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Reminder: Herm Edwards picked the Bucs to go to the Super Bowl

Herm-EdwardsA lot of people were high on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into the 2014 season. They made a seemingly great coaching hire in Lovie Smith and acquired a veteran quarterback who was coming off a great year with the Chicago Bears in Josh McCown. No one had more faith in Tampa Bay than Herm Edwards.

Back in May, Edwards predicted that the Bucs and Pittsburgh Steelers would square off in Super Bowl 48. The ESPN analyst, who worked as an assistant with the Bucs from 1996-2000, felt that the Bucs would have an improved roster, better coaching and strong defense. Did anyone watch Thursday Night Football?

While it should be noted that the Bucs were without defensive leader Gerald McCoy, they were absolutely destroyed by the Atlanta Falcons. Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss could go down as the worst for any NFL team this season. The Bucs were down 56-0 heading into the fourth quarter before Atlanta took its foot off the gas.

Analysts swing and miss all the time, and we usually let them slide. Predicting outcomes in football is arguably more difficult than any of the other four major sports, as teams go from first to last and last to first each season. Having said that, I wonder how Herm is feeling about his NFC champ these days. I bet he’d like a mulligan.

Herm Edwards Has Great Advice for Rookies on Avoiding Financial Trouble

The more we’ve seen of Herm Edwards on TV, the more we’re convinced he’s a greater orator than he is coach (putting that ridiculous Herminator segment aside). During NFL Live on Monday, Edwards, Michael Smith, Chris Mortensen, and Jason Taylor were discussing tips for rookies entering the League. Herm explained his advice for rookies to avoid financial trouble, and it was pretty hilarious.

Responding to former Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor who admitted he squandered some of his money on excess toys, Edwards said “So you didn’t hear my story huh? The one of everything?”

Then he explained his policy.

“One car. One piece of jewelry — not the Mr. T starter set. One girlfriend — you don’t get a girlfriend and wife. One house. You just do one. That’s how you say it!”

Sounds pretty simple but it makes a lot of sense. Certainly the way he said it was funny, but if most athletes stuck to his rule of one, they probably would avoid financial troubles. Too bad Scottie Pippen, Mark Brunell, and Latrell Sprewell didn’t take his advice otherwise they’d be in decent shape.

ESPN’s Little ‘Herminator’ Segment Was The Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

I don’t know if anyone watched ESPN’s NFL Live today yet or not.  If you haven’t and you plan on it, you’re in for a real treat.  By treat I mean you’ll undoubtedly have a lower IQ when you’re done watching it than you had going in.  I can’t imagine who’s ridiculous idea it was, but someone thought it would be funny to have Herm Edwards play a character called “The Herminator” and declare whether or not each of the five winless NFL teams are out of playoff contention.  Check it out:

On what planet did an ESPN producer think this would go over well and people would find it funny?  If that’s not the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen in your entire life I honestly feel sorry for you.  I can’t stress enough how far from funny I find this bit to be.  I s*** you not when I say that three-minute span was the stupidest three-minute span of television I’ve ever watched in my life.  As a result, I’m not watching ESPN for the remainder of the evening and maybe into tomorrow.  Hope I don’t miss anything important.

Video Credit: DCF Radio

Herm Edwards, Jets, Knew Belichick and Patriots Filmed Defensive Signals

Back in 2004, well before Eric Mangini blew the whistle on the whole Patriots Spygate operation, Herm Edwards then the Jets coach, knew that the Patriots and Bill Belichick taped defensive signals. Just like in baseball when guys try to pick up signs there will be a few different coaches relaying signs, the ’04 Jets compensated by having two coaches give signals, one as the hot signals, the other as the dummy. I’m pretty sure that this is a standard defense mechanism in the NFL, whether or not it’s against the Patriots. The NY Daily News which relays the story, even adds this comment made by Roger Goodell:

“One of the coaches was actually waving at the camera, so it’s clear that teams, to me, recognize that taking signals from another team is something that they do, so they have very complex systems to make sure that they don’t allow their plays to be intercepted.”

And pretty much anyone who’s watched an NFL game recently can tell you that almost all coaches hold their play charts up in front of their mouths when they talk into the headset to prevent lip reading. I’m not out here to defend the Pats and Belichick — I’ve been skeptical of the advantage they’ve received — but I think an important factor in this whole Spygate equation is that opponents were well-aware of the Pats’ tendencies. This signifies to me that the Patriots won games because they were better than their opponents rather than because they cheated, which at least provides me some peace of mind.