McGloin: We'll learn from it; I'll get better
Matt McGloin completed 18 of 36 passes for two touchdowns Sunday, and he also threw four interceptions -- one of which was returned for a TD. (AP)
TOM BRADY SAID A BAD WORD! TOM BRADY SAID A BAD WORD ON TV! TOM BRADY SAID A BAD WORD ON LIVE TV! And then the New England quarterback walked out of his postgame press conference in a Belichickian huff.
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Mike Shanahan also walked out of his postgame presser after someone asked about leaks instead of about his decision to go for two at the end and spare us all overtime with the Falcons. Enraged that his sacrificial act for his country went ignored, he walked.
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Raider fans behaved very oddly when they booed quarterback Matt McGloin during the second quarter of the Raiders’ hilarity-infused loss to Kansas City. They had a clear choice to boo the quarterback for two hours, or GYCK, and they erroneously chose option A.
[BAIR: McGloin's mistakes cost Raiders dearly]
GYCK. Get Your Car Keys.
DM. Damned media.
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Vernon Davis closed his 52-yard touchdown by running into the wall at Raymond James Stadium. Then Colin Kaepernick came up to celebrate with him by patting his helmet eight times or so. That’s called not being in sync with your receiver.
[MAIOCCO: Wall has better luck than Bucs in stopping Davis]
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Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles is apparently one of those dirty players who goes after defenders’ knees. Or maybe he was just living out every quarterback’s happiest dreams.
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In New York, Seattle smothered the Giants just well enough convince Tom Coughlin to throw up all over everything and let the collateral damage speak for itself.
“There’s no way to sugar coat it, it was a pathetic offensive performance,” Coughlin told a human being paid by the Newark Star-Ledger. “We didn’t block anybody, we didn’t make any plays, we didn’t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciate what they did; I told those that were obvious they had not that I felt sorry for them, because they’re missing the whole point.”
This of course sat well with the Giants’ offensive players, who responded in "when-can-golf-start fashion." Tight end Brandon Myers tweeted that he was “cussed out for encouraging people” while also telling teammates that question his passion that they are mistaken, and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said, “I wouldn’t use the word pathetic. I think every man . . . if you lace your cleats up as a professional, I have too much respect for the guys in this locker room to say it was pathetic.”
The Giants scored zero, averaged 3.4 yards per play, and Eli Manning’s quarterback rating was 31.8. So yeah, pathetic works pretty damned well.
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I don’t know whether to believe Mack Brown about Texas saying he could come back to coach next year or not, but I know the way he handled his departure explains everything you need to know about why he excelled at recruiting. More earnest men have sold less nonsense and not handled the end-game as well as he did.
In other words, don’t let him go on Antiques Roadshow. He’ll have the host thinking some burnt orange practice shorts with a longhorn silhouette were pre-Revolutionary War issue.
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And finally, Matt Flynn seems to have shaken his Raiderfluenza by taking the Wisconsin cure while enjoying the latest outbreak of Romofluenza, with a side of Dez Bryant walking off the field in revulsion before the end of a game teeming with it. Get shots, people. The weather isn’t getting any better.
But that wasn’t the worst performance of the day; that came from the reporter who asked Jason Garrett, “How disappointed are you to lose this game?” Uhh, not very? Suicidal? Somewhere between singing “I Am 16 Going On 17” and hitting himself in the groin with a mallet? Brutal question, just brutal.