1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC Raheem Morris after his team’s resounding 38-19 loss – in sunny Central Florida – to the Carolina Panthers.
“I can take getting beat by a better football team. I wish they were.”
Raheem, let me assure you on this particular Sunday you DID get beat by the better team. I realize you were a tad upset your starting QB Josh Freeman couldn’t go with his injured shoulder but in this league – this year – not having your starting signal caller is becoming the norm. What is not the norm is having 11 less first downs, 100 less net yards, an average of less than three yards a carry, seven more penalties…getting beat by 19 points at home…and then saying you didn’t get beat by a better team. That team that just steamrolled you carries the same record now (4-8) and has scored 72 more points in its games than your team…and has given up 5 fewer points in its games than your team. Say it with me, Raheem. “We just got beat by a better team today.”
2. Oakland Raiders HC Hue Jackson after his team’s resounding 34-14 loss – in sunny South Florida – to the Miami Dolphins.
“Just a bad day at the office.”
Hue, an equivalent day in the traditional work place to the beatdown Miami put on your Raiders would be something along the lines of getting a document stuck in the company multi-function machine…trying to pry it out with a metal object…instantly electrocuting yourself…AND burning down the place with all your co-workers (bodies found still waiting in line to use it). The Dolphins had the football for almost forty minutes and, as I’m sure even you know Hue, the game is only sixty minutes long. Those 14 points your squad managed to squeeze out came after Miami took a 34-0 lead. Maybe you knew the game was only sixty minutes long but were not as sure when it began? Bad day at the office? No, Hue. You can say it. “We just got beat by a better team today.”
3. Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett iced his own field-goal kicker at the end of regulation…and his team eventually lost in OT – in the domed desert – to the Arizona Cardinals.
“The play clock was running down. We just wanted to make sure that he had a real clean opportunity at it. It was at about 6 (seconds) and we were still getting settled in, so we banged a time out to give him the opportunity to get the snap, hold and kick as clean as possible.”
Jason, as you watched Dan Bailey’s initial 49-yard kick sail through the uprights after having “banged a time out” I can only imagine all the frustrated Cowboy fans who “banged out” a few rounds of ammo in frustration. A classic comment was uttered by the Cardinals’ HC Ken Whisenhunt after his team escaped with the victory…
“I was glad they iced their kicker so I didn’t have to.”
Jason, if I were you I wouldn’t have even attempted to explain why you disallowed the winning kick. A better explanation…give this one a try…take the high road since your team never should have even been in such a desperate state of affairs. “We just got beat by a better team today.” (You may insert “better coach” if you like…)