Philly Fantasy Sports Top 10 Super Bowl XLVII Commercials

After the phenomenal Super Bowl XLVII with the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh and his quarterback Joe Flacco overcame the surge — and the 34-minute blackout at the Superdome — to win the game 34-31.  With the San Francisco 49ers mismanaging the clock and Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to run a two-minute drill effectively, the Ravens scraped one out in the final minutes of the game.  After all that commotion, the commercials were much the same.  Close to the second half, the real commercials decided to show up, and with that, these are Philly Fantasy Sports Top 10 selections for best Super Bowl XLVII commercials:

Oreo “Whisper Fight”

I enjoyed this one. Subtly funny.

M & M “Love Ballad”

What are friends for when you have friends like Ms. Chocolate

Taco Bell “Viva Young”

Not funny in a funny kind of way but charming in a Taco Bell kinda way.

Toyota RAV 4 “Wish Granted”

The Rock Milk “Morning Run”

Volkwagen “Get In. Get Happy.”

Minnesota people. Represent.  Not just about Harley Davidson motorcycles and bratwursts.

Bud Light “Journey”

I liked this one. Perhaps the voodoo dolls caused the power outage. Or not.

Deion Sanders NFL “Leon Sandcastle” 

Funny. Very funny. Kind of a jilt on Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and others.

Kia Motors “Hot Bots”

Kia Motors got double honors this Super Bowl.  I think the advertising people left Volkswagen and came here.

Kia Motors “Space Babies”

This one had lots of charm to it — and the babies faces were priceless as they rocketed to Earth.

This is Philly Fantasy Sports Top 10 commercials for Super Bowl XLVII.  What do you think?  Do you agree?



NFL 2012-13 Season in Review: The ABCs of the NFL

Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco After the Super Bowl Win Over the San Francisco 49ers

With the Baltimore Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, the NFL season has offiically come to an end, and Ravens Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis finally got their rings.  With it, the 2012-13 season of the NFL brought in some interesting twists and turns as the free-agency system has finally matured and transformed the NFL into a season of instability and chaos.  The inclusion of the 2011 rookies also helped as they have created a NFL, a mixture of the old guard and the new.

  • A is for Andy Dalton. Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton may have the Donovan McNabb curse.  For the second time in the playoffs, he once again fell flat with the Houston Texans.
  • Y is for Young Guns.  Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck, Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick all changed their teams for the better.  At least for this season. They all have potential to become elite quarterbacks in their own right in the future.
  • A is for Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has always been a a workhorse for the team like the St. Louis Rams Steven Jackson.  But this season he proved himself more than ever.
  • P is for Peyton Manning.  Even though he’s not with the Indianapolis Colts anymore, he is still an elite quarterback who makes something out of nothing.  While he’s with the Denver Broncos, he’s going to keep the team competitive, if not better.  He’s already taken advantage of Demaryius Thomas, Denver’s equivalent to Reggie Wayne.
  • R is for Rex Ryan. For the most part this season, he stayed out of the news this year. Surprisingly.  No more supposed Super Bowl parades, and the quarterback controversy between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow was kept to a minimum.  However, there was some questionable choices during the mid-season involving his roster of injured quarterbacks.  
  • R is for Read-Option. With the Wildcat formation going the way of the Tim Tebow comes the resurrection of the read-option in the NFL.  This is not a long-term gimmick for the NFL as the Super Bowl showed, but it has served well this season.
  • E is for Elite. The New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers earned their spots in the playoffs. Again.  With both Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Tom Brady of New England, both quarterbacks are performing at a high standard.
  • S is for Second Tier. The Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks all earned their spots in the playoffs this season as well.  These teams don’t have elite quarterbacks, but they are excellent as a team. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did rise above when it counted against New England Patriots Tom Brady….
  • D is for Defense. Like in previous seasons, stout defenses win games when the games remain tight. The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers have proven that.
  • F is for Fundamental. Those teams who planned ahead finally got their due — the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
  • A is for Andrew Luck.  Well, the Indianapolis Colts got their Andrew Luck, a quarterback that is decisively better in the long-term than Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III in my opinion.  However, he buckled under the Baltimore Ravens defense and rookie jitters.
  • R is for Robert Griffin III. Robert Griffin III has proven himself to be Washington Redskins’ franchise quarterback.  But with him participating in the Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks with an injured knee was a bad idea transformed into a worse idea.  
  • C is for Coaches. This was a dismal season to be an NFL coach. The firings of coaches from some teams, like the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs, was expected.   These teams don’t have a record of keeping coaches — and keeping their teams in competitive shape.
  • H is for Harbaugh. The Harbaugh brothers are remarkably intelligent, and neither of them particularly cater the media.
  • J is for Joe Flacco. Despite winning the Super Bowl, in my opinion, he is still a second-tier quarterback.  He is lucky to have a stiff defense helping him when he needs it most.

This season was indeed intriguing as the elite fell to some of the second-tier teams.  Now onto next season…

New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers: NFC Championship Playoff Post-Game Analysis

This NFC Championship game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park should be determined by their defenses.  However, we have the Giants second-ranked quarterback in rating in the post-season, Eli Manning, with 121.8 against the San Francisco 49ers fourth-ranked Alex Smith 103.2.  On the Giants red-hot defense, defensive end Osi Umeniyora and linebacker Michael Boley have five sacks combined in the post-season.  However, Eli Manning is facing the fourth-ranked defense overall during the regular season.  Who will win out in the end?  Will 49ers tight end Vernon Davis pull Alex Smith out of the fire and into Indianapolis for the Super Bowl?  Or will the Giants talented wide receiver corps overpower the 49ers defense?  Super Bowl or bust…

Now to the post-game analysis:

  • With a 73-yard touchdown reception by 49ers tight end Vernon Davis from quarterback Alex Smith, the San Francisco 49ers put the first touchdown on the board with 7:21 in the first quarter.  Smith’s clutch tight end performed his magic again. Simply amazing catch and run!
  • On 4th and 1, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was stuffed on the 49ers 34-yard line.  The 49ers defense proved their mettle against the run.
  • After a 36-yard pass to wide receiver Victor Cruz, the Giants finally score a touchdown to tie the game with a 6-yard pass to tight end Bear Pascoe with 11:21 in the second quarter.
  • After several receptions by wideout Victor Cruz, Lawrence Tynes booted an easy 31-yard field goal with 5 seconds until halftime.  The Giants take the lead 10-7.
  • After a 24-yard reception by running back Frank Gore, 49ers Alex Smith threw a beautiful 28-yard touchdown reception to his tight end Vernon Davis to bring the score 14-10 with 5:26 left in the third.
  • After a Frank Gore 10-yard rush and an unnecessary roughness 15-yard penalty by Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty, the 49ers drive stalled on the Giants 46 yard line as 49ers running back Anthony Dixon could not break the first-down line on a 3rd and 1.
  • After a loose punt hit wide receiver Kyle Williams, New York Giants wide receiver Devin Thomas recovered the football on the 49ers 29-yard line. With this turnover, Eli Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham to a Giants three-point lead of 17-14 with 8:41 left in the game.
  • After a 17-yard rush by Alex Smith and a 18-yard rush by running back Kendall Hunter, 49ers kicker David Akers boots a 25-yard field goal to tie the game 17-17 with 5:43 in the fourth quarter.
  • In overtime, 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams fumbled on a kickoff with Devin Thomas recovering the ball on 49ers 24-yard line with 9:42 left.  Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes kicked the 31-yard field goal with 7:10 in OT.

The first half was a battle of defenses, as expected.  Although the Giants defense broke down initially with the 72-yard touchdown reception by 49ers tight end Vernon Davis,  the Giants defense clenched down afterward.  On the other side of the ball, however, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVarro Bowman was in Eli Manning’s grill constantly and a factor in almost every 49ers defensive play. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz made his impact felt as he had 125 receiving yards into the half.

The second half was one of receivers and defenses once again.  For the New York Giants, wide receiver Victor Cruz made his mark, and for the San Francisco 49ers, tight end Vernon Davis made his impact once again.  The New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers defenses were stalwart when it counted.  In this half, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was consistently in Eli Manning’s grill.

This game was not quite as action-packed as when New England Patriots Tom Brady was against the Baltimore Ravens or the Denver Broncos.  However, Brady and his Patriots are going into the Super Bowl to face Eli Manning and his  New York Giants.  This is going to be one of the better Super Bowls as Brady’s offense will have overcome this red-hot Giants defense.  Patriots Tom Brady avoided Peyton Manning this season, but he got his younger brother instead — again.  A rematch of Super Bowl XLII from 2008 coming soon to a television near you…

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Top 10 Things We Learned

After the New York Giants impressive 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers and the stunning 36-32 win by the San Francisco 49ers over the explosive offense of the New Orleans Saints, the NFC Divisional playoffs was where it was at.  The New York Giants are going to face the San Francisco 49ers at the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park.  It will be a battle of defenses as the Giants are simply red-hot and the 49ers are simply consistent.  Both Tom Coughlin and Jim Harbaugh are conservative-minded coaches, and this next game will quite possibly be decided in the trenches.

Enough about that…now to the top 10 things that we learned:

  1. San Francisco 49ers Tight End Vernon Davis is Clutch.  He caught the touchdown passes from his quarterback Alex Smith when the team needed it the most.
  2. New Orleans Saints Drew Brees is Still Awesome (Despite the Loss). Let’s see…462 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and a 93.5 quarterback rating is impressive in their playoff game against the 49ers.
  3. New York Giants Eli Manning is Awesome.  He ended the game with 330 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, an interception and an impressive 114.5 quarterback rating.
  4. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is One Dangerous Running Threat.  Even against the Giants defense,  he accumulated 66 yards on the ground.  In fact, he more than the Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw with 63 rushing yards.
  5. San Francisco Giants 49ers Running Back Frank Gore is a Beast. His 89 rushing yards marks him currently as fourth in the postseason.
  6. New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Marques Colston is a Beast.  He ended the postseason as second in receiving yards with 256.  He is one dangerous wide receiver.
  7. San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Alex Smith is Impressive.  He had 299 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and a 103.2 quarterback rating in the game against the New Orleans Saints.
  8. Slow and Steady Wins the Game. Conservative-minded coaches in Giants Tom Coughlin and San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh ultimately won with their slow-and-steady gameplay.
  9. Top-Ranked Offenses Count for Nothing. Despite having the New Orleans first-ranked offense and Green Bay Packers third-ranked offense during the regular season, they tanked when it counted.  Not good at all.
  10. Defense Wins Games. Despite all these broken offensive records in the postseason, the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants defense stepped up when it counted.  It’s all a matter of timing…

New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers: NFC Divisional Playoff Post-Game Analysis

This is a game of juggernauts — San Francisco 49ers fourth-ranked defense against the first-ranked quarterback in the 2011 postseason and second-ranked quarterback in terms of quarterback rating during  the regular season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.  The New Orleans Saints, however, will have deal with sixth-ranked running back in total rushing yardage during the regular season, the 49ers Frank Gore and an improved Alex Smith under their new head coach Jim Harbaugh.  On the Saints side, however, we have head coach Sean Payton, the River City gambler on their 2009 path to the Super Bowl championship and in this year as well. To bring more class to this playoff game, Huey Lewis and the News sang the national anthem prior to the start of the game at Candlestick Park.

Now to the post-game analysis:

  • First series of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints was quenched by Pierre Thomas’ fumble at the San Francisco 2-yard line at 8:57 into the first quarter.  The San Francisco 49ers demonstrated that their defense can bend but not break even under one of the potent offenses, but the Saints have demonstrated they can move down the field with relative ease.
  • The San Francisco 49ers defense finally hit paydirt as Drew Brees was sacked for a 11-yard loss by linebacker Aldon Smith at 3:29 in the first quarter.
  • With that, 49ers Alex Smith bomb one to his tight end Vernon Davis for a stunning 49-yard touchdown at 2:17 in the first quarter.  The 49ers take the lead 7-0, and Candlestick Park goes crazy.
  • Capitalizing on 49ers interception on Drew Brees by safety Dashon Goldson, Alex Smith spears one to his wide receiver Michael Crabtree from 4 yards out to lead the game 14-0.
  • With the Saints wideout Courtney Roby fumble on a kickoff return, San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers booted an easy field goal to bring the lead yet again 17-0 at 14:17 in the second quarter.
  • After nearly a fourth — and fifth turnover, Drew Brees tossed a touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham from 14 yards out at 9:37 in the second quarter.  The New Orleans Saints bring the score to 17-7.  The New Orleans Saints definitely needed this score to bring their confidence up after their prior three turnovers, including Drew Brees interception.
  • With 4:16 left in the second quarter, New Orleans Saints wideout Marques Colston gets a 25-yard touchdown to bring the score to 17-14.   Yet another Saints comeback after another slow start…well, almost…
  • Drew Brees gets another interception by the 49ers defense by cornerback Tarell Brown at the two minute warning.  Luckily, the 49ers could not capitalize on this turnover.
  • Yet another Saints turnover in the beginning of the second half…running back Darren Sproles fumbled on the New Orleans Saints 22-yard line.  The 49ers David Akers kicked an easy 41-yard field goal to bring their score up 20-14 at 10:39 in the third quarter.
  • After some interchange in the third quarter between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, Saints kicker John Kasay kicked a field goal to bring the score within three at 13:13 in the fourth quarter.
  • After San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore broke for 42-yard run, kicker David Akers kicked yet another field goal to bring the score to  23-17 with 7:40 left in the game.
  • With a pass from Drew Brees, running back Darren Sproles broke through the secondary for a 44-yard touchdown and helped brought Saints the lead 24-23 with 4:11 left on the clock.
  • A surprising 28-yard quarterback rush by San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith with 2:18 on the clock.  Simply amazing.
  • Yet another amazing play as Drew Brees threw a 66-yard touchdown bomb to his tight end Jimmy Graham to bring the carry the lead 32-29 with 1:48 left in the game.
  • Another intense play as 49ers Alex Smith threw a 49-yard pass to his tight end Vernon Davis with 40 seconds left on the clock.  To top it off, Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown reception to Vernon Davis to bring the score and the game win of 36-32 with 14 seconds left in the game.

The first half was one of turnovers for the New Orleans Saints with two fumbles and two interceptions.  However, through the in-game adjustments by their head coach Sean Payton, the Saints made a comeback to 17-14.  The San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh brought their fourth-ranked defense overall to this playoff game.  Interestingly, none of the running backs on either side could establish rhythm as San Francisco 49ers dominant running back Frank Gore had only 32 rushing yards and the New Orleans Saints running backs Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory had a combination of 14 total rushing yards in this half.

The second half was a chess game as both offenses and defenses had problems establishing rhythm.  However, it was not until late third quarter through mid-fourth quarter, things starting getting interesting.  Field goals and touchdowns started happening.  With both quarterbacks relying on their tight ends to score touchdowns to contest the lead within the final few minutes of the game, San Francisco 49ers overcame the New Orleans Saints offensive juggernaut.

Now Alex Smith, their stellar running back Frank Gore, their clutch tight end Vernon Davis and their fourth-ranked defense will await their next opponent in the NFC Championship game.  Whether it’s the New York Giants or the Green Bay Packers, they will be tested, and they passed this test — barely.

Mike Singletary Joins Leslie Frazier on the Minnesota Vikings: Doing The Super Bowl Shuffle

Former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary has found a new home as linebackers coach/assistant head coach to new head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings.  This hasn’t been the best year for head coaches, as Mike Singletary was replaced by Jim Harbaugh for the 49ers and Brad Childress was replaced by Leslie Frazier for the Vikings.

While the Minnesota Vikings aren’t quite posed for the Super Bowl yet, another gear has been set in place.  Mike Singletary lacked the decision-making skills on the offensive side of the ball, as he was contending with both Alex Smith and Troy Smith as the 49ers quarterback.  His gambling with the quarterbacks, as well as dealing with injuries to tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore, showed his lack of offensively-minded strategies.  Singletary could not make the necessary adjustments on offense to win games.

Now with the Vikings as linebackers coach/assistant head coach, he and Leslie Frazier will be capable of building a better defense overall.  However, Frazier has to deal with his quarterback situation in the off-season.  Both were teammates in the 1985 Chicago Bears team, and those Super Bowl Shuffle days aren’t gone quite yet. As long as Singletary concentrates on defense, the Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings should be able to concentrate on the offense.

Andrew Luck Stays at Stanford For Another Year: The Stanford Strategem, Part II

The Brain and the Brawn of Stanford Andrew Luck stays for one more year so he will be a senior, before entering the 2011 NFL Draft. Given the situation with the collective bargaining agreement in the NFL and whether it can be resolved in time before the 2011 Draft, it remains to be seen.  This may not be the most effective decision, but it was the most practical decision in the long term. This decision is coming from a Stanford student who should complete his architectural design degree by next season.  Very practical, but there is a bigger engine at work here perhaps.

Given that Jim Harbaugh has accepted the position as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, it would be given that Harbaugh still has plans for Andrew Luck, even as a senior.  Oliver Luck, his father and an athletic director at West Virginia, denied that the potential NFL lockout or being selected first by the Carolina Panthers did not influence his son’s decision, but I remain skeptical.

It’s an ultimate win-win decision made by Andrew Luck. First, it gives him to time to complete his education, which will be important after his NFL career comes to an end.  Second, it gives him time to consult with NFL quarterbacks, such as Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning and the St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford.  He can get word on the drafts in 2011 and 2012 with their assistance.  Lastly, it gives him to consult with Jim Harbaugh and possibly connecting with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 since most likely, Luck won’t remain first in the draft next season.  He should be able to remain competitive amongst the NCAA quarterbacks entering the draft still, and Harbaugh can trade, as necessary, as Luck’s standing comes into play in the draft. As I said in the previous article, Harbaugh will need a quarterback of his caliber in the stable, and with both Andrew Luck holding out for this year’s draft and the potential lockout occurring, it will give them both time to gameplan.  The only downsides of Luck’s plan are that he will be entering a potentially large pool in 2012, and his rookie wages may be cut.  Then again, most of the elite quarterbacks today weren’t originally selected first in the draft.

Jim Harbaugh Becomes Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers: The Stanford Strategem, Part I

Coach Jim Harbaugh of Stanford University has selected to coach the San Francisco 49ers with a five-year, $25 million contract.  He was wooed by the Miami Dolphins, the Michigan Wolverines and talked with the Oakland Raiders.  But neither of these NCAA or NFL teams could appeal to him.  He made the decision to stay in California after Stanford’s win over Virginia Tech 40-12 with the assistance of premier NCAA quarterback Andrew Luck.  Harbaugh deemed the 49ers a “perfect competitive opportunity,” but he has his work cut out for him after Mike Singletary was released.  The 49ers underperformed this season with a 6-10 record, with the quarterback controversy and the underuse of their stars tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore.

However, in my opinion, Jim Harbaugh is calculating that a labor agreement won’t be made in March 2011. And with Andrew Luck staying for another year, it bides him time to still cater to Stanford and more importantly, to Andrew Luck.  And with Luck out of the draft this coming season, he may be gambling that Luck will be available next season as  a rookie for the 49ers.  With the talk with Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders, it may have been a move for potential trades in the upcoming season.  That would be a wise move, as Alex Smith will be in free agency next season.  All these options will require time to develop, and if the labor agreement fails, it will give him the time he needs to gameplan for the long-term.

Hopefully, 49ers owner Jed York won’t hold the high standards, similarly expected from Eric Mangini when he was the New York Jets.  Or when he was with the Cleveland Browns.  Jim Harbaugh made it clear that “losing is not an option.”  With the way the coaches were fired this season, it better not be.

Coach Tom Cable Out for the Oakland Raiders: The Silver (Lining) Goes Black

This has not been a good year to be a coach in any of the NFL teams around the West Coast.  First, it was Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos, after mismanagement of personnel and officially after Spygate II, where the filming of the San Francisco 49ers landed McDaniels in deep water.  Then, it was Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers with his constant switching of quarterbacks and the team’s underwhelming offense this season.  Now, in the end of the regular season, it has become the end of coach Tom Cable who could not fight off the brutal expectations from the owner Al Davis.  He’s officially been ousted out of the Oakland Raiders, despite their 8-8 record for the season, far better than they have in the past.

The Oakland Raiders has had a top 10 defense over the past couple of years.  Since acquiring Jason Campbell, they have improved offensively.  Their former quarterback JaMarcus Russell simply did not and could not live up to the hype.  They have a formidable tight end in Zach Miller and potential in Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford. More importantly, Darren McFadden absolutely exploded this season, ranking 12th in rushing yards by the end of the season, and with him and his reliever Michael Bush, by the end of the regular season, the Oakland Raiders, as a team, ranked 2nd in the entire league in rushing yardage. Now this team is built on a solid foundation although changing coaches might not have been the best of ideas, given their success.

But this success was partially built on the back of Hue Jackson, the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders this season, and the Oakland brass are in a bidding war for Jackson’s attention to become head coach with the San Fransisco 49ers.  Should the Raiders fail to keep Jackson as well, what could’ve happened might not have happened. And Al Davis and the Raiders luck runs dry yet again.

My 6 New Year’s Resolutions for the NFL: The New Year’s Hangover Edition

This has been one crazy season, but the dominant teams have risen to the top at the close of the season.  With the New England Patriots being the cream of the crop, other teams follow, with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons, the Pittsburgh Steelers among others.  Additionally, viewership for the NFL has been at a high.  However, this has not been the season without its flaws.  Here are my top 6 New Year’s resolutions for the NFL:

Impose Suspension from the Game Immediately for Blatant Hits

While NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the toolshed, as he even admits, he was correct regarding this.  If a player gets immediate suspension from the game, should he blatantly commit a helmet-to-helmet hit or late hit, it would have a more direct effect on the player and the team on the whole.  The fines after the fact do serve to refrain the player after that game, however.  Pittsburgh Steeler‘s James Harrison has finally stopped after his final talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his fines now totaling $100,000 on his four hits. If Harrison was possibly suspended earlier on, perhaps it wouldn’t take three more hits to directly affect his behavior.

Bring More Coaches on the Hotseat

Well, this has been the season of firing for head coaches.  With Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys, it took a day of brooding before owner Jerry Jones finally released Phillips.  With Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos, it took the development of Spygate II involving the taping of the San Francisco 49ers in London and the Broncos record to release him.  Now Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns rests his fate with Mike Holmgren…

However, with the firing of most of these coaches, the complexion of their respective teams have changed with it.  Generally, it has been good.  With the Cowboys, Jeff Garrett has given the Cowboys a competitive team with Jon Kitna, at least prior to Kitna’s injury, and a balanced offense with Marion Barber and Felix Jones running.  And with the Minnesota Vikings, the change from Brad Childress to Leslie Frazier has also brought change in their potential quarterback from Brett Favre to Joe Webb.  Webb admittedly demonstrated against the Philadelphia Eagles that he was more than capable of running this offense.  Now should Brett Favre to finally retire permanently, this should give Webb an opportunity to prove himself.  As a result of these firings, creative use of available players have given these teams chances.

With these firings, the only downside is stability of the teams for the long-term.  The development of rookie quarterbacks, in particular, will take a hit from constant change in coaches, as San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith can testify.

Conclude the Collective Bargaining Agreement Early

There are many issues being thrown about in this collective bargaining agreement for the next NFL season.  From the length of the regular season to limitation of rookie wages, this discussion could last some time.  Optimistically, it should be reached as soon as the Super Bowl ends.  But optimism can only count for so much.

Deal with the Flooding of Former Starting Quarterbacks (in 2011)

With all these backup quarterbacks proving themselves at least to be decent managers of the game, next season should be potentially interesting, should there be trades made.  With former Chicago Bears and now present starter for the Washington Redskins Rex Grossman, he had a great game against the Dallas Cowboys and an average game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Now with Donovan McNabb to be released to some other team, it could be a sight to see where he lands up.

This has been the year of the backup quarterback with starters often hurt.  Other times, like with the 49ers, it was the combination of the injury and pure gambling.  The most notable current success being Joe Webb and whether he can continue his success against the Detroit Lions. Now, with all these former starters potentially flooding the market, there could be one heck of a shakeup for next season.

Place the Pro Bowl After the Super Bowl

I realize that Roger Goodell thought it was a brilliant idea last year, but it really isn’t.  Other than copping merchandise, and seeing players that you might not otherwise see, the idea of placing the Super Bowl before the Pro Bowl is really fundamentally unsound.  Since players might be injured before the Pro Bowl, most likely, quite a few won’t be able to start.  As said before, this is a great device for selling NFL jerseys and merchandise, but the timing of it is plain horrible.  They should schedule the Pro Bowl after the Super Bowl like in the past.  Perhaps there will be less viewership, but there will be more of the selected players actually playing. 

No More NFL Network

Three major competing networks with this one being the last to join the party in the season.  Why do the fans need this kind of agony?  I know the NFL wants money, but they should give the fans a break on this one and cut the NFL Network loose.