NFL Notebook Week 6

Welcome to NFL Notebook where I write about the NFL and how none of it makes sense. This week I’ll take a look at my toxic relationship with the New York Giants, how the Bucs didn’t fire enough coaches, & how Jon Gruden just wants to see the Raiders burn to the ground. I promise I’ll keep the Star is Born references to a minimum.

R.I.P Paul Allen

Unfortunately we have to start this week off with some sad news. Microsoft Co-Founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday afternoon.

My thoughts are with Allen’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Smith Out in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first team to pull the trigger and fire a coach. Unfortunately for Bucs fans they didn’t continue pulling the trigger.

On Monday the Bucs fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith following the team’s third straight loss. Ironically enough the 34-29 loss came against Smith’s former team the Atlanta Falcons, who’ve had their share of coaching issues.

Smith’s defense ranks last in the NFL in scoring defense with 34.6 points allowed per game and is ahead of only the Kansas City Chiefs in yards allowed per game (439.8). Difference is the Chiefs have an offense that can actually still score at will, whereas the Bucs do not.

Adding salt on the wound is the fact that Tampa Bay has given up at least 400 yards in all of its games and at least 30 points in four of five contests, including its last three. The defense has been putrid, but it doesn’t solely lie on their shoulders.

Things have grown a little stale with the Bucs offense, and maybe this is because of Winston’s return, but reality is the Fitzmagic wore off and the team just doesn’t have a run game. Making the change from Smith to linebackers coach Mark Duffner isn’t going to be a world changing move. ‘As much as things change, they stay the same’ should be the Bucs motto.

It’s time to give Dirk Koetter the boot and promote the man behind the mask Todd Monken to head coach. We can forget the term interim and just give him the job. This man was able to create Fitzmagic, which aided them in having the best average for pass yards per game.

Time is up for Koetter and arguably Winston. It would be nice to see the Bucs make the right coaching change and change the environment down in Tampa Bay.

Gruden Just Wants to See The Raiders Burn

Speaking of a coach the Bucs fired, what the hell is going on with Jon Gruden and the soon to be Vegas Raiders? I thought getting rid of the best player on your team was going to be the wackiest thing we saw from Chucky this season, but it looks like it was just the start.

Since coming to the Raiders, Gruden has already overseen the dismissal of player like Michael Crabtree, David Amerson, and Marquette King. He then shipped off the 2016 defensive player of the year to the Bears, because why pay your best player.

But wait there’s more! According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, Gruden wants the Raiders to trade away former first-round picks Amari Cooper and Karl Joseph in a quest to burn the Raiders to the ground.

Joseph and Cooper have been limited at various times due to injury, but both have shown that they are talented and neither player is over 25. Of course if you read the Gruden Grinder Coaching Handbook you’d know that you must be over 35 to play for Gruden, plus be a grinder.

The rumors didn’t stop there, talk of quarterback Derek Carr also being on the chopping block has plenty of people talking. Carr hasn’t been the greatest quarterback in the NFL and with a dead cap hit of only $7 million, you’d have to imagine this is the most Gruden thing to do.

76ers fans will tell you that you just have to trust ‘The Gruden Grinder Process’.

The Break Up

I recently read an article on Time.com called “How To Tell If You’re In a Toxic Relationship- And What To Do About It.” I’m currently in a relationship that I’m not sure about anymore. We’ve had our fair share of ups, but they’ve been few and far between these days.

Dr. Lillian Glass describes a toxic relationship as “any relationship [between people who] don’t support each other, where there’s conflict and one seeks to undermine the other, where there’s competition, where there’s disrespect and a lack of cohesiveness.”

Well {insert eye opening gif} I think I might very well be in a toxic relationship, so naturally I continued to read. Glass continues to describe what a toxic relationship consists of. She says a toxic relationship is consistently unpleasant and draining for the people in it, to the point that negative moments outweigh and outnumber the positive ones.

Well saying that this relationship has been consistently unpleasant and draining is an understatement. Like I said above, the negative has really started to outweigh the good.

So now I’m certain that I’m in a toxic relationship, but what the hell do I do to fix it?

The article makes it pretty clear that if there is no return, it might be time to move on, which is always a difficult thing to do. We never leave when it’s the right time, and we tend to always wait a little longer holding out for hope. I’m no different. Recently I was given some hope that maybe things would get better, but the very next week we were right back to it.

The article says “Love should never cost you your peace. It should never cost you your joy. It should never cost you your happiness. If there’s more negative in the situation than positive, something has to change.”

As the late great Owen Hart said “Enough is enough and it’s time for a change.” So I’d like to formally take this time to tell the New York Giants that I’ve had enough. I’ve spent enough Sundays worrying about Eli Manning.

Regardless of what the numbers might say, it’s over. This toxic relationship needs to end, before others like Odell, Sterling, & Saquon are hurt in the cross hairs. This break up is hard. Maybe we can still be friends. I’m sure I’ll enjoy your countless pizza, insurance, and watch commercials, but I can no longer suffer through you as the starting quarterback.

Sorry, but it’s over Eli.

Quick Slants

-You can save the ring argument. Aaron Rodgers is the greatest to ever play the quarterback position.

-Is Adam Gase actually a good coach after all?

-Jalen Ramsey got humbled by the Cowboys and football no longer makes sense.

-Can we never get another Giants prime time game again with Eli under center?

-The Chiefs have to make a play for Patrick Peterson.

-Well this is certainly something.

Song of the Week

I’m going to start doing Song of the Week. It will be a song that best describes a situation, moment or player currently in the headlines.

This week’s song is “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, dedicated to the New York Giants and my evergreen fandom. “I hurt myself today, To see if I still feel, I focus on the pain, The only thing that’s real” Nothing can describe how I feel watching Eli under center quite like those lyrics.

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