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Old 12-04-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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How 'bout a round of applause for John Fox, one of the few good football coaches around? The Panthers start out 1-6, lose their best two backs and their best receiver, lose the anchor of their defensive line, lose a heartbreaker to the Raiders ... and Fox keeps them playing hard for three straight wins. Now they're probably the best bet for that sixth playoff spot. Amazing. Well, not that amazing -- it's the NFC. But definitely cool.

(And while we're here, how 'bout a round of applause for Aaron Brooks and Jim Haslett? According to my calculations, this is our last chance ever to bet against them as favorites. Break that piggy bank open.)
And all this time I thought only people who watch the Saints every week could have such a low opinion of Brooks. ;)
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Old 12-04-2004, 11:11 AM   #2
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I have yet to hear one writer on announcer on ESPN say good things about Brooks. Not on NFL Live, not on NFL Matchup, not on Sportscenter. They don\'t deny he has talent, but his errors are too crucial to cover up. Also never heard the guys on Inside the NFL on HBO say anything about him. They usually say something along the lines of, \"This team has taken on the schizophrenic quality of its quarterback with its up and down play.\"
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:21 PM   #3
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They\'re not looking deep enough. The team has taken on the schizophrenic character of their coaching staff. One week they call a good game and do things that make sense, the next week we we go for it on fourth down on our half of the field and give Duece the ball only a dozen times. Bah.
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:18 PM   #5
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I went to a casino last night and saw that the Saint\'s were favored to win, immediately took the 1 1/2 point and bet 100.00. I just found my new part time job.
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I have yet to hear one writer on announcer on ESPN say good things about Brooks.

This is not a surprise. The only people who think Brooks is a quality starter are on this forum. The rest of the world knows he\'s only worth a damn when he\'s got 5 seconds unmolested in the pocket. Any QB in the NFL should be able to do something right with that much time. What separates the men from the boys is how well a quarterback deals with adversity, both on and off the field. Brooks deals with adversity by not caring one way or the other.


In fact I can\'t ever recall hearing or reading Brooks say he hates to lose. Usually he\'s statements are \"I did the best I could\", \"I just do my job\" or some other meaningless nonsense. And this goes beyond his silly grins on the field. The only reason he\'s not phoning it in is because Joe Horn already did that last year.
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