colts and New England Winning the wildcard games. I almost went with the Jets because they beat them earlier in New England but hoping past playoff experience will mean something.

NFC Wildcard
Giants vs Eagles(home)
Seattle(home) vs Cowboys

I have the Eagles and Cowboys winning


On another note, I see BIll Cowher retiring.


I think Baltimore will win the Super Bowl.Phillip Rivers is good but I think he will have problems in the playoffs. Then you have to worry about Marty ball too. I see Steve McNair getting his first ring.

Anyone wanting to just give their Super Bowl pick can.




Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 12-31-06 @ 8:38 PM
Post #16681
AfricanMaster
1/1/2007     
Member First and goal: Seven new teams in playoffsBy John Clayton
ESPN.com
Archive

Once again, the NFL, which prides itself on parity and equal opportunity, got its way. Seven new teams made the playoffs.

The Saints and Jets came completely out of nowhere to make it. The Chargers rebounded from a tough 2005 schedule and ended up with the league's best record at 14-2. The Ravens turned the Steve McNair acquisition into a 13-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the AFC. And somehow, the Eagles re-emerged in the tough NFC East to win a division that featured three playoff teams


The Chargers, Ravens, Jets, Chiefs, Saints, Eagles and Cowboys are the new playoff teams this season. Since 1996, 66 teams have made the playoffs after not qualifying the previous season. It's an amazing string of consistency. The NFL has had 11 consecutive seasons with at least five new playoff teams.

Last year, there were seven. This year, there are seven.

The elite playoff teams appear to be in the AFC. The Patriots won 12 games but ended up the No. 4 seed. That's two games better than the Saints, who finished with the NFC's second seed at 10-6.

The AFC is loaded with Super Bowl-experienced coaches and playoff quarterbacks.

Here are some observations on the 2007 playoffs:

1. Quarterback experience: There is virtually no playoff experience in the NFC. Rex Grossman of the Bears, Drew Brees of the Saints and Eli Manning of the Giants are each 0-1 in playoff games. Who would have ever thought Jeff Garcia of the Eagles would be the second-most experienced playoff quarterback in the NFC? He's won one of three playoff games. Tony Romo of the Cowboys will be seeing his first playoff action. The most experienced and most dangerous quarterback in the NFC is Matt Hasselbeck of the Seahawks. He's 2-3 in the postseason, including a trip to the Super Bowl last year.

The AFC is loaded at quarterback. Philip Rivers of the Chargers is the only AFC quarterback making his playoff debut. Tom Brady is 10-1 in the playoffs. Steve McNair has a 5-4 postseason record. Peyton Manning is 3-6. Chad Pennington is 2-2. Trent Green is 0-1. The AFC has a clear edge at quarterback.


2. Coaching experience: Coaching could be a major factor in the NFC. The top two seeds in the conference are led by relatively inexperienced coaches. The Bears' Lovie Smith has one game of playoff experience (a loss last year) and Saints coach Sean Payton is making his first venture into the playoffs. Each stop along the way they will be facing a more experienced playoff coach. Mike Holmgren of the Seahawks is 11-9 and Bill Parcells of the Cowboys is 11-7. Andy Reid of the Eagles is 7-5 in the playoffs and Tom Coughlin is 4-5 with two different franchises. In the AFC, only 35-year-old Eric Mangini of the Jets does not have playoff experience as a head coach. The AFC is loaded with playoff-tested coaches: Marty Schottenheimer of the Chargters (5-12), Brian Billick of the Ravens (5-2), Tony Dungy of the Colts (5-8), Bill Belichick of the Patriots (11-2) and Herm Edwards of the Chiefs (2-3).


3. Hot teams: The hottest team in the NFC is the Eagles. They've won five games in a row and have come together as a team with Garcia as Donovan McNabb's replacement at quarterback. Despite their loss to the Packers on Sunday night, the Bears won four of their final five games. The Cowboys and Seahawks lost three of their last four while the Giants (a 2-6 second half) and Saints have lost two of their last three. The Chargers are the hottest team in football. They have won 10 in a row. The Ravens enter on a four-game winning streak. The Patriots have won three straight since their 21-0 loss to the Dolphins, but I wouldn't call them hot.


4. Will home-field advantage mean anything? You have to wonder. In the AFC, home-field means everything. The Chargers and the Colts are 8-0 at home. The Ravens are 7-1. The Chiefs are the worst road team in the AFC playoffs at 3-5, which should give the Colts a huge edge and help them reach the next round. But the Colts have struggled on the road this season. They are 4-4 and really had trouble in the second half of the season. The worst AFC home team was the Patriots at 5-3, including a loss to the Jets in Foxborough. The weird part about the NFC is how bad these teams are at home. The Bears were the best at 6-2 and have home-field advantage. But Bears fans are booing struggling quarterback Rex Grossman. They want Brian Griese to start in the playoffs. The Eagles and the Seahawks are 5-3, but they become road warriors for the remainder of the playoffs if they win this weekend. The Saints drew the first-round bye, but like the Cowboys, they are just 4-4 at home. The Saints and Cowboys actually are better teams on the road. The Saints are 5-3 away from the Superdome, and the Cowboys are 5-3 outside of Texas Stadium. Face it, nothing makes sense in the NFC.

5. Deck stacked against Colts: The defense that presents Peyton Manning the most trouble is the 3-4, which gives opposing coaches the ability to keep Manning guessing where the pressure is coming from. The worst nightmare for Manning is that four of the six AFC playoff teams -- San Diego, Baltimore, New England and the Jets -- use the 3-4. The Colts draw the only other 4-3 defense in the wild-card round when they host the Chiefs. To go to the Super Bowl, the Colts will face two 3-4 defenses. Still, while it may be the defense that gives the Colts the most problems, Peyton and company went 3-1 against the 3-4. The other thing stacked up against the Colts is they are giving up 173 rushing yards a game and they open the playoffs against Kansas City and Larry Johnson, who rushed for 1,789 yards on a league-record 416 carries.

6. But don't give up on Indy: The Colts still have Peyton Manning. On top of that, they have done well against a tough schedule -- 8-3 against teams with .500 records or better. The Colts beat the Patriots in Foxborough 27-20, and they beat the Jets at home 31-28. Tony Dungy saved safety Bob Sanders for the playoffs, figuring his knee has only a game or two of quality, eight-in-the-box run-stopping skills. Like John Lynch in Denver, Sanders can inspire the run defense with a hard hit or two. Plus, he's a good tackler and tackling has been a problem for the Colts all season.

7. The Super Bowl defense eliminator: Don't you get the feeling an unconventional team could win Super Bowl XLI? Since 1983, every Super Bowl winner has ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense. If that eliminates teams from consideration, then you can scratch seven teams -- the Chiefs (11th at 19.7 points a game), the Saints (13th at 20.1), the Eagles (15th at 20.5), the Seahawks (19th at 21.3), the Cowboys (20th at 21.9), the Colts (23rd at 22.5) and the Giants (24th at 22.6). Five of the defenses not ranked in the top 10 for scoring are in the NFC, meaning only the Bears would have a chance of winning the Super Bowl. The four AFC teams in the top 10 are the Ravens, Patriots, Jets and Chargers. The Chargers are clearly the most complete team. They score 30.8 points a game and they give up 18.9 points a game, eighth best in the league. The Ravens score 22.1 points and give up a league-low 12.6. Will defense win the championship or will it be offense?

8. Wild-card rematches: The Eagles and Giants, along with the Jets and Patriots, split their two games this season. What's interesting about the Giants' second trip to Philadelphia is how much different the Eagles are now than when the Giants last played in Philly (Sept. 17). In that game, the Giants rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Eagles in overtime, 30-24. Back then, the Eagles were a pure passing team. Donovan McNabb came out in a no-huddle and had Giants linebackers running around as though they were lost. Andy Reid's inability to run the ball in the second half gave the Giants enough possessions to come from behind. Now, the Eagles are a more balanced team and can run the ball with the lead. The Eagles won the rematch in Giants Stadium, 36-22. Over in the AFC, the Patriots won the first game against the Jets 24-17 in the Meadowlands, but the rematch in Foxborough was more interesting. The Jets eked out a 17-14 victory but Belichick didn't want to shake Mangini's hand. It will be interesting to see which is colder -- the Foxboro weather or the reception for Mangini by Belichick.

9. Injuries: The Seahawks have the biggest concerns. They are down three cornerbacks -- Marcus Trufant, Kelly Herndon and Jimmy Williams. The Ravens should have left tackle Jonathan Ogden back for the playoffs. The bye week should give ample time for the Saints' Joe Horn to recover from his groin injury and be ready for the playoffs. The Patriots hope to have tight end Ben Watson and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork back. The Chargers will have defensive end Luis Castillo back from his high ankle sprain after getting the week off. The Colts had the return of tight end Dallas Clark, which helped the passing offense. The defense will have safety Bob Sanders to help stop the run.

10. Prediction: Logic says it's the Bears against the Chargers. The Chargers have nine Pro Bowlers and five alternates, best in football. The Bears are the only team in the NFC that has a top-10 scoring defense. Still, I picked the Colts at the beginning of the season. I'm going to stick with them. They can't stop the run and they will have to win two road games to get to the Super Bowl. One of these years Manning will get to a Super Bowl. It doesn't look like it will be this year because of Indy's defensive problems, but I'm just trying to stay consistent with my picks, which usually don't work out anyway.




Really, and who said it?
Post #785494 Back to top ▲
1/1/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
First and goal: Seven new teams in playoffsBy John Clayton
ESPN.com
Archive

Once again, the NFL, which prides itself on parity and equal opportunity, got its way. Seven new teams made the playoffs.

The Saints and Jets came completely out of nowhere to make it. The Chargers rebounded from a tough 2005 schedule and ended up with the league's best record at 14-2. The Ravens turned the Steve McNair acquisition into a 13-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the AFC. And somehow, the Eagles re-emerged in the tough NFC East to win a division that featured three playoff teams


The Chargers, Ravens, Jets, Chiefs, Saints, Eagles and Cowboys are the new playoff teams this season. Since 1996, 66 teams have made the playoffs after not qualifying the previous season. It's an amazing string of consistency. The NFL has had 11 consecutive seasons with at least five new playoff teams.

Last year, there were seven. This year, there are seven.

The elite playoff teams appear to be in the AFC. The Patriots won 12 games but ended up the No. 4 seed. That's two games better than the Saints, who finished with the NFC's second seed at 10-6.

The AFC is loaded with Super Bowl-experienced coaches and playoff quarterbacks.

Here are some observations on the 2007 playoffs:

1. Quarterback experience: There is virtually no playoff experience in the NFC. Rex Grossman of the Bears, Drew Brees of the Saints and Eli Manning of the Giants are each 0-1 in playoff games. Who would have ever thought Jeff Garcia of the Eagles would be the second-most experienced playoff quarterback in the NFC? He's won one of three playoff games. Tony Romo of the Cowboys will be seeing his first playoff action. The most experienced and most dangerous quarterback in the NFC is Matt Hasselbeck of the Seahawks. He's 2-3 in the postseason, including a trip to the Super Bowl last year.

The AFC is loaded at quarterback. Philip Rivers of the Chargers is the only AFC quarterback making his playoff debut. Tom Brady is 10-1 in the playoffs. Steve McNair has a 5-4 postseason record. Peyton Manning is 3-6. Chad Pennington is 2-2. Trent Green is 0-1. The AFC has a clear edge at quarterback.


2. Coaching experience: Coaching could be a major factor in the NFC. The top two seeds in the conference are led by relatively inexperienced coaches. The Bears' Lovie Smith has one game of playoff experience (a loss last year) and Saints coach Sean Payton is making his first venture into the playoffs. Each stop along the way they will be facing a more experienced playoff coach. Mike Holmgren of the Seahawks is 11-9 and Bill Parcells of the Cowboys is 11-7. Andy Reid of the Eagles is 7-5 in the playoffs and Tom Coughlin is 4-5 with two different franchises. In the AFC, only 35-year-old Eric Mangini of the Jets does not have playoff experience as a head coach. The AFC is loaded with playoff-tested coaches: Marty Schottenheimer of the Chargters (5-12), Brian Billick of the Ravens (5-2), Tony Dungy of the Colts (5-8), Bill Belichick of the Patriots (11-2) and Herm Edwards of the Chiefs (2-3).


3. Hot teams: The hottest team in the NFC is the Eagles. They've won five games in a row and have come together as a team with Garcia as Donovan McNabb's replacement at quarterback. Despite their loss to the Packers on Sunday night, the Bears won four of their final five games. The Cowboys and Seahawks lost three of their last four while the Giants (a 2-6 second half) and Saints have lost two of their last three. The Chargers are the hottest team in football. They have won 10 in a row. The Ravens enter on a four-game winning streak. The Patriots have won three straight since their 21-0 loss to the Dolphins, but I wouldn't call them hot.


4. Will home-field advantage mean anything? You have to wonder. In the AFC, home-field means everything. The Chargers and the Colts are 8-0 at home. The Ravens are 7-1. The Chiefs are the worst road team in the AFC playoffs at 3-5, which should give the Colts a huge edge and help them reach the next round. But the Colts have struggled on the road this season. They are 4-4 and really had trouble in the second half of the season. The worst AFC home team was the Patriots at 5-3, including a loss to the Jets in Foxborough. The weird part about the NFC is how bad these teams are at home. The Bears were the best at 6-2 and have home-field advantage. But Bears fans are booing struggling quarterback Rex Grossman. They want Brian Griese to start in the playoffs. The Eagles and the Seahawks are 5-3, but they become road warriors for the remainder of the playoffs if they win this weekend. The Saints drew the first-round bye, but like the Cowboys, they are just 4-4 at home. The Saints and Cowboys actually are better teams on the road. The Saints are 5-3 away from the Superdome, and the Cowboys are 5-3 outside of Texas Stadium. Face it, nothing makes sense in the NFC.

5. Deck stacked against Colts: The defense that presents Peyton Manning the most trouble is the 3-4, which gives opposing coaches the ability to keep Manning guessing where the pressure is coming from. The worst nightmare for Manning is that four of the six AFC playoff teams -- San Diego, Baltimore, New England and the Jets -- use the 3-4. The Colts draw the only other 4-3 defense in the wild-card round when they host the Chiefs. To go to the Super Bowl, the Colts will face two 3-4 defenses. Still, while it may be the defense that gives the Colts the most problems, Peyton and company went 3-1 against the 3-4. The other thing stacked up against the Colts is they are giving up 173 rushing yards a game and they open the playoffs against Kansas City and Larry Johnson, who rushed for 1,789 yards on a league-record 416 carries.

6. But don't give up on Indy: The Colts still have Peyton Manning. On top of that, they have done well against a tough schedule -- 8-3 against teams with .500 records or better. The Colts beat the Patriots in Foxborough 27-20, and they beat the Jets at home 31-28. Tony Dungy saved safety Bob Sanders for the playoffs, figuring his knee has only a game or two of quality, eight-in-the-box run-stopping skills. Like John Lynch in Denver, Sanders can inspire the run defense with a hard hit or two. Plus, he's a good tackler and tackling has been a problem for the Colts all season.

7. The Super Bowl defense eliminator: Don't you get the feeling an unconventional team could win Super Bowl XLI? Since 1983, every Super Bowl winner has ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense. If that eliminates teams from consideration, then you can scratch seven teams -- the Chiefs (11th at 19.7 points a game), the Saints (13th at 20.1), the Eagles (15th at 20.5), the Seahawks (19th at 21.3), the Cowboys (20th at 21.9), the Colts (23rd at 22.5) and the Giants (24th at 22.6). Five of the defenses not ranked in the top 10 for scoring are in the NFC, meaning only the Bears would have a chance of winning the Super Bowl. The four AFC teams in the top 10 are the Ravens, Patriots, Jets and Chargers. The Chargers are clearly the most complete team. They score 30.8 points a game and they give up 18.9 points a game, eighth best in the league. The Ravens score 22.1 points and give up a league-low 12.6. Will defense win the championship or will it be offense?

8. Wild-card rematches: The Eagles and Giants, along with the Jets and Patriots, split their two games this season. What's interesting about the Giants' second trip to Philadelphia is how much different the Eagles are now than when the Giants last played in Philly (Sept. 17). In that game, the Giants rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Eagles in overtime, 30-24. Back then, the Eagles were a pure passing team. Donovan McNabb came out in a no-huddle and had Giants linebackers running around as though they were lost. Andy Reid's inability to run the ball in the second half gave the Giants enough possessions to come from behind. Now, the Eagles are a more balanced team and can run the ball with the lead. The Eagles won the rematch in Giants Stadium, 36-22. Over in the AFC, the Patriots won the first game against the Jets 24-17 in the Meadowlands, but the rematch in Foxborough was more interesting. The Jets eked out a 17-14 victory but Belichick didn't want to shake Mangini's hand. It will be interesting to see which is colder -- the Foxboro weather or the reception for Mangini by Belichick.

9. Injuries: The Seahawks have the biggest concerns. They are down three cornerbacks -- Marcus Trufant, Kelly Herndon and Jimmy Williams. The Ravens should have left tackle Jonathan Ogden back for the playoffs. The bye week should give ample time for the Saints' Joe Horn to recover from his groin injury and be ready for the playoffs. The Patriots hope to have tight end Ben Watson and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork back. The Chargers will have defensive end Luis Castillo back from his high ankle sprain after getting the week off. The Colts had the return of tight end Dallas Clark, which helped the passing offense. The defense will have safety Bob Sanders to help stop the run.

10. Prediction: Logic says it's the Bears against the Chargers. The Chargers have nine Pro Bowlers and five alternates, best in football. The Bears are the only team in the NFC that has a top-10 scoring defense. Still, I picked the Colts at the beginning of the season. I'm going to stick with them. They can't stop the run and they will have to win two road games to get to the Super Bowl. One of these years Manning will get to a Super Bowl. It doesn't look like it will be this year because of Indy's defensive problems, but I'm just trying to stay consistent with my picks, which usually don't work out anyway.




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Post #785494
AfricanMaster
1/2/2007     
Member tara^ hey sweetie.(skotc). Hmmm love that pic you got..Hope all is well ? Smile

Well the Chiefs could win. Larry Johnson could run for 300 yard but the Colts are 8 and 0 at home.


Happy New Year sweetie

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Post #785497 Back to top ▲
1/2/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
tara^ hey sweetie.(skotc). Hmmm love that pic you got..Hope all is well ? Smile

Well the Chiefs could win. Larry Johnson could run for 300 yard but the Colts are 8 and 0 at home.


Happy New Year sweetie

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Post #785497
AfricanMaster
1/2/2007     
Member hi janet(skotc) and (hug)..Hope all is well ?


Yeah the Saints have the fire power no doubt. Just worry about the Defense. I have seen a lot of Saints games this year. Drew Brees is a great QB..
Happy New Year !!!

BTW,
Where is your Saints ICON?


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Post #785498 Back to top ▲
1/2/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
hi janet(skotc) and (hug)..Hope all is well ?


Yeah the Saints have the fire power no doubt. Just worry about the Defense. I have seen a lot of Saints games this year. Drew Brees is a great QB..
Happy New Year !!!

BTW,
Where is your Saints ICON?


Really, and who said it?
Post #785498
AfricanMaster
1/5/2007     
Member Well Cowher is headed Out.. What a great ride we had! He will be back in a few years with a big raise for some other team.


Cowher expected to resign at news conference Friday
The Associated PressPublished: January 4, 2007



The Steelers will begin a coaching search Friday to replace the departing Cowher, a person familiar with Cowher's status said Thursday night. Cowher called owner Dan Rooney on Thursday to tell him of his decision, and the team announced a Friday news conference not long after that. Cowher is expected to attend.

The 49-year-old Cowher, one of the National Football League's most recognizable faces and most successful coaches for 15 seasons, has weighed resigning since shortly after the Steelers finally won the Super Bowl in February following numerous near misses.

Cowher has talked of wanting to spend more time with his family, especially now that they are living in a new home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he and wife Kaye attended North Carolina State University. Cowher's two oldest daughters are at Princeton University and the youngest has only 2 1/2 years of high school remaining, time Cowher apparently doesn't want to spend away from her.

While Cowher would be resigning with one season left on his contract, there is no indication he would retire from pro football. He said recently he is not close to being burned out, and still likes coaching and dealing with players.



Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-4-07 @ 8:59 PM
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1/5/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Well Cowher is headed Out.. What a great ride we had! He will be back in a few years with a big raise for some other team.


Cowher expected to resign at news conference Friday
The Associated PressPublished: January 4, 2007



The Steelers will begin a coaching search Friday to replace the departing Cowher, a person familiar with Cowher's status said Thursday night. Cowher called owner Dan Rooney on Thursday to tell him of his decision, and the team announced a Friday news conference not long after that. Cowher is expected to attend.

The 49-year-old Cowher, one of the National Football League's most recognizable faces and most successful coaches for 15 seasons, has weighed resigning since shortly after the Steelers finally won the Super Bowl in February following numerous near misses.

Cowher has talked of wanting to spend more time with his family, especially now that they are living in a new home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he and wife Kaye attended North Carolina State University. Cowher's two oldest daughters are at Princeton University and the youngest has only 2 1/2 years of high school remaining, time Cowher apparently doesn't want to spend away from her.

While Cowher would be resigning with one season left on his contract, there is no indication he would retire from pro football. He said recently he is not close to being burned out, and still likes coaching and dealing with players.



Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-4-07 @ 8:59 PM
Post #785502
AfricanMaster
1/5/2007     
Member The great prophet has spoken

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1/5/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
The great prophet has spoken

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Post #785504
AfricanMaster
1/7/2007     
Member Well KC didn't look that good. No First downs the first half isn't good against any team. tara, next year sweets.


Cowboy fans, Romo blew it for you. I never seen a feld goal blown like that in the playoffs. What a good game though.

Well, I am starting out badly. Just 1 for 1 today. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Really, and who said it?

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1/7/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Well KC didn't look that good. No First downs the first half isn't good against any team. tara, next year sweets.


Cowboy fans, Romo blew it for you. I never seen a feld goal blown like that in the playoffs. What a good game though.

Well, I am starting out badly. Just 1 for 1 today. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-7-07 @ 4:57 PM
Post #785505
AfricanMaster
1/8/2007     
Member The Patriots just blew the Jets away and The Eagles just got by. I am glad these games are over. Next week's games are the ones I want to see.

Round 2

AFC:
Colts at Ravens
Patriots at Chargers

I have The Ravens and Chargers winning

NFC:
Eagles at Saints
Seahawks at Bears

I have the Saints and Bears winning(BTW, are there any Bears fans around? )

Anyone want to give their predictions can

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Post #785506 Back to top ▲
1/8/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
The Patriots just blew the Jets away and The Eagles just got by. I am glad these games are over. Next week's games are the ones I want to see.

Round 2

AFC:
Colts at Ravens
Patriots at Chargers

I have The Ravens and Chargers winning

NFC:
Eagles at Saints
Seahawks at Bears

I have the Saints and Bears winning(BTW, are there any Bears fans around? )

Anyone want to give their predictions can

Really, and who said it?
Post #785506
Chang
1/8/2007     
Member Chargers
Bears
Saints
Ravens


Then Saints
Ravens



Then Ravens in the Superbowl.

Though I will pull for the Saints and Seahawks

Post #785507 Back to top ▲
1/8/2007
  
Chang
Member
Chargers
Bears
Saints
Ravens


Then Saints
Ravens



Then Ravens in the Superbowl.

Though I will pull for the Saints and Seahawks

Post #785507
AfricanMaster
1/8/2007     
Member Judgements: Shades of Elway as Colts trek into Baltimore

By Clark Judge


1. So the Colts return to Baltimore for the playoffs. Wow. Now you'll find out why owner Jim Irsay didn't want to share a division with the Ravens. You talk about hostility. My guess is the crowd will be something like that September, 1983, game when then-rookie John Elway ran into a virtual lynch mob before he was benched. It was ugly.

What's more of a downer ... Tony Romo's blunder or Bill Parcells' road record in the playoffs?

2. Good news for top seeds: All four home teams won Sunday, a departure from the past two seasons when home teams were a combined 2-6 for the wild-card weekend. The last time all four teams won the first weekend was 2000, when Baltimore won Super Bowl XXXV.

3. Forget about what might've happened if Tony Romo handled the snap in Seattle; this is what Dallas coach Bill Parcells has to think about in the offseason: He's 2-5 on the road in the playoffs, with his last road win in 1990.

4. So this is San Diego's reward for having the best record in the NFL? I'd rather be Baltimore. I look at how New England's Bill Belichick shut down Vince Young a week ago, and I can only imagine what he has in mind for Philip Rivers.

5. Yeah, I think Chicago just caught a break. Not only did the Bears hammer Seattle earlier this year, but, unlike a year ago, there's nothing about the Seahawks' offense or defense that intimidates you -- particularly now that Seattle is short of healthy receivers and cornerbacks.

6. The Kansas City Chiefs must find out if Trent Green's poor second-half performance was due to his concussion in the season opener or the first sign of a guy who's hit the wall. Remember, he turns 37 this year. Pssst, Carl Peterson, re-sign Damon Huard now.

7. People who should know tell me Atlanta owner Arthur Blank hasn't ruled out the possibility of moving quarterback Michael Vick if his new head coach Bobby Petrino thinks Vick is holding the Falcons back.

8. The four head-coach openings in terms of attractiveness: 1) Pittsburgh; 2) Miami; 3) Arizona and 4) Oakland. The Raiders stay there until Al Davis relinquishes control of personnel and the coaching staff, which means the Raiders don't budge.

9. The Giants' Tiki Barber will be missed. A classy guy and a terrific player. I'm glad he ended his career with another 100-yard game, but sorry to see him go. Good luck replacing him, New York.

10. You have to feel for the Patriots' Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau. Both were stars with the Chargers. Both have something to prove to their ex-team, and both would love nothing more than to do it in San Diego. One problem: Both are hurt.

11. If I'm an NFL team in search of a head coach I find out what it takes for Boise State's Chris Peterson to make the jump. And, yeah, I'd be willing to paint the field blue.

12. Former Atlanta coach Jim Mora was so good as an NBC analyst it makes you wonder if he's auditioning for the wrong job.

13. Yes, that was an embrace Belichick had for the Jets' Eric Mangini after Sunday's game. This time it was Mangini who acted like he was late for a team meeting.

14. Memo to tackle Jon Runyan: You got lucky when officials flagged Barry Cofield. The Eagles aren't good enough to withstand stupid penalties -- especially when you commit two on the same play. You're a veteran leader, Jon; act like one.

15. How smart do the Eagles look for re-signing Koy Detmer now? He rejoined the team last week to do what he'd done before -- namely, hold for kicker David Akers. And he fielded a high snap flawlessly for Akers' game-winning kick.

Five guys I wouldn't want to be ...
1. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas. There goes that Allstate endorsement.

2. Mike Solari, offensive coordinator, Kansas City. No first downs for nearly three quarters? Against the league's 32nd ranked run defense? Cancel those "Be like Mike" bumper stickers.

3. The Indianapolis Colts. They're returning to Baltimore, this time without the Mayflower vans. Pack the headphones, guys. You don't want to hear what Ravens' fans are saying.

4. Tom Coughlin, head coach, N.Y. Giants. He lost seven of his last nine starts, and now he might lose his job.

5. Ernie Accorsi, general manager, New York Giants. He deserves better than to have his career end this way. The guy was smart, engaging and honest -- a rare combination in this Business.

Just asking but ...
Was that Bill Parcells' last game as a head coach?
Which of next weekend's underdogs has the best chance of an upset?
What do you think think of playoff officiating now, Seattle?
Why didn't the Chiefs bench Trent Green at halftime?
Jabar Gaffney?


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1/8/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Judgements: Shades of Elway as Colts trek into Baltimore

By Clark Judge


1. So the Colts return to Baltimore for the playoffs. Wow. Now you'll find out why owner Jim Irsay didn't want to share a division with the Ravens. You talk about hostility. My guess is the crowd will be something like that September, 1983, game when then-rookie John Elway ran into a virtual lynch mob before he was benched. It was ugly.

What's more of a downer ... Tony Romo's blunder or Bill Parcells' road record in the playoffs?

2. Good news for top seeds: All four home teams won Sunday, a departure from the past two seasons when home teams were a combined 2-6 for the wild-card weekend. The last time all four teams won the first weekend was 2000, when Baltimore won Super Bowl XXXV.

3. Forget about what might've happened if Tony Romo handled the snap in Seattle; this is what Dallas coach Bill Parcells has to think about in the offseason: He's 2-5 on the road in the playoffs, with his last road win in 1990.

4. So this is San Diego's reward for having the best record in the NFL? I'd rather be Baltimore. I look at how New England's Bill Belichick shut down Vince Young a week ago, and I can only imagine what he has in mind for Philip Rivers.

5. Yeah, I think Chicago just caught a break. Not only did the Bears hammer Seattle earlier this year, but, unlike a year ago, there's nothing about the Seahawks' offense or defense that intimidates you -- particularly now that Seattle is short of healthy receivers and cornerbacks.

6. The Kansas City Chiefs must find out if Trent Green's poor second-half performance was due to his concussion in the season opener or the first sign of a guy who's hit the wall. Remember, he turns 37 this year. Pssst, Carl Peterson, re-sign Damon Huard now.

7. People who should know tell me Atlanta owner Arthur Blank hasn't ruled out the possibility of moving quarterback Michael Vick if his new head coach Bobby Petrino thinks Vick is holding the Falcons back.

8. The four head-coach openings in terms of attractiveness: 1) Pittsburgh; 2) Miami; 3) Arizona and 4) Oakland. The Raiders stay there until Al Davis relinquishes control of personnel and the coaching staff, which means the Raiders don't budge.

9. The Giants' Tiki Barber will be missed. A classy guy and a terrific player. I'm glad he ended his career with another 100-yard game, but sorry to see him go. Good luck replacing him, New York.

10. You have to feel for the Patriots' Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau. Both were stars with the Chargers. Both have something to prove to their ex-team, and both would love nothing more than to do it in San Diego. One problem: Both are hurt.

11. If I'm an NFL team in search of a head coach I find out what it takes for Boise State's Chris Peterson to make the jump. And, yeah, I'd be willing to paint the field blue.

12. Former Atlanta coach Jim Mora was so good as an NBC analyst it makes you wonder if he's auditioning for the wrong job.

13. Yes, that was an embrace Belichick had for the Jets' Eric Mangini after Sunday's game. This time it was Mangini who acted like he was late for a team meeting.

14. Memo to tackle Jon Runyan: You got lucky when officials flagged Barry Cofield. The Eagles aren't good enough to withstand stupid penalties -- especially when you commit two on the same play. You're a veteran leader, Jon; act like one.

15. How smart do the Eagles look for re-signing Koy Detmer now? He rejoined the team last week to do what he'd done before -- namely, hold for kicker David Akers. And he fielded a high snap flawlessly for Akers' game-winning kick.

Five guys I wouldn't want to be ...
1. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas. There goes that Allstate endorsement.

2. Mike Solari, offensive coordinator, Kansas City. No first downs for nearly three quarters? Against the league's 32nd ranked run defense? Cancel those "Be like Mike" bumper stickers.

3. The Indianapolis Colts. They're returning to Baltimore, this time without the Mayflower vans. Pack the headphones, guys. You don't want to hear what Ravens' fans are saying.

4. Tom Coughlin, head coach, N.Y. Giants. He lost seven of his last nine starts, and now he might lose his job.

5. Ernie Accorsi, general manager, New York Giants. He deserves better than to have his career end this way. The guy was smart, engaging and honest -- a rare combination in this Business.

Just asking but ...
Was that Bill Parcells' last game as a head coach?
Which of next weekend's underdogs has the best chance of an upset?
What do you think think of playoff officiating now, Seattle?
Why didn't the Chiefs bench Trent Green at halftime?
Jabar Gaffney?


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Post #785508
AfricanMaster
1/12/2007     
Member Well you never know Zanny, I was the same way about the Steelers last year and look what happened.

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1/12/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Well you never know Zanny, I was the same way about the Steelers last year and look what happened.

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Post #785512
AfricanMaster
1/13/2007     
Member I forgot about your Mississippi Coast connections. I am sure your hubby is cheering in heaven sweetie Smile

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1/13/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
I forgot about your Mississippi Coast connections. I am sure your hubby is cheering in heaven sweetie Smile

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Post #785514
AfricanMaster
1/14/2007     
Member Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!

Baltimore ,grrrrrrrrrrrr

Why do I get the feeling the Colts and Patriots will be playing next weekend?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-13-07 @ 10:41 PM
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1/14/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!

Baltimore ,grrrrrrrrrrrr

Why do I get the feeling the Colts and Patriots will be playing next weekend?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-13-07 @ 10:41 PM
Post #785515
Chang
1/14/2007     
Member The entire season has made Me glad I am not a betting man...the playoffs continue that gladness. I blame El' Nino.

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1/14/2007
  
Chang
Member
The entire season has made Me glad I am not a betting man...the playoffs continue that gladness. I blame El' Nino.

Post #785517
AfricanMaster
1/15/2007     
Member Well, that was a good game!!! Marty just used too many of his time outs so early.

Well, who you got folks?

Colts vs Patriots
and
Bears vs Saints


Since the Ravens bowed out, MY prediction is shot to he**. lol..

Could this be the Colts year? I can't wait!!!


Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-14-07 @ 7:33 PM
Post #785519 Back to top ▲
1/15/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
Well, that was a good game!!! Marty just used too many of his time outs so early.

Well, who you got folks?

Colts vs Patriots
and
Bears vs Saints


Since the Ravens bowed out, MY prediction is shot to he**. lol..

Could this be the Colts year? I can't wait!!!


Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-14-07 @ 7:33 PM
Post #785519
Chang
1/15/2007     
Member Pats and Bears though I'd like it to be Saints and Colts. but I have been so wrong maybe I will be again.

This message was edited by Chang on 1-14-07 @ 8:02 PM
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1/15/2007
  
Chang
Member
Pats and Bears though I'd like it to be Saints and Colts. but I have been so wrong maybe I will be again.

This message was edited by Chang on 1-14-07 @ 8:02 PM
Post #785520
AfricanMaster
1/15/2007     
Member I am going to say;
Saints and Colts.. What the heck.

Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-14-07 @ 8:13 PM
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1/15/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
I am going to say;
Saints and Colts.. What the heck.

Really, and who said it?

This message was edited by AfricanMaster on 1-14-07 @ 8:13 PM
Post #785521
AfricanMaster
1/15/2007     
Member {janet}ShoNuff they looking good!

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1/15/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
{janet}ShoNuff they looking good!

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Post #785524
AfricanMaster
1/17/2007     
Member

AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots 6:30 p.m. Sunday (CBS) Indianapolis Colts

14-4, AFC East champs at RCA Dome, Indianapolis 14-4, AFC South champs
Results | Roster Results | Roster

BREAKING DOWN THE MATCHUPS

When the Colts pass Edge
Patriots: In his last two regular-season games (both wins) against New England, Peyton Manning had five touchdowns and two interceptions. But in his last two postseason meetings (both losses) Manning had one touchdown and five interceptions.

Colts: Who knows what Bill Belichick will devise this time. But Peyton Manning gets the nod indoors amid friendly fans where his touchdown to interception ratio was 18-to-2 in the regular season.

When the Patriots pass Edge
Patriots: Tom Brady threw three picks last week and still managed to pull a win out of the playoff fire. In two previous games at the RCA Dome (both wins), Brady threw for 438 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Colts: The team's second-ranked pass defense was a strong point during the regular season. But against the heat of Tom Brady and the playoff pressure, Indianapolis meets a different kind of challenge.

When the Colts run Edge
Patriots: LaDainian Tomlinson badgered the Patriots for 123 yards on the ground and two touchdowns last week. New England must limit the damage Indianapolis' backs can do here.

Colts: Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes had tough sledding against the Ravens in the divisional playoff. The Patriots don't present as tough a challenge.


When the Patriots run Edge
Patriots: New England beat San Diego without a hint of a ground attack. Main tandem Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney (held to a combined 23 yards by the Chargers) must play a bigger role.

Colts: Indianapolis has risen to the challenge against better backs in the playoffs. And don't forget, Bob Sanders has only appeared in six games this season -- including the Colts' two playoff wins -- but his presence makes Indy's run defense much better than its league-worst ranking indicates.



Special teams Edge
Patriots: His go-ahead field goal against San Diego showed rookie Stephen Gostkowski is close to filling Adam Vinatieri's shoes. Now he must beat his predecessor head-to-head to assume the mantle fully.

Colts: The Patriots can only pray that their gamble on Vinatieri (who is now the NFL's all-time leader in postseason field goals) doesn't backfire. The ex-New England kicker has 19 career game-winning field goals.

Coaching Edge
Patriots: Bill Belichick is 12-1 in the playoffs with New England (and 2-0 against Tony Dungy's Colts).

Colts: His 5-4 postseason record aside, Dungy cannot shed the image of a playoff disappointment until he wins a Super Bowl.


FIVE KEYS TO VICTORY


Establish the run. The Patriots managed 148 yards on the ground in their first meeting with the Colts this season, but by Indianapolis' regular-season defensive standards, that was a fairly pedestrian effort. New England gained only 51 yards last Sunday vs. the Chargers, and a poor rushing attack will hurt Tom Brady in the play-action game. Send a message. Whether it's one of Bob Sanders' heat-seeking missile tackles or Dwight Freeney leading a jailbreak on Tom Brady, the Colts need to try to intimidate the Patriots.

Neutralize the home crowd. New England's last two playoff wins vs. the Colts came in the unforgiving conditions of Gillette Stadium. But now Indianapolis is in its comfort zone, the RCA Dome. Early New England points and takeaways will quickly make the Colts uncomfortable. Cover the bases with the Cover 2. Indianapolis kept the Ravens in front of the first-down markers all day last week. The Colts must continue to employ their bend-but-don't-break defense effectively. Considering the Patriots don't have the weaponry to stretch the field, Indianapolis should have little trouble doing what it does best with Tony Dungy's signature scheme.

Protect the ball. The Patriots turned it over five times to the Colts in November. They survived three giveaways Sunday. But you know what they say about playing with fire. Employ Dallas Clark. The Colts tight end is doing a fine Brandon Stokley imitation this postseason while serving as a mismatch nightmare for opposing defensive backs and linebackers. His abilities can open up the outside for Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Psychological warfare. Sure, the Colts have won two in a row against the Pats, but not when everything was on the line. The Patriots can't let them forget that.
Run at New England. The Pats can be attacked up the middle, especially if Rodney Harrison is forced to sit again. If Joseph Addai can put the Patriots on their heels, this game could get out of hand quickly.

Frustrate Peyton Manning. Ty Law is no longer around to wreak havoc in New England's secondary. But Asante Samuel might be up to the challenge. Knocking Manning down a few times will help matters. Seize the moment. Peyton Manning can exorcise his well-documented postseason demons in this game. He's got the personnel to attack the Patriots, and he has to use it wisely.


Prediction: Colts 30, Patriots 24



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1/17/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member


AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots 6:30 p.m. Sunday (CBS) Indianapolis Colts

14-4, AFC East champs at RCA Dome, Indianapolis 14-4, AFC South champs
Results | Roster Results | Roster

BREAKING DOWN THE MATCHUPS

When the Colts pass Edge
Patriots: In his last two regular-season games (both wins) against New England, Peyton Manning had five touchdowns and two interceptions. But in his last two postseason meetings (both losses) Manning had one touchdown and five interceptions.

Colts: Who knows what Bill Belichick will devise this time. But Peyton Manning gets the nod indoors amid friendly fans where his touchdown to interception ratio was 18-to-2 in the regular season.

When the Patriots pass Edge
Patriots: Tom Brady threw three picks last week and still managed to pull a win out of the playoff fire. In two previous games at the RCA Dome (both wins), Brady threw for 438 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Colts: The team's second-ranked pass defense was a strong point during the regular season. But against the heat of Tom Brady and the playoff pressure, Indianapolis meets a different kind of challenge.

When the Colts run Edge
Patriots: LaDainian Tomlinson badgered the Patriots for 123 yards on the ground and two touchdowns last week. New England must limit the damage Indianapolis' backs can do here.

Colts: Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes had tough sledding against the Ravens in the divisional playoff. The Patriots don't present as tough a challenge.


When the Patriots run Edge
Patriots: New England beat San Diego without a hint of a ground attack. Main tandem Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney (held to a combined 23 yards by the Chargers) must play a bigger role.

Colts: Indianapolis has risen to the challenge against better backs in the playoffs. And don't forget, Bob Sanders has only appeared in six games this season -- including the Colts' two playoff wins -- but his presence makes Indy's run defense much better than its league-worst ranking indicates.



Special teams Edge
Patriots: His go-ahead field goal against San Diego showed rookie Stephen Gostkowski is close to filling Adam Vinatieri's shoes. Now he must beat his predecessor head-to-head to assume the mantle fully.

Colts: The Patriots can only pray that their gamble on Vinatieri (who is now the NFL's all-time leader in postseason field goals) doesn't backfire. The ex-New England kicker has 19 career game-winning field goals.

Coaching Edge
Patriots: Bill Belichick is 12-1 in the playoffs with New England (and 2-0 against Tony Dungy's Colts).

Colts: His 5-4 postseason record aside, Dungy cannot shed the image of a playoff disappointment until he wins a Super Bowl.


FIVE KEYS TO VICTORY


Establish the run. The Patriots managed 148 yards on the ground in their first meeting with the Colts this season, but by Indianapolis' regular-season defensive standards, that was a fairly pedestrian effort. New England gained only 51 yards last Sunday vs. the Chargers, and a poor rushing attack will hurt Tom Brady in the play-action game. Send a message. Whether it's one of Bob Sanders' heat-seeking missile tackles or Dwight Freeney leading a jailbreak on Tom Brady, the Colts need to try to intimidate the Patriots.

Neutralize the home crowd. New England's last two playoff wins vs. the Colts came in the unforgiving conditions of Gillette Stadium. But now Indianapolis is in its comfort zone, the RCA Dome. Early New England points and takeaways will quickly make the Colts uncomfortable. Cover the bases with the Cover 2. Indianapolis kept the Ravens in front of the first-down markers all day last week. The Colts must continue to employ their bend-but-don't-break defense effectively. Considering the Patriots don't have the weaponry to stretch the field, Indianapolis should have little trouble doing what it does best with Tony Dungy's signature scheme.

Protect the ball. The Patriots turned it over five times to the Colts in November. They survived three giveaways Sunday. But you know what they say about playing with fire. Employ Dallas Clark. The Colts tight end is doing a fine Brandon Stokley imitation this postseason while serving as a mismatch nightmare for opposing defensive backs and linebackers. His abilities can open up the outside for Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Psychological warfare. Sure, the Colts have won two in a row against the Pats, but not when everything was on the line. The Patriots can't let them forget that.
Run at New England. The Pats can be attacked up the middle, especially if Rodney Harrison is forced to sit again. If Joseph Addai can put the Patriots on their heels, this game could get out of hand quickly.

Frustrate Peyton Manning. Ty Law is no longer around to wreak havoc in New England's secondary. But Asante Samuel might be up to the challenge. Knocking Manning down a few times will help matters. Seize the moment. Peyton Manning can exorcise his well-documented postseason demons in this game. He's got the personnel to attack the Patriots, and he has to use it wisely.


Prediction: Colts 30, Patriots 24



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Post #785530
AfricanMaster
1/17/2007     
Member By Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY
Tony Dungy is at the doorstep of history for the third time.
But in this case he has some company.

The Indianapolis Colts coach and Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith can break ground if one or both advance to Super Bowl XLI by winning in Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games.

No African-American head coach has ever taken a team to the Super Bowl.

"That may not be significant to some people, but it is significant to some people," says Doug Williams, who became the first African-American quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1988.

"For African-Americans like myself and others who have played or coached in the league, we are pulling for Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith to get over the hump. The big key is they've got opportunities."

The NFL had a record seven African-American head coaches in 2006 and a record 197 coaches, including seven assistant head coaches. The numbers reflect much progress with diversity in a league where roughly two-thirds of the players are minorities.

In 1980, there were 14 African-American assistants in the entire league; Art Shell didn't become the first African-American coach with the Los Angeles Raiders until 1989.

More doors have opened in recent years, coincinding with the so-called "Rooney Rule" requiring teams interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching jobs.

"We can say that it really shouldn't matter, but we know that it does," says John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors and promotes the hiring of minority coaches. "That's why it's rewarding to see that Tony and Lovie have reached this point. I'm proud of them. And they are so aware of the historical context."

This is the first time two African-American coaches have advanced to conference title games in the same season. On Monday, the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, the New York Giants named Jerry Reese as the third African-American general manager in NFL history.

"Dr. King has to be smiling about all of this," Wooten said.

Dungy and Smith have long shared the view that their success could open doors for other minority coaches. Smith, hired by Dungy for his first NFL job in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996, recently said: "I can say, 'Nah, I don't feel any pressure. I'm just like anybody else trying to win.' That's all true. But there are not a lot of black coaches. In order for others to get a chance, the ones in position need to do well."

Said Wooten: "It's a copycat league. But that's not just a black or white thing. Coaches who are successful, their assistants get more shots."

Wooten points to the emergence of Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as an example of how increasing opportunities can have broad impact. Tomlin, one of three finalists for the Pittsburgh Steelers job vacated by Bill Cowher, was hired by Dungy in 2001 for his first NFL job as the Bucs' linebackers coach. Despite just one year as coordinator, Tomlin has also interviewed for the Miami Dolphins coaching job.

"He was mentored by Dungy, Lovie and Herm Edwards," said Wooten. "That's why he's so prepared today."

Wooten said he congratulated Dungy and Smith for winning divisional games, then reminded them of the possibility they could meet in Miami for Super Bowl XLI.

"Lovie said, 'Let's not talk about that any further. Otherwise, both of us will be crying,' " Wooten said. "That was pretty funny."

Dungy knows it's first things first. His Bucs lost at St. Louis in the 1999 NFC title game; his Colts were set back in the 2003 AFC title game at New England. Dennis Green was the other African-American coach to lose in a conference title game, with the Minnesota Vikings.

"The main thing for any of them is to win," says Williams, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXII and is now a personnel executive with the Bucs. "That's why they are coaching. But we want to get to the point where it happened. They've come close before. At some point, someone's got to finish.

"For years, we dealt with that for African-American quarterbacks. Now it on the other side of the coin for coaches."



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1/17/2007
  
AfricanMaster
Member
By Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY
Tony Dungy is at the doorstep of history for the third time.
But in this case he has some company.

The Indianapolis Colts coach and Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith can break ground if one or both advance to Super Bowl XLI by winning in Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games.

No African-American head coach has ever taken a team to the Super Bowl.

"That may not be significant to some people, but it is significant to some people," says Doug Williams, who became the first African-American quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1988.

"For African-Americans like myself and others who have played or coached in the league, we are pulling for Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith to get over the hump. The big key is they've got opportunities."

The NFL had a record seven African-American head coaches in 2006 and a record 197 coaches, including seven assistant head coaches. The numbers reflect much progress with diversity in a league where roughly two-thirds of the players are minorities.

In 1980, there were 14 African-American assistants in the entire league; Art Shell didn't become the first African-American coach with the Los Angeles Raiders until 1989.

More doors have opened in recent years, coincinding with the so-called "Rooney Rule" requiring teams interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching jobs.

"We can say that it really shouldn't matter, but we know that it does," says John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors and promotes the hiring of minority coaches. "That's why it's rewarding to see that Tony and Lovie have reached this point. I'm proud of them. And they are so aware of the historical context."

This is the first time two African-American coaches have advanced to conference title games in the same season. On Monday, the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, the New York Giants named Jerry Reese as the third African-American general manager in NFL history.

"Dr. King has to be smiling about all of this," Wooten said.

Dungy and Smith have long shared the view that their success could open doors for other minority coaches. Smith, hired by Dungy for his first NFL job in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996, recently said: "I can say, 'Nah, I don't feel any pressure. I'm just like anybody else trying to win.' That's all true. But there are not a lot of black coaches. In order for others to get a chance, the ones in position need to do well."

Said Wooten: "It's a copycat league. But that's not just a black or white thing. Coaches who are successful, their assistants get more shots."

Wooten points to the emergence of Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as an example of how increasing opportunities can have broad impact. Tomlin, one of three finalists for the Pittsburgh Steelers job vacated by Bill Cowher, was hired by Dungy in 2001 for his first NFL job as the Bucs' linebackers coach. Despite just one year as coordinator, Tomlin has also interviewed for the Miami Dolphins coaching job.

"He was mentored by Dungy, Lovie and Herm Edwards," said Wooten. "That's why he's so prepared today."

Wooten said he congratulated Dungy and Smith for winning divisional games, then reminded them of the possibility they could meet in Miami for Super Bowl XLI.

"Lovie said, 'Let's not talk about that any further. Otherwise, both of us will be crying,' " Wooten said. "That was pretty funny."

Dungy knows it's first things first. His Bucs lost at St. Louis in the 1999 NFC title game; his Colts were set back in the 2003 AFC title game at New England. Dennis Green was the other African-American coach to lose in a conference title game, with the Minnesota Vikings.

"The main thing for any of them is to win," says Williams, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXII and is now a personnel executive with the Bucs. "That's why they are coaching. But we want to get to the point where it happened. They've come close before. At some point, someone's got to finish.

"For years, we dealt with that for African-American quarterbacks. Now it on the other side of the coin for coaches."



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