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Goodell's dream of parity has takin' a vacation in 2009
After seeing play in the past few weeks between the Elite and the Horrid teams, I have come to the conclusion that there are more BAD PATHETIC teams at this point in the season than at anytime in the 35 years that I have been watching this sport.
Are BAD teams simply not executing well? or maybe they are lacking in Talent? or are they simply not putting any effort in trying to win when they are down by 10 or more.
I see the bad teams practically throwing the towel in the 3rd quarter when down by more than 2 scores,it has become a trend this season.
We saw this in the past 2 games,The Titans were playing the Pats pretty tough for 1 quarter until NE started to score and it appeared that once the scores started building, they decided to quit.
The same yesterday when the Bucs scored to make it 21-7 then once NE got another TD to go to 28-7 they simply gave up,there was absolutely nothing left in their tank.
Like I said do you think its a matter of execution failure,lack of talent or no effort and giving up?
Kansas City,Cleveland,St. Louis,Oakland and Tampa Bay fit on this list - if not for one single game of intensity - KC,Cleveland and Oakland would have a doughnut in the win column like the other 2 - I give the Lions a pass since they have already improved their record from last season
I almost think that these crappy teams are all vying hard for who is going to get the number one pick in 2010
There could be 6 or 7 teams that win 3 games or less...That is simply the nightmare that Goodell could very well go through.
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Re: Goodell's dream of Parity has takin' a vacation in 2009
Originally Posted by JSn
Thanks for posting this thread. I was thinking of posting something similar.
You could safely pencil in the playoff teams today, I think. The bad teams are just AWFUL this year. Parody is more like it.
I have always been adamant in the past saying the old familiar phrase of 'Any Given Sunday' but in reality that has not been a factor this season - Its almost a sure win against these teams unless the GOOD team who plays the BAD team does not bring thier best game,The bad teams aren't bringing anything and the only time they will win appears to be when the good team fails to put normal effort in - like Oakland beating Philly - If the good teams play even close to normal there is no way the bad teams can win.
Remember just a few seasons ago it seemed like more than half the league was 7-9, 8-8, or 9-7. Add a couple of two or three loss team, a couple of two or three win teams, and that was the NFL. Sure doesn't look like that will be the case this year.
I think the reason for the shift is directly related to the salary cap. At first there were only a few teams that 'got it' in terms of how to field a winning team under the salary cap over several years. Now more seem to be catching on - though there are a few that still seem to have no clue.
The other component is the size of the cap itself. It used to be a given that every team would spend pretty much right up to the cap. Now we have several teams that are nowhere close, with some that may have trouble reaching the salary floor. Whether that is because the cap is too high, or some teams are financially preparing for a possible lockout is uncertain. But the bottom line is there is now more of a delta between the highest and lowest spending teams than we have been used to seeing, and I think that may be tied to 2009 having more very good teams and more very bad teams, relative to what we have seen in the recent past.
Re: Goodell's dream of Parity has takin' a vacation in 2009
Another factor in this is the amount of teams and also free agency. With 32 teams the talent level gets thinned out trying stock all these teams with quality players. When someone becomes a free agent, they are more likely to want to sign with a contender rather than sign with a team that is not that good, even if they have to make less money to do so. That is why you see teams like the Steelers, Colts, and Patriots at the top every year. The same goes for coaching and front office personell. The good teams attract the better talent.
Re: Salary Cap having an effect on parity in the NFL?
I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the good teams have pretty much figured out how to manage the cap through scouting, drafting and free agency under the current league rules, and the best coaches are better than they've ever been. When the FOs and coaches of the best teams are raising the bar to such a high level, all of the crappy teams that fall way short are going to look even worse by comparison.
The NFL also currently features more good QBs right now than, IMO, it has in a while. We're kinda at that convergence right now where Brady, Manning, Brees, Palmer and McNabb are still in their primes, the Flacco, Ryan, Roethisberger, Manning, Rodgers, Rivers, etc. are entering theirs. Throw in a pretty good year for Favre so far, Schaub playing out of his mind, Romo being not bad... it adds up. And once again, makes the teams trotting out Josh Johnson as their starting QB look even worse. The best QB on any of the awful teams is Matt Cassel, and the Chiefs are in year one of a straight-up overhaul. None of the other crap teams have a good QB that I can think of, and that does not strike me as a coincidence.