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When Coach Ratched is unhappy, the patients are unhappy

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  November 2, 2010 02:52 PM

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This Blog is of the opinion that the quality of play in the NFL season is about as bad as This Blog ever has seen it. A lot of that is due to injuries; both the Packers and the Colts pretty much have been decimated. A lot of that is the fact that the NFL is jerry-rigged to produce mediocrity and, in some seasons, it just produces too much of it. (And this discreet game-fixing is actually celebrated by a lot of people who ought to know better.) But another reason seems to be that, this season, an unusual number of head coaches have lost their tiny little minds.

Now it not the time to go through the endless Brad Childress saga again. But, on the same weekend when Chilly was getting jacked around by Brett Favre, and cutting Randy Moss loose for no particular reason, over with the Washington Redskins, Mike Shanahan went off the rails, benching Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman and watching as Grossman did what Grossman does, give up a strip-sack that ends up in a TD by the redoubtable House Of Spears, although the HOS really needs to work on his cakewalk. (Luckily, Shanahan's had another brainstorm regarding the quarterback position. No kidding, somebody get the net.) Meanwhile, down in Dallas, nobody's listening to Wade Phillips any more.

I mention all of this because, for all the heat he takes for his reclusive ways, and for finagling the edges of the rulebook, Bill Belichick never has acted out of this kind of blind panic while coaching the Patriots. This is a good thing.
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