Friday, October 03, 2008

Rip, Rasheed Comments Not A Good Sign

Joe Dumars should be distressed by the recent comments Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton made blasting their former coach, Flip Saunders.
It comes across as if they believe Saunders is the only reason the Pistons, when it got to the crucial point of the Eastern Conference finals the last two years, melted down.
It sounds like they are taking accountability and shifting it totally elsewhere - when both were in on the blame.
Wallace, in particular, played poorly in clinching those games by Cleveland in 2007 and Boston last year.
Last season, Jason Kidd and Shaquille O’Neal were moved during the season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the same scenario develops with the Pistons and their Big Four. Obviously, the pickings were slim during the off season, but Dumars may have options - and decide to take them - during the season.

Random Thoughts

- So Jim Colletto is going to open up the Lions offense this week. What is the point of letting the whole world know?

-The sooner Drew Stanton becomes the Lions starting quarterback, the better for the overall good of the franchise. It might even help them this season. There is no guarantee Stanton would play well, but there is no guarantee he wouldn’t, either.

- Think the Packers regret not taking Brett Favre back? It could go down as one of the greatest blunders in NFL history.


Blogger Eric Chase said...

Pat - Do you bring up the Favre issue because Rodgers is dinged, and Mr. Jet threw 6 TDs? How many TDs might any GB QB have thrown if Kurt Warned handed them the ball 6 times?

The Packers most foolish move was not bringing in a reliable, veteran backup QB. Almost as foolish as Culpepper not taking their money over the summer.

Go Phils

3:14 PM 
Blogger Larry said...

Regarding the Pistons. I think the scape goating of Flip and the Mike Curry is pretty creepy. If I were Joe, I'd be pretty unhappy because the whole thing leaves the impression that the patients are running the asylum.
I am a devoted Pistons fan and hope the best for all the principals, but A) How happy will the players really be if/when Curry demands the accountability that they supposedly want and B) if things get rocky how loyal will the players remain to the first year head coach as he goes through his leaning curve.

3:55 PM 
Blogger D_Fenner said...

The Packers should regret moving on without Favre. I still have high expectations for Rodgers as an NFL starter, but the truth of the matter is that the Packers were one of the 3-4 best teams in football last year, and returned a team that was improved. But Favre was a the key to a Super Bowl run. He played at a Pro Bowl level last year and he's given the organization so much over the years.

Too bad the Packers can still beat the Lions without Favre. haha

- Dan

10:52 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

eric chase,
Couldn't agree with you more about the Packers backup situation. That's especially true given how much Rodgers has been in the hurt in the past with limited playing time.

2:24 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Those are exactly the same questions I was asking when I hurt the comments by Rip and Rasheed.

2:25 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Yeah. They aren't close to being the same team without Favre. With him, seems like they would just as good or even better.

2:26 PM 

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