Jeff Hart: Thursday Linkfest for December 1, 2011
By: Jeff Hart | Posted: December 01, 2011
Recently fired Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio barely had time to drag the blood-stained oak stump from his former office before the vultures began to circle. Vultures cawing about what a jerk Jack Del Rio is. Apparently, punctuality was a big reason the coach lost his job, with reports coming in that an apathetic Del Rio had been strolling into work at around 9AM. As if keeping a competitive fire lit is an easy thing to do in Jacksonville.
More damning is the concerted effort Jaguars legend Fred Taylor made to burn Jack Del Rio, blaming the former coach for his getting run out of Jacksonville by Maurice Jones-Drew and accusing Del Rio of being a wishy-washy boss incapable of consistent leadership. So I guess Del Rio won’t be getting that letter of recommendation, eh Fred?
Elsewhere in Florida, earlier this month Brandon Marshall had a minor dispute over cab fare. My favorite line from this non-story? “If Marshall was bothered by the incident, it hasn’t shown on the field.” No kidding! Thanks for that valuable insight into Marshall’s psyche. Meanwhile, Dez Bryant just settled a $600,000 civil suit. He’s also been playing pretty well.
Let this article be the last thing said about Stevie Johnson’s TD dance: all celebrations are dumb, and they should all be totally legal.
Brian Burke, the founder of Advanced NFL stats, who created the popular win probability metric and holds a degree in aerospace engineering, has taken a crack at the “is Tim Tebow good?” conundrum. His conclusion? Overall the stats say no, but if you ignore some things and measure the intangibles a little differently, then maybe yes. Thanks for nothing, math genius!
Maybe we just need an entirely new way to measure Tim Tebow’s performance. Perhaps the Tim Tebow Rating?
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