Rely on stars in the World Series not analytics

first_imgBill O’Brien should have trusted Deshaun Watson to seal the win against SeattleBill O’Brien is getting second guessed for getting too conservative on a 4th quarter 3rd down play that could have clinched the game for the Texans against Seattle. Instead of keeping the ball in Deshaun Watson’s hands and giving him a chance to win the game, Houston got stuffed by running into the strength of the Seattle defense. Russell Wilson proceeded to drive Seattle down the field for the game-winning score.Colin doesn’t usually second guess coaching decisions, but he thinks O’Brien clearly should have given Watson, who was incredible all day, a chance to win the game. Instead of dictating the action, O’Brien played into Seattle’s hands by running the ball.He should have trusted Watson. He’s proven he can handle it.Guests:Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday host is in-studio to discuss the Texans’ final play call; if rookie Deshaun Watson has standing to challenge his coach on the call; and why he would take Dak Prescott over Deshaun Watson to start his franchise.Michael Vick –  FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Deshaun Watson’s incredible start; why so many quarterbacks are coming into the NFL ready to play;Nick Swisher – FS1 MLB Analyst is in-studio to discuss the controversy over slick baseballs in the World Series; and if he still thinks the Dodgers will win in 7.Ryan Leaf – Former NFL Quarterback is in-studio to discuss Deshaun Watson; why he doesn’t believe in college satellite camps; and why he’s so impressed with Carson Wentz. Rely on stars in the World Series, not analyticsThe World Series between the Dodgers and Astros is headed toward all-time classic status, but Colin thinks part of the drama has been caused by the mangers relying too heavily on analytics. Last night, Dave Roberts decided to yank Clayton Kershaw in favor of Kenta Maeda with runners on, and a 3-run lead in the 5th. Roberts also pulled his clean up hitter to play a matchup.Even though Kershaw struggled, including giving up a 3-run bomb, Colin would have stuck with him because he believes in winning or losing in the playoffs with his stars, not the current trend of pulling them early because a spreadsheet says so.Analytics is useful, and has become the bible for managing in the regular season, but you’ll never convince Colin that relying on the percentage play over riding with your stars when the games matter most is the right call.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) arrives for the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But as confident as Rosen may be, he’ll admit that there’s a lot he’s yet to figure out.“Rookie year, it’s just exciting,” he said. “It’s like your freshman year of college, you don’t really know what’s going on the next day and you’re just always on your toes for everything that can possibly happen. I’m definitely excited and looking forward to what comes next.”Rosen also made note of the professional cadence of life in the NFL, perhaps a change from the jovial and fraternal nature of college football. He knows that it won’t be long before many of those whom he’s shared a hotel with during this training camp will be cut.And now, immersed in a world of unfamiliarity, it’s up to Rosen to perform — even after Wilks said Saturday that Sam Bradford is the current starter.“It’s very clear-cut what your duty to the team is in the NFL,” Rosen said.He also said he would practice as though he’s the starter.“Football’s a very violent sport, particularly over any other sport, because injury rates are basically at 100 percent throughout a career. Like even if he said, ‘Josh, you’re 100 percent the backup,’ I’m still going to practice like I’m the starter because I very well could be in there, and vice versa. “I mean I’m not going to lie, a lot of times you walk up to the ball, you snap it, you do something, you’re kind of a little confused on what’s going on,” Rosen said Sunday. “So the more you can just basically own everything that’s going on in the offense, I think that’s the confidence that people want to see exuded.”Confidence has been a popular word for Rosen, a term used by prognosticators when evaluating his draft stock several months ago as to what made him unique from the other quarterbacks in the draft class. His infamous line in which he said “nine mistakes” were made in front of him, referring to the number of players chosen before Rosen’s name went off the board, was consistent with the swagger and smirk that he carries with him.Related LinksBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCardinals RB Johnson enters camp without extension on the mind“I love his confidence, I really do,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s not shy, he’s not boastful. But he’s confident in his ability. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and I really like that. I think that’s the way you should be at that position. And playing in the National Football League, you have to have confidence in yourself.” “Anything can happen. I think the last year the Cardinals literally ran through like two, three quarterbacks.” – / 27 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Just like anyone else coming out of college, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen is learning what it means to be a professional at his first post-college job opportunity.The 21-year-old has had an offseason to observe some of the disparities between the Pac-12 and the NFL, aside from the obvious difference in talent. But even still, Rosen is learning more than just how to navigate a new offense under head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more