They seem to get stupider every week, guys, which is weird because you'd think the smartest players, coaches and officials would be those still working in mid-January. Let's reflect on another NFL weekend in stupidity.
The stupidest attempt at logic
Hate to tear Dan Dierdorf apart in his last game as an NFL analyst, but yeeeeesh.
After New England took a safety on a botched punt in the second quarter, Dierdorf suggested that the Patriots would have been better off covering the ball up at about the 3-yard line because "you'd at least give your defense a fighting chance." Um, to do what? Force a turnover, I guess. Because even a field goal from the Colts (three points) would have been more fruitful than the safety was (two points).
Now, a safety also means you have to kick it away on the next play, but the odds are still better that you stop them on that next drive than putting together a goal-line stand immediately. What Dierdorf said made absolutely no sense.
Mathematically, the Patriots were much better off taking the safety.
The stupidest coach moment
This goes to San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, whose emotions could have cost his team dearly late in the first half against Carolina. Vernon Davis made one hell of a catch for a touchdown, but the officials missed it. No biggie. In the final two minutes, it's a review from upstairs.
But sure enough, there's Harbaugh in the middle of the field making a scene.
That drew a personal foul penalty. It didn't hurt them, but it was stupid nonetheless.
The stupidest split-second decision
OMG Marques Colston. Yeah, this was so bad that it merited an acronym from tween culture. Colston catches a pass with seven or eight seconds to play against the Seahawks. He can step out of bounds, leaving his team a play or two from 37-yard line in a desperate attempt to tie the game.
But instead, he throws the most blatant forward lateral in NFL history, triggering a 10-second run-off to end the game.
The stupidest coaching decision
All or nothing, Chargers. You can't slow Peyton Manning down, at least not easily, which is why you onside kick down two scores with 5:43 to play. But then after a recovery and a quick score...you kick it away? Naturally, San Diego was never able to get the ball back. And the worst part is that Chargers kicker Nick Novak was 4-for-6 on onside kicks in his career to that point.
The second-stupidest coaching decision
Sean Payton's Saints, with one timeout and less than four minutes to play, attempting a 48-yard field goal down eight. You're better off going for it on 4th-and-15.
The stupidest use of timeouts
This also goes to Payton and his Saints, who wasted two second-half timeouts in a relatively close playoff game simply because they ran out of time. And then they used a third with less than three minutes to play when Payton challenged a Doug Baldwin catch that was never in doubt based on the replays.
If they have even one or two of those timeouts after recovering an onside kick late, it changes everything...and Colston probably doesn't make his stupid decision from earlier in this column.
The stupidest special-teams decision
This ball has to get to the 45-yard line in order to be recovered by the Saints, Golden Tate. Don't touch it until it does.
The stupidest tweet
I have to relay a Matt Miller retweet of the bad tweet, since the guilty party has since deleted it.
And get off his lawn! RT @salmaiorana: Kaepernick. Always so media friendly. Turn your cap around and act like a professional quarterback.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 12, 2014
Of course, he was then put in his place...
Everyone bashing Colin Kaepernick for the backward hat and tattoos will do the same to AJ McCarron, right? pic.twitter.com/MYoOjfgTbw— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 12, 2014
Colin Kaepernick wears his hat backwards, he must be a thug and can't possibly be a good leader or quarterback....... pic.twitter.com/TxP8KAeD8o— Andy (@Welk07) January 13, 2014
Picking apart Kaepernick wearing a backwards hat now? pic.twitter.com/Ugj2pZzrHM— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) January 12, 2014
The stupidest array of penalties
You can't take eight of 'em, including three personal fouls, and still survive against a team like the 49ers. C'mon, Carolina...
The stupidest roughing the passer penalty
I'm not sure what else Dan Skuta could have done here...
That rule needs more tweaking. Cam Newton was essentially a runner and Skuta had no way of avoiding some incidental helmet-to-helmet contact. You can't penalize teams massive chunks of yardage of brushings like those.
Adding to Dierdorf's stupidity was that he could not understand how New England's punter got injured on the ensuing kick after the satety. It did not even dawn on him that he suffered the injury on the previous safety when he was drilled by two defenders.It's pretty bad when you have to corrected by Greg Gumbell, who has never played a down in the NFL in his entire life.
Ahh BUT IN THE STUPID ARRAY you left out the Panthers THOMAS who pretty much ended the game with a swing at a 49er after you had just burnt your final 2 timeouts and stopped the 49ers on third down. He should have gotten a blanket party in the locker room and would never wear a Panthers uniform again, IDIOT!
I;m not a fan for any of the remaining teams - so I've got no skin in the game. This is the single worst season of officiating that I can recall in the modern era of the NFL. This is a season in which the officials errors will determine who continues in the playoffs - especially in the case of the carolina game - the Panthers got screwed by the officials in their home stadium. Has anyone else noticed a trend that the srewings seemed to come at the expense of the smaller market teams? Or, is it just me? The erros were so blatant that one has to wonder if they were really errors or intentional. I personally don't want to watch a sport where the winners are given a slight edge by referees - the league, So, the NFL has pretty much lost this fan. I've stopped watching. My opinion is that the whole thing is RIGGED.
The SFcoach was trying to get the refs attention to the clock which was illegally still ticking even after the whisile was blown. It had nothing to do with the catch in the end zone. He had that right...the refs were wrong. So you call him names for trying to show them they were wrong. If that is the case you have no creditability as a sportsman. You need to tell the SF coach you are wrong. Do you have the guts...
The roughing call on Cam Newton is frustrating. What else can you expect the defender to do, especially when the quarterback unexpectedly spins into him?
@Ronk25 I agree it has been a bad year for the officials. However they don't discriminate against small market teams. You seem to forget one of the most blatant officiating errors of the year was in favor of Carolina at home against NE. NE got screwed against NY to end a game. NE also has benefited from bad officiating. It's just bad all around.
@Ronk25 The fix has been in for a while now. I know who's going to the Super Bowl already - SF and Denver. Mark my words.
@Ronk25 Could not agree with you more.
@bigarmo Right, or wrong, Harbaby has a reputation for being a whiner. Nobody's apologizing to your crybaby for shit.
@SaintsNationwith no intent to harm there shouldn't be any flag. On another note, tackling technique in the NFL is outdone by most Jr High Schools.