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In other news, Brent wants to prove he’s not a crackpot by declaring that there are too many states nowadays.
Ouch! I’ll tell ya what – this here is one snowflake that’s completely melted after that sick burn! Good one, Mr. Musburger!
And Brent Musberger was there for the ride, nasty parasite that he is. Added value? None.
Solid tweet old man. The Snowflakes can also quit preaching about how their feel-feels were hurt over the pre-game ceremonies.
Does Brent Musburger really operate his Twitter account, or has a family member or some other individual hijacked it?
I’m skeptical that anyone but an elderly white dude would really begin their tweet with “Yo” at this late date.
The same bitter old asshole who called John Carlos and Tommie Smith “black skinned storm troopers” in Mexico City. Fuck this no talent shit bag, He owes most of his success to marrying a women whose father was an executive @ CBS. The only good Musburger story ever was when Jimmy the Greek kicked his ass on an airplane.
Garrapolo looked fairly sharp in his starting debut Sunday. Despite having a QB making his third career start in an offense he had been in for a few weeks and having limited talent around him, SF at least looked like an NFL offense.
Lynch found a QB in less than a year on the job.
To be fair, Elway found a pretty good QB after 14 months on the job and that included a lockout. Besides, Belichick would never have made a trade with an AFC team who would become a threat again if they had a QB.
I assume this is another barely veiled jab at Elway? If so, let’s take a look at history:
– Elway was was named executive vice president of football operations – Jan 5, 2011
– Elway signed Peyton Manning on March 20, 2012.
To recap, 444 days or 14+ months after he was hired, Elway landed the one FA that helped transform the entire franchise and set us on a winning pattern that lasted for years.
Lynch found a QB that beat the 3-8 Bears 15-14 with 5 FG’s. I’m not quite ready to anoint Garopollo an elite QB.
It was actually a compliment to Lynch.
Then my apologies. It looks like I wasn’t the only one who assumed it was another jab at Elway.
To be fair Elway found Sloter last off season.
Going after Manning was a surprise and definitely not a slam dunk at the time. It was a high risk high reward move.
Either way, though, it helped Elway get rid of Tebow.
Wolfe to IR
I remain intrigued by Dave Toub. I wonder if they would consider him again. You could kill two birds with one stone with that hire. He seems like exactly the type of coach the team needs at this point. Here’s an article about his head coaching potential from this time last year.
One potential issue with Toub is that he would very likely retain Brock Olivo as ST coordinator, as he was his assistant at KC. Something to keep in mind if you think Olivo is part of the problem.
But if Toub were overseeing things, I wouldn’t be worried at all about Olivo.
That may be the case–that statement is intended to raise awareness more than take a position.
Not so sure about that. Olivio may have been a Reid hire.
There is no way Elway would allow that. And after this season, I find it highly unlikely that anyone would insist on keeping him.
Harbaugh, Schwartz and Toub. I was really surprised that Toub never really seemed to be a serious candidate for Denver last year… it was basically VJ or Shanahan. How can you not get excited about the below quote? Maybe too much stock is put into the interview process and that’s why VJ got a job and Toub has missed on HC jobs with Miami, Chicago and Denver.
A personnel exec who used to work with Toub, 54, said: “If Dave Toub can’t get a job in this league, then I give up. Talk to other coaches in the league. They know who is for real and who is horseshit or the flavor of the month. This guy can coach a football team. He’d be the first guy I’d talk to, and it isn’t even really close.”
For whatever reason, VJ just seemed like something Elway needed to get out of his system. Remember, he and Kubiak desperately wanted Joseph over Phillips as DC but were blocked by Cincinnati. (Thank God.) I really hope that the speculation about Elway wanting a yes man isn’t true, but there is no question that Joseph was the least qualified of the three head coaching candidates that Elway interviewed last year. It’s hard to picture too many GMs interviewing those three guys and hiring Joseph. Toub and Shanahan both had years of experience as coordinators and had experienced great success in those positions. Joseph had one year of coordinator experience with mediocre results.
Wasn’t Joseph runner up to Kubes for HC in 2015, too?
I think Elway wanted VJ as DC then but the Bengals wouldn’t let him go.
I believe he was only considered for DC in 2015 though he was interviewed for HC to satisfy the Rooney Rule.
And then if/when Toub has a poor first season, you can come back here in November and December next year wanting him fired because he is in over his head, while asking how Elway could be so irresponsible to hire a special teams coach, who has never been a head coach in the NFL or in college. We can then start the cycle all over again. Hooray!
There’s always that chance, ha. Toub has coordinated top ST units for decades with 3 teams. Sure, he’s had the benefit of great returners, but he goes out and identifies those guys and kickers like Gould and Butker. More impressive is the fact his unit hasn’t given up a single return TD – punt or kickoff – since starting in KC in 2013. So he’s getting his message across and his players execute his plan. He’ll get a shot as HC in Denver or somewhere else.
Was that quote from Traub’s brother-in-law?
Seriously, un-named sources have the same weight as LinkedIn endorsements. Unless you know who is doing the recommendation, it means very little. For instance, we all know Brian Xanders “is an American football executive”, but would you trust the man to choose a head coach? (*cough* McDaniels *cough*)
The real issue that John Elway needs to keep in mind with his head coaching search is not to become fixed on one candidate above all others. That was an issue when he replaced John Fox with Gary Kubiak (but to be fair, Kubes did a good job in his two years) and he did the same with Vance Joseph, all based on his interview with him two seasons earlier.
And the whole narrative of wild….three coaches in five years is ridiculous to because they all were very well timed changes one of them not even being up to John Elway.
you mean, kind of like what he does when he evaluates college QBs? I’m seeing a pattern of behavior here…
Todd McShay’s updated top 32 is out (insider only). No Lamar Jackson. He and Kiper seem to agree that LJ is a second-round pick right now. Matt Miller from Bleacher Report has him in his top 40 or so.
Are they just late to the party?
Where do they have Mayfield?
If Jackson is really a 2nd rounder, then a Nelson-Jackson duo sounds pretty good right now.
That would. Royal is right, though: Those guys must be late to the party. Walter Football has had him going #1 to Cleveland in recent mocks. In Walter’s most recent mock, he has him going #2 overall to the Giants:
There must be something there though. The guy is a Heisman winner with 2 straight seasons with star wars numbers. There must be a reason, even if it’s not a valid reason, that they are mocking him there. He’s not an unknown quantity. I just wonder what it is. One guy I respect is Mayock. I wonder her he has him at?
I agree with Yahmule, too, though. Once this guy starts tearing up the pro days/combine, his stock should rise, especially if he interviews well and does his white board homework.
You know how it is with athletic, running QBs. Evaluators can’t get past the running. He is a bit raw as a passer, but his upward trajectory speaks to his potential. If he were 6-5 and doing this, he’d be no. 1, easily, a la Cam.
The thing about Mayfield is he’s built like a running back, similar to Wilson. He’s not some willowy little Manziel out there. He also throws an incredibly good deep ball. Any questions about his arm strength are coming from people who are watching different games.
People just can’t get past the height thing. They literally have good QBs staring them in the face and don’t seem to recognize it. It’s bizarre.
On LJ, if people don’t think he’ll ever improve as a passer, fine. But look at Cam. He’s only completed over 60% of his passes twice in his career, but look at the problems he poses to a defense. LJ is a *better* runner than him and has operated a more complex offense than Cam did in college for three years. It makes me want to bang my head against the wall.
The thing is, he has improved as a passer already. The only thing he had that was worse this year than last was the team around him.
Someone is going to steal this guy and look like a genius for it.
McShay has Mayfield 27th
Thanks. So, barely in the first round. Is Mayfield the 3rd QB on their boards? I hate to keep asking but I don’t have Insider.
I only have it because someone (dubs?) posted credentials on here once. I don’t have the password anymore but my browser keeps me logged in.
Both McShay and Kiper have Josh Allen ranked higher than Mayfield. So 4th I believe.
Man, I miss Dubs around here.
So, Allen a head of Mayfield? I guess that tells me all I need to know about how much stock I should put into their current rankings.
Maybe Dubs will reappear now that the college season is winding down. Hope so.
That is just moronic.
I saw these two on TV for a minute last night and posted this about it:
Kiper top five quarterbacks: Rosen, Darnold, Allen, Mayfield, Rudolph.
McShay has the same top four and Falk fifth.
Both straight up jacking it over Allen and his physical tools. Not a word about his accuracy issues. Talked about his shoulder and the guys who graduated from Wyoming and about how the all-star games and private workouts and Combine are a process that’s built perfectly for him to shine. Compared him glowingly to Ben Roethlisberger. Laughable when you look at Ben’s completion percentages @ Miami (OH).
McShay giving Rosen the does-he-love-the-game/Jay Cutler double tap, but has him ranked number one.
Mayfield is apparently running the streets like a wild man. Now, calls him a combination Russell Wilson/Johnny Manziel.
I’m changing the channel now.
When Jackson works out and interviews for people with NFL jobs, he’ll rise up the board.
Nelson to Indy?
Interesting article on last weekend’s violence
Here’s Gronkowski’s hit on a prone player who was on the ground , out of bounds, after the whistle had blown:
Anyone think outspoken Martellus Bennett, brother of outspoken Michael Bennett, gets one game for that?
Hell, I’m not sure any player , white or black, from 31 franchises avoids the multigame hook for that one.
Bennett certainly would have got hosed harder.
While Allen’s first head coaching stint wasn’t a good one, I wouldn’t rule him out as a head coaching candidate again.
Remember that Allen took the job when the Raiders were purging their roster and, in his first year, had hardly enough draft picks to work with. Also, Allen’s last season was when Derek Carr was a rookie when he still had plenty to learn and Khalil Mack was the only quality player on defense at the time (others didn’t come along until later drafts or free agent signing periods).
It’s always the second head coaching stint that tells you how good someone can be as a head coach, not the first, and a few head coaches who failed in their first stints have done well in their second. Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Mike Mularkey and Jim Caldwell all fit that description to at least some degree.
…for GM. I think he knows what he doesn’t know, and he has the steady demeanor to rebuild Dove Valley prestige.
Its funny my facebook memories popped up about 30 minutes ago and included a post from when McD got fired. I stated then that I would like for Kubiak to be fired so we could stag him or I’d like for Marty Schottenheimer to be GM and his Brian to be HC. (I guess I like nepotism)
I’m a big Kubes fan. He should be proud of that ring. He apparently did a good job.
Mularkey is terrible, IMO, but this is a good point. Pete Carroll and Marv Levy are some more good examples.
Good news: Rupert Murdoch’s $30 million mansion is ablaze.
Bad news: He has been evacuated from the premises.
Only $30 million?
Even worse news: our insurance premiums are going to go up in order to help him rebuild it.
But until then, he’ll have to live in his secondary 20 million dollar mansion. Muahahaha
Instead of a bonus, you mean? What an odd organization.
I feel like I’m missing a reference.
Just a weak stab at comedy. He got them on TV for something besides choking away the biggest division lead since the ’69 Mets. They should have been grateful.
That was a weird game they had last week. Nearly the same total yardage, but the Jets had 30 first downs to 17 for KC and they held a whopping 42:49 to 17:11 TOP advantage. The Chiefs leaned on big plays to Kelce and Hill, but they couldn’t sustain drives.
The other interesting thing is Kelce lit up the Jets for three catches for 90 yards and two scores in the first four minutes and they held him to one four yard reception thereafter.
I am being facetious, but this may be a good preemptive measure. Peters could end up being suspended for subsequent games by playing due to Michael Crabtree or some other Raider baiting Peters into a fight.
I appreciate that the team is doing it and it isn’t from the league and that Peters is a good player and not the third string QB. That is one thing about the Gronk play that bugs me. Belichick called it bullshit but still played the guy the rest of the game. The same goes with some of the ‘he won’t start’ punishments where the guy sits out one of two series.
Gronk should have been kicked out of the game. If not by the refs – Belicheck should have sat him down for that kind of shit.
It’s very likely it’s for everything that happened after he threw the flag into the stands. Walking off when he wasn’t ejected. Having a big smile on his face as he walked off, as if it was all a big joke. Returning to the sidelines with no socks on. Standing there with his back to the game, jawing with the fans. All of this in a game his team came very close to sending to OT.
I can see how this would be considered conduct detrimental to the team.
Here in Kansas City, this will be looked at as a race issue potentially. A lot of people around here dont like Peters because of the flag stuff and call him a thug. Considering all of the dumb stuff that Kelce does, he’s never been suspended by the team.
Being the wonderful ambassador that I am, I have offered a trade for Talib straight across but sadly, no takers.
He is a thug…he had all those issues coming out of WA
Potential HC names: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21681557/next-wave-nfl-head-coaches-2017-21-names-candidates-watch-hirings-firings
I’ll bet Mike Vrabel will be an outstanding NFL head coach some day. Unfortunately, his relative lack of coordinator experience will be held against him doubly as a candidate in Denver because it’s too close to Vance’s profile.
Aside from Harbaugh, Pat Shurmur is a guy who intrigues me. As a twin cities resident I paid some attention to the Vikes and felt like they were a team in a similar position. Outstanding defense, terrible OT and Oline play, unhearalded runners, and a questionable QB situation. The two offenses couldn’t have gone in different directions, and Shurmur has made great use of the talent he has been given which is not much different from last year. Impressive how they have adjusted with the spate of injuries and managed to continue a reasonable amount of offensive success.
He would be on my radar too, if I’m the Broncos. Especially if they have plans to go after Keenum.
Shurmur got a completely raw deal in Cleveland. (Well, it IS Cleveland…) His overall record was 10-23 (1 win coming as interim HC of the Eagles after they sacked the Chipster), but that was with rosters completely devoid of talent. IIRC, his teams might have not won a lot of games, but his guys played hard and they weren’t an easy out.
2011 – Colt McCoy as the starting QB. Yikes. 4-12 record.
2012 – the Brandon Weeden experiment. Double yikes. 5-11 record.
Colt is actually a decent QB (he’s backup quality for sure) but I’d rather have him than Oz except for his injuries. In all honesty he’s probably a lot like TS. I think on a decent team with a good coach and supporting cast he’d be ok.
Weeden not so much.
Other than being a Longhorn, Colt is all right. 🙂
To be fair, I didn’t spend enough time looking for actual facts to back up my assessment that Shurmur got screwed and he’s better than his record indicates. I believe it to be true, but I could have been unduly influenced by Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM NFL radio.
Colt: 60.3%, 26 TD, 23 INT, 5.02 ANY/A, 78.9 rating
Oz: 59.0%, 29 TD, 26 INT, 4.84 ANY/A, 75.9 rating
BW: 57.9%, 31 TD, 30 INT, 5.12 ANY/A, 76.0 rating
Yeah. All the same guy. “Decent” is debatable, but no one to hitch yer wagon to.
I thought Garrett was intriguing coming out of college. Surprised he’s not on someone’s practice squad.
The Broncos also signed this guy to their practice squad yesterday. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/jeremiah-poutasi?id=2552590
Big as a glacier and nearly as quick. Very similar to a number of thick-limbed, ponderous O linemen Utah has sent to the NFL in recent years.
I noticed that. There has to be a reason he’s bounced around so much. On pure talent, he seems like he should be starting somewhere at guard.
Fantasy Question – Playoff edition –
Hey yall. I know I only seem to post about fantasy questions but I read the posts all day long. I’m having a serious dilemma going into the playoffs and could use some advice from the resident experts (or anyone willing to chime in). Non PPR league. To start with, I did end up trading Zeke right before he got suspended the last time. Traded him and KC defense for Kamara (10th round keeper), Hopkins and DEN defense. It’s worked out rather well. My RB’s are Kamara and Dion Lewis so hard to sit either of those guys. My question is at the WR/flex spot…
Pick 3 –
Hopkins (SF), Robby Anderson (@DEN), Larry Fitzgerald (TEN), Josh Gordon(GB), Giovanni Bernard(CHI). Providing Mixon is out this week.
I am thinking Hopkins,Gordon and Fitz or Hopkins, Gordon and Bernard as flex if Mixon is out considering he should get 25 touches at home against Chi. Seems crazy sitting Fitz considering he is 5th in league in targets but Josh Gordon looked great last week against a great CB and I think the Browns are trying to boost his trade value and he is a home run hitter for sure.
I appreciate any thoughts/input.
I would definitely start Hopkins and Gordon. Probably go Fitz, too. Logan Ryan is likely to be sitting out for TEN and they have poor numbers against the pass this year without having faced a lot of good passing offenses. Even if Bernard is high usage, he’s still lining up behind a terrible O line. The only caveat there is they did turn in back to back solid games on the ground. I would still take my chances with my 10-12 targets with Fitz.
Hard to disagree with that. My order would be Hopkins and Fitz as certainties with the last spot between Gordon and Bernard. However, Gordon carries a greater risk so if Mixon is still concussed I would play Bernard the safer option and still a lot of upside. But hell – decisions are the worst.
If you want a laugh and went RB heavy this year for the first time in forever and my top 4 players drafted in a 12 team league from the #1 overall pick…. David Johnson, Zeke Elliott, Gronk, Ty Montgomery. I also picked up Chris Carson after week 1. I’m in 4th place though so looks like I’ll make it far enough to get beat and earn zero $. Still, you never know…
For the whiskey snobs… in Portland and got a chance to try Stranhan’s Diamond Peak at the Whiskey Library. Cool ass place!
You had me at whiskey library.
Local whiskey specialty store here has their own version complete with 2 story wood shelving and a fixed rolling ladder. I am pretty much not allowed to go to that store alone.
Another pro tip: for the fourth year in a row I’ve gone to Masters of Malt and ordered their whiskey advent calendar. A dram of a different single malt or blended Scotch every December night until Christmas. There always at least one dram from a $200-$300 bottle every year.
Now somebody needs to organise a Cannabis Advent Calendar.
I am sure this will trigger some here and generate some jeers.
I’m trying to picture Vance Joseph imposing his will.
I’m not surprised to see Klis make the favorite fallacious argument of football fans everywhere, e.g., “Peyton Manning threw a bunch of interceptions his rookie year, therefore Trevor Siemian will become a first ballot Hall-of-Famer!”
As opposed to equally popular and equally fallacious “He’ll never be good because he had a lousy first season.”
How about the, “he’ll never win the big one,” or “he’s a choker!,” argument? Which was said many many times about: Phil Mickelson, Lebron James, John Elway, and many many others….
I think it’s pretty fair to say that we don’t know how good of a Coach VJ will become and we’d be naive to base his career and future off of one season. One lousy season. One really lousy season. One really really lousy season.
We had no business losing that damn game. #iamgreedy
I should actually delete that post. Too painful to think about that game, still.
The 1987 MNF game with Chicago? Denver won that.
That was one helluva game!! It could have gone either way. I think Chicago missed a couple of extra point tries.
John at his finest.
In the summer of 1986 or thereabouts – I watched a contest between about 12 starting QBs at that time to see how far they could throw the football. Elway came in second behind Randall Cunningham. I was surprised. I thought that Elway would be the strongest with that cannon of his.
How far did he get it? Was it from a stand still or could you shuffle into it?
If I remember correctly – it was around 80 yards. They usually took 2 steps. Elway’s and Cunningham’s were very long throws. Dealt with my football needs for one day.
Was Testeverde in that one? I saw him win a similar competition once.
I think Testeverde was. Tony Eason was too.
Randall had a hand cannon. That is not very surprising but when it came to velocity I’m not sure anyone had Elway beat.
He sure did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MeycJbMIAw
He also could punt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQKHOMHKT00
Back in high school, the receivers used to stand ten yard apart and chuck the ball at each other as hard as they could to simulate passes from Elway. They also proudly compared their “Elway X’s” in the locker room. Small cross shaped welts from the point of the football if one got into your body.
It’s funny. I wasn’t even looking at his arm. Did you see the excellent footwork , and how went through 3 progressions like it was nothing?
one of my favorites:
I remember that game like it was yesterday. It was oddly on a Friday night. Shit was going pretty poorly for Denver up to that point, but John said “Nah, we good.”
Funny how time makes you remember things incorrectly. For years, I believed it was Fredd Young who tried to decapitate John on that play, but Fredd and Shannon’s careers didn’t really overlap.
I remember this game too. I was in awe of that play. Amazing.
This has always been one of my favorite Bronco plays of all time. Elway ducking a blitzing linebacker and then standing up to deliver a bomb flat footed over 50 yds down the field. Are you kidding me!?
Ross caught as many passes as Carlos Henderson this season.
I knew that he was going to be an injury liability. He made a lot of dough off of that combine.
That was always his giant red flag. That said, his college performance and physical skills made him a tantalizing (if risky)target. He seems like a good kid from what I’ve read, so hope he can get healthy and back on the field.
He is a great kid, and a top notch player when healthy.
And 2 less than McKenzie, with 5 less fumbles. 🙂
It’s good to note. Hopefully Henderson brings his big boy pants next year because I would be surprised if we have DT and Sanders on the roster. Even if we do we’ll need a 3rd as I don’t see McKenzie being able to be more than a gadget type guy.
Not a bad mock draft.
1a. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
1b. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
3. Tyrell Crosby, OL, Oregon
4a. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
4b. Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
Don’t know anything about Lazard or Walton, but don’t need to. I’d sign up for that anyway. Too bad we have 142 days until the draft.
Lazard is really big and he’s been productive all four years. He seems like a guy who catches the ball in a crowd really well. With guys like this, it’s generally about being able to separate at the next level.
One day three WR who intrigues me is the the kid from CSU, Michael Gallup. He seems very underrated to this point in the process. Maybe someone who has seen him play a lot can offer an opinion. I like the way he competes for the football and isn’t deterred by aggressive press coverage. He also looks like he plays faster than his listed 40 time. One of those guys who seems to be as fast in football gear as he is in shorts and track shoes.
I love both kids from Notre Dame, but Connor Williams would be a great bookend to Bolles. Very polished prospect. He started 12 games @ LT as a true freshman. Consensus All American as a sophomore. Rarely gives up pressures and likes to run block. Responded to criticism that he needed to get stronger by adding 12 pounds before this season. He sustained a knee injury this season and opted against knee surgery. Returned and looked very good. I like him and McGlinchey pretty equally and I like them both way more than Son of Zeus.
I like that he owns his responsibility in sucking. Wish he didn’t suck though.
Yeah. I appreciate his candor and sense of responsibility. He probably needs a fresh start elsewhere. If we can trade him for a seventh round pick this offseason, which may not be out of the question due to how affordable his contract is for a backup quarterback, that would be good.
I would have no objection to keeping him here as a backup for his entire career. I doubt we’d be able to flip him for anything but maybe you’re right. Maybe McCoy would bring him along somewhere as he’s famiiar and a good soldier. Who the hell knows what this offseason will look like aside from the obvious dumpster fire….
I think he needed a little more help and time. I think he’ll hang around the league a lot longer than most.
I wonder if this dude is interested in coaching the Broncos next year? I like his enthusiasm!
Nice. Wish it wouldn’t have cut off so soon.
Thanks for posting that. Best thing I’ve seen today.
I’ll bet my friend has his autograph. Almost certainly on that picture.
December 6, 2017
The whole city smells like a campfire. We just need some marshmallows to roast over the glowing embers of Murdoch’s house to make wonderful s’mores.
Mayfields 3.07 time to throw makes me a bit concerned, although I get how his Houdini acts bump that up. Any idea what Wilson’s college TTT was?
I don’t know – for me, stats like that need a lot of context. If you aren’t watching every game it’s hard to understand if it’s an issue, if it’s nothing, or if it’s a positive. I haven’t seen enough of him to make sense of that though I know he is electric.
Dak is the 21st rated QB, while Wentz is at 6. How the turn tables have turned. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfl-qb-rankings-by-pff-grade-after-week-13
Feels like there’s a lot of subjectivity in their methodology sometimes.
Mariota: 10 TD, 12 INT, 6.4 AY/A, 63.2%. 43 carries, 213 yards, 5 YPC, 5 TD.
Prescott: 18 TD, 9 INT, 6.3 AY/A, 62.8%. 39 carries, 275 yards, 7.1 YPC, 5 TD.
Mariota ranked 7th and Dak ranked 21st.
I was thinking Mariota was ridiculously high for how bad his traditional stats look. Fwiw, dvoa has him at 22nd and he ranks 13th on QBR
He’s another guy who would benefit from more play action. He’s got the highest rating of any QB when he fakes, but they don’t do it enough. We’ve seen how much it helped Keenum and others. Just one reason I think Mularkey should be replaced, but that rather unconvincing 8-4 record (-18 in point differential and outgained by nearly 500 yards) will earn him some leash.